Privacy policy of Berlin Partner GmbH for the website www.be.berlin.de

Privacy policy of Berlin Partner GmbH for the website www.be.berlin.de

 

This privacy policy shall apply to the website www.sei.berlin.de (hereinafter referred to as the "website"), which is operated by Berlin Partner GmbH, Ludwig Erhard Haus, Fasanenstrasse 85, 10623 Berlin (hereinafter referred to as "Berlin Partner"). The website is part of a marketing campaign entitled ‘be Berlin/sei Berlin,’(hereinafter referred to as the "campaign") which Berlin Partner is carrying out in cooperation with partners of the Berlin Holding Gesellschaft für Hauptstadtmarketing GmbH for the Presse- und Informationsamt of the Land Berlin/Senatskanzlei (Press and Information Office of the Senate Chancellery of the State of Berlin). As part of this campaign, the mayor of Berlin has invited Berlin’s citizens to tell their individual success stories and publish them on the website and in other media. 
 


The website enables all visitors to the website (hereinafter referred to as the "users") to get information about the campaign and use the related services (hereinafter referred to as "services"), in particular to submit their own success story, photographs, audio and/or film recordings (hereinafter referred to as "submission") to Berlin Partner for publication on the website (hereinafter referred to as "publication"). 
 


The protection of personal data is an important issue for Berlin Partner. For this reason, the website is operated in compliance with valid data protection and data security laws, in particular with the provisions of the Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz - BDSG), the German Teleservices Act (Telemediengesetz - TMG) and the data protection provisions of the Telecommunications Act (Telekommunikationsgesetz  - TKG). Which information is collected, what happens to personal data, how it is collected, processed and used, and the extent to which users can influence the use of this data, will be explained below. 


Collection and use of data of visitors to the website and users of the services
 


Berlin Partner’s web server collects certain data that automatically identifies the web browser program used by the user. This includes among other things:


    •    The name of the Internet Service Provider,
    •    The address of the website from which the user is accessing the website,
    •    The subpages of the website visited by the user, and
    •    The date and length of visit of the visitor to the website.


This information will not be linked with other information enabling the person of the user to be identified as long as this is not necessary for the use of the services of Berlin Partner or for compliance with legal obligations to provide information.  Personal data that users provide to Berlin Partner, in particular name, address, telephone number, e-mail address and age or occupation, will only be collected, saved, processed and used where it is necessary in substantiating the arrangement of content or in changing the contractual relationship with Berlin Partner (hereinafter referred to as the "user contract") on the use of the services, to enable the use of the services, or in compliance with legal obligations to provide information.  The name and occupation of the user, if provided when content is submitted, will be made public in connection with the success story on the website; the user hereby consents to this disclosure. Berlin Partner will not record any information referring personally to the user, including IP addresses, profile information, cumulative user data and the type of browser used by the user. This data will be used exclusively to manage the website, monitor its use, and to improve the website’s services, and in the case of IP addresses, also for security and monitoring purposes. 


No transfer of personal data to third parties 
 

Berlin Partner will not transfer users’ personal data to third parties unless users have previously explicitly consented to this or in compliance with legal obligations to provide information. If a user has so consented, this consent can be revoked at any time with future effect by simply sending an e-mail to the following address redaktion(at)sei.berlin.de . 
 
 


Transfer of personal data as part of the advertising campaign
 
During advertising campaigns and the like, users may be requested to provide personal data such as name, e-mail address and address and to answer questions. In this case, Berlin Partner will explicitly ask users whether Berlin Partner can transfer this personal user data to its advertising partners. If the user consents, Berlin Partner will transfer this data to its advertising partners. In collecting this data, who is collecting the personal data and which privacy policy instead of or in addition to this privacy policy will apply will also be made clear. 
 
 


Cookies
 

So-called "cookies" can be loaded into the user’s computer when the website is visited. These serve mainly to make visiting the website more individual and more pleasant. Cookies are files that identify the user as a specific client and can record his personal preferences in using the website and technical information. The benefit of this for the user is that the information contained in the cookies does not have to be entered again every time the website is visited. 


Cookies do not necessarily contain or reveal personal information. If however users enter personal information on the website, it can be linked with the data stored in the cookies. Other websites operators cannot access these files. Users can also completely switch off the use of cookies in their browser program settings. Berlin Partner points out however, that some parts of the website may not function properly if the user’s browser is set to reject cookies or similar mechanisms. Information obtained using cookies will only be linked with other information that enables the person of the user to be identified where this is required for use of the services. 

The website also uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service provided by Google Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses information obtained from cookies about the user’s use of the website (including the user’s IP address) and transfers it to a Google server in the USA, where it is stored. Google uses this information to analyze users’ use of the website, to report on website activities for the website operator, Berlin Partner, and to provide other services connected with the use of the website and the Internet. Google may also provide this information to third parties where this is required by law or where Google commissions third parties to process this data. In no case will Google link the user’s IP address with other Google data. By using this website, the user consents to the processing of data collected about him by Google in the manner described above and for the purpose stated above. 
 
 


Cookies from other companies

In addition to Berlin Partner’s cookies, Berlin Partner also allows certain other companies to save and access their own cookies on the user’s computer. These cookies do not enable the person of the user to be identified by such third-party companies. 
 


Rectification, updating and deletion
 


Users can change or delete their personal data at any time. This notwithstanding, the user also has the right at all times to demand that all personal data about him collected and saved by Berlin Partner be deleted. 


Users can request the modification, rectification or deletion of their personal data at any time by sending an e-mail, fax or letter to the following contact:

Berlin Partner GmbH
be Berlin-Redaktion
Ludwig Erhard Haus
Fasanenstrasse 85
10623 Berlin
0049(0)30/39980-200
team(at)be.berlin.de 
 

To ensure correct attribution, the request must include the user’s first name, last name, e-mail address, address and proof of identification, through a copy of his identity documents. 
 


Period for which data is saved and information about personal data
Berlin Partner will not save users’ data for longer than is necessary for the purposes specified in this privacy policy. Berlin Partner will provide users with information about the data saved about them and its use and processing free of charge upon request. 
 


Users can e-mail Berlin Partner at the following address to request information team(at)be.berlin.de
 


    •    Use of the services is subject to Berlin Partner’s terms and conditions of use: Terms of use
    •    Users can contact Berlin Partner at the following address with any questions about this privacy policy: redaktion(at)sei.berlin.de

Changes to this privacy policy


If the content of this privacy policy is changed, users will find the changes on the website. Berlin Partner will also try to notify users by e-mail, using the contact information last known to Berlin Partner. Berlin Partner will also keep older versions of the privacy policy here, specifying their period of validity. 
 


Berlin Partner will not use the personal information obtained from the user in any way other than that described above without having previously informed the user and without having obtained the user’s consent, where this is required.