Data protection provisions


Preamble

The protection of personal data and other sensitive data provided by the customer is an important concern of SURFTHEWORLD (hereinafter referred to as “STW”). These data protection provisions ensure that data protection is adhered to. So far as data protection provisions in other languages on our website are also used, these are merely translations of these provisions; the German language version is solely applicable if there are inaccuracies in the translation.


§ 1 Personal data

a) Personal data
Personal data is information that discloses or may disclose the identity of the customer. STW adheres to the principle of data avoidance. As far as possible, personal data is not collected.

b) Handling of personal data
Personal data is used exclusively for establishing a contract, developing its content, and implementing or settling the contractual relationship. In principle, it is not passed on to third parties, but merely forwarded to respective Providers selected by the user. Personal data is only used to the extent necessary, especially for managing the customer account, or if STW is legally required or required by court order, as the case may be, in order to stop a misuse of the general terms and conditions in a lawful manner.

c) Objection
The customer can object to the storage of his personal data at any time. Excluded from this is such data that must be kept ready for the purposes of settling the contract.

d) Right to information
Upon written request, STW shall inform the customer about his or her personal data saved.

e) The right to correct, delete or block data
Upon request, the customer has the right at any time to correct, delete, or have incorrect personal data blocked. Exercising this right is free and can simply be requested by email at the email address indicated in the legal notice. This is basically done at no charge.


§ 2 Newsletter

If you register for our newsletter, we will use the data you have given us in order to send you the newsletter. In this case, your email address will be used for our own advertising purposes until you cancel your newsletter. You can revoke this consent at any time with future effect by canceling your newsletter.


§ 3 Usage and registration data

To design the Internet site, usage and registration data will be collected, processed, and used to the extent necessary. Customer data and IP addresses will be registered in the log file with date and time and used and saved for the purpose of statistical analysis of this website. This is done automatically by the web hosting provider, so STW has no further influence on this process. Usage and registration data will not be merged with personal data.


§ 4 Data security

a) Data security
All data on www.surf-the-world.com is secured by technical and organizational measures against loss, destruction, access, alteration, and distribution. However, STW shall not be liable for the destruction and damage of data.

b) Sessions and cookies
To service the website, STW can use cookies or server-side sessions, where data may be stored.  Cookies are also used for personal greetings with the member name. Cookies are files from a web site that are stored on the customer's hard drive in order to automatically recognize this computer at the next web site visit and thus be able to adapt the use of the website to the customer. However, cookies can also be rejected in the browser settings by deactivating "save cookies" or the browser can be set so that it is informed when cookies are sent. STW makes sure that no personal data is accepted from sessions or by cookies.

c) Google Analytics
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses so-called Cookies, which are text files stored on your computer that enable an analysis of your use of the website. The information generated by the Cookie about your use of this website is normally transmitted to a Google server in the USA and saved there. If IP anonymization is activated on this website, however, your Google IP address will be shortened beforehand within member states of the European Union or in other contracting states of the Convention on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transmitted to a Google server in the USA and shortened there. On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information in order to analyze your use of the website, compile reports about website activities, and provide additional services related to website use and Internet use to the website operator. Your browser’s IP address transmitted by Google Analytics will not be combined with other Google data. You can prevent cookies from being saved by changing your browser software settings accordingly; however, we would like to point out that in this case you will not be able to fully use all of this website's functions. In addition, you can prevent the recording of data generated by cookies and data based on your use of the web site from being transmitted to Google (including your IP-address), as well as the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing the browser-plugin available at the following link [https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en]

b) Use of Facebook-plugins
Plugins of the social network Facebook.com are used on these Internet sites, which are operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA ("Facebook"). When you access our web site from an Internet site provided with such a plugin, a connection to the Facebook servers is created, and the plugin is displayed on the Internet site by communicating with your browser.  Through this plugin, the Facebook server is informed about which websites you have visited. If you are logged in as a Facebook member, Facebook will assign this information to your personal Facebook user account. When using the plugin functions (e.g., clicking on the "Like" button, submitting a comment), this information will also be assigned to your Facebook account, which you can only prevent by logging out before using the plugin.  Further information on the collection and use of data by Facebook and about your options regarding these rights to protect your privacy can be found in the Facebook data protection notices at [http://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/].

c) Use of Google +1
This website gives you the opportunity to publish information worldwide using the Google +1-button. Google saves both the information that you have given a +1 for content and information about the page that you have seen while clicking on +1. Google records information about your +1 activities in order to improve Google services. The identity of your Google profile can be displayed to users who know your email address or have other identifying information about you. The information you have provided will be used according to the applicable Google data protection regulations. Google may publish summarized statistics about the +1 activities of users or transmit this information to users and partners, such as publishers, advertisers or associated websites. The purpose and scope of data collection and the further processing and use of data by Google, as well as your rights and settings options relating to this to protect your privacy can be found in Google's data protection notices for the "+1"-button at the following address: [http://www.google.com/intl/de/+/policy/+1button.html]

f) Use of Twitter
Functions of the Twitter service are integrated into this website.  These functions are offered by Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA. By using Twitter and the “Re-Tweet” function, the websites you visited will be linked to your Twitter account and made known to other users. In the process, data will also be transferred to Twitter. Please note that we, as the provider of sites, will not obtain any knowledge of the contents of transmitted data as well as its use by Twitter. You can find further information regarding this in Twitter's privacy policy at [http://twitter.com/privacy].


§ 5 How to contact us

To inquiry about data protection, the customer can contact the contact person indicated in the legal notice or use the contact form.

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