Privacy policy
 

Our Services connect people everywhere. What you share on EuropeConnectSU GmbH (EuropeConnectSU GmbH, a German company with, address 50678 Köln Im Zollhafen 24, Email: info@europeconnect.eu.) sites may be viewed all around the world.

This Privacy Policy describes how and when we collect, use, and share your information across our websites, email notifications, applications, buttons, embeds, ads, and our other covered services this Policy (collectively, the “Services”), and from our partners and other third parties. When using any of our Services you consent to the collection, transfer, storage, disclosure, and use of your information as described in this Privacy Policy. This includes any information you choose to provide that is deemed sensitive under applicable law.

When this policy mentions “we” or “us”, it refers to the controller of your information under this policy. Your information is controlled by EuropeConnectSU GmbH, a German company with, address 50678 Köln Im Zollhafen 24, Email: info@europeconnect.eu.

Despite this, you are responsible for the posting of your posts and other content you submit through the Services, as provided in these Terms.

Irrespective of which country you live in, you authorize us to transfer, store, and use your information in Germany and any other country where we operate. In some of these countries, the privacy and data protection laws and rules regarding when government authorities may access data may vary from those in the country where you live. If you have any questions or comments about this Privacy Policy, please submit a request to us.

GDPR

You’ve probably heard about the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR for short. This regulation gives citizens of the European Economic Area (EEA) certain rights when you use services that process personal data – it’s all about making companies more transparent about how they handle your personal data and equipping you with tools to better control your data.

What are your rights under GDPR?

The right to be informed – Read our privacy policy, which sets out all the information you need in clear and simple language.

The right to rectification – Update data about you that’s incomplete or wrong.

The right to erasure – Easily delete your historical data on the site.

The right to restrict processing – Opt out of certain processing of your data

The right to data portability & the right of access – Upon request, access a file of the data connected to your account, and receive answers to your privacy related questions

The right to object – Request to opt out of certain forms of data processing

The right to appeal automated decisions and profiling – Contact our support team, if you believe that your account was unlawfully blocked

As GDPR gives you more transparency and better control, you will be aware of the very limited amount of data that we need to collect, in order to provide the EuropeConnect service.


Please note if you give us the following information we may processing personal data revealing racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or beliefs, or trade union membership, and the processing of genetic data, data concerning health or data concerning a natural person's sex life or sexual orientation. 

Please note that by registering on our sites you accept this Privacy Policy and you give us your consent to processing your personal data mentioned in our Privacy Policy below, inclusive the sensitive personal information mentioned above.

You have the right to withdraw you consent at any time. The withdrawal of consent shall not affect the lawfulness of processing based on consent before its withdrawal.

 

Information Collection and Use

We collect and use your information below to provide, understand, and improve our Services. Please note that some information are not obligatory.

Account Information: If you choose to create a EuropeConnect account, you provide us with some personal information, such as your name, username, password, email address, phone number, profile photo, background photo, birthday date, job or occupation, current address, interests your favorite products, school and education, relationship status, pages and business, bank account. On EuropeConnect, your name and username may listed publicly, including on your profile page and in search results, and you can use either your real name or a pseudonym. You can create and manage multiple EuropeConnect accounts.

Contact Information: You may use your contact information, such as your email address, address, phone number, to customize your account or enable certain account features. If you provide us with your phone number, you agree to receive text messages to that number from us. We may use your contact information to send you information about our Services, to market to you, to help prevent spam, fraud, or abuse, and to help others find your account, including through third-party services and client applications. You may use your settings for email and mobile notifications you receive from EuropeConnect. You may also unsubscribe from a notification by following the instructions contained within the notification or the instructions on our website. Your Discoverability privacy settings control whether others can find you on EuropeConnect by your email address or phone number. You can ask us to delete your personal date from our server whenever you want, but you may lose your account in this case.

Additional Information: You may choose to provide us with additional information (profile photo, background photo, birthday date, job or occupation, current address, interests  your favorite products, school and education, relationship status, pages and business, gender, tips, photos, videos) to help improve and personalize your experience across our Services. We may later personalize content, such as making suggestions or showing user accounts and posts for you and other users. If you email us, we may keep your message, email address, and contact information to respond to your request. If you connect your account on our Services to your account on another service, the other service may send us information that you authorize for use in the Services. This information may enable cross-posting or otherwise help us improve the Services, and is deleted from our Services within a few weeks of your disconnecting from our Services your account on the other service.

Payment Information: You may provide us with payment information, including your credit or debit card number, card expiration date, CVV code, and billing address, in order to purchase advertising or other offerings provided as part of our services.

Posts, Following, Lists, Profile, and Other Public Information: EuropeConnect is primarily designed to help you to gain and share information form/with the world. Most of the information you provide us is information you are asking us to make public. You may provide us with profile information such as a short biography, your location, your website, date of birth, or a picture. Additionally, your public information includes the messages you post; the metadata provided with posts, such as when you posted and the client application you used to post; information about your account, such as creation time, language, country, and time zone; and the lists you create, people you follow, posts you like or repost on our site. EuropeConnect may broadly and instantly disseminates your public information to a wide range of users, customers, and services, including search engines, developers, and publishers that integrate EuropeConnect content into their services, and organizations such as universities, public health agencies, and market research firms that analyze the information for trends and insights. When you share information or content like photos, videos, and links via the Services, you should think carefully about what you are making public. We may use this information to make inferences, like what topics you may be interested in. Our default is almost always to make the information you provide through the Services public for as long as you do not delete it, but we generally give you settings or features, to make the information more private if you want. For certain profile information fields we provide you with visibility settings to select who can see this information in your profile. If you provide us with profile information and you don’t see a visibility setting, that information is public.

Direct Messages and Non-Public Communications: We provide certain features that allow you to communicate more privately. For example, you can use direct messages to have private conversations with other other users. When you privately communicate with others through our Services, such as by sending and receiving direct messages, we will store and process your communications, and information related to them. Please note that if you interact with public content shared with you via direct message, those interactions may be public. When you use features like direct messages to communicate privately, please remember that recipients may copy, store, and re-share the contents of your communications.

Location Information: We may receive information about your location. For example, you may choose to publish your location in your posts and in your profile. You may also tell us your location when you set your trend location. We may also determine location by using other data from your device, such as precise location information from GPS, information about wireless networks or cell towers near your mobile device, or your IP address. We may use and store information about your location to provide features of our Services, such as allowing you to post with your location, and to improve and customize the Services, for example, with more relevant content like local trends, stories, ads, and suggestions for people to follow. 

Links: We may keep track of how you interact with links across our Services, including our email notifications, third-party services, and client applications, by redirecting clicks or through other means. We do this to help improve our Services, to provide more relevant advertising, and to be able to share aggregate click statistics such as how many times a particular link was clicked on.

Cookies: Like many websites, we use cookies and similar technologies to collect additional website usage data and to improve our Services. A cookie is a small data file that is transferred to your computer or mobile device. We may use both session cookies and persistent cookies to better understand how you interact with our Services, to monitor aggregate usage by our users and web traffic routing on our Services, and to customize and improve our Services. Although most web browsers automatically accept cookies, some browsers’ settings can be modified to decline cookies or alert you when a website is attempting to place a cookie on your computer. However, some Services may not function properly if you disable cookies. 

Using Our Services: We receive information when you view content on or otherwise interact with our Services, even if you have not created an account (“Log Data”). For example, when you visit our websites, sign into our Services, interact with our email notifications, use your account to authenticate to a third-party website, application, or service, or visit a third-party website, application, or service that includes EuropeConnect content, we may receive information about you. This Log Data may include your IP address, browser type, operating system, the referring web page, pages visited, location, your mobile carrier, device information (including device and application IDs), search terms, or cookie information. We also receive Log Data when you click on, view or interact with links on our Services, including links to third-party applications, such as when you choose to install another application through our sites. We use Log Data to make inferences, like what topics you may be interested in, and to customize the content we show you, including ads. We keep Log Data as needed for the purposes described in this Privacy Policy.

Web Data: We may personalize the Services for you based on your visits to third-party websites that integrate EuropeConnect content such as embedded timelines or post buttons. When you view our content on these websites, we may receive Log Data that includes the web page you visited. We may use interests or other information that we derive from this data to improve our Services and personalize content for you, such as suggestions for people to follow, advertising, and other content you may be interested in.

Advertising (only for basic users): Our Services are supported inclusive by advertising. We may use the information described in this Privacy Policy to help make our advertising more relevant to you, to measure its effectiveness, and to help recognize your devices to serve you ads on and off of EuropeConnect. We do not use the content you share privately in direct messages to serve you ads. Our policy also prohibits advertisers from targeting ads based on categories we consider sensitive, such as race, religion, politics, sex life, or health. We will not use information from the browser (and for logged in users, the account) on which you opt out for interest-based advertising, and that browser or account will not be eligible to receive interest-based ads from EuropeConnect.

Third-Parties and Affiliates: We may receive information about you from third parties, such as other EuropeConnect users, partners (including ad partners), or our corporate affiliates. For example, other users may share or disclose information about you, such as when they mention you, share a photo of you. Our ad partners and affiliates may share information with us such as a browser cookie ID, mobile device ID, or cryptographic hash of an email address, as well as demographic or interest data and content viewed or actions taken on a website or app. Our ad partners, particularly our advertisers, may enable us to collect similar information directly from their website or app by integrating our advertising technology.

Personalizing Across Your Devices: When you log into your account with a browser or device, we will associate that browser or device with your account for purposes such as authentication and personalization. Depending on your settings, we may also personalize your experience on, and based on information from, other browsers or devices besides the ones you use to log into EuropeConnect.

Information Sharing and Disclosure

We do not disclose your private personal information except in the limited circumstances described here.

User Consent or Direction: We may share or disclose your information at your direction, such as when you authorize a third-party web client or application to access your account or when you direct us to share your feedback with a business. When you sign up for or log in to a third-party application, you are directing us to share your contact information, such as your phone number, with that application. If you’ve shared information, like direct messages or protected posts, with another user who accesses EuropeConnect through a third-party service, keep in mind that the information may be shared with the third-party service.

Service Providers: We engage service providers to perform functions and provide services to us in Germany and other countries. For example, we use a variety of third-party services to help provide our Services, such as hosting our various blogs and wikis, and to help us understand and improve the use of our Services, such as Google Analytics. We may share your private personal information with such service providers subject to obligations consistent with this Privacy Policy and any other appropriate confidentiality and security measures, and on the condition that the third parties use your private personal data only on our behalf and pursuant to our instructions. We share your payment information, including your credit or debit card number, card expiration date, CVV code, and billing address with payment services providers to process payments; prevent, detect and investigate fraud or other prohibited activities; facilitate dispute resolution such as charge backs or refunds; and for other purposes associated with the acceptance of credit or debit cards.

Law and Harm: Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Privacy Policy, we may preserve or disclose your information if we believe that it is reasonably necessary to comply with a law, regulation, legal process, or governmental request; to protect the safety of any person; to address fraud, security or technical issues; or to protect our or our users’ rights or property. However, nothing in this Privacy Policy is intended to limit any legal defenses or objections that you may have to a third party’s, including a government’s, request to disclose your information.

Business Transfers and Affiliates: In the event that we are involved in a bankruptcy, merger, acquisition, reorganization or sale of assets, your information may be sold or transferred as part of that transaction. This Privacy Policy will apply to your information as transferred to the new entity. We may also disclose information about you to our corporate affiliates in order to help provide, understand, and improve our Services and our affiliates’ services, including the delivery of ads.

Public Information: We may share or disclose your public information, such as your public user profile information, public posts, or the people you follow or that follow you. Remember: your privacy and visibility settings control whether your posts and certain profile information are made public. Other information, like your name and username, may be public on EuropeConnect, unless you delete your account, as described below.

Non-Personal, Aggregated, or Device-Level Information: We may share or disclose non-personal, aggregated, or device-level information such as the total number of times people engaged with a post, the number of users who clicked on a particular link or voted on a poll in a post (even if only one did), the characteristics of a device or its user when it is available to receive an ad, the topics that people are posting about in a particular location, or aggregated or device-level reports to advertisers about users who saw or clicked on their ads. This information does not include your name, email address, phone number. We may, however, share non-personal, aggregated, or device-level information through partnerships with entities that may use data in their possession (including data you may have given them) to link your name, email address, or other personal information to the information we provide them.

 

Our policy on children’s information

EuropeConnect is not directed to children under 16. If you learn that your minor child has provided us with personal information without your consent, please contact us.

 

Accessing and Modifying Your Personal Information

If you are a registered user of our Services, we provide you with tools and account settings to access, correct, delete, or modify the personal information you provided to us and associated with your account.

You can also permanently delete your EuropeConnect account. If you follow the instructions, your account will be deactivated and then deleted. When deactivated, your account, including your name, username, and public profile, is not viewable on www.europeconnect.eu. For up to 30 days after deactivation it is still possible to restore your account if it was accidentally or wrongfully deactivated, by sending us a request. Absent a separate arrangement between you and us to extend your deactivation period, after 30 days, we begin the process of deleting your account from our systems, which can take up to a week.

Keep in mind that search engines and other third parties may still retain copies of your public information, like your user profile information and public posts, even after you have deleted the information from the our sites or deactivated your account.

If you have registered an account, we provide you with tools and account settings to access, correct, delete, or modify the personal data you provided to us and associated with your account. You can ask us to send you a package with your certain account information, including your posts, by sending us a request. You can request correction, deletion, or modification of your personal data. You can learn more about the interests we have inferred about you and request access to additional information. When you are logged into your account, you can manage your privacy settings and other account features.

What are the contact points for questions or complaint?

If you wish to access, delete (in some cases) or correct your personal information please contact:

The controller responsible for processing these data E-mail: info@europeconnect.eu

https://europeconnect.eu/Contact

Complaints, in case of conflict, can be addressed to the The National Supervisory Authority For Personal Data Processing.

 

Legal source:

https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A32016R0679

 

Changes to this Policy

We may revise this Privacy Policy from time to time. The most current version of the policy will govern our use of your information and will always be at https://europeconnect.eu/Privacy-policy . If we make a change to this policy that, in our sole discretion, is material, we will notify you via an update or email to the email address associated with your account. By continuing to access or use the Services after those changes become effective, you agree to be bound by the revised Privacy Policy.

 

Effective: 24.06.2018

 

 
 
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