Privacy Policy

Responsible for data processing on these websites:

dc-square GmbH (in the following „us“)
represented by Christian Götz und Dominik Obermaier

Ergoldinger Str. 2A
D-84030 Landshut
Phone: +49 871 – 97 50 63 00
Fax: +49 871 – 97 50 63 29
E-Mail: contact@hivemq.com

1. Collection and processing of data

We collect an process personal data insofar you provide us with via an entry form on our website or by any other way for example e-mail. Moreover we collect and process data that arises during use of our website. The processing of your data is made in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the German Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz – BDSG) and the German Telemedia Act (Telemediengesetz – TMG). Personal data means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person. Below we inform you in detail about which data we process in which way and on which legal basis. Moreover we inform you about your rights and about the duration of storage of your data.

2. Processing of personal data when contacting us; Processing of personal data of applicants

If you provide us with personal data when contacting us, p.ex. by e-mail or via one of our contact forms we collect and process your data according to Art. 6 (1) sent. 1 point (b) GDPR for the performance of a contract with you or in order to take steps at your request prior to entering into a contract or according to Art. 6 (1) sent. 1 point (f) GDPR for the purpose of our legitimate interest to answer your request. We do not use your data beyond theses purposes.

Insofar you provide us with personal data or your curriculum to apply for a job offer we process your personal data on the legal basis of sec. 26 German Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz – BDSG). According to this provision processing of your data is allowed in the context of a decision about your employment.

If we need your data after completing the application process we may continue to process your data if it is necessary for the enforcement of our rights. The legal basis may be for example Art. 6 (1) sent. 1 point (f) GDPR if we have a legitimate interest to enforce or defend against claims.

In case of refusal we delete your data after 3 months.

Please see also further information on your rights in sec. 12 of this Privacy Policy. Please see also further information on the storage of our data in sec. 13 of this Privacy Policy.

3. Consent to receipt of our newsletter or to subscription for new blog posts

If you register for our newsletter or to subscription for new blog posts we process your e-mail address only for the purpose of sending you the newsletter or to subscription for new blog posts. Moreover, we process your IP address in order to be able to prove your consent. After sending your e-mail address you receive a confirmation e-mail in which you have to click a link to receive the newsletter or subscription mails. This confirmation e-mail is necessary for verifying you as the owner of the e-mail address inserted. Without clicking this link you will not receive our newsletter or the subscription for new blog posts.

With the our newsletter we send you information and news about our products, services and our company. With our to subscription for new blog posts we only inform you about new blog posts. For newsletter and subscription mail sending we use a newsletter administration tool of a third party service provider. We have chosen them carefully and have made data protection related agreements with him to keep the sovereignty over your data. We analyze click and opening rates of our newsletters. However, we do this without any reference to single users, i.e. only in anonymized form.

At the bottom of each e-mail newsletter or subscription mail you will find a hyperlink via which you may unsubscribe from the newsletter or from the subscription for new blog posts at any time. You may also unsubscribe from receiving our newsletter or subscription mails at any time via a message to our contact details as mentioned above. If you withdraw your consent by unsubscribing, this does not affect the lawfulness of processing based on consent before its withdrawal.

4. Consent to the processing of your data when downloading the software HiveMQ or PDFs

Some services on our websites we offer to you free of charge but in return we ask you for your personal data so that we can contact you and ask you for information regarding your user experience and/or your opinion on the evaluation software or on the documents downloaded and to ask whether you are interested in a purchase. Therefore, you give your consent as follows:

a) PDF and/or HiveMQ Download

By clicking the “Download” button after entering your data you give your consent to the processing of all data you provided for the above mentioned purposes. Your consent covers that we contact you by e-mail (no newsletter, only communication for the above mentioned purposes) and by phone.

b) Update service within evaluation software

If you activate the update check within the evaluation software, you also consent to the submission of the following information to our update server when starting:

  • Clear identifier (e.g. “eaec627d-199e-11e3-abd7-e0f847425aca”)
  • Version (e.g. “2.2.0”)
  • Names of all plug-ins (extensions of HiveMQ) and their versions (e.g. “database plug-in”, “1.0.0”)
  • System information:
  • Operating system
  • Java version

We will only use such data to show you whether new updates are available.

c) Withdrawal of your consent

You can withdraw your consent at any time by contacting us. If you withdraw your consent this does not affect the lawfulness of processing based on consent before its withdrawal. Regarding data processing when using our update service within the evaluation software, you can prevent the submission of the data stated in b) by deactivating the update check. A manual on activating/deactivating can be found here.

5. Consent to the processing of personal data when leaving a comment in our blog; Transferring of your data to Gravatar

If you leave a comment in our blog you give your consent in the processing of your data as mentioned below:

  • Your name and your comment will be made available on our website. This applies also to the URL of your website if you provide us with. However, you can provide a pseudonym instead of your real name.
  • We only ask for your mail address to ensure that our comment form will not be misused für Spam or attacks on our website. Moreover, we can only identify you with your mail address if you request deletion of your comment.

If you wish deletion of your comment please contact us via the above mentioned contact details. We ask for your understanding that we may only delete your comment if you write us from the mail address you use for leaving the comment or at least tell us this mail address. Without this we cannot identify you as the author of the comment.

You can withdraw this consent at any time. We then delete your comment and other data from our systems unless there is another legal basis for processing. If you withdraw your consent, this does not affect the lawfulness of processing based on consent before its withdrawal.

Moreover, on our websites and blog, we use the service Gravatar of Automattic, Inc, based in the USA (in the following: Gravatar). The use of Gravatar is made on the legal basis of Art. 6 (1) sent. 1 point (f) GDPR because we have a legitimate interest to make our comment function more comfortable to our users.

If you click on the “Post Comment” button your e-mail address will be transferred in encrypted form to a server of Gravatar only for the purpose to check if you have an account there. If you have an account there your profile picture will be displayed automatically with your comment. If do you not want your Gravatar profile picture to be displayed with your comment you have to choose another email address when leaving comments in our blog.

Please find more information on the processing of your data here: https://automattic.com/privacy/

6. Data processing with Cookies und Logfiles

In accordance with Art. 6 (1) sent. 1 point (b) or (f) GDPR, our website uses so-called cookies. A cookie is a small file which stores certain information about a user’s access device (PC, Tablet, Smartphone etc.) on such device. When such device accesses our server’s website, the server communicates with such cookies. The server can evaluate the information stored in the cookie by different methods. Cookies can be necessary to provide you all functions of our websites but we also have a legitimate interest to use cookies, p.ex. from third parties whose services we use on our websites.

You may accept or disable cookies completely or for some websites via your browser settings. Please see also sec. 7 and 9 of this Privacy Policy.

Moreover, in accordance with Art. 6 (1) sent. 1 point (f) GDPR, every single web page uses log files, i.e. for every page impression, the access data are saved to the server log. The saved data record contains the following details:

  • Your anonymized IP address, the date, the time, the file accessed, the status, the request that your browser sent to the server, the amount of data transmitted and the webpage from which you accessed the requested page (referrer) as well as
  • The product and version information of the browser used, your operating system and your country of origin.

We use the anonymous log data – which means data without assignment or references to your person – only for the purpose of recognizing and preventing attacks on our website. We reserve the right to store IP addresses in single cases completely and to analyze them if we believe that user use our websites and/or services illegally or contrary to contract. We anonymize IP addresses as soon as we do not need them anymore.

7. Google Analytics

In accordance with Art. 6 (1) sent. 1 point (f) GDPR, this website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. based in the USA (in the following: Google). Google Analytics uses cookies, text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website will normally be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States.

In accordance with the Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/1250 of 12 July 2016 transfers from a controller or processor in the European Union to organisations in the U.S. that have self-certified their adherence to the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework Principles with the Department of Commerce and have committed to comply with them are allowed. Google has self-certified its adherence to the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework Principles and has committed to comply with them.

In case of activation of the IP anonymization on this website, Google will shorten the IP address beforehand within Member States of the European Union as well as for other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases, the full IP address is sent to and shortened by Google servers in the USA. The IP anonymization is active on this website. On our behalf Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage to the website provider. We have a legitimate interest in analyzing user behavior in order to optimize our websites and our marketing.

You may disable the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser. Furthermore you can prevent Google’s collection and use of data by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en-GB (external link to Google)

Please note that you have to deactivate tracking for every single browser you use to prevent tracking from Google Analytics completely.

For further information about Google’s privacy policy please visit: https://www.google.de/intl/en/policies/privacy/ (external link to Google)

8. Google Fonts

On our websites we use the service Google Fonts, a service of Google Inc. based in the USA (in the following: Google). By including this service in our websites data of website visitors may be transferred to Google. This processing takes place on the legal basis of Art. 6 (1) sent. 1 point (f) GDPR because of our legitimate interest to make our websites more attractive to our website visitors. With Google Fonts fonts on our websites may be displayed consistently and we may offer faster loading times for our websites. When accessing our website your browser downloads the necessary Google Fonts to the browser cache to display texts and fonts correctly. According to Google your requests for fonts are separate from and do not contain any credentials you send to the Google server while using other Google services that are authenticated.

In accordance with the Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/1250 of 12 July 2016 transfers from a controller or processor in the European Union to organisations in the U.S. that have self-certified their adherence to the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework Principles with the Department of Commerce and have committed to comply with them are allowed. Google has self-certified its adherence to the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework Principles and has committed to comply with them.

For further information about Google’s privacy policy please visit: https://www.google.de/intl/en/policies/privacy/ (external link to Google)

9. Embedding of YouTube videos

On our websites we use the service provider YouTube LLC based in the USA (in the following: YouTube) to embed videos. When you play such video YouTube will send a cookie to your browser (see sec. 6 of this Privacy Policy). With this cookie YouTube may recognize you when you visit YouTube or any other website with embedded YouTube videos. You may delete cookies at any time from your browser. Information on processing of your data through YouTube you may find on YouTube’s website: www.youtube.com (external link to YouTube).

YouTube LLC is included in self-certification of Google Inc. as part of the EU/US Privacy Shield. In accordance with the Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/1250 of 12 July 2016 transfers from a controller or processor in the European Union to organisations in the U.S. that have self-certified their adherence to the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework Principles with the Department of Commerce and have committed to comply with them are allowed. Google has self-certified its adherence to the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework Principles and has committed to comply with them.

10. Encryption

Data you insert on our website is transferred in encrypted form (SSL). We take technical and organizational measures to secure our website and other systems against loss, destruction, access, modification or dissemination of your data by unauthorized persons.

11. Categories of recipients of the personal data; data transfer to a third country

Service providers and auxiliary agents used by us in connection with the website, p.ex. host provider, agencies, IT service providers as well as the service provider mentioned in sec. 5 and 7 to 0 of this Privacy Policy may have access to your personal data. However, insofar these service providers and auxiliary agents process data on our behalf they only act according to our instructions and we concluded adequate contracts with them. This applies accordingly to service providers which have their legal seat in a third country (outside the EU/EEA).

12. Your Rights

According to Art. 15 GDPR you have the right free of charge of access to your personal data and information about processing. Moreover, according to Art. 16 to 18 GDPR you have the right of rectification of inaccurate personal data as well as of erasure of personal data or restriction of processing.

Under the conditions of Art. 20 GDPR, you have the right to receive the personal data concerning you, which you have provided to us, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format, and the right to transmit those data to another controller without hindrance.

Moreover, according to Art. 21 (1) GDPR you have the right to object, on grounds relating to your particular situation, at any time to processing of your personal data which is based on point (e) or (f) of Art. 6 (1) sent. 1 GDPR including profiling based on those provisions. We shall comply with the aforementioned requests if and to the extent such compliance is required by the applicable statutory laws. Where personal data are processed for direct marketing purposes, according to Art. 21 (2) GDPR, you have the right to object at any time to processing of your personal data for such marketing, which includes profiling to the extent that it is related to such direct marketing.

Please direct any request regarding your personal data to our contact details as mentioned at the beginning of this Privacy Policy or in the imprint of our website.

Each data subject has the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority of the alleged infringement.

13. Period of Data Storage and routine deletion

Insofar nothing else is stated above we process and store personal data only for the period, which is required to meet the purpose of processing, or as long and to the extent as statutory laws require us to process and/or store such data.

If the purpose of processing does not apply anymore or the applicable statutory retention requirement expires, we will as a matter of routine erase data or restrict the processing of data in accordance with the applicable statutory laws.