Who we are
What personal data we collect and why we collect it
When our visitors post comments on the site, we collect the information displayed in the comment form, as well as the visitor’s IP address and user-agent string (which identifies the browser) to help identify spam.
If you are a registered user and upload photos to this website, you should avoid uploading photos with an EXIF GPS location. Visitors to this website could download photos stored on this website and extract their location information.
If you fill out and send a contact form on our website, the data you enter will be used by us to identify you (usually surname, first name, email address, IP address) and to respond to your contact. The personal data you provide us with in the context of a contact request will only be used to answer your request or contact you and for the related technical administration.
When you write a comment on our website, this shall be seen as a consent to store your name, e-mail address and website in cookies. This is a convenience feature so that you do not have to re-enter all this information when you write another comment. These cookies are stored for one year.
If you have an account and you log on to this website, we will set a temporary cookie to determine whether your browser accepts cookies. This cookie does not contain any personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.
When you log in, we will set some cookies to store your login information and display options. Login cookies expire after two days and display option cookies expire after one year. If you select “Stay signed in” when you sign in, your sign in will be maintained for two weeks. When you log out of your account, the login cookies are deleted.
When you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie is stored in your browser. This cookie contains no personal data and only refers to the article ID of the article you have just edited. The cookie expires after one day.
Embedded Content from Other Websites
Contributions on this website may contain embedded content (e.g. videos, pictures, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves exactly as if the visitor had visited the other website.
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website (including your IP address) is transferred to a Google server in the USA and stored there. 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. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.
You can prevent the collection and use of data (cookies and IP address) by Google by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available at https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.
Facebook plugins (Like & Share button)
On our pages plugins of the social network Facebook, provider Facebook Inc., 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, California 94025, USA, are integrated. The Facebook plugins can be recognized by the Facebook logo or the “Like-Button” (“Like”) on our site. An overview of the Facebook plugins can be found here: https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/.
If you do not wish Facebook to associate your visit to our pages with your Facebook user account, please log out of your Facebook user account.
This site uses the mapping service Google Maps via an API. Provider is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.
Google Web Fonts
This site uses so-called web fonts from Google for the uniform representation of fonts. When you call up a page, your browser loads the required web fonts into your browser cache to display texts and fonts correctly. The use of Google Web Fonts is in the interest of a consistent and attractive presentation of our online services. If your browser does not support web fonts, a default font will be used by your computer.
Our website uses plugins from Instagram operated by Instagram LLC, 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA (“Instagram”).
The plugins are marked with an Instagram logo, for example in the form of an “Instagram camera”. When you visit a page on our website that contains such a plugin, your browser connects directly to Instagram’s servers. Instagram sends the content of the plugin directly to your browser and integrates it into the page. This integration tells Instagram that your browser has accessed the appropriate page on our site, even if you do not have an Instagram profile or are not logged into Instagram. This information (including your IP address) is transferred directly from your browser to an Instagram server in the USA and stored there. If you are logged in to Instagram, Instagram can directly associate your visit to our website with your Instagram account.
Our website uses features of the LinkedIn network. Providers is LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA 94043, United States.
Each time you visit one of our pages that contains LinkedIn features, it connects to LinkedIn servers. LinkedIn is informed that you have visited our website with your IP address. If you click LinkedIn’s “Recommend Button” and are logged in to your LinkedIn account, LinkedIn will be able to associate your visit to our website with you and your user account. We point out that we as the provider of the pages have no knowledge of the content of the transmitted data and their use by LinkedIn.
For more information, see the LinkedIn privacy statement at: https://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy.
Functions of the Twitter service are integrated on our sites. These functions are offered by Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA.
Through the use of Twitter and the „Re-Tweet“ the web pages you visit are linked to your Twitter account and made known to other users. Here are i.a. Data such as IP address, browser type, referring domains, visited transmitted to Twitter pages, mobile operators, device and application IDs, and search terms.
Our website uses plugins from the Google-powered YouTube page. Site operator is YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA.
When you visit one of our YouTube plug-in-enabled sites, you will be connected to the servers of YouTube. It tells the YouTube server which of our pages you’ve visited. If you’re logged into your YouTube account, YouTube will allow you to associate your browsing behavior directly with your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account. The use of YouTube is in the interest of an attractive presentation of our online offers. This constitutes a legitimate interest within the meaning of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f DSGVO.
Newsletter Distribution Platform
The newsletter is sent via “MailChimp”, a newsletter distribution platform of the US provider Rocket Sciene Group, LLC, 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE 5000, Atlanta, GA 30308, USA.
The data of our newsletter recipients are stored on the servers of MailChimp in the USA. MailChimp uses this information to send and evaluate newsletters on our behalf. In addition, MailChimp may also use this information for its own information to optimize or improve its own services, e.g. for technical optimization of the dispatch and display of the newsletter or for economic purposes to determine from which countries recipients come. However, MailChimp does not use the data of our newsletter recipients to write to them or pass them on to third parties. We trust in the reliability and IT and data security of MailChimp. MailChimp is certified under the US-EU data protection agreement “Privacy Shield” and is therefore committed to complying with EU data protection regulations. This is a contract in which MailChimp undertakes to protect the data of our users, to process it on our behalf in accordance with their data protection regulations and, in particular, not to pass it on to third parties.
MailChimp: Statistical Survey and Analyses
The newsletters contain a so-called “web-beocon”, i.e. a pixel-sized file that is retrieved from the MailChimp server when the newsletter is opened. Within the scope of this retrieval, technical information, such as information about the browser and your system, as well as your IP address and time of retrieval will initially be collected. This information is used to technically improve the services on the basis of technical data or target groups and their reading behaviour on the basis of their retrieval locations (which can be determined with the help of the IP address) or access times. The statistical surveys also include determining whether the newsletters are opened, when they are opened and which links are clicked. For technical reasons, this information can be assigned to the individual newsletter recipients. However, it is neither our nor MailChimp’s aim to observe individual users. The evaluations serve us much more to recognize the reading habits of our users and to adapt our content to them or to send different content according to the interests of our users.
MailChimp: Cancellation / Withdrawal
You can cancel the receipt of our newsletter at any time, i.e. revoke your consent. At the same time, your consent to its dispatch via MailChimp and the statistical analyses will expire. A separate revocation of the dispatch via MailChimp or the statistical analysis is unfortunately not possible. You will find a link to cancel the newsletter, usually called “Unsubscribe”, at the end of each newsletter.
MailChimp: Legal Basis Basic Data Protection Regulation
In accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Ordinance (DSGVO) in force on 25 May 2018, we inform you that your consent to the sending of e-mail addresses is based on Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. o, 7 DSGVO and Art. 7 Para. 2 No. 3 or Para. 3 UWG. The use of the MailChimp shipping service, the performance of statistical surveys and analyses as well as the logging of the registration procedure are carried out on the basis of our legitimate interests. Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f DSGVO. Our interest is directed to the use of a user-friendly as well as secure newsletter system, which serves our business interests as well as the expectations of the users.
With Whom We Share Your Data
As a principle, we do not share your data with anyone. If and to the extent that we engage third parties in the course of fulfilling orders (e.g. speaker booking, buying tickets), we will only receive personal data to the extent necessary for the transmission of the corresponding service.
How Long We Store Your Data
If you write a comment, it will be saved including metadata for an unlimited time. This way we can automatically detect and release follow-up comments instead of keeping them in a moderation queue.
For users who register on our website, we also store the personal information they provide in their user profiles. All users can view, change or delete their personal information at any time (the user name cannot be changed). Website administrators can also view and change this information.
What Rights You Have to Your Data
If you have written comments, you can request an export of your personal data from us, including all data you have provided us with. In addition, you can request the deletion of all personal data that we have stored about you. This does not include data that we have to keep due to administrative, legal or security reasons.
Where We Send Your Data
Visitor comments can be examined by an automated spam detection service.
We reserve the right to disclose personal information to governmental/supervisory authorities and, within the scope of this declaration, to analysis service providers. In doing so, we fully comply with applicable legislation and any court or official requirements.
How we Protect Your Data
This site uses SSL or TLS encryption for security reasons and to protect the transmission of confidential content such as contact requests that you send to us as the site operator. You can recognize an encrypted connection by the fact that the address line of your browser changes from “http://” to “https://” and by the lock symbol in your browser line. If the SSL or TLS encryption is activated, the data that you transmit to us cannot be read by third parties.
Measures We Offer in Case of Data Protection Violations
If you have commented on something or written to us via a contact form, you can request an export of your personal data, including all the data you have given us. In addition, you can request the deletion of all personal data that we have stored about you. This does not include data that we are required to keep due to legal, administrative or security reasons.
In the event of violations of data protection laws, you have the right of appeal to the responsible supervisory authority. In Switzerland, the supervisory authority for data protection issues is the Swiss Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner (FDPIC). All relevant and valid information plus sample letters, etc. are available on https://www.edoeb.admin.ch/edoeb/en/home/datenschutz.html.
Last Update: 17 December 2020