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Data protection declaration

Biral thanks you for visiting this website ("the Biral website") and for your interest in our products and services. Data protection is a matter we take seriously and we want you to be able to visit our website without any concerns. We make sure that any data relating to you that is collected, processed or used in the course of your visit to the Biral website is protected.

By accessing the Biral website you are agreeing to this data protection declaration ("the declaration").

If you are not in agreement with this declaration, you should desist from accessing any more pages of the Biral website.

This declaration may be updated at any time. We therefore recommend that you refer back to it regularly. The very last line of this declaration contains the date when it was last updated.



What is the purpose and scope of this declaration?

Biral AG, its subsidiaries and branch offices ("Biral" or "we") undertake to protect the personal data collected from visitors to the Biral website. Consequently, Biral has drawn up this declaration in order to set out how and what data is collected from users of the Biral website and for what purpose the data is collected, shared and published by Biral. Biral also sets out in this declaration what appropriate measures have been taken to ensure the security of the data.


This declaration applies to any kind of information whatsoever that Biral obtains as a result of your use of the Biral website. The declaration does not apply to websites that are under the control of third parties who are not associated with Biral and to which the Biral website may under certain circumstances be linked ("third party websites"). Please take note of the data protection declarations of the third party websites concerned in each case as Biral is not responsible for the data protection policies of third party websites nor does it have any control over them.


Liability exclusion clauses and other contractual provisions that you have agreed with Biral such as data protection declarations or guidance information for banking customers or applicable compulsory legal requirements and regulations take precedence over this declaration.



What information do we collect about you and for what purpose?

When you visit the Biral website, our web server automatically records details of your visit (for example, your IP address, the web page from which you go to our site, the type of browser software used, and the pages of the Biral website that you visit including the date and time spent on our site). We also collect personal data (e.g. name, gender, address, e-mail address, telephone or fax number) that you provide us with via the Biral website, for example when entering your details in a registration form or if you subscribe to an e-mail newsletter. Biral uses your personal data as follows:


- for the purpose of technical administration, research and for developing the Biral website,


- for customer and user administration and marketing,


- to inform you about our products and services, and


- for any otherwise specified purpose.


When using personal data, Biral complies with the applicable legal requirements and regulations.



How do we collect and store information about you?

Biral uses so-called tracking technologies such as cookies and tags to collect information such as that referred to above (see "What information do we collect about you and for what purpose?") to be able to better understand how visitors use the Biral website. Those technologies help us to manage the Biral website and improve its user-friendliness. For example, we can detect whether your computer has previously connected to our website and which parts of the Biral website are most frequently used.


Where such a link is provided, you can click on the "Cookies" link at the bottom of the page to find out more about how Biral uses cookies. Furthermore, you can use that link to set what types of cookie the Biral website is allowed to place on your device (these are your "cookie settings"). Please make sure that, if you do not agree to the use of certain cookie types by Biral, you do not select them in your cookie settings.


When you save your cookie settings, they should also apply for future visits to the Biral website. However, for technical reasons that are outside the influence of Biral, that cannot always be guaranteed. If, for example, you reset your browser, delete your cookies or use a different browser or device to access the Biral website, it is possible that your cookie settings may be lost. It is possible that in certain countries you may be asked to confirm your cookie settings the first time you visit the Biral website in order to comply with applicable legal requirements and regulations. If you are located in a country in which you are automatically required to define your cookie settings, it is possible that you may be asked again to define them on a subsequent visit to the website.


In many cases you can also control tracking technologies by means of your browser settings. If that is what you wish, please set up your browser so that you are warned of the use of tracking technologies (such as cookies) and/or accept them. The relevant options offered by your browser and the instructions for using them can normally be found in the manual or help file for your browser. Nevertheless, the refusal, blocking or deactivation of tracking technologies may result in restricted availability of the services offered via the Biral website. In addition, parts of the Biral website may no longer function properly under certain circumstances.



With whom do we share the information that is collected via the Biral website?

Biral may share your data with its own subsidiaries and with their and its own contracted agents and third-party service providers within or outside the country in which you live in order to provide the services offered by Biral and for the purposes specified above. Our associated companies, contracted agents and third-party service providers who have access to personal data that is collected via the Biral website are obliged to comply with data protection requirements.


When transferring personal data to other countries, we ensure that the applicable legal requirements and regulations in each case are complied with, for example by concluding agreements that ensure that the recipients of your data maintain appropriate standards of data protection.


We may also disclose your data to government authorities or departments, regulatory authorities or other persons in keeping with any applicable legislation, regulations, court rulings or official demands or subject to and for the purposes of any directives or similar instruments issued by regulatory bodies or other government authorities provided it is required or allowed by the applicable legislation.



What security measures have we implemented to protect your data collected by the Biral website?

Biral has implemented appropriate technical and organisational security measures to protect your personal data collected by the Biral website against unauthorised access, misuse, loss or destruction.



How do we handle electronic messages that are sent to and from Biral?

All electronic messages that are sent to or from Biral are automatically stored in a system created specially for the purpose (Email Journaling) which ensures the documentary authenticity of the e-mails. Those e-mails are protected by appropriate technical and organisational measures. Access is only granted in justified cases according to the applicable legislation and regulations (e.g. court ruling, suspicion of criminal action, contravention of legal obligations or serious violation of the employment contract) and only to certain persons in defined roles (e.g. legal, compliance or risk department). Every stage of the process and the search criteria used are recorded in an investigation log. All e-mails are destroyed after expiry of the relevant retention period.



What should you pay attention to when sending information over the Internet?

The Internet should generally not be viewed as a secure environment. Unauthorised third parties may possibly be able to access information that you send over the Internet (for example, to or from the Biral website or in electronic messages). That may result in the information being disclosed or its contents being changed or to technical errors occurring. Even where the sender and recipient are in the same country, data sent via the Internet may leave the country concerned and pass through a country in which less strict data protection requirements apply than in the country where you are domiciled.


Please note that we are not responsible or liable for the security of your data while it is being transferred over the Internet to Biral. To protect your data, we would remind you to choose a different means of communicating with Biral if you consider it appropriate.



How do we handle data from persons under the age of 18?

The Biral website does not aim to collect personal data from persons under the age of 18. Persons under the age of 18 must obtain the permission of their parents or guardians before they transfer personal data to Biral via the Biral website.



Where can you obtain information about your personal data or examine it?

Where applicable legislation and regulations allow, you can


- enquire whether we hold personal data about you,

- ask us to provide you with a copy of the personal data we hold, or

- instruct us to correct your personal data if it is incorrect.



If you have any questions about the processing of your personal data, please write to us at the following address:


Biral AG


Südstrasse 10

3110 Münsingen


Last updated: December 2016