USM | Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

USM U. Schärer Söhne AG ("USM") and its affiliates (the "USM Group") (collectively, “we”, “us”, and “our”) are delighted that you have decided to visit our website, and welcome your interest in our company and its products. We take the privacy of your personal information seriously and would like you to enjoy your visit to our website.

We would like to inform you about what information about you we may collect, how we use such information, and your ability to opt out of our use of this information.

Collection and Use of Your Personal Data

The protection of your privacy and in particular the privacy of your information is an important concern for us. In order to permit you to benefit as fully as possible from our internet services, we must collect information relating to you. When using your information, we comply with applicable information privacy laws.

You can browse our web pages without disclosing personal information about yourself. In that case, we only will collect information automatically provided to us by your web browser, e.g. the name of your Internet service provider, your IP address, the dates and times you access our website and the addresses of the pages you access on our website. This information will be used for statistical analysis without personally identifying you, and protected from any unauthorized access.

In addition to the above, we collect information that you provide yourself, e.g. your name, address, e-mail address, credit card number and expiration date or your orders made, when you register for services or place orders. We use and disclose this information for a number of purposes, including as follows:

(a) For the provision of services by USM or the USM Group, including the processing of your USM Shop orders and conducting a creditworthiness check, your information will be stored on USM systems and may be disclosed to affiliates and business partners of USM, including the respective USM local affiliate responsible for you (you will find the USM local affiliates here), the local third party sales partner responsible for your order or request (you will find the local sales partner here), and other third parties involved in the processing of your order (e.g. for credit card processing, shipping or for external data processing on our behalf). We also use the information internally to contact you when necessary or for billing purposes.

(b) For customer care and marketing purposes, your information will be used by the USM local affiliate responsible for you. Details about you, including your affiliation to the USM client base; information about your occupation, industry or business category; and your name, title, academic degree, address and date of birth (“list data”) will be disclosed to other members of the USM Group and to domestic or foreign sales partners of USM unless you opt out as described below. These list data will be used by USM, other companies of the USM Group and sales partners to provide you with useful information about products or offers that might be of interest to you.

(c) USM may disclose your account information or other aforementioned personal information to third parties, to the extent permitted or so required by law or ordered by state bodies and authorities or in response to a valid court order, subpoena, government investigation or when we believe it is appropriate to comply with the law, to enforce or apply our terms and conditions, to protect the rights, property, or safety of USM or others, for fraud protection or for credit risk reduction.

Cookies

Our website and the USM Online Shop save small files on your computer (so called "cookies") in order, for example, for us to recognize you the next time you visit our website, or to verify the identity of users who have identified themselves using a password. You may set your browser so that a warning appears on the screen before any cookies are saved or to prevent the cookies from being saved. However, if you so choose, you may not be able to make use of certain services offered through the website. These cookies will be automatically deleted from your hard drive after 30 days.

Your Choice to Opt-Out

You may opt out of receiving promotional information from us and our sharing your contact information with other companies by sending a written request to USM U. Schärer Söhne AG, Data Protection, Thunstrasse 55, 3110 Münsingen, Switzerland, email: info@ch.usm.com.

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Security

We strive to take adequate precautions to protect the security of your information that you share with us. Unfortunately, no data transmission can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your information, we cannot guarantee or warrant the security of any information you transmit to or from our websites, and you do so at your own risk.

Protecting Children's Privacy

USM adheres to a strict privacy code regarding children and does not knowingly accept personal information from any child under the age of 13. If it is brought to our attention that a subscriber is underage, we will immediately remove all personal and identifiable information in respect of such subscriber from our records in compliance with applicable laws. In addition, we will not disclose this information to any other companies.

Business Transactions

In the event that we intend to sell or transfer ownership or control of any or all of our business, assets, operations or services to a third party, we reserve the right to disclose your information to a potential buyer both before and after the purchase. In the event the sale goes through, we will require the receiving party to agree to be similarly bound by the provisions of this privacy policy and that they will only use and disclose your information in the same manner as that in which we are entitled under this privacy policy. In the event the sale does not go through, we will require the potential purchaser not to use or disclose your information in any manner whatsoever and to completely delete such information.

Contact Information

If you have any further questions on the use of your personal information or this privacy policy, please contact USM U. Schärer Söhne AG, Data Protection, Thunstrasse 55, 3110 Münsingen, Switzerland, email: info@ch.usm.com.

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Last update 05/2013