Data privacy statement Fronius International GmbH

1. Preamble

1.1 We are Fronius International GmbH, Froniusstraße 1, 4643 Pettenbach, Austria, a leading technical company in the fields of welding technology, photovoltaic and battery charging technology and controller within the meaning of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (hereinafter referred to as "Fronius"). This privacy statement is aimed at all those who visit our websites and/or use a Fronius app and/or utilise the respective services offered therein. This privacy statement is applicable to any form of use of our services, regardless of whether they are free or paid for.

1.2 Fronius would like to inform you particularly about which data Fronius collects and how the data is used. We will also inform you about what personal and non-personal data about you is collected and stored electronically on our websites and apps. All data is stored and processed by us in compliance with the relevant legal regulations on data protection and data security of the European Union and the Republic of Austria. To the extent that Fronius processes personal data, this is done for the purposes specified in this privacy statement.

1.3 You can view, download or print our current Terms and Conditions of Use and Webshop as well as our FRONIUS privacy statement at any time at https://www.fronius.com. The privacy statement also represents an integral part our Terms and Conditions of Use and Webshop. Your consent to this data privacy statement is prerequisite for the visit of our websites and apps as well as the use of our services.

2. Connection data

2.1 Our websites and apps can be visited depending on availability at any time without having to provide immediate information about your person. Fronius stores the following data without direct personal reference (connection data):

a) Browser type and version

b) Operating system

c) Referrer URL (the specific visited website) 

d) Host name of the accessing computer (IP address)

e) Time and date of the server request 

f) Device

2.2 This data is evaluated and used by Fronius or by a third party in anonymised form for the purpose of proper functioning of our website, making available its contents, misuse detection and tracking as well as the improvement of our offer (e.g. by means of research, data analysis etc.).

2.3 Fronius also collects and stores the data listed in section 2.1 from registered users, whereby any use occurs exclusively in anonymised form pursuant to section 2.2. A conclusion on your person based on this data is not possible by the third party authorised.

2.4 Fronius also collects non-personal or anonymised data based on the use of the websites and apps of Fronius by registered or activated users. The data is stored in a form that allows no conclusion on a specific person. Fronius may collect, use, share and disclose non-personal data for any purpose.

Example: Fronius uses aggregate data from all systems of a given region to determine the duration and intensity of solar radiation in this region. The region is sufficiently broadly defined that a conclusion on a person or its system is excluded. Fronius is also entitled to disclose such anonymised data to third parties.

3. Immediate personal data

3.1 A direct reference to your person or to the respective user can only be established by Fronius after successful registration. Registration requires your consent to disclose your personal data. In this context, our websites and apps collect and store the following personal data:

a)  User data: Title, first name, last name, company, street, house number, postal code, city, state, country, time zone, phone number[WN1] , fax number, e-mail address, date of birth, customer number, user name, password

b) System Data: System name, system identifier, commissioning date/time, company, street, house number, postal code, city, state, country, time zone, longitude, latitude, height, system performance, manufacturer, module type, system description, system image

c) Operator / customer data: Title, first name, last name, company, street, house number, postal code, city, state, country, time zone, phone number[WN1] , fax number, e-mail address, customer number, sales tax identification number.

d) Connection data: Data pursuant to section 2.1

3.2 Fronius collects personal data for the provision of the requested services, for the performance of pre-contractual measures, for the management of contracts and for the improvement of our services and products.

3.3 After registering, you can make your user name visible to other members. In addition, you can share or release more data of your profile or your system and make it visible to other members. Within your profile, you have the option to adjust by appropriate settings the extent to which your data will be released. It is entirely at your discretion to decide which and to what extent this data will be shared with other users or released. Details are further explained by the respective function on the websites.

3.4 To the extent that we use data for a purpose that requires your consent pursuant to statutory regulations, we will seek your express consent. Consent is documented in accordance with the data protection regulations. You can withdraw your given consent at any time with future effect and/or object to the future use of your data for purposes of advertising, market and opinion research. A simple message to Fronius is sufficient to withdraw a consent or for an objection. To guarantee rapid processing, please use the below contact details. You will incur no additional costs for the contact.

3.5 If you believe that our processing of personal data is not consistent with Austrian or European data protection law, we ask you to contact us and send us an appropriate notice.

4. Use of cookies

4.1 Our website uses software to analyse the use of the website. By evaluating this data, valuable insights into the needs of users can be obtained. These insights contribute to further improve the quality of what we offer.

4.2 In this context, so-called cookies are used. Cookies are text files that are stored on the computer of the visitor of the website and thereby make it possible to recognise a visitor on an anonymous basis. Cookies can generally be rejected or deleted by appropriate browser settings.

4.3 By using this website, you agree to the above procedure to analyse the use of our websites.

5. Google Analytics: Data protection and opt-out option

5.1 This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses so-called "cookies", text files that are stored on your computer and which help analyse your use of the website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is usually transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. However, if IP anonymisation is enabled on this website, your IP address will first be truncated by Google within the member states of the European Union or other states party to the agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transferred to a Google server in the USA and truncated there. On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website in order to compile reports about the website activity for us as website operators and to provide other services associated with the use of the website. The IP address that your browser transmits within the scope of Google Analytics will not be associated with any other data held by Google.

5.2 You can refuse the storing of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser software; however, we must point out that, in this case, you may not be able to use all the features of this website. You can also prevent the data generated by cookies concerning your use of the website (including your IP address) from being passed on to Google as well as the processing of these data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plugin available at the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en

5.3 You can find more information on the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy at http://www.google.com/analytics/terms/gb.html or http://www.google.com/intl/en/analytics/privacyoverview.html.

5.4 The Google tracking codes of this website use the extension "_anonymizeIp()" so that IP addresses are only processed in abbreviated form in order to prevent direct personal references.

6. Newsletter

6.1 If you have given your consent for the subscription of news in connection with the regular receipt of interesting offers via e-mail, the rules of this provision apply. Your e-mail address will not be disclosed to other companies. The consent for the use of your e-mail address for advertising purposes may be withdrawn at any time with effect for the future by clicking on the "Unsubscribe" link at the bottom of the newsletter or by sending a message to cancellation@fronius.com.

6.2 If you subscribe to our newsletter, we use the data necessary or separately provided by you to regularly send you our e-mail newsletter according to your consent.

6.3  We are entitled to check your e-mail address based on your additional information as to its authenticity and accuracy.

7. Disclosure to third parties

7.1 All personal data is treated with strict confidentiality by Fronius and will not be disclosed to third parties without your explicit consent.

7.2 Without your consent, Fronius will only collect, process or use your personal inventory and usage data as far as necessary for the conclusion of the contractual relation and for the use and invoicing of electronic information and communication services.

7.3 Disclosure to third parties by Fronius is also allowed, if there is a legal obligation to do so. This applies, for example, to obligations related to the prevention, investigation, detection and prosecution of criminal offences or the execution of sentence including protection against and the prevention of threats to the public security.

7.4 Fronius is exceptionally authorised to disclose personal data to an online payment system. However, this applies only to the extent that the data is required for the proper execution of the payment transaction.

8. Transfer to third countries

8.1 Your personal data, subject to the cases expressly mentioned in these provisions, is not transferred to third countries.

9. Duration of storage / erasure

9.1 Your data is erased or anonymised as soon as the personal data is no longer needed for the purposes for which it was collected or used pursuant to these provisions. Exempt is personal data, which is to be stored longer based on the applicable legal bases or statutory provisions.

10. Your rights

10.1 You have, at any time, the right to:

a) access to personal data about you that is processed by us,

b) rectification of your personal data in the case of incorrectness or incompleteness,

c) restriction of the personal data, where certain conditions are fulfilled, particularly in case of considerable suspicion of unlawful processing or contradiction,

d) data portability of your personal data in a common, structured and machine-readable format,

e) erasure of your personal data in the case of any existing legal reasons,

f) objection with regard to the processing of personal data pertaining to you on grounds relating to your particular situation, unless Fronius provides compelling and legitimate reasons for it, and

g) complain to us, if you believe that we are unlawfully processing your personal data. In addition, you also have the right to lodge a complaint to the competent supervisory authority which is responsible for us.

10.2 In this respect, please contact us or send your request by mail, e-mail or fax to the contact address below. The processing of your request or your data does not affect the legitimacy of the processing already carried out until the receipt of your request. The processing of your request or your data must be reasonable for Fronius. 

11. Contact in the matter of data protection and security

11.1 Controller:

Fronius International GmbH
Froniusstraße 1
A-4643 Pettenbach
Austria
E-mail: contact@fronius.com
Phone: +43/7242/241-0
Fax: +43/7242/241-3013

11.2 Management:

Elisabeth Engelbrechtsmüller-Strauß

General terms and conditions

1. APPLICABILITY

1.1 All deliveries and other services effected by Fronius Canada Ltd. ("we”, “us”, “our”, “our-selves”) and all payments made to us, shall be exclusively governed by these General Terms of Delivery and Payment. Insofar as applicable provisions may be found to be missing there-from the law of Canada applies. If any business terms of the Ordering Party are at variance with these General Terms of Delivery and Payment, we shall only be bound by such divergent terms if we have expressly recognised the same by letter or by telefax. 1.2 In taking delivery of the goods and/or services, the Ordering Party acknowledges the exclusive applicability of our General Terms of Delivery and Payment.

2. OFFERS

2.1 Our offers are without engagement and subject to alteration, unless the offer makes express mention of a period of engagement. Documents pertaining to our offers – such as drawings, illustrations, samples and patterns, and dimensional, weight, performance and consumption data – contain or themselves constitute only approximate data and are not deemed to be specially agreed characteristics unless otherwise provided. We retain the right to effect modifications for engineering reasons.

2.2 We reserve the proprietary and intellectual property rights includingcopyright to all cost estimates, drawings and other documents; these may neither be disclosed to any third party nor used for the purposes of any third party.

3. ACCEPTANCE OF THE ORDER; SUPPLEMENTARY AGREEMENTS

3.1 Acceptance of an order, and any undertakings or supplementary agreements made by our employees, as well as amendments and alterations of any kind, shall not be binding upon us until we have issued written confirmation by letter, telefax or e-mail.

4. PRICE AND PAYMENT CONDITIONS; OFFSETTING

4.1 Prices are always the list prices valid on the date of delivery. They are ex-works prices (EXW [Incoterms in the latest version]), exclusive of packaging, insurance, loading at the factory and value-added tax; the packaging will not be taken back.

4.2 Payments are to be made net cash, without any deduction and free of charges, within 30 days of the invoice date. It shall be for us to decide which claims or partial claims of the Ordering Party may be offset against such payments.

4.3 If any changes in order execution are necessitated by circumstances where risk is borne by the Ordering Party, then this latter shall bear all additional costs thereby incurred.

4.4 If the payment period is exceeded, we shall be entitled to charge default interest at a rate of ten percentage points above the applicable base rate announced by the Banque Nationale DU Kanada, plus the collection costs, such amounts to total at least 12% p.a. of the overall claim. This is without prejudice to any further consequences of default in payment.

4.5 It is inadmissible for the Ordering Party to withhold payments or to offset these against counter-claims which are contested by ourselves.

4.6 Where the Ordering Party holds claims against ourselves, we are entitled to offset these against our own claims against the Ordering Party, at any time.

4.7 For services performed under contracts for work and materials (installation, repairs, maintenance and other such work), we shall charge the hourly rates and materials-prices applicable at the time of completion, plus our applicable surcharges for any overtime, night-time, Sunday and public-holiday working; travel and waiting times are counted as working hours. Travel expenses and daily and overnight allowances will be invoiced separately.

5. PERFORMANCE, SHIPPING AND DEFAULT

5.1 The delivery period commences with the mailing of the order confirmation note, while the performance period for installation, maintenance or repair work commences when the equipment is handed over. On no account, however, shall the delivery or performance period start to elapse sooner than 14 days after the time when the Ordering Party has furnished us with the documents (e.g. engineering drawings, plans etc), permits or approvals which it is responsible for procuring, or when it has made the agreed pre-payment. The delivery or performance deadline is deemed to have been met if we have notified the Ordering Party prior to such deadline of our readiness to deliver or perform; in cases where a special agreement obliges us to dispatch or deliver, the delivery or performance deadline shall be deemed to have been met if the object of delivery or performance has left our factory prior to such deadline.

5.2 Delivery or performance periods are extended for the duration of any unforeseen impediments lying outside our sphere of influence, such as stoppages, major personnel outages, unlawful strikes, delays in supplies of essential raw materials or components or the like, as well as by circumstances where risk is borne by the Ordering Party, to the extent that these impediments and/or circumstances are of material relevance to the failure to meet the deadline. Impediments and/or circumstances of this nature also annul the consequences of a default for which we would otherwise be liable, for the duration of such impediments; any contractual penalty obligations which may have been agreed for specific instances shall entirely cease to apply. Immediate notification is to be given of the beginning and end of such impediments. We are entitled to terminate the contract, in whole or in part, if such impediments should occur. In this case, unless the Ordering Party proves gross negligence on our part, damages claims from the Ordering Party shall be inadmissible.

5.3 If agreed delivery or performance deadlines, or deadlines that have been extended in accordance with 5.2 above, are exceeded by more than four weeks, the Ordering Party shall be entitled to terminate the contract, having granted us at least 14 days’ extra time by notice given to us in a registered letter. Unless the Ordering Party proves gross negligence on our part, damages claims from the Ordering Party shall be inadmissible in this case.

5.4 If the Ordering Party incurs a loss from a delay for which we are liable, then it shall be entitled to compensation amounting to 0.5% per whole week - up to a maximum of 5% - of the value of that part of the delivery which cannot be used in time or for its intended purpose as a result of the delay. For other services, the compensation shall be 5% of the remuneration. Any damages claims going beyond the above shall be inadmissible, as shall claims for damages in consequence of delays on the part of our suppliers, unless gross negligence is proven on our part.

5.5 In cases where we have undertaken to effect shipping, the mode and route of shipping shall be for us to decide. Goods are always shipped at the Ordering Party’s risk and expense. We shall only be liable for damage if gross negligence is proven on our part. We shall only take out transport / breakage insurance by order and for the account of the Ordering Party.

5.6 We are entitled to effect part-deliveries.

5.7 Our compliance with the delivery period shall be contingent upon the Ordering Party having fulfilled its contractual obligations in all pending, still-to-be-completed business transactions.

5.8 If shipping is delayed due to circumstances where risk is borne by the Ordering Party, then this latter shall bear all resulting additional costs, such as those for storage at our factory, but with a minimum monthly charge of 0.5% of the invoice amount. In such a case we shall also be entitled to grant the Ordering Party a grace period of at most 14 days, and if this period should expire to no avail, we shall then be entitled, at our own discretion, either to make alternative arrangements regarding the article(s) to be delivered and to effect delivery to the Ordering Party within a suitably extended period of time, or to terminate the contract and claim damages for breach of contract. In this latter case, we are entitled, without having to furnish any particular proof, to require 10% of the remuneration for the intended delivery as indemnification. Where appropriately substantiated, we can also claim compensation for any damage over and above this amount.

5.9 Goods ordered on call, or for production with no shipping instructions, must be taken delivery of within three months. If this time limit elapses unused, then 5.8 shall apply analogously.

5.10 For services performed under contracts for work and materials (4.7), the Ordering Party is to provide us with the necessary equipment and auxiliary materials (e.g. winches, rails, electricity etc.) in good time and at no charge, even if installation is included in the price (4.1) or if a flatrate price has been agreed for this. Any works needing to be carried out by the Ordering Party preparatory to installation, e.g. building work, must be completed prior to the arrival of our installation technicians. Furthermore, the Ordering Party must take all safety precautions needed for the protection of persons and property. We shall not accept liability for the ancillary personnel, equipment and auxiliary materials which may be placed at our disposal unless gross negligence is proven on our part.

6. PASSAGE OF RISK

6.1 Risk shall pass to the Ordering Party as soon as the articles to be delivered, or the articles on which we have performed maintenance, repair or other work, have left our factory. The same shall also apply to part-deliveries or in cases where we have undertaken to bear the shipping charges or to perform delivery, setting-up, assembly, installation or other similar services. If the maintenance, repair or other work is carried out in the domain of the Ordering Party, then risk shall pass to this latter as soon as it has received notification that the work in question has been completed.

6.2 If there is any delay in dispatching or delivering the shipment for reasons for which we are not liable, the risk shall pass to the Ordering Party as soon as it has been notified that the consignment is ready for delivery.

7. RETENTION OF TITLE; RESCISSION

7.1 We shall retain title to the article(s) delivered until our purchase-price claims, and all other claims that we have – on whatever legal grounds – against the Ordering Party, have been settled in full.

7.2 The Ordering Party is only permitted to re-sell the article delivered – even if this has been joined to other items or subjected to processing – in the course of its company’s regular business operations. However, this permission is precluded if the resulting claims are assigned to third parties or are the subject of an assignment prohibition, or if the Ordering Party is insolvent or in default with the performance of its contractual obligations. No other manner of disposition whatever is permitted to the Ordering Party. In the event of distrainment, confiscation or other disposition by third parties, the Ordering Party is to notify us hereof immediately. Our legal expenses incurred in connection with the enforcement of our title are to be borne by the Ordering Party. 

7.3 The Ordering Party assigns to us even now its claims and other rights from the re-sale, rental or leasing of the article delivered, even if this latter has been joined together with other items or subjected to processing; the Ordering Party shall make an entry to this effect in its books. If the article delivered is sold or placed into the hands of a third party for such party’s use together with other items (regardless of whether or not it has been joined to any such items or subjected to processing), then the receivables claim shall only be assigned up to the amount of the purchase price owed to ourselves. This is without prejudice to any further damages claims.

7.4 The Ordering Party is only entitled to collect the claims and to assert the other rights to the extent that it has met its payment obligations towards us and is not insolvent.

7.5 If the Ordering Party should act contrary to the terms of the contract – in particular by being in arrears with payment or with any other contractual obligation, and/or by being insolvent – we shall be entitled, at our own discretion, either to terminate the contract without granting any grace period or, while leaving the contract in force, to take back the article delivered or to forbid it to be used. We shall also be entitled to sell the taken-back article in the open market; after deduction of a handling fee of 10% of the proceeds thus realised, the remainder will be debited from the total of our outstanding claims against the Ordering Party. Pending return of the article in the event of our terminating the contract, we shall charge the Ordering Party a usage fee of 5% of the original value of the article, unless the actual diminution in its value is even greater.

8. WARRANTY

8.1 We give no warranty for ordinary deviations in size, weight or quality (or as tolerated by ÖNORM, EN or DIN standards), and also no warranty for information given regarding the suitability of the article(s) to be delivered for the purpose contemplated by the Ordering Party, or for any other particular purpose.

8.2 Although we warrant the correctness of our processing instructions, user/operating manuals and customer advisory service, compliance with statutory or other regulations when using the articles delivered, and the testing of these articles for the purpose envisaged, shall remain the sole responsibility of the Ordering Party. We shall only be answerable for any instructions differing from our written processing instructions and user/operating manuals if we expressively previously confirmed these deviations to the Ordering Party in writing, either by letter, telefax or e-mail.

8.3 Articles or services supplied must be inspected by the Ordering Party immediately after delivery has been taken of them. Any defects must be reported to us immediately upon being discovered, in a written notice sent by letter, telefax or e-mail quoting the number and date of the order confirmation note, of the delivery note or of the invoice, and the serial and commission numbers. If the Ordering Party omits to make this immediate notification, it may no longer assert any warranty claims or claims for compensatory damages on account either of the defect itself or of any misapprehension as to whether the delivery or service was free of defects. The notice must set out which delivered items or supplied services are affected by the defects, what the defects consist of in detail, and under what concomitant circumstances these defects occurred. Every single defect must be exactly described. Any costs which we incur as a result of unjustified notices or notices that are otherwise at variance with the conditions of use are to be refunded to us by the Ordering Party.

8.4 In the case of corrective and preventive maintenance work, our warranty shall be limited to the services actually rendered. We shall only warrant correct functioning of an installation, machine, software or the like whose components were not all supplied by ourselves if we provable have undertaken – despite the provision of certain components by the Ordering Party or by third parties – to manufacture the installation (or machine etc.) as a whole, and if the faulty functioning in question is not attributable to incorrect or incomplete information from the Ordering Party.

8.5 Unless otherwise agreed, the warranty period shall be 24 months. From the beginning of the 13th month of this period, however, our warranty shall be limited to making available, free of charge, the items needed for remedying the defects; from this time onwards, any warranty claims going beyond the above shall be inadmissible. This period limitation also applies to the supply of items deemed to be immovable and to work on items which are, or are deemed to be, immovable. The warranty period shall start to elapse upon the passage of risk in accordance with Point 6. The Ordering Party must always prove that defects coming to light during the warranty period were already present at the time of the passage of risk.

8.6 In cases where we do give warranty, we shall – at our own discretion and within a reasonable period of at least 4 weeks’ duration – either exchange the defective article itself, or its defective components, for a defect-free article or defect-free components, or remedy the defect(s), or grant the Ordering Party a reasonable reduction in price, or (unless the defect in question is a minor one) cancel the contract. The warranty period is not prolonged by the exchange of the item or of parts or components belonging to the item. If, however, the remainder of the warranty period – including that part of the period during which our warranty is limited to free provision of the requisite materials in accordance with Point 8.5. – lasts for less than twelve months, then the warranty period for the exchanged items, parts or components shall be extended to twelve months. The items, parts or components thus exchanged shall become our property. We shall not refund the costs for any actual or attempted remedying of a defect by the Ordering Party or by any third party.

8.7 To the extent that is necessary and may reasonably be expected of the Ordering Party, the object of delivery or performance, or the defective part(s) thereof, are to be dispatched or shipped to us immediately at our request, at the Ordering Party’s risk and expense, failing which any and all warranty obligation on our part shall become void.

8.8 The Ordering Party is not entitled to withhold payments on account of warranty claims or other counter-claims not recognised by ourselves.

8.9 Warranty claims from the Ordering Party are excluded in cases where the installation, user and operating manuals provided by ourselves, or to be requested from us by the Ordering Party, have not been observed, or where the user has not been (fully) obligated to observe such instructions; if the installation work has not been performed properly and in accordance with the relevant Standards and in particular if was not carried out by licensed contractors; if any corrective maintenance or other work has been performed on the object of delivery or performance without our consent; if it has been improperly operated or used, or operated despite its protective features being faulty, or taken out of the contract territory without our consent, or used contrary to our instructions or for purposes for which it is not intended; and, moreover, where defects are attributable to foreign object damage, chemical influences, overvoltage, the conduct of third parties or to force majeure; the same applies in respect of natural wear-and-tear.

8.10 Our warranty is also excluded in cases where we have been contracted to carry out repair-orders, to alter or modify used items, or to supply such items.

8.11 Finally all warranty claims shall be excluded if Contractee installs third-party components or replacement parts in our delivery items or services provided by us which have not been expressly recommended by us prior thereto.

8.12 In addition to the rights of Contractee in accordance with Point 8.6 regarding the delivery of inverters for photovoltaic systems the guarantee in accordance with the guarantee conditions of Fronius shall apply, available at https://www.fronius.com/en/photovoltaics/products/all-products/solutions/fronius-service-solutions/fronius-warranties/fronius-warranties

8.13 Except as stated above and to the extent permitted by local law, we make no representation or warranty, express or implied, statutory or otherwise, with respect to products sold or distributes by us. No person ist authorized to give any further representation or warranty or to assume any further obligation on behalf of us. After the period of limited warranty, we disclaim any warranties and conditions, either express or implied, including bit not limited to any statutory conditions or implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for purpose, and disclaim any implied warranties arising from a course of performance, dealing, usage, or trade practice.

9. DAMAGES

9.1 We shall only accept unlimited liability for damage, of whatever kind, to the extent that the Ordering Party proves that we ourselves brought about this damage either knowingly and willfully or grossly negligently. If the Ordering Party proves that we have caused damage in an ordinarily negligent manner, our obligation to indemnify shall be limited to the damage actually incurred, and, moreover, to a maximum overall amount not exceeding the total order value. Furthermore, claims of this type may only be enforced at law if asserted within six months of the damage in question becoming known.

9.2 In the event that we are taken to law by a third party where we have produced and delivered in accordance with the drawings, designs, models or other documents provided by the Ordering Party, the Ordering Party shall indemnify and save us harmless.

9.3 To the extent permitted by law, our liability to pay damages for property damage by reason of the applicable product liability legislation, including all rights of recourse, is excluded. When using the installations, machines and other articles delivered by ourselves, the Ordering Party is obliged to painstakingly observe all safety regulations, technical rules, installation regulations, operating instructions and user manuals, and in particular all regulations applying to the electrical engineering field, and to allow only authorised skilled personnel to operate the equipment.

9.4 Any liability for damage caused by the installation or use of third-party components or replacement parts with our delivery items, which have not been verifiably and expressly recommended by us, shall be excluded.

10. CONSENT TO DATA PROTECTION

Client shall agree that Fronius International GmbH and its subsidiaries may collect, process and use personal data (such as name, address, email address), if applicable also by commissioning a service provider, for the purpose of sending information regarding products and services of any kind (e.g. by post, email, newsletter and more). A dissemination to externals in excess thereof shall not occur (excluded are legal or judicial obligations to provide information). The consent may be objected at any time in writing, in the newsletter there is also a link to unsubscribe.

11. FINAL PROVISIONS

11.1 The place of performance for deliveries, other services and payments, and the sole place of jurisdiction, shall be Ontario, Canada. However, we shall also be entitled to seek legal recourse against the Ordering Party at the court which has “in-rem” and territorial jurisdiction under the relevant laws or regulations for the Ordering Party’s commercial domicile or place of residence.

11.2 Legal disputes arising out of the contract are to be governed by the laws of the Province of Ontario, the federal laws of Canada as applicable hereinand by the commercial practice prevailing at the place of performance. The UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods, on the other hand, shall not be applicable. 

11.3 The Ordering Party hereby authorises us to carry out name checks in the land register(s) in the territory of the Ordering Party, and shall provide us upon our demand with a written authority to request copies and notices from the register of persons in the land register.

12. SPECIAL PROVISIONS FOR SOFTWARE SUPPLIED TOGETHER WITH ORDERED ITEMS OR SOFTWARE SUPPLIED SEPARATELY

For software delivered together with other items or for software delivered separately (here-after “software”) these Terms and Conditions of Delivery and Payment only apply insofar as these do not deviate from the following conditions or from conditions agreed upon separately with the Ordering Party.
 

12.1 SCOPE OF USE

12.1.1 All rights of intellectual property, such as copyright, trademark rights, design rights, patent rights, utility model rights and know-how, as well as in particular unprotected inven-tions, commercial experience, trade secrets and such like, independent from the time these were disclosed to the Ordering Party, shall be reserved at any time by us or our licensors. The Ordering Party shall have the right to use the software after payment of the agreed sum ex-clusively for his own purposes in accordance with the acquired number of licences. With the present contract only the authorization to use the software is acquired. Dissemination by the Ordering Party shall be excluded in accordance with the copyright law. With a possible par-ticipation of the Ordering Party in producing the software no rights other than the specified usage laid out in Section 12 are acquired. The Ordering Party may only use the software simultaneously on one device, which one is his decision. Usage of the software shall constitute any long-term or even any temporary duplication (copying) of the software, whether in whole or also only in part, by saving, loading, running or displaying for the purpose of execution of the software and processing of the data contained therein by the hardware. He shall not be authorized to copy the user manual.

12.1.2 The Ordering Party shall be permitted to make copies of the software for archival and data protection purposes on condition that there is no explicit prohibition in the software or any accompanying material (instruction manual, packaging, etc.) and that all copyright and proprietary notices are transferred unchanged in these copies. Retranslations of the proggramme code (decompilation) exceeding the legal provisions shall not be permitted.

12.1.3. If the software is equipped with technical copy protection, the Ordering Party shall in the case of damage be supplied with a replacement copy after restitution of the data carrier.

 

12.2 FURTHER RIGHTS

In the event of availability of a new software version the Ordering Party shall be entitled to exchange the supplied software package for a similar software package of the new version at our listed update price; the exchange implies the software package as a whole, as it was acquired by the Ordering Party. With the exchange Ordering Party´s permission to use the exchanged software package shall expire. In such an event the Ordering Party shall immediately and completely destroy all copies, partial copies and backup copies as well as altered or revised versions of the software and the copies, partial copies and backup copies made thereof .

 

12.3 WARRANTY

12.3.1 The Ordering Party shall note that it is not possible to develop software programmes in such a manner that these are free from defects for every application condition.

12.3.2 We shall warrant that the supplied software fulfils the agreed functions and has the expressly guaranteed properties. Requirement for any warranty is usage according to contract. A defect for which we are responsible shall only be deemed to exist if the software does not function according to the most recent version of the corresponding performance description/ documentation and if this is reproducible by the Ordering Party. In order to carefully examine possible occurring defects the Ordering Party shall be obliged to support us in the rectification of any defects.

12.3.3 We further shall warrant that the original software is duly recorded onto a tested data carrier. Excepted here from are previously installed software and third-party software products.

12.3.4 Software defects shall be documented by the user and we shall be notified in writing with immediate effect; otherwise 8.3 shall apply. 

12.3.5 The warranty period shall always be twelve months; the period commences with the dispatch of the software package.

12.3.6 If the software package is not usable or defect (12.3.2), we shall exchange it primarily for a new one of the same title or for an adequate alternative solution. If this also proves to be unusable or defect and if we are not in a position to make it usable with adequate effort within an adequate time, but at least within a period of four weeks, the Ordering Party may demand a price reduction or a change. Costs of defect rectification by the Ordering Party or a third person shall not be compensated by us. 

12.3.7 In excess of this (12.3.6) we shall not provide warranty, in particular not in the case of the supplied software not meeting the special requirements of the Ordering Party or user, and also not for altered or revised versions of the software (point 12.1.2), unless the Ordering Party can prove that the defects are not connected to the alterations or revisions. The Ordering Party itself is solely responsible for the selection, installation and usage of the software as well as for the results intended therewith.

12.3.8 In the event of unjustified assertion of defects in the software we shall be entitled to charge the Ordering Party with any incurred costs according to valid cost rates.

12.3.9 A change of the end-user shall exclude any warranty claims

 

12.4 COMPENSATION

12.4.1 All further claims of the Ordering Party or third persons, in particular claims for compensation for damages of any kind, shall be excluded, unless the injured party can prove that the damage was caused by us either intentionally or due to gross negligence.

12.4.2 Otherwise Point 9 shall apply accordingly.