Cookie Policy of ams AG

(hereinafter referred to as the Company)

Status: November 2020

 

1.  General

Cookies are text files that are stored in or by the Internet browser on the user's computer system. If a user calls up a website, a cookie may be stored on the user's operating system. This cookie contains a characteristic string of characters that enables the browser to be identified when the website is called up again.

When calling up our website, users are informed about the use of cookies on our websites by an info banner.

 

There are following types of cookies used:

  1. technically necessary cookies,
  2. performance cookies,
  3. functional cookies and
  4. marketing cookies (incl. US-American provider)

 

Processing of cookie-data based on individual consent: Before we process data or let data being processed in the context of the use of cookies, we ask users for their consent, which can be revoked at any time. Before consent has not been given, cookies will be used if necessary for the operation of the website and the online offer (technically necessary).

Information on legal basis: If you give consent to the use of cookies, the legal basis for processing your data is the declared consent. Otherwise, the data processed by means of cookies will be processed on the basis of our legitimate interests (e.g. in the business operation of our online offer and its improvement) or, if the use of cookies is necessary to fulfil our contractual obligations.

Revocation and objection: Irrespective of whether the processing is based on consent or a legitimate interest, you have the opportunity to revoke your given consent or to object to the processing of your data by cookie technologies at any time. However, some functions of the website, such as the shopping cart, contact form, etc., cannot be used properly without these cookies. Consequently, there is no possibility for the user to object to these technically necessary cookies. These cookies can be deactivated by setting the respective browser.

You can also object to the use of cookies for range measurement and marketing purposes via the deactivation page of the network advertising initiative and additionally via the US website aboutads.info or the European website youronlinechoices.com.

Please note that you can still visit our websites without giving consent on the use of cookies, but that certain parts and functionalities of the websites may not work properly or not work at all without cookies.

Your internet browser allows you to change your cookie settings. The browser settings for cookies are usually found in the "Options", "Tools" or "Preferences" menu of your Internet browser. You can also consult the "Help" menu of your browser. Different browsers may use different mechanisms for disabling cookies.

For more information on how to change your cookie settings, please refer to the links below:

 

Contact information/rights of persons concerned

If you have any questions regarding our cookie policy, please contact us at dataprotection@ams.com.

 

Right of appeal

If, despite our obligation to process your data lawfully, your right to the lawful processing of your data is violated contrary to expectations, you have the following rights of data subjects:

 

 a) Right to confirmation

 b) Right of access

 c) Right of rectification

 d) Right of deletion (right to be forgotten)

 e) Right to limit processing

 f) Right to data portability

 g) Right to object to data processing

 i) Right to withdraw consent to the consent of data processing

 

If, despite our obligation to lawfully process your data, your right to lawfully process your data is violated contrary to our expectations, you also have the right of appeal to the supervisory authorities:

Austrian Data Protection Authority

Barichgasse 40-42, 1030 Vienna, Austria

 

 

2. COOKIES

You can find all details about the cookies in the corresponding descriptions of the cookie categories in the Preference Center:

 

(1) Technically necessary cookies

These cookies are necessary for the functioning of the website and cannot be deactivated in your systems. Generally, these cookies are only set in response to actions you take relating to a service request, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in, or filling out forms.

You can set your browser to block these cookies or to notify you about these cookies. However, some areas of the website may not work properly. These cookies do not store any personal data. Necessary cookies help to make a website usable by enabling basic functions such as page navigation and access to secure areas of the website. The website cannot work properly without these cookies.

 

(2) Performance cookies

These cookies enable us to count visits and traffic sources so that we can measure and improve the performance of our website. They help us answering questions which pages are most popular, which are least used and how visitors move around the site. All information collected by these cookies is aggregated and therefore anonymous. If you do not allow these cookies, we do not know when you visited our website.

 

(3) Functional cookies

These cookies enable the website to provide enhanced functionality and personalization. They may be set by us or by third parties whose services we use on our pages. If you do not allow these cookies, some or all of these services may not work properly.

 

(4) Cookies for Marketing Purposes (incl. US American providers)

These cookies can be set via our website by our advertising partners. They may be used by these companies to create a profile of your interests and display relevant advertisements to you on other websites. They do not store any direct personal information. Instead, they are based on the unique identification of your browser and Internet device. If you do not allow these cookies, you will receive less targeted advertising.

 

US providers (Google LLC, YouTube LLC, Facebook LLC, Linkedin LLC)

Various cookies are operated by Google LLC and YouTube LLC, which process data in the USA (Google Analytics, Google AdWords).  By agreeing to the use of cookies from these providers, you give consent to the processing of your data into the USA (Art 49(1)(a) DSGVO). The USA is not certified by the ECJ as having an adequate level of data protection (C-311/18, Schrems II). The access of US authorities to these data is not limited by law to a mandatory level. Furthermore, no court authorization is required for such access and EU citizens have no effective legal remedies against such access.

 

Use of Facebook Pixel

Within our online offer, the so-called "Facebook pixel" of the social network Facebook, which is operated by Facebook Inc, 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA, or if you are resident in the EU, Facebook Ireland Ltd, 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2, Ireland ("Facebook"), is used.

With the support of the Facebook pixel, Facebook is able to determine you as a visitor to our online offer as a target group for the display of ads (so-called "Facebook Ads"). We will inform you before you call up a website if it contains Facebook pixel functions. If you call up the corresponding website after this information, a connection to Facebook is established.

We use the Facebook pixel to display the Facebook ads placed by us only to those Facebook users who have also shown an interest in our online offering or who exhibit certain characteristics (e.g. interests in certain topics or products determined on the basis of the websites visited) that we transmit to Facebook (so-called "custom audiences"). With the help of the Facebook pixel, we also want to ensure that our Facebook Ads correspond to the potential interest of users and do not appear to be annoying. The Facebook pixel also enables us to track the effectiveness of Facebook ads for statistical and market research purposes by seeing whether users are redirected to our website after clicking on a Facebook ad (so-called "conversion").

 

  • Legal basis: Consent
    The use of the Facebook pixel as well as the storage of "conversion cookies" is done by consent in the cookie banner, thus on the basis of your consent according to Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a GDPR.

 

 

  • Joint processing of personal data (Joint Controller Agreement)
    In order to comply with the requirements of the GDPR, Facebook has described at https://www.facebook.com/legal/terms/page_controller_addendum# that the respective site operator, in our case the Company, is jointly responsible with Facebook Ireland. Furthermore, it is confirmed that Facebook Ireland assumes the primary responsibility in accordance with the GDPR for the processing of data and also takes care of the rights of data subjects. The Company has taken note of the information about this agreement and made it part of the contract between the Company and Facebook.
    The Company's responsibility is limited to the collection of the data in question and its disclosure by means of transmission (see also ECJ ruling, Ref.: C-40/17 "FashionID")

 

  • Objection to Facebook
    Settings and objections to the use of data for advertising purposes are possible within the Facebook profile settings.

 

3. Use of LinkedIn

Our website uses features of the LinkedIn network. The provider is LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. We will inform you before you access a website if it contains LinkedIn features. When you access the LinkedIn website following this information, a connection to LinkedIn's servers is established and you must consent to the processing of data on that website, LinkedIn will be notified that you have visited our website using your IP address. If you click on LinkedIn's "Recommend" button and are logged into your LinkedIn account, LinkedIn will be able to track your visit to our website to you and your account. We would like to point out that we, as the provider of these pages, have no knowledge of the content of the transmitted data or its use by LinkedIn.

For more information, please refer to the LinkedIn privacy policy.

 

4. Use of YouTube

On some of our websites we embed YouTube videos. The operator of the corresponding plugins is YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA (hereinafter "YouTube"). We will inform you before you access a website if these plug-ins contain YouTube functions. If, following this information, you visit a page with the YouTube plug-in and you agree to data processing by YouTube, a connection to servers of YouTube will be established. This tells YouTube which pages you visit. If you are logged in to your YouTube account, YouTube can personally attribute your surfing behavior to you. You can prevent this by first logging out of your YouTube account.

 

If a YouTube video is started, the provider uses cookies that collect information about user behavior. The call to YouTube automatically triggers a connection to Google.

Further information on the purpose and scope of data collection and its processing by YouTube can be found in the provider's privacy policy. There you will also find further information on your rights and settings to protect your privacy. Google processes your data in the USA.

 

If you have deactivated the storage of cookies for the Google Ad program, you will not have to expect such cookies even when watching YouTube videos. YouTube also stores non-personal usage information in other cookies. If you want to prevent this, you must block the storage of cookies in the browser.