This privacy statement is to inform you about our processing your personal data when using our website SpringerMaterials www.materials.springer.com. In case you are referred to another website, e.g. download.springer.com when accessing content, this will be apparent from the address bar in your browser. This privacy statement does not apply to such other websites. In such a case please review the privacy statement on the other website.
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Purpose of collecting and using data
Collecting your data serves to provide you with user-friendly, efficient and secure internet services. We use the collected and processed personal data in order to provide those users who are interested in information. Furthermore, we generally process the data with the goal of improving our service and ensuring its security. No personal data is processed: we process the data anonymously or using pseudonyms. Whenever you complete transactions using our website, e.g. opening a user account and/or purchasing a publication, further data processing processes may take place, of which you will of course be separately informed.
The form and scope of collecting and processing personal data
In case of a registered user, name and e-mail address will be collected and stored upon registration. In case of institutions and companies that are our contractual partners, personal data of their employees that are entitled to use our content will be collected only if they create an individual user account as a registered user. The authentication of a user is done by using their IP address or based on logging into their user account or retrieving a code that was agreed on with the contractual partner. An individual user account with be associated with the institutional contractual partner using the IP address upon the first log-in.
If you wish to receive a newsletter we need to save and use your e-mail address. We will then send electronic messages at appropriate intervals to the e-mail address you gave us, which may also contain topic-specific advertisements along with editorial information on our products and services. However, you can unsubscribe at any time.
As a general rule, you may access our website without having to provide any personal data. If the authentication as a user entitled to access content is done by using the IP address (see section 3.a above), it is not necessary to log into a user account.
Nevertheless, we will create a so-called utilization profile by using a pseudonym if you visit our website as a registered or unregistered user. This implies that data will be collected and stored anonymously for marketing and optimization purposes. This data includes information on the website from which you were referred to our offer, information on your internet service provider and the contents you viewed on our website, as well as the date and length of your visit. On the basis of this already pseudonymous data a utilization profile will be created, along with a corresponding pseudonym. For this purpose, cookies may be used (see section 5 below). Authentication and tracking logs will be used to compile user statistics. This data will not contain any personally identifiable information.
Transmission of data to third parties
We only transmit personal data to a third party to the extent necessary to fulfill our contractual relationship (if at all), if we are bound by law or if it should be necessary in order to implement our general terms and conditions of business or any other agreements concluded with you, or in order to enforce our rights and claims.
In case of institutional contractual partners we will transmit utilization data in aggregated form from is apparent in what manner and to what extent our content is used by the users associated with that institution or company. In such a report we will not transmit any data that can be associated with individual users.
Provided your personal data is transmitted for other purposes we will ask for your approval in each individual case. If you do not approve we will of course not transmit the data.
SpringerMaterials uses the software UserVoice which is provided and operated by UserVoice Inc. 121 2nd St, Fl 4, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA (“UserVoice”). With this tool, the user may contact us, ask questions regarding the service, give us feedback and send us ideas how to enhance our service.
We employ technical and organizational security measures to guarantee that your data is protected from loss, incorrect modifications and unauthorized third-party access. To the greatest extent possible, we ensure that only authorized persons have access to your personal data and only insofar as it is necessary for the scope of the above-mentioned purposes.
Information, correction, deletion, blocking
Provided you send us a request in writing (including telefax or e-mail), we will inform you about which personal data we have stored at any time. You may at any time demand that we block or delete your user account data and accordingly your personal data. Only data we need in order to process open tasks or to enforce our rights are exempt from deletion, as well as data we are required to store by law.
You may at any time object to the collection and storage of your data for the creation of pseudonymous utilization profiles. To do so, please click here. More
You can also object to the processing of your data for the purpose of advertisement or opinion research and market research. Please direct your objection at the address mentioned in section 1 above.
Springer cannot take responsibility for information found on third-party websites outside its control. While we attempt to provide links only to third-party websites that comply with all applicable laws and regulations and our standards, please understand that the content on these third-party websites is subject to change without notice to Springer. We therefore cannot be responsible for, and accept no liability for, any information or opinion contained in any third-party website. As soon as we get notice of infringements on those websites we will remove the respective link.
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