This data protection declaration clarifies the type, scope and purpose of the processing of personal data (hereinafter referred to as “data”) in the context of the provision of our services and within our online offering and the websites, functions and content associated with it as well as external online presences, such as our Social Media Profile (hereinafter jointly referred to as “online offering”). With regard to the terms used, such as “processing” or “person responsible”, we refer you to the definitions in Art. 4 of the Data Protection Basic Regulation (DSGVO).
Sarah C. Schmitt
Valle de Tarajalejo, P 723
hello (at) sarah-schmitt.com
Types of data processed
– Inventory data (e.g., person master data, names or addresses).
– Contact data (e.g., e-mail, 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 offer (hereinafter referred to collectively as “users”).
Purpose of processing
– Provision of the online offer, its functions and contents.
– Answering contact requests and communicating with users.
– Security measures.
– Range measurement/Marketing
“Personal data” means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (hereinafter “data subject”); a natural person who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, online identifier (e.g. a cookie) or to one or more specific characteristics which express the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person, is regarded as identifiable.
“Processing” means any operation carried out with or without the aid of automated processes, or set of operations, involving personal data. The term is broad and covers practically every handling of data.
“Pseudonymisation” means the processing of personal data in such a way that the personal data can no longer be attributed to a specific data subject without the provision of additional information, provided that such additional information is kept separately and is subject to technical and organisational measures ensuring that the personal data are not attributed to an identified or identifiable natural person.
“Profiling” means any automated processing of personal data consisting of the use of such personal data to evaluate certain personal aspects relating to a natural person, in particular to analyse or predict aspects relating to the work performance, economic situation, health, personal preferences, interests, reliability, conduct, whereabouts or movements of that natural person.
The “controller” 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.
“Processor” means a natural or legal person, public authority, agency or other body which processes personal data on behalf of the controller.
Applicable legal bases
In accordance with Art. 13 DSGVO we inform you about the legal basis of our data processing. For users from the area of application of the data protection basic regulation (DSGVO), i.e. the EU and the EEC, the following applies, if the legal basis is not mentioned in the data protection explanation:
The legal basis for obtaining consent is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a and Art. 7 DSGVO;
The legal basis for the processing for the fulfilment of our services and the implementation of contractual measures as well as the answering of inquiries is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b DSGVO;
The legal basis for the processing for the fulfilment of our legal obligations is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. c DSGVO;
Art. 6 para. 1 lit. d DSGVO serves as the legal basis in the event that vital interests of the data subject or another natural person necessitate the processing of personal data.
The legal basis for the processing necessary to perform a task which is in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority entrusted to the data controller is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. e DSGVO.
The legal basis for the processing to safeguard our legitimate interests is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f DSGVO.
The processing of data for purposes other than those for which they were collected is governed by the provisions of Art. 6 (4) DSGVO.
The processing of special categories of data (pursuant to Art. 9 (1) DSGVO) is governed by the provisions of Art. 9 (2) DSGVO.
We take appropriate technical and organisational measures in accordance with the legal requirements, taking into account the state of the art, the implementation costs and the type, extent, circumstances and purposes of the processing, as well as the different probability of occurrence and severity of the risk to the rights and freedoms of natural persons, in order to ensure a level of protection appropriate to the risk.
Measures shall include, in particular, ensuring the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data by controlling physical access to, access to, inputting, disclosure, securing and separation of data. In addition, we have established procedures to ensure the exercise of data subjects’ rights, the deletion of data and the response to data threats. Furthermore, we take the protection of personal data into account as early as the development or selection of hardware, software and processes, in accordance with the principle of data protection through technology design and data protection-friendly default settings.
Cooperation with contract processors, joint managers and third parties
Insofar as we disclose data to other persons and companies (contract processors, jointly responsible persons or third parties) within the scope of our processing, transfer them to them or otherwise grant them access to the data, this shall only take place on the basis of legal permission (e.g. if a transfer of the data to third parties, such as payment service providers, is necessary for the fulfilment of the contract), users have consented, a legal obligation provides for this or on the basis of our legitimate interests (e.g. when using agents, web hosts, etc.).
Insofar as we disclose, transmit or otherwise grant access to data to other companies of our group of companies, this is done in particular for administrative purposes as a legitimate interest and beyond that on a basis corresponding to the legal requirements.
Transfers to third countries
If we process data in a third country (i.e. outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or the Swiss Confederation) or if this is done in the context of the use of third party services or disclosure or transfer of data to other persons or companies, this only occurs if it is done to fulfil our (pre)contractual obligations, on the basis of your consent, a legal obligation or on the basis of our legitimate interests. Subject to express consent or contractually required transfer, we process or allow the data to be processed only in third countries with a recognised level of data protection, which includes US processors certified under the “Privacy Shield” or on the basis of special guarantees, such as a contractual obligation through so-called standard protection clauses of the EU Commission, the existence of certifications or binding internal data protection regulations (Art. 44 to 49 DSGVO, information page of the EU Commission).
Rights of data subjects
Right of access: You have the right to obtain confirmation as to whether the data in question will be processed and to obtain access to such data, as well as further information and a copy of the data in accordance with the provisions of the law.
Right of rectification: You have the right, in accordance with the law, to request the completion of the data concerning you or the rectification of inaccurate data concerning you.
Right to deletion and limitation of processing: You have the right, in accordance with the statutory provisions, to demand that the data concerned be deleted immediately or, alternatively, to demand that the processing of the data be limited in accordance with the statutory provisions.
Right to data transfer: You have the right to receive data concerning you which you have made available to us in a structured, common and machine-readable format in accordance with the legal requirements or to demand its transfer to another responsible person.
Complaint to supervisory authority: You also have the right to submit a complaint to the competent supervisory authority in accordance with the statutory provisions.
right of withdrawal
You have the right to revoke any consent you have given with effect for the future.
right of objection
Right of objection: You have the right, for reasons arising from your particular situation, to object at any time to the processing of personal data concerning you on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. e or f DSGVO; this also applies to profiling based on these provisions. If the personal data concerning you are processed for the purpose of direct advertising, you have the right at any time to object to the processing of the personal data concerning you for the purpose of such advertising; this also applies to profiling insofar as it is connected with such direct advertising.
Cookies and right to object to direct advertising
Cookies” are small files that are stored on the user’s computer. Different data 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 the user’s visit to an online service. Temporary cookies, or “session cookies” or “transient cookies”, are cookies that are deleted after a user leaves an online offer and closes his browser. The content of a shopping basket in an online shop or a login status, for example, can be stored in such a cookie. Cookies are referred to as “permanent” or “persistent” and remain stored even after the browser is closed. For example, the login status can be saved if users visit it after several days. The interests of the users who are used for range measurement or marketing purposes can also be stored in such a cookie. Third party cookies” are cookies that are offered by providers other than the person responsible for operating the online service (otherwise, if they are only the latter’s cookies, they are referred to as “first party cookies”).
If users do not wish cookies to be stored on their computer, they are asked to deactivate the corresponding option in the system settings of their browser. Stored cookies can be deleted in the system settings of the browser. The exclusion of cookies can lead to functional restrictions of this online offer.
Deletion of data
The data processed by us will be deleted in accordance with the statutory provisions or their processing will be restricted. 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 there are no legal obligations to retain them.
If the data are not deleted because they are required for other and legally permissible purposes, their 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 stored for commercial or tax reasons.
We ask you to inform yourself regularly about the content of our data protection declaration. We will adapt the data protection declaration as soon as the changes to the data processing carried out by us make this necessary. We will inform you as soon as the changes require your cooperation (e.g. consent) or other individual notification.
Additionally we process
– Contract data (for example, contract object, duration, customer category).
– Payment data (e.g., bank details, payment history)
by our customers, interested parties and business partners for the purpose of providing contractual services, service and customer care, marketing, advertising and market research.
We process the data of our customers within the scope of our contractual services, which include conceptual and strategic consulting, campaign planning, software and design development / consulting or maintenance, implementation of campaigns and processes / handling, server administration, data analysis / consulting services and training services.
We process inventory data (e.g., customer master data, such as names or addresses), contact data (e.g., e-mail, telephone numbers), content data (e.g., text entries, photographs, videos), contract data (e.g., subject matter of contract, term), payment data (e.g., bank details, payment history), usage and metadata (e.g., within the scope of evaluating and measuring the success of marketing measures). We do not process any special categories of personal data, unless they are part of a commissioned processing. Affected parties include our customers, interested parties and their customers, users, website visitors or employees as well as third parties. The purpose of the processing is the provision of contractual services, billing and our customer service. The legal basis for the processing results from Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. b DSGVO (contractual services), Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f DSGVO (analysis, statistics, optimisation, security measures). We process data which are necessary for the justification and fulfilment of the contractual services and point out the necessity of their specification. Disclosure to external parties shall only take place if it is necessary within the framework of an order. When processing the data provided to us within the framework of an order, we shall act in accordance with the instructions of the customer and the statutory requirements for order processing pursuant to Art. 28 DSGVO and shall not process the data for purposes other than those specified in the order.
We delete the data after the expiry of statutory warranty and comparable obligations. The necessity of storing the data is reviewed every three years; in the case of statutory archiving obligations, deletion takes place after their expiry (6 years, in accordance with § 257 para. 1 HGB, 10 years, in accordance with § 147 para. 1 AO). In the case of data which has been disclosed to us by the client within the scope of an order, we delete the data in accordance with the specifications of the order, in principle after the end of the order.
We process the data of our contractual partners and interested parties as well as other clients, customers, clients, clients or contractual partners (uniformly referred to as “contractual partners”) in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b. DSGVO in order to provide them with our contractual or pre-contractual services. The data processed, the type, scope and purpose and the necessity of their processing are determined by the underlying contractual relationship.
The processed data includes the master data of our contractual partners (e.g., names and addresses), contact data (e.g. e-mail addresses and telephone numbers) as well as contract data (e.g., services used, contract contents, contractual communication, names of contact persons) and payment data (e.g., bank details, payment history).
We do not process any special categories of personal data, unless they are part of a commissioned or contractual processing.
We process data which are necessary for the justification and fulfilment of the contractual services and point out the necessity of their indication, if this is not evident for the contracting parties. Disclosure to external persons or companies will only take place if it is necessary within the framework of a contract. When processing the data provided to us within the framework of an order, we act in accordance with the instructions of the client and the legal requirements.
Within the scope of using our online services, we can save the IP address and the time of the respective user action. The storage takes place on the basis of our justified interests, as well as the interests of the users in the protection from abuse and other unauthorized use. A passing on of these data to third parties does not take place in principle, unless it is necessary for the pursuit of our claims according to art. 6 para. 1 lit. f. DSGVO is necessary or there is a legal obligation to do so pursuant to Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. c. DSGVO.
The data will be deleted when the data is no longer required for the fulfilment of contractual or statutory welfare obligations and for the handling of any warranty and comparable obligations, whereby the necessity of storing the data is reviewed every three years; otherwise the statutory storage obligations apply.
Administration, financial accounting, office organisation, contact management
We process data in the context of administrative tasks as well as the organisation of our business, financial accounting and compliance with legal obligations, such as archiving. Here we process the same data that we process within the scope of providing our contractual services. The processing bases are Art. 6 para. 1 lit. c. DSGVO, Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f. DSGVO. Customers, interested parties, business partners and website visitors are affected by the processing. The purpose and our interest in the processing lies in the administration, financial accounting, office organization, archiving of data, i.e. tasks which serve the maintenance of our business activities, performance of our tasks and provision of our services. The deletion of the data with regard to contractual services and contractual communication corresponds to the data specified in these processing activities.
We disclose or transmit data to the financial administration, consultants, such as tax consultants or auditors, as well as other fee offices and payment service providers.
Furthermore, on the basis of our business interests, we store information on suppliers, organisers and other business partners, e.g. for the purpose of establishing contact at a later date. This data, which is mainly company-related, is stored permanently.
Google Cloud services
We use the cloud and cloud software services offered by Google (the Software as a Service, for example, Google Suite) for the following purposes: storing and managing documents, managing calendars, sending email, spreadsheets and presentations, exchanging documents, content and information with specific recipients or publishing web pages, forms or other content and information, and chatting and participating in audio and video conferences.
The personal data of the users will be processed in this connection, insofar as these become part of the documents and content processed within the described services or are part of communication processes. This may include, for example, user master data and contact data, data on processes, contracts, other processes and their contents. Google also processes usage data and metadata used by Google for security purposes and service optimisation.
When using publicly accessible documents, websites or other content, Google may store cookies on the user’s computer for the purpose of web analysis or to remember user preferences.
We use the Google Cloud services on the basis of our legitimate interests pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f DSGVO in efficient and secure administrative and cooperation processes. Furthermore, the processing takes place on the basis of an order processing contract with Google (https://cloud.google.com/terms/data-processing-terms).
The Google Cloud Services are offered by Google Ireland Limited. As far as a transmission to the USA takes place, we refer to the certification of Google USA under the Privacy Shield (https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt0000000000001L5AAI&status=Aktive) and standard protection clauses (https://cloud.google.com/terms/data-processing-terms).
Microsoft Cloud services
We use the cloud and cloud software services offered by Microsoft (software as a service, for example, Microsoft Office) for the following purposes: storing and managing documents, managing calendars, sending e-mail, spreadsheets and presentations, exchanging documents, content and information with specific recipients or publishing websites, forms or other content and information, as well as chatting and participating in audio and video conferences.
The personal data of the users will be processed in this connection, insofar as these become part of the documents and content processed within the described services or are part of communication processes. This may include, for example, user master data and contact data, data on processes, contracts, other processes and their contents. Microsoft also processes usage data and metadata used by Microsoft for security purposes and service optimization.
In connection with the use of publicly accessible documents, websites or other content, Microsoft may store cookies on the User’s computer for the purpose of web analysis or to remember User settings.
We use the Microsoft cloud services on the basis of our legitimate interests pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f DSGVO in efficient and secure administrative and cooperation processes. Furthermore, the processing takes place on the basis of an order processing contract with Microsoft.
Further information can be found in Microsoft’s data protection declaration (https://privacy.microsoft.com/de-de/privacystatement) and the security information on Microsoft cloud services (https://www.microsoft.com/de-de/trustcenter). You may object to the processing of your data in the Microsoft Cloud in accordance with the legal requirements. In addition, the deletion of data within Microsoft’s cloud services is determined by the other processing procedures in which the data is processed (e.g. deletion of data no longer required for contractual purposes or storage for purposes of taxation of data required).
The Microsoft Cloud Services are offered by Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052-6399 USA. If data is processed in the USA, we refer you to Microsoft’s certification under the Privacy Shield (https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt0000000KzNaAAK&status=Active).
We use the Dropbox, a cloud storage service, to store documents and other files with personal content (collectively, “Files”) and may also share them with others as part of so-called Shares. The personal data of the users are processed here, as far as these are part of the files stored within the Dropbox. This can include, for example, master data and contact data of the users, data on processes, contracts, other processes and their contents.
If users access the files within the scope of the releases, Dropbox also processes the usage data and metadata (e.g. IP addresses, access times and browser and operating system information) for security purposes and service optimisation. Dropbox may also store cookies on the User’s computer for web analysis purposes or to remember User settings.
We use the Dropbox in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f DSGVO on the basis of our legitimate interests in efficient and secure administrative and cooperation processes.
The Dropbox is offered by Dropbox, Inc. 333 Brannan Street, San Francisco, California 94107, USA. If data is processed in the USA, we refer to the certification of the Dropbox under the Privacy Shield (https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt0000000GnCLAA0&status=Active).
Akismet Anti-Spam inspection
Our online service uses the “Akismet” service provided by Automattic Inc, 60 29th Street #343, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA. The use is based on our legitimate interests in the sense of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f) DSGVO. With the help of this service, comments of real people are distinguished from spam comments. All comments are sent to a server in the USA, where they are analyzed and stored for four days for comparison purposes. If a comment has been classified as spam, the data is 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, the computer system and the time of the entry.
Users are welcome to use pseudonyms or to refrain from entering their name or email address. You can completely prevent the transmission of data by not using our comment system. That would be a shame, but unfortunately we don’t see any other alternatives that work just as effectively.
Retrieval of profile pictures from Gravatar
We use the service Gravatar of Automattic Inc., 60 29th Street #343, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA, within our online offer and especially in the blog.
Gravatar is a service where users can register and store profile pictures and their e-mail addresses. If users leave contributions or comments with the respective e-mail address on other online presences (especially in blogs), their profile pictures can be displayed next to the contributions or comments. For this purpose, the e-mail address provided by the users is encrypted and transmitted to Gravatar for the purpose of checking whether a profile is stored for it. This is the only purpose of the transmission of the e-mail address and it is not used for other purposes, but deleted afterwards.
Gravatar is used on the basis of our legitimate interests within the meaning of Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f) DSGVO, as we use Gravatar to offer authors of contributions and comments the opportunity to personalise their contributions with a profile picture.
If users do not want a user image linked to their Gravatar e-mail address to appear in the comments, they should use an e-mail address that is not registered with Gravatar to comment. We would also like to point out that it is also possible to use an anonymous e-mail address or no e-mail address at all if users do not wish their own e-mail address to be sent to Gravatar. Users can completely prevent the transmission of data by not using our comment system.
Emojis and smilies retrieval
The use of emojis is based on our legitimate interests, i.e. interest in an attractive design of our online offer according to Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f. DSGVO.
When contacting us (e.g. via contact form, e-mail, telephone or via social media), the user’s details are used to process the contact enquiry and to process it in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. b. of the German Data Protection Act. (within the framework of contractual/pre-contractual relationships), Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f. (other inquiries) DSGVO processed… The user data 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 check the necessity every two years; furthermore, the legal archiving obligations apply.
Communication via WhatsApp Messenger
We use the WhatsApp Messenger for communication purposes and ask you to be aware of the following regarding WhatsApp’s functionality, encryption, risks, use of metadata within the Facebook group of companies, and your choices about opting out.
You do not need to use WhatsApp and can contact us by alternative means, such as telephone or email. Please use the contact options provided to you or use the contact options provided on our website.
WhatsApp (WhatsApp Inc. Legal 1601 Willow Road Menlo Park, California 94025, USA) is a U.S. service, which means that the information you submit via WhatsApp may first be transferred to WhatsApp in the United States before it is transferred to us.
However, WhatsApp is certified under the Privacy Shield Agreement and therefore warrants to comply with European and Swiss privacy laws (https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt0000000TSnwAAG&status=Active).
WhatsApp also warrants that communication content (i.e., the content of your message and attached images) will be encrypted end-to-end. This means that the content of the messages is not viewable, not even by WhatsApp itself. You should always use a current version of WhatsApp to ensure that message content is encrypted.
However, we point out to our communication partners that WhatsApp may not see the content, but may know that and when communication partners are communicating with us, and may process technical information about the communication partner’s device used, and location information (known as metadata) depending on their device settings. With the exception of encrypted content, it is possible to transmit the data of the communication partners within the Facebook group of companies, in particular for the purpose of optimising the respective services and for security purposes. Also, communication partners should assume, at least as long as they have not objected, that their data processed by WhatsApp can be used for marketing purposes or to display advertisements tailored to users.
If we ask communication partners for their consent prior to communicating with them via WhatsApp, the legal basis for our processing of their data is Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. a. DSGVO. Otherwise, if we do not request your consent and you contact us, for example, on your own initiative, we will use WhatsApp in our relationship with our contractual partners and as part of the contract initiation as a contractual measure pursuant to Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. b. DSGVO and in the case of other interested parties and communication partners on the basis of our legitimate interests in fast and efficient communication and fulfilment of the needs of our communication partners in communication via messengers pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f. DSGVO.
Further information on the purposes, types and scope of the processing of your data by WhatsApp, as well as the relevant rights and setting options to protect your privacy, can be found in WhatsApp’s data protection information: https://www.whatsapp.com/legal.
You may opt out of communicating with us via WhatsApp at any time. If you subscribe to messages (also known as “broadcasts”) through WhatsApp, you can delete our appropriate telephone number from their contacts and ask us to remove your contact from our directory. For ongoing individual requests or communications, you may also ask us not to continue communication through WhatsApp and to delete the communication content.
In the case of communication via WhatsApp, we will delete the WhatsApp messages as soon as we can assume that we have responded to any user information, if no reference to a previous conversation is to be expected, and if there are no legal obligations to store the deletion.
Furthermore, we would like to point out that we will not transmit the contact data provided to us to WhatsApp without your consent (e.g. by contacting you via WhatsApp).
Finally, we would like to point out that for reasons of your security, we reserve the right not to answer inquiries about WhatsApp. This is the case if, for example, internal contractual matters require special secrecy or if an answer via Messenger does not meet the formal requirements. In such cases, we refer you to more appropriate communication channels.
Hosting and E-Mail dispatch
The hosting services used by us serve the provision of the following services: Infrastructure and platform services, computing capacity, storage space and database services, e-mail dispatch, security services and technical maintenance services which we use for the purpose of operating this online service.
Here we, or our hosting provider, process inventory data, contact data, content data, contract data, usage data, meta data and communication data of customers, interested parties and visitors to this online service on the basis of our legitimate interests in the efficient and secure provision of this online service in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f DSGVO in connection with Art. 28 DSGVO (conclusion of an order processing contract).
Collection of access data and log files
We, and/or our Hostinganbieter, raise on basis of our entitled interests in the sense of the art. 6 Abs. 1 lit. f. DSGVO collects data on each access to the server on which this service is located (so-called server log files). The access data includes the name of the website accessed, file, date and time of access, amount of data transferred, notification of successful access, browser type and version, the user’s operating system, referrer URL (the previously visited page), IP address and the requesting provider.
Log file information is stored for security reasons (e.g. to clarify abuse or fraud actions) for a maximum period of 7 days and then deleted. Data, the further storage of which is necessary for evidence purposes, are excluded from deletion until the respective incident has been finally clarified.
LinkedIn Marketing services
We use the marketing services of the social network LinkedIn. The provider is LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.
LinkedIn’s marketing services allow us to target ads within the social network and the offerings of LinkedIn’s advertising partners, or to present ads only to users that potentially match their interests. For example, if a user sees ads for products they are interested in on other online sites, this is referred to as “remarketing. Furthermore, we can track the success of our ads (so-called “conversion measurement”). However, we only know the anonymous total number of users who clicked on our ad and were redirected to a page with a conversion tracking tag. However, we do not receive information that personally identifies users.
For the aforementioned purposes, when you visit our and other websites where LinkedIn’s marketing services are active, a LinkedIn code is executed and so-called “Insights Tags” (invisible graphics or code, also known as “web beacons”) are incorporated into the websites. With their help, an individual cookie, i.e. a small file, is stored on the user’s device (comparable technologies can also be used instead of cookies). This file records which websites the user visits, what content he is interested in and what offers the user has clicked on, as well as technical information on the browser and operating system, referring websites, visit times and other information on the use of the online service.
The data of the users are processed within the scope of the marketing services of LinkedIn pseudonym. I.e. LinkedIn stores and processes e.g. not the name or the E-Mail address of the users, but processes the relevant data cookie-referred within pseudonymous user profiles. In other words, from LinkedIn’s point of view, the ads are not managed and displayed for a specifically identified person, but for the cookie holder, regardless of who the cookie holder is. This does not apply if a user has expressly permitted LinkedIn to process the data without this pseudonymisation. Even if you are registered with LinkedIn, it is possible for LinkedIn to assign your interaction with our online services to your user account.
If we ask users for their consent (e.g. in the context of a cookie agreement), the legal basis for this processing is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a. DSGVO. Otherwise, the personal data of the user will be processed on the basis of our legitimate interests (i.e. interest in the analysis, optimisation and economic operation of our online service within the meaning of Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f. of the German Data Protection Act). DSGVO).
The information collected about users will be transmitted to LinkedIn and stored on LinkedIn servers in the USA, where LinkedIn is certified under the Privacy Shield Agreement and thereby guarantees compliance with European data protection law ( https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt0000000L0UZAA0&status=Active).
Jetpack (WordPress Stats)
We use the plugin Jetpack (here the sub-function “WordPress Stats”), which includes a tool for statistical evaluation of visitor access and from Automattic Inc., 60 29th Street #343, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA. Jetpack uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site.
If we ask users for their consent (e.g. in the context of a cookie consent), the legal basis for this processing is Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. a. DSGVO. Otherwise, the personal data of the user will be processed on the basis of our legitimate interests (i.e. interest in the analysis, optimisation and economic operation of our online service as defined in Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f. of the German Data Protection Act). DSGVO).
Online presences 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 active there and to inform them about our services.
We would like to point out that user data may be processed outside the European Union. This can result in risks for users, as it could, for example, make it more difficult to enforce the rights of users. With regard to US providers that are certified under the Privacy Shield, we would like to point out that by doing so they commit themselves to comply with EU data protection standards.
In addition, user data is usually processed for market research and advertising purposes. For example, user profiles can be created on the basis of user behavior and the resulting interests of users. The usage profiles can in turn be used, for example, to place advertisements inside and outside the platforms that presumably correspond to the interests of the users. For these purposes, cookies are usually stored on the user’s computer in which the user’s usage behaviour and interests are stored. Furthermore, data can also be stored in the user profiles independently of the devices used by the users (in particular if the users are members of the respective platforms and are logged in to them).
The processing of the personal data of the users takes place on the basis of our legitimate interests in effective information of the users and communication with the users in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1 letter f. DSGVO. If the users are requested by the respective providers of the platforms to consent to the aforementioned data processing, the legal basis for the processing is Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. a., Art. 7 DSGVO.
For a detailed description of the respective processing operations and the opt-out options, we refer to the following linked information of the providers.
Also in the case of requests for information and the assertion of user rights, we point out that these can be asserted most effectively with the providers. Only the providers have access to the data of the users and can directly take appropriate measures and give information. Should you nevertheless need help, you can contact us.
– Google/ YouTube (Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland) – Privacy Statement: https://policies.google.com/privacy, Opt-Out: https://adssettings.google.com/authenticated, Privacy Shield: https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt000000001L5AAI&status=Active.
– Instagram (Instagram Inc., 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, 94025, USA) – Privacy Statement / Opt-Out: http://instagram.com/about/legal/privacy/.
– Twitter (Twitter Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA) – Privacy Statement: https://twitter.com/de/privacy, Opt-Out: https://twitter.com/personalization, Privacy Shield: https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt0000000TORzAAO&status=Active.
– Pinterest (Pinterest Inc., 635 High Street, Palo Alto, CA, 94301, USA) – Privacy Statement / Opt-Out: https://about.pinterest.com/de/privacy-policy.
– LinkedIn (LinkedIn Ireland Unlimited Company Wilton Place, Dublin 2, Ireland) – Privacy Statement https://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy , Opt-Out: https://www.linkedin.com/psettings/guest-controls/retargeting-opt-out, Privacy Shield: https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt0000000L0UZAA0&status=Active.
– Wakalet (Wakelet Limited, 76 Quay Street, Manchester, M3 4PR, United Kingdom) – Privacy Statement / Opt-Out: https://wakelet.com/privacy.html.