DATA PROTECTION

About this Data Protection Statement
The protection of your privacy is important to us. For this reason, we urge you to carefully read the following summary of how our website (www.acousticpearls.de) works. The data protection statement listed here is in compliance with the guidelines established by the GDPR and the Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz, or in short BDSG). It is intended to provide information on the type of personal data stored by acousticpearls GmbH, the website operator, and how the company uses the data and for what purpose.

Although our website is equipped with various security precautions, we cannot guarantee 100% protection of your data as there is no means to absolutely safeguard from security gaps in the Internet. The relevant contact information for our point of contact is listed at the bottom of this statement if you have any concerns regarding the storage of your data.

Personal Data
Our services depend on our users' data for their functionality and communication. We understand that users' personal data is particularly sensitive, and in this context we refer to all information that can be used to uniquely identify a specific, natural person. We are required by the GDPR to list the entire scope of all such data.

The following personal data is collected and stored when you use our website in accordance with the GDPR:
- first and last name
- company
- address
- email address
- comments

This data is collected when you use the following functions on our website:
- contact form
- B2B retailer section
- architect section
- registration for the newsletter

We assure you that this data is only used for the functions available on our website, for statistical analyses, and for improving our offer. According to current regulations, this data is only collected for the period of time that you use our service. We also comply with the provision on right to erasure ("the right to be forgotten").

Forwarding Data to Third Parties
We are only permitted to forward data to third parties in accordance with the legal provisions. We only forward a user's data to a third party if it is required for the purposes of a contract based on Art. 6(1) point (b) of the GDPR or there is a justified interest in accordance with Art. 6(1) point (f) of the GDPR for business operations and, in general, the effective operation of our business. In the event we need to engage a subcontractor to perform our services, we will ensure to enact proper legal precautions and appropriate technical and organizational measures to ensure protection of personal data in accordance with valid legal regulations.

If content, tools, or other means from other providers (hereinafter jointly referred to as "third-party providers") are used within the scope of this data protection statement and their listed registered headquarters is in a third country, it is to be assumed that data is transferred to the countries in which the third-party providers have their registered headquarters. Third countries are countries in which the GDPR is not directly applicable law, i.e., countries outside the E.U. or the European Economic Area. The transfer of data to third countries takes place either if an appropriate level of data protection, user consent, or other legal consent is granted.

Provision of Contractual Services
We process inventory data (names and addresses, contact data, etc.), contract data (services used, names of contact persons, payment information, etc.) for the purpose of fulfilling our contractual obligations and services pursuant to Art. 6(1) point (b) of the GDPR. When contacting us (via contact form or e-mail), the user's details are processed for handling the contact inquiry in accordance with Art. 6(1) point (b) of the GDPR.

How We Collect Data

Log files
A log file is created in the course of an automatic log of the processing computer system. This means that information of your end device is stored as log files on a server. We also perform a log file analysis.

Our website provider logs the following data:
- Access to the website: date, time, frequency
- How you access the website (from a previous webpage, hyperlink, etc.)
- Quantity of data sent
- Type of browser and browser version
- Your IP address

The same holds true here; the data collected serves only to improve our services. The operator may only store, publish, or subsequently access server log files for longer periods of time if it is permitted within the legal framework (for example, in case of suspicion of illegal activities).

Cookies
This website uses cookies. They are small text files placed by your browser and stored on your computer. They are used to reconstruct settings already made and other changes you have made during your next visit. Cookies enable us to personalize our service and make it more user-friendly.

You have the option of blocking the setting of cookies and deleting cookies that have already been set. In such a case we must point out to you that certain features on the site will no longer work or they may be limited in functionality.

Newsletters
The following information will inform you about the contents of our newsletter as well as the registration and sending procedures and your rights of objection. By subscribing to our newsletter you give your consent to receiving it and to the described procedures.

Newsletter contents
We will only send newsletters, e-mails, and other electronic notifications containing advertising information (hereinafter referred to as "newsletters") with the recipient's consent or a legal permission. If the contents of a newsletter are specifically described within the scope of a registration, they are decisive for the consent of the users. In addition, our newsletters contain information about our products, offers, promotions, and our company.

Double opt-in and logging
The registration for our newsletter takes place in a double opt-in procedure, which means after registration, you will receive an e-mail asking you to confirm your registration. This confirmation is necessary so that no one can log in with other e-mail addresses. Subscriptions to the newsletter are logged in order to be able to prove the registration process in accordance with legal requirements. This includes the storage of the login and confirmation time, as well as the IP address. The changes to your data stored with the service provider for sending the newsletter are also logged.

Registration information

To subscribe to the newsletter, simply enter your e-mail address. Optionally we ask you to indicate a name for the purpose of personally addressing someone in the newsletter.

Cancellation/revocation
You can cancel the receipt of our newsletter at any time, meaning that you can revoke your consent. You will find a link to cancel the newsletter at the end of each newsletter. If users have only subscribed to the newsletter and cancelled their subscription, their personal data will be deleted.

Web Analysis Services
This website uses Google Analytics. This service enables us to track the use of our website by creating reports. In this manner, we can adapt our offer to the needs of the users. According to the data protection statement, we are obliged to inform you about the functioning of this service. Google Analytics places its own cookies that collect data, which will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States.

Data generated by Google Analytics includes:
- Type of browser and browser version
- Operating system in use
- Amount of time spent on our website
- Previously visited websites
- Your IP address

We have also updated Google Analytics to comply with applicable data protection laws. If you have anonymized your IP address, it will usually be shortened before leaving the European Economic Area.
If you would like to deactivate the relevant cookies, you will find the relevant browser plug-in under the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
If you do not want Google Analytics to collect your data at all, you can set an opt-out cookie that prevents future collection of information. You can find more information on how the program itself works here: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=en
Google Web Fonts
This website uses web fonts provided by Google to uniformly display fonts. When you access a page, your browser loads the required web fonts into your browser cache in order to display texts and fonts correctly. A default font is used by your computer if your browser does not support web fonts. For more information about Google Web Fonts, please visit https://developers.google.com/fonts/faq and refer to the Google Privacy Policy: https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/
Social Media Bookmarks
We offer the possibility to share content on social networks or by e-mail via external links on our website. If you use these, you will be redirected to the websites of the respective providers and corresponding user information will be passed on.

If you are logged in to your account on one of these social networks while using our website and wish to share our content, this information will be linked to your respective account. We as the operator have no influence on the data that is transmitted to the corresponding servers via plug-ins. As a rule, the IP address is transmitted.

For further information on the handling of your data, please refer to the data protection policy of the respective provider:
-Facebook -You Tube -Instagram -Pinterest -Xing -Linkedin

What Are Your Rights?
You naturally have rights with regard to the collection of your data. According to current law, we are obliged to inform you about them. The use and implementation of these rights is free of charge for you.

Your right to revocation
You have the right to revoke your consent to the collection of data at any time. This right applies with effect for the future; the data collected up until the time that the revocation takes effect remains unaffected by this. Please write a mail if you wish to exercise your right to revocation: datenschutz@acousticpearls.de

Your right to data portability

You have the right to request a transfer of your data from us to another location.

Your right to authorization, deletion, or blocking
You have the right to have your data corrected, deleted, or blocked. The latter applies if the legal situation does not permit deletion.

Your right to complain
You have the right to complain to a supervisory authority or a competent body if you have a reason for complaint. To exercise this right and the other two aforementioned rights, please contact the persons listed at the end of this data protection statement.

Changes to the Privacy Protection Statement

We reserve the right to change this data protection statement in order to adapt it to new legal situations or in the event of changes to the service or data processing. However, this only applies with regard to statements on data processing. If the consent of users is required or components of the data protection statement contain provisions of the contractual relationship with the users, the changes will only be made with the users' consent. Users are asked to examine the contents of the data protection statement on a regular basis.

Responsibility for Data Collection
Please contact our data protection officer directly for questions, requests for information, applications, complaints, or criticism regarding data protection for our website.

By email at: datenschutz@acousticpearls.de

Or in writing at:
acousticpearls GmbH
c/o Data Protection Officer
Am Wall 162/163
28195 Bremen, Germany