Legal Notice for Social Media

Imprint


PowerCo SE is a European company (Societas Europaea) based in Salzgitter.  

Chair of the Supervisory Board: 
Thomas Schmall-von Westholt  

Chair of the Board of Management: 
Frank Blome  

Board of Management: 
Frank Blome 
Sebastian Krapoth 
Sebastian Andreas Wolf 
Kai Alexander Müller 
Dr Soonho Ahn 
Jörg Teichmann  

Mailing address: 
PowerCo SE 
Industriestrasse Nord 
38239 Salzgitter 
Germany  

Customer Care/Contact: 
Email: careers@powerco.de 

PowerCo SE is entered in the register of companies at Braunschweig District Court under HRB No. 209737.  
The VAT identification number of PowerCo SE is: DE351600658.  
PowerCo SE is neither willing nor obligated to participate in a dispute resolution procedure with a consumer arbitration service.  

 

Privacy Policy of  PowerCo SE’s social media pages  

A. Controller  

Thank you for choosing to visit the social media page of PowerCo SE. PowerCo SE, Industriestrasse Nord, 38239 Salzgitter, Germany, PowerCo SE, entered in the register of companies at Braunschweig District Court under HRB 209737 (“PowerCo SE"). PowerCo SE operates its own social media sites together with the administrators of the following social media platforms:  

LinkedIn (if you reside within the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland: LinkedIn Ireland Unlimited Company, Wilton Plaza, Wilton place, Dublin 2 Ireland; if you are located outside the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland: LinkedIn Corporation, 1000 W. Maude Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94085, USA) for the LinkedIn pages at linkedin.com/company/powerco-se 
  

In the following, we will inform you about how PowerCo SE processes the personal data collected when visiting our social media pages. The administrator of each social media platform is solely responsible for the processing of personal data on the social media platform itself, which hosts our social media sites (for more information on the processing of your personal data by the administrators of social media platforms, see Section B, Item II).  

B. Processing your personal data  

1. Processing of your personal data by PowerCo SE  

On the social media pages of PowerCo SE, as administrator of the social media page, we process your actions on and interactions with our social media page (e.g. the content of the messages, inquiries, posts or comments you send to us or leave on our social media pages, or if you like or share our contributions) and your publicly visible profile data (e.g. name and profile picture). The personal information that is publicly visible from your profile depends on your profile settings, which you can customise yourself in the settings on the social media platform (see Item II of Section B for more information). In general, you should not use social media platforms to transfer sensitive data or confidential information (e.g. application documents, bank details or payment data). We recommend that you use a more secure means of transmission (e.g. letter, email) for this purpose. As part of the operation of our social media pages, we process the aforementioned data in order to provide information about us and our products and to communicate with our followers and fans. This data processing is carried out on the basis of our legitimate interests mentioned above (Art. 6 (1) (f) of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)) and, if applicable, to respond to the messages, requests, posts or comments you send to us (Art. 6 (1) (b) GDPR). We check whether comments or other interactions on our social media pages violate applicable law or the relevant community guidelines and delete noncompliant comments where necessary. In the event that frequently noncompliant comments are made, we may, under certain circumstances, process those usernames for internal coordination purposes. This processing takes place on the basis of our legitimate interest (Art. 6 (1) (f) GDPR) in the provision of a serious online presence and the fulfilment of legal requirements.  

The social media platforms also provide us with anonymised usage statistics (so-called analytics services or page insight data) from our social media pages, which are based on the actions and interactions of our followers (e.g. likes, shares, comments, etc., number of followers, page views by section, post reach and statistics on followers by age, language, source or interests). These statistics help us to stay in touch with our followers and fans, understand the use and reach of our posts, evaluate content and identify preferences for use, and design our social media pages in as targeted a manner as possible. We have no influence or involvement in the production and processing of these usage statistics or the underlying data. These statistics are created and processed under the sole responsibility of the administrator of the relevant social media platform and we are unable to access the personal data of individual followers or users (see Section B, Item II for more information). This data processing is carried out on the basis of our aforementioned legitimate interests (Article 6 (1) (f) GDPR).  

We also use these anonymous usage statistics to deliver targeted interest-based advertising on the social media platforms we use or to promote our posts. The delivery of interest-based advertising and the promotion of posts on the social media platforms we use are based on an analysis of the user’s previous usage behaviour by the respective social media platform and we are not able to view the personal data of individual users, combine this personal data with any personal data processed by us or identify the users to whom interest-related advertising is delivered (for further information, see Section B, Item II). This data processing is carried out on the basis of our aforementioned legitimate interests (Article 6 (1) (f) GDPR). If, in exceptional cases, we conduct an extended comparison with customer lists within the scope of interest-based advertising that we are supposed to upload to the relevant social media platform, this will only take place on the basis of your consent (Art. 6 (1) (a) GDPR).   

We only process your personal data for as long as it is necessary for the aforementioned purposes. If you object to the processing conducted in pursuit of our legitimate interests (Art. 6 (1) (f) GDPR), we delete personal data unless further processing is permitted in accordance with the relevant legal requirements. We also delete personal data if we are obliged to do so for other legal reasons. In accordance with these general principles, we will generally delete personal data as soon as the legal basis no longer exists, if it is no longer required for the purposes named, or if the purposes named no longer apply and there is no other legal basis (e.g. commercial and tax retention periods), or if the other legal basis is no longer applies.  

As part of the provision of our social media pages, we work with service providers (e.g. IT service providers, advertising and content agencies as well as personnel agencies which support us in the creation of our posts, the provision and optimisation of our social media pages and recruitment). Insofar as these service providers process personal data on our behalf, we have concluded order processing contracts with them and agreed appropriate guarantees to ensure the protection of personal data. We also select our service providers with great care; they process personal data exclusively for the purpose of fulfilling their tasks; they are contractually bound to our instructions; and they use suitable technical and organisational measures to protect personal data, which we regularly check. 

Beyond this, we transfer your personal data to third parties (e.g. PowerCo SE dealerships, authorised workshops or importers, financial service providers, transport service providers, cooperation partners, etc.) only if you have given us your consent for this or this is absolutely necessary to fulfil a contract with you or to protect our legitimate interests (Art. 6 (1) (a), (b) and/or (f) GDPR).  

2. The processing of your personal data by the administrator of the respective social media platform  

The administrator of each social media platform is solely responsible for the processing of personal data on the social media platform on which our social media pages are hosted. The administrator processes personal data about you when you visit one of our social media sites. This generally occurs regardless of whether you have a user account on the relevant social media platform or are logged into the relevant social media platform, and generally uses cookies and other storage and tracking technologies (in some cases, across devices). For more information about the processing of your personal data by the administrator of the relevant social media platform, please refer to the data protection information on the following web pages of each social media platform:  

LinkedIn privacy policy at https://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy?trk=homepage-basic_footer-privacy-policy,  

The social media platforms also provide us with anonymous usage statistics (page insight data) from our social media sites based on the actions and interactions of our followers (see Item I of Section B for more information). We have no influence or involvement in the production and processing of these usage statistics or the underlying data. The administrator of each social media platform is solely responsible for the creation and processing of these statistics, and we are unable to view the personal data of individual followers or users. Social media platforms may also produce their own personalised usage statistics, for example for their own market research, advertising or other business purposes, in which they can also process personal data outside the European Union. We have no influence or involvement in these matters. For more information about the processing of your personal data by the administrator of the relevant social media platform in the context of the creation and processing of usage statistics, see the information on usage statistics on the following web pages of each social media platform:  

LinkedIn privacy policy (aggregated insights) at https://business.linkedin.com/de-de/sales-solutions/sales-insights  

For more information about how the administrator of each social media platform handles your personal data as part of interest-based advertising and how you can change your profile settings and preferences, please visit the following web pages on each social media platform:  

LinkedIn on https://www.linkedin.com/psettings/advertising-data,  

3. Transfer of personal data to third countries  

For the purposes of the aforementioned data processing, PowerCo SE also transmits your personal data to recipients based outside the EU/EEA. PowerCo SE agrees EU standard contractual clauses with these recipients to ensure appropriate protection of your personal data. To the extent required by applicable data protection laws, other safeguards (such as encryption and additional contractual provisions) will be implemented to ensure that your personal data is appropriately protected.  

The applied EU standard contractual clauses can be found at: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/DE/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A32010D0087.  

C. Your rights  

You are entitled to the following rights vis-à-vis PowerCo SE at any time free of charge.  

Right to information  

You are entitled to receive information (Article 15 GDPR) from us relating to the processing of your personal data.  

Right to rectification  

You have the right to request that we rectify (Article 16 GDPR) any inaccurate or incomplete personal data that concerns you.  

Right to erasure  

You have the right to demand erasure of your data if the prerequisites stated in Article 17 GDPR are met. For example, you may ask for your data to be erased if it is no longer necessary for the purposes for which it was collected. You may also ask for your data to be erased if we process your data based on your consent and you have withdrawn that consent.  

Right to restriction of processing  

You have the right to demand restriction of processing of your data if the conditions stated in Article 18 GDPR are met. That is the case, for example, if you dispute the accuracy of your data. You can then demand a restriction of processing for the period it takes to verify the accuracy of the data.   

Right to object  

If processing is based on an overriding legitimate interest, you have the right to object to the processing of your data. An objection is permitted if processing is conducted either in the public interest or on the basis of a legitimate interest of PowerCo or a third party. If you object to the processing of your data, please notify us of the grounds for your objection.  

You also have the right to object to data processing for the purposes of direct marketing. This also applies to profiling where this is connected to direct marketing.    

Right to data portability  

You have the right to receive your data in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format and to transmit this data to another data processor, provided that data processing is based on consent or contract fulfilment and that automated processing methods are also used.  

Right to withdraw consent  

Where data processing is based on consent, you have the right to withdraw your consent to data processing, with future effect, at any time free of charge.  

Right to lodge a complaint  

You also have the right to lodge a complaint about our processing of your data with a supervisory authority (such as the Data Protection Commissioner for the State of Lower Saxony in Germany [Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen]).    

With regard to data processing by the administrator of the respective social media platform, you can also exercise the aforementioned rights against the respective administrator at any time free of charge. For more information on asserting your rights, see Section D below.  

D. Your contacts  

1. Contacts for exercising your rights  

The primary point of contact for exercising your rights is the administrator of the respective social media platform, who can grant direct access to the necessary information or the functionality of the respective platform and can take appropriate measures immediately. The contact persons for exercising your rights vis-à-vis the administrator of the relevant social media platform and further information can be found in the information on data protection on the following web pages of each social media platform:  

LinkedIn privacy policy at https://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy?trk=homepage-basic_footer-privacy-policy,  

If support by PowerCo SE is not possible or necessary, we will of course assist you, for example by forwarding your request to the administrator of the respective social media platform so that you can exercise your rights vis-à-vis the administrator of the social media platform.  

Contacts for exercising your rights 

For questions about exercising your rights and further information, please contact datenschutz@volkswagen.de. 

Data protection officer 
The data protection officer of Volkswagen AG is available to you as the contact person for data protection-related concerns: 

Data Protection Officer, Volkswagen AG 
Berliner Ring 2 
38440 Wolfsburg 
Germany