In accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), we are providing an explanation of our privacy and data collection policy. This explanation confirms which data we collect on you as a visitor to our website, how we use this data, and what choices you can make as a visitor to this website.
Unfortunately, due to the nature of the subject matter, this explanation is sometimes relatively technical, however, we have tried to simplify it and express it in layman’s terms wherever possible.
In common with many other websites today, this website automatically collects and saves certain data on visitors to it.
When you visit this website, data on you is automatically collected and saved on the website’s server (the computer where this website is saved). This data includes the IP address of your computer or device, the pages visited by you on our website, details of the internet browser that you are using (e.g. Chrome, Firefox, Edge…), and the date and time that you visit our website. We do not use this data, and do not voluntarily pass this data onto third parties; however, we cannot confirm that this data will not be obtained by third parties if they use illegal means to do so (if e.g. our website server is hacked).
Personal data that you provide on our website, for example such as your name, email address, or other personal information that is entered into forms (text boxes), or commentary on our blog, will potentially be used, together with your IP address and time of data entry, to fulfil any request that you may have made. This information will be securely stored and will not be passed onto third parties.
We will only use your personal data for entering into communication with you, should you have requested that we contact you, and for the development of services and products on our website. We will not voluntarily pass this data onto third parties; however, we cannot confirm that this data will not be obtained by third parties if they use illegal means to do so (if e.g. our website server is hacked).
If you send us personal data outside of this website, we cannot guarantee safe storage of this data. We recommend that you do not send us confidential information by email.
The following rights are given to you under the GDPR: Breach notification – under the GDPR, a data breach notification will become mandatory in all member states where a data breach is likely to “result in a risk for the rights and freedoms of individuals”. Right to access – you can obtain confirmation of whether the information held on you by a website is being processed, where and for what purpose. Right to be forgotten – you can have the controller of the personal information held on you by a website erase your data, stop giving it out to third parties, and potentially have third parties stop processing the data. Data portability – you have the right to obtain personal data held on you by a website and the right to send this data to another data controller (website). You have the right to remove your permission for a data controller to hold personal data on you and the right to refuse your permission in the first instance when accessing a website.
If you believe that your personal data has been misused, or that your rights under the GDPR have been breached, you can complain to the relevant supervisory authority. In Austria, the supervisory authority is Datenschutzbehörde, whose website can be found under https://www.dsb.gv.at/
Our website uses HTTP cookies in order to save user specific data. A cookie is a small data packet which is exchanged between the user’s computer and the webserver that a website is saved on. This allows the webserver to tailor a page specifically to the end user, or to e.g. save information in a virtual shopping basket in an online shop, or to carry information from one visit to the website to the next visit.
There are two main types of cookie: Session cookies that expire at the end of a browser session; that is, when you leave the site. Persistent cookies that are stored on your equipment in-between browsing sessions until they expire or are deleted.
Additionally, there are first party cookies, that are created directly by our website, and third party cookies that are created by other websites (e.g. Google Analytics). Other cookies are used that configure the services available on the website and to ensure the correct performance of the website. There are authentication cookies that track when a user logs in and allows the website to display appropriate information. Advertising cookies allow websites to show advertisements which are more interesting for the user.
You can remove or deactivate cookies on your device at any time. The approach for doing so varies from browser to browser. The best option for you would be to get instructions by doing a Google search on e.g. “deleting cookies in Chrome” or “deactivating cookies in Chrome”, if you are using Chrome as a browser. If you are using another browser, replace the word “Chrome” in your search with the name of your browser, for example, Edge, Firefox, Safari etc.
If cookies are deactivated or are not permitted to be used when you visit a website, you should be aware that the website may not function correctly as intended.
We use Google Maps, a service which is provided by the company Google Inc. (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, Ca 94043, USA) on our website.
If you use the map function on our website, data will be sent to Google. More information about the type of data that is collected by Google and how it is used can be found by clicking on the following link: https://privacy.google.com/your-data.html