Because I live in Germany, I’m obliged to add lots of legal statements to this page (yay). They are probably not much fun to read, but if you would like to know which data is collected on this site and how it is used, then go ahead and find all this information below.
The Site may be used without entering personal information. Different rules may apply to certain services on this site, however, and are explained separately below. PearTreepond collects personal information from the User (e.g. name, address, email address, telephone number, etc.) in accordance with the provisions of German data protection statutes. Information is considered personal if it can be associated exclusively with a specific natural person. The legal framework for data protection may be found in the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) and the Telemedia Act (TMG). The provisions below serve to provide information as to the manner, extent and purpose for collecting, using and processing personal information by the provider:
[Claudia Garbutt, Flürlein 45, 95346 Stadtsteinach, Germany] [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Please be aware that data transfer via the internet is subject to security risks and, therefore, complete protection against third-party access to transferred data cannot be ensured.
The Site website makes use of so-called cookies in order to recognise repeat use of the Site by the same user/internet connection subscriber. Cookies are small text files that your internet browser downloads and stores on your computer. They are used to improve PearTreePond’s website and services. In most cases, these are so-called “session cookies” that are deleted once you leave the Site.
To an extent, however, these cookies also pass along information used to automatically recognise the User. Recognition occurs through an IP address saved to the cookies. The information thereby obtained is used to improve PearTreePond’s services and to expedite the User’s access to the Site.
The User can prevent cookies from being installed by adjusting the browser settings accordingly. The User should be aware, however, that by doing so some functionality of the Site may be limited.
For technical reasons, data such as the following, which the User’s internet browser transmits to PearTreePond or to the Site’s hosting provider (so-called server log files), is collected: type and version of the User’s browser, operating system, websites that referred the User to the Site (referrer URL), websites that the User visits, date and time of the User’s visit and the User’s Internet Protocol (IP) address. This anonymous data is stored separately from any personal information the User may have provided, thereby making it impossible to connect it to any particular person. The data is used for statistical purposes in order to improve the Site and related services.
PearTreePond offers the User the opportunity to become a member of the Site. The information entered when signing up, as shown in the registration form is collected and stored solely for use by PearTreePond. When becoming a member, PearTreePond also stores the User’s IP address and the date and time registered. This serves to protect PearTreePond in the event a third party improperly and without PearTreePond’s knowledge makes use of the User’s data to sign up for the Site. None of this information is transferred to third parties. Nor is any of this information matched to any information that may be collected by other components of the Site.
The Site offers the User the opportunity to subscribe to newsletters. The newsletter provides the User periodically with information about PearTreePond’s services. To receive the newsletter, PearTreePond requires a valid email address. PearTreePond will review the email address provided for the purpose of determining whether the User is, in fact, the owner of the email address provided or whether the actual owner of said address is authorised to receive the newsletter. When subscribing to PearTreePond’s newsletter, your IP address, as well as the date and time of subscription, will be stored. This serves to protect PearTreePond in the event a third party improperly and without PearTreePond’s knowledge makes use of the User’s email address to subscribe to the newsletter. PearTreePond will not collect any other data. The data thereby collected is used solely for the purpose of receiving the newsletter. No data is transferred to third parties. The User may cancel their subscription to the newsletter at any time. The User will find additional details in the email confirming the User’s subscription as well as in each newsletter.
On the Site, the User has the ability to contact PearTreePond either by email and/or by using a contact form. In such event, information provided by the User is stored for the purpose of facilitating communications with the User. No data is transferred to third parties. Nor is any of this information matched to any information that may be collected by other components of the Site.
On the Site, PearTreePond offers the User the opportunity to post comments about individual articles. For this purpose, the IP address of the User/internet connection subscriber is stored. This information is stored for PearTreePond security in the event the author through his/her comments infringes against third party rights and/or unlawful content is entered. Consequently, PearTreePond has a direct interest in the author’s stored data, particularly since PearTreePond may be potentially liable for such violations. No data is transferred to third parties. Nor is any of this information matched to any information that may be collected by other components of the Site.
The Site uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service from Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043 USA, hereinafter referred to as “Google“. Google Analytics employs so-called “cookies“, text files that are stored on the User’s computer in order to facilitate an analysis of teh User’s use of the Site.
The information generated by these cookies, such as time, place and frequency of the User’s visits to the Site, including IP address, is transmitted to Google’s location in the US and stored there.
PearTreePond uses Google Analytics with an IP anonymisation feature on the Site. In doing so, Google abbreviates and thereby anonymises the User’s IP address before transferring it from member states of the European Union or signatory states to the Agreement on the European Economic Area.
Google will use this information to evaluate the User’s usage of the Site, to compile reports on website activity, and to provide other services related to website- and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties if this is required by law or to the extent this data is processed by third parties on Google’s behalf.
Google states that it will never associate the User’s IP address with other data held by Google. The User can prevent cookies from being installed by adjusting browser settings accordingly. The User should be aware, however, that by doing so some functionality of the Site may be limited.
Google also offers a disabling option for the most common browsers, thus providing the User with greater control over the data which is collected and processed by Google. If the User enables this option, no information regarding the User’s visit to the Site is transmitted to Google Analytics. However, the activation does not prevent the transmission of information to PearTreePond or to any other web analytics services PearTreePond may use. For more information about the disabling option provided by Google, and how to enable this option, visit https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en
Alternatively, the User can disable the future analysis of the User’s visit to the Site by Google Analytics, by “clicking” on the link below. By clicking on the link, a so-called “opt-out cookie” is configured, which means that the analysis of the User’s visit to the Site will be prevented in the future:
Enable the “Opt-out Cookie” for Google Analytics.
Please note that deleting cookies in the browser settings, may also delete the opt-out cookie and its re-activation may become necessary.
In order to protect input forms on the Site, PearTreePond uses the “reCAPTCHA” service of Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043 USA, hereinafter “Google.” By means of this service, it can be distinguished whether the corresponding input is of human origin or is created improperly by automated machine processing.
To PearTreePond’s knowledge, the referrer URL, the IP address, the behaviour of the website visitors, information about the operating system, browser and length of stay, cookies, display instructions and scripts, user input behaviour and mouse movements in the “reCAPTCHA” checkbox are conveyed to “Google”.
Google uses the information obtained, among other things, to digitise books and other printed matter as well as to optimise services such as Google Street View and Google Maps (e.g. house number and street name recognition).
The IP address provided as part of “reCAPTCHA” is not merged with other data from Google unless the User is logged into their Google Account at the time the “reCAPTCHA” plug-in is used. If the User wants to prevent this transmission and storage of data by “Google” about the User and their behaviour on the Site, the User must log out of “Google” before their visit the Site or before using the reCAPTCHA plug-in.
The site employs the services of pinterest.com. Pinterest.com is a service of Pinterest, Inc., 808 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. Through the “Pin it“ button integrated into the Site, Pinterest is informed that the User has accessed that particular page of the Site. If the User is logged into Pinterest, Pinterest can associate the User’s visit to the Site with the User’s Pinterest account and thereby create a link to the data collected. Pinterest stores the data that is transferred through clicks on “Pin it“ buttons. More information with respect to the purpose and extent of data collected, how it is processed and used as well as the User’s rights in this regard and what settings can be used to protect the User’s privacy by consulting the Pinterest data protection policy, can be accessed at http://pinterest.com/about/privacy/.
To prevent Pinterest from associating the User’s visit to the Site to their Pinterest account, the User must first log out of their Pinterest account before visiting the Site.
The User will be asked to consent to the use of their personal data to receive the newsletter(s) as follows:
PearTreePond uses MailChimp to send the newsletters to the subscribers. MailChimp is a service provided by The Rocket Science Group, LLC, 512 Means Street, Suite 404, Atlanta, GA 30318, USA.
The data stored when the User registers for the newsletter (email address, name, IP address, and time and date of registration) will be sent to a server operated by The Rocket Science Group in the United States and stored there in accordance with the EU-US Privacy Shield.
Further information about the data protection offered by MailChimp can be found at:
Further information about the EU-US Privacy Shield can be found at:
The User may cancel their newsletter subscription and revoke consent to the storage of this data at any time with future effect. For instructions to take this step, please refer to the confirmation email and each newsletter.
PearTreePond’s newsletter includes so-called web bugs that allow PearTreePond to recognise if and when an email has been opened and which links in the email have been clicked by its recipient.
This data is stored so that PearTreePond can best align the newsletter to the wishes and interests of the subscribers. Accordingly, the data thus collected is used to send personalised newsletters to each recipient.
The User will be asked to consent to the use of their personal data as follows:
“I agree that my data and my user responses will be stored electronically by newsletter tracking so that I can receive a personalised newsletter. The revocation of the consent to receive the newsletter constitutes a revocation of the consent for the tracking described above.”
By revoking the consent to receive the newsletter, the consent to the aforementioned tracking is revoked.
PearTreePond promotes the service Instagram on the Site. Instagram is a service of Instagram Inc. By means of the integrated “Insta” button on the Site, Instagram receives the information that the User has accessed the corresponding page of the Site. If the User is logged into Instagram, Instagram may assign the visit to the Site to their Instagram account and link the data by this means. The data transmitted by clicking the “Insta” button is stored by Instagram. The User can find more information regarding the purpose and scope of data collection, its processing and use, as well as your related rights and settings options for protecting your privacy in the Instagram data protection notice under https://help.instagram.com/155833707900388.
To prevent the User’s visit to the Site from being accessed by their Instagram account, they must log out of their Instagram account before visiting the Site.
If, while completing an order, the User decides to use PayPal as an online payment service, their contact details will be sent to PayPal during the order process. PayPal is a service from PayPal (Europe) S.à.rl & Cie. SCA, 22-24 Boulevard Royal, L-2449 Luxembourg. PayPal assumes the function of an online payment service and trustee and offers buyer protection services.
The personal data transmitted to PayPal usually includes your first name, last name, address, telephone number, IP address, e-mail address, or other data required to process the order, such as the number of articles ordered, the article number, invoice amount, percentage taxes and invoice details, etc.
This information needs to be transferred to process the order using the User’s chosen payment method, mainly in order to confirm their identity and manage their payment and the customer relationship.
Please note the following, however: PayPal may also pass on the User’s personal data to subcontractors or other affiliates, to the extent necessary for fulfilling the contractual obligations arising from the User’s order or for processing personal data in their order.
In the case Direct Transfer as an online payment service is used, the User’s contact details will be sent to Direct Transfer during the order process. Direct Transfer is a service from SOFORT GmbH, Theresienhöhe 12, 80339 Munich, Germany. Direct Transfer takes over the function of an online payment service provider and allows the User to make cashless payments for products and services over the Internet.
The personally identifiable information sent when the User makes a Direct Transfer usually comprises first name, last name, address, telephone number, IP address, e-mail address, or other data required for processing the User’s order, including the number of articles ordered, the article number, the invoice amount, percentage taxes and invoice details etc.
This information needs to be transferred to process the User’s order using their chosen payment method, mainly in order to confirm their identity and manage their payment and customer relationship.
Please note the following, however: Direct Transfer may also pass on the User’s personal data to subcontractors or other affiliates, to the extent necessary for fulfilling the contractual obligations arising from the order or for processing the personal data in the order.
In some circumstances, Direct Transfer may transfer the aforementioned personal data to credit agencies. The information transferred serves to identify the User and to verify the User’s creditworthiness with regard to the order placed.
If the User has any further questions regarding the use of personal data, please contact Direct Transfer by e-mail (email@example.com) or in writing (SOFORT GmbH, Datenschutz, Theresienhöhe 12, 80339 Munich, Germany).
On the basis of the Federal Data Protection Act, the User may contact PearTreePond at no cost if the User has questions relating to the collection, processing or use of their personal information, if they wish to request the correction, blocking or deletion of the same, or if they wish to cancel explicitly granted consent. Please note that the User has the right to have incorrect data corrected or to have personal data deleted, where such claim is not barred by any legal obligation to retain this data.