Applic­a­bil­i­ty

This Data Pro­tec­tion State­ment shall clar­i­fy to the user the type, scope and pur­pos­es of the col­lec­tion of per­son­al data by the respon­si­ble provider, DWP Mal­ta Ltd, Stel­la Maris Street 48, 1765 Sliema, Mal­ta on this web­site (here­inafter the “Offer­ing”).

The legal basis for the data pro­tec­tion can be found in the Ger­man Fed­er­al Data Pro­tec­tion Act (Bun­des­daten­schutzge­setz — BDSG) and the Ger­man Tele­me­dia Act (Teleme­di­enge­setz — TMG).

Accessed Data / Serv­er Log­files

The provider (or, as the case may be, its web space provider) col­lects data in regard to all aspects of access­ing the Offer­ing (so-called serv­er log­files). Such access data includes:

  • the name of the accessed web­site, file, date & time of access, trans­ferred data load, notice of suc­cess­ful access, brows­er type and ver­sion, user oper­at­ing sys­tem, refer­rer URL (pre­vi­ous­ly accessed site), IP-address and the query­ing provider.

The provider shall only use log data for sta­tis­ti­cal eval­u­a­tion pur­pos­es for the oper­a­tion, secu­ri­ty and opti­miza­tion of the Offer­ing. The provider shall, how­ev­er, retain the right to sub­se­quent­ly review the log data when there is actu­al evi­dence lead­ing to jus­ti­fied sus­pi­cion of illic­it use.

Con­tact

When mak­ing con­tact with the provider, (such as, e.g., via con­tact form or per e-mail), the user’s data shall be saved to help process the request as well as for any fol­low-up ques­tions.

Com­ments and Con­tri­bu­tions

When users leave com­ments or oth­er con­tri­bu­tions in the blog, their IP-address­es are saved. This occurs to pro­tect the user should any­one post any illic­it com­ments or oth­er con­tri­bu­tions (insults, ille­gal polit­i­cal pro­pa­gan­da, etc.). In such cas­es, the provider can be pros­e­cut­ed for the com­ments or con­tri­bu­tions and is there­fore legit­i­mate­ly inter­est­ed in the iden­ti­ty of the author.

Com­men­tary Sub­scrip­tions

Users may sub­scribe to sub­se­quent com­men­tary. Users shall receive a con­fir­ma­tion e-mail to deter­mine whether or not they are the own­er of the stat­ed e-mail address. Users may can­cel their com­men­tary sub­scrip­tions at any time. Relat­ed details are includ­ed in the con­fir­ma­tion e-mail.

Newslet­ter

Our newslet­ter is there to inform you about us and our Offer­ing. If you wish to receive our newslet­ter, we will need your valid e-mail address as well as infor­ma­tion that will allow us to review and deter­mine that you are actu­al­ly the own­er of the stat­ed e-mail address or that its own­er agrees to receive the newslet­ter. No fur­ther data shall be col­lect­ed. The col­lect­ed data shall be used for send­ing out the newslet­ter and shall not be sup­plied to third par­ties.

Upon reg­is­ter­ing for our newslet­ter, we save your IP-address and the date of reg­is­tra­tion.

This serves only as evi­dence in the event that a third par­ty mis­us­es e-mail address­es and reg­is­ters autho­rized par­ties for the newslet­ter with­out their knowl­edge.

You may revoke your con­sent to the reten­tion of your data and e-mail address at any time. Revo­ca­tion may take place via the link in the newslet­ter, in your pro­file area or per notice to the above con­tact oppor­tu­ni­ty.

Incor­po­ra­tion of Third Par­ty Con­tent and Ser­vices

It can occur that third par­ty con­tent (such as

YouTube videos, maps from Google-Maps, RSS-Feeds or graph­ics from oth­er web­sites) can be incor­po­rat­ed into the online Offer­ing.

In each case, this will require the providers of such con­tent (here­inafter the “Third Par­ty Providers”) to use the users’ IP-address­es, as with­out such IP-address­es they could not send the con­tent to the respec­tive users. Your IP-address is there­fore nec­es­sary to show such con­tent. We shall try to only use such con­tent where the respec­tive providers use only IP-address­es to deliv­er the con­tent. We do not, how­ev­er, have any influ­ence should the Third Par­ty Providers use the IP-address­es, for exam­ple, for sta­tis­ti­cal pur­pos­es. We shall inform the user to the extent that this is known to us.

Cook­ies

Cook­ies are small files that allow for sav­ing device-spe­cif­ic infor­ma­tion on the user’s access device (PC’s, smart­phones, etc.). They serve to make web­sites more user-friend­ly and there­fore serve the user (i.e., sav­ing log-in data). At the same time, they serve to col­lect sta­tis­ti­cal data regard­ing the use of the web­site to ana­lyze and improve its con­tent and offer­ing.  Users may influ­ence the imple­men­ta­tion of cook­ies. Most browsers con­tain an option to lim­it or pre­vent sav­ing cook­ies. Nev­er­the­less, it must be not­ed that usage with­out cook­ies may lead to lim­i­ta­tions of ser­vice or user com­fort.

You can man­age many online adver­tis­ing cook­ies via the US-web­site http://www.aboutads.info/choices/ or the EU-web­site http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/your-ad-choices/ .

Google Ana­lyt­ics

This Offer­ing uses Google Ana­lyt­ics, a web analy­sis ser­vice of Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Ana­lyt­ics uses so-called “cook­ies“, i.e., text files that are saved on users’ com­put­ers and that allow for an analy­sis of the usage of the web­site. The infor­ma­tion regard­ing web­site usage by users that is col­lect­ed by the cook­ies is gen­er­al­ly trans­ferred to Google servers in the Unit­ed States where it is stored.

In the event of acti­va­tion of the IP-anonymiza­tion of this web­site the user’s IP-address is how­ev­er short­ened by Google at least with­in the mem­ber states of the Euro­pean Union or in oth­er treaty mem­ber states of the Euro­pean Eco­nom­ic Area. Only in excep­tion­al cas­es will a full IP-address be trans­ferred to Google in the USA and short­ened there. IP-anonymiza­tion is active on this web­site. On behalf of the oper­a­tor of this web­site, Google shall use such infor­ma­tion to eval­u­ate the usage of this web­site by its users, to com­pile reports regard­ing web­site activ­i­ties and to pro­vide fur­ther ser­vices relat­ed to web­site usage and inter­net usage to the web­site oper­a­tor.

The IP-address trans­ferred from your brows­er in the con­text of Google Ana­lyt­ics shall not be com­min­gled with oth­er Google data. Users can pre­vent the sav­ing of cook­ies by adjust­ing cor­re­spond­ing brows­er soft­ware set­tings; this Offer­ing how­ev­er informs the user that in such event all of the func­tions of this web­site may not be ful­ly avail­able. Addi­tion­al­ly, users can pre­vent Google from col­lect­ing and pro­cess­ing their usage data on this web­site pro­duced by cook­ies (incl. their IP-address­es) by down­load­ing and installing this brows­er plug-in from the fol­low­ing link: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de.

Fur­ther infor­ma­tion regard­ing data usage by Google for adver­tis­ing pur­pos­es, as well as set­tings and objec­tion options, can be found on Google’s web­sites at: https://www.google.com/intl/de/policies/privacy/partners/ (“Data Usage by Google in Your Use of the Web­sites or Apps of our Part­ners”), http://www.google.com/policies/technologies/ads(“Data Usage for Adver­tis­ing Pur­pos­es”), http://www.google.de/settings/ads (“Man­ag­ing Infor­ma­tion that Google Uses to Show You Adver­tis­ing”) and http://www.google.com/ads/preferences/ (“Deter­mine which Adver­tis­ing Google Shows You”).

As an alter­na­tive to the brows­er add-on, or with­in browsers on mobile devices, please click on this link to pre­vent col­lec­tion by Google Ana­lyt­ics on this web­site in the future. In that case, an opt-out cook­ie shall be deposit­ed on your device. If you then delete all cook­ies, you will need to click this link again.

Use of Face­book Social Plug-Ins

This Offer­ing uses the social plug-ins (“Plug-Ins”) of social net­work facebook.com, which is oper­at­ed by Face­book Ire­land Ltd., 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Har­bour, Dublin 2, Ire­land (“Face­book”). The Plug-Ins can be rec­og­nized based on the Face­book logo (i.e., a white “f” on a blue tile with terms such as “Like” or a “thumbs up” sym­bol) or by not­ing the addi­tion “Face­book Social Plu­g­in”. The list and appear­ance of Face­book Social Plug-Ins can be seen here: https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/.

Should a user access a web­page of this Offer­ing con­tain­ing such a Plug-In, his or her brows­er shall con­nect direct­ly to Facebook’s. Face­book then direct­ly trans­fers the con­tent of the Plug-Ins to the user’s brows­er, which in turn incor­po­rates them into the web­site. The provider there­fore has no influ­ence on the scope of the data that Face­book col­lects with the help of such Plug-Ins and thus informs its users based on the sta­tus of its knowl­edge:

By incor­po­rat­ing the Plug-Ins, Face­book receives the infor­ma­tion that a user has accessed a cor­re­spond­ing page of the Offer­ing. If the user is logged into Face­book, Face­book can then match the vis­it to the user’s Face­book account. When inter­act­ing with the Plug-Ins, for exam­ple by using the “Like” but­ton or leav­ing com­ments, the user’s brows­er sends the respec­tive infor­ma­tion direct­ly to Face­book where it is saved. Even if the user is not a mem­ber of Face­book, there is still a pos­si­bil­i­ty that Face­book will become aware of the user’s IP-address. Accord­ing to Face­book, only an anony­mous IP-address is saved in Ger­many.

The stat­ed scope and pur­pose of data col­lec­tion and fur­ther data pro­cess­ing by Face­book along­side cor­re­spond­ing rights and oppor­tu­ni­ties for pri­va­cy pro­tec­tion set­tings can be viewed at Facebook’s data infor­ma­tion notice: https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/.

If a user is a Face­book mem­ber and does not want Face­book to col­lect data about him or her and to col­late such infor­ma­tion with the mem­ber­ship data that Face­book has already saved, the user must first exit Face­book before access­ing this inter­net pres­ence. Fur­ther set­tings options and objec­tions to use of data for adver­tis­ing pur­pos­es are locat­ed with­in Facebook’s pro­file set­tings: https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=ads.

Twit­ter

This Offer­ing uses Twitter’s but­tons. Such but­tons are offered by Twit­ter Inc., 795 Fol­som St., Suite 600, San Fran­cis­co, CA 94107, USA. They are con­nect­ed to terms such as “Twit­ter” or “Fol­low” and be can be rec­og­nized based on a styl­ized blue bird icon. With the help of these but­tons, it is pos­si­ble to share a page or com­ment from this Offer­ing on Twit­ter or to fol­low the provider on Twit­ter.

When a user access­es a web­page on this inter­net pres­ence that con­tains such a but­ton, his or her brows­er will take up a direct con­nec­tion to Twit­ter. Twit­ter will then direct­ly send the con­tent of the Twit­ter but­tons to the user’s brows­er. The provider there­fore has no influ­ence on the scope of the data that Twit­ter col­lects with the help of these Plug-Ins and thus informs its users accord­ing­ly based on the sta­tus of its knowl­edge. Accord­ing there­to, only the users’ IP-address­es are trans­ferred along­side the URL of the sub­ject web­site upon ref­er­enc­ing a but­ton, but there is no use for oth­er pur­pos­es besides depict­ing the but­ton.

Fur­ther infor­ma­tion in this regard can be accessed at Twitter’s Data Pro­tec­tion State­ment avail­able at http://twitter.com/privacy.

Jetpack/Wordpress.com-Stats

This Offer­ing uses Jet­pack, a tool for sta­tis­ti­cal eval­u­a­tion of vis­its oper­at­ed by Automat­tic, Inc. 132 Hawthorne Street, San Fran­cis­co, CA 94107, USA, employ­ing the track­ing tech­nol­o­gy of Quant­cast Inc., 201 3rd St, Floor 2, San Fran­cis­co, CA 94103–3153, USA. WordPress.com-Stats uses so-called “cook­ies”, i.e., text files saved on the user’s com­put­er allow­ing analy­sis of the use of the web­site. The usage infor­ma­tion gen­er­at­ed by the cook­ies relat­ing to this inter­net offer­ing is stored in a serv­er in the Unit­ed States. The IP-address­es are ren­dered anony­mous imme­di­ate­ly after pro­cess­ing and before sav­ing. You can pre­vent the instal­la­tion of cook­ies by adjust­ing to cor­re­spond­ing set­tings in your brows­er soft­ware. Nev­er­the­less, it must be not­ed that in such case usage with­out cook­ies may lead to lim­i­ta­tions of ser­vice in terms of using all func­tions of this web­site. Users can object to the col­lec­tion and use of data by Quant­cast with future effect by click­ing on the link enti­tled “Click here to opt-out”, which sets an opt-out cook­ie on the user’s brows­er http://www.quantcast.com/opt-out.

If you then delete all cook­ies, you will need to set this opt-out cook­ie again.

Revo­ca­tion, Amend­ments, Cor­rec­tions and Updates

The user has the right upon his or her request to receive free of charge infor­ma­tion regard­ing the user’s per­son­al data that was col­lect­ed and saved. Addi­tion­al­ly, the user has the right to cor­rect incor­rect data and to lock or delete any per­son­al data to the extent that doing so does not con­flict with any statu­to­ry reten­tion require­ment.