Privacy Policy

MERA Group, which includes MERA Switzerland AG and its affiliated companies (“MERA”) have created the present Privacy Policy to demonstrate our commitment to protecting privacy and personal data. This Privacy Policy (further referred to as the “Policy”) applies to the personal data of web-site users/visitors (Data Subjects) that may be collected through mera.com (further referred to as the “Web site”) including names, e-mails, telephone numbers and other data that can be attributed to an individual and used for business purposes. By accepting this Privacy Policy and using this Web site you acknowledge and agree to the terms and conditions of this Policy.

Data Controller

Companies of MERA Group may act as the Data Controllers when gathering personal information through web-site or otherwise and are committed to protecting the personal data they collect and process, during the course of their business operations, in line with the provisions of the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Data Protection Officer

The Data Protection Officer of MERA Group is Mr. Andrey Ragin, who can be contacted as follows:
Email: ragin@mera.com
Mobile: +370.66106338

MERA processes personal data on this Web site in accordance with the Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016, Directive 2002/58 and Directive 2009/136 as well as the corresponding German legislation, including provisions of German Telemedia Act (§§ 11-16) and Federal Data Protection Act.

Personal Data Collected

When visiting this Web site you can use it without disclosing your identity or revealing any other personal information, however, to fully benefit from the interactivity of this Web site you may be required to provide limited personal or business data, for example, your name, postal address, e-mail address or telephone number, as well as any other personal data (including cookies), which may be relevant.

Cookies

MERA uses cookies on this Website for the following purposes: to enable certain functions of the Web site, to provide analytics, to store your preferences, to enable advertisements delivery, including behavioral advertising. By consenting with our Privacy Policy on this Website you consent to the use of cookies.

Cookies are small pieces of text sent by your web browser by a website you visit. A cookie file is stored in your web browser and allows this Website or a third party to recognize you and make your next visit easier and the Service more useful to you.

In addition to our own cookies, we may also use various third parties cookies to report usage statistics of the Website, deliver advertisements on and through the Website, and so on.

You can control how you use cookies by adjusting the settings on your browser. While the specific steps will depend on the browser you are using, most popular browsers allow you to either refuse all cookies, accept them only from trusted sites, or to accept cookies from the websites you are using at any particular time. In most browsers, you can find these settings under “Options” or “Preferences” or under the tool symbol. Many modern browsers also feature a private browsing mode, which temporarily overrides your normal settings.

Remember, if you do disable or delete cookies, you will not have access to the full functionality of our website. If you do not change your browser settings, we assume you accept our cookie use and privacy policy.

Use of Personal Data

MERA using such collected personal data only for the purposes to improve the services that we provide to you through this Web site or to provide you with the business information that you may request from us. Furthermore, MERA may from time to time send newsletters, publications, emails or other forms of communication, written or oral, for the purpose of informing Data Subjects and other persons related to Data Subjects, of any news or new services it may offer. Such communication will only be sent provided that MERA has received written and explicit consent from the persons concerned.

MERA strictly undertakes to process any personal data it has collected from the Web-site purely for the purposes intended, and only for the necessary period of time, so as to be able to fulfil its obligations to the Data Subjects, and to comply with any applicable laws and regulations.

Transfer of Personal Data to Third Parties

MERA shall not sell or transfer such information in any other way to any third parties or entities not affiliated with MERA unless such disclosure is required by law, by enforcement agencies, regulatory authorities and/or is necessary to protect the rights, property or safety of our employees or third parties and to prevent crime and other misdemeanors or comply with local and international statutory reporting requirements. In all such cases the transfer of personal data will be in accordance with MERA’s Personal Data Protection Policy, and in compliance with the GDPR.

Legal Basis for Processing Personal Data

MERA collects the personal data of Data Subjects in accordance with the following legal bases:

  1. Legal obligation – to comply with local and international regulations, as well as the statutory reporting requirements of the relevant government authorities.

  2. Vital interests of staff, clients and other Data Subjects – so as to provide a safe and secure environment.

  3. Consent – to keep Data Subjects, clients and other stakeholders, as well as associates and professional contacts informed of new developments via newsletters and announcements.

Data Subjects’ Rights

Under the provisions of the GDPR, Data Subjects have the following rights, with regards to their personal data:

  1. The right to be informed – about the collection and use of their personal data.

  2. The right of access – to their personal data.

  3. The right to rectification – to have inaccurate personal data corrected, or incomplete data to be completed.

  4. The right to erasure – to have personal data erased (so called “right to be forgotten”).

  5. The right to restrict processing – right to request the restriction or suppression of personal data.

  6. The right to data portability – to obtain and reuse their personal data and to transfer it easily from one IT environment to another in a safe and secure way.

  7. The right to object – to processing of personal data.

  8. Rights in relation to automated decision making and profiling – right to request that in cases where personal data is used for automated decision making or profiling, the final decision is taken by a physical person.

  9. The right to withdraw consent – where the processing of personal data requires or is based on the consent of the Data Subject.

  10. The right to complain – if any persons have any concerns with the way in which their personal data has been processed, they may contact the Data Protection Officer in the first instance. If they are still not satisfied, they have the right to contact the relevant data protection authority..

Personal Data Retention Period

MERA will retain the personal data of Data Subjects for a minimum of five years following the receipt of the personal data. At the end of the five-year period all personal data relating to the Data Subjects or any other related persons will be deleted/destroyed in so far as such deletion/destruction of data will not be in contravention of any other legal requirements which may be in force at the time.

Security of Personal Data

MERA fully understands the importance of privacy and takes all the necessary steps to ensure that all personal data that it has collected is processed, shared, stored and deleted in a safe and secure way. All reasonable steps, stipulated in Personal Data Protection Policy, are taken to protect the IT infrastructure of the MERA Group against unauthorized access and/or modification, loss of data, disclosure, or other improper use. This includes hardware and software security measures, restriction of access to data via user rights, firewalls and anti-virus software. MERA works with outside security specialists to perform regular testing of all its IT systems, and takes all the necessary measures to rectify any shortcomings identified during such tests. In case of any breach of security, , the IT - Director is informed immediately, followed by the Data Protection Officer, so that appropriate damage limitation measures are taken.

MERA processes personal data on this Web site in accordance with the Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016, Directive 2002/58 and Directive 2009/136 as well as the corresponding German legislation, including provisions of German Telemedia Act (§§ 11-16) and Federal Data Protection Act.

Enforcement of This Privacy Statement

If you have questions regarding this statement or wish to request that we no longer use your personal data, please contact us at privacy@mera.com. We will respond to your request within 30 days.

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