Data privacy statement

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The following information is to provide you with an easy reference for the use of your personal data.

Data protection at a glance

General information

Personal data means all data that can be used to identify you. For detailed information about our data protection policy, please refer to the data privacy statement quoted below.

Data collection on our website

Who is responsible for collecting data on this website?

Data collection on this website is performed by the website owner whose contact data is stated in the imprint.

This website is the web presence of the Gesellschaft für Unternehmensgeschichte e.V. (GUG e.V.) and the Gesellschaft für Unternehmensgeschichte mbH (GUG mbH). The GUG mbH is a fully-owned subsidiary of GUG e.V. This data privacy statement therefore applies to both the GUG e. V. and the GUG mbH.

How do we collect your data?

First, your data is collected by you sending it to us. This, e. g., could be data that you enter into a contact form or mail to us or include in an email. Second, other types of data are collected automatically by our IT system while visiting our website. This concerns mainly technical data (e.g. browser, operation system, or timestamp of site access). This data is collected automatically when accessing our website.

What do we use your data for?

Partly, data are collected to ensure that our website service runs without errors. Other data can be used to analyse user behaviour.

The storage of data in the GUG’s database serves among other things to create mailing lists, to send newsletters via email, to debit members fees, to invoice, and to store and access postal addresses for sending newsletters and invitations.

What are your rights concerning your data?

You have the right to receive information as to the origin, recipient, and purpose of your stored personal data at any time and free of charge. You have the right to demand the correction, deletion, or blocking of this data. For this purpose and for further questions, please feel free to contact us anytime under the address stated in the imprint. Furthermore, you have the right to file a complaint with the appropriate regulating authority.

Analytical tools and tools from third-party providers

When accessing our website, your browsing behavior can be analysed statistically. This is done using cookies and analytical tools. As a rule, the analysis of your browsing behavior is anonymous, and browsing patterns cannot be traced back to specific users. You can decline to agree to this analysis or prevent the analysis by not using certain tools. Detailed information can be found in the data privacy statement.

2. General information and mandatory information

Data protection

We as the owners of this website take the protection of your data very seriously. We treat your data confidentially and according to the data protection laws and this data privacy statement.

If you are using this website, personal data is being collected. Personal data means data that can be used to identify you. This data privacy statement explains which data we collect and what we use it for. The data privacy statement also explains how and to what purpose data is collected.

We want to point out that data transmission via the internet (e.g. when ciommunicating by email) can pose a security risk. Perfect protection against every kind of unauthorized access by third-party actors is not possible.

Responsible for this website:

Name and contact details of the responsible website provider:

Gesellschaft für Unternehmensgeschichte e.V.
Sophienstraße 44
60487 Frankfurt am Main
Telefon: +49 (0) 69 97 20 33 14
E-Mail: info@unternehmensgeschichte.de

Withdrawing your agreement to process your data

Many data processing operations are possible only with your explicit agreement. At any time, you can withdraw an agreement that you gave previously. To withdraw your agreement, writing a formless email to us is sufficient. The lawfulness of data processing occurring before the withdrawal is not affected by the withdrawal.

Right to file a complaint with the appropriate regulating authority

In the case of a breach of data protection laws and regulations, the affected party has the right to file a complaint with the appropriate regulating authority. The regulating authority in matters of data protection is the state data protection commissioner (Landesdatenschutzbeauftragter) of the state of Germany in which our association is registered. A list of data protection commissioners and their contact details can be found under the following link:
https://www.bfdi.bund.de/DE/Infothek/Anschriften_Links/anschriften_links-node.html
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Right to receive transferred data

You have the right to request a transfer in a common machine-readable format of that data which we process automatically on the basis of your agreement or the performance of a contract. In the case that you request the direct transfer of the data to a different responsible party, we can comply only if this is technically possible.

SSL/TSL encryption

For security reasons and for the protection of confidential data sent to us as responsible website owners, e. g. orders or requests, this page uses SSL/TSL encryption. You can recognize an encrypted connection by checking your browser address field: an encrypted connection is indicated by the prefix „https://“ instead of „http://“ for unencrypted connections, and a padlock symbol. When the SSL or TSL encryption is activated, data transmitted to us over that connection cannot be read by third parties.

Right to information, blocking, and deletion

Within the confines of the applicable law, you have the right to request from us at any time and free of charge full information about your stored personal data, their origin and recipient, and the purpose of data processing. In addition, you have the right to demand correction, blocking, or deletion of this data. You can contact us for these requests and with any questions concerning your personal data t any time under the address stated in the imprint section of this website.

Objection to advertising emails

We hereby object to using data published in our imprint in accordance with information duties for sending us unsolicited advertisements or information material. The owners of this website reserve their right to take legal steps against anyone sending unsolicited advertisements, e. g. by spam email.

3. Data security officer

The GUG has appointed a data security officer:

Andreas Haas
Gesellschaft für Unternehmensgeschichte mbH
60487 Frankfurt am Main

Telefon: +49 (0) 69 97 20 33 16
E-Mail: haas@unternehmensgeschichte.de

4. Processing data (membership, customer, and contract data)

We collect, process, use, and store personal data in our database only in so far as they are necessary for the establishment, design, or change in legal relationships (stock data). This is done on the basis of article 6, paragraph 1, point (b) GDPR which allows data processing for the performance of a contract or steps prior to entering a contract. We collect, process, and use personal data about the use of our website (user data) only in so far as this is necessary for enabling the user to access the service or for invoicing.

Storage of personal data for historical reasons

The Gesellschaft für Unternehmensgeschichte owns and maintains an archive. By agreeing to our data privacy statement, you agree to the storage of your personal data in our archive for historical purposes after the legal safekeeping period has expired. This data is used exclusively by the GUG itself for the future reconstruction of past transactions in the association and the GUG mbH. The data is stored and made usable physically and/or electronically in our archive. The data is never made accessible to third parties.

Data transfer on signing a contract for services and digital content

We transmit personal data to third parties only if this is strictly necessary for the performance of a contract, for example to the bank charged with money transfers or to the publisher producing the Zeitschrift für Unternehmensgeschichte (ZUG) for mailing the ZUG to subscribers.

Any further transmission of data does not occur, or only if you have explicitly agreed to the transmission. Your data is not transferred to third parties, e. g. for advertising, without your explicit agreement.

The legal basis for this data processing is article 6, paragraph 1, point (b) GDPR which allows data processing for the performance of a contract or steps prior to entering a contract.

Collection of data when registering for events organized by the Gesellschaft für Unternehmensgeschichte

You can register for events on our website. We use the data entered for registration only for the purpose of the event you have registered for. The mandatory information requested during the registration process must be given completely, otherwise we will reject your registration.

The collection of data during the registration applies only to non-members of the Gesellschaft für Unternehmensgeschichte. We do not collect new data from members during registration for an event.

The data entered during registration for an event is processed on the basis of your agreement (article 6, paragraph 1, point (a) GDPR). You can withdraw your previously granted agreement at any time by sending us a formless email stating your withdrawal. The lawfulness of data processing before the withdrawal is not affected by the withdrawal.

5. Newsletter for members

Newsletter data

The members of the Gesellschaft für Unternehmensgeschichte e.V. receive the GUG newsletter once a year. We use for that the email address stated in the membership application. Further data is not collected without consent. We use this data exclusively for sending the newsletter and do not forward it to third parties.

When signing up for the newsletter, you explicitly consent to hand us your content data (article 6, paragraph 1, point (a) GDPR). Your consent to the storage of this data und email address and its use for sending you the newsletter can be withdrawn at any time. The lawfulness of data processing occuring before the withdrawal is not affected by the withdrawal.

6. Registration in the forum

You can register for our forum to use its functions. The data entered during registration is used only for the purpose of using the forum and the services you registered for, among others the collection of contributions and interactive data. The mandatory information requested during registration must be entered completely. Otherwise, we will refuse to register your forum account.

In case of important changes, for example different services or necessary technical changes, we use the email address stated during registration for informing you about said changes.

Processing the data entered during registration is subject to your consent (article 6, paragraph 1, point (a) GDPR). You can withdraw your consent at any time. For the withdrawal, it is sufficient to send us a formless email. The lawfulness of data processing occuring before the withdrawal is not affected by the withdrawal.

The data entered during your registration will be stored for the duration of your registration and will be deleted after your registration has expired. Legal safekeeping periods remain unaffected.

7. Website and analytical tools

Our websites use so-called cookies, Cookies are small text files that do not harm your computer and do not contain viruses. We use cookies to make our web service more userfriendly, efficient, and safe. Your browser saves cookies on your computer.

Most cookies used by us are so-called session cookies that are deleted automatically after your visit to our website. Other cookies remain saved on your device until you delete them. These cookies enable us to recognize your browser on your next visit.

You can change the settings of your browser so that you are informed when a cookie is saved and allow cookies only for particular websites, reject cookies in general or from particular websites, and activate automatic deletion of all cookies on closing your browser. When cookies are deactivated, the functionality of the website may be affected.

Cookies that are necessary for electronic communication or for offering certain required functions (e. g. shopping basket function) are stored according to article 6, paragraph 1, point (f) GDPR. The website owner has a justified interest in the storage of cookies for offering error-less and optimized web services. Insofar as other cookies (e.g. cookies serving the analysis of browsing behaviour) are stored, these are treated separately in the data privacy statement.

Server log files

The website provider collects and stores information automatically in so called server log files which your browser transmits automoatically to us. These are:

- Type and version of your browser

- Operating system

- Referrer URL

- Hostname of the device used to access the website

- Time of server request

- IP Address

This data is not merged with other data sources.

The basis for this data processing is article 6, section 1, point (b) GDPR that allows data processing for the performance of a contract or steps prior to entering a contract.

IP anonymization

IP anonymization is activated on this website. With this function, Google shortens your IP address before transmission to the United States within member states of the European Union or other member states of the European Economic Area Agreement. Only in exceptional cases, the IP address is transmitted to a Google server in the USA and shortened there. Google will use this information on behalf of the website owner to analyze the usage of the website, to make reports about activities on the website and to provide the website owner with other services related to website usage and internet usage. The IP address sent by your browser and processed by Google analytics will not be merged with other data processed by Google.

Matomo (formerly Piwik)

This website uses the open source analytics platform Matomo. Matomo uses so-called “cookies”. Cookies are text files which are saved on your computer and allow an analysis of your usage of our website. The information about website usage generated by the cookie is stored on our server. Te IP address is anonymized before saving the information on our server.

Matomo cookies remain on your device until you delete them.

Matomo cookies are stored according to article 6, paragraph 1, point (f) GDPR. The website owner has a justified interest in the anonymized analysis of user behavior to optimize web services and advertising.

The information about website usage generated by Matomo cookies is not given to third parties. You can refuse the saving of cookies in your browser settings; however, we would like to point out that in this case, you might not be able to use all functions of our website fully.

If you do not agree to us storing and using your data, you can deactivate the storage and usage here. In this case, an opt out-cookie will be stored in your browser which prevents Matomo from collecting usage data. If you delete your browser cookies, the opt-out cookie will be deleted as well, so that the opt out-function has to be activated again when visiting our website.