Data Privacy Statement
Storage and processing of personal data
Every time a user accesses a page on our website, and every time a file is accessed, access data regarding these actions is anonymised and stored in a log file on our server. This procedure immediately and automatically deletes any references to specific persons in the data.
The basic components of each data set are:
- the page from which the file was requested
- the name of the file
- the date and time of the request
- the IP address of the computer from which the request originated
- the quantity of data transmitted
- the access status (file transmitted, file not found, etc.)
- a description of the type of web browser used
This anonymised stored data is exclusively processed for statistical purposes.
Where there is an option to enter personal or commercial data (email addresses, names, addresses) on our website, this disclosure of this data by the user is always expressly voluntary. We only use the data provided to fulfil the desired purpose. Data is strictly processed in accordance with legal provisions. Mandatory information is clearly marked as such.
We exclusively store and process your personal details to fulfil our own business purposes (Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. b & f GDPR). We handle your data confidentially and do not disclose it to third parties without justification.
Data regarding use of our website is only allocated to individual users with the users’ prior consent (see below).
HARTING uses third parties as service providers to process data, including personal data in the context of our own business purposes. These third parties are cloud providers, activity analysis service providers and web analysis services. The following text contains more detailed descriptions of these services providers.
You can, on request and at any time, obtain information on the type and scope of personal data we hold concerning you. Additionally, in accordance with legal provisions, you have the right to rectification, the right to block and the right to deletion of this personal data.
Responsible contact partner
The data controller in the context of the processing of data collected on this website and through use of the online shop is:
HARTING South Africa (Pty) Ltd, Ground Floor, Twickenham Building, The Campus, Cnr Main & Sloane Street Bryanston, 2021 Johannesburg (Bryanston), Email: za(at)HARTING.com
The contact person at HARTING is:
Mr. Bernd Fischer, HARTING South Africa (Pty) Ltd, Ground Floor, Twickenham Building, The Campus, Twickenham Building, Crn Sloane and Main Rd, Bryanston, 2021, E-Mail: za(at)HARTING.com
The purpose of tracking mechanisms is to allow the operator of a website to monitor – and in some cases control – online marketing measures with reference to their efficacy. Commonly used synonyms for the term ‘tracking’ include ‘web controlling’, ‘web analysis’ and ‘traffic analysis’. Tracking encompasses success monitoring, control and efficiency analysis of a website and the online marketing measures it uses.
Measures used for tracking purposes generally examine where a website’s visitors come from, their behaviour and actions on the platform as well as, in some circumstances, what they do after leaving the page. There are essentially two different methods used to carry out tracking.
HARTING uses tracking mechanisms to measure and analyse its reach and personalise its web content. If you are a registered user and are also signed in, HARTING will also use tracking mechanisms for profiling purposes.
Reach measurement and analysis
Reach measurement and analysis (as well as clickstream analysis, data traffic analysis, traffic analysis, web analysis, web controlling, etc.) denotes the collection and evaluation of data regarding the behaviour of website visitors. An analysis mechanism typically examines where visitors come from, which areas of a website are visited and how often, and for how long individual subpages and categories are viewed. First and foremost, it serves to optimise the website and achieve specific objectives more effectively (e.g. to increase page visits, visitor frequency or newsletter subscriptions, etc.). At a fundamental level, a differentiation can be made in web analysis between analytical procedures to measure site efficacy on a permanent basis and methods to find weak spots in a website and identify potential ways to improve these.
We use five different categories of cookies on our website:
- required cookies
- performance cookies
- functionality cookies
- personalisation cookies
- targeting cookies
Required cookies: These cookies are required for you to be able to move around the website and use specific functions. For instance, when products are placed in an online shopping basket, these cookies allow the user the leave the website and still be able to access the products in the shopping basket on their return.
Performance cookies: These cookies collect information on how visitors use a website: for example, which pages they access most frequently, and whether they receive error messages from websites. These cookies do not collect any data by which visitors could be personally identified. All information collected with the help of these cookies is anonymous and is exclusively used to improve the website’s functionality and services. We therefore use performance cookies to generate statistics on how our website is used and to see how effective our marketing campaigns are.
Functionality cookies: These cookies make it possible to provide the services you request, e.g. when you wish to view a video. Functionality cookies also make it possible to retain any settings you configure on the website (e.g. location). These cookies cannot track you when you browse other websites and cannot identify where you have surfed on the Internet outside of our website. Without these cookies, we would be unable to provide certain services or functions on request.
Personalisation cookies: We use personalisation cookies to recognise you when you return to our website, to personalise content for you and also to save your settings (such as your preferred language).
Targeting cookies: These cookies are used to tailor the advertisements you see even more precisely to you and your interests. They also make it possible to limit how often a given advert is displayed to you, to measure the efficacy of a marketing campaign and to understand how people behave after viewing a given advert. Targeting cookies are commonly placed on webpages by advertising networks (with the consent of the respective website’s operator). They identify that the user has visited a website and pass on this information to other companies, such as advertising companies. In many cases, they are associated with a website functionality provided by said company. We therefore use targeting cookies to create connections with social networks. These social networks can then continue to use this information regarding your visit to tailor advertisements on other websites more precisely and to provide information regarding your visits to the advertising networks we use. As a result, you can subsequently be shown only the advertisements which, on the basis of your browsing behaviour, could potentially be of genuine interest to you.
Targeting cookies are explicitly used to display tailored advertisements to a user based on their surfing behaviour. Thus, you may be shown advertisements for HARTING products and services on other websites. In online marketing, this is also known as ‘retargeting’.
Preventing cookies from being stored: Generally speaking, you can prevent cookies from being stored on your hard drive by selecting ‘Block all cookies’ in your browser settings. Alternatively, you can also configure your browser so that it asks for your consent before a cookie is set. You can also delete cookies once they have been set. To find out precisely how this works in your specific case, consult your browser’s help pages.
Please note: If you completely block cookies from being used in the settings of the web browser you use, you will be unable to use certain functionalities of our website or will be restricted in doing so.
In the event that you automatically delete your cookies due to the configurations you make, opt-out cookies may need to be reactivated.
User-based and/or personalised offers
Usage-based online advertising: Our website, and linked websites from where a user originates, collect and process a visitor’s usage behaviour. The user benefits from this as the advertisements generated are tailored to their specific areas of interest; on the whole, fewer randomly scattered advertisements are displayed. A cookie is stored on the user’s computer to collect information on their usage behaviour.
We use the following tools to collect data in order to provide user-based online advertising:
- Google Analytics
- Google AdWords
- Google Tag Manager
Provider’s Data Privacy Information
You can find further information on cookies and individual providers on the website youronlinechoices.com. This site also gives you the opportunity to object to usage-based online advertising using certain tools or using all tools.
Personalised offers: We also use these technologies to recognise returning users. Personalised offers are based on analysis of purchasing behaviour as well as the respective visitor’s use of our electronic media.
More specifically, we use the following data to create advertisements tailored to you and your interests:
- data contained in your customer account and data you share with us when making purchases (master data)
- data about your purchases – to date or in future – at HARTING (transaction data) and information derived from the same (e.g. what products you prefer to purchase or configure)
- information generated automatically when you visit our electronic media (website or app, including across devices) including the date and time of the visit (usage data) and information derived from the same (e.g. what content you view and how often)
- products you have searched for or viewed in our electronic media
Analysing and evaluating the aforementioned information enables us to produce offerings and product recommendations tailored to individual users. Personalised offers may be sent by post, presented on a visit to our electronic media (website and app) or – if the user has given their specific consent – sent via email or push notification.
To optimise our offers on the basis of your user interests, we use the following tool:
On HARTING.com, we use the Acquia Lift service provided by Acquia Inc., 53 State Street, 10th Floor, Boston, MA 02109, USA. All collected data is stored and processed on servers within the EU.
Acquia Lift facilitates personalisation, and allows us to record users’ interests, preferences and behaviour.
Acquia Lift also uses geo-targeting methods that identify the region you are in. This enables us to provide you with content of interest to your specific region – such as our Contact widget, which identifies the relevant contact partner for your region. Your IP address is not saved and is used exclusively for this process.
You can reject cookies and prevent them from being stored by configuring your browser software accordingly: to do so, deactivate Acquia Lift. However, if you choose to do so, you will be unable to enjoy the benefits (functions and tailored content) Acquia Lift offers on our website.
Reach measurement and analysis using Google Analytics
Stopping profiling and reach measurement and analysis
You can stop reach measurement and user profiling (either pseudonymised or personalised) by Google Analytics at any time. You can use the following methods to do so:
- You can prevent cookies used for profiling from being stored by configuring your browser software accordingly, as detailed above.
- Another option is to set an ‘opt-out cookie’ which you can find via the following link: deactivate Google Analytics. However, the opt-out cookie will only prevent web analysis from being carried out for as long as the browser stores the opt-out cookie.
- Depending on the browser you use, you may be able to install a browser plugin that prevents tracking. Simply install the available browser plugin to do so.
We would like to point out that, given the current state of technology, it is not possible to guarantee complete protection of data transmitted over the Internet. In some circumstances, third parties may be able to penetrate network security and monitor communications. In this regard, please note that the transmission of data via email is fundamentally not encrypted.
HARTING stores personal data collected for business purposes as long as is required for the business relationship, and then duly deletes this data. A business purpose is deemed to have expired at the latest when the limitation periods for all claims that could arise from the business relationship have expired pursuant to generally applicable provisions. In case of doubt, this period should be assumed to be 10 years after the last business transaction. If HARTING receives personal data and no related business transaction occurs, this data will be deleted after 3 years at the latest. Naturally, HARTING will also delete this data if a business purpose no longer exists and the user revokes their consent.
Right of access, right to rectification, right to information
You have the right at all times to access your stored personal data, as well as information regarding its origin, recipient and the purpose of its storage. Furthermore, you have the right to rectification and the right to deletion of your data (the ‘right to be forgotten’).
The following links additionally offer you the opportunity to access information on the collection of personal data by the HARTING Technology Group in accordance with Articles 13 & 14 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation:
- Data privacy information for clients, distributors, interested parties and suppliers
- Data privacy information for HARTING employees and applicants
- Data privacy information for HARTING visitors
Revocation of consent
You can revoke your consent regarding use of your data at any time either in writing or electronically. The same applies if your personal data is processed in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f of the GDPR.
Revocation via email: za(at)HARTING.com
Revocation by post: Attention: Mr. Bernd Fischer, HARTING South Africa (Pty) Ltd, Ground Floor, Twickenham Building, The Campus, Twickenham Building, Crn Sloane and Main Rd, Bryanston, 2021
In the event that you revoke your consent to the storage and processing of your data, HARTING South Africa (Pty) Ltd. may be unable to offer you certain services, such as participation in competitions.
If you revoke your consent, we will no longer process your personal data. This shall not apply in the event we can demonstrate that the processing is necessary for compelling and legitimate grounds which override your interests, rights and freedoms, or in the event that the processing serves to assert, exercise or defend legal claims or rights.
You also have the right to submit complaints at any time to the respective supervisory authority for data privacy. To do so, please contact HARTING South Africa (Pty) Ltd, Ground Floor, Twickenham Building, The Campus, Cnr Main & Sloane Street Bryanston, 2021 Johannesburg (Bryanston).
Validity of this Data Privacy Statement
We reserve the right to amend or adapt this Data Privacy Statement from time to time. This statement was last amended on 11 October 2018.