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Security and data protection

Website privacy policy

We use this website privacy policy to inform you about what personal data we record when you use this website and the purposes for which this data is used.

You can view this information under “Security and Data Protection” at any time.

1. Data controller/contact

a. The data controller responsible under the German Federal Data Protection Act is:

Koelnmesse GmbH
Messeplatz 1
50679 Köln
Germany

b. Data Protection Officer

Koelnmesse GmbH
Data protection officer
Messeplatz 1
50679 Köln
Germany

e-mail: datenschutz-km@koelnmesse.de .

2. Personal data

Personal data in the sense of this privacy policy are any individual information relating to your personal or material circumstances. This includes in particular your name, your date of birth, your e-mail address, your address and your telephone number.

Personal data in the sense of this privacy policy also includes information about your use of our website (“access data”). In addition to the access data, personal data is only stored by us when you freely provide us with this information, e.g. in the context of a registration, a survey, a prize competition, a contact query, a subscription to a newsletter or for carrying out an online order. Personal data are also only processed to the extent necessary and only for the purposes to which you have given consent or for legally permissible purposes.

3. Collection and use of your data

3.1 Collection of access data

When you access our website, your terminal automatically transfers data for technical reasons. The following data are stored separately from other data that you may possibly transmit to us:

  • Date, time and duration of your visito to our websites
  • IP-adress
  • that has been assigned to you by your Internet provider
  • the web page visited
  • the user tool (i.e. web browser, operating system) you have used to access the site
  • the action that you carried out on our website
  • the terms you used in the search engines and in the site search and the search result
  • whether a site was successfully accessed or not
  • what information was called up (incl. downloads)
  • from which server you accessed the website and the website from which you reached the current website
  • These data are exclusively stored for technical purposes and are not at any time associated with a specific person.

The handling of your personal data for the purposes of providing this website and of communicating via this website are carried out on the basis of our legitimate interest pursuant to Article 6 (1) (f) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It is technically necessary for us to process specific personal data (e.g. IP address) in order to provide this website. In order for you to communicate with us, it is necessary for us to handle respective personal data.

In the context of the necessary balancing of interests we have balanced your interest in the respective privacy of your personal data and our interest in the provision of this website and the establishment of contact with one another. Your interest in privacy is outweighed in both cases. If this were not the case, we would be unable to provide this website or to react to your contact query.

3.2 Ticket Shop

3.2.1 Various data on the visitor are required in order to purchase a ticket from our Ticket Shop. The following mandatory details are necessary:

  • Your name
  • Your e-mail address
  • Company (only for trade visitors)
  • Country
  • Address (place, street, house number, postcode)
  • Marketing characteristics
  • A password

These data are necessary in order to set up and manage a user account for you. Not least we require these and possibly other data in order to be able to respond to possible future queries from you.

We process these data in order to be able to provide you with the services of our ticket shop and to fulfil the respective contracts agreed with you pursuant to Article 6 (1) (b) GDPR. The data is also processed for the promotion of our events and services (on the basis of Section 7 Paragraph 3 UWG (German Fair Trade Practices Act)) and for optimization and for market research and opinion research.

Insofar as we, as described above, require your data for the purposes of providing the functions of our ticket shop, you are contractually obliged to provide us with these data. Without these data we are unable to provide you with these functions.

3.2.2 Furthermore, you can enter the following voluntary details in the course of your registration in your profile:

  • Academic title
  • Other title
  • Position
  • Company (only voluntary for private visitors)
  • House number
  • P.O. Box
  • P.O. Box, postcode
  • Tel.
  • Fax
  • Web address

The entry of these details is voluntary and not necessary in order to purchase a ticket.

The processing of this personal data is only carried out on the basis of the express consent you have provided to us pursuant to Article 6 (1) (a) GDPR.

3.3 Community functions

We offer various community functions on our websites. You can use these community functions to interact with other users. These functions include Matchmaking365 and ambista.

Pease note that these areas could, corresponding to your settings, be publically accessible, and that all personal information that you set within them or provide in the course of your registration can be seen by others. We cannot control how other users of our website utilize this information. In particular, we cannot prevent unwanted messages being sent to you. Content placed in the community areas can be stored for an unlimited period. Should you, at some future time, wish the removal of specific placed material, send us a corresponding e-mail at the address given above.

We collect all data entered in the context of the community functions in order to be able to provide you with the community functions as intended, Article 6 (1) (b) GDPR.

Insofar as we, as described above, require your data for the purposes of providing the community functions, you are contractually obliged to provide us with these data. Without these data we are unable to provide you with the corresponding community functions.

3.4 Contact form

If you submit queries to us via our contact form, your details from the contact form including the contact data you have provided there

  • Name
  • First name
  • Activity related with Koelnmesse
  • Company
  • Address
  • Tel.no.
  • Fax nummer

are saved and processed for the purpose of answering your query.

We collect these data in order to be able to accept and process your query, Article 6 (1) (b) GDPR.

Insofar as we, as described above, process your data for the purposes of accepting and processing your queries, you are contractually obliged to provide us with these data. Without these data we are unable to accept and process your queries.

3.5 Registration as an exhibitor or a visitor

You can register on our website as a visitor, trade visitor or exhibitor. We process the personal data that you have provided us with in the course of your registration in order to accomplish this.

The processing of your personal data is carried out for the purposes of initiating, executing and winding up the corresponding user contract, Article 6 (1) (b) GDPR.

You are not required to register in order to participate in Koelnmesse events. You can of course also purchase an anonymous ticket at the box office counters on site.

Without registration, we are unfortunately unable to provide you with services such as online advance ticket sales or simplified repeat ticket sales, matchmaking, travel services or other services.

In detail, we process your personal data for the following purposes:

  • The purchase of tickets for our events;
  • The redeeming of vouchers;
  • The registration of future tickets "with one click."
  • The delivery of and payment for other services of Koelnmesse (e.g. trade fair directories and catalogues);
  • Checking trade visitor status;
  • Announcements, trade information and other materials concerning events of interst to you;
  • The offer of individually customized services;
  • Query regarding participatin in our market and opinion research;
  • The prevention or discovery of misuse and fraud, in particular in the case of vouchers and free tickets;
  • If necessary, simple actualization of your personal data over the Internet

Data collected subsequently is also assigned to your customer account. These include, for example, data collected when ordering a ticket.

4. Newsletter

We reserve the right pursuant to Section 7 (3) UWG to send you by e-mail information on goods and services similar to those that you have purchased from us. You can object to the receipt of such information via e-mail at any time. Every e-mail contains the information about how you can unsubscribe from the receipt of future e-mails.

5. Information on cookies and targeting

5.1 We use so-called browser cookies to collect information about your use of our website. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your hard drive where specific preferences and data regarding the exchange of information between our system and your browser is stored. A cookie generally contains the name of the domain from which the cookie data was sent and information about the age of the cookie and an alphanumeric identification sign. Cookies enable our systems to recognize the user’s device and to make possibly existing settings available immediately. As soon as a user accesses the platform, a cookie is transferred to the hard drive of the respective user’s computer. Cookies help us to improve our website and enable us to offer you a better service that is even-more customized to your needs. They enable us to recognize your computer when you return to our website and so:

  • To store information about your preferred activities on our website and so to orient our website on your individual interests. This includes, for example, advertising that corresponds to your personal interests;
  • To increase the speed with which your queries are processed;

The use of cookies is justified on the basis of our legitimate interest in a needs-based design and the statistical evaluation of our website and the fact that your legitimate interests are not overriding pursuant to Article 6 (1) (f) GDPR.

5.2 The cookies used by us only store the aforementioned data about your use of our website. This is carried out not on the basis of an assignment to you personally, but by the allocation of an identification number to the cookie (“cookie ID”). The cookie ID is not associated with your name, IP address or similar data that would enable the attribution of the cookie to you. You can find out how to prevent the use of browser cookies under Item 5.5.

5.3 Our website uses so-called tracking technologies (you will find further details in Item 6). We use these technologies in order to make the Internet offer more interesting for you. This technology enables Internet users who have already shown an interest in our website to be presented with advertising on the websites of our partners. The display of these advertisements on our partners’ websites takes place based on the use of cookie technology and an analysis of the previous user behaviour. This analysis is carried out using a pseudonym and user profiles with your personal data are not put together.

Should you wish to opt out of this tracking process, you can refuse to allow the setting of a cookie required by this process:

For example, by means of a browser setting that deactivates the automatic setting of cookies in general. Please use e.g. the “Do not track” (“DNT”) option of your web browser.

Please note that you must carry out this step individually for every one of your terminals and/or browsers.

5.4 We work together with business partners who support us in designing our Internet presence and the website to make it more interesting for you. For this reason, cookies from these partner companies are also stored on your hard drive when you visit the website. These cookies automatically delete themselves after a preset time. The cookies from our partner companies are also only used with a cookie ID to collect data that enables our advertising partners to address you with advertising that could genuinely be of interest to you. You can find out how to prevent the use of cookies under Item 5.5.

5.5 Should you not wish the use of browser cookies, you can set your browser in such a way that the storage of cookies is not accepted. Please note that in this case you may only be able to use our website on a limited basis or not at all. Should you wish to only accept our own cookies, and not the cookies of our service providers and partners, you can select the setting “Block third-party cookies” in your browser.

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5.6 Analysis by wiredminds

Our website uses a counting pixel technology provided by wiredminds GmbH ( www.wiredminds.de ) to analyze visitor behavior. If necessary, data is collected, processed and stored, from which user profiles are created under a pseudonym. Wherever possible and reasonable, these usage profiles are completely anonymized. Cookies can be used for this purpose. Cookies are small text files that are stored in the visitor's Internet browser and serve to recognize the Internet browser. The collected data, which may also contain personal data, will be transmitted to wiredminds or collected directly by wiredminds. wiredminds may use information that is left by visiting the websites to create anonymized usage profiles. The data obtained without explicit consent of the affected person will not be used to personally identify the visitor of this website and will not be merged with personal data of the bearer of the pseudonym. Whenever IP addresses are recorded, their immediate anonymization takes place by deleting the last number block.

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6. Pseudonymous user profiles

6.1 Conversion tracking by third parties

The following conversion tracking by third parties may be used:

  • Ligatus Conversion Pixel
    You will find further information on data protection and cookies from Ligatus GmbH, Hohenstaufenring 30–32, 50674 Cologne, Germany here.
  • Outbrain Conversion Pixel
    You will find further information on data protection and cookies from Outbrain Inc., 39 West 13th Street, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10011, USA, here.
  • „DoubleClick by Google” (Accuen Conversion Pixel)/Google Adwords Conversion Pixel
    DoubleClick by Google” is a service from Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (“Google”). “DoubleClick by Google” uses cookies in order to present advertisements relevant to you. In the process, your browser is assigned a pseudonymous identification number (ID) in order to check which advertisements have been displayed in your browser and which advertisements have been called up. The cookies do not contain any personal information. The use of the “DoubleClick” cookies only enables Google and its partner websites to display advertisements on the basis of previous visits to our or other websites in the Internet. The information created by the cookies is transferred by Google to a server in the USA for evaluation and stored there. A transfer of the data by Google to third parties only takes place on the basis of legal regulations or in the context of a contract data processing agreement. In no case will Google combine your data with other data collected by Google.

    You can prevent the storage of the cookies by carrying out a corresponding setting in your browser software; however, we expressly inform you that you may not then be able to use the full scope of all of the features of our websites. In addition, you can disable the collection of the data created by the cookies concerning your use of the websites and the processing of this data by Google if you download and install the browser plugin that is available under the following link under the point “DoubleClick” deactivation plugin:
  • You will find further information on data protection and cookies from Google here.
  • Twitter Conversion Pixel
    You will find further information on data protection and cookies from Twitter, Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA here.
  • LinkedIn Conversion Pixel
    You will find further information on data protection and cookies from the LinkedIn Corporation, 1000 West Maude Avenue, Sunnyvale CA 94085, USA here.
  • Facebook Conversion Pixel
    You will find further information on data protection and cookies from Facebook, Inc., 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA, here.
  • Adtiger
    AdTiger is a service for integrating advertisements from arejo GmbH, Schaperstraße 14, 10719 Berlin, Germany. You will find further information on data protection from AdTiger and on the use of cookies including the option of an opt-out under http://ads.adtiger.de/privacy.php .
  • Google Analytics with Conversion Tracking
    We use Google Analytics, a Web analysis service from Google Inc. (“Google”), including the function “Conversion Tracking”. Google Analytics employs so-called “cookies”, which are text files that are stored on your terminal and make it possible to analyse how you are using the website, the products that you view and possible purchases that you make. No personal data are collected during this process. The information created by the cookie (including your abbreviated IP address) is transferred to a Google server in the USA and stored there. Google will use this information to evaluate it, to create reports on the website activities and the products viewed or sold for the operators of the website, and to provide additional services connected with the use of the website and the Internet. If applicable, Google will also transfer this information to third parties, insofar as this is legally prescribed, or insofar as third parties process this information on behalf of Google.

    You will find further information about how Google uses your data in Google’s Privacy Policy: https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/

    You can deactivate Google Analytics by means of a browser add-on, should you not want the website analysis. You can download the add-on here: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en .

    The use of Google Analytics with Conversion Tracking takes place on the basis of our legitimate interest in a needs-based design, the statistical evaluation and the efficient promotion of our website and the fact that your legitimate interests are not overriding pursuant to Article 6 (1) (f) GDPR.

6.2 Further tools for the purposes of marketing and optimization

  • Use of Google AdWords and Remarketing
    We also place advertisements using Google AdWords, in order to draw attention to our services outside the display network. The corresponding advertisements are displayed by Google after a search query on the part of the user.

    Cookies are subsequently used to help register on our website how many users reached our website via one of our advertisements. The anonymous statistics that we gain from this process enable us to optimize our advertisements. The cookie is stored with the click on an advertisement

    We also use Google Analytics for the statistical evaluation of the data from AdWords. The storage of the cookies can be prevented using the settings of your browser. In this case your visit to our website also does not appear in the anonymous user statistics.

    You will find further information about how Google uses your data in Google’s Privacy Policy under https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/ and under https://policies.google.com/technologies/ads

    You can permanently deactivate the use of cookies for personalized advertising by Google by downloading and installing the corresponding plugin provided under the following link: https://support.google.com/ads/answer/7395996?hl=en

    The use of Google AdWords and Remarketing takes place on the basis of our legitimate interest in the efficient promotion of our website, the success monitoring of our advertisements and the fact that your legitimate interests are not overriding pursuant to Article 6 (1) (f) GDPR.
  • Google Tag Manager
    Google Tag Manager is a solution that enables us to manage various website tags using a single interface. The Tool Tag Manager itself (which implements the tags) is a cookie-free domain and does not collect any personal information. The tool triggers other tags which could themselves collect data. Google Tag Manager does not access these data. If deactivation is carried out at domain or cookie level, this remains in force for all tracking tags that have been implemented using Google Tag Manager.
  • Quantcast Remarketing Pixel
    Quantcast provides us with a service for user measurement and for advertising purposes. Using Quantcast Remarketing enables us to address our website visitors with advertising in a targeted manner. Quantcast associates the information about your website visit or your app use with a unique ID (your cookie ID), not with your name, your e-mail address or telephone number. You will find additional information in Quantcast’s Privacy Policy. You can opt out of the advertising and data collection by Quantcast at any time: https://www.quantcast.de/opt-out/

    You will find further information about Quantcast and about the Privacy Policy of Quantcast under: https://www.quantcast.com/privacy/ .
  • Google Maps
    This website uses Google Maps to represent maps and to generate driving directions. Google Maps is operated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA Due to the embedding of Google Maps, your IP address is transferred directly to Google and a cookie is stored as soon as you visit such a website. You can find information about the data processing by Google and object to this at any time under
    https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=en&gl=en
    . You will find the terms and conditions of use for Google Maps under Terms for Google Maps . You can find exhaustive details in the data protection centre of google.com Transparency and a broad range of choices and Privacy Policy .
  • Google Webfonts
    This website uses the so-called Webfonts to represent the typefaces. These are provided by Google ( http://www.google.com/webfonts/ ). To accomplish this, your browser loads the required Webfont into the browser cache when the page is called up. This is necessary in order for your browser to be able to display an optically improved representation of our text. If your browser does not support this function, your computer will be use a standard font for the display.

    You will find further information about Google Webfonts under https://developers.google.com/fonts/faq?hl=en-GB&csw=1

    You will find general information about the topic of data protection at Google under http://www.google.com/intl/en-GB/policies/privacy/
  • Other active content (e.g. Javascript, ActiveX)
    You can deactivate Javascript, ActiveX or other control elements and scripting languages in websites that contain executive elements for security reasons in your browser at any time. Our websites also remain navigable without the use of Javascript.

  • Dentsu Aegis Network
    Koelnmesse GmbH collaborates with a target group marketer. For this purpose, cookies are used on our websites which collect or incorporate (Online Behavioral Targeting "OBA") anonymous usage data for the purpose of usage-based online advertising such as the type of website visited, categories visited and/or product pages and/or which browser and terminal device was used for this. The user may either delete the cookies at any time directly in the browser or manage cookie preferences at http://www.youronlinechoices.com/ or disable the cookies of the target group marketer Dentsu Aegis Network Germany GmbH at http://www.theadex.com/opt-out.

7. Shariff

We do not use the plugins of the social networks Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and Xing themselves on our website. Our buttons for sharing content via social media are implemented using the software “Shariff,” which first transmits the data to the respective network operator when you click the buttons. If you would like to learn more about Shariff, click here .

Various data are first transferred to the respective social network when you click on the corresponding button. These data can include:

  • Date and time of the website access
  • URL of the website which the visitor is browsing
  • URL of the website which the visitor previously visited
  • Browser used
  • IP address of the visitor

Insofar as you are logged in to the respective social network (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn or Xing) in parallel with your visit to our site, it is not excluded that the provider can associate the visit with your social network account. When you use the plugin functions (e. g. clicking on the “Like” button, posting a comment), this information is also transferred directly by your browser to the respective social network and possibly stored there. Please consult the privacy policies of Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and Xing to find out more about the purpose and scope of the networks’ data collection activities as well as their further processing and use of the data.

8. Transfer of data

In principle, a transfer of your personal information without your prior express consent will only take place in the following cases:

  • When it is required for the investigation of an unlawful use of our services or for the prosecution, personal data are transferred to the law-enforcement authorities and if necessary to injured third parties. However, this only occurs when there are concrete indications of unlawful or abusive behaviour. A transfer can also take place when it is necessary for the enforcement of terms and conditions of use or of other agreements. We are also legally obliged to provide information to specific public authorities on request. These are prosecutorial authorities, authorities that prosecute misdemeanours punishable by fines and the financial authorities. The transfer of this data takes place on the basis of our legitimate interest in combatting misuse, the prosecution of criminal offences, the safeguarding, assertion and enforcement of claims and the fact that your rights and interests with regard to the protection of personal data are not overriding pursuant to Article 6 (1) (f) GDPR.
  • We rely on contractually bound external companies and external service providers (“processors”) for the provision of the services. In such cases personal data are transferred to these processors in order to enable them to carry out the further processing. These processors are carefully selected by us and regularly checked in order to ensure that your right to privacy remains protected. The processors may only use the data for the specific purposes of the processing as specified by us and are in addition contractually obligated by us to handle your data exclusively in accordance with this privacy policy and the German data protection legislation.
  • In the context of the further development of our business it is possible that the structure of Koelnmesse GmbH changes in that the legal form is changed or subsidiaries, business units or constituent parts are established, purchased or sold. In the event of such transactions the customer information will be transferred along with the part of the company being transferred. We will ensure that every such transfer of personal data to third parties to the extent described above takes place in conformity with this privacy policy and with the relevant data protection legislation.

A possible transfer of the personal data is justified by our legitimate interests in adapting our business form to economic and legal factors as required and the fact that your rights and interests with regard to the protection of personal data are not overriding pursuant to Article 6 (1) (f) GDPR.

9. Transfer of data to third countries

The data can in some cases be transferred in the scope described above to countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA). These countries do not have a standard of data protection comparable with the standard of protection within the EU (e. g. USA, China or India). For the protection of your data, those of our group companies and contract partners located outside the EEA to whom data should be transferred, such as foreign representatives, are obligated on the basis of the EU standard contractual clauses for the transfer of personal data to third countries to guarantee adequate data protection.

You will find the EU standard contractual clauses for the transfer of personal data to third countries under the following link:

https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/law-topic/data-protection/data-transfers-outside-eu/model-contracts-transfer-personal-data-third-countries_de

You will also find information on international data protection under the following link: https://www.lda.bayern.de/en/international.html

10. Changes of purpose

The processing of your personal data for purposes other than those described will only take place to the extent permitted by a legal regulation or subject to your consent for the change of purpose of the data processing. In the event of further processing for purposes other than those for which the data were originally collected, we will inform you of these other purposes before the further processing and make all relevant information available to you.

11. The deletion of your data

We delete or anonymize your personal data as soon as they are no longer required for the purposes according to the aforementioned items for which we collected them. As a rule, we store your personal data for the duration of your user relationship with respect to the website.

After the expiry of these periods of notice, the data are deleted, insofar as these data are no longer required due to legal retention periods, for criminal prosecution or for the safeguarding, assertion or enforcement of legal claims. In this case, they are locked. The data are then no longer available for further use.

12. Automatic case-by-case decision making or profiling measures

We do not use any automated processing steps in order to reach a decision – including profiling – in connection with our website.

13. Your rights as an affected individual

13.1 Right to information

Pursuant to Article 15 GDPR, you have the right to request us at any time to provide you with information concerning personal data relating to you that we process. You can make this request by sending a postal letter or e-mail to the above address.

13.2 Right to rectification of incorrect data

You have the right to request us to immediately rectify your personal data if they are inaccurate. To do so, please contact the above addresses.

13.3 Right to erasure

You have the right to obtain from us the erasure of personal data on the grounds described in Article 17 GDPR. These grounds especially give you the right to erasure if the personal data are no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise processed, if the personal data have been unlawfully processed, if we have received an objection to the processing, or the personal data have to be erased in compliance with a legal obligation in Union or Member State law to which Koelnmesse is subject. With regard to the duration of the data storage, see Item 13 of this data protection declaration. To exercise the aforementioned right, please contact the above addresses.

13.4 Right to restriction of processing

You have the right to request us to restrict processing pursuant to Article 18 GDPR. This right applies, in particular, to the following cases: When the accuracy of the personal data is contested between the user and ourselves, for a period enabling us to verify the accuracy of the personal data; the user has an existing right to erasure but opposes the erasure of the personal data and requests the restriction of their use instead; the data are no longer needed for our purposes, but they are required by the user for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims; the user has objected to processing pending the verification whether our legitimate grounds override those of the user. To exercise the aforementioned right, please contact the above addresses.

13.5 Right to data portability

You have the right to receive the personal data concerning yourself, which you have provided to us, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format pursuant to Article 20 GDPR. To exercise the aforementioned right, please contact the above addresses.

13.6 Right to object

Pursuant to Article 21 GDPR, you have the right to object, on grounds relating to your particular situation, at any time to processing of personal data concerning yourself which is based on point (e) or (f) of Article 6 (1) GDPR. In that case, we shall no longer process your personal data unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your interests, rights and freedoms or for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.

13.7 Right of appeal

If you have a complaint, you also have the right to appeal to the responsible regulatory authority. The responsible regulatory authority is:

Landesbeauftragte für Datenschutz und Informationsfreiheit Nordrhein-Westfalen
Postfach 20 04 44
40102 Düsseldorf, Germany
Tel.: +49 211/38424-0
Fax: +49 211/38424-10
e-mail: poststelle@ldi.nrw.de

14. Changes to this privacy policy

The current version of this privacy policy can always be called up under “Security and Data Protection”.

Status: 23 November 2018