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Limitation of liability for content
The content of our website has been compiled carefully and to the best of our knowledge. However, we cannot assume any liability for the topicality, completeness or accuracy of any of the pages.
Pursuant to section 7, para. 1 of the TMG (Telemediengesetz – Tele Media Act by German law), we as service providers are liable for our own content on these pages in accordance with general laws. However, pursuant to sections 8 to 10 of the TMG, we as service providers are not under obligation to monitor external information provided or stored on our website. Once we have become aware of a specific infringement of the law, we will immediately remove the content in question. Any liability concerning this matter can only be assumed from the point in time at which the infringement becomes known to us.
Limitation of liability for external links
Our website contains links to the websites of third parties (“external links”). As the content of these websites is not under our control, we cannot assume any liability for such external content. In all cases, the provider of information of the linked websites is liable for the content and accuracy of the information provided. At the point in time when the links were placed, no infringements of the law were recognisable to us. As soon as an infringement of the law becomes known to us, we will immediately remove the link in question.
The content and works published on this website are governed by German copyright law. Any duplication, processing, distribution or any form of utilisation beyond the scope of copyright law shall require the prior written consent of the author or authors in question.
The use by third parties of all published contact details for the purpose of advertising is expressly excluded. We reserve the right to take legal steps in the case of the unsolicited sending of advertising information; e.g. by means of spam mail.
Data Processing in Connection with Newsletters
On our website or by sending us a request, you can subscribe to a free newsletter. We only send this newsletter on the basis of the recipients’ consent or a statutory permission. If, within the scope of the subscription to the newsletter, its contents are specified in detail, these shall be relevant to the consent given by the users. Apart from this, our newsletters contain information about news, products, events, and subjects related to our business as well as language learning in general.
The data you enter in the input screen when subscribing to the newsletter are sent to us. These are:
- E-mail address
- Your first name
Additionally, subscription to the newsletter involves the collection of the following data:
- IP address of the user
- Date and time of the registration
The newsletter subscriptions are logged in order to be able to demonstrate the subscription process in accordance with legal requirements. Moreover, the logging serves the prevention of abuse of the services and of the data subject’s e-mail address.
The subscription to our newsletter takes place by means of a double opt-in procedure, i.e. upon subscription, you will receive an e-mail requesting you to confirm your subscription. This confirmation is necessary in order to prevent others from subscribing with your e-mail address.
If you purchase goods or services on our website and enter your e-mail address while doing so, the e-mail address may subsequently be used for the delivery of a newsletter. In such a case, the newsletter will only contain direct advertising for similar goods or services of our company.
The data will not be forwarded to any third parties. However, this does not apply if the data need to be forwarded due to a statutory obligation. The data will be used exclusively for the purpose of delivering the newsletter.
The user can cancel the newsletter subscription informally and free of charge whenever he wishes. A link for this purpose is provided in every newsletter.
Contact Forms and E-Mail Contact
Our website features contact forms that can be used for contacting us electronically. If you make use of this option, the data entered in the input screen will be transmitted to us and stored by us.
The data types are indicated in the respective contact form. The forms also show which data is mandatory and which ones are optional.
When the message is transmitted, the following additional data is stored:
- IP address of the user
- Date and time of the transmission
Alternatively, contact may be established via the provided e-mail address. In this case, the user’s personal data that are transmitted in the e-mail will be stored.
In this context, the data will not be forwarded to any third parties. The data will only be used for the purpose of processing the conversation.
You may withdraw any previously granted consent to the processing of personal data or object to the further data processing due to legitimate interests (see “Note concerning Special Right to Object”). In such a case, the conversation cannot be continued.
The withdrawal of consent or the objection to the further processing of the data can be declared by sending us an informal notice (e.g. by e-mail).
In this case, all personal data stored in connection with the contact will be erased.
When individual pages are accessed, we set so-called “cookies”. These are little text files that are stored on the user’s device (PC, smartphone, tablet). When a user accesses a website, a cookie may be saved to the user’s operating system. This cookie contains a specific character sequence that enables unique identification of the browser when the website is accessed
- Selection of the language version
- Selection of the time zone to display time information
- User session cookie to map the server sessions to the respective user in order to enable the processing of scripts of (POST) requests (e.g. in the case of all forms, such as contact forms and the newsletter form)
- Google Analytics
The details are explained in more detail in the sections concerning the respective third-party providers below.
Note: If cookies are deactivated for our website, it might no longer be possible to fully use all functions of the website.
Use of the Analysis Tool Google Analytics
Please note that on this website, the “anonymizeIp” code has been added to Google Analytics in order to ensure anonymized logging of IP addresses (so-called “IP masking”). As IP anonymization has been activated on this website, Google will first abbreviate your IP address in Member States of the European Union or other Contracting States to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. The full IP address will only be transmitted to and abbreviated on a Google server in the USA in exceptional cases. By order of the operator of this website, Google will use this information to analyze your use of the website, to compile reports on the website activities, and to render other services related to the use of the website and of the Internet in general for the website operator. The IP addresses sent by your browser within the scope of Google Analytics will not be consolidated with other data of Google.
You can prevent the storage of cookies by configuring your browser software accordingly; in this case, however, you might not be able to use all functions of this website. Moreover, you can prevent the collection of data concerning your use of the website (including your IP address), which are generated by the cookie, and the processing of these data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plugin that is available under the following link: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.
Use of the Facebook Social Plugin
Our website also contains so-called “social plugins” – little software programs of the social network Facebook. These are operated exclusively by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA (“Facebook”). On our website, you can recognize these plugins from the Facebook logo or the word “Like”.
When you visit a page of our website that contains such a plugin, your browser establishes a direct connection to the Facebook servers in the USA. In this way, the content of the plugin is sent to your browser, which integrates it in the website.
In this way, the information that you have visited our website is forwarded to Facebook. If you are logged in to your personal user account with Facebook while visiting our website, Facebook can map the visit to the website to this account. If you interact with plugins, e.g. by clicking the so-called “Share” button or by entering a comment, this information will be sent directly to Facebook and stored there.
To prevent such data transmission, you need to log out from your Facebook account before you visit our website. In this case, certain data such as your IP address, the time of the click, the browser you use, etc. will still be transmitted to Facebook. The logout merely prevents the mapping of the data to a particular Facebook account.
If you do not wish Facebook to be able to map the visit to our website to your Facebook account, please log out from your Facebook user account and block the execution of script contents of Facebook in your browser, e.g. using the script blockers.
Use of the Twitter Social Plugins
Our website uses the “Tweet” button of the social network Twitter, which is operated by Twitter Inc., 750 Folsom Street, Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA (“Twitter”). The “Tweet” button can be recognized from the dark blue bird icon.
When you access one of the web pages of our website that contains such a button, your browser establishes a direct connection to the Google servers. The content of the “Tweet” button is transmitted directly from Twitter to your browser, which integrates it in your Twitter message. Therefore, the scope of data that Twitter collects with the button is beyond our control. As far as we know, only the user’s IP address and the URL of the respective web page are transmitted when obtaining the button, but only for the purpose of displaying the button. Interactions such as clicking a “Retweet” button are also forwarded to Twitter.
If you are a member of Twitter and do not want Twitter to collect data about you via our website and link them to your member data that are stored at Twitter, log out from Twitter before visiting our website.
Use of Pinterest Social Plugins
This website uses Social Plugins of the social network of Pinterest (Pinterest Inc., 635 High Street, Palo Alto, CA, 94301, USA). When you visit this website, the Plugin establishes a direct connection between your browser and the Pinterest server. Pinterest is thus able to receive the information that you accessed this website with your IP-address. When you click the “Pin it” button while you are logged on to Pinterest with your Pinterest user account, you are able to share contents of this website over the Pinterest network. This enables Pinterest to assign the visit of these website pages to your user account.
In order to prevent Pinterest from collecting the data when you visit our website, you need to log out from your Pinterest account prior to clicking the “Pin it” button.
Use of the Google+ “+1” Button
Our website uses the “+1” button of the social network Google Plus, which is operated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (“Google”). The button can be recognized from the “+1” symbol on white or color background.
When you access one of our web pages that contains such a button, your browser establishes a direct connection to the Google servers. The content of the “+1” button is transmitted directly from Google to your browser, which integrates it in the web page. Therefore, the scope of data that Google collects with the button is beyond our control. According to Google, no personal data are collected unless the button is clicked. Such data (e.g. the IP address) are only collected and processed for members who are logged in.
If you are a member of Google Plus and do not want Google to collect data about you via our website and link them to your member data that are stored at Google, log out from Google Plus before visiting our website.
Use of the LinkedIn “Share” Button
Our pages contain plugins of the social network LinkedIn of LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (“LinkedIn”). You can recognize the LinkedIn plugins from the LinkedIn logo or the “Recommend” button on our website. When you visit a website that contains such a button, a direct connection is established between your browser and the LinkedIn server via the plugin, provided that you activated the data transfer by means of click. In this way, LinkedIn receives the information that you have visited our website from your IP address.
If you click the LinkedIn “Recommend” button while you are logged in to your LinkedIn account, you can link the contents of your pages to your LinkedIn profile. In this way, LinkedIn can map the visit to our pages to your user account. Please note that as a site provider, we are not informed about the content of the transmitted data and their use by LinkedIn.
Purpose of the data processing: The use of the LinkedIn plugin takes place for the purpose of enabling direct feedback and direct sharing of our submissions and information via the LinkedIn network and thus serves our advertising and marketing interests.
If you are a member of LinkedIn and do not want LinkedIn to collect data about you via our website and link them to your member data that are stored at LinkedIn, log out from LinkedIn before visiting our website.
Use of YouTube Videos on the Website
Every time a page with an embedded YouTube video is accessed, the user’s web browser automatically downloads the respective video from YouTube and plays it.
By means of this procedure, YouTube and Google learn which particular subpage of our website the user visits. If the user is logged in to YouTube at the same time, YouTube will, upon access to a subpage containing a YouTube video, see which particular subpage of our website the user visits. This information is collected by YouTube and Google and mapped to the respective user’s YouTube account.
YouTube and Google are informed that the respective user has visited our website whenever the user is logged in to YouTube while accessing our website; this applies regardless of whether or not the respective person clicks a YouTube video. To prevent this information from being transmitted to YouTube and Google, log out from your YouTube account before accessing our website.
Rights of Data Subjects
Where personal data relating to you are processed, you are the “data subject”, and as such have the following rights vis-à-vis us as the controller:
Right of Access
You have the right to obtain from us confirmation, free of charge, as to whether or not personal data concerning you are being processed by us. Where that is the case, you have a right of access to the personal data and further information pursuant to Art. 15 GDPR. For this purpose, you can contact us by mail or e-mail.
Right to Rectification
You have the right to obtain from us without undue delay the rectification of inaccurate personal data concerning you. Taking into account the purposes of the processing, you also have the right to have incomplete personal data completed, including by means of providing a supplementary statement. For this purpose, you can contact us by mail or e-mail.
Right to Erasure
You have the right to obtain the erasure of personal data concerning you without undue delay where one of the grounds specified in Art. 17 GDPR applies. For this purpose, you can contact us by mail or e-mail.