This data protection declaration clarifies the type, scope and purpose of the processing of personal data (hereinafter referred to as “data”) within our online offer and the websites, functions and contents connected with it as well as external online presences, such as our Social Media Profile. (hereinafter jointly referred to as “online offer”). With regard to the terms used, e.g. “personal data” or their “processing”, we refer to the definitions in Art. 4 of the Basic Data Protection Regulation (DSGVO).
Please note that this is a translated version. In case of doubt, the German version applies.
Phone: +49172 3491727
Types of data processed
- stock data (e.g., names, addresses).
- Contact details (e.g., e-mail, telephone numbers).
- contract data (e.g., subject matter of contract, duration, customer category).
- Usage data (e.g., web pages visited, interest in content, access times).
- meta/communication data (e.g., device information, IP addresses).
Processing of special categories of data (Art. 9 para. 1 DSGVO)
No special categories of data are processed.
Categories of data subjects processed
In the following, we refer to the persons concerned collectively as “users”.
Purpose of processing
- Availability of the online offer, its contents and functions.
- Providing contractual services, service and customer care.
- responding to contact requests and communication with users.
- marketing, advertising and market research.
Determined legal basis
In accordance with Art. 13 DSGVO we inform you about the legal basis of our data processing. If the legal basis is not stated in the data protection declaration, the following applies: The legal basis for obtaining consent is Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. a and Art. 7 DSGVO, the legal basis for processing for the purpose of fulfilling our services and implementing contractual measures and answering inquiries is Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. b DSGVO, the legal basis for processing for the purpose of fulfilling our legal obligations is Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. c DSGVO, and the legal basis for processing for the purpose of safeguarding our legitimate interests is Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f DSGVO. In the event that vital interests of the data subject or another natural person require the processing of personal data, Art. 6 para. 1 lit. d DSGVO serves as the legal basis.
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 changes in the data processing carried out by us make this necessary. We will inform you as soon as the changes make it necessary for you to take action to cooperate (e.g. to give your consent) or to receive other individual notification.
In accordance with Art. 32 DSGVO and taking into account the state of the art, the implementation costs and the nature, scope, circumstances and purposes of the processing as well as the varying probability of occurrence and severity of the risk to the rights and freedoms of natural persons, we shall take appropriate technical and organizational measures to ensure a level of protection commensurate with the risk; these measures shall include in particular the safeguarding of the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data by controlling the physical access to the data as well as the access, input, forwarding, securing of availability and its separation. Furthermore, we have established procedures to ensure that the rights of data subjects are exercised, data is deleted, and we respond to any threats to the data. Furthermore, we take the protection of personal data into account already during the development or selection of hardware, software and procedures, in accordance with the principle of data protection by designing technology and by using data protection-friendly default settings (Art. 25 DSGVO).
The security measures include in particular the encrypted transmission of data between your browser and our server.
Cooperation with order processors and third parties
If, in the course of our processing, we disclose data to other persons and companies (processors or third parties), transfer it to them or otherwise grant them access to the data, this is only done on the basis of a legal authorization (e.g. if a transfer of the data to third parties, such as payment service providers, is necessary for the performance of the contract in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b DSGVO), if you have consented, if a legal obligation provides for this or on the basis of our legitimate interests (e.g. when using agents, web hosts, etc.).
If we commission third parties to process data on the basis of a so-called “contract processing agreement”, this is done on the basis of Art. 28 DSGVO.
Transfers to third countries
If we process data in a third country (i.e. outside the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA)) or if this is done in the context of using the services of third parties or disclosure or transfer of data to third parties, this will only take place if it is done to fulfil our (pre-)contractual obligations, on the basis of your consent, on the basis of a legal obligation or on the basis of our legitimate interests. Subject to legal or contractual permissions, we will only process or transfer the data in a third country if the special requirements of Art. 44 ff. DSGVO. This means that the processing is carried out, for example, on the basis of special guarantees, such as the officially recognized determination of a level of data protection corresponding to that of the EU (e.g. for the USA through the “Privacy Shield”) or compliance with officially recognized special contractual obligations (so-called “standard contractual clauses”).
Rights of the data subjects
You have the right to request confirmation as to whether or not data in question is being processed and to receive information about this data and to receive further information and a copy of the data in accordance with Art. 15 of the Data Protection Act.
You have accordingly. Art. 16 DSGVO the right to request the completion of the data concerning you or the correction of incorrect data concerning you.
In accordance with Art. 17 DSGVO, you have the right to demand that data concerning you be deleted immediately, or alternatively, in accordance with Art. 18 DSGVO, to demand that the processing of the data be restricted.
You have the right to demand that the data concerning you, which you have made available to us, be received in accordance with Art. 20 DSGVO and to demand its transfer to other responsible parties.
You also have the right to lodge a complaint with the competent supervisory authority in accordance with Art. 77 DSGVO.
You have the right to revoke consents granted in accordance with Art. 7 para. 3 DSGVO with effect for the future.
You can object to the future processing of data concerning you at any time in accordance with Art. 21 DSGVO. The objection may in particular be made against processing for the purposes of direct advertising.
Cookies and right of objection for direct advertising
In our Data Protection Center you can also change your settings for personalized advertising.
Deletion of data
The data processed by us will be deleted or restricted in their processing in accordance with articles 17 and 18 DSGVO. Unless expressly stated in this data protection declaration, the data stored by us will be deleted as soon as they are no longer required for their intended purpose and the deletion does not conflict with any statutory storage obligations. If the data are not deleted because they are required for other and legally permissible purposes, their processing will be restricted. This means that the data is blocked and not processed for other purposes. This applies, for example, to data that must be retained for commercial or tax law reasons.
In accordance with legal requirements, data is stored in particular for 6 years in accordance with § 257 Paragraph 1 HGB (commercial books, inventories, opening balance sheets, annual financial statements, commercial letters, accounting vouchers, etc.) and for 10 years in accordance with § 147 Paragraph 1 AO (books, records, management reports, accounting vouchers, commercial and business letters, documents relevant for taxation, etc.).
Provision of contractual services
We process inventory data (e.g., names and addresses as well as contact data of users), contract data (e.g., services used, names of contact persons, payment information) for the purpose of fulfilling our contractual obligations and services in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit b. DSGVO. The entries marked as obligatory in online forms are required for the conclusion of the contract.
Within the scope of registration and renewed logins and use of our online services, we store the IP address and the time of the respective user action. The storage is based on our legitimate interests as well as the user’s need for protection against misuse and other unauthorized use. This data will not be passed on to third parties unless it is necessary to pursue our claims or there is a legal obligation to do so in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. c DSGVO.
Deletion takes place after the expiry of legal warranty and comparable obligations, the necessity of data storage is reviewed every three years; in the case of legal archiving obligations, deletion takes place after their expiry (end of commercial (6 years) and tax (10 years) storage obligation); information in the customer account remains until its deletion.
When contacting us (via contact form or e-mail), the user’s details are processed for the purpose of handling the contact request and its processing in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. b) DSGVO.
The user’s details may be stored in our customer relationship management system (“CRM system”) or comparable inquiry organisation.
We use the CRM system “sevDesk” of the provider SEVENIT GmbH (Hauptstraße 40, 77652 Offenburg, Germany) on the basis of our legitimate interests (efficient and fast processing of user inquiries). For this purpose, we have concluded a contract with sevDesk with so-called standard contract clauses in which sevDesk undertakes to process the user data only in accordance with our instructions and to comply with the EU data protection level.
We shall delete the requests if they are no longer required. We review the necessity every two years. We permanently store inquiries from customers who have a customer account and refer to the customer account details for deletion. In the case of legal archiving obligations, the deletion takes place after their expiry (end of commercial law (6 years) and tax law (10 years) retention obligation).
With a user account you can, for example, participate in discussions in our forum or comment on editorial articles.
1. we process inventory data (e.g. your e-mail address) as well as contract data for the purpose of fulfilling our contractual obligations and services in accordance with Art. 6 Par. 1 lit b DSGVO. The storage of the content published by you and its provision is based on our legitimate interest in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f DSGVO.
2. during the registration the necessary mandatory data, reduced to a minimum, result from the displayed form. In the course of registration we will send you an e-mail asking you to confirm your e-mail address by clicking on a link. This confirmation is necessary so that no one can register with foreign e-mail addresses (so-called double opt-in procedure). The time of the Double-Opt-In as well as the IP address used for this purpose must be recorded by us due to legal requirements on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. c DSGVO in order to be able to prove the Double-Opt-In.
3. during registration and when using your user account (especially when writing forum posts) we save your IP address and the respective time in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f DSGVO for 7 days, because we as well as you and other users have a legitimate interest in protection against abuse and other unauthorized use. In particular, if illegal content is published, it must be possible to determine the identity of the author in order to enable criminal prosecution or to be able to assert claims against us even against the author. After the mentioned period the IP addresses will be anonymized or deleted. IP addresses whose further storage is exceptionally required for evidential purposes are excluded from anonymization or deletion until the respective incident has been finally clarified.
4. you can arrange for your user account to be deleted, provided that no applicable law stands in the way. Content published by you (especially forum posts) will be retained after deletion, provided that no applicable law prevents this. All other data that does not have to be stored or retained for legal reasons in accordance with Art. 6 Par. 1 lit. c DSGVO will be completely deleted when your user account is deleted.
5) If your user account has been blocked due to repeated or serious violations of the rules, we can refuse to delete it because we have a legitimate interest in the sense of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f DSGVO to prevent the creation of further user accounts to circumvent the block in order to protect other users and our technical infrastructure.
6. rights of use for threads and postings
With the publication of own contributions and threads in the forum, the author grants the forum operator a non-exclusive and free of charge right of use of his content, unlimited in space, time and content. This includes in particular the right of reproduction and distribution and there is also no right to delete contributions, even if the author has his account deleted.
7. comment function in the blog on the website
The operator offers users the possibility to leave individual comments on individual blog posts on a blog located on the website of the data controller. A blog is a portal maintained on an Internet page, usually publicly accessible, where one or more persons, called bloggers or web bloggers, can post articles or write down thoughts in so-called blog posts. The blog posts can usually be commented by third parties.
If a person concerned leaves a comment in the blog published on this website, in addition to the comments left by the person concerned, information on the time of the comment entry as well as the user name (pseudonym) chosen by the person concerned are stored and published. Furthermore, the IP address assigned to the person concerned by the Internet Service Provider (ISP) is also logged. This storage of the IP address is done for security reasons and in the event that the person concerned violates the rights of third parties or posts illegal content through a comment submitted. The storage of this personal data is therefore in the own interest of the person responsible for the processing, so that he/she could be exculpated in case of a violation of the law. The personal data collected will not be passed on to third parties, unless such a transfer is required by law or serves the legal defense of the person responsible for processing.
Comments and contributions
If users leave comments or other contributions, their IP addresses will be deleted on the basis of our legitimate interests as defined in Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f. DSGVO for 60 days.
This is done for our security in case someone leaves illegal content in comments and contributions (insults, prohibited political propaganda, etc.). In this case we can be prosecuted ourselves for the comment or contribution and are therefore interested in the identity of the author.
Retrieval of profile pictures at Gravatar
We use within our online offer and especially in our blog the service Gravatar, Automattic, Inc. 132 Hawthorne Street San Francisco, CA 94107, USA.
Gravatar is a service where users can register and store profile pictures and their e-mail addresses. If users leave contributions or comments on other websites (especially blogs) using their e-mail address, their profile pictures can be displayed next to the contributions or comments. For this purpose, the e-mail address provided by the user is transmitted in encrypted form to Gravatar for the purpose of checking whether a profile is stored for it. This is the only purpose of transmitting the e-mail address and it will not be used for any other purpose, but will be deleted afterwards.
Gravatar is used on the basis of our legitimate interests in the sense of Art. 6 Para. 1 letter f) DSGVO, because with the help of Gravatar we offer the possibility to personalize contributions and comments with a profile picture.
Automattic is certified under the Privacy-Shield Agreement and thus offers a guarantee to comply with European data protection law (https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt0000000CbqcAAC&status=Active).
If users do not want a user image associated with their email address to appear in Gravatar’s comments, they should use an email address that is not registered with Gravatar. We would also like to point out that it is also possible to use an anonymous e-mail address or no e-mail address at all, if users do not want their own e-mail address to be sent to Gravatar. Users can completely prevent the transmission of data by not using our comment system.
Collection of access data and log files
We raise on the basis of our legitimate interests within the meaning of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f. DSGVO 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 accessed website, file, date and time of access, transferred data volume, notification of successful access, browser type and version, the user’s operating system, referrer URL (the previously visited site), IP address and the requesting provider.
For security reasons (e.g. to clarify misuse or fraud), log file information is stored for a maximum period of fourteen days and then deleted. Data whose further storage is required for evidence purposes is excluded from deletion until the respective incident has been finally clarified.
Online presences in social media
We maintain online presences within social networks and platforms in order to be able to communicate with the customers, interested parties and users active there and to inform them about our services. When accessing the respective networks and platforms, the terms and conditions and data processing guidelines of their respective operators apply.
Cookies & range measurement
Cookies are information that is transferred from our web server or web servers of third parties to the web browsers of the users and stored there for later retrieval. Cookies can be small files or other types of information storage.
We use “session cookies”, which are only stored for the duration of your current visit to our website (e.g. to enable the storage of your login status and thus the use of our website). A randomly generated unique identification number, a so-called session ID, is stored in a session cookie. In addition, a cookie contains information about its origin and the storage period. These cookies cannot store any other data. Session cookies are deleted when you have finished using our online services and, for example, log out or close the browser.
If the 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 limitations of this online offer.
Google is certified under the Privacy Shield Agreement and thus offers a guarantee to comply with European data protection law (https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt000000001L5AAI&status=Active).
Google will use this information on our behalf to evaluate the use of our website by users, to compile reports on the activities within this website and to provide us with further services associated with the use of this website and the Internet. The processed data can be used to create pseudonymous user profiles of the users.
We only use Google Analytics with activated IP anonymization. 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 is the full IP address transferred to a Google server in the USA and shortened there.
The IP address transmitted by the user’s browser is not merged with other Google data. Users can prevent the storage of cookies by adjusting their browser software accordingly; users can also prevent the collection of data generated by the cookie and relating to their use of the online offer to Google and 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.
Further information on Google’s use of data, setting and objection options can be found on Google’s websites: https://www.google.com/intl/de/policies/privacy/partners (“Data use by Google when you use websites or apps of our partners”), https://policies.google.com/technologies/ads (“Data use for advertising purposes”), https://adssettings.google.com/authenticated (“Manage information that Google uses to show you advertising”).
Facebook Social Plugins
On the basis of our legitimate interests (i.e. interest in the analysis, optimization and economic operation of our online offer within the meaning of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f. DSGVO) 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 can display interaction elements or content (e.g. videos, graphics or text contributions) and can be recognized by one of the Facebook logos (white “f” on blue tile, the words “Like”, “Like” or a “thumbs up” sign) or are marked with the addition “Facebook Social Plugin”. The list and appearance of the Facebook Social Plugins can be viewed here:https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/.
Facebook is certified under the Privacy Shield Agreement and thus offers a guarantee to comply with European data protection law (https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt0000000GnywAAC&status=Active).
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 offering by the user. User profiles can be created from the processed data. We therefore have no influence on the extent of the data that Facebook collects with the help of this plugin and therefore inform the users according to our state of knowledge.
By integrating the plugins, Facebook receives the information that a user has called up 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. When users interact with the plugins, for example, by pressing the Like button or posting a comment, the corresponding information is transmitted directly from your device to Facebook and stored there. If a user is not a member of Facebook, it is still possible for Facebook to find out his or her IP address and store it. According to Facebook, only an anonymized IP address is stored in Germany.
The purpose and scope of the data collection and the further processing and use of the data by Facebook, as well as the relevant rights and setting options to protect the privacy of users, can be found in the Facebook data protection information:https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/.
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 site http://www.aboutads.info/choices/ or the EU site http://www.youronlinechoices.com/. The settings are platform-independent, i.e. they are applied to all devices, such as desktop computers or mobile devices.
We use “Google reCAPTCHA” (hereinafter “reCAPTCHA”) on our websites. The provider is Google Inc, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (“Google”).
The purpose of reCAPTCHA is to check whether the data input on our websites (e.g. in a contact form) is done by a human being or by an automated program. For this purpose, reCAPTCHA analyzes the behavior of the website visitor based on various characteristics. This analysis starts automatically as soon as the website visitor enters the website. For analysis purposes, reCAPTCHA evaluates various information (e.g. IP address, time spent on the website or mouse movements made by the user). The data collected during the analysis is forwarded to Google.
The reCAPTCHA analyses run completely in the background. Website visitors are not notified that an analysis is taking place.
The data processing is based on Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f DSGVO. The website operator has a legitimate interest in protecting his web offers from abusive automated spying and from SPAM.
Amazon Partner Program
Awin partner program
This website uses the Performance Advertising Network of AWIN AG, Eichhornstraße 3, 10785 Berlin. As part of its tracking services, AWIN stores cookies on end devices of users who visit or use websites or other online offers of its customers (e.g. register for a newsletter or place an order in an online store) in order to document transactions (e.g. leads and sales). The sole purpose of these cookies is to correctly assign the success of an advertising medium and the corresponding billing within its network. Personal data is not collected, processed or used by AWIN in this context. A cookie only contains information on when a particular advertising medium was clicked on by an end device. AWIN tracking cookies contain an individual numerical sequence which cannot be assigned to the individual user and which is used to document an advertiser’s partner program, the publisher, the time of the user’s action (click or view). AWIN also collects information about the terminal device from which a transaction is carried out, e.g. the operating system and the calling browser.
If you do not wish cookies to be stored in your browser, you can do so by changing the appropriate browser settings. You can deactivate the storage of cookies in your respective browser under Tools/Internet Options, restrict it to certain websites or set your browser to notify you when a cookie is sent. Please note, however, that in this case you must reckon with a restricted display of the online offers and a restricted user guidance. You can also delete cookies at any time. In this case, the information stored in them will be removed from your end device.
If you would like more information about AWIN’s data processing, you can find it here: https://www.awin.com/de/rechtliches
Tracking and use of data within the affiliate and offer system of TARIFFUXX.de
We participate in the partner system of the offerer “TARIFFUXX.de”, Ingo Just, Am Steinacker 7, 86925 Fuchstal-Asch Germany. Within this framework, personal usage data of visitors to this online offer may be processed pseudonymously. Tracking measures customary in the industry are used for this purpose, insofar as these are necessary for the operation of the affiliate system of TARIFFUXX.DE. In the following, we explain the technical background to the users.
TARIFFUXX.DE cooperates with companies whose services are advertised and linked on other websites (so-called affiliate links) by means of the TARIFFUXX.DE partner program. The operators of the respective websites receive a commission if users follow the affiliate links and then take advantage of the offers. For the offer system it is necessary that we and TARIFFUXX.DE as well as participating providers of the services/products mediated by the affiliate measures can track whether visitors of this online offer who are interested in affiliate links and/or the offers available on our website subsequently perceive the offers at the instigation of the affiliate links or our online offer. For this purpose, the affiliate links are supplemented by certain values which can be a component of the link or otherwise, e.g. in a cookie, i.e. a small file which is stored on the user’s computer. These values include in particular the initial website (referrer), time, an online identification of the operator of the website on which the affiliate link was located, an online identification of the respective offer, an online identification of the visitor of this online offer, as well as tracking specific values such as advertising material ID, partner ID, sub-partner ID and categorizations (sub-ID).
The online identification of the visitors of this online offer used by TARIFFUXX.DE is a pseudonymous value. This means that the online identification itself does not contain any personal data such as name or e-mail address. It only helps to determine whether the same visitor of this online offer, who clicked on an affiliate link, has taken advantage of the offer, i.e. has concluded a contract with the provider. However, the online identification is personal insofar as the partner company and TARIFFUXX.de have the online identification together with other user data. Only in this way can the partner company or TARIFFUXX.de inform us whether the visitor of this online offer has taken advantage of the offer and we receive a commission or similar.
This processing is based on our legitimate interests and the legitimate interests of TARIFFUXX.DE and the providers (i.e. interest in the analysis, optimization and economic operation of our online offer) in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f DSGVO.
Further information and notes on the right of objection and other rights of affected persons can be found in the data protection declaration of TARIFFUXX.DE: https://www.tariffuxx.de/seiten/datenschutz.
This website uses Google AdSense, a service for the integration of advertisements of Google Inc. (“Google”). Provider is Google Inc, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.
Google AdSense uses so-called “cookies”, text files which are stored on your computer and which enable an analysis of the use of the website. Google AdSense also uses so-called web beacons (invisible graphics). Through these web beacons, information such as visitor traffic on these pages can be evaluated.
The information generated by cookies and web beacons about the use of this website (including your IP address) and the delivery of advertising formats are transferred to a Google server in the USA and stored there. This information may be passed on by Google to contractual partners of Google. However, Google will not merge your IP address with other data stored by you.
The storage of AdSense cookies is based on Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f DSGVO. The website operator has a legitimate interest in the analysis of user behavior in order to optimize both his website and his advertising.
You can get more information here: https://www.mirando.de/datenschutz/
The operators of the sites use the service of adgoal. Adgoal is a service provider that develops marketing solutions and supports website operators in generating advertising revenue. The products of adgoal have no influence on the contents of the website operator. They work purely context-sensitive (content-related). If a user clicks on a link to an external site, adgoal automatically checks whether an affiliate/partner link can be generated from this link, from which the website operator can earn money by reimbursing advertising costs. If this is the case, the link is forwarded to the advertiser via his affiliate program, which he may operate in an affiliate network. For this the Advertiser and/or the Affiliate network sets a Cookie, in order to be able to reconstruct the origin of the order. This allows the advertiser to recognize that you have clicked the partner link on this website.
The services of adgoal and the resulting cookies of the affiliate networks and advertisers, are based on Art. 6 lit. f DSGVO. The website operator has a legitimate interest in this, as the amount of his affiliate remuneration can only be determined through the cookies.
Further information on data use by adgoal, as well as the possibility of an opt-out, can be found in the data protection declaration of adgoal.
Cookies and messages about access numbers (VG Wort)
We use “session cookies” from VG Wort, Munich, to measure access to texts to determine the probability of copying. Session cookies are small units of information that a provider stores in the main memory of the visitor’s computer. A randomly generated unique identification number, a so-called session ID, is stored in a session cookie. In addition, a cookie contains information about its origin and the storage period. Session cookies cannot store other data. These measurements are performed by INFOnline GmbH according to the Scalable Central Measurement Method (SZM). They help to determine the copying probability of individual texts for the remuneration of legal claims of authors and publishers. We do not collect personal data via cookies.
We thus enable our authors to participate in the distributions of VG Wort, which ensure the legal remuneration for the use of copyrighted works in accordance with § 53 UrhG.
It is also possible to use our offers without cookies. Most browsers are set to accept cookies automatically. However, you can deactivate the storage of cookies or set your browser to inform you as soon as cookies are sent.
Use of the Scalable Central Measuring Method (VG Wort)
Our website and our mobile web offer use the “Scalable Central Measurement Method” (SZM) of INFOnline GmbH (https://www.infonline.de) for the determination of statistical characteristic values to determine the copy probability of texts.
Anonymous measured values are collected in the process. The access count measurement uses alternatively a session cookie or a signature, which is generated from various automatically transmitted information of your browser, for the recognition of computer systems. IP addresses are only processed in anonymized form.
The procedure was developed in compliance with data protection laws. The sole purpose of the procedure is to determine the probability of individual texts being copied.
At no time are individual users identified. Their identity always remains protected. You will not receive any advertising via the system.
With the following notes we inform you about the contents of our newsletter as well as the registration, dispatch and statistical evaluation procedure and your rights of objection. By subscribing to our newsletter, you agree to receive it and to the described procedures.
Content of the newsletter: We send newsletters, e-mails and other electronic notifications containing advertising information (hereinafter referred to as “newsletter”) only with the consent of the recipients or a legal permission. If, in the course of registering for the newsletter, its contents are specifically described, they are decisive for the consent of the users. In addition, our newsletters contain information about our contributions, competitions, promotions and our company.
Double-Opt-In and logging: The registration to our newsletter is done in a so-called Double-Opt-In procedure. This means that after registration you will receive an e-mail asking you to confirm your registration. This confirmation is necessary so that no one can register with foreign e-mail addresses. The newsletter registrations are logged in order to be able to prove the registration process according to the legal requirements. This includes the storage of the registration and confirmation time as well as the IP address. Changes to your data stored by the shipping service provider are also logged.
Registration data: To subscribe to the newsletter, it is sufficient to enter your e-mail address. Optionally, we ask you to enter a name for personal contact in the newsletter.
Measurement of success – The newsletters contain a so-called “web beacon”, i.e. a pixel-sized file that is retrieved from the server of the mailing service provider 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 time of retrieval are collected. This information is used for the technical improvement of the services based on the technical data or the target groups and their reading behavior based on their retrieval locations (which can be determined by means of the IP address) or the access times. Statistical surveys also include determining whether 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 not our intention to observe individual users. The evaluations serve us much more to recognize 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.
The dispatch of the newsletter and the measurement of success are based on the consent of the recipients according to 6 paragraph 1 lit. a, Art. 7 DSGVO in connection with § 7 paragraph 2 No. 3 UWG or on the basis of the legal permission according to § 7 paragraph 3 UWG.
The logging of the registration procedure is based on our legitimate interests according to Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f DSGVO and serves as proof of consent to receive the newsletter.
Cancellation/revocation – You can cancel the receipt of our newsletter at any time, i.e. revoke your consent. You will find a link to cancel the newsletter at the end of each newsletter. If users have only registered for the newsletter and cancelled this registration, their personal data will be deleted.
Integration of third party services and content
We set within our online offer on the basis of our legitimate interests (i.e. interest in the analysis, optimization and economic operation of our online offer within the meaning of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f. DSGVO), we use content or service offers from third parties in order to integrate their content and services, such as videos or fonts (hereinafter uniformly referred to as “content”). This always presupposes that the third-party providers of such content are aware of the IP address of the users, as without the IP address they would not be able to send the content to their browsers. The IP address is therefore necessary for the display of this content. We make every effort to use only such content whose respective providers use the IP address only to deliver the content. Third party providers may also use so-called pixel tags (invisible graphics, also known as “web beacons”) for statistical or marketing purposes. The “pixel tags” can be used to evaluate information such as visitor traffic on the pages of this website. The pseudonymous information may also be stored in cookies on the user’s device and may contain, among other things, technical information on the browser and operating system, referring web pages, visiting time and other details on the use of our online offer, as well as being able to be linked to such information from other sources.
The following presentation offers an overview of third party providers and their contents, along with links to their data protection declarations, which contain further information on the processing of data and, in some cases already mentioned here, the possibility to object (so-called opt-out):