Privacy Policy

Studydrive GmbH, Im Klapperhof 7-23, 50670 Köln („Studydrive“) operates the internet platforms (“platforms”) studydrive.net and thestudycrowd.com. Users can use these platforms to share study materials with other users and exchange information in discussion forums. Users can also book lessons on selected topics in the form of webinars (ie seminars held over the World Wide Web) of various types. In addition, users have the opportunity to get information about companies as potential employers and to apply for a job with these companies through a job exchange platform.
The privacy of its users is very important to Studydrive. Studydrive collects, processes and uses user’s personal data in accordance with the content of this privacy policy as well as the applicable German data protection laws, in particular the BDSG as well as the Telemediengesetz („TMG“).
The following paragraphs presents which data are stored and processed by Studydrive via the Studydrive and Studycrowd platforms.
During the registration process, users are asked to agree to the general terms and conditions as well as the privacy policy. With this consent, the users agree to the processing of their personal data in the extent described below. Users have the possibility to revoke their consent by informing Studydrive GmbH via e-mail to info@studydrive.net . The revocation may result in the user being unable to use the platform or only using it to a limited extent.
1. Collection and processing of personal data
Studydrive GmbH collects and processes personal data of the users of Studydrive and Studycrowd. Personal data within the meaning of these data protection regulations are individual details concerning the personal or factual circumstances as well as the user’s behavior.
1.1 Stock data
As part of the registration, users are asked to provide some personal information. Studydrive GmbH stores the following user data which are entered during the registration process.
  • First and Last Name
  • Your university, your main subject and the starting semester of your current studies
  • Email address
  • A password
The first name and surname as well as the educational path are visible to all other users. The e-mail address and the self-chosen password remain secret. Users are informed about changes and updates on Studydrive and Studycrowd and in the groups through the email address provided upon registration. In addition, users receive notifications of jobs and internships offered by our partner companies. Users can at any time unsubscribe from the newsletter and other information by e-mail to info@studydrive.net .
1.2 Usage data / Cookies / Web Analytics
The server logs store information submitted by the browser as users access the web pages via the Studydrive or Studycrowd platform. The log files contain the following information:
  • IP address of the computer
  • Date, time, status, the amount of data transferred, and the web page from which the requested page is accessed (referrer)
  • Product and version information for the browser (user agent), operating system, language settings
The storage of information serves to maintain and improve the platforms and their security and to identify and prosecute potentially illegal activities of the users. The log files are anonymized.
1.2.2 Cookies
The use of the platforms is linked to the use of cookies, which allow to gather information that is necessary for executing relevant processes on the platforms. Cookies are used to identify and authenticate users and store data. To avoid the use of cookies, users must make the appropriate settings in their browser. Studydrive recommends the use of cookies in order to use Studydrive and Studycrowd without restrictions.
1.2.3 Web analytics
A) Studydrive GmbH uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. of 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (Google). Google Analytics also uses cookies to track users' online behaviors, their length of stay, and their sources of reference. The results are transferred to a Google server in the United States of America and stored there.
Studydrive and Studycrowd use Google Analytics as a tool to analyze how users use the platforms. This process is anonymous.
By using the Site, users agree to the processing of their data by Google in the manner described above for the purpose stated above. However, users may refuse the use of new cookies by using appropriate browser settings (see above). You can also disable Google Analytics by installing a browser add-on provided by Google at: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.
For more information about Google Inc. and Google Analytics, please visit http://www.google.com.
B) Studydrive also uses Google Adwords Conversion Tracking, an analysis service provided by Google Inc. (1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA, „Google“). Google AdWords will place a cookie on the user's computer („conversion cookie“), provided the user has reached our website through a Google ad. These cookies lose their validity after 30 days and are not used for personal identification. If certain pages are visited on Studydrive and Studycrowd and the cookie has not yet expired, Studydrive and Google can recognize that someone has clicked on the ad and has been forwarded to the website. Each AdWords customer receives a different cookie. Cookies can not be tracked through the websites of AdWords customers. The information collected using the conversion cookie is used to create conversion statistics for AdWords customers who have opted for conversion tracking. AdWords customers can see the total number of users who clicked on their ad and were forwarded to a conversion tracking tag. However, they do not receive any information that allows users to be personally identified. If you do not want to participate in the tracking process, you can also refuse the setting of a cookie, for example by using a browser setting, which automatically deactivates the automatic setting of cookies. You can also disable cookies for conversion tracking by setting your browser to block cookies from the domain „googleadservices.com“.
C) Studydrive uses the Google Inc. remarketing technology (1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA, „Google“). Through this technology, users who have visited the Internet pages and online services and who have been interested in the offer are addressed again by targeted advertising on the pages of the Google Partner Network. Advertisement is made by the use of cookies, which are small text files that are stored on the user's computer. With the aid of the text files, the user behavior can be analyzed during the visit of the website and then used for targeted product recommendations and interest-based advertising.
D) Studydrive uses the „“visitor action pixel“ of Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA („Facebook“). Through this pixel, users' behavior can be tracked after they have been redirected to Studydrive's website by clicking on a Facebook ad. This process is designed to evaluate the effectiveness of Facebook advertising for statistical and market research purposes and can help to optimize future advertising. The collected data are anonymous, so they do not provide any conclusions about the identity of users. However, the Facebook data is stored and processed so that it can be connected to the respective user profile, and Facebook can use the data for its own advertising purposes, according to the Facebook Data Usage Guideline (https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/ ). You can enable Facebook as well as its partners to show ads inside and outside of Facebook. It is also possible, that a cookie is stored on your computer for these purposes.
E) The web page uses plugins (e.g., the 'Like Button') from the Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA. When you open the web page with a plug-in, the browser will automatically connect to the Facebook servers. Studydrive GmbH is not able to adapt or control the connection of the plugin. Through the plugins, Facebook is able to collect information about visited websites and brings this information to the Facebook accounts of the users. Studydrive GmbH can neither influence nor assume any responsibility for the content of the plugins and the data transmitted to the Facebook server. Should users need more information about how Facebook handles personal data, you can consult their privacy policy at www.facebook.com/policy.php. If users want to prevent Facebook from gathering data and information, they must log out of Facebook before they visit the platforms or delete all Facebook cookies.
F) In addition to plug-ins from Facebook, Studydrive provides plug-ins of short-news services Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA on its website ('tweet' button). The same conditions apply as with the plugins of Facebook. If users want to avoid the fact that Twitter can collect information about the visit, they must log off at Twitter. Studydrive GmbH has no influence on the transfer and the collection of data by Twitter and is not responsible for it. For more information about Twitter data processing, users can refer to the Twitter privacy policy at http://twitter.com/privacy.
1.3 Content data
Content data is data that users upload or post to the platforms. These are, for example, the materials that users upload, the comments they leave, and the content they make accessible to other users or generally accessible. Studydrive GmbH will not pass these data on to third parties. However, the content is accessible to other users and can be downloaded and copied by them.
2. Usage of data
Studydrive GmbH uses the data to offer its services to their users via their platforms and to ensure the functionality of the platforms. The contact data provided by the users serves to contact the users and manage the user account at Studydrive GmbH.
2.1 Stock data
2.1.1 Usage of email addresses
Studydrive GmbH uses the e-mail address to send users newsletters with offers from the Studydrive and Studycrowd platforms. The specified e-mail is used for this as well as for sending notifications about updates and for informing users about functional changes on the platforms. If users have agreed to this, they will also receive information on internships and job advertisements from partner companies. This may also refer to recruitment events and similar activities. Users can unsubscribe from this service at any time via e-mail.
2.1.2 Search functions and active feeds
A part of user’s personal information is accessible for and searchable by other users. This information includes the specified name or pseudonym and the specified university.
2.2 Usage data
Studydrive GmbH is always striving to improve the platforms for its users. Therefore, it determines how the platforms are used to identify usage patterns, peak usage times, and the popularity of certain offers and features.
The data thus obtained is used to implement technical adaptations and functional improvements for the users. The use of analytical tools (Google Analytics) and cookies is therefore crucial to provide users with an excellent service. The collected information can help improve the platforms for the users.
2.3 Content data
2.3.1 Accessibility of content
Users alone have control over the content they want to upload and make accessible to other users. This includes all kinds of files, comments and personal data. Studydrive GmbH merely provides the technical requirements and is not responsible for the actions of its users. If a user decides to upload material or information from third parties, he or she is solely responsible, including responsibility towards the other users by name. The extent to which information is shared on Studydrive or Studycrowd is not influenced by Studydrive GmbH. This is why only users decide which content they make accessible.
2.3.2 Course proposals and data comparison
Users have the opportunity to join different courses on Studydrive. Studydrive compares the content of the booked courses with other courses, in order to submit different proposals for further courses.
2.3.3 Handling of content data after termination of the usage agreement
Users can delete their account on the platforms at any time by sending a deletion request to Studydrive GmbH by letter or by e-mail to info@studydrive.net. The account will then no longer be accessible. Materials and content uploaded by the user as well as his or her comments remain on the platforms and remain available to the other users. However, before deleting the account, users have the option of manually deleting this content themselves, if they do not wish the content to stay available on the platform.
3. Transfer of data to third parties
Studydrive GmbH protects the personal data of its users. In general, personal data are not passed on to third parties. A transfer may, however, take place if and insofar as this is necessary for the operation of the platforms or for the establishment, execution and processing of the usage relationship. This may be the case, for example, if Studydrive GmbH uses external service providers for the provision of its services, or if the platforms are transferred to third parties and the transfer of the data is necessary for the execution of the usage relationship.
Should Studydrive GmbH be required by law to provide personal data to authorities or third parties, Studydrive GmbH will notify the users thereof and issue the data to the extent required.
4. Links to other websites
The Studydrive and Studycrowd platforms may contain links to external websites and services outside of the control of Studydrive GmbH. Studydrive GmbH assumes no liability whatsoever for the use and content of third-party websites.
5. Request for information, deletion of an account
Users have the right to request information about stored data. In addition, users have the possibility to edit, lock or delete their personal data at any time. To do so, users can send an e-mail inquiry to info@studydrive.net or contact Studydrive GmbH by mail. Users are requested to provide the following information: surname, first name, e-mail address, address, identification by a copy of the identity card (valid ID).
After deletion of data, these can remain visible for several days for technical reasons. Studydrive GmbH is obliged to ensure the availability of data. Therefore, deleted data may remain in the backup system for a limited period of time. However, the information will not be accessible to the public.
6. Amendment of the regulations
Studydrive GmbH reserves the right to change the privacy policy at any time with effect for the future. A current version is available on the website. Users are informed about changes to the privacy policy. To do this, Studydrive GmbH sends a message to the e-mail address provided by the users and automatically informs users about the updated privacy policy upon the users first login to one the platforms after the update.
If users do not object to the new privacy policy within two weeks after receipt of the notification, they agree to the new policy. Studydrive GmbH will inform users of the possibility and the time limit of the objection as well as the meaning or the consequences of the omission of an objection in the above stated message. In case further consent is required to handle data, Studydrive GmbH will collect this information before any changes take effect.
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