Privacy Policy

The protection and security as well as the lawful collection of personal data has a high priority at www.stock-photos-royalty-free.com (below called “StockPhotos-RF”, “we”). Therefore, the rule of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is strictly adhered to. Below you will find information about what type of data is collected and for what purpose it is collected.

Responsible party under the Data Protection Act: Jamshid Ravanyar, Hofenbornstr. 6, 52080 Aachen, Germany

1 Visiting www.stock-photos-royalty-free.com
When you visit the website, the server (from the hosting company: Strato AG, 10587 Berlin) temporarily saves every access in a log file. We temporarily store the following data: IP-address, website from which the file was retrieved, name of the file, date and time of access, amount of data transferred and the success of the access (web log). These access data will be used exclusively in non-personalized form for the ongoing improvement of our site and for statistical purposes. However, we only store your IP address for the duration of your visit (known as a session ID); your personal data is not analyzed.
In addition, we use cookies and web analytics services when you visit our website. Please refer to §7 and 8 below.
Insofar as we obtain the consent of the data subject for processing personal data, Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. d GDPR applies as the legal basis.
In processing personal data necessary for performance of a contract to which the data subject is a party, Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b GDPR applies as the legal basis. This also applies to processing operations that are necessary for carrying out pre-contractual measures.
Insofar as the processing of personal data is necessary to fulfil a legal obligation to which our company is subject, Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. c GDPR applies as the legal basis.
In the event that vital interests of the data subject or another natural person require the processing of personal data, Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. d GDPR applies as the legal basis.
If processing is necessary to safeguard a legitimate interest of our company or a third party and if the interests, fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject do not outweigh the first-mentioned interest, Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f GDPR applies as the legal basis for processing.

2 Collection, processing and use of personal data
When registering in our online shop, we collect the following data from you: your email address, your full name, your company name, your address and other contact details. This data will only be stored for internal purposes. Personal data will not be sold to third parties.
This data is collected for the purpose of gaining knowledge of the identity of our contractual partner. Logged-in users can also be provided with personalized services such as administration and storage of their own lightboxes or a shopping basket as well as image upload and image management. This data is stored temporarily in addition to the personal data.
If you contact us via the contact form or by email, we will store the information you provide in order to answer your inquiry and ask possible follow-up questions.
Your personal data will be deleted or blocked as soon as the purpose of storage ceases to apply.


3 Data transfer for billing purposes
When placing an order, we collect and use your personal data only insofar as this is necessary to fulfil and process your order and to process your enquiries. We also need information about your transactions for billing purposes. Further information, such as bank details or credit card number, will be collected if you wish to pay with the respective payment method or receive remuneration from the sale of photos. Your personal information will only be disclosed to third parties or otherwise transferred if this is required for the purpose of the contract or billing. In the course of processing your order, payment service providers such as PayPal will receive the necessary data to process the transaction. The data may only be used by our service providers to fulfill orders.

4 Use of PayPal
PayPal transactions are subject to the PayPal Privacy Policy. This can be found athttpss://www.paypal.com/de/webapps/mpp/ua/privacy-prev?locale.x=en_EN 

5 Security
Your personal data provided to us will be secured by taking all technical and organizational security measures so that they are inaccessible to unauthorized access by third parties. To ensure the security of your data during transmission, we encrypt your personal data using SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption.

6 Cookies
On some of our web pages, we use what are called “session cookies” to facilitate your use of our website. These are small text files stored on your hard drive only for the duration of your visit to our website and deleted depending on the setting of the browser program when you exit the browser. They allow our servers to recognize you, but do not allow any personal identification of you as an individual. In this way your search result and your Lightbox can be assigned to you and saved.

Cookies help us to make it easier for you to navigate through our website and enable the website to be displayed correctly. These cookies do not retrieve data stored on your hard drive through your information and do not interfere with your PC or files.

Most browsers are initially set to accept cookies automatically. You can deactivate the storing of cookies or set your browser so it notifies you that cookies are sent. Disabling cookies may prevent you from using all the features of our website.

7 Google Analytics
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, text files that are stored on your computer and that permit analysis of your use of the website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is usually transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. However, if IP anonymization is activated on this website, your IP address will be stored by Google in shortened form within member states of the European Union or in other countries that are contracting parties to the Agreement in the European Economic Area. In exceptional cases only, the complete IP address may be transmitted to a Google server in the USA and truncated there. Google will use this information on behalf of the operator of this website to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on website activity, and to provide other services regarding website activity and Internet usage for the website operator. The IP address transmitted by your browser as part of Google Analytics will not be merged with any other data held by Google. You can prevent cookies from being stored by selecting the appropriate settings in your browser; however, we wish to point out that by doing so, you may not be able to enjoy the full functionality of this website.
If you do not want an evaluation of your usage behavior via Google Analytics, you can object to this by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under the link https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.

8 Use of social media plug-ins

Use of Facebook: Our website uses so-called social plugins (“plugins”) of the social network Facebook operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA (“Facebook”). The plugins are marked with a Facebook logo or the addition “Social Plug-in of Facebook” or “Facebook Social Plugin”. An overview of the Facebook plugins and their appearance can be found here. If you visit a page of our website that contains such a plugin, your browser will create a direct link to the Facebook servers. The content of the plugin is transmitted to your browser by Facebook and integrated into the page. Through this integration, Facebook receives the information that your browser has accessed the corresponding page of our website, even if you do not have a Facebook profile or are currently not logged in to Facebook. This information (including your IP address) will be transmitted from your browser to a Facebook server in the USA and stored there. If you are logged in to Facebook, Facebook can immediately assign the visit to our website to your Facebook profile. If you interact with the plugins, for example, press the “Like” button or leave a comment, this information will also be transmitted to a Facebook server and stored there. The information will also be posted on your Facebook profile and displayed to your Facebook friends. The purpose and scope of the data collection and the further processing and use of the data by Facebook, as well as your rights in this regard and setting options for the protection of your privacy, please refer to the privacy policy of Facebook. If you do not want Facebook to directly assign the data collected via our website to your Facebook profile, you must log out of Facebook before visiting our website. You can completely prevent the loading of Facebook plugins even with add-ons for your browser, e.g. with the “Facebook Blocker“.

Use of Twitter:Our website uses so-called social plugins (“plugins”) from the Twitter microblogging service operated by Twitter Inc., 1355 Market St, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA (“Twitter”). The plugins are marked with a Twitter logo, for example in the form of a blue “Twitter bird”. An overview of the Twitter plugins and their appearance can be found here. If you visit a page of our website that contains such a plugin, your browser connects directly to the servers of Twitter. The content of the plugin is transmitted to your browser by Twitter echekt and integrated into the page. Through the integration, Twitter receives the information that your browser has accessed the corresponding page of our website, even if you do not have a profile on Twitter or are currently not logged in to Twitter. This information (including your IP address) will be transmitted from your browser to a Twitter server in the United States and stored there. If you are logged in to Twitter, Twitter can immediately assign the visit to our website to your Twitter account. If you interact with the plugins, for example by clicking the “Tweet” button, the corresponding information will also be transmitted to a Twitter server and stored there. The information will also be published and displayed on your Twitter account. The purpose and scope of the data collection and the further processing and use of the data by Twitter as well as your rights in this regard and setting options for the protection of your privacy, please refer to the privacy policy of Twitter. If you do not want Twitter to directly link the data collected via our website to your Twitter account, you must log out of Twitter before visiting our website. You can completely prevent the loading of Twitter plugins even with add-ons for your browser, eg. Eg with the script blocker “NoScript“.

Using Pinterest:We use plugins from the Pinterest social network operated by Pinterest Inc., 635 High Street, Palo Alto, CA, USA (“Pinterest”). You can find the link to the privacy policy of Pinterest in the privacy policy of Pinterest.

Use of Instagram social plugins:Our website uses so-called social plugins (“plugins”) operated by Instagram LLC, 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA (“Instagram”). The plugins are marked with an Instagram logo, for example in the form of an “Instagram camera”. When you visit a page of our website that contains such a plugin, your browser connects directly to Instagram’s servers. The content of the plugin will be sent to your browser by Instagram and integrated into the page. Through this integration, Instagram receives the information that your browser has accessed the corresponding page of our website, even if you do not have an Instagram profile or are currently not logged in to Instagram. This information (including your IP address) will be transmitted by your browser to an Instagram server in the USA and stored there. If you are logged in to Instagram, Instagram can immediately assign your visit to our website to your Instagram account. If you interact with the plugins, for example by clicking on the “Instagram” button, this information will also be transmitted to Instagram server and stored there. The information will also be posted on your Instagram account and displayed there to your contacts. The purpose and scope of the data collection and the further processing and use of the data by Instagram as well as your related rights and settings options to protect your privacy, please refer to the privacy policy of Instagram. If you do not want Instagram to directly map the data collected through our website to your Instagram account, you’ll need to log out of Instagram before visiting our website. You can completely prevent the loading of Instagram plugins even with add-ons for your browser, eg. Eg with the script blocker “NoScript“.

9 Changes to this Privacy Policy
We will update this policy from time to time to protect your personal information. You should read this policy every now and then to stay up to date on how we protect your data and continuously improve our website’s content. If we make material changes to the collection, use and/or disclosure of your personal data, we will advise you via a clear and prominent notification on the web site. By using this site, you agree to the terms of this policy for the protection of your personal data.

10 Right to information, correction, blocking, deletion and revocation
You can obtain information about the personal data stored by you at any time (Art. 15 GDPR). You have the right to correct, delete or block incorrect data (Art. 16/17 GDPR). You may restrict or revoke your consent to the collection, processing or use of your personal data at any time with future effect (Art. 21 GDPR). In this case, the affected personal data stored by us will be deleted immediately, provided and as soon as this is not necessary for business transactions and there are no legal archiving obligations to the contrary. Data that may not be deleted due to legal regulations will be blocked until the archiving obligation expires and then deleted.
In addition, you have a right to data transmission (Art. 20 GDPR).

In addition to the rights listed here, you have the right of appeal to a supervisory authority, in particular in the Member State where you reside, work or where the infringement is suspected, if you believe that the processing of personal data that concerns you is in contravention of GDPR.

Please send your questions regarding data protection or requests for correction, deletion or blocking to info@stock-photos-royalty-free.com.

January 2019