Data protection

1. Information on the processing of personal data

(1) In the following, we inform you about what personal data we collect when you use our website. Personal data is all data that relates to you personally, e.g. name, address, email addresses, and user behaviour.

(2) Responsible person in accordance with Art. 4 para. 7 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is:

Pool – Sparring mit der Zukunft GmbH
Schulterblatt 58 (Building A)
20357 Hamburg, Germany
Phone: +49 (0)40 68 98 98 – 10

(3) If we use commissioned service providers for individual functions of our offer or use your data for commercial purposes, we will inform you in detail about the respective processes below. We will also inform you about the criteria used to determine the retention period.

(4) Personal data is collected on this website only to the extent technically necessary for the fulfilment of the agreement with you or, with your consent, for our marketing and statistical purposes. This data is used exclusively to provide the services you have requested (the sending of informational material, newsletters, contract documents, registration for informational events, etc.).

2. Your rights

(1) You have the following personal data rights with regard to us:

  • Right to information on the personal data being processed, in accordance with Art. 15 GDPR.
  • Right to the immediate rectification of inaccurate personal data pursuant to Art. 16 GDPR.
  • Right to the immediate erasure of personal data pursuant to Art. 17 GDPR.
  • Right to restriction of processing in accordance with Art. 18 GDPR.
  • Right to data portability in accordance with Art. 20 GDPR.
  • Right to object to the processing pursuant to Art. 21 GDPR, if the processing is carried out on the basis of a task in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller pursuant to Art. 6 (1)(e) GDPR or due to a legitimate interest of the person responsible Art. 6 (1)(f) GDPR.
  • Right to withdraw consent given at any time in accordance with Art. 7 (3) GDPR.

(2) You also have the right to complain to the responsible data protection supervisory authority about the processing of your personal data by us.

3. Collection of personal data when visiting our website

(1) If you are merely using the website to obtain information (i.e. if you do not register or otherwise provide us with information) we only collect the personal data that your browser transmits to our server. If you wish to view our website, we collect the following data which is technically necessary for us to display our website and to ensure its stability and security (legal basis is Art. 6 (1)(1)(f) DSGVO):

  • Host name of the accessing computer (IP address)
  • Date and time of the request
  • Time zone difference to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
  • Browser type/version
  • Operating system used
  • Referrer URL (the previously visited page)
  • Content of the request (specific page)
  • Amount of data transferred
  • Access status / HTTP status code

This data is not stored together with data from other sources, and the data is also deleted after a statistical analysis.

(2) In addition to the aforementioned data, when you use our website, only cookies that are functionally necessary for the use of the website are stored on your computer. Cookies that are necessary for our website to function properly cannot be rejected in this respect. Cookies are small text files that your browser places on your hard drive and through which certain information is transmitted to the source (in this case, us) that placed the cookie. Cookies cannot run programmes or transmit viruses to your computer. They serve to make website use more user-friendly and effective.

(3) Cookies

The webpages use cookies in several places. They serve to make our online offer more user-friendly, effective, and secure. Cookies are small text files that websites place on your computer as you browse. We use several types of cookies, but only those that are functionally necessary for the use of our website:

  • Transient cookies are automatically deleted when you close the browser. These include, in particular, session cookies. These cookies store a “session ID” that allows various requests from your browser to be assigned to that one session. This allows your computer to be recognised when you return to our website. Session cookies are deleted when you log out or close the browser.
  • Persistent cookies are automatically deleted after a specified duration, which may vary depending on the cookie. You can delete the cookies in your browser’s security settings at any time.

4. Contacting us

When you contact us by email, the data provided by you (your email address and, if applicable, your name and phone number) is stored by us to enable us to respond to your inquiries. We delete this data after it is no longer necessary to retain it, or restrict its processing if we are legally obligated to retain this data. The legal basis for this is Art. 6(1)(1)(b) GDPR.

5. Recipients, or categories of recipients, of the personal data

In processing your data, we work with the following service providers who have access to your data:

  • Web hosting provider

The legal basis for the transfer is Art. 6 (1)(1)(b) or (f) GDPR, insofar as it is not a processor. In addition, we will only share your personal data with third parties if you have given us your explicit consent in accordance with Art. 6 (1)(1)(a) GDPR.

6. Duration for which the personal data is stored

We store your data if:

  • You have consented to its processing, and then until you revoke your consent, at the latest
  • We need the data to comply with our contractual obligations, at most until the contractual relationship with you no longer exists or the legal retention periods have expired
  • We use the data based on a legitimate interest, and then at most until your interest in its erasure or anonymisation takes precedence.

7. Transfer of data to a third country 

There is no transfer of data to third countries outside the European Union.

8. Our social media presence

  • We maintain a social media presence on the following platform:
  • LinkedIn

The provider LinkedIn has its registered office at LinkedIn Ireland Unlimited Company, Wilton Place, Dublin 2, Ireland. The provider’s privacy policy can be found here:

(2) We use the provider’s technical platform and services for this type of information services. We would like to point out that your use of our online presence on social media platforms and their functions is your own responsibility. This applies in particular to the use of the interactive functions such as comments, sharing, and reviews. When visiting our websites, the providers of the social media platforms collect, among other things, your IP address as well as other information that is available in the form of cookies on your device. This information is used to provide us, as the operator of the accounts, with statistical information about the interaction with us.

(3) The data collected about you in this context will be processed by the platforms and, if necessary, transferred to countries outside the European Union, in particular to the United States. Personal data can now be transmitted to the United States without further requirements by companies certified under the Data Privacy Framework due to the adequacy decision adopted by the European Commission on 10 July 2023 for this framework. LinkedIn Corporation is such a certified company. In addition, all of the aforementioned providers have stated that they offer an appropriate level of data privacy protection. We have also concluded standard contractual clauses with the companies as necessary. We do not know how the social media platforms will use the data resulting from your visit to our account and interaction with our posts for their own purposes, nor how long this data will be stored or whether data will be shared with third parties. How the data is processed may differ depending on whether you are registered and logged in to the social network, or visiting the site as a user who is not registered or logged in. When you access a post or account, the IP address assigned to your device is transmitted to the provider of the social media platform. If you are currently logged in as a user, a cookie on your device can be used to track what websites and/or web pages you have visited. If you click a button on one of the web pages, the platforms can track your visits to these websites’ pages and associate them with your respective profile. This data can be used to provide content or marketing offers tailored to you. To avoid this, log out or simply deactivate the „stay logged in“ function, delete the cookies on your device and then close and reopen your browser.

(4) In addition, we only process the data from your use of our service that you provide to us and which are required for interaction. For example, if you ask us a question that we can only answer by email, we will store your information in accordance with the general principles of our data processing as described in this data privacy policy. The legal basis for the processing of your data is your explicit consent in accordance with Art. 6 (1)(1)(f) GDPR.

(5) To exercise your rights as a data subject, you can contact us or the provider of the social media platform. If a party is not responsible for responding or needs to receive the information from the other party, we or the vendor will forward your request to the appropriate partner. Please contact the operator of the social media platform directly if you have any questions about the profile or the processing of your data when using the website. If you have any questions regarding the processing of your interaction with us on our site, please write to us using the contact information shown above.

(6) What data the social media platform receives and how it uses this, is described by the provider in its data privacy policy (see link in list above). There you will also find contact information and the marketing settings. For more information on social networks and how to protect your data, see: .

9. Your right to object to, or withdraw your consent from, the processing of your data

(1) If you have given your consent to the processing of your data, you can withdraw this consent at any time. Such a withdrawal affects the permissibility of the processing of your personal data after you have given us your prior consent to it.

(2) If we base the processing of your personal data on the balancing of interests, you can object to the processing. This is the case if the processing is, in particular, not necessary for the fulfilment of an agreement with you, which we indicate in the following description of the functions. When stating your objection, please kindly provide reasons why we should not process your personal data as we do. If your objection is found to be substantiated, we will review the matter and either suspend the processing of your data and make appropriate adjustments or disclose to you our overriding reasons to continue processing the concerned data.

(3) Of course, you can object to the processing of your personal data for the purposes of marketing and data analysis at any time. You can inform us about your marketing objection by contacting us at the following contact details: