Thank you for visiting this website for Volkswagen AG, Berliner Ring 2, D-38440 Wolfsburg, Germany, listed in the Register of Companies of the District Court of Braunschweig under No. HRB 100484 ("Volkswagen AG"). We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in our company and our products. We would like to inform you about how your data is collected, processed and used in the section below.
B. General information
It is perfectly possible to visit Volkswagen AG websites without giving us any information about your identity. In this case, we will only automatically collect the following log data:
- The web browser you are using
- The date and time of your visit
- The pages you visit on our website
- The website from which you came to us.
C. Recording, processing and using your personal data
I. Integration of content made available via YouTube LLC
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II. How personal data from the Chat Bot is recorded, processed and used
The digital assistant (Chat Bot) can provide answers to technical queries you may have about Volkswagen Connect®. The Chat Bot is activated by clicking on the chat symbol. If the answers stored in the Chat Bot do not resolve your query, you have the option to connect to one of our chat agents. You can use this service without providing us with any personal information. Only your session ID will be stored for quality assurance purposes. If you do, however, decide to share personal information in the chat, we have the following measures in place to protect it:
- Our system will automatically scan any content you add to the chat for personal data to avoid such information being stored. The system recognises certain sequences of numbers such as postcodes, house numbers and vehicle identification numbers (VIN). Any postcodes and house numbers detected are deleted automatically and are not stored. The system will also automatically pseudo-anonymise the VIN by removing the last six digits. This shortened VIN then only allows us to recognise the product line, vehicle model and year of manufacture, which makes it impossible to link the number to a particular vehicle and therefore a particular person (owner, user of the vehicle).
- In summary, all personal data – with the exception of your first name and surname, your address (excluding the postcode and house number) and pseudo-anonymised vehicle identification number – will be automatically deleted by the system when the chat is closed and will not be stored.
D. Tracking Tools
I. Adobe Analytics
This website uses the Adobe Analytics web analytics service to evaluate user access. Data are processed for the purpose of advertising, market research or for the needs-oriented design of our application (pursuant to Paragraph 15, Section 3 of the German Telemedia Act). For this evaluation, cookies are stored on your mobile device. These are used to collect information which is stored on the servers of Adobe Systems Software Ireland Limited (“Adobe”). It is not possible to rule out access to this information by Adobe Systems Incorporated, whose headquarters are in the USA, so a corresponding EU Standard Contract has been concluded (adequate guarantee for data processing in non-EU countries). You have the right to information within the scope of this standard contract.
It is not possible to link the information stored on the Adobe servers directly to a specific person, since Adobe Analytics is used with the "Before Geo-Lookup: Replace visitor's last IP octet with 0" and "Obfuscate IP-Removed" settings selected. The "Before Geo-Lookup: Replace visitor's last IP octet with 0" setting ensures that the IP address is anonymised before this geolocalisation by replacing the final octet of the IP address with zeroes. For the purposes of statistical evaluation, the user's approximate location is added to the tracking package, which still contains the full IP address. Before the tracking package is saved, the IP address is then replaced with an individual, fixed IP address – referred to as a generic IP address – if the "Obfuscate IP –Removed" setting has been configured. This means that the IP address is no longer contained in a data set that is saved.
E. Your rights
You may assert your rights described below against Volkswagen AG free of charge at any time:
Right to information: You have the right to request information from us about how your personal data are processed.
Right of rectification: You have the right to request that we correct any personal data relating to you which is incorrect or incomplete.
Right to erasure: You have the right to request the erasure of your data if any of the conditions stated in GDPR Article 17 exists. You may then request, for example, the erasure of your data, providing the purpose for which they were gathered is no longer necessary. Furthermore, you may request erasure if we process your data on the basis of your consent and you revoke this consent.
Right to restriction of processing: You have the right to request restrictions on the processing of your data if the conditions of GDPR Article 18 exist. This is the case, for example, if you dispute the correctness of your data. You may request that processing is restricted for as long as it takes to examine the correctness of your data.
Right of objection: If processing is based on an overriding interest or if your data are used for the purpose of direct marketing, you have the right to object to the processing of your data. An objection is permissible if processing is either in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority or on account of a justified interest of Volkswagen AG or of any other third party. In the event of objection, you are kindly requested to notify us of your reasons for objecting to data processing. Besides this, you also have the right to object to data processing for the purpose of direct marketing. The same applies to profiling, if this is related to direct marketing.
Right to data portability: If data processing is based on consent or on the performance of a contractual obligation and this is done by way of automated processing, you have the right to receive your data in a structured, commonly used machine-readable format and to transfer them to another data processing provider.
Right of revocation: If data processing is based on consent, you have the right to revoke your consent at any time with effect for the future by notifying info-datenschutz or the contact data stated in the Legal notice. @volkswagen.de
Right of complaint: You also have the right to lodge a complaint to a supervisory authority (e.g. the state commissioner for data protection) about the way we process your data.
F. Your contact person: Data Protection Officer
Our Data Protection Officer is your contact person for all issues relating to data protection and is available to help you exercise your rights. Please address your submissions to:
Volkswagen AG Data Protection Officer
Berliner Ring 2, 38440 Wolfsburg, Germany
Last updated: May 2018