Privacy Statement

By using the websites (“GF Websites”) of Georg Fischer Ltd., Amlser-Laffon-Strasse 9, 8021 Schaffhausen, Switzerland, and/or any of its affiliated companies (“GF”), you accept the following Privacy Statement and that the personal data you provide to GF may be processed as set forth herein. If you do not agree with it, do not proceed further to the GF Websites. This Privacy Statement is subject to change from time to time without notice.

Questions, complaints and requests related to this Privacy Statement may be addressed to info@georgfischer.com

Scope of the Privacy Statement

This Privacy Statement describes what type of personal data GF collects from users of GF Websites (“Personal Information”), the method of their collection, and the purposes of using, sharing and/or disclosing such Personal Information. This Privacy Statement applies only to Personal Information obtained by GF through the use of GF Websites and not to third party websites.

Type of data and purposes of their collection

GF may collect Personal Information (such as name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, etc.) that you provide or make available to GF through the use of the GF Websites, e.g. by entering them on a registration form, signing up for a newsletter, sending an e-mail, providing feedbacks, completing a customer survey etc. GF may use such Personal Information for the purposes indicated or evident from the circumstances at the time of collection or for purposes provided for by law. In particular, the Personal Information will be used for improving the GF Websites, products and services, for statistical and market research purposes, for customer and user administration and marketing (e.g. for informing you about products and services, for contacting you, for providing internal reporting), for technical operations and security, for complying with applicable laws and regulations. If you have registered to receive regular updates from GF, you may opt out from receiving such communication at any time by phone, in writing or by e-mail.

Furthermore, when you access the GF Websites, the web server of GF automatically records and stores in a log file certain Personal Information about your access, e.g. your IP address, the date and the duration of your file request, the pages of the GF Websites that you actually visit, the website from which you visit the GF Websites, the volume of data transferred, the type of web browser and operating system you used, the name of your internet service provider. This Personal Information is collected only for the purposes of technical administration and security as well as for better understanding the usage of the GF Websites. It is analyzed without any link to personally identifiable information.

Cookies

Additionally to the foregoing, GF may gather Personal Information by using so called cookies, i.e. small text files which the GF Websites transmit to your browser cache and which enable the GF Websites to recognize your device next time you access to the GF Websites. Cookies save your settings and provide GF with information on how you use the GF Websites for improving the contents and compiling anonymous aggregated statistics about the use of the GF Websites for market research purposes. However, cookies do not identify you personally and GF will use cookies only on a non-personal basis.

You may configure your web browser to refuse any installation of cookies or to disable or deactivate cookies that have been installed (the specific instructions can be found in the manual of your browser). However, this may result in a reduced availability or impaired functionality of the GF Websites.

Web analytics

The GF Websites use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information on behalf of GF for the purpose of evaluating your use of the GF Websites, compiling reports on website activity and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required by law or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of the GF Websites. You can also opt-out from being tracked by Google Analytics with effect for the future by downloading and installing Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Addon for your current web browser: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en. By using the GF Websites you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above. For more information around Google Analytics, the conditions of use and data protection please click: http://www.google.com/intl/en/analytics/privacyoverview.html.

Disclosure of information

GF may disclose, inside or outside your country of residence, your Personal Information (i) to other GF affiliates that may use your Personal Information for the purposes set forth in this Privacy Statement, (ii) to third party service providers of GF who may use it for the purposes for which it was originally collected and (iii) to public authorities.

GF may store and process Personal Information at any of its or its hosting providers’ facilities, including abroad, and may delegate the processing of such information to affiliates and third parties.

08/2015

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