Privacy Policy

Use of Cookies

1.How are my data collected and used when I visit the website ?

We collect and process your data solely if we have received your consent for the processing of the data or if the processing is legally authorised.

Additional information

You will find our data-processing documents here.
Collection of data and log files that are technically necessary.
If you visit our website solely for information purposes, that is to say, if you do not register or do not transmit data (e.g. via a contact form), we collect the data that your browser sends us.  In detail, that is the following data:

  • IP address
  • The date and time of the request
  • Time zone in relation to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
  • Content of the request (specific page)
  • The quantity of data transferred in each case
  • The website from which you are visiting us (referring URL)
  • The type of browser and the version used
  • Operating system and its interface
  • Language and version of the browser software

These data are collected and processed in order to display the website, to ensure and improve stability, and for security reasons.  The legal basis for this processing is Article 6 para. 1 f) of the General Data Processing Regulations (“GDPR”).  The collection of these data and the storage of the data in log files is absolutely necessary for the website to function. It is therefore not possible for the user to object to this.
If you fill in the contact form, which requires registration, other data will be stored.  You will find information on this on the Contact Form page.

2.Are my data shared with third parties?

We process your data confidentially.  At Biotope, only the services and the employees who need to access your data to achieve the objectives set out above are authorised to access them.

Personal data are not transmitted to third parties.  Your data may only be transmitted to Biotope and its subsidiaries.

3.Are my data transmitted to recipients in countries outside the European Economic Area?

 No,  we do not transmit your data to countries outside the European Economic Area and do not carry out data-processing there.

4.Use of the cookies

     4.1. Use of cookies

Cookies are used when our website is used.  They are little text files which are stored on your computer by us or by another site and through which specific information circulates to the respective site placing the cookie.  The cookies are always assigned to the browser.  It is not possible to run programmes or transfer viruses to your computer through using cookies.
You can configure your browser settings to reflect your wishes and, for example, refuse to accept third party cookies or all the cookies.  You are also free to delete all the cookies at any time by using your browser settings.  However, that may mean that you cannot use all the functions of our website.

       4.2. Use of cookies that are technically necessary

We use cookies that are technically necessary to make our website easier to use and more efficient.  In detail, the following data are stored in the  cookies and are transmitted to us:

  • Connection information
  • Data in the form
  • Objections and consents to the processing of the information

The legal basis for this data-processing is Article 6 para. 1 f) of the GDPR.  The use of these cookies is intended to facilitate your use of our website.  Some functions of our website do not work without the use of these cookies and therefore cannot be offered. Our legitimate interest in the processing of the cookies derives from the objectives set out above.  The cookies  are deleted at the end of the session (e.g. by disconnection or closure of the browser) or after a set period.

    4.3. Use of cookies that are not technically necessary

Furthermore, we also use cookies which enable us to analyse the behaviour of users who visit our website.  In detail, the following data are stocked in the cookies and are transmitted to us:

  • Click stream (this means that we record the pages that you have consulted)
  • Research terms entered
  • Length of time spent on the individual website

The legal basis for this data processing is Article 6 para. 1 f) of the GDPR.  The use of these analytical cookies enables us to optimise our websites and to adapt them to your needs.  These purposes also justify our legitimate interest in the processing of those data.

     4.4. Use of third party cookies

In addition to our own cookies, we also use third party cookies on our website.  The third party cookies are those which are not stored by us, but by third party providers, on your computer. You will find more information on the extent and the purpose of the data-processing, the relevant legal basis, the storage period, and the possibilities to object to and delete third party cookies, in the explanation below:

  • Cookies used by Google Analytics (audience measurement)

This website uses Google Analytics, an analytics solution from the websites of Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on the user’s terminal in order to be able to analyse the use of the site by the users.  The information produced by the cookies concerning the use of this website by the users is usually transmitted by, and stored on, a Google server in the United States.

However, if the anonymization of the IP address is activated on this website, Google will abbreviate the IP addresses of the users in the Member States of the European Union or in other States which are party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area.  It is only in exceptional cases that the complete IP address will be transmitted to a Google server in the United States and abbreviated there.  The anonymization of the IP address is active on this website.

Google will use this information on our behalf to assess the use of the website by the users, to  compile reports on the website’s activity and to supply us, as the website operator, with other services related to the use of the website and to the use of Internet.  The  IP address transmitted by your browser in the context of Google Analytics is not merged with other Google data.  The legal basis for this data-processing is Article 6 para. 1 f) of the GDPR.  Our legitimate interest derives from the above-mentioned objectives.

  • Cookies used by YouTube

This website uses YouTube, a website for hosting videos and social media on which the users can send, watch, comment on, evaluate and share videos by streaming. YouTube uses cookies which serve to improve the services offered to the users. The YouTube cookies used on our website are listed below:

IGPS:  Records a unique identifier on mobile devices to enable tracking based on geographic localisation (“GPS”) – Expiry: 1 day

VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE:  Tries to estimate the users’ bandwidth on pages with integrated YouTube videos – Expiry:  179 days

YSC:  Records a unique identifier to keep statistics on the YouTube videos watched by the user – Expiry: One session

yt-remote-cast-installed:  Stores the user’s video reading preferences for incorporated  YouTube videos – Expiry: session

yt-remote-connected-devices:  Stores the user’s video reading preferences for incorporated  YouTube videos  – Expiry: persistent

yt-remote-device-id: Stores the user’s video reading preferences for incorporated  YouTube videos – Expiry: persistent

yt-remote-fast-check-period – yt-remote-session-app – yt-remote-session-name: Stores the user’s video reading preferences for incorporated  YouTube videos. Expiry: session

  • Cookies used by the AddThis platform

_at.hist.# : Used by the  AddThis social sharing platform to store the user’s history of use of the AddThis shared widget – Expiry: persistent

__atuvc:  Updates the counter of social sharing functionalities on a website – Expiry: 1 year

__atuvs:  Ensures that the updated counter is displayed to the user if a page is shared with the AddThis social sharing service – Expiry: 1 day

_at.cww: Used by the AddThis social sharing platform – Expiry : persistent

at-rand: Used by the AddThis social sharing platform. Expiry: persistent

Ioc:  Geo-localisation is used to help suppliers to determine how the users who share information are geographically located (State-wide).  Expiry: 1 year

Uvc:  Detects how many times the AddThis social sharing service encounters the same user – Expiry: 1 year

Xtc:  Records the content shared by the user via the social media – Expiry: 1 year

  • Cookies used by the DoubleClick platform

IDE:  Used by Google DoubleClick to record and report the site user’s actions after he or she has seen or clicked on one of the advertiser’s advertisements, for the purpose of measuring the effectiveness and to present advertisements targeted at the user – Expiry: 1 year

test_cookie: Used to check whether the user’s browser accepts cookies – Expiry: 1 day

  • Rights of the persons concerned

Under the GDPR, you are considered as a person concerned if personal data concerning you is processed by us.  For that reason, you may use various rights of persons concerned which are listed in the GDPR.  This is a question of the right of access by the person concerned (Article 15 of the GDPR), the right to correction (Article 16 of the GDPR), the right to deletion (Article 17 of the GDPR), the right to limitation of processing (Article 18 of the GDPR), the right of objection (Article 21 of the GDPR), the right to make a claim to a supervisory authority  (Article 77 of the GDPR) and the right to data portability (Article 20 of the GDPR).

6.Contacting us by telephone

If you contact us by telephone, we will use the information that you give us for the purposes for which you have contacted us.  Depending on the content of your request, the legal basis for the data-processing is Article 6 para. 1 b), f) or a) of the GDPR.  We will delete the data that you give us during the telephone call once the relevant objective has been attained.  If our telephone call is in relation to an existing contract or in relation to a contractual request, please also take note of our information on the protection of the data concerning the product in question. That information on the protection of the data is available here.

7.Processing of your data on the basis of legal requirements

While we are subject to legal obligations which necessitate processing of your data at a later date, we also process your data for the purposes laid down by the law. The legal basis of this data-processing is Article 6, para. 1 c)  of the GDPR in relation to the regulations containing the corresponding legal obligation.

8.Treatment of your data on the basis of consent given by you

The data will also be processed if and insofar as you have given your consent to the data-processing in accordance with Article 6, para. 1 a) of the GDPR.  The purposes of the data-processing are shown in the relevant consent.

9.When I use links, what must I take into account from the point of view of the data-processing?

Our website may contain links to other suppliers to whom our data protection rules do not apply.  We decline all liability with regard to use of those links.  In addition, our website receives user data from third party sources, which include advertising sources.

10.How long are my data kept?

All the personal data that we collect during your visit, through the use of cookies, will be automatically deleted once the objective of their disclosure has been attained.  The data from the session will be saved for the time that takes to end (by leaving or closing the website).

11.What applies to data on minors?

We strongly encourage parents to accompany the online activities of their under-age children.  Minors must not transmit personal data to us.  We do not request and do not knowingly process personal data on minors

12.What are my rights concerning my data?

Concerning the processing of your personal data, you have the right, in accordance with Article 15 GDPR, to request information on the personal data concerning you that are processed by us.  Further, you have the right to have those data corrected in accordance with Article 16 GDPR, or to have them deleted in accordance with Article 17 GDPR, and to restrict the processing, in accordance with Article 18 GDPR.  Further, in accordance with Article 20 GDPR, you have the right to demand that you should be given the data that you have supplied in a structured, currently-used and machine-readable format.


If we process your data on the basis of legitimate interest (Article 6 para. 1 f) GDPR) or to perform a task in the public interest (Art. 6 para. 1 e) GDPR) and if the reasons against that processing arise from your individual position, you have the right to object to that processing, in accordance with Article 21 para. 1 GDPR.  In the case of objection, we will no longer process your data for those purposes, unless we can prove that compelling reasons exist which prevail over your interests, rights and freedoms, or if the processing is used to assert, exercise or defend legal rights. 

In accordance with Article 21 para. 2 and 3 GDPR, you have an unrestricted right to object to all types of processing for direct advertising purposes.
You may inform us of your objection at any time, without having to respect any particular form.  For optimal handling, please use the following contact details:

Please note that you can only make your objection to the use of monitoring procedures on our website by yourself.  It is not technically possible to do this in a centralised way.  For each monitoring procedure where you must make your objection yourself, we have attached a declaration above.

13.Can I revoke my consent?

If we process your data on the basis of a consent that you have given us, you have the right to revoke your consent at any time.  Your data will then no longer be processed for the purposes covered by the consent.  Please note that the legality of the data-processing which takes place before the revocation is not affected by the revocation.  Please do not hesitate to send your revocation to:

For the attention of the DPO


22 Boulevard du Maréchal Foch – 34140 MEZE

or by e-mail to:

14. Must I supply data, or is it necessary to make them available to enter into the contract?

With the exception of the data that is technically necessary to display our website, all supply of data by you is voluntary.  If it should be otherwise in particular circumstances, that is explicitly set out at the appropriate point in this statement.

15.Will my data be used for automated decision-making? And if so, how does that happen and what are the consequences for me?

No, there is no automated decision-making

16.Can this information be amended? And if so, how can I know?

As our data-processing is subject to change, we also adjust our information on data protection from time to time.  We will inform you in good time of any changes.