Data privacy statement

Every time a user accesses a page of "Facts about Germany", and every time a file is retrieved, data relating to the procedure are stored in a log file. These data are not evaluated on a personal basis. We reserve the right to conduct a statistical evaluation of the data.

The following data relating to each procedure are stored:

- Client computer (IP addess and domain name)
- Name of the user, if authorisation is required (in the case of password-protected pages)
- Date and time
- First line of the request
- Status
- Bytes transmitted
- The page the user came from (referrer)
- The browser the request is coming from (user agent)

The data are stored for security reasons, to guarantee the stability and operating security of our system.

Personal data and their transfer to third parties.

We only store personal data as well as the access data if voluntarily provided. Furthermore, personal data are only used to the necessary extent and only for the purpose to which you gave your consent, or which is legally permissible.

All data are saved only on specially protected servers. Access to these is only possible by a few specially authorised persons who support the servers in a technical, commercial, or editorial capacity. The data are not forwarded to third parties and in particular are not sold, leased, or exchanged.

Only in the event, in order to perform the services you would like to use, of our using sub-contractors or agents who require these data, will we transfer the data to the extent required.

In such cases we oblige our partners to treat the data confidentially in accordance with legal stipulations, and to delete them immediately when they are no longer required. However, we are sure you will appreciate that we are unable to ensure at all times that our partners adhere to this, and as such can assume no liability for possible violations on their part.

Use of cookies

Some of our pages may use cookies or other technologies installed by us. They enable us to support you more effectively when you return to our website. However, you have the option to adjust your browser settings so that it informs you when a cookie is placed so that you can block it. You can also set your browser to block all cookies. However, this may mean that some pages no longer function properly.

 “Social Plugins”

As part of digital services, in some circumstances so-called social plugins are used by various social networks, such as Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. These functions enable you to share individual items of content with your friends in the relevant social networks and/or recommend this content.

Use of these social plugins, for example through the Facebook “Like” button, the Google+ button or Twitter, at the same time enables the social network in question to gather data relating to the individual as outlined below.

When you click to view a particular digital offering into which a social plugin is integrated, the social network immediately creates a direct connection to your browser. This means the social network gets notification that you visited this website and the information includes your IP address/device ID, amongst other things. This happens regardless of whether you are currently logged into the social network or whether you are registered at all.

When you are logged into the relevant social network at the same time, it automatically allocates your viewing of the website to your profile. When you activate the relevant social plugins too and recommend articles and content, for example, the social network can allocate this information to your profile. If you don’t want the social network to allocate your visit to our website to your specific user account, then you should log out of the relevant network while making use of our digital offering.

We would like to inform you that the data gathered in connection with the social plugins is exchanged exclusively between your browser and the operator of the social network. We have no knowledge of the content of the data gathered and transferred. Against this background, we recommend that you read the relevant current data protection notices for each of the abovementioned operators of social networks.

Our digital services includes, among other things, the so-called “Like” button from Facebook Ireland Limited, Hanover Reach, 5-7 Hanover Quay, Dublin 2 Ireland. Facebook’s data protection guidelines can be found at https://www.facebook.com/policy.php

The Google+ Button is operated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. The relevant data protection declaration for this can be found at http://www.google.com/intl/de/+/policy/+1button.html

Last but not least, you can also use the Twitter service from Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, whose data protection declaration can be found at http://twitter.com/privacy.

 

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Data protection statement