Data Privacy Statement

The protection of your personal data is taken very seriously when you use this website. Below you will find information about the collection, processing and use of your personal data when you visit these websites and use the services offered there.

1. Information on personal data


Personal data is individual information that relates to a person or that can be used to establish a connection to a person, such as a name, postal address, telephone number, e-mail address, bank details, etc. Personal data is also referred to as personal data. Personal data can therefore be used to infer the identity of a person under certain circumstances.

2. Controller and contact details

2.1 The controller responsible for the collection and processing of personal data on this website pursuant to Art. 4 (7) of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the management of

punker LLC
Charles W. Hairston II
1112 Lincoln County Parkway
Lincolnton, NC 28092
USA

2.2 You can contact the data protection officer of the controller at

Maik Preißler
c/o Vater Solution GmbH
Boschstrasse 5
24118 Kiel
E-mail: Data Privacy Email


3. Rights to information, correction, deletion, transferability, revocation, complaint


3.1 You have the following rights vis-à-vis a controller with regard to personal data concerning you:- right of access,- right to rectification or erasure,- right to restriction of processing,- right to object to processing,- right to data portability.

3.2 You also have the right to complain to a data protection supervisory authority about the processing of your personal data by us. The contact details of the data protection supervisory authorities can be found at the following link: https://www.bfdi.bund.de/DE/Service/Anschriften/Laender/Laender-node.html 


4. Automated decision-making


Automated decision-making is not used here.

 

5. Storage of access data when visiting this website


5.1 Each time our website is accessed, access data is stored in a log file on our provider's server.

5.2 This data record consists, for example, of your IP address, the date and time of the request, the name of the requested file, the amount of data transferred and the access status, a description of the web browser and operating system used and the name of your Internet service provider.

5.3 This data is collected for technical reasons. An evaluation is carried out exclusively for statistical purposes and without personal reference (visitor numbers and page popularity). Deletion takes place automatically after 14 days at the latest.

 

6. Processing of data from your end devices


6.1 In addition to the above-mentioned data, we use technical aids for various functions when you use our website, in particular cookies, which can be stored on your end device. When you access our website and at any time thereafter, you have the choice of whether you generally allow cookies to be set or which individual additional functions you would like to select. You can make changes in your browser settings or via our Consent Manager. In the following, we first describe cookies from a technical point of view before going into more detail about your individual choices by describing technically necessary cookies and cookies that you can voluntarily select or deselect.

6.2 Cookies are text files or information in a database that are stored on your hard disk and assigned to the browser you are using so that certain information can flow to the place that sets the cookie. Cookies cannot execute programs or transfer viruses to your computer, but are primarily used to make the website faster and more user-friendly. This website uses the following types of cookies, the functionality and legal basis of which we will explain below:- Transient cookies: Such cookies, especially session cookies, are automatically deleted when the browser is closed or when you log out. They contain a so-called session ID. This allows various requests from your browser to be assigned to the joint session and your computer can be recognized when you return to our website.- Persistent cookies: These are automatically deleted after a specified period, which varies depending on the cookie. You can view the cookies set and the duration at any time in your browser settings and delete the cookies manually.

Other technologies: These functions are not based on cookies, but on similar technical mechanisms, such as Flash cookies, HTML5 objects or an analysis of your browser settings. As a result, we can also use the technologies described below. Here, too, you can of course consent or object.

6.3 Mandatory functions that are technically necessary to display the website: The technical structure of the website requires us to use techniques, in particular cookies. Without these technologies, our website cannot be displayed (completely correctly) or the support functions could not be enabled. These are basically transient cookies that are deleted at the end of your visit to the website, at the latest when you close your browser. You cannot deselect these cookies if you wish to use our website. The individual cookies can be seen in the Consent Manager. If cookies are used, data processing is regularly based on your consent in accordance with Section 25 (1) TTDSG in conjunction with Art. 6 (1) (a) GDPR. If we consider the use of cookies to be absolutely necessary, the data processing is based on § 25 para. 2 no. 2 TTDSG. Further processing is carried out in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR.

6.4 Optional cookies if you have given your consent: We only set various cookies after you have given your consent, which you can select via the so-called cookie consent tool when you first visit our website. The functions are only activated if you give your consent and can be used in particular to enable us to analyze and improve visits to our website, to make it easier for you to use our website via different browsers or end devices, to recognize you when you visit us again or to place advertisements (possibly also to tailor advertisements to your interests, measure the effectiveness of advertisements or show interest-based advertising). You can withdraw your consent at any time without affecting the lawfulness of processing based on consent before its withdrawal. The functions we use, which you can select and revoke individually via the Consent Manager, are described below.

7. Use of functions on our website


7.1 In addition to the purely informational use of our website, we offer various services, in particular the puncat WEB application and the download of product data sheets, which you can use if you are interested. To do so, you generally have to provide additional personal data that we use to provide the respective service. If additional voluntary information is possible, this is marked accordingly. Further information on data collection, storage and processing when using the services provided on our website can be found in the terms of use.

7.2 When you contact the controller by email or via the contact form, we will store your email address and, if you specify this, your name, telephone number and your message in order to answer your query.

7.3 In addition to the controller, the data may be received by companies within the EU/EEA that process it on our behalf and strictly in accordance with our instructions (commissioned data processing). If necessary, we will forward your data for processing within our group of companies. The group of companies includes

punker GmbH
Niewark 1
24340 Eckernförde
Germany

The data will not be transferred to third parties for independent processing.

7.4 After completion of the processing order, the data will be deleted, unless there is a legal obligation to retain the data until the expiry of a retention period. In this case, the processing of the data will be restricted and the data will be deleted after the retention period has expired. 

8. Web analysis by Matomo (formerly PIWIK)


We use the open source software tool Matomo (formerly PIWIK) on our website to analyze the surfing behavior of our users. The software places a cookie on the user's computer (for cookies, see above). If individual pages of our website are accessed, the following data is stored

Two bytes of the IP address of the user's accessing system
The website accessed
The website from which the user accessed the website (referrer)
The subpages that are accessed from the accessed website
The time spent on the website
The frequency with which the website is accessed
The software runs exclusively on the servers of our website. The user's personal data is only stored there. The data is not passed on to third parties.


9. Our presence on social networks


9.1 We have various presences on social media platforms. We operate these presences with the following providers: Xing, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube

Processed data types: Contact data (e.g. email, telephone numbers); content data (e.g. entries in online forms); usage data (e.g. websites visited, interest in content, access times); meta/communication data (e.g. device information, IP addresses).

Data subjects: Users (e.g. website visitors, users of social media platforms).
Purposes of processing: Contact requests and communication; feedback (e.g. collecting feedback via online form); marketing.

The legal basis for the processing of your data on the social media platforms is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR.

Xing:
Social network; service provider: New Work SE, Am Strandkai 1, 20457 Hamburg, Germany; Privacy Policy: https://privacy.xing.com/de/datenschutzerklaerung

LinkedIn:
Social network; Service provider: LinkedIn Ireland Unlimited Company, Wilton Place, Dublin 2, Ireland; Privacy Policy: https://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy ; Standard Contractual Clauses: https://legal.linkedin.com/dpa ; Opt-Out: https://www.linkedin.com/psettings/guest-controls/retargeting-opt-out ; Data Processing Agreement: https://legal.linkedin.com/dpa For the internal processing of Page Insights at LinkedIn, please refer to the regulations at https://legal.linkedin.com/pages-joint-controller-addendum.

Instagram:
Social network; service provider: Meta Platforms Ireland Limited, 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2, Ireland; parent company: Meta Platforms Inc, Menlo Park, California, USA. Cookie policy: https://help.instagram.com/1896641480634370?ref=ig ; Instagram privacy policy: https://instagram.com/about/legal/privacy.

YouTube:
Service provider: YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave, St. Bruno, CA 94066, USA. Privacy policy: https://policies.google.com/privacy 


9.2 We use the technical platform and services of the providers for these information services. We would like to point out that you use our presence on social media platforms and their functions on your own responsibility. This applies in particular to the use of interactive functions (e.g. commenting, sharing, rating). When you visit our websites, the providers of the social media platforms collect, among other things, your IP address and other information that is stored on your device in the form of cookies. This information is used to provide us, as the operator of the accounts, with statistical information about the interaction with us.

9.3 The data collected about you in this context is processed by the platforms and may be transferred to countries outside the European Union, in particular the USA. The USA is considered by the European Court of Justice to be a country with a level of data protection that is currently inadequate by EU standards. This could result in risks for users because, for example, it may be more difficult to enforce their own rights. According to their own statements, all of the aforementioned providers maintain an adequate level of data protection that corresponds to that of the former EU-US Privacy Shield and we have concluded the standard data protection clauses with the companies (with the exception of Xing, as this provider is based within the EU). We do not know how the social media platforms use the data from your visit to our account and interaction with our posts for their own purposes, how long this data is stored and whether data is passed on to third parties. Data processing may differ depending on whether you are registered and logged in to the social network or whether you visit the site as a non-registered and/or non-logged-in user. When you access a post or the account, the IP address assigned to your end device is transmitted to the provider of the social media platform. If you are currently logged in as a user, a cookie on your device can be used to track how you have moved around the network. Buttons integrated into websites enable the platforms to record your visits to these websites and assign them to your respective profile. This data can be used to tailor content or advertising to you. If you wish to avoid this, you should log out or deactivate the "stay logged in" function, delete the cookies on your device and restart your browser.

9.4 As the provider of the information service, we also only process the data from your use of our service that you provide to us and that requires interaction. For example, if you ask a question that we can only answer by email, we will store your information in accordance with the general principles of our data processing, which we describe in this privacy policy. 

9.5 To exercise your rights as a data subject, you can contact us or the provider of the social media platform. If one party is not responsible for responding or must receive the information from the other party, we or the provider will then forward your request to the respective partner. Please contact the operator of the social media platform directly for questions about profiling and the processing of your data when using the website. If you have any questions about the processing of your interaction with us on our website, please write to the contact details provided by us above [see point 1.2].

9.6 What information the social media platform receives and how it is used is described by the providers in their data protection notices. There you will also find information about contact options and the settings options for advertisements.

10. Applications


The controller collects and processes the personal data of applicants for the purpose of handling the application process. This data is processed on the basis of Section 26 (1) sentence 1 BDSG (decision on the establishment of an employment relationship); if the controller does not conclude an employment contract with the applicant, the application documents will be deleted five months after notification of rejection, provided that no other legitimate interests of the controller conflict with deletion. Other legitimate interests pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR may, for example, be a burden of proof in proceedings under the General Equal Treatment Act (AGG). Please do not send us any photos, information on marital status or other sensitive data. If your application is sent to us by e-mail without encryption, it cannot be ruled out that a third party could gain access to the content of your e-mail. If you feel that sending your application by e-mail is not secure enough, please send us your application documents by post.


11. Use of Cleverreach


We send our newsletter using the CleverReach newsletter service (Cleverreach GmbH & Co. KG, Mühlenstr. 43, 26180 Rastede, Germany). Cleverreach transmits your name and email address solely for the purpose of sending you the newsletter. Your data is stored by CleverReach in such a way that other CleverReach customers or third parties do not have access to this data. Further information can be found in CleverReach's privacy policy.


12. SSL encryption


This site uses SSL encryption for security reasons and to protect the transmission of confidential content, such as the requests you send to us as the site operator. You can recognize an encrypted connection by the fact that the address line of the browser changes from "http://" to "https://" and by the lock symbol in your browser line. If SSL encryption is activated, the data you transmit to us cannot be read by third parties.


13. Creditworthiness and transmission to credit agencies


13.1 We give our customers the option of purchasing goods using insecure payment methods (e.g. purchase on credit).

13.2 Companies that grant their customers insecure payment methods have a legitimate interest in protecting themselves against the occurrence of payment defaults. This is done, among other things, by checking the customer's creditworthiness before granting the option of using unsecure payment methods. As part of this check, we are entitled to use negative creditworthiness information that we have collected about the respective customer ourselves.

13.3 The creditworthiness information is information about outstanding payment claims and information that directly indicates the risk of non-payment (e.g. insolvency, debtor counseling, deferral due to inability to pay). Before we store negative information about outstanding payment claims, the customers concerned will be informed of the possibility of storage in a reminder. Furthermore, we are entitled to collect, store and use information about extremely atypical order transactions. This is to avoid payment defaults.

13.4 In the context of checking whether an insecure payment method can be granted, we are also entitled to obtain creditworthiness information about our customers and information about the probability of a fraudulent order from an external credit agency. We work with the following credit agency: Dun & Bradstreet. The credit agency obtains the stored data primarily from publicly accessible sources, such as the Internet, public registers, e.g. Commercial register (master data), Federal Gazette (published balance sheets), company register (unpublished balance sheets), announcements and information from cooperation partners, companies themselves (research/self-survey, data updating), insolvency announcements (insolvencies), insolvency registers, trade offices, chambers of industry and commerce, official gazettes, published balance sheets and annual financial statements, debtor register data, payment histories, public sanction lists of the EU, USA and other countries. For the purpose of retrieving creditworthiness information, the following data is transmitted to D&b: correct company name, location and, if available, Duns number. Further information on D&b's activities can be found online at www.dnb.com.

13.5 As part of the credit check, we are entitled to decide whether to grant our customer the desired insecure payment method (invoice payment). For example, if negative credit information is provided by a credit agency, the desired payment method may be rejected.

13.6 The customer may assert the right against us that we review the decision. In addition, the customer has the right to express their own point of view and the right to contest the decision.

13.7 Data is processed as part of the credit check on the basis of Article 6(1)(b) GDPR and Article 6(1)(f) GDPR. In principle, we have a legitimate interest in carrying out a credit check when you select an uncertain payment method (installment/invoice purchase).

14. Topicality


This data protection notice was last updated on 12/13/2023. However, we would like to point out that it may be necessary to revise this data protection notice from time to time due to actual or legal changes