Data Protection

1. Purpose of collecting and using data according to § 13 paragraph 1 of the Telemediengesetz (German Telemedia Act)

Collecting your data serves to provide you with user-friendly, efficient and secure internet services. We use the collected and processed personal data in order to provide those users who are interested with information. Furthermore, we generally process the data with the goal of improving our service and ensuring its security. No personal data is processed: we process the data anonymously or using pseudonyms. Whenever you complete transactions using our website, e.g. opening a user account and / or purchasing a publication, further data processing processes may take place, of which you will of course be separately informed.

2. The form and scope of collecting and processing personal data

a) Inventory data according to § 14 paragraph 1 of the German Telemedia Act

If you wish to receive a newsletter we need to save and use your e-mail address. We will then send electronic messages to the e-mail address you gave us, which may also contain topic-specific advertisements along with editorial information on our products and services. Naturally, you can unsubscribe at any time.

b) Usage data according to § 15 paragraph 1 of the German Telemedia Act

As a general rule, you may access our websites without having to provide any personal data. Nevertheless, we will create a so-called utilization profile by using a pseudonym if you visit our websites as a registered user. This implies that data will be collected and saved anonymously for marketing and optimization purposes. This data includes information on the website from which you were taken to our offer, information on your internet service provider and the offers you viewed on our website, as well as the date and length of your visit. On the basis of this already pseudonymous data a utilization profile will be created, along with a corresponding pseudonym. For this purpose, cookies may be used (see subparagraph 5 below). Authentication and tracking logs will be used to compile user statistics. This data will not contain any personally identifiable information.

3. Passing on data to third parties

We only pass on personal data to a third party to the extent necessary to fulfill our contractual relationship (if at all), if we are bound by law or if it should be necessary in order to implement our general terms and conditions of business or any other agreements concluded with you, or in order to enforce our rights and claims.

4. Disclosure, rectification, deletion, account freezing

Provided you send us a request in writing, we will inform you about which personal data we have saved at any time. You may at any time demand that we freeze or delete your user account data and your personal data. Only data we need in order to process open tasks or to enforce our rights are exempt from deletion, as well as data we are required to save by law.

5. Cookies, etc.

We use so-called cookies or other instruments to analyze the usage of our website. Cookies are small files which are saved on your hard drive and which provide us with specific information. This information above all includes the IP address, your browser type, the URL click stream (the chronological order of our internet sites you visited), the date and the time of your visit on our website as well as the cookie number.

Using cookies and similar instruments makes it possible to recognize you whenever you as a user access our internet sites again after the expiration of a session. And, we use cookies to statistically record how often our internet sites are viewed as well as the general navigation in order to create encoded usage profiles (see above).
This website uses Piwik, a web analytics open-source software. Piwik uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address anonymized prior to its storage) will be stored on the server of the service provider in Germany. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website.

Opt-Out:

You can also adjust your browser in such a way that you will be informed about the setting of cookies, so you can either decide on a case-by-case basis to accept or reject a specific cookie, or reject the acceptance of all cookies. In the latter case the usability of the websites can be severely limited.

6. Security

We employ technical and organizational security measures to guarantee that your data is protected from loss, incorrect modifications and unauthorized third-party access. To the greatest extent possible, we ensure that only authorized persons have access to your personal data and only insofar as it is necessary in the scope of the above-mentioned purposes.

7. Social Media

Budrich uses so-called social share buttons for

a)the social networking site facebook.com provided by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA (“Facebook”),

If a user visits one of the websites using such a plugin, the user’s browser directly connects to Facebook’s servers. The plugin and its content are made available directly on Facebook’s servers and included in the website by the user’s browser. For this reason, the provider of the website cannot influence which data Facebook connects via the plugin and thus informs the user according to his own knowledge.
Due to the integration of the plugin Facebook collects the information that a user is visiting the corresponding website. If the user is logged in on Facebook at the moment he or she visits the website, Facebook may be able to connect the visit on the website to the user’s Facebook account. If the user interacts with the plugin – for example if he or she presses the like button or comments on something – the user’s browser transmits this information to Facebook. Facebook stores this information. If a user is not a member of Facebook, Facebook may collect and store the user’s IP-address. Facebook states that it only collects anonymized IP-addresses in Germany.
The reason for and scope of the data acquisition and information about the way in which the data is processed and used by Facebook, as well as the user’s rights in this respect and settings options for protecting the users privacy can be found under: http://www.facebook.com/policy.php.
If the user is a member of Facebook and does not wish Facebook to collect personal data via this homepage and to link this with his data stored on Facebook, the user needs to log off from Facebook before going to this homepage.
The user may also block Facebook’s plugins using add-ons for the user’s browser, for example the „Facebook Blocker“.

b) Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA. (“Twitter”) The buttons are marked using the text “Twitter” and a stylized blue bird. The button enables the user to share an article or a website of this homepage on Twitter

If a user visits one of the websites using this button, the user’s browser directly connects to Twitter’s servers. The Twitter-button and its content are loaded directly from Twitter’s servers and included in the website by the user’s browser. For this reason, the provider of the website cannot influence which data Twitter connects via the button and thus informs the user according to his own knowledge. According to the provider’s knowledge, Twitter collects the user IP-address and the website’s URL when the button is loaded from Twitter’s servers. However, this data is only used for loading and displaying the Twitter-button.
Further information can be found in Twitter’s privacy statement under: https://twitter.com/privacy.

c) LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View CA 94043, USA

If a user visits one of the websites using this button, the user’s browser directly connects to LinkedIn’s servers. The LinkedIn-button and its content are loaded directly from LinkedIn’s servers and included in the website by the user’s browser. For this reason, the provider of the website cannot influence which data LinkedIn connects via the button and thus informs the user according to his own knowledge. According to the provider’s knowledge, LinkedIn collects the user IP-address and the website’s URL when the button is loaded from LinkedIn’s servers. However, this data is only used for loading and displaying the LinkedIn-button.
Further information can be found in LinkedIn’s privacy statement under: https://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy

d) XING AG, Dammtorstraße 30, 20354 Hamburg, Germany

If a user visits one of the websites using this button, the user’s browser directly connects to Xing’s servers. The Xing-button and its content are loaded directly from Xing’s servers and included in the website by the user’s browser. For this reason, the provider of the website cannot influence which data Xing connects via the button and thus informs the user according to his own knowledge. According to the provider’s knowledge, Xing collects the user IP-address and the website’s URL when the button is loaded from Xing’s servers. However, this data is only used for loading and displaying the Xing-button.
Further information can be found in Xing’s privacy statement under: https://www.xing.com/privacy