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1. External Links

Our software also references and include links to third-party websites. As a rule, these are identified by stating the respective third-party Internet address or the company/product logo. Aventec has no influence whatsoever on the contents and design of websites of other providers. By referencing/linking these external websites we do not adopt their contents as our own.

2. Cookies

We use cookies to personalise content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyse our traffic. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners who may combine it with other information that you have provided to them or that they have collected from your use of their services. You consent to our cookies if you continue to use our software.

3. Categories of Personal Data that we process

Personal data refers to any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person. Aventec processes the following personal data if you actively provide this information to us:

Besides that we also process the following personal data, which is passively collected: personal data sent by your web browser, i.e. information about your type of web browser, your operating system and selected settings (e.g. language, region, font size, font types and other configuration) may be collected ("browser data"); your IP address, information about the amount of data transferred, stored in access log files ("usage data").

4. Purposes and Lawfulness of the Data Processing

Aventec collects, processes, and uses your personal data to the extent required to fulfil the respective purposes.

The purposes for processing your contact data and comment data are: Providing services that you make use of using the Aventec websites. These are amongst others: downloads, discussion boards, individual requests (e.g. using a contact form), blogs, and the registration for courses or other offerings of Aventec. The lawfulness for the data processing is the performance of a contract or steps prior to entering into a contract. Using this personal data is required to provide the contractual obligations. Without this personal data you would not be able to receive the services offered by Aventec.

In so far that you have given the consent, Aventec will also use your personal data for marketing purposes, e.g. to send newsletters (see section 7). The lawfulness for processing this data is our legitimate interest, e.g. to improve our services, or your consent.

In so far that you have given the consent, we will also use your browser data for market research and the improvement of our websites and services, and to improve your user experience. The lawfulness for processing this data is your consent or our legitimate interest.

In so far that you have given the consent, we will also collect your usage data for statistical purposes, for the analysis of advertisement on our websites, and for adapting the advertisement for our products and services to better match your interests. Log files are only used for statistical analysis of the visitors of the Aventec websites. The data is deleted after having been analysed. The lawfulness for processing this data for statistical purposes is our legitimate interest, e.g. internal organization, or your consent.

Providing the direct marketing data and browser data is optional. If you do now provide this data, you will not receive any direct marketing information from us and your data will not be used to improve your user experience and will not be used for statistical purposes.

We will also use your usage data for internal system-specific purposes to secure the websites and IT systems from malicious attacks by third parties. The lawfulness is a balancing of interests of the conflicting interests of the security of the IT systems on our part and your potentially conflicting interests in a non-processing of the usage data by us. Taking into account the security and organizational measures of the processing of the usage data by Aventec, we consider your rights and interests appropriately taken into account and protected.

Beyond these purposes, we use and process your data only if you have expressly granted your prior consent thereto and if you have been informed about such purposes. In particular, Aventec does not use your personal data for automated individual decisions and profiling.

5. Data recipients

Your personal data will be processed by persons of Aventec in the respective departments who need to know the personal data.

contact data: any departments that might be involved to process your request

comment data: marketing or the respective product departments that are responsible for operating the blogs or discussion boards

direct marketing data: marketing and sales departments responsible for your region

browser data and usage data: marketing and the IT departments that are responsible for operating the respective websites

Aventec has contracted external data processing service providers to collect, process, or use personal data on behalf and according to the instructions of Aventec. Such service providers support Aventec, especially relating to hosting and operating the websites and blogs, marketing purposes, statistical analysis, improving the websites and sending our email newsletters. If these external companies have access to personal data, respective data processing agreements are in place.

These service providers may be located outside the European Union or the European Economic Area (see section 6).

Aventec is a globally operating corporation. In order to better process your matter, it might be necessary to forward your data to local subsidiaries or to local distribution partners, whose registered office might also be located in countries outside the European Union (see section 6). However, such data transfers only take place within the Aventec group companies and only for the aforementioned purposes. The lawfulness of the data export is our legitimate interest or legitimate interests of the recipients, e.g. internal administrative purposes, and no higher legitimate interests on your part, the fulfilment of legal obligations or your consent.

Beyond that, we do not forward your data to other third parties, unless we are obliged to do so by virtue of statutory provisions or order of any judicial or other public authorities or you have explicitly given your consent for that purpose. In particular, your personal data will not be sold, leased or exchanged.

6. Data Transfers to Third Countries

The recipients of your personal data might be located outside the European Union or the European Economic Area and therefore might not have a data protection equivalent to EU data protection law.

Unless there is an adequacy decision by the EU Commission for these states or the transfer is based on an exemption provided for by the GDPR (e.g. express consent, assertion, exercise or defence of legal rights), we take all necessary measures to ensure that transfers to such organizations are adequately protected.

A transfer of data to official authorities in countries outside the European Union or the European Economic Area (so-called third countries) takes place, if required by law, you have given us your express consent or this is legitimated by the legitimate interest of us or the third party for data protection purposes, e.g. internal administrative purposes and no higher legitimate interests on your part.

7. Information sent by Email

Provided that you have given Aventec your email address for communication or direct marketing purposes, we will process this personal data in order to communicate with you on the basis of your interests or to send you advertising. The legal basis for the processing of personal data for direct marketing purposes is your consent or our legitimate interest in direct mail communication. You can revoke your consent at any time and object to processing for direct marketing purposes at any time (see section 12).

8. Participation in Discussion Boards and Blogs

On our websites, we offer you the opportunity to participate in discussion boards and blogs. In order to use them, it may be necessary to enter certain personal information (email address, first name and last name, company name and country) to enable us to identify and, where appropriate, comply with the obligation to retroactively identify authors of illegal content. The details of this personal data are voluntary for you. Please note that you may not be able to use discussion boards and blogs if you do not want to provide your personal information. This is associated with no further disadvantages.

9. Data Protection for Minors

The offers and services on this website and software are not directed at children. We therefore assume that we will not become aware of any personal data pertaining to children.

10. Technical and Organizational Data Protection

Aventec implements the technical and organizational measures that are commercially reasonable in relation to the respective purpose of data protection, in order to protect the information provided by you against abuse and loss. Such data is stored in a secure operating environment that is not accessible to the public. In addition, each of our employees is instructed on data protection and obliged to enter into a confidentiality agreement.

11. Retention Periods

Your personal data will be kept by us as long as necessary to provide you with the requested service. If Aventec no longer needs your personal data to comply with contractual or legal obligations, they will be deleted from our systems or anonymized accordingly, so that identification is not possible, unless Aventec has to keep the information, including your personal data, to comply with legal or regulatory obligations (e.g. statutory retention periods which may arise from the commercial laws or tax laws and may in principle be 6 to 10 years or, if during the statutory limitation periods, which are regularly 3 years, but may be up to 30 years, evidence must be secured).

12. Data Subject Rights

Under applicable law, you have the right under certain circumstances to (i) request information about your stored personal data, (ii) rectification of your personal data, (iii) restriction of processing of your personal data, (iv) deletion of your personal data, (v) data portability, (vi) revocation of your consent for processing of your personal data and (vii) object to the processing of your personal data.