About the collection, processing and use of your personal data (data protection provision and cookies)
We consider the trust you place in us to handle your data properly to be vital to the success of our online service. We therefore attach great importance to data privacy. Your data is collected, processed (e.g. stored, modified, transmitted, blocked and deleted) and used exclusively in compliance with applicable data protection laws.
We would like to briefly explain to you below our principles concerning the collection, processing and use of your personal data.
1. Collection, processing and use of personal data
Personal data is information about a person’s identity, such as name, address, date of birth and e-mail address.
1.1. When using our online services in general
As a rule, no personal data is collected, processed and/or used when you use our online services.
1.2. When using services
However, personal data is collected when you supply it to us at your own discretion. We process and use this data to the extent necessary to provide the relevant service.
The following lists a few examples of situations in which we collect, process and use personal data:
If you decide to take part in our competitions, we will ask you to supply your name, date of birth, e-mail address, telephone number and/or postal address, primarily to inform you in the event that you win and to ensure that each entrant to the competition only enters once.
• Ordering content/information (e.g. by newsletter):
As part of our online services, we give you the option in several places to let us inform you of interesting offers and news through a variety of channels (e-mail, telephone and/or SMS/MMS). For example, if you subscribed to one of our newsletters, the requested newsletter will be delivered to your e-mail address at regular intervals. As part of registering for a newsletter, you may have the option to provide further information about yourself, for instance if you would like to receive a birthday surprise. We will then process and use the data that you supplied for this purpose. Should you no longer be interested in receiving particular information or offers, or if you no longer wish to receive the information or offers via a particular channel, please notify us in an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will comply with your request immediately. You can also write to the abovementioned address if you wish to revoke your consent to the collection, processing and use of your personal data in the future. We will then immediately delete any and all data that we have stored about you. Please understand that for technical or organizational reasons, your revocation may coincide with the use of your information in a campaign that is already underway.
• Personalized services:
If you decide to use services that require you to register, we will collect, process and use your data as required by the said services to make these services available to you.
2. Collection, processing and use of usage data
Usage data is information that you do not actively supply and that can be collected passively while you navigate a website. When you visit our online services, we store the domain name or IP address of the requesting computer, the client’s file request (file name and URL), the HTTP response code, the Internet page from which you are visiting us, and the date and duration of your visit for a period of four (4) working days. We store this information in order to identify disruptions or the misuse of our online services and our telecommunication services/equipment insofar as this is necessary to set up additional connections and/or for billing purposes. We do not analyze your usage data to create personal usage profiles unless you have explicitly consented to such use. In the event of disruptions or misuse, we reserve the right to file a complaint with law enforcement agencies. We will not use or disclose your usage data to third parties beyond this extent.
• What are cookies?
A cookie is a small text file that servers temporarily store on the hard drive of a user when they visit a website. If a server is accessed again, the browser sends the cookie received earlier back to the server. The server can analyze the information received through this procedure in different ways.
• How do third parties employ cookies and web beacons on our online offer?
Our online service uses Google AdSense, a web service offered by Google Inc., USA (“Google”), which places context-dependent, third-party advertisements (“ads”), which are based on search terms in search engines or key words contained in website content, on our online offer. We therefore wish to make you aware that through these ads, Google may place and read cookies on your browser and may use “web beacons” (small invisible graphic files) to gather information. The information generated by the cookies and/or web beacons is transferred to a Google server in the USA and processed there.
The use of DoubleClick DART cookies allows Google to use information about your visits to our online offer and other websites in such a way that certain advertisements can be controlled by frequency capping. In this way, the frequency of advertisements can be guaranteed using standardized criteria. You can deactivate the use of DoubleClick DART cookies on the Google website by clicking “Privacy & Terms,” “Privacy” and then “Advertising” and following the instructions there.
Furthermore, third-party cookies are also used, for example, to control the delivery of ads (for more information, see section “4. Online behavioral advertising”).
In this online offer, we use the “Scalable Central Measurement” (SCM) of INFOnline (https://www.infonline.de) to determine statistical values on the usage of the online offer. It collects anonymous measured data. In order to recognize computer systems, the SCM reach measurement uses either a cookie with the identifier “ivwbox.de” or a signature that is generated from a variety of information automatically transmitted from your computer. This method does not store IP addresses and only processes them in their non-personally identifiable form. The reach measurement was developed taking data protection into account. The objective of reach measurement is to statistically determine the usage intensity and number of users of a website. At no time are individual users identified. Your identity is always safe. You will not receive any advertising through the system. For websites that are members of the Informationsgesellschaft zur Feststellung der Verbreitung von Werbeträgern e.V. (Information Association for Determining the Distribution of Advertising Mediums, IVW – www.ivw.eu) or are participating in the study “internet facts” conducted by Arbeitsgemeinschaft Online-Forschung e.V. (Working Group for Online Media Research, AGOF – www.agof.de), usage statistics are published on a monthly basis by AGOF and Arbeitsgemeinschaft Media-Analyse e.V. (Working Group for Media Analysis, ag.ma - www.agma-mmc.de) as well as IVW, and are available at www.agof.de, www.agma-mmc.de and www.ivw.eu. In addition to publishing the measured data, IVW regularly checks that use of the SCM method complies with regulations and data protection requirements. More information on the SCM method is available from the website of INFOnline GmbH (https://www.infonline.de), which operates the SCM method, from the data protection website of AGOF (http://www.agof.de/datenschutz) and from the data protection website of IVW (http://www.ivw.eu). You can opt out of data processing by SCM at the following link: optout.ivwbox.de.
• How can I remove cookies?
If you do not wish to make use of the benefits of our cookies or third-party cookies, you may of course also use our online offer without cookies. Any browser can be set to reject cookies by default. You may also delete cookies at any time once they have been placed. If you do not wish for cookies to be placed on your computer, please follow these technical instructions. If you do not accept cookies, the website may not function properly in certain cases. Please note that deleting the cookies placed in your browser will also delete the settings associated with the processing of your details by us or third parties. If you do delete the cookies stored in your browser, you will be required to re-configure the settings on how information is processed by us or third parties.
4. Online behavioral advertising
Nugg.ad AG: ad-choices.nuggad.net
AdAudience GmbH: www.adaudience.de/index.php
Criteo GmbH: www.criteo.com/privacy/
More information about online behavioral advertising is also available on the consumer portal meine-cookies.org at www.meine-cookies.org. On meine-cookies.org, you can also use the link below to activate or deactivate the collection of usage data by additional providers and view the activation status with different providers: meine-cookies.org/cookies_verwalten/praeferenzmanager-beta.html.
As a company, we have committed ourselves to voluntary self-regulation by the Deutscher Datenschutzrat Online-Werbung (DDOW). You can read the self-regulation code by which we are bound (code of conduct for telecommunications providers – first parties) at the following link: www.meine-cookies.org/ddow.html.
5. Disclosing your data
We will not disclose your data to our partners or other third parties except for the following reasons:
• It is necessary in order to provide you with our services or to process or bill these services. In this event, we will transmit your data to our vicarious agents for the purpose in question.
• We have your express consent.
• We are obliged to disclose this data, for instance on foot of a court order or official directive.
6. Changes to your data
We endeavor to save your personal data correctly. However, you may change (i.e. update, correct and/or supplement) or delete your data in the profile section of the relevant service at any time. We will verify your identity before you make any such changes in order to protect your privacy and security.
Should it not be possible to change your data in the profile section of a service, or should such a profile section not exist, you can reach us at the following e-mail address: email@example.com
7. Option to revoke your consent
Should you no longer be interested in receiving particular information or offers, or no longer wish to receive the information or offers via a particular channel, please notify us in an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will comply with your request immediately. You can also write to the abovementioned address if you wish to revoke your consent to the collection, processing and use of your personal data in the future. In this case, we will immediately delete any and all data that we have stored about you. Please understand that for technical or organizational reasons, your revocation may coincide with the use of your information in a campaign that is already underway.
8. Information on the use of social plugins
We use social plugins of the social network facebook.com (“plugin”), which is operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S.California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA (“Facebook”) on several websites of our online offer.
The websites of our online offer that contain a plugin are identified by a clearly visible Facebook logo (such as a white “f” on a blue tile, or a “thumbs up” icon) or the words “Facebook Social Plugin”.
When you access a website with such a plugin, your browser establishes a direct connection to the Facebook servers, and Facebook transmits the content of the plugin straight to your browser.
If you are registered with Facebook and logged into your Facebook account, Facebook will receive the information from the plugin that you accessed that website. If you use the plugin actively, for instance by clicking on the “Like” button or the “Share” button, or post a comment on that website, that information will be transmitted by your browser straight to Facebook and used there.
To prevent Facebook from collecting the aforementioned information on you when accessing a website, please visit the Facebook website to find more information and/or log out of Facebook prior to visiting the website. In addition, you should probably also delete any Facebook cookies from your browser.
Functions of the service Twitter are embedded on our websites. These functions are offered by Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA. By using Twitter and the function “Re-Tweet” the websites you visit are linked to your Twitter account and disclosed to other users. Data is also transmitted to Twitter in the process.
We would like to inform you that, as providers of the websites, we are not informed by Twitter as to the content of the data transmitted or their use.
You can change your privacy settings at Twitter in the account settings at twitter.com/account/settings.
8.3. Google +1
Our web presence uses the “+1” button of the social network Google Plus, which is operated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, United States (“Google”). You can recognize the button by the “+1” symbol on a white or colored background.
When you access a website of our web presence with such a button, your browser establishes a direct connection to the Google servers. The content of the “+1” button is transmitted by Google directly to your browser, which embeds it in the website. Therefore, we cannot influence the extent of the data that Google collects with the button. According to Google, if you do not click on the button then no personal data is collected. Only if you are logged in as a member, such data will be collected and processed, including the IP address.
If you are a member of Google Plus and do not want Google to collect data on you through our web presence and link it to your membership data stored at Google, you will need to log out of Google Plus prior to visiting our web presence.
9. No liability for partner websites
Our pages contain links to several cooperation partners who also offer websites and web services. They usually have own privacy policies. We assume no liability for any of these statements, with which we are not associated. Please inform yourself there on how each partner handles data privacy.
10. Data security
We are committed to the security of your data. To prevent unauthorized access to or unauthorized disclosure of your data, and to ensure its accuracy and authorized use, we have set up relevant technical and organizational processes to secure and protect the data that we request online. However, we cannot assume any responsibility or liability for the disclosure of your data due to errors in data transmission and/or unauthorized access by third parties.
For information and suggestions on data privacy, please contact us at the e-mail address email@example.com.
12. Amendment of this Data Protection Provision
We reserve the right to amend this Data Protection Provision at any time, taking into account applicable data protection laws. The version of the General Data Protection Provision accessible online at the time of your visit applies to the use of our online offer.
Status: Jan. 2013
The term “Client” means a network computer (workstation) which uses network resources (data, programs, etc.) provided by a corresponding server or a program that uses services of another program.
A cookie is a small text file that www servers send when a user visits a website and which is temporarily stored on the hard drive. If a server is accessed again, the browser of the user sends the cookie received earlier back to the server. The server can analyze the information received through this procedure in different ways. For example, cookies can be used to control how advertisements are shown or to facilitate navigation of a website.
Tools menu - Internet Options
“Privacy” tab: Click on the button “Sites”
Tools menu – Settings
“Privacy” panel: Cookies
Click on the button “Exceptions”
IP addresses make it possible to address devices in the Internet. Every computer has a unique IP address in the form of a pre-defined set of numbers.
The recording of a user’s surfing behavior.