The Use of Facebook

On this website, the controller has integrated components of Facebook. Facebook is a social network. A social network is a place for social meetings on the Internet, an online community, which usually allows users to communicate with each other and interact in a virtual space. A social network may serve as a platform for the exchange of opinions and experiences, or enable the Internet community to provide personal or business-related information. Facebook allows social network users to include the creation of private profiles, upload photos, and network through friend requests.

With each visit to one of the pages on our website, which is operated by the controller and into which a Facebook component (Facebook plugins) was integrated, the data subject’s web browser is automatically prompted to download and display the corresponding Facebook component from Facebook through the Facebook component. An overview of all the Facebook Plugins may be accessed under https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins. During the course of this technical procedure, Facebook is made aware of what specific page of our website was visited by the data subject.

If the data subject is logged in to Facebook at the same time as visiting our website, Facebook detects every page viewed on our website by the data subject—and for the entire duration of their stay on our website. This information is collected through the Facebook component and associated with the respective Facebook account of the data subject. If the data subject clicks on one of the Facebook buttons integrated into our website, e.g. the “Like” button, or if the data subject submits a comment, then Facebook matches this information with the personal Facebook user account of the data subject and stores the personal data.

Facebook always receives, through the Facebook component, information about a visit to our website by the data subject, whenever the data subject is logged in at the same time on Facebook during the time of the visit to our website. This occurs regardless of whether the data subject clicks on the Facebook component or not. If such a transmission of information to Facebook is not desirable for the data subject, then they may prevent this by logging off their Facebook account before visiting other websites.

The data protection guideline published by Facebook, which is available at https://facebook.com/about/privacy, provides information about the collection, processing and use of personal data by Facebook. In addition, they explain what settings Facebook offers to protect the privacy of the data subject. Different configuration options are made available to allow the elimination of data transmission to Facebook. These applications may be used by the data subject to eliminate unwanted data transmission to Facebook.