1. Content, scope and responsiblity
The following statement provides you with information about the processing of your personal data when you visit our website, www.sovanta.com, when you contact us or when you subscribe to our newsletter. This data privacy statement also applies to our blog, Blog Archives – sovanta AG. Some separate processing operations take place there, which we likewise explain below. Personal data include all information that relates to an identified or identifiable individual.
On our website and our blog, we have integrated various tools with which we can process data of our website visitors without them actively providing us with such.
Below, we explain to you in detail how we collect which data on which legal basis. Furthermore, we outline which rights you have and for how long your data are stored. Your data are processed in accordance with the provisions of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the German federal data protection act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetzt – BDSG) and the German telemedia act (Telemediengesetz – TMG) as well as any other applicable statutory regulations.
The body responsible for the data processing is:
Tel.: +49 (0)6221 18733-0
You can contact our Data Protection Officer at:
Data Protection Officer X-House
2. Processing of your data when visiting our website using log files
On the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. f GDPR, based on both our legitimate interest and that of our host provider in improving the stability and functionality of our website, our website uses so-called log files in which access data are stored every time a page is opened. The dataset stored here includes the following data:
· Your anonymised IP address, the date, the time, which file was accessed, the status, the enquiry made to the server by your browser, the volume of data transmitted and the website (referrer) from which you arrived on the requested page, as well as
· the product and version information of the browser used, your operating system and your home country.
The log data is used in anonymised form only, i.e. with no attribution or reference to your person, only for the purpose of being able to detect and if necessary to prevent attacks on our website. We reserve the right to store full IP addresses in individual cases and to analyse these if certain facts arise to the suspicion that users are using our websites and/or services illegally or uncontractually. The IP address will be anonymised as soon as we no longer require it.
3. Processing of your data if you contact us or in the event that an input form is used
If you provide us with personal data by contacting us e.g. by email, we process your data in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. b GDPR for the purpose of performing a contract or in order to take steps prior to entering into a contract at your request, or in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. f GDPR on the basis of our legitimate interest in responding to your enquiry.
To enable email communication for general requests and communication through email addresses with the “sovanta.com” extension, we use Microsoft Outlook. Microsoft processes your contact information, for example, email address and the content of your email. Microsoft stores your personal data on servers based in the European Economic Area (EEA). However, we cannot exclude that Microsoft accesses and therefore transfers your personal data to the United States. We have concluded a data processing agreement pursuant to Art. 28 para. 3 GDPR and EU standard contractual clauses with Microsoft.
4. Processing of your data in the case of enrolment or registration for seminars/webinars/events
Via our website, we offer seminars, webinars and other events (hereafter “events”). Enrolment for these is undertaken directly with our webinar providers. All data that we request for enrolment are used by us in accordance with art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. b GDPR for the purpose of performing a contract or in order to take steps prior to entering into a contract, at your request, namely for completion of your enrolment for the respective event. Here, we request data that must essentially be provided and that we need for participation, which include your forename and surname and your email address, as well as data that you can enter voluntarily. For more information on the processing of your data, please check the privacy statements of the respective application:
Go to Webinar: Privacy
5. Processing of your data if you consent to receiving further informations
On the contact form, if you consent to receiving further communications from us, we process all the data you have entered on the contact form for the purpose of sending further communications, although we store the message text only if we are able to send you more targeted communications because of this. In addition, we store your IP address in order to be able to prove your consent.
You will receive further communications about products, services and other content that may be of interest to you and that are connected with sovanta. We use a third-party provider to send these further communications. This provider has been carefully selected by us and we have concluded data privacy regulations with the same, so that we maintain ownership of your data. We analyse the click and opening rates of our communications, i.e. we record who has opened the newsletter and clicked on which link in it.
You can unsubscribe from the further communications at any time by contacting us by email or by post at the aforementioned address. The revocation of your consent by unsubscribing from the further communications has no effect on the legality of the data processing up to the time of revocation. If you unsubscribe from the further communications, the data stored by us for the purpose of sending the further communications will be erased unless the erasure is in breach of retention obligations under data protection law. The processing of the data takes place in Europe and the USA.
6. Processing of your data by means of cookies and tags
a) Cookies necessary for the operation of the website
For the operation of the website, we use technically necessary cookies to provide basic functionalities. The purpose of using these cookies is to simplify the use of websites for users. The legal basis for the processing of data from technically necessary cookies is § 25 para. 2 No. 2 of the New German Telecommunications-Telemedia Data Protection Act (TTDSG) in conjunction with Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. f GDPR on the basis of our legitimate interest in a user-friendly design of our website.
b) Cookies not necessary for the operation of the website
Furthermore, we use non-essential (optional) cookies to improve the offers on our website on the basis of statistical evaluations or to optimise our marketing measures. The legal basis for this processing is your consent pursuant to § 25 para. 1 p. 1 of the TTDSG in conjunction with Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. a GDPR. Data processing with the help of these cookies only takes place if we have received your consent for this in advance.
c) Personalisation of cookie settings
Before cookies are set, you will be asked through a cookie banner to make a selection as to which cookies may be set. This allows you to adjust the settings according to your personal preferences. Later, you can revoke or change these settings at the bottom of our website.
d) Data processing by HubSpot
For the purposes of analysis on our website and in our blog, we use a service from HubSpot Inc., 25 First St., 2nd floor, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02141, USA (“HubSpot”). Cookies set here (see b) are stored on your computer and allow us to analyse your visit to the website. On our behalf, HubSpot analyses the information recorded (e.g. IP address, geographical location, browser type, visit duration and pages viewed) in order to generate reports on the visit and on the visited pages of sovanta AG. Further information about how HubSpot works can be found in the data privacy statement of HubSpot Inc., which is available at: http://legal.hubspot.com/de/pr….
You can prevent participation in this tracking process and thus object to the processing of your data for direct marketing purposes by preventing the setting of cookies and other tracking tools with a corresponding setting in your browser software.
7. Processing of personal data from applicants
a) Application process
If you apply to us electronically, i.e. by email our through the contact form on our career page, we will collect and process your personal data for the purpose of conducting the application procedure and carrying out pre-contractual measures. In this context, you transmit personal data, which we will use and store exclusively for the purpose of your job search / application process.
In particular, the following data is collected during this process:
● name (first and last names)
● phone number (optional)
Furthermore, you can choose to upload additional documents such as a cover letter, your CV and certificates. These may contain additional personal data, e.g. date of birth, postal address etc. We conduct several rounds of interviews during the application process. Only authorized HR staff and/or staff involved in the application process have access to your data.
Your personal data is stored, as a rule, exclusively for the purpose of filling the vacancy for which you have applied. The legal basis for processing your personal data is Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. b and Art. 88 para. 1 GDPR in connection with § 26 para. 1 sentence 1 BDSG. According to this law, the processing of data required in connection with the decision to establish an employment relationship is permitted.
Your data will be stored for a period of six months after the application process has been concluded. This is usually done to fulfill legal requirements and/or defending ourselves against any claims arising from legal provisions in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. f GDPR.
Once the storage periods have expired or in the course of exercising your right to deletion and/or objection, we are obliged to delete or anonymize your data. In this case, the data is only available to us as data without direct personal reference for statistical analysis (e.g. number of applications per period etc.).
Should you be offered and accept a position with us during the application process, we will store the personal data collected as part of the application process for at least the duration of your employment.
b) Data processing in the “Talent Pool”
In addition, we reserve the right to ask for your consent to include your data in our “Talent Pool” for 6 months after the end of the application process in order to identify any other interesting positions for you. The legal basis for including you in the “Talent Pool” is your consent pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. a GDPR. You can revoke your consent for being part in our “Talent Pool” at any time (see Section 13 – “Your rights”).
When you contact us via one of our contact options, for example, email, post, or telephone, we process the data you provide (for example your email address and the content of your enquiry) necessary for us to answer your question. If your enquiry contains optional personal data, e.g. your name, we will process that data in order to provide improved support. The legal basis for the collection of data in the context of contacting requests is Section 26 para. 1 BDSG, if an employment relationship exists or is intended.
We delete the data collected in this context after storage is no longer required (depending on the respective purpose of the contact) or restrict processing if there are statutory retention obligations.
To enable email communication through the email address firstname.lastname@example.org, making video calls and sending appointment requests, we use Microsoft Office 365 products, e.g. Teams or Outlook. Microsoft processes your contact information, for example, email address and the content of your email. Microsoft stores your personal data on servers based in the European Economic Area (EEA). However, we cannot exclude that Microsoft accesses and therefore transfers your personal data to the United States. We have concluded a data processing agreement pursuant to Art. 28 para. 3 GDPR and EU standard contractual clauses with Microsoft.
d) Employer Rating Platform Kununu
8. Social-Media-pages by sovanta
In the following, we inform you about the handling of your personal data when visiting our social media pages Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or LinkedIn. The processing of your personal data is carried out on the one hand by us and on the other hand by the respective social media platform.
a) Processing of your personal data by sovanta
As the operator of a social media site, we process the content you share on our pages, e.g. via posts, comments or direct messages. Furthermore, we process the data from the stored information of your publicly viewable profile, e.g. your profile picture and your name, if you leave a comment on one of our pages. We would like to point out that you should never share sensitive personal data with us through social media sites, as this simultaneously involves a transfer of the data to the respective social media platforms and the data may be transferred to unsafe third countries outside the European Union. The purpose of the data processing is our external presentation and the provision of a contact option with customers, partners and interested persons who want to learn more about our company. The legal basis for processing the data is Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. f GDPR. Our legitimate interest is to improve the user experience of our social media pages.
b) Processing of your personal data by the social media platforms
The extent of the processing of personal data depends on the respective operator of the social network, may therefore differ and is not necessarily comprehensible to us. The details about the collection and storage as well as the type, scope and purpose of the use of your data by the operator can be found in the privacy statements of the respective operator:
- Twitter: Twitter Datenschutzrichtlinie
- LinkedIn: https://de.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy?
The operators bear the primary responsibility for data processing on the social media pages. We therefore recommend that you assert your data subject rights directly with the respective operators.
c) Notice regarding the joint responsibility for data processing when operating our Fanpage on Facebook
Sovanta and Facebook Ireland Ltd, 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2 Ireland (hereinafter: “Facebook”) are jointly responsible for the processing of personal data of visitors to our Facebook Fanpage. When you visit the sovanta Fanpage, Facebook collects information as described in Facebook’s data policy under “What kinds of information do we collect?”.
The specific data processing depends on your particular use of the Facebook Fanpage, such as the types of content you view or interact with, or the actions you take (see under “Things you and others do and provide” in Facebook’s data policy), as well as information about the devices you use (e.g., IP addresses, operating system, browser type, language settings, cookie data; see under “Device Information” in Facebook’s data policy).
As explained in Facebook’s data policy under “How do we use this information?”, Facebook also collects and uses information to provide analytics services, called Page Insights, to Page operators to provide them with insights about how you interact with Facebook Pages and with connected content. The processing of personal data for Page Insights is subject to the Shared Responsibility Agreement (Page Insights Supplement Regarding Controller).
9. Use of YouTube plugins
In order to provide content in the best possible form, our website uses plugins from YouTube for the integration of video content. The provider of the video portal is YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave, San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. When a page with an integrated YouTube plugin is called up, a connection to YouTube’s servers is established. The plugin informs YouTube that you as a user have visited this website. If you are logged into your YouTube account, YouTube can assign your surfing behavior directly to your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out beforehand.
10. Use of Vimeo plugins
This data transmission to Vimeo takes place on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. f GDPR on the basis of our legitimate interest in making our website provision more attractive for our website visitors and linking our website to our video channel with Vimeo.
11. Information about the security of your data
We have taken technical and organisational precautions to protect your data from loss, destruction, manipulation and unauthorised access. All our staff and everyone involved with our data processing are obliged to comply with GDPR, BDSG and other laws relating to data protection and to handle personal data confidentially.
In the case of collection and processing of personal data, the information is transmitted in encrypted form, in order to prevent misuse of the data by third parties. Our precautions are continuously reviewed in accordance with technological developments.
12. Categories of data recipient; data transmissions to a third country
In addition to the service providers mentioned in this data privacy statement, other service providers and agents employed by us in connection with the website and our systems, e.g. host providers, agencies, IT service providers or e.g. mail service providers for sending the newsletter, may have access to your personal data. If these service providers and agents are working on our behalf, however, they act only in accordance with instructions and have a corresponding contractual obligation to us, among others. This also applies for service providers based in a third country (a state outside the EU or EEA).
13. Your rights
You have the following rights with regard to personal data related to you:
- Right of access (Art. 15 GDPR),
- Right to rectification (Art. 16 GDPR),
- Right to erasure (Art. 17 GDPR, “right to be forgotten”),
- Right to restriction of processing (Art. 18 GDPR),
- Right to object to processing (Art. 21 GDPR),
- Right to data portability (Art. 20 GDPR).
If you have given us consent to process your data, you can revoke this consent at any time with effect for the future. The lawfulness of the processing of your data until revocation remains unaffected.
We will fulfil your aforementioned rights insofar as the legal requirements for asserting the rights are met. To assert your rights or for other data protection concerns, you can contact our data protection officer via the contact channels mentioned in point 1 above.
a) Your right to complain to a data protection supervisory authority
You also have the right to complain about our processing of your personal data to a data protection supervisory authority in the Member State of your residence, your place of work or the place of the alleged infringement if you consider that the processing of personal data related to you is carried out unlawfully. The supervisory authority responsible for us is:
Der Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz und die Informationsfreiheit Baden-Württemberg
Telephone: +49 711 61 55 41 0
b) Additional information on your right of objection
In addition, we would like to point out that as far as a processing of your personal data takes place on the basis of the legitimate interest according to Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. f GDPR and/or your personal data is processed for purposes of direct marketing, you have the right to object to the processing of your personal data at any time.
14. Duration of storage
Unless explicitly specified in this data privacy statement, we process and store personal data only for the period required in order to achieve the purpose of the processing or if specified in laws or regulations to which we are subject. If the storage purpose ceases to exist or if a statutory retention period expires, the personal data are blocked or erased routinely and in accordance with the statutory provisions.