This data protection policy informs you about the type, scope and purpose of the processing of personal data (hereinafter referred to as “data”) within our online offering and the associated websites, functions and content as well as external online presences, such as our social media profile. (hereinafter collectively referred to as “online offer”). With regard to the terms used, such as “processing” or “responsible person”, we refer to the definitions in Article 4 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
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Types of data processed:
– Inventory data (e.g., names, addresses).
– Contact details (e.g., email, 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).
Categories of data subjects
Visitors and users of the online offering (hereinafter we refer to the affected persons collectively as “users”).
Purpose of processing
- Provision of the online offer, its functions and content.
- Answering contact requests and communicating with users.
- Safety measures
- Reach measurement/marketing
“Personal data” means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (hereinafter “data subject”); A natural person is considered identifiable if he or she 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 (e.g. cookie) or one or more special features, which are an expression of the physical, physiological, genetic, psychological, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person.
“Processing” means any operation or series of operations relating to personal data, carried out with or without the aid of automated procedures. The term is broad and encompasses virtually every way data is handled.
The “controller” is the natural or legal person, public authority, institution or other body that alone or jointly with others decides on the purposes and means of processing personal data.
Relevant legal bases
In accordance with Art. 13 GDPR, we will inform you of the legal basis for 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 Article 6 Paragraph 1 Letter a and Article 7 GDPR, the legal basis for processing to fulfill our services and implement contractual measures as well Answering inquiries is Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. b GDPR, the legal basis for processing to fulfill our legal obligations is Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. c GDPR, and the legal basis for processing to protect our legitimate interests is Art 6 Paragraph 1 Letter f GDPR. In the event that the vital interests of the data subject or another natural person require the processing of personal data, Article 6 (1) (d) GDPR serves as the legal basis.
Collaboration with processors and third parties
If, as part of our processing, we disclose data to other people and companies (contract processors or third parties), transmit it to them or otherwise grant them access to the data, this only takes place on the basis of legal permission (e.g. if the data is transmitted to third parties, such as to payment service providers, in accordance with Art. 6 Paragraph 1 lit.
If we commission third parties to process data on the basis of a so-called “order processing contract”, this is done on the basis of Art. 28 GDPR.
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 occurs as part of the use of third-party services or disclosure or transmission of data to third parties, this will only occur if it is done to fulfill 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 only process or have the data processed in a third country if the special requirements of Art. 44 ff. GDPR are met. This means that the processing is carried out, for example, on the basis of special guarantees, such as the officially recognized determination of a data protection level that corresponds to 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 data subjects
You have the right to request confirmation as to whether the data in question is being processed and to receive information about this data as well as further information and a copy of the data in accordance with Art. 15 GDPR.
You have accordingly. Art. 16 GDPR gives you the right to request that the data concerning you be completed or that incorrect data concerning you be corrected.
In accordance with Art. 17 GDPR, you have the right to demand that the data in question be deleted immediately, or alternatively, in accordance with Art. 18 GDPR, to request a restriction on the processing of the data.
You have the right to request that the data concerning you that you have provided to us be received in accordance with Art. 20 GDPR and to request that it be transmitted to other responsible parties.
In accordance with Article 77 of the GDPR, you also have the right to lodge a complaint with the responsible supervisory authority.
Right of withdrawal
You have the right to revoke your consent in accordance with Article 7 Paragraph 3 of the GDPR with effect for the future
Right to object
You can object to the future processing of your data at any time in accordance with Art. 21 GDPR. The objection can in particular be made against processing for direct advertising purposes.
Cookies and right to object to direct advertising
“Cookies” are small files that are stored on users’ computers. Different information can be stored within the cookies. A cookie is primarily used to store information about a user (or the device on which the cookie is stored) during or after their visit to an online offering. Temporary cookies, or “session cookies” or “transient cookies,” are cookies that are deleted after a user leaves an online offering and closes their browser. Such a cookie can, for example, store the contents of a shopping cart in an online shop or a login status. Cookies that remain stored even after the browser is closed are referred to as “permanent” or “persistent”. For example, the login status can be saved if users visit it after several days. The interests of users can also be stored in such a cookie, which is used for range measurement or marketing purposes. “Third-party cookies” are cookies that are offered by providers other than the person responsible for operating the online offering (otherwise, if they are only their cookies, they are referred to as “first-party cookies”).
We can use temporary and permanent cookies and explain this in our data protection declaration.
If 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. Saved cookies can be deleted in the browser’s system settings. The exclusion of cookies can lead to functional restrictions of this online offer.
Deletion of data
The data we process will be deleted or its processing will be restricted in accordance with Articles 17 and 18 of the GDPR. 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 legal retention obligations. Unless the data is deleted because it is required for other legally permissible purposes, its processing will be restricted. This means that the data will be blocked and not processed for other purposes. This applies, for example, to data that must be retained for commercial or tax reasons.
According to legal requirements in Germany, storage is carried out in particular for 6 years in accordance with Section 257 Paragraph 1 HGB (commercial books, inventories, opening balance sheets, annual financial statements, commercial letters, accounting documents, etc.) and for 10 years in accordance with Section 147 Paragraph 1 AO (books, records , management reports, accounting documents, commercial and business letters, documents relevant to taxation, etc.).
According to legal requirements in Austria, storage takes place in particular for 7 years in accordance with Section 132 Paragraph 1 BAO (accounting documents, receipts/invoices, accounts, receipts, business papers, statements of income and expenses, etc.), for 22 years in connection with real estate and for 10 years for documents relating to electronically provided services, telecommunications, radio and television services that are provided to non-entrepreneurs in EU member states and for which the Mini-One-Stop-Shop (MOSS) is used.
The hosting services we use serve to provide the following services: infrastructure and platform services, computing capacity, storage space and database services, security services and technical maintenance services, which we use for the purpose of operating this online offering.
In doing so, we, or our hosting provider, process inventory data, contact data, content data, contract data, usage data, meta and communication data from customers, interested parties and visitors to this online offering based on our legitimate interests in the efficient and secure provision of this online offering in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f GDPR in conjunction with Art. 28 GDPR (conclusion of order processing contract).
Users can optionally create a user account. As part of registration, the required mandatory information is provided to users. The data entered during registration will be used for the purposes of using the offer. Users can be informed by email about information relevant to the offer or registration, such as changes to the scope of the offer or technical circumstances. If users have terminated their user account, their data will be deleted with regard to the user account, unless their retention is necessary for commercial or tax law reasons in accordance with Article 6 (1) (c) GDPR. It is the users’ responsibility to back up their data before the end of the contract if the contract is terminated. 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 and the use of the user account, the IP address and the time of the respective user action are stored. The storage is based on our legitimate interests, as well as the user’s protection against misuse and other unauthorized use. In principle, 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 Article 6 (1) (c) GDPR. The IP addresses will be anonymized or deleted after 7 days at the latest.
When contacting us (e.g. via contact form, email, telephone or via social media), the user’s information is processed to process the contact request and process it in accordance with Article 6 Paragraph 1 Letter b) GDPR. User information can be stored in a customer relationship management system (“CRM system”) or comparable inquiry organization.
We delete the requests if they are no longer necessary. We review the necessity every two years; The statutory archiving obligations also apply.
Comments and posts
If users leave comments or other contributions, their IP addresses will be stored for 7 days based on our legitimate interests within the meaning of Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f. GDPR. This is done for our security if someone leaves illegal content in comments and posts (insults, prohibited political propaganda, etc.). In this case, we ourselves can be prosecuted for the comment or contribution and are therefore interested in the identity of the author.
Akismet anti-spam check
Our online offering uses the “Akismet” service, which is offered by Automattic, Inc. 132 Hawthorne Street San Francisco, CA 94107, USA. The use is based on our legitimate interests within the meaning of Article 6 Paragraph 1 Letter f) GDPR. With the help of this service, comments from real people are distinguished from spam comments. For this purpose, all comment information is sent to a server in the USA, where it is analyzed and stored for four days for comparison purposes. If a comment is classified as spam, the data will be stored beyond this time. This information includes the name entered, the email address, the IP address, the comment content, the referrer, information about the browser used and the computer system and the time of the entry.
Automattic is certified under the Privacy Shield Agreement and thereby offers a guarantee of compliance with European data protection law (https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt0000000CbqcAAC&status=Active).
Users are welcome to use pseudonyms or forgo entering their name or email address. You can completely prevent the transfer of data by not using our comment system. That would be a shame, but unfortunately we don’t see any other alternatives that work as effectively.
Google is certified under the Privacy Shield Agreement and thereby offers a guarantee that it will 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 online offering by users, to compile reports on the activities within this online offering and to provide us with other services related to the use of this online offering and internet usage. Pseudonymous user profiles can be created from the processed data.
We only use Google Analytics with IP anonymization activated. This means that the user’s IP address is shortened by Google within member states of the European Union or in other contracting states to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transmitted 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 setting their browser software accordingly; Users can also prevent Google from collecting the data generated by the cookie and relating to their use of the online offering and from processing this data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available at the following link: http://tools .google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de.
Further information on data usage by Google, settings and objection options can be found on the Google websites: https://www.google.com/intl/de/policies/privacy/partners (“Use of data by Google when you use websites or apps). our partners”), http://www.google.com/policies/technologies/ads (“Use of data for advertising purposes”), http://www.google.de/settings/ads (“Manage information that Google uses, “to show you advertising”).
Online presence in social media
We maintain online presences within social networks and platforms in order to be able to communicate with customers, interested parties and users who are active there and 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.
Unless otherwise stated in our data protection declaration, we process users’ data if they communicate with us on social networks and platforms, e.g. write posts on our online presence or send us messages.
Integration of third-party services and content
Within our online offering, we use content or service offerings from third-party providers based on our legitimate interests (i.e. interest in the analysis, optimization and economic operation of our online offering within the meaning of Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f. GDPR) in order to improve their content and Integrate services such as videos or fonts (hereinafter referred to as “content”).
This always assumes that the third party providers of this content are aware of the user’s IP address, as without the IP address they would not be able to send the content to their browser. The IP address is therefore required to display this content. We strive to only use content whose respective providers only use the IP address to deliver the content. Third parties 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 can also be stored in cookies on the user’s device and may contain, among other things, technical information about the browser and operating system, referring websites, visiting time and other information about the use of our online offering, as well as being linked to such information from other sources.