Data Privacy Information
We are glad you are visiting our website.
Protecting your personal data is of the utmost importance to us. This also applies to the data that is produced during your visit to our website or that you entrust to us while utilizing the services we offer.
Therefore, we would like to inform you at this time about the policies for the protection of personal data which are in effect within the HSBC group. This information applies to all websites administered by the HSBC group.
Changes to the regulatory framework, the state of the technology, and the procedures used may require accordant modifications to this information. This information presents the status as of September 2011.
The Term "Personal Data"
Personal data consists of particulars (data) about the personal or factual circumstances of a certain or identifiable natural person. Information that we cannot relate to you personally, e.g. because you are using a pseudonym or you are anonymous, do not constitute personal data.
Collection, Processing, Storage, Disclosure
When you use the public parts of our websites, the IP address currently assigned to you, the date and time of your visit, the type of browser, and the operating system of your computer as well as the pages you access are collected. We cannot relate this information to you personally. We analyze the anonymous data statistically in real time and delete it afterward. The resulting statistics give us the opportunity to constantly improve our service offering and web presence. Personal evaluations do not take place.
If you want to utilize certain protected areas or personalized services, we require additional information from you in order to provide these services. We also want to protect you and ourselves from any unauthorized use. The data received from you is subject to the strictest data privacy standards just like all of our customer data. It is only used for the purposes intended by you. The data is deleted as soon as it is no longer needed for the fulfillment of its purpose.
Your data will not be disclosed to third parties without your consent.
So-called cookies are used to operate our website. Cookies are small text files that are transmitted from our website to your computer's hard drive. Internet browsers are usually set to accept cookies automatically. However, you may disable cookies or set your browser so that it notifies you of any cookies being sent or so you have to accept each cookie on an individual basis.
A session cookie is created for the entire duration our service is being utilized. This session cookie is deleted when you leave our website. The session cookie stores information that is relevant to the current session (login for protected areas, acknowledgment of Important Information, etc.).
We use permanent cookies to store the language version and font size you have selected. In this way, the chosen settings can also be used for your next visit. Permanent cookies are not deleted automatically when leaving our website. They can be removed manually at any time. However, the settings you have specified are lost in this way.
Links to Other Providers
We have made all required arrangements and apply the highest technical standards to safeguard your personal data.