Privacy Policy


Introduction

We take the protection of your personal data very seriously. We treat your personal data as confidential and in accordance with the statutory data protection regulations and this privacy policy.

If you use this website, various pieces of personal data will be collected. Most of the data is collected to ensure the proper functioning of the website. Other data can be used to analyze how visitors use the site.

In order to protect your personal data we use the industry standard for encryption on the Internet – Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology. We also use digital certificates to ensure that you are connected to an authentic website.

This data protection declaration is based on the terms used by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). To ensure that our data protection declaration is legible and understandable for the general public, as well as our customers and business partners, we would like to first explain the terminology used.

Definitions

Personal data
Personal data means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person ("data subject"). An identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person.

Data subject
Data subject is any identified or identifiable natural person, whose personal data is processed by the controller responsible for the processing.

Processing
Processing is any operation or set of operations which is performed on personal data or on sets of personal data, whether or not by automated means, such as collection, recording, organisation, structuring, storage, adaptation or alteration, retrieval, consultation, use, disclosure by transmission, dissemination or otherwise making available, alignment or combination, restriction, erasure or destruction.

Controller or controller responsible for the processing
Controller or controller responsible for the processing is the natural or legal person, public authority, agency or other body which, alone or jointly with others, determines the purposes and means of the processing of personal data; where the purposes and means of such processing are determined by Union or Member State law, the controller or the specific criteria for its nomination may be provided for by Union or Member State law.

Processor
Processor is a natural or legal person, public authority, agency or other body which processes personal data on behalf of the controller.

Recipient
Recipient is a natural or legal person, public authority, agency or another body, to which personal data is disclosed, whether a third party or not. Public authorities which may receive personal data in the framework of a particular inquiry in accordance with Union or Member State law shall not be regarded as recipients; the processing of those data by those public authorities shall be in compliance with the applicable data protection rules according to the purposes of the processing.

Third party
Third party is a natural or legal person, public authority, agency or body other than the data subject, controller, processor and persons who, under the direct authority of the controller or processor, are authorised to process personal data.

Consent
Consent of the data subject is any freely given, specific, informed and unambiguous indication of the data subject’s wishes by which he or she, by a statement or by a clear affirmative action, signifies agreement to the processing of personal data relating to him or her.

Server log files

The website provider automatically collects and stores information that your browser automatically transmits to us in "server log files". These are:

  1. Browser type and browser version
  2. Operating system used
  3. Referrer URL
  4. Host name of the accessing computer
  5. Time of the server request
  6. IP address

These data will not be combined with data from other sources.

Cookies

To make our website more user-friendly, effective and secure, cookies (small text files saved on your computer by your browser) are used at several points. We use two kind of cookies: session cookie and presistent cookie. The session cookie is automatically deleted when you close your browser. The presistent cookie is set for a period of one year and is automatically removed after that time or until you deletes your cookies by yourself. Third party services we use such as YouTube may also create cookies during your visit to our website.

If you wish to stop acccepting cookies from the websites you visit you can change your browser behaviour. All modern browsers have options to control your cookie settings, usually found in the Options or Preferences section of your browser. Please refer to your browser’s help documents for more details.

Newsletter

If you would like to receive our newsletter, we require a valid email address as well as information that allows us to verify that you are the owner of the specified email address and that you agree to receive this newsletter. No additional data is collected or is only collected on a voluntary basis. We only use this data to send the requested information and do not pass it on to third parties.

We will, therefore, process any data you enter onto the contact form only with your consent. You can revoke consent to the storage of your data and email address as well as their use for sending the newsletter at any time, e.g. through the "unsubscribe" link in the newsletter. The data processed before we receive your request may still be legally processed.

The data provided when registering for the newsletter will be used to distribute the newsletter until you cancel your subscription when said data will be deleted. Data we have stored for other purposes (e.g. email addresses for the members area) remain unaffected.

YouTube

Our website uses plugins from YouTube, which is operated by Google. The operator of the pages is YouTube LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. If you visit one of our pages featuring a YouTube plugin, a connection to the YouTube servers is established. Here the YouTube server is informed about which of our pages you have visited. If you are logged in to your YouTube account, YouTube allows you to associate your browsing behavior directly with your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account.

Further information about handling user data can be found in the data protection declaration of YouTube under https://policies.google.com/privacy.

Shop and User area

If you purchase products from us, personal data is going to be processed by the company "Digital River GmbH", our payment processor. Their privacy policy can be found here. Note that we do not store payment data on our servers.

To be able to use our products, it is necessary to create a user account after purchase. Creating a user account only requires an arbitrary user name and an email address, in case you forget your password, or in case you wish to subscribe to our newsletter.

Forum

If you sign up on our forum, personal data, such as your email address, will be processed. Please read the forum's Privacy Policy for detailed information.

Right of access

You have the right to demand access to your personal data at any time, including origin, recipient and the use(s) to which your data has been put. In addition you have the right to rectification, blocking, and deletion of this personal information.

If you require more detailed information concerning our privacy policy, please contact us at .

Legal basis for the processing

Art. 6(1) lit. a GDPR serves as the legal basis for processing operations for which we obtain consent for a specific processing purpose. If the processing of personal data is necessary for the performance of a contract to which the data subject is party, as is the case, for example, when processing operations are necessary for the supply of goods or to provide any other service, the processing is based on Article 6(1) lit. b GDPR. The same applies to such processing operations which are necessary for carrying out pre-contractual measures, for example in the case of inquiries concerning our products or services. Is our company subject to a legal obligation by which processing of personal data is required, such as for the fulfillment of tax obligations, the processing is based on Art. 6(1) lit. c GDPR.

In rare cases, the processing of personal data may be necessary to protect the vital interests of the data subject or of another natural person. This would be the case, for example, if a visitor were injured in our company and his name, age, health insurance data or other vital information would have to be passed on to a doctor, hospital or other third party. Then the processing would be based on Art. 6(1) lit. d GDPR.

Finally, processing operations could be based on Article 6(1) lit. f GDPR. This legal basis is used for processing operations which are not covered by any of the abovementioned legal grounds, if processing is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by our company or by a third party, except where such interests are overridden by the interests or fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject which require protection of personal data. Such processing operations are particularly permissible because they have been specifically mentioned by the European legislator. He considered that a legitimate interest could be assumed if the data subject is a client of the controller (Recital 47 Sentence 2 GDPR).

The legitimate interests pursued by the controller or by a third party

Where the processing of personal data is based on Article 6(1) lit. f GDPR our legitimate interest is to carry out our business in favor of the well-being of all our employees and the shareholders.

Period for which the personal data will be stored

Personal data stored in a user account or the forum is stored as long as desired by the data subject. The period of storage for other personal data is the respective statutory retention period. After expiration of that period, the corresponding data is routinely deleted, as long as it is no longer necessary for the fulfillment of the contract or the initiation of a contract.

Provision of personal data as statutory or contractual requirement

We clarify that the provision of personal data is partly required by law (e.g. tax regulations) or can also result from contractual provisions (e.g. information on the contractual partner).

Sometimes it may be necessary to conclude a contract that the data subject provides us with personal data, which must subsequently be processed by us. The data subject is, for example, obliged to provide us with personal data when our company signs a contract with him or her. The non-provision of the personal data would have the consequence that the contract with the data subject could not be concluded.

Before personal data is provided by the data subject, the data subject must contact any employee. The employee clarifies to the data subject whether the provision of the personal data is required by law or contract or is necessary for the conclusion of the contract, whether there is an obligation to provide the personal data and the consequences of non-provision of the personal data.

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