Privacy Policy

Thanks for your interest in our website. Data protection is particularly important to us. The use of the magicGerman.net website is generally possible without providing any personal data. If a you wish to use special services via the website, processing of personal data may be necessary. If the processing of personal data is necessary and there is no legal basis for such processing, we generally obtain your consent.

The processing of personal data, for example the name, address, email address or telephone number, is always carried out in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation.

We would like to inform you about the type, scope and purpose of the personal data collected, use and processing by the website. Furthermore, you will be informed about your rights. We have implemented numerous technical and organizational measures to ensure the most complete protection possible for the personal data processed via this website. Nevertheless, internet-based data transmissions can generally have security gaps, so that absolute protection cannot be guaranteed. For this reason, you are free to transmit personal data in alternative ways, for example in writing by post.

  1. Name and address of the controller

Responsible within the meaning of the General Data Protection Regulation, other data protection laws applicable in the member states of the European Union and other provisions with data protection character is:

magicGerman Britta Friedrich, Ul. Zakopiańska 29, 34-700 Rabka-Zdrój, Poland – GDPR@magicGerman.net – magicGerman.net

  1. Name and address of the data protection officer

Britta Friedrich, Ul. Zakopiańska 29, 34-700 Rabka-Zdrój, Poland – GDPR@magicGerman.net – magicGerman.net

You can contact the data protection officer at any time with any questions and suggestions regarding data protection.

  1. Cookies

The magicGerman.net website uses cookies. Cookies are text files that are stored on a computer system via an internet browser.

Numerous websites and servers use cookies. Many cookies contain a so-called cookie ID. A cookie ID is a unique identifier of the cookie. It consists of a character string through which websites and servers can be assigned to the specific internet browser in which the cookie was stored. This enables the visited websites and servers to distinguish the individual browser of the data subject from other internet browsers that contain other cookies. A specific internet browser can be recognized and identified using the unique cookie ID.

By using cookies, magicGerman.net can provide users of this website with more user-friendly services that would not be possible without the cookie setting.

A cookie can be used to optimize the information and offers on the website in the interests of the user. As already mentioned, cookies make it possible to recognize users of the website. The purpose of this recognition is to make it easier for users to use the website. The user of a website that uses cookies, for example, does not have to enter his access data every time they visit the website, because this is taken over by the website and the cookie stored on the user’s computer system.

You can find out more about cookies and manage your consent settings here: Cookie Policy

You can prevent the setting of cookies by magicGerman.net at any time by means of an appropriate setting of the internet browser used and thus permanently object to the setting of cookies. Furthermore, cookies that have already been set can be deleted at any time using an internet browser or other software programs. This is possible in all common internet browsers. If you deactivates the setting of cookies in the internet browser used, under certain circumstances not all functions of this website can be used to their full extent.

  1. Collection of general data and information

The website magicGerman.net records each time the website is accessed a set of general data and information. This general data and information is stored in the server’s log files. The following can be recorded: (1) the browser types and versions used, (2) the operating system used by the accessing system, (3) the website from which an accessing system accesses this website (so-called referrer), (4) the sub-websites that use an accessing system can be controlled on the website, (5) the date and time of access to the website, (6) an internet protocol address (IP address), (7) the internet service provider of the accessing system and (8) other similar data and information that serves to prevent threats in the event of attacks on information technology systems.

When using this general data and information, magicGerman.net does not draw any conclusions about the person concerned. Rather, this information is required to (1) deliver the content of the website correctly, (2) optimize the content of this website and the advertising for it, (3) to ensure the long-term functionality of the information technology systems and the technology of the website and ( 4) to provide law enforcement authorities with the information necessary for law enforcement in the event of a cyber attack. This anonymously collected data and information is therefore statistically evaluated by me on the one hand and also with the aim of increasing the data protection and data security of the website in order to ultimately ensure an optimal level of protection for the personal data processed by magicGerman.net. The anonymous data of the server log files are stored separately from all personal data provided by a data subject.

  1. Google reCAPTCHA

This website uses the reCAPTCHA V3 function from Google. This function primarily serves to differentiate whether an entry is made by a natural person or improperly by machine and automated processing. The service includes sending the IP address and possibly other data required by Google for the reCAPTCHA service to Google.

Further information on Google reCAPTCHA and Google’s data protection declaration can be viewed at https://policies.google.com/privacy.

  1. Newsletter subscription

On the magicGerman.net website, users are given the opportunity to subscribe to a newsletter. Which personal data is transmitted when you order the newsletter is determined from the input mask used for this purpose.

MagicGerman.net informs readers and customers at regular intervals by means of a newsletter about news (Germany, German language, culture, learning), special promotions and offers as well as new articles, courses and products. The newsletter can only be received by you if (1) you have a valid e-mail address and (2) you have registered to get the newsletter. For legal reasons, a confirmation email will be sent to the email address entered by you (double opt-in procedure). This confirmation email is used to check whether the owner of the email address is the person registering to receive the newsletter.

To register for the newsletter, it is sufficient to provide the email address. When subscribing to the newsletter, magicGerman.net also stores the IP address assigned by the internet service provider (ISP) of the computer system used by you at the time of registration, as well as the date and time of registration. The collection of this data is necessary in order to be able to understand the (possible) misuse of the e-mail address of a data subject at a later point in time and therefore serves to provide legal protection for the controller.

The personal data collected when you register for the newsletter will only be used to send the newsletter and information, specifically explained in the sign up form. Furthermore, subscribers to the newsletter could be informed by email if this is necessary for the operation of the newsletter service or for a registration in this regard, as could be the case in the event of changes to the newsletter offer or changes in the technical circumstances.

The personal data collected as part of the newsletter service is not passed on to third parties.

The newsletter is sent using “mailerlite”. You can view the data protection regulations of “mailerlite” here: https://www.mailerlite.com/legal/privacy-policy.

The e-mail addresses of the newsletter recipients, as well as their other data described in the context of this information, are stored on the servers of “mailerlite”. “mailerlite”  uses this information to send and evaluate the newsletter on behalf of magicGerman.net. Furthermore, “mailerlite” can use this data to optimize or improve its own services, e.g. for the technical optimization of the dispatch and presentation of the newsletter or for economic purposes in order to determine which countries the recipients come from. However, “mailerlite” does not use the data of the newsletter recipients to write to them themselves or to pass them on to third parties.

You can cancel the subscription to the newsletter at any time. The consent to the storage of personal data that you have given to magicGerman.net for sending the newsletter can be revoked at any time. For the purpose of withdrawing consent, there is a corresponding link in every newsletter. Furthermore, there is always the possibility to inform the person responsible for the processing in another way (e.g. by email news@magicGerman.net). Your subscription will then be cancelled manually.

  1. Newsletter tracking

The magicGerman.net newsletters contain so-called tracking pixels. A tracking pixel is a miniature graphic that is embedded in emails that are sent in HTML format to enable log file recording and log file analysis. This enables a statistical evaluation of the success or failure of online marketing campaigns to be carried out. The embedded tracking pixel can be used to identify whether and when an email was opened and which links in the email were called up.

Such personal data collected via the tracking pixels contained in the newsletters are saved and evaluated by us in order to optimize the sending of the newsletter and to adapt the content of future newsletters even better.

This personal data will not be passed on to third parties.

You are entitled at any time to revoke the separate declaration of consent relating to this, which is made using the double opt-in procedure. After revocation, this personal data will be deleted.

  1. Contact option via the website

Due to legal regulations, the website magicGerman.net contains information that enables quick electronic contact and direct communication with us, which also includes a general address for the so-called electronic mail (email address). In addition we offer a free quiz. To get the quiz results, you will also need to provide an email address. If you contact us by email, via a contact form or take part in the quiz, the personal data transmitted will be automatically saved. Such data voluntarily transmitted are stored for the purposes of processing or contacting. For processing customer enquiries, offers, orders and so on, we use Hubspot CRM. Hubspot CRM is operated by: HubSpot, Inc., 25 First Street, 2nd Floor, Cambridge, MA 02141 USA. Further information and the current data protection regulations can be found at https://legal.hubspot.com/legal-stuff.

  1. Amazon partner program

We have integrated Amazon components on this website as a participant in the Amazon partner program. The Amazon components were designed by Amazon with the aim of placing customers through advertisements on various websites of the Amazon Group, in particular on Amazon.co.uk, Local.Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, BuyVIP.com, Amazon.fr , Amazon.it and Amazon.es, Amazon.com for a commission. The controller can generate advertising revenue by using the Amazon components.

The operating companies of these Amazon components are Amazon EU S.à.r.l, 5 Rue Plaetis, L-2338 Luxembourg, Luxemburg and Amazon.com, 2021 7th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121, USA

Amazon places a cookie on your information technology system. What cookies are has already been explained above. Each time you access one of the individual pages of this website, which is operated by us and on which an Amazon component has been integrated, the internet browser on your information technology system is automatically prompted by the respective Amazon component to provide data on the purpose of online advertising and the settlement of commissions to Amazon. As part of this technical process, Amazon receives knowledge of personal data that Amazon uses to trace the origin of orders received by Amazon and subsequently to enable commission billing. Among other things, Amazon can understand that you have clicked on a partner link to magicGerman.net.

You can prevent the setting of cookies by the website at any time, as already described above, by means of a corresponding setting of the internet browser used and thus permanently object to the setting of cookies. Such a setting of the internet browser used would also prevent Amazon from placing a cookie on the information technology system of the person concerned. In addition, cookies already set by Amazon can be deleted at any time via an internet browser or other software programs.

Further information and Amazon’s current data protection regulations can be found at https://www.amazon.de/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=3312401.

  1. Google Analytics (with anonymization function)

The controller has integrated the Google Analytics component (with anonymization function) on this website. Google Analytics is a web analytics service. Web analysis is the collection and evaluation of data about the behaviour of visitors to websites. A web analysis service collects data, among other things, from which website you came to a website (so-called referrer), which subpages of the website were accessed or how often and for how long a subpage was viewed. A web analysis is mainly used to optimize a website and for the cost-benefit analysis of internet advertising.

The operating company of the Google Analytics component is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheater Pkwy, Mountain View, CA 94043-1351, USA.

We use the addition “_gat._anonymizeIp” for web analysis via Google Analytics. With this addition, your IP address is shortened and anonymized by Google if access to this website is from a member state of the European Union or from another contracting state to the Agreement on the European Economic Area.

The purpose of the Google Analytics component is to analyse visitor flows on magicGerman.net. Google uses the data and information obtained, among other things, to evaluate the use of the website, to compile online reports for magicGerman.net, which show the activities on this website, and to provide other services related to the use of the website.

Google Analytics places a cookie on your information technology system. What cookies are has already been explained above. By setting the cookie, Google is able to analyse the use of this website. Each time one of the individual pages of this website is accessed, which is operated by us and on which a Google Analytics component has been integrated, your internet browser is automatically triggered by the respective Google Analytics component to transmit data to Google for the purpose of online analysis. As part of this technical process, Google obtains knowledge of personal data, such as the IP address, which Google uses, among other things, to trace the origin of visitors and clicks and subsequently enable commission statements.

The cookie is used to store personal information, such as the access time, the location from which access was made and the frequency of visits to this website by the person concerned. Every time you visit magicGerman.net, this personal data, including the IP address of the internet connection used, is transmitted to Google in the United States of America. This personal data is stored by Google in the United States of America. Google may share this personal data collected through the technical process with third parties.

You can prevent the setting of cookies by magicGerman.net, as already described above, at any time by means of a corresponding setting of the internet browser used and thus permanently object to the setting of cookies. Such a setting of the Internet browser used would also prevent Google from placing a cookie on the information technology system of the person concerned. In addition, a cookie already set by Google Analytics can be deleted at any time via the internet browser or other software programs.

Furthermore, the data subject has the option of objecting to and preventing the collection of data generated by Google Analytics relating to the use of this website and the processing of this data by Google. To do this, you must have and install a browser add-on, which you can download at: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout. This browser add-on tells Google Analytics via JavaScript that no data and information about visits to websites may be transmitted to Google Analytics. Google considers the installation of the browser add-on to be an objection. If your information technology system is deleted, formatted or reinstalled at a later point in time, you must reinstall the browser add-on to deactivate Google Analytics. If the browser add-on is uninstalled or deactivated by you or another person who is within your sphere of influence, there is the option of reinstalling or reactivating the browser add-on.

Further information and the data protection regulations of Google can be found at https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy/ and at http://www.google.com/analytics/terms/de.html. Google Analytics is explained in more detail under this link https://www.google.com/intl/de_de/analytics/.

  1. Facebook

The data controller operates a “Facebook page” and “Facebook groups” as part of this website and has linked to these pages or linked from this page to magicGerman.net.

Facebook is a social network.

A social network is a social meeting point operated on the internet, an online community that usually enables users to communicate with each other and to interact in virtual space. A social network can serve as a platform for exchanging opinions and experiences or enables the internet community to provide personal or company-related information. Facebook enables the users of the social network, among other things, to create private profiles, upload photos and network via friendship requests.

Facebook is operated by Facebook, Inc., 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA. If you live outside the USA or Canada, the person responsible for processing personal data is Facebook Ireland Ltd., 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbor, Dublin 2, Ireland.

The data policy published by Facebook, which is available at https://de-de.facebook.com/about/privacy/, provides information about the collection, processing and use of personal data by Facebook. It also explains which setting options Facebook offers to protect the your privacy. In addition, various applications are available that make it possible to suppress data transmission to Facebook. Such applications can be used by you to suppress data transmission to Facebook.

  1. YouTube

We operate a channel on YouTube as part of this website. We have integrated YouTube components on this website. Also there are links both from this website to the YouTube Channel as well as from the Youtube channel to magicGerman.net. YouTube is an internet video portal that enables video publishers to post video clips free of charge and other users to view, evaluate and comment on them free of charge. YouTube allows the publication of all types of videos, which is why complete film and TV programs, but also music videos, trailers or videos made by users themselves can be called up via the internet portal.

YouTube is operated by YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. YouTube, LLC is a subsidiary of Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheater Pkwy, Mountain View, CA 94043-1351, USA.

Each time one of the individual pages of this website is accessed and on which a YouTube component (YouTube video) has been integrated, the internet browser on your information technology system is automatically activated by the respective YouTube component prompted to download a representation of the corresponding YouTube component from YouTube. Further information on YouTube can be found at https://www.youtube.com/yt/about/de/. As part of this technical process, YouTube and Google are made aware of which specific subpage of our website is visited by you.

If you are logged into YouTube at the same time, YouTube recognizes which specific subpage of our website you visit. This information is collected by YouTube and Google and assigned to the respective YouTube account.

If you are logged into YouTube at the same time as accessing our website; YouTube and Google always receive information via the YouTube component that you have visited our website. This happens regardless of whether you click on a YouTube video or not. If you do not want this information to be transmitted to YouTube and Google, you can prevent the transmission by logging out of their YouTube account before accessing our website.

The data protection regulations published by YouTube, which are available at https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy/, provide information about the collection, processing and use of personal data by YouTube and Google.

  1. Integration of services and content from third parties

It may happen that content or services from third-party providers, such as city maps or fonts from other websites, are integrated into the online offer. The integration of content from third-party providers always presupposes that the third-party provider perceives the IP address of the user, since without the IP address they could not send the content to the user’s browser. The IP address is therefore required to display this content. Furthermore, the providers of third-party content can set their own cookies and process user data for their own purposes. User profiles of the users can be created from the processed data. We will use this content as sparingly as possible and avoid data, and choose reliable third-party providers with regard to data security.

This is an overview of third-party providers and their content, along with links to their data protection declarations, which provide further information on the processing of data and, in part already mentioned here, options for objection (so-called opt-out):

– External fonts from Google, Inc., https://www.google.com/fonts (“Google Fonts”). The integration of the Google Fonts is done by calling up a server at Google (usually in the USA). Data protection declaration: https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/, opt-out: https://www.google.com/settings/ads/.

– Maps of the “Google Maps” service provided by the third-party provider Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Data protection declaration: https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/, opt-out: https://www.google.com/settings/ads/.

  1. Acuity Scheduling

We offer lessons on this website. For booking appointments and payment management, we use the provider “Acuity Scheduling”, c / o Registered Agents Inc., 90 State Street, STE 700 Office 40, Albany, New York 12207.

Plugins / Iframes of the appointment booking tool from “Acuity Scheduling” are integrated on this website. By using this service, data is transferred to Acuity Scheduling and the data protection conditions of Acuity Scheduling apply (https://acuityscheduling.com/privacy.php). A corresponding data protection agreement was signed with the provider. This also applies to the emails that the tool sends to you when booking the appointment.

  1. Payment method: PayPal

We have integrated PayPal components on this website. PayPal is an online payment service provider. Payments are processed via a so-called PayPal accounts, which represent virtual private or business accounts. PayPal also has the option of processing virtual payments via credit cards if a user does not have a PayPal account. A PayPal account is managed via an email address, which is why there is no classic account number. PayPal makes it possible to initiate online payments to third parties or to receive payments. PayPal also acts as a trustee and offers buyer protection services.

The European operating company of PayPal is PayPal (Europe) S.à.r.l. & Cie. S.C.A., 22-24 Boulevard Royal, 2449 Luxembourg, Luxemburg.

If you select “PayPal” as the payment option during the ordering or booking process, your data is automatically transmitted to PayPal. By selecting this payment option, you consents to the transmission of personal data required for payment processing.

The personal data transmitted to PayPal is usually first name, last name, address, email address, IP address, telephone number, mobile phone number or other data (personal data related to the respective order) that are necessary for payment processing.

The purpose of the transmission of the data is to process payments and prevent fraud. In particular personal data will be transferred if there is a legitimate interest in the transfer. PayPal may transmit personal data to credit reporting agencies. The purpose of this transmission is to verify identity and creditworthiness.

PayPal may pass on the personal data to affiliated companies and service providers or subcontractors, insofar as this is necessary to fulfil the contractual obligations or the data are to be processed in the order.

You have the option of withdrawing your consent of processing personal data by PayPal at any time. A revocation does not affect personal data that must be processed, used or transmitted for (contractual) payment processing.

PayPal’s current data protection regulations can be found at https://www.paypal.com/de/webapps/mpp/ua/privacy-full.

  1. Routine deletion and blocking of personal data

We processes and stores personal data only for the period of time necessary to achieve the storage purpose or as prescribed by the European directive and ordinance provider or another responsible legislator.

If the storage purpose no longer applies or if a storage period prescribed by the European directive and ordinance provider or another responsible legislator expires, the personal data will be routinely blocked or deleted.

  1. Duration for which the personal data are stored

The criterion for the duration of the storage of personal data is the respective legal retention period. After the period has expired, the corresponding data will be routinely deleted, provided that it is no longer required to fulfil or initiate a contract.

  1. Legal or contractual regulations for the provision of personal data

We clarify that the provision of personal data is partly required by law (e.g. tax regulations) or can also result from contractual regulations (e.g. information about the contracting party). To conclude a contract it may be necessary that you provides personal data that must subsequently be processed. Failure to provide personal data would result in the contract not being concluded.

  1. Data processing for teaching
    a) Legitimate interest in processing data

The legitimate interest for the storage of personal data is the conduct of business activities (teaching activity optimized for a student).

b) Storage of personal data required for teaching

We use the US provider “HubSpot” to store and process the personal data that we need for teaching. Hubspot CRM is operated by: HubSpot, Inc., 25 First Street, 2nd Floor, Cambridge, MA 02141 USA. You can view the data protection declaration of “HubSpot” here: https://legal.hubspot.com/legal-stuff

Your data will be saved on the servers of “HubSpot” in the USA. “HubSpot” does not use the personal data to write to you. There is no transfer of personal data to third parties.

If you would like your data to be deleted, you can contact us at any time.

c) Google Calendar

We use the calendar service Google Calendar to manage appointments. The provider is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

The information recorded in Acuity Scheduling are synchronized with the Google Calendar (forwarded to Google Calendar) and transferred to a Google server in the USA and stored there.

You can find more information on handling user data in Google’s privacy policy: https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=de

d) Teaching material

On magicGerman.net we provide our students with teaching material. The use of this material is voluntary. If you do not want to take advantage of this offer, please inform the teacher before the lesson.

e) Integration of services and content from third parties

It can happen that the teacher refers to other websites within the lesson. We choose these sites carefully. Nevertheless, we have no influence on the data collected by these websites. Data collected on these pages can be, for example, the IP address or the website sets its own cookies, the data of which they process for their own purposes.

An example of a frequently used website is the “YouTube” platform from third-party provider Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Data protection declaration: https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/, Opt-Out: https://www.google.com/settings/ads/.

If you have any questions about data collection on this website, you can contact us at any time and we can provide you with relevant information in the form of links to the data protection agreements on these pages. The use of this website is voluntary. If you do not want to take advantage of this offer, please inform the teacher before the lesson.

f) Google Document

We create a Google Doc for each student. We usually use the first name or a “nickname” for identification. You can object at any time and we will delete the document immediately.

In the document we will usually write down your newly learned vocabulary, correct your homework and do written exercises during class.

The operator of Google Documents is Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA, Tel: +1 650 253 0000, Fax: +1 650 253 0001, E-Mail: support-de@google.com.

We point out that Google stores data. This includes in particular your IP address, location data, data on how your usage is and Google sets cookies. Google may pass on the personal data. You can read more about this in Google’s privacy policy, which you can find here: https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=de.

The use of Google documents is voluntary. If you do not want to take advantage of this offer, please let the teacher know before the lesson.

g) Communication media

Online lessons take place via Zoom. To use this service, you may need to create an account and download the appropriate software.

Find out in advance about the data protection of the service. You can find the privacy policy here: Zoom: https://zoom.us/privacy

h) Routine deletion and blocking of personal data

We process and store your personal data only as long as it is necessary for the lessons or possibly the following lessons. However, laws may also require a different retention period.

If the purpose of the storage is no longer applicable or if a storage period prescribed by the European directives or another responsible legislator expires, the personal data will be routinely blocked or deleted in accordance with the statutory provisions.

  1. Your rights

You have the right to:

  • information about the processing of your personal data;
  • obtain access to the personal data held about you;
  • ask for incorrect, inaccurate or incomplete personal data to be corrected;
  • request that personal data be erased when it’s no longer needed or if processing it is unlawful;
  • object to the processing of your personal data for marketing purposes or on grounds relating to your particular situation;
  • request the restriction of the processing of your personal data in specific cases;
  • receive your personal data in a machine-readable format and send it to another controller (‘data portability’);
  • request that decisions based on automated processing concerning you or significantly affecting you and based on your personal data are made by natural persons, not only by computers. You also have the right in this case to express your point of view and to contest the decision.

To exercise your rights you should contact us.

  1. Existence of automated decision making

MagicGerman.net does not use automatic decision-making or profiling.

  1. Changes to the privacy policy

We reserve the right to change the privacy policy in order to adapt to changes in the legal situation or in the event of changes to the service and data processing. However, this only applies to explanations of data processing. If user consent is required or parts of the privacy policy contain provisions of the contractual relationship with the users, the changes will only be made with the consent of the user.

Users are asked to inform themselves regularly about the content of the privacy policy.

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November 1st, 2020