pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG takes the protection of your personal information very seriously. The purpose of our data processing is to collect, process, and use only the personal data necessary for the sensible and efficient use of our products and services.
The following provides information about when we store data from visitors to our web shop and how we use their data. We have taken technical and organisational measures to ensure compliance with data protection regulations. Our products and services are subject, in particular, to the provisions of the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) and the Teleservices Data Protection Act (TDDSG).
Personal data are defined as any information which can be used to identify you. Your name and address are examples of such information. Information that cannot be linked directly to a specific person is not considered personal.
Our online shop may be used without disclosing your identity. However, if you choose to use one of our personalised services, you will be asked to provide certain data in order to access the service. You are free to decide whether you wish to use these services and provide the corresponding data.
We store your information on highly protected servers in Germany. These servers are accessible only to a limited number of authorised individuals who provide technical, commercial and editorial tasks on the servers.
When you visit our website we store data on our servers for backup purposes which may allow us to identify you (e.g., IP address, date, time and pages viewed). However, we do not use this information to identify you personally.
pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG uses session cookies in order to provide you with online products and services. These are small units of information saved in the RAM (random access memory) of the visitor’s computer. A session cookie contains a randomly generated identification number, a so-called session ID. In addition, a cookie contains information about its origin and storage period. No other data are saved. Your orders are collected in the shopping cart with the help of the session ID. The session cookies used by pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG are deleted at the end of each session.
For evaluation and continuous improvement of the quality of our online services we perform statistical analyses of the access to our website by integrating Piwik (http://www.piwik.org), an open-source web analysis service. One of the ways we do this is by using counters that register how many times an image has been clicked in our online shop. Data acquired in this manner is kept strictly anonymous and cannot be traced back to a user’s personal data.
Your data will never be used to create user profiles of any sort.
Disclosure of personal data to third parties
In principle, we do not disclose any personal data to third parties. In particular, data will not be disclosed to third parties for marketing purposes.
However, once you use personalised services (our shop, for instance) it may be necessary to collect personal data and pass it on to third parties for the purposes of executing and processing your order. However, such data is stored and transferred only to the extent necessary for order processing. For this purpose, an express declaration of consent must be submitted when filling out the form. Third parties that receive your data within the scope of order processing are also bound by legal regulations for the handling of personal information.
We send data to authorised agencies when required by law or court order to do so.
To improve our products and services and to facilitate product shipment, we offer you the option of answering questions about our products via our contact form. Answering these questions is optional. You can order our products and services by sending in the form with your request without providing any further information. The data you provide and your personal information is saved to improve the services we provide to you. We only save data provided by you voluntarily and we do not disclose it to third parties.
Right to delete
If you give us any personal data, you may delete it at any time. Data needed for invoicing and accounting purposes are not affected by cancellation or deletion. Data subject to mandatory legal retention periods are also excluded from the right of deletion.
People under 18 years of age should not send us personal data without the permission of their parent or guardian. We do not request any personal data from children, nor do we collect their data or disclose it to third parties.
Links to external websites
To the extent that our website contains links to the offerings of other service providers, we make no guarantee and assume no liability for the compliance with legal requirements of those external websites. For more information about the applicable data privacy standards on those websites, please read the data privacy statements provided on the external sites.
This information is subject to amendment based on legal requirements. As such, pv magazine group GmbH & Co. KG reserves the right to change this policy in consideration of data privacy laws.
Berlin, February 3, 2012