Privacy protection

Data Protection Statement

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy of the State of Brandenburg (MWE) takes the protection of personal data very seriously. We wish to use this Data Protection Statement to notify you when and for which purpose we collect and use data relating to your person (personal data). We have put technical and organisational measures in place that ensure compliance with data protection regulations both by ourselves and by external service providers.

 

Matomo

The Brandenburg Business Guide (BBG) website uses Matomo, a so-called web analysis service. Piwik uses cookies. Cookies are small text files that are stored locally in the browser cache of the user of the website and allow us to analyse use of the website. To this end, user information generated by the cookie (including your IP address in abbreviated form) is transmitted to our server and stored for purposes of analysing use. This helps us to optimise the website. During this process, your IP address is immediately anonymised so that your identity as a user is protected. The information on your use of the website generated by the cookie is not passed on to third parties. Although you may block the use of cookies by using the relevant settings in your browser software, we wish to point out that you may not be able to take advantage of the full range of all functions on this website if you do so.

 

Personal data

Personal data is information that can be linked to an identifiable person. It does not include information which cannot be linked with the identity of any particular person (e.g. number of users on the site). Because you are not required to register, you may use our online provision without disclosing your identity.

Data is stored for statistical and security purposes each time our server is accessed. Data collected is used and evaluated solely for the purpose of improving our Internet service. Data is stored in such a way that it cannot be linked with individual users.

 

Protection of minors

Children and persons aged under 18 should not transmit any personal data to us without the agreement of a parent or guardian. We do not ask for, collect or forward data from minors to third parties.

 

Use of cookies

This Internet presence largely refrains from using so-called cookies. Cookies are small text files which are stored locally in the browser cache of the user of the website. They enable recognition of the Internet browser.

There is a cookie which can recognise whether JavaScript has been activated in the browser. This cookie contains only the value 1 or 0 and is absolutely necessary in order to be able to use the website. The browser needs to contain the correct settings to allow cookies to be accepted (see below).

Your browser must also be set to accept cookies (see below) in order to permit use of certain functions of the Internet service.

  • Session cookie – to store your session ID which is needed for protected areas of the site.
  • Session memory – to store articles, map views etc. in the information folder.

It may be the case that interactive elements on the website set further cookies, e.g. to save the pre-set volume of the video player or to load pre-settings for the panoramic image. These cookies are for the user’s convenience only and do not necessarily have to be accepted.

Most browsers are set up to make it possible for websites to use cookies, i.e. cookies are automatically accepted. You may prevent the storage of cookies on your end device at any time by applying the relevant browser settings. The functions of our Internet service that depend on cookies will, however, then no longer be available to you.

In order to accept cookies, please proceed as follows.

  • Internet Explorer: Main menu/Internet options/Privacy/Push the slider down to permit all cookies or use the “Advanced” button to configure cookies.
  • Mozilla Firefox: Main menu/Options/Privacy/Accept cookies
  • Google Chrome: Main menu/Settings/Show advanced settings/In the “Privacy” section click on the button “Content settings”.

 

Social plugins – 2 click system for greater data protection

Our Internet site Brandenburg Business Guide (BBG) uses a so-called social plugin to integrate the social networks Facebook, Twitter and Google+. This operates via a two-stage process which only transmits data to such networks with the agreement of the user. Deactivated buttons which do not take up contact with the servers of the social networks are embedded as standard. Users may give their consent for communication with Facebook, Google or Twitter by activating these buttons. Only then is data transmitted to these networks. Users can then send their recommendation via a second click. If they are already logged in to the social network of their choice, this will take place on Facebook and Google+ without a further window. On Twitter, a pop-up window will appear in which the text of the tweet can still be edited.

 

Google+

The BBG website uses the Google+ “+1” Button. This is provided and operated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, United States (hereinafter referred to as “Google”). This button can be identified via the “+1” sign. Integration into the BBG site takes place via a plugin.

If you are a customer of Google and are logged into your personal Google+ or Google user account whilst visiting our website, Google is able to match the visit to the BBG site with this account. Your browser will then create a direct link with the servers of Google. The content of the plugin will in turn be transmitted to your browser and integrated into the website shown. This enables the information that you have visited our website to be transmitted to Google. If you interact with plugins, such as by clicking the button or leaving a comment, the relevant information will be transmitted directly to Google where it will be stored. If you wish to prevent such a transfer of data, you will need to log out of your Google+ or Google account before visiting our Internet presence. The MWE has no influence on the content and scope of the data collected by Google via the button, even if you are not logged into Google+ or are not a customer. We assume that your IP address will be collected and transmitted. You can find out more on the purpose, scope and use of data collection by Google Inc. by consulting the company’s own data protection information. This website is available at https://www.google.com/intl/de/+/policy/+1button.html. If you are a Google+ member or have logged into Google and do not wish Google to collect information about you when you visit the site and link such data with your member data stored at Google, you will need to log out of Google+ or Google before visiting our site.

 

Facebook

A plugin for the social network Facebook is integrated into the BBG website. This is provided by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA (hereinafter referred to as Facebook). On our website, this can be recognised by the Facebook logo or the “Like” button.

If you are a customer of Facebook and are logged into your personal Facebook user account whilst visiting our website, Facebook is able to match the visit to the BBG site with this account. If you visit a website of ours that contains such a plugin, your browser will then create a direct link with the servers of Facebook. The content of the plugin will in turn be transmitted to your browser and integrated into the website shown. This enables the information that you have visited our website to be transmitted to Facebook. If you interact with plugins, such as by clicking the “Recommend” button or leaving a comment, the relevant information will be transmitted directly to Facebook where it will be stored.

If you wish to prevent such a transfer of data, you will need to log out of your Facebook account before visiting our Internet presence. Please consult the data protection information provided by Facebook for information on the purpose and scope of data collected, information on your rights in this regard and information on the possible settings you can apply to protect your privacy (https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/). If you do not wish Facebook to collect information about you when you visit the site and link such data with your Facebook user account, you will need to log out of your Facebook user account before visiting our site.

 

Twitter

A plugin for the social media and micro-blogging site Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA (hereinafter referred to as Twitter) is integrated in to the BBG website. On our website, this can be recognised by the Twitter logo or the “Tweet” button. If you visit a website of ours that contains such a plugin, your browser will then create a direct link with the servers of Twitter. The content of the plugin will in turn be transmitted to your browser and integrated into the website shown. Information on the Tweet button is available at https://twitter.com/privacy?lang=en. The operator has no influence on the scope of data collected by Twitter via the button. We assume that your IP address will be collected and transmitted. This provides Twitter with information that you have visited our site. If you click on the “Tweet” button whilst logged into your Twitter account, you can link the contents of the website on your Twitter profile. This enables Twitter to match the visit to our website with your user account. We wish to point out that, in our capacity as the provider of the website, we receive no knowledge of the content of data transmitted or of the use of such data by Twitter. Further information is available by consulting the data protection information provided by Twitter at https://twitter.com/privacy. If you do not wish Twitter to collect information about you when you visit the site and link such data with your Facebook user account, you will need to log out of your Twitter user account before visiting our site.

 

Help with the download of PDF attachments

In order to view PDF documents, you will need a PDF Reader. These programmes enable you to read and print PDF files. Information on PDF readers that are available for download free of charge is provided here.

 

Viewing and downloading PDF documents

If you have installed a PDF Reader, you may view PDF documents in your browser directly by clicking on the file in question.

If your Internet browser does not support the software or if you wish to save the document directly to your hard disk, right click the document (Windows) or hold down the button (Macintosh) and select “Save target/link as ...” from the dropdown menu. Then select where you wish to save the file on your computer.