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” for short) 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 in the context 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.
As of July 19, 2020
Am Dachsberg 29
Overview of the processing
The following overview summarizes the types of data processed and the purposes of their processing and refers to the data subjects.
Types of data processed
- Inventory data (e.g. names, addresses).
- Content data (e.g. text input, photographs, videos).
- Contact details (e.g. e-mail, telephone numbers).
- Meta / communication data (e.g. device information, IP addresses).
- Usage data (e.g. websites visited, interest in content, access times).
- Contract data (e.g. subject of the contract, duration, customer category).
Categories of data subjects
- Communication partner.
- Users (e.g. website visitors, users of online services).
Purposes of processing
- Provision of our online offer and user-friendliness.
- Feedback (e.g. collecting feedback via an online form).
- Contact requests and communication.
- Safety measures.
- Contractual services and services.
- Management and answering of inquiries.
Relevant legal bases
In the following we share the legal basis of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), on the basis of which we process the personal data. Please note that in addition to the provisions of the GDPR, the national data protection requirements in your or our country of residence and domicile may apply. Furthermore, if more specific legal bases are relevant in individual cases, we will inform you of this in the data protection declaration.
- Consent (Art. 6 Para. 1 S. 1 lit. a GDPR) – The data subject has given their consent to the processing of their personal data for a specific purpose or for several specific purposes.
- Fulfillment of the 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 for the implementation of pre-contractual measures that are carried out at the request of the data subject.
- Protection of vital interests (Art. 6 Para. 1 S. 1 lit.d. GDPR) – The processing is necessary to protect the vital interests of the data subject or another natural person.
- Legitimate interests (Art. 6 Para. 1 S. 1 lit.f. GDPR) – The processing is necessary to safeguard the legitimate interests of the person responsible or a third party, unless the interests or fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject, which require the protection of personal data, outweigh this.
- National data protection regulations in Germany – In addition to the data protection regulations of the 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 during 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. It also regulates data processing for the purposes of the employment relationship (Section 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 can be applied.
We take appropriate technical and organizational measures in accordance with the legal requirements, taking into account the state of the art, the implementation costs and the type, scope, circumstances and purposes of processing as well as the different probabilities of occurrence and the extent of the threat to the rights and freedoms of natural persons 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 the access, input, transfer, securing of 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 the threat to the data. Furthermore, we consider the protection of personal data already in the development or selection of hardware, software and procedures in accordance with the principle of data protection, through technology design and data protection-friendly default settings.
SSL encryption (https) : In order to protect your data transmitted via our online offer, we use SSL encryption. You can recognize such encrypted connections by the prefix https: // in the address line of your browser.
Transmission and disclosure 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 they are disclosed to them. The recipients of this data can include, for example, payment institutions in the context of payment transactions, 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 corresponding contracts or agreements that serve to protect your data with the recipients of your data.
Data processing in third countries
Insofar as we process data in a third country (i.e. outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA)) or the processing in the context of the use of third-party services or the disclosure or transfer of data to other persons, offices or companies takes place, this is only done in accordance with the legal requirements.
Subject to express consent or contractually or legally required transfer, 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, in the presence of certifications or binding internal data protection regulations (Art. 44 to 49 GDPR, information page of the EU Commission: https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/law-topic/data-protection/international-dimension-data-protection_de ).
Provision of the online offer and web hosting
In order to be able to provide our online offer safely and efficiently, we use the services of one or more web hosting providers from whose servers (or servers managed by them) the online offer can be accessed. For these purposes, we can use infrastructure and platform services, computing capacity, storage space and database services as well as security services and technical maintenance services.
The data processed as part of the provision of the hosting offer can include all information relating to the users of our online offer that is generated in the context of use and communication. This regularly includes the IP address, which is necessary in order to be able to deliver the content of online offers to browsers, and all entries made within our online offer or from websites.
Email sending and hosting : The web hosting services we use also include sending, receiving and storing emails. For these purposes, the addresses of the recipients and senders as well as other information relating to the sending of e-mails (e.g. the providers involved) and the content of the respective e-mails are processed. The aforementioned data can also be processed for the purpose of recognizing SPAM. Please note that e-mails on the Internet are generally not sent in encrypted form. As a rule, e-mails are encrypted on the transport route, but (if no so-called end-to-end encryption method is used) not on the servers from which they are sent and received. We can therefore not assume any responsibility for the transmission path of the e-mails between the sender and the receipt on our server.
Collection of access data and log files : We ourselves (or our web hosting provider) collect data on every access to the server (so-called server log files). The server log files can include the address and name of the websites and files accessed, the date and time of access, the amount of data transferred, notification of successful access, 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 the load on the server and its stability.
- Processed data types: Content data (e.g. text input, photographs, videos), usage data (e.g. websites visited, interest in content, access times), meta / communication data (e.g. device information, IP addresses).
- Affected people: Users (e.g. website visitors, users of online services).
- Legal basis: Legitimate interests (Art. 6 Para. 1 S. 1 lit. f. GDPR).
Registration, login and user account
Users can create a user account. As part of the registration, the required mandatory information is communicated to the users and processed for the purpose of providing the user account on the basis of contractual obligations. The processed data includes, in particular, the login information (name, password and an email address). The data entered during registration will be used for the purpose of using the user account and its purpose.
Users can be informed by email about processes that are relevant to their user account, such as technical changes. If users have terminated their user account, their data will be deleted with regard to the user account, subject to a statutory retention period. It is up to the users to save their data in the event of termination before the end of the contract. We are entitled to irretrievably delete all user data stored during the term of the contract.
As part of the use of our registration and login functions as well as the use of the user account, we save the IP address and the time of the respective user action. The storage takes place on the basis of our legitimate interests as well as those of the users in protection against misuse and other unauthorized use. A transfer of this data to third parties does not take place, unless it is necessary to pursue our claims or there is a legal obligation to do so.
Online forum : Participation in the forum requires registration, in which, unless otherwise specified in the registration form, your name, password and the e-mail address to which the access data will be sent must be given. For security reasons, the password should correspond to the state of the art, i.e. it should be complicated (users will be advised of this during registration if necessary) and should not be used elsewhere. The posts in the forum are visible to the public, unless their visibility is limited to certain members or member groups. The contributions of the authors are stored with their names, if registered or indicated, the time and the content of the entry. When registering and writing entries, the IP addresses of the users are also stored if the entries contain illegal content and the IP addresses could be used for legal prosecution. The person responsible reserves the right to delete the registrations and entries on the basis of appropriate consideration.
- Processed data types: Inventory data (e.g. names, addresses), contact data (e.g. e-mail, telephone numbers), content data (e.g. text entries, photographs, videos), meta / communication data (e.g. device information, IP addresses), usage data (e.g. websites visited, interest of content, access times).
- Affected people: Users (e.g. website visitors, users of online services).
- Purposes of processing: Contractual services and services, security measures, administration and answering inquiries.
- Legal basis: Consent (Art. 6 Para. 1 S. 1 lit. a GDPR), fulfillment of contracts and pre-contractual inquiries (Art. 6 Para. 1 S. 1 lit. b.GDPR), legitimate interests (Art. 6 Para. 1 S. 1 lit.f.DSGVO).
Blogs and publication media
We use blogs or comparable means of online communication and publication (hereinafter “publication medium”). The data of the readers are only processed for the purposes of the publication medium to the extent that it is necessary for its presentation and communication between authors and readers or for reasons of security. In addition, we refer to the information on the processing of visitors to our publication medium in the context of this data protection notice.
Comments and contributions : If users leave comments or other contributions, we assume that the present data protection declaration has been accepted during registration and we waive our renewed consent. When processing the comments, your IP addresses can be saved on the basis of our legitimate interests. This is done for our safety if someone leaves illegal content in comments and contributions (insults, prohibited political propaganda, etc.). In this case we can be prosecuted for the comment or contribution and are therefore interested in the identity of the author.
Furthermore, we reserve the right to process user information for the purpose of spam detection on the basis of our legitimate interests.
The personal information communicated in the context of the comments and contributions, any contact and website information as well as the content will be stored permanently by us until the user objects.
Antispam Bee Exam : We use the “Antispam Bee” service on the basis of our legitimate interests. With the help of “Antispam Bee”, comments from real people are distinguished from spam comments. To date, no personal data has been sent to third-party services for this purpose.
Users are welcome to use pseudonyms or do not need to enter their name or email address. You can completely prevent the transmission of the data by not using our comment system. That would be a shame, but unfortunately we don’t see any alternatives that work as effectively.
- Processed data types: Inventory data (e.g. names, addresses), contact data (e.g. e-mail, telephone numbers), content data (e.g. text entries, photographs, videos), usage data (e.g. websites visited, interest in content, access times), meta / communication data (e.g. device information , IP addresses), contract data (e.g. subject of the contract, duration, customer category).
- Affected people: Users (e.g. website visitors, users of online services).
- Purposes of processing: Contractual services and services, feedback (e.g. collecting feedback via the online form), security measures, administration and answering inquiries.
- Legal basis: Fulfillment of the contract and pre-contractual inquiries (Art. 6 Para. 1 S. 1 lit. b. GDPR), Legitimate Interests (Art. 6 Para. 1 S. 1 lit. 1 lit. a GDPR), protection of vital interests (Art. 6 Para. 1 S. 1 lit.d. GDPR).
Used services and service providers:
- Antispam Bee Exam : Website: https://de.wordpress.org/plugins/antispam-bee/ ; Data protection: https://de.wordpress.org/about/privacy/ .
When contacting us (e.g. via the contact form, email, telephone or via social media), the details of the inquiring person are processed, insofar as this is necessary to answer the contact inquiries and any requested measures.
The answering of contact inquiries in the context of contractual or pre-contractual relationships takes place to fulfill our contractual obligations or to answer (pre) contractual inquiries and otherwise on the basis of the legitimate interests in answering the inquiries.
- Processed data types: Inventory data (e.g. names, addresses), contact data (e.g. e-mail, telephone numbers), content data (e.g. text entries, photographs, videos).
- Affected people: Communication partner.
- Purposes of processing: Contact requests and communication.
- Legal basis: Fulfillment of the 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).
Plugins and embedded functions as well as content
We integrate functional and content elements into our online offer that are obtained from the servers of their respective providers (hereinafter referred to as “third-party providers”). This can be, for example, graphics, videos or social media buttons as well as contributions (hereinafter uniformly referred to as “content”).
The integration always presupposes that the third-party providers of this content process the IP address of the user, since without the IP address they would not be able to send the content to their browser. The IP address is therefore required for the display of this content or functions. We strive to only use content whose respective providers only use the IP address to deliver the content. Third-party providers can 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 can also be stored in cookies on the user’s device and contain, among other things, technical information about the browser and operating system, the websites to be referred to, the time of visit and other information about the use of our online offer, as well as being linked to such information from other sources.
- Processed data types: Usage data (e.g. websites visited, interest in content, access times), meta / communication data (e.g. device information, IP addresses).
- Affected people: Users (e.g. website visitors, users of online services).
- Purposes of processing: Provision of our online offer and user-friendliness.
Deletion of data
The data processed by us will be deleted in accordance with the legal requirements as soon as the consent permitted for processing is revoked or other permissions are no longer applicable (e.g. if the purpose of processing this data is no longer applicable or is not required for the purpose).
If the data are not deleted because they are required for other legally permissible purposes, their processing will be limited to these purposes. In other words, the data is blocked and not processed for other purposes. This applies, for example, to data that must be kept for commercial or tax law reasons or whose storage is necessary to assert, exercise or defend legal claims or to protect the rights of another natural or legal person.
Further information on the deletion of personal data can also be found in the individual data protection information of this data protection declaration.
Change and update of 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 to the data processing carried out by us 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 may change over time and ask you to check the information before contacting us.
Rights of data subjects
As a data subject, you have various rights under the GDPR, which arise in particular from Art. 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 Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. e or f GDPR takes place to object; this also applies to profiling based on these provisions. If the personal data relating to you are processed in order to operate direct mail, you have the right to object at any time to the processing of the personal data relating to you for the purpose of such advertising; this also applies to profiling insofar as it is associated with such direct advertising.
- Right to withdraw consent: You have the right to revoke your consent at any time.
- Right of providing information: You have the right to request confirmation as to whether the data in question is being processed and to request 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 the legal requirements, you have the right to request the completion of the data relating to you or the correction of incorrect data relating to you.
- Right to deletion and restriction of processing: In accordance with the legal requirements, you have the right to request that the data relating to you be deleted immediately or, alternatively, to request a restriction on the processing of the data in accordance with the legal requirements.
- Right to data portability: You have the right to receive 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 that it be transmitted to another person responsible.
- Complaint to the supervisory authority: You also have the right, in accordance with the legal requirements, to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, in particular in the member state of your habitual residence, your place of work or the place of the alleged infringement, if you are of the opinion that the processing of the personal data concerning you is contrary to GDPR violates.
Responsible supervisory authority for us:
The state commissioner for data protection and for the right to inspect files
Stahnsdorfer Damm 77
Phone: 03 32 03 / 356-0
Fax: 03 32 03 / 356-49
Definitions of terms
This section gives you an overview of the terms used in this data protection declaration. Many of the terms are taken from the law and primarily defined in Art. 4 GDPR. The legal definitions are binding. In contrast, the following explanations are primarily intended to aid understanding. The terms are sorted alphabetically.
- Personal data: “Personal data” is all information that relates to an identified or identifiable natural person (hereinafter “data subject”); A natural person is regarded as identifiable 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, which express the physical, physiological, genetic, psychological, economic, cultural or social identity of this natural person.
- Responsible: “Responsible” means the natural or legal person, authority, institution or other body that alone or jointly with others decides on the purposes and means of processing personal data.
- Processing: “Processing” is any process carried out with or without the aid of automated processes or any such series of processes in connection with personal data. The term goes far and includes practically every handling of data, be it the collection, the evaluation, the storage, the transmission or the deletion.