PRIVACY NOTICE

Privacy Notice

Siemens Data Privacy Notice

Protecting the security and privacy of your personal data is important to us. Therefore, Siemens (for further company and data controller details, please see the “Corporate Information” section or footer link below) processes personal data in compliance with applicable laws on data protection and data security.

1. Processing of personal data related to your use of our websites, applications and online platforms

Categories of personal data processed, purpose of the processing and legal basis 

When visiting Siemens’ websites, applications or online tools (each a “Siemens Online Offering”), Siemens may process the following personal data about you:

  • Personal data that you actively and voluntarily provide via the Siemens Online Offering (e.g., when registering, contacting us with your inquiries or participating in surveys, etc.), including name, e-mail address, telephone number, information submitted as part of a support request, comments or forum posts, etc.; and
  • Information that is automatically sent to us by your web browser or device, such as your IP-address, device type, browser type, referring site, sites accessed during your visit, the date and time of each visitor request.

We process your personal data for the following purposes: 

  • To provide the Siemens Online Offering’s services and functions and to administer your use of the Siemens Online Offering;
  • To verify your identity (if you registered for a Siemens Online Offering);
  • To answer and fulfill your specific requests; and
  • As reasonably necessary to enforce the applicable terms of use, to establish or preserve a legal claim or defense, to prevent fraud or other illegal activities, including attacks on Siemens’ information technology systems.
  • If you are an existing customer of Siemens Financial Services Ltd., (or are applying to become a customer of Siemens Financial Services Ltd.), please click here to understand how we process your information.

The legal basis for Siemens processing data about you is that such processing is necessary for the purposes of:

  • Siemens exercising its rights and performing its obligations in connection with any contract we make with you (Article 6 (1) (b) General Data Protection Regulation); 
  • Compliance with Siemens’ legal obligations (Article 6 (1) (c) General Data Protection Regulation); and/or
  • Legitimate interests pursued by Siemens (Article 6 (1) (f) General Data Protection Regulation). Generally the legitimate interest pursued by Siemens in relation to our use of your personal data is the the efficient performance or management of your use of the Siemens Online Offerings.

In some cases, we may ask if you consent to the relevant use of your personal data. In such cases, the legal basis for Siemens processing that data about you may (in addition or instead) be that you have consented (Article 6 (1) (a) General Data Protection Regulation).

Cookies

We may use cookies within Siemens Online Offerings. You can find information on Siemens’ use of cookies in our Cookie Notice. The Cookie Notice also provides information on how to block and object to the use of cookies and the processing of data collected by cookies.

Links to other websites

This Privacy Notice applies only to Siemens Online Offerings and not to other websites or applications operated by third parties. We may provide links to other websites and applications which we believe may be of interest to you. Siemens is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other websites or applications.

2. Processing of personal data related to your business relationship with Siemens

Categories of personal data processed, purpose of the processing and legal basis

In the context of the business relationship with Siemens, Siemens may process the following categories of personal data of current and future contact persons at our customers, suppliers, vendors and partners (each a “Business Partner”): 

  • Contact information, such as full name, work address, work telephone number, work mobile phone number, work fax number and work email address; 
  • Payment data, such as data necessary for processing payments and fraud prevention, including credit/debit card numbers, security code numbers and other related billing information; 
  • Further information necessarily processed in a project or contractual relationship with Siemens or voluntarily provided by the Business Partner, such as personal data relating to orders placed, payments made, requests, and project milestones; 
  • Personal data collected from publicly available resources, integrity data bases and credit agencies; and
  • If legally required for Business Partner compliance screenings: date of birth, ID numbers, identity cards and information about relevant and significant litigation or other legal proceedings against Business Partners.

Siemens may process the personal data for the following purposes: 

  • Communicating with Business Partners about products, services and projects of Siemens or Business Partners, e.g. by responding to inquiries or requests or providing you with technical information about purchased products;
  • Planning, performing and managing the (contractual) relationship with Business Partners; e.g. by performing transactions and orders of products or services, processing payments, performing accounting, auditing, billing and collection activities, arranging shipments and deliveries, facilitating repairs and providing support services;
  • Administrating and performing customer surveys, marketing campaigns, market analysis, sweepstakes, contests, or other promotional activities or events;
  • Maintaining and protecting the security of our products, services and websites, preventing and detecting security threats, fraud or other criminal or malicious activities; 
  • Ensuring compliance with legal obligations (such as record keeping obligations), export control and customs, Business Partner compliance screening obligations (to prevent white-collar or money laundering crimes), and Siemens policies or industry standards; and
  • Solving disputes, enforce our contractual agreements and to establish, exercise or defend legal claims.

The legal basis for Siemens processing data about you is that such processing is necessary for the purposes of:

  • Siemens exercising its rights and performing its obligations in connection with any contract we make with you (Article 6 (1) (b) General Data Protection Regulation),
  • Compliance with Siemens’ legal obligations (Article 6 (1) (c) General Data Protection Regulation), and/or
  • Legitimate interests pursued by Siemens (Article 6 (1) (f) General Data Protection Regulation).  

Generally the legitimate interest pursued by Siemens in relation to our use of your personal data is the efficient performance or management of our business relationship with you.

In some cases, we may ask if you consent to the relevant use of your personal data. In such cases, the legal basis for Siemens processing that data about you may (in addition or instead) be that you have consented (Article 6 (1) (a) General Data Protection Regulation).

3. Transfer and disclosure of personal data

Siemens may transfer your personal data to:

  • other Siemens companies in connection with your use of the Siemens Online Offerings or our business relationship with you;
  • third parties which provide IT services to Siemens and which process such data only for the purpose of such services (e.g., hosting or IT maintenance and support services); and
  • courts, arbitration bodies, law enforcement authorities, regulators or attorneys if necessary to comply with the law or for the establishment, exercise or defense of rights or legal claims. 

Sometimes the recipients to whom Siemens transfers your personal data are located in countries in which applicable laws do not offer the same level of data protection as the laws of your home country. 

In such cases, Siemens takes measures to implement appropriate and suitable safeguards for the protection of your personal data. In particular:

  • We share your personal data with Siemens companies in such countries only if they have implemented the Siemens Binding Corporate Rules („BCR“) for the protection of personal data. Further information about the Siemens BCR can be found here.
  • We transfer personal data to external recipients in such countries only if the recipient has (i) entered into EU Standard Contractual Clauses with Siemens, (ii) implemented Binding Corporate Rules in its organization or (iii) – in case of US recipients – the recipient is certified under the Privacy Shield. You may request further information about the safeguards implemented in relation to specific transfers by contacting dataprotection@siemens.com.

Personal data published by you on Siemens Online Offerings (such as chat rooms or forums) may be globally accessible to other registered user of the respective Siemens Online Offering.  

4. Retention Periods

Unless indicated otherwise at the time of the collection of your personal data (e.g. within a form completed by you), we erase your personal data if the retention of that personal data is no longer necessary (i) for the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise processed, or (ii) to comply with legal obligations (such as retention obligations under tax or commercial laws). 

5. Withdraw consent

In case you declared your consent for the processing of certain personal data by Siemens, you have the right to withdraw the consent at any time with future effect, i.e. the withdrawal of the consent does not affect the lawfulness of processing based on the consent before its withdrawal. If the consent is withdrawn, Siemens may only further process the personal data where there is another legal ground for the processing. 

6. Your rights

Under applicable data protection law you may have the right to:

  • Obtain from Siemens confirmation as to whether or not personal data concerning you are being processed, and where that is the case, access to the personal data;
  • Obtain from Siemens the rectification of inaccurate personal data concerning you;
  • Obtain from Siemens the erasure of your personal data; 
  • Obtain from Siemens restriction of processing regarding your personal data; 
  • Data portability concerning personal data, which you actively provided; and
  • Object, on grounds relating to your particular situation, to processing of personal data concerning you.

7. Data Privacy Contact

The Siemens Data Protection Organization provides support with any data privacy related questions, comments, concerns or complaints or in case you wish to exercise any of your data privacy related rights. The Siemens Data Privacy Organization may be contacted at: dataprotection@siemens.com

The Siemens Data Privacy Organization will always use best efforts to address and settle any requests or complaints you bring to its attention. Besides contacting the Siemens Data Privacy Organization, you always have the right to approach the competent data protection authority with your request or complaint. 

A list and contact details of local data protection authorities is available here.

Cookie Notice

Siemens Cookie Notice

This Cookie Notice applies to the present website operated by the Siemens company referred to under “Corporate Information.”

Status: August 2016

When you visit Siemens websites, information is stored on your terminal device in the form of a «cookie.» Cookies are small files that are stored on your terminal device and save certain settings and data to exchange with our websites via your browser.

For example, cookies enable us to tailor a website to better match your interests or to store your password so that you do not have to re-enter it every time. As a general rule, we never collect personal data via cookies, unless you have given us your express permission to do so.

If you do not want us to recognize your terminal device, please configure your Internet browser to erase all cookies from your device, to block all cookies or to receive a warning before a cookie is stored. You will find brief instructions on how to do this below.

Please note that certain functions of our website may no longer work, or not correctly, without cookies.

Types of cookies

Cookies can be assigned to four categories, depending on their function and intended purpose: absolutely necessary cookies, performance cookies, functional cookies, and cookies for marketing purposes.

Absolutely necessary cookies
are needed for you to navigate within Siemens websites and operate basic website functions, such as the issuance of anonymous Session IDs for bundling several related queries to a server.

Performance cookies
collect information on the usage of our websites, including for example the Internet browsers and operating systems used, the domain name of the website which you previously visited, the number of visits, average duration of visit, and pages called up.

These cookies do not store any information that would make it possible to personally identify the user. The information collected with the aid of these cookies is aggregated and is therefore anonymous. Performance cookies serve the purpose of improving the user friendliness of a website and therefore enhancing the user’s experience. You can block the use of such cookies by creating an exclusion cookie (see “managing cookies” below).

Functional cookies
enable a website to store information the user has already entered (such as user ID, language selection, or the user’s location), in order to offer improved, personalized functions to the user. Functional cookies are also used to enable requested functions such as playing videos and to make a user’s decision to block or disable a certain function (e.g. web analysis) — “opt-out cookies”.

Cookies for marketing purposes
are used to offer more relevant content to users, based on their specific interests. They are also used to limit the display frequency of an ad and to measure and control the effectiveness of advertising campaigns. They register whether users have visited a website or not, and which contents were used. This information may possibly also be shared with third parties, such as advertisers, for example. These cookies are often linked to the functions of third-party websites. You can block the use of such cookies by creating an opt-out cookie (see “Managing cookies” below).

 

If you would like more details about the cookies we may store on your computer please click here.


Managing cookies:

Please note: Not all of the cookies mentioned below will necessarily be used when you browse our website using a mobile terminal device.

Performance cookies: Adobe Analytics
We use Adobe Analytics on our website for the purpose of constantly improving the website and/or detecting errors. For this purpose, Adobe Analytics anonymously stores and analyzes various kinds of data, including the visited website and the website’s metadata, websites that link to Siemens, the time of the visit, and the browser used.

Please click here to prevent Adobe Analytics from aggregating and analyzing the data collected from your visit to this website. By doing this, you will create a so-called exclusion cookie in your browser. It contains no personal data, but technically enables Adobe Analytics to permanently recognize your preference.

If you delete this exclusion cookie or if you change your computer or web browser, you will need to create the exclusion cookie again.Cookies for marketing purposes.

Cookies for marketing purposes

Adobe Target
We use Adobe Target to provide content that is specifically tailored to the interests of users. For this purpose, Adobe Target analyzes anonymized information about your previous visits to our website.

Please click here to prevent Adobe Target from aggregating and analyzing the data collected from your visit of this website. By doing this, you will create a so-called exclusion cookie in your browser. It contains no personal data, but technically enables Adobe/Siemens to permanently recognize your Preference.

Adobe Media Optimizer
We sometimes run online advertisement campaigns that display advertisements (“ads”) to you based on your likely interests. We may learn your likely interests based on your use of our websites and applications, or from other companies and websites that we work with to help us understand your likely interests. These types of ads are often called “online behavioral advertising.” We use Adobe Media Optimizer (“AMO”) to display our ads on websites across the Internet. For this purpose several cookies will be set in your browser allowing both AMO and so-called ad exchanges to recognize your terminal device based on anonymous identifiers and to thus show you ads tailored to your likely interests. Please click here to prevent AMO from aggregating and analyzing the data collected from your visit of this website (web viewing data) and serving you tailored ads shown on other websites based on your activity on our websites and online services. If you opt out, you may still see our ads on other companies’ websites, but they will not be specifically tailored to you based on your activity on our websites and online services. In addition you may also opt out from the collection of web viewing data for interest-based advertising by some or all of the companies participating in the Digital Advertising Alliance on the Digital Advertising Alliance Consumer Choice page.

Xaxis
We permit the company Xaxis (a division of GroupM Competence Center GmbH, Derendorfer Allee 10, 40476 Düsseldorf), to place cookies on our websites that collect information on usage-based online advertising; this is also known as “targeting.”

For this purpose, Xaxis collects and stores anonymized data on our website. The cookie stored on your computer collects information about your activities on the websites you have visited (e.g., surfing behavior, sub-pages visited, ad banners clicked, etc.). Based on this data, Xaxis generates profiles that do cannot be used for personal identification, meaning that you as the user cannot be personally identified; in particular, the IP address you use is not stored.

Your computer is then identified for ad delivery purposes and assigned to a target group. This information makes it possible to display advertising that is more relevant to you on the websites of other providers.

You will find additional information on the technology used on our website and on data privacy at the following link: http://www.xaxis.com/page/privacy-policy
You can always block the future collection and storage of data by creating an exclusion cookie.

How can I deactivate cookies?
In the following you will find a summary of links that provide detailed information on the deactivation of cookies in commonly used browsers.

    Mozilla Firefox
    Internet Explorer
    Google Chrome
    Safari

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This Cookie Notice is updated from time to time. You will find the date of the latest update at the top of this page.