1. Basic information concerning data processing
We process personal data of users solely in compliance with the applicable data protection provisions. This means that the data of users shall be processed only if supported by statutory permission in respect thereof.
2. Application purposes of processing
We retain, process and use collected personal data, registration information as well as posted comments and contents to ensure the operation of our website to the fullest and smoothest extent possible.
3. Security measures
We take the organizational, contractual and technical security measures according to the state of art, in order to ensure compliance with the provisions of data protection laws and to protect the data processed by us against accidental or intentional manipulation, loss and destruction, or access by unauthorized persons. The security measures include in particular the encrypted transfer of data between your browser and our server.
4. Erasure or blocking of data
We comply with the principles of data avoidance and data economy. Thus, we retain your personal data only for the period of time necessary for fulfilling the herein stated purposes, or as stipulated by the different storage periods defined by the legislator. After the respective purpose becomes inapplicable or after the aforementioned retention periods expire, the corresponding data shall be blocked or deleted on regular basis and according to statutory provisions.
5. Transfer of data to third parties or third-party suppliers
The transfer of data to third parties is executed solely to the extent permitted by statutory provisions. We transfer personal data of users to third parties only if required for contractual purposes or based on legitimate interests. We employ service providers in order to make our services available. Regarding thereto, we take the appropriate legal precautions as well as the relevant technical and organizational measures to ensure the protection of your data pursuant to the applicable statutory provisions. To ensure the effective use of our website, we transfer your data to the following third parties, if necessary:
- ProfitBricks GmbH, Greifswalder Straße 207,10450 Berlin
- SaM Solutions GmbH & Co. KG, Am Bahnhof 4 A, 82205 Gilching
- SaM Solutions Belarus, Filimonova Str. 15, 220037 Minsk, Belarus
6. Collection of access data and log files
We collect data about every access to the server hosting the corresponding service (so called log files). The access data includes name of the accessed website, file, date and time of access, quantity of transferred data, report of successful access, browser type and version, the operational system of the user, referrer URL (previously visited page), IP address and the requesting provider. For security reasons (e.g. investigation related to misuse or fraud), log file information is retained for a maximum period of 30 days and subsequently deleted. Data that must be retained for evidentiary purposes is exempt of deletion until the respective incident is fully clarified. The processing is performed pursuant to art. 6, para. 1, lit. f GDPR, based on our legitimate interest in improving the stability and functionality of our website. No transfer or further processing of data is performed. However, in the case the server log files point to factual evidence indicating illegal use, we reserve the right to subsequently verify those.
In order to grant our website an attractive design and to offer specific features to users, we use so called cookies on some of our web pages. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your terminal device. Some of the implemented cookies are deleted after the end of the browser session, i.e. after closing your browser (so called session cookies). Other cookies remain on your terminal device, enabling us or our partner companies (cookies of third-party providers) to recognize your browser upon your next visit (persistent cookies). When cookies are placed, they collect and process specific user information in each individual case, such as browser and location data as well as IP address. Persistent cookies will be automatically deleted after a pre-set time which may vary depending on the cookie. In some cases, cookies are used to simplify the ordering process by saving settings (e.g. remembering the contents of a virtual shopping basket for a later visit to the website). Insofar as personal data is being processed by individual cookies implemented by us, this takes place in compliance with art. 6, para. 1, lit. b GDPR, either for the performance of the contract or, in compliance with art. 6, para. 1, lit. f GDPR, where it is necessary for the purposes of our legitimate interests aiming at the best possible functionality of the website as well as a client-friendly and effective arrangement of the website visit.
- Session Cookies
We use session cookies which are archived only during the current visit to our website (e.g. to store your login status and thus enable the use of our online offer). A randomly generated unique identification number, called a session ID, is stored in each session cookie. Furthermore, the cookie contains information about its origin and the storage period. These cookies cannot store other data. Session cookies are deleted as soon as you stop using our online offer and log out or change the browser settings, for example.
- Cookies for range measurement and website improvement.
Based on our legitimate interest (i.e. interest in the analysis, optimization and economic operation of our online offers, as set forth in art. 6. para. 1, lit. f GDPR), we use the following cookies for the range measurement and analysis of use, aiming at improving our website.
Google is certified under the Privacy Shield agreement and thus guarantees compliance with the European data protection law (https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt000000001L5AAI&status=Active).
Google will use this information on our behalf, in order to allow us to evaluate the user’s use of our online offer, to compile reports about the internal activities of this online offer and to provide us with further services connected to the use of this online offer and the Internet. In this process, pseudonymous user profiles can be created with the processed data.
We only implement Google Analytics with active IP anonymization. That means that the IP address of the user is abbreviated by Google in its route inside of the Member States of the European Union or other countries which are contracting parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases the complete IP address is transferred to the server of Google in the USA and abbreviated there.
The IP address of the user transferred by the browser is not merged with other data of Google. Users can prevent cookies from being stored by adjusting the settings on their browser software; furthermore, users can prevent that the data generated by the cookie and connected to your use of our online offer is transferred to Google and processed by Google. For that, you can download and install the browser plugin available at: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de
Further information on the use of data by Google and settings and objection possibilities can be found on the websites of Google at: https://www.google.com/intl/de/policies/privacy/partners (“Use of data by Google when using the websites or applications of our partners”), http://www.google.com/policies/technologies/ads (“Use of data for advertising purposes”), http://www.google.de/settings/ads (“Manage information used by Google to insert advertisements on our website).
Reach analysis with Matomo (formerly PIWIK)
You may choose not to have a unique web analytics cookie identification number assigned to your computer to avoid the aggregation and analysis of data collected on this website.
To make that choice, please click below to receive an opt-out cookie.
On this website we employ New Relic, a web analysis service of the provider New Relic Inc., to collect and store data for the creation of user profiles based on pseudonyms. These profiles serve to comply with the technical service level agreements between the operator of the platform and the provider of technical services, especially application monitoring and alerting, which is a required aspect of it. In addition, these profiles are also used to analyze the visitor behavior and are evaluated to improve our website and to provide a needs-based arrangement of our online offer. To this end, cookies may be employed. The pseudonymized user profiles are not merged with personal data of the holder of the pseudonym without a separately issued and explicit consent by the party concerned. You may object the collection and storage of data for advertising purposes at any time with future effect by deactivating the cookies in your browser settings.
You can obtain information concerning the opt-out possibilities at:
Do you not wish to participate in range measurement and analysis?
Please follow the links:
You can also disable the storage of cookies used for the profiles by means of a corresponding setting in your browser software. Information on this can be found in the help feature of your browser.
- Advertising cookies
Based on our legitimate interest (i.e. interest in the analysis, optimization and economic operation of our online offers, as set forth in art. 6. para. 1, lit. f GDPR), we use
LinkedIn Conversion Tracking
LinkedIn Conversion Tracking: We employ the analysis and conversion tracking technology of the LinkedIn platform on our website. With the aforementioned technology of LinkedIn, we can display advertisements that are relevant for you and based on your interests. Furthermore, we obtain from LinkedIn aggregated and anonymous reports with regard to advertisement activities and information concerning your interaction with our website. Further information regarding data protection with LinkedIn are available at: https://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy#choices-oblig. You can object to the analysis of your user behavior by LinkedIn as well as the display of interest-based recommendations (“opt out”); To do so, click on the field “opt out in LinkedIn” (for LinkedIn members) or “opt out” (for other users) at the following link: https://www.linkedin.com/psettings/guest-controls/retargeting-opt-out
Google Conversion Tracking
8. Protection against improper use
9. Social media plugins
We have integrated the social media buttons of the following companies:
- Facebook Inc. (1601 S. California Ave – Palo Alto – CA 94304 – USA)
- Twitter Inc. (795 Folsom St. – Suite 600 – San Francisco – CA 94107 – USA)
- Google Plus/Google Inc. (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway – Mountain View – CA 94043 – USA)
- WhatsApp Ireland Limited (4 Grand Canal Square- Grand Canal Harbour – Dublin 2 – Ireland)
- Pinterest Europe Ltd. (Palmerston House – 2nd Floor – Fenian Street – Dublin 2 – Ireland)
- XING AG (Gänsemarkt 43 – 20354 Hamburg – Germany)
- LinkedIn Corporation (2029 Stierlin Court – Mountain View – CA 94043 – USA)
- Tumblr Inc. (770 Broadway – New York – NY 10003 – USA)
- Reddit (520 – 3rd Street – San Francisco – CA 94107- USA)
- StumbleUpon, Inc. (660 4th Street – #558 – San Francisco – CA 94107 – USA)
The instructions below are to offer clarification with regard to the content of our newsletter, as well as the registration, dispatch, the statistical evaluation process, your rights to object. Content of the newsletter: We send newsletters, emails and other electronic communications with advertising information (hereinafter “Newsletter”) only with the consent of the recipient. Double opt-in and logging: The subscription to our newsletter takes place by means of a so called double opt-in process. In other words, after subscription you receive an email asking you to confirm your registration. This confirmation is necessary to prevent logins with third-party email addresses. The subscriptions to the newsletter are logged for evidentiary purposes of the registration process, according to legal requirements. This includes the logging of the time of registration and confirmation, as well as the storage of the IP address.
Dispatch of the email newsletter to existing customers
If you have provided us with your email address in the course of a purchase of one of our products or services, we reserve the right to send you offers from our product range of similar products or services as the ones you have purchased on regular basis. To that end, we are not required to obtain your separate consent as per § 7 para. 3 UWG (Act against Unfair Commercial Practices). The data processing takes place solely based on our legitimate interest in the personalized direct advertising pursuant to art. 6, para. 1, lit. f GDPR. If you have initially objected to the use of your e-mail address for the aforementioned purpose, we will not send you e-mails. You are entitled to object to the use of your e-mail address for the aforementioned advertising purpose at any time with effect for the future by notifying the initially named data controller. For this you only have to pay the transmission costs according to the basic tariffs. Upon receipt of your objection, the use of your e-mail address for advertising purposes will be immediately discontinued.
Withdrawal / termination of newsletter
You can unsubscribe from our newsletter at any time, i.e. you can withdraw your consent. At the same time, your consent to the dispatch of the newsletter by the service provider and the statistical analyses are also withdrawn. A separate withdrawal of the dispatch by the dispatch service provider or the statistical evaluation is unfortunately not possible. You can find a link to unsubscribe from the newsletter at the end of every email. In addition, you can look at the notifications in your profile settings and unsubscribe from the newsletter there.
11. Contact form
If you contact us regarding any questions via e-mail or contact form, you voluntarily grant us your consent for contacting purpose. A valid email address is required for this. This is used for the allocation of the request and the subsequent response to the request. Providing additional data is optional. The information provided is stored for processing the request and for possible follow-up questions. After completion of your request, the personal data is automatically deleted.
12. Integration of services and contents of third parties
In order to make our offer attractive, it is possible that we or the users integrate third-party content (e.g. videos) as defined in our Terms and Conditions of Use. The contents may possibly be embedded by means of so called plugins, iframes or similar. During the display of the contents, it may occur that certain data, such as your IP address, is transferred to the respective service provider. The following services may be integrated on our platform:
Use of script libraries (Google Webfonts)
13. Rights to access, rectification, blocking, erasure and objection
You are entitled to obtain access to your personal data at any time. Furthermore, you have the right to rectification, blockage or, insofar as not opposed to the prescribed data storage for business processes, erasure of your personal data. To address these matters, please contact our data protection officer or our service team. The contact details can be found at the end of this document. To make the blocking of data available at any time, the data must be kept in a lock file for control reasons. You may also request the deletion of data, insofar as no statutory requirement calling for retention exists. If such a requirement exists, we can block the data according to your desire. You can carry out alterations or the withdrawal of a consent with effect for the future by giving us an appropriate notice.
14. Amendment to the data protection regulations
Questions to the data protection officer
In case of questions with regard to the data protection, please write us an email or directly address our data protection officer: