2. WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR PROCESSING YOUR DATA?
You can contact us as follows with your data protection concerns and to exercise your rights:
Thommen Group AG
CH-6300 Zug, Switzerland
3. HOW DO WE USE ONLINE TRACKING TECHNOLOGIES?
We use various technologies on our websites by means of which we and third parties engaged by us can recognize you when you use them and, under certain circumstances, track you over several visits.
In essence, this is so that we can distinguish access by you (via your system) from access by other users, so that we can ensure that the website functions properly and carry out evaluations and personalization. Our intention is not to draw conclusions about your identity, but even without registration data, the technologies used are designed in such a way that you are recognized as an individual visitor each time you access a page, for example by our server (or the servers of third parties) assigning a specific identification number (so-called “cookie”) to you or your browser.
A distinction is made between the following cookies (technologies with similar functions such as fingerprinting are also included here):
- Necessary cookies: Some cookies are necessary for the website to work properly as such or for certain functions. They ensure, for example, that you can switch between pages without losing information entered on a form. They also ensure that you remain logged in. These cookies are only temporary (“session cookies”). If you block them, the website may not work. Other cookies are necessary for the server to store decisions or inputs made by you beyond one session (i.e. a visit to the website) if you make use of the function in question (e.g. language selection, giving consent, the automatic login function, etc.). These cookies have an expiry date of up to 24 months.
In addition to marketing cookies, we use further techniques to control online advertising on other websites and thereby target it more effectively. For example, we may transmit the email addresses of our users, customers, and other persons to whom we wish to display advertising to operators of advertising platforms (e.g. social media). If these people are registered there with the same email address (which the advertising platforms check), the operators display the advertisements placed by us to them in a targeted way. The operators do not receive personal email addresses of persons who are not already known. In the case of known email addresses, however, they will be aware that these people are in contact with us, and they will be able to see what content they have accessed.
We may also integrate other third-party offers into our website, in particular from social media providers. These offers are deactivated by default. As soon as you activate them (e.g. by clicking on a button), the relevant providers are able to determine that you are on our website. If you have an account with the social media provider, they can match this information to you and thus track your use of online services. These social media providers are responsible for processing this data.
We currently use services of the following providers and contracted advertising partners (insofar as they use data from you or cookies set on your device for advertising purposes):
- Google Analytics: Google Ireland (based in Ireland) is the provider of the “Google Analytics” service and acts as our commissioned data processor. Google Ireland in turn uses Google LLC (based in the USA) as its commissioned data processor (both “Google”). Google uses performance cookies (see above) to track the behavior of visitors to our website (duration, frequency of pages accessed, geographical origin of access, etc.) and compiles reports for us on the use of our website on that basis. We have configured the service so that the IP addresses of visitors are truncated by Google in Europe before being forwarded to the USA and therefore cannot be traced back. We have disabled the “Data transfer” and “Signals” settings. Although we can assume that the information we share with Google is not personal data for Google, it is possible that Google can use this data for its own purposes to draw conclusions about the identity of visitors, create personal profiles, and link this data to the Google accounts of those persons. If you agree to the use of Google Analytics, you explicitly consent to such processing, which also includes the transfer of personal data (in particular, usage data for the website and app, device information, and individual IDs) to the USA and other countries. You can find information about Google Analytics data protection here [https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245] and if you have a Google account, you can find further information on processing by Google her [https://policies.google.com/technologies/partner-sites?hl=en].
Browsers can automatically accept or reject cookies and allow you to change these settings. You can also deactivate or delete cookies that you have previously accepted if you wish. Please note that all settings will be lost if you delete all cookies, including the setting that you do not want to accept cookies, as this in turn requires an opt-out cookie to be set. The settings must be changed separately for each browser you use. Further information about managing cookies in your browser can be found on the help menu of your browser.
If you decide to reject cookies, you can continue to use our website, but your access to some functions and areas of our website may be restricted.
5. HOW DO WE PROCESS DATA IN SOCIAL NETWORKS?
We may also operate pages on social networks and other platforms (such as Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn) and collect data about you. We receive this data from you and from the platforms when you interact with us via our online account (e.g. when you communicate with us on these pages, comment on our content or visit us online). At the same time, the platforms evaluate your use of our online accounts and potentially merge this data with other data. They also process this data for their own purposes, in particular for marketing and market research (e.g. to personalize advertising) and to manage their platforms (e.g. what content they show you). In this context, they act as separate controllers.
Our websites contain social plugins (hereinafter referred to as “plugins”). The plugins are marked with a logo or a text label. When the user accesses a page of a website that contains such a plugin, the user’s browser establishes a direct connection with the servers of the networks. The networks transmit the content of the plugin directly to the browsers, which integrate them into the web pages. If users are logged on to one of the networks, it is possible for the networks to assign the visit to the account to the corresponding network. When users interact with the plugins, the browser transmits the corresponding information to the networks. The networks then assign the information to the corresponding account.
For further information on processing by the platform operators, please refer to the privacy policies of the respective platforms. These will also inform you about the countries in which your data is processed, what information, erasure, and other rights you have, and how you can exercise them.
We currently use the following platforms:
Last update: 05.12.2023