Privacy Policy

1. An overview of data protection

General

The following gives a simple overview of what happens to your personal information when you visit our website. Personal information is any data with which you could be personally identified. Detailed information on the subject of data protection can be found in our privacy policy found below.

Data collection on our website

Who is responsible for the data collection on this website?

The data collected on this website are processed by the website operator. The operator's contact details can be found in the website's required legal notice.

How do we collect your data?

Some data are collected when you provide it to us. This could, for example, be data you enter on a contact form. Other data are collected automatically by our IT systems when you visit the website. These data are primarily technical data such as the browser and operating system you are using or when you accessed the page. These data are collected automatically as soon as you enter our website.

What do we use your data for?

Part of the data is collected to ensure the proper functioning of the website. Other data can be used to analyze how visitors use the site.

What rights do you have regarding your data?

You always have the right to request information about your stored data, its origin, its recipients, and the purpose of its collection at no charge. You also have the right to request that it be corrected, blocked, or deleted. You can contact us at any time using the address given in the legal notice if you have further questions about the issue of privacy and data protection. You may also, of course, file a complaint with the competent regulatory authorities.

Analytics and third-party tools

When visiting our website, statistical analyses may be made of your surfing behavior. This happens primarily using cookies and analytics. The analysis of your surfing behavior is usually anonymous, i.e. we will not be able to identify you from this data. You can object to this analysis or prevent it by not using certain tools. Detailed information can be found in the following privacy policy. You can object to this analysis. We will inform you below about how to exercise your options in this regard.

2. General information and mandatory information

Data protection

The operators of this website take the protection of your personal data very seriously. We treat your personal data as confidential and in accordance with the statutory data protection regulations and this privacy policy. If you use this website, various pieces of personal data will be collected. Personal information is any data with which you could be personally identified. This privacy policy explains what information we collect and what we use it for. It also explains how and for what purpose this happens. Please note that data transmitted via the internet (e.g. via email communication) may be subject to security breaches. Complete protection of your data from third-party access is not possible.

Notice concerning the party responsible for this website

The party responsible for processing data on this website is:
Felix Kampmann
Zähringerstraße 90
76133 Karlsruhe, Germany
info@baloc-app.com

The responsible party is the natural or legal person who alone or jointly with others decides on the purposes and means of processing personal data (names, email addresses, etc.).

Revocation of your consent to the processing of your data

Many data processing operations are only possible with your express consent. You may revoke your consent at any time with future effect. An informal email making this request is sufficient. The data processed before we receive your request may still be legally processed.

Right to file complaints with regulatory authorities

If there has been a breach of data protection legislation, the person affected may file a complaint with the competent regulatory authorities. The competent regulatory authority for matters related to data protection legislation is the data protection officer of the German state in which our company is headquartered. A list of data protection officers and their contact details can be found at the following link: https://www.bfdi.bund.de/DE/Infothek/Anschriften_Links/anschriften_links-node.html.

Right to data portability

You have the right to have data which we process based on your consent or in fulfillment of a contract automatically delivered to yourself or to a third party in a standard, machine-readable format. If you require the direct transfer of data to another responsible party, this will only be done to the extent technically feasible.

SSL Encryption

These pages use SSL encryption for safety purposes and to protect the transmission of confidential data, such as when you send us inquiries. You will recognize the encrypted connection when the address line of your browser shows “https://” instead of “http://” and through the lock symbol. If the SSL encryption is enabled, the data you transmit to us cannot be read by a third party.

Information, blocking, deletion

As permitted by law, you have the right to be provided at any time with information free of charge about any of your personal data that is stored as well as its origin, the recipient and the purpose for which it has been processed. You also have the right to have this data corrected, blocked or deleted. You can contact us at any time using the address given in our legal notice if you have further questions on the topic of personal data.

Opposition to promotional emails

We hereby expressly prohibit the use of contact data published in the context of website legal notice requirements with regard to sending promotional and informational materials not expressly requested. The website operator reserves the right to take specific legal action if unsolicited advertising material, such as email spam, is received.

3. Data collection on our website

Cookies

These pages partly use cookies. Cookies do not damage your computer and do not contain viruses. Cookies help make our website more user-friendly, efficient, and secure. Cookies are small text files that are stored by your browser on your computer. Most of the cookies we use are so-called session-cookies. They are automatically deleted after you use our pages. Other cookies remain on your device until you delete them. These cookies allow us to recognize your browser if you visit our pages again. You can set up your browser so that you are informed when cookies are set. You can allow setting cookies individually, accept cookies for certain use cases, or generally prohibit them. You can also enable the feature to automatically delete all cookies after you close your browser. If you deactivate cookies, the functionality of these pages might be limited.

The website operator has a legitimate interest in the storage of cookies to ensure an optimized service provided free of technical errors. If other cookies (such as those used to analyze your surfing behavior) are also stored, they will be treated separately in this privacy policy.

Server Log Files

The website provider automatically collects and stores information that your browser automatically transmits to us in “server log files”. These are:

  • Browser type and browser version
  • Operating system
  • Referrer URL
  • Host name of the connecting device
  • Time of the connection to the server

These data will not be combined with data from other sources. The basis for data processing is Art. 6 (1) (f) DSGVO, which allows the processing of data to fulfill a contract or for measures preliminary to a contract.

4. Analytics

Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service. It is operated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Google Analytics uses so-called “cookies”. These are text files that are stored on your computer and that allow an analysis of the use of the website by you. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is usually transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. Google Analytics cookies are stored based on Art. 6 (1) (f) DSGVO. The website operator has a legitimate interest in analyzing user behavior to optimize both its website and its advertising.

IP anonymization

We have activated the IP anonymization feature on this website. Your IP address will be shortened by Google within the European Union or other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area prior to transmission to the United States. Only in exceptional cases is the full IP address sent to a Google server in the US and shortened there. Google will use this information on behalf of the operator of this website to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on website activity, and to provide other services regarding website activity and Internet usage for the website operator. The IP address transmitted by your browser as part of Google Analytics will not be merged with any other data held by Google.

Browser plugin

You can prevent these cookies being stored by selecting the appropriate settings in your browser. However, we wish to point out that doing so may mean you will not be able to enjoy the full functionality of this website. You can also prevent the data generated by cookies about your use of the website (incl. your IP address) from being passed to Google, and the processing of these data by Google, by downloading and installing the browser plugin available at the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.

Outsourced data processing

We have entered into an agreement with Google for the outsourcing of our data processing and fully implement the strict requirements of the German data protection authorities when using Google Analytics.

Demographic data collection by Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics’ demographic features. This allows reports to be generated containing statements about the age, gender, and interests of site visitors. This data comes from interest-based advertising from Google and third-party visitor data. This collected data cannot be attributed to any specific individual person. You can disable this feature at any time by adjusting the ads settings in your Google account or you can forbid the collection of your data by Google Analytics as described in the section “Refusal of data collection”.

5. Plugins and tools

Google Web Fonts

For uniform representation of fonts, this page uses web fonts provided by Google. When you open a page, your browser loads the required web fonts into your browser cache to display texts and fonts correctly. For this purpose your browser has to establish a direct connection to Google servers. Google thus becomes aware that our web page was accessed via your IP address. The use of Google Web fonts is done in the interest of a uniform and attractive presentation of our website. This constitutes a justified interest pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (f) DSGVO. If your browser does not support web fonts, a standard font is used by your computer. Further information about handling user data, can be found at Google Fonts FAQ and at Google Privacy Policy.

6. Information we collect and use from the Baloc App

General

We built Baloc app as a freemium app. This service is provided at no cost and is intended for use as is. This page is used to inform visitors regarding the policies with the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information if anyone decided to use our service. If you choose to use our service, then you agree to the collection and use of information in relation to this policy. The personal information that we collect is used for providing and improving the service. We will not use or share your information with anyone except as described in this Privacy Policy. This document can be printed for reference by using the print command in the settings of any browser.

Information you provide us

When you subscribe for services through our App, Apple may share your information with us (if you have consented to Apple sharing such information). We may collect additional information from you if you send us an email, complete a user survey, or otherwise communicate with us about the App.

Handling activity data

For tracking of your position and altitude, Baloc may ask for the following permissions during the course of usage of the app: data access of your device location and motion data. Location data is used to estimate your exact position and altitude estimation based on GPS sensors. Motion data is used to estimate the barometric pressure and barometric altitude. All of this data is exclusively stored and processed on your device and/or your private Apple iCloud. Your might want to share your tracked datasets using the export functionally provided by Baloc. Handling of exported data relies on your own responsibility.

Handling Health data

Baloc allows you to share your measurements with Apple Health / Apple Fitness. For this feature Baloc may ask for permissions of reading your active calories burned and write data for trainings during the course of usage of the app. Your are also able to display your heart rate on your Apple Watch. For this feature we need to access your heart rate data. We tried to reduce the amount of data to be read to the minimum. The data we receive from Apple Health is evaluated on your device, integrated into your training dataset and directly deleted from Baloc afterwards. You will find additional information how your health data is handled in Apples Health Privacy Policy. If you don't feel comfortable enabeling this feature, Baloc fully works without.

Photo library access

Baloc offers the possibility to automatically search for photos taken during your activity to display them on the map. This feature requires access to your photo library to search for matching photos. Photos are never being stored or transmitted outside of your local Baloc app. If your don't feel comfortable to grant access to your photo library, Baloc still works without this feature.

Payments

In-app purchases are processed through the Apple App Store. We do not collect or see your payment information, only a unique Subscriber ID that Apple creates for the subscription. For detailed information please refer to Apple App Store & Privacy. Information on Apple’s privacy practices more generally is available on Apple Customer Privacy Policy.

Apple iCloud Sync

It is your choice to sync and backup your measurements using your private Apple iCloud. This data cannot be accessed by anyone else than you. Platform services and hosting is performed by Apple. Apple may collect data definied in their iCloud privacy policy. For more information please see Apple ID & Privacy.

Infrastructure monitoring

While it's not personal information, we collect anonymous usage data. This usage data includes information like how long an activity is played with and if there are any technical issues or “bugs”. We analyze this information to learn more about how the App is being used, and how we can maintain and improve the App. We never try to use this information to identify a specific user. Infrastructure monitoring like crash analysis is done using iOS features without using external frameworks and helps us improving the app. If you don't want to share crash reports and app metrics, please refer to Apple instructions.

Beta Testing

This type of service makes it possible to manage User access to this Application, or parts of it, for the purpose of testing a certain feature or the entire Application. The service provider may automatically collect data related to crashes and statistics related to the User's use of this Application in a personally identifiable form. TestFlight (Apple Inc.) TestFlight is a beta testing service provided by Apple Inc. Personal Data processed: device information; email address; first name; last name; Usage Data. Place of processing: United States – TestFlight Terms of Service.

7. Changes to This Privacy Policy

We may update our Privacy Policy from time to time. Thus, you are advised to review this page periodically for any changes. We will notify you of any changes by posting the new Privacy Policy on this page.

Last updated: July 31, 2022