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Privacy Statement

1. Basic information

Thank you for your interest in the website of Sigma-Aldrich (Shanghai) Trading Co., Ltd.(Sigma-Aldrich (Shanghai) Trading Co., Ltd. is an affiliated company of Merck Group in Germany, the companies are hereinafter together referred to as “Merck” or “we”). We attach great importance to data protection and privacy issues and comply with requirements of relevant Chinese laws and regulations and European data protection regulations. Therefore, we would like to inform you of the provisions of this statement regarding data protection measures, the data we will store and how we use the data.

2. What data is collected and how to use it?

2.1 Data collection of this website

When users visit the website, the users’ web browsers will automatically transmit the following data to Merck's web server according to the technical requirements:

  • IP address of the requesting device
  • Visit date and time
  • Name and URL of retrieved files
  • Transfer data size
  • Access status (file transferred, file not found, etc.)
  • Identification data of the browser and operating system in use
  • Name of the user's network access provider
  • Website giving access to the visit (if applicable)

Collecting, processing and using this data is aimed at ensuring that you can use the website (connection settings) and the technical management of system security and network infrastructure. The data will not be compared with other databases or transmitted to third parties itself or in the form of summaries. The data will be processed in accordance with the requirements of relevant local laws and regulations in China and Article 6.1b of the General Data Protection Regulation.

For example, when you fill out a registration form, send us an email, order a product or service, submit a query request to us, request materials or registration, we can be allowedby you to collect and process your personal data. Unless otherwise stipulated by law, weonly use your personal data for the purpose you agree.

2.2 Use the web page analysis tool Google Analytics

This website uses the web page analysis service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”), that is Google Analytics. Google Analytics uses "cookies" (text files downloaded to your device) to help websites analyze the situations of users using the website. In general situations, the information about your use of the website generated by cookies is transmitted to and stored in Google servers in the United States. However, if you start the IP anonymity function on the Merck website, Google will shorten your IP address in advance in EU member states or other countries that are parties to the EEA Agreement. Only in special circumstances will the full IP address be transmitted to Google servers in the United States and shortened in the United States. Google will use this information on behalf of the operator of this website so as to evaluate your use of the website, compile website activity reports and provide other services related to the website and network use to the website operator. The IP address your browser transmits within Google Analytics will not aggregate with other Google data. If you refuse to use cookies, you can set up your browser accordingly. But please note that if you set it up, you may not be able to use the full functions of this website. You can also download and install the browser plug-in through the following link to prevent Google from collecting and processing the data generated by cookies and the data related to your use of the website (including your IP address).

http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de. You can prevent Google Analytics from collecting data by clicking on the link below. Choose to refusethe cookie setting to prevent data collection when you visit this website: For more information about use and privacy terms of Google Analytics deaktivieren, please visit http://www.google.com/analytics/terms/de or https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/. Please notice, Google Analytics has made the expansion on its website with the code “anonymizelp” to ensure the anonymous registration of IP addresses (i.e. IP mask).

The data processing is carried out according to the requirements of relevant local laws and regulations in China and Article 6 (1) of the General Data Protection Regulation, and Merck is authorized to process the data according to the regulations. There are two specific reasons for obtaining the authorization. On the one hand, Merck needs to evaluate the website data in order to optimize the website. On the other hand, the data can be processed as relevant personnel can reasonably foresee personal data when collecting personal data and according to the situation when taking measures (especially when taking the above measures).

3. What cookies are used?

We use cookies on our website. If you are not interested in the functions of the cookies we use, you can learn how to set up your browser to prevent cookies or delete existing cookies in the “help” function of your browser. At the same time, you will learn how to block all new cookies in the browser and how to set up the browser to receive notification about new cookies.

We use cookies to enable and facilitate the use of our website (for example, to optimize the presentation or display of the specific contents on the country). "Cookies" are small text files that enable our website to store information on your computer and retrieve it later (for example, when you visit our website again later). For example, the use of cookies enables our website to "remember" the language that we are allowed to use to show you our contents.

The following categories of cookies are involved:

  • Cookies that optimize the presentation or display of the contents specific to the country(e.g., website presentation in the language of your country and the availability and pricing of corresponding specific products to the country )
  • Cookies that helps us remember your settings
  • Web user cookies

You can disable or block cookies in the browser software; however, this may limit the availability of our website.

The data processing is carried out according to the requirements of relevant Chinese local laws and regulations and Article 6.1 of the General Data Protection Regulation, and Merck is authorized to process the data according to the regulations. There are two specific reasons for obtaining the authorization. On the one hand, Merck needs to evaluate the website data in order to optimize the website. On the other hand, the data is processed as relevant personnel can reasonably foresee personal data when collecting personal data and according to the situation when taking measures (especially when taking the above measures).

4. Social media plug-ins

We use social media plug-ins from various social networks, such as WeChat. With the plug-ins, you can share contents or recommend products. These plug-ins are in the off status by default, therefore no data is sent to other sites. All plug-ins can be initiated by clicking the "Initiate Social Media" button (the so-called second click scheme). Of course, the plug-ins can also be closed by clicking again.

If you initiate these plug-ins, your browser will be directly connected to the servers of the relevant social media networks once you visit this website. The contents of related plug-ins are directly transmitted to your browser by the social media networks and embedded into the website.

Through the embedded plug-ins, the social media networks receive the information on your visit of the corresponding page of the operator. If you log on to a social media network, it can provide you with the account access right. If you communicate with the plug-in, the relevant information will be saved the social media network where it is transferred directly from your browser.

For the purpose and scope of data collection of social media networksand further data processing and utilization, and your rights and choicesof protect privacy, please refer to the data protection notices of relevant networks.

If you do not want social media networks to collect information related to you through the operator website, you must exit or close the social media plug-ins before visiting the website.

Even if you have not logged onto social media networks, websites with social media plug-ins turned on continue to send data to those networks. With the plug-ins turned on, the cookies with identifiers will be embedded every time you visit the website. Every time you connect to a web server, your browser will send the cookie without inquiry. Therefore, the network can basically use cookies to create website configuration information and ID-related contents on the website visited by the users. In addition, it may apply the identifier again in the future—for example, when logging into social networks in the future.

The operator uses the following plug-ins:

5. Is personal data of other kinds collected and processed?

We will collect and process your personal data only when you need specific services and we need your data in order to provide such services, or when you explicitly express your consent in person. The data will be processed in accordance with the requirements of relevant local laws and regulations in China and Article 6.1b and Article 6 .1a of the General Data Protection Regulation.

For example, when you fill out a registration form, send us an email, order a product or service, submit a query request to us, request materials or registration, we can be allowedby you to collect and process your personal data. Unless otherwise stipulated by law, weonly use your personal data for the purpose you agree.

For special services such as newsletters and lottery tickets, the corresponding special data protection regulations apply.

6. Will my data be transmitted to a third party, such as the authorities?

Merck's internal institution that receives your data should fulfill our contractual and legal obligations. Some data must be disclosed in accordance with strict contractual and legal requirements:

  • Disclosure based on legal obligations:

In some cases, we should transmit data to the public authorities that request it in accordance with the law.

If there is a court order, we have the obligation to provide the information of the client accused of providing copyright works through the network file sharing website to the holders of the copyright and the affiliated copyright in accordance with Article 101 of the German Copyright Act. In such situations, the information we disclose will include the user ID to the IP address given at the time of the request and the name and the address of the client (if known).

In other situations, personal data can only be provided to state institutions and public authorities in accordance with mandatory national laws; or if necessary, personal data is disclosed in the course of legal or criminal prosecution for attacks on network infrastructure. The data processing is carried out in accordance with the requirements of relevant local laws and regulations in China, Article 6.1c of the General Data Protection Regulation and Article 24.2.1 of the German Federal Data Protection Act.

  • Disclosure to external data processing service providers:

Service providers' access to our clients' personal data usually occurs in the process of the so-called personal data order processing. The disclosure shall be subject to the explicit provisions of the law. In such situations, Merck should still be responsible for protecting your data—in addition, the processor is also responsible for protecting your data. The service providers work strictly in accordance with our instructions. We ensure that the service providers comply with the instructions through strict contract specifications, technical and organizational measures and supplementary control measures.

Merck works with service providers as processors. These service providers include Merck group's subsidiaries and service providers of IT services (such as work of technology management and usage analysis), telecommunications, consulting and consulting services, and sales and marketing services.

We comply with the stipulations of the data protection regulations on the processing of personal data orders in accordance with instructions.

  • Disclose to the subsidiaries of Merck Group:

In order to establish the business relationship with you or to safeguard the legitimate interests, Merck can transmit your personal data to Merck Group's subsidiaries. If data is transmitted to foreign countries, the Merck Group subsidiary shall be located in a country regarded by China's relevant local laws and regulations, the European Union, or the European Economic Area, or the European Commission to have the appropriate data protection level. If data is transmitted to Merck Group's subsidiaries in other countries, Merck shall ensure that Merck Group's subsidiaries that receive the data are obliged to provide data protection of the appropriate level in the guaranteeing method.

In addition, we do not transfer data to a third party unless you explicitly agree, the data transfer is obviously necessary to provide quotations or services according to your request, or it is required by law to transmit data. In addition, we do not transmit data to any third country or any international organization.

7. How long will my data be stored?

We will store the data for such a necessary period as required by law, or for a necessary period at your request for providing the services, or for a period as per your consent.

8. Do I have the right to understand and correct my data stored? What other rights do I have to my data stored?

You can ask for relevant information about the scope, source, receiver and storage purpose of the stored data free of charge at any time. In addition, you have the right to correct, delete or restrict the processing of your data according to the data protection regulations and oppose the processing of your data and the transfer of your data. Please note, you have the right to appeal to the supervisory authority.

9. Can I withdraw my consent to use my data?

You have the right to withdraw your consent to use your data at any time. Just send an email to[china.marketing.online@merckgroup.com]If you agree to data processing, all of the data processing is legal until you withdraw your consent.

10. Who can you contact if you have questions about data protection?

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact the Group Data Protection Officer at Merck Group:

Merck KGaA
Group Data Protection Officer
Frankfurter Strasse 250
64293 Darmstadt
datenschutz@merckgroup.com

11. What is the validity period of this privacy statement?

This privacy statement is the latest version, effective from April 1, 2018. We have the right to revise the privacy statement at any time for subsequent situations. The privacy statement is revised especially for the further development of the website or the use of new technologies.