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Privacy and data protection

1. Privacy and Data Protection Overview

General information

The following information provides a simple overview of what happens when you visit our website. Personal data is all data that personally identifies you. Detailed information on the subject of data protection can be found in our privacy policy.

Data collection on our website

Who is responsible for the data collection on this website?

The data processing on this website is carried out by the website operator. The contact details of the website operator can be found in the imprint of this website.

How do we collect your data?

On the one hand, your data will be collected by you providing us with that data. This may be information associated with data you may enter into a contact form, for example.

Other data is collected automatically through our IT systems when visiting the website. This is above all technical data (for example, Internet browser, operating system or time of the page request). The collection of this data is automatic as soon as you access our website.

What do we use your data for?

Part of the data is collected to ensure a flawless delivery of the website. Other data can be used to analyze your user behavior.

What rights do you have regarding your data?

At any time, you have the right to obtain free information about the origin or source, recipient and purpose of your stored personal data. You also have the right to request the correction, blocking or deletion of this data. For this purpose and for further questions about data protection, you can contact us at any time at the address given in the imprint. Furthermore, you have the right of appeal to the competent supervisory authority.

Analysis tools and third-party tools

When you visit our website, your surfing behavior can be statistically analyzed. This happens above all with cookies and with so-called analysis programs. The analysis of your surfing behavior is usually anonymous; the surfing behavior cannot be traced back to you. You can object to this analysis or prevent it by not using certain tools. Detailed information can be found in the following privacy policy.

You can object to this analysis. We will inform you about the possibilities of objection in this privacy policy.

2. General Information and Mandatory Information

Privacy and data protection

The operators of these pages take the protection of your personal data very seriously. We treat your personal data confidentially and in accordance with the statutory data protection regulations and this privacy policy.

If you use this website, various personal data will be collected. Personal information is information that personally identifies you. This Privacy Policy explains what information we collect and what we use it for. It also explains how and for what purpose this happens.

Please note that data transmission over the Internet (for example, when communicating via e-mail) may be subject to security vulnerabilities. A complete protection of the data from access by third parties is not possible.

Information about the responsible body

The entity responsible for the data processing on this website is as follows:

SKS metaplast Scheffer-Klute GmbH
Zur Hubertushalle 4
59846 Sundern

Phone: +49 (0) 2933 / 831-0
E-mail: sales@sks-germany.com

Responsible entity is the natural or legal person who, alone or in concert with others, decides on the purposes and means of processing personal data (such as names, e-mail addresses, etc.).

Revocation of your consent to data processing

Many data processing operations are only possible with your express consent. You can revoke any existing consent at any time. An informal message by e-mail to us is sufficient. The legality of the data processing carried out until the revocation remains unaffected by the revocation.

Right of appeal to the competent supervisory authority

In case of violations of the data protection law, the person concerned has the right of appeal to the respectively responsible supervisory authority. The respectively responsible supervisory authority for data protection issues is the state data protection officer of the federal state in which our company is based. A list of the data protection officers as well as their contact data can be found by clicking on the following link: https://www.bfdi.bund.de/DE/Infothek/Anschriften_Links/anschriften_links-node.html.

Right to data portability

You have the right to have data that we automatically process on the basis of your consent or in fulfillment of a contract, in itself or to a third party in a standard, machine-readable format. If you require the direct transfer of data to another respectively responsible person, this will only be done to the extent technically feasible.

SSL or TLS encryption

This site uses SSL or TLS encryption for security reasons and to protect the transmission of confidential content, such as orders or requests that you send to us as a page or website operator. You can recognize an encrypted connection by the changing address line of the browser from “http: //” to “https: //” and the lock symbol in your browser line.

If SSL or TLS encryption is enabled, the data you submit to us cannot be read by third parties.

Information, blocking, deletion

Within the scope of the currently applicable statutes and laws, you have the right to free information on your stored personal data, their origin and source, the recipient and the purpose of the data processing and, if necessary, a right to rectification, blocking or deletion of this data. For further information on personal data you can contact us at any time at the address listed in the imprint.

3. Data Protection Officer

Statutory data protection officer

We have appointed a data protection officer for our company. You can reach him or her at the following e-mail address: datenschutz@sks-germany.com


4. Newsletter


This website uses rapidmail to send newsletters. The provider is rapidmail GmbH, Augustinerplatz 2, 79098 Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany.
rapidmail is a service that can be used to organise and analyse the sending of newsletters. The data that you enter in connection with the newsletter is stored on rapidmail’s servers in Germany.
If you do not want an analysis to be performed by rapidmail, you need to unsubscribe from the newsletter. We provide a corresponding link for this in each newsletter message. You can also unsubscribe from the newsletter directly on the website.

Data analysis by rapidmail

For the purpose of the analysis, the emails sent with rapidmail contain a so-called “tracking pixel”, which connects to the servers of rapidmail when the email is opened. In this way, it is possible to determine if a newsletter message has been opened.
Furthermore, we can use rapidmail to determine whether and which links are clicked on in the newsletter message. All links in the email are so-called tracking links, which can be used to count your clicks.
For more information on rapidmail’s analysis functions, please refer to the following link: https://de.rapidmail.wiki/kategorien/statistiken/.

Legal basis

Data is processed on the basis of your consent (Art. 6, para. 1 lit. a of the GDPR). You can revoke this consent at any time. The legality of the data processing operations already carried out remains unaffected by such a revocation.

Storage period

The data that we store in connection with the newsletter is saved by us or the newsletter service provider until you unsubscribe from the newsletter and is removed from the newsletter distribution list after you have unsubscribed. Data that has been stored by us for other purposes remains unaffected by this.
After you have been removed from the newsletter distribution list, your email address will be stored in a blacklist by us or the newsletter service provider in order to stop future mailings. The data in the blacklist is only used for this purpose and not merged with other data. This is in both your interest and our interest in complying with the legal requirements on sending newsletters (legitimate interest in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f of the GDPR). Data can be stored in the blacklist for an indefinite period of time. You may object to the storage of data if your interests outweigh our legitimate interests.
For more information, please refer to rapidmail’s data privacy notice at: https://www.rapidmail.de/datensicherheit.

Conclusion of an order processing agreement

We have signed an agreement with rapidmail, in which we oblige rapidmail to protect our customers’ data and not to pass it on to third parties. This agreement can be found at: https://www.rapidmail.de/blog-content/wissen-de/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/01/rapidmail-eudsgvo-muster.pdf


5. Data Collection on Our Website


Some Internet pages use so-called cookies. Cookies do not harm your computer and do not contain viruses. Cookies serve to make our offer more user-friendly, effective and secure. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer and stored by your browser.

Most of the cookies we use are so-called “session cookies.” They are automatically deleted after your visit. Other cookies remain stored on your device until you delete them. These cookies allow us to recognize your browser the next time you visit.

You can set your browser so that you are informed about the setting of cookies and allow cookies only in individual cases, to accept cookies only in certain cases, or to generally exclude and activate the automatic deletion of cookies when closing the browser. Disabling cookies may limit the functionality of this website.

Cookies that are required to carry out the electronic communication process or to provide certain functions that you wish to use (e.g., shopping cart function) are saved on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f DSGVO (German General Data Protection Regulation). The website operator has a legitimate interest in the storage of cookies for the technically correct and optimized provision of its services. Insofar as other cookies (such as cookies for analyzing your surfing behavior) are stored, they will be treated separately in this privacy policy.

Server log files

The provider of the pages automatically collects and stores information in so-called server log files, which your browser automatically transmits to us. These are:

  • Browser type and browser version
  • Used operating system
  • Referrer URL
  • Host name of the accessing computer
  • Time of the server request
  • IP address

A merge of this data with other data sources will not be done.

The basis for data processing is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f DSGVO, which allows the processing of data for the performance of a contract or pre-contractual measures.

Contact form

If you send us inquiries via the contact form, your details from the inquiry form, including the contact details you provided there, will be stored in order to process the request and in case of follow-up questions. We will not share this information without your consent.

The processing of the data entered into the contact form is therefore exclusively based on your consent (Art. 6 (1) lit. DSGVO). You can revoke this consent at any time. An informal message by e-mail to us is sufficient. The legality of the data processing operations carried out until the revocation remains unaffected by the revocation.

The information you provide in the contact form will remain with us until you ask us to delete it, revoke your consent for storage, or the purpose for data storage no longer applies (for example, after your request has been processed). Mandatory statutory provisions – especially retention periods – remain unaffected.

Processing data (customer and contract data)

We collect, process and use personal data only insofar as necessary for the establishment, content or modification of the legal relationship (subscriber data). This is done on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b DSGVO, which allows the processing of data to fulfill a contract or pre-contractual measures. We collect, process and use personal data on the use of our website (usage data) only insofar as this is necessary in order to enable or charge the user for the use of the service.

The collected customer data will be deleted after completion of the order or termination of the business relationship. Legal retention periods remain unaffected.

Data transmission at the conclusion of the contract for online shops, dealers and goods delivery

We only transfer personal data to third parties if this is necessary within the scope of the contract, for example, to the companies entrusted with the delivery of the goods or to the bank responsible for processing the payment. A further transmission of the data does not take place or only if you have expressly consented to the transmission. A transfer of your data to third parties without explicit consent, such as for advertising purposes, does not occur.

The basis for data processing is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b DSGVO, which allows the processing of data to fulfill a contract or pre-contractual measures.

Job applications

Our job application portal lists job vacancies for which you can apply using an online form. With your decision to apply for these positions, you will provide not only your personal details, but also information about your academic and professional career. The transmission of all documents is voluntary. In addition, the processing of the data takes place for the decision on the establishment of an employment relationship in accordance with § 26 para. 1 BDSG, new (New German Data Protection Act) [KS2]

Submitting your application documents by e-mail means they are automatically scanned and recorded in our application management system. All sent documents (cover letter, curriculum vitae, certificates and other supporting documents) and the information contained therein are stored here.

If you send us your application documents in person or by regular mail, we will digitize them first and then enter them into our application management system. The original documents will be sent back to you immediately.

In case of a successful application, your application documents will be saved to the personnel file. If your application was unsuccessful, we will retain the application up to 6 months after completing the application process and then destroy it in compliance with data protection laws. If we want to keep your application documents longer, we will ask for your consent separately.

6. Analysis Tools and Advertising

Google Analytics

This website uses functions of the web analytics service Google Analytics. The provider is as follows: Google Ireland Limited (Register No.: 368047), Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland.

Google Analytics uses so-called “cookies.” These are text files that are stored on your computer and that allow an analysis of the use of the website by you. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is usually transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there.

Google Analytics cookies are stored on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f DSGVO. The website operator has a legitimate interest in analyzing user behavior in order to optimize both its website and its advertising.

IP anonymization

We have activated the IP anonymization function on this website. As a result, your IP address will be truncated by Google within member states of the European Union or other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area prior to transmission to the United States. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be sent to a Google server in the US and shortened there. On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on website activity, and to provide other services related to website activity and Internet usage to the website operator. The IP address provided by Google Analytics as part of Google Analytics will not be merged with other Google data.

Browser plugin

You can prevent the storage of cookies by a corresponding setting of your browser software; however, please note that if you do this, you may not be able to use all the features of this website to the fullest extent possible. In addition, you may prevent the collection by Google of the data generated by the cookie and related to your use of the website (including your IP address) as well as the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available from the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.

Objection to data collection

You can prevent the collection of your data by Google Analytics by clicking on the following link. An opt-out cookie will be set to prevent your data from being collected on future visits to this site: Deactivate Google Analytics.

For more information on how Google Analytics handles and deals with user data, please consult the Google Privacy Policy: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=en.

Order processing

We have entered into a contract data processing agreement with Google and fully implement the strict requirements of the German data protection authorities when using Google Analytics.

Demographics in Google Analytics

This website uses the demographics feature of Google Analytics. As a result, reports can be produced that contain statements on the age, gender and interests of the site visitors. This data comes from interest-based advertising from Google and third-party visitor data. This data cannot be linked to a specific person. You can disable this feature at any time through the ad settings in your Google account, or generally prohibit the collection of your data by Google Analytics as outlined in the section “Objection to Data Collection.”

7. Competitions

General, organiser

Agreement to the terms and conditions of participation below is a prerequisite for participation in the competition. By participating in the competition, the participant accepts these terms and conditions of participation. The organiser of the competition is SKS GERMANY (subsequently referred to as “Organiser”).

Prerequisites for participation

All individuals residing in the European Union with full legal capacity are allowed to participate.

The organiser also reserves the right to exclude people from participation at its own discretion if there are justified reasons, for example

  • a)    in the event of manipulations in connection with access to or running of the competition,
  • b)    in the event of infringements of these terms and conditions of participation,
  • c)    in the event of dishonest actions, or
  • d)    in the event of providing incorrect or misleading information in connection with participation in the competition.

Period of participation, conclusion

Please find details about the start and the duration of the competition (participation period) with the information concerning the respective competition (e.g. on our homepage and/or other social media channels). Users may participate in the competition within the time period which is stated.

The organiser expressly reserves the right to terminate the respective competition without prior announcement and without providing any reasons. This is particularly the case for any reasons which would interfere with or prevent the competition running in line with the planned process.

Process of the competition, prize

The winners are established following the closing date in accordance with the way stipulated in the terms and conditions of participation without the possibility of recourse to legal action. If the competition is linked to a task, only those participants who have carried out the task correctly are entered into the draw.

There will be no change to or cash payment of the prize. We will inform the winner via a private message. If the winner has not responded to the message informing them of their win within ten (10) days, the prize will be forfeited without replacement.

Competitions can be hosted on various social media platforms or channels. Further information and conditions for running a competition can be found on the respective hosting channels (social media, e.g. Facebook, Instagram).


The organiser is liable for damage or loss which was caused by the organiser, its legal representatives, employees or agents, either intentionally or due to gross negligence.

In the case of an ordinary or slightly negligent infringement of essential contractual obligations (“Cardinal obligations”), the liability of the organiser is limited to the amount of damage or loss which could typically be predicted when the contract was agreed. An essential contractual obligation is one of the obligations necessary for enabling proper implementation of the contract, or the adherence to which was relied upon by the contractual partner or which the contractual partner was entitled to rely upon. Liability for ordinary or slightly negligent infringements of other obligations is ruled out.

Mandatory legal provisions such as unlimited liability for personal damage and loss and liability according to the Product Liability Act remain unaffected by the stipulations above.

In addition, the organiser will not be held liable for any damage or loss due to any impact on the availability of the competition Internet page as a result of technical faults beyond its control and force majeure, and attacks by third parties against the competition Internet page. The organiser will nevertheless do everything possible to ensure the reliability and full function of the competition Internet page.

In addition, the organiser will not provide any guarantee that the competition Internet page will function correctly on the respective participant device. The organiser reserves the right to modify, change or cancel the competition if there is a necessity to do so.

Data protection

The provision of personal data is a requirement for participation in the competition. Data which are absolutely essential for participation in the competition are marked as mandatory fields; participation is not possible if the data required for the mandatory fields are not provided.

The participant provides assurance that the information he/she has given, in particular first name, surname and address (email address) and any information relating to his/her age, are truthful and correct.

The organiser states that all personal data of the participant will not be passed on to third parties or ceded to third parties for further use (e.g. address data) without an appropriate legal basis. The one exception to this involves passing on this data to companies which may be commissioned with running the competition, which have to collect, store and use the data for the purpose of running the competition. The data are processed for the purpose of running the competition exclusively.

In the event of a win, the winner declares that he or she agrees to the publication of his or her name in the advertising media used by the organiser through acceptance of these terms and conditions of participation. This includes the announcement of the winner on the website of the operator and its social media platforms. All contributions which have been received and/or contents may similarly be used by us for commercial purposes (e.g. advertisements), and in particular published. In this respect the participants grant the organiser the right to use contributions and/or contents without limitations in terms of time and place, free of charge, without mentioning the name of the creator for purposes of advertising, meaning reproducing, publishing, editing etc. in particular.

Article 6 (1) (b) of the General Data Protection Regulation forms the legal basis for the processing of personal data for the purpose of running the competition. The data of the participants are on principle deleted within a period of 3/6 months following completion of the competition; the data of the winners form an exception to this and these can be processed in accordance with the aforementioned statements, as well as data which are required within the framework of a corresponding use of contributions and/or contents by the organiser.

The data protection regulations of SKS GERMANY also apply. These are available on the website via the link “Privacy / GDPR”. You can also consult our data protection officers via the contact details provided for all matters related to data protection.

Severability clause

If individual provisions of these terms and conditions of participation are ineffective or if there is a loophole, this does not impact on the effectiveness of the remaining provisions. A provision which is as close as possible to the contractual purpose and the legal provisions is used in place of the ineffective or missing provisions.

Legal domicile / applicable law

German law will apply exclusively in the event of disputes. The main office of the organiser is agreed as the legal domicile provided that this is legally permissible. If the participant does not have a general legal domicile in Germany or moves their residence to another country following participation, the main office of the organiser is similarly agreed as the legal domicile.


Please contact the organiser for any questions in relation to the running of this competition and/or the processing and use of personal data. Contact details are available via the link Legal Notice on the SKF GERMANY website.