I. Server logfiles
(1) The web pages can be visited without registration and, thus, also without providing personal data. If the User discloses personal data on the web pages, this will occur on a voluntary basis.
(2) When a User visits our Website, this access is stored in logfiles or log entries on the ITscope server systems in compliance with legal requirements. The following types of data will be collected:
a. Date and time of access to the service;
b. Host name of the accessing computer (IP address);
c. Referrer URL (the previously visited website);
d. User’s browser type and version;
e. User’s screen resolution;
f. User’s operating system;
g. Pages and features accessed by the User;
h. Search term by which the Website was found, e.g., in Google.
(3) ITscope will use the data referred to above based on the legitimate interests of ITscope within the meaning of Art. 6 (1) (f) GDPR, namely statistical analysis and to improve the usability of the Website. This data will not be linked with personal data by ITscope itself nor on behalf of ITscope by a third party. The gathered data will be deleted upon the expiration of a ninety (90) days period.
(1) This Website is hosted by an external service provider (web host). The personal data collected on this Website is stored on the web host’s servers. This may include, but is not limited to, IP addresses, contact requests, meta and communication data, contact details, names, web page accesses, and other data generated by a website. In order to ensure data processing in compliance with data protection rules and regulations, we have concluded a contract for data processing with our web host.
Our Website uses so-called cookies. Cookies are small text files that are stored on the User’s computer when a website is called up. Cookies help to make websites more comfortable, more efficient, and safer. Since these are text-only files, cookies cannot contain viruses or other malware. Most browsers offer the option of displaying a warning before a cookie is saved, of refusing to accept cookies altogether, and/or of deleting existing cookies.
We use certain cookies because they are essential for our Website and its functionality to work properly (“Essential” cookies). These cookies are placed automatically when you access our Website or a certain function, unless you have prevented cookies from being placed by making the appropriate settings in your web browser.
In contrast, cookies that are not absolutely essential are placed to display advertising (“Marketing”). In order to achieve an optimum Website design, we use non-essential analysis cookies (“Statistics”). In order to ensure that content from video and social media platforms is fully accessible, we also place cookies that are non-essential (“external media”).
In order to make it easier for you to handle cookies on our Website, we have implemented the extended cookie banner “Borlabs Cookie” created by Borlabs. The cookies required for the functionality of the web pages and the services offered are pre-set. Data processing is therefore carried out to safeguard our legitimate interests pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (f) GDPR. We have a legitimate interest in the provision and maintenance of our online offer.
By unchecking the box, you can prevent the placing of cookies in the corresponding category (e.g., “Marketing”). However, if you allow us to use personalised advertising (recognition of your page views on our site and those of advertising partners or social media providers such as LinkedIn), we can continue to provide you with personalized information as before, remind you of content you have already viewed and optimize our web pages based on an anonymous analysis of your user behaviour on our web pages and in our services and platforms.
ITscope uses the following services for web analysis and remarketing as well as their cookies (“Services”) on its website:
(1) Google Analytics
This Website uses Google Analytics, a service provided by Google Ireland Limited (“Google”), Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland, to analyse and improve our Platform based on your user behaviour. Your IP address is shortened before the evaluation of the usage statistics so no conclusions can be drawn about your identity. Cookies, i.e., text files that are stored on the User’s computer and allow an analysis of how a User uses a particular website are used for these Services. The information generated by the cookie about the use of the Website or Platform will be transmitted to the servers of the analytical services in the U.S. and stored there. The storage of Google Analytics cookies and the use of this analytics tool are based on Art. 6 (1) (a) GDPR (Consent). For further information on how to manage your consent please refer to the following paragraph VIII.
The User’s IP addresses are anonymized using “anonymizeIp()” or through comparable technical means, or only used to retrieve geodata and not stored by the Services for any other purpose so that it is not possible to associate them with an internet access point or a User. According to Google, Google will not merge the IP address of the User with other Google data.
The Services will use the collected information to analyze the use of the Website, to compile reports on Website activities, and to provide ITscope with other services in connection with the Website used. This information may also be transmitted to third parties if this is required by law or if third parties process this data on behalf of the Services.
We have concluded a data processing contract with Google and fully implement the strict requirements of the German data protection authorities when using Google Analytics. User and event-level data stored by Google, which is linked to cookies, user IDs (e.g., User ID) or advertising IDs (e.g., DoubleClick cookies, Android advertising ID), is anonymized or deleted after 14 months. Please click on the following link for details: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/7667196?hl=de
The following services process your data based on your consent (pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (a) GDPR). For further information on how to manage your consent please refer to the following paragraph VII.
(1) Google Analytics Remarketing
This Website also uses Google Analytics Remarketing in conjunction with the cross-device features of Google Ads and Google DoubleClick. The provider is Google Ireland Limited (“Google”), Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland. This feature allows us to link the advertising audiences created with Google Analytics Remarketing to the cross-device capabilities of Google Ads and Google DoubleClick. This way, interest-based, personalized advertising messages that have been customized for you based on your past usage and browsing habits on one device (e.g., mobile phone) can be displayed on another of your devices (e.g., tablet or PC). If you have granted your consent, Google will connect your web and app browsing history with your Google Account for this purpose. This way, the same personalized advertising messages to be displayed on any device on which you log into your Google Account. To support this feature, Google Analytics collects Google-authenticated user IDs that are temporarily linked to our Google Analytics data to help us define and create audiences for cross-device advertising. You may opt-out of cross-device remarketing/targeting permanently by disabling personalized advertising; just click on the following link: https://www.google.com/settings/ads/onweb/.
(2) Google Ads und Google Conversion Tracking
This Website uses Google Ads. Google Ads is an online advertising program of Google Ireland Limited (“Google”), Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland. As part of Google Ads, we use what is known as conversion tracking. When you click on an ad placed by Google, a conversion tracking cookie is placed. Cookies are small text files that the web browser places on the user’s computer. These cookies expire within 30 days and are not used to personally identify Users. If the User visits certain pages of this Website and the cookie has not expired, Google and we may recognize that the User clicked on the ad and was redirected to this page.
Each Google Ads customer receives a unique cookie. The cookies cannot be tracked on the websites of Google Ads customers. The information collected through the conversion cookie is used to compile conversion statistics for Google Ads customers who have opted-in to conversion tracking. Customers are told the total number of users who clicked on their ad and were redirected to a page with a conversion tracking tag. However, they do not receive information that personally identifies users. If you do not wish to be tracked, you can easily opt-out of this service by disabling the Google Conversion Tracking cookie in the user preferences of your web browser. You will then not be included in the conversion tracking statistics.
(3) Microsoft Bing Ads
On our pages we use the Conversion Tracking feature of Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052-6399, USA. Microsoft Bing Ads stores a cookie on your computer if you have come to our site through a Microsoft Bing ad. This enables Microsoft Bing and us to see that a visitor clicked on an ad, was redirected to our website and landed on a predetermined page (conversion page). We only learn the total number of users who clicked on an ad and were redirected to the conversion page. No personal information about the identity of the User is disclosed.
If you do not want Microsoft to use information about your browsing behaviour as described above, you can refuse to accept cookies by selecting the appropriate settings in your web browser, such as setting your browser to refuse all cookies automatically. You can also prevent the collection of data generated by the cookie and related to your use of the Website, and Microsoft’s processing of such data, by clicking the link below: Object to the placing of cookies: https://account.microsoft.com/privacy/ad-settings/signedout?lang=en-EN. For more information about data protection and cookies used by Microsoft and Bing Ads, visit the Microsoft Web website at https://privacy.microsoft.com/de-de/privacystatement
(4) LinkedIn Insight Tag
The LinkedIn Insight tag allows us to collect information about visits to our Website, including URL, referrer URL, IP address, device and browser characteristics, timestamps, and page views. This data is encrypted, anonymized within seven days, and the anonymized data is deleted within 90 days. This technology allows us to generate reports on the performance of our advertisements and information on website interaction. To do this, the LinkedIn Insight tag is embedded in this Website, which connects to the LinkedIn server when you visit this Website while you are logged into your LinkedIn account.
You can disable the LinkedIn Insight tool and interest-based advertising by opting out at https://www.linkedin.com/psettings/guest-controls/retargeting-opt-out.
(1) Our Website uses the services of HubSpot for various reasons. HubSpot is an U.S. software company with a subsidiary in Ireland. Contact details: HubSpot, 2nd floor, 30 North Wall Quay, Dublin 1, Ireland, phone: +353 1 5187500.
(2) HubSpot is an integrated software solution that we use to cover several aspects of our online marketing, including:
(3) Email marketing, social media publishing & reporting, reporting, contact management (e.g., user segmentation and CRM), and landing pages. In addition, we use HubSpot for providing contact forms. For further information please refer to section 3 (III) “Forms”.
(4) For further information on the topics above, please refer to the relevant explanations regarding the specific online marketing activities for which we hereby provide further additional information:
(5) We use the gathered information only for the purpose of optimizing our marketing and advertising activities.
As part of the optimization of our marketing and advertising activities, the following data may be gathered and processed via HubSpot:
a) geographic position
b) browser type
c) domain names
d) viewed pages
e) operating system version
f) internet service provider
g) IP address
h) device ID
i) duration of website visit
j) operating system
k) events that occurred within the application
l) access times
m) device model and version
(6) Data will be stored and further processed on the servers of this service provider. Insofar, HubSpot acts as our data processor and processes data only as instructed by us. For further information on the various types of use please refer to: https://www.hubspot.de/ .
(7) Whenever we request your consent to certain online marketing activities, your consent to data processing is required pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (a) GDPR. To the extent data is processed for the purpose of performing a contract that we entered with you, this is subject to Art. 6 (1) (b) the GDPR. Otherwise, data processing is based on Article 6 (1) (f) GDPR, pursuant to which the processing of personal data is also permissible without the consent from the data subject, where such processing is required for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by the controller or a third part, except where such interests are overridden by the interests or fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject, which require protection of personal data. In this regard, we rely on our legitimate interest in direct advertising pursuant to recital 47 of the German GDPR version. Our legitimate interest is based on the fact that specific online marketing activities allow us to ensure the efficiency of the campaigns created by us und an effective use of the allocated funds. Furthermore, you will only receive such advertising that is potentially relevant and interesting to you.
(8) If you do not wish the kind of data mentioned above to be gathered and processed via HubSpot, you may refuse or withdraw your consent at any time with effect for the future (to withdraw your consent to HubSpot at any time please click here: Opt-Out
(9) In connection with the processing of data via HubSpot, data may be transmitted to the United States. The security of the transmission is warranted by the so-called Standard Contract Clauses which ensure that a level of security is applied during the processing of personal data that equals the GDPR standard.
VI. External media
(1) Google Maps
In our Website we use Google Maps (API), a service provided by Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland (“Google”). Google Maps is a web service for displaying interactive maps that allows us to visualize geographical information.
As soon as you access those web pages in which maps provided by Google Maps have been embedded, information on your use of our Website is transmitted to Google servers in the United States and stored thereon, including, but not limited to your IP address. This transmission will take place irrespective of the fact whether you have a Google account or are logged in to that account, or whether you do not have a user account. When you are logged in to your Google account, your data may be directly matched with your account.
Data will be processed based on your consent pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (a) GDPR that you may give in our cookie banners. For further information on data protection in connection with the use of Google Maps please refer to the Google website: https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy/
(2) Embedding of YouTube videos
We have embedded YouTube videos in our Website that are hosted by YouTube, but may be played directly on our Website. YouTube is a service provided by Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland (“Google“). By default, this service is deactivated, but may be activated by the user. When you access any page within our Website that includes a YouTube video, general basic data such as your IP address may be transmitted to Google by the embedding technology. Google processes the IP address of the user(s), since it is unable to send the contents to their browsers, unless the IP address is known. When you give your consent to this data transmission to Google, Google’s use of such data is beyond our sphere of control. For example, Google may use pixel tags for statistical or marketing purposes. Pixel tags enable Google to analyze information such as the visitor traffic on this Website and its individual pages. Furthermore, pseudonymized information may also be stored in cookies on the user’s device and, among others, include technical information on the browser and operating system, on referring websites, on the time of the visit, and other details on the use of our online offering. YouTube may store your data in the form of usage profiles and use it for the purposes of advertising, market research, and/or the needs-based design of its services. If you do not wish the gathered and transmitted data to be matched with your YouTube or Google profile, you need to log out of your account prior to viewing the video. The embedding of the YouTube services in our Website is permissible based on your consent pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (a) GDPR which you may give in our cookie banners.
We use plugins from Vidyard to integrate videos. Data is processed by Vidyard, Buildscale Inc, 8 Queen St. N, Unit #1, Kitchener, ON, Canada, N2H 2G8. When you access a page on our website that contains one of these plugins, your browser establishes a direct connection to Vidyard’s servers. The content of the plugin is then transferred directly to your browser by Vidyard and integrated into the page.
The following information is transmitted:
- The website you have visited
- Whether the play button was pressed
- IP address
- Technical information on the browser you are using
- Information on your operating system
- Device information
If you are logged in as a member of Vidyard, then this information is assigned by Vidyard to your personal user account. Information regarding interaction with the plugin, for example clicking on the start button of a video, is also assigned to your user account. You can prevent this assignment by logging out of your user account before visiting our website.
Our rightful interests consist of our interest in the analysis, optimisation and economic operation of our website. These processing operations are only carried out when explicit consent is given in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. a DS-GVO.
(4) Google Tag Manager
We have implemented Google Analytics (Universal) via the so-called “Google Tag Manager”. The Google Tag Manager is also a Google product that allows us to manage website tags on a user interface. The Tag Manager is a cookie-free domain and does not collect any personal data. The tool triggers other tags, which in turn may collect data. Google Tag Manager does not access this data. If cookies were disabled at the domain or cookie level, this will affect all tracking tags implemented with Google Tag Manager.
VII. Social Media Plugins
We do not use any social media plugins for data protection reasons. The Website has been linked to our accounts in social networks such as Xing, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook. When you click on the embedded icons, you will be redirected to the page of the respective provider, i.e., your user data will not be transferred to the respective provider, unless you click on the respective icon. If you are logged into your user profile within the corresponding social network, your user profile will be associated with the visit of our Website when you click on the icon. If you do not want social networks to collect data about this Website, you should log out of the social networks before you visit the Website.
VIII. Note on data processing, withdrawal of opt-in, opt-out option
The User may prevent the storing of cookies by making the appropriate settings in its browser software; however, please note, that in this case you may not be able to use the full functionality of the Website or Platform.
How to withdraw a consent granted Opt-In:
If you have granted your consent to the processing of your data for advertising purposes, for statistical analyses, or for the use of external media and wish to withdraw this consent, please change it here: Opt-Out
In addition, the User has the following opt-out options:
- a. The User may object to the collection of data by Google Analytics with effect for the future, in particular, by installing an opt-out (deactivation) add-on (http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout) for its web browser.b. The User can permanently object to Google Remarketing by deactivating personalised advertising in its Google Account via the following link: https://www.google.com/settings/ads/onweb
c. The User may object to the use of data for interest-related advertisements on the following web pages: http://optout.networkadvertising.org/, https://adssettings.google.com/
d. You can disable the LinkedIn Insight tool and interest-based advertising by opting out at https://www.linkedin.com/psettings/guest-controls/retargeting-opt-out.
e. You can withdraw your consent to the use of your data by HubSpot at any time by clicking on this: Opt-Out