The following privacy statement clarifies the collection and processing of your personal data when using this website. This privacy statement also applies to the collection and processing of your data on external websites or online services connected to this website (such as our social media profiles). The definitions of data collection and processing as well as the responsible entities are in correspondence to the definitions in Art. 4 of the General Data Protection Regulation (DSGVO) as of 25.05.2018.
„Personal Data“ refers to all information that can be used to draw conclusions about a natural person or to clearly identify a natural person. A natural person is considered to be identifiable if he / she can be clearly identified by information such as a name, a number, a specific location, an online marker (eg a cookie) or other special features (eg physical, psychological, genetic, economic, cultural or social characteristics).
Data protection responsibility
The legal entity responsible for data collection and data processing on this website, according to the General Data Protection Regulation (DSGVO) is
Sonneburger Straße 54, 10437 Berlin
(hereafter „I“ or „the operator“)
Our website is physically hosted on server systems operated by Alfahosting GmbH, Ankerstraße 3b, 06108 Halle (Saale) with data center location in Leipzig, Germany. The operator of this website does not generally share personal information about your visit to this website with Alfahosting as part of our collaboration. However, it may be possible that Alfahosting at least potentially gains access to personal data – e.g. during service or maintenance operations. In such cases, relevant data protection agreements ensure the protection of your personal data.
Type and extend of the data collected
When you access this website, various pieces of information about your visit will be collected. This information includes usage information such as the web pages you visit, the content you read, access times, device information, information about your operating system and web browser as well as IP addresses. If you use additional services or features on this website, such as a contact form, a comment function or any other function that requires the input of personal data, additional information will be collected and processed. This includes personal data such as your name or address, contact information such as your telephone number or e-mail address, and content data such as your message or media attachments that you sent.
Data collected when using contact or registration features on our website
If you would like to get in touch with me, you can do so by either using the contact forms on this website or by sending a message by clicking on my e-mail address. If you do so, the following information will be collected: your name, your e-mail address, and your message. You may, as an option, also enter additional information. Upon reception, your data may be stored in a Customer Relationship Management System (CRM) or other software application. Once your contact information is no longer required, it will be blocked or deleted after the retention period has expired, unless other legal requirements make it mandatory for the operator of this website to keep your data beyond that time.
Articles and comments
In some cases it may be possible for you to add comments to content on this website (e.g. in the blog). If you use to comment feature on this website, the operator will collect certain personal data about you. These may include your IP address, your e-mail address, your name, the URL of your website, and the content of your comment. This data is collected and processed based on our own legitimate interests (such as our security in the event of illegal comments that we may be held responsible for) and in order to show your comment on our website.
Data collected automatically while using our website
Technically required data
If you access this website without logging in or registering, the operator and the hosting provider will automatically collect information of a general nature. Such information is collected based on our legitimate interest within the realms of Art. 6 S. 1 lit. f. DSGVO. The information collected (the so-called server log files) include the type of your web browser, the operating system you use, the domain name of your internet service provider, the IP address, the time and duration of access, the requested pages, the amount of data transferred and the referrer’s URL. This information cannot be used to draw conclusions about you personally. Collecting such information is technically necessary to correctly deliver the contents of this website and is considered mandatory when using the internet.
Anonymised information of this kind is statistically evaluated by us to optimize this internet presence and the underlying technology. Such information is also used to operate our website including its functions and content, to perform range measurements, to answer inquiries and to communicate with our users.
Like many other websites, this website uses so-called „cookies“. Cookies are small text files that are transferred from a web server to your computer. By doing that, the operator automatically receives certain data such as your IP address, browser, your computer’s operating system and your connection to the Internet. Temporary cookies or so-called „session cookies“ contain information that relates to your current visit to our website. Temporary cookies are deleted after you have finished your visit to this website or when you close your browser. Persistent cookies usually contain information about your login status, custom settings or your interests on this website, which are used for range measuring or other marketing purposes. Persistent cookies remain on your computer even after you close your browser. Please note that third party services or tools that are used on this website (e.g. Google Analytics) may also store cookies on your computer.
Cookies can not be used to launch programs or to transfer viruses to a computer. Based on the information contained in cookies, the operator can facilitate easy navigation and make sure that this website is displayed correctly. In no case will the operator transfer personal data collected by the operator to third parties or link it with other personal data without your consent.
Analysis and marketing services
By using the following analysis and marketing services the operator of this website would like to understand your reading behaviour on this website in order to improve its content. You can object to the data collection and processing for this purpose as described in the following sections.
This website facilitates Google Analytics (Google Inc.) or performance analysis. Google Analytics uses so-called „cookies“, text files that are stored on your computer and that allow us to analyse how you use our website. The information that is collected by the cookie is usually transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. This website, however, has activated anonymized IP addresses. This means that your IP address will be shortened by Google within the European Union before transmitting it to a Google server in the USA. Only in a few exceptional cases will the full IP address be sent to a Google server in the US and shortened there.
On the operator’s behalf, Google will use the collected information to analyse how you use this website, to compile reports on website activity and to provide other services related to website performance. The IP address provided by Google Analytics will not be merged with other Google data.
You can prevent the storage of cookies on your computer in your browser settings. However, in this case you may not be able to use all functions of this website in full. Also, you may prevent data collection by Google through cookies and the analysis of your using our website (including your IP address) by downloading and installing the following browser add-on: Browser Add On to disable Google Analytics
In addition or as an alternative to the browser add-on, you can prevent tracking by Google Analytics on this website by clicking on „Disable Google Analytics“. In this case, an opt-out cookie will be installed on your computer. This will prevent data collection by Google Analytics for this website and for this browser for as long as the cookie remains installed in your browser.
Google provides further information on data collection and processing, and presents options to change your settings or object to data collection on the following websites. Please refer to https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/partners for information on how Google uses data on partner web sites and apps. Or visit http://www.google.com/policies/technologies/ads to learn more about opt-out options. To customize how Google presents advertising to you, visit http://www.google.com/settings/ads.
Integration of third-party services and content
On this website, third-party services may be used in order to display videos, maps, web fonts as well as other content. The integration of such content on this website makes it mandatory for you to provide the operator with your IP address, which will then be used by the third-party vendor to properly deliver the content to your browser. The operator make every effort to include as little external content as possible on this website and only to include content whose providers use your IP address solely to provide the requested content. However, third parties may also use so-called „pixel tags“ or „web beacons“ to statistically analyze information such as the amount of traffic on visited websites. Such information may be stored in a non-pseudonymous form in cookies on your computer. This includes information about your browser or the operating system of your computer, information about referring websites, visiting hours and duration, and the pages visited on this website. This data can be linked to information from other sources.
The following services and/or contents by third-party providers are integrated within our website:
This website includes buttons that allow you to share the URL of this website on your Facebook profile. Facebook is a service of Facebook Ireland Ltd., 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbor, Dublin 2, Ireland. These buttons are indicated by a Facebook logo or the word „Facebook“. These Facebook buttons are used based on special requirements for data transmission and processing. Facebook is certified under the Privacy Shield Agreement and guarantees compliance with European data protection law. If you use the Facebook button to share the URL of this website on your Facebook profile, your computer transmits certain information about your use of this website to a Facebook server. From these data, especially if you are logged in to Facebook at the time of use, Facebook can create usage profiles about your online behavior and assign them to your Facebook account. Facebook can also collect and store your IP address if you do not have a Facebook account. In this context, the operator of this website would like to point out that he does not have any influence on the type and extent of the data transmitted to Facebook via the Facebook button. However, Facebook assures that it stores only an anonymous IP address in Germany, from which no conclusions can be drawn on your person.
If you do have a Facebook account but do not want Facebook to collect information about your visit to this website, you must log out of Facebook before visiting this website and delete the cookies stored on your computer. Please refer to the help function of your browser to learn how to disable cookies and how to delete cookies from your computer.
This website includes buttons that allow you to share the URL of this website on your Twitter profile. Twitter is a service of Twitter Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. These buttons are indicated by a Twitter logo or the word „Twitter“. These Twitter buttons are used based on special requirements for data transmission and processing. Twitter is certified under the Privacy Shield Agreement and guarantees compliance with European data protection law. If you use the Twitter button to share the URL of this website on your Twitter profile, your computer transmits certain information about your use of this website to a Twitter server. From these data, especially if you are logged in to Twitter at the time of use, Twitter can create usage profiles about your online behavior and assign them to your Twitter account.
This website includes buttons that allow you to share the URL of this website on your Pinterest page. Pinterest is a service of Pinterest Inc., 635 High Street, Palo Alto, CA, 94301, USA. These buttons are indicated by a Pinterest logo or the word „Pinterest“. If you use these buttons to share the URL of this website on your Pinterest page, your computer transmits certain information about your use of this website to a Pinterest server.
This website includes videos which are hosted on the YouTube platform provided by Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. You can find the privacy notices for using these videos at https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/. For information about your opt-out opportunities, visit https://adssettings.google.com/authenticated.
Data transfer to third parties
Your personal data will only be passed on to third parties if this is permitted or prescribed under European data protection law. This is the case, for instance, if you have expressly consented to the disclosure of your data and/or such disclosure is required for contract fulfilment. Disclosure of your personal data is also permitted under data protection law, if the enforcement of regulations of other laws (for example, criminal law regulations) requires such disclosure and if nothing prevents this transfer from a data protection point of view. Disclosing of your personal data is also justifiable if the operator of this website does have a legitimate interest in passing on the relevant information (for example, when placing an order with a third party, when using a representative or a web host). The operator will only transfer your data for the purpose of contract fulfilment in accordance with Art. 28 DSGVO.
Your rights concerning your personal data
At this point the operator would like to inform you briefly about the data protection rights that you can exercise towards him.
Right to information / Right of rectification
You have the right to request information about what personal information about you is stored by the operator, and to receive copies of such data at any time. If you want to request that information, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The operator is only allowed to process personal data about you which is accurate. If, for example, you exercise your right to information, and find that a certain date about you is inaccurate or incomplete, or has become inaccurate or incomplete, the operator is generally generally obliged to correct that information immediately.
Cancellation right / Blocking right
Your personal data is processed solely for the purposes indicated in this privacy statement. Principally, the operator of this website only needs this information to perform the data processing that you request him to do (for example, processing your message, checking your request). In some cases, the operator of this website may be required by law to keep your information for a limited period of time. If he does not need your information during this period, it will be blocked or its processing restricted. You have the right to request the immediate deletion of your data or to request a restriction on the processing of your data. In addition, you also have the right to have the data we store about you transmitted to you or another person in charge before being deleted.
Right of objection / Right of withdrawal
Insofar as you are entitled to a legal right to object to the data processing described in this privacy statement, this will be pointed out to you at the appropriate place. You also have the opportunity to exercise your opposition in the appropriate places. In addition, you have the right to revoke previously granted consent for the collection or processing of your data with effect for the future or to object to the future collection and processing of your personal data in advance at any time. You may expressly object to the collection and processing of your data if it serves the purpose of direct mail.
Contact and Complaints
If you do not agree with or are unsatisfied by the way the operator of this website handles your personal data, you can file a complaint with the respective supervisory authority.
Changes to this privacy statement