1 Data Privacy Statement punker GmbH

The contents ouf our website www.punker-usa.com are aimed at entrepreneurs as defined by §14 of the German Civil Code (BGB) exclusively. The protection of your privacy during the visit of our website is very important to us. For this reason we would like to give you the opportunity to learn about when and for which purpose we are using visitor data. We have compiled the following information to give you an overview of how we are using collected data.

2 Processing of personal data

Personal data disclosed by you will be collected, processed and used in compliance with applicable federal data privacy law. For example, your data will be saved, processed and transferred to process orders, deliver goods and services and process payments.
In case of participation in direct debiting systems, we reserve the right to have a credit check based on mathematical/statistical methods conducted by an approved credit agency provided that we have been formally given permission to do so. For this we forward the personal data needed for the credit check to the credit agency which will then calculate the probability of payment default. Based on this finding we then make a qualified decision regarding the implementation or termination of the contractual relationship. You can revoke this permission at any time with future effect. The credit check may contain probability values (score values) calculated by means of acknowledged mathematical and statistical methods which take in account address data amongst others. Your interests warranting protection will be respected in compliance with legal regulations.
In order to offer you the best possible service we will, moreover, utilize your personal data in anonymized form to improve our customer service, product portfolio and our website.
In case of any further utilization and transfer of your personal data we will request your permission separately. Prior permission will be requested for the purpose of advertising and market research as well as to tailor punker’s online services to market needs. The use of personal data for the purpose of targeted advertising will only be carried given your consent.
As your consent to use of your personal data for the above mentioned purposes may include the transfer of data to organizations within punker Holding and to partners chosen by you, your data may be transferred by these means. As a matter of course, you can revoke this permission at any time with future effect.
We will contact you at your request if you leave the necessary information via our contact form. (Please be aware that this contact form as well as email contact regarding job applications is unencrypted. Therefor it cannot be ruled out that your data is seen by a third party.

3 Employees

Employees of punker GmbH are being trained regularly on matters of data privacy and are bound to data secrecy.

4 Data security

It is our main concern that your data is safe with us. For this reason we implement state-of-the-art technical and organizational instruments to guarantee the integrity, authenticity and availability of data. punker GmbH optimizes its security measures continuously in accordance with technical developments.

5 Newsletter

If you would like to receive our Newsletter, we need a valid email address as well as data which enables us to verify you are the owner of this email address or that the owner of the email address agrees to receive the newsletter, respectively. No further data will be collected.
You can revoke your consent to the storage of your data and or email address and to its use for sending the newsletter at any time:

A corresponding hyperlink can be found within the footer of each newsletter mailing.

6 Right of access to personal data

You have the right to access information regarding the personal data collected, their origin and recipients as well as the reason for its storage and, if applicable, the right to the revision, clearance or erasure of this data.
You can request information about the stored data from the data protection officer.

7 Erasure of data

Data will be erased at the end of the statutory or contractual period of safekeeping. Job applications submitted by email will be erase irretrievably after a safekeeping period of 5 months.

8 Data processing on this website

8.1 Cookies

You can visit our website at any time, even if you have not accepted cookies.
Cookies are files that are being saved on your computer or any other data storage medium. They are used to save data and settings from your browser for the exchange of information with our system. This exchange serves to optimize the services offered on our website and to facilitate the data entry.
You can prohibit the installation of cookies in your browser’s settings. Refer to you browser’s help-function to find out about possibilities to turn off the installation of cookies.
We advise you that this may limit the functionality of certain website features such as the completion of order processes.
Once you contact us, we will store certain data about your request. We use cookies and flash cookies that are used for google analytics in particular. The approach can take place when your browser opens punker GmbH ads or content placed on third party websites on behalf of punker GmbH. Automatically stored data may include: IP-address, delivery or read confirmation, email addresses, information regarding your computer, internet connection, browser (type, version, number), internet provider, operating system, platform, order history (including visited pages of our website, date, time, viewed products, site search history, duration of visit, page loading time, information on interactions on website and leaving the website).

8.2 Google-Analytics and Google Remarketing

This website uses Google Analytics and Google Remarketing, both services of the Google Inc. based in 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, United States. Google uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States.

In case IP-anonymisation is activated on this website, your IP address will be truncated within the area of Member States of the European Union or other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases the whole IP address will be first transfered to a Google server in the USA and truncated there. The IP-anonymisation is active on this website.

Google will use this information on behalf of the operator of this website for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing them other services relating to website activity and internet usage.

The IP-address, that your Browser conveys within the scope of Google Analytics, will not be associated with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. You can also opt-out from being tracked by Google Analytics with effect for the future by downloading and installing Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Addon for your current web browser: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.

As an alternative to the browser Addon or within browsers on mobile devices, you can click this link in order to opt-out from being tracked by Google Analytics within this website in the future (the opt-out applies only for the browser in which you set it and within this domain). An opt-out cookie will be stored on your device, which means that you'll have to click this link again, if you delete your cookies.

Google will in no case associate your IP-address with other data collected by Google.

8.3 Use of Social Plugins

Our website uses plugins of the following social networks:

  • Google Plus, provided and run by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, United States,
  • facebook.com, provided and run by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, United States,
  • xing.com, provided and run by XING AG, Dammtorstraße 29-32, 20354 Hamburg, Germany,
  • LinkedIn.com, provided and run by LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court Mountain View, CA 94043 United States.

On our website we utilize the two-click-solution: the buttons are deactivated by default so no contact is established with servers of facebook and the like. Only after activating theses buttons, therewith declaring consent to communication with facebook, linkedin, XING and google, these buttons will be activated and a connection established. By a second click the user can submit their suggestion.

8.4 Hyperlinks to external pages

To provide you with optimum information our website may contain hyperlinks to the web pages of third parties. External content will be checked for illegality and culpability when inserting an external link. However, it cannot be ruled out that content is altered by hindsight. punker GmbH is not obligated to inspect this continuously and therefore disclaims any liability. punker GmbH has no influence on the content and design of third party websites. The given warranties of this privacy statement apply to this website only.

9 Further informationen

Your trust is important to us. Hence we will gladly answer any questions you might have regarding the processing of your personal data. If you have questions our data privacy statement does not answer or if you would like to receive more detailed information, please contact our data protection officer.


10. Creditworthiness and transmission to credit agencies

10.1. We allow our customers to purchase goods using insecure methods of payment (e.g. purchase on credit terms).

10.2. Companies that generally grant their customers insecure payment methods have a legitimate interest in protecting themselves against the occurrence of payment defaults. This is achieved, among other things, by checking the customer’s creditworthiness before granting the option of using insecure methods of payment. As part of this check, we are entitled to use negative creditworthiness information that we ourselves have collected on the respective customer.

10.3. The creditworthiness information is information about open payment claims and information that directly indicates the risk of non-payment (e.g. insolvency, debt counselling, deferment due to the inability to pay). Before we store negative information about outstanding claims, the customers concerned will be informed of the possibility of storage by way of a reminder notice. Furthermore, we are entitled to collect, store and use information about highly atypical order transactions. This is to avoid payment defaults.

10.4. As part of the process of checking whether an insecure payment method can be granted, we are also entitled to obtain creditworthiness information about our customers and information about any likelihood of a fraudulent order from an external credit agency. To this end we work together with the following credit agency: Dun & Bradstreet, Bisnode Deutschland GmbH, 64293 Darmstadt, Germany. The credit agency attains the stored data primarily from publicly accessible sources, such as the Internet, public registers, e.g. the commercial register (master data), the Bundesanzeiger / German Federal Gazette (published balance sheets), business registers (non-published balance sheets), public notifications and information from cooperation partners, companies themselves (research/self-surveys, data updates), insolvency notifications (insolvencies), insolvency registers, trade offices, chambers of commerce and industry, official gazettes, published balance sheets and annual financial statements, debtor register data, payment experiences, and public sanctions lists of the EU, USA and other countries. To obtain creditworthiness information, the following data is transmitted to D&b: correct company name, location and, as far as available, Duns number. More information on the activities of D&b can be found online at https://www.bisnode.de/daten-und-sicherheit/ .

10.5. As part of the credit assessment, we are entitled to decide whether to grant our customer the desired insecure payment method (invoice payment), or not. The transmission of a negative credit report by a credit agency, for example, may result in a rejection of the desired payment method.

10.6. The customer may assert the right against us to have us review the decision. Furthermore, the customer has the right to present his/her own point of view and the right to contest the decision.

10.7. The processing of data in the context of the credit assessment is based on Article 6(1)(b) GDPR and Article 6(1)(f) GDPR. We have, in principle, a legitimate interest in carrying out a credit check when you select an insecure payment method (instalment/invoice purchase).