Commitment to the GDPR
SoftBCom Berlin GmbH is bound by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which has entered into force on May 25, 2018. The GDPR is the biggest change in the last 20 years in the European data protection legislation. The aim is to give citizens of the European Union (EU) more control over their data and to enforce existing data protection and security provisions in a specific law unify. The GDPR concerns all companies that work with EU citizens or process data from EU citizens, regardless of where the data processing company is located. SoftBCom is thus affected by the GDPR.
Our customers can be confident that SoftBCom has taken GDPR very seriously and that significant strategic resources are included in our GDPR compliance.
The GDPR policy has commenced on May 25, 2018. The website of SoftBCom keeps you informed about the commitment to the GDPR; if you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our Legal Department at email@example.com.
The legal foundations of data protection can be found in the Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG), the Telemedia Act (TMG) and the General Data Protection Regulation (EU-GDPR).
Access data / server log files
The provider (or his web space provider) collects data about every access to the offer (so-called server log files).
Access data includes: name of the retrieved web page, file, date and time of retrieval, amount of data transferred, message about successful retrieval, browser type and version, the operating system of the user, referrer URL (the previously visited page), IP address and the requesting provider.
The provider uses the log data only for statistical evaluations for the purpose of operation, security and optimization of the offer. However, the provider reserves the right to retrospectively review the log data if, on the basis of concrete evidence, the legitimate suspicion of unlawful use exists.
Handling of personal data
Personal data is information that can be used to determine a person, i.e. information that can be traced back to a person. This includes the name, email address or phone number. But also data about preferences, hobbies, memberships or which websites were viewed by someone belong to personal data.
Personal data are only collected, used and passed on by the provider if this is permitted by law or the users consent to the data collection.
When contacting the provider (for example by contact form or email), the details of the user are stored for the purpose of processing the request as well as in the event that follow-up questions arise.
Comments and posts
When users leave comments in the blog or other posts, their IP addresses are saved. This is done for the security of the provider, if someone writes in comments and posts illegal content (insults, prohibited political propaganda, etc.).
In this case, the provider himself may be prosecuted for the comment or contribution and is therefore interested in the identity of the author.
Users can subscribe to follow-up comments. Users will receive a confirmation email to verify that they own the email address they entered. Users can unsubscribe from ongoing comment subscriptions at any time. The confirmation email will contain notices.
With the newsletter we inform you about us and our offers.
If you would like to receive the newsletter, we need a valid email address from you as well as information that allows us to verify that you are the owner of the specified email address or that the owner agrees to receive the newsletter. Further data is not collected. These data are used only for the distribution of the newsletter and will not be given to third parties.
By registering for the newsletter, you permit us to store your IP address and the date of registration. The sole purpose of this storage is to prove that a third party does not misuse an email address and nor subscribes for newsletters without the knowledge of the person entitled.
Your consent to email and other data storage as well as subscription to the newsletter can be revoked at any time. The revocation can be made via a link in the newsletter itself, as well as in your profile area or by sending a notification.
Integration of services and contents of third parties
It may happen that content from third parties, such as videos from YouTube, maps from Google Maps, RSS feeds or graphics from other websites are included in this online offer. This always presupposes that the providers of this content (hereinafter referred to as “third party provider”) perceive the IP address of the users (because without the IP address, they could not send the content to the browser of the respective user). The IP address is therefore required for the presentation of this content. We endeavor to use only content whose respective providers use the IP address only for the delivery of the content. However, we have no control over this if the third parties save the IP addresses (e.g. for statistical purposes). We will inform users about it when we know of such use.
You can manage many online advertising cookies via the US-American site http://www.aboutads.info/choices/ or the EU site http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/your-ad-choices/.
The data entered during registration will be used for the purpose of using the offer. Users may be informed by email about offer or registration related information, such as changes in the scope of the offer or technical circumstances. The collected data can be seen in the input mask during registration. These include name, postal address, email address, telephone number.
This offer uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses so-called “cookies”, text files that are stored on users’ computers and that allow an analysis of the use of the website by them. The information generated by the cookie about the use of this website by the users are usually transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there.
However, if IP anonymization is activated on this website, the IP address of Google users will be truncated within the member states of the European Union or other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be sent to a Google server in the US and shortened there. IP anonymization is active on this website. On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate users’ use of the website, to compile reports on website activity and to provide other services related to website activity and internet usage to the website operator.
The IP address provided by Google Analytics within the framework of Google Analytics will not be merged with other data provided by Google. Users can prevent the storage of cookies by setting their browser software accordingly; however, this offer notifies users that in this case you may not be able to use all features of this website in full. In addition, users may prevent the collection of the data (including their IP address) generated by the cookie and their use of the website to Google and the processing of this data by Google by using the browser plug-in available under the following link for download and installation: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de.
As an alternative to the browser add-on or within browsers on mobile devices, please click this link to prevent Google Analytics processing your info on this website. An opt-out cookie is stored on your device. If you delete your cookies, you must click this link again.
This offer uses Google AdSense, a Google Inc. (“Google”) advertising service. Google AdSense uses so-called “cookies”, text files that are stored on users’ computers and that allow an analysis of the use of the website. Google AdSense also uses so-called web beacons (invisible graphics). These web beacons can be used to evaluate information such as visitor traffic on the pages of this offer.
The information generated by cookies and web beacons on the use of this website (including the IP address of users) and the delivery of advertising formats are transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the USA. This information may be shared by Google with Google’s contractors. However, Google will not merge your IP address with other data you have stored.
Users can prevent the installation of cookies by setting their browser software accordingly; however, the provider points out to the users that in this case they may not be able to fully utilize all functions of this offer. By using this website, users agree to the processing of data about them by Google in the manner described above and for the purpose stated above.
Use of Facebook social plugins
This offer uses social plugins (“plugins”) from the social network facebook.com, which is operated by Facebook Ireland Ltd., 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbor, Dublin 2, Ireland (“Facebook”). The plugins are recognizable by one of the Facebook logos (white “f” on blue tile, the terms “Like”, “Like” or a “thumbs up” sign) or are marked with the addition “Facebook Social Plugin”. The list and appearance of Facebook Social Plugins can be viewed here: https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/.
When a user calls a web page of this offer that contains such a plugin, his/her browser establishes a direct connection to the Facebook servers. The content of the plugin is transmitted by Facebook directly to your browser and integrated by into your website. The provider therefore has no influence on the amount of data that Facebook collects with the help of this plugin and therefore informs users according to their level of knowledge:
By integrating the plugins, Facebook receives the information that a user has accessed the corresponding page of the offer. If the user is logged in to Facebook, Facebook can assign the visit to his Facebook account. If users interact with the plugins, e.g. press the Like button or leave a comment, the corresponding information is transmitted from your browser directly to Facebook and stored there. If a user is not a member of Facebook, there is still the possibility that Facebook will find out and save their IP address. According to Facebook, only anonymized IP addresses are stored in Germany.
If a user is a Facebook member and does not want Facebook to collect data about him via this offer and associate it with his member data stored on Facebook, he must log out of Facebook before visiting the website. Other settings as well as managing of the use of data for promotional purposes are possible within the Facebook profile settings: https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=ads.
Jetpack / WordPress.com-Stats
This offer uses Jetpack, a visitor traffic statistics tool operated by Automattic, Inc. 132 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA, using the tracking technology of Quantcast Inc., 201 3rd St, Floor 2, San Francisco, CA. 94103-3153, USA. WordPress.com-Stats uses so-called “cookies”, text files that are stored on your computer and that allow an analysis of the use of the website by you. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is stored on a server in the USA. The IP address is anonymized immediately after processing and prior to its storage. You can prevent the installation of cookies by setting your browser software accordingly; however, please be aware that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. You can object to the collection and use of the data by Quantcast with effect for the future, by clicking on the link “Click here to opt-out” to set an opt-out cookie in your browser at this point: http://www.quantcast.com/opt-out. If you delete all cookies on your computer, you must set the opt-out cookie again.
Revocation, changes, corrections and updates
The user has the right, upon request, to obtain free information about the personal data stored about him. In addition, the user has the right to correction of incorrect data, blocking and deletion of his personal data, as far as this does not lead to a legal conflict.