Privacy Statement

Protecting your privacy and personal data when you use our website is important to us. This document aims at informing you on how your personal data is handled.

1) How we collect, save, and use personal data

a) When you visit our website
Every time you visit our website, your browser automatically sends information to our website’s server. This information is temporarily saved as a so-called log file. The following data is recorded, without any action on your part, and saved until automatic deletion takes place:

  • the name and URL of the downloaded file
  • the date and time of the download
  • the website which directed you to our website
  • the operating system of your computer and the type of browser you used
We collect and process this data to enable the functioning of our website (to establish a connection), to ensure sustained system security and stability, to facilitate the technical administration of the network, to optimize our online offerings as well as collect data for internal statistical purposes. The IP-address will only be analysed in case of attacks on our network as well as for statistical purposes, without linking this to your person. We only gather personal data when you contact us directly, e.g. per email. Moreover, personal data will only be saved when you provide us with this data for e.g. a registration, a survey, a contest, or the execution of a contract. All personal data is collected, processed and used in accordance with the current regulations on the protection of personal data. It is exclusively activated when implementing a contract and safeguarding our own justified business interests. This allows to advise and support our customers, and design our products to meet their requirements. Moreover, we use cookies and Google Analytics when you visit our website. For more information on this topic, please refer to the respective sections of this privacy statement.

b) When you subscribe to our newsletter
With your explicit consent, we will use your email address and any personal information you provided voluntarily to us in order to send you regular newsletter updates. To receive our newsletter, you are only expected to provide us with your email address. The additional voluntary personal information will be used exclusively to customize the newsletter content and adapt it to your personal interest.
At the end of each newsletter, you will find a link to unsubscribe. You can also unsubscribe any time per email: redaktion@g-pulse.de

c) When you use the comment function on our blog
To comment on our blog entries, you need to submit your name and a valid email address (the use of an avatar is optional). We use this data to prevent misuse of the comment function. Your first and last name will be published together with your comment. Our blog is not subject to any ongoing monitoring of content. Nevertheless, we reserve the right to delete contributions or to exclude users from the comment function at our own discretion, especially when contributions contain suspicious content linked to criminal investigations.

d) When you recommend an article
When you recommend an article, your email address and the email address of the recipient will be used exclusively for transmission purposes. In this way, the recipient will recognize the sender, and in case of a transmission error, the sender can be notified accordingly. To prevent misuse of this service, G-Pulse adds the identification data (IP-address) of each user of the sent email in the form of an email header record (x-sent-by-IP) which is stored for the duration of 2 months. When a third party can credibly demonstrate that their rights were violated because of an article sent as a part of this service, G-Pulse will release the identification data for prosecution purposes if needed.

2) Sharing your data with third parties
We only share your personal data with your explicit consent, or when there is a legal obligation to do so, or if it is necessary for the enforcement of our rights, especially for the enforcement of obligations that follow from a contract with you. (By order of the appropriate authorities, we must provide information on inventory data. This can be for the purposes of criminal prosecution, averting of danger, performing legal tasks of authorities for the protection of the constitution or military counter-intelligence service, or for the enforcement of intellectual property rights.)

a) Rights of access and rectification
As a user of our online offerings, you have the right to request information regarding your personal data that has been saved. Upon your request, this information can be provided electronically. Similarly, you have the right to demand the correction of incorrect data, as well as blocking and deletion of data. For this, you can contact us per email redaktion@g-pulse.de or per post; find our postal address in our imprint.

3) Use of social plugins
a) Use of Facebook social plugins
Our website uses so called Social Plugins („Plugins”) of the social network Facebook, operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA (“Facebook”). The plugins can be recognized by one of the Facebook logos or the addition “Facebook Social Plugin”. An overview of the Facebook social plugins and how these look, can be found here: developers.facebook.com/plugins. When you visit a page on our website ( that includes such a plugin), your browser will set up a direct connection with the Facebook servers. The content of the plugin will be directly sent from Facebook to your browser and embedded into the site. In this way, Facebook will be informed that you visited a specific page on our website using your browser, regardless of whether you have a Facebook profile or not, and whether your logged in on Facebook or not. This information (including your IP-address) is directly sent by your browser to a Facebook server in the US and stored there. When you are logged in on Facebook, Facebook can instantly link your use of our website to your Facebook profile. When you interact with a plugin, for instance by clicking the “Like”-button or writing a comment, this information is also directly sent and stored on the Facebook server. Moreover, this information is published on your Facebook profile, visible to your Facebook friends. More information on the purpose and scope of data collection, the further processing and use of data by Facebook, as well as the related rights and options to protect your privacy, can be found in Facebook’s privacy policy. If you are a Facebook user and do not want Facebook to collect your data via our website and link it to your Facebook profile, you have to log out of Facebook each time before your visit our website. To prevent Facebook plugins from collecting data, you can install browser add-ons, such as “Facebook Blocker“.

Facebook Custom Audiences
We use communication tools offered by the social network Facebook, specifically the product Custom Audiences and the website Custom Audiences. In principle, an irreversible, non-personalized hash value is generated based on your user data that is sent to Facebook for analysis and marketing purposes. For the product Website Custom Audiences, the Facebook Cookie is activated. More information on the purpose and scope of data collection, the further processing and use of data by Facebook, as well as options to protect your privacy, can be found in Facebook Privacy Policy, on Facebook Ads-Custom Audiences and Facebook Privacy. If you want to object to the use of Facebook Website Custom Audiences, you can do so via Facebook Ads-Custom Audiences.

Facebook Conversion Tracking Pixel
Our website uses the Conversion Tracking Pixel service of Facebook. When you visit our website, the tracking pixel establishes a direct connection between your browser and the Facebook server. In this way, your browser, amongst others, informs Facebook that you visited our website from your device. If you are a Facebook-user, Facebook can link your website visit to your user account. Please note that, as the exclusive operator of the website, we do not receive any information on the data being collected nor how it is used by Facebook. We can only select which Facebook-users we want to reach with our content (based on e.g. age or interests). For this purpose, we make use of one of the two possible processes offered by Custom Audiences, which ensures that our users data, especially email addresses, is not sent to Facebook, whether it is encrypted or not. Moreover, the pixel makes it possible for Facebook to identify whether a Facebook ad was successful, in that it e.g. generated a service request. We are thus able to record the effectiveness of Facebook advertisements for statistical and market research purposes. The collected data remain anonymous. This means that we cannot see the personal data of any individual user. In case you are a Facebook user, please consult Facebook Privacy Policy. Only users older than 13 years may give their permission. If you are younger than 13, please make sure to consult your legal guardians. Please click here if you would like to revoke your permission.

b) Use of Google+ plugins
Our website uses social plugins of the social network Google+, operated by Google Inc. , 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway , Mountain View, CA 94043 , USA (” Google”). The plugins can be recognized by a “+1” sign against a white or coloured background. An overview of how to recognize Google plugins can be found here.
When visiting a page on our website that uses such a plugin, your browser establishes a direct link with the Google servers. The content of the plugin will be directly sent from Google to your browser and embedded into the site. In this way, Google receives information that you visited a specific page on our website using your browser, regardless of whether you have a Google+ profile or not, and whether you are logged in on Google+ or not. This information (including your IP-address) is directly sent from your browser to a Google server in the US and stored there. If you are logged in on Google+, Google can link your visit to our website to your Google+ profile. When you interact with the plugins, for instance by clicking the “+1” button, the respective information is also directly sent to a Google server and stored there. Besides this, the information will also be published on Google+ and is visible to your contacts. More information on the purpose and scope of data collection and the further processing and use of data by Google, as well as the related rights and options to protect your privacy, can be found in Google Privacy Policy.
If you do not want Google to link the data collected when you visit our website to your profile on Google+, you have to log out of Google+ each time before you visit our website. To prevent Google plugins from collecting data, you can install browser add-ons, such as Skript-Blocker „NoScript“ here.

c) Use of Twitter plugins
Our website uses social plugins of the social network Twitter, operated by Twitter Inc. , 795 Folsom Street, Suite 600 , San Francisco, CA 94107 , USA (” Twitter” ). The plugins can be recognized by a Twitter logo, for instance in the form of a blue “Twitter bird”. An overview of the Twitter plugins and how these can look, can be found here.
When visiting a page on our website which uses such a plugin, your browser will establish a direct connection with the Twitter servers. The content of the plugin is directly sent from Twitter to your browser and embedded into the webpage. In this way, Twitter will be informed that you visited a specific page on our website using your browser, regardless of whether you have a Twitter profile or not, and whether you are logged in on Twitter or not. This information (including your IP-address) is directly sent by your browser to a Twitter server in the US and stored there. When you are logged in on Twitter, Twitter can instantly link your visit to our website to your Twitter account. When you interact with the plugin, for instance by clicking the Twitter-button, then this information is also directly sent to and stored on Twitter server. Besides this, the information is also published on your Twitter profile and is visible to your Twitter contacts. More information on the purpose and scope of data collection and the further processing and use of data by Twitter, as well as the related rights and options to protect your privacy, can be found in Twitter Privacy Policy.
If you do not want Twitter to link the data collected when you visit our website to your Twitter profile, you have to log out of Twitter each time before you visit our website. To prevent the Twitter plugin from collecting data, you can install browser add-ons, such as the Skript-Blocker „NoScript“ here.

d) Use of LinkedIn plugins
Our website uses social plugins of the social network LinkedIn, operated by the LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (“LinkedIn”). The LinkedIn plugins can be recognized by the LinkedIn-Logo or the “Share”-button (“Recommend”) on our website. When you visit this website, a direct connection between your browser and the LinkedIn server is established. In this way, LinkedIn receives information that you visited our website over your IP-address. When you click on the LinkedIn „Share“-button, whilst you are logged in on your LinkedIn account, you can share content of the website on your LinkedIn profile. In this case, LinkedIn can link your visit on our website to your user profile. Please note that we do not have any information on the content of the collected data nor its use by LinkedIn. Please find details on data collection (purpose, scope, further processing, and use) as well as your rights and options in LinkedIn Privacy Policy here.

4)
a) Use of tracking (Google Analytics)
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help analyse how users use this website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted and stored by Google on servers in the United States.  In case of activation of the IP anonymization, Google will truncate/anonymize the last octet of the IP address for Member States of the European Union as well as for other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases, the full IP address is sent to and shortened by Google servers in the USA.  On behalf of the website provider Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage to the website provider. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.  You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser. However, we point out that if you do this, you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. Additional information regarding Google GA-Optout and the Google Analytics Privacy can be found here: Google Analytics Optout and Google privacy overview Furthermore, you can prevent Google’s collection and use of data (cookies and IP address) by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available here. Please note that on this website, Google Analytics code is supplemented by “gat._anonymizeIp();” to ensure an anonymized collection of IP addresses (so called IP-masking). We also use Google Analytics to analyse data from AdWords and the Double-Click-Cookie for statistical purposes. In case you do not want this, you can deactivate this here.

b) Use of Google Remarketing
Our website makes use of the remarketing function of Google Inc. (“Google”). This function is used to present interest-related advertisements within the scope of Google’s advertisement network to website visitors. The browser of the website visitor saves so called “cookies”, that are saved on your computer and make it possible to recognize the visitor when they visit a website that is part of Google’s advertisement network. On these sites, visitors can be offered advertisements that are related to content the visitor requested earlier on other websites that also makes use of the Google remarketing function. According to Google, no personal data will be collected during this process. If you do not want the Google remarketing function, you can, in principle, deactivate this by changing the following settings here. Alternatively, you can deactivate the use of cookies for interest-related advertisement through advertisement network initiatives, by following the instructions via Networkadvertising. More information on Google remarketing as well as the privacy statement of Google can be found here.

c) Use of Google reCAPTCHA
We use the service reCAPTACHA by Google Inc. (“Google”) to protect your user data entered in online forms on our website. This plugin checks if you are a person in order to prevent certain website functions from being misused by bots. This plugin query includes the sending of your IP address and possible other data required by Google for the reCAPTCHA service. However, your IP address is truncated/anonymized by Google for member states of the European Union or other members belonging to the agreement on the European Economic Area. For this purpose, your input will be communicated to and used by Google. This data collection is subject to the data protection regulations of Google (Google Inc.). For more information please visit Google Privacy Policy. The full IP address is transmitted to a Google server in the United States and truncated there in exceptional cases only. The IP address provided by reCaptcha from your browser shall not be associated with any other data from Google.

More information on the terms of use and the privacy statement can be found here:
http://www.google.com/analytics/terms/de.html
https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/


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