Data privacy

K+S Aktiengesellschaft welcomes you to our website www.k-plus-s.com. Thank you for your interest in our company, its products and services. The protection of your privacy in the processing of personal data is an important concern for us which we respect in all of our business relationships. Our data processing is based on the principles of lawfulness, purpose linkage, accuracy, data minimization and storage limitation, transparency and the protection of confidentiality and integrity.

This data privacy statement explains which of your personal data we record and store on this website as well as the purposes for which we do this and the legal basis.
This website may include links not covered by this data privacy statement.

Logging of access to the website

What happens when you use our website?
If you use this website for informational purposes only, i.e. you do not register yourself on it or otherwise transfer information, we only collect the personal data your browser transfers to our server. When you choose to visit our website, we collect the following data:

  • the IP address;
  • Date and time you retrieve it
  • The region (not the address) from which the IP address accesses the website;
  • Browser language, browser type (e. g. Chrome, Firefox, Safari) and version
  • Operating system;
  • Device type (e.g. mobile device, desktop computer, tablet);
  • Browsing behavior on the website (e.g. when was the website visited, which parts of the website were clicked, how much time was spent on the website);
  • The website from which the request came.

We process and store this data to ensure the site works properly, to improve its content and to create statistical analyses, based on the aggregated data on surfing. We also process and store this data in order to analyse the technical operation of the site and ensure that our information technology systems are secure.
Our legitimate interest in data processing pursuant to Article 6(1) letter f GDPR is thus the necessity to display this website to you and ensure that it is stable and secure.

Use of cookies

The legal basis for the use of cookies or other web-tracking technologies and the use of the information thus collected is regarding to the required cookies in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR the preservation of our legitimate interests in the best possible functionality of the website and the user-friendly design of your page visit. For the use of functional and advertising cookies, we obtain your consent pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a GDPR by the settings you make under "Cookies and Related Technologies on This Site".

Cookies are only stored for as long as is needed for their respective purpose.

Registration

You have the opportunity to register on our website. Doing so involves providing us with personal data so that you can use content or services that, due to the nature of the matter, can only be offered to registered users. Which personal data is transferred to us depends on the respective form used for registration. The personal data you enter is collected and stored exclusively for our own purposes. You can amend the personal data you provided during registration at any time or have it removed in full from our database, unless this conflicts with statutory obligations to retain data. We can pass the personal data onto one or more contract processors, for example a parcel delivery service, which may also use that data solely for internal purposes associated with our operations.

When you register on our website, the IP address assigned to you by your Internet Service Provider (ISP) the date and the time of registration are stored. This data is stored simply to prevent any misuse of our services. If necessary, it may be used to investigate criminal offences that have been committed. Thus, we have to store this data to protect ourselves. Our legitimate interest in processing the data pursuant to Article 6(1) letter f GDPR, if you have not in any case consented to the storage of your data. We do not data pass this data onto third parties unless there exists a legal obligation to do so or doing so serves the purposes of law enforcement. Your user account and the data it contains are automatically deleted by us 3 years after your last login, unless this conflicts with statutory obligations to retain data.

Newsletter

On our website you have the opportunity to subscribe to a free newsletter. When you register for the newsletter, the data from the form is transferred to and stored by us.
When you register for the newsletter, we also store the IP address issued by your Internet Service Provider (ISP) of the computer system you are using when you register, as well as the time and data of registration. It is necessary to collect this data in order to be able to check the (possible) misuse of your email address at a later point in time and thus protect ourselves in law.As a double opt-in procedure, a confirmation mail is sent to the email address you initially enter to which the newsletter is to be sent. This confirmation email is used to check whether the owner of the email address has authorized receipt of the newsletter.
The personal data collection when you register for the newsletter is used exclusively for the dispatch of our newsletter. Additionally, subscribers to the newsletter may be sent information by email if this is necessary for the operation of the newsletter service or for registration for it. This might be the case if there were changes to the newsletter offering or technical modifications. No personal data collected in relation to the newsletter service is passed onto third parties.

You can cancel the subscription to our newsletter at any time. You can withdraw your consent to the storage of personal data, granted to use for dispatch of the newsletter, at any time. Each newsletter contains a link via which you can withdraw your consent. You can also communicate your withdrawal of consent to us in other ways.

The legal basis for the processing of data after your registration for the newsletter is your consent pursuant to Article 6(1) letter a GDPR.

The data is deleted as soon as it is no longer needed to achieve the purpose for which it was collected. Accordingly, your email address and your other information in the registration form are stored for as long as the newsletter subscription is active. The other personal data collected in connection with the registration process is normally deleted after a period of 7 days.

Contact form

Our website includes email addresses and contact forms enabling you to contact our company quickly by electronic means and to communicate with us directly. If you contact us by email or using a contact form, the personal data you transfer to us is automatically stored. Such personal data transferred by you to us on a voluntary basis is used for the purposes of processing your enquiry or contacting you. You can see from the respective contact form which data is collected for that form. We also store the IP address issued by your Internet Service Provider (ISP) of the computer system you are using when you register, as well as the time and data of registration. It is necessary to collect this data in order to be able to check the (possible) misuse of your email address at a later point in time and thus protect ourselves in law.

This personal data is not passed onto third parties.

The legal basis for the processing of data is your consent pursuant to Article 6(1) letter a GDPR. If you contact us with the aim of concluding a contract, Article 6(1) letter b GDPR is an additional legal basis for the processing. Once your enquiry has been processed, your data is deleted. This is the case when it can be seen from the circumstances that the matter in hand has been fully dealt with, unless deletion of the data conflicts with statutory obligations to retain data.

Electronic application at K+S

To be able to make an electronic application at K+S, it is necessary to register and create a profile.

This involves entering personal data. Your personal data, which you enter on these websites, is always processed in confidence, exclusively for application purposes, and in keeping with the applicable data protection provisions.

Your data is also used when we seek candidates and to compare profiles for future vacancies, if you grant separate consent to this as part of the application process.

Your data can only be viewed by employees of our HR departments, employee representatives pursuant to the Works Constitution Act and the relevant departments involved in filling the respective post. In addition to employees of K+S Aktiengesellschaft, these may be employees of German subsidiaries to which your data are passed on for the purposes of processing your application.

After six months following your last login, your profile is automatically deactivated. After a further six months following your last login, we delete your data.

If you are recruited, your data is transferred to the personnel management system, where it is further processed.

The stored data of completed applications is deleted after one year at the start of the following calendar year. If you have not adjusted your profile over a period of six months, K+S can request you by email to update your data. If you do not do so within the stated period, your profile and all the data it contains will be deleted twelve months after the last update. If you are no longer interested in working for the K+S Group, you can delete your profile under “Candidate profile” using the selection button “Delete registration”.

Confirmation of the data privacy statement
As soon as you click the field “Yes, I have read the data privacy statement and accept it” and tick the box, you declare thereby that you agree to the data privacy policy and grant your consent to the storage and use of your personal data made available to us.

Other third-party plugins

Use of Google reCAPTCHA
This website uses Google reCAPTCHA, (hereinafter “reCAPTCHA”) Google reCAPTCHA is operated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.
reCAPTCHA is intended to check whether the data entered on our websites (e.g. in a contact form) is entered by a person or an automated program. reCAPTCHA does so by analyzing your behavior on the basis of various features. The analysis begins automatically as soon as you retrieve the website. For the analysis, reCAPTCHA analyzes different pieces of information (e.g. IP address, how long the website visitor remains on the website or the mouse movements made by the user). The data recorded is transferred to Google. The data is processed on the basis of Article 6(1) letter f GDPR. Our legitimate interest is in protecting our website against abusive automated espionage and spam.

Links to websites and third-party content

Our website includes links to other pages on the Internet. We have no influence on the form of the pages linked to from our website and are not responsible for their content.
We recommend you read the data privacy policies of such third-party websites carefully.

Length of time for which your data is stored

We only store your data for as long as is necessary for the respective purposes, specifically either as described in the data privacy statement or required by law. After it has fulfilled the purpose, the data concerned is deleted in accordance with the applicable provisions of data protection law.

Measures for the security of your data

We implement technical and organizational security measures to protect your data managed by us against accidental or intentional manipulation, loss, destruction or against access by unauthorized persons. Our security measures are constantly being improved as technology develops.

Contact details of the controller for data processing and of the data protection officer

K+S Aktiengesellschaft
Bertha-von-Suttner-Straße 7
34131 Kassel, Germany
Phone +49 561 9301 0
is the controller for data processing.

You can contract the data protection office of the K+S Aktiengesellschaft at
Bertha-von-Suttner-Str. 7
34131 Kassel, Germany
Phone +49 561 9301 1991
dataprivacy@k-plus-s.com

Your rights with regard to the processing of your data

In respect of the processing of your personal data, the applicable data protection legislation grants you vis-à-vis us extensive rights of access and intervention. These are:

  • Right to access: You have a right to access information about your personal data processed by us.
  • Right to rectification: You have a right to rectification without undue delay of inaccurate data concerning you and/or completion of your incomplete data stored by us.
  • Right to erasure: You have the right to demand your personal data be deleted if the prerequisites of Article 17(1) GDPR are fulfilled.
  • Right to restriction of processing: You have the right to demand the restriction of processing of your personal data if the prerequisites of Article 18(1) GDPR are fulfilled.
  • Right to notification: If you have asserted the right to rectification, erasure or restriction of processing vis-à-vis us, we are obliged to inform all recipients to whom the relevant personal data was disclosed of this rectification, erasure or restriction of processing unless this proves impossible or involves disproportionate effort. You have the right to be notified about these recipients.
  • Right to data portability: You have the right to receive in a structured, standard and machine-readable format your personal data, which you have provided to us, or demand it be transmitted to another controller insofar as that is technically feasible
  • Right to withdrawal of consent granted: At any time you have the right to withdraw consent that was once granted to the processing of data with effect for the future. If such consent is withdrawn, the data concerned is deleted without undue delay. The withdrawal of consent does not affect the lawfulness of the processing carried out on the basis of the consent before the withdrawal.
  • Right to complain: You have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, for example with the Data Protection Officer of the Federal State of Hesse, regarding our processing of your data.
  • Right to object: if as part of the weighing of interests your personal data is processed on the basis of our overriding legitimate interest, you have the right at any time, on grounds relating to your particular situation, to object to this processing with effect for the future.

Amendments of the data privacy directive

We reserve the right to amend this data privacy statement at any time. We therefore recommend that you review the data privacy statement regularly.
Status: May 2018

 

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