As an EU-based company, the KAEFER Group takes data protection and the new provisions of the German Data Protection Act (DSGVO) very seriously. The data and photos displayed on the Kaefer Blu website are for your information only. Further distribution or use of the contents by third parties is not permitted. We ask for your compliance. This applies particularly to all personal data mentioned there including photographs of any persons (individual or group photos).
This data protection declaration serves to inform visitors to the Kaefer Blu website in accordance with the provisions of Articles 13 and 14 of the DSGVO (Duty to provide information). This only concerns information regarding the data processing procedures associated with visiting the website.
1. Name and contact details of the person responsible for data processing and the company data protection officers
This data protection information applies to data processed by:
Kaefer Blu AS
Geitaberget 17, 4031 Stavanger, Norway
Phone: +47 51 80 81 00
VAT ID No.: 928108856
In this respect KAEFER Blu is the responsible party.
The contact details of the company data protection officers are:
Thorbjørn Jensen (Data Protection Officer),
Thorbjorn.Jensen@kaefer.no , +47 900 62 572.
The data protection officers have been appointed to act for the following companies of the KAEFER Group:
- Kaefer Blu AS
2. Collection and storage of personal data as well as method and purpose of their use
a) Data processing when visiting the Kaefer Blu website
When you visit the Kaefer Blu website, the browser on your device automatically sends information to the server on our website. This information is temporarily stored in a so-called log file. The following information is recorded without your intervention and stored for a short time only:
- IP address of the requesting computer,
- Date and time of access,
- Name and URL of the retrieved file,
- Website from which access is made (referrer URL),
- the browser used and, if applicable, the operating system of your computer as
- well as the name of your access provider.
The aforesaid data will be processed by Kaefer Blu for the following purposes:
- Ensuring a smooth connection of the Kaefer Blu website,
- Ensuring the Kaefer Blu website is user-friendly,
- Evaluation of system security and stability, as well as
- For other administrative and statistical purposes.
The legal basis for data processing is Article 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. f DSGVO. Kaefer Blu’s legitimate interest follows from the purposes listed above for data collection. Under no circumstances does Kaefer Blu use the data collected for the purpose of drawing conclusions about you personally.
b) Data processing when using contact forms
On the Kaefer Blu website there are various contact forms that you can use to get in touch with us. For example, a contact form for enquiries of any kind, as well as a contact form for online applications as an external business partner for Kaefer Blu (e.g. as subcontractor, supplier).
In the respective contact forms there are the following mandatory fields which must be filled in e.g.: name, e-mail address and other personal business-relevant information. In the contact forms for the online application as an external service provider, you can apply directly to the relevant operational Kaefer Blu company. A valid e-mail address is required so that we know who sent the request and to enable us to respond to it. Additional information may be voluntarily entered by you as a visitor/inquirer in the contact forms.
Data processing for the purpose of making contact, as described above, is carried out in accordance with Article 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. a DSGVO and with your voluntary consent. This is proceeded by the technical option of giving consent by crossing a so-called checkbox (opt-in). By crossing the box you as a visitor give your consent to Kaefer Blu by sending the contact form together with your data.
The personal data collected by Kaefer Blu for the use of the contact forms will be automatically deleted from the website after your request has been processed.
Your enquiry / application as an external business partner are forwarded internally within the KAEFER Group for processing. This will be done on the basis of your aforementioned consent. Your enquiry/application as a subcontractor will be processed and stored in the normal course of business and deleted as required by law.
c) Information reporting system KAEFER Compliance Helpline
The KAEFER website provides information on ways of reporting compliance violations. For this purpose, the electronic whistleblower system https://www.bkms-system.com/kaefercan be used. By using this whistleblower system, the user leaves the KAEFER website. Accordingly, the provider of this website is responsible for data protection and not KAEFER. Information concerning data protection can be found at https://www.bkms-system.com/kaefer.
The KAEFER website also points out that these reports may also be sent to Corporate Compliance & Audit, Marktstraße 2, 28195 Bremen, Germany. Insofar as the reports contain personal data, data processing shall be carried out for the purpose of securing or monitoring pursuant to statutory provisions, regulatory standards and ethical principles on the basis of Art. 6 (1) sentence 1 lit. a DSGVO (your voluntary consent) or Article 6 (1) sentence 1 lit. f DSGVO (legitimate interests of KAEFER). The existence of such reports is based on KAEFER’s legitimate interest in detecting and preventing damage to KAEFER, its employees and customers.
If you send a report to Corporate Compliance & Audit (KAEFER SE & Co KG.), we will take this as your consent to the receipt and processing of your personal data.
Incoming reports will be handled by a small circle of expressly authorised and specially trained employees of the KAEFER Compliance Organisation and will always be dealt with in strict confidence. The employees of the KAEFER Compliance Organisation examine the facts of the case and, if necessary, carry out further, case-related clarifications. When processing a report or in the context of a special investigation, it may be necessary to pass on information to other KAEFER employees or employees of other KAEFER Group companies, e.g. if the information relates to events involving subsidiaries. The latter may also be based in countries outside the European Union or the European Economic Area in which different regulations may exist for the protection of personal data. We always ensure that the relevant data protection regulations are complied with when passing on information.
3. Forwarding of personal data to third parties
Your personal data will not be forwarded to third parties for purposes other than those listed below.
Your personal data will only be passed on to third parties, if:
- you have given your express consent pursuant to Article 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. a DSGVO,
- the disclosure is necessary pursuant to Article 6 para. 1 sentence 1 f DSGVO in order to assert, exercise or defend legal claims and there is no reason to assume that you have an overriding interest worthy of protection in not disclosing your data (legitimate interest),
- there is a legal obligation for the disclosure pursuant to Article 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. c DSGVO, as well as this being legally permissible and required under Article 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. b DSGVO for the processing of contractual relationships with you.
Kaefer Blu uses so-called cookies on its website. Cookies are small files which your browser automatically creates and which are stored on your device (laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc.) when you visit the Kaefer Blu website. Cookies do no damage to your end device, do not contain viruses, Trojans or any other harmful software.
Information is stored in the cookie, which arise in each case in connection with the specifically used end-device. However, this does not mean that Kaefer Blu immediately becomes aware of your identity.
In addition, Kaefer Blu also uses temporary cookies that are stored on your terminal for a specified period of time to optimise user-friendliness. If you visit the Kaefer Blu website again, it is automatically recognise that you have already visited the Kaefer Blu website and what entries and settings you have made so that you do not have to enter them again.
The data processed by cookies is required for the aforementioned purposes in order to protect Kaefer Blu’s legitimate interests and those of third parties pursuant to Article 6 Para. 1 sentence 1 lit. f DSGVO.
Most browsers automatically accept cookies. However, you can configure your browser so that no cookies are stored on your computer or a message always appears before a new cookie is created. In this respect, a banner will be displayed indicating this option. Nonetheless, the complete deactivation of cookies may prevent you from using all the functions of the Kaefer Blu website.
5. Data processing with analyse-tools
The tracking measures listed below and used by Kaefer Blu is carried out based on Article 6 para. 1 sentence 1 f DSGVO. In this respect, Kaefer Blu has legitimate interests at its side within the meaning of this provision.
Kaefer Blu uses Google Analytics for the purpose of demand-oriented design and ongoing optimisation of the KAEFER website. KAEFER has a legitimate interest in such use within the meaning of Article 6 para. 1 sentence 1, lit. f DSGVO. Google Analytics is a web analysis service of Google Inc. (https://www.google.de/intl/de/about/) (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA; hereinafter “Google”). In this context, on the one hand anonymised user profiles are created and on the other hand cookies (see Section 4) are used.
The information generated by the cookies about your use of this website is transferred to a Google server in the USA and stored there. The following data is affected:
- browser type/version,
- operating system used,
- referrer URL (the previously visited page),
- host name of the accessing computer (IP address),
- time of the server request.
The information is used to evaluate the use of the KAEFER website, to compile reports on the website activities and to provide further services associated with the use of the website and the internet for the purpose of market research and demand-oriented design of those internet pages. The information may also be transferred to third parties if this is required by law or if third parties process this data on behalf of the company. Under no circumstances will your IP address be merged with other data from Google. The IP addresses are anonymised so that an assignment is not possible (IP masking).
You can also prevent the collection of data generated by the cookies and related to your use of the website (including your IP address) and the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing a browser add-on (https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de).
As an alternative to the browser add-on, especially for browsers on mobile devices, you can also prevent Google Analytics from collecting data by clicking on this link. An opt-out cookie is set to prevent future collection of your data when you visit the Kaefer Blu website. The opt-out cookie is only valid in this browser and only for Kaefer Blu’s website and is stored on your device. If you delete the cookies in this browser, you must set the opt-out cookie again.
For further information on data protection in connection with Google Analytics, please refer to the Google Analytics Help Desk (https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=en).
6. Data processing with plug.ins and links
KAEFER uses plug-ins and links on the KAEFER website on the basis of Article 6 para. 1 sentence 1 f DSGVO in order to make the KAEFER Group better known. The underlying advertising purpose is regarded as a legitimate interest within the meaning of the DSGVO. The responsibility for data protection-compliant operation is to be guaranteed by the provider in question. These plug-ins and links are integrated by Kaefer Blu by means of the so-called two-click method in order to protect visitors to Kaefer Blu’s website in the best way possible.
Kaefer blu has active profiles on LinkedIn and Facebook.
Kaefer Blu use social media to keep you updated about us and our activities, and for recruitment purposes. If you choose to follow or like our social profiles, your personal data (such as your name and the fact that you are interested in Kaefer Blu) can be visible to people browsing your personal social profiles. If you interact with our social profiles or content posted by us, we may receive personal data about you, such as your (user) name, profile photo, hometown, email address, phone number, gender (depending on your own privacy settings). Examples of interactions with our profiles include commenting on our posts, creating visitor posts or sending us a personal message.
We may use our followers as targeted audiences for marketing activities in social media.
Kaefer Blu uses a button to connect the social network LinkedIn in several places. This is only a link and not a so-called “social plugin”. If you do not use the button, no information is transmitted to LinkedIn and no LinkedIn cookie is placed on your computer.
As soon as you click the button, without being logged in to LinkedIn, the login screen of LinkedIn opens in a new window after confirmation via the two-click method. In that case, it is possible that LinkedIn places a cookie on your hard drive. Kaefer Blu acquires no knowledge of the content of the data transmitted and how LinkedIn uses it.
Sites contained within LinkedIn are operated exclusively by LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA 94304, USA (LinkedIn). The data LinkedIn collects on these pages is therefore outside Kaefer Blu’s sphere of knowledge and influence.
Further details on data collection and to your legal rights as well as setting options can be obtained from LinkedIn. These are available at
LinkedIn User Agreement: https://www.linkedin.com/legal/user-agreement
Kaefer Blu uses a button to connect the social network Facebook in several places. This is only a link and not a so-called “social plugin”. If you do not use the button, no information is transmitted to Facebook and no Facebook cookie is placed on your computer.
As soon as you click the button, without being logged in to Facebook, the login screen of Facebook opens in a new window after confirmation via the two-click method. In that case, it is possible that Facebook places a cookie on your hard drive. Kaefer Blu acquires no knowledge of the content of the data transmitted and how Facebook uses it.
Sites contained within Facebook are operated exclusively by Meta Platforms, Inc., 1601 Willow Road Menlo Park, CA 94025 USA. The data Facebook collects on these pages is therefore outside Kaefer Blu’s sphere of knowledge and influence.
Further details on data collection and to your legal rights as well as setting options can be obtained from Facebook.
Facebook Terms of Service: https://www.facebook.com/terms.php
c) Gravity Forms
Kaefer Blu utilize the Gravity Forms plugin to collect and store personal information that has been submitted to us. By itself, Gravity Forms does not set any cookies on the front-end of the site. It does set a cookie on the entry detail page in the admin when an admin views the entry and checks the show empty fields checkbox, that cookie is named gf_display_empty_fields. You can also read more about Gravity Forms and the GDPR here: https://docs.gravityforms.com/wordpress-gravity-forms-and-gdpr-compliance/
You can sign up for newsletters from us. For this we need to save your e-mail address. The information is not shared with others and is not used for other purposes. If you enter an e-mail address to subscribe to newsletters, but do not respond to the confirmation message we send, your e-mail will be stored for a period in our system. Then we do not send newsletters, and such unconfirmed addresses are deleted from time to time. You can request to stop this service at any time. When you receive a newsletter, you can also unsubscribe yourself using the unsubscribe link. We delete personal information when you no longer want to receive messages from us.
7. Your rights
You have the following rights:
- To request information about your personal data processed by Kaefer Blu pursuant to Article 15 DSGVO. In particular, you may request information about the purposes of processing, the categories of personal data, the categories of recipients to whom your data have been or will be disclosed, the planned storage period, the existence of a right of rectification, deletion, restriction of processing or objection, the existence of a right of appeal, the origin of your data, if these have not been collected by us, and the existence of automated decision-making including profiling and, if applicable, meaningful information on their specifications.
- To immediately request the amendment of incorrect or incomplete personal data stored by Kaefer Blu pursuant to Article 16 DSGVO.
- To request the deletion of your personal data stored by Kaefer Blu pursuant to Article 17 DSGVO, unless the processing is necessary to exercise the right to freedom of expression and information, to fulfil a legal obligation, for reasons of public interest or to assert, exercise or defend legal claims.
- To request, pursuant to Article 18 DSGVO, the restriction of the processing of your personal data, if you dispute the accuracy of the data, if the processing is unlawful but you refuse to delete the data and Kaefer Blu no longer needs the data, but you need it to assert, exercise or defend legal claims or you have filed an objection to the processing pursuant to Article 21 DSGVO.
- To request, pursuant to Article 20 DSGVO, that the personal data you have provided to Kaefer Blu is received in a structured, current and machine-readable format or to transfer the data to another responsible person;
- In accordance with Article 7 para. 3 DSGVO, you may revoke your consent to KAEFER at any time. Consequently, Kaefer Blu is no longer allowed to continue processing data based on this consent in the future.
- In accordance with Article 77 DSGVO you can complain to a supervisory authority. As a rule, you can contact the supervisory authority at your usual place of residence or workplace or at KAEFER’s headquarters.
8. Right of recourse
If your personal data is processed based on legitimate interests pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. f DSGVO, you have the right to object to the processing of your personal data in accordance with Art. 21 DSGVO, if there are reasons for this which arise from your particular situation or if the objection is directed against direct advertising. In case of the latter, you have a general right of recourse, which KAEFER will implement without specifying a particular situation.
If you wish to exercise your right of revocation or recourse, simply send an e-mail to DSGVO@kaefer.com.
9. Data security
During your visit to the Kaefer Blu website, Kaefer Blu uses the SSL (Secure Socket Layer) method in conjunction with the highest level of encryption supported by your browser. Usually this is a 256-bit encryption. If your browser does not support a 256-bit encryption, Kaefer Blu uses a 128-bit v3 technology instead. Whether a single page of Kaefer Blu’s website is transmitted in encrypted form is determined by the closed display of the key or lock symbol in the lower status bar of your browser.
In addition, Kaefer Blu also uses appropriate technical and organisational security measures to protect your data against accidental or intentional manipulation, partial or total loss, destruction or unauthorised access by third parties. The security measures are continuously improved upon, in line with technological developments.
10. Validity and amendment of this data protection policy
This data protection policy is currently valid with a status as of May 2018.
Due to further developments of our website and offers thereon or due to changes in legal or official requirements, it may become necessary to amend this data protection policy. The current data protection policy can be viewed and printed out by you at any time from on this website (http://www.kaefer.com/Data-Protection.html).