Privacy Policy

It is possible to use our site without giving us any of your personal data. However, other rules may apply for certain of our services that are mentioned one by one in the following lines. your personal information (i.e. name, address, e-mail, phone number) will only be used in accordance with the regulations of the German data protection law. Data are deemed personal if they describe the personal or factual circumstances of a natural person. The basic rules of data protection can be found in the Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) and in the Telecommunications Data Protection Regulations (TMG). The following regulations aim at informing you about the way and the extent in which as well as why personal data is being collected and processed by the provider.

MapSteps UG (limited liability)

Am Katzenrain 14

63846 Laufach

Phone: 0151 75063187

E-mail: info@mapsteps.com

We’d like to point out that any internet-based data transfer may be prone to security vulnerabilities, which means that the protection of data from third parties cannot be guaranteed with absolute certainty.

Cookies

We use so-called cookies on our page to be able to track how many times our offer is being used/accessed by the same user/internet provider. Cookies are small text files that are saved onto your computer by your internet browser. They help us optimize our internet presence and product offer. In most cases, those cookies are so-called “session cookies” that are deleted after the end of your visit.

However, those cookies sometimes gather information in order to be able to automatically recognize you during the next session. This recognition works by saving your IP address in a cookie. The information gathered in this way helps us optimize our product offer and improve the usability of the site.

You may disable the installation of cookies by changing the settings of your browser. However, we’d like to point out that this may prevent you from being able to use some of the functionality of our website.

Registration

We offer the possibility to register on our site after having done a purchase. The data entered into the entry form during registration is solely collected and saved to enable the use of our product offer. When you register on our website, we will also store your IP address as well as the date and time of your registration. This serves as an additional security measure for us in the event that your data is abused by a third party to get access and register on our site without your knowledge.  No data is shared with any third party. Neither do we match the said data with data collected by other components of our site.

Newsletter

We offer you the possibility to subscribe to our newsletter directly via our website. Via this newsletter, we regularly provide information related to our product offer. If you want to receive our newsletter, we need a valid e-mail address. We will check the e-mail address registered by you to see if you really are the owner of the entered e-mail address or if its owner has the authorization to receive the newsletter. When you subscribe to our newsletter, we will store your IP address as well as the date and time of your subscription. This serves as an additional security measure for us in the event that your e-mail address is used by a third party to subscribe to our newsletter without your knowledge. We don’t collect any data other than that. The data we collect that way is solely used in relation to our newsletter. It isn’t shared with any third parties. Neither do we match the said data with data collected by other components of our site. You can cancel this newsletter subscription anytime. Please find the details on how to do this in the confirmation email or in the individual newsletters.

Contact functions

Our website offers you the possibility to get in touch with us via email and/or a contact form. Should you do so, we will store your information in order to be able to process your question or request. The received data isn’t shared with any third parties. Neither do we match it with data collected by other components of our site.

Comment functions

Our website offers the possibility to leave comments to certain articles. The IP address of the writer/owner of the internet connection is stored. This serves as an additional security measure for us for the event that the writer infringes the rights of a third party and/or posts unlawful contents. Hence, we have an interest in storing the data of the writer, as we may be sued for such right infringements. No data is with third parties. Neither do we match it with data collected by other components of our site.

Use of Google-Analytics with anonymization function.

We use Google Analytics on our website, a web analysis service of the company Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043 USA, hereafter called „Google“. Google Analytics uses socalled “cookies”, text files that are stored on your computer to analyse your use of the website.

The information collected by these cookies – like the time, location and fequency of your visits to the website including your IP address – are transferred to Google in the USA and stored there.
We use Google Analytics with the “ga(‘set’, ‘anonymizeIp’, true)” add-on tool on our website. By using this, Google already shortens and, hence, anonymizes your IP address within member states of the European Union or in other contracting states of the Treaty on the European Economic Area.

Google will use this information to evaluate your use of our website, to compile reports about website activity for us and to provide further services in relation to website and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties if necessary by law or if data is processed by third parties on Google’s behalf.

According to its own statement, Google will never associate your IP address with any other Google data. You may refuse the installation of cookies by changing the settings in your browser software. Please note that, should you do so, you may not be able to use all of the functionality of our website.

Also, Google offers a deactivation add-on for the most common browsers that gives you more control over which data is collected by Google in relation to the visited website. The add-on communicates with the Google Analytics JavaScript (ga.js) to not have the information about the website visit sent to Google Analytics.

However, the deactivation add-on for browsers from Google Analytics doesn’t prevent the transfer of information to us or other web analytics services you use. Find more details about the installation of the browser add-on under the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de

Use of facebook components

We use components of the provider facebook.com on our website. Facebook is a service of facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA.

Whenever our website is accessed, the component on it causes the browser you are using to download the corresponding version of the component from facebook. This way, facebook is being informed about which exact page of our web presence you are accessing that moment.

When you access our site while being logged into facebook, the information collected via the component enables facebook to know, which exact page you just visited and associates the collected information with your personal account on facebook. F.ex. if you click the  “Like” button or write a comment, this information is transferred to and saved on your personal facebook user account. Furthermore, the information that you visited our site is transferred to facebook. This happens indipendantly from whether or not you click the component.

If you want to stop the transfer and storage of data about you and your website usage to facebook, you need to log out of facebook before accessing our site. You can find further information about Facebook’s privacy policy, in particular about the collection and usage of data by Facebook, your rights and the configuration options to protect your privacy here: https://de-de.facebook.com/about/privacy/

Furthermore, there are external tools on the market that help block Facebook social plugins with add-ons for all common browsers http://webgraph.com/resources/facebookblocker/

Here’s an overview about the Facebook-Plugins https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/

Disclosure/cancellation/deletion

The German Federal Data Protection Act allows you to address questions about the collection, processing and usage of your personal data as well as to its correction, blockage, deletion or the withdrawal of a formerly given approval to us for free. We’d like to point out that you have the right to have false data corrected or personal data deleted if no related legal obligation to retain data exists.

Sample privacy policy of the law firm Weiß & Partner