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Data protection

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Privacy Statement

fotocommunity and affiliated companies (such as videocommunity) care about the protection of your personal data. Since we want you to feel save within the community we are absolutely concerned about your privacy and do whatever is needed to protect it. This includes a personal data only if required policy. We are subject to German laws such as the Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz BDSG) and the German Telemedia Act (Telemediengesetz TMG).

Our site provides links to other websites and advertisements. This privacy statement is related to our website only and not to those of third parties.

Personal Data

Information which can help to identify your identity are personal data. This includes for instance your name, address and others. General information which cant be used to identify you (such as the browser you use) are not personal data. link title (

Use of personal data

If you visit our website the server saves the IP-address of your internet service provider, the sites you visit within fotocommunity as well as date and duration of your visit. These data are required for security reasons. In addition to that the data are used anonymous to improve the design and function of our website. We also use Cookies for advertisement and login procedures. Cookies are tiny text files which are saved on your computer while visiting our site. They are needed to assign your user settings as well as other features regarding the site. You can turn off Cookies within your browser. If you do so it might occur that you cant use some of fotocommunitys features. Besides of that we save the data you used for registration as well as those for payments. Both are needed for membership reasons and the fulfillment of the contract as described in the terms of use. If you take part within the community as for example by uploading photos, videos, sounds and text we save these data in relation to you and publish them using your username.

Besides of that we want to use your data to adjust our site to your profile, to inform you about offers and services of our partners and eventually to interview you about it. You can turn off this feature within your settings.

If you unsubscribe fotocommunity you data will be deleted within two months if possible and approved by law. Especially the data you used for subscription, uploaded media and messages (support as well as fotomails) will be deleted. Law requires that some of the data such as payment data have to be saved for a longer period.

Your text board messages, comments and other things like that will be saved even if you unsubscribe. The same applies to your newsletter settings.

Specials, Service offers and Service Providers

If you participate in specials such as polls, contests and competitions it might occur that you provide additional data which are saved by us. It might be possible that we have to pass these data to our partners as long as it is necessary for the execution of that special. The same applies to offers such as shops if provided by us or our partners.

We involve service providers, such as our servers host, to run fotocommunity. For this reason we have to send the relevant data to this service provider. We committed our partners as well as our staff to data privacy and data secrecy.

Advertisement and Links

Our site contains third party advertisement and links to other websites out of our responsibility. In this context your IP-address, not connected to your personal data, will be transmitted to third parties. It might occur that these parties use cookies or other technical instruments to collect data about advertisement efficiency or to improve the own internet appearance. These technologies are out of our control and cant be manipulated by us. If you have questions, please contact the regarding company and ask about their data protection.

Cookies & Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, Google Inc.s advertisement analysis tool. Google Analytics uses cookies. The cookie contains information regarding the use of our website (including your computers ip-address). These data are sent to a Google server and are saved there. Google will use the information to analyze your use of our website, to create reports regarding the website activity for the website owners and to offer additional services in relationship with website hosting. Google might transfer that data to third parties if necessary (for example if required by law or if those third parties compute data on behalf of Google. Google wont connect your IP- address to other Google data. By using the website you approve the use of your data by Google as described above. Google is member of the EU/US Safe Harbor Program ( and fulfills US data privacy terms for notification, alternatives, forwarding, security, data integrity, access and implementation.

Further forwarding

Based on laws we have to obtain we are bound to forward your personal data to government agencies (such as the office of public prosecutor) in certain cases.

Data security

We as well as our service providers care about the security of our equipment, especially our servers. Were anxious to improve the already high standards of our service providers and keep up with technical developments. Transmissions from your computer to our servers via internet are out of our control and might be insecure. It might happen that third persons change or delete e-mails or inputs you do in forms on your website. If you want to avoid any risks regarding those transmissions you can send us ideas, wishes or suggestions by letter post to the address you find within the imprint.

Data protection officer and Information

We, the operators of,,,, and committed ourselves to this privacy policy. If you have questions about the use of your personal data please contact our data protection officer. He and his team will be available for any suggestion, information request and complaint.

Advocate Amin Negm-Awad Data protection officer

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If requested hell inform you about which of your personal data are saved at fotocommunity. If the saved data are flawed, even if we continuously try to avoid this situation, we will correct them depending on your input. You can update your data on your own by using the My pics / My media menu.

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  This page was last modified 16:05, 9 Feb 2009 by Mihaela Codita . Based on work by fotocommunity Info user(s) Dirk Hofmann.This page has been accessed 39173 times.
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