Data Privacy

Data Privacy Statement of punker GmbH

The protection of your personal data during your use of these websites is a matter of serious concern. In the statement below, we will provide to you information about the collection, processing and use of your personal data during your visit to these websites and the use of the services offered there.

1. Information about personal data

Personal data include any specific information that identifies or can identify an individual, e.g. name, postal address, phone number, email address, bank account information etc. Under certain circumstances, personal data enable the identification of a specific individual.

2. Controller and contact data

2.1 Service provider pursuant to Section 13 Telemedia Act (TMG) and controller is:
punker GmbH
Niewark 1
24340 Eckernförde

2.2 The party responsible for the collection and processing of personal data (controller) on this website pursuant to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the management of
punker GmbH
Mathias Wolpiansky
Niewark 1
24340 Eckernförde

2.3 You can contact the controller’s data protection officer by sending an email to

Maik Preißler
c/o Vater Solution GmbH
Liebigstraße 26
24145 Kiel

3. Right to access, rectification, erasure, portability, withdrawal of consent, complaint

3.1 You have the right to obtain from us at any time confirmation of the data concerning you we have stored as well as information about their origin, the recipients or categories of recipients to whom these data are transferred and the purpose of the storage.

3.2 You have the right to rectification of inaccurate data concerning you and, under the appropriate conditions pursuant to the General Data Protection Regulation, the right to erasure or restriction of the processing of the data concerning you; you may also object to the processing, e.g. on grounds relating to your particular situation.

3.3 You have the right to data portability, i.e. the right to receive the personal data concerning you which you have provided to us in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.

3.4 If you have given your consent to the use of your data, you may withdraw this consent at any time. The legality of the processing based on your consent prior to the withdrawal is not affected by the withdrawal.

3.5 You have the right to lodge a complaint at any time with the competent supervisory authority of your state.

3.6 Please send any and all requests for information, queries or objections to the data processing by email or to the address designated under Section 2.2 .

4. Automated decision-making

No automated decision-making procedures are used in this context.

5. Storage of access data during a visit to this website
5.1 Access data are stored in a log file on our provider’s server during every access to our internet site.

5.2 These data records include, for example, your IP address, date and time of the access, name of the requested file, quantity of transmitted data and access status, a description of the web browser and the operating system being used and the name of your internet service provider.

5.3 These data are collected for technical reasons. They are analysed solely and exclusively for statistical purposes (number of hits and site popularity) and without any association with specific individuals. They are automatically erased after no more than 14 days.

6. Collection of personal data during use to obtain information
6.1 If you use the website solely to obtain information, i.e. you do not log on to the site, register for its use or otherwise transmit information to us, we do not collect any personal data with the exception of the data stipulated under 5.2 that are transmitted by your browser and that make it technically possible for you to visit the website.

6.2 During your use of the website, so-called cookies are stored on your computer. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your hard drive and associated with the browser you are using; they send certain information to the operator setting the cookie (us in this case). Cookies cannot execute any programs or transfer viruses to your computer. They are used merely to make the internet site more user-friendly and effective overall. We use cookies, for example, to identify you during later visits if and when you have an account with us. Otherwise, you must log on again every time you visit the site.

6.2.1 This website uses cookies in the following scope:

— Transient cookies (temporary use)

— Persistent cookies (use for a limited time)

— Third-party cookies (from third-party providers)

— Flash cookies (permanent use)

6.2.2 Transient cookies are automatically erased when you close your browser. They include in particular the session cookies. These cookies store a so-called session ID that is used to attribute various queries from your browser to the joint session. Your computer can be recognised when you return to the website. The session cookies are erased when you log out or close the browser.

6.2.3 Persistent cookies are erased automatically after a set period of time that can differ from one cookie to the next. You can erase cookies at any time by using the security settings of your browser.

6.2.4 You can configure your browser settings as you wish; for instance, you can block third-party cookies or all cookies. We want to point out, however, that this may prevent you from using all the functionalities of this website.

6.2.5 The so-called Flash cookies are recorded by your Flash plugin, not by your browser. They store the required data independently of the browser you use and do not have an automatic expiration date. If you do not want to allow the processing of Flash cookies, you must install a suitable add-on (e.g. “Better Privacy” for Mozilla Firefox ( or the Adobe Flash killer cookie for Google Chrome).

7. Use of the functions of our website
7.1 In addition to the opportunity to visit our website for the sole purpose of obtaining information, we offer various services that have been made available for your use if you have any interest in them, especially the use of puncat WEB and the download of product data sheets. As a rule, you must in such cases provide additional personal data that we use to perform the desired service. If additional voluntary information is possible, it is marked appropriately. You will find additional information about the collection, storage and processing of data during the use of the services we provide on our website in the terms and conditions of use.

7.2 Whenever you contact the controller per email or using the contract form, we store your email address and, if you have entered them, your name, phone number and message so that we can reply to your query.

7.3 In addition to the controller, companies within the EU/EEA acting on behalf of the controller and strictly obligated to compliance with our instructions may process your data (commissioned data processing). If required, we transfer your data for processing within our corporate group. The members of our corporate group include:

punker LLC
1112 Lincoln County Parkway
Lincolnton, NC 28092

Madison Manufacturing Company, Inc.
172 South Andrews Ave
Hot Springs, NC 28743

The data are not transferred to third parties for independent processing.

7.4 Upon completion of the processing order, the data are erased unless there is a legal obligation to retain the data until the expiration of a retention period. In this case, the processing of the data is restricted and the data will be erased upon expiration of the retention period.

8. Use of the blog functions

You may post public comments in our blog, where we publish various articles on relevant topics. If you submit a comment, it is made public in conjunction with the corresponding article and the user name you have provided (which can be a pseudonym) is displayed.

If you submit a comment, we store your email and IP addresses internally, whereby the latter is automatically erased as soon as we have taken note of your contribution. This provision is a consequence of the fact that we may, under certain circumstances, be held liable for the publication of illegal content. We review the comments before making them public. We reserve the right not to make comments public solely in the event that the comment contains illegal content.

9. Use of Google Analytics
9.1 This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service offered by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses so-called “cookies”, text files that are stored on your computer and enable an analysis of your use of the website. As a rule, the information regarding your use of this website generated by the cookie is transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. If, however, the IP anonymisation is enabled on this website, Google truncates your IP address within the member states of the European Union or in other states which are parties to the treaty on the European Economic Area before transmitting it. The full IP address is transferred to a Google server in the USA and truncated there only in exceptional cases. Acting on behalf of the operator of this website, Google uses this information to analyse your use of the website, to compile reports about website activities and to perform additional services related to website use and internet use for the website operator.

9.2 According to information from Google, the IP address transmitted by your browser within the scope of Google Analytics is not associated with other Google data. We cannot guarantee this, however; we recommend the use of the plugin mentioned in 9.4.

9.3 You can prevent the storage of cookies by making the appropriate settings in your browser software; however, we expressly point out to you that doing so may prevent you from being able to use all of the functions on this site in their full scope.

9.4 Moreover, you can prevent the disclosure of the data generated by the cookie and related to your activities on the website (including your IP address) to Google and the processing of these data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plug-in from the following link: :

9.5 This website uses Google Analytics with the extension “_anonymizelp()”. This truncates the IP addresses before further processing, largely precluding their direct association with specific individuals.

9.6 The use of Google Analytics is based on compliance with the requirements agreed between German data protection supervisory authorities and Google. Information about the third-party provider: Google Dublin, Google Ireland Ltd., Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland, fax: +353 (1) 436 1001.

Terms and conditions of use:

Overview of privacy policy: and the

privacy statement:

10. Use of social media plugins
10.1 We currently use the following social media plugins: Facebook, XING, LinkedIn. We use the so-called two-click solution for this. This means that initially no personal data will be transferred to the providers of these plugins when you visit our site. You can determine the provider of the plugins by means of the initials in the marking on the greyed-out box. Personal data are transmitted solely if you click on one of the plugins; the activation of the plugin causes data to be transmitted automatically to the plugin provider and stored there (in the USA if the provider is American). We do not have any control over the collected data and data processing activities, nor are we are aware of the full scope of the data collection, the purposes of the processing or the storage periods. Since the plugin provider uses in particular cookies to collect the data, we recommend that you use the security settings of your browser to erase all cookies before clicking on the greyed-out box.

10.2 When you activate a plugin, the plugin provider receives the information that you have accessed the corresponding subpage of our online site. In addition, the data described in Section 4 of this statement are transmitted, whereby in the cases of Facebook and XING only an anonymised IP is collected (according to information from these providers in Germany). These data are transferred independently of whether you have an account with the plugin provider and are logged on to your account. If you are logged on to your account with the plugin provider, your data are associated directly with your account. If you click on the activated button and link the page, for instance, the plugin provider will store this information in your user account as well and share it publicly with your contacts. If you do not wish the data to be associated with your profile with the plugin provider, you must log out before activating the button.

10.3 The plugin provider stores these data as a usage profile and uses this profile for advertising, market research and/or tailored design of its website. This type of analysis serves especially (even for users who are not logged on) to present tailored advertising and to inform other users of the social network about your activities on our website. You have the right to object to the creation of this user profile, although you must contact the specific plugin provider to exercise this right.

10.4 You will find additional information about the purpose and scope of the collection and processing of data by the plugin provider in the privacy statements from these providers shown below. You will also find here additional information about your related rights and the possible settings for the protection of your private sphere.

10.5 Addresses of the plugin providers and URL for their privacy policies:
10.5.1 Facebook Inc., 1601 S California Ave, Palo Alto, California 94304, USA;; weitere Informationen zur Datenerhebung:

10.5.2 Xing AG, Gänsemarkt 43, 20354 Hamburg, DE;

10.5.3 LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, California 94043, USA;

11. Use of CleverReach

We use the newsletter service CleverReach (CleverReach GmbH & Co. KG, Mühlenstr. 43, 26180 Rastede, Germany) for the distribution of our newsletter. CleverReach transmits your name and email address solely for the purpose of sending the newsletter from us. CleverReach stores your data in such a manner that other CleverReach customers or third parties to not have access to these data. You will find additional information in the privacy statement of CleverReach.

12. Alert to lack of confidentiality in internet communications

Please keep in mind that complete confidentiality and data security cannot be guaranteed for normal, unencrypted communications via the internet (e.g. by email). We therefore recommend using the postal service when sending confidential information.

13. SSL encryption

This site uses SSL encryption for security reasons and for protection of the transmission of confidential content such as the queries that you send to us as the site operators. You can determine that the connection is encrypted by the change in the browser address bar from “http://” to “https://” and by the display of the lock icon in your browser status bar. When SSL encryption has been enabled, the data you sent to us cannot be read by third parties.

14. Creditworthiness and transmission to credit agencies

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

14.2. 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.

14.3. 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.

14.4. 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 .

14.5. 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.

14.6. 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.

14.7. 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).

15. Disclaimer
15.1 Liability for content
We have taken the greatest care in preparing the content for our site. However, we do not assume any warranties with respect to the correctness, completeness and up-to-dateness of the content. As we are a service provider, we are responsible for our own content on these pages in accordance with general statutes as prescribed by Section 7 (1) TMG. Sections 8 to 10 TMG, however, provide that we as service providers are not obligated to monitor transmitted or stored third-party information or to look for circumstances which could indicate the existence of illegal activities. These provisions are without prejudice to the obligations to remove or block the use of information in accordance with general statutes. However, liability in this respect is not possible until the point in time at which we become aware of a concrete legal violation. If and when we become aware of any such legal violations, we will remove the pertinent content immediately.

15.2 Liability for links

Our sites may contain links to external, third-party websites; we do not have any control over the content on such sites, which is why we do not assume any warranties for this third-party content. The specific providers or operators of such sites are responsible for the content of the linked sites at all times. The linked sites are reviewed for possible violations of legal statutes at the time the link is set. At the time the link was set, no illegal content was discernible. However, unless there are concrete indications of legal violations, we cannot be expected to carry out ongoing reviews of the linked sites. If and when we become aware of any such legal violations, we will remove the pertinent links immediately.