Privacy Statement

Cook Concern offers cooks, personal chefs, restaurants and other professionals from the catering industry the opportunity to introduce and present themselves, their company, job vacancies, events and services publicly to an international audience. Interest-oriented search filters and industry-specific tags make it easy for people with an interest in collaborating to search and navigate the cookconcern.com site.

The Cook Concern team takes the protection of your personal data very seriously. The following privacy policy informs you in detail about how Cook Concern collects, processes and stores your data in order to use it.

I. Visiting the website, anonymized data

It is generally possible to use the Cook Concern website – regardless of which device (such as a PC, tablet, smartphone or similar) and which top level domain (e.g. www.cookconcern.de; www.cookconcern.com) you use to access our website – without providing any personal information, e.g. if you view cook profiles or perform a search on the website.

If you access individual pages of our website, then only so-called access data will be transmitted to our servers; this includes the following information in particular:

  • browser type/ browser version
  • operating system used
  • referrer URL (website visited before)
  • hostname of the accessing computer (IP address)
  • time of server request

This access data cannot be attributed to specific individuals. Nor do we combine this data with other data sources. This data is deleted once we have performed a statistical analysis for the purpose of optimizing our website.

II. Collection, use and transfer of personal data

Your personal data will be used if you voluntarily provide us with such data, for example if you subscribe to our newsletter, submit a query via the contact form or register on our website. We also collect, process and use your personal data if this is necessary in order to establish, conduct or terminate a contractual or quasi-contractual relationship with our company.

In this context, we use the technical system of Fastbill GmbH, Holteyer Strasse 30, 45289 Essen (“FastBill”) for billing and payment management. Within the scope of a commissioned processing of data, FastBill processes data for us as a technical service. In all cases, we strictly observe the provisions of the Federal Data Protection Act. The extent of the data transfer is kept to a minimum. FastBill GmbH’s privacy policy can be viewed at https://www.fastbill.com/en/data-policy.

Within the meaning of the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG), “personal data” means any information concerning personal or material circumstances permitting conclusions to be drawn about the identity of a specific person.

We undertake to take all reasonable action necessary in order to ensure that your data is transmitted securely and handled in a conscientious and responsible manner. There will be no further transfer of personal data to third parties, unless this is necessary for us to enforce our rights or we are required to do so by law or official decree.

Once handling of the contract is complete, the personal data will be blocked or deleted to prevent any further use; this does not affect any trade and tax regulations which may prescribe longer retention periods.

III. Use of the contact form

If you wish to contact our company, then in addition to the contact information in the legal notice/imprint of the website, you may also use the contact form on our website. To allow us to process your query, it is essential that you provide a valid email address. Apart from this, your personal data will only be collected to the extent voluntarily chosen by you when you submit your query.

The data transmitted will not be processed or used for any purpose other than to respond to your query. Nor will the data be transferred to third parties without your consent, unless we are required to do so due to a court judgement or an official decree or by law.

IV. Registration, password-protected area on the website

Inside the password-protected area of our website you can manage your profile information, any ads/profiles you have created and your newsletter subscription. To enter the protected area, a one-off registration is required.

If you have not yet registered, you can do so using the registration form on the website. Here you will be asked to provide us with some personal information, in particular your first and last name as well as your email address.

After registering you will receive an email from us containing an activation link. Once you have successfully activated your account via the link we send, your account will have been created and your registration will be complete. When you log in at a later date, you will be required to enter your user name and the password you chose.

You can correct or change the data you provided during registration as well as your password at any time in the password-protected area of the website.

V. Facebook Connect

We offer users of our website the opportunity to log in to Cook Concern using their Facebook account (“Facebook Connect”). This is a service provided by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA (“Facebook”). This does not then require additional registration on our website. In order to log in, you will be forwarded to the Facebook website; here you can log in using your Facebook account / login details. This will link your Facebook profile and our service. By creating this link, we automatically receive from Facebook the information you have voluntarily provided on Facebook (e.g. first name, surname / pseudonym, email address, gender). We use this information in order to be able to identify you when you use our website. You are free at any time to reverse this link by removing the application “Cook Concern” from your Facebook account.

For more information about Facebook Connect and privacy settings on Facebook, please refer to Facebook’s privacy information at http://www.facebook.com/policy.php and https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy.

VI. Newsletter registration

Our newsletter is a great way for us to keep you informed of the latest Cook Concern news, events and industry developments. If you would like to receive the Cook Concern newsletter, a one-off registration is necessary. For this registration we collect personal data, in particular your name and email address. We will not send you our Cook Concern newsletter unless you give explicit consent when you register. Immediately after you subscribe to the newsletter on our website, you will receive a confirmation email from us containing a link; you must click on this link to complete the newsletter subscription process. Not until you have done this will you receive our Cook Concern newsletter.

You can unsubscribe from this service at any time, either by emailing us (see contact details under VI) or by clicking on the unsubscribe link which can be found in the newsletter. You can also manage your newsletter settings in the password-protected part of our website (once you have successfully logged in).

VII. Information, amendment and withdrawal

You may receive free information at any time about which of your personal data we have collected and stored. Under the Federal Data Protection Act, you may be entitled to have your personal data corrected, blocked or deleted. You may object to the use of personal data stored with us at any time with future effect.

Please address any such requests to:

Nico Mateew | Cook Concern
Engertstraße 5
04177 Leipzig
Germany
Email: info@cookconcern.com

VIII. Cookies

We use so-called cookies, which are small files that make it possible to store specific, device-related information on the device used by the website visitor to access pages. They serve on the one hand to improve user-friendliness of the website (e.g. storage of login data). On the other hand, they allow us to gather statistical data about how the website is used, which we can evaluate in order to improve our service.

You may influence the use of cookies. Standard browsers have an option that can be used to restrict or completely disable the storage of cookies. However, if cookies are restricted or blocked then this may restrict your use of this website.

You can also manage many online ad cookies yourself via the US provider http://www.aboutads.info/choices/ or the EU provider http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk verwalten.

IX. Integration of third-party content and or processing of data outside the EU

Our website may contain third-party content, such as YouTube videos, material from Google Maps, RSS feeds or graphics from other websites. This always assumes that the providers of such content (hereinafter referred to as “third-party providers”) will detect the user’s IP address. This is because without the IP address they would not be able to send the content to the browser of the respective user. As such, the IP address is required to display this content.

We endeavour to only use such content whose providers use the IP address solely for delivering the content. However, we have no influence over whether third-party providers store the IP address, for example for statistical purposes. If we are aware of such activity, we inform our users of this.

In addition, plug-ins are included for linking our website to social networks.

Some of the third parties may process data outside the European Union. You can object to this processing by installing a JavaScript blocker such as the browser plug-in ‘NoScript’ on your device (www.noscript.net) or deactivating JavaScript in your browser. This may however result in functional restrictions on the website.

The following third-party content and plug-ins are integrated on our website:

Social Media Plug-ins

A range of social network plug-ins are integrated on our website. These are provided by the following providers:

Plug-ins (such as “Like”; “Share”) from the social network Facebook Inc., 1601 South California Avenue, Palo Alto, California 94304, USA;
Plug-in from the social network Instagram Inc., 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, California 94025, USA.

If you access a page on our website which contains such a social media plug-in, a connection will be established with the servers of the respective third-party provider, which will instruct your browser to display the plug-in on the website. In this way, the server of the respective third-party provider will be notified of which of our pages you have visited. If you are currently logged in as a member of the respective social network, the third-party provider will assign this information to your personal user account for that social network. If you use the plug-in features (e.g. by clicking on Facebook’s “Like” button), then this information will also be assigned to your personal account on the social network.

If you wish to prevent such a transfer of data, then you must log out of your account on the respective social network before you visit our website.

For further information on data collection and the analysis and processing of your data by the third-party providers specified as well as on your rights in this regard, please consult the third-party providers’ privacy policies via these links:

Facebook’s privacy policy
Instagram’s privacy policy

YouTube

YouTube uses cookies for reasons including statistical data analysis, to create interest-based advertising, for fraud prevention and to improve the user-friendliness of the website (see also Section VIII).

If you access a page on our website which contains an embedded YouTube video, a connection will be established with YouTube’s servers, which will instruct your device’s browser to display the plug-in on the website. YouTube’s servers will be notified of which of our website’s pages you have visited. If you are logged into your YouTube account whilst doing this, then YouTube will assign this information to your YouTube user account. If you activate a plug-in on our website, for example by pressing the play button on a video or leaving a comment, this information will be assigned to your YouTube user account. You can prevent this from happening by logging out of your YouTube account before using the plug-in.

Visitors to our website who do not want such cookies to be used have the option of changing their browser settings and/or using the appropriate browser extensions (add-ons) in order to block the placement of cookies and delete stored cookies.

However, if you deactivate the use of cookies, then it can no longer be guaranteed without restriction that you will be able to use all of the features of the website.

Further information about the collection and use of data by YouTube can be found in YouTube’s privacy policy under “Privacy” at https://www.youtube.com or at https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/.

X. Third-party features for statistical, analysis and marketing purposes

We also use services and features of third-party providers for statistical, market research and marketing purposes. These allow us to offer you a user-friendly, optimized use of the website. The third-party providers use cookies to control their services (Section VIII). Unless otherwise explained below, this does not involve the processing and/or storage of personal data.

Many of the third-party providers directly offer users the option of objecting to the use of the respective feature, for example by activating an opt-out cookie. If you activate such an opt-out cookie, the third-party providers will store no more data about your usage behaviour in the future. In some cases, a purely selective objection to an individual selection of external services is also possible.

Furthermore, you can also object to the use of cookies via the opt-out platform of the organisation Bundesverband Digitale Wirtschaft e.V. (BVDW) at http://www.meine-cookies.org/cookies_verwalten/praeferenzmanager.html or via the deactivation page of the Network Advertising Initiative at http://www.networkadvertising.org/choices/.

In the following we inform you about the third-party provider features currently in use on our website, about the purposes and scope of the respective data processing and about how you can object in each case.

More information about usage-based advertising and opt-out options can also be viewed via the following link: http://www.youronlinechoices.com.

Google Analytics

Google Analytics is a web analytics service provided by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (“Google”).

Google uses cookie technology to provide this service. The information generated by the cookie about the use of this website will be transmitted to and stored by Google on a server in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of compiling reports for us on activity on our website and providing other services relating to website usage. Furthermore, Google may in some cases transmit this information to third parties, provided this is required by law or to the extent that the third parties will process this data on behalf of Google. If IP anonymization is activated on this website, then within EU Member States or in other member states of the European Economic Area Google will shorten the user’s IP address before transmitting it. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transmitted to a Google server in the US and shortened there. IP anonymization has been activated on this website. Google will not associate the IP address transmitted by the user’s browser for Google Analytics purposes with any other data held by Google.

You can prevent the storage of cookies using the corresponding settings in your browser software (see Section VIII).

Furthermore, you can prevent the collection of data generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) and its processing by Google by downloading and installing the following browser plug-in: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.

As an alternative to the browser add-on or within browsers on mobile devices, please click on this link to prevent Google Analytics from collecting data on this website in future. This will store an opt-out cookie on your device. If you delete this opt-out cookie in future or change browsers/devices, then the opt-out link will need to be reactivated.

More information about Google’s Terms of Service and Privacy Policy is available here:

https://www.google.com/analytics/terms/gb.html
https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=en

Google Remarketing, Similar Audiences feature

Google Remarketing allows us to target visitors to the website with personalised, interest-based advertising. You will be shown this interest-based advertising once you visit other websites in the Google Display Network. Google uses cookies (Section VIII) in order to perform an analysis of usage of the site, on the basis of which interest-based advertisements are created. According to Google, Google does not store any personal data. When the user subsequently accesses other websites in the Google Display Network, advertising is inserted which very probably takes into account the product and information areas previously accessed by the website visitor.

You can permanently deactivate the use of cookies by Google by clicking on the following link and adjusting the cookie management settings accordingly:

https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/technologies/managing/
https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/technologies/ads/

Changes to Google’s ad settings can be made here:

https://www.google.com/settings/ads

Google AdWords and conversion tracking

We use the online advertising program “Google AdWords”, and in this context so-called ‘conversion tracking’.

If you click on an ad activated by Google, a cookie (Section VIII) for conversion tracking is placed. This cookie will expire after 30 days and is not used for personal identification. Each Google AdWords client receives a different cookie. These cannot be tracked via the websites of AdWords clients. This information is used to show AdWords clients the total number of users who clicked on their ad and were redirected to a page containing a conversion tracking tag. The clients receive no information which could be used to identify users personally. If you visit particular pages of our website and the cookie has not yet expired, then we and Google are able to see that you clicked on the ad and were then redirected to our website.

If you do not wish to participate in the tracking process, you can generally deactivate the automatic placement of cookies in your browser settings.

It is also possible to specifically block cookies for conversion tracking only, by modifying your browser settings so that cookies from the domain “googleadservices.com” are not permitted.

For more on this, please see:

https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/technologies/ads/
https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=en
https://www.google.com/settings/ads
https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/

Further Google Analytics features for display advertising

We also use the following Google Analytics features for display advertising:

  • impression reports in the Google Display Network,
  • integration of the DoubleClick Campaign Manager,
  • Google Analytics performance reports based on demographics and interests.

These reporting features allow us to use and evaluate the data obtained through Google’s interest-based advertising as well as visitor data from third-party providers in Google Analytics. The data includes information such as age, gender and interests.

You can of course disable Google Analytics for display ads at any time and adjust Google Display Network ads – simply access the ad settings at https://www.google.com/settings/ads.

XI. Currency and documentation of this privacy policy

As we develop our website further or implement new technologies, it may become necessary to change this privacy policy. We reserve the right to change the privacy policy with future effect at any time. We recommend that you read the current privacy policy from time to time and save or print a copy.

XII. Scope of privacy policy

This privacy policy applies to all pages of the Cook Concern website which are held on our server. It does not cover any linked third-party websites.