- Social Plug-Ins and Share Buttons. We also may use social plug-ins on or in connection with some of our Sites. When you visit a Site that contains a social plug-in and the social plug-in is selected or enabled, your browser establishes a direct connection to the social plug-in operator’s server. The social plug-in operator directly transfers the plug-in content to your browser. The social plug-in provider receives information about your access to sites. We have no influence on the data gathered by the plug-in operator. The Online Visitor is responsible for managing his or her privacy consents, settings and preferences, and addressing with the third-party operator, privacy issues that pertain to his or her use of, or plug-in with, third-party social media sites.
When visiting one of our Sites that contains a social plug-in, your browser will establish a direct connection to the respective social network’s servers enabling the respective social network to receive information about you having accessed our Site. We have no influence over the data gathered by the social plug-ins and have no knowledge of or control over the data gathered by the respective social network. To our knowledge, the embedded social plug-ins provide the respective social network with information that you have accessed our Site. If you are logged into the respective social network, your visit can be linked to your account. If you interact with the social plug-ins, the corresponding information will also be provided to the respective social network and linked to your account. Even if you are not logged into the respective network, there is the possibility that the social plug-ins transmit your IP-address to the respective social network.
For the purpose and scope of data collection and the further processing and use of data by the respective social network, as well as your rights and ways to protect your privacy, please see the privacy notices of the respective social networks. While every attempt is made to validate and screen outside links that may be provided through our online Sites, we are not responsible for the content of any outside third-party web sites. Bulletin boards, blogs, wikis, chat rooms, exchanges, share sites, social media venues and similar “forums” (whether operated by or for us, or otherwise) often are open or accessible to others in the forums and may be open to the public or those who otherwise gain access to information posted on or through the forum. Your participation in such forums and what you disclose in such forums is totally your own choice. If you make that choice and include your PII in your posts, it may lead to use of your PII by others, and we will not be responsible for any information you decide to make available on or through such forums, nor for any contacts of you by others as a result of your participation in, or your own disclosures on or through, such forums. We reserve the right to monitor such forums operated by, for or about us, and Use information legally posted on or through them. There should be no expectation of privacy by anyone with respect to the content of postings or disclosures he or she voluntarily makes on or through such forums.
We also may use User Information to help us prevent and detect security threats, fraud or other malicious activity, and to ensure the proper functioning of our solutions, products and services.