Privacy Policy

Point Blank Research & Consultancy GmbH is highly committed to protecting your privacy and handling all Personal Data with care and propriety wherever and however it is used or stored. The information below provides details of the nature, extent and purpose of collecting, processing and using your personal data while visiting our website.

Personal data

Personal data as defined by the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) includes details related to personal or factual matters of an identified or identifiable natural person (the data subject), such as your name, age, marital status, address, email address, telephone number, bank account details or birth date.

Anonymous data collection

Unless otherwise mentioned in the following provisions, no personal data are collected, processed or used. While accessing our website some information on site visitorship will be logged, such as IP address, type and version of internet browser, referrer URL (the website that linked to ours), time of server request, the quantity of data transmitted and access status. The data will not be combined with other data sources and will be used solely to improve the design, contents and functionality of the website.

Cookies

We also use “cookies” to optimize our website. Cookies are small files that enables us to store information related to your PC and you, the user, specifically, while you visit one of our website. As a rule, cookies allow the user individual navigation and presentation of the website. We only use so-called “session-cookies” which will only be stored for the duration of your current visit on the webpage.
These data are automatically deleted when leaving our websites and closing your browser. You may refuse the installation of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser without this having any effect on the functioning of this web page.

Contact

Personal data, such as name or email address will only be collected when you make them available to us for example by contacting us, e.g. entering data into an entry field of our website or sending them to us via email.

Your information will only be used for the purpose for which you have provided it to us, for example for answering a request or processing your application. Information submitted to us is given expressively on a voluntary basis and with your consent. When providing us with contact details you also consent to us contacting you via those communication channels, in order to answer your request.

Application process

If you apply to us via email, your information will only be used for the processing of your application and will not be transferred to third parties. Please note that applications via email will be transferred to us in an unencrypted form.

Newsletter

In order to register for a newsletter service, we need at least your e-mail address so that we know where to send the newsletter. All other information is supplied on a voluntary basis.
As a general rule, we employ the double opt-in method for the registration. In other words, after you have registered for the service and informed us of your e-mail address, you will receive an e-mail in return from us, containing a link that you must use to confirm your registration. Your registration and confirmation will be recorded. The newsletter will not be sent until this has been done. This procedure is used to ensure that only you yourself can register with the newsletter service under the specified e-mail address. You must confirm your registration as soon as possible after receiving our e-mail, otherwise your registration and e-mail address will be erased from our database. Until we receive your confirmation, our newsletter service will refuse to accept any other registration requests using this e-mail address.
You can cancel subscriptions to our newsletters at any time. To do so, either send us an e-mail or follow the link at the end of the newsletter.

We would like to point out that we evaluate your user behaviour in the context of the newsletter distribution. For this evaluation, the e-mails sent contain so-called web beacons, also known as tracking pixels. These are one-pixel image files that link to our website and enable us to evaluate your user behaviour. This is done through web beacons that are associated with your e-mail address and linked to your own ID. Links received in the newsletter also contain these. We record when you read our newsletters, what links you click on in them and deduce your personal interests from them. We link this data to actions taken by you on our website.
The information collected in this way is stored by the newsletter provider on its server in
the USA. You can revoke this tracking at any time by clicking on the separate link provided in each e-mail or by informing us of the contact methods mentioned. Another way to prevent tracking is to deactivate the display of images in your e-mail program by default. In this case, however, the newsletter will not be displayed in full and you may not be able to use all the functions.

Tumblr

Our pages use buttons of the service Tumblr (Tumblr, Inc., 35 East 21st St, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10010, USA). These buttons allow you to share a post or page at Tumblr or to follow the provider at Tumblr. If you access one of our websites with Tumblr button, the browser establishes a direct connection to the Tumblr servers. We have no influence on the amount of data Tumblr collects and transmits with the help of this plugin. The IP address of the user and the URL of the respective website will be transmitted according to the current status.
For further information, please refer to the Tumblr Privacy Policy at https://www.tumblr.com/policy/en/privacy

Google Analytics

The Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information reached an agreement with Google based on the decision of the Düsseldorf Group on data protection. According to this, a compliant use of analytical methods of reach measurement of Internet advertisements is now possible under certain conditions. Therefore, it is possible to use Google Analytics in a manner which is compliant with the law and does not raise any concerns. We do, of course, comply with these requirements. In particular, we draw your attention to the fact that Google Analytics is supplemented by the code “gat._anonymizeIp();” on this website to guarantee the anonymised collection of IP addresses (so called IP-masking). Please also note the following information about the use of Google Analytics:

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”; these are text files which are stored on your computer to analyse the way you use the website. The information about the way you use this website created by the cookie is sent to and stored on a Google server in the USA.

If the IP anonymisation is activated on this website, Google will first truncate your IP address in Member States of the European Union or in other state parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases is the full IP address sent to and truncated on a Google server in the USA. Google uses this information on behalf of the website operator to evaluate the way you use the website, to collate reports on website activities and to provide the website operator other services related to website and Internet use.
The IP address sent by your browser as part of Google Analytics is not combined with other data held by Google. You can change your browser settings to prevent cookies from being stored; however, we draw your attention to the fact that, in these circumstances, you may find that you are unable to make full use of functions on the website. You can also prevent the data (including your IP address) relating to your use of the website which is captured by the cookie being sent to or processed by Google by downloading and installing the browser plug-in from the following link https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.

You can refuse the use of Google Analytics by clicking on the following link. An opt-out cookie will be set on the computer, which prevents the future collection of your data when visiting this website: Disable Google Analytics
Further information about the terms of use and data protection is available at https://www.google.com/analytics/terms/us.html or at https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=en

Sharing Data with Third Parties

Personal information you provide will not be sold or rented or made public. Personal information is never shared with third parties unless it is necessary to fulfill the contract or we have your permission or are required to disclose the information by law.

As far as our data processors get in touch with your personal data, we make sure that they comply with the law in the same way we do.

Social Bookmarks

We use so-called social bookmarks (e. g. from Facebook, Twitter and Xing) on our Website. Social Bookmarks are Internet bookmarks that allow users of to collect links and news items. Social Bookmarks are only included on our website as links to the corresponding services. After clicking on the integrated graphic, you will be redirected to the page of the respective provider. In this case user information will be transferred to the respective provider. Please refer to the respective privacy police of the providers for information on the handling of your personal data.

Right of Access

If requested, we shall inform you in writing, in accordance with applicable law, what personal data we have referring to you. Upon request, our data protection officer can make these details available to you. As stipulated by law, you also have the right to correct, block and delete this personal data.

Data Protection Officer

Should you have any questions concerning the processing of your personal data, you are welcome to contact our Data Protection Officer who will also be available to handle requests for information, other requests or complaints that you might have.

Private and Confidential
c/o Yvonne Varl
(Point Blank Research & Consultancy GmbH)
intersoft consulting services AG
Fischerinsel 16
10079 Berlin
E-Mail: yvarl@intersoft-consulting.de