Terms of use & data protection

Dear Foundersphere users,

The following are the necessary legal instructions, which – between us – we can shorten to one sentence:
Please only create profiles that you have permission to create, otherwise the uploading party will be liable for any damages incurred. See also the data protection section.

As a PR or marketing employee, you certainly have the right to upload your logo. This is just about jokers uploading third party logos.
Okay, here we go.

General terms of use

This website, Foundersphere is an offer by The Ecosystem Company UG (haftungsbeschränkt) for young companies (startups) and their representatives, employees or authorised persons (users).

Scope

Foundersphere is a platform for the start-up scene. The website www.foundersphere.io offers young companies, key players and other important people in the start-up scene the opportunity to create and maintain their own profile. This is presented on the same website and the information is also used for other services such as the “It takes a city/region to raise a startup” campaign and the Accelerator Guide Germany.

Use

The logos uploaded on the website are subject to copyright. By uploading (by selecting the image file and confirming the “Upload now” button), the user agrees to the use of the uploaded file and assures that he/she has the necessary rights to release the file for use on behalf of the company.

The image file may be published on the website. It can also be printed on print products such as flyers and posters, which are then distributed, advertised or sold free of charge or for a fee. The user agrees to this as the rights holder or his representative.

Likewise, by confirming the “Submit” button, the user agrees that the entered data will be released for forwarding to the partners / supporters of the platform.

Obligations of use

The user indemnifies Foundersphere against all claims of third parties arising from the infringement of their property rights by the content transmitted by the user via the Internet. The indemnification takes place in such a way that the user has to reimburse Foundersphere for the entire expenditure incurred by the claim on the part of the third party, including incurred costs of legal defense, and is liable for damages and legal consequences.

Message notice

If there is a graphic on the website that is subject to your right of use for which you have not given consent, please contact us immediately: info@foundersphere.io

Privacy policy

Thank you for your interest in our Foundersphere platform. Data protection is of a particularly high priority for those responsible at Foundersphere: The Ecosystem Company UG (haftungsbeschr√§nkt), hereinafter “TEC”. The use of the Internet pages of the platform Foundersphere is possible without any indication of personal data. However, if a data subject wants to use special enterprise services via our website, processing of personal data could become necessary. If the processing of personal data is necessary and there is no legal basis for such processing, we generally obtain the consent of the data subject.

The processing of personal data, such as the name, address, e-mail address, or telephone number of a data subject shall always be in line with the country-specific data protection regulations applicable to the platform Foundersphere (The Ecosystem Company UG (haftungsbeschränkt)). By means of this data protection declaration, our company would like to inform the public about the nature, scope and purpose of the personal data we collect, use and process. Furthermore, data subjects are informed of their rights by means of this data protection declaration.

As the controller, the Foundersphere platform (The Ecosystem Company UG (haftungsbeschränkt)) has implemented numerous technical and organisational measures to ensure the most complete protection of personal data processed through this website. Nevertheless, Internet-based data transmissions can always have security gaps, so that absolute protection cannot be guaranteed. For this reason, every data subject is free to submit personal data to us by alternative means, for example by telephone.

  1. Definitions

The data protection declaration of the Foundersphere platform (The Ecosystem Company UG (haftungsbeschränkt)) is based on the terms used by the European Directive and Regulation (EC) when adopting the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Our privacy policy should be easy to read and understand for the public as well as for our customers and business partners. To ensure this, we would like to explain the terms used in advance.

We use the following terms, among others, in this privacy policy:

  • (a) personal data

Personal data means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (hereinafter “data subject”). An identifiable natural person is one who 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 or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person.

  • (b) Data subject

Data subject means any identified or identifiable natural person whose personal data are processed by the controller.

  • (c) Processing

Processing is any operation or set of operations which is performed upon personal data, whether or not by automatic means, such as collection, recording, organization, filing, storage, adaptation or alteration, retrieval, consultation, use, disclosure by transmission, dissemination or otherwise making available, alignment or combination, restriction, erasure or destruction.

  • (d) Restriction of processing

Restriction of processing is the marking of stored personal data with the aim of limiting their future processing.

  • (e) Profiling

Profiling is any form of automated processing of personal data which consists in using such personal data to evaluate certain personal aspects relating to a natural person, in particular to analyse or predict aspects relating to that natural person’s performance at work, economic situation, health, personal preferences, interests, reliability, behaviour, location or change of location.

  • (f) Pseudonymisation

Pseudonymisation is 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 use of additional information, provided that such additional information is kept separately and is subject to technical and organisational measures to ensure that the personal data are not attributed to an identified or identifiable natural person.

  • (g) Controller or person responsible for processing

The controller or person responsible for processing 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. Where the purposes and means of such processing are determined by Union or Member State law, the controller or the specific criteria for its designation may be provided for under Union or Member State law.

  • (h) Processors

Processor means a natural or legal person, public authority, agency or other body which processes personal data on behalf of the controller.

  • (i) Recipient

Recipient means a natural or legal person, public authority, agency or other body to whom personal data is disclosed, whether or not a third party. However, authorities that may receive personal data in the context of a specific investigation mandate under Union or Member State law shall not be considered as recipients.

  • (j) Third party

Third party means a natural or legal person, public authority, agency or other body other than the data subject, the controller, the processor and the persons authorised to process the personal data under the direct responsibility of the controller or the processor.

  • (k) Consent

Consent shall mean any freely given specific and informed indication of the data subject’s wishes in the form of a statement or other unambiguous affirmative act by which the data subject signifies his or her agreement to the processing of personal data relating to him or her.

  1. Name and address of the controller

The responsible party within the meaning of the General Data Protection Regulation, other data protection laws applicable in the Member States of the European Union and other provisions of a data protection nature is:

The Ecosystem Company UG (haftungsbeschränkt)

Planegger Straße 12a

81241 Munich

Germany

Tel.: +49 178 3562247

Email: info@foundersphere.io

Website: www.foundersphere.io

  1. Cookies

The website of the Foundersphere platform (The Ecosystem Company UG (haftungsbeschränkt)) uses cookies. Cookies are text files that are stored on a computer system via an internet browser.

Many websites and servers use cookies. Many cookies contain a so-called cookie ID. A cookie ID is a unique identifier of the cookie. It consists of a string of characters by which internet pages and servers can be assigned to the specific internet browser in which the cookie was stored. This enables the websites and servers visited to distinguish the individual browser of the person concerned from other internet browsers that contain other cookies. A specific internet browser can be recognised and identified via the unique cookie ID.

Through the use of cookies, the Foundersphere (The Ecosystem Company UG (haftungsbeschränkt)) platform can provide the users of this website with more user-friendly services that would not be possible without the cookie setting.

By means of a cookie, the information and offers on our website can be optimised in the interests of the user. Cookies enable us, as already mentioned, to recognise the users of our website. The purpose of this recognition is to make it easier for users to use our website. For example, the user of a website that uses cookies does not have to re-enter his or her access data each time he or she visits the website because this is done by the website and the cookie stored on the user’s computer system. Another example is the cookie of a shopping basket in the online shop. The online shop remembers the items that a customer has placed in the virtual shopping basket via a cookie.

The data subject can prevent the setting of cookies by our website at any time by means of an appropriate setting of the Internet browser used and thus permanently object to the setting of cookies. Furthermore, cookies that have already been set can be deleted at any time via an internet browser or other software programmes. This is possible in all common internet browsers. If the data subject deactivates the setting of cookies in the Internet browser used, not all functions of our website may be fully usable.

  1. Collection of general data and information

The website of the Foundersphere platform (The Ecosystem Company UG (haftungsbeschr√§nkt)) collects a series of general data and information every time a data subject or automated system calls up the website. This general data and information is stored in the server’s log files. The following data may be collected: (1) the browser types and versions used, (2) the operating system used by the accessing system, (3) the website from which an accessing system accesses our website (so-called referrer), (4) the sub-websites which are accessed via an accessing system on our website, (5) the date and time of access to the website, (6) an Internet protocol address (IP address), (7) the Internet service provider of the accessing system and (8) other similar data and information that serve to avert danger in the event of attacks on our information technology systems.

When using these general data and information, the platform Foundersphere (The Ecosystem Company UG (haftungsbeschränkt)) does not draw any conclusions about the data subject. This information is rather required in order to (1) correctly deliver the contents of our website, (2) optimise the contents of our website as well as the advertising for these, (3) ensure the permanent functionality of our information technology systems and the technology of our website as well as (4) to provide law enforcement authorities with the information necessary for prosecution in the event of a cyber attack. Therefore, the Platform Foundersphere (The Ecosystem Company UG (haftungsbeschränkt)) analyzes anonymously collected data and information on one hand for statistical purposes and on the other hand for the purpose of increasing the data protection and data security of our enterprise, with the ultimate aim of ensuring an optimal level of protection for the personal data we process. The anonymous data of the server log files are stored separately from any personal data provided by a data subject.

  1. Subscription to our newsletter

On the website of the platform Foundersphere (The Ecosystem Company UG (haftungsbeschränkt)), users are given the opportunity to subscribe to our company newsletter. Which personal data is transmitted to the controller when ordering the newsletter is determined by the input mask used for this purpose.

The platform Foundersphere (The Ecosystem Company UG (haftungsbeschränkt)) informs its customers and business partners at regular intervals by means of a newsletter about offers of the company. In principle, the newsletter of our company can only be received by the data subject if (1) the data subject has a valid e-mail address and (2) the data subject registers for the newsletter mailing. For legal reasons, a confirmation email is sent to the email address entered by a data subject for the first time for the newsletter mailing using the double opt-in procedure. This confirmation email is used to check whether the owner of the email address, as the data subject, has authorised receipt of the newsletter.

When registering for the newsletter, we also store the IP address of the computer system used by the data subject at the time of registration, as assigned by the Internet service provider (ISP), as well as the date and time of registration. The collection of this data is necessary in order to be able to trace the (possible) misuse of a data subject’s email address at a later date and therefore serves as a legal safeguard for the controller.

The personal data collected in the context of a registration for the newsletter is used exclusively for sending our newsletter. Furthermore, subscribers to the newsletter could be informed by e-mail if this is necessary for the operation of the newsletter service or a related registration, as could be the case in the event of changes to the newsletter offer or a change in the technical circumstances. No personal data collected as part of the newsletter service will be passed on to third parties. The subscription to our newsletter can be cancelled by the data subject at any time. The consent to the storage of personal data that the data subject has given us for the newsletter mailing can be revoked at any time. For the purpose of revoking consent, a corresponding link can be found in each newsletter. Furthermore, it is also possible to unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time directly on the website of the controller or to inform the controller of this in another way.

  1. Newsletter tracking

The newsletters from the Foundersphere platform (The Ecosystem Company UG (haftungsbeschränkt)) contain so-called tracking pixels. A tracking pixel is a miniature graphic that is embedded in such emails that are sent in HTML format to enable log file recording and log file analysis. This allows a statistical evaluation of the success or failure of online marketing campaigns. Based on the embedded tracking pixel, the Platform Foundersphere (The Ecosystem Company UG (haftungsbeschränkt)) may see if and when an e-mail was opened by a data subject, and which links contained in the e-mail were called up by the data subject.

Such personal data collected via the tracking pixels contained in the newsletters are stored and analysed by the controller in order to optimise the newsletter dispatch and to better adapt the content of future newsletters to the interests of the data subject. This personal data will not be passed on to third parties. Data subjects are entitled at any time to revoke the separate declaration of consent given in this regard via the double opt-in procedure. After a revocation, these personal data will be deleted by the controller. Platform Foundersphere (The Ecosystem Company UG (haftungsbeschränkt)) automatically deems a cancellation of the receipt of the newsletter as a revocation.

  1. Routine deletion and blocking of personal data

The controller shall process and store personal data of the data subject only for the time necessary to achieve the purpose of storage or where provided for by the European Directive and Regulation or other legislator in laws or regulations to which the controller is subject.

If the purpose of storage no longer applies or if a storage period prescribed by the European Directive and Regulation or another competent legislator expires, the personal data will be routinely blocked or deleted in accordance with the statutory provisions.

  1. Rights of the data subject
  • (a) Right to confirmation

Every data subject shall have the right, granted by the European Directive and the Regulation, to obtain confirmation from the controller as to whether personal data concerning him or her are being processed. If a data subject wishes to exercise this right of confirmation, he or she may, at any time, contact any employee of the controller.

  • (b) Right of access

Any person concerned by the processing of personal data shall have the right granted by the European Directive and the Regulation to obtain at any time from the controller, free of charge, access to and a copy of the personal data relating to him or her which have been stored. Furthermore, the European Directive and Regulation has granted the data subject access to the following information:

  • the processing purposes
  • the categories of personal data that are processed
  • the recipients or categories of recipients to whom the personal data have been or will be disclosed, in particular in the case of recipients in third countries or international organisations
  • if possible, the planned duration for which the personal data will be stored or, if this is not possible, the criteria for determining this duration
  • the existence of a right to obtain the rectification or erasure of personal data concerning them or to obtain the restriction of processing by the controller or a right to object to such processing
  • the existence of a right of appeal to a supervisory authority
  • if the personal data are not collected from the data subject: All available information on the origin of the data
  • the existence of automated decision-making, including profiling, pursuant to Article 22(1) and (4) of the GDPR and, at least in these cases, meaningful information about the logic involved and the scope and intended effects of such processing for the data subject

Furthermore, the data subject has the right to be informed whether personal data have been transferred to a third country or to an international organisation. If this is the case, the data subject shall also have the right to obtain information on the appropriate safeguards in connection with the transfer.

If a data subject wishes to exercise this right of access, he or she may, at any time, contact any employee of the controller.

  • (c) Right of rectification

Any person affected by the processing of personal data has the right, granted by the European Directive and Regulation, to request the immediate rectification of inaccurate personal data concerning him or her. Furthermore, the data subject shall have the right, taking into account the purposes of the processing, to request the completion of incomplete personal data, including by means of a supplementary declaration.

If a data subject wishes to exercise this right of rectification, he or she may, at any time, contact any employee of the controller.

  • (d) Right to erasure (right to be forgotten)

Any person concerned by the processing of personal data shall have the right, granted by the European Directive and the Regulation, to obtain from the controller the erasure without delay of personal data concerning him or her, where one of the following grounds applies and insofar as the processing is not necessary:

  • The personal data were collected or otherwise processed for purposes for which they are no longer necessary.
  • The data subject revokes his or her consent on which the processing is based in accordance with Art. 6 (2). 1(a) GDPR or Art. 9 para. 2(a) of the GDPR and there is no other legal basis for the processing.
  • The data subject shall, in accordance with Art. 21 para. 1 GDPR and there are no overriding legitimate grounds for the processing, or the data subject objects to the processing pursuant to Article 21(1) GDPR. 2 GDPR to object to the processing.
  • The personal data have been processed unlawfully.
  • The deletion of the personal data is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation under Union or Member State law to which the controller is subject.
  • The personal data was collected in relation to information society services offered pursuant to Art. 8 para. 1 GDPR collected.

If one of the aforementioned reasons applies, and a data subject wishes to arrange for the deletion of personal data stored by the platform Foundersphere (The Ecosystem Company UG (haftungsbeschränkt)), he or she may, at any time, contact any employee of the controller. The employees of Foundersphere (The Ecosystem Company UG (haftungsbeschränkt)) will arrange for the deletion request to be complied with immediately.

If the personal data was made public by the platform Foundersphere (The Ecosystem Company UG (haftungsbeschränkt)) and our company is the responsible party pursuant to Art. 17 para. 1 GDPR to erase personal data, the platform Foundersphere (The Ecosystem Company UG (haftungsbeschränkt)) shall, taking into account the available technology and the cost of implementation, implement reasonable measures, including those of a technical nature, to inform other data controllers which process the published personal data, that the data subject has requested from those other data controllers to erase all links to or copies or replications of the personal data, unless the processing is necessary. The employees of the platform Foundersphere (The Ecosystem Company UG (haftungsbeschränkt)) will arrange the necessary in individual cases.

  • (e) Right to restriction of processing

Any person concerned by the processing of personal data has the right, granted by the European Directive and the Regulation, to obtain from the controller the restriction of processing where one of the following conditions is met:

  • The accuracy of the personal data is contested by the data subject for a period enabling the controller to verify the accuracy of the personal data.
  • The processing is unlawful, the data subject objects to the erasure of the personal data and requests instead the restriction of the use of the personal data.
  • The controller no longer needs the personal data for the purposes of processing, but the data subject needs it for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
  • The data subject has objected to the processing in accordance with Art. Art. 21 para. 1 GDPR and it is not yet clear whether the legitimate reasons of the controller outweigh those of the data subject.

If one of the aforementioned conditions is met, and a data subject wishes to request the restriction of personal data stored by the Platform Foundersphere (The Ecosystem Company UG (haftungsbeschränkt)), he or she may, at any time, contact any employee of the controller. The employees of the platform Foundersphere (The Ecosystem Company UG (haftungsbeschränkt)) will arrange the restriction of the processing.

  • (f) Right to data portability

Any person concerned by the processing of personal data shall have the right, granted by the European Directive and the Regulation, to receive the personal data concerning him or her, which have been provided by the data subject to a controller, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format. She also has the right to transmit this data to another controller without hindrance by the controller to whom the personal data was provided, provided that the processing is based on consent pursuant to Art. 6 (6). 1(a) GDPR or Art. 9 para. 2 (a) GDPR or on a contract pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1(b) of the GDPR and the processing is carried out by automated means, unless the processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller.

Furthermore, when exercising his or her right to data portability pursuant to Art. 20 para. 1 GDPR the right to obtain the direct transfer of personal data from one controller to another controller where technically feasible and provided that this does not adversely affect the rights and freedoms of other individuals.

In order to assert the right to data portability, the data subject may at any time contact any employee of the platform Foundersphere (The Ecosystem Company UG (haftungsbeschränkt)).

  • (g) Right to object

Any person affected by the processing of personal data has the right, granted by the European Directive and Regulation-maker, to object at any time, on grounds relating to his or her particular situation, to the processing of personal data concerning him or her which is carried out on the basis of Article 6(1) of the Directive. 1(e) or (f) of the Data Protection Regulation. This also applies to profiling based on these provisions.

The platform Foundersphere (The Ecosystem Company UG (haftungsbeschränkt)) shall no longer process the personal data in the event of the objection, unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override the interests, rights and freedoms of the data subject, or for the assertion, exercise or defence of legal claims.

If the platform Foundersphere (The Ecosystem Company UG (haftungsbeschränkt)) processes personal data for the purpose of direct marketing, the data subject shall have the right to object at any time to processing of personal data processed for such marketing. This also applies to profiling, insofar as it is connected with such direct advertising. If the data subject objects to Platform Foundersphere (The Ecosystem Company UG (haftungsbeschränkt)) to the Platform Foundersphere (The Ecosystem Company UG (haftungsbeschränkt) to the processing for direct marketing purposes, the Platform Foundersphere (The Ecosystem Company UG (haftungsbeschränkt)) will no longer process the personal data for these purposes.

In addition, the data subject has the right, on grounds relating to his or her particular situation, to object to processing of personal data concerning him or her which is carried out by the Platform Foundersphere (The Ecosystem Company UG (haftungsbeschränkt)) for scientific or historical research purposes, or for statistical purposes pursuant to Article 89 (1) of the Data Protection Act. 1 GDPR, unless such processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest.

In order to exercise the right to object, the data subject may directly contact any employee of the platform Foundersphere (The Ecosystem Company UG (haftungsbeschränkt)) or another employee. The data subject shall also be free to exercise his or her right to object in relation to the use of information society services, notwithstanding Directive 2002/58/EC, by means of automated procedures using technical specifications.

  • (h) Automated decisions in individual cases including profiling

Any person concerned by the processing of personal data shall have the right, granted by the European Directive and the Regulation, not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing, including profiling, which produces legal effects concerning him or her or similarly significantly affects him or her, provided that the decision (1) is not necessary for entering into, or the performance of, a contract between the data subject and the controller, or (2) is authorised by Union or Member State law to which the controller is subject and that such law lays down appropriate measures to safeguard the data subject’s rights and freedoms and legitimate interests, or (3) is made with the data subject’s explicit consent.

If the decision (1) is necessary for entering into, or the performance of, a contract between the data subject and the data controller, or (2) it is made with the data subject’s explicit consent, the Platform Foundersphere (The Ecosystem Company UG (haftungsbeschr√§nkt)) shall implement suitable measures to safeguard the data subject’s rights and freedoms and legitimate interests, which include at least the right to obtain the intervention of a data subject on the part of the controller, to express his or her point of view and to contest the decision.

If the data subject wishes to exercise the rights concerning automated decisions, he or she may, at any time, contact any employee of the controller.

  • (i) Right to revoke consent under data protection law

Any person affected by the processing of personal data has the right granted by the European Directive and Regulation to withdraw consent to the processing of personal data at any time.

If the data subject wishes to exercise the right to withdraw consent, he or she may, at any time, contact any employee of the controller.

  1. Privacy policy on the use and application of Facebook

The controller has integrated components of the company Facebook on this website. Facebook is a social network.

A social network is a social meeting place operated on the internet, an online community that usually allows users to communicate and interact with each other in virtual space. A social network can serve as a platform for exchanging opinions and experiences or enables the internet community to provide personal or company-related information. Among other things, Facebook allows users of the social network to create private profiles, upload photos and network via friend requests.

The operating company of Facebook is Facebook, Inc., 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA. The controller of personal data where a data subject lives outside the USA or Canada is Facebook Ireland Ltd, 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2, Ireland.

Each time one of the individual pages of this website operated by the data controller is called up and on which a Facebook component (Facebook plug-in) has been integrated, the internet browser on the information technology system of the data subject is automatically caused by the respective Facebook component to download a representation of the corresponding Facebook component from Facebook. A complete overview of all Facebook plug-ins can be found at https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/?locale=de_DE. Within the scope of this technical procedure, Facebook receives information about which specific sub-page of our website is visited by the person concerned.

If the data subject is logged in to Facebook at the same time, Facebook recognises which specific sub-page of our website the data subject is visiting each time the data subject calls up our website and for the entire duration of the respective stay on our website. This information is collected by the Facebook component and assigned by Facebook to the respective Facebook account of the person concerned. If the data subject activates one of the Facebook buttons integrated on our website, for example the “Like” button, or if the data subject posts a comment, Facebook assigns this information to the data subject’s personal Facebook user account and stores this personal data.

Facebook always receives information via the Facebook component that the data subject has visited our website if the data subject is logged into Facebook at the same time as calling up our website; this takes place regardless of whether the data subject clicks on the Facebook component or not. If the data subject does not want this information to be transmitted to Facebook, he or she can prevent the transmission by logging out of his or her Facebook account before accessing our website.

The data policy published by Facebook, which is available at https://de-de.facebook.com/about/privacy/, provides information on the collection, processing and use of personal data by Facebook. It also explains the setting options Facebook offers to protect the privacy of the data subject. In addition, various apps are available that make it possible to suppress data transmission to Facebook. Such applications can be used by the data subject to suppress data transmission to Facebook.

  1. Privacy policy on the use and application of Google Analytics (with anonymisation function)

The controller has integrated the Google Analytics component (with anonymisation function) on this website. Google Analytics is a web analysis service. Web analysis is the collection, collation and evaluation of data on the behaviour of visitors to websites. Among other things, a web analysis service collects data on which website a data subject came to a website from (so-called referrers), which sub-pages of the website were accessed or how often and for how long a sub-page was viewed. A web analysis is mainly used to optimise a website and to analyse the cost-benefit of internet advertising.

The operator of the Google Analytics component is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy, Mountain View, CA 94043-1351, USA.

The controller uses the addition “_gat._anonymizeIp” for web analysis via Google Analytics. By means of this addition, the IP address of the Internet connection of the person concerned is shortened and anonymised by Google if access to our Internet pages is made from a member state of the European Union or from another state party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area.

The purpose of the Google Analytics component is to analyse the flow of visitors to our website. Google will use the data and information collected for the purpose of evaluating your use of our website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity.

Google Analytics setzt ein Cookie auf dem informationstechnologischen System der betroffenen Person. What cookies are has already been explained above. By setting the cookie, Google is enabled to analyse the use of our website. Each time a data subject accesses one of the individual pages of this website operated by the data controller on which a Google Analytics component has been integrated, the internet browser on the data subject’s information technology system is automatically triggered by the respective Google Analytics component to transmit data to Google for the purpose of online analysis. As part of this technical procedure, Google obtains knowledge of personal data, such as the IP address of the person concerned, which Google uses, among other things, to trace the origin of visitors and clicks and subsequently to enable commission calculations.

By means of the cookie, personal information, for example the access time, the place from which an access originated and the frequency of visits to our website by the data subject, is stored. Each time you visit our website, this personal data, including the IP address of the internet connection used by the data subject, is transmitted to Google in the United States of America. This personal data is stored by Google in the United States of America. Google may share this personal data collected through the technical process with third parties.

The data subject can prevent the setting of cookies by our website, as already described above, at any time by means of an appropriate setting of the Internet browser used and thus permanently object to the setting of cookies. Such a setting of the internet browser used would also prevent Google from setting a cookie on the information technology system of the data subject. In addition, a cookie already set by Google Analytics can be deleted at any time via the internet browser or other software programs.

Furthermore, the data subject has the option to object to the collection of data generated by Google Analytics and related to the use of this website as well as to the processing of this data by Google and to prevent such processing. For this purpose, the data subject must download and install a browser add-on under the link https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout. This browser add-on tells Google Analytics via JavaScript that no data and information about visits to websites may be transmitted to Google Analytics. The installation of the browser add-on is considered by Google as an objection. If the information technology system of the data subject is deleted, formatted or reinstalled at a later point in time, the data subject must reinstall the browser add-on in order to deactivate Google Analytics. If the browser add-on is uninstalled or deactivated by the data subject or another person within his or her control, it is possible to reinstall or reactivate the browser add-on.

Further information and Google’s applicable privacy policy can be found at https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy/ and at http://www.google.com/analytics/terms/de.html. Google Analytics is explained in more detail under this link https://www.google.com/intl/de_de/analytics/.

  1. Legal basis of the processing

Art. 6 I lit. a GDPR serves as the legal basis for our company for processing operations in which we obtain consent for a specific processing purpose. If the processing of personal data is necessary for the performance of a contract to which the data subject is a party, as is the case, for example, with processing operations that are necessary for the delivery of goods or the provision of any other service or consideration, the processing is based on Article 6 I lit. b GDPR. The same applies to processing operations that are necessary for the implementation of pre-contractual measures, for example in the case of enquiries about our products or services. If our company is subject to a legal obligation through which the processing of personal data becomes necessary, such as for the fulfilment of tax obligations, the processing is based on Art. 6 I lit. c GDPR. In rare cases, the processing of personal data might become necessary to protect vital interests of the data subject or another natural person. This would be the case, for example, if a visitor were to be injured on our premises and as a result their name, age, health insurance details or other vital information needed to be passed on to a doctor, hospital or other third party. Then the processing would be based on Art. 6 I lit. d GDPR.
Ultimately, processing operations could be based on Art. 6 I lit. f GDPR Processing operations which are not covered by any of the aforementioned legal bases are based on this legal basis if the processing is necessary to protect a legitimate interest of our company or a third party, provided that the interests, fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject are not overridden. We are permitted to carry out such processing operations in particular because they have been specifically mentioned by the European legislator. In this respect, he took the view that a legitimate interest could be assumed if the data subject is a customer of the controller (recital 47, second sentence of the GDPR).

  1. Legitimate interests in the processing pursued by the controller or a third party

If the processing of personal data is based on Article 6 I lit. f GDPR, our legitimate interest is the conduct of our business for the benefit of the well-being of all our employees and our shareholders.

  1. Duration for which the personal data are stored

The criterion for the duration of the storage of personal data is the respective statutory retention period. After expiry of the deadline, the corresponding data is routinely deleted if it is no longer required for the fulfilment or initiation of the contract.

  1. Legal or contractual requirements to provide the personal data; necessity for the conclusion of the contract; obligation of the data subject to provide the personal data; possible consequences of non-provision

We would like to inform you that the provision of personal data is partly required by law (e.g. tax regulations) or may also result from contractual regulations (e.g. information on the contractual partner).
Sometimes, in order to conclude a contract, it may be necessary for a data subject to provide us with personal data which must subsequently be processed by us. For example, the data subject is obliged to provide us with personal data if our company concludes a contract with him or her. Failure to provide the personal data would mean that the contract with the data subject could not be concluded.
Before providing personal data by the data subject, the data subject must contact one of our employees. Our employee will inform the data subject on a case-by-case basis whether the provision of the personal data is required by law or contract or is necessary for the conclusion of the contract, whether there is an obligation to provide the personal data and what the consequences of not providing the personal data would be.

  1. Existence of automated decision making

As a responsible company, we do not use automatic decision-making or profiling.

This data protection declaration was created by the data protection declaration generator of DGD Deutsche Gesellschaft f√ľr Datenschutz GmbH, which acts as data protection officer, in cooperation with thedata protection lawyers of the law firm WILDE BEUGER SOLMECKE | Rechtsanw√§lte.