The controlling body as per data protection law, in particular the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), is:
Freund GmbH, Berlin
Your rights as data subject
You may exercise the following rights at any time by contacting our data protection officer using the contact details provided:
access to any data concerning you that are stored with us and to information regarding their processing,
rectification of inaccurate personal data,
erasure of your data stored with us,
restriction of data processing, providing we are not restricted at present from erasing your data due to legal obligations,'
object to our processing of your data and
data portability, provided that you have consented to data processing or have concluded a contract with us.
If you have given us your consent, you may withdraw it at any time, restricting any future processing.
You may at any time lodge a complaint with the supervisory authority that has competence for you. The supervisory authority that has competence for you is determined by the country of your place of residence, of work or of the alleged breach. A list of the supervisory authorities (for matters outside of the public sector) together with their contact details can be found here:
Purposes for data processing by the controller and third parties
you have given your express consent,
the processing is necessary for the execution of a contract with you,
the processing is necessary to comply with a legal obligation,
the processing is necessary to safeguard legitimate interests and there is no reason to assume that you have an overriding legitimate interest in your data not being transferred.
Collection of general information when you visit our website
When you access our website, information of a general nature is automatically collected via a cookie. This information (server log files) includes, for example, the type of web browser and operating system used, the domain name of your Internet service provider and so on. The information in question does not permit us to make any inferences about you as an individual.
This information is necessary for technical reasons in order to correctly provide the website content you request and is a requirement for using the Internet. It is used for the following purposes in particular:
ensuring a connection to the website can be established smoothly,
ensuring problem-free use of our website,
analysing the security and stability of the system and
for other administrative purposes.
The processing of your personal data is based on our legitimate interest arising from the aforementioned purposes for data collection. We do not use your data to infer anything about you as an individual. The only recipients of the data are the controller and, where applicable, processor.
Anonymous information of this kind may be statistically analysed in order to optimise our website and the technology on which it relies.
Like many other websites, we use “cookies”. Cookies are small text files that are transmitted from a web server to your hard drive. This process automatically provides us with particular data such as your IP address, the browser you are using, your operating system and your connection to the Internet.
Cookies cannot be used to launch programs or transmit viruses to a computer. The information contained in cookies enables us to improve navigation for you and facilitate the proper display of our website.
In no case are the data collected by us transmitted to third parties or associated with personal data without your consent.
We use industry-standard encryption procedures (such as SSL) over HTTPS to safeguard your data during transmission.
If a user leaves comments on our website, the time the comments were made and the username chosen by the user in question are saved in addition to the comments themselves. This provides protection for us since we may be sued for content on our website even if the content is user-generated.
On the basis of your express consent, we will regularly send you our newsletter or other comparable information by email to the address you have provided.
Your email address is all you need to provide to receive our newsletter. When you register to receive our newsletter, the data you provide will only be used for this purpose. We may also contact subscribers by email to provide them with information that is relevant to the service or to registration (such as changes to our newsletter service or technical matters).
For registration to be effective, we require a valid email address. We use a ‘double opt-in’ process to verify that, when a registration has been made, it is the email address owner who has actually made it. To do this, we keep a record of the request for the newsletter, of dispatch of the confirmation email and of receipt of the response requested. No further data are collected. The data are used exclusively for sending the newsletter and are not passed on to third parties.
If you contact us via email or our contact form with questions of any kind, you freely give your consent to us getting in touch with you. This requires a valid email address. The email address enables us to allot the request and subsequent response. Providing any further data is optional. The details you give will be stored for the purposes of processing your request and follow-up questions. Once we have resolved your query, personal data is automatically deleted.
Use of Google Analytics
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service of Google Inc. (‘Google’). Google Analytics uses ‘cookies’, text files that are stored on your computer and that facilitate analysis of your use of the website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website is generally transferred to a Google server in the USA and stored there. However, because IP anonymisation is enabled on these web pages, your IP address is first shortened by Google within member states of the European Union or in other contracting states of the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases is the full IP address transferred to a Google server in the USA and shortened there. Google uses this information, on behalf of the operator of this website, to analyse your use of the website, to compile reports on web page activity and to provide other services associated with website and Internet use relating to the operator of the web pages. The IP address transmitted by your browser in the context of Google Analytics is not combined with other data by Google.
The purposes for processing the data are the analysis of the use of the website and the preparation of reports on website activity. Based on the use of the website and the Internet, additional related services may then be provided. This processing is based on the legitimate interest of the operator of the website.
You can use your browser’s settings to prevent cookies being stored on your device; you should be aware, however, that this may result in you being unable to use all of the website’s functions to their full extent. You can also stop Google from recording and processing the data that the cookie provides about your use of the website (including your IP address) by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under the following link:
Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on.
In addition (or alternatively) to using the browser add-on, you can also restrict Google Analytics tracking on our website by clicking on this link. This will install an opt-out cookie on your device. The cookie prevents future Google Analytics data collection for this website and browser for as long as the cookie remains installed on your browser.
Usage of script libraries (Google Webfonts)
We use script and font libraries such as Google Fonts (https://fonts.google.com) to ensure our content displays correctly and in a visually appealing manner on any browser. To avoid repeated downloads, Google Fonts are stored in your browser’s cache. If your browser does not support Google Fonts or prevents access, content is displayed in a standard font.
Requesting a script or font library automatically establishes a connection to the maintainer of the library. Library maintainers could, in theory, collect data. However, it is unclear at the moment whether this is the case and, if so, to what end.
Usage of Google Maps
This website uses the Google Maps API to display geographical information. When you use Google Maps, Google also collects, processes and uses data regarding how the mapping functions are used. You can find more information about how Google processes data in Google’s privacy notice. You can also change your personal privacy settings in their privacy centre there.
You can find detailed instructions here for managing your own data in relation to Google products.
Some of our web pages feature embedded YouTube videos. The plug-in for this is operated by YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. When you visit a page containing the YouTube plug-in, a connection is established to YouTube’s servers. This means YouTube is notified of which pages you are visiting. If you are logged in to your YouTube account, YouTube can associate your browsing behaviour with you as an individual. You can prevent this by first logging out of your YouTube account.
If a YouTube video is started, the provider serves cookies that collect information about user behaviour.
If you have disabled cookies for the Google Ads programme, you won’t receive these kinds of cookies when you watch YouTube videos. YouTube also stores non-personal information in other cookies, however. If you would like to prevent this, you need to stop your browser from accepting cookies.
Our website uses Google conversion tracking. If you come to our website via an advertisement placed by Google, a cookie is served to your computer by Google Ads. The conversion-tracking cookie is served when a user clicks on an advertisement placed by Google. These cookies expire after 30 days and are not used to for personal identification. If a user visits particular pages on our website and the cookie has not yet expired, both we and Google can identify that the user clicked on the advertisement and was directed to this page. Every Google Ads customer receives a different cookie. Because of this, cookies cannot be followed across the websites of different Ads customers. The information gathered via the conversion cookie enables conversion statistics to be prepared for Ads customers who have opted for conversion tracking. Customers are informed of the total number of users who have clicked on their advertisement and have been referred to a page that features a conversion tracking tag. However, they do not receive any information that would enable users to be personally identified.
If you do not want to participate in tracking, you can prevent the necessary cookies from being placed on your device by either setting your browser to block cookies from being accepted automatically in general or by setting your browser to block cookies from the googleadservices.com domain.
Please be aware that you must not delete the opt-out cookies for as long as you want to be excluded from statistical data recording. If you delete all of the cookies in your browser’s cache, you will need to restore the relevant opt-out cookie.
Questions for the data protection officer
If you have questions regarding data protection, please send us an email or contact the individual responsible for data protection within our organisation directly.
Nina Freund, tel. 00 49 30 306 923 11, firstname.lastname@example.org