Privacy Policy

In this Privacy Policy we are informing you of the way in which your personal data are processed when you use our website http://www.great-towers.com.

Personal data means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person. They include particularly all information making it possible to conclude your identity, for instance your name, telephone number, address or e-mail address. Statistical data, which we collect for example when someone visits our website, do not fall under the meaning of personal data.

You can print out this Data Protection Notice or save it by using your browser’s usual functions.

The personal contact and so-called Controller for the processing of your personal data when you visit this website is The World Federation of Great Towers, PO Box 6095, Bloomingdale, Illinois 60108, USA, Telephone: +49 (0) 30 247 575 11, e-mail: christina@great-towers.com.

Data processing on our website

Every time our website is used, we collect the accessing data which your browser automatically transmits to make your visit to the website possible. These access data comprise in particular: IP address of enquiring device; date and time of enquiry; address of the website called up and of the website enquiring; information on the browser and operating system used; online identifiers (e.g. device identifiers, session IDs).

Processing of these accessing data is necessary in order to make the visit to the website possible and to ensure the permanent functionality and security of our systems. These data are in addition saved for the foregoing purposes in internal logfiles, in order to develop our website further with regard to the usage patterns of our visitors (e.g. if the proportion of mobile devices on which the pages are called up rises) and in order to administer our website in a general way. The legal basis is Art. 6, Paragraph 1, Clause 1, Point (b) of the GDPR (European General Data Processing Regulation).

The information saved in the logfiles allows no direct conclusion to be drawn about you as a person – in particular, we save the IP addresses only in abbreviated, anonymised form. The logfiles are saved for 30 days and archived following subsequent anonymisation.

For a part of our service it is necessary for us to insert cookies. A cookie is a small text file which is saved by your browser on your device. Cookies are not inserted to execute programs or to load viruses into your computer. Instead the main purpose of cookies is to provide a product or service especially tailored to yourself and to make use of our services as time-saving as possible.

You can exercise cookie-rejection through settings to that effect on two websites: Truste or Your Online Choices, which provide rejection facilities by many advertisers in bundled form. Both sites make it possible to disable all advertisements at once for the providers listed, using opt-out cookies, or alternatively to make the settings for each provider individually.

With using cookies, we wish to enable you to use our website in a convenient and individual way. These services are based on our foregoing legitimate interest, and the legal basis is Art. 6, Paragraph 1, Clause 1, Point (f) of the GDPR. We further use cookies and comparable technologies (e.g. web beacons) of partners for for the statistical collection and analysis of general usage patterns, as well as for analytical and marketing purposes. This is described more precisely in the following section. The legal basis for the data processing described in the following section is Art. 6, Paragraph 1, Clause 1, Point (f) of the GDPR, based on our legitimate interest in the needs-based design and continual optimisation of our website.

This website uses Google Analytics, a web-analysis service of Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (“Google”). Google Analytics uses cookies and similar technologies to analyse and improve our website on the basis of your usage pattern. The data accrued in this context may be transmitted by Google for analysis to a server in the USA and stored there. Should personal data be transmitted from the European Union to the USA, Google has acceded to the EU-US Privacy Shield. Your IP address will be abbreviated prior to the analysis of usage statistics, however, so that no conclusions can be drawn about your identity. For this purpose, Google Analytics has been extended on our website to include the code “anonymizeIP”, in order to guarantee an anonymised capture of IP addresses.

Google will process the information so gained in order to evaluate your use of the website, to assemble reports on the website activities for the website operators, and to supply further services connected with website use and internet use.

As set out above, you can so configure your browser that it rejects cookies, or you can prevent the capture of the data generated by cookies and relating to your use of our websites (including your IP-address) and the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing the browser add-on provided by Google. As an alternative to the browser-addon or if you browse our website from a mobile device, you can use this opt-out link. This will prevent the data collection of Google Analytics within this website (the opt-out link will only work in this browser and only for this domain). If you delete your cookies in this browser, you have to click on the link again.

You will find more detailed information on this matter in the Privacy Policy of Google Analytics.

Transmission of data

Data which we have collected are passed on only if: (i) You have given an express declaration of consent for this, pursuant to Art. 6, Paragraph 1, Clause 1, Point (a) of the GDPR; (ii) further transmission is necessary, pursuant to Art. 6, Paragraph 1, Clause 1, Point (f) of the GDPR, for bringing, exercising or defending legal claims, and no reason exists to suppose that you have a predominant and properly protected interest in preventing your data from being passed on; (iii) we have a legal duty to pass on your data pursuant to Art. 6, Paragraph 1, Clause 1, Point (c) of the GDPR; or (iv) This is legally permissible and requisite, pursuant to Art. 6, Paragraph 1, Clause 1, Point (b) of the GDPR, for the handling of contracts with yourself or for the execution of precontractual actions which are being carried out at your request.

A part of the data processing can be handled via service providers. Along with the service providers stated in this Data Protection Notice, these may include in particular computer centres which store our website and databases, IT service providers which maintain our systems, and consultancy firms. Should we pass data on to our service providers, these data may only be used for performance of their tasks. We select and commission these service providers carefully. They are bound contractually to follow our instructions, have suitable technical and organisational measures for the protection of the rights of data subjects, and are monitored by ourselves on a regular basis.

Further transmission may also be made in connection with requests by government authorities, decisions of the courts and legal proceedings if it is necessary for prosecution or execution at law.

Duration of storage

We store personal data only for as long as is necessary to fulfil contractual or statutory duties for which the data were collected. We then erase the data immediately unless we still need these data until expiry of the statutory period of limitation for purposes of evidence in civil claims or due to statutory duties of storage.

For purposes of evidence we must still store contact data for three years from the end of the year in which business relations with you end. Any claims will expire, under the normal statutory period of limitation, no earlier than at this time.

Thereafter we must also store some of your data for purposes of book-keeping. We have an obligation to do so under statutory duties of documentation which may arise under the German Commercial Code, the German Tax Code, the German Credit and Loans Act, the German Money Laundering Act, and the German Securities Act. The periods stipulated there for storage of documents are two to ten years.

User rights

You have the right at any time to require us to provide information about the processing of your personal data (right of access). When providing you with this information we shall explain the data processing and supply an overview of the data relating to your person which are stored. Should data stored with us be inaccurate or no longer up-to-date, you enjoy the right to have these data corrected (right to rectification). You can also require the erasure of your data (right to erasure or right to be forgotten). Should the erasure exceptionally not be possible due to other legal regulations, the data processing will be restricted, so that in future they are only available for this statutory purpose. You can also have the processing of your data restricted, i.e. if you believe that the data which we have saved are not correct (right to restriction of processing). You also have the right of data portability, i.e. that we send you on request a digital copy of the personal data which you have provided (right to data portability).

To exercise your rights as set out here, you can communicate with the foregoing contact details at any time. This also applies should you wish to receive copies of guarantees for certification of an adequate data-protection level.

You also have the right to object to the data processing based on Art. 6, para., lit. e or f of the GDPR. Finally, you have the right to complain to the regulatory authority to which we are subject. You can exercise this right at a regulatory authority in the member country of your place of residence, of your workplace, or of the place of alleged breach.

Right of revocation and objection

Under Article 7, para. 3 of the GDPR you have the right at any time to withdraw to us any consent which has once been given. This will have as a consequence that in future we no longer continue the data processing based on this consent. The withdrawal of consent shall not affect the lawfulness of processing based on consent before its withdrawal.

Insofar as we process your data on the basis of legitimate interests under Art. 6, para. 1, lit. f GDPR, you have the right under Art. 21 GDPR to object to the processing of your data and to mention grounds relating to your particular situation that in your opinion speak in favour of prevailing legitimate interests. Where personal data are processed for direct marketing purposes, you have a general right of objection which will also be implemented by us without your stating reasons.

If you wish to make use of your right to withdraw or object, a notification without set form to the contact details above will be sufficient.

Amendments to Data Protection Notice

We occasionally update this Data Protection Notice, for instance when we revise our website or statutory or official regulations change.

© The World Federation of Great Towers – Version 1.0 (June 2018)