Legal notes

Data privacy

Privacy Policy
Controller of the data file under German data protection legislation:

FoodQS GmbH

Collection of General Information

Information of a general nature is automatically collected when you visit our website. This information (server log files) includes your web browser, your operating system, the domain name of your Internet provider, and other similar data. None of this information can be used to identify you; it is required for technical reasons in order to correctly display the website content you request and is collected whenever you use the Internet. We use this kind of anonymous information for statistical evaluations to optimise our website and the technology that runs it.

Cookies

Like many other websites, we use cookies, small text files from a website server that are saved on your computer. Their use means we automatically receive certain information about your computer and Internet connection, e.g. your IP address, browser type, and operating system.

Cookies cannot be used to start programs or transmit viruses to a computer. The information contained in cookies allows us to give you the best navigation experience and ensure our website is displayed correctly.

We will never disclose the data we collect to third parties or associate it with personal data without your consent.

You can, if you so wish, view our website without using cookies. Web browsers are normally set to accept cookies. You can deactivate cookies at any time by changing your browser settings. Please use your browser’s help function to find out how to change these settings. You should be aware that some functions on our website may not work if you deactivate the use of cookies.

Registration on our Website

If you register to use our personalised services, we will collect personal information about you, e.g. your name, address, and ways to contact you such as your telephone number and email address. Once you have registered, you will be able to access content and services that are reserved for registered users only. Registered users can also change or delete the information they provided during the registration process at any time. Over and above this information, we will be happy to inform you about all the personal data we hold on you any time you ask us to. We will also correct or delete this data if you wish, provided this does not conflict with any statutory periods of retention. If you would like to get in touch us for this purpose, please use the contact information at the bottom of this page.

Chargeable Services

We will request further data, e.g. payment information, if you make a purchase from our website.

SSL Encryption

In order to ensure that your data remains secure during transmission, we use state-of-the-art encryption methods (e.g. SSL) via HTTPS.

Contact Form

If you contact us by sending an email or using the contact form, the information you provide will be saved for the purpose of processing your request and for any follow-up queries.

Deletion and Blocking of Data

We abide by the principles of data reduction and data economy. We therefore only save your personal data for as long as is necessary to fulfil the desired purpose or as required to comply with the different periods of retention set out in legislation. Once the purpose has been fulfilled or the period of time has expired, the relevant information is routinely blocked or deleted in accordance with statutory regulations.

Use of Matomo (formerly Piwik)

This website uses Matomo, an open-source platform for statistical evaluation of visitors to websites. Matomo uses cookies, text files that are saved on your computer to help the website analyse how visitors use the site.
The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website is saved on a server in Germany.
The IP address is immediately anonymised following processing and prior to storing. You can prevent installation of the cookies by changing the settings in your browser. If you do this, however, you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website.

You can decide whether to enable the saving of a unique web analysis cookie in your browser, which will allow the website operator to collect and analyse a range of statistical data.

Use of Script Libraries (Google Fonts)

In order to display our content correctly and appealingly in all browsers, this website uses script and font libraries, e.g. Google Fonts (https://www.google.com/webfonts/). Google Fonts are saved in your browser cache so they do not have to be loaded each time you visit our website. If your browser does not support or cannot access Google Fonts, the content will be shown in a standard font.

Accessing script or font libraries automatically initiates a connection to the operator of the library. It is therefore theoretically possible – albeit it is presently unclear whether and under what conditions this may occur – that operators of such libraries may collect personal data.

You can find the privacy policy issued by Google, the operator of the library, here: https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/

Use of Google Maps

This website uses the Google Maps API to display geographical information. When you use Google Maps, Google will also collect, process, and use information about how you use its map functions. You can find more information about how Google uses your data by reading the Google privacy policy page, where you can also change your personal data privacy settings.

Click here to obtain detailed instructions on managing personal data in connection with Google products.

Use of Google reCAPTCHA

In certain situations, we use the reCAPTCHA service provided by Google Inc. to ensure that your data is adequately secured when transmitting forms. This service is primarily used to establish whether a computer user is human or whether the form is being used fraudulently by automated software. When this service is used, your IP address and other information required by Google for the reCAPTCHA service will be sent to Google.

Google’s data privacy policy applies in this case. More information can be found here

Embedded videos

Some of our website pages include embedded YouTube or Vimeo videos. These plug-ins are operated by YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA and Vimeo, Inc., 555 West 18th Street, New York, New York 10011. When you visit a page with the YouTube or Vimeo plug-in, a connection is made to the servers of the respective operator. This will let the operators know which pages you visit. If you are logged in to your YouTube or Vimeo account, your browsing habits can be personally associated with you. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube or Vimeo account.

If a video is played, the provider uses cookies that collect information on user behaviour.

If you have opted out of saving cookies for the Google Ad program, these cookies will not be used when you watch videos. Youtube and Vimeo do, however, save non-personal usage information in other cookies. You must block cookies from being saved in your browser if you want to prevent this.

More information on data privacy at YouTube or Vimeo can be found in the providers’ privacy policies: https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy/ and https://vimeo.com/privacy

Your Right to Information, Correction, Blocking, Deletion, and Opt-Out

You have the right to request and obtain information about your personal data that we have saved at any time. You further have the right to correct, block, or – with the exception of data that must by law be stored for the purpose of completing transactions – delete your personal data. To do so, please contact our data protection officer. Contact information can be found at the bottom of this page.

To ensure that data can be blocked at any time, it must be kept in a lock file for control purposes. You may also request the deletion of your data provided we are not bound by law to retain it. In the latter case, we will block your data if you so wish.

You may make changes to your data or opt out of data collection with future effect by informing us accordingly.

Changes to our Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to make occasional changes to this privacy policy to ensure it complies with statutory requirements or to reflect changes in our services, e.g. the launch of new services. In such cases, your visit will then be governed by the new privacy policy.

Questions for our Data Protection Officer

If you have any questions relating to data protection, please send us an email or get in touch directly with our data protection officer:

Herr Jochen Frank
datenschutz[at]foodqs[dot]de

Data Protection Authority

Bayerisches Landesamt für Datenschutzaufsicht (BayLDA), Promenade 27, 91522 Ansbach, Phone: +49 (0) 981 53 1300, Fax: +49 (0) 981 53 98 1300, E-Mail: poststelle@lda.bayern.de