While I got some professional help to make sure I cover everything necessary and in the right way regarding data on this blog, I want to give you the short version to begin with:
I hate ads. I could not imagine using the internet without an ad blocker. I hate the fact that the internet is running on ads and that we all pay for content with our personal data. Therefore, I am not participating in this game.
When you come to my blog, no personal data is tracked. The only cookies set and files loaded in your browser are there to give you the best experience on my website, like loading font files and using a CDN to make my content load fast, no matter where you are. No Google Analytics, no Facebook Pixel. Not here.
In fact, if you are really curious, you can see exactly what information I can see about the readers of my blog, by taking a look at my website analytics dashboard, which I decided to make public. That’s all I have in terms of data about you.
Feel free to reach out if you have any questions. Here’s a cookie for you. 🍪
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Types of Processed Data
– Inventory data (e.g. personal master data, names or addresses)
– Contact details (e.g. email, telephone numbers)
– Content data (e.g. text input, photographs, videos)
– Usage data (e.g. visited websites, interest in content, access times).
– Meta / communication data (e.g. device information, IP addresses)
Categories of Affected Persons
Visitors and users of the online offer (hereinafter we refer to the affected persons as “users”).
Purpose of Processing
– Provision of the online offer, its functions, and contents
– Answering contact requests and communicating with users
– Safety measures
– Reach Measurement / Marketing
“Personal data” means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (hereinafter the “data subject”); a natural person is considered as identifiable, which can be identified directly or indirectly, in particular by means of assignment to an identifier such as a name, to an identification number, to location data, to an online identifier (e.g. cookie) or to one or more special features, are the expression of the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of this natural person.
“Processing” means any process performed with or without the aid of automated procedures, or any such process associated with personal data. The term goes far and includes virtually every handling of data.
“Pseudonymisation” means the processing of personal data in such a way that the personal data can no longer be assigned to a specific data subject without additional information being provided, provided that such additional information is kept separate and subject to technical and organizational measures to ensure that the personal data not assigned to an identified or identifiable natural person.
“Profiling” means any kind of automated processing of personal data which involves the use of such personal data to evaluate certain personal aspects relating to a natural person, in particular to analyze or predict aspects relating to job performance, economic situation, health, personal preferences, interests, reliability, behavior, whereabouts, or relocation of that natural person.
“Responsible person” means the natural or legal person or public authority, which alone or in concert with others, decides on the purposes and means of processing personal data.
“Processor” means a natural or legal person, public authority, body or body that processes personal data on behalf of the controller.
Relevant Legal Bases
In accordance with Art. 13 GDPR, we inform you about the legal basis of our data processing. For users within the scope of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), i.e. the EU and the EEC, unless the legal basis in the data protection declaration is mentioned, the following applies:
The legal basis for obtaining consent is Article 6 (1) lit. a and Art. 7 GDPR;
The legal basis for the processing for the performance of our services and the execution of contractual measures as well as the response to inquiries is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b GDPR;
The legal basis for processing in order to fulfill our legal obligations is Art. 6 (1) lit. c GDPR;
In the event that vital interests of the data subject or another natural person require the processing of personal data, Art. 6 para. 1 lit. d GDPR as legal basis.
The legal basis for the processing required to carry out a task in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority which has been delegated to the controller is Article 6 (1) lit. e GDPR.
The legal basis for processing in order to safeguard our legitimate interests is Article 6 (1) lit. f GDPR.
The processing of data for purposes other than those for which they were collected is governed by the provisions of Article 6 (4) GDPR.
The processing of special categories of data (pursuant to Art. 9 (1) GDPR) is governed by the provisions of Art. 9 (2) GDPR.
We will take appropriate technical and organizational measures in accordance with legal requirements, taking into account the state of the art, the implementation costs and the nature, scope, circumstances and purposes of the processing and the different likelihood and severity of the risk to the rights and freedoms of individuals to ensure a level of protection appropriate to the risk.
Measures include, in particular, ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data by controlling physical access to the data, as well as their access, input, disclosure, availability, and disconnection. In addition, we have established procedures to ensure the enjoyment of data subject rights, the erasure of data and the response to data compromise. Furthermore, we consider the protection of personal data already in the development, or selection of hardware, software, and procedures, according to the principle of data protection through technology design and privacy-friendly default settings.
Collaboration with Contract Processors, Joint Controllers and Third Parties
If, in the context of our processing, we disclose data to other persons and companies (contract processors, joint controllers or third parties), transmit them to them or otherwise grant access to the data, this will only be done on the basis of a legal permission (e.g. if the data has been transmitted to third parties, such as payment service providers, to fulfill the contract), users have consented to a legal obligation to do so or on the basis of our legitimate interests (e.g. the use of agents, webhosters, etc.).
Insofar as we disclose data to other companies in our group, convey it or otherwise grant access to it, this is done in particular for administrative purposes as a legitimate interest and, moreover, on a basis that complies with the legal requirements.
Transfers to Third Countries
If we process data in a third country (i.e. outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or the Swiss Confederation) or in the context of the use of third-party services or disclosure, or transmission of data to other persons or companies, this will only happen if it is to fulfill our (pre) contractual obligations, on the basis of your consent, on the basis of a legal obligation or on the basis of our legitimate interests. Subject to express consent or contractually required transmission, we process or disclose the data only in third countries with a recognized level of data protection, including those certified under the Privacy Shield, or on the basis of specific warranties such as: Information page of the European Commission).
Rights of Data Subjects
You have the right to ask for confirmation as to whether such data is being processed and for information about this data, as well as for further information and a copy of the data in accordance with legal requirements.
You have according to the legal requirements the right to request the completion of the data concerning you or the correction of the incorrect data concerning you.
In accordance with the legal requirements, you have the right to demand that the relevant data will be deleted immediately, or alternatively to demand a restriction of the processing of the data in accordance with the statutory provisions.
You have the right to request that the data relating to you provided to us be obtained in accordance with the statutory requirements and to request their transmission to other persons responsible.
You also have the right, in accordance with the statutory provisions, to submit a complaint to the competent supervisory authority.
Right of Withdrawal
You have the right to revoke granted consent for the future.
Right of Objection
You may object to the future processing of your data in accordance with legal requirements at any time. The objection may, in particular, be made against processing for direct marketing purposes.
Cookies and Right to Object to Direct Mail
“Cookies” are small files that are stored on users’ computers. Different information can be stored within the cookies. A cookie serves primarily to store the information about a user (or the device on which the cookie is stored) during or after his visit to an online offer. Temporary cookies, or “session cookies” or “transient cookies”, are cookies that are deleted after a user leaves an online service and closes his browser. In such a cookie, for example, the content of a shopping cart in an online shop or a login status can be saved. “Persistent” or “persistent” refers to cookies that remain stored even after the browser has been closed. For example, the login status can be saved, when users visit them after several days. Likewise, in such a cookie the interests of the users can be stored, which are used for range measurement or marketing purposes. A “third-party cookie” refers to cookies that are offered by providers other than the person responsible for providing the online offer (otherwise, if only their cookies are called “first-party cookies”).
If users do not want cookies stored on their machine, they will be asked to disable the option in their browser’s system settings. Saved cookies can be deleted in the system settings of the browser. The exclusion of cookies can lead to functional restrictions of this online offer.
Deletion of Data
The data processed by us will be deleted or restricted in accordance with legal requirements. Unless explicitly stated in this privacy statement, the data stored by us will be deleted as soon as they are no longer necessary for their intended purpose and the deletion does not conflict with any statutory storage requirements.
Unless the data is deleted because it is required for other and legally permitted purposes, its processing will be restricted. This means that the data is blocked and not processed for other purposes. This applies, for example, to data that must be kept for commercial or tax reasons.
When contacting us (e.g. by contact form, e-mail, telephone or via social media), the information provided by the user to process the contact request and its processing acc. Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b. (in the context of contractual / pre-contractual relationships), Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f. (other inquiries) GDPR processed. User information can be stored in a Customer Relationship Management System (“CRM System”) or comparable request organization.
We delete the requests if they are no longer required. We check the requirement every two years. Furthermore, legal archiving obligations apply.
Hosting and e-mailing
The hosting services we use are designed to provide the following services: infrastructure and platform services, computing capacity, storage and database services, e-mail delivery, security and technical maintenance services we use to operate this online service.
Here we, or our hosting provider, process inventory data, contact data, content data, contract data, usage data, meta and communication data of customers, interested parties and visitors to this online offer on the basis of our legitimate interests in an efficient and secure provision of this online offer acc. Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR in conjunction with Art. 28 GDPR (conclusion of contract processing contract).
Collection of access data and log files
We, or our hosting provider, collects data on the basis of our legitimate interests within the meaning of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f. GDPR on every access to the server on which this service is located (so-called server log files). The access data includes the name of the retrieved web page, file, date and time of retrieval, amount of data transferred, notification of successful retrieval, browser type and version, the user’s operating system, referrer URL (the previously visited page), IP address and the requesting provider,
Logfile information is stored for security reasons (e.g. to investigate abusive or fraudulent activities) for a maximum of 7 days and then deleted. Data whose further retention is required for evidential purposes are excluded from the erasure until the final clarification of the incident.
Content delivery network from Cloudflare
We use a Content Delivery Network (CDN) offered by Cloudflare, Inc., 101 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA. Cloudflare is certified under the Privacy Shield Agreement, which provides a guarantee to comply with European privacy legislation (https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt0000000GnZKAA0&status=Active).
A CDN is a service that helps deliver content from our online offering, especially large media files, such as graphics or scripts, using regionally distributed and Internet-connected servers. The processing of the data of the users takes place solely for the aforementioned purposes and the maintenance of the security and functionality of the CDN.
The use is made on the basis of our legitimate interests, i.e. interest in a secure and efficient provision, analysis and optimization of our online offer acc. Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f. GDPR.
For more information, see the Fathom Analytics Data Policy: https://usefathom.com/data
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Integration of services and contents of third parties
Based on our legitimate interests (i.e. interest in the analysis, optimization and economic operation of our online offer within the meaning of Art. 6 (1) lit. GDPR), we make use of content or services offered by third-party providers in order to provide their content and services Integrate services such as videos or fonts (collectively referred to as “content”).
This always presupposes that the third-party providers of this content perceive the IP address of the users, since they could not send the content to their browser without the IP address. The IP address is therefore required for the presentation of this content. We endeavor to use only content whose respective providers use the IP address only for the delivery of the content. Third parties may also use so-called pixel tags (invisible graphics, also referred to as “web beacons”) for statistical or marketing purposes. The “pixel tags” can be used to evaluate information, such as visitor traffic, on the pages of this website. The pseudonymous information may also be stored in cookies on the user’s device and, among other things, technical information about the browser and operating system.