Disclaimer, Privacy Policy & Data Protection

DISCLAIMER

1. Content of the Online Offering
The AFA Austrian Fashion Association GmbH („AFA Agency“) vouches for the correctness and accuracy of the website’s contents according to its best knowledge and belief. However, AFA Agency is not liable for the topicality, correctness, completeness, or quality of the information supplied. Liability claims towards AFA Agency referring to material or non-material damage resulting from the use or non-use of the information supplied, or from the use of incorrect or incomplete information, are generally excluded. All offers are non-binding and without obligation. AFA Agency explicitly reserves the right to alter, complete, or delete parts of this website or the entire contents thereof without notice, or to discontinue publication either temporarily or permanently.

2. References and Links
AFA Agency disclaims any liability for the contents provided by third parties that are referred to via this website directly or indirectly ("links").
AFA Agency has no influence whatsoever on the current or future design, contents, or authorship of linked websites. Thus, AFA Agency hereby explicitly declines all responsibility for the entire contents of off-site or linked pages. The provider of a linked website bears sole responsibility for any illegal, incorrect, or incomplete information it may contain, and especially for the damage resulting from the use or non-use of such information, whereas the one who only refers to published information via links cannot be held responsible.

3. Copyright and Trademark Law
AFA Agency makes a point of respecting the copyrights for texts, images, artworks, video sequences, and audio documents used in all of its publications, as well as of using texts, images, artworks, video sequences, and audio documents produced by AFA Agency itself or its contract parties, or of referring to licence-free texts, images, artworks, video sequences, and audio documents.
All of the identification marks or logos displayed within the online offering and possibly protected by third parties are subject to the legal provisions of the respective trademark law in force and governed by the proprietary rights of the respective registered owner. The mere fact that a trademark, service mark, or logo is displayed does not suggest that it is not protected and that no titles of third parties are involved.
The copyright for published materials produced by AFA Agency or its contract parties rests solely with AFA Agency. Any reproduction or use of such images, video sequences and texts in other electronic or printed media without the explicit consent of AFA Agency is strictly prohibited. This does not apply for the press documents (press releases, press photos, biographies, etc.), which can be downloaded in the restricted area „Press/Buyers“. This material may only be used free of charge for reviews on the respective projects and labels or the activities of AFA Agency. With all images the copyright notice, which can be found besides all pictures is mandatory. Sales documents such as line sheets may only be used for internal purposes and not be distributed for commercial intent.

 

PRIVACY POLICY & DATA PROTECTION

AFA Agency is committed to protecting your personal information and has implemented numerous technical and organizational measures to ensure the most complete protection of personal data processed through its website www.AFA.co.at.
This policy sets out the basis upon which information is collected about you by AFA Agency through the use of the www.AFA.co.at website and any other electronic communications networks by AFA Agency and the use of the personal information you provide to us in person or online, via email, phone, in writing or other correspondence. For example, your personal information may be collected or provided by registrating on our website, telephone calls to or from us, entries, emails, correspondence, events and campaign responses. Please read the policy carefully as by providing your personal data to AFA Agency you will be deemed to have consented to the processing of such data.

1. Relevant Legislation
The data protection declaration of AFA Agency is based on the terms used by the European legislator for the adoption of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

2. AFA Agency's core beliefs regarding User Privacy and Data Protection
User privacy and data protection are human rights.
AFA Agency have a duty of care to the people within its data.
Data is a liability, it should only be collected and processed when absolutely necessary, thus AFA Agency does not collect or process sensitive personal data such as race, ethnicity, physical or mental health, political or philosophical views or sexual orientation.
AFA Agency will never sell, rent or otherwise distribute or make public personal information.

3. Name and Address of the Controller
Controller for the purposes of the GDPR, other data protection laws applicable in Member states of the European Union and other provisions related to data protection is:
AFA Agency
AFA Austrian Fashion Association GmbH
Lindengasse 27/1
1070 Vienna Austria
Phone: +43 1 905 97 72
Email: agency@AFA.co.at
Website: www.AFA.co.at

4. Personal Information that this website collects and why AFA Agency collects it
The website of AFA Agency Agency collects a series of general data and information when a person or an automated system calls up the website. This general data and information are stored in the server log files. Collected may be (1) the browser types and versions used, (2) the operating system used by the accessing system, (3) the website from which an accessing system reaches our website (so-called referrers), (4) the sub-websites, (5) the date and time of access to the Internet site, (6) an Internet protocol address (IP address), (7) the Internet service provider of the accessing system, and (8) any other similar data and information that may be used in the event of attacks on our information technology systems.
When using this general data and information, AFA Agency does not draw any conclusions about the user. Rather, this information is needed to (1) deliver the content of our website correctly, (2) optimize the content of our website as well as its advertisement, (3) ensure the long-term viability of our information technology systems and website technology, and (4) provide law enforcement authorities with the information necessary for criminal prosecution in case of a cyber-attack. Therefore, AFA Agency analyses anonymously collected data and information statistically, with the aim of increasing the data protection and data security of our enterprise, and to ensure an optimal level of protection for the personal data we process. The anonymous data of the server log files are stored separately from all personal data provided by a user.

5. Cookies
The Internet pages of AFA Agency use cookies. Cookies are text files that are stored in a computer system via an Internet browser.
Many Internet sites and servers use cookies. Many cookies contain a so-called cookie ID. A cookie ID is a unique identifier of the cookie. It consists of a character string through which Internet pages and servers can be assigned to the specific Internet browser in which the cookie was stored. This allows visited Internet sites and servers to differentiate your individual browser from other Internet browsers that contain other cookies. A specific Internet browser can be recognized and identified using the unique cookie ID. Through the use of cookies, AFA Agency can provide the users of this website with more user-friendly services that would not be possible without the cookie setting. By means of a cookie, the information and offers on our website can be optimized with the user in mind. Cookies allow us, as previously mentioned, to recognize our website users. The purpose of this recognition is to make it easier for users to utilize our website. The website user that uses cookies, e.g. does not have to enter access data each time the website is accessed, because this is taken over by the website, and the cookie is thus stored on the user's computer system. Another example is the cookie of a shopping cart in an online shop. The online store remembers the articles that a customer has placed in the virtual shopping cart via a cookie. You may, at any time, prevent the setting of cookies through our website by means of a corresponding setting within the Internet browser used, and may thus permanently deny the setting of cookies. Furthermore, already set cookies may be deleted at any time via an Internet browser or other software programs. This is possible in all popular Internet browsers. If you deactivate the setting of cookies in the Internet browser used, not all functions of our website may be entirely usable.

6. Registration on our website
You have the possibility to register on the website of AFA Agency with the indication of personal data. Which personal data are transmitted to AFA Agency are determined by the respective input mask used for the Press/Buyers registration. The personal data entered are collected and stored exclusively for internal use and own purposes. AFA Agency may request transfer to one or more processors (e.g. a parcel service) that also uses personal data for an internal purpose which is attributable to AFA Agency.
By registering on the website, the IP address, date, and time of the registration are also stored. The storage of this data takes place against the background that this is the only way to prevent the misuse of our services, and, if necessary, to make it possible to investigate committed offenses. Insofar, the storage of this data is necessary to secure AFA Agency. This data is not passed on to third parties unless there is a statutory obligation to pass on the data, or if the transfer serves the aim of criminal prosecution. Your registration, with the indication of personal data, is intended to enable AFA Agency to offer you contents or services that may only be offered to registered users due to the nature of the matter in question. Registered persons are free to change the personal data specified during the registration at any time, or to have them completely deleted from the data stock. 
Upon request, AFA Agency shall, at any time, provide you information as to which personal data are stored. In addition, AFA Agency shall correct or erase personal data at your request or indication, insofar as there are no statutory storage obligations. The entirety of AFA Agency´s employees are available to you as contact persons in this regard.

7. Third Party Data Processors
AFA Agency website uses a number of third parties to process personal data on our behalf. These third parties have been carefully chosen and all of them comply with the legislation set out in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

7.1. Subscription to our newsletters via MailChimp
AFA Agency informs its customers and business partners regularly by means of a newsletter about events, news and offers. The enterprise's newsletter may only be received by you if (1) the data subject has a valid e-mail address and (2) the data subject registers for the newsletter shipping.
If you choose to join our email newsletter, you acknowledge that the information you provide will be transferred to MailChimp for processing in accordance with their Privacy Policy and Terms. MailChimp provides AFA Agency with email marketing services. We consider MailChimp to be a third party data processor.
The email address that you submit will not be stored within this website’s own database or in any of AFA Agency own internal computer systems. During the registration for the newsletter, Mailchimp also stores the IP address of the  computer system assigned by the Internet service provider (ISP) and used at the time of the registration, as well as the date and time of the registration. The collection of this data is necessary in order to understand the (possible) misuse of the e-mail address at a later date, and it therefore serves the aim of the legal protection of AFA Agency.
A confirmation e-mail will be sent to the e-mail address registered upon signing up for the newsletter, in the double opt-in procedure, for legal reasons. This confirmation e-mail is used to prove whether the owner of the e-mail address is authorized to receive the newsletter.
The personal data collected as part of a registration for the newsletter will only be used to send our newsletter. In addition, subscribers to the newsletter may be informed by e-mail, as long as this is necessary for the operation of the newsletter service or a registration in question, as this could be the case in the event of modifications to the newsletter offer, or in the event of a change in technical circumstances.
Your email address will remain within MailChimp’s database for as long as AFA Agency continues to use MailChimp’s services for email marketing or until you specifically request removal from the list. You can do this by unsubscribing, using the unsubscribe links contained in each email newsletter that AFA Agency sends you or by requesting removal via email. When requesting removal via email, please send your email to us using the email account that is subscribed to the mailing list.

7.2. Data protection provisions about the application and use of Google Analytics (with anonymization function)
On this website, AFA Agency has integrated the component of Google Analytics (with the anonymizer function). Google Analytics is a web analytics service. Web analytics is the collection, gathering, and analysis of data about the behavior of visitors to websites. A web analysis service collects, inter alia, data about the website from which a person has come (the so-called referrer), which sub-pages were visited, or how often and for what duration a sub-page was viewed. Web analytics are mainly used for the optimization of a website and in order to carry out a cost-benefit analysis of Internet advertising. The operator of the Google Analytics component is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy, Mountain View, CA 94043-1351, United States. For the web analytics through Google Analytics AFA Agency uses the application "_gat. _anonymizeIp". By means of this application the IP address of your Internet connection is abridged by Google and anonymised when accessing our websites from a Member State of the European Union or another Contracting State to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. The purpose of the Google Analytics component is to analyse the traffic on our website. Google uses the collected data and information, inter alia, to evaluate the use of our website and to provide online reports, which show the activities on our websites, and to provide other services concerning the use of our Internet site for us.
With the setting of cookies, Google is enabled to analyze the use of our website. With each visit to our Internet site, personal data will be transmitted to Google in the United States of America. These personal data such as your IP address are stored by Google in the United States of America. Google may pass these personal data collected through the technical procedure on to third parties. 
You may, as stated above, prevent the setting of cookies through our website at any time by means of a corresponding adjustment of the web browser used and thus permanently denying the setting of cookies. In addition, cookies already in use by Google Analytics may be deleted at any time via a web browser or other software programs. In addition, the data subject has the possibility of objecting to a collection of data that are generated by Google Analytics, which is related to the use of this website, as well as the processing of this data by Google and the chance to preclude any such. For this purpose, the data subject must download a browser add-on under this Link and install it. This browser add-on tells Google Analytics through a JavaScript, that any data and information about the visits of Internet pages may not be transmitted to Google Analytics.
Further information and the applicable data protection provisions of Google may be retrieved under Privacy Policy and under Terms. Google Analytics is further explained under this Link.

7.3. Data protection provisions about the application and use of Instagram
On this website, AFA Agency has integrated components of the service Instagram. Instagram is a service that may be qualified as an audiovisual platform, which allows users to share photos and videos, as well as disseminate such data in other social networks. The operating company of the services offered by Instagram is Instagram LLC, 1 Hacker Way, Building 14 First Floor, Menlo Park, CA, United States.
With each call-up to one of the individual pages of this Internet site, which is operated by AFA Agency and on which an Instagram component (Instabutton) was integrated, your Internet browser is automatically prompted to the download of a display of the corresponding Instagram component of Instagram. During the course of this technical procedure, Instagram becomes aware of what specific sub-page of our website was visited. If you are logged in at the same time on Instagram, Instagram detects with every call-up to our website—and for the entire duration of your stay on our Internet site—which specific sub-page of our website was visited. This information is collected through the Instagram component and is associated with your Instagram account. If you click on one of the Instagram buttons integrated on our website, then Instagram matches this information with your Instagram user account of the data subject and stores the personal data. If such a transmission of information to Instagram is not desirable for you, then you can prevent this by logging off from their Instagram account before a call-up to our website is made.
Further information and the applicable data protection provisions of Instagram may be retrieved under Privacy Policy.

8. Routine erasure and blocking of personal data
AFA Agency shall process and store the your personal data only for the period necessary to achieve the purpose of storage, or as far as this is granted by the European legislator or other legislators in laws or regulations to which the controller is subject to. If the storage purpose is not applicable, or if a storage period prescribed by the European legislator or another competent legislator expires, the personal data are routinely blocked or erased in accordance with legal requirements.

9. Period for which the personal data will be stored
The criteria used to determine the period of storage of personal data is the respective statutory retention period. After expiration of that period, the corresponding data is routinely deleted, as long as it is no longer necessary for the fulfilment of the contract or the initiation of a contract.

10. Provision of personal data as statutory or contractual requirement; Requirement necessary to enter into a contract; Obligation to provide the personal data; possible consequences of failure to provide such data
We clarify that the provision of personal data is partly required by law (e.g. tax regulations) or can also result from contractual provisions (e.g. information on the contractual partner). You are, for example, obliged to provide us with personal data when our company signs a contract with you. The non-provision of the personal data would have the consequence that the contract with the data subject could not be concluded.

11. Existence of automated decision-making
As a responsible company, we do not use automatic decision-making or profiling.