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Data Protection

Beach Inspector is conscious of the significance of the personal data of the users of this website. We take this responsibility seriously and regard it as one of our most important tasks to protect the confidentiality of this data.

With this document (Data Protection Statement) we would like to clarify to users of our website the type, extent and reasons for capturing and usage of personal data by us, the responsible Service Provider (Beach-Inspector GmbH, represented by the directors Anton Werner, Kai Michael Schäfer and Thomas Berndorfer, Oppelner Straße 27, 10997 Berlin) on this website (hereafter referred to as "Offer" ). The legal basis for data protection is detailed in the relevant German legislation, namely the Bundesdatenschutzgesetz (BDSG) and the Telemediengesetz (TMG).

Personal Data

Personal data is information which helps to identify an individual, in other words data which can be traced back to a particular person. This includes the name, email addresses and telephone number, but preferences, hobbies, memberships and websites visited are also considered to be personal data. Personal data will only be captured, used and forwarded when this is allowed by law or agreed to by the user. You can visit our website without revealing any personal information. The only data which is retained is access data, such as the name of your internet provider, the page from where you called up our website, the name of the requested folders and the date on which they were requested, all of this being data which is not linked personally to the website user. This data is used exclusively to improve our service and is not for the purposes of identifying the user in any way. In doing so we observe the relevant German.

Making contact

When the user contacts the Service Provider (for example using the Contact Us form or by email) details of the user will be captured for the purposes of dealing with the enquiry and any questions arising at a later stage.

Newsletter

If you would like to receive the newsletter, we require from you a valid email address, as well as information which allows us to verify that you are the owner of the email address provided, or that the owner agrees to receiving the newsletter. No other data is recorded. The captured data is only used to send the newsletter and is not given to third parties. When you register for the newsletter we record your IP-address and the date of subscription. This data is only held in case a third party misuses an email address and subscribes to the newsletter without the knowledge of the rightful owner. It is possible to unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time. For this please use the appropriate link in the newsletter and you will be immediately unsubscribed. However, if you unsubscribe by answering to the newsletter or using the Contact Us form this can take up to 7 days. For the distribution of our newsletter we use MailChimp which is a product of The Rocket Science Group, LLC, 512 Means Street, Ste 404 Atlanta, GA 30318. The data which you provide when you register for our newsletter is forwarded to MailChimp and stored there. After registering you will receive an email from MailChimp to confirm your registration (“double opt-in”). MailChimp provides detailed analysis options about how the newsletter is opened and used. This analysis is made by grouping data and is not used by us for information about individuals. MailChimp also uses the Google Analytics analysis tool and may use this with the newsletter. Further details about Google Analytics can be found below under "Google Analytics". Further information about MailChimp and data protection at MailChimp can be found at http://mailchimp.com/legal/privacy/

Use of Cookies

When you visit our website our web servers routinely capture the IP-address which your internet service provider allocates to you, the website from where you called up our website, the pages which you look at, time and length of your visit, as well as some of the standard information provided by your browser, if available. This data cannot be identified as belonging to a particular individual and we do not combine this information with other data sources. On our website we use typical online technology such as cookies and pixel tags (invisible graphics) to make our website user-friendly, effective and safe to use. Cookies are small text-files which are stored in the buffer memory of the website user's browser and which enable the relevant browser to be recognised again. As well as the so-called session cookies which are automatically deleted as soon as you log out or close your browser, we use so-called permanent cookies which recognise a returning user, for example for the function "Remain logged in on this computer". Our cookies are completely harmless to your computer, but you can prevent their installation through the appropriate setting of your browser software. Naturally you can also delete cookies at any time using the appropriate browser function. However, if you delete cookies or set your browser to reject cookies, this can affect the functioning of the website http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/your-ad-choices/

Google Analytics

This Service Provider users Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google Inc. („Google“). Google Analytics uses so-called "cookies", text-files which are stored on the computer of the users and which allow analysis of the use of the website. The data about the use of this website produced through the usage of cookies is as a rule sent to a server of Google in the USA and stored there. In the event of the activation of IP-anonymity on this website, the IP-address of the users will however be shortened by Google within the member states of the European Union, or in other countries signed up to the EU European Economic Area. Only in exceptional circumstances will the complete IP-address be sent to a Google server in the USA and shortened there. IP-anonymisation is active on this website. At the request of the owners of this website Google uses this information to analyse the usage of the website by its users, to produce reports about website activities and to provide further services connected with the website use and internet use to the owners of this website. The IP address sent from your browser by Google Analytics is not combined with other data held by Google. Users can prevent the storage of cookies by making the appropriate setting in their browser software. However, this Service Provider would like to point out to users that in this case all functions of the website cannot be used in their entirety. In addition, users can prevent the capture of data produced by the cookie and concerning their use of the website (including their IP-address) from being sent to and processed by Google by downloading and installing the browser plugin available under the following link: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de. Furthermore, the Google Analytics setting for advertisers is activated in Display Network, where a double-click cookie is used to enable functions in Google Display Network. The settings for this cookie can be changed or this function deactivated at: http://www.google.com/settings/ads/onweb/

Use of Facebook Social Plugins

This Offer uses Social Plugins (“Plugins”) of the social network facebook.com, which is operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA (“Facebook”). The plugins are identifiable by the Facebook logo (white "f" on a blue tile or a "thumbs-up" sign), or with the additional text of “Facebook Social Plugin”. The list of and appearance of Facebook Social Plugins can be seen here: https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/. When a user calls up a web page belonging to this Offer which contains such a plugin, the user's browser sets up a direct connection with the Facebook servers. The content of the plugin is sent from Facebook to the user's browser and integrated into the web page. The Service Provider therefore has no influence on the amount of data which Facebook captures with the help of this plugin and can only inform users about this based on the Service Provider's existing level of knowledge. Through the integration of the plugin Facebook receives the information that a user has called up the corresponding page of the Offer. If the user is logged in to Facebook the visit to this page can be associated with the appropriate Facebook account. When users interact with the plugins, for example by using the "Like" button or by posting a comment, the corresponding information will be sent by your browser to Facebook and stored there. Even if a user is not a Facebook member there is still the possibility that Facebook is aware of and stores the relevant IP-address. According to Facebook only anonymised IP-addresses are stored in Germany. The purpose and extent of data captured and the further processing and usage of the data by Facebook, as well as the rights and options concerning this for the protection of users, can be obtained from the Facebook data protection guidelines: https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/. If a user is a Facebook member and does not want Facebook to use this Offer to collect data and connect it with the Facebook member data, it is necessary to log out of Facebook before using the internet.

Twitter

This offer uses the buttons of the Twitter service. These buttons are offered by Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA. They can be recognised by expressions such as "Twitter" or "Follow" together with a stylised blue bird. With the use of these buttons it is possible to share a contribution or a page of this offer on Twitter, or to follow the provider on Twitter. When a user calls up a web page of this internet presence which contains such a button, the browser initiates a direct connection with the Twitter servers. The content of the Twitter buttons is sent directly to the browser of the user. The Service Provider therefore has no influence on the extent of data which Twitter captures with the help of this plugin and can only inform users about this based on the Service Provider's existing level of knowledge. This is that it is only the IP-address and the URL of the relevant web page which is transferred, but for no other reason than to display the button. Further information about this can be found in the data protection statement of Twitter under: http://twitter.com/privacy.

Google AdSense

This Offer uses Google AdSense, a facility to include advertising from Google Inc. (“Google”). Google AdSense uses so-called “cookies”, text-files which are stored on the computer of the users and which allow analysis of the use of the website. Google AdSense also uses so-called web beacons (invisible graphics). These enable data such as the visitor traffic on the pages of this Offer to be evaluated. The information about the use of this website (including the IP-address of its users) and the supplying of advertising formats provided by cookies und web beacons are sent to a Google server in the USA and stored there. This data may be forwarded by Google to contractual partners. However, Google will not combine your IP-address with other data which you have stored. Users can prevent the installation of cookies through an appropriate setting in their browser software. However, this Service Provider would like to point out to users that in this case all functions of the website cannot be used in their entirety. By using this website, users grant permission for the processing of their data captured by Google in the way described and for the reason stated.

Data security

We secure our website and other systems with technical and organisational measures to prevent loss, destruction, illegal access, manipulation, or distribution of your data by unauthorised individuals. In spite of regular checking it is impossible to guarantee complete protection against all dangers.

Right to information

You have the right without charge to be provided with information about your stored personal data as well as to the correction, blocking or deletion of this data.

Right of cancellation

You have at any time the right to revoke any permission granted.