Privacy Policy

Introduction

With the following data protection declaration, we would like to explain to you which types of your personal data (hereinafter also referred to as “data”) we process for which purposes and to what extent. The data protection declaration applies to all processing of personal data carried out by us, both as part of the provision of our services and in particular on our websites, in mobile applications and within external online presences, such as our social media profiles (hereinafter collectively referred to as “online offer”).

The terms used are not gender specific.

Status: December 1, 2022

Contents

Responsible

Overview of processing

The following overview summarizes the types of data processed and the purposes of their processing and refers to the persons concerned.

Types of data processed

  • Contact data.
  • Content data.
  • Usage data.
  • Meta/communication data.

Categories affected persons

  • Communication partners.
  • Users.

Purposes of processing

    • Contact requests and communication .
    • Security measures.
    • Management and answering of inquiries.
    • Feedback.
    • Provision of our online offer and user-friendliness.

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Relevant legal bases

The following is an overview of the legal bases of the GDPR, on the basis of which we process personal data. Please note that, in addition to the provisions of the GDPR, national data protection regulations may apply in your or our country of residence or domicile. If more specific legal bases are relevant in individual cases, we will inform you of them in the data protection declaration.

  • Performance of a contract and pre-contractual inquiries (Art. 6 Para. 1 S. 1 lit. b) GDPR) – The processing is necessary for the performance of a contract to which the data subject is a party, or necessary to carry out pre-contractual measures, which take place at the request of the data subject.
  • Legitimate interests (Art. 6 Para. 1 S. 1 lit. f) DSGVO) – The processing is necessary to safeguard the legitimate interests of the person responsible or a third party, provided that the interests or fundamental rights and freedoms of the person concerned, which require the protection of personal data, do not prevail.

In addition to the data protection regulations of General Data Protection Regulation, national data protection regulations apply in Germany. This includes in particular the law on the protection against misuse of personal data in data processing (Federal Data Protection Act – BDSG). In particular, the BDSG contains special regulations on the right to information, the right to erasure, the right to object, the processing of special categories of personal data, processing for other purposes and transmission as well as automated decision-making in individual cases including profiling. Furthermore, it regulates data processing for the purposes of the employment relationship (┬ž 26 BDSG), in particular with regard to the establishment, implementation or termination of employment relationships and the consent of employees. Furthermore, state data protection laws of the individual federal states may apply.

Security measures

We take the legal requirements, taking into account the state of the art, the implementation costs and the type, scope, circumstances and purposes of the processing as well as the different probabilities of occurrence and the extent of the threat to the rights and freedoms of natural persons, appropriate technical and organizational measures to ensure a level of protection appropriate to the risk.

The measures include, in particular, securing the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data by controlling physical and electronic access to the data as well as access, input, disclosure, securing availability and their separation. Furthermore, we have set up procedures that ensure the exercise of data subject rights, the deletion of data and reactions to data threats. Furthermore, we already take the protection of personal data into account when developing or selecting hardware, software and processes in accordance with the principle of data protection, through technology design and through data protection-friendly default settings.

TLS encryption (https): In order to protect your data transmitted via our online offer, we use TLS encryption. You can recognize such encrypted connections by the prefix https:// in the address line of your browser.

Transmission of personal data

As part of our processing of personal data, it may happen that the data is transmitted to other bodies, companies, legally independent organizational units or persons or disclosed to them will. The recipients of this data can include, for example, service providers commissioned with IT tasks or providers of services and content that are integrated into a website. In such a case, we observe the legal requirements and, in particular, conclude appropriate contracts or agreements with the recipients of your data that serve to protect your data.

Data processing in third countries

If we process data in a third country (i.e. outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA)) or the processing within the scope of the use third-party services or the disclosure or transmission of data to other persons, bodies or companies, this only takes place in accordance with the legal requirements.

Subject to express consent or contractually or legally required transmission, we only process or have the data processed in third countries with a recognized level of data protection, contractual obligation through so-called standard protection clauses of the EU Commission, if there are certifications or binding internal data protection regulations (Art. 44 bis 49 GDPR, information page of the EU Commission: https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/law-topic/data-protection/international-dimension-data-protection_de).

Deletion of data

The data we process will be deleted in accordance with legal requirements as soon as your consent to processing is revoked or other permissions are no longer applicable (e.g. if the purpose of the processing of this data has been omitted or is not required for the purpose). If the data is not deleted because it is required for other, legally permissible purposes, its processing will be limited to these purposes. This means that the data will be blocked and not processed for other purposes. This applies, for example, to data that must be stored for commercial or tax reasons or whose storage is necessary to assert, exercise or defend legal claims or to protect the rights of another natural or legal person.

Our data protection information may also contain further information on the storage and deletion of data, which apply primarily to the respective processing.

Use of cookies

Cookies are small text files or other memory notes that store information on end devices and read information from the end devices. For example, to save the login status in a user account, the content of a shopping cart in an e-shop, the content accessed or the functions used in an online offer. Cookies can also be used for various purposes, e.g. for the purpose of functionality, security and comfort of online offers as well as the creation of analyzes of visitor flows.

Notes on consent: We use cookies in accordance with legal regulations. Therefore, we obtain prior consent from users, except where not required by law. In particular, consent is not necessary if the storage and reading of the information, including cookies, is absolutely necessary in order to provide the users with a telemedia service (i.e. our online offer) that they have expressly requested. The revocable consent is clearly communicated to the users and contains information on the respective use of cookies.

Notes on legal bases under data protection law: On which legal basis under data protection law we process the personal data of users with the help of cookies depends on whether we ask users for their consent. If the users consent, the legal basis for the processing of your data is the declared consent. Otherwise, the data processed with the help of cookies will be processed on the basis of our legitimate interests (e.g. in the commercial operation of our online offer and improving its usability) or, if this is done in the context of fulfilling our contractual obligations, if the use of cookies is necessary to enable our to fulfill contractual obligations. We will explain the purposes for which we process cookies in the course of this data protection declaration or as part of our consent and processing processes.

Storage period:With regard to the storage period, the following types of cookies are distinguished:

    • Temporary cookies (also: session or session cookies) :┬áTemporary cookies are deleted at the latest after a user has left an online offer and closed his end device (e.g. browser or mobile application).
    • Permanent cookies: Permanent Cookies remain stored even after the end device is closed. For example, the login status can be saved or preferred content can be displayed directly when the user visits a website again. Likewise, the user data collected with the help of cookies can be used to measure reach. Unless we provide users with explicit information on the type and storage period of cookies (e.g. when obtaining consent), users should assume that cookies are permanent and the storage period can be up to two years.

General information on revocation and objection (opt-out): Users can revoke the consent they have given at any time and also object to the processing in accordance with the legal requirements in Art. 21 DSGVO put in Users can also declare their objection via their browser settings, e.g. by deactivating the use of cookies (which can also limit the functionality of our online services). You can also object to the use of cookies for online marketing purposes via the websites https://optout.aboutads.info</ a> and https://www.youronlinechoices.com/.

Further information on processing procedures, procedures and services:

      • Processing of cookie data on the basis of consent: < /strong>We use a procedure for cookie consent management, as part of which the consent of the user to the use of cookies or the processing and providers mentioned in the context of the cookie consent management procedure is obtained and from the users managed and revoked. The declaration of consent is stored here so that the query does not have to be repeated and to be able to prove the consent in accordance with the legal obligation. The storage can take place on the server side and/or in a cookie (so-called opt-in cookie, or with the help of comparable technologies) in order to be able to assign the consent to a user or his device. Subject to individual information about the providers of cookie management services, the following information applies: The duration of the storage of the consent can be up to two years. A pseudonymous user identifier is created and saved with the time of the consent, information on the scope of the consent (e.g. which categories of cookies and/or service providers) and the browser, system and end device used.

Provision of the online offer and web hosting

We process the data of the users in order to be able to make our online services available to them. For this purpose we process the IP address of the user, which is necessary to transmit the content and functions of our online services to the browser or the end device of the user.

        • Types of data processed: Usage data (e.g. websites visited, interest in content, access times); Meta/communication data (e.g. device information, IP addresses).
        • Persons affected: Users (e.g. website visitors, users of online services).
        • < strong>Purposes of processing: Provision of our online offer and user-friendliness; Information technology infrastructure (operation and provision of information systems and technical devices (computers, servers, etc.)); Security measures.
        • Legal basis: Legitimate interests (Art. 6 Para. 1 S. 1 lit. f) GDPR).

Further information on processing, procedures and services:

        • Provision of online offer on rented storage space: Use for the provision of our online offer we rent or otherwise obtain storage space, computing capacity and software from an appropriate server provider (also referred to as “web hoster”); Legal basis: Legitimate interests (Art. 6 Para. 1 S. 1 lit. f) GDPR).
        • Collection of access data and log files: Access on our online offer is recorded in the form of so-called “server log files”. The address and name of the retrieved websites and files, date and time of retrieval, amounts of data transferred, notification of successful retrieval, browser type and version, the user’s operating system, referrer URL (the previously visited page) and, as a rule, IP Addresses and the requesting provider belong.The server log files can be used on the one hand for security purposes, e.g. to avoid overloading the server (especially in the case of abusive attacks, so-called DDoS attacks) and on the other hand to ensure server utilization and stability; Legal basis: Legitimate interests (Art. 6 Para. 1 S. 1 lit. f) GDPR); Deletion of data: Log file information is stored for a maximum of 30 days and then deleted or made anonymous. Data whose further storage is required for evidence purposes are excluded from deletion until the respective incident has been finally clarified.

Contact and inquiry management

When contacting us (e.g. via contact form, e-mail, telephone or via social media) as well as in the context of existing user and business relationships, the details of the requesting person will be processed to the extent necessary to answer the contact request and any requested measures.

        • Types of data processed: contact details (e.g. e-mail, telephone numbers); Content data (e.g. entries in online forms); Usage data (e.g. websites visited, interest in content, access times); Meta/communication data (e.g. device information, IP addresses).
        • Persons affected: Communication partners.
        • Purposes of processing: contact requests and communication; managing and responding to inquiries; Feedback (e.g. collecting feedback via online form); Provision of our online offer and user-friendliness.
        • Legal basis: Legitimate interests (Art. 6 Para. 1 S. 1 lit. f) DSGVO); Fulfillment of contract and pre-contractual inquiries (Art. 6 Para. 1 S. 1 lit. b) DSGVO).

Further information on processing processes, procedures and services:

        • Contact form: If users contact us via our contact form, e-mail or other communication channels, we process the information communicated to us in this context Data for processing the communicated request; Legal basis: Fulfillment of contract and pre-contractual inquiries (Art. 6 Para. 1 S. 1 lit. b) GDPR), legitimate interests (Art. 6 Para. 1 S. 1 lit. f) GDPR).< /li>

Changes and updates to the data protection declaration

We ask you to inform yourself regularly about the content of our data protection declaration. We will adapt the data protection declaration as soon as the changes in the data processing we carry out make this necessary. We will inform you as soon as the changes require your cooperation (e.g. consent) or other individual notification.

If we provide addresses and contact information of companies and organizations in this data protection declaration, please note that the addresses can change over time and ask you to check the information before contacting us.

If we provide addresses and contact information of companies and organizations in this data protection declaration, please note that the addresses can change over time and ask you to check the information before contacting us.

Rights of the persons concerned

As a person concerned, you have various rights under the GDPR, which result in particular from Articles 15 to 21 GDPR:

Right of objection: You have the right, for reasons that arise from your particular situation, to object at any time to the processing of your personal data, which is based on Article 6 Paragraph 1 lit. e or f GDPR, to lodge an objection; this also applies to profiling based on these provisions. If the personal data concerning you is processed in order to operate direct advertising, you have the right to object at any time to the processing of your personal data for the purpose of such advertising; this also applies to profiling insofar as it is connected to such direct advertising.

        • Right of withdrawal in the case of consent: You have the right to withdraw your consent at any time.< /li>
        • Right to information: You have the right to request confirmation as to whether the data in question is being processed and information about this data as well as further information and a copy of the data in accordance with the legal requirements.
        • Right to rectification: In accordance with legal requirements, you have the right to request the completion of the data concerning you or the correction of incorrect data concerning you.
        • Right to deletion and restriction of processing: In accordance with the legal requirements, you have the right to demand that data concerning you be deleted immediately, or alternatively in accordance with the legal requirements Request restriction of the processing of the data.
        • Right to data transferability: You have the right to have data relating to you that you have provided to us, in accordance with the legal requirements, in a structured, common and machine-readable format or to request its transmission to another person responsible.
        • Complaint to supervisory authority: Without prejudice to any other administrative or judicial remedy, you have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority , in particular in the member state of your usual place of residence, your place of work or the place of the alleged infringement if you believe that the processing of your personal data violates the provisions of the GDPR.

Definitions of terms

This section provides you with an overview of the terms used in this data protection declaration. Many of the terms are taken from the law and defined above all in Art. 4 GDPR. The legal definitions are binding. The following explanations, on the other hand, are intended primarily for understanding. The terms are sorted alphabetically.

        • Personal data: “Personal data” means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (hereinafter “data subject”); an identifiable natural person is one who can be identified directly or indirectly, in particular by means of assignment to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier (e.g. cookie) or one or more special features, are an expression of the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person.
        • Responsible: The “responsible person” is the natural or legal person, public authority, agency or other body that alone or jointly with others decides on the purposes and means of the processing of personal data
        • Processing: “Processing” means any operation or series of operations in connection with personal data carried out with or without the aid of automated procedures. The term is broad and encompasses practically any handling of data, be it collection, evaluation, storage, transmission or deletion.

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