Privacy Statement

All information on data protection and the processing of personal data.

This data protection declaration clarifies the type, scope and purpose of the processing of personal data (hereinafter referred to as "data") in the context of the provision of our services and within our online offering and the websites, functions and content associated with it as well as external online presences, such as our Social Media Profile (hereinafter jointly referred to as "online offering"). With regard to the terms used, such as "processing" or "person responsible", we refer you to the definitions in Art. 4 of the Data Protection Basic Regulation (DSGVO).


Responsible person

Michael Zimmer
Heidelberger Str. 9
68723 Oftersheim, Germany
About: www.pearlsbay.com/Home/About


Types of data processed

  • Inventory data (for example, person master data, names or addresses).
  • Contact data (e.g., e-mail, telephone numbers).
  • Content data (e.g., text entries, photographs, videos).
  • usage data (e.g., websites visited, interest in content, access times).
  • Meta/communication data (e.g., device information, IP addresses).


Categories of data subjects

Visitors and users of the online offer (hereinafter referred to collectively as "users").


Purpose of processing

  • Provision of the online offer, its functions and content.
  • Answering contact questions and communicating with users.
  • Safety measures.
  • Range measurement/Marketing


Terms used

"personal data" means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (hereinafter "data subject"); a natural person who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, online identifier (e.g. a cookie) or to one or more specific characteristics which express the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person, is regarded as identifiable.

"processing" means any operation carried out with or without the aid of automated procedures, or set of operations, involving personal data. The term is broad and covers practically every handling of data.

"pseudonymisation" means the processing of personal data in such a way that the personal data can no longer be attributed to a specific data subject without the provision of additional information, provided that such additional information is kept separately and is subject to technical and organisational measures ensuring that the personal data are not attributed to an identified or identifiable natural person.

"profiling" means any automated processing of personal data consisting of the use of such personal data to evaluate certain personal aspects relating to a natural person, in particular to analyse or predict aspects relating to the work performance, economic situation, health, personal preferences, interests, reliability, conduct, whereabouts or movements of that natural person.

"controller" means any natural or legal person, public authority, agency or body which alone or jointly with others determines the purposes and means of the processing of personal data.

"processor" means a natural or legal person, public authority, agency or other body which processes personal data on behalf of the controller.


Applicable legal bases

In accordance with Art. 13 DSGVO, we inform you of the legal basis of our data processing. For users from the area of application of the data protection basic regulation (DSGVO), i.e. the EU and the EEC, the following applies, if the legal basis is not mentioned in the data protection explanation:

The legal basis for obtaining consent is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a and Art. 7 DSGVO;

The legal basis for the processing for the fulfilment of our services and the implementation of contractual measures as well as the answering of inquiries is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b DSGVO;

The legal basis for the processing for the fulfilment of our legal obligations is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. c DSGVO;

In the event that vital interests of the data subject or another natural person necessitate the processing of personal data, Art. 6 (1) lit. d DSGVO serves as the legal basis.

The legal basis for the processing necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority entrusted to the controller is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. e DSGVO.

The legal basis for the processing to protect our legitimate interests is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f DSGVO.

The processing of data for purposes other than those for which they were collected is governed by the provisions of Art. 6 (4) DSGVO.

The processing of special categories of data (pursuant to Art. 9 para. 1 DSGVO) is governed by the provisions of Art. 9 para. 2 DSGVO.


Safety precautions

We take appropriate technical and organisational measures in accordance with the legal requirements, taking into account the state of the art, the implementation costs and the type, extent, circumstances and purposes of the processing as well as the different probability of occurrence and severity of the risk to the rights and freedoms of natural persons, in order to ensure a level of protection appropriate to the risk.

These measures include, in particular, safeguarding the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data by controlling physical access to the data as well as access to, inputting, forwarding, securing and separating the data. In addition, we have established procedures to ensure the exercise of data subjects' rights, the deletion of data and the reaction to data threats. Furthermore, we take the protection of personal data into account as early as the development or selection of hardware, software and processes, in accordance with the principle of data protection through technology design and data protection-friendly default settings.


Cooperation with contract processors, joint managers and third parties

Insofar as we disclose data to other persons and companies (contract processors, jointly responsible persons or third parties) within the scope of our processing, transfer them to them or otherwise grant them access to the data, this shall only take place on the basis of legal permission (e.g. if a transfer of the data to third parties, such as payment service providers, is necessary for the fulfilment of the contract), users have consented, a legal obligation provides for this or on the basis of our legitimate interests (e.g. when using agents, web hosts, etc.).

Insofar as we disclose, transmit or otherwise grant access to data to other companies of our group of companies, this is done in particular for administrative purposes as a legitimate interest and beyond that on a basis corresponding to the legal requirements.


Transfers to third countries

If we process data in a third country (i.e. outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or the Swiss Confederation) or if this is done in the context of the use of third party services or disclosure or transfer of data to other persons or companies, this will only occur if it is done to fulfil our (pre)contractual obligations, on the basis of your consent, a legal obligation or on the basis of our legitimate interests. Subject to legal or contractual permissions, we process or leave the data in a third country only if the legal requirements are met. I.e. the processing takes place e.g. on basis of special guarantees, like the officially recognized statement of a data protection level corresponding to the EU (e.g. for the USA by the "Privacy Shield") or observance of officially recognized special contractual obligations.


Rights of data subjects

You have the right to obtain confirmation as to whether the data in question will be processed and to obtain information about such data as well as further information and a copy of the data in accordance with the provisions of the law.

You have the right, in accordance with the law, to request the completion of the data concerning you or the correction of the inaccurate data concerning you.

In accordance with the statutory provisions, you have the right to demand that the relevant data be deleted immediately or, alternatively, to demand that the processing of the data be restricted in accordance with the statutory provisions.

You have the right to demand that we receive the data concerning you that you have provided to us in accordance with the statutory provisions and to demand that it be passed on to other persons responsible.

They also have the right, in accordance with legal requirements, to file a complaint with the competent supervisory authority.


Right of withdrawal

You have the right to revoke any consent you have given with effect for the future.


Right of objection

You may object at any time to the future processing of the data concerning you in accordance with the statutory provisions. In particular, you may object to the processing of your data for the purposes of direct marketing.


Cookies and right to object to direct advertising

"Cookies" are small files that are stored on the user's computer. Different data can be stored within the cookies. A cookie is primarily used to store information about a user (or the device on which the cookie is stored) during or after the user's visit to an online service. Temporary cookies, or "session cookies" or "transient cookies", are cookies that are deleted after a user leaves an online offer and closes his browser. The content of a shopping basket in an online shop or a login status, for example, can be stored in such a cookie. Cookies are referred to as "permanent" or "persistent" and remain stored even after the browser has been closed. For example, the login status can be saved if users visit it after several days. The interests of the users can also be stored in such a cookie, which are used for range measurement or marketing purposes. Third party cookies" are cookies that are offered by providers other than the person responsible for operating the online service (otherwise, if they are only the latter's cookies, we speak of "first party cookies").

We may use temporary and permanent cookies and explain this in the context of our privacy policy.

If users do not wish cookies to be stored on their computer, they are asked to deactivate the corresponding option in the system settings of their browser. Stored cookies can be deleted in the system settings of the browser. The exclusion of cookies can lead to functional limitations of this online offer.

A general objection to the use of cookies used for online marketing purposes can be raised for a large number of services, especially in the case of tracking, via the US website http://www.aboutads.info/choices/ or the EU website http://www.youronlinechoices.com/. In addition, cookies can be stored by switching them off in the browser settings. Please note that in this case not all functions of this online offer can be used.


Deletion of data

The data processed by us will be deleted in accordance with legal requirements or their processing will be restricted. Unless expressly stated in this data protection declaration, the data stored by us will be deleted as soon as they are no longer required for their intended purpose and there are no legal obligations to retain them.

If the data are not deleted because they are required for other and legally permissible purposes, their processing will be restricted. This means that the data is blocked and not processed for other purposes. This applies, for example, to data that must be stored for commercial or tax reasons.


Changes and Updates to the Privacy Policy

We ask you to inform yourself regularly about the content of our data protection declaration. We will adapt the data protection declaration as soon as the changes to the data processing carried out by us make this necessary. We will inform you as soon as the changes require your cooperation (e.g. consent) or other individual notification.

Contact us

When contacting us (e.g. via contact form, e-mail, telephone or via social media), the user's details are used to process the contact enquiry and to process it in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. b. (within the framework of contractual/pre-contractual relationships), Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f. (within the framework of contractual/pre-contractual relationships), Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f. (within the framework of contractual/pre-contractual relationships), Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f. (within the framework of contractual/pre-contractual relationships), Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f. (other inquiries) (other inquiries) DSGVO. The data of the users can be stored in a customer relationship management system ("CRM system") or comparable inquiry organization.

We delete the requests if they are no longer necessary. We check the necessity every two years; furthermore, the legal archiving obligations apply.


Hosting and emailing

The hosting services used by us serve to provide the following services: Infrastructure and platform services, computing capacity, storage space and database services, e-mail dispatch, security services and technical maintenance services which we use for the purpose of operating this online service.

Here we, or our hosting provider, process inventory data, contact data, content data, contract data, usage data, meta and communication data of customers, interested parties and visitors to this online service on the basis of our legitimate interests in the efficient and secure provision of this online service in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f DSGVO in conjunction with Art. 28 DSGVO (conclusion of a contract for the processing of orders). Art. 28 DSGVO (conclusion of order processing contract).


Content Delivery Network of Cloudflare

We use a so-called "Content Delivery Network" (CDN), offered by Cloudflare, Inc., 101 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA. Cloudflare is certified under the Privacy Shield Agreement and thus offers a guarantee of compliance with European data protection law (https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt0000000GnZKAA0&status=Active).

A CDN is a service with whose help contents of our on-line offer, in particular large Mediendateien, like diagrams or scripts with the help of regionally distributed and over the Internet connected server, are faster delivered. The processing of user data is carried out solely for the above-mentioned purposes and to maintain the security and functionality of the CDN.

The use is made on the basis of our legitimate interests, i.e. interest in a secure and efficient provision, analysis and optimisation of our online offer in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f. of the German Data Protection Act. DSGVO.

Further information can be found in Cloudflare's privacy policy: https://www.cloudflare.com/security-policy.


Content Delivery Network of StackPath

We use a Content Delivery Network (CDN) provided by StackPath, LLC, 2021 McKinney Avenue, Suite 1100 Dallas, Texas 75201, USA. StackPath is certified under the Privacy Shield Agreement and thereby offers a guarantee of compliance with European data protection law (https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt0000000CbahAAC&status=Active).

A CDN is a service with the help of which the contents of our online offer, in particular large media files such as graphics or scripts, can be delivered more quickly with the help of regionally distributed servers connected via the Internet. The processing of user data is carried out solely for the aforementioned purposes and to maintain the security and functionality of the CDN.

The use is based on our legitimate interests, i.e. interest in a secure and efficient provision, analysis and optimization of our online offer.

For more information, see StackPath's privacy statement: https://www.stackpath.com/legal/privacy-statement.