Privacy Policy

Data protection statement

1) Information on the collection of personal data and contact details of the controller.
1.1 We are pleased that you are visiting our website and thank you for your interest. In the following, we inform you about the handling of your personal data when using our website. Personal data in this context are all data with which you can be personally identified.
1.2 The controller of data processing on this website within the meaning of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is Vertique – Darwish/Richter GbR, Stiftsplatz 5, 76829 Landau in der Pfalz, Germany, Tel: 015754635487, e-mail: info@vertique.io. The controller of personal data is the natural or legal person who alone or jointly with others determines the purposes and means of the processing of personal data.
1.3 This website uses SSL or TLS encryption for security reasons and to protect the transmission of personal data and other confidential content (e.g. orders or requests to the controller). You can recognize an encrypted connection by the character string https:// and the lock symbol in your browser line.

2) Data collection when visiting our website
During the mere informational use of our website, i.e. if you do not register or otherwise transmit information to us, we only collect data that your browser transmits to our server (so-called „server log files“). When you visit our website, we collect the following data, which is technically necessary for us to be able to display the website to you:
– Our visited website
– Date and time of access
– Amount of data sent in bytes
– source/reference from which you came to the site – browser used
– Operating system used
– IP address used (if applicable, in anonymized form)
The data processing is based on Art. 6 (1) lit. f GDPR based on our legitimate interest in improving the stability and functionality of our website. The data is not passed on or used in any other way. However, we reserve the right to subsequently review the server log files if there are concrete indications of illegal use.

3) Cookies
In order to make the visit to our website attractive and to enable the use of certain functions, we use so-called cookies on various pages. These are small text files that are stored on your terminal device. Some of the cookies we use are deleted at the end of the browser session, i.e. after you close your browser (so-called session cookies). Other cookies remain on your terminal device and enable us or our partner companies (third-party cookies) to recognize your browser on your next visit (persistent cookies). When cookies are set, they collect and process specific user information such as browser and location data as well as IP address values, if required. Persistent cookies are automatically deleted after a certain time, which may vary depending on the cookie. You can check the duration of the respective cookie storage in the overview of the cookie settings of your web browser.
In some cases, cookies are used to simplify the ordering process by storing settings (e.g. remembering the contents of a virtual shopping cart for a later visit to the website). Insofar as personal data is also processed by individual cookies set by us, the processing is carried out on the basis of Art. 6 (1) point b GDPR either for the performance of the contract or in accordance with Art. 6 (1) point f GDPR to protect our legitimate interests in the best possible functionality of the website and a customer-friendly and effective design of the site visit.
Please note that you can set your browser so that you are informed about the setting of cookies and you can decide individually about their acceptance or exclude the acceptance of cookies for certain cases or in general. Each browser differs in the way it manages cookie settings. How you can change your cookie settings is described in the help menu of the respective browser. You can find these for the respective browsers under the following links:
– Internet Explorer: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/delete-and-manage-cookies-168dab11-075 3-043d-7c16-ede5947fc64d
– Firefox: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enhanced-tracking-protection-firefox-desktop
– Chrome: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=en&hlrm=en
– Safari: https://support.apple.com/en-gb/guide/safari/sfri11471/mac
– Opera: https://help.opera.com/en/latest/web-preferences/#cookies
Please note that the functionality of our website may be limited if you do not accept cookies.

4) Contacting us
If you contact us (e.g. via contact form or e-mail), personal data will be collected. Which data is collected in the case of a contact form can be seen from the respective contact form. This data is stored and used exclusively for the purpose of answering your inquiry or contacting you and the associated technical administration. The legal basis for processing the data is our legitimate interest in responding to your inquiry pursuant to Art. 6 (1) point f GDPR. If your contact aims at the conclusion of a contract, the additional legal basis for the processing is Art. 6 (1) point b GDPR. Your data will be deleted after final processing of your request; this is the case if it can be inferred from the circumstances that the matter concerned has been conclusively clarified, provided that this does not conflict with any statutory retention obligations.

5) Data processing when opening a customer account and for the execution of a contract.
According to Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b DSGVO, personal data will continue to be collected and processed if you provide it to us for the purpose of executing a contract or opening a customer account. Which data is collected can be seen from the respective input forms. It is possible to delete your customer account at any time. You can do this by sending a message to the above address of the controller. We store and use the data you provide for the purpose of processing the contract. After complete processing of the contract or deletion of your customer account, your data will be blocked with regard to tax and commercial law retention periods and deleted after expiration of these periods, unless you have expressly consented to the further use of your data or a legally permissible further use of the data is reserved on our part.

6) Use of customer data for direct advertising
Registration for our e-mail newsletter
If you register for our e-mail newsletter, we will send you information about our offers on a regular basis. The only mandatory information for sending the newsletter is your e-mail address. The provision of further data is voluntary and will be used to address you personally. For sending the newsletter we use the so-called double opt-in procedure. This means that we will only send you an e-mail newsletter after you have expressly confirmed that you agree to receive newsletters. We will then send you a confirmation e-mail in which you must confirm that you wish to receive the newsletter in the future by clicking on a corresponding link.
By activating the confirmation link, you give us your consent to use your personal data in accordance with Art. 6 (1) lit. a DSGVO. When you register for the newsletter, we store the IP address provided by your Internet service provider (ISP) as well as the date and time of registration in order to be able to track any misuse of your e-mail address at a later date. The data collected by us when you register for the newsletter is used exclusively for advertising purposes within the scope of the newsletter. You can unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time via the link provided for this purpose in the newsletter or by sending a corresponding message to the responsible person named at the beginning. After unsubscribing, your e-mail address will be deleted immediately from our newsletter distribution list, unless you have expressly consented to the further use of your data or we reserve the right to make further use of your data, which is permitted by law and about which we inform you in this statement.

7) Processing of data for the purpose of order processing.
The personal data collected by us will be passed on to the transport company commissioned with the delivery as part of the contract processing, insofar as this is necessary for the delivery of the goods. We pass on your payment data to the commissioned credit institution within the framework of payment processing, insofar as this is necessary for payment processing. When using payment service providers, we expressly point this out to you in the following. The legal basis for the transmission of the data is Art. 6 (1) letter b DSGVO.

8) Website functionalities
Instagram with Shariff Solution
Our website uses so-called social plugins („plugins“) of the online service Instagram, operated by Instagram LLC, 1601 Willow Rd, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA („Instagram“). If you want to increase the protection of your data when visiting our website, these buttons are not fully integrated into the page as plugins and are only fully functional when using an HTML link. This type of integration ensures that no connection is made to Instagram’s servers when you visit a page of our website that contains such buttons. When you click on the button, a new browser window opens and the Instagram page on which you can interact with the plugins (if necessary, after entering your login data).
For the purpose and scope of the data collection and the further processing and use of the data by Instagram, as well as your rights in this regard and setting options for protecting your privacy, please refer to Instagram’s privacy policy at: https://help.instagram.com/155833707900388/
Twitter with Shariff Solution
Our website uses so-called social plugins („plugins“) of the microblogging service Twitter, which is operated by Twitter Inc. 1355 Market St, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA („Twitter“).
If you wish to increase the protection of your data when visiting our website, these buttons are not fully integrated into the page as plugins, but are only functional when using an HTML link. This type of integration ensures that no connection to Twitter’s servers is established when you call up a page of our website that contains such buttons. When you click on the button, a new browser window opens and the Twitter page on which you can interact with the plugins (if necessary, after entering your login data). For the purpose and scope of the data collection and the further processing and use of the data by Twitter, as well as your rights in this regard and setting options for protecting your privacy, please refer to Twitter’s privacy policy at: https://twitter.com/privacy
8.1 Zoom
We use the Zoom service of Zoom Video Communications Inc, 55 Almaden Blvd, Suite 600, San Jose, CA 95113, USA (hereinafter „Zoom“) to conduct online meetings, video conferences and/or webinars.
When using Zoom, various data are processed. The scope of the data processed depends on the data you provide before or during your participation in an online meeting, video conference or webinar. When using Zoom, data of communication participants is processed and stored on Zoom’s servers. This data may include your registration data (name, email address, phone (optional) and password) and meeting data (topic, participant IP address, device information, description (optional)). In addition, participants‘ visual and audio contributions and voice input in chats may be processed.
When processing personal data that is necessary for the performance of a contract with you (this also applies to processing that is necessary for the performance of pre-contractual measures), Art. 6 (1) lit. b GDPR is the legal basis. If you have given us your consent to process your data, the processing is based on Art. 6 (1) lit. a GDPR. Consent given can be revoked at any time with effect for the future.
Otherwise, the legal basis for the processing of data when conducting online meetings, videoconferences or webinars is our legitimate interest pursuant to Art. 6 (1) lit. f GDPR in the effective conduct of online meetings, webinars or videoconferences.
For more information on Zoom’s use of data, please see Zoom’s privacy policy at https://zoom.us/docs/de-de/privacy-and-legal.html
8.2 Applications to job advertisements
We advertise current vacancies on our website in a separate section, for which interested parties can apply by e-mail to the contact address provided.
If applicants wish to be included in the application process, they must provide us with all personal data required for an informed assessment and selection when submitting their application by e-mail.
The required data includes general personal information (name, address, telephone or electronic contact) and performance-related evidence of the qualifications required for the advertised position. In addition, health-related information may also be required, which must be given special attention in the interest of social protection of the applicant’s person in accordance with labor and social law.
The components that an application must contain in order to be considered and the form in which these components must be sent by e-mail can be found in the respective job advertisement.
After receipt of the application via the e-mail contact address provided, the applicant data will be stored by us and evaluated exclusively for the purpose of processing the application. In the event of queries in connection with the processing of the application, we will, at our discretion, use either the e-mail address provided by the applicant with his/her application or a telephone number provided.
The legal basis for this processing, including contacting applicants for queries, is basically Art. 6 (1) lit. b DSGVO in conjunction with. Art. 26 (1) Federal Data Protection Act. According to these provisions, the conclusion of the application process is considered to be the initiation of an employment relationship.
Insofar as special categories of personal data within the meaning of Art. 9 (1) DSGVO (e.g. health data such as information on severely disabled status) are requested from applicants as part of the application process, the processing is carried out in accordance with Art. 9 (2) (b) DSGVO in order to enable us to exercise our rights under labor, social security and social protection law and to fulfill our obligations in this regard.
The processing of special categories of data may also be cumulatively or alternatively based on Art. 9(1)(h) DSGVO if they are used for health care or occupational health purposes, for the assessment of the applicant’s fitness for work, for medical diagnosis, for health or social care or for the management of health or social care systems and services.
If the applicant is not selected as part of the assessment process described above, or if an applicant withdraws their application early, their emailed data and all electronic correspondence, including the original application email, will be deleted no later than six months after notification. This period results from our legitimate interest in being able to answer any follow-up questions about the application and, if necessary, to comply with our obligation to provide evidence in accordance with the regulations on equal treatment of applicants.
In the event of a successful application, the processing of the transmitted data is based on Art. 6 (1) lit. b DSGVO in conjunction with. Art. 26 (2) Federal Data Protection Act processed for the purpose of implementing the employment relationship.
Google Translate
On this website, we also use the reCAPTCHA function of Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, 4 Barrow St, Dublin, D04 E5W5, Ireland („Google“). This function is primarily used to distinguish whether an input originates from a natural person or is abused by automatic and automated processing. The service involves the transmission of the IP address and possibly other data required by Google for the reCAPTCHA service to Google. The use of Google reCAPTCHA may also result in personal data being transferred to Google LLC. servers in the USA.
For more information about Google reCAPTCHA and Google’s privacy policy, please visit: https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=en-GB.
You can revoke your consent at any time with effect for the future. To make use of your revocation, deactivate this service in the „Cookie Consent Tool“ on the website.

9) Tools and other
9.1 This Website uses a so-called „cookie consent tool“ to obtain effective consent from Users for cookies and cookie-based applications requiring consent. The „Cookie Consent Tool“ is displayed to Users when accessing the Website in the form of an interactive user interface where consent for certain cookies and/or cookie-based applications can be given by ticking the appropriate box. By using the tool, all cookies/services requiring consent will only be loaded if the respective user gives the corresponding consent by ticking the appropriate box. This ensures that such cookies are only set on the end device of the respective user if consent has been given.
The tool sets technically necessary cookies to save your cookie settings. Personal user data is generally not processed.
If, in individual cases, personal data (such as the IP address) is processed for the purpose of storing, assigning or logging cookie settings, this is done in accordance with Art. 6 (1) point GDPR on the basis of our legitimate interest in legally compliant, user-related and user-friendly consent management for cookies and thus in legally compliant processing.
Further legal basis for the processing is Art. 6 (1) point c GDPR. As the responsible party, we are subject to the legal obligation to make the use of technically unnecessary cookies dependent on the corresponding consent of the users.
Further information on the operator and the setting options of the cookie consent tool can be found directly in the corresponding user interface on our website.
9.2 DATEV
We use the cloud-based accounting software of DATEV eG, Paumgartnerstr. 6-14, 90429 Nuremberg, Germany („DATEV“) to process our accounting.
DATEV processes incoming and outgoing invoices and, if applicable, also banking transactions of our company in order to automatically record invoices, assign them to business transactions and create financial accounting from them in a partially automated process. If personal data is also processed in this process, the processing is carried out on the basis of Art. 6 (1) lit. f DSGVO on the basis of our legitimate interest in the efficient organization and documentation of our business transactions.
For more information about DATEV, the automated processing of data and the data protection provisions, please visit https://www.datev.de/web/de/m/ueber-datev/datenschutz/. 

10) Rights of the data subject
10.1 The applicable data protection law grants you the following comprehensive data subject rights (rights of access and intervention) against the controller with regard to the processing of your personal data:
– Right of access by the data subject pursuant to Art. 15 DS-GVO: You have the right to obtain the following information: The personal data we process; the purposes of the processing; the categories of personal data processed; the recipients or categories of recipients to whom the personal data have been or will be disclosed; the envisaged duration of the storage of the personal data or, if this is not possible, the criteria for determining this duration; the existence of the right to obtain from the controller the rectification or erasure of the personal data or the restriction of the processing of the personal data concerning the data subject or to object to the processing; The right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority; if the personal data have not been collected from the data subject, any available information about their origin; the existence of automated decision-making, including profiling, and, at least in such cases, meaningful information about the underlying logic and the significance and likely consequences of such processing for the data subject; the appropriate safeguards pursuant to Article 46 where personal data are transferred to a third country.
– Right to rectification under Article 16 GDPR: You have the right to request that the controller rectify without undue delay inaccurate personal data relating to you and/or the right to request that incomplete personal data in our possession be completed.
– Right to erasure („right to be forgotten“) pursuant to Art. 17 GDPR: You have the right to request the controller to erase the personal data concerning you if the conditions of Art. 17 (2) GDPR are met. However, this right does not apply to the exercise of the right to freedom of expression and information, for compliance with a legal obligation, for reasons of public interest or for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims.
– Right to restriction of processing under Article 18 GDPR: You have the right to request the controller to restrict the processing of your personal data on the following grounds: While the accuracy of the personal data you dispute is being verified. If you object to the erasure of your personal data due to unlawful processing and instead request the restriction of its use. If you need the personal data for the assertion, exercise or defense of legal claims, as soon as we no longer need this data for the purposes of processing. If you have objected to the processing for reasons relating to your personal situation, until it has been examined whether our legitimate grounds outweigh your grounds.
– Right to information according to Art. 19 DSGVO: If you have asserted the right to rectification, erasure or restriction of processing against the controller, the controller is obliged to inform each recipient to whom the personal data has been disclosed of this rectification or erasure of the personal data or restriction of processing, unless this proves impossible or involves a disproportionate effort. You have the right to be informed about these recipients.
– Right to data portability pursuant to Art. 20 GDPR: You have the right to receive the personal data concerning you that you have provided to us in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format or to request that this data be transferred to another controller, if this is technically feasible.
– Right to revoke consent given in accordance with Art. 7 (3) GDPR: You have the right to revoke your consent to the processing of personal data at any time with effect for the future. In the event of revocation, we will immediately delete the data concerned, unless further processing can be based on a legal basis for processing without consent. The revocation of consent does not affect the lawfulness of the processing carried out on the basis of the consent until the revocation.
– Right to lodge a complaint pursuant to Article 77 of the GDPR: Without prejudice to any other administrative or judicial remedy, you have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, in particular in the Member State of your habitual residence, place of work or the place of the alleged infringement, if you consider that the processing of personal data concerning you infringes the GDPR.
10.2 Right of objection
If we process your personal data as part of a balancing of interests on the basis of our overriding legitimate interest, you have the right to object to this processing at any time with future effect for reasons arising from your particular situation. If they exercise their right to object, we will stop processing the data. However, we reserve the right to continue processing if we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override their interests, fundamental rights and freedoms, or if the processing is for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims. If we process their personal data for direct marketing purposes, they have the right to object to the processing of their personal data for direct marketing purposes at any time. They can exercise their right to object as described above. If you exercise your right to object, we will stop processing the data in question for direct marketing purposes.

11) Duration of the storage of personal data
The duration of the storage of personal data depends on the respective legal basis, the purpose of the processing and – if relevant – the respective legal retention period (e.g. retention periods under commercial and tax law).
If the processing of personal data is carried out on the basis of an explicit consent pursuant to Art. 6 (1) lit. a DSGVO, this data will be stored until the consent of the data subject is revoked.
If there are legal retention periods for data that exist within the scope of legal or similar obligations based on Art. 6 (1) lit. b DSGVO, this data will be routinely deleted after the retention periods have expired if it is no longer required for the performance or initiation of the contract and/or we no longer have a legitimate interest in its continued storage.
Insofar as the processing of personal data is based on Art. 6 (1) (f) DSGVO, this data will be stored until the data subject exercises his or her right to object pursuant to Art. 21 (1) DSGVO, unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override the interests, rights and freedoms of the data subject, or the processing serves to assert, exercise or defend legal claims.
If personal data are processed for the purposes of direct marketing on the basis of Article 6(1)(f) of the GDPR, such data will be stored until the data subject exercises his or her right to object pursuant to Article 21(2) of the GDPR.
Unless otherwise specified in the information contained in this statement regarding specific processing situations, the stored personal data will be deleted when they are no longer necessary for the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise processed.