You can use this website without providing personal data, with the exception of our password-protected area. When you visit the various pages of our website, our server will merely be sent access data (e.g. your browser type and the time of your visit). These access data do not contain any personal data and cannot be used to draw any conclusions as to an identifiable person. In particular, the access data are not used to create usage profiles. They merely serve to optimise the use of our website and allow us to carry out statistical evaluations.
II. Use of personal data
We will only use personal data if you provide them to us voluntarily. This is necessary if you wish to subscribe to our newsletter or if you want to book a hotel room or other related service.
Personal data for the use of the aforementioned services shall only be collected to the extent necessary for the purposes of executing the contract or rendering the service.
After the full execution of the contract, the personal data provided by you shall be blocked or deleted in order to preclude their further use. This does not apply to the provisions of commercial law or information required by law which may require longer storage periods.
III. Disclosure of personal data
Beyond the extent necessary for executing the contract, personal data shall not be passed on without your express consent.
No other personal data shall be disclosed to third parties unless we are obliged to do so by a court order or statutory provision.
IV. Logging into the password-protected area
In the password-protected area, which can be found at http://www.ringhotels.com/login, registered users can manage and/or update their profile data, manage and/or change and/or terminate their newsletter subscription and – if participating in the Ringhotels card scheme – view their total collected points and/or redeem the points for prizes.
You are required to log in to access the protected area. If you have not yet registered, you can register by clicking on 'Sign up' and choosing a password. After you register, we will send you an e-mail with an activation link. After you activate your account by clicking on the activation link, you will be able to access the protected area. When you log in again, you will be required to enter your username and password.
During the registration process we will ask you for personal data such as your name, surname, address and e-mail address, as well as other voluntary information. If necessary, in the password-protected area you can update and/or delete the information you provided at any time. If you delete any information that was marked as mandatory during the registration process, you will no longer be able to access the password-protected area.
On our website, you can opt to subscribe to our newsletter. You will be required to provide personal data (your name and e-mail address) in order to receive the newsletter. We will not send you our newsletter without your express consent. After subscribing, you will receive an e-mail confirmation containing a link, which you need to click in order to complete your subscription to our newsletter. Only then will you receive the newsletter.
You can unsubscribe from our newsletter by e-mail or by clicking the 'Unsubscribe' link in the newsletter itself at any time.
VI. Information, changes and cancellations
At any time, you can request free information on the personal data we have stored about you. Under the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) you are entitled to correct, block or delete your personal data. You can also prevent us from using the personal data we have stored about you in the future. In all of these cases, please contact us in writing or by fax or e-mail at the following addresses:
Tel.: +49 (0) 89 45 87 03-0
Fax: +49 (0) 89 45 87 03-31
This website uses 'cookies' in order to make our website more attractive and to permit the use of certain functions. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer. At the end of your browser session, most cookies are deleted from your hard drive (these are known as session cookies). However, 'persistent cookies' remain on your computer and allow us to recognise you upon your next visit.
You can prevent the installation of cookies on your computer by adjusting the settings of your browser. However, we would like to point out that, if you should choose to do so, you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website.
VIII. Web server statistics
1. Google Analytics
If you do not want Google to receive data from your browser when you visit our pages, you can find a way to opt out of Google Analytics by clicking here (https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en-GB). This plugin prevents your browser from sending the Analytics request; this way, Google will not receive any data when you visit our website. The plugin is available for various browsers. According to Google, the browser blocks the Google Analytics script after installation. However, this website uses Google Analytics with the extension 'anonymizeIp()'. This causes all IP addresses to be processed in abbreviated form, which makes it impossible to identify the user directly. This ensures that no extensive IP address data are collected from you when you visit our website.
This website uses Piwik (http://piwik.org), open-source web analytics software, to collect and store data for marketing and optimisation purposes. These data can be used to create usage profiles under a pseudonym. Cookies can be used for this purpose. Cookies are small text files that are stored locally in the temporary memory of the internet browser of the visitor to the website. Cookies allow our website to recognise your internet browser. Without the separate consent of the user, the data collected by Piwik will not be used to personally identify the visitor to the website or associated with any other personal data belonging to the bearer of the pseudonym.
You can decide whether to allow a web analysis cookie to be installed in your browser in order to allow the operator of the website to collect and analyse various statistical data.
If you wish to prevent the collection and analysis of data, click on the following link to install the Piwik deactivation cookie in your browser.
IX. Social networks
Our website also features programs (plugins) of the social network Facebook. These are operated exclusively by Facebook Inc., 1601 South California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA (hereinafter referred to as 'Facebook'). These plugins can be recognised on our website by the Facebook logo or the word 'Like'. As soon as you visit a page of our website which contains such a plugin, your browser will establish a direct connection with the servers of Facebook; the content of the plugin will be sent directly to your browser and embedded in the website. As a result, Facebook obtains the information that you have visited our website. If you logged into your personal Facebook account during your visit to our website, Facebook will be able to associate your visit with your Facebook account. If you interact with the plugins, for example by clicking the 'Like' button or posting a comment, this information will also be sent directly to Facebook and stored there. If you do not want this data transfer to take place, you must log out of Facebook before visiting our website.
You can find more information on the purpose and extent of data collection by Facebook and how the data is processed and used by Facebook, as well as your rights and optional settings to protect your privacy, in the Facebook Data Use Policy (http://www.facebook.com/policy.php).
This website also features the Google+ button of the social network Google+. This social network is operated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. The Google+ button can be identified by the +1 button.
When you visit pages of our website which contain a Google+ button, your browser will establish a direct connection with the Google servers and load the button from there. This way, information will be sent to Google Inc. that our website was visited because the content of the Google +1 button will be sent to directly your browser and embedded in the website.
Therefore, we have no control over the scope of data collected by Google through this interface. According to Google, no personal data are collected if you do not click on the button. Data – including your IP address – will only be collected and processed if you are registered with and logged into the social network Google+. If you are a Google+ member and do not want Google to collect data through our website, you must log out of Google+ before visiting our website.
We are never informed if or when you have used the Google+ button; Google only provides us with summarised, depersonalised statistics on the use of the Google+ button.
This website also uses the 'tweet' function of Twitter. Twitter is a microblogging service of the American company Twitter, Inc. (795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107).
When you visit pages of our website which contain a Twitter button, your browser will establish a direct connection with the Twitter servers and load the Tweet button from there. When this happens, the information that our website was visited is sent to Twitter. Even if you are not logged in, Twitter may collect and even store usage data.
By clicking the Twitter button on our website and 'tweeting' information using the Twitter window that pops up, you are sending the tweeted information to Twitter. This information will then be published on your Twitter profile.