HIMEL Data Privacy Statement

HIMEL Data Privacy Statement

0. Changes to this Privacy Statement
HIMEL may modify this Privacy Statement as needed.

HIMEL reserves the right to modify this Privacy Statement as needed, for example, to comply with evolutions in laws, regulations, HIMEL practices and procedures, or requests by supervisory authorities.

In this case, HIMEL will inform individuals of HIMEL who are impacted of material changes in this Privacy Statement. HIMEL will post new versions on relevant internal and external websites.

1. Why this Privacy Statement?
This Privacy Statement applies to all HIMEL subsidiaries and digital content, unless a specific privacy statement or privacy notice has been released to supplement it or to replace it. You should check the privacy statements made available to you on all digital content.

HIMEL strongly supports the fundamental rights to privacy and data protection as well as compliance with national and international privacy laws.

This Privacy Statement describes how HIMEL processes and protects the personal information of individuals who use our websites and other digital content as well as in the context of our offline business activities.

HIMEL has adopted an internal Global Data Privacy Policy which is applicable to all our subsidiaries for the collection, processing, use, dissemination, transfer, and storage of personal information. It imposes common rules for all of our subsidiaries of all countries, and aims at ensuring a high level of protection of personal information within HIMEL.

2. What is the Scope of this Privacy Statement? Who Is in Charge of Data Processing?
HIMEL is committed to protecting your privacy and your personal information. This Privacy Statement informs you of our privacy practices and of how your personal information is protected. You should read it before accessing HIMEL digital content.

HIMEL is a global company with legal entities, business processes, management organizations, and a system infrastructure that crosses borders. This Privacy Statement applies to all HIMEL data processing activities run by our wholly owned subsidiaries, including product and service offerings and digital content (e.g. websites, applications, tutorials, e-training, newsletters, advertising, communication). However, it may be supplemented by a more specific privacy notice/statement/policy (“statement”) or even superseded by another statement specific to a particular HIMEL programme, product, service, content or entity. It is important that you read the statements made available to you for your full information.

The data controllers of the data processing activities are the HIMEL subsidiaries who have determined the data processing means and purposes. They may vary on a case by case basis. In many instances, the Head Office of HIMEL HONG KONG LIMITED, 11/F KERRY CTR 683 KING’S RD QUARRY BAY HONG KONG Business Registration No.:7025256000001195 is the data controller of global data processing activities, including the www.himel.com

This Privacy Statement binds all HIMEL wholly owned subsidiaries and their employees.

Any order made by you online is also subject to the terms and conditions provided on the relevant sites. You must read them.

3. Why Do We Collect and Use Personal Information?
We use your personal information for various purposes including to fulfil your orders and requests, to manage our relationship, conduct surveys, improve our products, services, online content as well as your user journey, manage your account and the programmes you join, analyse the activities on our websites, run our marketing activities, provide you with contextual and targeted advertising, ensure the security of our activities, protect against fraud and, more generally, run our business activities.

Our primary goal in collecting information is to provide our customers and other users with superior service and a smooth, efficient and personalised experience while using our digital content.

HIMEL collects personal information for the following purposes:

  • To fulfil orders of products, services and digital content. We collect this information to deliver your order, to obtain payment, to communicate with you about the status of your order and for contract management purposes.
  • To process job applications from candidates.
  • To address your requests for information. If you contact us, we keep a record of your correspondence or comments, including personal information, in a file specific to you. We use this information to help us provide you better service in the event you contact us again.
  • To provide you with the technical support you request from us. Personal information is necessary to identify your systems, understand the configuration of the products, diagnose your questions, and provide solutions.
  • For relationship management purposes. It includes communicating with you about the products, services and digital content you have acquired to ensure you use them in the best way possible, including via emails and newsletters. For instance, location data may be used to suggest sources of products or support near you.
  • To conduct surveys and polls. We collect personal information from individuals who volunteer to complete surveys or participate in polls. We use this information to get to know you better, measure satisfaction and improve our products, services and digital content.
  • To improve our products, services and digital content; for instance we analyse the use of our applications and sites in order to identify areas and functionalities where users have difficulties and we redesign them.
  • To learn about your browsing and searching activity. We collect certain personal information when you visit our digital content or click on links for products and services. We collect this information to improve your user experience for your next visits (e.g., country selection or profile-focused content), help the sites run more efficiently, to gather broad demographic information to analyse the sites’ activity and performance, and to evaluate the effectiveness of our advertising. We may use cookies and other identifiers or similar technologies (referred to hereinafter as "Cookies") to obtain information on the referring website, type of browser used, the content viewed as well as the date and time of your access to the digital content. You may read our Cookie Notice for more information on our use of Cookies and your options for managing Cookies (see our Cookie Notice).
  • To manage your account. When you register, we use your personal information to give you access to digital content and our services, authenticate you and interact with you about it.
  • To run our promotional programmes and activities: we collect personal information from you when you join a promotional or reward programme or activity. We use this information to administer the programme or activity, to send you relevant emails about the programme and activity, notify winners, and make the winners' list publicly available in accordance with applicable regulations and laws.
  • For us (including our subsidiaries) and selected third parties to send you marketing information by mail, fax, phone, text messages, email and electronic communications about promotions, news and new products or services that we think may be of interest to you in compliance with applicable opt-in and opt-out requirements.
  • To provide you, through pop-ups, banners, video, emails and any other advertising format, with certain communications and/or targeted advertising about our products and services (or of our subsidiaries). For instance:
    • we may provide you with contextual advertising or other content, based on the content of the visited webpage or other information we have about you, when you navigate through our digital content;
    • we may collect information on your use of the digital content and the services through the use of Cookies to provide you with targeted advertising through emails, or banners/pop-ups or other format when you visit:
      • the digital content; and also
      • third-party websites or apps that have no link to our digital content. The advertising on these third-party websites may include advertising about HIMEL.
    We may, for instance, use location data to inform you about local promotions and activities. Please read our Cookie Notice for more information on the use of Cookies and your options for managing them.
  • To combine information obtained online and the information we collected about you offline to create a profile of you that we may use for giving you personalised services. For example, a user that we believe is an electrician (due notably to information provided at the time of registration and other information obtained from third-party sources), may see electric utilities-related advertising in the digital content and/or on third-party websites and apps that a user with another energy-related specialty would not see. Similarly, users may see different content on the digital content or receive different emails containing different advertisements or surveys. We may also use Cookies to geographically target users.
  • To ensure the security of our products, services and digital content of our activities and of others, for the protection against fraud and the compliance with our terms and conditions and this Privacy Statement. We may also investigate potential breaches.
  • To enable or administer our business, such as for quality control and consolidated reporting.
  • To support corporate transactions in which HIMEL is involved.
  • For business continuity and disaster recovery.
  • To comply with legal obligations to which we are subject. For example accounting and tax obligations.

4. What Types of Personal Information Do We Process?
HIMEL processes various types of personal information including identity and contact related information, professional related information, information about your preferences, your interactions with us, financial related information, online traffic data and the content you provide us. In most instances this information is obtained from you. We also purchase lists from marketing agencies and obtain information from our partners through Cookies and social networks.

Personal information (also called personal data) is any information relating to an identified or identifiable individual. An identifiable individual is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier or to one or more factors specific to his physical, physiological, mental, economic, cultural or social identity.

The types of personal information we process about you may include:

  • identity and contact related information, such as your name, company, email address, phone number, photo, age range, contact addresses
  • professional related information, such as customer type, job function, job title, purchasing authority, purchasing timeframe; acquisition and use of HIMEL products, services and digital content; or if you are a job candidate your educational, professional and employment background
  • your preferences such as product and service preferences, contact preferences, marketing preferences, and as a job candidate your job interests
  • your interactions with us such as your queries, orders, claims, survey answers
  • financial related information such as bank account details, credit card information
  • online traffic data such as IP address, device and system identifiers, your HIMEL user ID and password, log in details, referring website, type of browser used, consulted content and location, based either on your IP address or on information transmitted by your mobile device.
  • content that you have provided via online forums or otherwise (see section 5 “Your Content” below).

You will be required to provide some personal information to benefit from digital content. We will indicate it as the case may be. If you do not provide this information, you may not enjoy all or part of such digital content.

This Privacy Statement does not cover personal information rendered anonymous, that is, if individuals are no longer identifiable or are identifiable only with a disproportionately large expense in time, cost, or labour. If anonymised data becomes identifiable, then this Privacy Statement shall apply.

In most instances we collect this information directly from you or your employer who has a business relationship with us. We may also obtain information through a reseller or a business partner, by purchasing customer lists from marketing agencies, from your online browsing experience, from social networks when you connect with these network’s credentials and through Cookies (see our Cookie Notice). You may obtain more precise information on the third-party source of personal information (if any) by contacting us at the email address indicated in section 9.

5. Your Content
You may have occasion to contribute content, including photos or comments, to online forums, applications or other digital platforms operated by HIMEL. Your content must be harmless. It must respect the rights and interests of others. You need to have obtained consent before sharing someone else’s data. You should apply caution before sharing information on the forum.

The content you provide us with must respect the rights and interests of others, including their rights to the protection of personal information and privacy. It should not be offensive, disrespectful or harmful in any way.

If you provide us with information about another person, you confirm that you have first obtained their consent to the processing of their personal information, including sensitive personal information, and that you have informed them of our identity and the purposes (as set out above) for which their personal information will be processed.

While HIMEL strives to protect your personal information, providing it online on a shared forum is not risk-free. If you post, comment, indicate interest, or share personal information, including photographs, to any forum, social network, blog, or other such forum, please be aware that any personal information you submit can be read, viewed, collected, or used by other users of these forums, and could be used to contact you, send you unsolicited messages, or for purposes that neither you nor HIMEL have control over. HIMEL is not responsible for the personal information you choose to submit in these forums. You should apply caution before deciding to share information about yourself or another person.

6. Who Do We Share Personal Information With?
We share personal information with the HIMEL subsidiaries and the service providers involved in our activities, with advertising and marketing agencies, with social networks if you use their login credentials, with third-party websites if you register with HIMEL credentials, competent regulatory bodies and authorities and business successors.

HIMEL is an international group. The teams which serve you may work for different subsidiaries, entities and regions. We believe that it is in our legitimate interest as well as in your interest that we share your personal information with HIMEL subsidiaries on a need to know basis to carry out the data processing activities described in this Privacy Statement, for example for customer relationship management, sales or product support, marketing, product development purposes, improvement of the products, services and digital content, data quality checks, or security, regulatory and compliance purposes.

We resort to service providers to carry out data processing activities and to provide our products, services and online content to you. These service providers include, without limitation, providers of hosting facilities, information systems, marketing agencies, IT support, security services, financial services, carriers who deliver products, outside accounting firms, lawyers and auditors.

We also share the information as follows:

  • In connection with the provision of advertising, we may share some limited personal information (e.g. device identifiers, Cookie identifiers) with ad exchanges or agencies that manage advertising on third-party websites and apps on which you may see advertising.
  • You may also access our digital content and/or register through the login credentials of third-party websites (such as Facebook and LinkedIn). If you do so, we will be able to access some of the information you registered on these social networks in order to assist you to pre-fill your registration form to HIMEL’s digital content. By using the login credentials of these third-party websites, you may at the same time inform your contacts on these sites that you have created an account with HIMEL. If you want to know more about the information accessible by your contacts on these sites and how to restrict their communication, we encourage you to read their terms of use and privacy policies.
  • In the case you log in to third-party websites with your HIMEL login credentials, we may share your personal information to publishers of such third-party websites (such as your name, specialty, occupation and email address but not your HIMEL log in credentials). Prior to logging in with your HIMEL login credentials to such third-party websites, you should review the third-party website's privacy policy. If the privacy policy of those third-party websites permits, we may receive information about your use of this third-party website, which we may then use in accordance with this Privacy Statement.
  • HIMEL may disclose your personal information as necessary to potential buyers and successors in title, to facilitate a merger, consolidation, transfer of control or other corporate reorganisation in which HIMEL participates.
  • Where required by law or court orders or in order to protect our legal rights, we will disclose your personal information to government agencies, regulators and competent authorities.
  • In other ways described in this Privacy Statement or to which you have otherwise consented.
  • In the aggregate with other information in such a way so that your identity cannot reasonably be determined (for example, statistical compilations).

We will not sell or rent your personal information to a third party without your permission.

7. How Do We Protect Your Personal Information?
HIMEL complies with widely recognized key data protection principles (fairness, purpose limitation, data quality, data retention, compliance with individuals’ rights, security) and takes reasonable measures for the security of personal information.

HIMEL respects the privacy rights and interests of individuals. HIMEL subsidiaries will observe the following principles when processing your personal information:

  1. Processing personal information fairly and lawfully. ;
  2. Collecting personal information for specified, legitimate purposes and not processing it further in ways incompatible with those purposes.
  3. Collecting personal information which is relevant to and not excessive for the purposes for which it is collected and used. We may render information anonymous when feasible and appropriate, depending on the nature of the data and the risks associated with the intended uses. ;
  4. Maintaining accurate personal information and, where necessary, keeping it up-to-date. We will take reasonable steps to rectify or delete information that is inaccurate or incomplete.
  5. Keeping personal information only as long as it is necessary for the purposes for which it was collected and processed. ;
  6. Processing personal information in accordance with individuals’ legal rights. ;
  7. Taking appropriate technical, physical, and organisational measures to prevent unauthorised access, unlawful processing, and unauthorised or accidental loss, destruction, or damage to personal information.
  8. When processing sensitive personal information, ensuring appropriate notice and consent or that the processing otherwise complies with applicable law.

All HIMEL subsidiaries must ensure that the above principles are complied with.

HIMEL and its subsidiaries are committed to taking commercially reasonable technical, physical, and organisational measures to protect personal information against unauthorised access, unlawful processing, accidental loss or damage, and unauthorised destruction.

We offer the use of a secure server to enable you to place orders or access your account information. We implement access control measures for our internal systems that hold personal information. Authorised users are given access to such systems through the use of a unique identifier and password. Access to personal information is provided to our staff for the sole purpose of performing their job duties. We sensitise our employees on proper use and handling of personal information. Our service providers are also required to maintain security measures similar to ours.

We implement security measures to determine the identity of registered users, so that appropriate rights and restrictions can be enforced for these users. If you are a registered user, we use both logins and passwords to authenticate you. You are responsible for maintaining the security of your login credentials.

By using our digital content or providing personal information to us, you agree that we may communicate with you electronically or otherwise about related security, privacy, use and administrative issues. In spite of our efforts to implement appropriate security measures, online browsing carries inherent risks and we cannot guarantee that it is risk-free.

8. Third-Party and Social Media Websites
You should read the privacy policy of third-party websites and social media websites and adjust the privacy settings as you see fit. They are not covered by this Privacy Statement.

HIMEL sites or services may provide links to third-party applications, products, services, or websites for your convenience and information. If you access those links, you will leave the HIMEL site. HIMEL does not control those third-party sites or their privacy practices, which may differ from HIMEL’s practices. We do not endorse or make any representations about third-party sites. The personal information you choose to provide or that is collected by these third parties is not covered by the HIMEL Privacy Statement. We encourage you to review the privacy policy of any site you interact with before allowing the collection and use of your personal information.

We also provide social media links that enable you to share information with your social networks and to interact with HIMEL on various social media sites. Your use of these links may result in the collection or sharing of information about you. We encourage you to review the privacy policies and the privacy settings of the social media sites with which you interact to make sure you understand the information that may be collected, used, and shared by those sites and to adjust these settings as you see fit.

9. What Are Your Rights?
You can request access to your personal information and request it to be amended or deleted if inaccurate. You can always object to direct marketing.

HIMEL will comply with your rights to access and correct your personal information. You may inquire as to the nature of the personal information stored or processed about you by any HIMEL entity and you will be given access to your personal information regardless of the location of the data processing and storage.

You always have the right to object to our marketing communications. Your prior consent is sought when required by applicable law. To opt-out of emails, simply unsubscribe.

10. Important Information for Individuals in the EEA
If you are located in the EEA, HIMEL also complies with GDPR specific requirements including those relating to legal grounds for processing, cross border data transfers, automated decision making and profiling, data retention, additional rights, claims and DPO contact details.

10.1 What Legal Grounds is HIMEL Relying on to Use Personal Information?

The use of personal information is necessary, with respect to the purposes mentioned in section 3 above, to, respectively:

  • Perform the contract entered into between HIMEL and you in the context of the use of our products, services or digital content. The performance of the contract includes knowing who you are, and your specialty and interacting with you for its performance. It also includes addressing your requests for information, support, your job applications, managing your accounts and your enrolment into our programmes and ensuring compliance with the terms and conditions and with this Privacy Statement.
  • Comply with legal obligations to which we are subject. For instance mandatory tax and accounting obligations or addressing filing obligations and requests by competent regulatory bodies and authorities.
  • When it comes to:
    • Surveys, some are carried out in our legitimate interest because they are to measure your satisfaction with services you requested from us. For other surveys we will request your consent. You will always be free not to respond.
    • Providing you with marketing communications and interest-based advertising, these activities carried out by us and by our subsidiaries are in our legitimate interests. We will always provide you a possibility to opt out and we will seek your prior consent, where required by applicable law.
    • Using location data transmitted by your mobile device, we will seek your prior consent, where required by applicable law.

We may also process your personal information for the purposes of our legitimate interests provided that such processing shall not outweigh your rights and freedoms, in particular to:

  • Protect you, us or others from threats (such as security threats or fraud),
  • Comply with the laws that are applicable to us around the world,
  • Improve our products, services and digital content,
  • Perform profiling to provide targeted content and interest-based advertising,
  • Share information between HIMEL subsidiaries and service providers as described in section 6,
  • Understand and improve our online activities, our business, our customer basis and relationships in general.
  • Enable or administer our business, such as for quality control and consolidated reporting.
  • Manage corporate transactions, such as mergers or acquisitions.

10.2 Will Personal Information Be Transferred Abroad?

HIMEL being a global Company, the teams working on fulfilling data processing purposes may have global or multi-country roles. They can then be located anywhere in the world where HIMEL operates, including outside the European Union, in countries which do not have equivalent standards for the protection of personal information as in the country where you are located. We may also transfer data to service providers located outside of the EU, including in the United States of America. In the event that these data transfers cannot claim an adequacy decision by the European Commission, HIMEL will ensure that they comply with applicable legal requirements, for example, by executing standard contractual clauses or through its Binding Corporate Rules for intragroup transfers as a data controller.

10.3 Do We use Profiling and Make Automated Decisions About You?

We may use profiling to provide you with online content which we believe corresponds to your interests. We combine registration information, such as your work specialty and information about your online activity (i.e. the content you seem to enjoy most) to know you better and provide you with online content corresponding to your profile.

We will not make automated decisions about you that may significantly affect you, unless (1) the decision is necessary as part of a contract that we have with you, (2) we have your explicit consent, or (3) we are required by law to use the technology. In this case, due notice will be provided. - The duration of our relationship (e.g. contract performance duration, account de-activation, your legitimate need to be recognized when you contact us) - Legal requirements for keeping data - Statute of limitations

10.4 How Long Will Personal Information Be Retained?

We will retain your personal information for as long as the information is needed for the purposes set forth in this Privacy Statement and for any additional period that may be required or permitted by law. More precise information is provided in privacy notices applicable to specific digital content. In general, data retention periods are determined taking into consideration:

  • The duration of our relationship (e.g. contract performance duration, account de-activation, your legitimate need to be recognized when you contact us)
  • Legal requirements for keeping data
  • Statute of limitations

We keep relevant customers' data for three years after the end of the contract or the last contact for marketing purposes, and contact data for three years after the last contact for the same purposes.

Cookie Notice

A cookie is a piece of information in the form of a very small text file that is placed on an internet user's hard drive. It is generated by a webpage server, which is essentially the computer that operates a website. The information the cookie contains is set by the server and it can be used by that server whenever the user visits the site. A cookie can be thought of as an internet user's identification card, which tells a website when the user has returned. (Source) . We may also use other similar technologies (e.g. pixel tags, web beacons...) when you visit our websites and use our mobile applications, which seek information stored on your device. For purposes of this notice, all such technologies are referred to as “Cookies”.

Using cookies enables us to provide you with certain features and provides us with information regarding website visits or use of our applications. We may also use cookies to allow us to make the sites and apps more user-friendly. Most browsers automatically accept cookies but you do not have to accept them. You can usually change your browser to prevent accepting them and you should still be able to enjoy most of the features on the sites. Your mobile device also provides tools to manage the application’s ability to access information contained on your terminal.

If you want to delete any cookies that are already on your computer or to stop cookies being accepted in future you should refer to your browser manufacturer's instructions by clicking "Help" in your browser menu.

Third-party cookies for analytics purpose

In order to provide our visitors with a better service, we measure the number of page views, the number of visits, the different actions performed by visitors on our site, the geo-location of our visitors and the number of times visitors return to our site. For this purpose, we use two web analytics software tools: Analyser and Google Analytics as well as the Marketo Munchkin Cookie.

Analyzer information (AT Internet)

As far as AT Internet is concerned, “cookies” are used to carry out relevant and detailed statistical research. The “cookie” is used in addition to the JavaScript tag, and through the use of “cookies” it becomes possible to refine the analyses of JavaScript tags, and they also enable AT Internet customers to recognize visitors each time they visit their site. These “cookies” store information relating to only one AT Internet user ID, and under no circumstances is this information used to collect personal data about the visitors.

All of the results which are obtained are then compiled and are completely anonymous. The results provide information on the navigation and behaviour of internet users on the websites of AT Internet customers, information such as: the number of visitors, the number of visits, the number of pages viewed and other information that is necessary for the effective measurement of internet user interests. With these results it is then possible to improve the ergonomics and content of such websites.

Please visit AT Internet Data-protection chapter in order to check your access rights, right to reply and right to remove data.

Google Analytics information

This website also uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyse how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States.

In case IP-anonymisation is activated on this website, your IP address will be truncated within the area of Member States of the European Union or other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the whole IP address first be transferred to a Google server in the USA and truncated there. The IP-anonymisation is active on this website.

Google will use this information on behalf of the operator of this website for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing them with other services relating to website activity and internet usage.

The IP-address that your Browser conveys within the scope of Google Analytics will not be associated with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. You can also opt-out from being tracked by Google Analytics with effect for the future by downloading and installing Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on for your current web browser: Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.