Scope of Validity
The legal basis of Data Protection can be found in the Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) and the German Teleservices Act (TMG).
Access data/ server log files
The Operator (including its Webspace provider) collects data each time the Service is accessed (in what are known as server log files). The access data includes:
Name of the website accessed, downloaded files, date and time of visit, data volume transferred, notification of the successful access request, browser software ID and version, the user’s operating system, referer URL (the last page visited), IP address and the requesting provider.
The Operator can only use these records in statistical analysis for business purposes, security and optimisation of the Service. The Operator nevertheless reserves the right to retrospectively access the log files if there are concrete grounds for suspecting unlawful usage of the Service.
Handling of personal data
Personal data is information which reveals the identity of its referent, i.e. data which can be traced back to an individual. This not only includes names, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers, but also information pertaining to personal preferences, hobbies, memberships to organisations and Internet browsing habits.
Personal data is only then collected by the Operator where it is permissible by law or where the user gives his/her consent to the data collection.
If the user contacts the Operator (e.g. by a contact form or e-mail), the user’s information may be stored in order to process a request or in case any follow-up queries arise.
Comments and contributions
If users submit comments or other contributions to the blog, their IP addresses may be saved. This is a security measure for the Operator in case the user submits unlawful content in comments or contributions (threatening abuse, unlawful political propaganda etc.). In the case of unlawful content being posted, the Operator can be liable to prosecution. The Operator would therefore require access to the identities of these contributors.
Comments can be subscribed to by users. The user will receive a confirmation e-mail to ensure s/he is the holder of the specified e-mail address. Users can cancel ongoing comment subscriptions at any time. The confirmation e-mail contains information on how to do this.
Cookies are small files which allow the web service to store device-specific information on the user’s device (PC, smartphone or similar). They facilitate the user-friendliness of websites and for users (e.g. saved login information), but they also serve to record website usage statistics and allow the Operator to analyse this data to improve the Service. Users are able to change their cookies settings. Most browsers have an option which can limit or block the storage of cookies. it should, however, be noted that usage and particularly user-friendliness will also be limited without cookies enabled.
The cookies stored on your system from other companies can be managed at the American site http://www.aboutads.info/choices/ or the EU version http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/your-ad-choices/
Social plug-ins from Facebook
+1 button from Google+
The Service utilises the Google Plus “+1″ plugin, which is managed by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, United States (“Google”). The plugin can be recognised from the “+1″ symbol on a white or coloured background.
If a user loads a page in this Service containing the plugin, the browser establishes a direct connection to the Google servers. Content made available via the “+1″ button is transferred directly from Google to your browser and is integrated into the website from there. The Operator therefore has no control over the amount of data Google collects with the plugin. According to Google, no personal information will be collected unless the user clicks the button. Personal data, including IP addresses will only be collected from logged-in members.
Social plug-ins from Twitter
XING share button
The XING share button is also used on this website. While loading this website, a connection will temporarily be made via your browser to XING AG, which provides the XING share button features (the evaluation and counter value displayer functions in particular). XING does not store any personal data from you when loading this website. IP addresses in particular are not saved by XING. They also do not carry out any analysis of your browsing habits by using cookies in conjunction with the XING share-button.
For the latest information on data protection concerning the XING share-button and other information visit this website.
According to the Federal Data Protection Act, you have a right to free-of-charge information about your stored data, and possibly entitlement to correction, blocking or deletion of such data. Inquiries can be directed to the following e-mail addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org.