Scope of validity
This data protection declaration explains to users the nature, scope and purpose of the collation and use of personal data by the provider responsible for this website (hereinafter ‘offering’).
The legal basis for data protection is set out in the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) and the German Telemedia Act (TMG).
Access data/server log files
The provider (or his/her web space provider) gathers data whenever the offering is accessed (known as server log files). Access data includes:
The name of the website accessed, the file, date and time of access, the volume of data transferred, the successful access message, the browser type and version, the user’s operating system, the referrer URL (site last visited), the IP address and the requesting provider.
The provider only uses the log data for statistical assessment, for the purposes of operation, security and optimisation of the offering. Nevertheless, the provider reserves the right to subsequently check the log data if there is justified suspicion of illegal usage based on specific indications.
Handling of personal data
Personal data is information that can be used to identify an individual, i.e., information that can be traced back to an individual. This includes their name, e-mail address and telephone number. Furthermore, data regarding preferences, hobbies, memberships or previously visited websites is also considered to be personal data.
Personal data is only collected, used and forwarded by the provider if this is permitted under law or if the user has consented to the data being collected.
When contacting the provider (for example via the contact form or by e-mail), the user’s details are stored for the purposes of processing the enquiry and in case any follow-up questions arise.
We use the newsletter to tell you about ourselves and our offerings.
If you would like to receive the newsletter, we will need a valid e-mail address from you. No other data is collected. This data is only used for sending the newsletter and is not forwarded to third parties.
When signing up for the newsletter, we store your IP address and the date of registration. This data is only stored as evidence in case a third party is misusing an e-mail address and signs up to receive the newsletter without the knowledge of the authorised user.
You can revoke your consent to storage of the data and e-mail address and its use for sending the newsletter at any time. You can revoke your consent via a link in the newsletter itself or by using the contact options below.
Inclusion of third party services and content
Third party content, such as YouTube videos, Google Maps cartographic material, RSS feeds or graphics from other websites, may be included within this online offering. This always presumes that the providers of this content (hereinafter referred to as ‘third party providers’) are aware of the user’s IP address. Without the IP address, they would not be able to send the content to the respective user’s browser. Thus, the IP address is required for displaying this content. We strive to use content for which the respective providers are only using the IP address for the purpose of delivering the content. Nevertheless, we have no control over whether the third party providers store the IP address, for statistical purposes, for example. We declare this to users to the extent that we are aware of this.
Cookies are small files that enable specific information relating to the device to be stored on the user’s access device (PC, smartphone etc.). On the one hand, this is used for the user-friendliness of website and hence for the benefit of users (e.g., storage of login data). On the other hand, it is used to enable statistical data on website usage to be captured and analysed for the purposes of improving the offering. Users can take steps to determine the usage of cookies. The majority of browsers have an option that can be used to restrict or completely prevent the storage of cookies. However, you are advised that usage, especially convenience of use, is restricted without cookies.
You can manage the online advertising cookies for many companies via the US site http://www.aboutads.info/choices/ or the EU site http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/your-ad-choices/.
However, if IP anonymisation is activated on this website, the user’s IP address is shortened in advance by Google in member states of the European Union or in other member states of the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases is the full IP address transferred to a Google server in the USA and shortened there. IP anonymisation is enabled on this website. Under contract to the operator of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate the usage of the website by the users, in order to compile reports on website activity and to provide the website operator with other services associated with website and Internet usage.
The IP address transmitted by your browser in the context of Google Analytics is not combined with other data that Google holds. Users can prevent the storage of cookies by using a corresponding setting in their browser software; however, this offering advises users that, if they do so, they may not be able to use all of the functions on this website to their full extent. Furthermore, users can prevent the recording of data generated by the cookie and relating to their usage of the website (including their IP address) by Google and the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing the plug-in available under the following link: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de.
As an alternative to the browser add-on, or in browsers on mobile devices, click on this link to prevent recording by Google Analytics on this website in future. By doing so an opt-out cookie will be stored on your device. If you delete your cookies, you will need to click on this link again.
Use of Facebook social plugins
This offering uses social plugins (‘plugins’) for the social network Facebook, which is operated by Facebook Ireland Ltd., 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2, Ireland (‘Facebook’). The plugins are detectable via one of the Facebook logos (the letter ‘f’, the term ‘Like’ or the thumbs-up icon) or are marked with the appendix ‘Facebook Social Plugin’. The list and appearance of Facebook social plugins can be viewed here: https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/.
If a user accesses a page of this offering that contains such a plugin, his/her browser establishes a direct connection with the Facebook servers. The content of the plugin is transferred from Facebook directly to your browser, which integrates the content into the webpage. Consequently, the provider has no control over the scope of the data that Facebook collects via this plugin and hence informs users accordingly of its level of awareness.
Where such a plugin is integrated, Facebook receives information that a user has accessed the corresponding page of the offering. If the user is logged in with Facebook, Facebook can allocate the visit to his/her Facebook account. When users interact with the plugins (for example, by pressing the ‘like’ button or posting a comment), the corresponding information is sent directly from their browser to Facebook and stored there. If the user is not a member of Facebook, there is still the possibility of Facebook finding out his/her IP address and storing it. According to Facebook, only anonymised IP addresses are stored in Germany.
The purpose and scope of the data collection and the further processing and use of the data by Facebook, plus the rights and settings options relating to this for protecting user privacy, can be seen in the Facebook data protection notices: https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/.
If the user is a member of Facebook and does not want Facebook to collate data about him/her and link to his/her membership data stored with Facebook, he/she will need to log out of Facebook before visiting the website. Further settings and denials of consent for using data for advertising purposes are possible in the Facebook profile settings: https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=ads.
This offering uses the buttons for the Twitter service. These buttons are offered by Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA. They are recognisable from terms such as ‘Twitter’ or ‘Follow’, associated with a stylised blue bird. It is possible to use the buttons to share an article or page on this offering via Twitter, or to follow the provider on Twitter.
If a user accesses a page of this website that contains such a button, the browser establishes a direct connection with the Twitter servers. The content of the Twitter button is sent by Twitter directly to the user’s browser. Hence the provider has no control over the scope of the data that Twitter collects via this plugin and informs users accordingly of its level of awareness. According to Twitter, only the user’s IP address and the URL of the respective web page relating to the button are transferred to Twitter but this data is used only for the purposes of displaying the button.
More information about this can be found in the Twitter data protection declaration at http://twitter.com/privacy.
Revocation, amendments, permissions and updates
The user is entitled, on request and at no cost, to receive information about the personal data stored about him/her. In addition, the user is entitled to have incorrect data corrected and to have his/her personal data blocked or deleted, where this does not contravene any legal duty of retention.
Data protection contact
In the event of questions relating to the leveraging, processing or use of your personal data, for information regarding, or correction, blocking or deletion of data, and to revoke consent you have given, please contact:
Empolis Intelligent Views GmbH
Data Protection Officer
c/o Tasco Revision und Beratung GmbH
Information regarding the responsible office
Empolis Intelligent Views GmbH
Directors: Jörg Kleinz, Dr. Christian Schulmeyer
64293 Darmstadt, Germany