Our German Privacy Policy can be found here.

Responsible in terms of data protection laws, in particular the EU General Data Protection Regulation (DSGVO), is:

Thomas Hermanns
Kirchenstr. 1
54294 Trier
GERMANY

Your rights as a victim

Under the given contact details of our data protection officer, you can always claim the following rights:

  • Information about your stored data and their processing (Art. 15 DSGVO),
  • Correction of incorrect personal data (Art. 16 DSGVO),
  • Deletion of your data stored with us (Art. 17 DSGVO),
  • Restriction of data processing, if we’re not yet allowed to delete your data due to legal obligations (Art. 18 DSGVO),
  • Objection to the processing of your data with us (Art. 21 DSGVO) and
  • Data portability, if you have consented to the data processing or have signed a contract with us (Art. 20 DSGVO).

If you have given us your consent, you can revoke it at any time with effect for the future.

You can contact a regulatory body at any time with a complaint (for example, to the competent authority of the state of your place of residence or to the authority responsible for us as the responsible authority).

A list of non-public-sector supervisory authorities can be found at: https://www.bfdi.bund.de/DE/Infothek/Anschriften_Links/anschriften_links-node.html.

Collecting general information when visiting our website

Nature and purpose of processing:

When you access our website (that is, if you don’t register or otherwise provide information), information of a general nature is automatically collected. This information (server log files) includes, for example, the type of web browser, the operating system used, the domain name of your Internet service provider, your IP address and similar.

They are processed in particular for the following purposes:

  • Ensuring an error-free connection of the website,
  • Ensuring a smooth use of our website,
  • Evaluation of system security and stability as well
  • for further administrative purposes.

We don’t use your information to draw conclusions about you. Information of this kind may be statistically evaluated by us to optimize our website and the underlying technology.

Legal basis:

The processing is carried out in accordance with Art. 6 Abs. 1 lit. f DSGVO based on our legitimate interest in improving the stability and functionality of our website.

receiver:

The recipient of the data may be technical service providers who act as processor for the operation and maintenance of our website.

Duration of storage:

The data will be deleted as soon as it’s no longer necessary for the purpose of the survey. This is basically the case for the data that serves to provide the website when the session has ended.

Provision required:

The provision of the aforementioned personal data is neither legally nor contractually required. Without the IP address, however, the service and functionality of our website is not guaranteed. Additionally, individual services may not be available or limited. For this reason, a contradiction is excluded.

Cookies

Nature and purpose of processing:

Like many other websites, we also use so-called “cookies”. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your device (laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc.) when you visit our website.

This gives us certain data such the IP address, the browser used and the operating system.

Cookies can’t be used to launch programs or to transfer viruses to a computer. Based on the information contained in cookies, we can facilitate navigation and enable the correct display of our websites.

In no case will the data collected by us be passed on to third parties or a link with personal data will be established without your consent.

Of course, you can also view our website without cookies. Internet browsers are regularly set to accept cookies. In general, you can deactivate the use of cookies at any time through the settings of your browser. Please use the help functions of your internet browser to find out how to change these settings. Please note that some features of our website may not work if you have disabled the use of cookies.

Storage duration and used cookies:

If you allow us to use cookies through your browser settings or consent, the following cookies may be used on our websites:

Insofar as these cookies may (also) concern personal data, we will inform you about this in the following sections.

You can use your browser settings to delete individual cookies or the entire cookie portfolio. In addition, you will receive information and instructions on how to delete these cookies or block their storage in advance. Depending on the provider of your browser, you will find the necessary information under the following links:

Comments

Nature and purpose of processing:

If users leave comments on our site, they will also be saved the time of their creation and the username previously chosen by the site visitor. This is for our safety as we may be prosecuted for any illegal content on our website, even if created by users.

Legal basis:

The processing of the data entered as a comment takes place on the basis of a legitimate interest (Art. 6 Abs. 1 lit. f DSGVO).

By providing the comment function, we want to allow you an easy interaction. Your information will be stored for the purpose of processing the request and for possible follow-up questions.

RECEIVER:

The recipient of the data may be a processor.

Storage duration:

The data will be deleted as soon as it’s no longer necessary for the purpose of the survey. This is basically the case when the communication with the user has been completed and the company can infer from the circumstances that the matter in question has been finally clarified.

Provision required:

The provision of your personal data is voluntary. Without the provision of your personal data, we can not grant you access to our comment function.

Newsletter

Nature and purpose of processing:

Your data will only be used to send you the subscribed newsletter by e-mail. The indication of your name takes place, in order to be able to address you personally in the newsletter and if necessary to identify, if you want to make use of your rights as an affected person.

For the receipt of the newsletter the indication of your E-Mail address is sufficient. BBy registering to receive our newsletter, the data you provide will be used exclusively for this purpose. Subscribers may also be notified of circumstances that are relevant to the service or registration (such as changes to the newsletter offer or technical conditions) via e-mail.

For an effective registration we need a valid e-mail address. In order to verify that an application is actually made by the owner of an e-mail address, we use the “Double-opt-in” procedure. For this purpose we record the order of the newsletter, the dispatch of a confirmation email and the receipt of the requested answer. Further data is not collected. The data will be used exclusively for newsletter delivery and will not be passed on to third parties.

Legal basis:

Based on your given consent (Art. 6 Abs. 1 lit. a DSGVO) we regularly send you our newsletter or comparable information by e-mail to your specified e-mail address.

The consent to the storage of your personal data and their use for the newsletter can be revoked at any time with effect for the future. Each newsletter contains a link to this. In addition, you can unsubscribe from this website at any time or inform us of your revocation via the contact option indicated at the end of this Privacy Notice.

RECEIVER:

The recipient of the data may be a processor.

Storage duration:

The data is processed in this context only as long as the corresponding consent is present. After that, they will be deleted.

Provision required:

The provision of your personal data is voluntary, solely on the basis of your consent. Unfortunately, we can’t send you our newsletter without existing consent.

Contact Form

Nature and purpose of processing:

The data you enter will be stored for the purpose of individual communication with you. This requires a valid e-mail address and your name. This serves to assign the request and the subsequent answering of the same. The specification of further data is optional.

Legal basis:

The processing of the data entered into the contact form is based on a legitimate interest (Art. 6 Abs. 1 lit. f DSGVO).

By providing the contact form we would like to allow you an uncomplicated contact. Your information will be stored for the purpose of processing the request and for possible follow-up questions.

If you contact us to inquire about an offer, the data entered in the contact form will be used to carry out pre-contractual actions (Art. 6 Abs. 1 lit. b DSGVO).

RECEIVER:

The recipient of the data may be a processor.

Storage duration:

Data will be deleted no later than 6 months after processing the request.

If it comes to a contractual relationship, we are subject to the statutory retention periods according to the German Commercial Code (HGB) and delete your data after these deadlines.

Provision required:

The provision of your personal data is voluntary. However, we can only process your request if you provide us with your name, your e-mail address and the reason for the request.

Embedded YouTube videos

Nature and purpose of processing:

On some of our websites, we embed YouTube videos. Operator of the appropriate plugins is the YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA (hereinafter called „YouTube“). When you visit a page with the YouTube plug-in, it will connect to YouTube’s servers. It tells YouTube which pages you visit. If you are logged in to your YouTube account, YouTube may personally associate your browsing behavior with you. This can be prevented by logging out of your YouTube account beforehand.

If a YouTube video is started, the provider uses cookies that collect information about user behavior.

For more information on the purpose and scope of the data collection and its processing by YouTube, please refer to the privacy statements of the provider. There you will also find further information about your rights and settings options for the protection of your privacy (https://policies.google.com/privacy). Google processes your data in the US and has submitted to the EU-US Privacy Shield: https://www.privacyshield.gov/EU-US-Framework

Legal basis:

The legal basis for the integration of YouTube and the associated data transfer to Google is your consent (Art. 6 Abs. 1 lit. a DSGVO).

RECEIVER:

The YouTube invocation automatically triggers a connection to Google.

Storage duration and revocation of consent:

Anyone who has disabled the storage of cookies for the Google Ad program will not have to expect any such cookies when watching YouTube videos. However, YouTube also stores non-personal usage information in other cookies. If you want to prevent this, you must block the storage of cookies in the browser.

For more information on data protection at “YouTube”, please see the privacy policy of the provider at: https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy/

Third country transfer:

Google processes your data in the US and has submitted to the EU-US Privacy Shield: https://www.privacyshield.gov/EU-US-Framework.

Provision required:

The provision of your personal data is voluntary, solely on the basis of your consent. If you prevent access, this may result in functional restrictions on the website.

Amazon affiliate program

Nature and purpose of processing:

We participate in the Amazon Affiliate Program. Ads and links to Amazon are included on our site, for which we receive an Amazon advertising reimbursement. For this purpose, Amazon sets cookies to be able to recognize that a partner link has been clicked.

Legal basis:

The storage of these cookies is based on Art. 6 lit. f DSGVO. Since only through the use of these cookies compensation is possible, we have a legitimate interest in their use.

RECEIVER:

The display of ads and links as well as the click on those builds a connection to Amazon.

Storage duration and revocation of consent:

In order to prohibit the storage of cookies by Amazon, you must block them in the settings of your browser. For more information about data usage through Amazon, see: https://www.amazon.de/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=footer_privacy?ie=UTF8&nodeId=3312401.

Google AdSense

Nature and purpose of processing:

We participate in the Google Adsense Program, which means we affiliate advertisements and links in our websites provided by Google AdSense. For the placement and/or the click of these advertisements we receive a remuneration. Google AdSense uses cookies as well as so-called web beacons. Web beacons are invisible graphics that allow traffic analysis on our website.

Die durch diese Cookies und Web Beacons erzeugten Informationen werden an Server von Google übertragen und in den USA gespeichert. Google ist berechtigt, diese Informationen an Vertragspartner weiter zu reichen.

Legal basis:

Die Speicherung der Cookies erfolgt auf Grundlage von Art. 6 Abs. 1 lit. f DSGVO. As an operator, we have a legitimate interest in analyzing user behavior in order to optimize our website and advertising.

RECEIVER:

Google adsense advertisements and links are connecting to Google.

Storage duration and revocation of consent:

To prevent cookies from being set by Google, you must block or restrict them in your browser settings.The deactivation of cookies may limit the function of our website. By using our website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner described above and the purpose previously named.

Third country transfer:

Google processes your data in the US and has submitted to the EU-US Privacy Shield: https://www.privacyshield.gov/EU-US-Framework.

SSL encryption

To protect the security of your data during transmission, we use state-of-the-art encryption techniques (such as SSL) over HTTPS.

Used processors

The following organizations, companies or persons were commissioned by the operator of this website to process data:

  • Mattgold Media UG, Kirchenstr. 1, 54294 Trier, Germany
  • Mittwald CM Service GmbH & Co. KG, Königsberger Straße 4-6, 32339 Espelkamp, Germany

Change of our privacy policy

We reserve the right to change this privacy policy to always comply with current legal requirements or to implement changes to our services in the Privacy Policy, e.g. when introducing new services. Your new visit will be subject to the new privacy policy.

Questions to the data protection officer

If you have any questions about privacy, please email us or contact the person responsible for data protection in our organization:

Thomas Hermanns
Kirchenstr. 1
54294 Trier
GERMANY

The privacy policy was created with the help of activeMind AG, the expert for external data protection officers (Version #2019-04-10).