Initiative Online Print e.V.
c/o zipcon consulting GmbH
Am Buchenhain 4
45239 Essen
Phone: +49-201-81175-0, Fax: +49-201-81175-22

Essen Local Court, registered in the Register of Associations 4867

Responsible according to §5 Abs. 1 TMG: Bernd Zipper (

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By registering with the IOP, the user – hereinafter referred to as “member” vis-à-vis the operator agrees to the following terms of use: Members who participate in discussion forums and comments undertake to,

1) To refrain from insults, criminal content, pornography and coarse language in their contributions,
2) to bear sole responsibility for the content posted by them, not to infringe the rights of third parties (in particular trademark rights, copyrights and personal rights) and to fully indemnify the operators of the IOP website against any claims by third parties triggered by their contributions.
3) Not to post advertising of any kind in forums or comments or to use forums and comments for any kind of commercial activity. This applies in particular to the publication of “0900” telephone numbers for any purpose.

There is no entitlement to the publication of submitted comments or forum contributions. The operators of the IOP website reserve the right to edit or delete comments and forum contributions at their own discretion. In the event of violations of the obligations under 1.), 2.) and 3.), the operators also reserve the right to block the membership for a limited period of time or to delete it permanently. Insofar as the member makes use of the opportunity to submit his or her own contributions for the editorial section for the IOP website, the following applies:

A prerequisite for posting one’s own contributions is that the member has entered his/her full and correct first and last name in his/her IOP website user profile or enters it there after submitting the article. The name entered there will be used to identify the submitted contribution (publicly) upon publication. The member makes the following declarations for all contributions submitted by him or her to the IOP website in the future: The member assures that the submitted contributions are free of third party rights, in particular copyrights, trademark rights or personal rights. This applies to all submitted contributions and images.

The member grants the operators of the IOP website an unrestricted right of use to the contributions submitted. This includes publication on the Internet on the IOP website as well as on other Internet servers, in newsletters, print media and other publications. Submitted contributions will be deleted or made anonymous again at the member’s request by e-mail to the webmaster’s address. The deletion or anonymisation shall take place within 7 days of notification. The operators shall only be liable for consequential damages incurred by the member as a result of the delayed deletion of the contribution insofar as they are not based on a breach of duty by the member (above under 1.), 2.) and 3.) ) and insofar as they are also based on gross negligence or intent on the part of the operators of the IOP website. In this context, we expressly point out that the IOP website is regularly indexed by search engines and that we have no influence on whether, where and for how long contributions published by us are possibly stored and retrievable in databases of search engines and web catalogues even after deletion of the IOP website.

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If the opportunity for the input of personal or business data is given, the input of these data takes place voluntarily. The use of our service is – as far as technically possible and reasonable – also permitted without providing such data or by providing anonymous data or a pseudonym. Further important information on the subject of data protection can be found in our privacy policy.

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These General Terms of Use apply to the IOP website. If sections or individual terms of this statement are not legal or correct, the content or validity of the other parts remain uninfluenced by this fact.

Data protection information

In the course of using this website, your personal data will be processed by us as the data controller and stored for the time necessary to fulfil the specified purposes and legal obligations. In the following, we inform you about what data is involved, how it is processed and what rights you have in this regard.

According to Art. 4 No. 1 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), personal data is any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (hereinafter “data subject”).

Name and contact details of the person responsible for the processing

This data protection information applies to data processing on the website by the responsible party:

Initative Online Print e.V.
c/o zipcon sonsulting GmbH
Am Buchenhain 4
45239 Essen

Telephone +49 (0) 201 -81175-0

1. processing of personal data and purposes of processing

a) When visiting the website

You can access the website without having to disclose any information about your identity. The browser used on your end device only automatically sends information to the server of our website (e.g. browser type and version, date and time of access) to enable the website to establish a connection. This also includes the IP address of your requesting end device. This is temporarily stored in a so-called log file and automatically deleted after 52 days.

The IP address is processed for technical and administrative purposes to establish and maintain the connection.

The legal basis for the processing of the IP address is Art. 6 para. 1 p. 1 lit. f DSGVO. Our legitimate interest follows from the necessity of a trouble-free provision of our website.

We cannot draw any direct conclusions about your identity from the processing of the IP address and other information in the log file.

In addition, we use cookies and analysis services when you visit our website. You can find more detailed explanations of this in sections 4 and 5 of this data protection declaration.

b) When using the contact form

When using the contact form provided on our website, it is necessary to provide your name, position and e-mail address as mandatory data.

We require this data in order to determine from whom the enquiry originates and to be able to answer and process it.

The data processing is carried out in response to your request and is based on our legitimate interests pursuant to Art. 6 (1) sentence 1 lit. f DSGVO in the context of answering a contact request.

The personal data collected by us for the use of the contact form will be automatically deleted after completion of the processing of your enquiry, unless further storage is required due to the establishment of a membership (Art. 6 para. 1 p. 1 lit. b DSGVO) or you have consented to further storage in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 p. 1 lit. a DSGVO.

3. Disclosure of personal data to third parties

As a matter of principle, personal data is not transferred to third parties. A transfer of personal data is only possible if

  • you have given your express consent to this in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1 Sentence 1 lit. a DSGVO, and
  • in the event that there is a legal obligation to pass on the data in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1 Sentence 1 lit. c DSGVO.
4. Cookies

We use cookies on our site. These are small files that are automatically created by your browser and stored on your end device (laptop, tablet, smartphone or similar) when you visit our site. Cookies do not cause any damage to your end device and do not contain any viruses, Trojans or other malware.

Information is stored in the cookie that is related to the specific end device used. However, this does not mean that we gain direct knowledge of your identity.

The use of cookies serves, on the one hand, to make the use of our offer more pleasant for you. We use so-called session cookies to recognise that you have already visited individual pages of our website.

In addition, we also use temporary cookies to optimise user-friendliness, which are stored on your end device for a certain fixed period of time. If you visit our site again to use our services, it is automatically recognised that you have already been to our site and which entries and settings you have made so that you do not have to enter them again.

On the other hand, cookies are used to statistically record the use of our website and to evaluate it for the purpose of optimising our services for you (see section 5). These cookies enable us to automatically recognise that you have already been to our website when you visit it again. These cookies are automatically deleted after a defined period of time.

The data processed by cookies is necessary for the above-mentioned purposes in order to protect our legitimate interests and those of third parties.

Most browsers accept cookies automatically. However, you can configure your browser in such a way that no cookies are stored on your computer or a message always appears before a new cookie is created. However, the complete deactivation of cookies may mean that you cannot use all the functions of our website.

5. Webanalytics: Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google LLC (; hereinafter: “Google”), on our website. In this context, pseudonymised usage profiles are created and cookies are used (see section 4). The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website, such as

Browser type/version,
operating system used,
Referrer URL (the previously visited page),
host name of the accessing computer (IP address),
time of the server request
are transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. Google observes the data protection provisions of the “US Privacy Shield” and is registered with the “US Privacy Shield” programme of the US Department of Commerce. In addition, we have concluded an agreement with for the use of Google Analytics. Through this contract, Google assures that they process the data in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation and ensure the protection of the rights of the data subject.

The information is used to evaluate the use of the website, to compile reports on website activity and to provide other services related to website and internet use for the purposes of market research and demand-oriented design of these web pages.

This information may also be transferred to third parties if this is required by law or if third parties process this data on our behalf. Under no circumstances will your IP address be merged with other Google data. The IP addresses are anonymised so that an allocation is not possible (IP masking).

You can prevent the installation of cookies by setting your browser software accordingly. However, we would like to point out that in this case not all functions of this website can be used to their full extent.

You can also prevent the collection of data generated by the cookie and related to your use of the website (including your IP address) and the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing a browser add-on.

As an alternative to the browser add-on, especially for browsers on mobile devices, you can also prevent the collection by Google Analytics by clicking on this. An opt-out cookie will be set, which prevents the future collection of your data when visiting this website. The opt-out cookie is only valid in this browser and only for our website and is stored on your device. If you delete the cookies in this browser, you must set the opt-out cookie again.

Further information on data protection in connection with Google Analytics can be found, for example, in the Google Analytics Help.

The tracking measures by Google Analytics are carried out on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 p. 1 lit. f DSGVO. In this way, we want to ensure a needs-based design and the ongoing optimisation of our website. On the other hand, we use Google Analytics to statistically record the use of our website. Furthermore, we use the data for the optimised playout of advertising content. These interests are to be regarded as legitimate in the sense of the aforementioned provision.

6. YouTube

We use components (videos) of the company YouTube, LLC (; hereinafter: “YouTube”), a Google LLC company, on our website on the basis of consent pursuant to Art. 6 (1) sentence 1 lit. a DSGVO.

We use the “extended data protection mode” option provided by YouTube.

When you call up a page that has an embedded video, a connection is established to the YouTube servers and the content is displayed on the website by informing your browser.

According to YouTube’s information, in “extended data protection mode” your data – in particular which of our web pages you have visited as well as device-specific information including the IP address – is only transmitted to the YouTube server in the USA when you watch the video. By clicking on the video, you consent to this transmission.

If you are logged in to YouTube at the same time, this information will be assigned to your YouTube member account. You can prevent this by logging out of your member account before visiting our website.

Google observes the data protection provisions of the “US Privacy Shield” and is registered with the “US Privacy Shield” programme of the US Department of Commerce.

For more information on data protection in connection with YouTube, please refer to Google’s privacy policy.

a) Data subjects’ rights

You have the right

  • to revoke your consent at any time in accordance with Art. 7 (3) DSGVO. This means that we may no longer process the data based on this consent in the future;
  • to request information about your personal data processed by us in accordance with Art. 15 DSGVO. In particular, you may request information about the processing purposes, the category of personal data, the categories of recipients to whom your data have been or will be disclosed, the planned storage period, the existence of a right to rectification, erasure, restriction of processing or objection, the existence of a right of complaint, the origin of your data if it has not been collected by us, as well as the existence of automated decision-making, including profiling, and, if applicable, meaningful information about its details;
  • in accordance with Art. 16 DSGVO, to demand the immediate correction of inaccurate or incomplete personal data stored by us;
  • in accordance with Article 17 of the Regulation, to request the erasure of your personal data stored by us, unless the processing is necessary for the exercise of the right to freedom of expression and information, for compliance with a legal obligation, for reasons of public interest, or for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims;
  • in accordance with Art. 18 DSGVO, to request the restriction of the processing of your personal data, insofar as the accuracy of the data is disputed by you, the processing is unlawful, but you object to its erasure and we no longer require the data, but you need it for the assertion, exercise or defence of legal claims or you have objected to the processing in accordance with Art. 21 DSGVO;
  • pursuant to Art. 20 DSGVO, to receive your personal data that you have provided to us in a structured, common and machine-readable format or to request the transfer to another controller; and
  • complain to a supervisory authority in accordance with Art. 77 DSGVO. As a rule, you can contact the supervisory authority of your usual place of residence or workplace or our company headquarters for this purpose.

Information about your right to object

You have the right to object at any time, on grounds relating to your particular situation, to the processing of personal data concerning you carried out on the basis of Article 6(1)(e) DSGVO (data processing in the public interest) and Article 6(1)(f) DSGVO (data processing on the basis of a balance of interests); this also applies to Article 4(4) DSGVO profiling based on this provision.

If you object, we will no longer process your personal data unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your interests, rights and freedoms, or the processing serves to assert, exercise or defend legal claims.

If you object to the processing of data for the purpose of direct marketing, we will immediately stop the processing. In this case, it is not necessary to specify a particular situation. This also applies to profiling, insofar as it is connected with such direct advertising.

If you wish to exercise your right of objection, simply send an e-mail to

8. Data security

All data transmitted by you personally is encrypted using the generally accepted and secure standard TLS (Transport Layer Security). TLS is a secure and proven standard that is also used, for example, for online banking. You can recognise a secure TLS connection by the s appended to http (i.e. https://) in the address bar of your browser or by the lock symbol in the lower area of your browser.

We also use appropriate technical and organisational security measures to protect your data against accidental or intentional manipulation, partial or complete loss, destruction or against unauthorised access by third parties. Our security measures are continuously improved in line with technological developments.

9. Up-to-dateness and amendment of this privacy policy

This data protection declaration is currently valid and was updated in May 2018.

Due to the further development of our website and offers on it or due to changed legal or official requirements, it may become necessary to change this data protection declaration. You can access and print out the current data protection declaration at any time on the website at

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