Personal data means information by which a person may be identified, i.e., data that can be matched to an individual. This includes names, email addresses or telephone numbers, but also data concerning preferences, hobbies, memberships or previously visited websites.
Only data that are anonymous, i.e. are stored without reference to a specific individual (for instance the number of visits to a particular website), do not qualify as personal data. If there is a legitimate cause for concern, please contact the party responsible for the site immediately in writing. Where any infringement of rights is detected, the content in question will be removed from the site without delay.
Collection of access data
The host of this offer collects data on each single access to the offer. Such data are stored anonymously, without reference to specific individuals. Access data includes:
- the name of the visited website,
- the file, date and time of the visit,
- the data load that was transferred,
- a download report,
- the browser used, including its version,
- dthe user’s operating system,
- the referrer URL (the previously visited site) and the referring provider (such as T-Online),
- and the data requested from the host’s server.
The host will use the log file data without identification of the user, exclusively for purposes of statistical analyses for operating and optimizing the offer. However, the host reserves the right to subsequently check the log file data if there is concrete, legitimate evidence to suspect unlawful use.
Collection and use of personal data
Personal data will be collected and used by the host only as permitted by law or authorized by the user. A user using the service normally will be aware of the data that are stored, for example the name, email address and message when using a contact or comment form.
Warnings, data integrity
The host has taken organizational, contractual and technical safety precautions to ensure compliance with the applicable data protection laws. However, users should be aware that the access to publicly available data cannot be fully controlled. Sensitive information, such as intimate details, illnesses, religious views or similar should therefore not be published at all. Users who nevertheless decide to publish such details should be aware that their disclosure on the internet often is irreversible.
Data transfer to third parties
User data will be transferred to third parties only as permitted by law or authorized by the user. Without the user’s consent, the personal data of a user will under no circumstances be sold or transferred to any third party for purposes of advertising or setting up of user profiles.
Data transfer to third parties abroad
Any transfer of data to third parties abroad will be strictly subject to the applicable laws. Data will be transferred to non-Member States of the European Union or to other contracting states to the Agreement on the European Economic Area only if such countries offer an adequate level of protection within the meaning of the German Data Protection Act. Third parties based in the USA will be assumed to offer an adequate level of protection if they have agreed to comply with the Safe Harbour agreement (such as Google).
Cookies are used to facilitate the use of the service. For example, a cookie saves the user’s login status so the user does not have to log in anew each time.
Further, cookies are used for statistical or marketing purposes to survey the use of the offer. The data are collected anonymously or by using pseudonyms, which means the data are stored without identification of the users. Such cookies are provided by the host or by third parties (such as advertising partners).
Where Google AdSense, a web advertising service offered by Google Inc., USA (‘Google’), is used for placing advertisements through text ads or banners, the user’s browser will store a cookie provided by Google or a third party. The information stored in the cookie may be collected, used and transferred by Google or third parties. Further, Google AdSense also uses web beacons to collect information. Web beacons are small, invisible graphics used by Google to document and analyze actions such as website traffic.
The information collected as described above on the user’s use of the offer is transferred to and stored on a Google server located in the USA. Google uses the collected information to analyze user behaviour with regard to the AdSense ads. Google may transfer such information to third parties, where required by law or where third parties process such data under contract for Google. Google will not associate the IP address with other data stored by Google. In using this website the user agrees to the processing of the data collected on the user by Google, in the manner and for the purposes described above.
Users may restrict or refuse the collection of information by Google by changing the cookie settings in their browser (see the section on ‘Cookies’).
Facebook Social Plugins
This offer may make use of the social plugins (‘plugins’) of the social network facebook.com operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA (‘Facebook’). The plugins are labelled with one of the Facebook logos (white ‘f’ on a blue tile or ‘thumbs up’ sign) or the addition ‘Facebook Social Plugin’. For a list and the appearance of the Facebook Social Plugins, please see http://developers.facebook.com/plugins.
Users who are Facebook members but do not wish Facebook to collect user data through our internet presence to connect them with the users’ Facebook data, have to log off from Facebook before visiting our internet sites.
Collection and use of data by third parties
Objections, data amendments, correction, updates
Users may contact the host at any time and request the amendment, correction or deletion of their data. Further, users may object to the setup of pseudonymous user profiles for advertising and market research. In any such event the host will have the right to exclude the user from using the service. In particular but without limitation, this right applies where individual exceptions are impossible for technical or economic reasons.
Contact, questions, queries and suggestions