Festo takes personal data protection very seriously. We want you to feel safe and secure when you visit our websites. The protection of your privacy is an important objective for us when processing your personal data.
As a worldwide leader in the field of automation technology, and a global leader for basic and further technical training, we process data relating to our customers, business partners and other stakeholders on a daily basis. In doing so, we comply with all national and international data protection regulations, particularly the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (EU-GDPR).
1. Who is responsible for processing my data and who can I contact if I have any questions?
2. Which data and data sources do we use?
We process personal data obtained in the course of our business activities. Where required for the provision of our services, we also process personal data obtained legally from publicly accessible sources (such as credit records, land registers, trade and professional registers, the media and the Internet) or provided to us by authorised parties.
We only use other personal data if you provide such data to us in the context of a contact form, survey, registration for an event or a competition, or the performance of a contract, and only to the extent permitted by law.
Personal data means any information concerning the personal or material circumstances of an identified or identifiable natural person (the data subject). It does not matter whether the data subject can be identified directly or indirectly.
Examples of the data we collect include:
Newsletters and events
In the course of sending out our newsletters, we process personal data (such as email addresses and passwords). We also track your clicks within the newsletter. We use this information in order to be able to provide content which is better matched to your interests.
By signing up for our newsletter, you grant your consent for us to process your data in this way. Every newsletter contains a link which you can use to unsubscribe from future newsletters.
By registering for an event, you are expressly agreeing to our use of your data strictly for the purposes of registration and automated administration in relation to the event, and for us to forward your data to subcontractors for this purpose, if applicable.
When you access one of our Internet pages, our system collects a range of general data and information about you.
The data collected includes, for example:
Log files are used to store IP addresses and other data that can be traced back to a specific user. This data is not stored together with other personal data relating to the user.
Our system needs to store IP addresses to ensure that the website can be served to the user's computer with full functionality. The data is also used to optimise the website and to ensure that our information systems are secure (purpose of data processing).
In line with the EU-GDPR, these interests are classed as legitimate interests in data processing for Festo. The legal basis for these interests is Art. 6, para. 1(f) of the EU-GDPR.
We may also place cookies on your end device. These cookies also access IT data such as your IP address(es) and various identifiable features of your devices.
Consult the section entitled “Controlling cookies” to find out how to control and/or delete cookies as you wish.
3. For which purposes do we process your data, and what is the legal basis for this processing?
As a company based in Germany, we process personal data in accordance with the provisions of the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (EU-GDPR), the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) and other relevant national regulations such as the German Telecommunications Act and the German Telemedia Act.
4. What duties to provide information are in force?
Information on the points below can be found in: Duties to provide information
5. How do we ensure that your data is kept secure?
Festo implements technical and organisational security measures in order to protect the data we use against accidental or deliberate manipulation, loss, destruction or access by unauthorised persons. Our security measures are continuously improved based on the latest technological developments.
6. Do we use web tools?
Web tools are used for purposes such as tracking, web analytics and social media.
Information on the points below can be found in: Web tools
7. Do we use profiling?
We process some of your data automatically with the aim of analysing specific personal attributes (a process known as profiling).
The tools we use to achieve this include:
8. How do we obtain your consent when you visit our Internet pages?
When you use our Internet pages, you agree to our general data protection policy and grant your consent for your data to be used as described in this statement.
We may amend or supplement our data protection statement at any time. The most recently published version of our data protection statement applies.
9. Who is your contact for data protection?
If you have any questions relating to data protection at Festo or if you wish to exercise any of your rights as a data subject, please contact our company data protection officer by email at firstname.lastname@example.org (see also section 1).