Data Protection Statement

I.  General information on the handling of your data

Thank you for visiting our website. Below you will find comprehensive information about the data collected from you and collected at the occasion of a visit to our website. Please take some time to read the data protection provisions.

The controller for data protection purposes is:

circle concepts GmbH (hereinafter "PHOTOCIRCLE")
Chief Executive Officer and Data Protection Officer: Thomas Heinrich
Business address: Monumentenstraße 1, 10829 Berlin
Mail: / Phone: +49 (0)30 / 788 971 95

  1. Moreover, a customer account is set up for customers, who have opted for registration. The customer account is linked to a personal password. Customers are responsible for safekeeping their password. Nevertheless, in the case of loss, it is possible to request a new password.
  2. If, in deviation from customary payment and delivery terms, PHOTOCIRCLE delivers before having received payment, PHOTOCIRCLE nevertheless reserves the right to request a credit rating from the responsible credit information and debt collection office (Creditreform) on the basis of mathematical statistical calculations.

II. Customer account, data deletion and revocation of consent

  1. Customers consent to the storage of their data including their names, addresses, email addresses, user names, encrypted passwords and banking details in accordance with the provisions of Section II. PHOTOCIRCLE will provide at any time information about the stored data (scope, purpose, and other recipients) at the request of a customer.
  2. Customers may request at any time deletion of data, correction of data or - in the case of consent granted - the blocking of data for advertising or opinion polls. All data will be deleted, with the exception of the data, which PHOTOCIRCLE is compelled to have in order to comply with its own commercial and fiscal obligation. To the extent that special consent has been granted, the same terms apply to its revocation. Requests concerning deletion, correction, blocking and revocations of consents are to addressed to

III. Newsletter

Customers, who register for the PHOTOCIRCLE newsletter, consent to the use of their first names, surnames and email addresses for advertising purposes. This consent is expressly restricted to the newsletter of PHOTOCIRCLE. We expressly confirm that we do not intend to disclose address data to third parties for advertising purposes.

IV. Links to websites of other suppliers

PHOTOCIRCLE does not assume any liability for content on websites of third parties to which PHOTOCIRCLE has established a link. Such websites were carefully selected and checked at the time of establishing the link. We also perform regular checks of the content of such websites. By using the link and loading the linked website, customers leave PHOTOCIRCLE's website range of services. Hence, they also move outside the scope of application of the data protection policy applicable to this website. The operators of such other websites are responsible to ensure data security on the linked websites.

V. Cookies

PHOTOCIRCLE uses cookies in order to render the visit on the PHOTOCIRCLE website as attractive as possible. Cookies are small text files, which are deposited unnoticed on the customer's computer. Most of these cookies are only created for one session and will be deleted again from the customer's hard drive at the end of the browser session. However, other cookies, intended for permanent use, will remain on the customer's computer and will enable PHOTOCIRCLE to recognise the computer when the customer returns to our website using the same computer.

Partner businesses of PHOTOCIRCLE are not allowed to collect, process or use personal data via the PHOTOCIRCLE website with the help of cookies.

VI. Google Analytics

PHOTOCIRCLE, proprietor: Thomas Heinrich, intends to use in future Google Analytics, a website analysis service of Google Inc. ("Google "). This will be done by using cookies. Cookies are text files saved on the computer of a customer. They enable an analysis of customers’ use of the PHOTOCIRCLE website. The information gathered in this way will be transmitted to a server of Google in the USA and saved there. Google will use this information to analyse customers' use of this website in order to compile in particular PHOTOCIRCLE reports about the activities on this website. Where required by law, Google may also transfer these data to third parties. The same applies to the transfer of data to third parties commissioned by Google. Customers may prevent the installation of cookies by changing the settings of their browsers; however, this may restrict their ability to use the website. By using this website, you declare in principle that you consent to the processing of the data collected about you by Google in the manner described above and for the above mentioned purposes.

VII. Facebook

In the days of Web2.0, the significance of social networks, and especially of Facebook as a market analysis tool, is undisputed. Likewise uncontested is the fact that the use of these networks in general, or of the almost ubiquitous "I like" button, in itself raises new issues about data protection. A new statutory dispensation for data protection, taking these issues into more detailed account, is expected in the near future. PHOTOCIRCLE has decided to integrate Facebook and to use so-called social plugins ("Plugins") of . Facebook is operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA. The plugins are recognisable by their logos, in other words: a white "f" on a blue tile or a "thumbs up" icon. In some instances the logos may be supplemented by the comment: "Facebook Social Plugin". The list and designs of the Facebook social plugins are available for viewing at If a customer accesses the website, the browser will establish a direct connection to the servers of Facebook, even if the customer himself is not a Facebook customer. Facebook then transmits the content of the plugin directly to the browser of the customer and integrates them into the website. PHOTOCIRCLE has no influence on the scope of the data collected by Facebook. However, customers of PHOTOCIRCLE must note: To our present knowledge, Facebook will receive the information that you have loaded a particular page of the PHOTOCIRCLE website. If you are a user logged in with Facebook, Facebook is able to assign this activity to your Facebook account. When you interact by means of the plugins, for example, by activating the "Like" button or enter a comment, this information will be transmitted directly to Facebook and saved there by your browser. Even if you are not a member of Facebook, there is the legally very controversial possibility that Facebook may still obtain and store information about your IP address.

Further information in this regard is available on Facebook: