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At Expats in Germany, accessible from, one of our main priorities is the privacy of our visitors. This Privacy Policy document contains types of information that is collected and recorded by Expats in Germany and how we use it.

If you have additional questions or require more information about our Privacy Policy, do not hesitate to contact us.

With the following Privacy Policy we would like to explain to you which types of your personal data (hereinafter also referred to as “data”) we process, for what purposes and to what extent the provision of our services and in particular on our websites, in mobile applications and within external online presences, such as our social media profiles (hereinafter collectively referred to as “online offer”).

The terms used are not gender specific.

State: November 2nd, 2021

Responsible person

Troitskaya Maria

Impressum (Copyright and Website Owner Information) – Impressum

By using our website, you hereby consent to our Privacy Policy and agree to its terms.

Information we collect

The personal information that you are asked to provide, and the reasons why you are asked to provide it, will be made clear to you at the point we ask you to provide your personal information.

If you contact us directly, we may receive additional information about you such as your name, email address, phone number, the contents of the message and/or attachments you may send us, and any other information you may choose to provide.

When you register for an Account, we may ask for your contact information, including items such as name, company name, address, email address, and telephone number.

Categories of data subjects

  • Communication partner.
  • Users (e.g. website visitors, users of online services).

Processing purposes

  • Affiliate tracking.
  • Provision of our online offer and user-friendliness.
  • Conversion measurement (measurement of the effectiveness of marketing measures).
  • Direct marketing (e.g. by email or post).
  • Feedback (e.g. collecting feedback via the online form).
  • Marketing.
  • Contact requests and communication.
  • Profiles with user-related information (creation of user profiles).
  • Safety measures.
  • Provision of contractual services and customer service.
  • Management and answering of inquiries.

How we use your information

We use the information we collect in various ways, including to:

  • Provide, operate, and maintain our website
  • Improve, personalize, and expand our website
  • Understand and analyze how you use our website
  • Develop new products, services, features, and functionality
  • Communicate with you, either directly or through one of our partners, including for customer service, to provide you with updates and other information relating to the website, and for marketing and promotional purposes
  • Send you emails
  • Find and prevent fraud

Below you will find an overview of the legal bases of the GDPR, on the basis of which we process personal data. Please note that in addition to the provisions of the GDPR, national data protection requirements may apply in your or our country of residence or domicile. Furthermore, if more specific legal bases are relevant in individual cases, we will inform you of this in the Privacy Policy.

Einwilligung (Art. 6 Abs. 1 S. 1 lit. a. DSGVO) – The data subject has given their consent to the processing of their personal data for a specific purpose or for several specific purposes.

Vertragserfüllung und vorvertragliche Anfragen (Art. 6 Abs. 1 S. 1 lit. b. DSGVO) – Processing is necessary for the performance of a contract to which the data subject is a party or for the implementation of pre-contractual measures that are carried out at the request of the data subject.

Berechtigte Interessen (Art. 6 Abs. 1 S. 1 lit. f. DSGVO) – The processing is necessary to safeguard the legitimate interests of the person responsible or a third party, unless the interests or fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject, which require the protection of personal data, outweigh this.

National data protection regulations in Germany: In addition to the data protection regulations of the General Data Protection Regulation, national data protection regulations apply in Germany. This includes in particular the law on the protection against misuse of personal data during data processing (Federal Data Protection Act – BDSG). The BDSG contains in particular special regulations on the right to information, the right to erasure, the right of objection, the processing of special categories of personal data, processing for other purposes and transmission as well as automated decision-making in individual cases including profiling. It also regulates data processing for the purposes of the employment relationship (Section 26 BDSG), in particular with regard to the establishment, implementation or termination of employment relationships and the consent of employees. Furthermore, state data protection laws of the individual federal states can be applied.

Safety measures

We take appropriate technical and organizational measures in accordance with the legal requirements, taking into account the state of the art, the implementation costs and the type, scope, circumstances and purposes of processing as well as the different probabilities of occurrence and the extent of the threat to the rights and freedoms of natural persons to ensure a level of protection appropriate to the risk.

The measures include, in particular, securing the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data by controlling physical and electronic access to the data as well as the access, input, transfer, ensuring availability and their separation. Furthermore, we have set up procedures that ensure the exercise of data subject rights, the deletion of data and reactions to the threat to the data. Furthermore, we consider the protection of personal data already in the development or selection of hardware, software and procedures in accordance with the principle of data protection, through technology design and data protection-friendly default settings.

Transmission of personal data

As part of our processing of personal data, it can happen that the data is transmitted to other bodies, companies, legally independent organizational units or persons, or they are disclosed to them. The recipients of this data can include, for example, service providers commissioned with IT tasks or providers of services and content that are integrated into a website. In such a case, we observe the legal requirements and, in particular, conclude corresponding contracts or agreements that serve to protect your data with the recipients of your data.

Data processing in third countries

Insofar as we process data in a third country (i.e. outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA)) or the processing in the context of the use of third-party services or the disclosure or transfer of data to other persons, offices or companies takes place, this is only done in accordance with the legal requirements.

Subject to express consent or contractually or legally required transfer, we only process or have the data processed in third countries with a recognized level of data protection, contractual obligation through so-called standard protection clauses of the EU Commission, in the presence of certifications or binding internal data protection regulations (Art. 44 to 49 GDPR, Information page of the EU Commission:

Deletion of data

The data processed by us will be deleted in accordance with the legal requirements as soon as the consent permitted for processing is revoked or other permissions are no longer applicable (e.g. if the purpose of processing this data is no longer applicable or is not required for the purpose).

If the data are not deleted because they are required for other legally permissible purposes, their processing will be limited to these purposes. This means that the data is blocked and not processed for other purposes. This applies, for example, to data that must be stored for commercial or tax law reasons or whose storage is necessary to assert, exercise or defend legal claims or to protect the rights of another natural or legal person.

Google is one of a third-party vendor on our site. It also uses cookies, known as DART cookies, to serve ads to our site visitors based upon their visit to and other sites on the internet. However, visitors may choose to decline the use of DART cookies by visiting the Google ad and content network Privacy Policy at the following URL –

Use of cookies

Cookies are text files containing data from visited websites or domains and are stored by a browser on the user’s computer. A cookie is primarily used to store information about a user during or after their visit to an online offer. The stored information can include, for example, the language settings on a website, the login status, a shopping cart or the place where a video was watched. The term “cookies” also includes other technologies that fulfill the same functions as cookies (e.g. when user information is stored using pseudonymous online identifiers, also referred to as “user IDs”).

Provision of the online offer and web hosting

In order to be able to provide our online offer securely and efficiently, we use the services of one or more web hosting providers from whose servers (or servers managed by them) the online offer can be accessed. For these purposes, we may use infrastructure and platform services, computing capacity, storage space and database services, as well as security and technical maintenance services.

The data processed as part of the provision of the hosting offer may include all information relating to the users of our online offer that arises in the course of use and communication. This regularly includes the IP address, which is necessary in order to be able to deliver the content of online offers to browsers, and all entries made within our online offer or on websites.

Collection of access data and log files: We ourselves (or our web hosting provider) collect data for every access to the server (so-called server log files). The address and name of the retrieved websites and files, date and time of retrieval, amounts of data transferred, notification of successful retrieval, browser type and version, the user’s operating system, referrer URL (the previously visited page) and, as a rule, IP Addresses and the requesting provider belong.

The server log files can be used on the one hand for security purposes, e.g. to avoid overloading the server (especially in the case of abusive attacks, so-called DDoS attacks) and on the other hand to ensure server utilization and stability.

Services and service providers used: Webgo GmbH, Heidenkampsweg 81, 20097 Hamburg. AGB, Datenschutzerklärung:

Blogs and publication media

We use blogs or comparable means of online communication and publication (hereinafter “publication medium”). The data of the readers are processed for the purposes of the publication medium only insofar as it is necessary for its presentation and the communication between authors and readers or for reasons of security. In addition, we refer to the information on the processing of visitors to our publication medium in the context of this data protection notice.

Comments and Posts: When users leave comments or other posts, their IP addresses may be stored based on our legitimate interests. This is for our security if someone leaves illegal content in comments and posts (insults, forbidden political propaganda, etc.). In this case, we can be prosecuted for the comment or contribution and are therefore interested in the identity of the author.

Furthermore, we reserve the right to process user information for the purpose of spam detection on the basis of our legitimate interests.

On the same legal basis, in the case of surveys, we reserve the right to store the IP addresses of users for the duration of the survey and to use cookies to avoid multiple votes.

The personal information provided in the comments and posts, any contact and website information as well as the content will be stored by us permanently until the user objects.

Services and service providers used: UpdraftPlus: Backup-Software und Backup-Speicherung; Dienstanbieter: Simba Hosting Ltd., 11, Barringer Way, St. Neots, Cambs., PE19 1LW, GB; Website:; Datenschutzerklärung:

Contact and request management

Within the framework of existing user and business relationships, the details of the requesting persons are processed to the extent necessary to answer the contact requests and any requested measures.

The answering of the contact inquiries as well as the management of contact and inquiry data within the framework of contractual or pre-contractual relationships takes place to fulfill our contractual obligations or to answer (pre)contractual inquiries and otherwise on the basis of the legitimate interests in answering the inquiries and maintenance of User or Business Relationships.


We process personal data for online marketing purposes, which may include the marketing of advertising space or the presentation of advertising and other content (collectively referred to as “content”) based on the potential interests of users and the measurement of their effectiveness.

The IP addresses of the users are saved. However, we use available IP masking procedures (i.e. pseudonymization by shortening the IP address) to protect users. In general, no clear user data (e.g. e-mail addresses or names) are stored as part of the online marketing process, but pseudonyms. This means that we and the providers of the online marketing process do not know the actual identity of the users, only the information stored in their profiles.

In principle, we only receive access to summarized information about the success of our advertisements. However, we can use so-called conversion measurements to check which of our online marketing processes have led to a so-called conversion, i.e. e.g. to the conclusion of a contract with us. The conversion measurement is only used to analyze the success of our marketing measures.

Unless otherwise stated, please assume that cookies used will be stored for a period of two years.

Notes on legal bases: If we ask users for their consent to the use of third-party providers, the legal basis for processing data is consent. Otherwise, user data is processed on the basis of our legitimate interests (i.e. interest in efficient, economical and recipient-friendly services). In this context, we would also like to draw your attention to the information on the use of cookies in this data protection declaration.

Services and service providers used:
Google Adsense mit nicht-personalisierten Anzeigen: Wir nutzen den Dienst Google Adsense mit nicht-personalisierten Anzeigen, mit dessen Hilfe innerhalb unseres Onlineangebotes Anzeigen eingeblendet werden und wir für deren Einblendung oder sonstige Nutzung eine Entlohnung erhalten; Dienstanbieter: Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland, parent company: Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA; Website:; Datenschutzerklärung:; Types of processing and data processed:; Google Ads Controller-Controller Data Protection Terms and standard contractual clauses for data transfers to third countries:

We include so-called affiliate links or other references (which may include e.g. search masks, widgets or discount codes) to the offers and services of third parties in our online offer (collectively referred to as “affiliate links”). If users follow the affiliate links or subsequently take advantage of the offers, we may receive a commission or other benefits from these third-party providers (collectively referred to as “commission”).

In order to be able to track whether the users have taken advantage of the offers of an affiliate link used by us, it is necessary for the respective third-party providers to know that the users have followed an affiliate link used within our online offer. The assignment of the affiliate links to the respective business transactions or to other actions (e.g. purchases) serves the sole purpose of the commission statement and is canceled as soon as it is no longer required for the purpose.

For the purposes of the aforementioned assignment of the affiliate links, the affiliate links can be supplemented with certain values that are part of the link or can be stored in some other way, e.g. in a cookie. The values can include, in particular, the source website (referrer), the time, an online ID of the operator of the website on which the affiliate link was located, an online ID of the respective offer, the type of link used, the type of offer and an online identifier of the user.

Services and service providers used:
Amazon-Partnerprogramm: Amazon – Partnerprogramm – Amazon und das Amazon-Logo sind Warenzeichen von, Inc. oder eines seiner verbundenen Unternehmen. Dienstanbieter: Amazon Europe Core S.à.r.l., die Amazon EU S.à.r.l, die Amazon Services Europe S.à.r.l. und die Amazon Media EU S.à.r.l., alle vier ansässig in 38, avenue John F. Kennedy, L-1855 Luxemburg, sowie Amazon Instant Video Germany GmbH, Domagkstr. 28, 80807 München (zusammen „Amazon Europe“), Mutterunternehmen:, Inc., 2021 Seventh Ave, Seattle, Washington 98121, USA.; Website:; Datenschutzerklärung:

This website uses EZOIC, a service for integrating advertisements from EZOIC Inc and EZOIC Ltd. (“EZOIC”). The provider is EZOIC Inc. (Ezoic Inc., 6023 Innovation Way, Carlsbad, CA 92009, United States) and EZOIC Ltd (Ezoic Limited, Northern Design Centre, Abbott’s Hill, Gateshead, NE8 3DF United Kingdom). EZOIC uses so-called “cookies”, text files that are stored on your computer and enable an analysis of the use of the website. EZOIC also uses so-called web beacons (invisible graphics). These web beacons can be used to evaluate information such as visitor traffic on these pages. Privacy policy:

The information generated by cookies and web beacons about the use of this website (including your IP address) and the delivery of advertising formats is transmitted to an EZOIC server in the USA and United Kingdom and stored there. This information can be passed on by EZOIC to contractual partners of EZOIC. However, EZOIC will not merge your IP address with other data stored by you.

EZOIC cookies are stored on the basis of Article 6 (1) (f) GDPR. The website operator has a legitimate interest in analyzing user behavior in order to optimize both its website and its advertising.

You can prevent the installation of cookies by setting your browser software accordingly; we would like to point out to you however that in this case you can if applicable not use all functions of this website in full. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by EZOIC in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

Presence in social networks (social media)

We want to protect your data in the best possible way, so we use the Shariff Wrapper Plugin for social sharing. The Shariff Wrapper only communicates with the respective social network after the user has actively clicked on the link. So we save no datas on our site. After click Social Media are responsible for your datas. More information about the Shariff Wrapper Plugin can be found at WordPress

Plugins and embedded functions and content

We integrate functional and content elements into our online offer that are obtained from the servers of their respective providers (hereinafter referred to as “third-party providers”). This can be, for example, graphics, videos or city maps (hereinafter uniformly referred to as “content”).

The integration always requires that the third-party providers of this content process the IP address of the user, since without the IP address they could not send the content to their browser. The IP address is therefore required for the display of this content or functions. We endeavor to only use content whose respective providers only use the IP address to deliver the content. Third-party providers can also use so-called pixel tags (invisible graphics, also known as “web beacons”) for statistical or marketing purposes. The “pixel tags” can be used to evaluate information such as visitor traffic on the pages of this website. The pseudonymous information can also be stored in cookies on the user’s device and contain, among other things, technical information about the browser and the operating system, websites to be referred to, the time of the visit and other information on the use of our online offer and can also be linked to such information from other sources.

Services and service providers used:

Our website uses Borlabs Cookie’s cookie consent technology to obtain your consent to the storage of certain cookies in your browser and to document this in compliance with data protection regulations. The provider of this technology is Borlabs – Benjamin A. Bornschein, Georg-Wilhelm-Str. 17, 21107 Hamburg (hereinafter Borlabs).

When you enter our website, a Borlabs cookie is stored in your browser, which stores the consent you have given or the withdrawal of this consent. This data is not passed on to the provider of Borlabs Cookie.

The collected data is stored until you ask us to delete it or delete the Borlabs cookie yourself or the purpose for storing the data no longer applies. Mandatory statutory retention periods remain unaffected. Details on data processing by Borlabs Cookie can be found at

Borlabs cookie consent technology is used to obtain the legally required consent for the use of cookies. The legal basis for this is Article 6 Paragraph 1 Clause 1 Letter c GDPR.


This site uses the WordPress Security Plugin Wordfence to protect the website from hacker attacks etc. Provider is DEFIANT, 800 5th Ave Ste 4100, Seattle, WA 98104. The provided GDPR compliant data processing agreement has been completed. Wordfence currently uses three cookies and below is an explanation of what each cookie does, who set the cookie and why the cookie helps protect the site.

Cookie: wfwaf-authcookie- (Hash)

What it does: This cookie is used by the WORDFENCE firewall to perform a skill check on the current user before loading WordPress. Who receives this cookie: This cookie is only set for users who are able to log into WordPress. How this cookie helps: With this cookie, the Wordfence firewall recognizes logged-in users and allows them increased access. Wordfence can also detect users who are not logged in and limit their access to secure areas. The cookie tells the firewall what level of access a visitor has to help the firewall make smart decisions about who to allow and who to block.

Cookie: wf_loginalerted_ (Hash)

Was es bewirkt: Dieses Cookie wird verwendet, um den Wordfence-Administrator zu benachrichtigen, wenn sich ein Administrator von einem neuen Gerät oder Standort aus anmeldet.
Wer erhält dieses Cookie: Dieses Cookie ist nur für Administratoren festgelegt.
Wie dieses Cookie hilft: Dieses Cookie hilft den Websitebetreibern zu wissen, ob ein Admin-Login von einem neuen Gerät oder Standort aus stattgefunden hat.

Cookie: wfCBLBypass

Was es tut: Wordfence bietet einem Site-Besucher die Möglichkeit, die Länderblockierung zu umgehen, indem er auf eine versteckte URL zugreift. Mit diesem Cookie kann nachvollzogen werden, wer die Sperrung des Landes umgehen darf.
Wer erhält dieses Cookie: Wenn eine vom Site-Administrator definierte versteckte URL aufgerufen wird, wird mit diesem Cookie überprüft, ob der Benutzer auf die Site von einem Land aus zugreifen kann, das durch die Sperrung des Landes beschränkt ist. Dies wird für jeden festgelegt, der die URL kennt, die eine Umgehung der Standard-Länderblockierung ermöglicht. Dieses Cookie wird nicht für jemanden gesetzt, der die versteckte URL nicht kennt, um die Länderblockierung zu umgehen.
Wie dieses Cookie hilft: Dieses Cookie gibt den Websitebesitzern die Möglichkeit, bestimmten Benutzern blockierte Länder zu erlauben, obwohl ihr Land gesperrt wurde.

Mehr Informationen zum Umgang mit Nutzerdaten finden Sie in der Datenschutzerklärung von DEFIANT:

VG Wort

Our offers use tracking pixels from the collecting society WORT, Goethestrasse 49, 80336 Munich (“VG Wort”). Tracking pixels are graphics within the respective website that are invisible to you as a website visitor, whereby information about visitor traffic on our offers can be evaluated. VG Wort administers the royalties from secondary exploitation rights to language works for authors. The distribution of royalties for online texts is tied to certain criteria. VG Wort uses the data collected via tracking pixels to determine whether a text on a website has reached the threshold required for distribution.

According to VG Wort, the process used ensures that individual users or their reading behavior cannot be determined when the number of text views is counted, since all data recorded by VG Wort is immediately and securely encrypted. The use of the tracking pixel was assessed by the Bavarian State Office for Data Protection Supervision and rated as data protection compliant.

Children’s Information

Another part of our priority is adding protection for children while using the internet. We encourage parents and guardians to observe, participate in, and/or monitor and guide their online activity.

Expats in Germany does not knowingly collect any Personal Identifiable Information from children under the age of 13. If you think that your child provided this kind of information on our website, we strongly encourage you to contact us immediately and we will do our best efforts to promptly remove such information from our records.