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Data Protection

General information
The Internet presentation under («Website») is being operated by Forbo Holding Ltd («Forbo»). This Data Privacy Declaration governs the way Forbo collects, uses and maintains information on users of the Website.

If you use this Website you automatically consent to Forbo’s collection, processing and usage of the personal information about you listed below for the purposes stipulated herein. This consent may be revoked by you at any time for any future applicability of the aforementioned.

Information Forbo will collect
Forbo may collect personal user data in various ways, for instance if you visit the Website, subscribe to a newsletter or in conjunction with any other activities, services, functions or resources Forbo makes available on the Website.

Forbo shall not make any efforts to identify you and shall collect personal data of yours only if you share such information with Forbo voluntarily. You do have the option to visit the Website anonymously. Nonetheless, Forbo may collect information about you whenever you are interacting with the Website or respond to newsletters or mailings sent by Forbo. In the event that you should register for a protected area, Forbo may ask you to send specific personal information to you so that Forbo can manage the user relationship.

While you are visiting the Website, for technical reasons, certain information will also be registered by Forbo’s server automatically. In this context, your IP address may be stored or the server will register the operating system you are working with, what your language setting are or which browser you are using and which of the pages of the Website you are visiting. Principally, Forbo also registers the website from which you have landed on its Website.

In order to be able to offer you Forbo’s services, Forbo has to use cookies on the Website.

You do have the option to prevent the storage or installation of cookies by adjusting your server settings accordingly. However, Forbo does emphasize that in this case you may not be able to fully use all of the functions on this Website. More information about cookies can be found in the declaration on Cookies below.

Use of the information collected by Forbo
Forbo shall use the information collected from you exclusively for the purpose of offering its goods and services and to align the Website with your specific needs and to be able to optimize it on a continuous basis. Certain information is also collected for statistical purposes, also with a focus on the optimization of the Website and its further development.

Sharing of personal information
In the absence of your express consent, Forbo shall not sell, exchange or share any of the collected information to/with third parties. However, in the scope defined below, Forbo does reserve the right to share the collected information with third parties: (i) Sharing with affiliated or controlled companies as well as sub-contractors, who are subject to this Data Privacy Declaration or who abide by principles that offer at a minimum the same protection as this Data Privacy Declaration; (ii) Sharing with service providers who administrate the Website or provide other services, such as the monitoring of web traffic or statistical analyses (analytical services such as Google Analytics). However, Forbo shall undertake to disclose only generic information that does not make it possible to identify our customers; (iii) For the protection of Forbo and third parties, collected information may be shared with third parties if a pertinent legal mandate requires it or if such sharing is necessary to enforce the Terms of Use or to protect the rights of Forbo or those of third parties.

Google analytics
This Website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service offered by Google Inc. («Google»). Google Analytics utilizes so-called «cookies», which are text files that are stored on your computer and that make it possible to analyze the use of the website by you. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the Website (along with your IP address) is sent to a Google server in the United States, where it is stored. Google will use the information to analyze your use of the website, to compile reports about website activities for the operators of the websites and to render other services associated with the website use and the use of the Internet. Google will also transfer the information to third parties if necessary and provided this is permitted under applicable laws. According to Google your IP address will never be connected to other Google data. You do have the option to prevent the installation of the cookies by making changes to your browser software settings, however, we have to point out that this may prevent you from using all of the functions of this Website in their entirety. By using this Website, you consent to the processing of the data collected about you by Google in the manner described above and for the aforementioned purpose. In order to prevent your data from being used by Google Analytics, you have the option to install a deactivation add-on for your browser. For details please go to:

If Google AdSense, a web advertising service of Google Inc., USA («Google») does post ads on this Website (text ads, banners, etc.) your browser may store a cookie sent by Google or a third party. The information stored in this cookie may be recorded, collected and analyzed by Google or third parties. Moreover, to collect information, Google AdSense also uses so-called «WebBeacons» (small, invisible graphics), the use of which makes it possible to record, collect and analyze simple activities, such as the visitor traffic to the Website. The information about the use of this Website generated by the cookie and/or Web Beacon is transferred to a Google server in the United States, where it is stored.

Google uses the information obtained to conduct an analysis of your user patterns with regard to the AdSense ads. Google may possibly transfer the information to third parties provided this is permitted under applicable laws. Google will not link your IP address to other data stored by Google. You may prevent the storage of cookies on your hard drive and the display of Web Beacons. To do this, you will have to select «No cookies accepted» in your browser settings (Internet Explorer users please go to «Extras/Internet Options/Data Privacy/Settings»; Firefox users, please go to «Extras/Settings/Data Privacy/Cookies»).

Social bookmarks
Social bookmarks that are identified by the respective logo are being used on the Forbo Website. Users of certain social media platforms are able to use these social bookmarks to place links of selected Forbo sites into their profiles in order to mark them up or to share the respective page with their contacts. Whenever you click on social bookmarks, you are sending identifying data to the respective social media platform. If you do not want to do this, you should not activate the social bookmarks. To find out more about the collection of data or processing and use of the former by social media platforms, please refer to the data privacy policies of the individual social media platforms.

Security measures
The collected personal information shall be guarded in compliance with the applicable data privacy standards. The related information is maintained at Forbo’s operating sites unless it is forwarded to third parties in compliance with the provisions defined above.

Forbo retains any collected personal information only for a reasonable period of time or as long as it is required to retain it by law. Collected information that is not personal is not subject to any restrictions.

Modification of this Data Privacy Declaration
Forbo reserves the right to modify this Data Privacy Declaration at any time. Forbo recommends that you review this Data Privacy Declaration at regular intervals so that you will always be aware of Forbo’s latest approach to the protection of your personal data. When you visit the Website, you also acknowledge that it is your responsibility to review this Data Privacy Declaration periodically and to find out about any changes that may have been made.

Governing law
Any and all disputes arising from or in conjunction with the use of this Website shall be governed by Swiss Law and shall be settled only by the courts at the headquarters domicile of Forbo in Baar (Switzerland) subject to the exclusion of the colliding laws provisions.

Questions regarding this Data Privacy Declaration
If you should have any questions related to this Data Privacy Declaration, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time via e-mail:

August 2014