General terms and conditions
The Publisher provides the Services to you on the basis of the following General Terms and Conditions ("GTC"). In addition, when using certain services, special provisions applicable to the respective service may apply. Where applicable, you will be informed of these before using the relevant service. By using the Services, you agree to be bound by these TOS. If you do not wish to be bound by these GTC, you may not use the Services!
The information and links on the pages and in our newsletters are compiled carefully and to the best of our knowledge. The operator of these web pages naturally makes every effort to ensure that the information and data are always up-to-date, complete and correct. The operator and the providers of data and other content are not liable, insofar as this is legally permissible, for the correctness, up-to-dateness and completeness of the transmitted data (including links) or for actions taken in reliance thereon or for investments made on the basis of the information presented on these web pages.
Only non-binding information is provided. The information is intended for information purposes only.
Links to other websites are not permanently controlled, therefore no liability is assumed for the content of linked websites.
The operator reserves the right to make changes or additions to the website without prior notification.
The contents and structure of this website are protected by copyright. The reproduction or use of the information or data stored on this website requires the prior written consent of the operator. Temporary storage on proxy servers or a cache memory for the purpose of accelerating access is permitted, provided that the stored files are not modified.
These GTC and the use of the Services are governed by German law. The place of jurisdiction for disputes arising from or in connection with the use of the Services and/or these GTC is Berlin.
PRIVACY STATEMENT AND CONSENTS
Table of contents
1. objective and responsible body
2. basic information on data processing
3. processing of personal data
4. collection of access data
5 Cookies & Reach Measurement
6. google analytics
7. google re/marketing services
8. Facebook Social Plugins
9. Facebook Remarketing
12. integration of services and contents of third parties
13. users' rights and deletion
1. OBJECTIVE AND RESPONSIBLE BODY
This data protection declaration provides information on the type, scope and purpose of the processing (including collection, processing and use as well as obtaining consent) of personal data within our online offer and the websites, functions and content connected with it (hereinafter jointly referred to as "online offer" or "website"). The data protection declaration applies irrespective of the domains, systems, platforms and devices (e.g. desktop or mobile) used on which the online offer is executed.
The provider of the online offer and the entity responsible for data protection is the owner: Ekaterine Khvedelidze, Hiddenseer Str. 6, 10437 Berlin, (hereinafter referred to as "provider", "we" or "us"). For contact details, please refer to the contact pages and the imprint.
The term "user" includes all customers and visitors to our online offer. The terms used, such as "user", are to be understood as gender-neutral.
2. BASIC INFORMATION ON DATA PROCESSING
We only process users' personal data in compliance with the relevant data protection regulations in accordance with the principles of data economy and data avoidance. This means that the user's data will only be processed if a legal permission exists, in particular if the data is necessary for the provision of our contractual services and online services, or is required by law, or if consent has been given.
We take organisational, contractual and technical security measures in accordance with the state of the art to ensure that the provisions of the data protection laws are complied with and thus to protect the data processed by us against accidental or intentional manipulation, loss, destruction or against access by unauthorised persons.
If content, tools or other means from other providers (hereinafter collectively referred to as "third party providers") are used within the scope of this data protection declaration and their named registered office is abroad, it is to be assumed that a transfer of data to the registered office states of the third party providers takes place. The transfer of data to third countries takes place either on the basis of legal permission, user consent or special contractual clauses that guarantee the legally required security of the data.
3. PROCESSING OF PERSONAL DATA
- The provision, execution, maintenance, optimisation and safeguarding of our services, services and user services;
- Ensuring effective customer service and technical support.
We only transmit users' data to third parties if this is necessary for billing purposes (e.g. to a payment service provider) or for other purposes if these are necessary to fulfil our contractual obligations to users (e.g. communication of addresses to suppliers).
When contacting us (via contact form or email), the user's details are stored for the purpose of processing the enquiry and in the event that follow-up questions arise. Personal data is deleted if it has fulfilled its purpose and there are no storage obligations that prevent its deletion.
4. COLLECTION OF ACCESS DATA
We collect data about every 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.
We use the log data without attribution to the person of the user or other profiling in accordance with the legal provisions only for statistical evaluations for the purpose of the operation, security and optimisation of our online offer. However, we reserve the right to check the log data retrospectively if there is a justified suspicion of unlawful use due to concrete indications.
5. COOKIES & REACH MEASUREMENT
The viewing of this online offer is also possible under exclusion of cookies. If users do not want 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.
It is possible to view many online advertising cookies from companies via the US site http://www.aboutads.info/choices or the EU side http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/your-ad-choices/ to manage.
6. GOOGLE ANALYTICS
Google will use this information on our behalf for the purpose of evaluating your use of our website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. In doing so, pseudonymous user profiles of the users can be created from the processed data.
We only use Google Analytics with IP anonymisation activated. This means that the IP address of the user is shortened by Google within member states of the European Union or in other contracting states of the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transmitted to a Google server in the USA and shortened there.
The IP address transmitted by the user's browser will not be merged with other data from Google. Users can prevent the storage of cookies by setting their browser software accordingly; users can also prevent the collection of the data generated by the cookie and related to their use of the online offer to Google as well as the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plugin available under the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de.
You can find out more information about the use of data for advertising purposes by Google, and about setting and objection options on the Google website: https://www.google.com/intl/de/policies/privacy/partners ("Data use by Google when you use our partners' websites or apps"), http://www.google.com/policies/technologies/ads ("Data use for advertising purposes"), http://www.google.de/settings/ads ("manage information that Google uses to serve ads to you") and http://www.google.com/ads/preferences ("Determine what advertising Google shows you").
We use the marketing and remarketing services (Google Marketing Services for short) of Google Ireland Ltd, Gordon House, 4 Barrow St,Dublin, D04 E5W5, Ireland, ("Google").
Google's marketing services allow us to display advertisements for and on our website in a more targeted manner in order to present users only with ads that potentially match their interests. If, for example, users are shown ads for products they were interested in on other websites, this is referred to as "remarketing". For these purposes, when our website and other websites on which Google marketing services are active are called up, a code is executed directly by Google and so-called (re)marketing tags (invisible graphics or code, also known as "web beacons") are integrated into the website. With their help, an individual cookie, i.e. a small file, is stored on the user's device (comparable technologies can also be used instead of cookies). The cookies can be set by various domains, including google.com, doubleclick.net, invitemedia.com, admeld.com, googlesyndication.com or googleadservices.com. This file records which websites the user has visited, which content he or she is interested in and which offers he or she has clicked on, as well as technical information on the browser and operating system, referring websites, time of visit and other information on the use of the online offer. The IP address of the user is also recorded, whereby we inform Google Analytics that the IP address is shortened within Member States of the European Union or in other contracting states to the Agreement on the European Economic Area and only in exceptional cases is transmitted in full to a Google server in the USA and shortened there. The IP address will not be merged with user data within other Google offerings. This aforementioned information may also be combined with such information from other sources. If the user subsequently visits other websites, he or she may be shown ads tailored to his or her interests.
User data is processed pseudonymously within the scope of Google marketing services. This means that Google does not store and process the name or email address of the user, for example, but processes the relevant data in a cookie-related manner within pseudonymous user profiles. I.e. from Google's perspective, the ads are not managed and displayed for a specifically identified person, but for the cookie holder, regardless of who this cookie holder is. This does not apply if a user has expressly allowed Google to process the data without this pseudonymisation. The information collected by "DoubleClick" about users is transmitted to Google and stored on Google's servers in the USA.
The Google marketing services we use include the online advertising programme "Google AdWords". In the case of Google AdWords, each AdWords customer receives a different "conversion cookie". Cookies can therefore not be tracked via the websites of AdWords customers. The information obtained with the help of the cookie is used to create conversion statistics for AdWords customers who have opted for conversion tracking. The AdWords customers learn the total number of users who clicked on their ad and were redirected to a page tagged with a conversion tracking tag. However, they do not receive any information with which users can be personally identified.
Another Google marketing service used by us is the "Google Tag Manager", with the help of which further Google analysis and marketing services can be integrated into our website (e.g. "AdWords", "DoubleClick" or "Google Analytics").
If you wish to object to the collection by Google marketing services, you can use the settings and opt-out options provided by Google: http://www.google.com/ads/preferences.
8. FACEBOOK SOCIAL PLUGINS
Our online offer uses social plugins ("plugins") of the social network facebook.com, which is operated by Facebook Ireland Ltd, 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2, Ireland ("Facebook"). The plugins are recognisable by one of the Facebook logos (white "f" on a blue tile, the terms "Like", "Like" or a "thumbs up" sign) or are marked with the addition "Facebook Social Plugin". The list and appearance of Facebook social plugins can be viewed here: https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/.
When a user calls up a function of this online offer that contains such a plugin, his or her device establishes a direct connection with the Facebook servers. The content of the plugin is transmitted by Facebook directly to the user's device and integrated into the online offer by the latter. In the process, user profiles can be created from the processed data. We therefore have no influence on the scope of the data that Facebook collects with the help of this plugin and therefore inform users according to our level of knowledge.
By integrating the plugins, Facebook receives the information that a user has accessed the corresponding page of the online offer. If the user is logged in to Facebook, Facebook can assign the visit to his or her Facebook account. If users interact with the plugins, for example by clicking the Like button or posting a comment, the corresponding information is transmitted from their device directly to Facebook and stored there. If a user is not a member of Facebook, there is still the possibility that Facebook will find out and store his or her IP address. According to Facebook, only an anonymised IP address is stored in Germany.
If a user is a Facebook member and does not want Facebook to collect data about him or her via this online offer and link it to his or her membership data stored on Facebook, he or she must log out of Facebook and delete his or her cookies before using our online offer. Further settings and objections to the use of data for advertising purposes are possible within the Facebook profile settings: https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=ads or via the US side http://www.aboutads.info/choices/ or the EU side http://www.youronlinechoices.com/. The settings are platform-independent, i.e. they are applied to all devices, such as desktop computers or mobile devices.
9. FACEBOOK REMARKETING
Within our online offer, so-called "Facebook pixels" of the social network Facebook, which is operated by Facebook Inc., 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA, or if you are a resident of the EU, Facebook Ireland Ltd, 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2, Ireland ("Facebook"), are used. With the help of the Facebook pixel, it is possible for Facebook to determine the visitors to our offer as a target group for the display of advertisements, so-called "Facebook ads". Accordingly, we use the Facebook pixel to display the Facebook ads placed by us only to those Facebook users who have also shown an interest in our website. This means that with the help of the Facebook pixel we want to ensure that our Facebook ads correspond to the potential interest of the users and do not have a harassing effect. With the help of the Facebook pixel, we can also track the effectiveness of the Facebook ads for statistical and market research purposes by seeing whether users were redirected to our website after clicking on a Facebook ad.
The Facebook pixel is directly integrated by Facebook when you visit our website and can save a so-called cookie, i.e. a small file, on your device. If you then log in to Facebook or visit Facebook while logged in, your visit to our website will be noted in your profile. The data collected about you is anonymous for us, so it does not allow us to draw any conclusions about the identity of the user. However, the data is stored and processed by Facebook so that a connection to the respective user profile is possible. The processing of the data by Facebook takes place within the framework of Facebook's data usage policy. Accordingly, you will find further information on how the remarketing pixel works and generally on the display of Facebook ads in Facebook's data usage policy: https://www.facebook.com/policy.php.
You can object to the collection by the Facebook pixel and use of your data to display Facebook ads. To do so, you can visit the page set up by Facebook and follow the instructions there on the settings for usage-based advertising: https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=ads or the opposition via the US side http://www.aboutads.info/choices/ or the EU side http://www.youronlinechoices.com/ explain. The settings are platform-independent, i.e. they are applied to all devices, such as desktop computers or mobile devices.
With the newsletter we inform you about us and our offers. If you would like to receive the newsletter, we require a valid email address from you as well as information that allows us to verify that you are the owner of the email address provided or that the owner agrees to receive the newsletter. In addition, we request your first name for the personalisation of our newsletter, whereby this information is provided voluntarily. No other data is collected. This data is only used for sending the newsletter and is not passed on to third parties. When you register for the newsletter, we store your IP address and the date of registration. This storage serves solely as proof in the event that a third party misuses an email address and registers to receive the newsletter without the knowledge of the authorised person. You can revoke your consent to the storage of the data, the email address and their use for sending the newsletter at any time. The revocation can be made via a link in the newsletters themselves, in your profile area or by sending a message to the contact options above.
Notes on newsletters and consents
The following information explains 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 agree to receive it and to the procedures described.
We send newsletters, e-mails and other electronic notifications with promotional information (hereinafter "newsletter") only with the consent of the recipients or a legal permission. Insofar as the contents of the newsletter are specifically described in the context of a registration, they are decisive for the consent of the users.
Double opt-in and logging
Registration for our newsletter takes place in a so-called double opt-in process. This means that after registration you will receive an email in which you are asked to confirm your registration. This confirmation is necessary so that no one can register with other people's email addresses. The registrations for the newsletter are logged in order to be able to prove the registration process in accordance with the legal requirements. This includes the storage of the registration and confirmation time, as well as the IP address.
Use of the "ActiveCampaign" mailing service provider
The newsletter is sent using "Activecampaign", a newsletter sending platform of the US provider ActiveCampaign, LLC, 150 N. Michigan Ave Suite 12, Chicago, IL, US. Michigan Ave Suite 1230, Chicago, IL, US, USA.
The email addresses of our newsletter recipients, as well as their other data described in this notice, are stored on ActiveCampaign servers in the USA. ActiveCampaign uses this information to send and evaluate the newsletter on our behalf. Furthermore, according to its own information, ActiveCampaign may use this data to optimise or improve its own services, e.g. for the technical optimisation of the dispatch and presentation of the newsletter or for economic purposes in order to determine from which countries the recipients come. However, ActiveCampaign does not use the data of our newsletter recipients to write to them itself or pass the data on to third parties.
To sign up for the newsletter, all you need to do is enter your e-mail address.
Statistical survey and analyses
The newsletters contain a so-called "web beacon", i.e. a pixel-sized file that is retrieved from the ActiveCampaign server when the newsletter is opened. Within the scope of this retrieval, technical information, such as information about the browser and your system, as well as your IP address and the time of the retrieval are initially collected. This information is used for the technical improvement of the services based on the technical data or the target groups and their reading behaviour based on their retrieval locations (which can be determined with the help of the IP address) or the 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 individual newsletter recipients. However, it is neither our intention nor that of ActiveCampaign to observe individual users. The analyses serve us much more to recognise the reading habits of our users and to adapt our content to them or to send different content according to the interests of our users.
Online call and data management
In this context, we pointed out that cookies are used on the websites of ActiveCampaign and that personal data is processed by ActiveCampaign, its partners and service providers (e.g. Google Analytics). We do not have any influence on this data collection. We would also like to draw your attention to the options for objecting to the collection of data for advertising purposes on the websites https://www.aboutads.info/choices/ and https://www.youronlinechoices.com/ (for the European region).
Termination / Revocation
You can cancel the receipt of our newsletter at any time, i.e. revoke your consent. Your consent to the sending of the newsletter via ActiveCampaign and the statistical analyses will then expire at the same time. Separate cancellation of the sending via ActiveCampaign or the statistical analysis is not possible. You will find a link to cancel the newsletter at the end of each newsletter.
12. INTEGRATION OF THIRD PARTY SERVICES AND CONTENT
It may happen that content or services from third-party providers, such as city maps or fonts from other websites, are integrated within our online offer. The integration of content from third-party providers always requires that the third-party providers are aware of the IP address of the user, as without the IP address they would not be able to send the content to the user's browser. The IP address is thus required for the display of this content. Furthermore, the providers of the third-party content can set their own cookies and process the users' data for their own purposes. In doing so, user profiles can be created from the processed data. We will use this content in a data-saving and data-avoiding manner as far as possible and select reliable third-party providers with regard to data security.
The following presentation provides an overview of third-party providers and their content, together with links to their data protection declarations, which contain further information on the processing of data and, in part already mentioned here, options for objection (so-called opt-out):
13. USER RIGHTS AND DELETION OF DATA
Users have the right, upon request and free of charge, to obtain information about the personal data we have stored about them. In addition, users have the right to correct incorrect data, revoke consent, block and delete their personal data, as well as the right to file a complaint with the competent supervisory authority in the event of the assumption of unlawful data processing.
The data stored by us will be deleted as soon as it is no longer required for its intended purpose and the deletion does not conflict with any statutory retention obligations.
14. CHANGES TO THE DATA PROTECTION DECLARATION
We reserve the right to change the data protection declaration in order to adapt it to changed legal situations or in the event of changes to the service as well as data processing. However, this only applies with regard to declarations on data processing. Insofar as user consent is required or components of the data protection declaration contain provisions of the contractual relationship with the users, the changes will only be made with the consent of the users. Users are requested to inform themselves regularly about the content of the data protection declaration.