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Privacy Policy

Status as of July 2023

1. Scope and application

The following declarations inform users of the nature, extent and purpose of the collection and use of personal data on the website www.elternguide.online. The service is operated by Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle Multimedia-Diensteanbieter e.V. (FSM), Beuthstr. 6, 10117 Berlin, office(at)fsm.de, Tel. +49 (0)30 24048430 operated. The privacy policy does not apply to other websites, products or online or offline services of FSM. In accessing this website, you are expressing your approval of the practices of data collection described in the following declarations.

2. Access data

The Website may collect certain information about your visit, such as the Internet Protocol address through which you access the Internet, the date and duration of your access to the Website, the pages you access while on the Website, and the Internet address of the website from which you linked directly to our website. This data is used for the operation and improvement of the website and for statistical analysis.

3. Website analysis

This website uses the web analytics tool of “Matomo” (formerly “Piwik”). The version we use works with anonymization of IP addresses ensuring that no concrete personal data can be identified. For more information, please visit https://matomo.org/.

4. Search engine optimization

This website uses the Yoast SEO plugin. This plugin supports search engine optimization of our website. It does not store personal data (see WordPress support at https://wordpress.org/support/topic/yoast-gdpr/). For more information, visit https://yoast.com/privacy-policy/.

5. Use of cookies

We use cookies on this website to adjust its behaviour to meet your personal needs. A cookie is a small text file which is placed by a server on your hard disk. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or to send viruses to your computer. Cookies are solely allocated to your use and can be read only by a web server in the domain which made the cookie available to you.

You have the opportunity to accept or refuse cookies. Most web browsers accept cookies automatically, but you can normally change your browser settings so that cookies will be rejected if you wish. If you prefer to reject cookies, you may not be able to make full use of interactive features of this or other websites which you visit.

6. Contact / Messenger

When contacting the FSM, for example by e-mail or via the contact form, the information given by the user will be stored for purposes of processing the enquiry and in case further questions arise.

As of October 2019, we use WhatsApp Business and Threema Work. Users can then reach the editorial team of elternguide.online via WhatsApp and Threema. The user’s mobile phone number and name are stored. For more information on the terms and conditions for contacting us via Messenger, please visit https://www.elternguide.online/ihre-fragen-an-uns/.

7. Embedded YouTube videos

YouTube videos are embedded on the website using the expanded data protection mode. When embedding the videos requests to YouTube servers are made due to technical reasons. For information on how data of your browser or devices is used in this respect please refer to the YouTube privacy policy: https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=de.

8. Translation and language plugin

You have the possibility to access the website also in English language. The translations are done automatically by DeepL – an online service for machine translation – and are not checked by us. The official text is the German version. The content automatically translated by DeepL is integrated on elternguide.online using the language plugin WPML from OnTheGoSystems Limited, 22/F 3 Lockhart Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong. WPML uses a session cookie to determine the visitor’s current language. For more information on the use of cookies by WPML’s plugin, please visit https://wpml.org/documentation/support/browser-cookies-stored-wpml/.

9. Feedback sheet

To evaluate our events, we solicit feedback from participants via surveys using the “Edkimo” evaluation tool. “Edkimo” is a service of Edkimo GmbH, which is based in Germany and operates in accordance with the provisions of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (see https://edkimo.com/de /datenschutz/).

10. Social Media

Elternguide.online provides the following channels on social networks and platforms: On Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/elternguide.online) and YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKzYRRUYI2DAyEGpDrmYU0w). We would like to point out that personal data of users may be processed outside of the European Union as well as for purposes of market research and advertising and by the aforementioned social networks and platforms. For information, please refer to the privacy policies of the respective providers: https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/ , https://policies.google.com/privacy.

11. Processing of personal data

The FSM will record, make use of and disclose personal data of the user only when legally permitted or the user has agreed to the processing of the data. Personal data will be processed solely as described in sections 2 to 9 (see above).

Personal data may be published, according to legal requirements or as matters of good faith, in order (a) to comply with statutory regulations or legal actions imposed on the FSM; (b) to protect and defend the rights or the property of the partners and of our website; or (c) in cases of emergency, to take action to protect the personal security of our employees or representatives, the users of our products and services, or of the general public.

The legal basis for data protection is to be found in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) and the German Telemedia Act (TMG).

12. Information, correction, deletion, restriction of the processing and revocation of your data

Every user has the right, on application, to receive information free of charge concerning their personal data which is being stored. In addition, the user has the right to demand the correction of inaccurate data, provided there is no legal obligation to retain them. Furthermore, very user has the right to limit as well as to revoke the processing of his/her personal data. Please send an e-mail to Datenschutz(at)fsm.de in this respect.

13. Amendments to the Privacy Policy

It is possible we may occasionally change this privacy policy. If this is the case, we will also add the date of the “latest amendment“ to the declarations. In the event of significant alterations in these declarations we will inform you, either by displaying a conspicuous message on the homepage of our website or by sending you direct notification. We encourage you to read this privacy policy at regular intervals to keep informed about how we help to protect the personal data which we store about you. Your continued use of this site constitutes your agreement with this privacy policy and their updating.

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