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    Data Privacy Statement by VG Bild-Kunst

    Data form the very basis enabling us to provide an excellent service and to perform the tasks assigned to us by our members in the best possible manner. We attach great importance to cultivating a trusting relationship with our members, which is why VG Bild-Kunst takes the protection of personal data so seriously. It goes without saying that we observe and respect the statutory provisions on data protection and data privacy.

    In order to be able to further develop and optimise our Internet services on the website, all visits to the site are logged. The protocols contain details of the IP address in current use, the date and time, type of browser, operating system and the sites viewed. As a general rule, the information provided is not personally identifiable, nor is this intended.

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    These data are collected solely for the purposes of data security and to optimise our website. They are not otherwise analysed or evaluated – except for statistical purposes and then on principle in anonymised form. No personal surf profiles or the like are produced or processed. We do not use any social plugins (Facebook, Google Plus, Twitter). Your user data are not passed on to operators of network platforms.

    Use and Transmission of Data

    Moreover, personal data will only be saved, if you notify us to this effect, e.g. on registration or when an agreement is concluded. The respective input and contact forms provide information about the purpose of collecting the data in the forms. Such data are transferred over the Internet in encrypted form.

    The personal data, which you notify to us via the website or by eMail (e.g. your name and address or your eMail address), are processed only to enable us to correspond with you and for the purpose for which you have provided us with the said data.

    Whenever we use service providers to implement and carry out processing operations, the contractual relationships are regulated in compliance with the provisions of the German Federal Data Protection Act.

    Everyone has  access to the contributions to our discussion forums. Please check your contributions carefully before publication to make sure they do not contain any information not intended for the general public. You must expect your contributions to be incorporated into search engines and be prepared for them to be accessible worldwide without specifically calling up our site. In the case of foreign operators, it is often not possible to delete or correct such entries.

    Authorisation and Revocation

    Any personal data you have sent us can be deleted at any time. Data intended for accounting and bookkeeping purposes are not affected by termination/revocation or by any deletions.

    Personal data notified to us via our website are only saved until the purpose for which they were entrusted with us has been achieved. Where retention periods are stipulated under commercial and tax law, it may be necessary to save certain data for up to ten years.

    If you no longer agree to your personal data being saved or they are no longer correct, we will arrange to have your data deleted/blocked or the necessary corrections made (insofar as this is possible under prevailing law) as soon as we receive instructions to this effect. Information about all personal data saved by us and referring to you can be sent to you free of charge upon request.

    Links to other Websites

    We sometimes refer to websites of third parties. Although we select such third parties with great care, we cannot assume any guarantee or liability for the correctness and/or completeness of the contents and data security of third-party websites. Nor does our data privacy statement cover any linked websites of third parties. We have no control over the extent to which such service providers comply with the data protection conditions. If a link takes you to another website, the data protection level may also change – in particular in the case of sites not operated in Germany. So please be sure to specifically gather information about the applicable level of data protection.

    Protection of Minors

    Persons under the age of 18 should not send any personal data to us without the consent of their parents or legal guardians. Minors may only provide us with personal information, when their legal guardians have explicitly given their consent or the minors have reached the age of 12 years or more. We do not request any personal data from children and young people. We do not knowingly collect such data and do not pass them on to third parties.

    Updating the Data Privacy Statement

    If we introduce new products or services, make changes to Internet procedures or further develop Internet and IT security technology, the “data privacy statement” has to be updated. We therefore reserve the right to amend or modify the statement as required. Any changes will be published on this site. It is therefore advisable to regularly call up our website and check the current status of the data privacy statement.

    Liability for Content

    All the information contained on this website has been checked with great care. However, we assume no guarantee for the contents of our own website being correct, complete and up-to-date at all times.

    Technology for Operating Online Sites – Cookies

    Cookies are small text files that are saved on the PC of the Internet user. They are used to control the Internet connection for the duration of your visit to our website. At the same time, these cookies provide us with information enabling us to optimise our website to the needs of visitors. In certain cases, we use cookies only for the duration of the visit to the website.

    Our offerings can also be used without cookies. Most browsers are set in such a manner that they automatically accept cookies. You can, however, deactivate this function or set your browser to notify you as soon as cookies are sent.

    Notes on Improving Personal Data Security

    If you are not satisfied with the data protection measures outlined here or have any further queries regarding the collection, processing and/or use of your personal data, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will make every effort to answer your questions as quickly as possible. Contact