Data Protection

We are notifying you of the conditions under which we store personal data for users of our website, and the services we provide online.

1. General Information

Data Protection Officer
The Controller as defined by Article 4 (7) of the GDPR, which determines the purposes and means of the processing of personal data, is Bavaria Film Interactive GmbH. The Data Protection Officer as specified in Article 37 (2) of the GDPR for the Bavaria Film Group, which includes Bavaria Film Interactive GmbH, is Robert Selk. You can contact our Data Protection Officer in this way:

Dr. Robert Selk
Bavariafilmplatz 7
82031 Geiselgasteig (for confidential inquiries)

Personal Data
Our Data Protection Regulations relate to your personal data (e.g. name, postal or email or IP address, telephone number). As described in the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the new German Data Protection Law (BDSG neu), “personal data” refers to all information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person.

A natural person is regarded as identifiable if that person can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by correlating a name, reference number, location data or online identification.
A natural person is also identifiable if that person can be identified by correlating one or more particular characteristics of that person, such as expressions of psychological, physiological, genetic, psychic, commercial, cultural or social identity.
We store and employ your personal data exclusively within the conditions of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the new German Data Protection Law (BDSG neu). We take very seriously the protection of your personal data within our company; our staff are obliged to regard such matters as strictly confidential and to adhere to all relevant data protection regulations. Naturally we also impose this obligation on any third party organizations we commission for any purpose.

2. Your Rights

You have the following rights with respect to the personal data we store which relates to you:

  • the right to Information
  • the right to correction or deletion
  • the rights to limiting data processing
  • the right to refuse permission for data processing
  • the right to data transferability.

If you give us your permission to utilize your data you also have the right to withdraw that permission at any time. In such cases, all data processing which we have undertaken up to the moment this permission is withdrawn remains legal. You are informed about the possibility of withdrawing your permission and the concrete steps which need to be taken to exercise that right at the place where we obtain your permission.

You also have the right to lodge a complaint to a data protection supervisory authority about the way we process your personal data, GDPR, Article 77. The supervisory authority responsible for us is:

The Broadcasting Data Protection Officer of WDR, BR, SR, DRadio and ZDF
Dr. Reinhart Binder
Marlene-Dietrich-Allee 20
14482 Potsdam, Germany
Tel.: 0331 70989 85500

3. Collecting Personal Data from Visitors to our Website

We only obtain personal data from users of our website who do not register with us and do not transfer information to us which is supplied by your browser to our server. In such cases we collect the following data, which is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests we pursue (in accordance with GDPR, Article 6, Section 1 (f)):

  • IP address
  • date and time of enquiry
  • time difference to Greenwich Mean Time
  • content of request (concrete page)
  • access status/HTTP status Code
  • data quantity transferred
  • website where the request originated
  • browser
  • operating system and its Interface
  • language and version of browser Software

We only collect any other personal data if you inform us of this data (e.g. in the course of a newsletter registration or filling in a contact form) and even in this case only insofar as it is permitted to us according to the authorization you have provided or the relevant legal stipulations (further information on this can be found under the section Legal Basis of Data Processing). At the appropriate place within our website we will request explicit permission from you for this purpose.

You are not legally or contractually obliged to transfer your personal data. However, it is possible that certain functions of our website depend upon the transfer of personal data. In such cases, if you do not transfer this personal data, it may lead to the functions not working or only working to a limited extent.

4. Security

We employ appropriate technical and organizational security measures to protect the personal data you provide us with from manipulation, loss, destruction, misuse and access by unauthorized individuals. We constantly improve our security measures in line with the relevant technological development.

5. Legal Basis of Data Processing

If you have authorized us to process your personal data for specific purposes, the legal basis for such processing is outlined in GDPR, Article 6, Section 1 (a).

Should the processing of your personal data be required for the compliance with a legal obligation on our part (e.g. for storing data), the situation is covered by GDPR, Article 6, Section 1 (c).

In addition, we employ your personal data for the purpose of maintaining our legitimate interests and the legitimate interests of third parties in accordance with GDPR, Article 6, Section 1 (f). Such legitimate interests include for example the maintenance of the efficiency of our IT systems and also the marketing of our own and third party products and services and the authorized provision of documentation from commercial contacts.

6. Deletion of Your Personal Data

After seven days we delete your IP address and the name of your Internet service provider, which we only store for that period for security reasons. Otherwise we delete your personal data as soon as the purpose for which we have collected this data and processed it no longer applies. After this point in time data will only be stored if it is required in accordance with the laws, regulations or other rules of the European Union, or of a member state of the European Union, which we are obliged to comply with.

7. Use of Cookies

When you use our website, cookies are stored on your computer. Cookies are small text files which are stored on the hard disk of the browser you use and which allow the transmission of certain information to the organization which places the cookies (in this case, us). Cookies cannot execute any programs or transfer viruses to your computer. They serve purely to make the Internet service we provide more user-friendly and efficient.

This website uses the following types of cookies, which are explained here in terms of their characteristics and function:

  • Transient Cookies
    Transient cookies are automatically deleted when you close the browser. These include in particular session cookies, which store a session ID: this is used to allocate the enquiries made by your browser during a session. In this way your computer can be recognized when you return to our website. Session cookies are deleted when you log out or close your browser.
  • Persistent Cookies
    Persistent cookies are automatically deleted after a stipulated period, which can be different for each cookie. You can delete the cookies at any time from the security settings of your browser.

You can configure your browser settings in accordance with your personal wishes and, for example, refuse to accept third-party cookies or all cookies. This may mean that you are unable to use all functions of this website.

8. Web Analysis and Website Optimization

On this website the Open-Source-Software Matomo (formerly Piwik) is used to gather and store data for marketing and optimization purposes. Based on this data anonymized user profiles can be created. For this purpose cookies are utilized that enable a statistical analysis of the usage of this website by its visitors.

The resulting data is exclusively processed and stored in Germany and thereby is governed by the strict German and European data data protection laws and standards.

The legal basis of this data-processing is GDPR, Article 6, Section 1 (f), justified interest. Our justified interest in the legal sense of GDPR is the optimization of our online offerings and our website. With the privacy of our visitors being important to us, all data that can be potentially connected to an individual, like IP address, login or device identifier is anonymized at the earliest stage possible. Any other usage, merging with other data or transfer to third parties does not take place.

You can opt out from the described data-processing at any time by deactivating the Web Analytics Cookie: Opt-Out. Please note that this setting will be stored in a cookie as well.

9. Embedding

On our website we have embedded function buttons from YOUTUBE (YouTube LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA), VIMEO (Vimeo Inc., 555 West 18th Street, New York, New York 10011, USA) und GOOGLE MAPS (Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA). These “embeddings“ provide you with the opportunity to access the videos and maps stored in those places directly. Within the scope of these embeddings, functions are made available which are determined in terms of status and extent by the operators, YOUTUBE, VIMEO and GOOGLE MAPS.
The legal basis for the utilization of embedded content insofar as personal data is processed here is GDPR, Article 6, Section 1 (f), and our justified interest in the provision of moving image content and GOOGLE MAPS content relates to the promotion of our productions and services (Recital 47 of the GDPR).

When you activate these function buttons or a GOOGLE MAPS map is depicted, a direct connection is established between your browser and the YOUTUBE, VIMEO or GOOGLE MAPS server. Therefore YOUTUBE, VIMEO or GOOGLE MAPS are informed that you have visited our website with your IP address. These commercial entities create third-party cookies and store and process data to an extent which we are not aware of. Please note that we have no influence on the data-processing procedures pursued by YOUTUBE, VIMEO and GOOGLE MAPS. We also wish to state explicitly that we are not liable in any way for the data-processing procedures pursued by YOUTUBE, VIMEO and GOOGLE MAPS. You can find further information on this in the Data Protection Notifications of YOUTUBE, VIMEO und GOOGLE MAPS.

10. Facebook-Fanpage

As the Operator of the Facebook Fanpage of Bavaria Film Interactive we process statistical data such as the number of page views, information on “Likes”, post interaction, coverage and demographic data from Facebook Insights on the legal basis of Article 6, Section 1 (f) of the GDPR. We utilize this data to keep the services of our Facebook Fanpage attractive and relevant for the community. Article 26 of the GDPR stipulates that Facebook and Bavaria Film Interactive GmbH, as joint controllers of the Fanpage, share a joint responsibility in this respect. You can find further information about this in the Facebook Data Policy and the Page Controller Addendum.