DATA PROTECTION

Our website may be used without entering personal information. Different rules may apply to certain services on our site, however, and are explained separately below. We collect personal information from you (e.g. name, email address, etc.) in accordance with the provisions of German data protection statutes. Information is considered personal if it can be associated exclusively to a specific natural person. The legal framework for data protection may be found in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) and the Telemedia Act (TMG). The provisions below serve to provide information as to the manner, extent and purpose for collecting, using and processing personal information by the provider.

1. Controller

The responsible body for data processing on this website is:

Alliance for Qualification GmbH

c/o WeWork Potsdamer Platz

Kemperplatz 1

10785 Berlin,

Germany

info@a4q.eu

The controller decides alone or jointly with others on the purposes and means of processing personal data (e.g. names, contact details, etc.).

2. General information on personal data and their processing

2.1 How do we treat personal data?

Data protection plays a particularly important role in our company. We treat your personal data as confidential and in accordance with statutory data protection regulations and this Data Privacy Statement.

Using our web pages is generally possible without having to indicate any personal data. If a data subject wants to make use of special services (e.g. making contact using the contact form, newsletter subscription) on our website, however, processing personal data may become necessary.

If processing personal data is required and if there is no legal basis for such processing, e.g. fulfillment of a contract or fulfillment of a legal obligation, we will principally obtain the data subject’s consent. Furthermore, the personal data are always processed in conformity with the General Data Protection Regulation and with the country-specific data protection regulations applicable to our company.

2.2 Purpose of the Data Privacy Statement

By means of this Data Privacy Statement, we would like to inform the visitors of our website about the type, scope and purpose of the personal data collected, used and processed by us. In addition, we would like to inform you about your rights. Our main purpose is the registration to our web conference.

2.3 General information on the legal basis for the processing of personal data on our web pages 

As far as we obtain your consent for the processing of personal data, Art. 6 (1) lit. a EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) serves as a legal basis for the processing.

If the processing of personal data is required in order to fulfill a contract with you, which is the case with processing, for instance, required for a delivery of goods or the provision of other services or return services, the processing is based on Art. 6 (1) lit. b GDPR. The same applies to such processing which is required to perform pre-contractual measures, for example in case of inquiries about our products or services.

If we are subject to a statutory obligation requiring the processing of personal data, for example in order to fulfill tax obligations, the processing is based on Art. 6 (1) lit. c GDPR.

In rare cases the processing of personal data might become necessary in order to protect vital interests of you or any other natural person. This would be the case, for instance, if a visitor was injured in our company and consequently his/her name, age, health insurance data or other vital information would have to be passed on to a doctor, hospital or another third party. Then the processing would be based on Art. 6 (1) lit. d GDPR.

2.4 Registration form

Our website comprises a registration form. The following data are collected by using the contact form in order to respond to your concern and to contact you in this respect:

  • Your e-mail address
  • Name
  • Preferred language

If you provide us with personal data, these data are disclosed by you on an explicitly voluntary basis. Art. 6 (1) lit. a GDPR serves as a legal basis for the processing in this case. The data you enter in the form reach us in automated way in the form of an e-mail and will be deleted after the processing, until you revoke your consent or the purpose you give your consent for is fulfilled or no longer applies. Your data will be treated as strictly confidential and will not be disclosed to any third parties, however they are communicated for marketing and communication purposes to the main sponsor iSQI Group with headquarter in Friedrich-Engels-Str. 24, 14471 Potsdam, Germany and the other main sponsor GASQ GmbH, Rothenburger Str. 11, 90443 Nürnberg, Germany with your consent. You can at any time revoke your consent e.g. via post, telephone or mail (see below).

info@a4q.eu

info@isqi.org

info@gasq.org

2.5. Contacting Form

Our website comprises a contact form which you can use for fast electronic contacting. The following data are collected by using the contact form in order to respond to your concern and to contact you in this respect:

  • Your e-mail address
  • Name
  • Inquiry

If you provide us with personal data, these data are disclosed by you on an explicitly voluntary basis. Art. 6 (1) lit. a GDPR serves as a legal basis for the processing in this case. The data you enter in the contact form reach us in automated way in the form of an e-mail and will be deleted after the processing, unless the contact request results in a contract initiation or contract conclusion. In this case we can and must store your data on the basis of statutory periods. Your data will be treated as strictly confidential and will not be disclosed to any third parties, however they are communicated for communication purposes (e.g. for answering questions regarding examination) to the main sponsor iSQI Group with headquarter in Friedrich-Engels-Str. 24, 14471 Potsdam, Germany and the other main sponsor GASQ GmbH, Rothenburger Str. 11, 90443 Nürnberg, Germany with your consent. You can at any time revoke your consent e.g. via post, telephone or mail (see below).

info@a4q.eu

info@isqi.org

info@gasq.org

2.6 General information on data erasure and storage period

Your personal data will be erased or blocked as soon as the purpose of the storage no longer applies. However, storage may be further extended if this is provided by the European or national legislature in directives, laws or other regulations to which we are subject as a company.

3. Online marketing und digital communication with Hubspot

On our website and blog we use the Hubspot marketing automation software of the American company Hubspot Inc., 2nd Floor 30 North Wall Quay, Dublin 1, Ireland (hereinafter referred to as “Hubspot”). Hubspot is an integrated software solution by which we cover different aspects of our digital marketing, sales and customer relation management. Furthermore we use the tool for analytical purposes of our web offer in order to optimize it and to offer you the best possible and user-friendly service.

We use Hubspot for:

  • registration form and contact form
  • landing pages which are used as part of an advertising campaign and contain interaction possibilities such as registration or download of white papers
  • social media linking and/or social media sharing
  • evaluating the usage of our web pages (e.g. access, pages visited, dwelling time, etc.) as well as for evaluating the usage of our newsletter (opening rate, click rate, unsubscribe, etc.)

For detailed information on the scope of the data processing, the legal basis, the purpose, the storage period as well as possibilities of objection please refer to sections 3.1 to 3.6.

The contents of our web pages as well as your personal data which you provide, e.g. when using our contact form or subscribing to our newsletter, are stored on the servers of our software partner Hubspot.

Of course Hubspot also uses “cookies” which are saved on your computer and allow us to analyze your usage of the website. The information gathered (e.g. IP address, geographical location, type of browser, duration of the visit and pages viewed) is evaluated by Hubspot on our behalf so that we can generate reports on the visit and the pages viewed and can therefore improve our online presence. If you generally do not want Hubspot to record your activities on our website and our blog, you can deny it in the cookie message appearing during the first visit to our pages.

Any information gathered by us is subject to this Data Privacy Statement. Hubspot is certified under the terms of the “EU – U.S. Privacy Shield Frameworks” and is subject to the TRUSTe’s Privacy Seal as well as “U.S. – Swiss Safe Harbor” framework. This means that any processing of personal data by certified companies in the non-European region conforms to European data protection standards.

More information on Hubspot’s data protection regulations can be found here.

More information by Hubspot regarding the EU data protection regulations can be found here.

More information on the cookies used by HubSpot can be found here.

Technical data collected during the use of the registration and contact form:

  • IP address
  • Time of subscription and declaration of consent
  • Web form

In the context of the registration process we will obtain your consent to the processing of the data.

If you provide us with your personal data during the registration, these data are always disclosed on an explicitly voluntary basis. Art. 6 (1) lit. a GDPR serves as a legal basis for the processing.

Your personal data will exclusively be used for regular dispatch and will not be passed on to any unauthorized third parties. The data will be stored in our marketing automation tool Hubspot for as long as the subscription is active. You always have the possibility to withdraw your consent to the processing of your data. Every newsletter contains an unsubscribe link. Furthermore you can always send an e-mail to info@a4q.eu, info@isqi.org or info@gasq.org

and inform us of your withdrawal. All personal data stored will immediately be deleted in the event of withdrawal of the consent to data processing and simultaneous application for erasure of data.

3.1 Analytical data and reporting

Using Hubspot we can carry out the following analytical collections and evaluations, among other things:

  • the activity on our web pages and our blog
  • number of page views and dwelling time of the website visitor
  • click path of the respective visitor
  • downloads of files provided via the website
  • visits to landing pages
  • opening rates of e-mails from newsletters and campaigns

By using the website you declare your consent to the collection of analytical data. You can always unsubscribe from the Hubspot tracking using the “DO NOT TRACK” button in the cookie message. 

3.2 Hubspot logfiles

Whenever calling up websites/landing pages created using Hubspot, Hubspot automatically generates so-called logfiles. Among other things, the logfiles can contain the following information: IP address, browser, operating system, internet provider, pages visited, etc. The collection of data serves to optimize the pages, to ensure the security of the web pages as well as to create general statistics on the use of pages created with Hubspot. The data collected automatically are linked with personal data stored in Hubspot. The legal basis for the storage of the data in logfiles is Art. 6 (1) lit. f GDPR. The data will be deleted after 180 days and during this period, only authenticated IT personnel of Hubspot has access to the logfiles.

4. Cookies

Our website makes use of so-called cookies in order to recognize repeat use of our website by the same user/internet connection subscriber. Cookies are small text files that your internet browser downloads and stores on your computer. They are used to improve our website and services. In most cases these are so-called “session cookies” that are deleted once you leave our website.

To an extent, however, these cookies also pass along information used to automatically recognize you. Recognition occurs through an IP address saved to the cookies. The information thereby obtained is used to improve our services and to expedite your access to the website.

You can prevent cookies from being installed by adjusting the settings on your browser software accordingly. You should be aware, however, that by doing so you may not be able to make full use of all the functions of our website.

5. Server Data

For technical reasons, data such as the following, which your internet browser transmits to us or to our web space provider (so called server log files), is collected: – type and version of the browser you use – operating system – websites that linked you to our site (referrer URL) – websites that you visit – date and time of your visit – your Internet Protocol (IP) address. This anonymous data is stored separately from any personal information you may have provided, thereby making it impossible to connect it to any particular person. The data is used for statistical purposes in order to improve our website and services.

6. Purpose Of Registering

We offer you the opportunity to sign up for our web conference. The information entered when signing up, as shown in the registration form is collected and stored solely for use by our website and marketing reasons. When signing up for our website, we also store your IP address and the date and time you registered. This serves to protect us in the event a third party improperly and without your knowledge makes use of your data to sign up for our site. None of this information is transferred to third parties (other then named). Nor is any of this information matched to any information that may be collected by other components of our website.

7. Use Of Google Analytics With Anonymization

Our website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service from Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043 USA, hereinafter referred to as “Google“. Google Analytics employs so-called “cookies“, text files that are stored to your computer in order to facilitate an analysis of your use of the site.

The information generated by these cookies, such as time, place and frequency of your visits to our site, including your IP address, is transmitted to Google’s location in the US and stored there.

We use Google Analytics with an IP anonymization feature on our website. In doing so, Google abbreviates and thereby anonymizes your IP address before transferring it from member states of the European Union or signatory states to the Agreement on the European Economic Area.

Google will use this information to evaluate your usage of our site, to compile reports on website activity for us, and to provide other services related to website- and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties if this is required by law or to the extent this data is processed by third parties on Google´s behalf.

Google states that it will in never associate your IP address with other data held by Google. You can prevent cookies from being installed by adjusting the settings on your browser software accordingly. You should be aware, however, that by doing so you may not be able to make full use of all the functions of our website.

Google also offers a disabling option for the most common browsers, thus providing you with greater control over the data which is collected and processed by Google. If you enable this option, no information regarding your website visit is transmitted to Google Analytics. However, the activation does not prevent the transmission of information to us or to any other web analytics services we may use. For more information about the disabling option provided by Google, and how to enable this option, visit https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en

 

8. Use Of Google Maps

We use the “Google Maps” component of Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043 USA, hereinafter “Google.”

Google sets a cookie in order to process the user configuration and data when the page with the integrated “Google Maps” component is displayed. As a general rule, this cookie is not deleted by closing the browser, but rather expires after a certain time, as long as it is not previously manually deleted by you.

If you do not agree with this processing of your data, you may choose to deactivate the “Google Maps” service and thereby prevent the transfer of data to Google. To do this, you must deactivate the Java Script function in your browser. However, we would like to point out that in this case you will not be able to use “Google Maps” or at least only to a limited extent.

The use of “Google Maps” and the information obtained through “Google Maps” is according to Google’s Terms of Use

http://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/terms/regional.html

as well as the additional Terms and Conditions for “Google Maps”

https://www.google.com/intl/de_de/help/terms_maps.html.

9. Use Of ReCAPTCHA

In order to protect input forms on our site, we use the “reCAPTCHA” service of Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043 USA, hereinafter “Google.” By means of this service it can be distinguished whether the corresponding input is of human origin or is created improperly by automated machine processing.

To our knowledge, the referrer URL, the IP address, the behaviour of the website visitors, information about the operating system, browser and length of stay, cookies, display instructions and scripts, user input behaviour and mouse movements in the “reCAPTCHA” checkbox are conveyed to “Google.”

Google uses the information obtained, among other things, to digitize books and other printed matter as well as to optimize services such as Google Street View and Google Maps (e.g. house number and street name recognition).

The IP address provided as part of “reCAPTCHA” is not merged with other data from Google unless you are logged into your Google Account at the time the “reCAPTCHA” plug-in is used. If you want to prevent this transmission and storage of data by “Google” about you and your behaviour on our website, you must log out of “Google” before you visit our site or before using the reCAPTCHA plug-in.

The use of the “reCAPTCHA” service is according to the Google Terms of Use:

https://www.google.com/intl/de/policies/privacy/.

Use Of Facebook Components

Our website employs components provided by facebook.com. Facebook is a service of Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA.

Each time our website receives an access request equipped with a Facebook component, the component prompts your browser to download an image of this Facebook component. Through this process, Facebook is informed precisely which page of our website is being visited.

When you access our site while logged into Facebook, Facebook uses information gathered by this component to identify the precise page you are viewing and associates this information to your personal account on Facebook. Whenever you click on the “Like“ button, for example, or enter a comment, this information is transmitted to your personal account on Facebook and stored there. In addition, Facebook is informed of your visit to our website. This occurs regardless of whether you click on a component or not.

If you wish to prevent the transfer to and storage of data by Facebook about you and your interaction with our website, you must first log out of Facebook before visiting our website. The data protection policies of Facebook provide additional information, in particular about the collection and use of data by Facebook, your rights in this regard as well as the options available to you for protecting your privacy: https://de-de.facebook.com/about/privacy/

In addition, tools are freely available on the market that can be used to block Facebook social plug-ins with add-ons from being added to all commonly used browsers: http://webgraph.com/resources/facebookblocker/
You can find an overview of Facebook plugins at https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/

10. Use Of Twitter Recommendation Components

Our website employs components provided by Twitter. Twitter is a service of Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA.

Each time our website receives an access request equipped with a Twitter component, the component prompts your browser to download an image of this component from Twitter. Through this process, Twitter is informed precisely which page of our website is being visited. We have no control over the data that Twitter collects in the process, or over the extent of the data that Twitter collects. To the best of our knowledge, Twitter collects the URL of each website accessed as well as the IP address of the user, but does so solely for the purpose of displaying Twitter components. Additional information may be obtained from the Twitter data privacy policy, at: http://twitter.com/privacy.

You may change your data privacy settings in your account settings, at http://twitter.com/account/settings.

12. Use Of LinkedIn Recommendation Components

Our website employs components provided by the network LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a service of LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Each time our website receives an access request equipped with a LinkedIn component, the component prompts your browser to download an image of this component from LinkedIn. Through this process, LinkedIn is informed exactly which page of our website is being accessed. By clicking the LinkedIn “recommend button“ while logged into your LinkedIn account, you can link content from our website to your LinkedIn profile. This allows LinkedIn to associate your visit to our site with your LinkedIn account.

We have no control over the data that LinkedIn collects thereby, nor over the extent of the data that LinkedIn collects. Nor do we have any knowledge of the content of data transferred to LinkedIn. Details on data collection by LinkedIn as well as your rights in this regard and your browser setting options may be obtained from the LinkedIn data privacy policy, which may be accessed at: http://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy

13. Use Of YouTube Components With Enhanced Data Protection Mode

On our website we use components (videos) of YouTube, LLC 901 Cherry Ave., 94066 San Bruno, CA, USA, a company belonging to Google Inc., Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

To this end, we use the “ – enhanced data protection mode – ” option provided by YouTube.

When you display a page that has an embedded video, a connection will be made to the YouTube server and the content will appear on the website via a communication to your browser.

According to the information provided by YouTube, in “ – enhanced data protection mode -”, data is only transferred to the YouTube server, in particular which of our websites you have visited, if you watch the video. If you are logged onto YouTube at the same time, this information will be matched to your YouTube member account. You can prevent this from happening by logging out of your member account before visiting our website.

Further information about data protection by YouTube is provided by Google under the following link:

https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy/

14. The Use Of Instagram

We promote the service Instagram on our website. Instagram is a service of Instagram Inc. By means of the integrated “Insta” button on our page, Instagram receives the information that you have accessed the corresponding page of our website. If you are logged into Instagram, Instagram may assign the visit to our site to your Instagram account and link the data by this means. The data transmitted by clicking the “Insta” button is stored by Instagram. You can find more information regarding the purpose and scope of data collection, its processing and use, as well as your related rights and settings options for protecting your privacy in the Instagram data protection notice under https://help.instagram.com/155833707900388.

To prevent your visit to our site from being accessed by your Instagram account, you must log out of your Instagram account before visiting our site.

15. Use of Google-Adwords

For purposes of promotion, our website also employs the Google ad tool “Google-Adwords”. As part of this, our website employs the analysis service “Conversion-Tracking” from Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043 USA, hereinafter referred to as “Google“. If you access our site by way of a Google ad, a cookie is placed on your computer. Cookies are small text files that your internet browser downloads and stores to your computer. These so-called “conversion cookies” cease to be active after 30 days and are not used to identify you personally. If you visit certain pages of our website while the cookie is still active, we and Google know that you, as user, have clicked on ads placed on Google and were redirected to our site. Google uses the information obtained through “conversion cookies” to compile statistics for our website. These statistics tell us the total number of users who have clicked on our ad as well as which pages of our site were then accessed by each user. However, neither we nor other advertisers who use “Google-Adwords” receive any kind of information that can be used to personally identify users. You can prevent the installation of “conversion cookies” by making the appropriate change to your browser settings, for example by setting your browser so that the automatic placement of cookies is deactivated or by blocking cookies from the domain “googleadservices.com“.

You can obtain the relevant data privacy policy from Google at the following link:

https://services.google.com/sitestats/de.html

16. The Use Of Google Remarketing

On our website, we promote the service Google Remarketing belonging to the company Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043 USA, hereinafter “Google”. Advertisements may appear for users who have already visited our website in the past with Google Remarketing. Within the Google network, advertisements adapted to your interests can hereby be displayed on our site. Google Remarketing uses cookies for this evaluation. Cookies are small text files stored on your computer which allow the use of the website to be analyzed. This makes it possible to recognize our visitors if these sites are accessed within the advertising network of Google. In this way, advertisements can be presented within the advertising network of Google based on content which has previously been accessed on websites within the Google advertising network by visitors who are also using the Google Remarketing feature. Google does not itself collect any personal data. You can disable this feature by making the appropriate settings under http://www.google.com/settings/ads.

17. Use Of Affilinet Tracking Cookies

Our website employs affilinet tracking cookies in order to correctly record sales and/or leads. Cookies are small text files that are saved to your computer when you visit a website. These affilinet tracking cookies do not store personal data of any kind. Instead, it only collects the identification number of the intermediary partner as well as the reference number of the advertising material that was clicked on by the visitor to the website. This information is required in order to process the payment transaction between the website operator and the advertiser. The partner identification number serves to designate the intermediary partner to which a commission is to be paid once a transaction has been concluded. You can prevent cookies from being installed by adjusting the settings on your browser software accordingly. You should be aware, however, that by doing so you may not be able to make full use of all the functions of our website.

18. Revocation Of Your Consent To Data Processing

Some data processing operations are only possible with your express consent. A revocation of your already given consent is possible at any time. An informal notification by e-mail is sufficient for the revocation. The legality of the data processing carried out until the revocation remains unaffected by the revocation.

Revocation can be send to: info@a4q.eu

Or

info@isqi.org

Or

info@gasq.org

 

Right Of Complaint To The Responsible Supervisory Authority

In the event of a breach of data protection law, you as the party concerned have the right to lodge a complaint with the competent supervisory authority. The competent supervisory authority with regard to data protection issues is the data protection officer of the federal state in which our company has its registered office. The following link provides a list of data protection officers and their contact details: https://www.bfdi.bund.de/DE/Infothek/Anschriften_Links/anschriften_links-node.html.

18. Right to Data Transferability

You have the right to have data which we process automatically on the basis of your consent or in fulfilment of a contract handed over to you or to third parties. The information is provided in a machine-readable format. If you request the direct transfer of the data to another responsible person, this will only be done as far as it is technically feasible.

19. Right to Information, Correction, Blocking, Deletion

You have the right to have free information about your stored personal data, the origin of the data, its recipients and the purpose of the data processing and, if applicable, the right of correction, blocking or deletion of this data at any time within the framework of the applicable statutory provisions. In this regard and also for further questions on the subject of personal data, you can contact us at any time.

20. SSL Or TLS Encryption

For security reasons and to protect the transmission of confidential content that you send to us as the site operator, our website uses SSL or TLS encryption. This means that data that you transmit via this website cannot be read by third parties. You can recognize an encrypted connection by the “https://” address line of your browser and by the lock symbol in the browser line.