Data Privacy Statement

1. Responsible body

Home Connect GmbH, Carl-Wery-Str. 34, 81739 Munich („We”) as the operator of the Home Connect for Developers website (“Developer Portal”) is the responsible body for the handling of personal data of users of the Developer Portal („You“).

We take the protection of your personal data seriously. We have taken technical and organizational steps to ensure that the data protection regulations are observed by ourselves and our service providers.

In accordance with the applicable data protection regulations, we have provided information below on the type, extent and purpose of the collection, processing and use of data obtained in connection with your use of the Developer Portal.

2. Personal data

Personal data is any information that can be used to disclose your identity. This type of information can be for example, your name or email address. By using cookies not directly related to your identity, information can be collected, e.g. how you use the Developer Portal. If such information is based on a user-assigned identification and thus collected, stored and analyzed on an individual level. Non-personal data is information that is only aggregated, i.e. grouped into larger, not customizable units, summarized, collected and analyzed.

3. Data collection and appropriation

The part of the Developer Portal which is accessible without registration you can use without disclosing your identity. Details of the information that we gather as standard when you access the Developer Portal is set out below under section “Web server log data” and “Usage profiles using pseudonyms”.

If you register as a developer for the Home Connect Developer Program we ask you for your name and other personal information see section “Registration on Developer Portal”.

Any personal data made available by you is used and processed by us for the purposes for which you provided us with this data. The information provided via the contact form, for example, is used by us to process your enquiry.

4. Web server log data

When you access the Developer Portal, your web browser is technically configured to automatically transmit the following data ("log data") to our web server, which we then capture in log files:

  • Date of access
  • Time of access
  • URL of the referring website
  • File retrieved
  • Data volume transmitted
  • Browser type and version
  • Operating system
  • IP address
  • Domain name of your internet access provider

This is exclusively information which does not allow us to identify you. This information is necessary for technical purposes in order to correctly deliver the content requested by you and its collection is an unavoidable aspect of using websites. The log data is analyzed purely for statistical purposes in order to improve our website and its underlying technology, and is subsequently deleted.

The log data is stored separately from other data (e.g. the data referred to in section 5.), which is gathered as part of your use of the Developer Portal.

5. Usage profiles using pseudonyms

We use cookies and tracking pixels to gather data regarding your use of the Developer Portal for the purposes of advertising and market research, and in order to tailor the Developer Portal to its users' needs. The gathering of this usage data and the creation of a usage profile is carried out on an anonymized basis using a cookie ID.

We create and store these usage profiles solely in anonymized form and do not combine them with your name or with any other information such as your email address which may reveal your identity.

We capture usage data and create usage profiles with the help of the Adobe Analytics service from Adobe Systems Software Ireland Ltd., 4-6 Riverwalk, Citywest Business Park, Dublin 24, Ireland ("Adobe"). Information regarding your use of the Developer Portal is transferred to servers at Adobe, where it is analyzed and returned to us as cumulative data, which reveals trends in the general use of the website.

You are entitled to object to the gathering of your usage data and to the creation of an anonymized usage profile of this sort (opt-out). You can declare your objection to this on Adobe's opt-out website. For the functioning of the cookies and opt-out options in Adobe Analytics, please see the official documentation supplied by Adobe at the following URL: http://www.adobe.com/en/privacy/opt-out.html.

6. Forwarding of data to external third parties

We work with a range of different service providers to deliver the Developer Portal. Provided that we have bound these services providers to act under our strict instructions when processing data, as commissioned data processors in accordance with local Data Protection Acts, your consent is not necessary for these external parties to process your data.

If, in other cases, the data protection provisions require us to obtain your consent in order to furnish service providers with personal data relating to users of the Developer Portal, we will inform you separately and will not pass on your data without your prior consent.

7. Registration on Developer Portal

When registering as a developer, we collect the following categories of personal data:

  • Username
  • First and last name
  • E-mail address
  • Password

Registration gives you access to the access-protected parts of the Developer Portal. With successful registration a developer account (basic level) will be created. You can delete your developer account at any time from within the account area.

If you choose to upgrade your account to advanced level we collect in addition the following categories of personal data:

  • Credit Card Number
  • CVV
  • Expiration Date of your credit card

We use this information solely to verify your identity. No money will be debited from your credit card. We do not store your credit card number, CVV or expiration date. In case of a conducted verification we log the timestamp of the verification, your first name, last name and email address.

We use Braintree, a division of PayPal (Europe) S.à r. l. et Cie, S.C.A. as provider for credit card verification. For further information please visit: https://www.braintreepayments.com/legal/payment-services-agreement-eu.

8. Newsletter

When signing up for subscription of our newsletter, the data you provide will be used exclusively for sending you promotional materials and/or information relevant for developers regarding Home Connect and the Home Connect eco system.

For an effective registration we require a valid e-mail address. To verify that the request for subscription is made by the owner of the given e-mail address, we use the "double-opt-in" method. For this purpose, we record your request for subscription to the newsletter, the sending of a confirmation e-mail and the click on the Confirmation link. The data will be used exclusively for sending newsletters and not shared with third parties.

The consent to the processing of your personal data and the subsequent use for the sending of newsletters can be revoked at any time. In each newsletter you will find an appropriate link. You can also unsubscribe directly on the Developer Portal at any time or tell us your request via the contact corresponding options specified at the end of this document.

9. Contact form

On contacting us by e-mail or contact form, the details you provide will be stored and used for the purpose of processing your request and for possible follow-up questions.

10. Data of minors

Minors should not transmit personal data to us without consent of their parents or guardians.

11. Links to other websites

The Developer Portal contains links to other websites. We have no influence on the compliance or non-compliance of the operators of these sites with the data protection provisions.

12. Right to information and to the correction, deletion and blocking of data

Please address any questions on data protection or applications for the correction, blocking or deletion of your personal data directly to the contact persons specified in the site's legal notice.

13. Changes to this data protection notification

This data privacy statement will be amended, if necessary, in order to communicate any changes to our services that are of relevance to data protection, e.g. where new services are introduced or in order to meet current legal requirements.

14. Contact

If you have any questions about data protection, please send us an e-mail using following e-mail address:

Mr. Thomas Barth
Chief Data Privacy Officer BSH Group
Chief Information Security Officer BSH Group
Data Protection and Information Security
BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
Postfach 830101
D-81701 Munich

E-mail: BSH-Dataprotection-InformationSecurity@bshg.com

Above Data Privacy Statement is valid as of: December 22, 2015