Here at Social Europe Publishing & Consulting GmbH we take your privacy seriously and are committed to ensuring that it is protected.
This policy applies where we are acting as a data controller with respect to the personal data of our users. It describes how we will make use of your data. It also sets out your data protection rights, including a right to object to the processing of your data.
In this policy, “we”, “us” and “our” refer to Social Europe Publishing & Consulting GmbH. For more information about us, see Section 12.
2. How we use your personal data
In this Section 2 we have set out:
- the general categories of personal data that we may process;
- the purposes for which we may process personal data; and
- the legal bases of the processing.
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We process information, such as text, pictures and other content, that you submit for publication on our website in accordance with our Editorial Policy (“publication data“). The publication data may be processed for the purposes of enabling such publication. The legal basis for this processing is consent as set out in our Editorial Policy.
We collect and process email addresses that you provide to us for the purpose of subscribing to our regular newsletters, which contain updates and information about freely accessible Social Europe publications, publications for sale and sponsored messages. The email addresses are processed for the purposes of sending our newsletters. We use a third party provider, ConvertKit LLC, to deliver our newsletters. They gather statistics around email opening and clicks using industry standard technologies to help us monitor and improve our newsletters. ConvertKit LLC have confirmed in their Data Processing Agreement (DPA) contractual terms that they meet General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR“) requirements. You can find information about ConvertKit’s GDPR policy at https://convertkit.com/gdpr/ and the DPA at https://www.socialeurope.eu/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/agreement_538.pdf. The legal basis for the processing of your email addresses is consent. In order to subscribe to our newsletters, we use double opt-in, so new subscribers need to sign up themselves and verify their newsletter subscription by clicking on a link in a confirmation email. Every newsletter contains a link to end your subscription immediately or modify it. Upon receipt of an unsubscribe request, we delete your email address from our system.
In addition to the specific purposes for which we may process your personal data set out in this Section 2, we may also process your personal data where such processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject.
3. Providing your personal data to others
In addition to the specific disclosures of personal data set out in this Section 3, we may disclose your personal data where such disclosure is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject.
4. International transfers of your personal data
In this Section 4, we provide information about the circumstances in which your personal data may be transferred to countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA).
The third party providers identified in Section 2 are situated in the United States. Transfers to the United States will be protected by appropriate safeguards.
5. Retaining and deleting personal data
This Section 5 sets out our data retention policies and procedure, which are designed to help ensure that we comply with our legal obligations in relation to the retention and deletion of personal data.
We will retain your personal data until we receive an unsubscribe request from you as detailed in Section 2.
We may update this policy from time to time by publishing a new version on our website. You should check this page occasionally to ensure you are happy with any changes to this policy. We may notify you of significant changes to this policy by email.
7. Your rights
In this Section 7, we have summarised the rights that you have under GDPR. Some of the rights are complex, and not all of the details have been included in our summaries. Accordingly, you should read the relevant laws and guidance from the regulatory authorities for a full explanation of these rights.
Your principal rights under GDPR are:
- the right to access;
- the right to rectification;
- the right to erasure;
- the right to restrict processing;
- the right to object to processing;
- the right to data portability;
- the right to complain to a supervisory authority; and
- the right to withdraw consent.
You have the right to confirmation as to whether or not we process your personal data and, where we do, access to the personal data, together with certain additional information. That additional information includes details of the purposes of the processing, the categories of personal data concerned and the recipients of the personal data. Providing the rights and freedoms of others are not affected, we will supply to you a copy of your personal data. The first copy will be provided free of charge, but additional copies may be subject to a reasonable fee.
You have the right to have any inaccurate personal data about you rectified and, taking into account the purposes of the processing, to have any incomplete personal data about you completed.
In some circumstances you have the right to the erasure of your personal data without undue delay. Those circumstances include: you withdraw consent to consent-based processing; you object to the processing under certain rules of applicable data protection law; and the personal data have been unlawfully processed. However, there are exclusions of the right to erasure. The general exclusions include where processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation or for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
In some circumstances you have the right to restrict the processing of your personal data. Those circumstances are: you contest the accuracy of the personal data; processing is unlawful but you oppose erasure; and you have objected to processing, pending the verification of that objection. Where processing has been restricted on this basis, we may continue to store your personal data. However, we will only otherwise process it: with your consent; for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims; for the protection of the rights of another natural or legal person; or for reasons of important public interest.
You have the right to object to our processing of your personal data on grounds relating to your particular situation, but only to the extent that the legal basis for the processing is that the processing is necessary for: the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of any official authority vested in us; or the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by us or by a third party. If you make such an objection, we will cease to process the personal information unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your interests, rights and freedoms, or the processing is for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
You have the right to object to our processing of your personal data for statistical purposes on grounds relating to your particular situation, unless the processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out for reasons of public interest.
To the extent that the legal basis for our processing of your personal data is consent or that the processing is necessary for the performance of a contract to which you are party or in order to take steps at your request prior to entering into a contract, and such processing is carried out by automated means, you have the right to receive your personal data from us in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format. However, this right does not apply where it would adversely affect the rights and freedoms of others.
If you consider that our processing of your personal information infringes data protection laws, you have a legal right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority responsible for data protection. You may do so in the EU member state of your habitual residence, your place of work or the place of the alleged infringement.
To the extent that the legal basis for our processing of your personal information is consent, you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time. Withdrawal will not affect the lawfulness of processing before the withdrawal.
You may exercise any of your rights in relation to your personal data by written notice to us.
8. Cookies that we use
A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.
We use a number of different cookies, which collect information about browsing behaviour when you access our website via the same computer or device. This includes information about pages viewed and your journey around the website.
9. Cookies used by our third party service providers
We use Google Analytics and Cloudflare to analyse the use of our website (see Section 2). They may gather information about website use by means of cookies.
10. Managing cookies
If you want to disable our cookies you need to change your website browser settings to reject cookies. The methods for doing so vary from browser to browser, and from version to version. You can however obtain up-to-date information about blocking and deleting cookies via these links:
- https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=en (Chrome);
- https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enable-and-disable-cookies-website-preferences (Firefox);
- http://www.opera.com/help/tutorials/security/cookies/ (Opera);
- https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/17442/windows-internet-explorer-delete-manage-cookies (Internet Explorer);
- https://support.apple.com/kb/PH21411(Safari); and
- https://privacy.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10-microsoft-edge-and-privacy (Edge).
If you block cookies, you will not be able to use all the features on our website.
11. Google Fonts
The Social Europe website uses Google Fonts to display external fonts. This is a service provided by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043 (hereinafter: Google).
Through certification according to the EU-US Privacy Shield
Google guarantees that it will follow the EU’s data protection regulations when processing data in the United States.
To enable the display of certain fonts on our website, a connection to the Google server in the USA is established whenever our website is accessed.
The legal basis is Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f) GDPR. Our legitimate interest lies in the optimisation and economic operation of our site.
When you access our site, a connection to Google is established from which Google can identify the site from which your request has been sent and to which IP address the fonts are being transmitted for display.
Google offers detailed information at
in particular on options for preventing the use of data.
12. Links to other websites
Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over the website you are navigating to. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement.
12. Social Europe Newsletter
We provide email subscribers with a free Social Europe Newsletter which contains updates and information about freely accessible publications, publications for sale and sponsored messages. All subscribers have gone through a double opt-in process. We never add people to our mailing list without their consent.
13. Our details
This website is owned and operated by Social Europe Publishing & Consulting GmbH.
We are registered at Amtsgericht Charlottenburg under HRB198956 B.
You can contact us:
- by post: Social Europe Publishing & Consulting GmbH
Dr Henning Meyer
- by email: [email protected]
- by phone: +49 (0)30 5163 2017