Privacy policy

We are very pleased that you have shown interest in our company. Data protection is of a particularly high priority for the management of the ampere.cloud GmbH. The use of the Internet pages of the ampere.cloud GmbH is possible without any indication of personal data; however, if a data subject wants to use special enterprise services via our website, processing of personal data could become necessary. If the processing of personal data is necessary and there is no legal basis for such processing, we usually obtain the consent of the data subject.

Wir1. Definitions

The data protection declaration of ampere.cloud GmbH is based on the terms used by the European legislator for the adoption of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Our privacy policy should be readable and understandable for the public as well as for our customers and business partners. To ensure this, we would first like to explain the terminology used.

In this privacy statement, we use the following terms, among others:

a) Personenbezogene Daten

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.

b) Person concerned

The data subject is any identified or identifiable natural person whose personal data are processed by the controller.

c) Processing

Processing is any operation or set of operations performed on personal data or with or without automated or non-automated means, such as collection, recording, organization, structuring, storage, adaptation or alteration, retrieval, consultation, use, disclosure by transmission, dissemination or otherwise making available, alignment or combination, restriction, erasure or destruction.

d) Restriction of processing

Restriction of processing is the marking of stored personal data with the aim of limiting its processing in the future.

e) Profiling

Profiling is any form of automated processing of personal data consisting of the use of personal data to evaluate certain personal aspects relating to a natural person, in particular to analyze or predict aspects relating to that natural person's job performance, economic situation, health, personal preferences, interests, reliability, behavior, location or movements.

f) Pseudonymization

Pseudonymization means the processing of personal data in such a way that the personal data can no longer be attributed to a specific individual without the use of additional information, provided that such additional information is kept separate and is subject to technical and organizational measures to ensure that the personal data is not attributed to an identified or identifiable natural person.

g) Controller or controller responsible for the processing

The controller is 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; where the purposes and means of such processing are determined by Union or Member State law, the controller or the specific criteria for its appointment may be provided for by Union or Member State law.

h) Processor

The processor is a natural or legal person, public authority, agency or other body that processes personal data on behalf of the controller.

i) Recipient

Recipient is a natural or legal person, public authority, agency or other body to whom the personal data is disclosed, whether or not it is a third party. However, public authorities that may receive personal data in the context of a specific investigation under Union or Member State law shall not be considered as recipients; the processing of such data by such authorities shall be carried out in accordance with the applicable data protection rules, in accordance with the purposes of the processing.

j) Third Party

A third party is a natural or legal person, a public authority, an agency or a body other than the data subject, the controller, the processor and the persons authorized to process personal data under the direct supervision of the controller or processor.

k) Consent

The data subject's consent is any freely given, specific, informed and unambiguous indication of the data subject's wishes by which he or she gives his or her consent, by means of a statement or unambiguous confirmation, to the processing of personal data concerning him or her.

2. Name and address of the controller

The controller within the meaning of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), other data protection laws applicable in the Member States of the European Union and other provisions on data protection is:

ampere.cloud GmbH
Berliner Straße 29
13189 Berlin
Deutschland

Telefon: +49 (0) 30 549 091 439
E-Mail: info@ampere.cloud
Website: www.ampere.cloud

3. Cookies

Cookies are used on the ampere.cloud GmbH website. Cookies are text files that are stored in a computer system via an internet browser.

Many Internet pages and servers use cookies. Many cookies contain a so-called cookie ID. A cookie ID is a unique identifier of the cookie. It consists of a string of characters by means of which Internet pages and servers can be assigned to the respective Internet browser in which the cookie was stored. In this way, visited Internet pages and servers can distinguish the individual browser of the dats concerned from other Internet browsers that contain other cookies. A particular internet browser can be recognized and identified by the unique cookie ID.

Through the use of cookies, the ampere.cloud GmbH can provide the users of this website with more user-friendly services that would not be possible without the cookie setting.

With the help of a cookie, the information and offers on our website can be optimized for the user. Cookies allow us, as already mentioned, to recognize our website users. The purpose of this recognition is to make it easier for users to use our website. The website user who uses cookies, for example, does not have to enter access data each time he or she accesses the website, as this data is taken from the website and the cookie is thus stored on the user's computer system. Another example is the cookie of a shopping cart in an online store. The online store remembers the items that a customer has placed in the virtual shopping cart via a cookie.

The data subject can prevent the setting of cookies via our website at any time by making the appropriate setting in the Internet browser used, thereby permanently rejecting the setting of cookies. In addition, cookies that have already been set can be deleted at any time via an Internet browser or other software programs. This is possible in all common Internet browsers. If the data subject deactivates the setting of cookies in the Internet browser used, not all functions of our website may be fully usable.

4. Collection of general data and information

The website of ampere.cloud GmbH collects a series of general data and information when a data subject or automated system calls up the website. This general data and information is stored in the server log files. Collected may be (1) the browser types and versions used, (2) the operating system used by the access system, (3) the website from which an access system accesses our website (so-called referrer), (4) the sub-websites, (5) the date and time of access to the website, (6) an Internet protocol address (IP address), (7) the Internet service provider of the access system and (8) any other similar data and information that may be used in attacks on our IT systems.

When using these general data and information, the ampere.cloud GmbH does not draw any conclusions about the data subject. Rather, this information is needed to (1) correctly deliver the content of our website, (2) optimize the content of our website as well as its advertising, (3) ensure the long-term functionality of our IT systems and website technology, and (4) provide law enforcement authorities with the information necessary for prosecution in the event of a cyber attack. Therefore, ampere.cloud GmbH evaluates anonymously collected data and information statistically in order to increase data protection and data security of the companies.

5. Subscription to our newsletters

On the ampere.cloud GmbH website, users have the option of subscribing to our company's newsletter. The input mask used for this purpose specifies which personal data is transmitted and when the newsletter is ordered from the controller.

The ampere.cloud GmbH informs its customers and business partners regularly by means of a newsletter about enterprise offers. The company newsletter may only be received by the data subject if (1) the data subject has a valid e-mail address and (2) the data subject registers for the newsletter mailing. For legal reasons, a confirmation e-mail is sent to the e-mail address registered by a data subject for the first time for the newsletter dispatch in the double opt-in procedure. This confirmation e-mail is used to prove whether the owner of the e-mail address as a data subject is entitled to receive the newsletter.

When registering for the newsletter, we also store the IP address of the computer system assigned by the Internet Service Provider (ISP) and used by the data subject at the time of registration, as well as the date and time of registration. The collection of this data is necessary to understand the (possible) misuse of a data subject's e-mail address at a later point in time and thus serves the purpose of legal protection of the data controller.

The personal data collected in the course of registering for the newsletter will only be used for sending our newsletter. In addition, subscribers to the newsletter may be informed by e-mail, insofar as this is necessary for the operation of the newsletter service or a corresponding registration, as may be the case with changes to the newsletter offer or changes in technical circumstances. Personal data collected by the newsletter service will not be passed on to third parties. The subscription to our newsletter can be revoked by the data subject at any time. The consent to the storage of personal data given by the data subject for sending the newsletter can be revoked at any time. For the purpose of revoking consent, you will find a corresponding link in each newsletter. It is also possible to unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time directly on the Controller's website or to communicate with the Controller in another way.

6. Newsletter tracking

The newsletter of ampere.cloud GmbH contains so-called tracking pixels. A tracking pixel is a miniature graphic that is embedded in such e-mails that are sent in HTML format to enable the recording and analysis of log files. This enables statistical analysis of the success or failure of online marketing campaigns. Based on the embedded tracking pixel, the ampere.cloud GmbH may see if and when an e-mail was opened by a data subject, and which links in the e-mail were called up by data subjects.

This personal data, which is collected in the tracking pixels contained in the newsletters, is stored and analyzed by the responsible party in order to optimize the sending of the newsletter and to better adapt the content of future newsletters to the interests of the data subject. These personal data are not passed on to third parties. The data subjects are entitled at any time to revoke the respective separate declaration of consent by means of the double opt-in procedure. After a revocation, this personal data will be deleted by the controller. The ampere.cloud GmbH automatically regards a withdrawal from the newsletter as a revocation.

7. Contact possibility via the website

The website of the ampere.cloud GmbH contains information that enables a quick electronic contact to our enterprise, as well as direct communication with us, including a general address of the so-called electronic mail (e-mail address). If a data subject contacts the data controller by e-mail or by using a contact form, the personal data transmitted by the data subject will be stored automatically. Such personal data, which are transmitted on a voluntary basis by a data subject to the data controller, are stored for the purpose of processing or contacting the data subject. Such personal data will not be disclosed to third parties.

8. Regular erasure and blocking of personal data

The controller shall process and store the personal data of the data subject only for the period necessary to achieve the storage purpose or as far as granted by the European legislator or other legislator in the laws or regulations to which the controller is subject.

If the storage purpose is not applicable or if a retention period prescribed by the European legislator or other competent legislator expires, the personal data will be routinely blocked or deleted in accordance with the legal provisions.

9. Rights of the data subject

a) Right to confirmation

Every data subject has the right, granted by the European legislator, to obtain confirmation from the controller as to whether or not personal data concerning him or her are being processed. If a data subject wishes to exercise this right of confirmation, he or she may, at any time, contact any employee of the controller.

b) Right of access

Every data subject has the right, granted by the European legislator, to obtain from the controller, at any time and free of charge, information about his or her personal data stored and a copy of such information. In addition, the European directives and regulations grant the data subject access to the following information:

  • the purposes of the processing;
  • the categories of personal data concerned;
  • the recipients or categories of recipients to whom the personal data have been or will be disclosed, in particular recipients in third countries or international organizations;
  • where possible, the envisaged period for which the personal data will be stored or, if not possible, the criteria for determining this period;
  • the existence of the right to obtain from the controller the rectification or erasure of personal data or the restriction of the processing of personal data of the data subject or to object to such processing;
  • the existence of the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority;
  • if the personal data are not collected from the data subject, any available information about their origin;
  • the existence of automated decision-making, including profiling, pursuant to Article 22(1) and (4) of the GDPR and, at least in such cases, meaningful information about the logic involved and the significance and intended consequences of such processing for the data subject.

In addition, the data subject has the right to obtain information about whether personal data will be transferred to a third country or to an international organization. In this case, the data subject has the right to be informed about the appropriate safeguards in connection with the transfer.

If a data subject wishes to exercise this right of access, he or she may at any time contact an employee of the controller.

c) Right to rectification

Every data subject has the right granted by the European legislator to obtain from the controller the rectification without delay of inaccurate personal data concerning him or her. Taking into account the purposes of the processing, the data subject has the right to have incomplete personal data completed, including by means of a supplementary declaration.

If a data subject wishes to exercise this right to rectification, he or she may, at any time, contact any employee of the controller.

d) Right to erasure (right to be forgotten)

Every data subject has the right granted by the European legislator to obtain from the controller the erasure without delay of personal data concerning him or her, and the controller is obliged to erase the personal data without delay if one of the following grounds applies, as long as the processing is not necessary:

The personal data are no longer necessary for the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise processed.
The data subject withdraws the consent on which the processing is based pursuant to Article 6(1)(a) of the GDPR or Article 9(2)(a) of the GDPR and where there is no other legal ground for the processing.
The data subject objects to the processing pursuant to Article 21(1) of the GDPR and there are no compelling legitimate grounds for the processing, or the data subject objects to the processing pursuant to Article 21(2) of the GDPR.
The personal data have been processed unlawfully.
The personal data must be erased in order to comply with a legal obligation under Union or Member State law to which the controller is subject.
The personal data has been collected in connection with the provision of information society services in accordance with Article 8(1) of the GDPR.

If one of the aforementioned reasons applies, and a data subject wishes to request the erasure of personal data stored by the ampere.cloud GmbH, he or she may, at any time, contact any employee of the controller. An employee of ampere.cloud GmbH shall promptly ensure that the erasure request is complied with immediately.

If the controller has published personal data and is obliged to erase the personal data pursuant to Article 17(1), the controller shall, taking into account the available technology and the costs of implementation, take reasonable measures, including technical measures, to inform other controllers of the personal data that the data subject has requested from such controllers the erasure of links to such personal data or the copying or reproduction or duplication of such data, unless the processing is necessary. An employees of the ampere.cloud GmbH will arrange the necessary measures in individual cases.

e) Right to restriction of processing

Every data subject has the right granted by the European legislator to request the controller to restrict processing if one of the following conditions applies:

The data subject contests the accuracy of the personal data for a period enabling the controller to verify the accuracy of the personal data. The processing is unlawful and the data subject opposes the erasure of the personal data and requests instead the restriction of its use. The controller no longer needs the personal data for the purposes of the processing, but they are needed by the data subject for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims. The data subject has objected to the processing pursuant to Article 21(1) of the GDPR, pending an assessment of whether the legitimate grounds of the controller override those of the data subject.

If one of the aforementioned conditions is met, and a data subject wishes to request the restriction of the processing of personal data stored by the ampere.cloud GmbH, he or she may at any time contact any employee of the controller. The employee of the ampere.cloud GmbH will arrange the restriction of the processing.

f) Right to data portability

Any data subject shall have the right, granted by the European legislator, to receive personal data concerning him or her which have been transmitted to a controller in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format. He or she has the right to have this data disclosed without hindrance by the controller to whom the personal data have been disclosed to another controller, provided that the processing is based on consent pursuant to Article 6(1)(a) of the GDPR or Article 9(2)(a) of the GDPR, or on a contract pursuant to Article 6(1)(b) of the GDPR, and the processing is automated, as long as the processing is not necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller.

In addition, when exercising the right to data portability under Article 20(1) of the GDPR, the data subject has the right to have personal data transferred directly from one controller to another, to the extent that this is technically feasible and does not adversely affect the rights and freedoms of others.

In order to assert the right to data portability, the data subject may at any time contact any employee of the ampere.cloud GmbH.

g) Right to object

Any data subject has the right, granted by the European legislator, to object at any time, on grounds relating to his or her particular situation, to processing of personal data concerning him or her which is based on Article 6(1)(e) or (f) of the GDPR. This also applies to profiling based on these provisions.

The ampere.cloud GmbH shall no longer process the personal data in the event of the objection, unless we can demonstrate compelling legal grounds for the processing which override the interests, rights and freedoms of the data subject, or for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.

If the ampere.cloud GmbH processes personal data for direct marketing purposes, the data subject shall have the right to object at any time to processing of personal data concerning him or her for such marketing. This applies to profiling insofar as it is related to such direct marketing. If the data subject objects to ampere.cloud GmbH to the processing for direct marketing purposes, ampere.cloud GmbH will no longer process the personal data for these purposes.

In addition, the data subject has the right, on grounds relating to his or her particular situation, to object to processing of personal data concerning him or her by the ampere.cloud GmbH for scientific or historical research purposes, or for statistical purposes pursuant to Article 89(1) of the GDPR, unless the processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out for reasons of public interest.

In order to exercise the right to object, the data subject may contact any employee of the ampere.cloud GmbH. Furthermore, in the context of the use of information society services and by way of derogation from Directive 2002/58/EC, the data subject is free to exercise his or her right to object by automated means using technical specifications.

h) Automated individual decision-making, including profiling.

Every data subject shall have the right, granted by the European legislator, not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing, including profiling, which produces legal effects concerning him or her or similarly significantly affects him or her, as long as the decision (1) is not necessary for the conclusion or performance of, a contract between the data subject and a controller, or (2) is not authorised by Union or Member State law to which the controller is subject, which also provides for appropriate measures to safeguard the data subject's rights and freedoms and legitimate interests, or (3) is not based on the data subject's explicit consent.

If the decision (1) is necessary for entering into, or the performance of, a contract between the data subject and a data controller, or (2) it is based on the data subject's explicit consent, the ampere.cloud GmbH shall implement suitable measures to safeguard the data subject's rights and freedoms and legitimate interests, at least the right to obtain human intervention on the part of the data controller, to express his or her point of view and contest the decision.

If the data subject wishes to exercise the rights concerning automated individual decision-making, he or she may, at any time, contact any employee of the ampere.cloud GmbH.

i) Right to withdraw consent for data protection

Every data subject has the right granted by the European legislator to withdraw his or her consent to the processing of his or her personal data at any time.

If the data subject wishes to exercise the right to withdraw the consent, he or she may, at any time, contact any employee of the ampere.cloud GmbH.

10. Privacy policy on the deployment and use of Google Analytics (with anonymization function)

On this website, the controller has integrated the component of Google Analytics (with the anonymization function). Google Analytics is a web analytics service. Web Analytics is the collection, aggregation and analysis of data about the behavior of visitors to websites. Among other things, a web analytics service collects data about the website from which a person came (the so-called referrer), which subpages were visited or how often and for how long a subpage was visited. Web Analytics are mainly used to optimize a website and to perform a cost-benefit analysis of Internet advertising.

The operator of the Google Analytics component is Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin, D04 E5W5, Ireland.

For web analysis via Google Analytics, the controller uses the application "_gat. _anonymizeIp". Through this application, the IP address of the Internet connection of the data subject is shortened and anonymized by Google when you access our websites from a member state of the European Union or another state party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area.

The purpose of the Google Analytics component is to analyze the traffic on our website. Google uses the collected data and information, among other things, to evaluate the use of our website and to provide online reports showing the activities on our websites and to provide other services related to the use of our website for us.

Google Analytics sets a cookie on the information system of the data subject. The definition of cookies is explained above. By setting the cookie, Google is enabled to analyze the use of our website. Each time one of the individual pages of this website operated by the controller, in which a Google Analytics component has been integrated, is called up, the internet browser on the information technology system of the data subject automatically transmits data to Google via the Google Analytics component for the purposes of online advertising and the settlement of commissions. As part of this technical procedure, the Google company obtains knowledge of personal data, such as the IP address of the data subject, which Google uses, among other things, to determine the origin of visitors and clicks and subsequently to generate a commission statement.

The cookie is used to store personal data, such as the access time, the location from which the access was made, and the frequency of visits to our website by the data subject. Each time the data subject visits our website, this personal data, including the IP address of the Internet access used by the data subject, is transmitted to Google in the United States of America. This personal data is stored by Google in the United States of America. Google may disclose this personal data to third parties as part of the technical process.

The data subject can, as described above, prevent the setting of cookies via our website at any time by adapting the web browser used accordingly and thus permanently reject the setting of cookies. Such an adjustment of the internet browser used would also prevent Google Analytics from setting a cookie on the information system of the data subject. In addition, cookies already used by Google Analytics can be deleted at any time via a web browser or other software programs.

In addition, the data subject has the possibility to object to a collection of data generated by Google Analytics that is related to the use of this website, as well as to the processing of such data by Google and the possibility to opt out. For this purpose, the data subject must download and install a browser add-on at the link https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout. This browser add-on informs Google Analytics via a JavaScript that data and information about visits to websites may not be transmitted to Google Analytics. The installation of the browser add-ons is considered an objection by Google. If the data subject's information system is later deleted, formatted or reinstalled, the data subject must reinstall the browser add-ons to disable Google Analytics. If the browser add-on has been uninstalled or deactivated by the data subject or another person under his or her jurisdiction, it is possible to reinstall or reactivate the browser add-ons.

Further information and the applicable Google privacy policy can be found at https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/ and at http://www.google.com/analytics/terms/us.html. Google Analytics is explained in more detail under the following link https://www.google.com/analytics/.

11. Data protection provisions on the use and application of Google AdWords

On this website, the controller has integrated Google AdWords. Google AdWords is a service for Internet advertising that allows an advertiser to place ads in the search engine results of Google and the Google advertising network. Google AdWords allows an advertiser to specify certain keywords, with the help of which an ad is displayed in Google's search results only when the user uses the search engine to obtain a keyword-relevant search result. In the Google Advertising Network, the ads are distributed to the relevant web pages using an automatic algorithm, taking into account the previously defined keywords.

The operating company of Google AdWords is Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin, D04 E5W5, Ireland.

The purpose of Google AdWords is to promote our website by including relevant advertisements on third-party websites and in the search engine results of the Google search engine, as well as by placing third-party advertisements on our website.

When a data subject accesses our website via a Google ad, a conversion cookie is placed on the data subject's information system via Google. The definition of cookies is explained above. A conversion cookie loses its validity after 30 days and is not used to identify the data subject. If the cookie has not yet expired, the conversion cookie is used to check whether certain sub-pages, e.g. the shopping cart from an online store system, have been called up on our website. Through the conversion cookie, both Google and the controller can understand whether a person who reached an AdWords ad on our website generated sales, i.e. made or cancelled a sale of goods.

The data and information collected through the use of the conversion cookie is used by Google to compile visit statistics for our website. These visit statistics are used to determine the total number of users served through AdWords ads, to determine the success or failure of each AdWords ad, and to optimize our AdWords ads in the future. Neither our company nor other Google AdWords customers receive information from Google that enables identification of the data subject.

The conversion cookie stores personal data, e.g. the internet pages visited by the data subject. Whenever our internet pages are visited, personal data, including the IP address of the internet access used by the data subject, is transmitted to Google in the United States of America. This personal data is stored by Google in the United States of America. Google may disclose this personal data to third parties as part of the technical process.

The data subject can prevent the setting of cookies by our website, as described above, at any time by making the appropriate setting in the Internet browser used and thus permanently prevent the setting of cookies. Such a setting of the Internet browser used would also prevent Google from placing a conversion cookie on the information system of the data subject. In addition, a cookie set by Google AdWords can be deleted at any time via the Internet browser or other software programs.

The data subject has the option to object to Google's interest-based advertising. Therefore, the data subject must access the link www.google.de/settings/ads from any of the browsers used and make the desired settings.

Further information and the applicable data protection provisions of Google are available at https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/.

12. Privacy policy on the application and use of Jetpack for WordPress

On this website, the controller has integrated Jetpack. Jetpack is a WordPress plugin that provides additional functionality to the operator of a website based on WordPress. Among other things, Jetpack allows the Internet site operator to get an overview of the visitors to the site. By displaying related posts and publications or the possibility to share content on the site, it is also possible to increase the number of visitors. In addition, security features are integrated into Jetpack, so that a Jetpack user page is better protected against brute force attacks. Jetpack also optimizes and speeds up the loading of images onto the website.

The operating company of Jetpack Plug-Ins for WordPress is Aut O'Mattic A8C Ireland Ltd, Business Centre, No.1 Lower Mayor Street, International Financial Services Centre, Dublin 1, Ireland.

Jetpack sets a cookie on the information technology system used by the data subject. The definition of cookies is explained above. Each time one of the individual pages of this website operated by the controller and on which a Jetpack component has been integrated is called up, the Internet browser on the information technology system of the data subject is automatically requested to transmit data to Automattic via the Jetpack component for analysis purposes. As part of this technical procedure, Automattic receives data that can be used to create an overview of visits to the website. The data thus obtained is used to analyze the behavior of the data subject who has access to the controller's website and is analyzed with the aim of optimizing the website. The data collected by the Jetpack component will not be used to identify the data subject without the prior express consent of the data subject. The data also comes to the knowledge of Quantcast. Quantcast uses the data for the same purposes as Automattic.

The data subject can, as described above, prevent the setting of cookies via our website at any time by adapting the web browser used accordingly and thus permanently prevent the setting of cookies. Such an adjustment of the Internet browser used would also prevent Automattic/Quantcast from setting a cookie on the information system of the data subject. In addition, cookies already used by Automattic/Quantcast can be deleted at any time via a web browser or other software programs.

In addition, the data subject has the opportunity to object to and exclude the collection of data relating to the use of this website generated by the Jetpack cookie and the processing of such data by Automattic/Quantcast. For this purpose, the data subject must click on the "Opt-out" button under the link https://www.quantcast.com/opt-out/, which sets an opt-out cookie. The opt-out cookie set for this purpose is stored on the information technology system used by the data subject. If the cookies are deleted on the system of the data subject, the data subject must call up the link again and set a new opt-out cookie.

However, with the setting of the opt-out cookie, there is the possibility that the websites of the controller are no longer fully usable for the data subject.

The applicable data protection provisions of Automattic are available at https://automattic.com/privacy/. The applicable data protection provisions of Quantcast are available at https://www.quantcast.com/privacy/.

13. Privacy policy on the application and use of LinkedIn

The Controller has integrated components of LinkedIn Corporation on this website. LinkedIn is a web-based social network that allows users with existing business contacts to connect and make new business contacts. Over 400 million registered individuals in more than 200 countries use LinkedIn. This makes LinkedIn currently the largest platform for business contacts and one of the most visited websites in the world.

The operating company of LinkedIn is LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court Mountain View, CA 94043, United States. For privacy issues outside the UNITED STATES LinkedIn Ireland, Privacy Policy Issues, Wilton Plaza, Wilton Place, Dublin 2, Ireland, is responsible.

Each time one of the individual pages of this website operated by the controller is called up, on which a LinkedIn component (LinkedIn plugin) has been integrated, the Internet browser on the information system of the data subject is automatically prompted to download a display of the corresponding LinkedIn component from LinkedIn. More information about the LinkedIn plugin can be found at https://developer.linkedin.com/plugins. In the course of this technical procedure, LinkedIn learns which specific subpage of our website was visited by the data subject.

If the data subject is logged in on LinkedIn at the same time, LinkedIn recognizes which specific sub-page of our website was visited by the data subject each time the data subject calls up our website - and for the entire duration of his or her stay on our website. This information is collected via the LinkedIn component and linked to the respective LinkedIn account of the data subject. If the data subject clicks on one of the LinkedIn buttons integrated on our website, LinkedIn associates this information with the personal LinkedIn user account of the data subject and stores the personal data.

LinkedIn receives the information via the LinkedIn component that the data subject has visited our website, provided that the data subject is logged in under LinkedIn at the time of calling up our website. This happens regardless of whether the person clicks on the LinkedIn button or not. If such transmission of information to LinkedIn is not desirable for the data subject, he or she can prevent this by logging out of his or her LinkedIn account before calling up our website.

LinkedIn offers the possibility to unsubscribe from email messages, SMS messages and targeted ads at https://www.linkedin.com/psettings/guest-controls as well as the possibility to manage ad settings. LinkedIn also uses affiliates such as Eire, Google Analytics, BlueKai, DoubleClick, Nielsen, Comscore, Eloqua and Lotame. The setting of such cookies can be refused at https://www.linkedin.com/legal/cookie-policy. The applicable privacy policy for LinkedIn is available at https://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy. The LinkedIn Cookie Policy is available at https://www.linkedin.com/legal/cookie-policy.

14. Privacy policy on the application and use of Xing

On this website, the control has integrated components of XING. XING is an Internet-based social network that allows users to connect with existing business contacts and make new business contacts. Individual users can create a personal profile on XING. Companies can, for example, create company profiles or publish jobs on XING.

The operating company of XING is XING SE, Dammtorstraße 30, 20354 Hamburg, Germany.

Each time one of the individual pages of this website operated by the controller and on which a XING component (XING plugin) has been integrated is called up, the Internet browser on the information system of the data subject is automatically requested to download a display of the corresponding XING component from XING. Further information on the XING plugin can be found at https://dev.xing.com/plugins. In the course of this technical procedure, XING learns which specific sub-page of our website was visited by the data subject.

If the data subject is logged in to XING at the same time, XING recognizes which specific subpage of our website was visited by the data subject each time the data subject calls up our website - and for the entire duration of his or her stay on our website. This information is collected via the XING component and linked to the respective XING account of the data subject. If the data subject clicks on the XING button integrated on our website, e.g. the "Share" button, XING associates this information with the data subject's personal XING user account and stores the personal data.

XING receives the information via the XING component that the data subject has visited our website, provided that the data subject is logged into XING at the time of calling up our website. This occurs regardless of whether the person clicks on the XING component or not. If such transmission of information to XING is not desired by the data subject, he or she can prevent this by logging out of his or her XING account before calling up our website.

Information on the collection, processing and use of personal data by XING is provided in the privacy policy published by XING, which can be accessed at https://www.xing.com/privacy. In addition, XING has published data protection information for the XING share button at https://www.xing.com/app/share?op=data_protection.

15. Legal basis for processing

Article 6(1)(a) GDPR serves as the legal basis for processing operations for which we obtain consent for a specific processing purpose. If the processing of personal data is necessary for the performance of a contract to which the data subject is party, as is the case, for example, when the processing is necessary for the supply of goods or the provision of another service, the processing is based on Article 6(1)(b) GDPR. The same applies to such processing which is necessary for the performance of pre-contractual measures, e.g. in the case of inquiries about our products or services. If our company is subject to a legal obligation by which the processing of personal data is required, e.g. for compliance with tax obligations, the processing is based on Article 6(1) lit. c GDPR. In rare cases, the processing of personal data may be necessary to protect the essential interests of the data subject or another natural person. This is the case, for example, if a visitor to our company is injured and his or her name, age, health insurance details or other important information needs to be passed on to a doctor, hospital or other third party. Then the processing would be based on Art. 6(1) lit. d GDPR. Finally, the processing operations could be based on Article 6(1)(f) GDPR. This legal basis is used for processing operations that do not fall under one of the above legal grounds, if the processing is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests of our company or a third party, unless those interests are overridden by the interests or fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject which require the protection of personal data. Such processing operations are particularly permissible as they were explicitly mentioned by the European legislator. It considered that a legitimate interest could be assumed if the data subject is a customer of the controller (recital 47, second sentence, GDPR).

16. Legitimate interests pursued by the controller or by a third party

If the processing of personal data is based on Article 6(1)(f) GDPR, our legitimate interest is to conduct our business for the benefit of all our employees and shareholders.

17. Period for which the personal data is stored

The relevant statutory retention period is decisive for the duration of the storage of personal data. After expiry of this period, the relevant data will be routinely deleted insofar as it is no longer required for the performance of the contract or the initiation of a contract.

18. Provision of personal data as a legal or contractual requirement

Requirement for the conclusion of a contract; obligation of the data subject to provide the personal data; possible consequences of not providing this data.

We would like to point out that the provision of personal data is sometimes required by law (e.g. tax regulations) or may also result from contractual regulations (e.g. information about the contractual partner). In some cases, it may be necessary to conclude a contract in which the data subject provides us with personal data that must subsequently be processed by us. For example, the data subject is obliged to provide us with personal data if our company concludes a contract with him or her. Failure to provide the personal data would result in the contract with the data subject not being concluded. Before the data subject provides personal data, the data subject must contact an employee. The employee shall clarify to the data subject whether the provision of the personal data is required by law or contract or is necessary for the conclusion of the contract, whether there is an obligation to provide the personal data and what the consequences are of not providing the personal data.

19. Existence of automated decision-making

As a responsible company, we do not use automated decision making or profiling.

This privacy policy was created by the Privacy Policy Generator of DGD - Your External DPO, which was developed in cooperation with German lawyers of WILDE BEUGER SOLMECKE, Cologne.