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Information on data protection

Information on data protection

This website is operated by Virtual Forge GmbH, Speyerer Straße 6, 69115 Heidelberg, Germany (the location of the company’s headquarter within the meaning of Germany’s data protection laws). The protection of your personal data is very important to us. We approach this subject with a great deal of care and wish to use the following sections to inform you about how we manage such data. For example, whenever we collect, administer, process, or utilize personal data on this website, we do so in accordance with the provisions of German and European data protection law. For every instance in which personal data is collected, you can refer to this data protection information to learn more about the type, scope, and purpose of the collection and usage in question.

Please note that despite the utmost precautions, transferring data over the Internet always entails risks due to potential security vulnerabilities. Absolute data protection is therefore impossible.

Visiting www.virtualforge.com

You have the option to visit our website to gather information without having to provide any personal information. You will then remain essentially anonymous during your visits. Every time you access our website in your browser, the connection data we receive – the date, duration, and name of your Internet service provider, for instance – will not include any reference to you as a user.

Collection of personal data following consent

You also have the option to transfer your personal data to us through our website to enable us to contact you about our products and services. Here, you can provide information in the following categories:

Salutation, title, first name, last name, company, telephone number, e-mail address, city, country, language

This data will only be collected and utilized with your consent. The content of a corresponding statement of consent will read as follows:

“Yes, I hereby consent to the storage and use of the user profile created with my personal information in order to enable Virtual Forge to contact me by telephone and/or e-mail.”

Cookies

Our website uses cookies to ensure quality and enhance the functionality of our online presence. Cookies are text files that are stored on a user’s computer; among other functions, they make it possible to determine the number of times a user has visited a webpage.

Data protection statement for Twitter

Our website uses services provided by the social media network Twitter. Twitter is operated by Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom Street, Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA. Using the “retweet” function (by clicking on the “tweet” button) will establish a connection between the website you have called up and your Twitter account. This information will therefore be displayed to other Twitter users. Please note that we unfortunately have no influence on the content, scope, and usage of the data collected by Twitter Inc.; for further information, please refer to the details Twitter Inc. provides at http://twitter.com/privacy. Please also note that you can make corresponding changes to your Twitter account to protect your privacy.

Data protection statement for Google +1

Our website uses the “+1” buttons involved in the use of the social network Google+. This network is operated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Using “+1” buttons when visiting our website will establish a direct connection between your web browser and the servers of Google Inc. Unfortunately, we have no influence on the scope of the data Google Inc. collects by means of these buttons. According to Google Inc. itself, the company only collects personal data when a “+1” button is clicked. Such data (along with the IP addresses in question) will only be collected and processed on website visitors who are also logged into your Google+ account at the time. For further information on the purposes and scope of the data collected and methods you can use to protect your privacy, please refer to the data protection information provided by Google Inc. athttp://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/. If you are a Google+ member and wish to prevent Google Inc. from collecting your personal data and associating it with your user account, we recommend logging out of Google+ before visiting our website.

Data protection statement for XING
Our website uses the “XING Share Button”. When you access our website, your web browser will establish a brief connection to the servers of XING AG, which is necessary for this button’s functionality (including the counter value displayed). XING does not store any personal data regarding the websites users visit; in particular, it does not store any IP addresses. The “XING Share Button” also does not involve any user behavior analysis based on cookies. Information on data protection as it pertains to the “XING Share Button” and other topics is available at https://www.xing.com/app/share?op=data_protection.

Data protection statement for LinkedIn

Our website uses the “LinkedIn Share Button”. When you access our website, your web browser will establish a brief connection to the servers of LinkedIn AG, which is necessary for this button’s functionality (including the counter value displayed). LinkedIn does not store any personal data regarding the websites users visit; in particular, it does not store any IP addresses. The “LinkedIn Share Button” also does not involve any user behavior analysis based on cookies. Information on data protection as it pertains to the “LinkedIn Share Button” and other topics is available at https://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy?trk=hb_ft_priv.

Data protection statement for Google Analytics

Our website employs the Google Analytics services provided by Google Inc. The website usage analysis involved is made possible by the storage of cookies on your computer, which generate information on your usage behavior and transfer it to Google Inc. An abbreviated version of your IP address is typically included in the data sent to Google’s servers. In exceptional cases, your full IP address may be transferred. Google uses this information on our behalf to create reports on how visitors use our website. The IP addresses identified by Google Analytics will not be associated with other Google data. If you wish to prevent the storage of cookies on your computer, you can configure the related settings accordingly in your web browser. Unfortunately, this can result in limited functionality on our website.

If IP addresses are not being anonymized (read: masked) through the addition of the code “gat._anonymizeIp ( ) ;”, the data collected will be handled in accordance with Germany’s data protection laws and Google’s terms of use, which prohibit the transfer of personal data to Google. You can prevent the collection and storage of your data going forward at any time by downloading and installing the browser plugin available at http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.

Data Protection Notice – Google AdWords Remarketing

Virtual Forge also makes use of Google remarketing tags. These tags are another area in which Google utilizes cookies that are stored on visitors’ computers to facilitate analysis of how they use websites. The information generated on your use of our website (including your IP address) will be transferred to a Google server in the United States for storage. Google will then truncate the last three digits of your IP address to eliminate the possibility of it being associated with you. Google may also transfer this information to third parties, provided that these parties have been commissioned by Google to process it and doing so is permissible by law. Third-party providers (including Google itself) employ stored cookies to display advertisements on websites based on users' previous visits. Google will never associate your IP address with any of its further data. You can withdraw your consent to having your data collected and stored in the future at any time. You can also deactivate Google's use of cookies by accessing this page to turn off Google advertisements. You can withdraw your consent to having your data collected and stored in the future at any time. For further information on Google's related provisions, please click here.

Data Protection Notice – Google AdWords Conversion Tracking

This website also employs Google's conversion tracking technology. This is another area in which Google AdWords will store a cookie on your computer if you arrived on our website via a Google advertisement. These cookies will expire after 30 days and are not used for personal identification purposes. If you access certain sections of our website and the cookie on your computer has not yet expired, we will be able to determine that you were directed to those sections after clicking on a particular advertisement. Every AdWords customer receives a different cookie, which means that cookies cannot be tracked through these customers' websites. The information collected with the help of conversion cookies enables us to generate conversion statistics. As a result, we can determine the total number of users who have clicked on our advertisements and were thus directed to a site equipped with a conversion tracking tag. We do not, however, receive any information that could be used to identify individual users. If you wish to opt out of the tracking process, you can decline the necessary cookie (such as by deactivating the automatic generation of cookies in your browser's settings). You can also deactivate conversion tracking cookies by instructing your browser to block cookies from the domain "www.googleadservices.com". Google's own notice on its data protection efforts in connection with conversion tracking is available here.

Data protection statement for Hubspot

To analyze the visitors to our website and manage the data it collects with their consent, we employ the services of HubSpot Inc., 25 First Street, Cambridge, MA 02141, USA. Hubspot also uses cookies and stores the data collected on its servers in the United States. Hubspot is a certified Safe Harbor. In acting on our behalf and in accordance with our directives, it manages this data separately from other companies’ data.

Data protection statement – Microsoft Bing

This website also uses tracking services provided by Microsoft. If you are directed to our website by a Microsoft Bing advertisement, Microsoft Bing Ads will store a cookie on your computer. This enables us and Microsoft Bing to determine that someone has clicked on an ad, been forwarded to our website, and landed on a specified conversion page. In doing so, we are only able to register the total number of users who have clicked on a Bing advertisement and been directed to a conversion page. No personal information pertaining to these users or their identities is revealed. If you would prefer not to take part in this tracking, you have the option to refuse the cookie it requires, such as by setting your browser to automatically deny cookies as a general rule. Please note, however, that doing so may prevent you from enjoying the full functionality of this website. For further information on data protection and the cookies used by Microsoft Bing, please visit the Microsoft website (https://privacy.microsoft.com/en-US/privacystatement/).

Data protection statement – Facebook

Our online presence also uses the “Facebook Pixel” developed by Facebook, Inc. (1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA). This feature makes it possible to track the behavior of users who have clicked on a
Facebook ad and been directed to the website of the provider in question. The effectiveness of Facebook ads can then be assessed for statistical and market research purposes, which in turn can help optimize future advertising measures. The data we obtain through this process is anonymous, meaning it gives us no means of tracing the identity of any user. This information is stored and processed by Facebook on servers in Princeville, Oregon (USA), in order to facilitate a connection to each user’s profile. Facebook can then use the data for its own advertising purposes in line with its data usage guidelines (https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/). As a result, Facebook and its partners can insert ads both on and outside of Facebook. A cookie may also be stored on your computer for these purposes. In your browser’s settings, you can allow or deny cookies as a general rule. Please note, however, that doing so may prevent you from enjoying the full functionality of this website.

Right of information, objection, and withdrawal

You have the right to access information regarding your stored personal data and correct, supplement, or delete this data at any time. Our contact information is available in the “Imprint” section of our website, virtualforge.com. You can, of course, object to the use of your data going forward or revoke your consent to said use free of charge at any time. If you wish to do so, please contact us by e-mail at contact@virtualforge.com or by standard mail at the address found in the “Imprint” section of our website.

Cookies on the Virtual Forge website

To offer you the best possible service, Virtual Forge uses cookies to store information about your visit to our website. We also use the Facebook Pixel to learn more about how our website is used. Cookies thus enable us to measure the response to our marketing efforts on Facebook and find out how we could improve them. By using this website, you consent to our use of cookies.

Please click here to learn more about how cookies are used on this website. Here, you can also dissent to the use of cookies and adjust your browser’s settings accordingly.

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