1. Objective and responsible authority
connectAuPair's service provider and the authority responsible for data privacy is connect Technologies GmbH, Fellbacher Weg 34, 89522 Heidenheim, Germany, https://connectaupair.world/imprint (hereinafter referred to as ‘connectAuPair’, ‘we’ or ‘us’).
2. Essential information for data processing and security
connectAuPair collects, processes and uses personal user data only in compliance with the relevant data privacy provisions. This means user data is only used when legally permitted or where consent is present.
User data is only then disclosed to third parties if this is legally permitted or a user has consented to this disclosure. This is the case, for example, when disclosing data constitutes the compliance of contractual obligations to the user or if the data is requested by the responsible authorities, such as by law enforcement authorities.
connectAuPair takes organisational, contractual and technical security measures to ensure that the provisions of data privacy laws are complied with and, as a result, the data managed by connectAuPair is protected from accidental or intentional manipulations, loss, destruction or access by unauthorised persons. Full protection, for example, from criminals and hackers, unfortunately cannot be guaranteed, even with the most up-to-date security systems.
3. Collection, use and disclosure of personal data
Personal data, in addition to the use expressly named in this agreement, is used for the following purposes:
- The provision and execution of services and user services of connectAuPair.
- Ensuring effective customer services and technical support. Upon contacting connectAuPair, information is saved for the purpose of processing the request and for the event that follow-up questions arise.
- Technical, community and business-related notifications in relation to connectAuPair’s offer.
connectAuPair only transfers user data to third parties if it is necessary for accounting purposes (e.g. to a payment service provider) or for other purposes, when these are necessary for connectAuPair to meet the contractual obligations towards users.
Upon contacting connectAuPair (e.g. by email or the messaging system), user information is saved for the purpose of processing the request and for the event that follow-up questions arise.
4. Registration and termination
Users essentially decide themselves which data they disclose about themselves and who can access it.
As part of user registration, the following mandatory data is collected:
- User type (au pair, host family or agency)
- Forename and surname (visible to other users)
- Email address
- Password (saved in encrypted form)
- Postal address
- Date of birth
- Nationality (only for au pairs)
Postal addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers (if given) can only be accessed by connectAuPair employees.
Beyond the aforementioned information, each user decides themselves whether to provide further information.
Using profile settings, users can decide which data they want to provide to which user group. In addition, users can also edit the sharing of data with other users. All data that the user presents in their profile is visible in the standard setting, with the exception of the contact information in the area of social media (Skype, Facebook, etc.) as well as the contact information stipulated under Point 4.3.
In the case of successful termination, it’s up to users to secure their data before the end of the agreement. Fundamentally speaking, all user content is deleted. In exceptional cases, user content may remain on connectAuPair when it appears necessary in the interest of other users. This is the case, for example, with discussions, in order to make sure that conversations, tips or similar do not lose their meaning or are twisted. connectAuPair will anonymise the remaining user content, i.e. remove the former user’s name. Users can also request the deletion of individual content.
5. nearBy function
Users have the option of detecting host families or other au pairs near them by using the ‘nearBy function’.
The nearBy function shows other users one’s location with a maximum accuracy of 5 kilometres together with the compass direction. The exact location is only available for the user’s friends.
The function is disabled by default and can be activated in the user profile.
6. Collecting access data
connectAuPair collects data every time the server on which this service is based is accessed (known as server log files). Names of websites accessed, the file, date and time they were accessed, quantity of data transferred, the report of successful access, browser type and version, the user's operating system, referrer URL (the previously visited site), IP address and the requesting provider are included in this access data.
Without making reference to the user’s person or any other profile creation, connectAuPair uses the protocol data in accordance with legal provisions to statistically assess data for the purpose of operating, safeguarding and optimising connectAuPair. connectAuPair reserves the right however to verify the protocol data at a later date if there is justified suspicion of illegal use based on specific indications.
7. Inclusion of services and third-party content
Third-party content, such as YouTube videos or images from other websites, may be included in the online service.
This always requires the service provider of this content (hereinafter referred to as a ‘third-party service provider’) to read users' IP addresses. This is because they cannot send content to the browser of the respective user without an IP address. The IP address is therefore required in order to show this content.
We strive to only use such content whose service providers only use the IP addresses to deliver content. However, we have no influence on third-party service providers saving IP addresses, for example, for statistical purposes. Insofar as is known to us, we explain this to users in the following sections.
Viewing this online service is also possible without using cookies. If users do not wish for cookies to be saved on their computer, they are requested to deactivate the appropriate option in their browser's system settings. Saved cookies can be deleted in the browser's system settings. The exclusion of cookies can lead to limitations in the functionality of the online service.
You can find and manage many online ad cookies from companies by visiting the Americanwebsite http://www.aboutads.info/choices/ or the EU page http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/your-ad-choices/.
9. Reach: Google Analytics
Google will use this information on our behalf in order to assess users' use of the online services, in order to compile reports on the activities within this online service and in order to render addition services for us associated with the use of the online service and Internet use.
We only use Google Analytics with activated IP anonymisation. This means that Google shortens user IP addresses within an EU member state or in other contractual states of the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases is the full IP address transferred to a Google server in the US where it is shortened.
The IP address transferred by the user's browser is not linked to other Google data. Users can prevent cookies being saved through the appropriate setting on their browser software; users can also prevent the acquisition of the data generated by the cookie and related to the use of this online service in addition to the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing the available browser plug-in at the following link: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.
Alternatively to the browser add-on or within browsers on mobile devices, please click this link to prevent Google Analytics collecting your data within this online service (this opt-out only functions in the browser and only for this domain). An opt-out cookie is stored on your device in this process. If you delete cookies in this browser, you need to click this link again.
10. Google AdWords
We use the online advertising program ‘Google AdWords’, including conversion tracking, which we use to measure the success of Google AdWords advertising. The cookie for conversion tracking is set if a user clicks on the advert designed by Google. These cookies become invalid after 30 days and cannot be used for personal identification. If the user visits certain sites of this service and the cookie has not yet expired, the service provider and Google may acknowledge that the user clicked on this advert and was forwarded to this service. Every Google AdWords customer gets a different cookie. Cookies can therefore not be kept track of via the AdWords customer websites. The information obtained using conversion cookies helps create conversion statistics for AdWords customers that opted for conversion tracking. Customers are informed of the overall number of users that clicked on their advert and were forwarded to a website provided with a conversion tracking tag. However, they do not receive any information that can personally identify the user.
Users who would not like to take part in tracking can deactivate the Google conversion tracking cookie on their Internet browser under user settings or use the opt-out options provided by Google. http://www.google.com/policies/technologies/ads/
Within our online service, we use remarketing and advertising technology from Alexa Internet Inc. (hereinafter ‘Alexa’) in order to increase the relevance of the methods used for the user. Alexa can use what are known as pixel tags (invisible images, also named ‘web beacons’) for this purpose. By using pixel tags, information such as visitor traffic to the websites of this online service can be assessed. The pseudonymous information can also be saved on the user device in cookies and contain other technical information on the browser and operating system, referrer sites, visiting times and other information on the use of our online service and can be associated with information from other sources.
For more information on Alexa's data collection, please refer to Alexa's data protection declaration: http://www.alexa.com/help/privacy The user can find the option for opting out at: http://www.alexa.com/settings/optout
We use AWStats (http://www.awstats.org/), a free web analysis software for statistical evaluation of log data. The log data and the retrieved analyses are saved on our server in Germany.
In the log data, all IP addresses are saved pseudonymized, which means that the last part of the IP address is exchanged.
13. Withdrawals, amendments, corrections and updates
Users have the right to obtain information, free of charge, about the personal data we save. The best email address to contact is: privacy@connectAuPair.world. Further contact information can be found in the legal notices.
In addition, users have the right to correct incorrect data, withdraw consent and block and delete their personal data provided this is in compliance with all legal storage obligations.