1. PROTECTION OF YOUR PERSONAL DATA
Data protection office
The person in charge of data protection is:
391 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
If you have any questions regarding the protection of your personal data or this privacy statement, please do not hesitate to contact our data protection officer. We will be pleased to inform you about your personal data stored in our database.
2. CONSENT TO USE OF DATA
Mere use of our website or reading this privacy statement shall not be deemed replace the consent we are required by law to obtain from you in order to collect, share, process, and use your personal data in the form indicated below and for the purposes mentioned below. In addition, we would like to emphasize that you have the right to withdraw the consent you have given with respect to the collection and use of your data at any time with future effect.
3. PRIVACY STATEMENT MAY BE SUBJECT TO FUTURE CHANGES
Experience has shown that privacy legislation is subject to regular revisions, which may require adjustments to our privacy statement. The contents of our website are also frequently updated for changes and improvements. We therefore reserve the right to adjust the present privacy statement accordingly and to send you information about changes to our privacy statement if required. In addition, you are kindly invited to regularly visit our website to get informed about modifications of our privacy statement or other terms and conditions of use of our website. Please be assured that we will not change our privacy statement in any material way that might lead to an increased use of your data, unless you have given your consent to such use.
4. COLLECTION AND RECORDING OF DATA WHEN ACCESSING MY WEBSITE
Below you will find some information about which personal data are recorded during your visit to our website and how we use them.
Every access to our website (including its sub-pages) will be captured and recorded automatically. In particular, the system can capture and record the IP-address of the computer submitting a query. In the same way, every time you are clicking on, downloading, or otherwise accessing any file on our website, your data will possibly be captured and recorded. The following data will be recorded: file name; date and time of access; volume of data accessed or transferred; browser used; information on whether the access and/or transfer was successful; the name of the domain or e-mail submitting the query. Any e-mail receipt or read confirmations may also possibly be captured and recorded.
b) None of the above mentioned data – except for the domain submitting the query or your e-mail address – will allow us to identify you personally. The above data collection is not prescribed by law or contract and is not required for concluding a contract. You are not obliged to provide the above personal data. If you do not provide the data, however, you may actually no longer have access to all of the functions provided by our website.
5. NO RECORDING OF ADDITIONAL PERSONAL DATA, UNLESS PROVIDED VOLUNTARILY
Any personal data other than those specified in the previous section will only be collected and stored by us if you have provided them voluntarily, e.g. by sending us an e-mail query or by providing your contact data in connection with advertisements you wish to serve on our website. The legal basis for processing personal data in this context is Article 6 (1) (a) of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). You have the right to withdraw the consent you have given with respect to the recording of your data at any time with future effect.
6. USE AND DISCLOSURE OF PERSONAL DATA
We will only use any personal data you have transferred or communicated to us for answering your inquiries, performing contracts to which you are a party, processing orders you have placed with us, or for the purposes of our technical administration, accounting or invoicing processes. The applicable legal bases in this context are Article 6 (1) (a), and alternatively also, (b), (c) and (f) of the General Data Protection Regulation. We will not disclose or otherwise transfer any of your personal data to any third party, unless (i) this is required for performing a contract or for invoicing purposes or (ii) you have previously given your consent or (iii) we are entitled or required to do so under applicable legal provisions. The applicable legal bases in this context are Article 6 (1) (a), and alternatively also, (b), (c) and (f) of the General Data Protection Regulation. You have the right to withdraw the consent you have given us at any time with future effect.
7. IN PRINCIPLE, NO TRANSFER OF PERSONAL DATA TO THIRD COUNTRIES OR INTERNATIONAL OR CROSS-BORDER ORGANIZATIONS
In principle, we do not transfer any data to third countries or to international or cross-border organizations. Should the transfer of data to a third country or to an international or cross-border organization be necessary, such transfer will be performed as permitted by applicable law only. When using the services described in sections 14 to 18 below, your data will be transferred to the USA. The applicable legal basis in this context is Article 49 (1) (a) of the General Data Protection Regulation.
8. DELETION OF PERSONAL DATA
If you withdraw your consent, we will delete your personal data immediately. The data will also be deleted if we no longer need to know them for fulfilling the purpose for which they were stored or if storage of the data is or has become inadmissible for any other legal reasons.
9. RIGHT TO INFORMATION AND OTHER RIGHTS
a) Upon request, we will be pleased to inform you about your personal data stored by us, including their origin, recipients, and the purpose for which they are stored.
b) In addition, you have the following rights regarding your personal data processed by us:
– right to request corrections
– right to request deletions
– right to restrict processing
– right to object to processing
– right to data portability
) In addition, you have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority.
10. PROTECTION AGAINST THIRD PARTIES SPYING ON PERSONAL DATA
Please be assured that we will protect your personal data stored by us from illegal espionage by third parties as far as such protection is reasonably possible using modern technical and organizational means. However, whenever we contact you or you contact us by e-mail, we cannot guarantee full data security despite various safeguards employed by us. We therefore recommend you to send any confidential information by ordinary mail.
11. PROTECTION OF MINORS
The protection of minors is a matter particularly close to our hearts. We therefore never process any data from people we know to be minors. We recommend minors to leave the various pages of sparse.cc . Any unsolicited data sent to us by minors will be deleted immediately.
12. THIRD PARTY WEBSITES
Our website „sparse.cc” also contains third-party advertisements. By clicking on such advertisements, you will be redirected to the advertiser’s website. We are not responsible for any third-party websites. Said third parties have their own data protection concept. Please directly ask the relevant third party for information on their data protection concept and related details.
a) Our website uses so-called session cookies. Session cookies are managed on the server and not saved to the hard drive of your computer. Session cookies make navigation easier during your visit to our website but immediately cease to be valid when you leave our website. If you visit our website again, the server will create a new cookie, which will also cease to be valid when you leave. Consequently, session cookies do not allow us to identify visitors to our website or the personal data of visitors to our website. If you do not want to accept any cookies, not even session cookies, the help function in most browsers (usually represented by a question mark icon) will show you how to change the browser settings to accept no new cookies when using the internet. Many browsers can also be set to automatically notify you when a new cookie is being set. Usually, your browser’s help function will also provide instructions on how to delete all cookies set on your computer. Some browsers can be set so that no cookies are set or accepted on your computer, unless the respective inquiring address is permitted according to your specifications.
b) Apart from the session cookies (cf. paragraph a) above) third-party advertisements displayed on our website can also set cookies. An ad server can detect your computer in this way and display advertisements best suited to you. Here, you can also choose browser settings that accept no new cookies and delete cookies already set. Please also see paragraph a) above. We are not responsible for the websites of third-party advertisers. Said third parties have their own data protection concept. Please directly ask the respective third party for information on their data protection concept and related details.
c) Here, we refer to the following provisions of sections 14 to 18, to the extent that they contain information on cookies.
14. USE OF GOOGLE ANALYTICS
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (hereinafter referred to as “Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies” (text files), which are stored on your computer and help analyze your use of our website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of our website, including your IP address, will be transmitted to and stored on a Google server in the United States. Google will use said information for analyzing your use of our website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators, and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer such information to third parties if Google is required to do so by law or if third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.
You may refuse the installation of cookies by selecting the corresponding settings in your browser software; please note, however, that by doing so, you may not be able to make full use of the functions of this website. By using this website, you agree to the processing of the data collected about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.
You may opt out of the collection and storage of data by Google Analytics at any time with future effect. For more details on how to deactivate Google Analytics, please refer to: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de.
Given the debate about the use of analytical tools with full IP addresses, we would like to point out that this website uses Google Analytics with the extension “_anonymizeIp ()” which ensures that IP addresses are processed in truncated form only to prevent them from being traced to a specific user.
15. USE OF GOOGLE REMARKETING
16. USE OF GOOGLE ADWORDS CONVERSION TRACKING
We are also using the online advertising program “Google AdWords” and conversion tracking within Google AdWords. Google conversion tracking is an analytics service offered by Google. If you click on an advertisement delivered by Google, a conversion tracking cookie is set on your computer. As these cookies cease to be valid after 30 days and do not contain any personal data, they are not used for identifying individuals.
If you visit certain pages on our website while the cookie has not yet expired, Google and we can see that you have clicked on the advertisement and been redirected to this page. Every Google AdWords customer gets a different cookie. Hence there is no possibility of tracing back cookies via the websites of AdWords customers.
Information obtained by using a conversion cookie is used to generate conversion statistics for AdWords customers using conversion tracking. In this way, the customers get information on the total number of users, who have clicked on their advertisement and been redirected to a page utilizing a conversion tracking tag. However, they do not get any information that can be used for personally identifying users.
If you do not want to participate in conversion tracking, you can opt out of this usage and prevent the installation of cookies by making the respective settings in your browser software (opt-out option). Thereafter, you will no longer be included in the conversion tracking statistics.
More information and Google’s privacy statement are available at: http://www.google.com/policies/technologies/ads/ and http://www.google.de/policies/privacy/.
17. USE OF FACEBOOK REMARKETING
This website also uses the “Custom Audiences” remarketing feature provided by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, California 94304, USA (hereinafter: “Facebook”). This feature allows us to deliver targeted advertising to the website’s visitors by displaying personalized, interest-based Facebook-Ads to the website’s visitors when they use the social network of Facebook. Facebook integrates the remarketing tag on our website to implement this feature. This tag creates a direct connection with the Facebook servers when you visit our website. This sends a record of which of our web pages / subpages you have visited to the Facebook server. Facebook matches this information to your personal Facebook account. For more details on the collection and use of your data by Facebook, your associated rights and options for protecting your personal data, please refer to Facebook’s data policy available at https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/. If you do not want Facebook to directly match the collected information to your Facebook user account, you can deactivate the “Custom Audiences” remarketing feature. A description on how to deactivate the feature is available at https://www.facebook.com/business/help/1537748149838397. You need to be logged in to Facebook to do so.
a) Use of Google+
Our website uses the Google +1 button (often stylized as a white “g” and a “+1” icon on a colored or dark background with a colored horizontal bar on top). Google+ is a social network provided by Google. Its features and functions are explained in detail on the Google+ website (https://plus.google.com). While you are logged in to your Google+ account, Google stores and processes both the information that you have clicked on the Google+1 button for a specific website content and the data and information of the website you were viewing when you clicked on the Google+1 button. Your “+1” recommendations can be displayed as references together with your profile or page name in Google+ and your photo you are using with your Google profile and/or your Google page in Google search results, for instance, or in your Google profile or on your Google page, or at other locations on webpages and in online advertisements. Google records and processes data and/or information on your “+1” activities to improve Google services for you and other users. The identity of your Google profile or your Google page can be displayed to users who know your e-mail address or have other identifying information about you.
Google may also publish aggregate statistics about the “+1” activities of all users or pass these statistics on to other users and third parties (such as partners of Google). We have no influence on these activities.
If you have got a Google user account but do not want Google to collect personal and/or other information on you via our website and to link said information with the membership data about you stored by Google or to link, process and use said information in any other way, you need to log out of your Google account before visiting our website.
b) Use of Facebook Plugins
Our website uses Facebook plugins. A plugin is a software component, which – during its runtime – can be detected and integrated by a software application to add specific features to the software application. The Facebook plugins are operated by the social network Facebook Inc. 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, California 94304, USA (hereinafter “Facebook”). The Facebook plugins used on our website are identified by the Facebook logo (white “f” on blue tile), by the suffix “Like”, or the “thumbs up” symbol, or the suffix “Facebook Social Plugin”.
Whenever you visit our website or any of its subpages that contain such a Facebook plugin, your browser creates a direct connection to the Facebook servers. In this way, the content of the Facebook plugin is transmitted to your browser which integrates it into the displayed webpage and/or subpage of our website. Once the plug-in has been installed, Facebook is notified that you have visited our website or the respective subpage of our website. Please be aware that Facebook can match the visit to your Facebook account, if you are logged in to Facebook during your visit to our webpage and/or any subpage of our website. If you interact with Facebook plugins, by clicking the “Like” button or commenting, for example, the corresponding information will be transmitted directly to Facebook, where it will be stored and processed.
It cannot be ruled out that Facebook will find out and store your IP address even if you have no Facebook user account.
If you have a Facebook user account and do not want Facebook to collect personal and/or other data on you via our website and to link said information with the membership data about you stored by Facebook or to process and use said information, you need to log out of your Facebook account before visiting our website. You can also block Facebook plugins on your browser by using certain add-ons, like the “Facebook blocker” add-on (see, for example, at http://webgraph.com/resources/facebookblocker/).
c) Use of Twitter
Various features provided by the online service Twitter are installed on our website and its sub-pages. These features are provided by Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, California 94107, USA (hereinafter referred to as “Twitter”). If you have a Twitter user account and use the “re-tweet” feature, the webpages and/or subpages of our website that you visit will be linked to your Twitter account and disclosed to other users. In the context of this link and disclosure, personal and/or other data will also be transmitted to Twitter where they will be further processed and used.
For more information on the purpose and scope of the data collection and the further processing and other use of the data by Twitter as well as your associated rights and setting options for protecting your privacy, please refer to
d) Use of the Pinterest Pin It Button
Our website also uses the “Pin it” button provided by the online service Pinterest. In Europe, this online service is provided, among others, by Pinterest Europe Ltd., Palmerston House, 2nd Floor, Fenian Street, Dublin 2, Ireland. In the United States this online service is operated by Pinterest Inc., 635 High Street, Palo Alto, CA, 94301, USA. Due to the use of the “Pin it” button, your browser creates a direct connection with the Pinterest servers. The Pinterest plugin transmits log data to the Pinterest servers located in the United States. These data may contain your IP address, the addresses of the webpages (sub-pages) you have visited, the type and settings or your browser, the date and time of the query, your usual utilization of Pinterest and cookies.
For more information on the purpose, scope, the further processing, and use of the data by Pinterest as well as your associated rights and options for protecting your privacy, please refer to the Pinterest’s privacy notice at: https://policy.pinterest.com/de/privacy-policy.
e) Use of the LinkedIn Share Button
The LinkedIn Share button is also installed on our website. LinkedIn is provided by LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (hereinafter referred to as “LinkedIn”). You can recognize LikedIn plugins by the LinkedIn logo or the “Recommend” button on our website. Whenever your visit our website, LinkedIn’s social plugin creates a direct connection between your browser and the LinkedIn server. In this way, LinkedIn receives information that you visited our website and your IP address during the visit. If you are logged in to LinkedIn, you can link the content of our website to our LinkedIn profile by clicking the LinkedIn “Recommend” button on our website. The details on data collection and the further processing of the data as well as your rights and setting options for protecting your privacy, are provided in LinkedIn’s privacy notices. These notices are available at the following link: http://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy. Please be aware that we have no influence on how exactly LinkedIn uses the data.
f) Use of the StumbleUpon Button
The StumbleUpon button is also installed on our website. The online service StumbleUpon is provided by StumbleUpon, Inc., Delaware, United States, Postal address: 660 4th Street, #558, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA. Whenever you visit our website, your browser creates a direct connection with the StumbleUpon servers. If you do not want any data to be sent from your computer to StumbleUpon, do not click on the StumbleUpon button. If you are using StumbleUpon and are interested in knowing how StumbleUpon uses your data, please carefully read StumbleUpon’s privacy statement, which is available at the following link: http://www.stumbleupon.com/privacy.
g) Use of the reddit Button
Our website also uses the plugins of the social network reddit. This online service is operated by reddit Inc., 520 Third Street, Suite 305, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA. The reddit plugins are accessed through the “Share” option. If you click on the reddit button while you are logged in to your reddit account, you can link the contents of our websites on your reddit profile. In this way, reddit can match your visit to our website to your user account. Please be aware that we, as the providers of our website, have no information on which data are transmitted to reddit and how the data will be used. For more details on the use of the data by reddit, please refer to reddit’s privacy statement at http://www.reddit.com/help/privacypolicy.
h) Use of the Flipboard Button
Our website also uses the plugins of the online service Flipboard. This online service is operated by Flipboard, Inc., 735 Emerson St., Palo Alto, CA 94301, USA. By clicking on the Flipboard button on our website, you can share our website with your personal Flipboard account. You need to be logged in to Flipboard to do so. In this way, Flipboard can match your visit to our webpages to your user account. Please be aware that we, as the providers of our website, have no information on which data are transmitted to Flipboard and how the data will be used. For more details on the use of the data by Flipboard, please go to Flipboard’s privacy statement at https://de-de.about.flipboard.com/privacy/.