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Privacy Policy

We take your privacy very seriously, because we know that this is important to you and because we also care about how our personal data is used on other websites. Based on this principle, we are trying to gather as little information as possible to offer photographers and travelers around the world the best possible solution to plan their trips and find the most beautiful places for photography. By visiting our website, signing up for a profile or using any of our services, you are accepting to comply with this privacy policy.

By accessing the website data is collected by us, which is passed to us by your device (eg. your browser). The processing of this data on Locationscout.net takes place for the purpose, to enable the use of the services (connection, retrieval of data), for system security, for technical administration and optimization of our services. The data we collect can be separated into two types: Data provided by you and data, that is automatically gathered by us to provide and optimize our services.

Personal data provided by you

Registration: If you sign up to our platform to use more than the basic services we offer to anonymous users, we require certain personal information. We do this to be able to communicate with you and to provide our services in a secure and user oriented way. Therefore we collect only a very limited amount of data from you like your name, the e-mail address, the country you are from and your personal password so that you are able to login to Locationscout.net. We are saving the e-mail address and your name for the purpose of the communication with you. The country is required to personalize the feed of our homescreen.

Profile: Based on the data we collected during the sign up process, we created a user profile for you, which can be used to share your own photos from spots around the world or to bookmark spots so that you can save and find them later again. The user profile can be edited by you, so that you can individualize it by adding details about your gender, the hometown you are coming from, a description about, a profile photo and by adding links to your website and/or social media profiles. You can even set a "displayed name", which will override the standard (first name + last name) and show this name in your profile in case you prefer to show only your first name or an artist's name. All this information about you is optional and you have the right to edit, update, access and delete your personal information if you are terminating your registration on Locationscout.net.

Contact Form: As part of the services, Locationscout.net provides the possibility to submit any questions, comments, etc. through an electronically offered contact form. Please note that you must provide your name as personal data usage and processing of the request in this case. The e-mail address is optional and if you decide to submit the form without entering one, we won't be able to answer you. The contact form in general is used like an e-mail you send to us and the data submitted by the form is only stored in the form of an e-mail, that is send to our main contact address. We won't use the data you provide here for anything else than answering your request.

Automatic data

View Counter: Locationscout is counting the views on profiles, spots, country-, theme- and location-pages. To count every view only once, we are anonymously saving the pages you visited within a Cookie. This data isn't stored on our servers and it's only used to count the correct amount of views on these pages. The profile counter is shown to you in your profile to give you a feeling on how often somebody else saw your profile or one of the spots/photos you shared. Any other anonymous counter is used internally to calculate the relevance of each page, for example used to order the search results based on pages that are viewed more often than others.

Profile: If you registered for our services, we additionally save the time of your last activity and your IP address for security reasons. IP addresses are used to transport data from sender to the intended recipient. Similar to the mailing address on an envelope data packets are provided with an IP address that clearly identifies the recipient.

Google Analytics: This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses "cookies", text files that are stored on your computer and which enable an analysis of your use of the website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your truncated IP address) will be transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored over there. Locationscout.net activated the IP anonymization, so that your IP address will be truncated of the last digits. For this reason a backtracking to your person or the consolidation of this data with other data Google already may have collected about you is not possible anymore. Only in exceptional cases is the complete IP address transmitted to a Google server in the USA and shortened there. On behalf of Locationscout.net Google will use this anonymized information to evaluate the use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other with website and internet related services to Locationscout.net. Google may also transfer this information to third parties unless required by law or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser; however, we point out that you may not be able to use all functions of this website in this case.
You can also prevent the collection of data generated by the cookie relating to your use of the website (including your IP address) to Google and the processing of these data by Google, by downloading and installing the following browser plugin, which is available at: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de/
You can also prevent Google Analytics from tracking your visit by clicking on the following link, where an opt-out-cookies is set to prevent any further tracking on this website: disable tracking

Google Maps: This website uses Google Maps to display geographical information within spots, locations and countries in a visual way. By using Google Maps as an embedded service within Locationscout.net, Google is gathering data about the API users and the usage itself. You can find more information about this in the privacy statement of Google: https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=en

Google Adsense: Google uses cookies to help serve the ads that it displays on the websites of its partners, such as websites displaying Google ads or participating in Google certified ad networks. When users visit a Google partner's website, a cookie may be dropped on that end user's browser. Google uses cookies to serve ads based on a user's previous visits to this or other websites. You can opt out of personalized advertising by visiting Google's Ads Settings.

YouTube: This website uses YouTube plugins on just a few pages to display additional video content. YouTube is provided by Google Inc. ("Google"). As soon as you visit a page with an embedded video player, a connection to the YouTube servers needs to be established to load the data. Within this process, the YouTube-server gets information about which page you visited and if you are logged in with your YouTube-account, you are enabling YouTube to match your web usage behavior to your YouTube-account. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube-account.
You can find more information about this in the privacy statement of Google: https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=en

External font libraries: This website uses external font libraries to improve the visual appearance by using a consistent font type set (provided by Google Web Fonts) and icon fonts (provided by FontAwesome). These font libraries are loaded through cached CDNs, which improves the loading speed of these fonts for our users. This loading process is automatically triggering a call to load the data from these external sources. Therefore it is theoretically possible, that these providers may gather user data. Google Web Fonts is using a subdomain (fonts.google.com), so that they are not able to connect these external calls with your Google account itself in case you may still be logged in at their service. You can find more information about this in the privacy statement of Google: https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=en

Cookies

Locationscout.net uses cookies - small files with configuration information. They help to identify individual settings and to realize special user functions. The cookies contain a unique number that has no meaning outside of our site. Through its use, the use of websites can be more enjoyable and user friendly for you. Locationscout.net doesn't process any personal data through the use of cookies. You have the right and the ability to disable the use of cookies by configuring your browser settings. All features of our websites can also be used without cookies, some custom properties and settings are however not available.

E-mail

There are two different ways how we may receive your e-mail address. The first way is when you use our contact form, which is described in detail in the "Personal Data provided by you"-section. The second way is by signing up for a user profile. Protecting your data from any third parties is extremely important for us. For this reason, your e-mail address will never be shown in your profile and will only be visible to you. Some partners are able to contact you through a special contact form, which we implemented to protect your personal data, but to still enable these partners to contact you. This is for example the case, if the publisher we are cooperating with, wants to ask for your permission to publish your work in their monthly printed magazine. In this case you will receive an e-mail from us and the third party won't be able to see your e-mail address until you answer them. We are only providing this service to third parties if we think that contacting you might be benefitial for you. This protected contact form can not be used for advertising and is only used in very specific and approved cases.

Furthermore we are sending you notifications via e-mail if another user commented beyond a spot you created or a comment you wrote. We are also notifying you if your spot became popular by receiving a certain amount of bookmarks. These types of notifications can be disabled by you in the settings. However, there are e-mails that you can't unsubscribe from until you terminate your registration. This is the case for the benefitial e-mails from third parties we described in the paragraph above or for e-mails that are relevant for protecting your rights, which is the case when we want to share one of your uploaded photos via our social media profiles. In this case, you will receive an e-mail from us with details about the image we want to share, so that you have the opportunity to contradict us. Your rights as a photographer are important for us (because we are photographers ourselves), so that's why we will never share any photo from you without naming you and - if possible and set in your profile - adding a link to your website or social media profile.

Detached from the system and notification e-mails, we are also using Mailchimp as a service provider to send a monthly newsletter with spot and article suggestions that might be interesting for you. You can sign up for the newsletter during your registration process or separately by entering your e-mail in our newsletter forms, that we display only once via a popup message or aside the blog articles for non-registered users. If you enter your contact details here, you will only be added to our newsletter list, which is secured by a double-opt-in. This means, that you need to verify your e-mail address after you signed up for the newsletter by clicking a link in an e-mail that you will receive from us. This secures that we won't send e-mails to anybody who doesn't want to receive them. In case you want to stop receiving this monthly e-mail, you can unsubscribe without any reason by clicking on the unsubscribe link in the footer of each e-mail.

Images

Images uploaded and available through Locationscout are stored on s3 servers in Germany provided by Amazon Web Services to ensure high availability and failure safety. Amazon Web Services is a subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc. (their privacy policies may be found at https://aws.amazon.com/privacy/ and https://www.amazon.com/privacy respectively), which participates in the EU-US and Swiss-US Privacy Shield frameworks.

Protection of personal data

Locationscout.net will have appropriate technical and organizational actions in place to safeguard your (personal) data against loss or any other form of unlawful processing. We are using SSL (HTTPS) to secure all communications between our servers and your web browser. For your privacy and security your Locationscout.net account information is protected by an encrypted password. You can also prevent unauthorized access to your account by logging off once you have finished using a shared computer. Your personal data is not shared with any third party and only visible to employees who need personal information to perform a specific job (for example, our customer service who needs to contact you) are granted access to it. All of our employees are kept up to date on our privacy and security practices.

Disclosure of personal data

Locationscout.net doesn't pass your personal data to third parties in principle. Due to legal requirements, however, Locationscout.net could be legally obliged to, in exceptional cases, user data of visitors to our website at outside bodies (eg. compensation to law enforcement agencies when suspected of having committed an offense or misuse of our website). To the extent legally possible, we protect your information in strict accordance with the legal provisions against any third-party access otherwise.

Deletion / disabling of data

In the event that Locationscout.net stops the service, all personal data will be deleted. Excluded from the deletion is data in respect of which statutory retention periods are observed.
Alternatively, you can instruct the support team to delete your account. Once you delete your account, you will not be able to recover your personal data.

Consent / Withdrawal

Decisive for the use of your data, the applicable statutory provisions, in particular the federal data protection act and the telemedia act. Unless you make voluntary information, you grant Locationscout.net implied consent to storage of such personal data. Locationscout.net indicates that this consent is revocable at any time with effect for the future. The withdrawal of consent is either by e-mail (can be found in the imprint) or by post to: "der-Webdesigner UG, Mozartstraße 6, 53639 Königswinter, Germany"
On inquiry we will provide you the data we collected about you. Excluded from the deletion is data in respect of which statutory retention periods are observed. This data is locked by us.

Minimum Age

You must be 14 years or older to sign up and use Locationscout.net. For this reason, Locationscout.net does not specifically collect information about children. If we get informed that we have collected data from a child under the age of 13, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. We recommend that minors between the ages of 14 and 18 ask for permission from a legal guardian before using Locationscout.net.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

Locationscout.net may amend this Privacy Policy from time to time due to new features or laws. These changes will be notified through the services and/or on www.locationscout.net.

Questions or comments about this privacy statement

If you have any questions or comments about this privacy statement or the processing of data by Locationscout.net, you can contact directly to the following address:

Anwaltskanzlei Klaus Weber
Brunnenstraße 10
53757 Sankt Augustin, Germany
Tel.: 02241/1455200
E-mail: mail{[at]}kweber-kanzlei.de
Website: www.kweber-kanzlei.de

Alternatively, you can also contact us by writing an e-mail to contact{[at]}locationscout.net.

This Privacy Policy is effective as of May 25, 2018.

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