Privacy statement

Introduction

Aral attaches considerable importance to the security of your personal data in the online offers by it or the associated companies of the Aral Group. When visiting these online offers, we also collect, transmit and store personal-related data. The declaration below is therefore intended to give you an outline of how we guarantee protection of your personal data.

Object of this Declaration and Scope

This data protection declaration is valid for all websites operated by Aral and associated companies of the Aral Group. Aral's websites may contain links (references) to online offers by outside companies or to privately operated websites which are not covered by the present data protection declaration.

Collection and Use of Personal-related Data

Aral collects personal-related data if you set up an Aral user account ("Premium Services"), if you make use of certain Aral offers or services (for example orders with the Aral Online-Store and newsletter), or if you take part in prize competitions.

If you set up an Aral user account within the scope of the "Premium Services", kindly state your name, your e-mail address, your date of birth, gender, domicile, occupation and, if applicable, further personal data. However, not all this information is mandatory, i.e. you need not state any data here. But a complete and correct statement of the requested data makes it possible to approach you personally and to be able to optimise the contents and services of the "Premium Services" to suit your particular requirements.
Furthermore, Aral collects and stores automatically in server logfiles information transmitted to us by your browser, For example, this may include your IP address, information filed by Aral with your consent in the form of cookies, and the page called up by you. We use this logfile information with a view to improving the websites in a permanent manner in your interest. As regards the use of cookies, kindly also refer to the relevant section below.

To sum up, Aral makes use of the collected date for the following purposes:

• In order to adapt our contents to your interests subject to your consent,
• to deal with orders for offers or services, and
• to inform you of special offers or new products, subject to your consent.

Data Transmission to Third Parties

Inasmuch as your data are processed centrally for the purpose of improving customer service or on technical grounds within the companies associated with the Aral Group, we will ensure with the aid of appropriate measures that full consideration is given to the statutory data protection interests of our customers.

Aral does not make your personal data available to third parties, i.e. we undertake to abstain from selling or leasing your data under any circumstances.

In the event of Aral passing on personal-related data to trustworthy third parties for the purpose of analysing and improving the customer service, this is done in such a manner as to safeguard the strict confidentiality of your data.

Use of Cookies

Cookies are files in which we store subject to your consent on your hard disk, not with our server. The information contained in the cookies serves to identify you and to facilitate navigation for you. For example, cookies obviate the need for you to input once again the whole of your registration data on the occasion of every use. Furthermore, cookies can be used to handle orders and services in an improved manner and, subject to your consent, to keep you informed of special offers or new products of interest to you.

Of course you can also make use of the Aral Online offers without cookies. For this purpose, you are able to prevent the storage of cookies on your hard disk by selecting your browser setting ""Do not accept cookies"". The instructions of your browser manufacturer give you details of how this operates. If you do not accept any cookies, however, this may lead to restrictions of the functions and to reduced convenience in the use of our offers.

Site Traffic Information and Cookies

Servers located within BP and hosted by third party service providers (which may be located outside the EEA) automatically log data about your visit to this website based on your IP address. BP uses this information to see where the website is being used in the world to ensure seamless coverage.

To delete or stop cookies being placed on your computer refer to the help menu on your internet browser. In a few cases, blocking cookies may reduce the functionality of some websites or prevent access to them depending on your chosen browser options. Cookies can be “session cookies” (which are deleted when you close your browser) and/or “persistent cookies” which remain on your computer for a longer period of time.

By visiting this website, you are agreeing to our use of cookies for these purposes.

For further information about cookies, visit
This website uses cookies which:

• are strictly necessary to enable you to move around the site and use its features, e.g., accessing secured areas. Without these cookies some of the services you’ve asked for cannot be provided;

•enhance the performance of the website by collecting information about how visitors use it (e.g., to maintain a consistent looks and feel for the visitor).

The information these cookies collect is not used to send you targeted advertising or remember where you’ve been on the internet.

Processing or Cancellation of Data in your User Account

You are entitled to view, correct, supplement or cancel the information and settings stored in your Aral user account (""Premium Services"") at all times.

Inasmuch as you approve a given use of your data, this declaration may be revoked at any time. In particular, you have the free choice as to whether you wish to continue to be informed of the contents, services and new products.

Data Security

Aral makes all endeavours to protect your personal data against loss, misuse, unauthorised access, disclosure, alteration or destruction. The data in your Aral user account are protected by a password in order to safeguard confidentiality and security.

In a number of particularly sensitive areas, especially when placing orders with the Aral store, Aral makes use of the SSL-encoding method as a secure transmission procedure for customer-related data.

Alterations of this Data Protection Declaration

Aral reserves the right to alter this data protection declaration in the future.

In the event of Aral making use of your personal information in a manner other than that at the time of data collection in the data protection declaration, we undertake to notify you by e-mail, using the latest information known to us. In addition, a corresponding alteration of the data protection declaration is made available by a notification in bold letters on the Aral website for an appropriate period. As from that time onwards, the updated information can be viewed by you on the website at all times.

Your Consent

The use of our websites and, particularly, your registration for the ""Premium Services"" is deemed to be your consent to the storage and use of your data by Aral.

In order to be able to use our picture archive, you will first have to agree to our special Terms and Conditions of Use.

Your Opinion regarding Data Protection

f you have any questions, complaints, suggestions or doubts as regards this data protection declaration or the use or disclosure of your information by Aral, kindly fill in our e-mail form or send an e-mail.

Aral Aktiengesellschaft
Wittener Straße 45
44789 Bochum


Taxation number 105/5864/2011
Bochum Companies Register HRB 7472 AG

UST-Ident-Nr.: DE118616994 (BP Europa SE)

Board:
Patrick Wendeler (Vors.), Jennifer Brekau

Chairman of the Supervisory Board:
Guy Moeyens

Brand & Communications Manager:
Wolfgang Wagner
Tel.: 0234/315-3319
Fax: 0234/315-2950