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Privacy Policy

Data Protection

Data protection is obviously an important concern for us, and we also put the protection of personal data concretely into practice. As a first point, we try to collect as little data as possible. Where we do, you can expect us to handle your data sensitively and carefully. 

We use Matomo's privacy-friendly technology for statistical analysis of site usage. Users with activated DoNotTrack setting in their browser are automatically excluded.

To protect the security of your data during transmission, we always use state-of-the-art encryption methods and protocols such as TLS and HTTPS.

We act in compliance with the following regulations: Datenschutzgrundverordnung (EU General Data Protection Regulation, GDPR), Bundesdatenschutz– and Telemediengesetz (German Federal Data Protection Act and Telemedia Act). We will collect and process users' personal information only to the extent described in this Privacy Policy.

Which data we collect

  • When visiting our pages your IP address, browser data and time of access will be stored temporarily. For analytical purposes we only use your IP address in abbreviated form. We use the Matomo software for this.
  • If you subscribe to our newsletter or press mailing list, we will store your e-mail address, and - if provided - your name, salutation, company name and position. We use the service provider Mailchimp for delivering our mailing lists.
  • When you access pages containing videos that we have integrated from external providers, such as Youtube, information will be transmitted to these external providers. We try to avoid this and are working on a better solution for integrating external videos.

What we use your data for

  • For statistical analysis, which articles are particularly popular, and for regular operation of the website.
  • To resolve technical issues and prevent spam or other attacks.
  • Stored IP addresses and browser data are deleted after a maximum of 45 days. The data we use for statistical analysis is stored without any reference to you personally.

Your rights

You can always contact us and ask for

  • Information
  • Correction
  • Deletion
  • Restriction of processing
  • Access

... about/of the data stored about you. Please contact us by e-mail at Artur Andretta (artur.andretta@port-zero.com).

Privacy Policy - Detailed Version

I. Name and address of the responsible person

The person responsible within the meaning of the General Data Protection Regulation and other national data protection laws of the member states as well as other data protection regulations is:

polypoly GmbH
Richardstr. 85/86
12043 Berlin

The controller's data protection officer is:

Port Zero GmbH
Artur Andretta
Paul-Lincke-Ufer 7e
10999 Berlin
E-Mail: artur.andretta@port-zero.com

II. General information about data processing

1. Nature and extent of the collection and processing of personal data

In principle, we process personal data of our users only insofar as this is necessary to provide a functioning website and our content and services. Personal data is collected and processed when you register for our newsletter or mailing lists. Furthermore, we store data that arise when using our service, but only for statistical reasons and in anonymised. A creation of profiles, tracking or other evaluation on the level of individual visitors does not take place.

2. Legal basis for the processing of personal data

Insofar as we obtain the consent of the data subject for processing of personal data, Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as legal basis. Insofar as processing of personal data is required to fulfill a legal obligation that is subject to polypoly.eu, Art. 6 para. 1 lit. c GDPR as legal basis. If processing is necessary to safeguard the legitimate interests of our company or a third party, and if the interest, fundamental rights and fundamental freedoms of the data subject do not outweigh the former interest, Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR as legal basis for processing.

3. Data deletion and storage duration

The personal data of the data subject will be deleted or blocked as soon as the purpose of the storage is deleted. It may also be stored if provided for by the European or national legislator in EU regulations, laws or other regulations to which polypoly.eu is subject. A blocking or deletion of the data takes place also if a storage period prescribed by the mentioned standards expires, unless there is a need for further storage of the data for a contract conclusion or a contract fulfillment. Details can be found in the following sub-items.

III. Provision of the website and creation of log files

1. Description and scope of data processing

Each time you access our website, our system automatically collects data and information from the computer system of the accessing computer.

The following data will be collected:

  1. Information about the browser type and the version used
  2. The operating system of your computer
  3. The Internet service provider you are using
  4. The IP address of your computer
  5. Date and time of access
  6. Websites from which the user's system accesses our website ("referrers")
  7. Websites accessed by your system through our website

The data is stored temporarily in the log files of our system, and not stored together with other personal data.

2. Legal basis for data processing

The legal basis for the temporary storage of data and log files is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR.

3. Purpose of data processing

The temporary storage of the IP address by the system is necessary to enable delivery of the website to your computer. For this purpose, the IP address of your computer must remain stored for the duration of the session. Log files are stored to ensure the functionality of the website and the security of our information technology systems. We do not use IP addresses to identify you. The data is not evaluated for marketing purposes.

Our legitimate interest in data processing pursuant to Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f GDPR lies in these purposes.

4. Duration of storage

The data will be deleted as soon as they are no longer necessary to achieve the purpose for which they were collected.

  • In the case of the collection of data to provide the website, this is the case when the respective session is terminated.
  • If the IP address is stored in log files, this is the case after 45 days at the latest.

5. Possibility of opposition and removal

The collection of data for the provision of the website and the storage of data in log files is mandatory for the operation of the website. Consequently, there is no possibility of opposition.

IV. Statistical analysis

1. Description and scope of data processing

Our website uses Matomo (formerly: PIWIK). This is open-source software with which we can analyze the use of our site. Data such as your IP address, the pages you visit, the website from which you came (referrer URL), the duration of your visit, and the frequency of your visits is processed.

Each time you access our website, our system automatically collects data and information from the computer system of the accessing computer.

We use Matomo with the "Automatically Anonymize Visitor IPs" function. This anonymization function truncates your IP address by two bytes so that it is impossible to assign it to you or to the internet connection you are using.

The following data will be collected without any reference to you personally:

  1. Information about the browser type and the version used
  2. Your computer's operating system and type of your device
  3. The internet service provider you use
  4. The anonymised IP address of your computer
  5. Date and time of access
  6. Visiting and loading time of the page
  7. The country of your access
  8. Screen resolution
  9. Websites from which the user's system reaches our website (“referrer”)
  10. Websites that are accessed by your system through our website

Information of this type may be statistically evaluated by us in order to optimize our website and the technology behind it. The data thus collected will be temporarily stored, but not in association with any other of your data.

2. Legal basis for data processing

The legal basis for the temporary storage of data and log files is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR.

3. Purpose of data processing

Our legitimate interest lies in the analysis and optimization of our website. We do not use your data to draw conclusions about you personally.

4. Duration of storage

We archive the data permanently without reference to your IP address or you personally.

5. Possibility of opposition and removal

If you want to be excluded from any statistical analysis you can remove the tick here to set an “opt-out” cookie. Users with activated DoNotTrack setting in their browser are automatically excluded.

No further possibilities of opposition or removal are available given that the data is stored with anonymised IP address and without any reference to you personally.

V. Newsletters and Mailing Lists

1. Description and scope of data processing

You can subscribe to free newsletters and mailing lists on our website. When registering for the mailing list, the e-mail address and other information you provided (e.g., name, company, etc.) are sent to our mailing list provider Mailchimp and stored. Your consent will be obtained for the processing of your data during the registration process and reference will be made to this data protection declaration. The date and time of registration will be saved to document your consent. The data will be used exclusively for dispatching of the mailing list you registered for.

The newsletter or mailing list message subsequently sent contains a so-called tracking pixel, also called a web beacon. With the help of this tracking pixel, we can evaluate whether and when you read our newsletter or mailing list and whether you followed any links contained in it. In addition to other technical data, such as the data of your IT system and your IP address, the data processed is stored so that we can optimize our service offer and respond to the wishes of the readers. The data will thus increase the quality and attractiveness of our newsletter offer.

Mailchimp is a service of The Rocket Science Group, LLC, 512 Means Street, Suite 404, Atlanta, GA 30318, USA. Through certification under the EU-US Privacy Shield Mailchimp and The Rocket Science Group guarantee that EU data protection requirements are also met when processing data in the USA. Further details about their privacy practices are available on the Mailchimp website.

2. Legal basis for data processing

The legal basis for processing of the data, delivery of newsletter or mailing list and statistical analysis is your consent according to Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR.

3. Purpose of data processing

The collection of your e-mail address and related data serves to deliver the newsletter or mailing list. The date and time of registration are collected exclusively to document the registration for the newsletter or mailing list.

4. Duration of storage

The data will be deleted as soon as they are no longer necessary to achieve the purpose for which they were collected. Accordingly, the e-mail address, related data and registration date will be stored as long as the newsletter or mailing list subscription is active.

5. Possibility of opposition and removal

The subscription of the newsletter or mailing list can be cancelled by you at any time. For this purpose you will find a corresponding link in every newsletter or mailing list posting, and in the confirmation e-mail. This also allows the revocation of the consent to the storage of personal data collected during the registration process.

VI. Other transmission of data to third parties

1. General information

Polypoly.eu does not pass on any personal data to third parties unless there is a legal obligation to do so. We do not sell or market any personal data. However, the use of content from external providers that are integrated on the website may result in the transmission of data to them.

2. Social media links under articles

We do not use social media plug-ins, as this means that your information is immediately collected by these services with your IP address and your further activities on the Internet are logged. This would happen even if you do not click on any of the buttons. To prevent this, there are simple links under our articles to share the text. If you use the links to share articles on social media services, they will be informed that you are coming from our site.

3.External video providers

When some external video hosters such as Youtube are integrated, cookies are normally set, and data such as the IP addresses are transferred to the providers - normally even without the video being clicked on. Therefore we try to avoid the use of such services. To ensure that as little data as possible is transmitted when we need to integrate such a video, we rely on integration without cookies. Since the preview image loads automatically, your IP addresses are already transmitted to e.g. Youtube when you call up the page. We are working on a solution that works without this.

VII. Rights of the data subject

If your personal data is processed by us, you are the data subject within the meaning of the GDPR and you have the following rights against us:

1. Right to information

You may request confirmation from us as to whether personal data relating to you will be processed by us.

In the event of such processing, you may request the following information from us:

  1. the purposes for which the personal data are processed;
  2. the categories of personal data processed;
  3. the recipients or categories of recipients to whom the personal data relating to you has been or will be disclosed;
  4. the planned duration of the retention of the personal data concerning you or, if it is not possible to provide specific information in this regard, criteria for determining the retention period;
  5. the existence of a right to rectify or delete personal data concerning you, a right to limit the processing by the controller or a right to object to such processing;
  6. the existence of a right of appeal to a supervisory authority;
  7. all available information on the origin of the data, if the personal data are not collected from the data subject;
  8. the existence of automated decision-making including profiling in accordance with Article 22(1) and (4) GDPR and - at least in these cases - meaningful information on the logic involved and the scope and intended effects of such processing for the data subject.

You have the right to request information as to whether the personal data concerning you will be transferred to a third country or to an international organisation. In this context, you may request to be informed of the relevant guarantees pursuant to Art. 46 GDPR in connection with the transfer.

2. Right to rectification

You have a right of rectification and/or integration with us if the personal data processed concerning you is inaccurate or incomplete. The person responsible must rectify the data without delay

3. Right of restriction of processing

Under the following conditions, you may request that the processing of your personal data be restricted:

  1. if you dispute the accuracy of the personally identifiable information about you for a period of time that allows us to verify the accuracy of the personally identifiable information;
  2. the processing is unlawful and you refuse to delete the personal data and instead request the restriction of the use of the personal data;
  3. we no longer need the personal data for the purposes of processing, but you need it to assert, exercise or defend legal claims, or
  4. if you have lodged an objection against the processing pursuant to Art. 21 para. 1 GDPR and it has not yet been established whether the legitimate reasons of the data controller outweigh your reasons.

Where the processing of personal data concerning you has been restricted, such data may not be processed, with the exception of their storage, without your consent or for the purpose of asserting, exercising or defending rights or protecting the rights of another natural or legal person or for reasons of an important public interest of the Union or of a Member State. If the processing restriction has been restricted in accordance with the above conditions, you will be informed by us before the restriction is lifted.

4. Right to erasure

a) Cancellation obligation

You may request us to delete your personal information immediately and we are obligated to delete that information immediately for any of the following reasons:

  1. Personal data concerning you are no longer necessary for the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise processed.
  2. You revoke the consent on which the processing was based pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a or Art. 9 para. 2 lit. a GDPR, and there is no other legal basis for the processing.
  3. You object to the processing pursuant to Art. 21 (1) GDPR and there are no overriding legitimate reasons for the processing or you object to the processing pursuant to Art. 21 (2) GDPR.
  4. The personal data concerning you have been processed unlawfully.
  5. The deletion of your personal data is necessary to fulfil a legal obligation under Union law or the law of the Member States to which we are subject.
  6. The personal data concerning you have been collected in relation to information society services offered pursuant to Art. 8 Para. 1 GDPR.

b) Information to third parties

If the person responsible has made the personal data concerning you public and is obliged to delete them in accordance with Art. 17 (1) GDPR, he shall take appropriate measures, including technical measures, taking into account the available technology and the implementation costs, to inform the persons responsible for data processing who process the personal data that you, as the person concerned, have requested them to delete all links to this personal data or copies or replications of this personal data.

c) Exceptions

The right to deletion does not exist if the processing is necessary

  1. to the exercise of freedom of expression and of information;
  2. to fulfil a legal obligation which the processing requires under the law of the Union or of the Member States to which the controller is subject or to perform a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller;
  3. on grounds of public interest in the field of public health pursuant to Article 9(2)(h) and (i) and Article 9(3) GDPR;
  4. for archival purposes in the public interest, scientific or historical research purposes or for statistical purposes pursuant to Art. 89 para. 1 GDPR, insofar as the law referred to under section a) presumably makes it impossible or seriously impairs the attainment of the objectives of such processing, or
  5. for the assertion, exercise or defence of legal claims.

5. Right to information

If you have exercised the right to correction, deletion or limitation of processing against us, we are obliged to notify all recipients to whom the personal data concerning you have been disclosed of this correction, deletion or limitation of processing, unless this proves impossible or involves disproportionate effort.

You have the right to be informed about these recipients.

6. Right to data transferability

You have the right to receive the personal data concerning you that you have provided to us in a structured, common and machine-readable format. In addition, you have the right to communicate this data to another responsible person without being hindered by the responsible person to whom the personal data has been provided, provided that

  1. the processing is based on a consent pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a GDPR or Art. 9 para. 2 lit. a GDPR or on a contract pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b GDPR and
  2. processing is carried out using automated procedures.

In exercising this right, you also have the right to request that the personal data concerning you be transmitted directly by one responsible person to another responsible person, insofar as this is technically feasible. Freedoms and rights of other persons must not be affected by this. The right to data transfer does not apply to the processing of personal data necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller.

7. Right to object

You have the right, for reasons arising from your particular situation, to object at any time to the processing of personal data concerning you on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. e or f GDPR. We will no longer process your personal data unless we can prove compelling reasons for the processing worthy of protection which outweigh your interests, rights and freedoms, or the processing serves the assertion, exercise or defence of legal claims.

8. Right to withdraw data protection consent

You have the right to revoke your privacy statement at any time. The revocation of consent does not affect the legality of the processing carried out on the basis of the consent until the revocation.

9. Right of appeal to a supervisory authority

Without prejudice to any other administrative or judicial remedy, you have the right to complain to a supervisory authority, in particular in the Member State where you reside, at your place of work or at the place where the alleged infringement is alleged, if you consider that the processing of your personal data is in breach of the GDPR. The supervisory authority with which the complaint was lodged will inform the complainant of the status and outcome of the complaint, including the possibility of a judicial remedy under Art. 78 GDPR.

Berlin Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information
Maja Smoltczyk
An der Urania 4-10
10787 Berlin
mailbox@datenschutz-berlin.de

VIII. Changes to our privacy policy

We reserve the right to adapt this data protection declaration so that it always corresponds to the current legal requirements or to implement changes to our services in the data protection declaration, e.g. when introducing new services. The new data protection declaration then applies to your next visit.

Last updated: 3 April 2020