Terms and Conditions of Advanced Sponsorship Insights GmbH
Status May 2022

1. Scope of Application
1.1. Any and all deliveries made and services performed by Advanced Sponsorship Insights GmbH (hereinafter referred to as “A.S.I.”), shall be governed in all respects by the General Terms and Conditions set forth in the following, as well as any individual contractual agreements and shall supersede and prevail over any and all deviating terms and conditions of trade stipulated or referred to by the Client, unless these have been expressly accepted in writing by A.S.I.’s authorized representative.
1.2. These General Terms and Conditions shall be binding to all future contracts between A.S.I. and its business partner. No additional future explicit acknowledgements shall be necessary.
1.3. A.S.I. shall, at any time be entitled to modify or amend these General Terms and Conditions giving adequate prior notice. These modifications will be communicated in writing (e.g. email) and are deemed to have been accepted if
the Client does not object the validity of these modifications in writing (e.g. email) within four weeks of receiving the notice of amendment. A.S.I. will indicate the implications of the Client’s behaviour in this regard, at the beginning of the
period. Such modifications shall only be considered accepted by the partner company, if this information has actually been issued.
1.4. If the Client objects to such a modification within the stipulated period, according to section 1.3., A.S.I. shall be entitled to cancel the contract on the date the modification becomes valid, however at the earliest 4 weeks after receipt of the objection to the aforementioned modification.
2. Conclusion of Contract
2.1. Unless a separate contractual document has been signed by A.S.I.’s authorized officer, contractual obligations in respect to services to be performed by A.S.I. shall only become binding upon receipt of order confirmation in writing or electronically (e.g. by email) by A.S.I. or, alternatively, once A.S.I. performs the services ordered. Both parties shall confirm any verbal agreements immediately in writing.
2.2. A.S.I. will be bound to its offers for the duration of 30 days from the date of issuance to the Client.
3. Scope of Service
3.1. The object of service is determined on the basis of the respective Statement of Work, as it was agreed upon when the contract was concluded.
3.2. A.S.I. shall be entitled to expand the scope of service and make improvements at its own discretion. A.S.I. shall further be authorized to modify or redefine services rendered (for example, considering technological progress), unless such
alterations would substantially reduce the quality of the service, to the disadvantage of the Client.
3.3. A.S.I. assume that the information or documents provided by the client as well as the transmitted internal data as complete and correct. A.S.I. is not obliged to check the correctness, completeness or regularity or to carry out your own
research. This also applies if, within the scope of the order placed, plausibility checks or valuations are to be made, which are based solely on the information or documents communicated by the client.
4. Time of Service Delivery
4.1. Stated delivery times are generally to be accepted as approximate estimations. In other words, both parties agree that, subject to any other contractually stated agreements, A.S.I. is to deliver their services, at the latest, within a seven calendar
day period following the stated delivery date. An example of such an exceptional agreement could be when the continuity of a service provision is bound to delivery on specific deadlines (fixed date transaction).
4.2. Compliance with agreed delivery dates, is also dependent upon a timely delivery of all necessary documents or information by the Client, as well as his/her employees active involvement with regards to clarification of open questions.
4.3. A.S.I. shall not be responsible for delays in order processing and cost increases occurring as a result of incorrect or insufficient data and information or belated modifications and / or documents and informative material furnished that are incorrect, incomplete or belatedly altered and in no such event shall A.S.I. be deemed in default on delivery. Any additional costs arising as a consequence of such issues, through the fault of the Client, shall be borne by the Client.
5. Remuneration, Price Variations, Payment Terms
5.1. All remunerations shall be in Euros, unless otherwise, contractually agreed. Equally, unless otherwise specified, all prices stated are net prices; the Client is liable to additional payment of statutory value added tax.
5.2. In the event that the relevant costs of the ongoing services to be provided, rise in a manner that could not have been predicted at the time of contracting, A.S.I. shall be entitled to increase its fee by an appropriate amount according to the
increased costs.
5.3. The remuneration of A.S.I. for individual services or deliveries, shall in each case be based on the price quotations as stated at the date of order, unless the compensation was otherwise agreed upon in the contract (particularly, also in
accordance with the order confirmation).
5.4. If the order value is EUR 20.000 or more a payment of 50 % of the entire amount is due upon commissioning, which is to be paid immediately after the invoice is received. The remaining balance is due upon completion of the agreed
services by A.S.I. and is to be paid immediately and in full after the invoice is received. In the event of delay, A.S.I. shall be entitled to demand default interest at the statutory rate according to § 288 Abs. 2 BGB. § 352 HGB remains unaffected.
5.5. Unless otherwise agreed any and all payments shall be made using the bank account stated by A.S.I. in the contract. Cheques will not be accepted.
5.6. A.S.I. may refuse the delivery of contractually agreed services in the event that the Client has not fulfilled all obligations towards A.S.I., arising from this or previous agreements with the Client.
5.7. The Client is not entitled to offset against any claims by A.S.I., unless it concerns mutual and interdependent claims (e.g. claims of reduction for works services) or in the case of uncontested or legally established counterclaims.
5.8. Objections to remunerations requested by A.S.I. must be raised immediately on receipt of the invoice.
5.9. If an additional change request of the client, which was accepted by A.S.I, results in additional expenses, this must be remunerated according to the time required at the usual hourly rate.
6. Duration of Contract and Termination
6.1. Unless otherwise agreed, any contracts relating to continuous services to be rendered (continuing obligations) shall be deemed to have been concluded for an indefinite period. They may be terminated by either party at three months’ notice,
the notice of termination becoming in each case effective at the end of a calendar quarter. The right to extraordinary termination for grave cause according to § 314 BGB remains unaffected.
6.2. Any notice of termination shall only be legally effective when received in writing.
6.3. Either party may terminate the Agreement if the other party fails to cure a material breach within 30 days of written notice thereof; or in the event the other party becomes the subject of a proceeding for bankruptcy/insolvency or its
equivalent. In the event of early termination of an ad-hoc project for which payment is (wholly or partially) due upon delivery of the final report, Client shall pay that proportion of the fee that covers all work carried out and expenses
incurred and financial commitments entered into by A.S.I. prior to the effective date of such termination.
7. Liability
7.1. A.S.I is liable for intent and gross negligence. Furthermore, for the negligent breach of obligations, the fulfilment of which enables the proper execution of the contract in the first place, the breach of which jeopardizes the achievement of the
purpose of the contract and on the compliance of which the customer may regularly rely. In the latter case, however, A.S.I is only liable for foreseeable, contract-typical damage. A.S.I is not liable for slightly negligent breaches of
obligations other than those specified in the preceding sentences.
7.2. The above exclusions of liability do not apply to injury to life, limb and health. Liability under product liability law remains unaffected.
8. Claims for Flaws
8.1. The performances rendered by A.S.I. are, as a rule, services and not outcome dependent services. In the event that A.S.I. does guarantee the achievement of a
specified success and therefore renders an outcome dependent service, the following provisions of this clause 8. shall apply.
8.2. The Client is obliged to check for any obvious flaws in the performance of A.S.I. for services with an outcome dependent contract within 10 days of receipt. A.S.I.
must be notified of such issues by the Client within these days. If the Client fails to give timely and reasonable notice of problems, any claims by the Client due to such issues are excluded.
8.3. In the case of warranty, A.S.I. shall have the right, at its discretion, to carry out subsequent repair or replacement. Should the correction not prove successful within a reasonable period of time and for the duration of an extended time,
which has been set by the Client, the Client is entitled to the statutory warranty rights in accordance with A.S.I.’s General Terms and Conditions.
8.4. Claims by the Client based on flaws shall expire within one year of the start of the statutory limitation period.
9. Copyright
9.1. The contents and results of any studies, research reports, analyses, algorithms, software, methods, processes and other information (hereinafter referred to as “A.S.I. -content”) delivered, remain the intellectual property of A.S.I.
9.2. Irrespective of whether A.S.I. -content is protected by copyrights or other special protection laws, they may not be reproduced, published, duplicated or otherwise altered in any form by photocopying or other processes, without the
prior written consent by A.S.I.. The Client may only use the A.S.I. -content internally and for its own purposes. It is not permitted to pass A.S.I. -content on to third parties outside of the company. All rights of communication, e.g. by presentation,
remain reserved by A.S.I..
9.3. The Client shall notify A.S.I. immediately and without delay of any allegations of third parties that the Client has infringed a copyright, ancillary copyright or other property rights in connection with the services supplied by A.S.I.. In any such
cases, A.S.I. shall be entitled, however not obliged to defend itself against claims arising from any such infringement on its own initiative and at its own expense; it may also reach an agreement by compromise with effects for and against the
Client, although a compromise adversely affecting the Client can only be made after the latter’s consent has been obtained.
9.4. If A.S.I. initiates legal proceedings or compromise negotiations according to clause 9.3, the Client shall make all endeavours to support A.S.I., keep A.S.I. fully informed on all relevant facts and furnish any material required; the Client shall further assign to A.S.I. any rights required for the defence against such claim.
9.5. If A. S. I. grants the client rights to services, this is subject to the condition of the final payment of the agreed fee.
10. Data Exchange
10.1. The Client grants A.S.I. the non-exclusive right to use the data that is provided by the clients to generate additional insights which can be used in other projects run by A.S.I. The link between the data and the Client will not be exposed, but conclusions will be drawn from the data to improve the overall quality of the models. This includes 3rd party data purchased by the Client. The Client acknowledges the use of the data, by sharing the data vial email or uploading to A.S.I’s platforms (e.g. OneDrive, FTP servers, etc.).
10.2. Sharing and storing A.S.I. content, such as algorithms, software, methods, and processes with third-party vendors requires prior written consent from A.S.I. The customer is responsible for the compliance with this regulation.
11. Confidentiality
11.1. Any business or trade secrets, which become known during the contractual relationship, are expressly declared as subject to confidentiality. This confidentiality obligation extends beyond any termination of contract.
11.2. A.S.I is entitled to name the client as a reference. For this purpose, the customer grants A.S.I a simple, unlimited right to use his business name and the associated logo.
12. Client’s obligation to cooperate
12.1. The client commits to participation. This includes the agreed delivery of data, which A. S. I. requires for the execution of the contract, in the respectively agreed form and at the agreed times. If no form has been agreed separately, it is agreed
that these are to be delivered in electronically usable form. If the client delivers the templates in a form other than the agreed form, A.S.I is entitled to bill any work for a necessary conversion separately.
12.2. The client assures that the data delivered by him is free of any third party rights. The client hereby indemnifies A.S.I from any claims in this regard and replaces the reasonable costs of legal defence.
12.3. The client assures that the data delivered by him is free of personal data within the meaning of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
13. Severability clause
Any provision of the Terms and Conditions of A.S.I. shall be considered independent from the other. In the event that a provision is invalid, void or otherwise unenforceable, that provision will be deemed to not to affect the
remaining provisions.
14.Other
14.1. Unless expressly agreed otherwise, A.S.I. will, for the purpose of communication with the Client (and if necessary or relevant for service provision also with third parties), use electronic means of communication, particularly
emails. The Client is aware that the electronic communication traffic is not absolutely secure and that A.S.I. cannot prevent that the electronic communication, particularly via email may be read or changed during email
transmission by third parties. Nevertheless, the Client agrees to the use of electronic means of communication by A.S.I.. In order to increase the security of the electronic communication traffic, encrypted transmission paths can be mutually agreed.
14.2. All contracts concluded between A.S.I. and the Client are bound to the law of Federal Republic of Germany, with the exclusion of the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods – (CISG)).
14.3. The sole place of jurisdiction for all disputes between A.S.I. and the Client, is Nuremberg.
14.4. The Client may only assign his rights under a contractual relationship with A.S.I. upon A.S.I.’s written consent.

Privacy Policy

Preamble

With the following privacy policy we would like to inform you which types of your personal data (hereinafter also abbreviated as ” data”) we process for which purposes and in which scope. The privacy statement applies to all processing of personal data carried out by us, both in the context of providing our services and in particular on our websites, in mobile applications and within external online presences, such as our social media profiles (hereinafter collectively referred to as “online services”).

Last Update: 28. August 2019

Table of contents

Controller

Rainer Schuster
Hammerweg 7b
91166 Georgensgmuend

Authorised Representatives: Paulo Pinto, Rainer Schuster

E-mail address: Rainer.Schuster@Advanced-Sponsorship-Insights.com

Legal Notice: Impressum

Contact information of the data protection officer

Overview of processing operations

The following table summarises the types of data processed, the purposes for which they are processed and the concerned data subjects.

Categories of Processed Data

  • Inventory data (e.g. names, addresses).
  • Content data (e.g. text input, photographs, videos).
  • Contact data (e.g. e-mail, telephone numbers).
  • Meta/communication data (e.g. device information, IP addresses).
  • Usage data (e.g. websites visited, interest in content, access times).
  • Contract data (e.g. contract object, duration, customer category).
  • Payment Data (e.g. bank details, invoices, payment history).

Categories of Data Subjects

  • Employees (e.g. Employees, job applicants).
  • Business and contractual partners.
  • Prospective customers.
  • Communication partner (Recipients of e-mails, letters, etc.).
  • Users (e.g. website visitors, users of online services).

Purposes of Processing

  • Provision of our online services and usability.
  • Conversion Tracking.
  • Office and organisational procedures.
  • Direct marketing (e.g. by e-mail or postal).
  • Feedback (e.g. collecting feedback via online form).
  • Interest-based and behavioral marketing.
  • contact requests and communication.
  • Conversion tracking (Measurement of the effectiveness of marketing activities).
  • Profiling (Creating user profiles).
  • Web Analytics (e.g. access statistics, recognition of returning visitors).
  • Security measures.
  • Targeting (e.g. profiling based on interests and behaviour, use of cookies).
  • Contractual services and support.
  • Managing and responding to inquiries.

Legal Bases for the Processing

In the following we inform you about the legal basis of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), on the basis of which we process personal data. Please note that, in addition to the regulations of the GDPR, the national data protection regulations may apply in your country or in our country of of residence or domicile.

  • Consent (Article 6 (1) (a) GDPR) – The data subject has given consent to the processing of his or her personal data for one or more specific purposes.
  • Performance of a contract and prior requests (Article 6 (1) (b) GDPR) – Performance of a contract to which the data subject is party or in order to take steps at the request of the data subject prior to entering into a contract.
  • Compliance with a legal obligation (Article 6 (1) (c) GDPR) – Processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which the controller is subject.
  • Protection of vital interests (Article 6 (1) (d) GDPR) – Processing is necessary in order to protect the vital interests of the data subject or of another natural person.
  • Legitimate Interests (Article 6 (1) (f) GDPR) – Processing is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by the controller or by a third party, except where such interests are overridden by the interests or fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject which require protection of personal data.

Transmission and Disclosure of Personal Data

In the context of our processing of personal data, it may happen that the data is transferred to other places, companies or persons or that it is disclosed to them. Recipients of this data may include, for example, payment institutions within the context of payment transactions, service providers commissioned with IT tasks or providers of services and content that are embedded in a website. In such a case, the legal requirements will be respected and in particular corresponding contracts or agreements, which serve the protection of your data, will be concluded with the recipients of your data.

Data Transfer within the Organization: We may transfer or otherwise provide access to personal information to other locations within our organization. Insofar as this disclosure is for administrative purposes, the disclosure of the data is based on our legitimate business and economic interests or otherwise, if it is necessary to fulfill our contractual obligations or if the consent of those concerned or otherwise a legal permission is present.

Data Processing in Third Countries

If we process data in a third country (i.e. outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA)) or the processing takes place in the context of the use of third party services or disclosure or transfer of data to other persons, bodies or companies, this will only take place in accordance with the legal requirements.

Subject to express consent or transfer required by contract or law, we process or have processed the data only in third countries with a recognised level of data protection, which includes US processors certified under the “Privacy Shield” or on the basis of special guarantees, such as a contractual obligation through so-called standard protection clauses of the EU Commission, the existence of certifications or binding internal data protection regulations (Article 44 to 49 GDPR, information page of the EU Commission: https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/law-topic/data-protection/international-dimension-data-protection_en).

Use of Cookies

“Cookies” are small files that are stored on the user’s devices. Different data can be stored within the cookies. The information can include, for example, the language settings on a website, the login status, a shopping cart or the point to which a video was viewed.

In general, cookies are also used when the interests of users or their behaviour (e.g. viewing certain content, use of functions, etc.) are secured via individual websites in a user profile. These profiles are used, for example, to display ads to users that correspond to their potential interests. This procedure is also referred to as “tracking”, meaning tracking the potential interests of users. The term “cookies” also includes other technologies that perform the same functions as cookies (e.g. when user information is stored using pseudonymous online identifiers, also referred to as “user IDs”).

If we use cookies or “tracking” technologies, we will inform you about this in our privacy policy.

Information on Legal basis: The legal basis on which we process your personal data with the help of cookies depends on whether we ask you for your consent. If this is the case and you accept the use of cookies, the legal basis for processing your data is your declared consent. Otherwise, the data processed with the help of cookies will be processed on the basis of our legitimate interests (e.g., in a business operation of our online services and their improvement) or if the use of cookies is necessary to fulfill our contractual obligations.

Withdrawal of consent and objection (Opt-Out): Irrespective of whether processing is based on consent or legal permission, you have the option at any time to object to the processing of your data using cookie technologies or to revoke consent (collectively referred to as “opt-out”).

You can initially explain your objection using the settings of your browser, e.g. by deactivating the use of cookies (which may also restrict the functionality of our online services).

An objection to the use of cookies for online marketing purposes can be raised for a large number of services, especially in the case of tracking, via the US website http://www.aboutads.info/choices/ or the EU website http://www.youronlinechoices.com/ or generally on http://optout.aboutads.info.

Further information on the possibility of opposition is also given to Se in the context of the information on the respective processing operations in this privacy policy.

Processing Cookie Data on the Basis of Consent: Before we process or have processed data within the context of the usage of cookies, we ask the users for their consent, which can be revoked at any time. Before the consent has not been given, we may use cookies that are necessary for the operation of our online services. Their use is based on our interest and the user’s interest in the expected functionality of our online services.

  • Processed data types: Usage data (e.g. websites visited, interest in content, access times), Meta/communication data (e.g. device information, IP addresses).
  • Data subjects: Users (e.g. website visitors, users of online services).
  • Legal Basis: Consent (Article 6 (1) (a) GDPR), Legitimate Interests (Article 6 (1) (f) GDPR).

Commercial Services

We process data of our contractual and business partners, e.g. customers and interested parties (collectively referred to as “contractual partners”) within the context of contractual and comparable legal relationships as well as associated actions and communication with the contractual partners or pre-contractually, e.g. to answer inquiries.

We process this data in order to fulfil our contractual obligations, safeguard our rights and for the purposes of the administrative tasks associated with this data and the business-related organisation. We will only pass on the data of the contractual partners within the scope of the applicable law to third parties insofar as this is necessary for the aforementioned purposes or for the fulfilment of legal obligations or with the consent of the contractual partners (e.g. telecommunications, transport and other auxiliary services as well as subcontractors, banks, tax and legal advisors, payment service providers or tax authorities). The contractual partners will be informed about further processing, e.g. for marketing purposes, as part of this privacy policy.

Which data are necessary for the aforementioned purposes, we inform the contracting partners before or in the context of the data collection, e.g. in on-line forms by special marking (e.g. colors), and/or symbols (e.g. asterisks or the like), or personally.

We delete the data after expiry of statutory warranty and comparable obligations, i.e. in principle after expiry of 4 years, unless the data is stored in a customer account or must be kept for legal reasons of archiving (e.g., as a rule 10 years for tax purposes). In the case of data disclosed to us by the contractual partner within the context of an assignment, we delete the data in accordance with the specifications of the assignment, in general after the end of the assignment.

If we use third-party providers or platforms to provide our services, the terms and conditions and privacy policies of the respective third-party providers or platforms shall apply in the relationship between the users and the providers.

Economic Analyses and Market Research: For economic reasons and in order to be able to recognise market trends, wishes of contractual partners and users, we analyse the data available to us on business transactions, contracts, enquiries, etc., whereby the persons concerned may include contractual partners, interested parties, customers, visitors and users of our online service.

The analyses are carried out for the purpose of business evaluations, marketing and market research (for example, to determine customer groups with different characteristics). If available, we can take into account the profiles of registered users with information, e.g. on the services they have used. The analyses serve us alone and are not disclosed externally unless they are anonymous analyses with summarised, i.e. anonymised values. Furthermore, we respect the privacy of the users and process the data for analysis purposes as pseudonymously as possible and if possible anonymously (e.g. as summarized data).

Further information on commercial services: We process the data of our customers and clients (hereinafter uniformly referred to as “customers”) in order to enable them to select, acquire or commission the selected services or works and related tasks, as well as their payment and delivery, or execution or provision.

The required details are identified as such within the framework of the conclusion of the order, order or comparable contract and include the details required for service provision and invoicing as well as contact information in order to be able to hold any consultations.

  • Processed data types: Inventory data (e.g. names, addresses), Payment Data (e.g. bank details, invoices, payment history), Contact data (e.g. e-mail, telephone numbers), Contract data (e.g. contract object, duration, customer category), Usage data (e.g. websites visited, interest in content, access times), Meta/communication data (e.g. device information, IP addresses).
  • Data subjects: Prospective customers, Business and contractual partners, Customers.
  • Purposes of Processing: Contractual services and support, contact requests and communication, Office and organisational procedures, Managing and responding to inquiries, Conversion Tracking, Interest-based and behavioral marketing, Profiling (Creating user profiles).
  • Legal Basis: Performance of a contract and prior requests (Article 6 (1) (b) GDPR), Compliance with a legal obligation (Article 6 (1) (c) GDPR), Legitimate Interests (Article 6 (1) (f) GDPR).

Blogs and publication media

We use blogos or comparable means of online communication and publication (hereinafter “publication medium”). Readers’ data will only be processed for the purposes of the publication medium to the extent necessary for its presentation and communication between authors and readers or for security reasons. For the rest, we refer to the information on the processing of visitors to our publication medium within the scope of this privacy policy.

  • Processed data types: Inventory data (e.g. names, addresses), Contact data (e.g. e-mail, telephone numbers), Content data (e.g. text input, photographs, videos), Usage data (e.g. websites visited, interest in content, access times), Meta/communication data (e.g. device information, IP addresses).
  • Data subjects: Users (e.g. website visitors, users of online services).
  • Purposes of Processing: Contractual services and support, Feedback (e.g. collecting feedback via online form).
  • Legal Basis: Performance of a contract and prior requests (Article 6 (1) (b) GDPR), Legitimate Interests (Article 6 (1) (f) GDPR).

Surveys and Questionnaires

The surveys and questionnaires (“surveys”) carried out by us are evaluated anonymously. Personal data is only processed insofar as this is necessary for the provision and technical execution of the survey (e.g. processing the IP address to display the survey in the user’s browser or to enable a resumption of the survey with the aid of a temporary cookie (session cookie)) or participants have consented.

Information on legal basis: If we ask the participants for their consent to the processing of their data, this is the legal basis for the processing, otherwise the processing of the participants’ data is based on our legitimate interests in conducting an objective survey.

  • Processed data types: Contact data (e.g. e-mail, telephone numbers), Content data (e.g. text input, photographs, videos), Usage data (e.g. websites visited, interest in content, access times), Meta/communication data (e.g. device information, IP addresses).
  • Data subjects: Communication partner (Recipients of e-mails, letters, etc.), Users (e.g. website visitors, users of online services).
  • Purposes of Processing: contact requests and communication, Direct marketing (e.g. by e-mail or postal), Targeting (e.g. profiling based on interests and behaviour, use of cookies), Feedback (e.g. collecting feedback via online form).
  • Legal Basis: Consent (Article 6 (1) (a) GDPR), Legitimate Interests (Article 6 (1) (f) GDPR).

Services and service providers being used:

Provision of online services and web hosting

In order to provide our online services securely and efficiently, we use the services of one or more web hosting providers from whose servers (or servers they manage) the online services can be accessed. For these purposes, we may use infrastructure and platform services, computing capacity, storage space and database services, as well as security and technical maintenance services.

The data processed within the framework of the provision of the hosting services may include all information relating to the users of our online services that is collected in the course of use and communication. This regularly includes the IP address, which is necessary to be able to deliver the contents of online services to browsers, and all entries made within our online services or from websites.

E-mail Sending and Hosting: The web hosting services we use also include sending, receiving and storing e-mails. For these purposes, the addresses of the recipients and senders, as well as other information relating to the sending of e-mails (e.g. the providers involved) and the contents of the respective e-mails are processed. The above data may also be processed for SPAM detection purposes. Please note that e-mails on the Internet are generally not sent in encrypted form. As a rule, e-mails are encrypted during transport, but not on the servers from which they are sent and received (unless a so-called end-to-end encryption method is used). We can therefore accept no responsibility for the transmission path of e-mails between the sender and reception on our server.

Collection of Access Data and Log Files: We, ourselves or our web hosting provider, collect data on the basis of each access to the server (so-called server log files). Server log files may include the address and name of the web pages and files accessed, the date and time of access, data volumes transferred, notification of successful access, browser type and version, the user’s operating system, referrer URL (the previously visited page) and, as a general rule, IP addresses and the requesting provider.

The server log files can be used for security purposes, e.g. to avoid overloading the servers (especially in the case of abusive attacks, so-called DDoS attacks) and to ensure the stability and optimal load balancing of the servers .

  • Processed data types: Content data (e.g. text input, photographs, videos), Usage data (e.g. websites visited, interest in content, access times), Meta/communication data (e.g. device information, IP addresses).
  • Data subjects: Users (e.g. website visitors, users of online services).
  • Purposes of Processing: Contractual services and support.
  • Legal Basis: Legitimate Interests (Article 6 (1) (f) GDPR).

Services and service providers being used:

Cloud Services

We use Internet-accessible software services (so-called “cloud services”, also referred to as “Software as a Service”) provided on the servers of its providers for the following purposes: document storage and administration, calendar management, e-mail delivery, spreadsheets and presentations, exchange of documents, content and information with specific recipients or publication of websites, forms or other content and information, as well as chats and participation in audio and video conferences.

Within this framework, personal data may be processed and stored on the provider’s servers insofar as this data is part of communication processes with us or is otherwise processed by us in accordance with this privacy policy. This data may include in particular master data and contact data of data subjects, data on processes, contracts, other proceedings and their contents. Cloud service providers also process usage data and metadata that they use for security and service optimization purposes.

If we use cloud services to provide documents and content to other users or publicly accessible websites, forms, etc., providers may store cookies on users’ devices for web analysis or to remember user settings (e.g. in the case of media control).

Information on legal basis – If we ask for permission to use cloud services, the legal basis for processing data is consent. Furthermore, their use can be a component of our (pre)contractual services, provided that the use of cloud services has been agreed in this context. Otherwise, user data will be processed on the basis of our legitimate interests (i.e. interest in efficient and secure administrative and collaboration processes).

  • Processed data types: Inventory data (e.g. names, addresses), Contact data (e.g. e-mail, telephone numbers), Content data (e.g. text input, photographs, videos), Usage data (e.g. websites visited, interest in content, access times), Meta/communication data (e.g. device information, IP addresses).
  • Data subjects: Customers, Employees (e.g. Employees, job applicants), Prospective customers, Communication partner (Recipients of e-mails, letters, etc.).
  • Purposes of Processing: Office and organisational procedures.
  • Legal Basis: Consent (Article 6 (1) (a) GDPR), Performance of a contract and prior requests (Article 6 (1) (b) GDPR), Legitimate Interests (Article 6 (1) (f) GDPR).

Services and service providers being used:

Newsletter and Broadcast Communication

We send newsletters, e-mails and other electronic communications (hereinafter referred to as “newsletters”) only with the consent of the recipient or a legal permission. Insofar as the contents of the newsletter are specifically described within the framework of registration, they are decisive for the consent of the user. Otherwise, our newsletters contain information about our services and us.

In order to subscribe to our newsletters, it is generally sufficient to enter your e-mail address. We may, however, ask you to provide a name for the purpose of contacting you personally in the newsletter or to provide further information if this is required for the purposes of the newsletter.

Double opt-in procedure: The registration to our newsletter takes place in general in a so-called Double-Opt-In procedure. This means that you will receive an e-mail after registration asking you to confirm your registration. This confirmation is necessary so that no one can register with external e-mail addresses.

The registrations for the newsletter are logged in order to be able to prove the registration process according to the legal requirements. This includes storing the login and confirmation times as well as the IP address. Likewise the changes of your data stored with the dispatch service provider are logged.

Deletion and restriction of processing: We may store the unsubscribed email addresses for up to three years based on our legitimate interests before deleting them to provide evidence of prior consent. The processing of these data is limited to the purpose of a possible defense against claims. An individual deletion request is possible at any time, provided that the former existence of a consent is confirmed at the same time. In the case of an obligation to permanently observe an objection, we reserve the right to store the e-mail address solely for this purpose in a blacklist.

Information on legal bases: The sending of the newsletter is based on the consent of the recipients or, if consent is not required, on the basis of our legitimate interests in direct marketing. Insofar as we engage a service provider for sending e-mails, this is done on the basis of our legitimate interests. The registration procedure is recorded on the basis of our legitimate interests for the purpose of demonstrating that it has been conducted in accordance with the law.

Contents: Information about us, our services, promotions and offers.

  • Processed data types: Inventory data (e.g. names, addresses), Contact data (e.g. e-mail, telephone numbers), Meta/communication data (e.g. device information, IP addresses).
  • Data subjects: Communication partner (Recipients of e-mails, letters, etc.).
  • Purposes of Processing: Direct marketing (e.g. by e-mail or postal).
  • Legal Basis: Consent (Article 6 (1) (a) GDPR), Legitimate Interests (Article 6 (1) (f) GDPR).
  • Opt-Out: You can cancel the receipt of our newsletter at any time, i.e. revoke your consent or object to further receipt. You will find a link to cancel the newsletter either at the end of each newsletter or you can otherwise use one of the contact options listed above, preferably e-mail.

Onlinemarketing

We process personal data for the purposes of online marketing, which includes in particular the display of advertising and other content (collectively referred to as “content”) based on the potential interests of users.

For these purposes, so-called user profiles are created and stored in a file (so-called “cookie”) or similar procedure in which the relevant user information for the display of the aforementioned content is stored. This information may include, for example, content viewed, websites visited, online networks used, communication partners and technical information such as the browser used, computer system used and information on usage times. If users have consented to the collection of their sideline data, these can also be processed.

The IP addresses of the users are also stored. However, we use provided IP masking procedures (i.e. pseudonymisation by shortening the IP address) to ensure the protection of the user’s by using a pseudonym. In general, within the framework of the online marketing process, no clear user data (such as e-mail addresses or names) is secured, but pseudonyms. This means that we, as well as the providers of online marketing procedures, do not know the actual identity of the users, but only the information stored in their profiles.

The information in the profiles is usually stored in the cookies or similar memorizing procedures. These cookies can later, generally also on other websites that use the same online marketing technology, be read and analyzed for purposes of content display, as well as supplemented with other data stored and stored on the server of the online marketing technology provider.

Exceptionally, clear data can be assigned to the profiles. This is the case, for example, if the users are members of a social network whose online marketing technology we use and the network links the profiles of the users in the aforementioned data. Please note that users may enter into additional agreements with the social network providers or other service providers, e.g. by consenting as part of a registration process.

As a matter of principle, we only gain access to summarised information about the performance of our advertisements. However, within the framework of so-called conversion measurement, we can check which of our online marketing processes have led to a so-called conversion, i.e. to the conclusion of a contract with us. The conversion measurement is used alone for the performance analysis of our marketing activities.

Information on legal basis: If we ask users for their consent (e.g. in the context of a so-called “cookie banner consent”), the legal basis for processing data for online marketing purposes is this consent. Otherwise, user data will be processed on the basis of our legitimate interests (i.e. interest in the analysis, optimisation and economic operation of our online services. In this context, we would also like to refer you to the information on the use of cookies in this privacy policy.

  • Processed data types: Usage data (e.g. websites visited, interest in content, access times), Meta/communication data (e.g. device information, IP addresses).
  • Data subjects: Users (e.g. website visitors, users of online services).
  • Purposes of Processing: Targeting (e.g. profiling based on interests and behaviour, use of cookies), Remarketing, Conversion Tracking, Interest-based and behavioral marketing, Profiling (Creating user profiles), Conversion tracking (Measurement of the effectiveness of marketing activities).
  • Security measures: IP Masking (Pseudonymization of the IP address).
  • Legal Basis: Consent (Article 6 (1) (a) GDPR), Legitimate Interests (Article 6 (1) (f) GDPR).
  • Opt-Out: We refer to the privacy policies of the respective service providers and the possibilities for objection (so-called “opt-out”). If no explicit opt-out option has been specified, it is possible to deactivate cookies in the settings of your browser. However, this may restrict the functions of our online offer. We therefore recommend the following additional opt-out options, which are offered collectively for each area: a) Europe: https://www.youronlinechoices.eu. b) Canada: https://www.youradchoices.ca/choices. c) USA: https://www.aboutads.info/choices. d) Cross-regional: http://optout.aboutads.info.

Profiles in Social Networks

We maintain online presences within social networks in order to communicate with the users active there or to offer ind information about us there.

We would like to point out that user data may be processed outside the European Union. This may entail risks for users, e.g. by making it more difficult to enforce users’ rights. With regard to US providers certified under the Privacy Shield or offering comparable guarantees of a secure level of data protection, we would like to point out that they thereby commit themselves to comply with EU data protection standards.

In addition, user data is usually processed within social networks for market research and advertising purposes. For example, user profiles can be created on the basis of user behaviour and the associated interests of users. The user profiles can then be used, for example, to place advertisements within and outside the networks which are presumed to correspond to the interests of the users. For these purposes, cookies are usually stored on the user’s computer, in which the user’s usage behaviour and interests are stored. Furthermore, data can be stored in the user profiles independently of the devices used by the users (especially if the users are members of the respective networs or will become members later on).

For a detailed description of the respective processing operations and the opt-out options, please refer to the respective data protection declarations and information provided by the providers of the respective networks.

Also in the case of requests for information and the exercise of rights of data subjects, we point out that these can be most effectively pursued with the providers. Only the providers have access to the data of the users and can directly take appropriate measures and provide information. If you still need help, please do not hesitate to contact us.

  • Processed data types: Inventory data (e.g. names, addresses), Contact data (e.g. e-mail, telephone numbers), Content data (e.g. text input, photographs, videos), Usage data (e.g. websites visited, interest in content, access times), Meta/communication data (e.g. device information, IP addresses).
  • Data subjects: Users (e.g. website visitors, users of online services).
  • Purposes of Processing: contact requests and communication, Targeting (e.g. profiling based on interests and behaviour, use of cookies), Remarketing, Web Analytics (e.g. access statistics, recognition of returning visitors).
  • Legal Basis: Legitimate Interests (Article 6 (1) (f) GDPR).

Services and service providers being used:

Plugins and embedded functions and content

Within our online services, we integrate functional and content elements that are obtained from the servers of their respective providers (hereinafter referred to as “third-party providers”). These may, for example, be graphics, videos or social media buttons as well as contributions (hereinafter uniformly referred to as “Content”).

The integration always presupposes that the third-party providers of this content process the IP address of the user, since they could not send the content to their browser without the IP address. The IP address is therefore required for the presentation of these contents or functions. We strive to use only those contents, whose respective offerers use the IP address only for the distribution of the contents. Third parties may also use so-called pixel tags (invisible graphics, also known as “web beacons”) for statistical or marketing purposes. The “pixel tags” can be used to evaluate information such as visitor traffic on the pages of this website. The pseudonymous information may also be stored in cookies on the user’s device and may include technical information about the browser and operating system, referring websites, visit times and other information about the use of our website, as well as may be linked to such information from other sources.

Information on legal basis: If we ask users for their consent (e.g. in the context of a so-called “cookie banner consent”), the legal basis for processing is this consent. Otherwise, user data will be processed on the basis of our legitimate interests (i.e. interest in the analysis, optimisation and economic operation of our online services. We refer you to the note on the use of cookies in this privacy policy.

  • Processed data types: Usage data (e.g. websites visited, interest in content, access times), Meta/communication data (e.g. device information, IP addresses), Contact data (e.g. e-mail, telephone numbers), Content data (e.g. text input, photographs, videos), Inventory data (e.g. names, addresses).
  • Data subjects: Users (e.g. website visitors, users of online services), Communication partner (Recipients of e-mails, letters, etc.).
  • Purposes of Processing: Provision of our online services and usability, Contractual services and support, contact requests and communication, Direct marketing (e.g. by e-mail or postal), Targeting (e.g. profiling based on interests and behaviour, use of cookies), Interest-based and behavioral marketing, Profiling (Creating user profiles), Security measures, Managing and responding to inquiries.
  • Legal Basis: Legitimate Interests (Article 6 (1) (f) GDPR), Consent (Article 6 (1) (a) GDPR), Performance of a contract and prior requests (Article 6 (1) (b) GDPR).

Services and service providers being used:

Erasure of data

The data processed by us will be erased in accordance with the statutory provisions as soon as their processing is revoked or other permissions no longer apply (e.g. if the purpose of processing this data no longer applies or they are not required for the purpose).

If the data are not deleted because they are required for other and legally permissible purposes, their processing is limited to these purposes. This means that the data will be restricted and not processed for other purposes. This applies, for example, to data that must be stored for commercial or tax reasons or for which storage is necessary to assert, exercise or defend legal claims or to protect the rights of another natural or legal person.

Further information on the erasure of personal data can also be found in the individual data protection notices of this privacy policy.

Changes and Updates to the Privacy Policy

We kindly ask you to inform yourself regularly about the contents of our data protection declaration. We will adjust the privacy policy as changes in our data processing practices make this necessary. We will inform you as soon as the changes require your cooperation (e.g. consent) or other individual notification.

Rights of Data Subjects

As data subject, you are entitled to various rights under the GDPR, which arise in particular from Articles 15 to 18 and 21 of the GDPR:

  • Right to Object: You have the right, on grounds arising from your particular situation, to object at any time to the processing of your personal data which is based on point (e) or (f) of Article 6(1) GDPR , including profiling based on those provisions.

Where personal data are processed for direct marketing purposes, you have the right to object at any time to the processing of the personal data concerning you for the purpose of such marketing, which includes profiling to the extent that it is related to such direct marketing.

You also have the right to object to the processing of personal data concerning you for scientific or historical research purposes or for statistical purposes pursuant to Article 89 (1) GDPR on grounds arising from your particular situation.

  • Right of withdrawal for consents: You have the right to revoke consents at any time.
  • Right of acces: You have the right to request confirmation as to whether the data in question will be processed and to be informed of this data and to receive further information and a copy of the data in accordance with the provisions of the law.
  • Right of acces: You have the right to request confirmation as to whether the data in question will be processed and to be informed of this data and to receive further information and a copy of the data in accordance with the provisions of the law.
  • Right to rectification: You have the right, in accordance with the law, to request the completion of the data concerning you or the rectification of the incorrect data concerning you.
  • Right to Erasure and Right to Restriction of Processing: In accordance with the statutory provisions, you have the right to demand that the relevant data be erased immediately or, alternatively, to demand that the processing of the data be restricted in accordance with the statutory provisions.
  • Right to data portability: You have the right to receive data concerning you which you have provided to us in a structured, common and machine-readable format in accordance with the legal requirements, or to request its transmission to another controller.
  • Complaint to the supervisory authority: You also have the right, under the conditions laid down by law, to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, in particular in the Member State of your habitual residence, place of work or place of the alleged infringement if you consider that the processing of personal data relating to you infringes the GDPR.

Terminology and definitions

This section provides an overview of the terms used in this privacy policy. Many of the terms are drawn from the law and defined mainly in Article 4 GDPR. The legal definitions are binding. The following explanations, on the other hand, are intended above all for the purpose of comprehension. The terms are sorted alphabetically.

  • Controller: “Controller” means 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.
  • Conversion Tracking: “Conversion Tracking” refers to a procedure by which the effectiveness of marketing measures can be determined. As a rule, a cookie is stored on the devices of the users within the websites on which the marketing measures are carried out and then called up again on the target website (e.g. this enables us to track whether the ads we placed on other websites were successful).
  • Conversion tracking: Conversion tracking is a method used to evaluate the effectiveness of marketing measures. For this purpose, a cookie is usually stored on the devices of the users within the websites on which the marketing measures take place and then called up again on the target website (e.g. we can thus trace whether the advertisements placed by us on other websites were successful).
  • IP Masking: IP masking is a method by which the last octet, i.e. the last two numbers of an IP address, are deleted so that the IP address alone can no longer be used to uniquely identify a person. IP masking is therefore a means of pseudonymising processing methods, particularly in online marketing.
  • Interest-based and behavioral marketing: Interest-related and/or behaviour-related marketing is the term used when potential user interest in advertisements and other content is predicted if possible. This is done on the basis of information on the previous behaviour of users (e.g. visiting and staying on certain websites, purchasing behaviour or interaction with other users), which is stored in a so-called profile. For these purposes cookies are usually used.
  • Personal Data: “personal data” means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (“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.
  • Processing: The term “processing” covers a wide range and practically every handling of data, be it collection, evaluation, storage, transmission or erasure.
  • Profiling: “Profiling” means any automated processing of personal data consisting in the use of such personal data to analyse, evaluate or predict certain personal aspects relating to a natural person (depending on the type of profiling, this includes information regarding age, gender, location and movement data, interaction with websites and their contents, shopping behaviour, social interactions with other people) (e.g. interests in certain contents or products, click behaviour on a website or the location). Cookies and web beacons are often used for profiling purposes.
  • Remarketing: Remarketing” or “retargeting” is the term used, for example, to indicate for advertising purposes which products a user is interested in on a website in order to remind the user of these products on other websites, e.g. in advertisements.
  • Targeting: Tracking” is the term used when the behaviour of users can be traced across several websites. As a rule, behavior and interest information with regard to the websites used is stored in cookies or on the servers of the tracking technology providers (so-called profiling). This information can then be used, for example, to display advertisements to users presumably corresponding to their interests.
  • Web Analytics: Web Analytics serves the evaluation of visitor traffic of online services and can determine their behavior or interests in certain information, such as content of websites. With the help of web analytics, website owners, for example, can recognize at what time visitors visit their website and what content they are interested in. This allows them, for example, to optimize the content of the website to better meet the needs of their visitors. For purposes of web analytics, pseudonymous cookies and web beacons are frequently used in order to recognise returning visitors and thus obtain more precise analyses of the use of an online service.