HOB Privacy Statement

We at HOB would like you, as our customer/prospect, to know how we treat your personal data. Our data protection guidelines, as well as a description of the methods we use for data acquisition and processing, can thus be found in the following sections.
                   
We would like to assure you that we do not lease, sell or otherwise make available to third parties any user data which we receive via our Website, except in the manner explained in this data protection document. HOB feels as part of responsible disclosure that HOB web site users are aware of what information is being logged. User data can, under certain circumstances, be forwarded to legal entities or regulatory agencies or by their order made available. They may also be forwarded to HOB’s professional advisors subject to our professional secrecy obligation, in the event this is so ordered by legal authorities.
                                  
We consider it our duty to you to respect the trust you have placed in our company and to treat any data you have voluntarily given us in a responsible manner with professional care, as well as to store it securely. We endeavor to only collect those data which, according to our discretion, are required to serve our legitimate business interests.

To maintain and improve site quality and integrity, IP addresses are logged (the Internet Protocol addresses of computers). This log is a standard method of reporting to statistically find out which parts of our web site are visited and how long visitors spend there. We also log the type of browser and operating system you are using. We do not link IP addresses to personally identifiable information. This data, which is accrued through visits to our website, is not made available to third parties. Other HOB webpages with offers in other languages are subject to their own data protection guidelines.

Exchanging Data with Other Enterprises

Currently, HOB has no intentions of giving your data to any third party. We would, however, like to point out, that HOB reserves the right to exchange customer data with subsidiaries, affiliates, contractors and temporary employees. This is only done to further our legitimate business interests and only under the condition that the data are protected in such a way and within the scope that the policies of the EU-US "Safe Harbor" agreement for the protection of personal data or the lawful regulations in the respective country are met.

Furthermore, HOB reserves the right to forward customer data, within the scope of business transactions, etc., such as divestments, acquisitions, fusions, restructurings or liquidations, to other corporate bodies. With your permission, an exchange of your personal data with particular business partners is possible.

Notification of changes

Should we plan to use your personal data in any other way as was determined at the time of its collection, we will notify you of this via e-mail and request your permission, if we deem this necessary. It is your obligation to decide whether we may use your data in this other way or not. If, beyond this, we should make any important changes in our data protection guidelines that do not affect the personal data already in our database, we will publish an announcement in a prominent place on our website. In such cases in which we send such a notice per post, users who have stated that they want to be informed by us of changes, will receive an additional e-mail notification. Therein you will be informed of the changes in our data protection guidelines.

Analysis Services

Matomo (formerly Piwik)

This website uses Matomo, an open source web analytics tool, to collect and store data for marketing and optimization purposes. From this data, usage profiles can be created under a pseudonym. Cookies can be used. Cookies are small text files stored locally in the cache of the site visitor's Internet browser. Cookies enable recognition of the Internet browser. The data collected with Matomo will not be used to personally identify the visitor to this website or to be combined with personal data about the bearer of the pseudonym without the consent of the person concerned.

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. ("Google"). Google uses cookies. The information generated by the cookie about the use of the online offer by the users are usually transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. Google will use this information on our behalf to evaluate the use of our online offer by users, to compile reports on the activities within this online offer and to provide us with other services related to the use of this online offer and the internet usage. In this case, pseudonymous usage profiles of the users can be created from the processed data.

We only use Google Analytics with activated IP anonymization. This means that the IP address of the users will be shortened by Google within member states of the European Union or in other contracting states of the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be sent to a Google server in the US and shortened there. The IP address submitted by the user's browser will not be merged with other data provided by Google.

Users can prevent the storage of cookies by setting their browser software accordingly. Users may also prevent the collection of the data generated by the cookie and related to their use of the online offer as well as the processing of such data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under the following link: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.

For more information about Google's use of data for advertising purposes, adjustability and opt-out options, please visit Google's websites: https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/partners ("How Google uses data when you use our partners' sites or apps"), http://www.google.com/policies/technologies/ads ("How Google uses cookies in advertising") and http://www.google.com/ads/preferences ("Make the ads you see more useful to you").

As an alternative to the browser add-on or within browsers on mobile devices, please click this link to prevent the collection by Google Analytics within this website in the future (the opt-out only work in this browser and only for this domain). An opt-out cookie is stored on your device. If you delete your cookies in this browser, you must click this link again.