Privacy Statement of Open Source Group GmbH

1. Introduction and definitions

Thank you very much for your interest in our offer. The protection of your personal data is very important to us. At this point, we would like to inform you about the privacy in our company.

In the course of this privacy statement, we often use the terms "personal data" and "processing".

According to Art. 4 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) "personal data" means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (‘data subject’); an identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person.

"Processing" means any operation or set of operations which is performed on personal data or on sets of personal data, whether or not by automated means, such as collection, recording, organisation, structuring, storage, adaptation or alteration, retrieval, consultation, use, disclosure by transmission, dissemination or otherwise making available, alignment or combination, restriction, erasure or destruction;

We also use the term "processor". "Processor" means a natural or legal person, public authority, agency or other body which processes personal data on behalf of the controller; .

Further definitions can be found in Art. 4 GDPR.

2. Subject of data protection and controller

The subject of data protection is personal data.

Controller for the data protection in our company is:

Open Source Group GmbH

represented by the liquidator director Sigrid Keller

Brüderstraße 22

33098 Paderborn


Tel.: +49 5251 147 6096

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3. Which personal data we process and for what purpose

Insofar as personal data (eg name, address or e-mail addresses) is collected on our websites, this is always done as far as possible on a voluntary basis. In some cases, data is also processed when you visit our websites without you entering any data.

We use all personal data

  • only to the extent necessary for the execution of the contract
  • or as required by law
  • or for our protection against misuse of our services.

Depending on which services you use, different personal data will be processed by us. You can find out what these are here.

Data processing when visiting our websites

This website collects and stores information transmitted by your browser. Such data is also generated when accessing any other website on the Internet. these are

  • Visited website
  • Source / reference from which you came to our site
  • Browser type u. -version,
  • used operating system,
  • Referrer URL (the previously visited page),
  • the time of the server request (timestamp).
  • Host name of the accessing computer (IP address)

The IP address will be anonymized. The deletion takes place after 7 days.

The collection and storage is done first in order to create a statistic about the traffic on our websites and to be able to improve them, but also to detect unlawful attacks on the servers. There is no match with other data, e.g. the receipt of a message or participation in the forum.

The collection and storage is done first in order to create a statistic about the traffic on our websites and to be able to improve them, but also to detect unlawful attacks on the servers. There is no match with other data, e.g. the receipt of a message or participation in the forum. The IP address will be anonymised after 24 hours. The deletion will take place after 7 days at the latest.

Our websites uses cookies 

Cookies are used to make the offer more user-friendly, effective and secure. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer and stored by your browser. Most of the cookies we use are so-called "session cookies". They are automatically deleted after your visit. Cookies do not harm your computer and do not contain viruses.

You can prevent the storage of cookies. To do this, you must change the appropriate settings in the browser you are using. We point out that the deactivation of the cookies can lead to functional restrictions when visiting the site.

Data processing when using the forum / upon registration

You can read posts from the public forum on our website, but you will need to register to post. When registering on our website is the input

  • a name,
  • a username,
  • a password and
  • a valid e-mail address


Your name, username and e-mail address, as well as the time of your registration and the time of your last visit (when logged in) will be stored with us.

Compose posts in the forum, will

  • the IP address of the computer used plus timestamp

saved by us.

The storage of this data is for the reason that we can enlighten in case of need possibly committed offenses and copyright infringements. Because if your contribution violates applicable law, we can be prosecuted for why we have an interest in the identity of the author. Furthermore, the use of the member forum is bound to a membership. Support in these forums is available to members we can only identify by user profile.

If you post in the forum, your username and forum entry will be visible to others.

You can change your data at any time via our website. You can also delete your user account. When you do this, your user account is initially suspended. The deletion of the data collected with the registration and forum use takes place within two working days. Exceptions are your authored posts and your username. These remain visible in the forum. However, we reserve the right to delete posts in the forum at any time in our sole discretion.

If a member deletes his user account, the service in the member forum is no longer available to him.

Data processing when subscribe as a member

To obtain a membership, you must complete a form. We use the information given here exclusively for the fulfillment and execution of the contract. The form requires the entry of the following data:

  • Your first and last name,
  • legal form
  • and address / registered office of the company,
  • if applicable, the valid EU VAT ID or UID (for Swiss companies),
  • Your contact details like e-mail address
  • and phone number.

This information is necessary so that we can create a legally compliant invoice and we can reach you for inquiries. In addition, you must register because the membership includes the use of the member forum, which is only available to registered members. For this the input of a user name is necessary. You must also have one

  • Information about your payment method (bank transfer or Paypal)

make it possible for you to be forwarded directly to Paypal, or we can tell you our Paypal account number. Further information is voluntary.

A user account can be deleted independently by a member at any time. If a member deletes his user account, the service in the member forum is no longer available to him. More information under the chapter Data processing when using the forum / at registration.

Data processing during the subscription, receipt and cancellation of the newsletter

When registering for the newsletter will

  • Your e-mail address and
  • the entered name

used for sending the newsletter until you unsubscribe from the newsletter. Without your e-mail address we can not send a newsletter.

Both when ordering the newsletter and when unsubscribing will

  • the IP address of the computer used plus timestamp

saved. Since it is not allowed to send a newsletter without the consent of the recipient, we need this data in order to be able to prove the registration or the cancellation of the newsletter.

We will obtain your consent to the processing of this data.

The consent to the storage of your personal data and their use for the newsletter can be revoked at any time with effect for the future. This cancellation is made by the newsletter unsubscribe on the website or the link that is offered in each newsletter. A revocation is also possible via the contact option in our imprint

If necessary, change:

In addition, a general evaluation of the opening rate of our newsletters takes place. However, we can not determine which recipient the e-mail has opened. This evaluation is necessary so that we can make our newsletter more user-friendly and effective.

Data processing using our contact form

Contact us via the contact form, so you must

  • Your Name
  • and your e-mail address

specify. This information is mandatory for us, otherwise we will not be able to respond to your requests.

  • Further information is voluntary.

All information will be saved so we can process your request and clarify follow-up questions.

To process the data that you send us via our contact form, we request your consent.

4. Transfer and storage of your personal data

Disclosure to third parties and processors

All personal data stored by us will not be disclosed to third parties or processors without your express consent, unless the processing is necessary to fulfill our order or to fulfill a legal obligation, for example for tax law reasons. Examples of such a transfer include, for example, a tax audit or the storage of your data with our web host (processor). We conclude a contract with contract processors, which obliges him to comply with all data protection regulations.

We may also be required to disclose your information for the purposes of enforcing, pursuing or defending legal claims.

Duration of storage of your personal data

We only store your personal data for as long as it is necessary for the performance of our duties or as required by law (statutory retention period) or if we require proof of your consent to the processing of your personal data, even if you have given your consent for have revoked the future.

For different purposes, there are different storage periods ranging from a few days to several years. Your data will be routinely checked by us and deleted after expiry of the respective period, if they are no longer required for contract fulfillment or contract initiation.