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Privacy Statement

The website www.thalidomide-tragedy.com (hereinafter referred to as the "Website") is provided by Grünenthal GmbH (hereinafter referred to as "we", "us" or "our" with all declination mailings). We respect your privacy and are committed to protecting your data. The following privacy statement describes our practices in connection with the collection of information and its use, including but not limited to the website at www.thalidomide-tragedy.com. For more information about the provider of this website, please see our Imprint.

Handling of personal data

At Grünenthal, we believe transparency is the foundation of trustful collaboration. Below we’ll provide you with information on how we handle your personal data when you use our website. We handle your personal data because this is necessary to make certain functionalities of our website available and give you the best possible experience. Unless otherwise indicated, the legal basis for the handling of your personal data results from the fact that such handling is required to make available the functionalities of the Website requested by you (Art. 6(1)(b) General Data Protection Regulation).

Using our Website

1.1.1 Accessing our Website

When you call up our Website, your browser will transfer certain data to our web server. This is done for technical reasons so that we can make the information you request available. In particular, the following data are collected, briefly stored and used:

  • IP address
  • Date and time of access
  • Time zone difference to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
  • Content of request (specific site)
  • Status of access/HTTP status code
  • Transferred volume of data
  • Website requesting access
  • Browser, language settings, version of browser software operating system and surface

We will also store such data for a limited period of time so that we are able to initiate a tracking of personal data in the event of actual or attempted unauthorized access to our servers (Art. 6(1)(f) General Data Protection Regulation).

1.1.2 Setting of cookies

What are cookies?
Our website uses so-called “cookies”. Cookies are small text files that are stored in the memory of your terminal via your browser. They store certain information (for example your preferred language or site settings). Your browser may retransmit these to us when you revisit our website, depending on the lifespan of the cookie.

What cookies do we use?
We differentiate between two categories of cookies: (1) functional cookies which are necessary for the functionality of our website and (2) optional cookies. These are used for website analysis and marketing purposes. The following overview contains a detailed description of the optional cookies we use:

Tool Purpose and content
Website analysis with Matomo, formerly Piwik Analytics These cookies assign a randomly generated ID to your device. This enables us to recognize your device next time you visit.
Cookie Purpose and content Lifespan
Pk_id Used to store a few details about the user such as the unique visitor ID. 13 months
pk_session Short lived cookies used to temporarily store data for the visit. 30 minutes

You can enable or disable all the tracking analytics described in this section by clicking the toggle below:

Analytics Tracking: Disable Enable

How to prevent the setting of cookies in general
In your browser, you can configure or completely deactivate the use of cookies at any time. Check out the Help menu of your browser for detailed and up-to-date instructions on how to activate the “no-track” option.

1.1.3 Website Analysis

Matomo

This website uses the web analysis software of Matomo (www.matomo.org).

This software enables us to collect and store data on the basis of our legitimate interest in statistical analysis of user behaviour for purposes of optimisation and marketing. For example, we can see in which sequence certain media content is selected, which webpage a user accesses after using the internal search function and how often a specific device is used to visit our website. Pseudonymous user profiles can be created and evaluated from these data for the same purpose.

We have configured the tool in a way that your IP address is anonymized. We do not create a User ID which would allow us to recognize a user across several devices The information generated by the cookie in the pseudonymous user profile is not used to personally identify the website visitor and is not combined with personal data about the bearer of the pseudonym. If you do not agree to the storage and evaluation of these data on your visit, you can object to their storage and use at any time.

The data collected with Matomo technology (including your pseudonymised IP address) are processed entirely on our servers. The data is not shared with third parties and neither do we receive information on our visitors from third parties.

We process the data on the basis of Art. 6 (1) (f) General Data Protection Regulation since it is our legitimate interest to learn about the use of our website and optimize our content while limiting the impact on our visitors to a minimum.

You can prevent the use of this software at any time. To make that choice, please configure your settings in the opt-out box above. In this case, a so-called opt-out cookie will be stored in your browser, which means that Matomo will not collect any session data. Please note that a complete deletion of your cookies will result in the opt-out cookie also being deleted and possibly having to be activated again by you.

1.1.4 External services or content on our Website

We include third-party services and/or content on our website. When you use such third-party services or when third-party content is displayed, communication data are exchanged between you and the respective provider for technical reasons. The respective provider of the services or content may also process your data for own additional purposes. To the best of our knowledge, we have configured the services and content of providers known to process data for own purposes in such a way that either any communication for other purposes than to present their services or content on our website is blocked, or communication only takes place once you have actively opted to use the respective service. However, since we have no control over data collected and processed by third parties, we are not in a position to provide binding information regarding the scope and purpose of such processing of your data.

For further information regarding the scope and purpose of such collection and processing of your data, please consult the privacy statements of the providers whose services and/or content we include and who are responsible for the protection of your data in this context:

For the purpose of an interactive design of our website third-party content from Youtube and Vimeo is integrated into this website. This serves to safeguard our predominant legitimate interests in a multimedia presentation of our services and our activities in accordance with Art. 6 (1) Clause 1 lit. f GDPR.

YouTube (videos)

This website uses plug-ins from the American company Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA ("Google") which Youtube is operated by.

As a consequence, log information may be transmitted from our website to Google. Google’s server in the United States thus automatically stores information (“log data”), such as the information that your browser sends to a website when you visit, or the information that your mobile app sends when you use it. This log data may contain your IP address, the address of the website you visited that uses Google features, the browser type and settings, the date and time of your request, information about your use of Google, and cookies.

You can find out more information about data collection, how you data is evaluated and processed by Youtube and your rights relating to this in Youtube’s / Google’s Privacy Policy: https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/

Vimeo (videos)

This website uses plug-ins from the American company Vimeo, LLC, 555 West 18th Street, New York, New York 10011, USA.

As a consequence, log information may be transmitted from our website to Vimeo. Vimeo’s server in the United States thus automatically stores information (“log data”), such as the information that your browser sends to a website when you visit, or the information that your mobile app sends when you use it. This log data may contain your IP address, the address of the website you visited that uses Vimeo features, the browser type and settings, the date and time of your request, information about your use of Vimeo, and cookies.
You can find out more information about data collection, how you data is evaluated and processed by Vimeo, and your rights relating to this in Vimeo’s Privacy Policy: http://vimeo.com/privacy.

2. Contact

Do you have any questions regarding our data privacy or do you wish to exercise your rights? Then please let us know! You can either use our contact form or get in touch with our company data protection team at the following address: dataprivacy.de@grunenthal.com

Requests and complaints

If, as the data subject, you have any questions regarding our data privacy or if you do not agree with the way in which Grünenthal or persons at Grünenthal process your data you can get in touch with Grünenthal’s Global Data Protection officer by using the following email address: datenschutz.grunenthal@two-towers.eu

Data Protection Supervisory Authority

You may address questions and complaints also to the Data Protection Supervisory Authority in charge:

Landesbeauftragte für Datenschutz und Informationsfreiheit Nordrhein-Westfalen
Postfach 20 04 44
40102 Düsseldorf
Telefon: 0211/38424-0
Fax: 0211/38424-10
E-Mail: poststelle@ldi.nrw.de

3. Amendment of Privacy Statement

We may update our Data Privacy Statement from time to time and we will publish these updates on our website. They become effective upon publication. So we recommend you regularly visit the site to keep yourself informed on possible amendments.

This Data Privacy Statement was last updated on 20th April 2020.