The data Controller and the Controller’s Privacy Representative
The Controller of the personal data processing is: VF International S.a.g.l. – REEF Division, Via Laveggio 5, 6855 - Stabio, Switzerland, Phone number. +41 (0) 91 916491000 – contact us
What kind of data are processed; what are the purposes of the data processing
In general, the visit and consultation of the Website does not imply collection and processing of the user’s personal data. The processing of the user’s personal data who visits and consults the Website is limited to the so-named surfing data, namely the data whose transmission to the Website is implicit in the functioning of the information systems in charge of the managing of the Website and in the use of communications protocols peculiar to the Internet. Surfing data are, for example, the IP addresses or the domain names of the computers employed by the the user who connects to the Website and other parameters relating to the type and the information operating system employed by the the user. Surfing data, such as these above specified and for example the number of visits, the time spent on the Website are collected and processed by VF exclusively for statistical purposes and in anonymous form in relation to the access and use of the Website for purposes of monitoring the correct functioning of the Website and enhancing the Website functioning and content. Due to the nature itself of surfing data, these data may lead to identification of the users if they are associated with data held by third parties; however, VF does not collect surfing data in order to associate them with identified the users. Surfing data are deleted after the processing in anonymous form; said data may be used for purposes of assessing possible responsibilities in case of information crimes realized against the Website or through the Website. With the exception of the aforementioned circumstance, VF keeps the user’s surfing data only for the maximum period of time allowed under applicable laws and then makes said data anonymous.
Furthermore, VF collects and processes personal data voluntarily provided by the user when the user interacts with the Website functionalities and requests the services offered by the Website, for example upon the user’s subscription to the Website; the user’s subscription to the newsletter or mailing list; the user’s participation in promotions and other initiatives realised through the Website such as for example competitions and sweepstakes, the user requests information from VF or the user sending VF a question, communication or feedback through traditional mail or through the Website. We will process the user’s personal data to comply with laws, regulations and Community legislation, and to assess and defend a legal right. We may process the user’s personal data also when the user contacts our customer support, which may communicate with the user and thus process the user’s personal data through email. .
With the user’s consent, which is optional, VF may further process the user’s personal data for survey purposes and for marketing purposes, that is for sending the user, through email or other electronic communications such as SMS, MMS, fax, etc., promotional information and material on products and services of the VF group, on special initiatives on prices and promotions of the VF group and on initiatives such as events, exhibitions and fairs organized by the VF group or to which the VF group takes part; and for profiling purposes. For the marketing and profiling activities above defined the user’s personal data may also be shared with other VF companies. The user will always have the opportunity to object, at any time and for free, to the processing of his/her personal data for the sending of promotional information and material; in each communication there will be a specific section in which are specified the conditions (easy to perform and free of charge) of revoking the consent.
Personal data that VF collects and processes includes name and contact details such as street address, telephone number, email address and further possible information of an optional nature provided by the user. In the relevant sections of the Website where data is collected a specific information statement is provided. When requested under the Privacy Law, VF requires the user’s consent before proceeding to process his/her personal data.
Places where your data is stored
‘Session cookies’ are stored in a temporary memory and are deleted when the user closes the browser. Session cookies do not collect any information from the user’s computer.
Conditions and features of the personal data processing
Personal data collected by VF is mainly processed through electronic and automated means but also without the same (paper processing), under procedures and logics that comply with the data processing purposes as herein specified. Personal data of the user is processed according to applicable privacy laws, including security and confidentiality issues, and are kept only for the time strictly functional to achieve the specific data processing purpose from time to time pursued and according to applicable laws.
Security and quality of personal data
VF is committed to protect the security of the user’s personal data. Personal data is processed by VF in compliance with the security provisions as set forth by applicable laws in order to prevent loss and destruction, even accidental, of data, unauthorised access to data, unlawful or unfair use of data. Moreover, information systems and software programs are configured so that personal and identification data is used only when necessary to achieve the specific processing purpose from time to time sought.
VF deploys a variety of advanced security technologies and procedures to help protection of the user’s personal data against the risks outlined above. For example, personal data provided by the user is stored on secured servers placed in controlled locations. Moreover, for the transmission of some data through the Internet are deployed encryption techniques such as Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.
The user may help VF to update and maintain accuracy of the personal data provided by the user to VF by notifying VF of any amendment relating to the user’s address, title, telephone number or electronic mail (email) address. Registered users may perform the foregoing online following the instructions reported on relevant user profile pages of the Website.
Extent of personal data communication
The user’s personal data may be communicated to institutions, authorities, public entities, banks and financial institutions, professionals, independent consultants, also in associate form, business partners and third party service providers to which VF may revert to for performance of professional, technical and organizational services functional to the managing of the Website and the activities therein performed, such as for example the sales of goods and related activities, the managing of functionalities offered by the Website and of the initiatives and services that the user may subscribe to and require through the Website, and for services strictly functional to achievement of the other processing purposes herein specified. For purposes functional to the managing of the Website and related activities, the user’s personal data may be also communicated to other companies of the VF group within the European Economic Area, save for VF International Sagl that is located in Switzerland, where transfer of data is allowed since Swiss privacy law has been recognized by the European Commission as providing an adequate level of data protection, that will process them according to applicable privacy laws for the purposes above specified, including marketing and profiling activities.
The third parties receiving the user’s personal data as above specified will process data as Data Controllers, for example VF local entities, or Processors for example third party services providers, as the case may be, according to applicable data protection laws and for the same purposes above specified. Personal data may also be communicated to third parties in case of mergers, acquisitions and transfer of any of our assets, products, websites or operations. These third parties will be provided only with the information necessary to perform their respective functions; they agree to use the information received only for the processing purposes above specified, to keep it confidential and secure and to comply with applicable law and the instructions received by VF. The third parties receiving your personal data are established within the European Economic Area and will process them under applicable privacy laws for the purposes above specified.
Except for the foregoing, the user’s personal data will not be shared with third parties, natural persons or legal entities that are unrelated to, or that do not perform a business, professional or technical function for VF. The user’s personal data may further be communicated to whoever is the legitimate addressee of communications as provided by applicable laws and regulations, thus for example in case of judicial processes, request by competent courts and authorities or other legal obligation, to protect and defend the rights and property of VF and the Website. The user’s personal data will not be communicated to third parties for their own marketing purposes and will under no circumstance be spread.
Providing of personal data
Except for the foregoing description in relation to the surfing data (please refer to the above section ‘The nature and kind of data processed’, providing of personal data by the user is necessary for performance of the services and functionalities offered by the Website and required by the user, such as the user’s subscription to the Website, to newsletters or mailing lists, the managing of the user’s participation in promotions and other initiatives realised through the Website such as for example competitions and sweepstakes, replying to and managing of the user’s request of information, questions, communication or feedback to VF. Providing of the user’s personal data for the activities necessary to comply with applicable legislation is mandatory. In the above referenced circumstances, denial of providing personal data by the user would make it impossible for VF to comply with contractual obligations or to provide the user with the requested services, products or information as above specified.
Providing of data by the user for survey purposes, marketing purposes and profiling purposes as above specified is optional; denial of providing personal data by the user in said circumstances will have no consequences on compliance by VF with its contractual obligations and on providing the user with the services, products or information requested as above specified.
The user’s privacy rights
The user is entitled at any moment to enforce their rights as provided by applicable privacy laws, including but not limited to the right to obtain at any moment confirmation that the user’s personal data exists or does not exist, verify their content, origin and accuracy, ask for their integration, updating, amendment, deletion and the user may oppose for legitimate reasons the data processing (including objecting, at any time and for free, to the processing of his personal data for direct marketing purposes).
For any queries or requests relating to the personal data processing by VF and to enforce their rights under the Privacy Law, the user may contact VF International S.a.g.l. – RREF Division, Via Laveggio 5, 6855 - Stabio, Switzerland, Phone nr. +41 (0) 91 649 1000 or by sending an email.