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Privacy Policy

The following policies govern how my personal website peterbenz.de handles personal information; they apply across the entire website. When I speak of “I”, “me” or “peterbenz.de” anywhere in these terms, I in effect mean myself and the people who help me with preparation, production and dissemination of peterbenz.de. Whenever in the following I speak of “policy” I’m referring to this Privacy Policy.

Please, take the time to read these various policies and guidelines as by using any of my offerings, you inherently agree to them. If you do not agree to these policies and guidelines, I won’t take it personally, but please do not continue using peterbenz.de.

What personal data I collect and why I collect it

While you visit peterbenz.de, certain (limited) personal information about you is collected to operate, provide, improve, understand, customize and support my services.

As this is a personal website for information on my professional, academic and sometimes personal pursuits, I do not allow any direct interaction, i.e. you may not leave comments or upload any materials. This implies that you won’t have opportunities to actually directly “give” me any personal information.

However, my servers will automatically log certain information every time you access the website, such as the pages you visit, time spent on individual pages or posts, etc.

Additionally, I will be using certain tracking technologies such as cookies, web beacons and other web analytics software or services that may also collect some general, usually anonymous information from you.

How do I use personal information?

I may use your personal information to:

– operate peterbenz.de and provide you with my services;
– customise my services and pages to provide a more personalised experience;
– carry out technical analysis to determine how to improve peterbenz.de and the services I provide;
– analyse activity on peterbenz.de to generate impact statistics, citation records and similar academic performance data;
– monitor activity on peterbenz.de, like to identify potential fraudulent activity and to ensure compliance with my intended use of thise website;
– manage my relationship with you, like by responding to your queries sent to me directly;
– manage my legal and operational affairs;
– provide general administrative and performance functions and activities.

When may I disclose your personal information?

As we may only collect aggregate information through web analytics tools, your personal identity should not be possible to determine by me. Thus we in effect cannot disclose any personal information to anyone.

However, while using peterbenz.de you may leave personal information e.g. with my service providers who assist me in connection with the ways I may use personal information (e.g. online web analytics services and others as set out above). I am not control of those processes and hereby reject any responsibility or liability that may arise.

We use a network of global subcontractors and service providers in order to ensure that we maintain the best possible service standards. Some of the subcontractors and service providers to whom we may disclose your personal information, like service providers who provide us with cloud servers, are based outside Hong Kong (in places like Asia, Europe, and the US). In order to protect your information, I take care where possible to work with subcontractors and service providers who I believe maintain an acceptable standard of data security compliance.

How do I store your personal information?

As I don’t collect any personal information through my website, I also do not store any personal information whatsoever.

How can you access your personal information?

As we don’t collect or store any personal information, we may also not grant access to any such information.

Cookies and Web Analytics

Cookies are used to enhance your use of peterbenz.de, such as remembering that you visited. You are able to minimise or block cookies using the privacy settings of your browser, but this may restrict your use of the website. For general information on cookies, see All About Cookies.org. You also have choices about cookies: By modifying your device settings, you have the choice to accept all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is set, or to reject all cookies. If you choose to reject cookies some parts of peterbenz.de may work less conveniently in your case.

When you visit peterbenz.de, certain generally anonymous information (“web analytics information”) is automatically recorded. I only use this information for statistical and web development purposes and to improve my services. Some of the usually anonymous information collected by these services could be associated – by them, not me – with your account, e.g.

– your IP or proxy server IP;
– basic domain information;
– your internet service provider is sometimes captured depending on the configuration of your ISP connection;
– the date and time of your session;
– the length of your session;
– the particular pages that you have accessed;
– the number of times you access our app within any month;
– the size of file you’ve looked at;
– the website which referred you to peterbenz.de; and
– the operating system that your device uses.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if you visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

When I need to update this policy

I may need to change this policy from time to time in order to make sure it stays up to date with the latest legal requirements and any changes to my privacy management practices. When I do amend the policy, the changes will be effective straightaway. Please be aware that it is your responsibility to check in and make sure you keep up to date with any changes to this policy.

How can you contact me?

If you have any questions about my privacy practices, if you have any concerns about my handling of personal information, or if you think I have not been complying with Hong Kong privacy law, please contact me directly through mail[at]peterbenz.de. I will consider your complaint and contact you to resolve the matter. For more information about privacy issues in Hong Kong and protecting your privacy, please visit Hong Kong’s Privacy Commissioner’s website.

Thank you very much for your time and efforts reading my Privacy Policy!