IDG data protection code
IDG Communications Media AG and its subsidiaries IDG Business Media GmbH, IDG Entertainment Media GmbH, IDG Magazine Media GmbH, IDG TechNetwork GmbH, and OnlineWelten GmbH want to establish a set of rules for its activities in the form of a commitment (IDG code).
Privacy statement of IDG Business Media GmbH
We, IDG Business Media GmbH, take the protection of your personal data very seriously. To us, the protection of your private sphere is of utmost significance. We consider compliance with the statutory provisions (e.g. German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) and German Telemedia Act (TMG)) as a matter of course. We would like to briefly explain how we protect your data and what it means for you when you provide us with personal data below.
1. What are personal data?
Personal data is of information on the basis of which your identity can be established, such as your name, address, and telephone number. It does not include information as to which page of our offer is accessed from a particular IP address or which browser a server uses to access our offer.
2. Does IDG Business Media GmbH collect personal data?
IDG Business Media GmbH only collects necessary personal data for purposes that you permit. In some cases, we are under a legal obligation to save the e-mail addresses of all users who make submissions to our online forums. You are therefore required to sign up before you can make submissions to the forums.
We also ask you for personal data when you participate in prize draws or send us inquiries. For these purposes, we need at least your e-mail address. For prize draws, we actively ask you for your approval for sending you advertising. Eligibility for prize draws does not depend on such approval. Additional details are required when you order online products or subscriptions or when we are to send you prizes. You can visit all areas of the site and read the submissions in the online forums without disclosing personal data. However, this does not apply to detailed views in the premium zone, which require a special subscription. If you subscribe to newsletters, we will send you editorial contents as well as information and offers concerning our products and those of our partners. We will not forward your address to any third parties. When using newsletters, the opening and click behaviour is recorded. These data are stored separately from personal data. Moreover, please note your right of revocation as specified in section 10.
3. What happens to the stored personal data?
We only disclose stored e-mail addresses at the request of the police or prosecutors or after obtaining a written or electronic declaration of consent. By means of their personal settings, all online forum users can prevent their e-mail addresses from being displayed. We store other personal data that you give us in connection with product orders, inquiries, or the delivery of prizes on protected computers in Germany. We use the data exclusively for purposes that you approve and designate in advance.
All our employees are under the obligation to maintain confidentiality pursuant to Section 5 of the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG). We have taken technical and organisational measures in accordance with Section 9 of the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) to protect your data and make sure that our partners also take suitable data security protection measures.
4. What are cookies?
5. Behavioural advertising
Our marketing partners publish advertisements in our name on our web pages. Within the scope of the advertising, our advertising partners may set cookies on your computer or access stored cookies. The information about your visit to this web site, such as the number of ad impressions (but not your name, address, or other personal data) are used for the purpose of publishing contents that are suitable for you.
The behavioural targeting procedure described above is used by us and some other companies that also engage in advertising for web sites of other providers. These companies create the said behavioural profiles by means of cookies and use their targeting systems to use the collected data for user-oriented advertising purposes.
6. Web analysis/social media services
Google is only permitted to transmit this information to third parties if this is required by law or if third parties process these data on behalf of Google. Google never associates your IP address with other Google data. You can prevent the setting of cookies by configuring your browser software accordingly; in this case, however, you may not be able to use all functions of the web site. By using the web site, you agree to the processing of the data collected about you by Google in the way described above and for the purpose indicated above.
In some instances, we use the "Like" function of Facebook for articles and videos. You can use this function to recommend contents, which your friends will be informed of in Facebook. If you do not click the button, or are not registered with Facebook, no Facebook cookie will be stored on your computer. A cookie will only be stored on your computer after you sign up with Facebook.
If you have a Facebook profile and are logged in, this information will be sent to your Facebook profile if you click the "Like" button. In this case, other users will be able to see that you recommend the particular article. Your private sphere settings in Facebook determine which users will receive this information.
When you visit a page with the "Like" button, your IP address is sent to Facebook. However, for data protection reasons, it is anonymised in such a way that the computer or its user cannot be identified.
We do not assume any responsibility or liability for the offers of third-party web sites. However, we will do our best to ensure that our partners observe data protection policies similar to ours.
8. Log files
For every request, the access data are saved to the server log.
The saved data record contains the following details:
- Your IP address (for clear identification of your computer)
- The remote host (name and IP address of the computer that requests the page)
- The time, status, amount of data transmitted, and the Internet page from which you accessed the requested page (referrer)
- The product and version information of the browser used (user agent)
9. Market research
We engage in market research and participate in studies of independent market research partners, such as Internet facts of AGOF e.V. (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Online Forschung), W3B studies of Fittkau & Maaß, or INFOnline. For some of these studies, a character sequence is stored in a cookie on your PC. This character sequence is generated randomly and is statistically unique. However, it cannot be mapped to any specific person and is therefore anonymous. Such cookies are set for technical reasons and serve objectives such as the creation of market research studies, which provide insight on the use of Internet offers. We exclusively cooperate with partners who also take data protection seriously and who are committed to the provisions of the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) and other statutory regulations in connection with data protection and who especially take suitable technical and organisational measures pursuant to Section 9 of the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG).
However, you can object to the use of the scalable central measurement system (SZM) by setting an opt-out cookie. To do this, click the following link: http://optout.ivwbox.de.
10. Right of revocation
You can always revoke your permission to use your personal data in the future. For this, you are required to furnish valid proof of your identity as owner of the data. To assert your right of revocation, simply send an e-mail to email@example.com. We will process your notice of revocation without delay. In this case, we will include your personal data in our "advertising blacklist" in order to make sure that you no longer receive any advertising. If you expressly request the data to be deleted, this can also be done, although in this case we cannot ensure that you will not receive any advertising within the scope of future campaigns.
11. Right to information
You can at all times request information, free of charge, on the data stored concerning your person. The information will be provided without delay in accordance with Section 34 of the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) and will contain the data stored concerning you, also insofar as they refer to the origin of these data, the recipient, or categories of recipients to whom the data are forwarded, and the purpose of the storage.
If you have any questions, to request information, and to exercise your right of revocation, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. We reserve the right to provide information or answer questions in electronic form.
If you have any further questions on the subject of data protection, please contact email@example.com. We reserve the right to amend this privacy statement at all times under consideration of statutory requirements.
Munich, July 2011