Privacy Policy

Being the operator of the website www.plentypins.com and the application plentypins, the privacy and confidentiality of its users' data is very important to Rückert Consulting. Personal data is collected and used exclusively within the scope of the statutory provisions of the applicable data privacy law.

plentypins is informing you below on the nature, scope and purpose of collecting and using personal data. This information can be retrieved at any time via the www.plentypins.com website.

Institution responsible/contact organisation

The institution responsible within the meaning of the data privacy laws is:

Rückert Consulting
Att: Lars Rückert
Akademiestr. 8
34121 Kassel
Germany

Any questions or suggestions concerning data privacy can be directed to support@plentypins.com.

Subject of the data privacy

The subject of the data privacy is personal data. Under Sec. 3(1) Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG), the latter concerns personal or material circumstances of a particular natural person or one who can be identified. Such details include the Christian name and surname, postal address, e-mail address, IP address, telephone number and, if applicable, also any usage data. Usage data is data which is necessary in order to use plentypins, such as details on the beginning, end and scope of use of plentypins and log-in credentials.

Data security

plentypins makes use of both technical and organisational, safeguards to protect its users' data from manipulation, loss, destruction or access by unauthorised persons. The safeguards are constantly being adapted in line with improved technical possibilities.

Automated data collection

When accessing plentypins, the web browser transmits automatic data. The following data is stored separately from any other data which may be collected by plentypins:

  • Date and time of access
  • Browser type/version
  • Operating system used
  • URL of the web site previously visited
  • Quantity of data transmitted.

Such data is stored exclusively for technical reasons, and is never assigned to a particular user.

Data transmitted by the user

In order to use the plentypins application it is necessary to register. To register, you need to state your Christian name and surname and an e-mail address, as well as a password. To personalise the user account, you can upload a photo. You are under no obligation to personalise the user account. The latter is done on a voluntary basis.

Should the user select a user model that is subject to a fee, further data will be required from the user in order to execute payment. Such data is needed to enable plentypins to be operated and used.

User profile and plentypins application

Via his or her e-mail address and name, the user is connected with the information in his or her user profile placed there by him or her, as well as his or her pinboards set up. The user can invite other users to his or her pinboards, and be invited by other users to their pinboards. For this function, plentypins uses the users' contact details to produce any desired connections between them. The connection needs to be mutually confirmed.

Pinboards and the information contained on them are stored by plentypins in the form of pins. The contents are only made available to the users invited by the originator or any additional administrators of the pinboard. Contents on the pinboards are not public.

When using the plentypins application, statistical data on the user's behaviour are stored in the application in anonymised form. The latter comprises the number of pinboards and pins set up, the number of users connected, use times, the memory requirements for contents, and the quantity of data transmitted. plentypins evaluates such data in order to optimise the platform and ensure ongoing operation.

Should it in future be necessary to store further data of the user, plentypins shall notify the user about that in good time, and shall obtain any necessary consents from its users.

The passing on of data

Essentially, user data is not passed on to third parties by plentypins without the user's consent. Only in the following exceptional cases is it possible to pass on data, even without specially informing the user in advance:

  • If it serves to clear up an illegitimate use of plentypins or is necessary for prosecution, personal data will be passed on to the criminal prosecution authorities, as well as, if necessary, to any aggrieved third parties. The latter will, however, only be done if there is specific evidence of illegal or abusive conduct. Data may also be passed on if the latter serves to implement general terms and conditions of business or any other agreements. Rückert Consulting is, moreover, statutorily obliged to provide information to certain public bodies upon request. The latter include criminal prosecution authorities, any authorities which prosecute administrative offences, and fiscal authorities.
  • In the course of enhancing plentypins, it may occur that the structure or company name of the operator undergoes a change, by the legal form being changed or subsidiaries, company divisions or units being established, purchased or sold. Should such transactions be carried out, customer information will be passed on along with the part of the company to be assigned. Any time that personal data is passed on to third parties in the scope described above, plentypins shall ensure that it is done in line with this data privacy statement and the relevant data privacy laws.

Facebook "like" button

The "like" button of Facebook Ireland Limited, Hanover Reach, 5-7 Hanover Quay, Dublin 2, Ireland ("Facebook") can be found on the www.plentypins.com website. When accessing the website, the "like" button transmits the following data to Facebook:

  • Date and time of the visit;
  • the URL of the website;
  • technical data on the IP address and the browser used by the user;
  • the operating system used; and
  • the user ID, in so far as the user is registered on Facebook.

Should the user click the "like" button, in addition it is shown in his or her Facebook profile that he or she likes plentypins. Such data is stored by Facebook for a period of 90 days. After that, Facebook removes the user name, as well as any other personal information, from the data, or combines it with data of other persons in such a way that said data is no longer linked with the user.

Twitter "tweet" button

Plug-ins of the messaging service Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA are integrated into the website at www.plentypins.com. The Twitter plug-ins (tweet button) can be recognised by the Twitter logo.

When visiting the website, via the plug-in a direct connection is produced between the web browser and the Twitter server. Twitter thus receives the information that the user has visited the website with his or her IP address. If the user clicks on the Twitter "tweet" button while logged into his or her Twitter account, he or she can link the contents of the plentypins website to his or her Twitter profile. As a result, Twitter can assign the visit to the website to the user's user account. Further information can be found in Twitter's data privacy statement at http://twitter.com/privacy.

Should the user not wish Twitter to be able to assign the plentypins visit to his or her Twitter user account, it is necessary for him or her to first log out of his or her Twitter user account.

Newsletter

When registering, the user decides whether he or she would like to regularly be informed on news concerning the application by plentypins in the form of a free newsletter. The user's consent is confirmed by him or her by e-mail (double opt-in).

The user may terminate the newsletter for the future at any time in his or her user account settings. Every time plentypins makes contact with the user it will point out the opportunity to terminate for the future.

Cookies

In order to offer the user a wide range of functions and the opportunity to design use of the application in a more comfortable way, plentypins stores cookies. Cookies are small files that are stored on the user's PC with the aid of the web browser. The user may prevent cookies from being stored on his or her PC by adjusting the settings of his or her web browser. The latter may, however, lead to the functionality and range of function of plentypins being restricted.

Website improvement

plentypins uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses cookies, i.e. text files which are stored on the user's PC and which enable an analysis of the use of the website. The information generated by the cookie on use of the website (including IP address) is transmitted to a server of Google in the USA and stored there. Google will use this information to evaluate use of the website, compile reports on website activities for plentypins, and provide further services associated with use of the website and use of the Internet. Google will also, if applicable, transmit such information to third parties, in so far as such is statutorily prescribed or third parties process such data on behalf of Google.

Should the latter not be wished by the user, he or she can deactivate the Google Analytics function using a browser add-on which can be downloaded from http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de. The browser add-on needs to be installed for that. This prevents analysis information being sent to Google.

Deletion of the user's data

If the user data is no longer necessary for the aforementioned purposes, it will be deleted by plentypins.

The user can delete his or her user account via the link in the "Delete your account" area of his or her user settings. Deleting the account causes all the data provided by the user to be deleted. Data of the user which is to be found on jointly used pinboards will remain where it is, as it belongs to a user account of a third party. Should data need to be kept for legal reasons, it will be blocked. The data will then no longer be available for further use.

The right to information and correction

The user is entitled to receive information on the data stored on his or her person by plentypins. He or she may likewise have incorrect data blocked or deleted by plentypins. The latter can be effected by sending an e-mail to support@plentypins.com or sending a letter by post to the above-mentioned address.

Amendments to the data privacy statement

plentypins reserves the right to change this data privacy statement. The current version of the data privacy statement can be accessed at www.plentypins.com/privacy-policy/.