This disclaimer and data privacy statement concerns the app Scan4Chem which is available as smartphone app (Android, iOS) and web app. The app was developed in the EU LIFE Project AskREACH (LIFE16 GIE/DE/000738) and is provided by the German Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt; UBA). The German Environment Agency is in the following referred to as provider, we, our or us. Depending on the national legislation in Luxembourg the app is addressed to users aged 16 and over (in the following: you, or your).
The provider accepts no responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, quality or actuality of the contents of the AskREACH IT tools. Any liability claims against us for material or immaterial damages that arise from the use or non-use of information available via the IT tools or the use of erroneous or incomplete information available via the IT tools shall be excluded insofar as no culpable act of gross negligence has been committed by us. Our services are non-binding and subject to confirmation. We are entitled to modify any aspect of the IT tools and/or their contents in any way we see fit, in whole or in part, without prior notification.
We shall be liable for links used in the AskREACH IT tools that are beyond our control only insofar as we have knowledge of the relevant contents and it would have been reasonable and technically possible for us to forestall the use of any such contents that may be illicit. Inasmuch as we have no control over the current or future design, content or copyright of any linked Web page, we hereby expressly repudiate any contents of any linked page that was altered after the link in question was created. This applies to all links and references used in the IT tools, as well as any third party entry. In the event of illicit, erroneous or incomplete contents, and in particular in connection with damages arising from the use or non-use of such information, the website owner to which the link in question led shall assume liability, and not the tool owner that provided links to such contents. Third party websites that can be accessed via external links may not be accessible without barriers. Please also note that any linking to this application does not constitute grounds for reciprocity.
In all AskREACH IT tools, the provider has made every effort to (a) respect copyright restrictions for all graphics, audio, video and text; (b) use graphics, audio, video and text created by the UBA or AskREACH itself; (c) use licence-free graphics, audio, video and text. All protected marks and trademarks used are protected by the applicable copyright laws pursuant to the intellectual property rights of the duly registered owners. If registered trademarks are mentioned in the app this does not mean that such trademarks are not protected by third party rights.
The copyright for published objects created by the provider or AskREACH itself remains solely with the provider or AskREACH and the staff working on the IT tools. Unless otherwise indicated, objects, graphics, sound documents, video sequences and texts created by the provider or AskREACH itself are under a creative commons 4.0 international license (no commercial use, no editing, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/ba-nc-nd/4.0/).
This disclaimer constitutes an element of the AskREACH smartphone app and web app. Insofar as any provision of the present disclaimer is or becomes legally invalid or unenforceable, the remaining provisions shall remain fully enforceable.
The German Environment Agency, represented by its President, is responsible within the meaning of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the relevant law at national level, i.e. in Luxembourg: Loi du 1er aout 2018 portant organisation de la Commission nationale pour la protection des données et mise en oeuvre du règlement (UE) du Parlement européen et du Conseil du 27 avril 2016 relatif à la protection des personnes physiques à l'égard du traitement des données à caractère personnel et à la libre circulation de ces données.
German Environment Agency
Präsidialbereich / Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit, Internet
Wörlitzer Platz 1
06844 Dessau-Rosslau, Germany
The German Environment Agency data privacy officer is available to answer your questions and provide you with information on the subject of data protection, and is also the contact person for the enforcement of your rights as a concerned party. However, requests made in languages other than German or English have to be directed to an appropriate regional administrator for translation. After translation they will be redirected by the regional administrators to the data privacy officer:
Mr. Udo Langhoff
German Environment Agency
Wörlitzer Platz 1
06844 Dessau-Rosslau, Germany
In your country the regional administrator is the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) and can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org. The e-mail address of the data protection officer is email@example.com.
The following explanations refer to the app developed in the LIFE project AskREACH. UBA is the controller of the AskREACH database and business logic and of the smartphone app and web app. The AskREACH project partner Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST, https://www.list.lu) is responsible for the technical operation of the app. The server is made available by an external host (IBM of Belgium sprl / bvba https://www.ibm.com/contact/be/en/?lnk=flg-cont-be-en).
Scope of the processing of personal data
We only process personal data of users of our IT tools if this is necessary to provide functional tools as well as our contents and services (such as the provision of SVHC information by suppliers of consumer articles). As a rule, the processing of our users' personal data takes place only with their consent. An exception applies in those cases where prior consent cannot be obtained for reasons of fact and the processing of the data is permitted by law.
Unless otherwise stated in this data protection declaration in individual cases, your data will not be passed on to third parties. Your data will not be processed or used for consulting, advertising or market research purposes. In the context of their helpdesk activities the global administrators of the German Environment Agency (UBA), the technical administrators of the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) and the regional administrators may view the stored data. The technical administrators may also view the data as necessary for attack prevention. Data protection agreements in accordance with GDPR Art. 28 have been concluded between UBA and LIST, UBA and the regional administrator and between LIST and the external host.
All information you transmit is in an encrypted form via a "Secure Socket Layer" (SSL) connection. Your personal data cannot be read by unauthorised persons during transmission on the Internet.
Legal basis for the processing of personal data
The legal basis for the processing of personal data is the consent of the data subject pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (a) of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
All processing of personal data is tied to your consent given in the app.
Data erasure and storage time
The personal data will be deleted or blocked as soon as the purpose of storage ceases to apply.
Furthermore, data may be stored if this has been provided for by the European or national legislator in EU regulations, laws or other provisions to which the person responsible is subject. The data will also be blocked or deleted if a storage period prescribed by the aforementioned standards expires.
Our smartphone app can be downloaded from the Google and Apple app stores.
We hereby expressly draw your attention to the fact that app store owners archive data and use it for commercial purposes. We have no knowledge as to the scope of such data or the term of its archiving. However, you are legally entitled to ask the app store owner to allow you to view your personal data and you can assert all your rights under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Every time you access our system by using the app, our system automatically collects data and information from the calling smartphone device or computer system. This information (server log files) includes information on the browser, the operating system, the domain of your internet service provider, etc. In addition, the IP address or the device ID of your smartphone is transmitted and used in order to be able to use the desired service. This information is technically necessary for the correct delivery of content requested by you from our IT tools and is mandatory when using the Internet.
This data is not stored together with other personal data of the user.
In accordance with our data privacy concept, the incoming log file data are stored for two weeks in order to recognise and analyse any attacks against our system. If a specific IP address or device identification number must be blocked, it is permanently stored.
Scope of the data processing
You get access to the web app via our website or the websites of the regional administrator. We log the download and collect statistics. The web app then only communicates between the user's browser and the AskREACH server. Each time your computer accesses the AskREACH server, our system automatically collects data and information.
Every time your smartphone accesses the AskREACH server, our system also automatically collects data and information.
The following data are collected:
The data are stored in the log files of our system. IP addresses and device IDs are identifiable in the records for attack prevention purposes and for geographic access statistics. IP addresses/device IDs are also used to limit access rates to the app/database as necessary and prevent Denial of Service (DOS) attacks and other threats.
You enter your name and e-mail address yourself. This personal data is not required to retrieve SVHC information from the AskREACH database. You do not have to make such an entry until you send a request to an article supplier. If you send a request, this data is stored on the server for as long as is necessary to process the app actions you desire. Your name and country of residence are visible to the addressee of your request, but your e-mail address is not. With the smartphone app, your name, country of residence and e-mail address are stored on your smartphone so you don't have to re-enter them at the next app session if you make a request. In the case of the web app, this information is not stored on your computer, so you must re-enter it in each session you make a request.
Backup copies of the server are divided into different categories for monitoring and control, e.g. consumers, suppliers, article information, requests, etc. If backups contain personal data, they are documented. If backups need to be restored, e.g. after a system failure, each user of the system is informed of this fact and the date of the backup. Backups are stored in encrypted form.
Legal basis for the processing of personal data
The legal basis for the temporary storage of data and log files is Art. 6 (1) (a) of the GDPR.
Purpose of data processing
The data are stored in the system to ensure the functionality of the system. In addition, the data help us to optimise our AskREACH IT tools and to ensure the security of our information technology systems. The data are statistically evaluated in anonymous form in order to document the success of AskREACH IT tools. The temporary storage of the IP address by the system is necessary to enable the server information to be delivered to the user's computer/device. For this the IP address of the user must remain stored for the duration of the session. The data are not evaluated for marketing purposes.
This data from the log file is not combined with any other stored data. A direct reference of the IP number from the log file to your person is not possible and is excluded. The IP address is only evaluated in the event of attacks on the AskREACH IT infrastructure, offences against morality, or other illegal activities in connection with the use of the IT tools. A conclusion from the IP number to your person is only possible through your dial-in provider through a public prosecutor's investigation.
You enter your name and e-mail address yourself into the app and can change or delete it at any time. The smartphone app stores this information on your phone so you don't have to re-enter it for each request. With the Web app, this data is stored during a session so you don't have to re-enter it for each request. When you close the Web app, the data is deleted.
If you send a request to a company, only the name you entered and your country of residence are visible to the company. Your name should show the company that a real person is behind the request. The country is indicated so that the company can reply to you in the appropriate language. Sending a request may lead to the following outcomes:
To allow the system to respond and contact you appropriately, your name and e-mail address will be stored in the system for as long as the response/processing of your request requires. After a maximum of 60 days (buffer time for potential queries), your name and e-mail address will be pseudonymised in the system and only used for anonymous statistics.
All personal data stored in the AskREACH server are visible to the AskREACH administrators on consumer or supplier request so they can administer their helpdesk activities.
Duration of storage
The data will be deleted as soon as they are no longer necessary to achieve the purpose for which they were collected. Your name and e-mail address will only be stored in connection with your requests and for a maximum of 60 days.
If personal data (online identifiers such as IP-addresses and unique device IDs) are stored in log files, they will be deleted after two weeks at the latest. Further storage is possible in the event of malicious behaviour and if future access is to be prevented. In this case the IP addresses of the users (as far as possible for the purpose) are deleted or alienated, so that an assignment of the calling client is no longer possible.
Possibility of objection and elimination, revocation of consent
The collection of data for the provision of the IT tools and the storage of data in log files is absolutely necessary for the operation of the IT tools.
Your name and e-mail address are only stored temporarily in the system. Both can be deleted or removed at your request.
You can revoke your consent to the processing of your personal data at any time. The legality of the processing carried out on the basis of the consent up to the revocation remains unaffected by this. After revocation of your consent you can no longer use the app.
App users may provide article name, description, brand/company name and photo during the request creation process, if this information is missing in the AskREACH database. This information is marked as “crowdsourcing information”. Malicious, illegal or inappropriate content can be reported by other app users and will subsequently be removed. In addition, app users may enter generic e-mail addresses of companies in order to send their requests there. These e-mail addresses may be included in the internal address list of the system and then used for sending future requests of other app users to the same company. Before inclusion in the internal list they will be checked by the regional administrator. Before entering any data, the app user has to consent to the conditions of use and is informed that this information should only concern, show or reflect the article in question, but no persons or other personal or confidential data or illegal content. Wrong or illegal contents will be deleted as soon as they are notified to the administrators (by other app users or suppliers). If repeated misuse by a user is noted, the user will be blocked.
Requests can be sent to any company outside the EU. With regard to most countries outside the EU, no adequacy decision of the EU Commission according to Art. 45 GDPR is available. Therefore, data processing is possible only with consent of the persons concerned. Such data transfers without adequacy decision and appropriate guarantees entail risks. Requests that you send to suppliers in such countries contain your name and your country of residence, but no other personal data. Most countries outside the EU do not have legislation similar to the EU Chemicals Regulation. Companies from these countries are therefore not obliged to respond to consumer requests.
If a smartphone app user agrees to receive push notifications from the AskREACH system, their device ID is stored in the business logic and they are subject to the data privacy rules of the Apple Push Notification service or Google Firebase service.
Once annually in 2020, 2021 and 2022, all active users of the smartphone app at that time will receive via the app a request to participate in a survey intended to provide the project with data on impacts achieved and user satisfaction. The release of this request will be integrated into the app’s programming from the start, i.e. not sent via external notification (“push message”). Personal data are not involved.
Consumers who agree to participate in the survey are directed to a questionnaire created in the web tool LimeSurvey which is hosted at an external website by the AskREACH project partner sofia (University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt, Society for Institutional Analysis). The data privacy conditions of LimeSurvey apply (https://www.limesurvey.org/policies/privacy-policy).
In the questionnaires, consumers interested in providing more detailed feedback are asked to leave their e-mail address. Using these e-mail addresses, regional administrators may ask individual consumers to participate in interviews. All surveys are evaluated anonymously. The regional administrators handle the e-mail addresses and further personal data received during this activity as explained under Section 11.
Description and scope of data processing
Description and scope of data processing
You can send questions about the app or supplier responses by e-mail to UBA (in German or English) or your regional administrator. Your personal data transmitted with the e-mail will be stored by us or by the regional administrator.
In this context, the data will not be passed on to third parties (excluding global, technical and regional administrators) without your separate consent. Your consent will be stored as described in Section 5.3. We and the technical and regional administrators will use the data exclusively for processing the exchange and then delete or anonymise it.
Legal basis for the processing of personal data
The legal basis for the processing of data transmitted in the course of sending an e-mail is Art. 6 (1) (f) GDPR.
Purpose of data processing
The processing of the personal data serves in answering your enquiry.
Duration of storage
Your enquiries and answers in electronic files of the regional administrator are stored according to the stipulations of the GDPR: personal data should not be retained longer than necessary, in relation to the purpose for which such data is processed. So, the storage duration is decided by the regional administrator on a case by case basis taking into account the purpose of the processing.
Possibility of objection and elimination
You have the possibility to object to the processing of your personal data sent with your e-mail at any time. To this end, please contact our data protection officer (in German or English) or the regional administrator. In such a case, the conversation cannot be continued. All personal data stored in the course of contacting us or the regional administrator will be deleted.
Further information on communication by e-mail
Communication by e-mail can have security gaps. E-mails sent can be stopped and read by experienced Internet users. If we or the regional administrators receive an e-mail from you, it is assumed that we or the regional administrators are also entitled to reply by e-mail to this e-mail address. Otherwise we ask you to consider another form of communication (e.g. by post).
Be careful with questionable e-mails: Fraudsters repeatedly try to install malware (e.g. viruses and Trojans) on foreign PCs via attachments or links in e-mails - by raising fears with claims about unpaid invoices or dramatic messages. You should not trust e-mails with lurid subject lines, dubious contents, or questionable origin – delete them immediately. Never open attachments or links in such e-mails. As a rule, the German Environment Agency and the regional administrators never send files with attachments using the suffixes ".exe″ or ".com″. Please do not open such files and inform us (in German or English) or the regional administrators about such an e-mail. The German Environment Agency or the regional administrators will never ask you to send us sensitive data such as bank details or passwords by e-mail or telephone.
If your personal data are processed, you are affected within the meaning of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and you have the following rights vis-à-vis the person responsible. Please contact us (in German or English) or the regional administrator (see above).
Right to information
You can ask the person responsible to confirm whether personal data concerning you are being processed by us.
You have the right to request information about whether the personal data concerning you is transferred to a third country or to an international organisation. In this context, you may request to be informed of the appropriate guarantees pursuant to Art. 46 GDPR in connection with the transmission.
This right to information may be limited to the extent that it is likely to make impossible or seriously impair the achievement of research or statistical purposes and the limitation is necessary for the fulfilment of research or statistical purposes.
Right to rectification
You have a right to rectification and/or completion vis-à-vis the data controller if the personal data processed concerning you are incorrect or incomplete. The person responsible shall make the correction without delay.
Your right to rectification may be limited to the extent that it is likely to render impossible or is seriously prejudicial to the achievement of the research or statistical purposes and the limitation is necessary for the fulfilment of the research or statistical purposes.
Right to limitation of processing
Under the following conditions, you may request that the processing of personal data concerning you be restricted:
If the processing of personal data concerning you has been restricted, such data may only be processed - apart from being stored - with your consent or for the purpose of asserting, exercising or defending rights or protecting the rights of another natural or legal person or on grounds of an important public interest of the European Union or a Member State.
If the processing restriction has been limited according to the above conditions, you will be informed by the person responsible before the restriction is lifted.
Your right to limitation of processing may be limited to the extent that it is likely to render impossible or is seriously prejudicial to the achievement of research or statistical purposes and the restriction is necessary for the fulfilment of research or statistical purposes.
Right to erasure
You may call on the data controller to erase the personal data relating to you and the controller is obliged to erase this data without delay if one of the following reasons applies:
If the data controller has made the personal data concerning you public and is obliged to erase it pursuant to Art. 17 (1) GDPR, then the data controller shall take appropriate measures, including technical measures, taking into account the available technology and the implementation costs, to inform data processors who process the personal data that you, as the data subject, have requested the erasure of all links to this personal data or of copies or replications of this personal data.
The right to cancellation does not exist insofar as the processing is necessary:
Right to inform
If you have exercised your right to have your data rectified, erased, or to restrict processing, the data controller is obliged to inform all recipients to whom the personal data concerning you have been disclosed of this rectification or erasure of the data or the restriction of processing, unless this proves impossible or involves disproportionate effort.
The person responsible shall inform you about those recipients if you request it.
Right to data portability
You have the right to receive the personal data concerning you that you have provided to the person responsible in a structured, common and machine-readable format. In addition, you have the right to pass this data on to another person in charge without obstruction by the person in charge to whom the personal data was provided, provided that
In exercising this right, you also have the right to request that the personal data concerning you be transferred directly from one data controller to another data controller, insofar as this is technically feasible. The freedoms and rights of others must not be affected by this.
The right to portability shall not apply to the processing of personal data necessary for the performance of a task in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority conferred on the controller.
Right to object
You have the right to object, on grounds relating to your particular situation, to the processing of your personal data in accordance with Art. 6 (1) (f) GDPR.
The data controller shall no longer process the personal data concerning you, unless compelling legitimate grounds can be demonstrated for the processing which override your interests, rights and freedoms, or the processing serves to establish, exercise or defend legal claims.
Notwithstanding Directive 2002/58/EC, you have the right to object in the context of the use of Information Society services by automated means using technical specifications.
You also have the right to object to the processing of personal data concerning you for scientific or historical research purposes or for statistical purposes pursuant to Art. 89 (1) GDPR for reasons arising from your particular situation.
Your right to object may be limited to the extent that it is likely to make it impossible or would seriously impair the realisation of the research or statistical purposes and the limitation is necessary for the fulfilment of the research or statistical purposes.
Right to revoke the data protection declaration of consent
You have the right to revoke your data protection declaration of consent at any time. The revocation of consent shall not affect the legality of the processing carried out on the basis of the consent prior to revocation.
Right of appeal to a supervisory authority
Without prejudice to any other administrative or judicial remedy, you have the right of appeal to a supervisory authority, in particular in the Member State in which you reside, work or suspect an infringement, if you believe that the processing of personal data concerning you is contrary to the GDPR.
The supervisory authority to which the complaint has been lodged shall inform the complainant of the status and results of the complaint, including the possibility of a judicial remedy under Article 78 GDPR.
In the case of the German Environment Agency, the responsible supervisory authority is the Bundesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz und die Informationsfreiheit (Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information).
We draw your attention to the fact that social-network owners archive data and use it for commercial purposes. We have no knowledge of the scope of such data or the duration of its archiving. However, you are legally entitled to ask any such owner to allow you to view your personal data, to be informed on request which personal data is processed, and to assert your rights under the GDPR.