Privacy Policy for LinkedIn

Section 1 – Information on the collection of personal data

1. The term personal data applies to all data that can be personally linked to you as a user, for example your name, address, e-mail addresses and information on your user behavior.

2. As the operator of this LinkedIn page, we, the HIGH END SOCIETY Service GmbH, represented by its Managing Director, Mr. Stefan Dreischärf, Vorm Eichholz 2g, 42119 Wuppertal, Germany; telephone: +49 202 702022, fax: +49 202 703700, e-mail: info@highendsociety.de, together with the operator of the social network, the LinkedIn Ireland Unlimited Company, Wilton Place, Dublin 2, Ireland, hereinafter referred to as “LinkedIn”, are the controller as defined in Article 4 paragraph 7 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). When you visit our LinkedIn page, your personal data are processed by the controller. This Privacy Policy provides you with information on which data are processed, how they are processed and the rights that you have in connection with these data processing activities.

3. Use of the LinkedIn portal is based on the Terms of Use of LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/legal/user-agreement and the other terms, conditions and guidelines stipulated on the website. These particularly include the LinkedIn Privacy Policy at https://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy and Cookie Policy at https://www.linkedin.com/legal/cookie-policy.

4. If you have any questions regarding the processing of your personal data, would like to request information on or the blocking, erasure or rectification of data or would like to withdraw any consent given or object to the processing of your personal data, please contact our controller pursuant to Article 4 paragraph 7 of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). You can find the relevant contact details in Section 1 subsection 2 of this Privacy Policy. Information on how LinkedIn handles personal data on the LinkedIn portal can be found in the LinkedIn Privacy Policy at https://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy, in the LinkedIn Cookie Policy at https://www.linkedin.com/legal/cookie-policy and on the LinkedIn Help pages at https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin?trk=microsites-frontend_legal_privacy-policy&lang=en or https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin?trk=microsites-frontend_legal_user-agreement&lang=en.


Section 2 – Information on data processing

1. To provide you with our LinkedIn page and the corresponding services, we process your data according to the following legal bases: On the basis of an assessment of interests pursuant to Article 6 paragraph 1 lit. f) GDPR.

2. In connection with each data processing activity, we refer to the corresponding terms and concepts in the GDPR so that you can identify the basis on which we process personal data.


Section 3 – Your rights

You have the following rights against us with regard to your personal data:

1. Right of access (Art. 15 GDPR): You have the right to receive information on your personal data. You can contact us to request information at any time. In the case of information requests that are not submitted in writing, please be aware that we may require evidence from you that proves your identity.

2. Right to rectification or erasure (Art. 16 and Art. 17 GDPR): You have a right to rectification or erasure of your personal data where legally entitled. We generally erase personal data when there is no longer any requirement to store these data. Such a requirement may particularly apply if we still need the data in order to perform the contractually agreed services and to investigate and fulfill or reject warranty claims and, where applicable, claims under guarantee. In the case of statutory obligations to retain data, the erasure of data will not be possible until the obligation to retain the data has expired.

3. Right to restriction of processing (Art. 18 GDPR): You have a right to restriction of processing of your personal data where legally entitled. You can request the restriction of the processing of your personal data under the following conditions:

(1) If you contest the accuracy of your personal data for a period of time that is long enough to enable the controller to check the accuracy of the personal data

(2) If the processing is unlawful and you object to the erasure of your personal data and request the restriction of their use instead

(3) If the controller no longer needs the personal data for the purposes of the processing, but they are required for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims

(4) If you have objected to the processing pursuant to Article 21 paragraph 1 GDPR pending verification as to whether the legitimate grounds of the controller outweigh your reasons

If the processing of your personal data has been restricted, these data are, with the exception of storage, only permitted to be processed with your consent, for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims, for the protection of the rights of another natural or legal person or for reasons of important public interest of the European Union or a member state.

If the processing has been restricted pursuant to the requirements specified above, the controller will inform you before lifting the restriction.

4. Right to notification (Art. 19 GDPR): If you have asserted the right to rectification, erasure or restriction of processing against the controller, the controller is obliged to communicate this rectification or erasure of the data or restriction of processing to all recipients to whom the personal data have been disclosed, unless this proves impossible or involves disproportionate effort. You have the right to be informed about these recipients by the controller.

5. Right to data portability (Art. 20 GDPR): You have the right to receive the personal data that you have provided to the controller in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format. You also have the right to transmit these data to another controller without being hindered by the controller to which you provided the personal data.

6. Right to object to the processing of your data (Art. 21 GDPR): If the processing of your personal data by us is based on an assessment of interests, you can file an objection to the processing. This is especially the case when the processing is not required to fulfill a contract with you, which is specified by us in the following description of the functions in each case. When you file such an objection, we request that you specify the reasons as to why we should not process your personal data the way we do. In the case of a justified objection, we will examine the situation and either stop or adjust our data processing activities or present you with our imperative reasons warranting protection, on the basis of which we will continue our processing activities.

7. Right to lodge a complaint with the supervisory authority: You additionally have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority for data protection with regard to the processing of your personal data by us. Without prejudice to any other administrative or judicial remedy, you have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, especially in the member state of your habitual residence, your place of work or the location in which the alleged infringement took place if you believe that our processing of your personal data infringes the GDPR. The supervisory authority with which the complaint is lodged will inform the complainant about the progress and outcome of the complaint, including the possibility of a judicial remedy in accordance with Article 78 GDPR.


Section 4 – Collection of personal data when you visit our LinkedIn page

1. LinkedIn (the LinkedIn Ireland Unlimited Company, Wilton Place, Dublin 2, Ireland) processes personal data and information for market research and advertising purposes. LinkedIn evaluates your pattern of use to present its advertisements in a more targeted manner. Furthermore, LinkedIn enables us as the operator of the LinkedIn page to receive statistics, which it produces based on the visits of users of our LinkedIn page. The purpose of these statistics is to enable us to control the marketing of our business activities. The statistics allow us to, for example, obtain knowledge of the profiles of the users who visit and view our LinkedIn page, read posts or use applications on the page; to provide the users with more relevant content and to develop functions that may be more interesting for the users. These use profiles can in turn also be used to, for example, publish advertisements that are likely to correspond to the users’ interests both within and outside of the networks. For these purposes, cookies are normally installed on users’ devices. These cookies store information on the pattern of use and interests of the users. Furthermore, data can also be stored in the use profiles independent of the devices used by the users. This is particularly the case if users are members of LinkedIn and are logged into their account.

2. To gain a better understanding of how we can make our LinkedIn page more interesting for users, demographic and geographic evaluations are produced based on the information recorded by LinkedIn and provided to us, We can use this information to publish interest-based advertisements in a targeted manner without obtaining direct knowledge of the identity of the user. If you use LinkedIn on several different devices, the collection and evaluation can also occur across different devices when the users are registered members of LinkedIn and are logged into their own profile.

3. The user statistics produced are only transmitted to us in anonymized form. We have no access to the data that form the basis of these statistics.

4. We operate this LinkedIn page to present our company to and to communicate with the users of LinkedIn and other interested individuals who visit our LinkedIn page. We only want to find out which content and information attract the interest of the users of our LinkedIn page so that we can continue to make our page more attractive. The processing of the personal data of the users is carried out based on our legitimate interests in an optimized presentation of our company. The legal basis for the data processing is Article 6 paragraph 1 lit. f) GDPR.

5. In its Privacy Policy, LinkedIn states that some of the information collected may also be processed outside the European Union, including in the USA. This may lead to risks for you, especially with regard to it being more difficult for you to enforce your rights.

6. We do not disclose any personal data to third parties.


Section 5 – Possibilities to object on LinkedIn

1. Users of LinkedIn can use the LinkedIn settings for advertising preferences to influence the extent to which their user behavior is allowed to be recorded when they visit our LinkedIn page. Further possibilities can be found in the LinkedIn settings at https://www.linkedin.com/psettings/privacy, https://www.linkedin.com/psettings/advertising, https://www.linkedin.com/psettings/messages, https://www.linkedin.com/psettings/account and https://www.linkedin.com/psettings/guest-controls/retargeting-opt-out.

2. Users can additionally prevent the processing of information via the cookies used by LinkedIn by blocking cookies from third parties or those from LinkedIn in their own browser settings (cf. Section 4 of this Privacy Policy).


Section 6 – Nature of joint responsibility

The agreements with LinkedIn, including those concerning joint responsibility, mainly indicate that information requests and the enforcement of further rights of the data subject should most appropriately be carried out directly via LinkedIn. As the provider of the social network LinkedIn, LinkedIn solely has the direct means of access and the information required to be able to process your inquiries and requests. LinkedIn can additionally take any required measures directly and provide information. If you nevertheless require our support, please feel free to contact us at any time.