Privacy Policy

Last Updated 6 May 2020

Data Protection

PETA Science Consortium International e.V. (PSCI) takes the protection of personal data very seriously. Therefore, we want to inform you, the user, about the nature, extent, and purpose of the collection and use of personal data by the responsible providers.

Data Processing Authority: 
PETA Science Consortium International e.V.
Represented by Harald Ullmann
Friolzheimer Str. 3
70499 Stuttgart
Germany
+49 (0) 711-860-591-0
[email protected]

PSCI has appointed a data protection officer who can be contacted at the following address:

PSCI
Attn: Data protection officer
Friolzheimer Str. 3
70499 Stuttgart
Germany
[email protected]

PSCI processes personal data in accordance with the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), as well as the regulations of the BDSG-neu.

I. Access Data and Server Log Files

PETA-named affiliates, such as PETA Germany, provide PSCI with certain support services. In order to provide those services, such affiliates may have access to personal data. The affiliates may also have access to personal data if it is necessary to optimise PSCI’s operational activities or we have another legitimate reason to share it with them. The affiliates are only provided with the data that is necessary in order to fulfil the relevant service, and we have an agreement in place with each that requires them to operate with the same care regarding data protection as we do.

If you are using our website only to access information, we will not save any of your personal data and will use it only to assess and continuously improve our product in-house.

For example, PSCI, or the relevant internet service provider, gathers data – known as “server log files” – every time the website is accessed, which your browser transfers to PETA Germany, which provides PSCI with server support. These access data include the following:

  • IP address
  • Time of website access
  • Webpage accessed
  • Server status code (e.g. error message)
  • Size of the delivered object or transferred data, if relevant
  • Referrer URL (the webpage from which you came to our webpage)
  • Browser/operating system

These data are stored for 365 days.

PSCI is permitted to gather, process, store, and use personal user data if this is necessary in order to enable the user to make use of our online services. We are also permitted to access these data in order to maintain our webpages’ ability to operate. In particular, we reserve the right to undertake subsequent protocol data checks if specific activity provides reasonable grounds for suspicion of illegal use.

II. Handling and Processing of Personal Data

According to GDPR article 4(1), “personal data” are particulars regarding the personal or factual circumstances of a defined or definable natural person; therefore, this includes practically all data providing information about a person, such as the person’s name, e-mail address, or phone number and possibly also about hobbies or interests or which webpages are accessed. According to GDPR article 4(2), “data processing” includes all processes related to personal data, such as, in particular, collecting, gathering, storage, adapting or editing, retrieving, requesting, using, transferring, deleting, or destroying data.

PSCI may collect, use, and pass on personal data to the extent permitted by law, or if the person in question has given approval. We sometimes engage external service providers to conduct commissioned data processing of personal data, but we remain authorised to direct the external service provider at all times. Other than as disclosed below, data are not passed on to third parties. Compliance with legal regulations is ensured contractually as well as through the relevant technical and organisational means applied both by the responsible party and the commissioned data processing agent.

Contests

If you participate in a contest, you will be asked for your name, postal and e-mail addresses, and telephone number.

If you provide PSCI with your postal address, it may be used to send you information regarding the ways we work to replace animal use in testing. You can object to this use at any time, by contacting PSCI’s data protection officer (please see section III below).

Contacting Us

If you contact PSCI – for example, through our contact form or by e-mail – your information will be saved so that we can process your enquiry and handle any further questions.

Comments and Posts

If you leave comments on PSCI’s or another affiliate’s blog or social media channels, your IP address will be saved for reasons of the provider’s security. If a person were to use his or her comments or posts to publish illegal content, such as unlawful abuse or banned political propaganda, PETA Germany or PSCI could be prosecuted; therefore, we would need to know the author’s identity.

Newsletter

If you subscribe to PSCI’s newsletter via an invitation displayed on PSCI’s website or in an e-mail you have received from us, PSCI will receive the contact information you provide in order to send you the newsletter on an ad hoc basis. PSCI uses its newsletter to provide you with regular information about its work to end the use of animals in experiments.

If you wish to subscribe to the newsletter, you will be asked for your e-mail address and optionally your name and affiliation as well as information to validate that you are the owner of the e-mail address provided or that the owner of the e-mail address has agreed to receive the updates. No further data will be saved by either PSCI or PETA Germany. The transferred data is used only to send out the newsletter.

The IP address transferred during the newsletter subscription and the date of your subscription are the only exceptions. They are stored by PETA Germany only for verification purposes should a third person subscribe to the newsletter without the knowledge of the person authorised to use the e-mail address provided.

Storage Period

We assume that the approval you gave PSCI to save your data when you were explicitly asked for it during the data transfer will remain valid for an unlimited period of time. This is why we do not delete data voluntarily transferred to us, unless the person in question asks us to do so. This, of course, does not apply to the server log files automatically transferred from your device when you access our webpages (which includes data such as the browser type, operation system used, referrer URL, and host name of the accessing computer). These data will automatically be deleted after 365 days at the latest.

III. The Rights of Those Affected

PSCI aims to work as transparently as possible in processing personal data. We will therefore provide you with extensive information about your rights as a data subject. You are free to exercise these rights at any time, and in doing so, you will not incur any costs apart from your own costs for stamps or telephone usage.

Information

You can ask for a copy of all of your personal data stored by PSCI as well as information regarding this data’s origin and possible recipients by contacting our data protection officer.

We may ask you to prove your identity, e.g. by providing us with a copy of your ID card, so that we can make sure that your data are not given to third parties without authorisation. This safety measure serves the purpose of protecting your data. The proof you provide will be deleted immediately after your identity has been verified.

Deleting or Amending Personal Data

In general, you are entitled to amend your personal data, limit their use, or ask PSCI to delete them at any time, unless deletion would be prohibited by legal retention periods; in that case, PSCI would block the use of the data in question in any type of processing. We generally assume that your approval has no time limitation. This means data that you voluntarily transferred to us are not deleted unless you ask us to do so.

Right of Revocation

You are also entitled to object to the use of your personal data for advertising purposes at any time or to revoke your previous approval.

This includes the right to object completely or in part to being contacted by PSCI in the future. You can, for example, ask us to contact you less often if you feel that our mailings are too frequent.

Right to Data Portability

You are entitled to receive the personal data you gave PSCI in a structured, commonly used, and machine-readable format.

Contact Details

Should you have questions about the collection, processing, or use of your personal data; want to revoke a previous approval; or want to exercise any of your other rights as an data subject as described above, please contact our data protection officer:

PETA Science Consortium International e.V.
Attn: Data protection officer
Friolzheimer Str. 3
70499 Stuttgart
Germany
[email protected].

Please note that if you revoke approval for the storage and processing of your data, PSCI will not be able to provide you with certain services, such as sending you our newsletter or letting you participate in contests.

Right of Complaint

Should you feel that PSCI’s processing of your personal data violates applicable data protection laws, you can send a complaint to the relevant data protection agency.

IV. Inclusion of Third-Party Services and Content

Third-party content, such as YouTube videos, RSS feeds, or graphics from other webpages, may be used on PSCI’s webpages. In such cases, the user’s IP address must be recognised, as third-party content cannot be displayed in the user’s browser without his or her IP address. PSCI endeavours to use only content for which the information required is limited to the IP address. However, we cannot influence whether third-party providers also store IP addresses for statistical or other purposes. Of course, we would inform our users if we learned about such use. The processing of your data by third-party content providers is subject to the relevant data protection regulations.

PSCI’s partners, other webpages and online services accessible through our webpages, and our partners that collect data in connection with contests, promotions, etc, have their own data protection guidelines, which are independent of our policy. We are not responsible or liable for these guidelines, which are not connected to PSCI.

V. Use of Social Plugins

Facebook

PSCI’s internet presence may use social “plugins” by the social network Facebook, which is operated by Facebook Ireland Ltd, Hanover Reach, 5–7 Hanover Quay, Dublin 2, Ireland (“Facebook”). The plugins are recognisable by one of Facebook’s logos (a white “F” on a blue tile or a “thumbs-up” symbol) or are marked by the words “Facebook Social Plugin”. Please find a list and the images of these plugins here:

https://developers.facebook.com.

If you access a PSCI webpage that contains such a plugin, your browser will establish a direct connection to Facebook’s servers. The plugin’s content will be directly transferred from Facebook to your browser and then embedded in the webpage. As we have no influence over the amount of data that Facebook collects with this plugin, we would like to inform you about these plugins to the best of our knowledge:

By embedding plugins, Facebook is informed that you have accessed the relevant PSCI webpage. If you are logged in to Facebook, it can assign access to your Facebook account. If you interact with plugins, such as by using the “Like” button or posting a comment, the relevant information will be transferred directly to Facebook from your browser and saved there. If you are not logged in, Facebook may still find out and save your IP address.

To learn more about Facebook’s policy regarding the purpose of its data collection, the amount of data collected, its processing and use of your data, your relevant rights, and the settings you can use to protect your privacy, please read Facebook’s data protection policy.

If you are a Facebook user and don’t want the platform to collect data about you through PSCI’s webpages and connect this with your Facebook user data, you must log out of Facebook before visiting our webpages.

It is also possible to block Facebook’s social plugins by using browser add-ons such as the “Facebook Blocker”.

Twitter

PSCI uses Twitter buttons provided by Twitter Inc, 1355 Market St., Ste. 900, San Francisco, CA 94103 USA (“Twitter”). They are recognisable by words such as “Twitter” and “Follow” in connection with a stylised blue bird. PSCI provides links on its webpages to enable you to access its feed, and also uses Twitter buttons to allow you to share a post or page by PSCI or follow us on Twitter.

If you access one of PSCI ‘s webpages containing a Twitter button, your browser will establish a direct connection to Twitter’s servers. Twitter directly transfers the content of the button to your browser. Therefore, PSCI has no influence over the amount of data that Twitter collects through this plugin. To our knowledge, only your IP address and the URL of the accessed webpage will be transferred when the button is displayed. However, this information is used only to display the button.

For more information, please read Twitter’s data protection declaration.

LinkedIn

PSCI uses integrated components of LinkedIn on its website, provided by LinkedIn Ireland, Wilton Place, Dublin 2, Ireland. LinkedIn is a web-based social network that enables users with existing business contacts to connect and to make new business contacts.

With each visit to one of the individual pages of the PSCI website on which a LinkedIn component (LinkedIn plug-in) is integrated, your browser is automatically prompted to download a display of the corresponding LinkedIn plug-in; with that, LinkedIn gains knowledge about your visit to PSCI’s website.

If you are logged in at the same time to the LinkedIn website, LinkedIn detects what specific pages of our website you visit. This information is collected through the LinkedIn component and associated with your LinkedIn account.

LinkedIn receives information via the LinkedIn component when you visit our website if you are logged into LinkedIn at the same time. This occurs regardless of whether you click the LinkedIn button or not. If you wish to prevent the transmission of information to LinkedIn, then you should sign out of LinkedIn before visiting the PSCI website.

LinkedIn also uses affiliates such as Eire, Google Analytics, BlueKai, DoubleClick, Nielsen, Comscore, Eloqua, and Lotame. The setting of such cookies may be denied under https://www.linkedin.com/legal/cookie-policy. The applicable privacy policy for LinkedIn is available under https://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy. The LinkedIn cookie policy is available under https://www.linkedin.com/legal/cookie-policy.

VI. Use of Tracking Tools, Cookies, and Analytics Tools

Google Analytics

PSCI uses Google Analytics – a web analytics service provided by Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy, Mountain View, CA 94043 USA (“Google”). Google uses cookies. Information generated by the cookies regarding the use of our websites is usually transferred to a Google server located in the USA and saved there. At our request, Google uses this information to evaluate the use of our websites in order to create reports about user activity and provide us with further services connected to the use of our websites and the internet. Pseudonym user profiles may be created from the processed data.

PSCI uses Google Analytics only with activated IP anonymisation. This means that the user’s IP address is shortened by Google within European Union (“EU”) member states and or in other contracting states of the Agreement on the European Economic Area. The complete IP address will be transferred to a Google server in the USA and shortened there only in exceptional cases. The IP address transferred by the user’s browser will not be merged with other Google data.

You can prevent Google from collecting and processing data generated by the cookie related to your use of our websites by downloading and installing the browser plugin available at https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/61416?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en.

You can also prevent cookies from being saved by clicking on this link. This will put in place an opt-out cookie, which will prevent any future data collection when accessing this website. Please note that afterward, you may not be able to use all website functions.

For further information on data use for advertising purposes by Google, managing your settings, and ways to object to such data use, please visit the Google website.

General Cookies

PSCI also uses other cookies. If you accept their use via the banner at the bottom of this page, we will save that decision for seven days. Therefore, if you visit again after this period, you will be asked for permission again. We want to make our cookie settings as transparent as possible and ensure that we always have consent to the use of cookies.

Cookies are small text files that are saved on your device when you visit one of PSCI’s websites. They contain information that allows the system to recognise the device and possibly enable specific functions on our websites.

This processing is necessary in order to protect PSCI’s prevalent legitimate interests and is based on GDPR article 6(1)(f).

PSCI mainly uses “session cookies”, which are automatically deleted as soon as you end the internet session and close your browser. We also use the cookie dm_ID Cookie der IONOS Cloud GmbH, which saves the visitor’s ID for one year after deposit.

Cookies are saved on your device, which means that you are in control of our cookie use. You can disable the transfer of cookies or delete saved cookies at any time by changing your browser settings. However, please note that certain functions provided by PSCI’s websites may then be limited or not possible.

Facebook Tracking Pixels

To evaluate and support our online marketing strategy on and via Facebook, we have embedded a Facebook tracking pixel on this website, which is provided and analysed by Facebook Ireland Limited, 4 Grand Canal Square, Dublin 2, Irland, (“Facebook”). If you visit PSCI webpages, the tracking pixel makes a direct connection between your browser and Facebook’s server. Your browser thereby informs Facebook that, among other things, your terminal device visited a website operated by us.

If you have a Facebook account, Facebook can connect your visit to our website to your user account. It can also see when a Facebook advertisement was successful and led to an online transaction. This remarketing pixel enables us to display advertisements to a predefined audience on Facebook. In this regard, Facebook provides us only with statistical data without any relation to specific people.

This measure is taken to optimise the impact of our marketing, market research, and design of the PSCI websites. Pixel tracking does not allow us to identify you, as visitors to our webpages are marked in an anonymised form. To do this, Facebook uses cookies. It stores and uses the data collected through pixels, in some cases outside the geographical scope of EU data protection regulations.

For more information on Facebook’s policy regarding the purpose and extent of its data collection, its processing and use of your data, and the settings you can use to protect your privacy, please read its data protection policy.

You can edit the settings for Facebook advertisements here if you are logged in to Facebook. Alternatively, you can disable Facebook pixels on the Digital Advertising Alliance website.

If you have a Facebook account and don’t want Facebook to collect data during your use of webpages operated by PSCI and then connect this to your Facebook user data, you should log out of Facebook before visiting our webpages.

Google AdWords Conversion Tracking

PSCI uses Google AdWords conversion tracking to evaluate the success of our advertising efforts. Google records certain actions that you may take on PSCI’s webpages, such as subscribing to our newsletter. This allows Google to count the number of actions taken and to see – based on previously placed cookies – which advertisements were clicked on before that seem to be relevant to your interests. Google processes these data on servers located in the USA and does not connect them to any personal data associated with your Google account.

Google Fonts

We use the fonts provided by Google (“Google Fonts”). For the relevant data protection regulations, please go to https://policies.google.com/privacy. To find out more about opting out, please visit https://adssettings.google.com/authenticated.

VII. Edits and Updates

PSCI reserves the right to edit these data protection guidelines from time to time. If the way in which your personal data are being used changes, we will inform you by publishing new data protection guidelines and, if necessary, ask you to agree to them.