Terms & Privacy

 

TERMS OF USE

If you require any more information or have any questions about our Terms of Service, please feel free to contact us by email: geos@xl.live

Booking Confirmation

A booking is considered confirmed when we send a booking confirmation to confirm the booking. A deposit is required to confirm your booking. Invoices are issued on booking confirmation. IF you require a split payment please contact us with your request.

Whilst we endeavour to ensure that the most up to date and correct prices are shown on our website, there may on occasion be an incorrect price shown, due to an unfortunate error. When we become aware of any such error, we will endeavour to notify you at the time of booking (if we are then aware of the mistake) or within 7 days of the time of booking, or as soon as reasonably possible. We must reserve the right to cancel the booking if you do not wish to accept the price which is actually applicable to the trip in which case, you will be given the choice to amend your booking to an alternative holiday, at the correct price.

Cancellations & Changes

The following conditions apply to cancellations and booking changes for the trip:

Any payment received from you triggers our obligations with the charter companies; as a result, any cancellation by you will incur a cancellation charge plus a 5% administration fee. The minimum charge will depend on the time of cancellation and your destination and are as follows (the charges represent a percentage of your total booking cost):

1.Within the first 24 hours of booking or reserving only – 0%;
2.From 24 hours after booking to no later than 16 Weeks prior to the event date: 25%;
3.Thereafter, until 60 days prior to the event date: 40%; and
4.Within 60 days, or less, prior to the event date (check your booking to see the exact date): 100%.

All cancellations need to be made in writing and confirmed by the Reservations Team by email. We reserve the right, at any time and for any reason, to cancel the tour on notice to the client. In such event, the Company shall refund the tour price to the client.

Travel Insurance, Changeable & Refundable Flights

• We strongly recommend you take out your own travel insurance to mitigate any unexpected problems.

• Flights can be disrupted in and out of the islands and ongoing connecting flights, so it’s always ideal to have a changeable or refundable ticket so you can adapt to any unexpected conditions without additional expense.

• In the unlikely event of advance cancellation due to adverse weather or circumstances beyond our control, your event ticket will be fully refunded.

Health & Vaccinations

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risk vary worldwide. You should take health advice about your specific needs as early as possible and ensure that vaccinations or preventative measures are taken early enough (which may be a month or more prior to departure) to be fully effective by the date of travel. It is your responsibility to ensure you are aware of all recommended and required vaccination and health precautions in good time before departure.

Travel Documents

It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of all necessary travel and health documents before departure. All costs incurred in obtaining such documentation must be paid by you. We regret we cannot accept any liability if you are refused entry onto any transport or into any country due to failure on your part to carry all required documentation.  If failure to have any necessary travel or other documents results in fines, surcharges or other financial penalty or expenses being imposed on or incurred by us, you will be responsible for reimbursing us accordingly.

Passports & Visas

It is your responsibility to check all passport requirements with the relevant embassy. You should ensure that you have a valid passport and we would recommend that your passport is valid at least for 6 months after return.

Our Limits on Liability Events, During Use of the Site, other XL & Xsail Services

The Company should disclaim liability arising out of use of the Sites, attendance at an event, or any XL & Xsail affiliated activity. In no event will we or our officers, employees, directors, parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, agents or licensors be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential or exemplary damages, including but not limited to, damages for loss of revenues, profits, goodwill, use, data, lost real estate opportunities, or business interruptions or other intangible losses (even if such parties were advised of, knew of or should have known of the possibility of such damages, and notwithstanding the failure of essential purpose of any limited remedy), arising out of or related to your use of or access to, or the inability to use or to access, the site or the services (including your attendance at one of our events), regardless of whether such damages are based on contract, tort (including negligence and strict liability), warranty, statute or otherwise. We will not be liable for any damages arising from the transactions between you and any third party merchants or service providers or for any information appearing on third-party merchant or service provider sites or any other site linked to our site.

Attendee Conduct at Events & on Community Platforms

  1. All participants, including invitees’ guests, must be approved by XL & Xsail through advance registration and wear official wristbands designating proper registration.

  2. We reserve the right to remove attendees who do not comply with the proper registration, security procedures or requirements of attendee conduct outlined below at any point during an event without a refund. XL & Xsail reserves the right to remove anyone who disobeys any requirements, procedures, policies or regulations of the event.

  3. No person may impersonate any person or entity, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity.

  4. Aiding in gaining an unauthorized person access to the event is grounds for removal.

  5. You must not defame, abuse, harass, harm or threaten others, make any bigoted, hateful, or racially offensive statements.

  6. You may not advocate illegal activity or discuss illegal activities with the intent to commit them or cause injury or property damage to any person.

  7. You may not post or distribute any material that infringes and/or violates any right of a third party or any law or post or distribute any vulgar, obscene, discourteous, or indecent language or images.

  8. You may not advertise or sell to or solicit others excessively.

  9. You may not hand out, transmit or otherwise make available any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, “chain letters,” “pyramid schemes,” or any other form of solicitation, except in those areas that are designated for such purpose.

  10. We reserve the right to remove any content posted by you or other members at our sole discretion, for reasons including but not limited to that it is unlawful, threatening, libellous, defamatory, fraudulent, obscene or otherwise objectionable, or because it may infringe or violate any party’s intellectual property or privacy.

Photo & Video Disclaimer

By entering any XL & Xsail events, you consent to interview(s), photography, audio recording, video recording and its/their release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction to be used for news, webcasts, promotional purposes, telecasts, advertising, inclusion on websites, or any other purpose by XL & Xsail and its affiliates and representatives. You release XL & Xsail, its partners and each and all persons involved from any liability connected with the taking, recording, digitizing, or publication of interviews, photographs, computer images, video and/or sound recordings. By entering the event premises, you waive all rights you may have to any claims for payment or royalties in connection with any exhibition, streaming, webcasting, television, or other publication irrespective of whether a fee for admission or sponsorship is charged. You also waive any right to inspect or approve any photo, video, or audio recording taken by XL & Xsail or the person or entity designated to do so by XL & Xsail. 

Confidentiality at Events, During Use of the Site, other XL & Xsail Sailing Services

Unauthorized uses of Intellectual Property Online, social networking or other media reference to, or posting photographs of, the event, participants, activities must be limited to the XL & Xsail endorsed scheduled presentations and activities, or online activity. If we deems a post, article, photo or video inappropriate, the offender is required to take down the material within 12 hours. This is grounds for dismissal from an event. 

Collective and future involvement in XL & Xsail events.

We retain the rights to all staff photography and video footage during the event. You may not copy, reproduce, republish, download, post, broadcast, record, transmit, commercially exploit, edit, communicate to the public or distribute in any way the web pages or materials on the event other than for Your own personal use. 

Subject to the above, You may download insubstantial excerpts of this content to Your hard disk for the purpose of viewing it provided that no more than one copy of any information is made. Any use other than that permitted under this clause may only be undertaken with Our prior express authorization.

Changes to the Terms and Agreements

We reserve the right to amend these Terms at any time. All such changes will take effect once they have been posted in the Collective and You will be deemed to have accepted any such changes by Your use of the Collective after such time.

Website Terms

These terms and conditions govern your use of this website; by using this website, you accept these terms and conditions in full and without reservation. If you disagree with these terms and conditions or any part of these terms and conditions, you must not use this website.

License to use website

Unless otherwise stated, www.xl.live and/or its licensors own the intellectual property rights published on this website and materials used on www.xl.live . Subject to the license below, all these intellectual property rights are reserved.

You may view, download for caching purposes only, and print pages, files or other content from the website for your own personal use, subject to the restrictions set out below and elsewhere in these terms and conditions.

You must not:

  • sell, rent or sub-license material from the website;

  • reproduce, duplicate, copy or otherwise exploit material on this website for a commercial purpose;

  • edit or otherwise modify any material on the website;

  • redistribute material from this website – except for content specifically and expressly made available for redistribution; or

  • republish or reproduce any part of this website through the use of iframes or screenscrapers.

Acceptable use

You must not use this website in any way that causes, or may cause, damage to the website or impairment of the availability or accessibility of www.xl.live or in any way which is unlawful, illegal, fraudulent or harmful, or in connection with any unlawful, illegal, fraudulent or harmful purpose or activity.

You must not use this website to copy, store, host, transmit, send, use, publish or distribute any material which consists of (or is linked to) any spyware, computer virus, Trojan horse, worm, keystroke logger, rootkit or other malicious computer software.

You must not conduct any systematic or automated data collection activities on or in relation to this website without www.xl.live ‘s express written consent.

This includes:

  • scraping

  • data mining

  • data extraction

  • data harvesting

  • ‘framing’ (iframes)

  • Article ‘Spinning’

You must not use this website or any part of it to transmit or send unsolicited commercial communications.

You must not use this website for any purposes related to marketing without the express written consent of www.xl.live

Restricted access

Access to certain areas of this website is restricted. www.xl.live reserves the right to restrict access to certain areas of this website, or at our discretion, this entire website. www.xl.live may change or modify this policy without notice.

If www.xl.live provides you with a user ID and password to enable you to access restricted areas of this website or other content or services, you must ensure that the user ID and password are kept confidential. You alone are responsible for your password and user ID security..

www.xl.live may disable your user ID and password at www.xl.live ‘s sole discretion without notice or explanation.

User content

In these terms and conditions, “your user content” means material (including without limitation text, images, audio material, video material and audio-visual material) that you submit to this website, for whatever purpose.

You grant to www.xl.live a worldwide, irrevocable, non-exclusive, royalty-free license to use, reproduce, adapt, publish, translate and distribute your user content in any existing or future media. You also grant to www.xl.live the right to sub-license these rights, and the right to bring an action for infringement of these rights.

Your user content must not be illegal or unlawful, must not infringe any third party’s legal rights, and must not be capable of giving rise to legal action whether against you or www.xl.live or a third party (in each case under any applicable law).

You must not submit any user content to the website that is or has ever been the subject of any threatened or actual legal proceedings or other similar complaint.

www.xl.live reserves the right to edit or remove any material submitted to this website, or stored on the servers of www.xl.live, or hosted or published upon this website.

www.xl.live ‘s rights under these terms and conditions in relation to user content, www.xl.live does not undertake to monitor the submission of such content to, or the publication of such content on, this website.

No warranties

This website is provided “as is” without any representations or warranties, express or implied. www.xl.live makes no representations or warranties in relation to this website or the information and materials provided on this website.

Without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing paragraph, www.xl.live does not warrant that:

  • this website will be constantly available, or available at all; or

Nothing on this website constitutes, or is meant to constitute, advice of any kind. If you require advice in relation to any legal, financial or medical matter you should consult an appropriate professional.

Limitations of liability

www.xl.live will not be liable to you (whether under the law of contact, the law of torts or otherwise) in relation to the contents of, or use of, or otherwise in connection with, this website:

  • to the extent that the website is provided free-of-charge, for any direct loss;

  • for any indirect, special or consequential loss; or

  • for any business losses, loss of revenue, income, profits or anticipated savings, loss of contracts or business relationships, loss of reputation or goodwill, or loss or corruption of information or data.

These limitations of liability apply even if www.xl.live has been expressly advised of the potential loss.

Exceptions

Nothing in this website disclaimer will exclude or limit any warranty implied by law that it would be unlawful to exclude or limit; and nothing in this website disclaimer will exclude or limit the liability of the parent company in respect of any:

  • death or personal injury caused by the negligence of www.xl.live or its agents, employees or shareholders/owners;

  • fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation on the part of www.xl.live; or

  • matter which it would be illegal or unlawful for www.xl.live to exclude or limit, or to attempt or purport to exclude or limit, its liability.

Reasonableness

By using this website, you agree that the exclusions and limitations of liability set out in this website disclaimer are reasonable.

If you do not think they are reasonable, you must not use this website.

Other parties

You accept that, as a limited liability entity, www.xl.live has an interest in limiting the personal liability of its officers and employees. You agree that you will not bring any claim personally against www.xl.live  ‘s officers or employees in respect of any losses you suffer in connection with the website.

Without prejudice to the foregoing paragraph, you agree that the limitations of warranties and liability set out in this website disclaimer will protect www.xl.live ‘s officers, employees, agents, subsidiaries, successors, assigns and sub-contractors as well as www.xl.live.

Unenforceable provisions

If any provision of this website disclaimer is, or is found to be, unenforceable under applicable law, that will not affect the enforceability of the other provisions of this website disclaimer.

Indemnity

You hereby indemnify www.xl.live and undertake to keep www.xl.live indemnified against any losses, damages, costs, liabilities and expenses (including without limitation legal expenses and any amounts paid by www.xl.live to a third party in settlement of a claim or dispute on the advice of www.xl.live ‘s legal advisers) incurred or suffered by www.xl.live arising out of any breach by you of any provision of these terms and conditions, or arising out of any claim that you have breached any provision of these terms and conditions.

Breaches of these terms and conditions

Without prejudice to www.xl.live‘s other rights under these terms and conditions, if you breach these terms and conditions in any way, www.xl.live may take such action as www.xl.live deems appropriate to deal with the breach, including suspending your access to the website, prohibiting you from accessing the website, blocking computers using your IP address from accessing the website, contacting your internet service provider to request that they block your access to the website and/or bringing court proceedings against you.

Variation

www.xl.live may revise these terms and conditions from time-to-time. Revised terms and conditions will apply to the use of this website from the date of the publication of the revised terms and conditions on this website. Please check this page regularly to ensure you are familiar with the current version.

Assignment

www.xl.live may transfer, sub-contract or otherwise deal with www.xl.live’s rights and/or obligations under these terms and conditions without notifying you or obtaining your consent.

You may not transfer, sub-contract or otherwise deal with your rights and/or obligations under these terms and conditions.

Severability

If a provision of these terms and conditions is determined by any court or other competent authority to be unlawful and/or unenforceable, the other provisions will continue in effect. If any unlawful and/or unenforceable provision would be lawful or enforceable if part of it were deleted, that part will be deemed to be deleted, and the rest of the provision will continue in effect.

Entire agreement

These terms and conditions, together with www.xl.live ‘s Privacy Policy constitute the entire agreement between you and www.xl.live in relation to your use of this website, and supersede all previous agreements in respect of your use of this website.

Law and jurisdiction

These terms and conditions will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of USA, and any disputes relating to these terms and conditions will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Germany.

complaint procedure

Platform of the EU Commission regarding online dispute resolution: http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/odr

www. www.xl.live details

The full name of www.xl.live is Planet Rush LLC.

Planet Rush LLC registered address is

Planet Rush LLC.
1502 Pheasant Hollow Drive
Plainsboro
New Jersey

You can contact Planet Rush by email at geos@xl.live


Privacy Policy

Responsible Authority

We are happy about your visit to our website. We would like to introduce ourselves as the responsible authority within the meaning of data protection law:

Planet Rush LLC.
1502 Pheasant Hollow Drive
Plainsboro
New Jersey

You can contact Planet Rush by email at geos@xl.live

Pursuant to our statutory obligations, we would like to inform you about the collection and use of your personal data.

General Information

When you use our website, personal data about you will be collected. This may happen by you entering the data yourself, for example your e-mail address. But our system also collects your data automatically, for example whenever you visit our website. This happens irrespective of the device or the software that you use to visit our website.

All data that you enter in our app is provided voluntarily; there are no disadvantages to you if you do not provide data. But without certain data, we are unable to provide services or to conclude contracts. Whenever such information is necessary, we will point it out to you.

On this website, the user’s personal data is only collected within the framework of the existing data-protection law, in particular the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The legal terms used in the text are defined in Art. 4 of the GDPR.

The GDPR allows data processing in three cases in particular:

  • in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 (a) and 7 GDPR, when you have consented to us processing your data; in this Privacy Policy and in the cases of consent pursuant to Art. 4 no. 11 GDPR, we will inform you in detail and each time for what purposes and under what circumstances  your data will be processed by us;

  • in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 (b) GDPR, when processing your personal data is necessary for negotiating, concluding or performing a contract;

  • in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 (f) GDPR, if the balancing of interests leads to the conclusion that the processing is necessary to protect our legitimate interests; this means in particular our interests to analyse, optimise and secure the offers on our website – meaning primarily the analysis of user behaviour, setting up profiles for advertisement purposes and storage of access data as well as the use of third-party providers.

Inventory Data, Usage Data and Advertisements

Inventory Data

We collect inventory data (for example name, address and e-mail address, possibly services used) insofar as they are required for establishing, defining or amending a contract between us and the user. 

Usage Data

We also collect usage data (for example visits to the website, interest in products) to allow the user to use the services on our website and to invoice them.

We will only combine usage data if and insofar as it is necessary for billing purposes. Otherwise, we will only put together usage data pseudonymously and only insofar as you have not objected. You may send this objection to the address indicated in the “About Us” section or the responsible authority indicated in this Privacy Policy at any time.

The legal basis for this data processing are our legitimate interests pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 (f) GDPR in analysing the website and your use, possibly also the statutory permission to store data as part of the negotiation of a contract pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 (b) GDPR.

Furthermore, our provider stores information, the so-called server log files, each time the website is used; this is information which is automatically transferred by your browser. In detail, this data consists of:

  • your IP address

  • type and version of your browser

  • host name

  • time of visit

  • the page from which you came to our page

  • name of the page opened

  • exact time of usage as well as

  • the amount of data transferred

This data will only be used for statistical purposes and do not allow us to identify you as a user.

Advertisements

Before sending you advertisements, we will ask for your explicit consent pursuant to Art. 4 no. 11 GDPR, except in cases of advertisements for similar products to the one you already acquired. This will happen in particular when you grant us consent to mail our newsletter or when you fill out a contact form.

Consent

Whenever we ask you for your consent for the processing of your data, we will inform you in clear language and in an easily accessible way about the cases for which you will be granting your consent. Any consent that we ask you for is voluntary. Any advantage that you wish to gain by granting consent is also available without consent; simply ask us.

Regarding any consent, you have the right to revoke any consent given to us for the processing of your personal data at any time. You just need to contact us without any particular formal requirement, for example through our contact form, an e-mail to the e-mail address indicated in the “About Us” section or a link to unsubscribe (if offered by us). Your withdrawal has no effect on the legality of the data processing carried out up to that point.

Storage Period

Your data will generally only remain stored for as long as the purpose of the relevant data processing requires it. Storage beyond that is mainly possible when it is still necessary for us to pursue our rights or for our other legitimate interests or if we are compelled by law to keep your data stored (for example based on tax-law requirements to maintain files, which is generally 6 years, but may last up to 10 years).

Cookies

Based on our legitimate interest in a technologically perfect online offering and its design and optimisation in an economically efficient manner pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 (f) GDPR, our website uses cookies, allowing our offer to be used better, more effectively and more securely. Cookies are  text files, which are saved on your computer and will store certain data about your user behaviour on our website, allowing us for example to make an offer based on your usage up to that point. These can be so-called session cookies, which will be automatically deleted at the end of your visit to our website. But there are also cookies that are stored on your computer permanently, unless you delete them. That way, we are able to recognise your browser the next time you access our website, and we can make you offers that correspond with your use of  our website in the past.

Your browser allows you to prevent the use of cookies in specific cases or in general. Please consult the manual for your browser on this topic. Blocking cookies may limit the operability of our website or other websites visited by you.

You may permanently prevent cookies from being stored in your browser by downloading and installing the plugin linked to hereafter. Here you will find further information on this.

You can also prevent the use of cookies by third-party providers in your case by declaring your opt-out at the deactivation site of the Network Advertising Initiative, following the instructions on their page. Here you will find further information on this. You find the same offers on this US-American website as well as with this European service.

Transfer to Third Parties

We dislike spam as much as you do. We will therefore not transfer your data to third parties, unless permitted by law.

Transfer of customer data may either

  • be required for the performance of a contract and in that case be permitted according to Art. 6 para. 1 (b) GDPR, or

  • be permitted based on our legitimate interest in an effective service structure pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 (f) GDPR, or

  • covered by your consent pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 (a) GDPR, or

  • become necessary if we will be legitimately asked by a government or an agency to hand over your data pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 (c) GDPR.

If your data are transferred to third parties, this is mentioned in this privacy policy.

Transfer to other Countries, in particular to the USA

Our website uses external providers located outside of the EU for different features. In particular, the use of cookies, active Java scripts and other technology can lead to processing and storage of your data outside of the EU. But we will not transfer your data to a third country, unless the EU Commission has determined that there is a similar level of data protection as in the EU or unless you have provided us with your informed consent or we have agreed on the standard contractual clauses for the protection of your data with the provider. Regarding the USA, the Privacy Shield Agreement – see https://www.privacyshield.gov/welcome – has re-established sufficient data protection under certain conditions.

You will find more information about your rights in the case of each of the data transfers to the USA mentioned subsequently at

http://ec.europa.eu/justice/data-protection/document/citizens-guide_en.pdf.

Users‘ Rights

Information

You may request us anytime to provide information about the personal data stored about you free of charge. To avoid misuse, this will require personal identification.

Deletion, Correction, Limitation

You may at any time demand from us that we correct (or complete) incorrect data as well as a limitation of the processing of data or deletion of your data. This applies in particular if the reason for processing the data is no longer valid, if a required consent has been revoked and there is no other legal basis or if our data processing is unlawful. We will then correct, block or even delete your personal data without delay as far as permitted by law.

Objection

The right to object to advertisement is governed by our text regarding consent:

Regarding any consent, you have the right to revoke any consent given to us for the processing of your personal data at any time. You just need to contact us without any particular formal requirement, for example through our contact form, an e-mail to the e-mail address indicated in the “About Us” section or a link to unsubscribe (if offered by us). Your withdrawal has no effect on the legality of the data processing carried out up to that point.

Data Transfer

You may request us to transfer the data stored about you in machine-readable form.

Complaint

If you feel that our data processing has violated any of your rights, you may file a complaint with the competent regulatory agency (here you find a list of the agencies).

Changes to the Privacy Policy

If and when factual or legal reasons will compel us to amend the Privacy Policy, we will update this page accordingly. This will not change the consent provided by the user.

Encryption of Data Entry

When you enter data on our website, whether in a contact form, during the registration process, when you log in or for payment purposes, the website, where you enter the data, is encrypted. Thus, third parties can not read what you enter. You will recognise the encryption by the lock symbol in your browser and by the URL beginning with “https“ instead of “http“.

Newsletter

Mail Chimp

If you subscribe to the newsletter offered on our website, we will inform you in detail about the information you will receive, which of your data will be stored and what it will be used for. We will not pass on your data to third parties and we will only use it to mail the newsletter. 

We will only mail you the newsletter if you have given us your prior permission. To that purpose, you will receive an e-mail from us with a link and further instructions and our request for your consent. By clicking on this link, you declare your consent to receiving the newsletter and our advertising.

The basis for the storage is your consent pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 (a) GDPR, which you grant to us by registering for the newsletter. You may revoke this consent at any time, you just need to contact us without any particular formal requirement (for example through the contact form or an e-mail or the unsubscribe button in each e-mail). This withdrawal has no effect on the legality of the data processing that has occurred until that point.

Because we are legally obligated to record your permission as part of the so-called double opt-in, your order of the newsletter, the mailing of our e-mail of consent and your consent by clicking on the link will be recorded and saved with location and time as well as with your IP address.

For mailing the newsletter, we use (based on our legitimate interest in a technologically perfect processing of our customer information and analysis) the provider MailChimp (Rocket Science Group, LLC, 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE #5000, Atlanta, GA 30308, USA) from the USA.

Thus, your data is forwarded to the USA, but MailChimp is registered with Privacy Shield and obligated to respect the EU data protection rules. You will find further information about your rights thereunder at 

http://ec.europa.eu/justice/data-protection/document/citizens-guide_en.pdf.

In our newsletter, we will also explicitly ask you to provide your consent to transferring data to MailChimp and to the USA. You will declare that consent by clicking on the link, but you may revoke it at any time. For the handling of your data at MailChimp, we refer you to the Privacy Policy of MailChimp. MailChimp will only use your data for mailing the newsletter and for evaluating that mailing on our behalf. In addition to that, MailChimp will only use your data to improve their own service. But MailChimp will not use the data to contact you directly or to pass on your data to third parties.

The data used by MailChimp contains a “web beacon“, which will inform MailChimp about the opening of the newsletter and/or the clicking on a link contained therein by you. As part of that process, information regarding your browser, your location and your IP address will be transmitted to MailChimp. This information will be used to optimise our communication with you.

Our newsletter provider will also use this data, but only in a pseudonymous form (meaning that they cannot identify you) to analyse and optimise their own services. Your data will never be used by the newsletter provider in order to contact you.

Your data will remain stored for as long as you are stored in our mailing list, the storage is required to enforce our rights or it is necessary for our legitimate interest or we are required by law to keep your data.

Contact Forms

When you fill out a contact form or when you send us an e-mail or another electronic message, your information will be stored for the processing of the request, for possible follow-up questions or for other related questions and will only be used to follow up with the request.

Your data will be transferred in an encrypted manner, preventing third parties from reading your data while it is being entered.

Basis for this storage is your consent pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 (a) GDPR, which you grant us by filling in the contact form or by your other requests. You may revoke this consent at any time, you just need to contact us without any particular formal requirement (for example in the contact form or by e-mail). This withdrawal has no effect on the legality of the data processing that has occurred up to that point.

Your data remains stored for as long as the processing of the request requires, in particular as long as the storage is still necessary to perform the contract, to pursue our rights or for our other legitimate interests or we are compelled by law to keep your data stored (for example based on tax-law requirements to maintain files).

Registration 

When you apply on our website, the data entered by you will be stored for the use of of the application. It will also be used to inform you of changes to our offers, updates or technical improvements that are relevant for using our website.

Basis for this storage is the processing of data for the purpose of the performance of the contract pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 (b) GDPR and your consent pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 (a) GDPR, which you provide to us when you apply. You may revoke this consent at any time, you just need to contact us without any particular formal requirement (for example by unsubscribing, contact form or e-mail). This withdrawal has no effect on the legality of the data processing that has occurred up to that point.

Your data remains stored for as long as the application is decided, it will be deleted, when the journey, you applied for, has started, as long as the storage is not still required for the performance of the contract, to pursue our rights or for our other legitimate interests or as long as we are compelled by law to keep your data stored (for example based on tax-law requirements to maintain files).

Social Media Plugins

General Information

Social media plugins normally lead to the IP address of each visitor to a page being collected by these services immediately and the users having their subsequent browsing history recorded. This may even happen if you do not click on the button.

To prevent this, we use the Shariff method. Thus, our social media buttons only establish the direct contact between the social network and you only once you click on the respective share button. If you are already registered with a social network, Facebook and Google+ do not require a new window for this. Twitter will show a pop-up window, in which you can still edit the text of the tweet.

Thus, you can publish our content in social networks without them being able to put together complete browsing profiles. The Shariff method is already being used by many websites in order to protect their users.

But, at the latest, when you follow the link to the social media site, your data will be broadcasted to that site. The social media site will normally store a cookie in your browser and to your account information there, especially, if you are logged into your social media account on the site. The social media site can analyse your use of the platform and your browsing habits and will use these for targeting advertisements based on your interests. That can lead to ads being shown to you when browsing in- and outside of the social media site. Please inform yourself about the use of your data on these sites and use them only, when you agree to that use of your data, that happens on that social media site, in particular, when you are not using that social media site for the first time. We have added links to all the privacy policies of the social media site for your information. 

Facebook

Based on our legitimate interest in a technologically perfect online offering and its design and optimisation in an economically efficient manner pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 (f) GDPR, we use plugins of the social network of Facebook Inc., 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, California 94025, USA. Due to the Shariff method, Facebook will only learn your IP address and your visit to our website, once you will have clicked on the button. If you confirm the plugin while being logged in at Facebook, Facebook may attribute your use to your user account.

That way, your data will be transferred to the USA, Facebook is registered with Privacy Shield and must adhere to the EU data protection rules. You will find more information about your rights thereunder at

http://ec.europa.eu/justice/data-protection/document/citizens-guide_en.pdf.

The collection and use of your data which is then possibly carried out by Facebook is beyond our knowledge or control. You will find further information in Facebook’s privacy policy at

http://de-de.facebook.com/policy.php

Regarding the general approach to cookies and their deactivation, we refer you to our general information in this Privacy Policy.

Social Media Links

General Information

We refer with links to our social media presences. When you follow any such link to the social media site, your data will be broadcasted to that site. The social media site will normally store a cookie in your browser and to your account information there, especially, if you are logged into your social media account on the site. The social media site can analyse your use of the platform and your browsing habits and will use these for targeting advertisements based on your interests. That can lead to ads being shown to you when browsing in- and outside of the social media site. Please inform yourself about the use of your data on these sites and use them only, when you agree to that use of your data, that happens on that social media site, in particular, when you are not using that social media site for the first time. We have added links to all the privacy policies of the social media site for your information. 

Social Media Link to Facebook

Our website uses links to our presence in the social network of Facebook by Facebook Inc., 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, California 94025, USA. It is just a normal link. Thus, when you open our site, Facebook will not learn of your visit to our website. But once you click on the link, you will be led to Facebook, allowing Facebook to learn that you have visited out site. 

That way, your data will be transferred to the USA, but Facebook is registered with Privacy Shield and must adhere to the EU data protection rules. You will find more information about your rights thereunder at

http://ec.europa.eu/justice/data-protection/document/citizens-guide_en.pdf.

The collection and use of your data which is possibly carried out by Facebook after clicking on the link is beyond our knowledge or control. You may find further information in Facebook’s privacy policy at

http://de-de.facebook.com/policy.php.

Social Media Link to Instagram

Our website uses links to our presence in the social network of Instagram by Instagram LLC, represented by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, 1601 Willow Rd, Menlo Park CA 94025, USA. It is just a normal link. Thus, when you open our site, Instagram will not learn of your visit to our website. But once you click on the link, you will be led to Instagram, allowing Instagram to learn that you have visited out site.
That way, your data will be transferred to the USA, but Instagram is registered with Privacy Shield and must adhere to the EU data protection rules. You will find more information about your rights thereunder at

http://ec.europa.eu/justice/data-protection/document/citizens-guide_en.pdf.

The collection and use of your data which is possibly carried out by Instagram after clicking on the link is beyond our knowledge or control. You may find further information in Instagram’s privacy policy at
https://help.instagram.com/155833707900388.

YouTube (embed)

Based on our legitimate interest in a technologically perfect online offering and its design and optimisation in an economically efficient manner pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 (f) GDPR, we use the provider YouTube LLC , 901 Cherry Avenue, San Bruno, CA 94066, USA, represented by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA, for embedding videos. Normally, your IP address will already be sent to YouTube and cookies will be installed on your computer as soon as you open a page with an embedded video. But we have embedded our YouTube videos with the extended data-protection mode (in which case YouTube will still establish contact with Google’s Double, but according to Google’s privacy policy, the personal data will not be analysed). Thus, YouTube will no longer store information about the visitors, unless you view the video. When you click on the video, your IP address will be transferred to YouTube and YouTube will learn that you have watched the video. If you are logged in with YouTube, that information will also be attributed to your user account (you can prevent this by logging out of YouTube before watching the video). 

That way, your data will be transferred to the USA, but YouTube is registered with Privacy Shield and must adhere to the EU data protection rules. You will find more information about your rights thereunder at

http://ec.europa.eu/justice/data-protection/document/citizens-guide_en.pdf.

The collection and use of your data which is then possibly carried out by YouTube is beyond our knowledge or control. You will find further information in YouTube’s privacy policy at

https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy/

Regarding the general approach to cookies and their deactivation, we refer you to our general information in this Privacy Policy.

Google Analytics

Based on our legitimate interest in a technologically perfect online offering and its design and optimisation in an economically efficient manner pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 (f) GDPR, we use the Google Analytics tool provided by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94.043 USA. This allows to analyse the use of websites and t put together pseudonymous profiles of users based on the data. In order to do this, Google applies different technologies, among them also storing cookies on your computer. These store information about the use of our page, which we will use to improve our offers.

the data collected by Google will be transferred by Google to countries outside of the EU, in particular to the USA. Google has subjected itself to the Privacy Shield Framework; you can read more about your rights thereunder at

http://ec.europa.eu/justice/data-protection/document/citizens-guide_en.pdf