Privacy Statement

We are pleased to have aroused your interest in our travel offers. We take the protection of your privacy and your personal data very seriously. Therefore, your data is always collected and used in compliance with the provisions of the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) and of the German Telemedia Act (TMG). For this reason, the information provided below explains what data we collect and how we process this data.

Personal Data

Personal data within the meaning of the BDSG refers to specific data concerning personal or material circumstances based on which it is possible to determine the identity of a specific person. Personal data is only stored if it is necessary in order to comply with statutory requirements or for the purpose outlined below.

Anonymized Data

You can visit our website without any personal data having to be collected. Nevertheless, each time you visit our website, certain anonymized data is stored that tells us, for example, which page or pages you accessed. However, this data is not personal and, therefore, is not governed by the legal requirements of the BDSG. This data is collected solely for statistical analysis so that we can improve our blog. Please see the section entitled "Right to Information/Right of Revocation".

The Purpose of Collecting Personal Data

However, it is essential that we collect personal data if you contact us or wish to make use of our other offers, for which we need your personal data before we can begin to process your inquiry. This includes voucher purchases and participation in our competitions.

In compliance with the relevant legal requirements and to minimize the amount of data we store, only data that is required to provide the particular service in question is generally collected. If we ask for additional information on any of our forms, these details are always voluntary and are indicated as such.

Forwarding Personal Data to Third Parties

We will only forward your personal data to third parties in compliance with the relevant specifications, in particular those that pertain to competition and data protection requirements.

If this is necessary for the provision of services or legal obligations that have been contractually agreed by us, we will also forward your data to subcontractors or service providers for the provision of such services on behalf of or by order of us (e.g. technical processing of correspondence (sending of letters and e-mails), customer service, etc.).

Furthermore, we will disclose or transfer your data to third parties if we are obliged to do so by operation of law or as a result of legally binding court proceedings.

Storage and Deletion of Data

Your personal data is stored in connection with the purposes specified in the section entitled "The Purpose of Collecting Personal Data". The legislator has laid down various retention periods and duties.

Use of Cookies and Social Media Plug-Ins

We use cookies (computer files containing textual information sent by the web server to your Internet browser) for the purpose of making it easier for your to use our website. For example, some messages appear only once if you allow us to set cookies. Our cookies also have an expiry date. If you delete your cookies manually before they expire, you will receive new cookies the next time you visit our site.

The technical specifications allow only the server that has issued a cookie to also read this cookie. We assure you that no personal data is stored in the cookies.

Unfortunately, you may only use our blog with certain restrictions if you reject the use of cookies. We therefore recommend that you activate cookies permanently for our website. Most Internet browsers are configured in such a way that they accept cookies automatically. However, you can deactivate the saving of cookies and configure your browser so that you are notified as soon as cookies are sent.

Use of Facebook Social Plug-Ins

This website uses social plug-ins (hereafter: "plug-ins") of the facebook.com social network, which is operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA (hereafter: "Facebook"). These plug-ins are indicated by a Facebook logo (a white "f" on a blue tile or a "thumbs-up" icon) or they are accompanied by the words "Facebook Social Plugin". A list of the Facebook Social Plugins and what they look like is available here: https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/.

Once you click to activate a plug-in that was initially deactivated, data is processed by the plug-in as described below.

If you visit one of our website pages that contains such a plug-in, your browser will establish a direct connection to the Facebook servers. The plug-in content is transmitted directly by Facebook to your browser, which then incorporates it into the web page. Therefore, the provider has no influence on the scope of data that Facebook collects using this plug-in and informs users accordingly about this state of affairs.

By incorporating the plug-ins, Facebook receives the information that a user has called up the respective page of the offering. If the user is logged in to Facebook, Facebook can assign the visit to the users' Facebook account. If a user interacts with the plug-ins, for example, by choosing the "Like" button or submitting a comment, the corresponding information is transmitted from the user's browser directly to Facebook and saved there. If a user is not a member of Facebook, Facebook can still determine and store his or her IP address. According to Facebook, only anonymized IP addresses are stored in Germany.

Further information about the purpose and scope of data collected by Facebook and how it further processes and uses the data it collects, as well as the relevant rights and configuration options for protecting users' privacy is available in Facebook's privacy notices: https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/.

If a user is a Facebook member but does not want Facebook to collect any personal data via this website and link it to the corresponding member data stored by Facebook, he or she must log out of Facebook before visiting the site.

You can also block Facebook Social Plugins by using add-ons for your browser, such as "Facebook Blocker".

Google Analytics

(Source for data privacy formulation: www.datenschutzbeauftragter-info.de)

This website uses Google Analytics, which is a web analysis service provided by Google Inc. (hereafter: "Google"). Google Analytics uses "cookies", which are text files that are stored on your computer and allow an analysis of how you use the website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is generally transferred to a Google server in the USA, where it is then stored.

Due to the activation of IP anonymization on this website, however, your IP address is previously abbreviated by Google within member states of the European Union or in other countries that are contracting parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. The full IP address is only transferred to a Google server in the USA in exceptional cases. On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the site, to compile reports about activity on the website, and to provide services to the website operator that are associated with usage of the website and the Internet. The IP address transmitted by your browser in the context of Google Analytics is not merged with other Google data.

You can prevent the saving of cookies by configuring the relevant setting in your browser software; if you do so, however, we must point out that you might not be able to use all the functionalities of this website. You can also prevent the data that is created by the cookie and relates to your use of the website (including your IP address) from being recorded and sent to Google, as well as the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available at the following link: (http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en).

Click the following link to find out how you can prevent Google Analytics from recording data: An opt-out cookie is set, which prevents your data from being recorded when you visit this website in the future: Deactivate Google Analytics.

More information about the terms of use and data privacy is available here:

http://www.google.com/analytics/terms/us.html
https://www.google.com/analytics/learn/privacy.html?hl=en-gb
http://www.google.com/intl/us/policies/

On this website, the code "gat._anonymizeIp();" has been added to Google Analytics to ensure that IP addresses are recorded anonymously. (This is known as "IP masking".)

Security, Questions, and Suggestions

Security also depends not least on your system. You should always handle your access information with strict confidentiality and never allow your web browser to save your passwords. This makes it more difficult for third parties to access your personal data.

Use an operating system that can manage user authorizations. Also set up separate users on your system for your family members, and never use the Internet with administrator rights. Use security software, such as a virus scanner and firewall, and always install the latest updates for your system.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact:

Biblical Tours/Biblische Reisen GmbH
Data Protection Officer
Postfach 150461
70076 Stuttgart
Germany

Right to Information/Right of Revocation

You have the right to receive information about any personal data that we save about you; this service is free of charge and available at all times. You may also revoke your consent to collect data about you at any time.

Furthermore, you may request the deletion, blocking, or rectification of your data free of charge and at any time. However, deletion of data could be in conflict with legal requirements, especially where such data is stored for accounting and bookkeeping purposes.

To revoke your consent for the use of data or to request information or the rectification, blocking, or deletion of data, please contact:

Biblical Tours/Biblische Reisen GmbH
Data Protection Officer
Postfach 150461
70076 Stuttgart
Germany

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