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Privacy Policy

I. Introduction
This privacy policy applies to all users of the website www.vfbolts.com. In the following, we explain how we process personal data in connection with the website. Personal data is all information related to an identified or identifiable natural person. This includes your name, e-mail address, phone number, company name, industry, address, or any other information that could be linked to you with reasonable effort. We do not collect sensitive information such as location information (GPS), racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, or trade union membership, genetic data, biometric data, data concerning health or data concerning a natural person’s sex life or sexual orientation.

II. Responsible person
Valley Forge & Bolt Mfg. Co., 4410 West Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ, 85043 (“Valley Forge & Bolt Mfg. Co.,” “we”,“us” or “our”) is responsible for the processing of personal data associated with the use of the website www.vfbolts.com.

III. Contact data
If you have questions associated with this privacy policy, would like to complain about our processing of your personal data or would like to exert your rights, please contact us as follows:
Valley Forge & Bolt Mfg. Co., 4410 West Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ, 85043
E-mail address: sales@vfbolts.com

IV. Nature and purpose of processing and respective legal basis
We process your personal data for the following purposes:

1. When visiting our website
When visiting our website, our servers temporarily save every access in a log file. The following data can be collected without your assistance and we will save it for any or a combination of time periods described as follows: (i) for as long as required by law, (ii) until we no longer have a valid reason for keeping it, or (iii) until you request us to stop using it. When we delete your data from our databases, it will remain in our backup system until it cycles out.
IP address of the requesting computer;
Date of access;
Name and URL of the accessed file;
Website from which the access occurs (referrer URL);
Operating system of the requesting computer and the browser used and access provider.
The collection and processing of this data occurs to allow the use of our website (establishing a connection), permanently ensure the system security and stability and for the technical administration of the network infrastructure. We therefore cannot make any conclusions about you as a person.
Article 6 (1) lit. f GDPR is the legal basis for this processing. The legitimate interest is to enable the use of the website. You can receive more information about the consideration of interests by request.

2. When subscribing to our newsletter
If you have expressly consented, we will use your e-mail address to send you our newsletter on a regular basis and to also inform you of offers and promotions from time to time. You only need to specify your e-mail address in order to receive the newsletter.

Disclosing this data is voluntary. However, if you do not specify this data, we cannot provide you with the newsletter or may not be able to provide it to you fully. Article 6 (1) lit. f GDPR is the legal basis for this processing with respect to the general newsletter. The legitimate interest is that the processing of your data is necessary to send you the newsletter as desired. You can receive more information about the consideration of interests by request. Article 6 (1) lit. a GDPR is the legal basis for this processing with respect to a personalized newsletter.

There is a link at the end of every newsletter that you can use to unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time. You can also unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time by sending an e-mail to sales@vfbolts.com. After unsubscribing, your data is deleted or anonymized, unless storing your e-mail address is necessary to ensure that you no longer receive a newsletter.

3. When using the contact form
You can send us general inquiries via the contact form provided on our website. You must enter a valid e-mail address as well as your first name, last name, phone number, company, industry, and location. Additional information can be optionally provided.

This data is collected in order to know from who inquired, to answer to the best of our abilities and to respond as requested (by mail, telephone or e-mail). Disclosing this data is voluntary. However, if you do not specify this data, we cannot answer your inquiry or we may not be able to answer it fully. Article 6 (1) lit. f GDPR is the legal basis for this processing. The legitimate interest is that the processing of your personal data is necessary to be able to respond to your inquiries accordingly. You can receive more information about the consideration of interests by request.

4. Web Analytics
We create reports about the website activities using tools, such as Google Analytics (see section VIII about the use of cookies). Article 6 (1) lit. f GDPR is the legal basis for the processing. The legitimate interest is that we can improve the functionality and user friendliness of our website. You can receive more information about the consideration of interests by request. The personal data is directly anonymized.

V. Recipients and categories of recipients
We process your personal data in departments that need to know the personal data.
We may send your personal data to the recipients and categories of recipients listed below for the respective purposes.

1. Private third parties – affiliated companies or other third parties.

2. Order processor – When providing our services, we rely on various (technical) service providers (affiliated companies or third parties) to provide our services, while observing the applicable data protection law. Personal data is forwarded to third parties in this context only so that these service providers can process the personal data on our behalf and based on our instructions (so-called “order processing,” the service provider is the “order processor”), insofar as this is required to provide our services. The order processors are subject to contractual obligations for the implementation of reasonable technical and organizational measures to protect your personal data and they only process your data according to our instructions.

3. Public authorities, courts, external advisors – if required or legally permissible.
Your personal data is generally only processed and used within the EU. If a data transfer occurs within the EU and use occurs outside the EU as an exception (e.g. to technical service providers), this always happens in compliance with the applicable data protection law.

VI. Automated decision-making
We do not carry out any automated decision-making through our website regarding the processing of personal data.

VII. Your Rights
If you have consented to the processing of your personal data, you can always revoke your consent with effect for the future. Such a revocation does not affect the legality of the processing carried out based on the consent until the revocation.

You can also view and change the data stored in your customer account by unsubscribing and/or requesting to be removed via mail or email listed.

We comply with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of personal information transferred from the European Union and Switzerland to the United States. To learn more about the Privacy Shield program, please visit https://www.privacyshield.gov.

In compliance with the EU-US Privacy Shield Principles, we commit to resolve complaints about our collection or use of your personal information. EU and Swiss Individuals with inquiries or complaints regarding our Privacy Shield policy should first contact Valley Forge & Bolt Mfg. Co. at sales@vfbolts.com.

We are further committed to refer unresolved Privacy Shield complaints to the EU Data Protection Authorities. Contact details for the EU data protection authorities can be found at http://ec.europa.eu/justice/data-protection/bodies/authorities/index_en.htm. We will cooperate with the appropriate EU Data Protection Authorities during investigation and resolution of complaints brought under Privacy Shield. These recourse mechanisms are available at no cost to you.

Our compliance with this Policy and the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework. As a last resort, privacy complaints that remain unresolved after pursuing these and other channels may be subject to binding arbitration before the Privacy Shield Panel to be created jointly by the US Department of Commerce and the European Commission.

If you are from outside the U.S., understand that you are sending personal data to the United States where our servers are located. That information may be then transferred within the U.S. or back out of the U.S. to other countries outside of your country of residence. Except for the U.S., these countries many not necessarily have data protection laws as comprehensive or protective as those in your country of residence; however, our collection, storage, and use of your data will at all times be governed by this Privacy Policy.

VIII. Cookies and similar technologies
1. Cookies
We use cookies on our site. These are small text files that a website uses to recognize repeat users, facilitate the user’s ongoing access to the site, and facilitate the use of the site. Cookies also allow a site to track usage behavior and compile site-usage information that will allow for the improvement of content. Cookies are stored on your end device (laptop, tablet, smartphone or similar) when you visit our site. Cookies do not damage your end device, do not contain any viruses, Trojans or other malicious software. The cookie stores information for our site that is compiled based on your specific device. However, this does not give us direct knowledge of personal data.

We use cookies to statistically record and evaluate the use of our website, to optimize our offer for you and to show you information specifically tailored to you. When you visit our website again, these cookies allow us to automatically recognize that you have already visited our website. These cookies are automatically deleted after a predefined time.

Most browsers accept cookies automatically. However, you can configure your browsers so that no cookies are stored on your computer or so that a note appears before a new cookie is created. Please note, however, that disabling cookies may mean you are not able to use all of our website’s functions.

2. Profiling
We can use cookies and automatically collected information to (i) personalize our website and the services offered through our website, such as saving your data, so that you do not need to enter it again while using our website or the next time you use our website and the services offered through our website; (ii) to monitor and analyze the effectiveness of our website and the services provided through our website and third party marketing activities based on profiling; (iii) to monitor the total number of visitors and the sites visited; and (iv) to track your entries, submissions and the status of all promotions or other activities offered through our website and the services provided through our website (profiling). Tracking technology (profiling) also helps us to manage and improve the user friendliness of the website, to (i) determine whether there has been contact in the past between your computer and us and (ii) to identify the most popular areas of the website.

3. Retargeting
Retargeting is a process by which we want to address you again. After visiting our website, this application allows you to see our ads when you continue to use the internet. This is done by means of the cookies stored in your browser, through which your usage behavior is recorded and evaluated by our retargeting partner Google AdWords when visiting different websites. In this way, your previous visit to our website can be determined by the retargeting partners. Our retargeting partners use tracking cookies and pixels, including the Google Adwords tracking cookie, Adroll tracking pixel, and the Facebook tracking pixel. This means we may continue to show ads to you across the internet, specifically on the Google Content Network (GCN) and through Adroll’s network for remarketing. The partners, including Google, will place cookies on web browsers in order to serve ads based on past visits to our website. This allows us to make special offers and continue to market our products to those who have shown interest in them. We do not remarket to users in the European Union. You may opt-out of Google’s use of cookies by visiting the Ads Preferences Manager. You can opt-out of Adroll’s remarketing by visiting the Your Ad Choices website. You can opt-out of other third-party use of cookies by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative opt-out page.

IX. Data security
We may provide access to your data to our trusted and vetted sub-processors who assist us with the operation and maintenance of this website and services. For example, we may contract with third parties to host our servers, provide security, and provide production, fulfillment, optimization, analytics, reporting, and software maintenance and development services. In addition, our sub-processors will be given access to your information only as is reasonably necessary to provide the services for which they are contracted.

X. Changes to this privacy policy
The continued development of the website or changed legal or regulatory requirements may make it necessary to change this privacy policy. You can access the respective current privacy policy on the website at www.vfbolts.com/privacy-policy.

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