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Privacy Policy

Privacy is a very important issue, especially those days.

This Privacy Policy explains the basis upon which we collect and use information, including our clients personal information on the interactive properties operated and controlled Scope SE & Co. KGaA ("Scope" or "we") including, but not limited to, www.scoperatings.com and via any other interactive features offered by scope through Internet Web sites, mobile devices or other platforms (each a "Property" collectively, the "Properties"). Scope operates such Properties on behalf of itself and its affiliated companies ("Affiliates").

Be so kind to read through carefully to understand our practices regarding personal information and how we use and treat it.

I. Information

1. Personal Data

We may collect and process information that identifies you or can be used to identify or contact you, (e.g., your name, e-mail address, business address, phone number or other identifiers ("Personal Data"). We request Personal Data from you when you register on any of our Properties. In addition to information collected during registration, we may collect Personal Data that you voluntarily provide, for example, in e-mails to our Properties, online order and registration forms and surveys.

You do not have to provide us with any Personal Data to visit our Properties. If you choose to withhold requested information, however, you may not be able to use all of the features of our Properties.

2. Sensitive Personal Data

We ask that you not send us, and you not disclose, any sensitive Personal Data (e.g., social security numbers, information related to racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religion or other beliefs, health, criminal background or trade union membership) on or through this Site or otherwise to us.

3. Nonpersonal Data

In addition to Personal Data, we may collect and/or track information that by itself cannot be used to identify or contact you, (e.g., demographic information (like age, profession or gender), domain names, certain IP addresses, computer type, browser types, and other anonymous statistical data involving the use of our Properties ("Nonpersonal Data").

We use Nonpersonal Data to help us understand who uses our Properties and to improve and market our Properties.

4. IP Addresses

In addition to the non Nonpersonal Data as highlighted above, we may collect certain information about your computer, including, where available, your IP address or other unique identifiers from your device. This information is collected for system administration (for example to enable identification and log-on for certain services), but also to understand more generally about the way users interact with our services. In certain cases, these IP addresses may amount to Personal Data or, when used in combination with other data which we hold, may enable us to identify you. This statistical information is not shared other than with our Affiliates in order to inform internal planning purposes. Once aggregated, this becomes generic Nonpersonal Data about our users' browsing actions and patterns, and does not identify any individual.

II. Cookies and other Tracking Tools

We use certain internet technologies such as "cookies," "action keys" and "web bugs," among others (collectively, "Tracking Tools"). Tracking tools are files or tools that are placed on your computer in order to identify your Web browser and the activities of your computer on our Properties. We do not use cookies or Web beacons to collect Personal Data other than certain IP addresses which are treated in accordance with this Policy.

When you visit a Property, we may recognize you by a Tracking Tool and customize your use of that particular Property accordingly (e.g., once you have registered, a cookie will be used to avoid asking you to register again). The information obtained from using these technologies is not sold or otherwise made available to third parties except in accordance with this policy.

The cookies we use are referred to as session or persistent cookies, depending on how long they are used:

Session cookies only last for your online session and disappear from your computer or device when you close your browser.

Persistent cookies stay on your computer or device after the browser has been closed and last for the period of time specified in the cookie. These persistent cookies are activated each time you visit the Property where the cookie was generated.

When you use our Properties and services, the following 3 categories of cookies may be set on your device:

III. Analytic cookies

In order to keep our Properties and services relevant, easy to use and up-to-date, we use web analytics services to help us understand how people use them. For example, we can see which parts of the Properties and services are most popular, identify when errors occur, and test different versions of a page or feature to see which one works best.

IV. How we use information and when we may share and disclose information in general

We use Personal Data that we collect solely for our internal use, including for statistical analysis of users behavior, for product development, for content improvement or to customize the content and layout of our Properties. We may, in our sole discretion, use Personal Data to contact you regarding (i) your account status and changes to the subscriber agreement, (ii) this Policy, (iii) any other policies, agreements or transactions relevant to your use of the Properties and (iv) in accordance with applicable laws, marketing to you products and services which we believe may be of interest to you.

From time to time, we may establish a business relationship with other businesses whom we believe trustworthy and who have confirmed that their privacy practices are consistent with ours ("Third-Party Providers"). For example, we may contract with Third-Party Providers to provide certain services, such as hosting and maintenance, data storage and management and marketing and promotions. We provide our Third-Party Providers with the information necessary for them to perform these services on our behalf. Each service Provider must agree to use reasonable security procedures and practices appropriate to the nature of the information involved in order to protect your Personal Data from unauthorized access, use or disclosure.

We may also disclose your Personal Data (i) when we have obtained your express permission, (ii) to the extent necessary to comply with legal or regulatory requirements, or (iii) in order to enforce or apply our agreements; or to protect or to preserve our legal rights in the Property content, or the rights, property, or safety of, our customers or others.

Nonpersonal Data, including for example data gathered by Google cookies may also be used for internal or external purposes such as researching and identifying market segments and needs and assessing the performance of our Properties. In some instances, for example in the case of our use of analytics services provided by trusted third party suppliers where we share certain aggregated data and information with these third parties in order for them to provide us with information about the way our Properties are used or navigated or to classify aggregated segments or types of users. In other circumstances this sharing takes place in order to technically enhance or support the services provided by our Properties (for example to speed-up download speeds or facilitate site functionality such as video playback).

We may share and disclose your Personal Data and Nonpersonal Data with businesses controlling, controlled by, or under common control with us.We may also share and disclose your Personal Data and Nonpersonal Data:

  • In the event that we sell or buy any business or assets, in which case we may disclose your Personal Data and Nonpersonal Data to the prospective seller or buyer of such business or assets; and
  • If Scope or any of its Affiliates or substantially all of its or their assets are acquired by a third party, in which case Personal Data and Nonpersonal Data held by it about its customers may be one of the transferred assets

V. Storage of Data

Please be aware that your Personal Data and communications may be transferred to and maintained on servers or databases located outside your state, province, or country.

In particular, if you are based in the European Union, you should be aware that the Personal Data that we collect from you may be transferred to, and stored at, a destination outside the European Economic Area ("EEA"). It may also be processed by staff operating outside the EEA who work for us or for one of our suppliers. Such staff maybe engaged in, among other things, the fulfillment of the services you request from us, the processing of your personal details in order for us to provide our services to you and the provision of support services. By submitting your Personal Data, you agree to this transfer, storing or processing. We will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your Personal Data is treated securely and in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

VI. Links

Each Property may contain links to Web sites and other interactive properties of third parties. We are not responsible for the collection and use of your information by these third parties, which will be governed by their data collection policies. We do not endorse, and are not responsible for, the privacy practices or the content of these properties. Please check these policies before you submit any Personal Data to these Web sites.

VII. Security

We have established reasonable precautions to protect collected Personal Data from loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration or destruction, which include contractual, administrative, physical, and technical steps. Technical measures include use of firewall protection and encryption technology where appropriate. However, no data transmission over the Internet or other network can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect information transmitted on or through the Properties or services, we cannot and do not guarantee the security of any information you transmit on or through the Properties or services, and you do so at your own risk.

VIII. Contact Information for Scope

The Data Controller for this Property is Scope

Questions or concerns regarding our privacy policy and data protection practices should be addressed to:

privacy@scoperatings.com

IX. Your Rights

If you are based in the European Union, you have the right to ask us not to process your Personal Data for marketing purposes. We will usually inform you (before collecting your data) if we intend to use your Personal Data for such purposes or if we intend to disclose your information to any Third-Party Providers for such purposes. You can exercise the right at any time by contacting us at privacy@scoperatings.com

If you are based in the European Union, your local laws also give you the right to access information held about you. Your right of access can be exercised in accordance with the relevant local legislation. Any access request may be subject to a limited administration fee (up to any limit imposed by local law) to meet our costs in providing you with details of the information we hold about you.

X. Enforcement

We periodically will review its compliance with this Privacy Policy. We will also review and respond to any formal written complaints that we receive from you.

XI. Use of this Site by Minors

This Site is not directed to individuals under the age of eighteen (18), and we request that these individuals do not provide any Data