The protection of your privacy is extremely important to us. This data protection declaration provides information on how and for what purpose we process personal data and explains the rights to which you are entitled. We are aware of how important personal data is to our users and we uphold all European data protection provisions.
1. Contact & data protection officer
In relation to the General Data Protection Regulation (DSGVO), the organisation responsible is:
Karma Search, 20 rue saint Jean, 75017 Paris, France[email protected]
Our Data Protection Officer can be contacted at [email protected]
or our postal address with the addition of "data protection".
2. Your rights
You have the following rights with respect to us regarding the personal data relating to you:
• Right to information
• Right to correction or deletion
• Right to restriction of processing
• Right to refuse processing Right to data transferability
• In addition, you have the right to complain to a data protection supervisory authority regarding our processing of your personal data.
3. Processing by external service providers
In some cases, we avail of external service providers to process your data. We select and commission these carefully, they are bound by our instructions and inspected on a regular basis.
4. Gathering of personal data while visiting our website
In the case of use of the website for purely informational purposes, if you do not – for instance, using our search function – provide us with information in any other way, we gather only the personal data which your browser transmits to our server. If you wish to view our website, we gather the following data, which we technically require in order to show you our website and to guarantee stability and security. The legal basis for the temporary storage of the data is Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f of the General Data Protection Regulation.
• IP address
• Date and time of enquiry
• Difference between time zone and Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
• Content of the request (specific webpage)
• Access status / HTTP status code
• Respectively transferred data quantity
• Website from which the request comes
• Operating system and its surface
• Language and version of the browser software.
The data are saved in the logfiles of our system. This data can never be connected to other personal data of our users.
In addition, while you are using our website, cookies are saved on your computer. See below and section 4 in this regard.
We gather anonymous data in order to identify and gather errors and problems in Karma products and services. These data include data in connection with program crashes. We use several third-party providers for the gathering of error logs. During the use of the Karma website, various pieces of personal data that are necessary for the performance are saved on the technical infrastructure of the third-party supplier a limited period of time in encrypted form.
Cookies are small text files which are saved on your hard drive assigned to the browser you have used and through which the location which the cookie sets (here by us) accrues specific pieces of information. Cookies cannot execute any programs or transmit viruses to your computer. They serve to make Karma more user-friendly.
We set one or several persistent cookies in order to save the user’s settings and to make our website more user-friendly, to analyse user behaviour and as necessary carry out web analytics (see below in this regard). The legal basis for the processing of personal data using cookies is Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f of the General Data Protection Regulation.
Persistent cookies are automatically deleted after a specified length of time, which may differ from one cookie to another. You may delete the cookies in the security settings of your browser at any time. You may configure your browser setting the way you want it and e.g. refuse the acceptance of third-party cookies or all cookies. Cookies that have already been saved may be deleted at any time. This can also be done automatically. Please note that you may not be able to use all functions of this website within the full scope if you deactivate cookies for our website.
6. Special forms of use of the Karma website
Karma search is a search which is supported by third-party suppliers. If a search is carried out with Karma, data are transferred to Bing. Bing is operated by: Microsoft Ireland Operations Ltd, Carmanhall Road, Sandyford Industrial Estate, Dublin 18, Ireland (referred to below as: Bing). This is done in order to display search results and to prevent fraudulent activities. The following data are transferred to Bing during a search enquiry: IP address, user agent string, search term, country and language settings, filter settings for adult content, active search filter settings (e.g. filter search results by date).
Karma also assigns a “Bing Client ID” in order to improve the quality of the search results. This value is a user-specific ID which enables Bing to deliver more relevant search results also based on previous searches. The ID is saved in the Karma cookie and retrieved during future visits. In both cases, the legal basis for the processing of these data is Art. 6 Para. 1 S. 1 lit. f of the General Data Protection Regulation.
However, you have full control over the use of this “Client ID”. If “Do not track” is activated in your browser, the Client ID is automatically deactivated and neither saved nor sent. The Client ID and personalised search results can also be switched off specifically in the Karma search settings.
Microsoft/Bing is certified under the “Privacy Shield” US-EU data protection agreement and undertakes to uphold the EU data protection provisions. For information on data protection at Bing, go to: https://privacy.microsoft.com/privacystatementb. Web analytics
We use a privacy-friendly web analysis service (Plausible.io) in order to analyse and continuously improve the use of our website. Plausible Analytics is a simple, open source, lightweight and privacy-friendly alternative to Google Analytics.
Using the statistics obtained, we can improve our offering and design it in a more interesting way for you as a user. The legal basis for this processing of your personal data is Art. 6 Abs. 1 lit. f of the General Data Protection Regulation.
For this evaluation, cookies (see above) are saved on your computer and the following data are processed:
• IP address
• The website visited
• The website from which you arrived at the website visited
• The sub-pages visited following on from the website visited
• Access status / HTTP status code
• The length of time spent visiting the website
• The frequency of visits to the website
• Your click behaviour on the website
These data are anonymised after a short space of time, generally 7 days. The anonymised data are saved for as long as is necessary for the evaluation. The data are not transferred to any third party.
If you do not wish to take part in the tracking, you can deactivate the gathering of all usage data by activating the “Do not track” setting in your browser.c. Online advertising
Advertisements are shown beside or above the search results. If you click on these adverts, we earn commission. We use this to pursue the interest in generating income which goes towards covering our ongoing costs and payments to associations we support. These adverts are provided by advertising networks.
We work with the Bing Ad Network. During the search and simple display of an advert, no data are transferred to this advertising network (only to Bing, see above). The following data, among others, are only sent to the advertising network when you click on an ad: the search term, your IP address, place, date and time of the search inquiry and the browser configuration.
Karma also assigns a Bing “Client ID” in order to improve the quality of the adverts. This value is a user-specific ID, which is saved in the Karma cookie and retrieved during future visits.
This enables Bing to display more relevant adverts from Bing or third-party suppliers from the Bing ad network for you, based in part on prior searches. The legal basis for the data processing referred to Art. 6 Para. 1 S. 1 lit. f of the General Data Protection Regulation.
If “Do not track” is activated in your browser, the Client ID is automatically deactivated and neither saved nor sent. The Client ID and personalised adverts can also be specifically switched off in the Karma search settings.
For further details on the data processing of the Bing Ad Network, go to: https://privacy.microsoft.com/privacystatement
7. Monitoring the success of advertisements via Karma on third-party provider platforms
We use several offerings of third-party providers Google, Facebook and Amazon, in order to call attention to ourselves with the help of advertising tools on external websites. In relation to the data of the advertising campaigns, we can determine how successful the individual advertising measures are. By doing so, we pursue the interest in showing you advertising which is of interest to you, we can shape our website in a way which is more interesting for you and we can achieve a fair calculation of advertising costs.
In some places, but never on search pages, Karma allows third-party providers to set cookies in order to check the success of Karma advertising campaigns.
Based on the marketing tools used, your browser automatically forms a direct connection with the third-party provider’s server. We do not have any influence on the scope and the further use of the data which are gathered by the third-party provider. Therefore, we inform you in accordance with what we know: Due to their involvement, the third-party provider receives the information that you visited the relevant website of our internet presence or clicked on one of our adverts.
If you are registered for one of the third-party providers’ services, it may assign the visit to your account. Even if you are not registered or you have not logged in, it is possible that the provider may find out your IP address and other identifying characteristics and save them.
The legal basis for this processing of your data is Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f of the General Data Protection Regulation. You may prevent the participation in this tracking process in various ways:
• You may configure your browser setting the way you want it and refuse the acceptance of third-party cookies or deactivate cookies in general.
• By deactivating the interest-related adverts of the provider, which are part of the self-regulation campaign “About ads”, via the link http://www.aboutads.info/choices
• By deactivating the function “Facebook Custom Audiences” for logged-in users at https://www.facebook.com/settings/?tab=ads#_
For further information on data protection in third-party suppliers which we commission to measure the success of our advertising measures, go to:
• Google: http://www.google.com/intl/policies/privacy
. Alternatively, visit the website of the Network Advertising Initiative (NAI) at: http://www.networkadvertising.org
. Google has undertaken to uphold the EU-US Privacy Shield. https://www.privacyshield.gov/EU-US-Framework
• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy
. Facebook has undertaken to uphold the EU-US Privacy Shield.
We never integrate tracking scripts or pixels into Karma search pages. Therefore, search data are never shared with third-party providers who are not directly connected with the provision of the search service.
8. Refusal or withdrawal of the consent to processing of your data
If you have granted your consent to the processing of your data, you can withdraw this at any time. Such a withdrawal influences the permissibility of processing of your personal data, on the basis that you have stated this to us.
Insofar as we support the processing of your personal data on a balancing of interests in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f of the General Data Protection Regulation, you may at any time refuse the processing of data about you for reasons which arise from your specific situation. In the event of a refusal, we will inspect the matter and will stop or adjust the data processing, unless we can provide compelling and legitimate grounds for the processing which outweigh your interests, rights and freedoms, or the processing serves to assert, exercise or defend legal claims.
Of course, you may refuse the processing of your personal data for advertising purposes at any time. No justification is required to do so. This also applies to profiling if it is connected with such direct advertising.
To assert a refusal or a withdrawal of consent, please contact our Data Protection Officer at [email protected]