Protecting your data is important to us. That is why we act in accordance to the respective legal regulations, in particular the German Telemedia Act and the German Federal Data Protection Act, in all respects of data processing (e.g. collection, processing, transmission).
The following declaration should provide you with an overview of what data is requested on our website, the ways in which this data is used and transmitted, the ways in which you can receive information about the information you provide us with and which security measures we take to protect your data. We will not collect any data except that which you have provided us by filling out a form e.g. when registering. Any information about yourself that you make public (e.g. when you use the comment function) is provided at your own discretion.
Who is your contact partner for data protection issues?
The responsible authority within the meaning of the data protection regulations for all data processing and data usage processes through our website is:
Remise 3 Medienservice Agentur GmbH
Telephone: +49 (0)203/498705
Fax: +49 (0)203/87 96 864
Please direct any questions on the topic of data protection or the assertion of the rights of the persons affected to the address listed above.
What data do we require from you to use our website? What data is collected and stored when using our website?
Personal data are individual items of information on the personal or material circumstances of a defined or definable natural person, such as your name, address, telephone number, birth date, bank details and IP address.
When using our website, the following data are recorded and stored exclusively for internal system-related and statistical purposes (“usage data”): names of the viewed website, the browser used, the operating system and the querying domain; the date and time of access; search engines used; names of downloaded documents and your IP address. The usage data are collected using the web analysis tool “Google Analytics” and saved in pseudonymised user profiles. Details about the use of Google Analytics and your right to refuse, which prevents tracking by Google Analytics, can be found under “deactivate Google Analytics”.
Further personal data shall only be recorded if this information is provided to us voluntarily, for example when making an enquiry on our website or when you send us an email.
Data for use of the DISQUS comment function
You can use the comment function to comment on articles, tips, news and other content on our website. The comment function is an external service that we have integrated into our website, and is provided by Disqus, Inc., 301 Howard St., Suite 300, San Francisco, CA 94105 (hereinafter referred to as “DISQUS”). You can use the comment function either as a guest or as a registered user. If you wish to comment on articles on our website as a guest, you must first provide a name under which you wish to comment and a valid email address. This information will be transmitted to DISQUS and saved on their servers. You can also log in and comment using your access data from a pre-existing DISQUS user account or your Facebook, Google+ or Twitter account.
If you log in using your DISQUS access data, a connection will be made with the DISQUS server and DISQUS will be informed that you are visiting our website and using the comment function. This information will be associated with your DISQUS account. We have no influence on the scope of further data that is provided to DISQUS using the comment function and saved there. DISQUS is solely responsible for this data processing. You can prevent DISQUS collecting data and information, in particular usage data, by opting out via the following link (click the “opt out” button).
When using the comment function via your Facebook, Google+ or Twitter account, DISQUS connects to the relevant social network’s server via our website and informs it that you are visiting our website and using the DISQUS comment function. This information will be associated with your Facebook, Google+ or Twitter account. When registering for DISQUS, Facebook Google+ or Twitter will send your user ID to DISQUS if the login information provided and sent by our website (normally an email address) corresponds to the information saved on Facebook, Google+ or Twitter. At the same time, by logging in using Facebook, Google+ or Twitter you are authorising DISQUS to use your data and also the functions (e.g. publishing GearNews links) of Facebook, Google+ or Twitter. You can find more information about this by logging in using your Facebook, Google+ or Twitter account. We have no influence on the volume of further data that is provided to Facebook, Google+ or Twitter using the comment function and saved there. Facebook, Google+ or Twitter is solely responsible for this data processing.
For further information regarding the purpose and scope of data collection, and regarding the further processing and use of your data by DISQUS, Facebook, Google+ or Twitter, see the privacy rules of the relevant service. These can be found
- • for DISQUS at https://help.disqus.com/customer/portal/articles/466259-privacy-policy
- • for Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/policy.php
- • for Google+ at http://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/
- • for Twitter at https://twitter.com/privacy?lang=en
There you will find, amongst other things, information regarding settings for the protection of your privacy and regarding your further rights regarding the collecting, processing and use of your data by DISQUS, Facebook, Google+ or Twitter.
How is my data used and passed on to third parties, and for what purpose?
The personal data you provide is used solely to answer your questions, make contact with you, if you have sent us a contribution/tip via email and for purposes of the technical administration of our website.
Your personal data will only be passed on, sold or otherwise transmitted to third parties if it is necessary for the purposes of contract processing or for billing purposes, or if you have given your explicit consent.
We will occasionally ask you to provide information anonymously for the purposes of conducting surveys. We require this information in order to make our website even more interesting and ensure that we offer information that is always up to date. These surveys are, of course, voluntary; your information will be collected anonymously and treated confidentially. In this process the identification of users is not possible.
Please note that we are, if ordered by a competent authority, obliged and entitled to provide particulars about personal data in particular cases, provided that it is necessary to carry out prosecution proceedings, to enable the police forces of the German federal states to prevent crimes, to fulfil the statutory tasks of the constitution protection authorities of the German federal government, the German federal states, the Federal Intelligence Services or Military Intelligence, or to enforce intellectual property rights.
Links to external services from social networks and sharing articles
Our website has links to our Facebook page. Facebook plug-ins such as the “like” button are not embedded. However, if you are logged in to Facebook you can use your Facebook account to share articles as links by clicking the Facebook “like” symbol above a contribution on our website. The sole responsibility for Facebook and its website lies with Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA.
None of your data is transferred to Facebook as a result of our links to Facebook. If you click on a link, you will be taken directly to our Facebook page. Personal data is only transmitted to Facebook if you are logged into your Facebook user account on the device you are using. In this case, Facebook will be informed that you have visited our website. If you wish to share an article, this information will be transmitted to Facebook and the link to the contribution will be made available via your Facebook account.
For further information regarding the purpose and scope of data collection, and regarding the further processing and use of your data by Facebook, see Facebook’s own privacy rules. These are available online at www.facebook.com/policy.php. There you will find, amongst other things, information regarding settings for the protection of your privacy and regarding your further rights regarding the collecting, processing and use of your data by Facebook.
Google+ and Twitter
Our website also has links to our Google+ and Twitter pages. We have not embedded any plug-ins or interfaces provided by these services. However, if you are logged in to Google+ or Twitter you can use your Google+ or Twitter account to share articles as links by clicking the share symbol from Google+ or the tweet symbol for Twitter above a contribution on our website. Sole responsibility for Google+ and its websites lies with Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA; for Twitter with Twitter Inc., 1355 Market St., Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103.
None of your data is initially transferred to Google+ or Twitter as a result of our links to these services. If you click on a link, you will be taken directly to our corresponding Google+ or Twitter profile. Personal data is only transmitted to Google+ or Twitter if you are logged into your Google+ or Twitter user account on the device you are using. In this case, Google+ and Twitter will be informed that you have visited our website. If you wish to share or tweet a contribution, this information will be transmitted to Google+ or Twitter and the link to the article will be made available via your Google+ or Twitter account.
For further information regarding the purpose and scope of data collection, and regarding the further processing and use of your data by Google+ and Twitter, see the privacy rules of Google+ and Twitter. These are available online at http://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy for Google+ and at https://twitter.com/privacy?lang=en for Twitter. There you will find, amongst other things, information regarding settings for the protection of your privacy and regarding your further rights regarding the collecting, processing and use of your data by Google+ and Twitter.
What security measures have we taken to protect your data?
We have taken a variety of security measures to protect personal information to the extent that is required and reasonable.
Our databases are protected by physical, technical and procedural mechanisms that limit access to the data to authorised persons pursuant to this privacy statement. Our information system is behind a firewall to prevent the unauthorized access of other networks that are connected to the internet. Only staff that require the information in order to complete a special task have access to personal information. Our employees are trained in matters of security and data protection processes.
When communicating via email, we cannot guarantee complete data privacy.
You have the opportunity to receive a newsletter containing targeted information via our web service. In this case we must collect and save your email address, which we will only use to send the newsletter. You can unsubscribe via our website at anytime. At the end of the newsletter you will find a link intended for this purpose and provides a simple way to cancel the newsletter. In this case your data will be deleted.
When using our website, a cookie will be stored on your computer. What does that mean?
You can decide whether to accept cookies. By changing your browser settings (mostly found under “Options” or “Settings” in the browser menu), you have the choice of accepting all cookies, being informed about each cookie or refusing all cookies. If you choose not to accept cookies on our website, it is possible that the functionality of our website may be limited and some services may not be usable. We thank you for your understanding in this matter.
We use Google Analytics and Google AdSense. What does that mean for your data?
We use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”), on our website. Google Analytics uses so-called “cookies”, text files that are saved on your computer and that enable your use of the website to be analysed. The cookie-generated information about your use of our website is usually transmitted to and stored on a Google server in the United States. However, if you are in a country that is a member state of the European Union or a contracting party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area, and if IP address anonymisation has been activated on our website, Google will first truncate your IP address. Only by way of exception will the full IP address be transmitted to a Google server in the United States and truncated there. Google will use this information on our behalf for the purposes of analysing how you use our website, compiling reports on website activity and providing further services related to website and internet use to the website operator. The IP address transmitted through Google Analytics from your browser will not be associated with any other data held by Google. You can disable cookies by setting your browser accordingly; however, if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of our website. You can also prevent the data generated by the cookie and related to your use of this website (including your IP address) being transmitted to and processed by Google by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available here: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en
As an alternative to installing the browser plug-in, particularly in internet browsers on mobile devices, you can prevent the collection of data by Google Analytics by clicking this link:
This will save an “opt-out” cookie to your device, meaning that none of your data will be collected on this website by Google Analytics.
Your right to information and other rights of the persons affected
You have the right to access the data stored about you and information concerning its origin and recipient and the purpose of data processing free of charge at any time. In addition, you have the right to rectify, delete or block your personal data, provided the legal requirements to do so are met (Section 35 of the German Federal Data Protection Act [BDSG]). If you have any questions about data protection, please feel free to contact us at any time using the details given above.