Data Privacy

The Pocket Academy is a brand of falkemedia group (falkemedia GmbH & Co. KG., falkemedia Stadtmagazine GmbH, falkemedia digital GmbH), An der Halle 400 #1, 24143 Kiel, Germany.

The protection of your privacy when using Pocket Academy is very important to us and therefore we would like to inform you of your rights within the data protection laws. 
We will be sensitive and careful with your data and ensure a high level of data security. We note the rules of the Federal Data Protection and the “Telemedia Act”, and will collect and process personal data only to the extent described in this privacy policy.
The subject of data protection is personal data. These are according to § 3 paragraph 1 BDSG, any information concerning the personal or material circumstances of an identified or identifiable natural person. This includes information such as name, postal address, e-mail address or telephone number, if applicable also usage data such as your IP address.
You may withdraw your consent at any time. In this case you can write to us at the address „falkemedia digital GmbH, An der Halle # 1, 24143 Kiel. It is also sufficient to withdraw your consent via e-mail to From there you will also get, on request, a written or electronic information about the data stored about you.

This general Privacy Policy applies to all personal information collected in Pocket Academy.
If you register with Pocket Academy, please tell us by clicking on the appropriate checkbox during the registration in relation to the data processing operations described in this Privacy Statement that you agree that we collect your personal identifiable information and are authorized to use.

1. Type and scope of the collection and processing of personal data

We will collect and process personal data when you register for our services and / or newsletter. Furthermore, we store anonymously, a certain amount of data resulting from the use of our service.  In addition we will store your comments after registration on our servers electronically in order to make the data (so-called content data) available for third parties in your desired scope. The content data will not be processed and used by us otherwise.

If we make any of the actions described below or other actions or provide services, we want to collect and store your personal data. You will be asked at the corresponding location of our web pages to your explicit consent:

  • Receive our newsletter

  • Contest participation

  • Payment Methods

  • Personalize our websites

other services or offers for which your explicit consent for data collection is required.
If you have registered your email address for our newsletter, we use your e-mail address beyond the performance of the contract also for our own advertising purposes until you unsubscribe from the newsletter subscription. Only if you have expressedly given your consent to use your e-mail address for promotional purposes, we will also use it to inform you about interesting promotions and news in this way.
If you provide us with personal information, we use it only in the context of applicable data protection / competition law.

2. Online Sweepstakes and contests

If you participate in our online sweepstakes or contests, we must ask you for your name, e-mail address, your age and your address. Thus you can participate in the competition and we prevent the participation of minors. Moreover, we can notify you if you win, and the prize can be sent to you.
For special sweepstakes via a sponsoring partner of Pocket Academy it is possible that we need to share your information with the sponsoring partner. If this is the case, we will inform you at any sweepstakes or contests separately, to whom the data will be disclosed, and it is up to you to decide whether you consent to the transfer and wish to participate in the competition or not.

3. Type and extent of collection, processing and storage of personal data

3.1. Use of services or functions

The use of services or functions (the "Services") on Pocket Academy which requires registration, is only possible if we are able to collect, process and use personal data to the extent described here. With „Personal data“ we mean information concerning the personal or material circumstances of an identified or identifiable natural person. This includes eg the information on gender, zip code, city, region, country and e-mail address (with * marked as mandatory fields) as well as other data entered by the user himself.

3.2. Inventory data

We collect and process personal data when you register with us and use our services. During the registration process for our service and our newsletter we ask of you the following data:

  • E-mail address

  • Sex

  • possibly a user name and

  • a password (the password is at no time visible in plain text)

The password may be necessary later to edit the configuration of our services.
The above data are your inventory data. We need the inventory data of our users to manage the user accounts and to contact the user, if necessary. We recommend that you check when you choose the user name and also the respective e-mail address if you want to use your real name or any other name or an e-mail address that allows third parties to know your identity.

3.3. Purpose of the data collection and storage

We collect and store your e-mail address for the purpose of sending information regarding our services and the existing contractual relationship, as well as for the re-request of the password in the case of registration by user name and password. The user agrees that we may use the personal data of the user as well for the purposes of advertising and market research. The advertising can be carried out also for other products we produce. The user agrees to receive such e-mails. The user can contradict the use of his data by the operator for the purposes of advertising or market and opinion research at any time, even after the issue of consent, with effect for the future. The user can object via the unsubscribe function within the sent promotional e-mail or by revocation as described above. After the revocation we are not permitted any more to use the data.

3.4. Data for use / User profiles / Cookies

You can view POCKET ACADEMY without the separate disclosure of personal data. However, some data will be required in any form of utilization.

The following applies regarding such data:

3.4.1. If our website is visited by registered users or internet users not registered, we save particular data in log files.

Such as:

  • Domain over which the registration was made,

  • Date and time of registration,

  • Date and time of log-ins.

A log file contains the IP address, the beginning and the end of the use of our sites, the transmitted amount of data and the sub-pages that were accessed on our website. We collect the log files and store for security reasons, in order to understand cases of abuse of our services. In particular, we save in this context your IP address, when you place a comment in our service area or comment an article.
Through the log files we get more information about how our service is used. For example, which pages are most popular, at which times the use of our services is particularly intense, and how customers navigate through the APP.  The results show in statistical form and are anonymous. We use the results to optimize our range both technically and editorially. This means, for example, that we do not know which user behavior you prefer, but only that there is a user who has such a behaviour. We have no handle and no interest to identify you based on an IP address as an individual.

3.4.2. Date and time of profiling, as well as the date and time of the most recent log-ins are stored, for eg. to account for inactive profiles.

3.4.3.  As part of our websites, we also use cookies. Through our cookies we pass the log-in data, information about your browser type and version, the date and time of the visit with us and cookie number. This use of cookies during the registration process as well as in the further course of our range allows us to recognize you when you revisit our website again.

A cookie is a text file that is copied from a web server onto your hard drive. Cookies can not run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to the user. A primary purpose of a cookie is to tell a web server that you returned to a specific page. If you want to disable cookies on your device, use the help function of your browser, or contact the manufacturer.
At any given time you can object to the data collection, storage and use.

3.5. Content data

After activation of your user account, you have the opportunity to actively write articles within our service or to make comments. In addition, you can optionally add more details about yourself to your user profile. The information given by you through which one can identify your identiy, your interests, opinions et cetera, are personal data that we need to save in order so that you can retrieve the information in the internet, as desired by you. Without your consent, we will not use your comments and user profile additions otherwise in any way. However, we reserve the right to point out particularly successful or interesting articles of our users in the editorial area of our website and / or cite such contributions.
Whether you post articles or add additional information to your user profile, is your decision. But you should only do so after you have considered the implications of the internet's visibility and in particular have made conscious use of the possible settings of your user profile.

4. Disclosure of data to third parties / public visibility of content data

4.1. Disclosure

We provide information about you only to third parties:
if this is necessary for the implementation of the existing contractual relationship with you or to enforce our rights and claims;
​if there are inquiries from regulatory bodies, particularly law enforcement and regulatory authorities, and the disclosure is meant to ward off threats to public safety and order or to prosecute criminal offenses and / or; we are otherwise required by law to do so.

4.2. Public visibility

Your posts and comments will be made public on Pocket Academy and in this sense passed on - that is the goal of the community and possibility for comments. What you post and how you do it, is of course only your decision. However, since in each case at least the contribution itself including your user name will be visible on the internet, we recommend you consider when choosing a user name, if you want to be identified or not. Please avoid any content in your posts that you do not want to make public.
As a precautionary measure it is part of our Terms of Use out that we reserve the right to set up our API for developers in a way that they can access your community contributions (obviously not your user profile) via the API and can possibly embed those in their internet services.

5. Login via external user accounts

If you have a user account with a third party provider, it will offer you to use this account for the login on Pocket Academy and if you want to use this opportunity (this applies for example with Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and others), enter the required data on the provided web form.

6. Social Networks

At Pocket Academy we include the Like Button of Facebook, the Tweet button by Twitter and the +1 Button by Google. This might possibly transmit personal data to the supplier.

6.1. Facebook

On the pages of Pocket Academy we include the so-called Like Button of Facebook. Since it is loaded directly from Facebook, data is transmitted to Facebook when you click it. These include date, time and URL of your click, type of browser and the country from where the user lives and a general "depersonalized and hashed" IP address. Facebook declares that "no personal information of non-users or Facebook users that are not logged into Facebook," are collected. For Facebook users that are logged into Facebook during their visit at POCKET ACADEMY, "a common impressions protocol will be created" and this protocol will be linked with the so-called UID, the Facebook user identification number. Facebook declares the resulting data would be “stored only in anonymous form”. Please also note the privacy policy of Facebook.

6.1.1. Facebook plug-ins

We use so-called social plug-ins of the network These plug-ins are offered by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA and operated and clearly marked with the Facebook logo. When you call up POCKET ACADEMY, your browser establishes a connection to the Facebook servers. The content of the plugin is transferred by Facebook directly to your browser and displayed in accordance with POCKET ACADEMY, while we do not have an impact on the content of the plug-ins.
Facebook can possibly track your visit to Pocket Academy and link a Facebook account if you have registered on Facebook or have recently visited a page of Facebook or Facebook content. If you use plug-ins actively (eg. press the Like button), this information will be transferred from your browser directly to Facebook, while we cannot control this.
More detailed information about the nature, purpose and scope as well as the further processing and use of your data by Facebook, please refer to the privacy policies at Facebook (see above). There you will also learn more about your rights and setting options for protecting your privacy.
​To avoid that Facebook collects information about you during your visit to Pocket Academy, you can log out on Facebook before your visit to Pocket Academy and delete a possibly existing cookie of Facebook from your browser (see above).

6.2. Google

On the pages of Pocket Academy we also include the "+1" button from Google. Since it is loaded directly from Google, data is transmitted to Google when you click it. Google will store both the information that you have given +1 for a specific content, as well as information about the page you viewed when you clicked on +1. Your +1 can be shown along with your name and profile photo in Google services, such as in search results or in your Google profile, or elsewhere on websites and ads on the internet. Google publishes summary statistics on the +1 activity of users to the public and to their partners. You can disable that +1 recommendations from people you know will be displayed on third party websites. For details, consult the privacy policy of Google +1.

6.3. Twitter

On the pages of Pocket Academy we also include the "Tweet" button from Twitter. Since it is loaded directly from Twitter, data will be transmitted to and possibly recorded by Twitter, when you click it. Please also see the privacy statement of Twitter.

7. Analysis of usage with the help of Google Analytics

To evaluate the usage of POCKET ACADEMY we use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. ("Google"), which applies cookies (see above). The information generated by the cookie about your use of POCKET ACADEMY will be generally transferred to a server of Google in the USA and stored there. Through the IP anonymization on this website, your IP address will be truncated within Member States of the European Union or other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases the complete IP address is transmitted to a Google server in the USA and shortened there. On our behalf, Google will use the information generated to evaluate your use of POCKET ACADEMY, compiling reports on website activity for POCKET ACADEMY and providing other website and internet related services. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required by law or where third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You can prevent the storage of cookies by changing the settings of your browser to (see above). By using POCKET ACADEMY, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner described above and for the aforementioned purpose.
You can object to the data collection and storage through Google Analytics, at any time with effect for the future. You have the option to install a browser plug-in issued by Google. This is available for various browser versions and can be downloaded from

8. Links to other websites

Our site contains links to other sites of providers not affiliated with us. After clicking on the link we have no influence on the processing of any data transmitted to the third party by clicking on the link (such as the IP address, or the URL on which there is a link), since the behaviour of third parties naturally is beyond our control. For the processing of such data by third parties, we cannot accept any responsibility.

9. Partner Programs

Pocket Academy participates in the affiliate program of Amazon Europe S.à r.l, an affiliate advertising program, designed for sites to earn advertising fees through the placement of advertising and linking to / / / amazon fr / / In addition, Pocket Academy also participates in other affiliate programs.

10. Information, rectification, erasure or blocking

Upon your request written or communicated in written form we will at any time give you information as to what personal data is stored by us. You always have the option to ask us to lock or delete the personal data of your account. Excluded from the deletion will be the information we need to process any outstanding tasks or to enforce our rights and claims as well as data that we must keep for legal reasons.

If you delete your account with us and give us no further instructions, your previously written posts remain online, but are anonymous. One exception is if your contributions are cited in discussions. Such quotations remain unchanged for technical reasons.

11. Security

We use technical and organizational security measures to ensure that the personal data of our users are protected against loss, improper modifications or unauthorized access by third parties. For our part only persons authorized by us have access to your personal information, and only to the extent that it is required for the above purposes.

Date: May 2016