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DATA PROTECTION

Privacy Policy

1. Overview of Data Protection

General Information

The following information provides a simple overview of what happens to your personal data when you visit this website. Personal data includes any data that can personally identify you. For detailed information on data protection, please refer to our privacy policy listed below.

Data Collection on this Website

Controller of Data Processing

The data processing on this website is carried out by the website operator. You can find the contact details of the responsible entity in the "Controller of Data Processing" section in this privacy policy.

How We Collect Your Data

Your data is collected when you provide it to us, for example, when you enter data in a contact form. Other data is automatically collected by our IT systems or with your consent when you visit the website. This includes technical data (e.g., internet browser, operating system, or time of page visit). This data is collected automatically as soon as you enter our website.

Purpose of Data Collection

Some data is collected to ensure the proper functioning of the website. Other data may be used to analyze your user behavior.

Your Rights Regarding Your Data

You have the right to receive information about the origin, recipient, and purpose of your stored personal data free of charge at any time. You also have the right to request the correction or deletion of this data. If you have given consent for data processing, you can revoke it at any time for the future. Additionally, you have the right, under certain circumstances, to request the restriction of the processing of your personal data. Furthermore, you have the right to file a complaint with the competent supervisory authority. For questions about data protection, you can contact us at any time.

2. Hosting

Strato

We host our website with Strato. The provider is Strato AG, Pascalstraße 10, 10587 Berlin, Germany ("Strato"). When you visit our website, Strato collects various log files, including your IP addresses.

For more information, please refer to Strato's privacy policy: Link to Strato's Privacy Policy.

The use of Strato is based on Art. 6(1)(f) of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). We have a legitimate interest in ensuring a reliable presentation of our website. If consent has been obtained, processing will be carried out based on Art. 6(1)(a) of the GDPR and § 25(1) of the German Telemedia Act (TMG), insofar as the consent includes the storage of cookies or access to information on the user's device (e.g., device fingerprinting) according to the TMG. The consent can be revoked at any time.

3. General Information and Mandatory Information

Data Protection

The operators of these pages take the protection of your personal data very seriously. We treat your personal data confidentially and in accordance with the statutory data protection regulations and this privacy policy.

When you use this website, various personal data is collected. Personal data includes data that can personally identify you. This privacy policy explains what data we collect and how we use it. It also explains how and for what purpose this happens.

Please note that data transmission over the Internet (e.g., communication via email) may have security vulnerabilities. Complete protection of data from third-party access is not possible.

Controller of Data Processing

The controller for data processing on this website is:

4 Brains in Tec GmbH Randstraße 3A, 91560 Heilsbronn, Germany

Phone: +49 160 2112772 Email: info@4brainsintec.de

The controller is the natural or legal person who, alone or jointly with others, decides on the purposes and means of processing personal data (e.g., names, email addresses, etc.).

Retention Period

Unless otherwise specified in this privacy policy, your personal data will be stored by us until the purpose for data processing ceases. If you assert a legitimate request for deletion or revoke consent to data processing, your data will be deleted unless we have other legally permissible reasons for storing your personal data (e.g., tax or commercial retention periods). In the latter case, deletion will occur once these reasons no longer apply.

Legal Basis for Data Processing

If you have given your consent to data processing, we will process your personal data based on Art. 6(1)(a) of the GDPR or Art. 9(2)(a) of the GDPR if special categories of data under Art. 9(1) of the GDPR are processed. In case of an explicit consent to transfer personal data to third countries, data processing is also based on Art. 49(1)(a) of the GDPR. If you have given your consent to the storage of cookies or access to information on your device (e.g., via device fingerprinting), data processing is based on § 25(1) of the German Telemedia Act. Consent can be revoked at any time. If your data is required for the fulfillment of a contract or for the execution of pre-contractual measures, data processing is based on Art. 6(1)(b) of the GDPR. Furthermore, we process your data if it is necessary to fulfill a legal obligation based on Art. 6(1)(c) of the GDPR. Data processing may also be carried out based on our legitimate interest according to Art. 6(1)(f) of the GDPR. The relevant legal bases for data processing are provided in the following paragraphs of this privacy policy.

Data Transfer to the USA and Other Third Countries

We use tools from companies located in the USA or other non-secure third countries for data processing. When these tools are active, your personal data may be transferred to and processed in these third countries. We would like to point out that these countries may not guarantee a level of data protection comparable to that of the EU. For instance, US companies are obligated to disclose personal data to security authorities without the possibility of legal recourse for affected individuals. Consequently, it cannot be ruled out that US authorities (e.g., intelligence agencies) process, analyze, and store your data on US servers for monitoring purposes. We have no influence on these processing activities.

Withdrawal of Consent for Data Processing

Many data processing operations are only possible with your explicit consent. You can revoke consent you have already given at any time. The legality of data processing carried out until the withdrawal remains unaffected by the withdrawal.

Right to Object to Data Collection in Special Cases and Direct Marketing (Art. 21 GDPR)

If data processing is based on Art. 6(1)(e) or (f) of the GDPR, you have the right to object, on grounds relating to your particular situation, at any time to the processing of your personal data; this also applies to profiling based on these provisions. The respective legal basis on which processing is based can be found in this privacy policy. If you object, we will no longer process your personal data unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing that override your interests, rights, and freedoms or for the establishment, exercise, or defense of legal claims (objection pursuant to Art. 21(1) GDPR).

If your personal data is processed for direct marketing purposes, you have the right to object at any time to the processing of personal data concerning you for such marketing; this also applies to profiling to the extent that it is related to such direct marketing. If you object, your personal data will no longer be used for direct marketing purposes (objection pursuant to Art. 21(2) GDPR).

Right to File Complaints with Regulatory Authorities

In the event of violations of the GDPR, data subjects have the right to file a complaint with a regulatory authority, in particular in the Member State of their habitual residence, place of work, or place of the alleged violation. The right to file a complaint is without prejudice to other administrative or judicial remedies.

Right to Data Portability

You have the right to have data that we process based on your consent or in fulfillment of a contract automatically delivered to you or to a third party in a standard, machine-readable format. If you require the direct transfer of data to another responsible party, this will only be done to the extent technically feasible.

SSL and TLS Encryption

This site uses SSL or TLS encryption for security reasons and to protect the transmission of confidential content, such as orders or requests that you send to us as the site operator. You can recognize an encrypted connection by the fact that the address line of the browser changes from "http://" to "https://" and by the lock symbol in your browser line.

If SSL or TLS encryption is activated, the data you transfer to us cannot be read by third parties.

Encrypted Payment Transactions

If you are under an obligation to share your payment information (e.g., account number if you give us the authority to debit your bank account) with us after you have entered into a fee-based contract with us, this information is required to process payments.

Payment transactions using common methods of payment (Visa/MasterCard, direct debit) are only processed via encrypted SSL or TLS connections. You can recognize an encrypted connection by the fact that the address line of the browser changes from "http://" to "https://" and by the lock symbol in your browser line.

Information, Deletion, and Correction

Within the scope of applicable legal provisions, you have the right to at any time demand information about your stored personal data, their origin and recipients, as well as the purpose of the processing of your data. You may also have a right to have your data rectified, blocked, or deleted. You can contact us at any time using the address given in the legal notice if you have further questions on the topic of personal data.

Right to Restriction of Processing

You have the right to request the restriction of the processing of your personal data. You can contact us at any time using the address given in the legal notice. The right to restriction of processing exists in the following cases:

  • If you contest the accuracy of your personal data stored by us, we will usually need time to verify this. During the time it takes to verify the accuracy of your data, you have the right to request the restriction of the processing of your personal data.

  • If the processing of your personal data was/is conducted in an unlawful manner, you have the option to request the restriction of the processing of your data instead of demanding the deletion of this data.

  • If we no longer require your personal data, but you require it to exercise, defend, or establish legal claims, you have the right to request the restriction of the processing of your personal data instead of deletion.

  • If you have lodged an objection pursuant to Art. 21(1) GDPR, your interests must be weighed against ours. As long as it is not clear whose interests prevail, you have the right to request the restriction of the processing of your personal data.

If you have restricted the processing of your personal data, such data, apart from being stored, may only be processed with your consent or for the establishment, exercise, or defense of legal claims, or for the protection of the rights of another natural or legal person, or for reasons of important public interest of the European Union or a Member State.

Objection to Promotional Emails

We hereby object to the use of the contact information published as part of our duty to publish a legal notice for the purpose of sending us promotional and informational materials not expressly requested. The operators of the pages expressly reserve the right to take legal action in the event of the unsolicited sending of promotional information, for instance through spam emails.

4. Data Collection on this Website

Cookies

Our websites and pages use what the industry refers to as "cookies." Cookies are small text files that do not cause any damage to your device. They are either stored temporarily for the duration of a session (session cookies) or permanently (permanent cookies) on your device. Session cookies are automatically deleted once you terminate your visit. Permanent cookies remain archived on your device until you actively delete them or they are automatically eradicated by your web browser.

In some cases, it is possible that third-party cookies are stored on your device once you enter our site (third-party cookies). These cookies enable you or us to take advantage of certain services offered by the third party (e.g., cookies for the processing of payment services).

Cookies have a variety of functions. Many cookies are technically essential since certain website functions would not work in the absence of the cookies (e.g., the shopping cart function or the display of videos). The purpose of other cookies may be the analysis of user patterns or the display of promotional messages.

Cookies, which are required for the performance of electronic communication transactions (required cookies) or for the provision of certain functions you want to use (functional cookies, e.g., for the shopping cart function) or those that are necessary for the optimization of the website (e.g., cookies that provide measurable insights into the web audience), shall be stored on the basis of Art. 6(1)(f) GDPR, unless a different legal basis is cited. The operator of the website has a legitimate interest in the storage of cookies to ensure the technically error-free and optimized provision of the operator's services. If consent to the storage of cookies has been requested, the storage of such cookies shall occur exclusively on the basis of this consent (Art. 6(1)(a) GDPR); the consent can be revoked at any time.

You have the option to set up your browser in such a manner that you will be notified anytime cookies are placed and you can permit cookies only in certain cases or exclude the acceptance of cookies in certain instances or in general and you can also activate the automatic deletion of cookies upon closing of the browser. If you deactivate cookies, the functions of this website may be limited.

If cookies are used for third-party applications or for analysis purposes, we will separately notify you of this within the scope of this privacy policy and, if applicable, ask for your consent.

Server Log Files

The provider of this website and its pages automatically collects and stores information in so-called server log files, which your browser communicates to us automatically. The information comprises:

  • The type and version of browser used

  • The used operating system

  • Referrer URL

  • The hostname of the accessing computer

  • The time of the server inquiry

  • The IP address

This data is not merged with other data sources.

This data is recorded on the basis of Art. 6(1)(f) GDPR. The operator of the website has a legitimate interest in the technically error-free depiction and the optimization of the operator's website. In order to achieve this, server log files must be recorded.

Contact Form

If you submit inquiries to us via our contact form, the information provided in the contact form as well as any contact information provided therein will be stored by us in order to handle your inquiry and in the event that we have further questions. We will not share this information without your consent.

Hence, the processing of the data entered into the contact form occurs exclusively based on your consent (Art. 6(1)(a) GDPR). You have the right to revoke at any time any consent you have already given us. To do so, all you are required to do is sent us an informal notification via e-mail. This shall be without prejudice to the lawfulness of any data collection that occurred prior to your revocation.

The information you have entered into the contact form shall remain with us until you ask us to eradicate the data, revoke your consent to the archiving of data or if the purpose for which the information is being archived no longer exists (e.g., after we have concluded our response to your inquiry). This shall be without prejudice to any mandatory legal provisions, in particular retention periods.

Request by E-mail, Telephone, or Fax

If you contact us by e-mail, telephone, or fax, your request, including all resulting personal data (name, request) will be stored and processed by us for the purpose of processing your request. We do not pass these data on without your consent.

This data is processed on the basis of Art. 6(1)(b) GDPR if your inquiry is related to the fulfillment of a contract or is required for the performance of pre-contractual measures. In all other cases, the data is processed on the basis of our legitimate interest in the effective handling of inquiries submitted to us (Art. 6(1)(f) GDPR) or on the basis of your consent (Art. 6(1)(a) GDPR) if it has been obtained.

The data sent by you to us via contact requests remain with us until you request us to delete, revoke your consent to the storage or the purpose for the data storage lapses (e.g., after completion of your request). Mandatory statutory provisions - in particular statutory retention periods - remain unaffected.

5. Social Media

Social Media Plugins with Shariff

This website uses plugins from social media networks (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.). The use of these plugins is based on Art. 6(1)(f) GDPR. The operator of this website has a legitimate interest in being as visible as possible on social media.

In order to increase the level of protection of your data when you visit this website, these plugins are integrated using the so-called "Shariff" technology. This ensures that no connection to the servers of the provider of the respective social media platform is established without your explicit consent.

A direct connection to the provider's servers is established only when you activate the respective plugin by clicking the designated button (e.g. the "Like" button). As soon as you activate the plugin, the respective provider receives the information that you have visited this website with your IP address. If you are simultaneously logged into your respective social media account (e.g. Facebook), the respective provider can allocate your visit to this website to your user account.

The activation of the plugin constitutes a declaration of consent as defined in Art. 6(1)(a) GDPR. You have the option to revoke this consent at any time, which shall affect all future transactions.

6. Analysis Tools and Advertising

Google Analytics

This website uses functions of the web analysis service Google Analytics. The provider of this service is Google Ireland Limited ("Google"), Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland.

Google Analytics enables the website operator to analyze the behavior patterns of website visitors. To that end, the website operator receives a variety of user data, such as pages accessed, time spent on the page, the utilized operating system and the user's origin. Google may consolidate these data in a profile that is allocated to the respective user or the user's device.

Furthermore, we have added a component for the integration of Google Analytics (with the anonymizer function). This component permits Google to analyze the behavior patterns of website visitors. The anonymizer shortens the IP address of the data subject's Internet connection if the IP address originates from a member state of the European Union or from another signatory to the Agreement on the European Economic Area.

The purpose of the Google Analytics component is to analyze the traffic on our website. Google uses the collected data and information, among other things, to evaluate the use of our website and to provide online reports, which show the activities on our websites, and to provide other services concerning the use of our Internet site for us.

Google Analytics places a cookie on the information technology system of the data subject. The definition of cookies is explained above. With the setting of the cookie, Google is enabled to analyze the use of our website. With each call-up to one of the individual pages of this Internet site, which is operated by the controller and into which a Google Analytics component was integrated, the Internet browser on the information technology system of the data subject will automatically submit data through the Google Analytics component for the purpose of online advertising and the settlement of commissions to Google. During the course of this technical procedure, the enterprise Google gains knowledge of personal information, such as the IP address of the data subject, which serves Google, inter alia, to understand the origin of visitors and clicks, and subsequently create commission settlements.

The cookie is used to store personal information, such as the access time, the location from which the access was made, and the frequency of visits to our website by the data subject. With each visit to our Internet site, such personal data, including the IP address of the Internet access used by the data subject, will be transmitted to Google in the United States of America. These personal data are stored by Google in the United States of America. Google may pass these personal data collected through the technical procedure to third parties.

The data subject may, as stated above, prevent the setting of cookies through our website at any time by means of a corresponding adjustment of the web browser used and thus permanently deny the setting of cookies. Such an adjustment to the Internet browser used would also prevent Google Analytics from setting a cookie on the information technology system of the data subject. In addition, cookies already in use by Google Analytics may be deleted at any time via a web browser or other software programs.

In addition, the data subject has the possibility of objecting to a collection of data that are generated by Google Analytics, which is related to the use of this website, as well as the processing of this data by Google and the chance to preclude any such. For this purpose, the data subject must download a browser add-on under the link https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout and install it. This browser add-on tells Google Analytics through a JavaScript, that any data and information about the visits of Internet pages may not be transmitted to Google Analytics. The installation of the browser add-ons is considered an objection by Google. If the information technology system of the data subject is later deleted, formatted, or newly installed, then the data subject must reinstall the browser add-ons to disable Google Analytics. If the browser add-on was uninstalled by the data subject or any other person who is attributable to their sphere of competence, or is disabled, it is possible to execute the reinstallation or reactivation of the browser add-ons.

Further information and the applicable data protection provisions of Google may be retrieved under https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/ and under http://www.google.com/analytics/terms/us.html. Google Analytics is further explained under the following Link https://www.google.com/analytics/.

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