This data protection declaration clarifies the type, scope and purpose of the processing of personal data (hereinafter referred to as “data”) in the context of the provision of our services and within our online offering and the websites, functions and content associated with it as well as external online presences, such as our Social Media Profile (hereinafter jointly referred to as “online offering”). With regard to the terms used, such as “processing” or “person responsible”, we refer you to the definitions in Art. 4 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
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– Inventory data (e.g., person master data, names or addresses).
– Contact data (e.g., e-mail, telephone numbers).
– Content data (e.g., text entries, photographs, videos).
– Usage data (e.g., websites visited, interest in content, access times).
– Meta/communication data (e.g., device information, IP addresses).
Visitors and users of the online offer (hereinafter referred to collectively as “users”).
– Provision of the online offer, its functions and contents.
– Answering contact requests and communicating with users.
– Security measures.
– Range measurement/Marketing
“Personal data” means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (hereinafter “data subject”); a natural person who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, online identifier (e.g. a cookie) or to one or more specific characteristics which express the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person, is regarded as identifiable.
“Processing” means any operation carried out with or without the aid of automated processes, or set of operations, involving personal data. The term is broad and covers practically every handling of data.
“Pseudonymisation” means the processing of personal data in such a way that the personal data can no longer be attributed to a specific data subject without the provision of additional information, provided that such additional information is kept separately and is subject to technical and organizational measures ensuring that the personal data are not attributed to an identified or identifiable natural person.
“Profiling” means any automated processing of personal data consisting of the use of such personal data to evaluate certain personal aspects relating to a natural person, in particular to analyze or predict aspects relating to the work performance, economic situation, health, personal preferences, interests, reliability, conduct, whereabouts or movements of that natural person.
The “controller” is the natural or legal person, public authority, agency or other body which alone or jointly with others determines the purposes and means of the processing of personal data.
“Processor” means a natural or legal person, public authority, agency or other body that processes personal data on behalf of the controller.
In accordance with Art. 13 GDPR we inform you about the legal basis of our data processing. For users from the area of application of the data protection basic regulation (GDPR), i.e. the EU and the EEC, the following applies, if the legal basis is not mentioned in the data protection explanation:
The legal basis for obtaining consent is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a and Art. 7 GDPR;
The legal basis for the processing for the fulfilment of our services and the implementation of contractual measures as well as the answering of inquiries is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b GDPR;
The legal basis for the processing for the fulfilment of our legal obligations is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. c GDPR;
Art. 6 para. 1 lit. d GDPR serves as the legal basis in the event that vital interests of the data subject or another natural person necessitate the processing of personal data.
The legal basis for the processing necessary to perform a task that is in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority entrusted to the data controller is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. e GDPR.
The legal basis for the processing to safeguard our legitimate interests is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR.
The processing of data for purposes other than those for which they were collected is governed by the provisions of Art. 6 (4) GDPR.
The processing of special categories of data (pursuant to Art. 9 (1) GDPR) is governed by the provisions of Art. 9 (2) GDPR.
We take appropriate technical and organizational measures in accordance with the legal requirements, taking into account the state of the art, the implementation costs and the type, extent, circumstances and purposes of the processing, as well as the different probability of occurrence and severity of the risk to the rights and freedoms of natural persons, in order to ensure a level of protection appropriate to the risk.
Measures shall include, in particular, ensuring the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data by controlling physical access to, access to, inputting, disclosure, securing and separation of data. In addition, we have established procedures to ensure the exercise of data subjects' rights, the deletion of data and the response to data threats. Furthermore, we take the protection of personal data into account as early as the development or selection of hardware, software and processes, in accordance with the principle of data protection through technology design and data protection-friendly default settings.
Insofar as we disclose data to other persons and companies (contract processors, jointly responsible persons or third parties) within the scope of our processing, transfer them to them or otherwise grant them access to the data, this shall only take place on the basis of legal permission (e.g. if a transfer of the data to third parties, such as payment service providers, is necessary for the fulfilment of the contract), users have consented, a legal obligation provides for this or on the basis of our legitimate interests (e.g. when using agents, web hosts, etc.).
Insofar as we disclose, transmit or otherwise grant access to data to other companies of our group of companies, this is done in particular for administrative purposes as a legitimate interest and beyond that on a basis corresponding to the legal requirements.
If we process data in a third country (i.e. outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or the Swiss Confederation) or if this is done in the context of the use of third party services or disclosure or transfer of data to other persons or companies, this only occurs if it is done to fulfil our (pre)contractual obligations, on the basis of your consent, a legal obligation or on the basis of our legitimate interests. Subject to express consent or contractually required transfer, we process or allow the data to be processed only in third countries with a recognized level of data protection, which includes US processors certified under the “Privacy Shield” or on the basis of special guarantees, such as a contractual obligation through so-called standard protection clauses of the EU Commission, the existence of certifications or binding internal data protection regulations (Art. 44 to 49 GDPR, information page of the EU Commission).
Right of access: You have the right to obtain confirmation as to whether the data in question will be processed and to obtain access to such data, as well as further information and a copy of the data in accordance with the provisions of the law.
Right of rectification: You have the right, in accordance with the law, to request the completion of the data concerning you or the rectification of inaccurate data concerning you.
Right to deletion and limitation of processing: You have the right, in accordance with the statutory provisions, to demand that the data concerned be deleted immediately or, alternatively, to demand that the processing of the data be limited in accordance with the statutory provisions.
Right to data transfer: You have the right to receive data concerning you that you have made available to us in a structured, common and machine-readable format in accordance with the legal requirements or to demand its transfer to another responsible person.
Complaint to supervisory authority: You also have the right to submit a complaint to the competent supervisory authority in accordance with the statutory provisions.
You have the right to revoke any consent you have given with effect for the future.
Right of objection: You have the right, for reasons arising from your particular situation, to object at any time to the processing of personal data concerning you based on Art. 6 para. 1 lit. e or f GDPR; this also applies to profiling based on these provisions. If the personal data concerning you are processed for the purpose of direct advertising, you have the right at any time to object to the processing of the personal data concerning you for the purpose of such advertising; this also applies to profiling insofar as it is connected with such direct advertising.
Cookies” are small files that are stored on the user’s computer. Different data can be stored within the cookies. A cookie is primarily used to store information about a user (or the device on which the cookie is stored) during or after the user’s visit to an online service. Temporary cookies, or “session cookies” or “transient cookies”, are cookies that are deleted after a user leaves an online offer and closes his browser. The content of a shopping basket in an online shop or a login status, for example, can be stored in such a cookie. Cookies are referred to as “permanent” or “persistent” and remain stored even after the browser is closed. For example, the login status can be saved if users visit it after several days. The interests of the users who are used for range measurement or marketing purposes can also be stored in such a cookie. Third party cookies” are cookies that are offered by providers other than the person responsible for operating the online service (otherwise, if they are only the latter’s cookies, they are referred to as “first party cookies”).
If users do not wish cookies to be stored on their computer, they are asked to deactivate the corresponding option in the system settings of their browser. Stored cookies can be deleted in the system settings of the browser. The exclusion of cookies can lead to functional restrictions of this online offer.
The data processed by us will be deleted in accordance with the statutory provisions or their processing will be restricted. Unless expressly stated in this data protection declaration, the data stored by us will be deleted as soon as they are no longer required for their intended purpose and there are no legal obligations to retain them.
If the data are not deleted because they are required for other and legally permissible purposes, their processing will be restricted. This means that the data will be blocked and not processed for other purposes. This applies, for example, to data that must be stored for commercial or tax reasons.
We ask you to inform yourself regularly about the content of our data protection declaration. We will adapt the data protection declaration as soon as the changes to the data processing carried out by us make this necessary. We will inform you as soon as the changes require your cooperation (e.g. consent) or other individual notification.
We process data in the context of administrative tasks as well as the organization of our business, financial accounting and compliance with legal obligations, such as archiving. Here we process the same data that we process within the scope of providing our contractual services. The processing bases are Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. c. GDPR, Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f. GDPR. Customers, interested parties, business partners and website visitors are affected by the processing. The purpose and our interest in the processing lies in the administration, financial accounting, office organization, archiving of data, i.e. tasks which serve the maintenance of our business activities, performance of our tasks and provision of our services. The deletion of the data with regard to contractual services and contractual communication corresponds to the data specified in these processing activities.]
We disclose or transmit data to the financial administration, consultants, such as tax consultants or auditors, as well as other fee offices and payment service providers.
Furthermore, based on our business interests, we store information on suppliers, organizers and other business partners, e.g. for the purpose of establishing contact at a later date. This data, which is mainly company-related, is stored permanently.
Within our online offer, we use customary tracking measures based on our legitimate interests (i.e. interest in the analysis, optimization and economic operation of our online offer) pursuant to Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f GDPR, insofar as these are necessary for the operation of the affiliate system. In the following, we inform the users about the technical background.
The services offered by our contractual partners can also be advertised and linked on other websites (so-called affiliate links or after-buy systems if, for example, links or services of third parties are offered after a contract has been concluded). The operators of the respective websites receive a commission if users follow the affiliate links and then take advantage of the offers.
In summary, it is necessary for our online offer that we can track whether users who are interested in affiliate links and/or the offers available from us subsequently perceive the offers at the instigation of the affiliate links or our online platform. For this purpose, the affiliate links and our offers are supplemented by certain values that can be set as part of the link or otherwise, e.g. in a cookie. The values include in particular the source website (referrer), time, an online identifier of the operator of the website on which the affiliate link was located, an online identifier of the respective offer, an online identifier of the user, as well as tracking specific values such as advertising material ID, partner ID and categorizations.
The online user IDs used by us are pseudonymous values. This means that the online identifiers themselves do not contain any personal data such as names or e-mail addresses. They only help us to determine whether the same user, who clicked on an affiliate link or was interested in an offer via our online offer, perceived the offer, e.g. concluded a contract with the provider. However, the online identifier is personal to the extent that the partner company and we have the online identifier together with other user data. Only in this way can the partner company tell us whether the user has taken advantage of the offer and we can, for example, pay out the bonus.
We are not liable based on our legitimate interests (i.e. interest in the economic operation of our online offer within the meaning of Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f.). GDPR) Participant of the partner program of Amazon EU, which was designed to provide a medium for websites by means of which advertising costs can be reimbursed through the placement of advertisements and links to Amazon.de (so-called affiliate system). I.e. as Amazon partner, we earn on qualified purchases.
For further information on Amazon's use of data and the possibilities for objection, please refer to the company's data protection declaration: https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=468496.
Note: Amazon and the Amazon logo are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or one of its affiliates.
Further information on the use of data by Awin and possibilities for objection can be found in the company's data protection declaration: https://www.awin.com/us/legal.
If users leave comments or other contributions, their IP addresses may be deleted on the basis of our legitimate interests within the meaning of Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f. of the German Data Protection Act. GDPR for 7 days. This is done for our security if someone leaves illegal contents (insults, forbidden political propaganda, etc.) in comments and contributions. In this case we can be prosecuted ourselves for the comment or contribution and are therefore interested in the identity of the author.
Furthermore, we reserve the right, based on our legitimate interests pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f. GDPR, to process user data for the purpose of spam detection.
The personal information provided in the course of comments and contributions, any contact and website information as well as the content information will be stored permanently by us until the user objects.
Our online service uses the “Akismet” service provided by Automattic Inc, 60 29th Street #343, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA. The use is based on our legitimate interests in the sense of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f) GDPR. With the help of this service, comments of real people are distinguished from spam comments. All comments are sent to a server in the USA, where they are analyzed and stored for four days for comparison purposes. If a comment has been classified as spam, the data is stored beyond this time. This information includes the name entered, the email address, the IP address, the comment content, the referrer, information about the browser used, the computer system and the time of the entry.
Users are welcome to use pseudonyms or to refrain from entering their name or email address. You can completely prevent the transmission of data by not using our comment system. That would be a shame, but unfortunately, we do not see any other alternatives that work just as effectively.
Our podcasts are stored on the platform “Soundcloud”, offered by SoundCloud Limited, Rheinsberger Str. 76/77, 10115 Berlin, Germany and are played back from this platform.
For this purpose, we incorporate so-called Soundcloud widgets into our website. Users can play the podcasts with this playback software. Soundcloud can measure which podcasts are heard and to what extent and process this information pseudonymously for statistical and business purposes. For this purpose, cookies can be stored in the browsers of the users and processed for the purpose of creating user profiles, e.g. for the purpose of displaying advertisements that correspond to the potential interests of the users. In the case of users who are registered with Soundcloud, Soundcloud may assign the listening information to their profiles.
The use is made based on our legitimate interests, i.e. interest in the secure and efficient provision, analysis and optimization of our audio services in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1 letter f. GDPR.
Further information and possible objections can be found in Soundcloud's data protection declaration: https://soundcloud.com/pages/privacy.
When contacting us (e.g. via contact form, e-mail, telephone or via social media), the user's details are used to process the contact enquiry and to process it in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. b. of the German Data Protection Act. (within the framework of contractual/pre-contractual relationships), Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f. (other inquiries) GDPR processed… The user data can be stored in a customer relationship management system (“CRM system”) or comparable inquiry organization.
We delete the requests if they are no longer necessary. We check the necessity every two years; furthermore, the legal archiving obligations apply.
We use the Facebook Messenger for communication purposes and ask you to note the following information about the functionality, encryption, risks of the Facebook Messenger, use of the metadata within the Facebook group of companies and your opposition options.
You do not have to use the Facebook Messenger and can contact us by alternative means, e.g. by telephone or e-mail. Please use the contact options provided to you or use the contact options provided on our website.
Facebook Messenger is offered by Facebook Ireland Ltd., 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2, Ireland, whereby the data entered and otherwise collected in the course of communication is processed in the USA by Facebook, 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA.
However, Facebook is certified under the Privacy Shield Agreement and therefore warrants complying with European and Swiss data protection laws (https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt0000000GnywAAC&status=Active).
Facebook also assures that the communication content (i.e. the content of your message and attached images) is not readable and offers end-to-end encryption of the content. This means that the content of the messages is not viewable, not even by Facebook itself. However, end-to-end encryption requires activation, which you must activate in your Messenger settings with the “Secret Conversations” menu item. You should always use a current version of Facebook Messenger to ensure that message content is encrypted.
We would like to point out to our communication partners that, even if encryption is activated, Facebook can find out that and when communication partners communicate with us and process technical information about the communication partner's device used and, depending on the settings of their device, also location information (so-called metadata). With the exception of the encrypted content, it is possible to transmit the data of the communication partners within the Facebook group of companies, in particular for the purpose of optimizing the respective services and for security purposes. Communication partners should also assume, at least as long as they have not objected, that their data processed by the Facebook Messenger can be used for marketing or advertising purposes tailored to users.
If we request the consent of communication partners before communicating with them via the Facebook Messenger, the legal basis for our processing of their data is Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. a. GDPR. Otherwise, if we do not request consent and you contact us, for example, on your own initiative, we will use WhatsApp in our relationship with our contractual partners and as part of contract initiation as a contractual measure pursuant to Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. b. GDPR and in the case of other interested parties and communication partners on the basis of our legitimate interests in fast and efficient communication and fulfilment of the needs of our communication partners in communication via messengers pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f. GDPR.
Further information on the purposes, types and scope of the processing of your data by Facebook, as well as the relevant rights and setting options for the protection of your privacy, can be found in Facebook's data protection information: https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy.
You can object to communication with us via Facebook Messenger at any time and request us not to continue communication via Facebook Messenger and to delete the communication content. We delete the Facebook messages as soon as we can assume that we have answered any user information, if no reference to a previous conversation is to be expected and there are no legal obligations to store the deletion.
Finally, we would like to point out that we reserve the right, for reasons of your security, not to answer enquiries using the Facebook Messenger. This is the case if, for example, internal contractual matters require special secrecy or if an answer via the Messenger does not meet the formal requirements. In such cases, we refer you to more appropriate communication channels.
With the following information we inform you about the contents of our newsletter as well as the registration, dispatch and statistical evaluation procedures and your rights of objection. By subscribing to our newsletter, you declare your agreement with the receipt and the described procedures.
Content of the newsletter: We send newsletters, e-mails and other electronic notifications containing advertising information (hereinafter referred to as “newsletter”) only with the consent of the recipient or legal permission. If the contents of the newsletter are specifically described within the scope of registration, they are decisive for the consent of the user. In addition, our newsletters contain information about our services and us.
Double-Opt-In and logging: The registration to our newsletter takes place in a so-called Double-Opt-In procedure. I.e. after registration, you will receive an e-mail in which you will be asked to confirm your registration. This confirmation is necessary so that nobody can register with external e-mail addresses. The registrations for the newsletter are logged in order to be able to prove the registration process according to the legal requirements. This includes the storage of the registration and confirmation time, as well as the IP address. Likewise, the changes of your data stored with the newsletter provider are logged.
Registration data: To subscribe to the newsletter, it is sufficient to enter your e-mail address. Optionally, we ask you to enter a name in the newsletter for the purpose of addressing you personally.
The dispatch of the newsletter and the performance measurement associated with it are based on the consent of the recipients in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. a, Art. 7 GDPR in conjunction with § 7 Para. 2 No. 3 UWG or, if consent is not required, on our legitimate interests in direct marketing in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1 lt. f. GDPR in connection with § 7 Abs. 3 UWG.
The registration procedure is recorded based on our legitimate interests pursuant to Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f GDPR. Our interest is directed towards the use of a user-friendly and secure newsletter system that serves our business interests as well as the expectations of the users and furthermore allows us to provide evidence of consent.
Cancellation/revocation – You can cancel the receipt of our newsletter at any time, i.e. revoke your consent. You will find a link to cancel the newsletter at the end of each newsletter. We may store the unsubscribed e-mail addresses for up to three years on the basis of our legitimate interests before deleting them in order to be able to provide evidence of a previously given consent. The processing of this data is limited to the purpose of a possible defense against claims. An individual request for deletion is possible at any time, provided that the former existence of a consent is confirmed at the same time.
The dispatch service provider can use the recipient's data in pseudonymous form, i.e. without allocation to a user, to optimise or improve its own services, e.g. for technical optimisation of dispatch and the presentation of the newsletter or for statistical purposes. However, the dispatch service provider does not use the data of our newsletter recipients to write to them itself or to pass the data on to third parties.
The newsletters contain a so-called “web-beacon”, i.e. a file the size of a pixel, which is retrieved from our server when the newsletter is opened or, if we use a dispatch service provider, from its server. Within the scope of this retrieval, technical information such as information about the browser and your system, as well as your IP address and time of retrieval are first collected.
This information is used to technically improve the services based on technical data or target groups and their reading behaviour based on their retrieval locations (which can be determined with the help of the IP address) or access times. The statistical surveys also include determining whether the newsletters are opened, when they are opened and which links are clicked. For technical reasons, this information can be assigned to the individual newsletter recipients. It is, however, neither our endeavor nor, if used, that of the dispatch service provider to observe individual users. The evaluations serve us much more to recognize the reading habits of our users and to adapt our contents to them or to send different contents according to the interests of our users.
A separate cancellation of the performance measurement is unfortunately not possible, in which case the entire newsletter subscription must be cancelled.
We process personal data of participants in competitions and competitions only in compliance with the relevant data protection regulations and only for the purpose of providing, conducting and processing the competitions and competitions (6 Paragraph 1 lit. b GDPR).
Participants' data will only be transmitted to other parties if this is necessary for the execution of the sweepstakes and competitions (e.g. for the purpose of sending prizes) or if a participant has consented to the transmission.
If contributions of participants are published in the context of competitions or competitions (e.g. in the context of a vote or presentation of the competition or competition contributions, or the winner or reporting on the competition or competition), we would like to point out that the names of participants may also be published in this context. The participants can object to this at any time.
If the sweepstakes and competitions take place within an online platform or within a social network (e.g. Facebook or Instagram, hereinafter referred to as “online platform”), the usage and data protection provisions of the respective platforms also apply. In these cases, we would like to point out that we are responsible for the information provided by the participants in the context of the competitions and contests and those enquiries regarding the competitions and contests must be addressed to us.
The data of the participants will be deleted as soon as the lottery or competition has ended and the data is no longer required to inform the winners or because queries regarding the lottery are to be expected. In principle, the data of the participants will be deleted at the latest 6 months after the end of the competition. Winners' data can be retained for longer, e.g. in order to answer questions about the prizes or to fulfil the prizes; in this case, the retention period depends on the type of prize and is up to three years for items or services, e.g. in order to be able to process warranty claims. Furthermore, the participants' data may be stored for longer, e.g. in the form of reports on the competition in online and offline media.
Insofar as data is collected for other purposes as part of the competition, its processing and storage period shall be governed by the data protection instructions for this use (e.g. in the case of registration for a newsletter as part of a competition).
The hosting services used by us serve the provision of the following services: Infrastructure and platform services, computing capacity, storage space and database services, e-mail dispatch, security services and technical maintenance services that we use for the purpose of operating this online service.
Here we, or our hosting provider, process inventory data, contact data, content data, contract data, usage data, meta data and communication data of customers, interested parties and visitors to this online service on the basis of our legitimate interests in the efficient and secure provision of this online service in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f GDPR in connection with Art. 28 GDPR (conclusion of an order-processing contract).
We, and/or our hosting provider, raise on basis of our entitled interests in the sense of the art. 6 Abs. 1 lit. f. GDPR collects data on each access to the server on which this service is located (so-called server log files). The access data includes the name of the website accessed, file, date and time of access, amount of data transferred, notification of successful access, browser type and version, the user's operating system, referrer URL (the previously visited page), IP address and the requesting provider.
Log file information is stored for security reasons (e.g. to clarify abuse or fraud actions) for a maximum period of 7 days and then deleted. Data, the further storage of which is necessary for evidence purposes, are excluded from deletion until the respective incident has been finally clarified.
We use a so-called “Content Delivery Network” (CDN), offered by Cloudflare, Inc., 101 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA. Cloudflare is certified under the Privacy Shield Agreement and thereby offers a guarantee to comply with European data protection law (https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt0000000GnZKAA0&status=Active).
A CDN is a service that enables us to deliver content from our online offering, especially large media files such as graphics or scripts, more quickly using regionally distributed servers connected via the Internet. The processing of user data is carried out solely for the aforementioned purposes and to maintain the security and functionality of the CDN.
The use is made based on our legitimate interests, i.e. interest in a secure and efficient provision, analysis and optimization of our online offer in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1 letter f. GDPR.
Further information can be found in Cloudflare’s data protection declaration: https://www.cloudflare.com/security-policy.
Google will use this information on our behalf to evaluate the use of our website by users, to compile reports on activities within this website and to provide us with other services relating to the use of this website and the Internet. Pseudonymous user profiles can be created from the processed data.
We use Google Analytics only with activated IP anonymization. This means that Google shortens the IP address of the user within member states of the European Union or in other contracting states of the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases, is the full IP address transmitted to a Google server in the USA and shortened there.
If we ask the users for their consent (e.g. in the context of a cookie consent), the legal basis for this processing is Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. a. GDPR. Otherwise, the personal data of the user will be processed based on our legitimate interests (i.e. interest in the analysis, optimization and economic operation of our online service as defined in Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f. of the German Data Protection Act). GDPR).
As far as data is processed in the USA, we point out that Google is certified under the Privacy Shield Agreement and thereby assures compliance with European data protection law (https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt000000001L5AAI&status=Active).
The personal data of the users will be deleted or anonymized after 14 months.
We use Google Analytics in the form of “universal analytics”. “Universal Analytics” refers to a Google Analytics procedure in which user analysis is performed on the basis of a pseudonymous user ID and a pseudonymous profile of the user is thus created with information from the use of various devices (so-called “cross-device tracking”).
We maintain online presences within social networks and platforms in order to be able to communicate with customers, interested parties and users’ active there and to inform them about our services.
We would like to point out that user data may be processed outside the European Union. This can result in risks for users, as it could, for example, make it more difficult to enforce the rights of users. With regard to US providers that are certified under the Privacy Shield, we would like to point out that by doing so they commit themselves to comply with EU data protection standards.
In addition, user data is usually processed for market research and advertising purposes. For example, user profiles can be created based on user behavior and the resulting interests of users. The usage profiles can in turn be used, for example, to place advertisements inside and outside the platforms that presumably correspond to the interests of the users. For these purposes, cookies are usually stored on the user's computer in which the user's usage behaviour and interests are stored. Furthermore, data can also be stored in the user profiles independently of the devices used by the users (in particular if the users are members of the respective platforms and are logged in to them).
The processing of the personal data of the users takes place based on our legitimate interests in effective information of the users and communication with the users in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1 letter f. GDPR. If the users are requested by the respective providers of the platforms to consent to the aforementioned data processing, the legal basis for the processing is Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. a., Art. 7 GDPR.
For a detailed description of the respective processing operations and the opt-out options, we refer to the following linked information of the providers.
Also in the case of requests for information and the assertion of user rights, we point out that these can be asserted most effectively with the providers. Only the providers have access to the data of the users and can directly respond appropriately and give information. Should you nevertheless need help, you can contact us.
– Google/ YouTube (Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland) – Privacy Statement: https://policies.google.com/privacy, Opt-Out: https://adssettings.google.com/authenticated, Privacy Shield: https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt000000001L5AAI&status=Active.
– Instagram (Instagram Inc., 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, 94025, USA) – Privacy Statement / Opt-Out: http://instagram.com/about/legal/privacy/.
– Twitter (Twitter Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA) – Privacy Statement: https://twitter.com/privacy , Opt-Out: https://twitter.com/personalization, Privacy Shield: https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt0000000TORzAAO&status=Active.
– Pinterest (Pinterest Inc., 635 High Street, Palo Alto, CA, 94301, USA) – Privacy Statement / Opt-Out: https://policy.pinterest.com/en/privacy-policy-2016.
– LinkedIn (LinkedIn Ireland Unlimited Company Wilton Place, Dublin 2, Ireland) – Privacy Statement https://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy, Opt-Out: https://www.linkedin.com/psettings/guest-controls/retargeting-opt-out, Privacy Shield: https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt0000000L0UZAA0&status=Active.
– Xing (XING AG, Dammtorstraße 29-32, 20354 Hamburg, Germany) – Privacy Statement / Opt-Out: https://privacy.xing.com/en/privacy-policy.
– Wakalet (Wakelet Limited, 76 Quay Street, Manchester, M3 4PR, United Kingdom) – Privacy Statement / Opt-Out: https://wakelet.com/privacy.html.
– Soundcloud (SoundCloud Limited, Rheinsberger Str. 76/77, 10115 Berlin, Germany) – Privacy Statement / Opt-Out: https://soundcloud.com/pages/privacy.
Within the scope of our online offer, we act based on our legitimate interests (i.e. interest in the analysis, optimization and economic operation of our online offer within the meaning of Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f. of the German Civil Code). GDPR) content or service offers from third parties in order to integrate their content and services, such as videos or fonts (hereinafter uniformly referred to as “content”).
This always presupposes that the third-party providers of this content perceive the IP address of the user, since they would not be able to send the content to their browser without the IP address. The IP address is therefore required for the presentation of this content. We make every effort to use only those contents whose respective providers only use the IP address to deliver the contents. Third party providers may also use so-called pixel tags (invisible graphics, also known as “web beacons”) for statistical or marketing purposes. Pixel tags” can be used to evaluate information such as visitor traffic on the pages of this website. The pseudonymous information may also be stored in cookies on the user's device and may contain, among other things, technical information about the browser and operating system, referring web pages, visit times and other information about the use of our online services, as well as may be linked to such information from other sources.
Functions and contents of the Twitter service offered by Twitter Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA, could be integrated into our online offer. This may include, for example, content such as images, videos or texts and buttons with which users can share content from this online service within Twitter.
Functions and contents of the Twitter service offered by Twitter Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA, could be integrated into our online offer. This may include, for example, content such as images, videos or texts and buttons with which users can share content from this online service within Twitter.
Within our online offer the service, “AddThis” (1595 Spring Hill Rd Suite 300 Vienna, VA 22182, USA) is used to share contents of this online offer within social networks (so-called sharing).
The use takes place based on our legitimate interests, i.e. interest in a spreading of our on-line offer in accordance with art. 6 exp. 1 lit. f. GDPR.
On our website, texts are embedded in which a so-called tracking pixel (METIS counting pixel) is embedded. The provider is the Verwertungsgesellschaft WORT – VG WORT (association with legal capacity by virtue of conferral), Untere Weidenstraße 5, 81543 Munich (hereinafter VG Wort). The pixel counts the views of texts, forwards them anonymously to the VG Wort, to determine the distributions for the authors. The use of the VG Wort pixel is based on our legitimate interest in receiving remuneration for the texts published on our website for our authors or for ourselves (Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f DSGVO). Conflicting interests of website visitors are not apparent, as the data is transmitted to VG Wort anonymously.
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