"Real Partners. Me & My STIHL Tool" Privacy Policy

Thank you for your interest in our website. Protecting your privacy is very important to us. The following information details how your personal data is handled.

Collection, processing and use of personal data
All personal data obtained as part of our online services will always be treated confidentially and in accordance with the pertinent laws and regulations governing the protection of personal data. Such data will be collected, processed and used solely for the purposes of carrying out the campaign "Real Partners. Me & My STIHL Tool" (hereinafter: "campaign") and for safeguarding STIHL's legitimate business interests with regard to the appropriate design of our website.

We will use the data that you share as part of participating in the campaign, without your separate consent, solely for carrying out the campaign. Once the campaign has been completely wound up, which includes the distribution of the prize, your data will be blocked for further use and deleted upon expiration of the retention periods defined under tax and commercial law, provided that you have not expressly consented to the further use of your data.

Use of cookies
We use cookies on various pages to ensure an appealing visit to our website and to enable the use of certain functions. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer. Several of the cookies that we use are deleted at the end of the browser session, which is when you close your internet browser. These are known as session cookies. Other cookies remain on your computer and enable us or our partner companies to recognise your browser during your next visit to the website. These are known as persistent cookies.
You can change your browser settings so that you are notified about cookies being placed on your computer. You can then decide to accept cookies individually, accept cookies in certain cases or reject them in general. Not accepting cookies may restrict the functionality of our website.

Users' rights
You can revoke your consent to the processing of your personal data at any time. We will then take all the necessary steps to ensure that your request is met and your data is deleted.
You have the right upon request to receive information free of charge regarding your personal data, which has been saved on file. In accordance with the law, you additionally have the right to correct, block or delete your personal data.

Changes to this privacy policy
We will continually adapt our privacy policy in the course of the further development of the internet. We will announce any changes on this page in due time. We recommend that you regularly visit this page to stay up to date on the latest developments regarding the privacy policy.

Web analysis with Google Analytics
This website uses Google Analytics, which is a web analysis service of Google Inc. (hereinafter: "Google"). Google Analytics uses cookies, which are text files stored on your computer and that allow us to analyse how our website is used. The information created by the cookie about your use of this website is normally sent to a Google server in the United States and stored there.

However, if an IP anonymising function is activated on this website, Google will truncate your IP address beforehand within the member states of the European Union or in other countries that are party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the complete IP address be sent to a Google server in the United States and truncated there. The IP anonymising function is active on this website. By order of the operator of this website, Google will use the information to analyse how this website is used, to compile reports on website activities and to render other services on behalf of the website operator related to the use of the website and the internet.

The IP address transmitted from your browser within the scope of Google Analytics will not be pooled with other information by Google. You can prevent your computer from storing cookies by changing your browser's settings. However, should you choose to do so, you might not be able to use all of the website's functions.

You can prevent Google from recording and processing the information created by the cookie related to your use of the website (including your IP address) by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available by clicking on the following link:

Transmitting the web analysis information
We also use the information collected with the web analysis service Google Analytics to optimise and improve this website.

You can prevent us from using and processing the information created by the cookie related to your use of the website by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available by clicking on the following link:
Doing so will automatically stop the web analysis performed by the operator of this website with Google Analytics.

Social media and social plug-ins
We also offer you comprehensive personal support on our web pages on social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+). If you send us a query via one of these social media platforms, we will forward it to the responsible department. The data will be used solely for the purpose of providing an answer to your query and will not be disclosed to third parties.

You must register with these services in order to contact us via social media. The companies offering the respective services may possibly collect, store and use personal data for the purposes of registration. We have no influence on the type of data collected, the scope of such data or its processing.

Social plug-ins are additionally used on the pages of our website. Among others, these include:

Facebook's Share button
Google Plus's +1 button
Twitter's Tweet button

These platforms and services are amongst others provided by the following companies in the United States:

Facebook Inc. (1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA)
Google Inc. (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA)
Twitter Inc. (1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA)

If you visit a page on our website that contains such a plug-in, your browser establishes a direct link with the servers of the respective company. The content of the plug-ins is transmitted directly to your browser and integrated into the web page. We have no control over the volume of data that the company in question collects with the help of these plug-ins. We therefore provide you the following information on the matter to the best of our knowledge:

By integrating plug-ins, the company in question is informed that you have visited a certain page on our website. If you are logged in with one of the companies listed above, it can log the visit to your account with them. If you interact with the plug-ins, your browser sends the corresponding information directly to the company in question, where it is stored. Even if you do not have an account with one of the companies listed above, it may still be possible for them to find out what your IP address is and save it.

The possibility therefore cannot be ruled out that every visitor to our website will be recorded by the companies listed above based on the IP address and URL accessed, even if visitors neither click on the plug-ins nor have a user account with the companies. Your visit to our web pages may therefore potentially be tracked by these companies.

Please refer to the following privacy policies as regards the purpose and scope of data collection and the further processing and use of that information by these companies, as well as your rights in this matter and settings for protecting your privacy:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/policy.php
Google: http://www.google.com/intl/de/privacy/privacy-policy.html
Twitter: https://twitter.com/privacy

If you have accounts with one or more of the companies listed above and do not want them to collect information on you through our website and link that data to your member information stored with them, you must log out of your account with the company or companies before using our site.

Data security
Your personal data is transmitted over the internet in encrypted form. We secure our website and other systems using conventional and accepted technical and organisational measures to safeguard against the loss, destruction, access, modification and disclosure of your data by unauthorised persons, though we cannot guarantee absolute protection. You must enter your personal password to access your customer account. You should always keep your access data confidential and be sure to close the browser window whenever you have finished communicating with us, especially if you share the computer with others.

Contact partners
Please contact us directly if you have questions about the collection, processing and use of your personal data, for information about your stored data and requests to correct, block or delete that information, as well as for revoking your consent for us to use your data. You can find our contact information in our imprint.