The protection of your personal data is very important to us. To the extent that we collect, process or use (“use”) your personal data in the course of providing the services that we offer, we do so as part of earthTV’s service at earthTV’s location in Germany.
In general, visitors can access and use our website without needing to register. Each time a user accesses our website and the services offered there, in particular by calling up content and other data, access data is generated and stored in the form of protocol files (also called “log files”) though this data is not directly linked to you as an individual. The protocol files contain the following information, for example:
- Access date and access time
- IP address of the requesting device and information about the requesting provider
- Information about the browser type and version you are using, where applicable, as well as your operating system
- Client query and http response code
- Volume of data transmitted
- Where applicable, the website from which you called up our website (“referrer URL”)
This data is only used for statistical analysis for the purposes of operating, securing and optimising our website.
When you share personal data with us, we will use it to deliver earthTV’s offering based on and in accordance with the applicable data protection legislation (in particular the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) and the German Telemedia Act (TMG)). This includes, in particular, granting you access to content that forms part of earthTV’s service as well as the transfer of said content to you, sharing information with you regarding this and potentially rendering other related services with your consent. Data, in particular contact data that you share when making contact with us, will be stored and potentially used by us for the purposes of making any necessary enquiries or restarting communication with you in relation to your reason for contacting us.
Where we use data for a purpose for which the applicable legislation stipulates that we require your consent, we will ask for your express consent. Once given, you can revoke your consent at any time and/or object to future use of your data. In accordance with the relevant legislation, we may analyse usage profiles under a pseudonym for the purposes of advertising and market research and to improve our services; however, we may only do so if you have not asserted your legal right to object to this use of your data.
We do not share personal data with third parties unless this is necessary in order to make available the services and functions that we offer, you have given us your consent, or the relevant legislation otherwise permits us to share the data.
Your data is used by us in Germany. Once given, you can revoke consent to the use of your personal data at any time and/or object to future use of your data.
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SPECIAL NOTICE ABOUT THE USE OF GOOGLE ADSENSE
The information generated by the cookies and/or web beacons is sent to a Google server in the US and is processed there. Google can share this data with its contractual partners. However, Google does not aggregate the IP address assigned to you or assigned to the device you use to access our services with other data compiled about you and/or your visit to our website and your use of our services.
As well as making the appropriate settings in your browser or installing a suitable browser plug-in, you can prevent the installation of cookies by Google AdSense by deactivating tailored advertising with Google using the following link: https://www.google.com/ads/preferences/html/blocked-cookies.html. Please note that any settings you make in this way are reset as soon as you delete cookies from your browser’s storage.
USE OF TRACKING PIXELS
We, along with our marketing partners, use tracking pixels throughout our website. These are small graphics that are integrated into our website and advertisements and that allow for the recording and analysis of log files. These files allow us to track the behaviour of users who landed on our website by clicking on an ad or are forwarded to a third-party site by clicking on an ad placed on our website. This enables us and our advertising and marketing partners to assess the effectiveness of advertisements for statistical and market research purposes, as well as to optimise advertising activities.
The collection and use of data generated by way of tracking pixels is generally – where information is not provided to the contrary elsewhere in this policy − anonymous, which means that it is not possible to identify the respective users.
Specifically regarding Facebook visitor action pixels:
With your consent we use “visitor action pixels” provided by Facebook Inc. (1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA; “Facebook”) across our website. Using these pixels allows us to track the behaviour of users who were forwarded to our website by clicking on an ad on Facebook, in order to assess the effectiveness of Facebook advertising for statistical and market research purposes and to optimise future advertising activities.
The data collected as a result of our using Facebook pixels is anonymised before being made available to us. However, because this data collection and storage is carried out by Facebook, it is possible for Facebook to match the data in question with the respective user profile. Further details about the type and scope of potential uses of this data by Facebook, in particular for its own advertising purposes, can be found in Facebook’s data policy.
USE OF GOOGLE ANALYTICS
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA; “Google”).
The information generated will be used by Google on our behalf to evaluate your use of our website, to generate reports for us about activity on the website, and to provide us with other services related to the use of the website and of the Internet. Google may share this information with third parties where prescribed to do so by law or third parties may process this data on Google’s behalf. Google will not match your IP address with any other data held by Google.
As well as making the appropriate settings in your browser to also reject cookies set by Google Analytics, you can prevent Google from collecting the data generated by the cookie and from processing this data by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available via the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
As an alternative to installing the browser plug-in or when using a mobile device, you can set an “opt-out cookie” that prevents the future collection of data by Google Analytics across our website by clicking this link (please note that this opt-out cookie only works in the browser you are currently using and only for our website; if you delete your cookies then you will need to click on the above link again to set the opt-out cookie).
Further information about the terms and conditions of use for Google Analytics and data protection in this context is available on the following sites:
By using our website you agree to the collection and use of data collected about you and your use of our website by Google in the manner described above and for the purpose stated above.
USE OF INTEGRATED SOCIAL MEDIA PLUG-INS
Facebook plug-ins (Like button)
Our website uses integrated plug-ins provided by the social network Facebook (Facebook Inc., 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, California, 94025, USA). Facebook plug-ins can be identified through their use of the Facebook logo or the Like button. For an overview of Facebook plug-ins visit: http://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/.
If the plug-in is activated, the plug-in creates a direct link between your browser and the Facebook server when you visit our website. Facebook thus receives the information that you have visited our website from the IP address that has been assigned to you or to your device. You can link to content from our website on your Facebook profile by clicking the Like button while logged in to your Facebook account. This allows Facebook to match the visit to our website with your user account.
To be able to use the Google +1 button you need a globally visible, public Google profile. Via the Google +1 button, you receive personalised content from Google and its partners. Google stores the information that you gave a +1 to a piece of content as well as information concerning the page you were visiting when you clicked on +1. Your +1s can be shown as tips together with your profile name and photo in Google services, such as search results or your Google profile, or in other places on websites and in ads on the Internet. Google records information about your +1 activities to improve Google services for you and others. Google may publish aggregate statistics regarding the +1 activities of users or disclose these to users and partners, such as publishers, advertisers or associated websites. In addition, the information you provide is used in accordance with the applicable Google data protection/privacy policies.
Please note that we also have no knowledge of the content of the data transferred in the context of Google +1 or the use made of this by Google.
YOUR RIGHTS, QUESTIONS AND HOW TO CONTACT US
By using our website you consent to the collection, storage and use of your personal data and of your usage data as described above. You are of course entitled to review the personal data and settings we have stored for your user account at any time, and to correct or add to this data or request that earthTV delete it. You are also entitled, at our request, to receive information free of charge regarding the personal data that we have stored about you. Furthermore, according to the German Federal Data Protection Act, you have the right to object to the use and/or transfer of your data for marketing purposes and, in line with the relevant legislation, have a right to the correction, blocking and deletion of your personal data where there is no legal obligation to the contrary mandating that we retain said data.
You can contact us by post at the address listed above or via the contact form with any questions or issues relating to your data as collected, stored and used by us.