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Privacy Policy

KNIPEX Tools LP
Last Revised: 12/07/2022

KNIPEX Tools LP (collectively with its subsidiaries, “Company,” “the Company,” “we,” “us,” and “our,”) respects your privacy and is committed to protecting your privacy through our compliance with this Privacy Policy (the “Policy”).  This Policy should be read in conjunction with any applicable terms of service or terms of sale.

This Policy describes:

  • •    The types of information we collect from you or that you may provide when you visit our website available at: https://www.knipex-tools.com (our “Website”) as well as our mobile application, the KNIPEX Application (the “Mobile Application”, together with the Website, the “Platform”).
  • •    Our practices for collecting, using, maintaining, protecting, and disclosing that information.

This Policy applies to information we collect on this Platform or in emails and other electronic messages between you and this Platform, and information gathered when you interact with our advertising on third-party websites if such advertisements include links to this Policy. 

 

This Policy does not apply to:

  • •    information collected by us offline or through any other means, including on any other website operated by the Company or any third party, or information collected by any third party through any application or content (including advertising) that may link to or be accessible from the Platform (for further information, see below, “Third-party Websites”). 
    •    Company sweepstakes or other giveaways.  All such activities and the use of personal information shall be governed by their respective and applicable terms and conditions and other rules.  
    •    distributor access to Company portals.  All such use shall be subject to applicable terms and conditions. 

Please read this Policy carefully to understand our practices regarding your information and how we will treat it.  If you do not agree with our policies and practices, then please do not use our Platform.  By using our Platform, you agree to the terms of this Policy.

 

This Policy may change from time to time (see below, “Changes to this Policy”).  Your continued use of our Platform after we make changes is deemed to be acceptance of those changes, so please check the Policy periodically for updates. 

 

What We Collect and How We Collect It

 

To ensure that we provide you with the best possible experience, we will store, use, and share information about you in accordance with this Policy.  Personal information is information that identifies, relates to, describes, references, is reasonably capable of being associated with, or could reasonably be linked, directly or indirectly, with a particular user, household or device (“Personal Information”). In particular, the Platform may collect the following categories of Personal Information from users of the Platform:

 



Category


Examples


Collected


Identifiers.


A real name, postal address, unique personal identifier, online identifier, Internet Protocol address, email address, account name.


YES


Personal information categories listed in the California Customer Records statute (Cal. Civ. Code § 1798.80(e)).

 


A name, signature, Social Security number, physical characteristics or description, address, telephone number, passport number, driver's license or state identification card number, insurance policy number, education, employment, employment history, bank account number, credit card number, debit card number, or any other financial information, medical information, or health insurance information.


NO


Protected classification characteristics.

 


Age (40 years or older), race, color, ancestry, national origin, citizenship, religion or creed, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, sex (including gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy or childbirth and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, veteran or military status, genetic information (including familial genetic information).


NO


Commercial information.


Records of personal property, products or services purchased, obtained, or considered, or other purchasing or consuming histories or tendencies.


YES


Sensitive Personal Information


Precise geolocation, Social Security number, driver’s license, state identification card, passport number, account log-in, financial account, debit card, credit card number with security, or access code or password, racial or ethnic origin, religious/philosophical beliefs, or union membership, genetic data and processing of biometric information, health and sexual orientation.


NO


Biometric information.


Genetic, physiological, behavioral, and biological characteristics, or activity patterns used to extract a template or other identifier or identifying information, such as, fingerprints, faceprints, and voiceprints, iris or retina scans, keystroke, gait, or other physical patterns, and sleep, health, or exercise data.


NO


Internet or other similar network activity.


Browsing history, search history, information on a consumer's interaction with a website, application, or advertisement.


YES


Geolocation data.


Physical location or movements.


NO


Sensory data.


Audio, electronic, visual, thermal, olfactory, or similar information.


NO


Professional or employment-related information.


Current or past job history in a resume.


YES


Non-public education information.


Education records directly related to a student maintained by an educational institution or party acting on its behalf, such as grades, transcripts, class lists, student schedules, student identification codes, student financial information, or student disciplinary records.


NO


Inferences drawn from other Personal Information.


Profile reflecting a person's preferences, characteristics, psychological trends, predispositions, behavior, attitudes, intelligence, abilities, and aptitudes.


NO

We obtain the categories of Personal Information listed above from the following categories of sources:

  • •    Directly from you. For example, when you: 
  •       o    register yourself with the Platform;
  •       o    place an online order; 
  •       o    subscribe to one of our e-newsletters; 
  •       o    review or comment on one of our products; 
  •       o    submit a job application; or 
  •       o    communicate with us, such as request information.
  • •    Indirectly from you. For example, through information we collect from you in the course of providing our services to you.
  • •    Directly and indirectly from activity on our Platform. For example, from Platform usage details that are collected automatically. For more information on automatic information collection, please review the “Automated Information Collection” section below.

The information that you provide in each case will vary.  In some cases, you may be able to provide Personal Information via email or free text boxes, such as contacting the Company to request further information.  When providing your Personal Information, please provide only relevant information and do not provide unnecessary sensitive information, such as Social Security numbers, credit card information or other sensitive personal data unless required by our services.  Additionally, we may ask you to create a username and password that should only be known to you.

 

Automated Information Collection

Website. In addition to the information that you provide to us, we may also collect information about you during your visit to our Website.  We collect this information using automated tools that are detailed below.  These tools may collect information about your behavior and your computer system, such as your internet address (IP Address), the pages you have viewed, and the actions you have taken while using the Website.  Some of the tools we use to automatically collect information about you may include:

  • (a)    Cookies.  A “cookie” is a small data file transmitted from a website to your device’s hard drive.  Cookies are usually defined in one of two ways, and we may use either (or both) of them:
  • (1) session cookies, which do not stay on your device after you close your browser, and
  • (2) persistent cookies, which remain on your device until you delete them or they expire.

We may use the following categories of cookies on our Website.

  • i.    Strictly Necessary Cookies.  These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the Website and use its features.  Without these cookies, services you have requested cannot be provided.
  • ii.    Performance Cookies.  These cookies collect anonymous information on how you use our Website to help us understand how you arrive at our Website, browse or use our Website and highlight areas where we can improve, such as navigation.  The data stored by these cookies never shows personal details from which your individual identity can be established.
  • iii.    Functionality Cookies.  These cookies remember choices you make such as the country from which you visit our Website, your preferred language, and your search parameters.  This information can then be used to provide you with an experience more appropriate to your selections and to make your visits to our Website more tailored to your preferences.  The information in these cookies may be anonymized.  These cookies cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.
  • iv.    Targeting Cookies or Advertising Cookies.  These cookies collect information about your browsing habits in order to make advertising more relevant to you and your interests.  They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of an advertising campaign.  The cookies are usually placed by third-party advertising networks.  These cookies remember the websites you visit and that information is shared with other parties.
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Of course, if you do not wish to have cookies on your devices, you may turn them off at any time by modifying your internet browser’s settings.  However, by disabling cookies on your device, you may be prohibited from full use of the Website’s features or lose access to some functionality.

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  • (b)    Web Beacons.  A Web Beacon is an electronic image.  Web Beacons can track certain things from your computer and can report activity back to a web server allowing us to understand some of your behavior.  If you choose to receive emails from us, we may use Web Beacons to track your reaction to our emails.  We may also use them to track if you click on the links and at what time and date you do so.  Some of the third-party marketers we engage with may use Web Beacons to track your interaction with online advertising banners on our Website.  This information is only collected in aggregate form and will not be linked to your Personal Information.  Please note that any image file on a webpage can act as a Web Beacon.
  • (c)    Embedded Web Links.  Links provided in our emails and, in some cases, on third-party websites may include tracking technology embedded in the link.  If we use such links, some of them will enable us to identify that you have individually clicked on the link and this may be attached to the Personal Information that we hold about you.  This data is used to improve our service to you and to help us understand the performance of our marketing campaigns.
  • (d)    Third-party Websites and Services.  We work with a number of service providers of marketing communications technology.  These service providers may use various data collection methods to improve the performance of the marketing campaigns we are contracting them to provide.  The information collected can be gathered on our Website and also on the websites where our marketing communications are appearing.  For example, we may collect data where our banner advertisements are displayed on third-party websites.

Mobile Application. In addition to the information that you provide to us, we may also collect information about you during your visit to our Mobile Application.  We collect this information using automated technology.  This technology may collect information about your behavior and your device, such as your internet address (IP Address), the pages you have viewed, the actions you have taken while using the Mobile Application, saved preferences, and log-in Session ID.  This information is not personally identifiable or capable of being used to identify you in the scope of this Policy. 

 

Your Choices and Selecting Your Privacy Preferences

 

We want to provide you with relevant information that you have requested.

If we provide subscription-based services, such as email newsletters, we will allow you to make choices about what information you provide at the point of information collection or at any time after you have received a communication from us while you are subscribed.  Transactional or service-oriented messages are usually excluded from such preferences, as such messages are required to respond to your requests or to provide goods and services, and are not intended for the purposes of marketing.

We will not intentionally send you email newsletters and marketing emails unless you consent to receive such marketing information.  After you request to receive these emails, you may opt out of them at any time by selecting the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of each email.  Please note that by opting out or unsubscribing you may affect other services you have requested we provide to you, in which email communication is a requirement of the service provided.

Accuracy and Access to Your Personal Information

We strive to maintain and process your information accurately.  We have processes in place to maintain all of our information in accordance with relevant data governance frameworks and legal requirements.  We employ technologies designed to help us maintain information accuracy on input and processing.
To view and change the Personal Information that you have provided to us, please contact us as disclosed below.

Information of Minors

We do not intentionally seek to gather information from individuals under the age of eighteen (18).  We do not target the Website to minors, and would not expect them to be engaging with our Website or services.  We encourage parents and guardians to provide adequate protection measures to prevent minors from providing information unwillingly on the internet.  If we are aware of any Personal Information that we have collected about minors, we will take steps to securely remove it from our systems.

How We Use Your Information

The information we gather and that you provide is collected to provide you information and the services you request, in addition to various other purposes, including, but not limited to:

  • •    Assisting you with items such as personalized experiences and facilitation of product usage.
  • •    Preventing malicious activity and providing you with a secure experience.
  • •    Providing service and support for services you request.
  • •    Providing marketing communications that are effective and optimized for you.
  • •    Keeping you up-to-date with the latest benefits available from us.
  • •    Preventing unwanted messages or content.
  • •    Measuring the performance of our marketing programs.
  • •    Contacting you about services and offers that are relevant to you.

Duration. The length of time Company intends to retain Personal Information, including sensitive information, if any, is for as long as reasonably necessary to carry out Company’s intended business purpose for such information.  

 

How We Share Your Information

We do not sell or lease your information to any third party.  We may disclose your Personal Information to our trusted third-party business partners or with our parent company in accordance with this Policy. 

 

In the preceding twelve (12) months, we may have disclosed the following categories of Personal Information for one or more business purposes:

  • •    Identifiers;
  • •    Commercial information;
  • •    Internet or other network activity information; and
  • •    Professional or employment-related information

We may disclose your Personal Information for a business purpose to the following categories of third parties:

  • •    Parent Company. We will share your Personal Information with our parent company in order to properly manage the Platform and service any of your questions, requests or orders.  Like us, our parent company takes the privacy and security of your Personal Information very seriously.  
  • •    Third Party Vendors.  We work with a number of partners that help us process your requests, deliver customer service and support, send email marketing communications, and provide experiences that you have come to expect from us.  We will share your Personal Information with these third parties in order to fulfill the service that they provide to us.  These third-party partners are under contract to keep your Personal Information secure and not to use it for any reason other than to fulfill the service we have requested from them.

Except as described in this Policy, we will not share your information with third parties without your notice and consent, unless it is under one of the following circumstances:

  • •    Responding to duly authorized information requests from law enforcement or other governmental authorities.
  • •    Complying with any law, regulations, subpoena, or court order.
  • •    Investigating and helping prevent security threats, fraud, or other malicious activity.
  • •    Enforcing or protecting the rights and properties of Company or its subsidiaries.
  • •    Protecting the rights or personal safety of Company’s employees.

There are circumstances where the Company may decide to buy, sell, or reorganize its business in selected countries.  Under these circumstances, it may be necessary to share or receive Personal Information with prospective or actual partners or affiliates.  In such circumstances, the Company will ensure your information is used in accordance with this Policy.

Third-party Websites

This Policy does not apply to websites or other domains that are maintained or operated by third parties or our affiliates.  Our Platform may link to third-party websites and services, but these links are not endorsements of these sites, and this Policy does not extend to them.  Because this Policy is not enforced on these third-party websites, we encourage you to read any posted privacy policy of the third-party website before using the service or site and providing any information.

 

Your Rights Under State Law

California

  • •    Shine the Light Law.  Pursuant to California Civil Code Section § 1798.83, we will not disclose or share your Personal Information with third parties for the purposes of third-party marketing to you without your prior consent. 
  • •    Do Not Track Signals.  Other than as disclosed in this Policy, the Platform does not track users over time and across third-party websites to provide targeted advertising.  Therefore, the Platform does not operate any differently when it receives Do Not Track signals from your internet web browser. 
  • •    WE DO NOT SELL OR SHARE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION. If we ever decide to “sell” or “share” Personal Information, as those terms are defined under the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, we will update you via this Policy and include a link entitled “Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information,” to provide you with an opportunity to opt out of the selling or sharing of your Personal Information. 
     

Your Consumer Rights
Some state laws in the United States provide consumers with additional rights with respect to their Personal Information (also known as “personal data”), as those terms are defined under those applicable state laws. Such state laws may include, but are not limited to, the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018,  as amended by the California Privacy Rights Act (collectively, the “CCPA”), the Colorado Privacy Act (“CPA”) and the Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (“VCDPA”).  Any Personal Information we collect is collected for the commercial purpose of effectively providing our services to you, as well as enabling you to learn more about, and benefit from, our services. If you reside in a state that provides additional rights with respect to your Personal Information, you may exercise each of your rights as identified below, subject to our verification of your identity.
 

  • A.    Access.   You have the right to request that we disclose certain information to you about our collection, use and disclosure of your Personal Information over the past twelve (12) months. Any disclosures we provide will only cover the 12-month period preceding the receipt of your request. The response we provide will also explain the reasons we cannot comply with a request, if applicable. 
  • B.    Correction.  You can correct what personal data our Platform database currently contains by accessing your account directly, or by contacting us to request that we correct or rectify any personal data that you have provided to us.
  • C.    Portability.  Upon request and when possible, we can provide you with copies of your Personal Information.  When such a request cannot be honored, we will advise you accordingly.  You can then choose to exercise any other rights under this Policy.
  • D.    Limit Use and Disclosure of Sensitive Personal Information. If we collect any sensitive personal information, you have the right to request that we limit the use of the sensitive personal information to that use which is necessary to perform the services or provide the goods reasonably expected by an average consumer who requests those goods or services.
  • E.    Opt-out of Processing. You have the right to request that we do not sell your Personal Information, use your Personal Information for Targeted Advertising, or use your Personal Information for profiling. Where applicable, we will ensure such changes are shared with trusted third parties.
  • F.    Deletion.  You have the right to request that we delete any of your Personal Information, subject to certain exceptions. Once we receive and confirm your verifiable consumer request, we will delete (and direct our service providers to delete) your Personal Information from our records, unless an exception applies.  Where applicable, we will ensure such changes are shared with trusted third parties.
  • G.    Non-Discrimination. If a data subject exercises his or her rights under applicable state law, we shall not discriminate against that data subject by denying our goods or services, charging different prices or rates to similarly situated consumers, providing a different level or quality of our goods or services, or taking any other adverse action.
  • H.    Exercising your rights. If you are a data subject that has rights under applicable state law, including but not limited to the CCPA, CPA, and VCDPA, who chooses to exercise the rights listed above, you can: 
  • a.    Submit a request via email at [email protected]; or
  • b.    Call us at 1 (847)-398-8520 to submit your request. 

Only you, or someone legally authorized to act on your behalf, may make a request related to your Personal Information.  If an authorized agent makes a request on your behalf, we may require proof that you gave the agent permission to submit the request.   

 

Responding to Your Request. Upon receiving your request, we will confirm receipt of your request by sending you an email confirming receipt. To help protect your privacy and maintain security, we may take steps to verify your identity before granting you access to the Personal Information. In some instances, such as a request to delete personal information, we may first separately confirm that you would like for us to in fact delete your personal information before acting on your request.

We will respond to your request within forty-five (45) days. If we require more time, we will inform you of the reason and extension period in writing. 

In some cases our ability to uphold these rights for you may depend upon our obligations to process Personal Information for security, safety, fraud prevention reasons, compliance with regulatory or legal requirements, or because processing is necessary to deliver the services you have requested. Where this is the case, we will inform you of specific details in response to your request.
 

Location of the Platform

Our Platform is designed for use by individuals in the United States and Canada only.  We do not warrant or represent this Policy or the Platform’s use of your Personal Information complies with the laws of any other jurisdiction.  Furthermore, to provide you with our services, we may store, process, and transmit information in the United States and other locations around the world, including countries that may not have the same privacy and security laws as yours.  Regardless of the country in which such information is stored, we will process your Personal Information in accordance with this Policy.  

Changes to this Policy

If we make any changes to this Policy, a revised Policy will be posted on this webpage and the date of the change will be reported in the “Last Revised” block above. You can get to this page from any of our webpages by clicking on the “Privacy Policy” link (usually at the bottom of the screen).

Safeguarding the Information We Collect

We use reasonable technical, administrative, and physical safeguards in order to protect your Personal Information against accidental loss and from unauthorized access, use, alteration, and disclosure.  However, we can never promise 100% security.  You have a responsibility, as well, to safeguard your information through the proper use and security of any online credentials used to access your Personal Information, such as a username and password.  If you believe your credentials have been compromised, please change your password.  Please also notify us of any unauthorized use.     

How to Contact Us

We value your opinions and welcome your feedback.  To contact us about this Policy or your Personal Information, please contact us at: [email protected]