Privacy policy

This privacy policy was last updated on 29.04.2021. The administrators of Art is Improvement reserve the right to make future adjustments, which will be noted here and emailed upon registration with consent.

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Who we are

As the provider of this website, we are legally obliged to inform you about the purpose, scope and nature of the collection and use of your personal data. To give you a good feeling for the way in which we collect, process and use data, we would like to provide an overview of data processing. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time.

You can do this by emailing artisimprovement@gmail.com

The address of our website is: https://art-is-improvement.com.

Jonathan and Kilian Schulze are behind Art is Improvement. Two artists from the district of Soest, Germany.

Your personal data which are automatically retrieved.

Personal data is individual information about the personal and factual circumstances of an identified or identifiable natural person.

When you visit our website, data is collected, processed and used which may not always be personally identifiable. In order for the pages to be displayed in your browser, the IP address must be collected and stored. As a rule, an IP address is currently assigned dynamically by your provider. This address usually changes regularly, so that we cannot establish a personal reference even from the IP address. However, in individual cases (e.g. in the case of so-called static IP addresses), it would theoretically be possible to establish a personal reference. As a provider, however, we have no interest in establishing a personal connection and will not do so in principle. In detail, the following data record is stored for each retrieval by your end device (PC, mobile phone, etc.):

  • IP address of the calling terminal device,
  • Operating system of the calling end device,
  • Browser version of the calling end device,
  • Name of the retrieved file,
  • Date and time of retrieval,
  • Volume of data transferred,
  • Referring URL

The stored data is only evaluated for statistical purposes and not to establish a concrete personal reference. The data is also used to enable the elimination of errors.

IP addresses are deleted immediately, at the latest after 72 hours. Once the IP addresses have been deleted, it is no longer possible for us to make any personal reference from this data.

Comments

When visitors post comments on our website, we collect the data displayed in the comment form.

An anonymised string (also called a hash) can be created from your email address and passed to the Gravatar service to check if you are using it. The privacy policy of the Gravatar service can be found here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After your comment has been approved, your profile picture will be publicly visible in the context of your comment.

Email traffic

If you send us an e-mail, we will store it until your enquiry has been dealt with or until the expiry of any statutory retention obligations. We ensure that the data is stored securely against unauthorised access by third parties.

Please note, however, that unencrypted e-mails sent via the Internet are not sufficiently protected against unauthorised access by third parties.

Media

If you are a registered user and upload photos to this website, you should avoid uploading photos with an EXIF-GPS-location. Visitors to this website could download photos stored on this website and extract their location information.

Cookies

This website uses cookies. Cookies are small pieces of text information that are stored as a file in the end device via your browser. Cookies allow user interaction and enable additional functions when visiting the website.

When you post a comment on our website, it may be a consent to store your name, email address and website in cookies. This is a convenience feature so that you don't have to re-enter all this information when you post another comment. These cookies are stored for one year.

If you have an account and log in to this website, we will set a temporary cookie to determine whether your browser accepts cookies. This cookie does not contain any personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you sign up, we will set up some cookies to store your login information and viewing options. Login cookies expire after two days and display option cookies expire after one year. If you select "Stay signed in" when you sign up, your sign-in will be maintained for a fortnight. When you log out of your account, the login cookies are deleted.

When you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie is stored in your browser. This cookie does not contain any personal data and only refers to the article ID of the article you have just edited. The cookie expires after one day.

Important: The use of cookies is further explained in the second part of the privacy policy, chapter 1.4.

Embedded content from other websites

Posts on this website may contain embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves exactly as if the visitor had visited the other website.

These websites may collect information about you, use cookies, embed additional third party tracking services and record your interaction with this embedded content, including your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged into this website.

Who we share your data with

If you request a password reset, your IP address will be included in the reset email.

How long we save your data

When you post a comment, it is saved indefinitely, including metadata. This way we can automatically detect and approve follow-up comments instead of keeping them in a moderation queue.

For users who register on our website, we additionally store the personal information they provide in their user profiles. All users can view, change or delete their personal information at any time (the user name cannot be changed). Administrators of the website can also view and change this information.

What rights you have to your data

If you have an account on this website or have posted comments, you can request that we export your personal data, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request the deletion of any personal data we hold about you. This does not include data that we are required to retain for administrative, legal or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments could be examined by an automated service for spam detection.

Privacy policy of the forum:

In this privacy policy we refer to: Art is Improvement Forum.

This privacy policy sets out how Art is Improvement-Forum uses and protects any information that you give us while you are using Art is Improvement-Forum products and services. This includes only Art is Improvement-Forum (Art is Improvement-Forum - Art is Improvement (art-is-improvement.com)). Art is Improvement-Forum may change this policy as necessary. We will provide a more prominent notice (including email notification of changes to the privacy policy).

What information do we collect about you and how do we use it?

1.1 Account and profile information

You do not need to create an account to use this forum, such as browsing and viewing profiles, forums, threads and posts by public members. If you choose to create an account, you will need to provide us with some personal information in order for us to provide you with our services. This includes a display name (e.g. "John Doe"), a nickname (e.g. @john-doe), a username (e.g. johnxdoe), a password and an email address. Your display name and nickname are always public, but you can use either your real name or a pseudonym.

Once you have registered and created an account, you also have the option to add this public information:

Member title

User picture

Biography (About me)

Website

Cast

Signature

Account addresses for social networks

Place (country)

Time zone

And other details about your profile information will be displayed in our community.

While using the Art is Improvement-Forum, the following information may also be collected (not public):

IP address (Internet Protocol) (not personal)

Geographical position

Browser type and version (not personal)

Operating system (not personal)

Reference source (not personal)

Visit duration, page views, website navigation and other related browsing activity

Most activities on Art is Improvement forum are public, including your profile information above. You can also post your location on your profile. Information posted about you by other people using our forum may also be public. For example, other people may mention that you use @nickname in posts.

You are responsible for your topics, posts and other information you provide through our services and you should think carefully about what you post, especially if it is confidential information.

You may register by linking your account to accounts on another service (e.g. Facebook login) and that other service may send us information about your account on that service. We use the information we receive to provide you with features such as cross-posting or cross-service authentication and to run our community. We create a new account in our community for you based on your third-party account information that you share.

1.2 Contact information

We use your contact information, such as your email address, to authenticate your account and keep it - and our services - secure and to prevent spam, fraud and abuse. We also use contact information to personalise our services, enable certain account features, such as login confirmation, password reset, send you information about our community, and notify you of new replies in your subscribed forums and threads. You can also opt out of email notifications.

When you send us an email, we retain the content of your message, your email address and your contact information in order to respond to your request.

1.3 Private messages and non-public communication

We offer certain features that allow you to communicate more privately or control who sees your content. For example, if the Forum Administrator is enabled, you can check the "Set Topic Private" box when you create a topic, or click the "Private" button on your first topic post, or use private messaging to have non-public conversations. In these cases, we store and process your related messages and information. This includes message content, images, information about who you have communicated with and when to better understand the use of our community, protect security and review reported messages. We share the content of your private messages with the people you sent them to. We do not use them to serve ads to you. If you use features like private messaging for communication, remember that recipients have their own copy of your communication under Art is Improvement Forum - even if you delete your copy of those messages from your account - which they may duplicate, save or re-save Parts.

1.4 Cookies

A cookie is a small piece of data that is stored on your computer or mobile device. Like many websites, we use cookies and similar technologies to collect additional usage data for websites and to run our community. Cookies are not required for many parts of our community, such as searching and viewing public profiles. Although most web browsers automatically accept cookies, the settings of many browsers can be set to reject cookies or notify you when a website attempts to place a cookie on your computer. However, some of our community features may not function properly if you disable cookies. The browser option "Do not track" is not supported. Find out more about how we use cookies and similar technologies here.

We use cookies for the following purposes:

1.4.1 Authentication - We use cookies to identify you when you visit our community. When you create a topic or post a reply as a guest (unregistered user), we store your name and email address in cookies. We use this information to recognise current visitor content (topics, posts) and display it to you, even if the content is moderated (not approved by moderators). The name is used to be displayed as the name of the topic / post author. We also store your name and email address in cookies so that these fields continue to be filled in when you post a new reply or create a new topic (you do not have to enter this information every time you post content). We recommend that you do not use the guest posting option on non-personal devices, or at least clear browser cookies when you leave.

1.4.2 Status - We use cookies to determine whether you are logged in to our website.

1.4.3 Security - We use cookies as an element of security measures to protect user accounts, including preventing fraudulent use of login information and generally protecting our website and services.

Cookies used by our service providers

1.4.4 Our service providers use cookies. These cookies may be stored on your computer when you visit our website.

1.4.5 We use Google Analytics to analyse the use of our website. Google Analytics uses cookies to collect information about the use of the website. The information collected in connection with our website is used to create reports about the use of our website. Google's privacy policy can be found at: https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/.

1.4.6 When visiting this page, you have the option of allowing only essential cookies or other groups (marketing, external media). If you wish to revoke your decisions, there is a button at the top of the page that will take you to the settings menu.

1.5 Log data

We receive information when you view or otherwise interact with content in our community. This is called "log data" even if you have not created an account. For example, when you visit our websites, sign in to our community and interact with our email notifications, we may receive information about you. This log data includes information such as your IP address, browser type, operating system, referring website, pages visited, location, your mobile carrier, device information (including device and app IDs), search terms and cookie information. We use log data to operate our services and ensure their safe, reliable and robust performance. We use information you provide to us and data we receive, including log data and data from third parties, to draw conclusions about what topics you might be interested in and what languages you speak. This helps us to better tailor our services for you and personalise the content we show you.

2. information that we share and disclose

2.1 How we share the information we collect

You should be aware that any information you provide in our community - including profile information about the account you use to post the information - may be read, collected and used by any member of the public who accesses these sites. Your posts and certain profile information may remain even after you terminate your account. We urge you to consider the confidentiality of any information you submit to these services. To request the removal of your data from publicly accessible websites operated by us, please contact us. In some cases, we may not be able to remove your data. In this case, we will let you know if this is not possible and why.

2.2 Disclosure to third parties

2.2.1 Service Providers: We share information with third parties who help us operate, provide, improve, integrate, customise, support and market our services. We work with third party service providers to provide website and application development, hosting, maintenance, backup, storage, virtual infrastructure, payment processing, analytics and other services for us, so they may need to access or use information about you. If a service provider needs to access information about you to perform services on our behalf, it will do so under strict instructions from us, including policies and procedures to protect your information.

Our administrators may add new features or change the behaviour of the community by installing third-party apps in the community. This may give third-party apps access to your account and information about you, such as your name and email address, and any content you use in connection with those apps. Third-party app policies and procedures are not controlled by us, and this Privacy Policy does not address how third-party apps use your information. We encourage you to read the privacy policies of third parties before connecting to or using their applications or services to learn more about their privacy and information processing practices. If you object to information being shared with these third parties, please uninstall the contact and let us know as soon as possible. Below are the third-party services we use in our community:

Akismet (by Automattic Inc.) - spam-fighting service that protects millions of WordPress sites. Automattic privacy policy: https://automattic.com/privacy/

reCAPTCHA (by Google) - Protects internet users from spam and abuse wherever they are. Google privacy policy: https://policies.google.com/privacy

2.2.2 Links to third party websites: Our Community may contain links that take you to other websites or services whose privacy practices may differ from ours. When you submit information to one of these third party websites, your information is subject to their privacy policies, not this one. We encourage you to carefully read the privacy policies of any websites you visit.

2.2.3 Social Media Widgets: The Services may contain links that take you to other websites or services whose privacy practices may differ from ours. Your use of and any information you submit to those third party websites is subject to their privacy policies, not this one.

2.2.4 Third-party widgets: Some of our services include social media widgets and features, such as the Facebook "Share" or Twitter "Tweet" buttons. These widgets and features collect your IP address and the page you visit on the Services and may set a cookie to enable the feature to function properly. Widgets and social media features are either hosted by third parties or directly on our Services. Your interactions with these features are subject to the privacy policy of the company providing them.

2.3 Right, harm and public interest

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Privacy Policy or the controls we otherwise provide to you, we may retain, use or disclose your personal information when we believe compliance with laws, regulations, legal process or governmental requests is reasonably necessary to; protect the safety of an individual; to protect the security or integrity of our Platform, including to prevent spam, abuse or malicious actors on our Services, or to explain why we have removed content or accounts from our Services; to address fraud, security or technical issues; or to protect our rights or property or the rights or property of those who use our Services. However, nothing in this Privacy Policy is intended to limit any legal defenses or objections you may have to a request by a third party, including a government, to disclose your personal information.

2.4 Non-personal data

We share or disclose non-personal information such as aggregate information such as community statistics (online users, visitors, current viewers of a topic, etc.), the number of people who clicked on a particular link (number of topic views) ) or voted on a poll in a topic (even if only one did so).

3. How to access and control your information

3.1 Accessing or rectifying your personal data

You have the right to request a copy of your data and to object to our use of your data. If you have registered an account with our community, we provide you with tools and account settings that allow you to access, correct, delete or change the personal information you have provided to us and associated with your account. You can request the download of your account information, including your created content (posts). You can also request the correction, deletion or modification of your personal data.

Your request and choices may be restricted in certain cases: For example, if fulfilling your request will reveal information about another person or if you wish to delete information that we or your administrator are permitted by law to retain or have compelling legitimate interests. If you have asked us to share information with third parties, for example by installing third-party apps, you must contact those third parties directly to have your information deleted or otherwise restricted.

3.2 Deleting your personal data

You can request the deletion of your account. This includes personal data, profile data, content created, logs, etc. Cookies should be deleted from your site. Almost all browsers have the option to delete cookies.

Note that search engines and other third parties may still retain copies of your public information, such as your profile information, even after we / you have deleted the information from our community.

3.3 Restrict processing

3.3.1 Ask us to stop using your information: In some cases, you can ask us to stop accessing, storing, using and otherwise processing your information if you believe we do not have the appropriate rights. For example, if you believe that a community account has been created for you without your permission or you are no longer an active user, you can request that we delete your account (contact us). If you have given us consent to use your data for a limited purpose, you can contact us to withdraw that consent. However, this will not affect any processing that has already taken place at that time. You can also opt out of the use of your data for marketing purposes by contacting us. When you make such requests, we may need time to investigate and facilitate your request. If there is a delay or dispute about whether we have the right to continue using your information, we will restrict further use of your information until the request is satisfied or the dispute is resolved, unless your administrator objects (if applicable). If you object to information being shared with a third-party app, disable the app or contact your administrator to do so.

3.3.2 Disabling Communications: You may opt-out of receiving email notifications relating to your subscribed forums and posts or promotional communications from us by using the unsubscribe link in any email, updating your subscription settings on the My Profile> Subscription page or by Contacting Us as set out below to remove your contact information from our promotional email list or registration database.

3.4 Data portability

Data portability is the ability to retrieve some of your information in a format that you can keep on your devices or share with other communities. Depending on the context, this may apply to some of your information, but not all of your information. If you request it, we will provide you with an electronic file containing your basic account information and the information you create in the areas you alone control, e.g. your threads (with your posts only), your replies in other threads, private messages and conversations (with your messages only), etc ...

4. how we store and secure the information we collect

We use data hosting service providers to host the information we collect and we use technical measures to protect your data. Although we implement safeguards to protect your data, no security system is impenetrable. Due to the nature of the Internet, we cannot guarantee that data while in transit over the Internet or while stored on our systems or otherwise in our care is absolutely secure from intrusion by others.

5. children and our community

Our community is not aimed at children and you must not use our services if you are under 13 years old. You must also be old enough to consent to the processing of your personal data in your country (in some countries we may allow your parent or guardian to do this on your behalf).

6. online privacy policy only

This online privacy policy applies only to information collected through our website and not to information collected offline.

7. your agreement to this policy

By using our website, you agree to our privacy policy.

8. changes to this privacy policy

We may update our privacy policy from time to time. We will notify you of changes by posting the new privacy policy on this page.

We will notify you by email and/or via a prominent notice on our Service before the change takes effect and update the "Effective Date" at the top of this Privacy Policy.

It is recommended that you review this privacy policy periodically for changes. Changes to this privacy policy will take effect when they are posted on this page.

9. contact us

Wenn Sie Fragen zu dieser Datenschutzrichtlinie haben, wenden Sie sich bitte an uns, oder öffnen Sie ein öffentliches oder privates Thema in unserer Community.