Privacy Statement

Privacy Statement

Your right to data protection is our obligation. The protection of your privacy when processing your data is a matter of importance to Covestro that is taken into consideration in all of our business processes. Therefore, we would like to take this opportunity to explain the basic principles we apply in handling your personal data. This and possibly additional information is always provided whenever such data is collected.
In the following, we refer to the legal provisions of the EU General Data Protection Regulation as an example. To ensure better readability, this global data protection declaration itself does not refer to national - often comparable - regulations. If necessary, this and, where applicable, other information is indicated in a country-specific declaration (can be found in the column "You are here").

If not otherwise indicated in the following sections, Art. 6 (1, b) of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) forms the legal basis for the handling of your data in order to provide you the services you request.

Collection and processing of information

You can use the Covestro website without providing any personal data to us. However, some offers and services found on our websites do require the provision of personal information for their use.

Recording of technical access data

When you visit our websites, Covestro collects data and information through an automated system. However, in general, this information is not used to identify the users of our websites. Technical access data stored in the log files of the server includes, for instance, the following data:

  • Information on the user’s browser type and version
  • The user’s operating system
  • The user's internet service provider
  • The user’s IP address
  • Date and time of access
  • Websites by which the user’s system was referred to our website (referrer)
  • Websites accessed by the user’s system through our website.

The data is processed to deliver the content of our website, to ensure the functionality of our IT systems and the optimization of our website, as well as to safeguard our legitimate interests in order to arrange for clarification in the event of unauthorized or attempted access to our website (Art. 6 (1, f GDPR).

Cookies

Our websites use cookies. These are files saved on the user's computer system by their web browser. When a website is accessed, the cookies can be transmitted to this website and therefore allow an assignment of the user. Cookies help to simplify the use of websites for users.

It is always possible to refuse the use of cookies by changing the browser settings. Set cookies can be deleted at any time.

We would like to note that, if you deactivate cookies, you may not be able to use all of the functions of our website to their fullest extent.

Data saved for the aforementioned technical reasons may be analyzed for statistical purposes, although the individual user will remain anonymous.

* Cookies that are regularly deleted at the end of a session are not listed here.

Google Analytics

Google Analytics is used on our website. The integration and functioning of this service is explained below.

Google Analytics is a web analytics service provided by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, United States (hereafter: Google). Google Analytics is a web analytics tool, which can be used to further improve websites by analyzing users’ interaction with them. Google Analytics also uses cookies (text files saved on your computer, which enable an analysis of how websites are used). The information created by the cookie about your use of this website is generally transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there.

Information stored by Google Analytics cookies includes e.g. the time when the website was visited, the frequency of the respective website visits and the access path to the site. To determine this, Google first captures the IP address of the user. However, on our website, IP anonymization is activated. As a result, within member states of the European Union or other contracting states to the Agreement on the European Economic Area, your IP address will be truncated by Google prior to transmission to the United States; e.g. by deleting the last octet of IPv4 On our behalf, Google will use the above-mentioned information to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on website activity and to provide other services related to website activity and internet usage to the website operator. The IP address transmitted by your browser as part of Google Analytics will not be merged with other Google data. Google is also certified in the EU-US Privacy Shield, so that an appropriate level of data protection is established for your data in the USA.

You can prevent Google Analytics from using cookies by selecting the appropriate settings in your browser (“Private Mode”, found under Settings on most browsers). It should be noted once again, however, that you may not be able to make full use of all functions of this website in this case.

In addition, you may prevent the collecting of the data generated by the cookie in relation to the use of the website (including your IP address) as well as the processing of this data by Google with a download and installation of the browser plug-in available at the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.

Additional information on data protection in relation to Google Analytics can be found directly on Google.

DMP tag

We use the third party technology "DMP tag" of The ADEX GmbH, Berlin ourselves to anonymously collect information about your usage behavior and to provide this anonymous information the presentation of Online Behavioral Advertising. You can customize the settings for collection and use of information for Google in the Google Ad Settings in your cookie settings. You can also customize the settings for collection and use of information via the technology of The ADEX in your cookie settings or by clicking the following link: http://de.theadex.com/company/consumer-opt-out/#opt-in-out

Alternatively, you can opt out of the settings for collection and use of information by activating or deactivating The ADEX GmbH, Berlin (listed as ADEX) as a provider in the central preference manager of YourOnlineChoices (http://www.youronlinechoices.com/de/praferenzmanagement).

Personal Information

Other personal information is only collected if you provide it to us, for instance by filling out a form, sending e-mails, while placing an order for services or products, or while making an inquiry or requesting materials.

Registration on our websites (if applicable)

If you take advantage of the opportunity to register on our website and provide us with personal information, the data entered into the input fields will be transmitted to the Covestro entities responsible for processing the data.

When registering on our website, your IP address and the date and time of registration are saved. The purpose of this is to prevent the misuse of the services.

The registration of the data is required for the provision of content or services. Registered persons may delete or change their saved data at any time. Affected persons may obtain information on their saved personal information at any time.

Contact options

Our website includes a contact form that can be used to contact us electronically. If you choose this option to contact us, personal information you provide will be saved automatically. Data is saved only for the purpose of processing or contacting the person concerned.

Alternatively, you can also contact us at the provided telephone number or in writing via the provided address.

Newsletter

If you subscribe to our company newsletter, the data you enter in the input fields will be submitted to the Covestro entities responsible for processing the data.

When registering for our newsletter, your IP address and the date and time of registration are saved. This is done to prevent a misuse of the services or of the individual’s e-mail address.

This data is only used to send the newsletter. The affected person can cancel their newsletter registration at any time. Also a revoke of their given consent to the storage of their personal information is possible at any time. For this purpose, a link is provided in each newsletter.

Disclosure of data for the purpose of order processing

In some cases, we use specialized service providers to process your data. These providers only process personal information on our behalf, acting strictly in accordance with our instructions and on the basis of corresponding controller-processor-contracts.

Data processing outside the EU / EEA

In some cases, your data may also be processed in countries outside the European Union (“EU”) or European Economic Area (“EEA”), areas which may have a lower level of data protection than the EU. In such cases, we ensure that a sufficient level of protection for your data is guaranteed through, for example, contractual agreements with our contractors for ensuring they provide a sufficient level of protection for your data, or we ask you for your explicit consent.

California Employee Privacy Statement

Covestro LLC and its subsidiaries and affiliates (collectively, the “Company”) respects and takes seriously the security and privacy of your personal information. This Privacy Notice for Employees, Job Applicants and Contractors who are California Residents (“Employee CCPA Notice”) describes how the Company handles the Personal Information (as defined below) of employees, job applicants, contractors, and other staff, the reasons why we collect the information, and how it may be used or disclosed to others.

This Employee CCPA Notice is a supplement to our Privacy Statement and applies only to natural persons who reside in the State of California.

The Company receives Personal Information from and about you during the course of hiring and employing or engaging you, and may continue to receive some Personal Information from you from time to time during the course of your work for the Company. For employees, we may also receive Personal Information about your dependents and beneficiaries under certain of our benefits programs. “Personal Information” means information that identifies, relates to, describes, is reasonably capable of being associated with, or could reasonably be linked, directly or indirectly, with a particular individual or household.

Personal Information Collected and Uses

Category Examples The Company’s use of the information (use descriptions of uses in the next section) Types of third parties that may receive the information
Identifiers A real name, alias, postal address, unique personal identifier, online identifier, Internet Protocol address, email address, account name, Social Security number, driver's license number, passport number, or other similar identifiers. #1 - #16 Payroll Processors; Benefits Administrators; Government Agencies; Affiliates; Legal or Regulatory Proceeding Recipients; Trade or Industry Groups
Personal information categories listed in the California Customer Records statute (Cal. Civ. Code § 1798.80(e)) A name, signature, Social Security number, physical characteristics or description, address, telephone number, passport number, driver's license or state identification card number, insurance policy number, education, employment, employment history, bank account number, credit card number, debit card number, or any other financial information, medical information, or health insurance information. Some personal information included in this category may overlap with other categories. #1- #11, #14 - #16 Payroll Processors; Benefits Administrators; Government Agencies; Affiliates, Legal or Regulatory Proceeding Recipients; Trade or Industry Groups
Protected classification characteristics under California or federal law Age (40 years or older), race, color, ancestry, national origin, citizenship, religion or creed, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, sex (including gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy or childbirth and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, veteran or military status, genetic information (including familial genetic information). #1 - #5; #10, #12- #14, #16 Payroll Processors; Benefits Administrators; Government Agencies; Affiliates; Legal or Regulatory Proceeding Recipients
Biometric InformationGenetic, physiological, behavioral, and biological characteristics, or activity patterns used to extract a template or other identifier or identifying information, such as, fingerprints, faceprints, and voiceprints, iris or retina scans, keystroke, gait, or other physical patterns, and sleep, health or exercise data. #4, #9 - #12, #14, #15, #16Payroll Processors; Benefits Administrators; Affiliates; Legal or Regulatory Proceeding Recipients
Internet or other similar network activity Browsing history, search history, information on a consumer's interaction with a website, application, or advertisement. #11, #16 Payroll Processors; Benefits Administrators; Affiliates; Legal or Regulatory Proceeding Recipients
Geolocational Data Physical location or movements. #6, #7, #10, #16 Payroll Processors; Benefits Administrators; Affiliates; Legal or Regulatory Proceeding Recipients
Sensory Data Audio, electronic, visual, thermal, olfactory, or similar information. #4, #11, #16 Payroll Processors; Benefits Administrators; Affiliates; Legal or Regulatory Proceeding Recipients
Professional or employment-related information Current or past job history or performance evaluations. #1, #11, #16 Payroll Processors; Benefits Administrators; Affiliates; Legal or Regulatory Proceeding Recipients
Non-public education information (per the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (20 U.S.C. Section 1232g, 34 C.F.R. Part 99)) Education records directly related to a student maintained by an educational institution or party acting on its behalf, such as grades, transcripts, class lists, student schedules, student identification codes, student financial information, or student disciplinary records. #1, #14, #16 Payroll Processors; Benefits Administrators; Affiliates; Legal or Regulatory Proceeding Recipients
Inferences drawn from other personal information Profile reflecting a person's preferences, characteristics, psychological trends, predispositions, behavior, attitudes, intelligence, abilities, and aptitudes. #1, #4, #6, #9, #11, #12, #15, #16 Payroll Processors; Benefits Administrators; Affiliates; Legal or Regulatory Proceeding Recipients

Purposes for Processing Your Personal Information

The processing of your Personal Information enables the Company to perform its role as an employer and/or for the purposes of engaging you, including fulfilling its legal obligations under applicable laws and as necessary in connection with the Company’s performance of its contractual and employment obligations to you. Without this information, it would not be possible for the Company to manage the workforce and meet applicable legal obligations. Certain Personal Information is processed by the Company for its business purposes, including, but not limited to:

  1. recruiting and employee on-boarding;
  2. payroll administration;
  3. pension administration;
  4. health administration/health insurance/benefits;
  5. life insurance/benefits;
  6. expense reimbursement and management;
  7. contacting others in the event of an emergency;
  8. making information available on the intranet and to facilitate communication between and among employees within the Company’s affiliates and divisions;
  9. administration and management of your access to information technology systems;
  10. time entry and leave management;
  11. training and appraisal, including performance records and disciplinary records;
  12. employee and staff surveys;
  13. equal opportunities monitoring;
  14. any benefit administration of the Company including equity-related plans and benefits;
  15. for marketing and/or public relations purposes and in connection with the performance of your duties (e.g., the Company may send your contact information to customers and potential customers as part of the marketing and sales process so they can contact you); and
  16. to comply with applicable laws and legal obligations, including without limitation:
  • to maintain the ethics hotline;
  • to respond to governmental inquiries or requests from public authorities;
  • to comply with valid legal process or discovery obligations;
  • to protect the rights, privacy, safety or property of the Company, its workers or the public if such a disclosure is proportionate in the individual case;
  • to permit the Company to pursue available remedies or limit the damages that the Company may sustain;
  • to respond to an emergency; and/or
  • to comply with applicable regulations, policies and procedures.

Revision Date: 2/12/2020


Storage of your data

We store personal data as long as necessary to carry out a service you have requested or to which you have given your consent, unless we are subject to other legal obligations such as commercial or tax law retention periods or those related to ongoing court proceedings. (Website log files 2 years, contact enquiries-Response Center -6 years)

Data security

Data you provide to us is protected using suitable technical and organizational measures, with the objective of securing it against accidental or intentional manipulation, loss, destruction, unauthorized access, or unauthorized disclosure to third parties. Our security measures are continuously reviewed and improved in accordance with technological developments and organizational possibilities.

Information about your rights

You have the right to:

  • receive information on your personal data stored by us;
  • request the rectification or erasure of your personal data or a restriction of the processing;
  • object to a processing that serves our legitimate interest, a public interest, or profiling, unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for this processing that outweigh your interests, rights, and freedoms, or the processing serves to assert, exercise, or defend legal claims;
  • have your data transmitted to the extent regulated by law, such as in Art. 20 GDPR, and
  • submit a complaint to a supervising authority;

You can withdraw your consent to the collection, processing, and use of your personal data at any time, with future effect. For more information, see the individual sections that describe data processing based on your consent.

A written letter sent to the Group Data Privacy Office is sufficient (for address and contact form see below).

Protecting the privacy of children

We do not knowingly collect personal data of children. Typically, we have no way of knowing how old visitors to our site are. Since it is highly important to us to protect children as they use the internet, we advise all parents and legal guardians to instruct children in a safe and responsible use of the internet. Children should not transmit personal data to Covestro without the express consent of their parents or legal guardians.

Contact

Covestro AG is responsible for the content of this website.

Kaiser-Wilhelm-Allee 60
51373 Leverkusen, Germany
Phone: +49 214 6009 2000.

If you have any questions or suggestions related to data privacy, please contact the Covestro AG Group Data Privacy Office.

Kaiser-Wilhelm-Allee 60
51373 Leverkusen, Germany
Phone: +49 214 6009 2000 or Contact (see below)

Ongoing development on the internet requires that we adjust our data privacy declaration from time to time. We reserve the right to make such changes at any time.

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