7. google re/marketing services
We use the marketing and remarketing services (in short “Google marketing services”) of Google Inc, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA, (“Google”).
Google’s marketing services allow us to display advertisements for and on our website in a more targeted manner to present users only with ads that potentially match their interests. If, for example, users are shown ads for products they were interested in on other websites, this is referred to as “remarketing”. For these purposes, when our website and other websites on which Google marketing services are active are called up, a code is directly executed by Google and so-called (re)marketing tags (invisible graphics or code, also referred to as “web beacons”) are integrated into the website. With their help, an individual cookie, i.e. a small file, is stored on the user’s device (comparable technologies can also be used instead of cookies). The cookies can be set by various domains, including google.com, doubleclick.net, invitemedia.com, admeld.com, googlesyndication.com or googleadservices.com. This file records which web pages the user has visited, which content the user is interested in and which offers the user has clicked on, as well as technical information about the browser and operating system, referring web pages, time of visit and other information about the use of the online offer. The IP address of the user is also recorded, whereby we inform you within the scope of Google Analytics that the IP address is shortened within member states of the European Union or in other contracting states of the Agreement on the European Economic Area and only in exceptional cases is transferred in full to a Google server in the USA and shortened there. The IP address is not merged with user data within other Google offerings. This above information may also be combined with such information from other sources. When the user subsequently visits other websites, they can be shown ads tailored to their interests.
User data is processed pseudonymously as part of Google’s marketing services. I.e. Google does not store and process e.g. the name or email address of the users, but processes the relevant data cookie-related within pseudonymous user profiles. I.e. from Google’s point of view, the ads are not managed and displayed for a specifically identified person, but for the cookie holder, regardless of who this cookie holder is. This does not apply if a user has expressly allowed Google to process the data without this pseudonymization. The information collected by “DoubleClick” about users is transmitted to Google and stored on Google’s servers in the USA.
The Google marketing services we use include the online advertising program “Google AdWords”. In the case of Google AdWords, each AdWords customer receives a different “conversion cookie”. Cookies can therefore not be tracked through the websites of AdWords customers. The information obtained with the help of the cookie is used to create conversion statistics for AdWords customers who have opted for conversion tracking. AdWords customers learn the total number of users who clicked on their ad and were redirected to a page tagged with a conversion tracking tag. However, they do not receive any information with which users can be personally identified.
Another Google marketing service used by us is the “Google Tag Manager”, with the help of which further Google analysis and marketing services can be integrated into our website (e.g. “AdWords”, “DoubleClick” or “Google Analytics”).
If you wish to object to the collection by Google marketing services, you can use the settings and opt-out options provided by Google: http://www.google.com/ads/preferences.