I respect your privacy
Below you will learn what happens with your personal information when you visit my website. Personal information is any data with which you could be personally identified, for example, your email address, name, etc. As the responsible party, I have to share with you why I am collecting your data and how I process it. Since I respect your privacy, I am more than happy to do so.
In short, I have no interest in collecting and/or processing any kind of personal information of users who simply visit this website. There are a few technical things that will be logged in the backend, but that is just temporary and they help make this website readable for your browser, as well as for some completely anonymous statistics.
So unless you fill in a form, I don’t even need any of your personal data. So why collect it in the first place?
Please note that data transmitted via the internet (e. g. via email) may be subject to security breaches. Complete protection of your data from third-party access is not possible.
Who is responsible for the collection of data on this website?
2700 Guilford Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21218
Phone: +1 (443) 449 6517
The responsible party is the natural or legal person who alone or jointly with others decides on the purposes and means of processing personal data (names, email addresses, etc.).
How do I collect your data?
Some data is collected when you provide it to me. This could, for example, be data you enter on a contact form. Other data is collected automatically by my IT systems when you visit this website. This data is primarily technical data such as the browser and operating system you are using or the time and date of your virtual visit. That data is collected automatically as soon as you enter my website.
What do I use your data for?
Part of the data is collected to ensure the proper functioning and security of this website. Other data can be used to analyze how visitors use the site; for this purpose, the data is anonymized. I also need your personal data to respond to your enquiries.
What rights do you have regarding your data?
You always have the right to request a full report about your stored data, its origin, its recipients, and the purpose of its collection. This information is provided to you free of charge once per year. If you need a full report more than once within a calendar year, I will charge 129 USD per request.
For identification reasons, each request needs to be submitted in writing and sent via postal service (see postal address above). Please include a copy of your federal ID.
You also have the right to request that your data be corrected, blocked, or deleted at any time, free of charge.
Some data processing operations are only possible with your expressed consent. You may revoke your consent at any time with future effect. An informal email making this request is sufficient. The data processed before I receive your request may still be legally processed.
When you want to file a complaint with regulatory authorities
If you have been affected by a breach of data protection, you may file a complaint with the competent regulatory authorities. The competent regulatory authority for matters related to data protection legislation is the Maryland General Attorney, as this is where I, the operator of this website reside. The GA contact details can be found at the following link: www.marylandattorneygeneral.gov.
When you want to take your data with you
You have the right to have your data, which I process based on your consent or in fulfillment of a contract, delivered to yourself or to a third party in a standard, machine-readable format. If you require the direct transfer of data to another responsible party, this will only be done to the extent technically feasible.
ANALYTICS AND THIRD-PARTY TOOLS
When visiting my website, statistical analyses may be made of your surfing behavior. The analysis of your surfing behavior is anonymous, i.e. I will not be able to identify you from this data.
For security reasons, I use third-party tools to safeguard and maintain my website. I chose my providers very diligently and, where necessary and appropriate, data processing agreements are in place. You can learn more about those further down on this page.
SSL OR TLS ENCRYPTION
This site uses SSL or TLS encryption for security reasons and for the protection of the transmission of confidential content, such as the inquiries you send me through contact forms. You can recognize an encrypted connection in your browser’s address line when it changes from “http://” to “https://” and the lock icon is displayed in your browser’s address bar. If SSL or TLS encryption is activated, the data you transfer to me cannot be read by third parties.
FAIR GAME: I DO NOT WANT PROMOTIONAL EMAILS FROM YOU
I hereby expressly prohibit the use of my contact data published on this website for sending promotional and informational materials not expressly requested. I reserve the right to take specific legal action if I receive unsolicited advertising material, such as email spam.
SERVER LOG FILES
This website automatically collects and stores information that your browser automatically transmits to “server log files”. These are:
- Browser type and browser version
- Operating system used
- Referrer URL
- Hostname of the accessing computer
- Time of the server request
- IP address (anonymized)
This data will not be combined with data from other sources and is needed to deliver this website to your screen in an appealing and functional way. This constitutes a justified interest pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (f) GDPR.
When you send me a message via the contact form, I will collect the data entered on the form, including the contact details you provide, to answer your question and any follow-up questions. I do not share this information with third parties unless I am required to do so by law. That said, I process any data you enter onto the contact form either with your consent per Art. 6 (1) (a) GDPR or to fulfill a contract pursuing to Art. 6 (1) (b) GDPR. You may revoke your consent at any time with future effect. An informal email making this request is sufficient. The data processed before I receive your request may still be legally processed.
I will retain and store the data you provide via the contact form until you request it to be deleted or until you revoke your consent. Any mandatory statutory provisions, especially those regarding mandatory data retention periods, remain unaffected by this provision.
SHARING CONTENT TO SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS VIA PLUGIN
The content on my website can be shared to social networks like Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn. This page uses a safe sharing tool that establishes direct contact between the networks and users only after you click on one of these buttons. This tool does not automatically transfer user data to the operators of these platforms. If users are logged into one or more of the social networks, the Share buttons for Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc. will display an information window in which you can edit the text before it is sent.
ONLINE PROFILES IN SOCIAL MEDIA
I maintain online profiles within social networks and platforms in order to communicate with interested parties, followers, and group members and to inform them about my services. I would like to point out that your user data may be processed outside the European Union when you engage with me on these platforms. This may pose risks for users because, for example, the enforcement of users’ rights could be more difficult. With regard to US providers certified under the Privacy Shield, I would like to point out that they commit to comply with EU data protection standards.
Furthermore, user data is usually processed for market research and advertising purposes. This means that these companies can create profiles based on your browsing behavior and your assumed interests. In turn, these profiles can be used, for example, to place advertisements inside and outside the platforms that presumably correspond to your interests. For these purposes, cookies are usually stored on your device, in which your browsing behavior and interests are stored. Data can also be stored independently of the devices used by you (especially if you are a member of the respective platforms and are logged in there).
The processing of your personal data is based on my legitimate interest in effective user information and communication with users in accordance with Art. 6 (1) (f) GDPR. If you are asked by the respective providers for your consent to data processing (i.e. to consent by ticking a checkbox or confirming by clicking a button), the legal basis of the processing is Art. 6 (1) (a) and Art. 7 GDPR.
For detailed information regarding the respective processing and the possibility of opting out, I suggest you visit the following links and read the information published by the respective providers.
Also, if you plan to request any information or wish to carry out your user rights, I would like to point out that these can be asserted most effectively with the providers. Only the providers have access to your data and can directly take appropriate measures and provide the information you need. If you still need help, you may contact me.