Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

The entity responsible for this web presence regarding European privacy laws (GDPR) is:
Friendly Fellows UG (haftungsbschränkt) 
Im Kieferngrund 9 
14163 Berlin 
Germany 
Geschäftsführer: Dr. Susanna Gebauer
Collection of general information:
By accessing our website, general information will be collected. This information is collected in server logfiles and includes the type of web browser, the operating system, domain name of your Internet Service Provider and similar information. None of the information collected allows us to identify you personally. This information is technically required to show the requested content on our web page and is automatically generated by the use of the internet. We do statistical analysis of anonymous information of this kind to optimize our web presence and the technology behind it.
Hosting
To be able to provide secure and effective web services to visitors and clients, we are using an external hosting provider to be able to provide these web services to our users. This includes resources (computing power, database services, platform services, storage, bandwidth, …). This means all data is saved on the servers provided to us by this hosting provider. We do have a Data Processing Agreement with our hosting provider. All servers are based inside the EU or associated states.
Our hosting provider is saving information about each visit to our websites in logfiles. These include name and URL of requested web page, requested files, date and time, amount of transmitted data, whether the request was successful, browser and version of browser, operating system, referring URL, IP-Adress and Internet Service Provider. Data is stored securely on our servers and deleted after 7 days. Data that is needed for legal reasons or to identify fraud or website attack patterns is not deleted as long as it is still needed.
Content Delivery Network (CDN) Cloudflare
We use a so-called Content Delivery Network (CDN) provided by Cloudflare, Inc., 101 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA, ein. Cloudflare is certified under Privacy-Shield and therefore guarantees compliance to European data security laws (https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt0000000TTozAAG&status=Active). More information can be found in Cloudflare’s security policy: https://www.cloudflare.com/security-policy.
A CDN is a service that allows fast delivery of webpages and included content through servers that are located all over the world. 
Registration on our Website
When registering for personalized services we collect personal information like Name, Address, Contact Information (like phone number and/or email address). As a registered user you access content and services that is only available to registered users. Registered users can change or delete their data at any time. We will also provide you with all personal information we have about you on record on request and update or delete this information on request if we have no legal obligation to keep the specific information for a specific time. To contact us about this please use the contact information below this document.
Services that require Payments
To be able to deliver services that require payments we ask for additional data (for instance payment information).
For security reasons (i.e. to secure your data on transmission) we use encryption according to the current state of technology (for instance SSL) via HTTPS.  
We use external payment providers to be able to process payments of our users. Payment providers used are: 
  • Stripe (https://stripe.com/de/privacy)
  • PayPal (https://www.paypal.com/de/webapps/mpp/ua/privacy-full?locale.x=en_DE)
  • Gumroad (https://gumroad.com/privacy)
We use these payment providers to be able to offer safe and effective payment methods to our users. Payment data is only processed by these providers – we never get access to account or credit card data. We only receive confirmation of payments (or in case of failed payments a notification on that).
Commenting Features via Disqus
We allow users to leave comments on our blog.
We use the commenting service Disqus based on our legitimate interest in an efficient, secure and user friendly commenting system (provided by DISQUS, Inc., 301 Howard St, Floor 3 San Francisco, California- 94105, USA). DISQUS is certified under the Privacy-Shield-Agreement and therefore guarantees to follow the european data protection laws (https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt0000000TRkEAAW&status=Active).
We only embed DISQUS into our website. When using the commenting features users start a contract with DISQUS making DISQUS responsible for providing access to the personal data they collect and for possible requests for deletion. We specifically note that DISQUS saves the comments and probably IP-addresses of users as well as information provided on registration and can save cookies on the users computer and use them for advertising (the privacy policy for DISQUS can be found here: https://help.disqus.com/terms-and-policies/disqus-privacy-policy). Users can opt-out from the processing of data by DISQUS here: https://disqus.com/data-sharing-settings.
Newsletter
The data collected when registering to our email newsletters is used for this purpose only. Subscribers may also receive notifications about changes in our newsletter services or technical eventualities regarding these services. 
For the registration we need a valid email address. We use the double-opt-in method. We log the subscription request, the sending of the confirmation email and the confirmation action by the user. This data will never be provided to third parties.
You can unsubscribe from our newsletter and delete your data at any time – each newsletter email contains a link that will make this happen at once. You can also contact us via email at any time to request your information to be removed. Please use the contact information below this privacy policy to do this.
For sending the newsletter emails we use the tool Convert Kit (ConvertKit LLC, 505 W. Broad Street #602, Boise, ID 83702, see their privacy policy here: https://convertkit.com/privacy/). 
Convertkit is a certified member of Privacy Shield and therefore guarantees to comply to European data privacy laws and standards: https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt00000008RtoAAE&status=Active.
Contact Form
If you contact us via the contact form on the website or via email, the information provided is saved for processing your request and quick follow up.
Deletion of Data, Blocking of Data
We comply to standards regarding the only collecting necessary data. We only save your personal data as long as it is necessary for the highlighted purposes or for legal requirements. After the purpose and/or legal requirements have expired the data is deleted or blocked routinely and according to the data security laws.
Amazon Partner Program
We are a member of the Amazon Partner Program that allows us to place links and advertisements for products on amazon.com and amazon.de. Amazon places cookies to identify orders placed on their site through these links. 
More information on the usage of data by Amazon can be found in the privacy notice of Amazon:
Usage of Google Fonts
We embed fonts provided by  Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA, ein (“Google Fonts”). Privacy Policy: https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/, Opt-Out: https://adssettings.google.com/authenticated.
Usage of Google Analytics
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service by Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “Cookies”, text files saved on your computer that allow an analysis of your usage of our website. The data generated through these cookies is usually transmitted to a server in the USA and saved there. We have activated the anonymizing of IP addresses on this website so that the IP address will be shortened within the EU or associated states before being transmitted and saved. Only in exceptions the IP address is transmitted in full and then shortened in the USA. Google will use this data to generate reports and usage statistics about the usage of this website on our request. The IP addresses collected via Google Analytics through this procedure will not be connected to other data in Google’s possession. You can prevent the usage of cookies via a setting in your browser, we do however point out that you will not be able to use all features of this website when doing so. You can prevent the installation of Google Analytics cookies by downloading the following browser plugin.
Your Right to Information, Correction, Blocking, Deletion and Objection
At any point in time you have the right to gain access to the personal information saved about you by us. You also have the right to correction of the data, blocking or deletion of the data (as long as this data is not legally necessary to keep for legal reasons or the continued business relationship).
For any of these purposes, please contact Jonathan Gebauer ([email protected]).
Usage of Social Plugins by Facebook
We use the social plugins of the social network Facebook which is run by Facebook Ireland Ltd., 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2, Irland (“Facebook”). These plugins can include interaction elements and content (images, text, videos). They can be identified as they include elements of Facebooks corporate identity (logo, like button, thumbs up icon). A list of elements identifying Facebook CI can be seen here: https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/.
Facebook is a certified member of Privacy Shield and therefore guarantees to comply to European data privacy laws and standards: (https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt0000000GnywAAC&status=Active).
These elements (posts and other content from Facebook) are embedded into our site and when loaded connects directly to Facebook’s servers. To prevent transmission of data you need to log out from Facebook and prevent cookies inside your browser. For more information on how Facebook processes data you can examine Facebook’s privacy policy here: https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/ 
Users can also use the internal Facebook settings to restrict usage of data for advertising by Facebook. This is possible through Facebooks profile settings: https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=ads, the US site http://www.aboutads.info/choices or the EU site http://www.youronlinechoices.com/.
Usage of Social Plugins of Several Social Networks (including Video Platforms)
This website uses social plugins and embedded services of several social networks and video platforms. These can include content (video, text, graphics) and can be identified through their respective logos. Content is directly loaded from the service providers, which means they can access your IP-address as it is impossible to send content to your browser without this. Further, the embedded content may contain tracking mechanisms to track usage of the content that can be analysed through statistical evaluation (for instance browser version, operating system, usage statistics, etc.). This data can also be saved via cookies in your browser. 
Networks and platforms we embed content from are:
Future Revisions of this Document
We reserve the right to change the privacy policy at any point in time to make sure it complies with future legal requirements and to properly reflect changes in our services. For each visit of our website the privacy policy that is on our website at the time of the visit is valid.
Questions for our Data Protection Officer
If you have any questions regarding data security on this web site please ask our data security officer:
Contact information for data security
Jonathan Gebauer 

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  • saraboulos

    i`m in usa and connected to australian vpn, Does your site still identify the browser cookies.?