Data privacy

Thank you for your interest in our website and for visiting it. It goes without saying that we protect your personal data, and therefore we would like to provide you with the following information about how your personal data is processed by Festool. This website is a service provided by Festool GmbH, located in Wendlingen am Neckar, Germany (referred to below as Festool).

Festool collects, stores and processes your personal data only as permitted by statutory regulations, or if you have given us your consent to do so. We will pass your data to third parties only for the purpose intended, for example, to logistics companies or our authorised dealers. If you contact us, you can obtain information whenever you want about the data relating to you held by Festool.

1. Data processing

We obtain personal data via two routes, either by you having disclosed the data to us, or by us collecting it when our services are used.

1.1 Data you disclose to us

As a general rule, you can use our website without disclosing personal information to us directly. For some services, such as our newsletter service or the myFestool members’ area, we will request personal information from you. This includes data such as your name or email address, which lets us make the service in question quick and user-friendly, or lets us provide the service in general. Below, in Section 2 of this data protection statement, you can find more details about all of the services offered on our website.

1.2 Data we obtain when you use our services

Some data is obtained whenever you visit our website.

1.2.1 Log data

Data obtained automatically includes web server log data. We activate this logging only in exceptional circumstances in order to investigate support cases. Each record consists of:

  • Date and time of the request
  • Client and server IP address, port and protocol status
  • The name of the file or page requested and the length of the request
  • Login information for the relevant web service, if you sign on with a user account
  • Browser type and referrer (last page requested by the client)

This data is analysed for technical purposes solely on an anonymous basis. No statistical analysis is performed.

1.2.2 Cookies

Cookies are small files containing a string of characters which store certain information in plain text or encrypted form. Cookies are sent by the server to your computer, where they are stored. Their primary purpose is to identify the computer from which a website has been accessed. If you sign on to a website, cookies are used to notify the server of the sign-on and check the permissions for accessing the page. Every cookie has an expiry date, after which it is no longer valid. The user’s path through various pages of the website and even across various websites can be tracked using cookies. By using cookies, we can improve communication between our server and your computer, thus making it easier to use a website. Cookies can be generated by both the website operator and third-party providers.

Your browser gives you the option of displaying the cookies which exist on your computer, deleting existing cookies, or configuring the settings so that not all, or no further, cookies are stored. Please be aware that some functions will not work, or will not work properly, if you block cookies.

1.2.3 Usage analysis

1.2.3.1 etracker

Data is collected and stored on this website for marketing and optimisation purposes using technology from etracker GmbH. User profiles can be created from this data under a pseudonym. Cookies may be used for this purpose. Cookies facilitate Internet browser recognition. The data collected is not used to identify the visitor to this website personally without the specific consent of the individual concerned, and is not combined with personal data pertaining to the bearer of the pseudonym. You can object to data collection and storage by etracker at any time with future effect.

1.2.3.2 Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service provided by Google Inc. (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA), or Google for short. Google Analytics uses text files known as cookies. These cookies are saved on your computer and produce information about your use of our website.

This information is sent for storage on a Google server in the USA. IP address anonymisation is active on this website, meaning that your IP address is shortened by Google within the member states of the European Union or in other states party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area before it is sent. The full IP address is only sent to a Google server in the USA and shortened there in exceptional cases.

Google uses the information produced to create analyses and reports on website usage and activity on behalf of Festool GmbH and in order to render additional services relating to the use of the website and the internet for Festool GmbH. In particular, this involves functions relating to display advertising such as Google Analytics service reports, categorised according to demographic characteristics and interests. Google Analytics service reports categorised according to demographic characteristics and interests include data and third-party provider visitor data (such as age, gender and interests) acquired through targeted advertising by Google. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required by law or insofar as third parties process this data on behalf of Google.

The IP address relayed by your browser within the scope of Google Analytics is not linked to other Google data. You can prevent the use and storage of cookies by changing your browser software's settings accordingly. However, please bear in mind that you may not be able to make full use of all the functions on this website if you do so.

In addition, you can prevent Google collecting and processing data relating to your use of the website that is produced by these cookies (including your IP address). To do so, download and install the browser plugin available at the following link: Browser add-on for opting out of Google Analytics

For browsers on mobile devices or as an alternative to the browser add-on, please click this link to prevent future data collection within this website by Google Analytics. This will store an "opt out" cookie on your device. If you delete your cookies, you will have to click this link again. You can find further information on Google's terms at www.google.com/policies/privacy/

1.2.4 Remarketing

1.2.4.1 Google Tag Manager

This website uses Google Tag Manager, provided by Google Inc. (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA). Google Tag Manager is used to manage website tags via an interface. No cookies are set and no personal data is captured when Google Tag Manager is used. The tool causes other tags to be created which may potentially capture data. Google Tag Manager does not access this data. If deactivation was carried out at domain or cookie level, it remains in place for all tracking tags implemented with Google Tag Manager.

1.2.4.2 Google AdWords remarketing

This website uses the Google AdWords remarketing function, provided by Google Inc. (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA). Through targeted advertising on Google partner network sites, the Google AdWords remarketing technology gives us a way of reconnecting with users who have already visited our website and shown an interest in our product range. A cookie is created when our site is visited so that the user can be recognised when he or she visits a site belonging to our advertising partners. In addition, user behaviour can be analysed and subsequently used for targeted product recommendations and interest-based advertising. The data stored in the cookie is not combined with other personal data to create user profiles. By using this website, you agree that data relating to you and collected by Google may be processed in the aforementioned manner and for the aforementioned purpose.

You can opt out of the use of cookies by Google by visiting www.google.com/privacy/ads and following the instructions to opt out. Alternatively, you can opt out of the use of cookies by third-party providers by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative's opt out page at www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp.

However, please bear in mind that you may not be able to make full use of all the functions on this website if you do so.

You can find further information on Google's terms at www.google.com/policies/privacy/.

1.2.4.3 Adnologies

The adnologies service from Tradedoubler GmbH (previously adnologies GmbH) www.tradedoubler.com is used on this website for collecting and storing data for marketing and optimisation purposes. User profiles can be created from this data under a pseudonym. Cookies may be used for this purpose. Cookies facilitate Internet browser recognition. The data collected is not used to identify the visitor to this website personally without the specific consent of the individual concerned, and is not combined with personal data pertaining to the bearer of the pseudonym. You can object to data collection and storage by adnologies at any time with future effect.

1.2.4.4 Facebook remarketing/retargeting

This website uses remarketing tags from the social network Facebook, 1601 South California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA. These remarketing tags create a direct link between the Facebook server and the user's browser when our website is visited. This sends a record of which of our web pages the user has visited using their IP address to the Facebook server. Facebook matches this information to the personal Facebook account of the user. This information is available for us to use when displaying Facebook ads. We would like to expressly state that we do not receive any information regarding the content of the data that is transferred or their use by Facebook in our capacity as the website operator. For more details on the collection and use of this data by Facebook, your associated rights and options for protecting your personal data, please refer to Facebook's data policy, available at www.facebook.com/about/privacy/. If you do not want Facebook to directly link the collected information to your Facebook user account, you can deactivate the "Custom Audiences" remarketing function here. You must be logged in to Facebook to do so.

1.2.5 Social media plugins

Our website also uses the following social network plugins:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • Google+
  • YouTube

These are services provided by the US companies:

  • Facebook Inc. (1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA)
  • Twitter Inc. (1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA)
  • Google Inc. (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA)

On our website the plugins are recognisable by the respective companies’ logos or the "Like" or "Recommend" add-ons, for example. When you visit one of our websites which contains this type of plugin, your browser establishes a direct connection with the relevant company’s servers, and the content of the plugin is, in turn, transmitted to your browser, which incorporates it into the website being displayed. This is how the fact that you have visited our website is passed on to these companies. Provided that you are logged in to these companies’ sites via your personal user account when you visit our website, they can associate the website visit with that account. By interacting with plugins, e.g. by clicking on the "Like" button or leaving a comment, this related information is sent directly to these companies and stored on their systems. If you would like to prevent this sort of data being sent, you need to log out of your account at the company in question before visiting our website. Please refer to the following companies’ data protection notices for information about the purpose and scope of data collection, further processing and use of your data by them, as well as your associated rights and the settings options for protecting your privacy:

2. Individual services

2.1 Contact form

Our website gives you the option of using a contact form to get in touch with us so that we can provide answers to your individual questions as well. In each case, we need your surname, first name, email address and message so that we can contact you. If you give us your phone number or postal address, we will also be happy to call you back with an answer to your question or contact you in writing.

All data is used by Festool GmbH and its affiliated companies [in particular TTS Tooltechnic Systems AG & Co. KG and the companies listed on http://subsidiaries.festool.com] solely for the purposes of responding to your query. It is neither passed on to other third-party companies nor used in any other way for promotional purposes.

2.2 Newsletters

We can send you our newsletter as a way of staying in touch with us. For this, we use your title and name, so that we can address you personally in the newsletter, as well as your email address and the topics that interest you. To ensure that no one else has registered you for the newsletter subscription and that you do not receive unwanted emails, you will receive a confirmation email sent to the email address you provided. You will need to click on the link in the email to activate the subscription.

User behaviour related to the newsletter service is analysed in anonymised form with no link being established to a specific person. This includes:

  • Mailings sent and delivered
  • Opens (measured/invisible/total)
  • Clicks and opens by end devices
  • Clicks, opens and delivery over time
  • Bounces (email is undeliverable)
  • Subscription cancellations
  • Activity rate

The data is collected and processed solely by Festool GmbH and its affiliated companies [in particular TTS Tooltechnic Systems AG & Co. KG and the companies listed on http://subsidiaries.festool.com]. It is not passed on to other third-party companies.

Consent can be withdrawn at any time, either by using the link in the newsletter or by sending written notification to Festool GmbH, Wertstr. 20, 73240 Wendlingen, Germany. On the Newsletter tab you can also add individual newsletter topics whenever you want, or remove them again, which is equivalent to a newsletter subscription cancellation. Information on cancelling a subscription can be found within every newsletter.

2.3 myFestool

You can register for our free myFestool service. This gives you online access to Festool’s full range of services. For registration, we need your first name, surname, email address and postal address as well as your company’s business sector. If you use our additional services within myFestool, additional personal data (e.g. device data for SERVICE all-inclusive) may be required.

This data is collected and processed solely by Festool GmbH and its affiliated companies [in particular TTS Tooltechnic Systems AG & Co. KG and the companies listed on http://subsidiaries.festool.com]. It is not passed on to other third-party companies.

To delete your myFestool account, please log in to the myFestool area and click on the “Delete myFestool account” link in the Personal data area.

2.4 Information request via the web

Our free information service can notify you about attractive offers, new products and tips for optimising the use of machinery. We need the name, address and business sector of your company,plus a contact name for this service.

This data is collected and processed solely by Festool GmbH and its affiliated companies [in particular TTS Tooltechnic Systems AG & Co. KG and the companies listed on http://subsidiaries.festool.com]. It is not passed on to other third-party companies.

2.5. Festool ideas platform

You can use the Festool ideas platform to send us your idea for improving our products. We have provided you with a form for submitting your idea, for which we need your contact data and details of your idea. The special conditions in the non-disclosure statement available on the platform apply.

2.6 Festool app

You can also manage important online functions with your smartphone by using the Festool app. This includes management of your Festool account, registration for SERVICE all-inclusive, an overview of your registered devices, direct contact with Festool, and a dealer search facility using GPS or a search form. In general, no further personal data is collected when compared with the traditional method of using these services.

The system has a location identification option for the dealer search. The user is free to accept this location identification as ascertained by the system or enter a location of his or her choice instead.

3. Social media

Via our presence on social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube), we also offer you comprehensive personal support and the option of staying in touch with us. These social media services collect personal data independently, e.g. via the profile of you created on these services or via social plugins implemented on the websites of third parties.

If you send us a query via one of these social media, we will forward the query to the relevant department. The data is used solely for the purposes of responding to your query and is not passed on to third parties.

If you wish to get in touch with us via social media, you have to register with these services. The companies behind the service in question may collect, store and use personal data. The nature, scope and processing of this data is beyond our control.

These are services provided by the US companies:

  • Facebook Inc. (1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA)
  • Twitter Inc. (1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA)
  • Google Inc. (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA)