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General Terms & Cconditions

1. Liability for Content
The content of our pages was prepared with the greatest possible care. We cannot, however, assume any liability for the accuracy, completeness, and currency of the content.

As a service provider, we are, pursuant to § 7 Para. 1 TMG (Telemediengesetz; German Tele-Media Act), responsible for our own content on these pages in accordance with the general laws and regulations. Pursuant to §§ 8 through 10 TMG we, as a service provider, are not, however, obligated to monitor third-party information that is transmitted or stored or to investigate whether there are circumstances indicating any unlawful activity. This provision does not affect our obligations to remove or block the use of information pursuant to the general laws and regulations. Liability in this respect is, however, possible only as from the point in time at which we become aware of a concrete violation. If we become aware of any violations, we will remove such content immediately.

2. Liability for Links
Our website contains links to external websites of third parties over whose content we have no control. We can therefore assume no liability for such third-party content. The respective provider or operator of the pages is responsible in each case for the content of the pages linked to. The pages linked to were reviewed for possible legal violations at the time at which the links were established. No unlawful content was detected at the time at which the links were established. Ongoing monitoring of the content of the pages linked to is not, however, reasonable without concrete reason to suspect a violation. If we become aware of any violations, we will remove such links immediately.

3. Copyright
The content and works prepared by the site operator and presented on these pages are subject to German copyright. Contributions of third parties are designated as such. Reproduction, processing, dissemination, and all kinds of utilization outside of the bounds of copyright require the written consent of the respective author or creator. Downloads and copies of this page are permitted only for private, non-commercial use.
The operators of the sites make every effort to comply with the copyrights of others at all times or to rely upon works that they have created themselves or are in the public domain.

Privacy Policy

4. Privacy Policy
Each time a user accesses our web-pages and every time a file is downloaded we store data about this process in a log file temporarily.

That means in detail:

  • Postal addresses and e-mail addresses which are indicated in connection with requests or orders of information material (by e-mail or contact form) are only used for purposes related to correspondence or shipping.
  • By accessing this web site, information about the access (date, time, pages viewed) is stored on our server. After completion of the communication, the IP address is being anonymized. This data is used exclusively for statistical purposes. Evaluations are done anonymously, and used to improve the offer.
  • We never pass your personal information on to third parties.
  • We do not use any ActiveX controls

A cookie (small text file) is required to use the password-protected area. This serves as a so-called “session cookie”. You can find more detailed information about Cookies and Session-Cookies on “Wikipedia”. You can safely remove cookies from your computer at any time.

If you use a contact form on our website, you agree to your details being saved on our computers and used by us. We use these data to process your request. We do not pass them on to third parties.

5. Legal Effect of this Disclaimer
This disclaimer is to be viewed as part of the website from which this page was referred. Should any part or individual phrasing of this text not, no longer, or incompletely be in accordance with the valid legal position, the remaining parts of the document in their content and validity remain untouched.

6. Google Analytics
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so 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 please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

You can change the settings for the collection and use of your IP address from Google Analytics at any time in the future. We point out that on this web page the Google Analytics code “_anonymizeIp();” was extended to ensure an anonymizated collection of IP address data.

Cookies

7. Controlling the Use Of Cookies
Cookies

metapeople uses anonymous cookies to track effectiveness of ads, and make ads more relevant. Cookies are tiny packets of information, usually less than one kilobyte, stored in the temp files on your hard drive, and are used by web sites to recognize a computer they have encountered before. Our cookie does not include your name, or anything personal to you. It simply tells us that we have encountered your computer at some point (e.g., when you viewed one of our clients’ ads). Most of the web sites you visit use some form of cookie to keep track of business on the Internet.

While we believe that cookies enhance the web experience for the user by limiting the repetitiveness of advertising and increasing the level of relevant content on the Web, they are not essential to our delivering the Internet’s most effective advertising. We respect the fact that users may not want anonymous data to be collected using cookies on their computers. For this reason, we have created a method by which users can opt out of our use of data associated with cookies for behavioral advertising. More information about opting out can also be found at the Network Advertising Initiative web site at www.networkadvertising.org.

8. Blocking Cookies
Many web sites store information in a small text file on your computer, called a cookie. There are several types of cookies, and you can choose whether to allow some, none, or all of them to be saved on your computer.

A first-party cookie is used by the web site you are currently viewing. These cookies are commonly used to store information, such as your preferences when visiting that site. If you do not allow first party cookies, you may not be able to view some web sites or take advantage of customized features (such as local news and weather, or stock quotes).

A third-party cookie is used by a web site different from the one you are currently viewing. Third-party web sites usually provide some content on the web site you are viewing. Many sites use advertising from third-party web sites and those third-party web sites may use cookies. A common use for this type of cookie is to track your web page use for advertising or other marketing purposes. Third-party ad servers, such as metalyzer, serve ads on behalf of our advertising clients. We use our anonymous third party cookies to track the effectiveness of the ads.

Most browsers offer robust options in relation to cookies. The default settings in all major browsers accept cookies. However, by altering your browser settings, you can choose to automatically block cookies from specific web sites, from all web sites, from web sites without a privacy policy, or from all third parties. Consult the help manual for your browser for detailed information.

Blocking Third Party Cookies (including the metapeople cookies)

Included below are instructions for blocking third party cookies in some of the most common browsers. If your browser or version is not listed here, or you wish to treat cookies in some other way, please refer to your browser’s help menu or printed manual for instructions.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.x
1. Menu: Tools-Internet Options
2. Select Tab: Privacy
3. Click Button: Advanced (just below center of the page)
4. Check Box: “Override Automatic Cookie Handling”
5. Click Radio Button corresponding to “Block” Third party cookies

Firefox (by Mozilla)
1. Menu: Tools > Options
2. Click the Privacy panel and then click on the Cookies label.
3. Check Box: “for the originating Web site only”

Netscape Navigator 4.x and above
1. Menu: Edit > Preferences
2. Select Category: Advanced
3. Find section: Cookies
4. Select “Accept only cookies that get sent back to the originating server.”

9. Opting Out of Cookies
If you would like to opt-out, please opt-out at this site.

Use of Web Beacon

Web pages may contain electronic images known as Web beacons – sometimes called single-pixel gifs – that may be used to assist in delivering cookies on our sites and allow us to count users who have visited those pages and to deliver co-branded services. We may include Web beacons in promotional e-mail messages or newsletters in order to determine whether messages have been opened and acted upon. metapeople may also employ Web beacons from third parties in order to help us compile aggregated statistics regarding the effectiveness of our site or other operations of our sites. We prohibit Web beacons on our sites from being used by third parties to collect or access your personal information.

General Information About Ad-Serving

Our Use of Cookies

To improve the success of marketing campaigns, metapeople uses a common Internet technology called “cookies.” Cookies are small text files that we generate and store on people’s computers when the computer browser views one of our client’s advertisements. Cookies are associated with a specific computer and a specific Internet browser program (i.e., Internet Explorer or Firefox). You can think of a cookie as a sign that says, “This computer browser was here”. It tells us the computer’s browser has at some point viewed one of our client’s advertisements. The cookie does not include your name, address, phone number, email address, or anything that identifies you. It’s an anonymous number that we assign to that Internet browser and computer just to tell us we’ve seen this browser at a site where one of our clients advertises. We assign a cookie to users who visits a web site where an metapeople banner is displayed and where our web beacons (see discussion below) are placed. metapeople uses cookies to track advertising effectiveness and to select the best ads to serve. One example of this is measuring how often an anonymous user sees an ad; among other things, this helps us ensure that the user is not shown the same ad over and over again.

metapeople also collects anonymous information using cookies and web beacons to determine where a user clicks on a web page. We analyze the data to derive key findings so that we can make usability recommendations to our clients. We help clients better communicate with their customers and web site users, which improves acquisitions and decreases costs of maintaining the site.

Our Use of Web Beacons

In addition to our use of cookies, metapeople also utilizes a common Internet technology called a “web beacon.” This technology is also referred to as “action tags” or “clear gifs” in the industry. If the advertiser chooses to use web beacon technology, the advertiser’s web page will contain a clear gif, which would not be visible to the user. Advertisers program the web beacon via Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) to collect certain information about your visit to their web site. This information does not contain any personally identifiable information about you. This anonymous information is returned to metapeople for processing. Our web beacons are usually placed on our clients’ websites, and occasionally, we place our web beacons on our clients’ partners’ websites. We also place them in HTML-based e-mails. Wherever our web beacons are placed, we take efforts to have these web sites disclose the presence of our web beacons.

11. Anonymous Ad-Serving Process
What information is collected by the advertisement serving process?

When an Internet user visits a web site where one of our clients’ advertisements or web beacons are placed, we may collect and store information about the visit–including the user’s anonymous cookie ID, the specific ad posted on the site, and the time and place of delivery. If the user clicked on the ad, we collect and store that action. We do not know the name, phone number, address, email address, or any personally identifying information about the user. The identities of all users who see an ad from an metapeople server remain completely anonymous to us. We do collect information about how many times users view and click on our clients’ advertisements and whether or not a user visits specific pages of an advertiser’s web site (e.g. a registration or checkout page). We may collect the Internet Protocol (IP) addresses from users when we serve advertisements or web beacons on a web site.

Sometimes clients will send us anonymous information they collected online during transactions, so we can provide targeted advertisements and analyze if our advertising has resulted in sales. In this process, the information that we receive is completely anonymous to metapeople. This information relates to online transactions, including, but not limited to, the client-assigned user’s ID, transaction sales total, product ID, and other data. metapeople will also collect data on events that occur on a client’s web site, such as when the user has applied for a loan. In these instances, metapeople does not know the content of such a transaction, merely that the event, a loan application, occurred. metapeople does not receive any information from our clients in this process that would allow us to identify any individual.

How is this anonymous information used?

The anonymous information that we collect is used only by the specific advertisers who hire us to deliver ads, and only in the context of our selection of ad-content and our reporting of ad-effectiveness to our client. In order to assess an advertising campaign’s effectiveness, both web and email based, we will report to our client our analysis of the anonymous data in a summarized format. On occasion, our clients ask us to send them, or their agents, our anonymous data that is collected on their specific web site. In these situations, we send our anonymous data. We recommend that you visit our clients’ web sites to review their privacy policies and contact them directly if you have questions about their information practices.

Some of metapeople’s clients, or their agents, might receive anonymous web traffic behavior from us. Each client has warranted that the information it receives shall be used in compliance with applicable laws and regulations, and if information is linked to personally-identifying information, it shall be linked in a manner that is in compliance with the Self Regulatory Principles Governing Online Preference Marketing promulgated by the NAI. We recommend that you visit our clients’ web sites to review their privacy policies and contact them directly if you have questions about their information practices.

metapeople will also disclose this information in response to subpoenas, court orders or legal process.

How is this anonymous information secured?

We store this anonymous information securely at the metapeople data centers. metapeople has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control, including password controls.

There are two ways you can stop cookies from being stored on your computer and therefore, stop metapeople from storing and using this anonymous information for behavioral advertising:
1. Block cookies by globally or selectively disabling cookie use in the browser configuration; or
2. Opting out of the metapeople cookie to prevent data collection using metapeople cookies for behavioral advertising.

Can I correct or update anonymous information about me?

The data that we collect in the advertisement serving and tracking process is completely anonymous to us — we do not associate it with any identified person. Because we do not know the person associated with our anonymous data, we cannot give anyone access to or the ability to change this anonymous information.

How long is anonymous cookie data retained?

We may retain our anonymous cookie data for up to 90 days. Aggregate reports generated from this data may be kept longer.