Data protection declaration of Ferdinand Steck Maschinenfabrik AG

Version from 08/15/2023

In this data protection declaration, we, Ferdinand Steck Maschinenfabrik AG (hereinafter we or us ), explain how we collect and otherwise process personal data. This is not a final description; if necessary, other data protection declarations (or general terms and conditions, conditions of participation and similar documents) regulate specific matters. Personal data means all information that relates to a specific or identifiable person.

If you provide us with the personal data of other people (e.g. family members, data of work colleagues), please ensure that these people are aware of this data protection declaration and only provide us with their personal data if you are permitted to do so and if this personal data is correct.

This data protection declaration is based on the requirements of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“ DSGVO ”), the Swiss Data Protection Act ( “ DSG ” ) and the revised Swiss Data Protection Act (“ revDSG ”). However, whether and to what extent these laws are applicable depends on the individual case.

1. Responsible person

Ferdinand Steck Maschinenfabrik AG is responsible for the data processing that we describe here, unless otherwise stated in individual cases. If you have any data protection concerns, you can let us know at the following contact address:

Ferdinand Steck Maschinenfabrik AG
Bahnhofstrasse 3
3533 Bowil

2. Collection and processing of personal data

We primarily process the personal data that we receive from these and other people involved as part of our business relationship with our customers and other business partners or that we collect from their users when operating (hereinafter website ) and other applications .

Insofar as this is permitted, we also take certain data from publicly accessible sources (e.g. debt collection registers, land registers, commercial registers, press, Internet) or receive such data from authorities and other third parties (e.g. credit reports, address dealers). In addition to the data you give us directly, the categories of personal data that we receive from third parties about you, in particular information from public registers, information that we learn in connection with official and judicial proceedings, information in connection with your professional functions and activities (so that we can, for example, conclude and process business with your employer with your help), information about you in correspondence and meetings with third parties, credit reports (insofar as we conduct business with you personally), information about you, persons from us Give your environment (family, consultants, legal representatives, etc.) so that we can conclude or process contracts with you or with your involvement (e.g. references, your address for deliveries, powers of attorney, information on compliance with legal requirements such as combating money laundering and export restrictions , information from banks, insurance companies, sales and other contractual partners of ours on the use or provision of services by you (e.g. payments made, purchases made)), information from the media and the Internet about you (if this is indicated in the specific case, e.g as part of an application, press review, marketing/sales, etc.), your addresses and, if applicable, interests and other socio-demographic data (for marketing), data in connection with the use of the website (e.g. IP address, MAC address of the smartphone or computer, information about your device and settings, cookies, date and time of visit, pages and content accessed, functions used, referring website, location information).

3. Purposes of data processing and legal basis

We use the personal data we collect primarily to conclude and process our contracts with our customers and business partners, in particular in the context of mechanical engineering with our customers and the purchase of products and services from our suppliers and subcontractors, as well as to fulfill our legal obligations at home and abroad. If you work for such a customer or business partner, your personal data may of course also be affected in this capacity.

In addition, we process personal data from you and other persons, to the extent permitted and deemed appropriate to us, also for the following purposes in which we (and sometimes third parties) have a legitimate interest corresponding to the purpose:

  • Offer and further development of our offers, services and websites, apps and other platforms on which we are present;
  • Communicating with third parties and processing their inquiries (e.g. applications, media inquiries);
  • Examination and optimization of procedures for needs analysis for the purpose of direct customer contact as well as collection of personal data from publicly accessible sources for the purpose of customer acquisition;
  • Advertising and marketing (including the organization of events), unless you have objected to the use of your data (if we send you advertising as an existing customer, you can object to this at any time and we will then put you on a blocking list against further advertising);
  • Market and opinion research, media monitoring;
  • Assertion of legal claims and defense in connection with legal disputes and governmental proceedings;
  • Preventing and solving crimes and other misconduct (e.g. conducting internal investigations, data analysis to combat fraud);
  • Guarantees of our operation, in particular the IT, our websites, apps and other platforms;
  • Video surveillance to protect house rules and other measures for IT, building and system security and to protect our employees and other people and assets belonging to or entrusted to us (such as access controls, visitor lists, network and email scanners, telephone records);
  • Purchase and sale of business areas, companies or parts of companies and other corporate transactions and the associated transfer of personal data as well as measures for business management and insofar as compliance with legal and regulatory obligations as well as internal regulations.

If you have given us your consent to process your personal data for specific purposes (e.g. when registering to receive newsletters or carrying out a background check), we will process your personal data within the framework of and based on this consent, unless we have another legal basis and we need one. A given consent can be revoked at any time, but this has no effect on data processing that has already taken place.

4. Cookies / tracking and other technologies related to the use of our website

We typically use "cookies" and similar techniques on our website that allow your browser or device to be identified. A cookie is a small file that is sent to your computer or automatically stored on your computer or mobile device by the web browser you use when you visit our website. This allows us to recognize you when you visit this website again, even if we do not know who you are. In addition to cookies that are only used during a session and are deleted after your website visit ("session cookies"), cookies can also be used to save user settings and other information for a certain period of time (e.g. two years) ("permanent cookies "). However, you can set your browser so that it rejects cookies, only saves them for one session or otherwise deletes them prematurely. Most browsers are preset to accept cookies. We use permanent cookies so that we can better understand how you use our offers and content. Some of the cookies are set by us, some by contractors with whom we work. If you block cookies, certain functionalities (such as language selection, shopping cart, ordering processes) may no longer work.

By using our website, you agree to the use of these technologies. If you do not want this, you must set your browser accordingly.

We sometimes use Google Analytics or similar services on our websites. This is a third party service which may be located in any country in the world (in the case of Google Analytics it is Google Ireland (based in Ireland), Google Ireland relies on Google LLC (based in the USA) as processor (both "Google"),, with which we can measure and evaluate the use of the website (not personal). Permanent cookies set by the service provider are also used for this purpose. Although we can assume that the information we share with Google is not personal data for Google, it is possible for Google to draw conclusions about the identity of visitors from this data for its own purposes, create personal profiles and use this data with the Google -Can link accounts of these people. If you have registered with the service provider yourself, the service provider also knows you. The processing of your personal data by the service provider is then the responsibility of the service provider in accordance with its data protection regulations. The service provider only tells us how our respective website is used (no information about you personally).

5. Data transfer and data transmission abroad

As part of our business activities and for the purposes set out in Section 3, we also disclose data to third parties, to the extent permitted and deemed appropriate, either because they process them for us or because they want to use them for their own purposes . In particular, this concerns the following positions:

  • Our service providers (such as banks, insurance companies), including processors (such as IT providers);
  • dealers, suppliers, subcontractors and other business partners;
  • Customers;
  • domestic and foreign authorities, official offices or courts;
  • Media;
  • the public, including website and social media visitors;
  • Competitors, industry organizations, associations, organizations and other bodies;
  • Acquirers or those interested in acquiring business areas or companies;
  • other parties in potential or actual legal proceedings;

all common recipients .

These recipients are mainly domestic but can be anywhere on earth. In particular, you must expect your data to be transmitted to all countries in which the service providers we use (such as Microsoft) are located.

6. Duration of storage of personal data

We process and store your personal data for as long as it is necessary to fulfill our contractual and legal obligations or for other purposes pursued by the processing, i.e. for example for the duration of the entire business relationship (from initiation, processing to termination of a contract) as well as in accordance with the legal retention and documentation obligations. It is possible that personal data will be retained for the period in which claims can be asserted against our company and to the extent that we are otherwise legally obliged to do so or legitimate business interests require this (e.g. for evidentiary and documentation purposes). As soon as your personal data is no longer required for the purposes mentioned above, it will generally be deleted or anonymized as far as possible.

7. Data security

We take appropriate technical and organizational security precautions to protect your personal data from unauthorized access and misuse, such as IT and network security solutions, encryption of data carriers.

8. Obligation to provide personal data

As part of our business relationship, you must provide the personal data that is required to establish and conduct a business relationship and to fulfill the associated contractual obligations (as a rule, you do not have a legal obligation to provide us with data). Without this data, we will generally not be able to conclude or process a contract with you (or the body or person you represent). The website cannot be used either if certain information to ensure data traffic (such as IP address) is not disclosed .

9. Profiling [and Automated Decision Making]

To establish and implement the business relationship or otherwise, we generally do not use fully automated decision-making (as regulated in Art. 22 DSGVO). If we use such procedures in individual cases, we will inform you separately, provided this is required by law and inform you about the associated rights.

10. Rights of the data subject

Within the framework of the data protection law applicable to you and to the extent provided for therein (such as in the case of the DSGVO), you have the right to information, correction, deletion, the right to restrict data processing and otherwise to object to our data processing, in particular that for direct marketing purposes , profiling carried out for direct advertising and other legitimate interests in processing as well as the release of certain personal data for the purpose of transferring it to another location (so-called data portability ). Please note, however, that we reserve the right to enforce the restrictions provided for by law, for example if we are obliged to store or process certain data, have an overriding interest in doing so (to the extent that we are entitled to rely on this) or use them for the assertion of require claims. If you incur any costs, we will inform you in advance. We have already informed you about the possibility of revoking your consent in Section 3. Please note that exercising these rights may conflict with contractual agreements and this may have consequences such as early termination of the contract or cost implications. We will inform you in advance if this is not already contractually stipulated.

The exercise of such rights generally requires that you clearly prove your identity (e.g. by means of a copy of your ID where your identity is otherwise not clear or cannot be verified). To assert your rights, you can 1

Each data subject also has the right to enforce their claims in court or to lodge a complaint with the competent data protection authority. The responsible data protection authority in Switzerland is the Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner (

11. Changes

We can adjust this data protection declaration at any time without prior notice. The current version published on our website applies. To the extent that the Privacy Policy is part of an agreement with you, in the event of an update, we will inform you of the change by email or other appropriate means.

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