Privacy policy

Wednesday, 01 August 2012 00:00

SHOEfabrik intends for shoefabrik.com ("Our Website") to complement the services that the company provides. This statement is our privacy statement for our professional services.

Here we describe the practices we follow to respect the privacy of all visitors to Our Website. At SHOEfabrik, we have focused on implementing fair information practices that are designed to protect your privacy. We believe that everyone benefits from the free flow of information when that information is gathered and used responsibly.

Collection, use, disclosure, choice: Registration is not required for you to use Our Website. If you are merely a visitor, we do not collect any personal information about you, except to the limited extent through the use of cookies, which are described below. However, there may be circumstances in which you choose to register to ongoing updates from SHOEfabrik.

In these cases, SHOEfabrik may contact registrants to invite them to special events, provide them with information about our services, publications and products, or for other marketing purposes.

Information collected at registration is protected using industry-standard encryption technology as it is sent over the Internet. For example, you may choose to register for:

  1. Email alerts: SHOEfabrik may offer an email alert service to site visitors, in which subscribers are sent email updates about new information that has been added to Our Website. If you choose to subscribe, we will collect basic contact information about you, such as your name and email address.

  2. Expressing an interest in working for SHOEfabrik: Our Website may enable you to express your interest in working for us or apply for an advertised position. Potential employees will be asked for personal information (name, contact information, etc.)

  3. Surveys: SHOEfabrik may conduct surveys via Our Website. Survey participants may be asked for personal information (name, contact information, etc.) in addition to opinions or feedback. The type of information collected in surveys will vary.

  4. SHOEfabrik Client Portal: If you have been given access rights to SHOEfabrik Client Portal by your SHOEfabrik contact, we would recommend you take note of the full privacy notice associated with this service. You will have access to the notice once you log onto SHOEfabrik Client Portal.

Sensitive personal data: SHOEfabrik does not intentionally collect any sensitive information via Our Website unless legally required to do so, for example recruitment purposes. Sensitive personal information includes race or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or other beliefs, trade union membership, physical or mental health, sexual life or criminal records and in some cases social security numbers or financial information. SHOEfabrik works to protect the confidentiality and security of such information it obtains in the course of business. Access to such information is limited and policies and procedures are in place designed to safeguard the information from loss, misuse and improper disclosure.

Disclosure: SHOEfabrik subscribes to the Safe Harbor Principles published by the U.S. Department of Commerce and will only disclose personal data to third parties that have agreed in writing to provide an adequate level of privacy protection. As such, we may disclose your personal information for the following reasons:

·        Where the transfer is necessary to fulfil your request and involves a third party organization with which SHOEfabrik has a relationship (see “Third Party Links” below); or

·        In order to fulfil a request that involves more than one SHOEfabrik member Firms; or

·        When explicitly requested by you, the site visitor; or

·        As required by a court order or any other legal or regulatory requirement; or

·        The disclosure is reasonably related to the sale or other disposition of all or part of our business.

Note: SHOEfabrik does not collect or compile personal data or information obtained by this site for dissemination or sale to outside parties for consumer marketing purposes or host mailings on behalf of third parties.

Data amendments and retention: Information collected from visitors to Our Website will only be kept in order to provide the required service. Should you require your information to be updated, amended or deleted from our records please contact us outlining your requirements.

Third-party links: Please be aware that shoefabrik.com sometimes contains links to other sites that are not governed by this privacy policy. Visitors to Our Website may be directed to third-party sites for more information. SHOEfabrik makes no representations or warranties regarding how user data is stored or used on third-party servers. We recommend reviewing the privacy policy of each third-party site linked from Our Website to determine their use of your personal data.

Cookies: Our Website may use cookies.

What is a cookie?: A "cookie" is technology that allows Our Website to store tokens of information (an 'identifier') in your browser used only by Our Website while you are on Our Website. Cookies are not used to determine the personal identity of anyone who is merely visiting Our Website. They serve to help us track traffic patterns to determine a user’s preferred location and language so that we can direct them to the correct country home page when they visit Our Website.

Cookies have other uses as well. For example they are used to provide entry for subscribers who have chosen the automatic log-on feature during registration. Cookies are also used to prevent online poll participants from voting more than once.

If you do not want to receive a cookie from Our Website, you have the option of setting your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie, so that you may determine whether to accept it or not. However, please be aware that if you do turn off 'cookies' in your browser, you will not be able to fully experience some of Our Website. For example, you will not be able to benefit from automatic log-on and other personalization features.

Children: This privacy statement is not intended for use by children. We understand the importance of protecting children’s information, especially in an online environment, and we do not knowingly collect or maintain information about children.

Changes to this policy: SHOEfabrik may change this policy statement as needed. If changes to the statement are made, please note that it may take up to 30 business days before new privacy practices are implemented. Check this page periodically if you would like to monitor changes.

Unsubscribe: SHOEfabrik gives you choices regarding the collection and usage of your personally identifiable information. If you have registered for any SHOEfabrik related updates through shoefabrik.com, and do not wish to receive future e-mails, please visit our unsubscribe page within the application you registered.