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ThePetCommunity is a website for sharing pet information, photos and videos with other pet owners. Your personal privacy is important to us. This Privacy Policy explains how we collect and use your personal identifying information. Please read this Privacy Policy carefully, and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

The processing of personal data shall always be in line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and in accordance with the country-specific data protection regulations applicable to the ThePetCommunity.

Definitions

The data protection declaration of the ThePetCommunity is based on the terms used by the European legislator for the adoption of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Our data protection declaration should be legible and understandable for the general public, as well as our customers and business partners. To ensure this, we would like to first explain the terminology used.

In this data protection declaration we use the following terms:

Name and Address of the controller

Controller for the purposes of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), other data protection laws applicable in Member states of the European Union and other provisions related to data protection is:

ThePetCommunity
Birkenstr. 42 B
84404 Neumarkt-Sankt Veit
Germany
Email: info@thepetcommunity.com
Website: https://www.thepetcommunity.com

By using ThePetCommunity, you consent to the collection and use of your personal information as outlined in the Privacy Policy. From time to time, we may update the Privacy Policy and we will post a notice of significant changes on the site. You should visit this page periodically to review any such changes to the Privacy Policy.

Legal requests

You understand and agree that ThePetCommunity may access, preserve, and disclose your personal information and the contents of your account if required to do so by law or in a good faith belief that such access preservation or disclosure is reasonably necessary to comply with legal process, such as a search warrant, subpoena, statute, or court order, or to protect the rights and property of ThePetCommunity, its affiliates or the public.

Controlling your personal information

You have complete control of the information you submit to ThePetCommunity. You may at anytime edit any information or remove your pets' and personal accounts entirely. ThePetCommunity only requires a user give a valid email while you have an account so we may contact you.

ThePetCommunity shall, at any time, provide information upon request to each data subject as to what personal data are stored about the data subject. In addition, the data controller shall correct or erase personal data at the request or indication of the data subject, insofar as there are no statutory storage obligations. The entirety of the controller's employees are available to the data subject in this respect as contact persons.

Please note, we reserve the right to transfer your submitted information in the event of a transfer of ownership of ThePetCommunity, such as acquisition by or merger with another company. In such an event, ThePetCommunity will notify you before information about you is transferred and becomes subject to a different privacy policy.

Legal basis for the processing

Art. 6(1) lit. a GDPR serves as the legal basis for processing operations for which we obtain consent for a specific processing purpose. If the processing of personal data is necessary for the performance of a contract to which the data subject is party, as is the case, for example, when processing operations are necessary for the supply of goods or to provide any other service, the processing is based on Article 6(1) lit. b GDPR. The same applies to such processing operations which are necessary for carrying out pre-contractual measures, for example in the case of inquiries concerning our products or services. Is our company subject to a legal obligation by which processing of personal data is required, such as for the fulfillment of tax obligations, the processing is based on Art. 6(1) lit. c GDPR. In rare cases, the processing of personal data may be necessary to protect the vital interests of the data subject or of another natural person. This would be the case, for example, if a visitor were injured in our company and his name, age, health insurance data or other vital information would have to be passed on to a doctor, hospital or other third party. Then the processing would be based on Art. 6(1) lit. d GDPR. Finally, processing operations could be based on Article 6(1) lit. f GDPR. This legal basis is used for processing operations which are not covered by any of the abovementioned legal grounds, if processing is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by our company or by a third party, except where such interests are overridden by the interests or fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject which require protection of personal data. Such processing operations are particularly permissible because they have been specifically mentioned by the European legislator. He considered that a legitimate interest could be assumed if the data subject is a client of the controller (Recital 47 Sentence 2 GDPR).

The legitimate interests pursued by the controller or by a third party

Where the processing of personal data is based on Article 6(1) lit. f GDPR our legitimate interest is to carry out our business in favor of the well-being of all our employees and the shareholders.

Period for which the personal data will be stored

The criteria used to determine the period of storage of personal data is the respective statutory retention period. After expiration of that period, the corresponding data is routinely deleted, as long as it is no longer necessary for the fulfillment of the contract or the initiation of a contract.

Routine erasure and blocking of personal data

The data controller shall process and store the personal data of the data subject only for the period necessary to achieve the purpose of storage, or as far as this is granted by the European legislator or other legislators in laws or regulations to which the controller is subject to. If the storage purpose is not applicable, or if a storage period prescribed by the European legislator or another competent legislator expires, the personal data are routinely blocked or erased in accordance with legal requirements.

Rights of the data subject

The information we collect

The website of the ThePetCommunity collects a series of general data and information when a data subject or automated system calls up the website. This general data and information are stored in the server log files. Collected may be the browser types and versions used, the operating system used by the accessing system, the website from which an accessing system reaches our website (so-called referrers), the date and time of access to the Internet site, an Internet protocol address (IP address), the Internet service provider of the accessing system, and any other similar data and information that may be used in the event of attacks on our information technology systems.

When using these general data and information, the ThePetCommunity does not draw any conclusions about the data subject. Rather, this information is needed to deliver the content of our website correctly, optimize the content of our website as well as its advertisement, ensure the long-term viability of our information technology systems and website technology, and provide law enforcement authorities with the information necessary for criminal prosecution in case of a cyber-attack. Therefore, the ThePetCommunity analyzes anonymously collected data and information statistically, with the aim of increasing the data protection and data security of our enterprise, and to ensure an optimal level of protection for the personal data we process. The anonymous data of the server log files are stored separately from all personal data provided by a data subject.

Registration on the website

When you register to become a member of ThePetCommunity, we collect your email address and optionally your name, birthday, gender and country. When you register your pet we collect the information you want to share: nickname, name, gender, breed and age etc. Your name and email will never be shared, rented, bartered or sold with other users or third-party companies. All information entered about you and your pet(s) will only be used by ThePetCommunity to display on the site and will never be shared, rented, bartered, sold or exchanged any other purposeful manner. The website, however, is accessible by anyone with an internet connection and a web browser, which means that any words, photos or videos you post can be copied by any other internet user. That is the nature of the internet and though we discourage anyone from abusing that option, it is something that must be noted.

By registering on the website, the IP address—assigned by the Internet service provider (ISP) and used by the data subject—date, and time of the registration are also stored. The storage of this data takes place against the background that this is the only way to prevent the misuse of our services, and, if necessary, to make it possible to investigate committed offenses. Insofar, the storage of this data is necessary to secure the controller. This data is not passed on to third parties unless there is a statutory obligation to pass on the data, or if the transfer serves the aim of criminal prosecution.

In order to provide the best possible service and detect and correct site errors, we collect aggregate information about use of the site (such as which page are most often viewed) and we collect information about your computer, such as such as browser type, browser language, and IP address. This information as well is never shared with anyone. Your personal information is contained behind secured networks and is only accessible by a limited number of persons who have special access rights to such systems, and are required to keep the information confidential. We implement a variety of security measures when a user enters, submits, or accesses their information to maintain the safety of your personal information.

Collected information details

Website visitors

Data type Purpose of processing Legal basis for processing
IP Address - Anonymizied secure operation of our Website legitimate interests of the controller
Essential cookies secure operation of our Website, user perferences for language selection legitimate interests of the controller
Statistical cookies secure operation of our Website, improve the website consent of the data subject

Registered Members

Data type Purpose of processing Legal basis for processing
IP Address secure operation of our Website legitimate interests of the controller
user data (mandatory), email address, password hash, social authentication id enable registration and log in, sending transactional emails consent of the data subject
user data (optional), pet information basic usage of the website and the community consent of the data subject
user generated content (descriptions, comments, uploaded photos, videos) basic usage of the website and the community consent of the data subject

Games

Oil painting

Using this feature you can upload a photo of your pet and we generate an oil painting-like image out of it. By using the feature you give consent to store and use the uploaded image. The images are automatically destroyed after 3 months.

Cat Quiz

Using this feature you can play a quiz about interestin cat facts. We do not store any personal information here.

How we use your information

Your email will never be shared with anyone in anyway. If you chose to enter your name, gender, age or country that information will be displayed on the site. We use your submitted email to notify you events, but no member sees that email.

We work with third parties who provide services, including but not limited to website hosting, e-commerce affiliation, data analysis, emailing and other services of an administrative nature. Personally identifiable information, is shared with such third parties for the purpose of providing such services. Further, we may use selected reputable third parties for marketing, targeting and analysis purposes. Some of these third parties may be given access to some, or all, of the information that you provide to us and may use cookies or other tracking technologies in connection with providing their services. To the extent that we provide your personally identifiable information to such third parties, we seek to restrict their ability to use such information for their own marketing purposes; however, we cannot be responsible for the privacy policies or practices of such third parties.

The biographical information you enter about your pet(s) is instantly available to all other users of the site. ThePetCommunity does not claim rights for the pictures, videos uploaded or the text information you add to the site. Please note, however, that ThePetCommunity is a public site and thus all photos and information you provide are available to anyone with internet access. Due to the nature of the internet, it is impossible for ThePetCommunity to be a protectorate of your pets' information, photos and videos, so you should never post a photo, video or information that you do not now or ever want someone else to have access to.

Cookies

The Internet pages of the ThePetCommunity use cookies. Cookies are text files that are stored in a computer system via an Internet browser.

Through the use of cookies, the ThePetCommunity can provide the users of this website with more user-friendly services that would not be possible without the cookie setting.

By means of a cookie, the information and offers on our website can be optimized with the user in mind. Cookies allow us, as previously mentioned, to recognize our website users. The purpose of this recognition is to make it easier for users to utilize our website. The website user that uses cookies, e.g. does not have to enter access data each time the website is accessed, because this is taken over by the website, and the cookie is thus stored on the user's computer system.

The data subject may, at any time, prevent the setting of cookies through our website by means of a corresponding setting of the Internet browser used, and may thus permanently deny the setting of cookies. Furthermore, already set cookies may be deleted at any time via an Internet browser or other software programs. This is possible in all popular Internet browsers. If the data subject deactivates the setting of cookies in the Internet browser used, not all functions of our website may be entirely usable.

Essential Cookies

No personal information is stored in the essential cookies, these cookies are kept on our domain.

Statistical Cookies

These cookies are used to collect data about the way visitors use the website, we use third parties to help us improve the website.

First party services

ThePetCommunity uses First Party services to process data - this data never leaves our servers and it is not accessible by 3rd parties.

Third party services

ThePetCommunity uses Third Party services to process data.

Online presence in social networks

ThePetCommunity maintains online presences in social networks in order to communicate there with customers and interested parties,and to provide information about us. The users' data is generally processed by the social networks for market research and advertising purposes. In doing so, we may receive statistics from e.g. Facebook on the use of our fan page. The legal basis of the data processing carried out by the social networks on their own responsibility, please refer to the privacy policy of the respective privacy policy of the respective social network.

Facebook Page for Samy & Mury
Additional information: Information about Page Insights, Information about Page Insights data, Privacy Policy

ThePetCommunity may contain links to other web sites. These other sites maintain their own policies regarding cookies and the collection and use of personal information.

Security

We use industry standard security measures to protect your information so that it is not made available to unauthorized parties. If you have any questions regarding which measures and techniques we use, feel free to contact us.

Contacting Us

You can always contact us at any time by email at info@thepetcommunity.com

Unsubscribing

You can easily unsubscribe at any time. In any email you recieve from ThePetCommunity there will be an “unsubscribe” or “Opt-out” link in the footer of the email. Clicking on that link will immediately unsubscribe you from that specific types of email correspondence from ThePetCommunity. Additionaly, members can always adjust their email preference, including unsubscribing, by going to the settings page.

Have other questions?

Feel free to contact us any time, and if you have further questions about ThePetCommunity.

Last edited on the 26th August 2022

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