In the context of the new European legislation, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), I have updated the privacy and cookie policies below (May 2018).
Who am I?
Stefan Zippel is an Industry 4.0, Smart Manufacturing and automation expert, based in Villingen-Schwenningen Germany. You can contact him at email@example.com.
This website’s address is https://stefanzippel.com
The content of this site is copyright Stefan Zippel, including all photos unless otherwise attributed.
The views and opinions expressed on this site are purely my own, or in the case of guest blog authors, their own. I will always be honest in all of the content I publish.
With the GDPR coming into force on 25 May 2018, I want to tell you about how I gather and manage your personal information. I will always treat your personal data with the utmost care, and will never sell your information, or knowingly pass your information on to a third party without your consent.
The information I collect
When you visit this website
This website no longer uses analytics and does not display advertisements. Like all web servers, this site’s internet service provider’s web server logs information about which pages you access, and information about your device (device or browser type and IP).
When you contact me via email or direct messages, or interact with my content on other platforms
When you send an email or a direct message (social media or messenger services), or interact with the content or images I have published on various platforms, you choose and consent to send information to me like your email address, account name, real name, etc.
I have disabled and deleted all comments and trackbacks on this blog to more easily comply with the GDPR.
Clients and partners
Invoices and receipts contain personal information, and are required to be retained for tax and legal purposes. I keep these in both digital form (on my computer and backup drive), and in print. These records are deleted and shredded shortly after the retention time has ended.
If you have sent a payment to me via Paypal or with a bank transfer, your personal data will be recorded in those platforms. I do not have access or control to this data, and therefore cannot modify or delete it.
In the course of working together, we may used shared ‘cloud’ services to exchange files and information, like Dropbox or Google Drive, or task management systems (like Monday.com or others), or a freelancer platform like Upwork. At the conclusion of our contract, I shall endeavor to immediately remove my access to your information where possible, and only retain that which may be needed for tax purposes.
Who do I share your data with?
I will comply with any and all court-ordered legal requests for data.
If you have sent me an email, Google (Gmail) will store your email. If you have contacted me via any other platform such as social media channels or instant messengers, the respective platform will store your data.
In the case of a data breach
If my computer, devices or service accounts have been compromised, I will notify you as required by the GDPR.
The rights you have over your data
You have the right to access, review or delete the personal information I have stored. Please send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will retain your request for review or deletion as required to do so by the GDPR.
How I protect your data
This website uses a secure, encrypted connection to communicate with your device (https). Where supported, I use two-factor authentication methods to access services and platforms, and strong, unique passwords.
This site does not use analytics tools or display advertisements, two of the common tools that set tracking cookies.
What are cookies?
Cookies are tiny text files that are saved on your computer (or device) anonymously identify your browser or platform. They can’t search your computer, can’t put viruses onto your computer, and contain no personal identifying information about you (they are nothing to be afraid of).
What types of cookies does this site use?
This site sets strictly necessary cookies (such as the cookie to say you have consented that cookies are used on this site), and functionality cookies when you log into the site as an administrator.
There is also type of cookie called a “Flash Cookie” which is not covered by the above – to delete these go here: http://www.adobe.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager07.html
Please be reassured, any information you provide will never be sold or passed onto a third party in such as a way that could identify you.