Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy Declaration

The spottster website is provided by vidiventi GmbH, Bleicherstraße 2, 22767 Hamburg (hereinafter referred to as "spottster"). This data protection declaration provides information on how we use and protect your data on the spottster website. Signing up for spottster implies that you accept the terms set forth in this data protection declaration. If you do not agree with these terms, please desist from using the spottster website and functions. This data protection declaration applies to all spottster users from the time they first sign up for spottster, thereby acknowledging acceptance of this data protection declaration.

Data Collection

You may use parts of the spottster website without telling us who you are or providing any personal data. In order to become an active user of spottster and to make use of our functions you must register as a member and provide us with some data that allow us to identify you.

Other data will be automatically collected from your computer while you surf the spottster website, e.g. the areas you visit on the spottster site and how you interact with our website in general. We will collect your IP address, computer and connection data, browser type and version, operating system and platform, the URLs you linked from and which you visit next and a cookie number. When you have registered with spottster, we will collect and store your e-mail address, first name and surname, password and, where applicable, information on the person who invited you.

In the course of your membership you may voluntarily provide us with further personal data to enable us to learn more about you and your preferences with regard to spottster in form of surveys or competitions, the participation in which is always voluntary. We may obtain more information from or about you in other ways, for example when you contact customer service.

Such data is always collected in accordance with the data protection legislation applicable and your data protection rights are considered in accordance with legal requirements.

Cookies

spottster and our internal service as well as our external service providers may place cookies or web beacons onto your computer when you visit the spottster website. Spottster itself uses cookies; cookies are small files that are stored on your hard drive. They make navigation easier. Cookies also help us with identification. We use these cookies and web beacons to monitor your preferences and present the spottster website in the best possible way, to recognise returning users, to measure user traffic and activities during visits to the spottster website, to monitor and improve our service and to guard against fraud. We also use cookies to individualise our service, content, advertising and product line. We may use the services of external advertising companies which may place cookies in order to allow them to collect and use anonymous data concerning your visit to the spottster website. You can block cookies at any time by changing your browser settings. However, this might mean that we are unable to provide our services and functions to you. In order to register as a member of spottster your browser must be set to accept cookies.

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service by Google Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses cookies. The information generated by the cookie concerning your use of the website is usually sent to a Google server in the USA and stored there. When the IP anonymisation on this website is activated, your IP address is first shortened by Google in the member states of the European Union or in other states that are party to the agreement on the European Economic Area. In exceptional cases, the full IP address is sent to a Google server in the USA and shortened there. Google uses this information at the request of the operator of this website to evaluate your use of the website, compile reports on website activities and provide additional services concerning website use and internet use to the operator of this website. The IP address sent by your browser as part of the Google Analytics process will not be combined with other Google data. You can prevent storage of the cookies by appropriate settings of your browser. Please take note that in this case you might not be able to use all the functions of this website. Furthermore, you can prevent the transmission to Google of data created by the cookie concerning your use of this website (incl. IP address) as well as the processing of these data by Google by downloading and installing the Link Available Browser-Plugin (http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout).

Social-Plugins

Facebook

The spottster website can integrate the social network plugins of Facebook, 1601 South California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA. The plugins are identified by a Facebook logo or the add-on “Facebook Social Plugin”. Please see the overview of the Facebook plugins (http://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/). When you visit a spottster website that contains such a plugin, the plugin establishes a direct link between your browser and the Facebook server and informs Facebook that you have visited our site using your IP address. When you click the Facebook plugin while you are logged in on your Facebook account, you will be able to link the content of the spottster webpages to your Facebook profile. Facebook can then attribute your visit to the spottster website to your user account. Please note that we, the providers of the pages, receive no information concerning either the content of the data transmitted or their use by Facebook. Additional information is provided in the data protection declaration of Facebook (http://facebook.com/policy.php). If you do not want Facebook to attribute your visit to the spottster website to your Facebook user account, please log out of your Facebook user account.

Twitter

The spottster website can integrate the social network plugins of Twitter, Inc., 1355 Market St, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA.

When you use Twitter and the “retweet” function, the websites you visit are linked to your Twitter account and disclosed to other users. Data is thus transmitted to Twitter. Please not that, as the website provider, we do not gain any knowledge relating to the contents of the data transmitted or of its use on Twitter. Further information is available in the Twitter data privacy declaration under http://twitter.com/privacy. You can change your Twitter data privacy settings in the account settings under http://twitter.com/accounts/settings.

Pinterest

The spottster website can integrate the social network plugins of Pinterest Inc., 635 High Street, Palo Alto, CA, 94301, USA.

This service is displayed as “Pin it-Button” on our websites. Via this service users can link spottster website contents to their own Pinterest accounts.

When you interact with the Pinterest plugin, the corresponding information will be transmitted from your browser directly to Pinterest.

For information on the purpose and scope of how information is collected, treated and used by Pinterest, as well as your rights and settings to protect your privacy, please refer to the Pinterest Privacy Policy at: http://about.pinterest.com/privacy/.

Links to other Websites

The spottster website contains links to other websites. We should point out that we do not influence the presentation or content of other websites. Nor can we therefore accept any liability for the up-to-dateness, correctness, completeness or quality of information provided there. spottster is not responsible for the data protection methods or contents of these sites and does not regularly monitor them. Please read the data protection declarations on these sites if you are concerned about their methods of data collection and usage.

Usage

We use your personal data, in anonymous form or by link to pseudonyms, when required, for the following purposes.

  • To handle sales.
  • In order to provide information and services required by you, such as customer service for example.
  • To provide for an customised presentation of content, advertising and user experience.
  • To provide news regarding the services of spottster and other administrative issues.
  • To eventually provide you with targeted marketing activities and advertising offers on the spottster website.
  • To inform you about sales promotions as part of the spottster core services.
  • To provide you with additional information via the spottster newsletter providing your agreement to receive the newsletter at the time of your registration, which can be revoked at any time.
  • To improve our site and services.
  • To settle legal disputes, to respond to complaints and to fix technical problems.
  • To prevent, uncover and investigate abuse, in particular fraud.
  • To analyse the spottster website and the user behaviour and to compile aggregated reports.
User profiles based on pseudonyms may be created for the purpose of: advertising, market research and user-friendly design of services, content provided by the services as well as marketing activities and advertising offers. The aggregated data will not be used to identify you as an individual or be combined with personal data linked to the pseudonym without your express approval. You can object at any time to the creation of user profiles in future by sending an appropriate e-mail to info@spottster.com.

Security

Personal data provided to spottster by its users can only be accessed by spottster employees whenever their knowledge of it is required in order to provide, develop, improve, or perform services and functions directly linked to the spottster website.

Service Providers

We are entitled to forward your personal data to contracted service providers that support our business operations or that we use to fulfil our contract with you (e.g. IT services). Our service providers are bound to observe confidentiality.

Altering or Deleting Personal Data

You are entitled to be informed about the data stored in connection with your person and to have them corrected or deleted. We will, on request, inform you as quickly as possible as required by law as to whether or what personal data of yours is stored with spottster. As a registered member, you can access, change or remove your personal data at "My account". We do our best to enter changes in our database as quickly as possible. However, not all databases can immediately be updated and old data may remain in our archives and records for a short period until they are updated. We also might not be able to send changes to partners, suppliers or external service providers who have already received your data or information. When you cancel your membership or when your member account is blocked, we are entitled to retain certain data to prevent re-registration. We will keep information in certain circumstances even if you might have asked for it to be deleted so that we can settle disputes, analyse programs, implement our general terms and conditions of business and shopping rules and comply with legal requirements. For both technical and legal reasons this information is never completely deleted from our database, including saved back-up systems. If incorrect information about you should be kept despite our endeavours to ensure that data are up-to-date and correct we will rectify this at your request.

Termination of Membership

In case you do not agree with these policies or given you do not wish to use any of the spottster services and functions anymore, you can of course terminate your spottster membership at any time and without cause. Your account settings will be deleted in the following. In any such case, the aforementioned legal requirements find application.

Apart from deleting your profile manually within your account, a termination can also be performed by mail to info@spottster.com.

E-Mail-Tools

As a member of spottster, you have the opportunity to send e-mails with product recommendations, sales promotion recommendations and newsletters from spottster to your friends. The recipient will be able to see who has sent the e-mail as well as a personal message you might have added. Please ensure that you only send these e-mails to real persons who have provided their explicit agreement to receive these e-mails. spottster will only send e-mails to the e-mail addresses you provide and will not make use of this data for any other purpose. You are not allowed to use our e-mail tools for sending spam or information that is in conflict with the general terms and conditions of business.

Right to Choose / Opt Out

You have the right to reject the receipt of newsletters for sales promotions and information concerning other promotions as well as marketing messages from spottster. However, you cannot reject the receipt of administrative e-mails (e.g. e-mails concerning your orders, changes to the contract conditions, data protection declarations or other basic conditions) as long as you are a member of spottster. You can reject the receipt of e-mails that are not classified as administrative e-mails by changing the appropriate settings under "Newsletter" in your member account or by using the cancellation link in the messages.

Anti-spam Directive

spottster does not allow any spam. But that does not mean that we can prevent spam on the internet. When you think that you have received an unsolicited e-mail from us, please contact info@spottster.com so that we can investigate the issue.

General

We may change this declaration from time to time by informing you of such changes and publishing the amended terms on the spottster website. The amended terms will be immediately effective for all new users and 30 days after they have been communicated to existing users, excepting any users who object to them.

If you have questions concerning this data protection declaration or the use of personal data at spottster, you can send an e-mail to info@spottster.com or contact vidiventi GmbH, Bleicherstraße 2, 22767 Hamburg.