Who are we?
We are a consultancy agency based in Pakistan, and our main website address is http://www.germanstudyguide.com, our forum address is http://www.forum.germanstudyguide.com, and our app name is GSG Forum. Our website is a knowledge-sharing platform for students and professionals.
What individualized data we collect, and why we collect it?
Creation of an account:
When registering on our website/app, you are asked to enter your name and email address. After creating an account, you can also add some further details such as your profile picture, cover picture, introduction, qualification, country, city, phone, and gender. All these details you provide voluntarily are solely for account creation purposes and interact with other users, and we don’t use them for any other purpose. You can request these details anytime. These details will be deleted when you will delete your account.
Posting a comment or answer:
When users leave comments or answers on our website, we gather the data that appear in the comments and answer form and the user’s browser user agent string and IP address to help spam sense.
If you are uploading any picture to our website (profile picture, cover photo), you should avoid uploading images embedded with location data (EXIF GPS). Users of this website can download and extract any location data from images.
We are using the plugin Contact Form 7 to manage contact form submissions. When you fill the contact form, this plugin can store user input data such as timestamp, the root IP address, and the user agent (browser).
Cookies are small files that a website or its service providers/creators transfer (if you allow) to your computer’s hard drive via Web Browser that you are using to access a website. These cookies enable the site’s or service provider’s systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information.
If you ask a question, answer a question, or leave a comment on our website, you may be asked to save your full name, email, and website in the cookies for your convenience. So, you don’t have to fill up your details again when you leave another answer or comment. These cookies will last in your browser for one-year.
If you visit our sign-in page, we will set a temporary cookie to find out if your browser trusts cookies or not. This cookie do not capture any type of personal information and is deleted when you shut the browser.
When you sign in, we also set up various cookies to store your login and screen display settings. Login cookies last on your computer for two days, and screen options cookies last on your computer for one year. In case, you select the “Remember-Me”, option then your login will remain for two weeks. If you log out of your account, then login cookies will be removed automatically.
If you edit/publish an article (only for authors), an additional cookie will be stored in your web browser. This cookie holds no personal data and indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after one day.
We are also using the reCAPTCHA tool feature to prevent our website from spam and abuse. This tool is essentially used to identify whether a human or a robot makes an input. This tool sends user IP addresses and other data to its host for the reCAPTCHA service. Further information about reCAPTCHA can be found at https://policies.google.com/privacy
Embedded content from different websites:
Blog posts/articles on this website may include embedded content (e.g., images, videos, etc.) taken from other websites. This embedded content from other websites acts in the same way that visitors have visited the original website.
These websites may collect your data by using cookies, embedding additional third-party trackings, and monitoring your activity with the embedded content, especially if you have an account and logged in to that website.
You will see social buttons on several pages of our website. These buttons allow users to share web pages on their favorite social media platforms. The following buttons you can see on web pages: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and WhatsApp. When you click on these buttons, you should be aware that these external websites may gather data about what you are doing on the internet, including our website.
Please keep in mind, we dn’t sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your Personally Identifiable Information.
We are currently not using any analytics services.
Who we share your data with?
As mentioned above, we do not share your Personally Identifiable Information with outside parties.
How long we retain your data?
If you ask a question, answer a question, or leave a comment, the question, answer, comment, and metadata retain an unspecified time to acknowledge follow-up question, answer, or comment and approve them automatically instead of reviewing them manually.
Users who register on this website (if any) also store their personal information, which they provide in their user profile. All the registered users can see, edit, set privacy, or delete their data anytime, excluding their usernames). Administrators of this website can see and edit this information.
What rights you have over your data?
If you have an account on our website, have asked questions, answered questions, or left comments, then you can ask for an exported file of your data we hold about you. This personal data includes any information you have provided to us. You can also send us a request that we delete your data from our system. This data does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.
Where we send your data?
Visitor questions, answers, and comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service such as Akismet anti-spam service. Akismet typically collects information about visitors includes the IP-address, user-agent, Site URL, and referrer (along with additional information directly provided by the users such as their name, username, email address, and the question/answer/comment itself). More details here: https://automattic.com/privacy/
How we protect your data?
All the personal information you enter on our website is transmitted securely via a secure medium known as SSL (Secure Sockets Layer).
Communications and contact:
We can use your Personal Information to contact you, send you weekly digest emails, and other information in which you are interested. You may stop receiving any or all of these communications from us by following instructions provided in any email we send or by following the unsubscribe-link mentioned in the email or by unticking ‘Do you like to get scheduled mails for the recent questions?’ in your account setting (mail setting).
Our website does not offer any service to anyone under 13 (considered as children).
We dn’t purposefully gather personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13. If you are a parent/guardian and know that your Children have provided us any Personal Information, please contact us immediately. Suppose we notice that we have collected Personal Information from children under the age of 13 and without the parents’ permission or verification. In that case, we take steps to remove that information from our servers.
In case you have any questions then please contact us here: https://www.germanstudyguide.com/contact-us/
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