Privacy statement

Table of contents

  • 1. Objective and responsible body
  • 2. Basic information on data processing
  • 3. Processing of personal data
  • 4. Collection of access data
  • 5. Cookies & range measurement
  • 6. Google Analytics
  • 7. Google Re/Marketing Services
  • 8. Facebook Social Plugins
  • 9. Facebook Remarketing
  • 10. Piwik statistics
  • 11. etracker
  • 12. Jetpack (WordPress Stats)
  • 13. Twitter buttons
  • 14. Pinterest buttons
  • 15. +1 button from Google+
  • 16. Newsletter
  • 17. integration of third party services and content
  • 18. user rights and deletion
  • 19. changes to the privacy policy

1. Objective and responsible body

This privacy policy explains the nature, scope and purpose of the processing (including collection, processing and use and obtaining consent) of personal data within our online offering and the associated web pages, functions and content (hereinafter collectively referred to as "Online Offer" or "Website"). The data protection declaration applies regardless of the domains, systems, platforms and devices used (e.g. desktop or mobile) on which the online offer is executed. Provider of the online offer and responsible for data protection is Studio Merkas, owner: Nikola Merkas, Alte Poststraße 4, 70173 Stuttgart]. (hereinafter referred to as "Provider", "we" or "us"). For the contact possibilities we refer to our imprint. The term "user" covers all customers and visitors of our online offer. The terms used, such as "user", are to be understood as gender-neutral.

2. Basic information on data processing

We process users' personal data only in compliance with the relevant data protection regulations in accordance with the principles of data economy and data avoidance. This means that the user's data will only be processed if legal permission has been obtained, in particular if the data is required for the provision of our contractual services and online services, or is prescribed by law, or if consent has been obtained.
We take organisational, contractual and technical security measures in accordance with the state of the art to ensure that the provisions of data protection laws are complied with and to protect the data processed by us against accidental or intentional manipulation, loss, destruction or against access by unauthorised persons.
If contents, tools or other means from other providers (hereinafter jointly referred to as "third party providers") are used within the scope of this data protection declaration and their registered office is abroad, it is to be assumed that a data transfer to the registered office states of the third party providers takes place. The transfer of data to third countries is carried out either on the basis of a legal permit, user consent or special contractual clauses which guarantee the security of the data required by law.

3. Processing of personal data

data will be processed for the following purposes on the basis of legal permissions or consents of the user: - The provision, execution, maintenance, optimisation and security of our services, support and users; - The guarantee of effective customer service and technical support.
We only transfer user data to third parties if this is necessary for billing purposes (e.g. to a payment service provider) or for other purposes if these are necessary to fulfil our contractual obligations towards users (e.g. address communication to suppliers).
When contacting us (via contact form or email), the user's details are stored for the purpose of processing the enquiry and in the event that follow-up questions arise. Personal data will be deleted as long as they have fulfilled their intended use and there are no storage obligations to prevent deletion.

4. Collection of access data

We collect data about 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.
We use the protocol data without allocation to the person of the user or other profile creation according to the legal regulations only for statistical evaluations for the purpose of the operation, the security and the optimization of our online offer. However, we reserve the right to subsequently check the log data if there is a justified suspicion of illegal use on the basis of concrete indications.

5. Cookies & range measurement

Cookies are pieces of information that are transferred from our web server or third party web servers to the user's web browser and stored there for later retrieval. Users are informed about the use of cookies within the framework of pseudonymous range measurement in the context of this data protection declaration.
The viewing of this online offer is also possible under exclusion of 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.
It is possible to manage many online ad cookies from companies via the US website http://www.aboutads.info/choices or the EU website http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/your-ad-choices.

6. Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. ("Google"). Google uses cookies. The information generated by the cookie about the use of the online offer by the user is usually transferred to a Google server in the USA and stored there. Google will use this information on our behalf to evaluate the use of our website by users, to compile reports on activities within this website and to provide us with other services associated with the use of this website and the Internet. Pseudonymous user profiles can be created from the processed data.
We use Google Analytics only with activated IP anonymisation. This means that the IP address of the user is 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 transmitted to a Google server in the USA and shortened there.
The IP address transmitted by the user's browser is not merged with other Google data. Users may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on their browser, they may also refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on their browser, they may refuse the processing of personal data by Google, and they may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on their browser, and they may refuse the processing of such data by Google, by downloading and installing the browser plugin available from the following link: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.
Further information on the use of data for advertising purposes by Google, setting and objection options can be found on the websites of Google: https://www.google.com/intl/de/policies/privacy/partners ("Use of data by Google for your use of websites or apps of our partners"), http://www.google.com/policies/technologies/ads ("Use of data for advertising purposes"), http://www.google.de/settings/ads ("Manage information that Google uses to show you advertising") and http://www.google.com/ads/preferences ("Determine which advertising Google shows you").

7. Google-Re/Marketing-Services

We use the marketing and remarketing services ("Google Marketing Services") of Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA ("Google").
Google's marketing services allow us to display advertisements for and on our website in a more targeted manner to show users only ads that potentially match their interests. For example, if users see ads for products they are interested in on other websites, they are referred to as "remarketing. For these purposes, when you visit our and other web pages on which Google marketing services are active, Google executes a Google code directly and incorporates (re)marketing tags (invisible graphics or code, also known as "web beacons") into the web page. 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).
Cookies can be set by various domains, including google.com, doubleclick.net, invitemedia.com, admeld.com, googlesyndication.com and googleadservices.com. In this file it is noted which websites the user visits, which contents he is interested in and which offers he has clicked, furthermore technical information about the browser and operating system, referring websites, visiting time as well as further information about the use of the online offer. The IP address of the user is also recorded, whereby we inform within the scope of Google Analytics that the IP address within member states of the European Union or in other contracting states of the Agreement on the European Economic Area is shortened and only in exceptional cases completely transferred to a Google server in the USA and shortened there. The IP address is not merged with user data within other Google services. The above information may also be linked to such information from other sources. If the user subsequently visits other websites, advertisements tailored to the user's interests may be displayed.
User data is processed pseudonymously within the framework of Google Marketing Services. This means, for example, that Google does not store and process the name or e-mail address of the user, but processes the relevant data cookie-related within pseudonymous user profiles. This means that, from Google's point of view, the ads are not administered and displayed for a specifically identified person, but for the cookie holder, regardless of who this cookie holder is. This does not apply if a user has expressly permitted Google to process the data without this pseudonymisation. The information DoubleClick collects about users is transmitted to Google and stored on Google's servers in the United States.
One of the Google marketing services we use is the online advertising program "Google AdWords". In the case of Google AdWords, each AdWords customer receives a different "conversion cookie". Cookies can therefore not be tracked via the websites of AdWords customers. The information collected through the cookie is used to generate conversion statistics for AdWords customers who have opted for conversion tracking. AdWords customers learn the total number of users who clicked on their ad and were directed to a page tagged with a conversion tracking tag. However, you will not receive any information that personally identifies users.
We use Google's DoubleClick marketing service to include third-party advertisements. DoubleClick uses cookies to enable Google and its partner sites to serve ads based on users' visits to this site and other sites on the Internet. We also include third-party advertisements based on Google's AdSense marketing service. AdSense uses cookies to enable Google and its partner sites to serve ads based on users' visits to this site or other sites on the Internet. Another Google marketing service we use is the "Google Tag Manager", which can be used to integrate other Google analysis and marketing services into our website (e.g. "AdWords", "DoubleClick" or "Google Analytics"). Further information on the use of data by Google for marketing purposes can be found on the overview page: https://www.google.com/policies/technologies/ads, Google's data protection declaration can be found at https://www.google.com/policies/privacy.
If you wish to object to the collection of data by Google marketing services, you can use the setting and opt-out options provided by Google: http://www.google.com/ads/preferences.

8. Facebook Social Plugins

Our online offer uses social plugins ("Plugins") of the social network facebook.com, which is operated by Facebook Ireland Ltd., 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2, Ireland ("Facebook"). The plugins can be recognized by one of the Facebook logos (white "f" on a blue tile, the terms "like", "like" or a "thumbs up" sign) or by the addition "Facebook Social Plugin". The list and appearance of the Facebook Social Plugins can be viewed here: https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/.
When a user calls up a function of this online service that contains such a plugin, his device establishes a direct connection with the Facebook servers. The content of the plugin is transmitted directly from Facebook to the user's device and integrated into the online service by the user. User profiles can be created from the processed data. We therefore have no influence on the extent of the data that Facebook collects with the help of this plugin and therefore inform the user according to our state of knowledge.
By integrating the plugins, Facebook receives the information that a user has called up the corresponding page of the online offer. If the user is logged in to Facebook, Facebook can assign the visit to his Facebook account. When users interact with the plugins, for example by clicking the Like button or commenting, the corresponding information is transferred directly from your device to Facebook and stored there. If a user is not a member of Facebook, it is still possible for Facebook to find out his IP address and save it. According to Facebook, only an anonymous IP address is stored in Germany.
The purpose and scope of the data collection and the further processing and use of the data by Facebook as well as the relevant rights and setting options to protect the privacy of users can be found in Facebook's data protection information: https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/.
If a user is a Facebook member and does not want Facebook to collect data about him or her via this online service and link it to the member data stored on Facebook, he or she must log out of Facebook and delete his or her cookies before using our online service. Further settings and objections to the use of data for advertising purposes are possible within the Facebook profile settings: https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=ads or via the US-American page http://www.aboutads.info/choices/oder the EU page http://www.youronlinechoices.com/. The settings are platform-independent, i.e. they are adopted for all devices, such as desktop computers or mobile devices.

9. Facebook Remarketing

Within our online offer, so-called "Facebook pixels" of the social network Facebook, which is operated by Facebook Inc., 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA, or if you are resident in the EU, Facebook Ireland Ltd., 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2, Ireland ("Facebook"), are used. Using the Facebook pixel, Facebook is able to determine the visitors of our offer as a target group for the display of ads, so-called "Facebook ads".
Accordingly, we use the Facebook pixel to display the Facebook ads we have placed only to those Facebook users who have shown interest in our website. This means that with the help of the Facebook pixel we want to ensure that our Facebook ads correspond to the potential interest of the users and do not appear annoying. The Facebook pixel also enables us to track the effectiveness of Facebook ads for statistical and market research purposes by seeing if users were directed to our website after clicking on a Facebook ad.
The Facebook pixel is integrated directly by Facebook when our web pages are accessed and can store a so-called cookie, i.e. a small file, on your device. If you then log in to Facebook or visit Facebook when logged in, the visit to our offer is noted in your profile. The data collected about you is anonymous to us and does not give us any information about the identity of the user. However, the data is stored and processed by Facebook so that a connection to the respective user profile is possible. Facebook processes the data in accordance with Facebook's data usage guidelines. Accordingly, you will receive further information on how the remarketing pixel works and on the presentation of Facebook ads in general in Facebook's data usage policy: https://www.facebook.com/policy.php.
You may opt out of Facebook pixel collection and use of your information to display Facebook ads. To do this, you can go to the page set up by Facebook and follow the instructions on the settings for usage-based advertising: https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=ads or explain the objection about the US page http://www.aboutads.info/choices/ or the EU page http://www.youronlinechoices.com/. The settings are platform-independent, i.e. they are applied to all devices, such as desktop computers or mobile devices.

10. Piwik statistics

We use Piwik, an open source software for statistical evaluation of user access. Piwik uses cookies which are stored on the user's computer and which enable an analysis of the use of this online service by the user.
Pseudonymous user profiles can be created from the processed data. The information generated by the cookie about the use of this offer is stored on our server. The IP address is anonymised immediately after processing and before it is stored.

11. etracker

We use the "etracker" analysis service of etracker GmbH, Erste Brunnenstraße 1 20459 Hamburg. The data processed by etracker can be used to create user profiles under a pseudonym. Cookies can be used for this purpose. Cookies enable your browser to be recognised again. The data collected using etracker technologies will not be used to personally identify visitors to our website without the separate consent of the person concerned and will not be merged with personal data about the bearer of the pseudonym.
You can object to the collection and storage of data at any time with effect for the future. In order to object to the collection and storage of your visitor data in the future, you can obtain an opt-out cookie from etracker, which means that no visitor data from your browser will be collected and stored by etracker in the future.
The opt-out sets an opt-out cookie with the name "cntcookie" from etracker. Please do not delete this cookie as long as you wish to maintain your objection. Further information can be found in etracker's privacy policy: http://www.etracker.com/de/datenschutz.html.

12. 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. 132 Hawthorne Street San Francisco, CA 94107, USA. Jetpack uses "cookies", which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site.
The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is stored on a server in the USA. User profiles can be created from the processed data, whereby these are only used for analysis and not for advertising purposes. Further information can be found in Automattic's privacy policy: https://automattic.com/privacy/ and information on Jetpack cookies: https://jetpack.com/support/cookies/.

13. Twitter buttons

We use the buttons of the Twitter service. These buttons are provided by Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA. They can be recognized by terms such as "Twitter" or "episode" or associated with a stylized blue bird. With the help of the buttons it is possible to share a contribution or website of this online offer on Twitter or to follow the provider on Twitter.
If a user calls up a website of this online service that contains such a button, his browser establishes a direct connection with the servers of Twitter. The content of the Twitter button is transmitted by Twitter directly to the user's browser. We therefore have no influence on the amount of data that Twitter collects with the help of this plugin and inform the user according to our state of knowledge. According to this, only the IP address of the user is transmitted along with the URL of the respective website when the button is accessed, but it is not used for purposes other than the display of the button. Further information can be found in Twitter's privacy policy at http://twitter.com/privacy.

14. Pinterest buttons

We use the buttons ("Pin It") of the Pinterest service, http://pinterest.com. With the help of the buttons, users can share our articles or websites on their "Pinterest boards".
When a user accesses a website that contains a "Pin It" button, their browser establishes a direct connection to Pinterest's servers. The content of the "Pin It" button is sent by Pinterest directly to the user's browser. We therefore have no influence on the amount of data Pinterest collects with the help of the "Pin It" button and inform the user according to our state of knowledge. According to this, only the IP address of the user and the URL of the respective website are transmitted, but only used for the purposes of displaying the "Pin It" button and sharing the content.
Further information can be found in Pinterest's privacy policy at http://pinterest.com/about/privacy/.

15. Google+

We use the buttons of the social network Google+ (e.g. "+1" button), which is operated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, United States ("Google"). When a user accesses a website of this online service that contains such a button, the browser establishes a direct connection with Google's servers. The content of the buttons is transmitted by Google directly to its browser and integrated into the website by the browser. The provider therefore has no influence on the extent of the data that Google collects with the buttons.
According to Google, no personal data is collected without a click on the button. Such data, including the IP address, will only be collected and processed if Google+ members are logged in. Further information on the processing of your data by Google can be found on the overview page: https://www.google.com/policies/technologies/ads/, Google's data protection declaration can be found at https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/.
If you wish to object to the collection of data by Google marketing services, you can use the setting and opt-out options provided by Google: http://www.google.com/ads/preferences/.

16. Newsletter

There are no newsletters offered on this page.

17. Integration of third party services and content

It may happen that content or services of third party providers, such as city maps or fonts from other websites, are integrated within our online offering. The integration of content from third-party providers always requires that the third-party providers perceive the IP address of the users, since they would not be able to send the content to the user's browser without the IP address. The IP address is therefore required for the presentation of this content.
Furthermore, the providers of the third-party content can set their own cookies and process the user data for their own purposes. User profiles can be created from the processed data. We will use these contents as data-savingly and data-avoidably as possible and select reliable third-party providers with regard to data security.
The following presentation provides an overview of third-party providers and their content, together with links to their data protection declarations, which contain further information on the processing of data and, in some cases already mentioned here, possible objections (so-called opt-out):
- External fonts from Google, Inc., https://www.google.com/fonts ("Google Fonts"). The integration of Google Fonts takes place through a server call at Google (usually in the USA). Privacy policy: https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/, Opt-Out:https://www.google.com/settings/ads/.
- Maps of the "Google Maps" service of the third-party provider Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Privacy Policy: https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/, Opt-Out: https://www.google.com/settings/ads/.
- Videos from the "YouTube" platform of third-party provider Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Privacy Policy: https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/, Opt-Out: https://www.google.com/settings/ads/.

18. User rights and deletion of data

Users have the right, upon request and free of charge, to obtain information about the personal data we have stored about them. In addition, users have the right to have incorrect data corrected, their consent revoked, their personal data blocked or deleted and they have the right to lodge a complaint with the competent supervisory authority in the event that unlawful data processing is assumed.
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.

19. Changes to the data protection declaration

We reserve the right to change the data protection declaration in order to adapt it to changed legal situations or in the event of changes to the service or data processing. However, this only applies to declarations on data processing. If the user's consent is required or if elements of the data protection declaration contain provisions governing the contractual relationship with the user, the changes will only be made with the user's consent. Users are requested to inform themselves regularly about the content of the data protection declaration.

Last update: 23.02.2019

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