Information We Collect
We may collect personal information about our users in various ways. For example, we may collect information that you provide to us, information that we collect through your use of the Services, and information that we collect from publicly available sources or third parties.
Information You Provide to Us. When you register or otherwise interact with the Services, you may be invited to provide personal information to enhance your experience on the Services. For example, during account registration, we may ask for information such as your name, e-mail address, year of birth, gender, street address, job title and industry and related information.
We also collect information that you provide us when you comment on articles, and submit images, photos, videos, personal statements, or other content for the Services. We may ask you for additional information at other times, such as when you enter a submission on our homepage, when you post an online ad, or when you order products from us or otherwise engage with the Services.
Information About Your Use of the Services. In addition to the information you provide to us directly, we may collect information about your use of the Services. For example, we may collect:
- Device information— such as your hardware model, IP address, other unique device identifiers, operating system version, browser type and settings, such as language and available font settings, and settings of the device you use to access the Services.
- Location information— such as your computer’s IP address, your mobile device’s GPS signal or information about nearby WiFi access points and cell towers that may be transmitted to us when you use certain Services.
Information From Third-Party Sources. We may receive information about you from publicly and commercially available sources, as permitted by law, which we may combine with other information we receive from or about you. For example, we may receive information about you from a social media site if you connect to the Services through that site.
Other Information We Collect. We also may collect other information about you, your device, or your use of the services in ways that we describe to you at the point of collection or otherwise with your consent.
You may choose not to provide us with certain types of information, but doing so may affect your ability to use some of the Services.
How We Use Information
To Provide and Manage the Services You Request. This includes, for example, processing your submissions, sending you electronic newsletters, or enabling you to participate in the features provided by the Services. It also includes providing personalized content and recommendations to you, including by email. Through such features, we are able to bring you information and content tailored to your individual interests and needs.
To Contact You. We may periodically contact you with offers and information about the Services and our affiliates, including in connection with your accounts, online surveys, legal notices, news stories, new features that you are entitled to access, and other important information. You may opt out of receiving commercial email messages from us by following the instructions contained in those email messages.
To Better Understand Our Readers and Users. The Services conduct research on our users’ demographics, interests and behavior based on the information we collect. We do this to better understand and serve our users, and to improve our products and services.
To Promote the Mission of Deutschlandjahr. We may use information that you provide to assist in the performance of our activities and public interest functions and the activities and public interest functions of our affiliates. This includes use for any of our or our affiliates’ campaigns, or for educational or promotional materials. By voluntarily submitting information to our website, you give Deutschlandjahr, its partners, affiliates, and services providers an irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual license to use, reproduce, distribute, transmit, adapt, publicly perform, publicly display, publish, and otherwise utilize the information and/or material, including statements or comments made, your name, face, voice, video, or photographic image, physique, body, picture, portrait, and other likeness contained therein for this purpose in any media now known or hereafter developed, including but not limited to, printed matter or other text or writings, audio recordings, digital recordings, photographs, films, video tapes, negatives, DVDs, the Internet, social media, social media content, or other electronic or digital media, and where applicable to use your name in connection therewith.
To Protect the Rights of the Services and others. We may use your personal information as we believe is necessary or appropriate to protect, enforce, or defend the legal rights, privacy, safety, or property of the Services, its employees or agents, or other users and to comply with applicable law.
Intellectual Property. You retain ownership of any self-authored materials; provided, however, that you give Deutschlandjahr, its partners, affiliates, and services providers an irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual license to use, reproduce, distribute, transmit, adapt, publicly perform, publicly display, publish, and otherwise utilize self-authorized materials provided in connection with the Services in any media now known or hereafter developed, including but not limited to, printed matter or other text or writings, audio recordings, digital recordings, photographs, films, video tapes, negatives, DVDs, the Internet, social media, social media content, or other electronic or digital media, and where applicable to use your name in connection therewith. You will not have, and not claim, any right, title, or interest in and to any derivative materials (but always excluding the self-authored material) produced by the Deutschlandjahr, its partners, affiliates, or service providers based off of any information provided through use of Services. You further agree that no derivate materials, or any portion thereof, need to be submitted to you for prior or subsequent approval, and that the Deutschlandjahr and those acting in concert may exploit, edit, or otherwise modify such derivative materials and may combine the derivative materials with other materials furnished or created by others without your approval.
Consent. We may otherwise use your information with your consent or at your direction.
Sharing of Information
The following provides information about entities with which we may share information. Our practices vary depending on the type of information.
Affiliates. We may share information within our family of affiliated partnerships (German Federal Foreign Office, Goethe-Institut, Federation of German Industries).
Business Partners. We may also share your information with business partners to provide you with services that you request. For example, if you sign up for a promotion that runs on our Services but that is sponsored or co-sponsored by another company, your information may be shared with that sponsor. The Deutschlandjahr is not responsible for the privacy practices of these entities.
Service Providers. We may share information with vendors providing contractual services to us, including, without limitation, hosting vendors, advertising service providers, and list managers.
Other Parties When Required by Law or As Necessary to Protect Our Users and Services. We may share your personal information as we believe is necessary or appropriate to protect, enforce, or defend the legal rights, privacy, safety, or property of the Services, our employees or agents or users or to comply with applicable law or legal process, including responding to requests from public and government authorities.
Other Parties in Connection With a Corporate Transaction. We reserve the right to transfer any information we have about you in the event that we sell or transfer all or a portion of our business or assets to a third party, such as in the event of a merger, acquisition, or in connection with a bankruptcy reorganization.
We also may share other information with third parties in a manner that does not identify particular users, including, for example, aggregated data about how users are using our Services.
Embedded Content and Links to Third-Party Sites and Services
How to Access or Update Your Information & Other Privacy Choices Available To You
Email Promotions. You may opt out of receiving commercial email messages from us by following the instructions contained in those email messages.
Targeted Advertising. You may choose whether to receive some forms of targeted advertising from many ad networks, audience segment providers, ad serving vendors, and other service providers by visiting websites operated by the Network Advertising Initiative and Digital Advertising Alliance. Please see the Online Tracking and
Advertising section for further information about how to disable cookies and other choices that may be available to you with respect to certain types of targeted advertising.
We have in place physical, electronic and managerial procedures to protect the information we collect online. However, as effective as these measures are, no security system is impenetrable. We cannot guarantee the security of our database, nor can we guarantee that the information you supply will not be intercepted while being transmitted to us over the Internet.
You agree that in no event shall Deutschlandjahr, its partners, affiliates, or service providers be liable for any damages whatsoever arising out of or related to the information or materials you have provided through Services, including, but not limited to direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential or punitive damages, whether under a contract, tort, or any other theory of liability even if Deutschlandjahr, its partners, affiliates, or service providers are aware of the possibility of such damages.
You agree to release Deutschlandjahr, its partners, affiliates, service providers, and other parties acting on its behalf from any liability, claims and demands arising from the use of Services as authorised in this agreement or arising from the exercise of the rights granted herein, including but not limited to claims in relation to any moral rights, including claims for libel, invasion of privacy, or violation of the right of publicity. You agree that Deutschlandjahr and parties acting on its behalf shall have no liability to you for any distortion or illusionary effect resulting from the use and publication of materials, derivative or otherwise, and that there is no liability to you for the unauthorized use of any information or materials acquired via Services by any third party.
You agree to receive no payment in exchange for use of any information you provide via Services. This includes but is not limited to the use of the information in any derivative materials.
Other Important Information
Children’s Privacy. We do not knowingly collect any personal information from children under the age of 16 without parental consent, unless permitted by law. If we learn that a child under the age of 16 has provided us with personal information, we will delete it in accordance with applicable law.
Your California Privacy Rights. (a) California residents are entitled once a year, free of charge, to request and obtain certain information regarding our disclosure, if any, of certain categories of personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes in the preceding calendar year. We do not share personal information with third parties for their own direct marketing purposes. (b) California residents who are registered users of the Services and are under the age of 18 are entitled, in accordance with California law, to request and obtain removal of content and information that they themselves post on the Services. You may request such removal by emailing us at Deutschlandfirstname.lastname@example.org. In your request, please provide a description of the material that you want removed and information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate the material, and include your name, email address, year of birth, mailing address (including city, state, and zip code), and the subject line “California Removal Request” so that we can process your request. Please note that your request does not ensure complete or comprehensive removal of the material. For example, materials that you have posted may be republished or reposted by another user or third party.
Do-Not-Track Signals and Similar Mechanisms. Some web browsers may transmit “do-not-track” signals to the websites with which the user communicates. Because of differences in how web browsers incorporate and activate this feature, it is not always clear whether users intend for these signals to be transmitted, or whether they even are aware of them. Because there currently is no industry standard concerning what, if anything, websites should do when they receive such signals, the Services currently do not take action in response to these signals. If and when a final standard is established and accepted, we will reassess how to respond to these signals.
International Transfers. The Services are headquartered in the United States of America. Please be aware that if information you provide to us, or that we obtain as a result of your use of the Services, may be collected in your country and subsequently transferred to the United States or to another country in accordance with applicable law. By using the Services, you consent to the collection, international transfer, storage, and processing of your information.
Online Tracking & Advertising
Cookies. Cookies are small files that are placed on your computer when you visit a website. Cookies may be used to store a unique identification number tied to your computer or device so that you can be recognized as the same user across one or more browsing sessions, and across one or more sites. Cookies serve many useful purposes. For example:
- Cookies can remember your sign-in credentials so you do not have to enter those credentials each time you visit a Service
- Cookies can help us and third parties understand which parts of our Services are the most popular because they help us see which pages and features visitors’ access and how much time they spend on the pages. By studying this kind of information, we are better able to adapt our Services and provide you with a better experience.
- Cookies help us and third parties understand which ads you have seen so that you don’t receive the same ad each time you access a Service.
Most browsers accept cookies automatically, but can be configured not to do so or to notify the user when a cookie is being sent. If you wish to disable cookies, refer to your browser help menu to learn how to disable cookies. If you disable browser cookies or flash cookies, it may interfere with the proper functioning of the Services.
Beacons. We, along with third parties, also may use technologies called beacons (or “pixels”) that communicate information from your device to a server. Beacons can be embedded in online content, videos, and emails, and can allow a server to read certain types of information from your device, know when you have viewed particular content or a particular email message, determine the time and date on which you viewed the beacon, and the IP address of your device. We and third parties use beacons for a variety of purposes, including to analyze the use of our Services and (in conjunction with cookies) to provide content and ads that are more relevant to you.
Local Storage & Other Tracking Technologies. We, along with third parties, may use other kinds of technologies, such as Local Shared Objects (also referred to as “Flash cookies”) and HTML5 local storage, in connection with our Services. We also may use unique identifiers associated with your device, such as mobile ad identifiers. These technologies are similar to the cookies discussed above in that they are stored on your device and can be used to store certain information about your activities and preferences. However, these technologies may make use of different parts of your device from standard cookies, and so you might not be able to control them using standard browser tools and settings. For HTML5 local storage, the method for disabling HTML5 will vary depending on your browser. For Flash cookies, information about disabling or deleting information contained in Flash cookies can be found here.
Additional Choices With Respect To Targeted Advertising
In addition to disabling cookies and other tracking technologies as described above, you may opt-out of receiving targeted advertising from participating ad networks, audience segment providers, ad serving vendors, and other service providers by visiting websites operated by the Network Advertising Initiative and Digital Advertising Alliance.
Due to differences between using apps and websites on mobile devices, you may need to take additional steps to disable tracking technologies in mobile apps. Many mobile devices allow you to opt-out of targeted advertising for mobile apps using the settings within the mobile app or your mobile device. For more information, please check your mobile settings.
Users in the EEA and Switzerland
If you are a user in the EEA or Switzerland the following information applies with respect to personal data collected through your use of our Services.
Transfers. Personal data we collect may be transferred to, and stored and processed in, the United States of America or any other country in which we or our affiliates or processors maintain facilities. We will ensure that transfers of personal data to a third country or an international organization are subject to appropriate safeguards.
Individual Rights. If you are a resident of the EEA or Switzerland, you have certain rights. To make a request or otherwise exercise your rights under Chapter 3, you can contact Deutschlandemail@example.com. In order to respond to your request, we will need to verify your identity and residency and may require you to provide us with supporting information.
For More Information. Please contact us at Deutschlandfirstname.lastname@example.org.