Privacy Policy as of August 2017


Protecting the personal data of our users is of particular concern to us. You are entitled to expect us to exercise maximum sensibility when handling your personal data and to ensure a high level of data security. It is a matter of course for us to observe the provisions of the German Data Protection Act (BDSG) and the German Telemedia Act (TMG), and we will only collect, process, and use personal data concerning our users to the extent described in this Privacy Policy.

By clicking on the relevant checkbox when you register for our service, you declare your consent to allowing us to collect, process, and use personal data relating to you in the context of the data processing activities described below.

You may of course revoke your consent at any time. You can send your written revocation to us at jovoto GmbH, Lobeckstrasse 30-35, D-10969 Berlin. However, it is also sufficient to send a relevant e-mail to our customer service at This is where you can also request to receive information in written or electronic form concerning the personal data we hold about you.


Collecting your personal data allows us to provide you with a user-friendly, efficient and secure website. We use the personal data that we collect and process for the purpose of providing third parties with information as part of our service, where applicable for distributing our newsletter, as well as for executing the user agreement you concluded with us (cf. our General Terms & Conditions of Use) and any other additional agreements. For the rest, we generally process data in order to improve our website and its security; in this case, however, no personal data is processed. This processing is performed in an anonymous or pseudonymized form.


Basic Data in Terms of § 14 Sect. 1 of the Telemedia Act

We collect and process personal data in terms of § 14 of the Telemedia Act when you register with jovoto, open a user account, and where applicable after you have opened such an account and use our website. When you open a user account with us, we initially only ever request the following data from you (hereinafter referred to as “basic data”):

– An e-mail address,

– Your first and last name

– A user name as well as a password that you define (the password is stored in encrypted form and is at no time visible to us as plain text)

Following registration you have the possibility to specify additional data in your user profile (your name, your city, direct contact data, one or more websites, etc.). You can also upload a photo of yourself. If you decide for one or more of these options, the data in question will also become part of the basic data record, as will any photograph. We use basic data to manage your user account, and also to be able to reach you in the event of any difficulties. We also use your e-mail address to keep you informed of any new features of our service. Besides this, the basic data that you provide voluntarily is used to introduce you to other jovoto users and to communicate with them.

You also consent to our use of your e-mail address to send you an occasional e-mail newsletter, which, in addition to editorial information about our website, may also contain advertising material from us and from third parties. In particular, you consent to data processing for the distribution of the e-mail newsletter being performed by a service provider located in the USA. You can unsubscribe from future newsletters at any time by sending an e-mail to the e-mail address indicated above.


As a general principle, Internet users may view our website pages without specifying any personal data. We nevertheless create a so-called usage profile whenever our website is visited by registered users or simple Internet users.

For this purpose, we collect and store so-called usage data in anonymized form for marketing and optimization purposes. This concerns, for example, data about the website from which you accessed our website, the name of your Internet service provider, which pages you access when visiting our website (so-called clickstream) as well as the date and duration of your visit. Where applicable, usage profiles may be created under a pseudonym from these data that are already anonymized. Cookies may be used for this purpose (see section “Cookies” below for more information on this).

We receive these usage data solely in anonymized or pseudonymized form. This means, for example, that we do not know what your preferred usage behavior is – only that there is a user that has such usage behavior.

Incidentally, you may prevent the collection and storage of data in usage profiles for the future at any time. If you wish to do so, simply send us an e-mail at

Our website contains links to websites of other providers. After you click on such a link we no longer have any influence on the way any personal data that may be transferred to the third party when you click on the link is processed (such as IP address or the URL where the link is located) as the behavior of third parties is naturally beyond our control. We can therefore assume no responsibility for the processing of such personal data by third parties.


We provide an online service where users may publish information about themselves and where they can make this information available to third parties via the website. jovoto’s core business is therefore also the publication and hence the “disclosure” of personal data. With the exception of your user name, which is always publicly visible, it is largely up to you as to how you decide to use the information in you user profile, and what information you wish to make publicly accessible. In this respect, the disclosure of personal data is made on a voluntary basis. We make the data that you voluntarily specify or release available to all other users at the designated locations on the website.

If you participate in a contest and win one of the prizes, we will also publish your user name as part of reporting about the contest.

In addition to this, we will only disclose personal data about you to third parties if and insofar as this is necessary to fulfill the contractual relationship that exists with you, we are legally obliged to do so, or it is required in order to fulfill our General Terms & Conditions of Business and Use, other agreements concluded with you, or to assert our rights and claims. In the event that personal data are to be disclosed for purposes no listed above, we will ask for your consent in each individual case. If you do not provide your consent, disclosure will of course not be performed.


Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer to help the website analyze how you use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website (including your IP address, which is however anonymized with the method _anonymizeIp) to ensure that is cannot be assigned to a specific connection), is transferred to a Google server in the USA and stored there. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for us as website operators, and providing other services relating to website activity and Internet usage.

Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.

You may refuse to install the cookies by selecting the appropriate settings in your browser; however, please note that if you do this you may not be able to enjoy the full functionality of this website. By using this website you declare your consent to the processing of the data gathered by Google about you in the above-mentioned manner and for the above-mentioned purpose.

You can prevent the collection of data by Google Analytics with effect for the future by installing a deactivation add-on  for your browser.

You can find further information about how Google Analytics processes data here. You can find information about how Google processes personal data in Google’s privacy policy here.


We use the “Doubleclick by Google” service on our website; it is provided and operated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (“Google”). Doubleclick by Google uses cookies to present you with ads that are relevant for you. For this purpose, your browser is assigned a pseudonymous identification (ID) in order to check what ads were displayed in your browser and what ads were selected. Cookies do not contain any personal information. The use of Doubleclick cookies only allows Google and its partner websites to display ads based on previous visits to our or other partner websites. You can find general information about how personal data is handled at Google in Google’s privacy policy.

You may refuse to have cookies stored by selecting the appropriate settings in your browser; however, please note that if you do this you may not be able to use all the features of our web pages to their full extent. In addition, you can prevent the information generated by the cookies relating to your use of these web pages from being transferred to Google and from being processed by Google by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available at this link.


Our website uses social plug-ins (“plug-ins”) from the social network, which is operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA (“Facebook”). You can recognize the plug-ins by one of the Facebook logos. We use the social plug-ins “Like”, “Share” and “Connect”. We also use the Facebook function “Open Graph”. You can access the list of Facebook social plug-ins and see what they look like at

If you access a page of our website containing one of these plug-ins, your browser will establish a direct connection with Facebook’s servers. The contents of the plug-in will be transferred to your browser direct and integrated into the website. We therefore have no influence on the extent of the data that Facebook collects with the help of this plug-in, and for this reason the information provided below reflects what we know about this feature. You can access the information that Facebook provides about its social plug-ins here.

By integrating the plug-in, Facebook is given the information that you have called the relevant page on our website. If you are also logged into Facebook at this time, Facebook will be able to assign the visit to your Facebook account. If you interact with the plug-ins, for example if you click on the Like button or write a comment, the corresponding information will be communicated direct to Facebook and stored there. If you are not a Facebook member, it is still possible for Facebook to identify and store the IP address of your Internet connection.

If you are a Facebook member and do not want Facebook to collect data about you via our website and link these to data stored on Facebook, you must log out from Facebook before visiting our website.


We also use the Facebook service “Website Custom Audiences” on our website. This service is also operated by Facebook Ireland Limited, 4 Grand Canal Square, Dublin 2, Ireland. You can find more information about “Website Custom Audiences” here. According to Facebook, it uses this service to generate a non-reversible and non-personal check sum (hash value) from your usage data that Facebook can use for analysis and marketing purposes. Facebook addresses a cookie, a web beacon, a pixel or similar technology for the “Website Custom Audiences” on the website, which may possibly be stored on your terminal device. We have no influence on the possible processing of personal data since this service and any data processing that takes place via this service are the sole responsibility of Facebook. You can find further information about the purpose and scope of the collection, further processing and use of data by Facebook, as well as the settings options that you have to protect your private sphere in Facebook’s data privacy policy that can be found here and here. If you wish to object to the use of your data by Facebook Website Custom Audiences, you can exercise your objection (opt-out) here.

Please refer to Facebook’s privacy policy if you wish to learn more about the reasons for and the scope to which Facebook collects, processes, and uses personal data.


Our website uses social plug-ins from Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA (“Twitter”). You can recognize them by the words “Twitter” or “Follow” in connection with a blue bird icon. You can use these buttons to share an article or a page of our website on Twitter, to follow us on Twitter or to log into an existing Twitter account.

When a user accesses a page of our website containing such a plug-in, their browser will establish a direct link with Twitter’s servers. The contents of the plug-in will be transferred to the user’s browser direct. We therefore have no influence on the extent of the data that Twitter collects with the help of this plug-in, and how these data are used by Twitter. You can find further information about how Twitter processes data in Twitter’s privacy policy here. If you are a registered Twitter member, you can change your data privacy settings with Twitter under account settings here.


We have integrated plug-ins from the LinkedIn social network of LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (“LinkedIn”) into our website. The plug-ins are provided by LinkedIn. You can recognize them by the LinkedIn logo or the “Share” button. When you visit a page on our website containing a LinkedIn plug-in, the plug-in will establish a direct connection between your browser and the LinkedIn server. This informs LinkedIn that you have visited our website with your IP address. Clicking on the LinkedIn “Share” button while you are logged into your LinkedIn account allows you to link the content of our website to your LinkedIn profile. This will enable LinkedIn to match your visit to our website to your user account. The “Connect” plug-in allows you to log into your member’s profile at LinkedIn.

We must point out that we, as provider of the website, receive no information about the content of the data that are transferred to, or about how they are used by, LinkedIn. Please refer to LinkedIn’s privacy policy for details about the collection, purpose, and use of data as well as about your settings options. LinkedIn provides this information here.


Our website makes use of UserVoice software, which is provided and operated by UserVoice Inc. 121 2nd St, Fl 4, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA (“UserVoice”). UserVoice allows us to collect feedback from users. For this purpose, you have to specify your e-mail address. In this context you can to some extent decide whether and to what extent you wish to communicate personal data via the feedback function. By giving us feedback via UserVoice, you consent to UserVoice using and processing the data collected and made available by you via the software.

UserVoice is a member of the Privacy Shield framework, a special data protection agreement between the European Union and the USA aimed at protecting personal data. You can find information about UserVoice’s self-certification under the Privacy Shield here. You can find further specific details about UserVoice’s data policy here.


We use list provider MailChimp to distribute our newsletter. MailChimp is a service provided by The Rocket Science Group, LLC, 512 Means Street, Ste 404 Atlanta, GA 30318, USA (“MailChimp”). When you register for our newsletter, the data that you specify when signing up for the newsletter (e.g. your e-mail address) are transferred to MailChimp and stored there. After signing up, you will receive an e-mail from MailChimp asking you to confirm your registration (“double opt-in”). Once your e-mail address has been confirmed, it will be permanently held by MailChimp until it is deleted either by you or by us. As proof of registration, MailChimp will store the date on which you signed up as well as the IP address used in the newsletter list. We have no control over the storage of your IP address. MailChimp provides analysis options on how the newsletters they send out are opened and used. These analyses are group-related and are not used by us for individual analysis.

The Rocket Science Group, LLC, is a member of the Privacy Shield framework. You can find information of MailChimp’s self-certification under the Privacy Shield here. In its privacy policy, MailChimp publicly undertakes to observe these principles. You can find additional information on MailChimp and on data privacy at MailChimp here.


We will supply information about the personal data we hold about you in response to a written or text-based request (e.g. by e-mail). Furthermore, you can at any time request us to block or deactivate the data of your user account, and by extension your personal data. Only those data that we need in order to process outstanding tasks or to assert our rights, as well as data that we are legally obliged to retain, are excluded from deletion.


We use so-called cookies on our website. We make use of permanent cookies as well as temporary session cookies. Cookies are small files that are stored on your hard disk and which provide us with specific information. This information includes, in particular, your login data, your browser type and version, your URL clickstream (i.e. which pages of our website you have visited and in what sequence), the date and time of your visit to us and the cookie number.

The use of cookies allows us, first, to identify you when you return to jovoto after a session, and in this way to make it easier for you to log in. Furthermore, cookies enable us to optimally adapt our website to your individual needs. We also use cookies to capture the statistical frequency of visits to the various pages of our website, and to record general navigation, as well as to create the usage profiles mentioned above.

However, if you wish to stop the use of cookies, it is possible to prevent your browser from accepting and storing cookies. If you wish to find out how this works for the browser you use, please refer to your browser’s help function, or contact your browser’s vendor. We nevertheless recommend that you allow cookies, as otherwise it will not be possible for you to enjoy the convenience of all the features of our service, and/or the functionality will be restricted.


We deploy technical and organizational security measures aimed at ensuring to the best possible degree that our users’ personal data are protected against loss, incorrect modification, or unauthorized access by third parties. We take special care to prevent our website and the data it contains from being read out automatically by unauthorized third parties. In any event, we only allow authorized persons to access users’ personal data, and this only insofar as it is required for the purposes described above.

Legal Support

Nina Kusber