Thank you for visiting our website. We would like to explain how we use your personal information. Bastei Lübbe AG collects data at the website www.be-ebooks.com (hereinafter referred to as “be”).

We take your privacy very seriously. It therefore goes without saying that we comply with data protection legislation – especially the provisions of the Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz – BDSG) and the Telemedia Act (Telemediengesetz – TMG). In addition, we consider it important that you always know when and which data we collect and how we use it.

 

1. RIGHTS OF DATA SUBJECTS UNDER THE FEDERAL DATA PROTECTION ACT AND THE TELEMEDIA ACT

Under the Federal Data Protection Act, you have the following rights:

  • the right to receive information free of charge about the data that we store about you and how it is used and, under certain circumstances,
  • the right to have it rectified, blocked or erased. In addition, you may at any time object to the use or transfer of your personal data.

Under the Telemedia Act, you have the right

  • to, at any time, revoke any consent given to the collection, processing and use of your personal data, without stating reasons, whereby such revocation will have effect for the future and
  • to receive upon request and free of charge details about the information stored about your person or your pseudonym.

 

2. VISITING OUR WEBSITE

When you visit our website, our web server automatically collects information about the type of browser and operating system you are using, the website from which you linked to our site, the web pages on our site that you visit, the date you access our site and, for security reasons, for an average period of seven days the IP address allocated to you by your Internet service provider; the purpose of the latter is to enable us to identify attacks on our website.

With the exception of your IP address, we will only collect personal information during a visit if you provide it yourself, e.g. when you request information, register for services or participate in a competition. We collect and use information provided to us in this way for fulfilling your requests and supplying our services in an appropriate manner.

Your data will not be transferred to a third party unless we are under a legal obligation to do so. Insofar as any external service providers come into contact with your personal data, we ensure that they respect data protection legislation through the adoption of legal, technical and organisational measures as well as through regular compliance checks.

 

3. USE FOR ADVERTISING PURPOSES

We will only use your data for advertising purposes or for market and opinion research with your prior consent or – where the law permits this – if you have not objected to such use.

 

4. USE OF COOKIES

To enable us to make our website easier to access and more effective, we collect and evaluate different information. For these purposes, we send your computer what are known as cookies. They give us information about the number of visitors to each individual web page, how long each one spends on a page, the search terms that they use and how they move around our website. The cookies also log IP addresses, user browser types as well as the date and time of access.

4.1 What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files which we store on your computer through your browser. These files only contain data that we send to your computer. They do not make it possible to read private data. Cookies enable us to identify your computer, to customise our offers for you and to make it easier for you to use our site.

Cookies do not pose any risk to your computer. They cannot read any of the data on your hard drive, transfer viruses, send e-mails or be read by other web servers.

4.2 What is stored in a cookie?

Our cookies only contain an identification number, which enables us to recognise you when you return.  In addition, yes/no values are used, for example, to tell us whether you are using a mobile device to visit our site.

4.3 What kinds of cookies does “be” use?

We use what are known as session cookies as well as what are known as permanent cookies. Session cookies are only stored temporarily and are used to provide certain functionalities. They are erased when you close your browser. On the other hand, permanent cookies remain on your hard drive even after you close your browser and may have a lifespan from a few days to several years. These cookies are needed for executing certain functionalities on our website and only exist until you close your browser.

We use permanent cookies to remember you when you revisit our website. In addition, permanent cookies enable us to make our offers more user-friendly for you and to present you with information and offers especially tailored to your interests.

4.4 How can I disable cookies?

Most browsers are set to accept cookies automatically. If you do not wish to use the benefits of cookies, you can change the handling of cookies in the security or privacy settings of your browser or make use of the integrated opt-out option. You can deactivate the storage of cookies, including cookies from third parties or you can configure your settings to inform you as soon as cookies are sent. As a general rule, browsers also have a function that allows you to delete some or all cookies at a later time. Most web browsers have a Help function that explains how to enable the above-mentioned settings.

We would like to point out that if you disable cookies, not all of the functions of our website and not all of those of other websites that you may visit will be usable. If you block the storage of all cookies on your computer, we will no longer be able to offer you many of the functions supported by our website. We therefore recommend that you leave the storage of cookies enabled for our website.

 

5. GOOGLE ANALYTICS

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses so-called “cookies”, text files that are stored on your computer and allow us to analyse how users use the website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is usually transferred to and stored by a Google server in the USA. In the case of activation of IP anonymisation on this website, your IP address will be shortened beforehand by Google within the member states of the European Union or other to the states party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the complete IP address be transmitted to a Google server in the USA and shortened there. On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on website activity and to provide services related to website use and Internet use in relation to the website operator. The IP address transmitted by your browser within the scope of Google Analytics will not be combined with other data from Google. You may refuse to store cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser; we should however point out that this may prevent you from using all the functions of our website to their full extent. In addition, you can prevent Google from collecting and processing data generated by the cookies about your usage of the websites (including your IP address) by downloading and installing the browser plugin, which is found under the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout/?hl=en

 

6. SOCIAL-MEDIA

6.1 Facebook

At the bottom of each page of the “be” website, you will find the Facebook icon, which links directly to our Facebook page. Neither “be” nor Facebook will collect your data if you use this link. Once you land on the Facebook site, Facebook’s privacy settings apply. You can view them at: https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/update.

6.2 Privacy policy for the use of YouTube

We use the provider YouTube to embed videos into our site. Like other websites, YouTube uses cookies to collect information about the people who watch its videos. YouTube uses these cookies to, among other things, collect reliable video statistics, to avoid fraud and to improve user-friendliness. You will find more information about how YouTube uses cookies in its privacy guidelines at: http://www.youtube.com/t/privacy_at_youtube.

6.3 Twitter

You will also find the Twitter symbol in various places on our website. Clicking on this link will send you directly to our Twitter profile. Once this happens, Twitter’s privacy policy will apply. It can be viewed at https://twitter.com/privacy?lang=en.

 

7. NEWSLETTER SERVICE

If you have given us your consent, we will send you our e-mail newsletter. Naturally, you may revoke your consent to the receipt of the newsletter at any time with effect for the future by, for example, e-mailing us at be-ebooks@luebbe.de or by clicking on the unsubscribe link provided in the newsletter.

 

To be able to enjoy our newsletter service, you will in any case have to provide us with your e-mail address when registering for the newsletter. Other information that helps us to optimise and personalise our newsletter (such as, for example, information to enable us to address you by name or send you newsletters that reflect your stated genre interests) may be provided voluntarily. You can customise the content of our e-mail newsletter according to your areas of interest by selecting the appropriate entry fields. We will only use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter.

The newsletter will contain information about new releases, special offers, author events and “be” events as well as additional content from our products.

We have engaged the external service provider MailChimp, which belongs to the US-based Rocket Science Group, LLC, to send our e-mail newsletters. After you have given us your consent, we analyse your user behaviour. The e-mails sent use what are known as web beacons, which are also referred to as tracking pixels, to analyse such behaviour. These are one-pixel graphic files which link to our website and thus allow us to analyse your user behaviour. This is done through the collection of your IP address, the date of your last profile update, geolocation and time zone data, language information, the time that the newsletter is opened and the time that you register for the newsletter as well as through web beacons that are linked to your e-mail address and have a unique ID. The links embedded in the newsletter also contain these IDs. We use the data collected in this way to create a user profile for you and to deliver newsletter content tailored to your interests. To ascertain your personal interests, we log the time when you read our newsletter and which links you click on in the newsletter. This data is linked by us to your activities on our website. The newsletter provider stores the information collected in this way on its server in the United States.

You may inform us at any time that you do not wish us to use tracking by clicking on the separate “unsubscribe” or “settings” link included in every e-mail or by writing to us at be-ebooks@luebbe.de. Tracking of this kind will also not be possible if you have configured your e-mail program’s standard settings not to display images. However, in this case the newsletter will not be properly displayed and you may not be able to use all of the functions. If you manually enable images to be displayed, this will allow tracking as described above.

 

8. LINKS TO WEBSITES OF OTHER PROVIDERS

Our website may contain links to websites of other providers that are not covered by this Privacy Policy. If you use the links to websites of other providers which collect, process or use your personal data, please review their privacy guidelines.

 

9. SUBMIT A MANUSCRIPT

We look forward to receiving your stories! You are welcome to send us any suitable manuscripts. Please use our contact form for this purpose. The data that you provide us with in this connection is only collected and used for reviewing your manuscript and subsequently contacting you by e-mail to let you know whether or not your manuscript has been accepted. We review all manuscripts carefully and will get back to you as quickly as possible. To see what kinds of stories and genres we are looking for, please visit our FAQs.

 

10. SECURITY AND ACCESS PROTECTION

We would like to draw your attention to the fact that when you access files and web pages for our offers or enter data, the transmission of the data via the Internet is unsecured and it may therefore be retrieved or falsified by unauthorised parties.

 

11. BLOG CONTRIBUTIONS

You may post contributions and comments on our blog, which will be publicly accessible after they have been accepted. You may use a pseudonym instead of your real name for publication.

 

12. QUESTIONS ABOUT DATA PROTECTION

This Privacy Policy does not cover the content of any other linked websites. We do not accept any responsibility for such sites. If you have any questions or comments about data privacy or you wish to object to the use of your personal data for advertising or for marketing and opinion research, please write to us at the following address: datenschutz@luebbe.de.