Privacy

Information about data protection

This privacy policy explains how we process personal data. We are very aware of how important the processing of personal data is to the users involved (data subjects). Therefore, we adhere strictly to all relevant legal requirements. Protecting your privacy is a top priority for us. We consider compliance with the statutory regulations on data privacy to be a matter of course.

Data controller
This website is operated by:

VTDA GmbH
Schelmenwasenstr. 37
70567 Stuttgart, Germany
service@vtda.de

Our data protection officer can be reached at: datenschutz@vtda.de

Data collection and storage
You can visit our websites without providing personal information. We store only access data in so-called server log files, such as the name of the requested file, date and time of access, transferred data volumes and the requesting provider. These data are analysed exclusively to ensure uninterrupted operation of the website and to improve our service. They cannot be traced in any way to specific individuals.

We collect and process the following personal data about you:

  • Contact information, including your e-mail address
  • Your bank account details
  • Online identifiers

What are online identifiers? Whenever you visit a website, your web browser sends basic information (for example, about your browser type and version, the operating system you are using, the referrer URL, IP address, file names, access status, transferred data volumes, date and time of the server request). These are known as online identifiers.

Purpose
We collect, store and process your personal data whenever you voluntarily provide them to us when placing an order or contacting us. This applies to

  • the entire handling of your purchase, including any later warranty claims,
  • the technical administration of our services,
  • own marketing purposes,
  • our internal statistical analyses,
  • information necessary for sending our newsletter.

Legal basis
The processing of your data takes place on the following legal basis:

  • your consent (art. 6 (1a) of the GDPR)
  • for the execution of a contract with you (art. 6(1b) of the GDPR)
  • legitimate interests (art. 6(1f) of the GDPR),specifically for the improvement of our services, protection against misuse and for statistical purposes.

Data recipients and transfer of data to third-party countries
To execute our contract with you, we transfer your data to contracted service providers insofar as necessary for the handling of your order and delivery of your products. Your personal data can only be transferred or otherwise communicated to third parties located outside the EU if this is necessary for the purposes of billing or carrying out the contract. Transfer of data to third-parties outside the EU does occur. The transfer of data to third-party countries outside the European Union takes place on the basis of legally regulated contractual provisions intended to ensure appropriate protection of your data. You may inspect these provisions upon request.

Data transferred in this way can only be used by our service providers to perform their tasks. Any other use of the data is not allowed and does not occur with any of our trusted service providers.

Data sources
We receive the data from you (including data about the device(s) you are using).

Storage duration
We store data as follows:

  • After complete execution of the contract, your data will be deleted upon expiration of the storage periods established by fiscal and commercial law insofar as you have not explicitly consented to our further use of your data, or we reserve the right to further use of the data in compliance with applicable law, in which case we inform you of the following.
  • We will only use your data on grounds of a legitimate interest to the extent that our legitimate interest is not outweighed by your interest in deletion or anonymisation of the data.

Legitimate interest
When processing your data, we pursue the following legitimate interests:

  • Execution of sales contracts, including fulfilment of contractual warranty claims
  • Improvements to our services
  • Protection against misuse
  • Statistical purposes

Recipients or categories of recipients of personal data
When processing your data, we collaborate with the following service providers who have access to your data:

  • Logistics service providers
  • Web-hosting providers
  • Providers of social media platforms
  • Advertising networks (for displaying ads)
  • Providers of web analytics tools

Your rights as a data subject
You have the right (in some cases under certain circumstances) to:

  • request information about the processing of your data,
  • correct your data,
  • delete your data or ask for it to be locked,
  • ask for the processing to be restricted,
  • object to the processing of your data,
  • receive your data in a transferable format and transfer it to a third party
  • withdraw consent for the processing of your data in the future
  • complain to the relevant supervisory authorities about non-permitted data processing.

Requirement or obligation to provide data
Unless explicitly stated during data gathering, the provision of data is neither required nor obligatory.

Further information about data protection
E-mail newsletter
Whenever you register for our newsletter, we use data you have either shared with us specifically for this purpose or the data that are needed to regularly send our e-mail newsletter to you. It is possible at any time to opt out of the newsletter, either by sending a message to the point of contact listed below or by clicking the opt-out link provided in the newsletter.

Cookies
To improve the experience of visiting our website and enable the use of specific functions, we use so-called ‘cookies’ on various pages. These are small text files that are stored on your end-device. Some of the cookies we use are deleted at the end of your browser session (i.e. as soon as you close your browser). These are called ‘session cookies’. Other cookies remain on your end-device and enable us to recognise your browser upon your next visit (‘persistent cookies’). You can set your browser to inform you about the placing of cookies and to ask your permission each time on whether to accept them, or to block the acceptance of cookies in specific cases or in general. If you decide to block cookies, you may be unable to use certain functionalities on our website.

We use the following cookies:

1) Session cookies
Session cookies are deleted as soon as you close your browser.
2) Persistent cookies
We use cookies that remain stored on your device’s hard disk drive. These cookies remain stored until their expiration which is set to a date in the future. Upon your next visit, the website will automatically recognise that you have visited us in the past, which data you have entered already and which settings you prefer (i.e. ‘persistent cookies’).
3) Use of third-party cookies
We collaborate with various advertising partners who help make our online services and the Horizn Studios website more interesting for you. Therefore, whenever you visit the Horizn Studios website, cookies from our partner firms will also be stored on your hard disk drive. These are temporary cookies that are automatically deleted after a certain amount of time. Cookies from our partner firms are usually deleted after a few days or within up to 24 months, though some remain stored for several years. These cookies from our partner firms contain no personal data. They merely collect data under a user ID which can never be merged with your personal data.

At any time, you can withdraw consent for the collection and storage of data for the purposes of web analytics by sending an e-mail to that effect to service@vtda.de

Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service provided by Google Inc., even for the shortest of trips. Google Analytics uses so-called ‘cookies’, text files which are stored on your computer and allow for the analysis of your use of the website. The information generated by such cookies regarding your use of this website is generally transmitted to a Google server in the US, where it is then stored. Whenever IP anonymisation is activated on this website, Google abbreviates your IP address within Member States of the European Union or in other states that are contracting parties to the Treaty on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases, the full IP address is transmitted to servers in the US and abbreviated there. IP anonymisation is active on this website. Google uses this information on behalf of the operator of this website in order to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on website activity and perform other services for the website operator in connection with the use of the website and the Internet. The IP address transmitted from your browser in the context of the provision of these Google Analytics services is not merged with any other Google data. You can prevent the storing of cookies by adjusting the settings of your browser software accordingly; however, please note that you may not be able to use all of the functions of this website to their full extent in that case. Furthermore, extensions of the Google Analytics services with regard to displayed advertisements are implemented on this website (e.g. remarketing, Google Display Network impression reporting, DoubleClick Campaign Manager integration or Google Analytics Demographics and Interests reports). Using the settings for ads, users can block Google Analytics from displaying advertisements. Furthermore, you can prevent the collection and transmission to Google of the data generated by cookies regarding your use of the website (including your IP address) and the processing by Google of these data by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available via the following link as an alternative to the browser plugin, you can click this link to block data collection by Google Analytics on this website in the future. In that case, an opt-out cookie will be placed on your end-device. If you delete your cookies, you must click the link again.

Social media plugins using the ‘2Click’ solution

a) Social media plugins from Facebook using the ‘2Click’ solution
On our website, so-called ‘social plugins’ (‘plugins’) from the social media network Facebook are used. This service is provided by the company Facebook Inc. (‘provider’). Facebook is operated by Facebook Inc. (1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA),hereinafter ‘Facebook’. An overview of the plugins from Facebook and what they look like can be found here. To increase the protection of your data during your visit to our website, the plugins are integrated into the site by means of a so-called ‘2Click’ solution. This integration ensures that no connection is established at first with the servers of Facebook when you open a page on our website that contains such plugins. Only when you activate the plugins and grant your consent to transfer data, your browser will establish a direct connection with the Facebook servers. The content of each plugin is then transferred directly to your browser and integrated into the page. By integrating plugins, Facebook receives the information that your browser has opened the specific page on our website, even if you do not have an account with Facebook or are logged out of your account at that time. This information (including your IP address) is transferred by your browser to a Facebook server in the USA and stored there. Whenever you use the plugins (for example, by clicking the ‘Like’ button),the information in question is also transferred directly to a Facebook server and stored there. Furthermore, the information is published on Facebook and visible to your contacts there. The purpose and scope of the data collection and further processing and use of the data by Facebook, as well as your rights and options for privacy protection settings can be found in the Facebook privacy policy.

b) Social media plugins from Twitter using the ‘2Click’ solution
On our website, so-called ‘social plugins’ (‘plugins’) from the microblogging service Twitter are used. This service is provided by the company Twitter Inc. (‘provider’). Twitter is operated by Twitter Inc. (1355 Market St, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103),hereinafter ‘Twitter’. An overview of the Twitter buttons and what they look like can be found here. To increase the protection of your data during your visit to our website, the plugins are integrated into the site by means of a so-called ‘2Click’ solution. This integration ensures that no connection is established at first with the servers of Twitter when you open a page on our website that contains such plugins. Only when you activate the plugins and grant your consent to transfer data, your browser will establish a direct connection with the Twitter servers. The content of each plugin is then transferred directly to your browser and integrated into the page. By integrating plugins, Twitter receives the information that your browser has opened the specific page on our website, even if you do not have an account with Twitter or are logged out of your account at that time. This information (including your IP address) is transferred by your browser to a Twitter server in the USA and stored there. Whenever you use the plugins (for example, by clicking the ‘tweet’ button),the information in question is also transferred directly to a Twitter server and stored there. Furthermore, the information is published on Twitter and visible on your Twitter account. The purpose and scope of the data collection and further processing and use of the data by Twitter, as well as your rights and options for privacy protection settings can be found in the Twitter privacy policy.

c) Social media plugins from Google+ using the ‘2Click’ solution
On our website, so-called ‘social plugins’ (‘plugins’) from the social media network Google+ are used. This service is provided by the company Google Inc. (‘provider’). Google+ is operated by Google Inc. (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA),hereinafter ‘Google’. An overview of the plugins from Google and what they look like can be found here. To increase the protection of your data during your visit to our website, the plugins are integrated into the site by means of a so-called ‘2Click’ solution. This integration ensures that no connection is established at first with the servers of Google when you open a page on our website that contains such plugins. Only when you activate the plugins and grant your consent to transfer data, your browser will establish a direct connection with the Google servers. The content of each plugin is then transferred directly to your browser and integrated into the page. By integrating plugins, Google receives the information that your browser has opened the specific page on our website, even if you do not have an account with Google+ or are logged out of your account at that time. This information (including your IP address) is transferred by your browser to a Google server in the USA and stored there. Whenever you use the plugins (for example, by clicking the ‘+1’ button),the information in question is also transferred directly to a Google server and stored there. Furthermore, the information is published on Google+ and visible to your contacts there. The purpose and scope of the data collection and further processing and use of the data by the Google, as well as your rights and options for privacy protection settings can be found in the Google privacy policy.

 

Privacy policy last updated

19 April 2018
We reserve the right to update this privacy policy at any time with changes taking effect in the future.