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Data protection

nic.at GmbH operates the www.stopline.at portal.  Stopline is a centre for reporting illegal content (child sexual abuse material and National Socialism) on the internet. We help to protect the public interest.

Nic.at GmbH is obligated to use your personal data in accordance with the law, in connection with reports submitted via stopline.at. We handle your data with the utmost care and in accordance with the principles of the GDPR.

Reporting illegal content

Protecting the personal data of the people who report potentially illegal material is very important to us. The following statement gives you an overview of what we do to safeguard your privacy. We inform visitors to our website what data we collect and for which purposes, and the means by which their data is used at any time.

You can either report illegal content anonymously, or, if you prefer, by using your e-mail address. An online form is provided which you can use to give details of the source or URL (i.e. web address) of the content and any additional information you wish to share. We use this information to check whether the content is in fact illegal. Any personal data relating to the individual who made the report are treated with confidentially and – as necessary – only processed in connection with locating and assessing illegal content. Such data will be deleted at the earliest possible opportunity.

All data is processed exclusively by selected, specially-trained employees. It will not be used for any other purpose than checking and reporting any illegal content on the internet.

The only possible recipients of such data are – provided the checked content is deemed illegal – the executive bodies responsible for prosecuting such cases, i.e. the Austrian Federal Criminal Police Office (BK) and the Federal Office for Protection of the Constitution and Counterterrorism (BVT), the affected providers and any affected members of the INHOPE umbrella organisation (www.inhope.org).

Contact/ordering brochures

If you contact Stopline via e-mail, using the website contact form or to order brochures from www.stopline.at, the data you provide will be save for the purposes of processing your request and dealing with any follow-up questions.

Visitors to our website

Data are also collected and processed when you visit our website. Information is automatically saved in server log files that your browser leaves with us during the time you spend on our website.

Our cookies

When you visit our website, cookies are primarily used where they are technologically necessary, so that you can access the information you are looking for quickly, easily and in a user-friendly manner. The cookies we use include session cookies, which mean that you do not have to reload data during your visit to our site, and security cookies, which attach data allocated specifically and temporarily when you send forms. These cookies are only stored for a very short time. In contrast, the consent cookie that records whether you have consented to the use of cookies on our website has a lifespan of several years, so that you are not asked for your consent every time you visit our site. Thanks to the technical assistance we receive from Vienna University Computer Center, a load balancer ensures the efficient distribution of load when many users visit the site at the same time. When you first access our website, the relevant cookie records the “information flow path” (via various servers) for the duration of your visit.

Third-party cookies used in our services

We use the open-source web analysis service Matomo (formerly Piwik; see matomo.org) to continuously optimise our website. Analysing visitor information helps us to identify potential sources of errors and less user-friendly interfaces, and rectify them. The analysis-tool cookie allocates a user ID under which your IP address is stored in a database in pseudonymised form together with information on your surfing behaviour (traffic data). Abstract user behaviour (under the allocated ID number) is of interest to us, not information on a specific person. We use plug-ins produced by third parties for various purposes, including to evaluate the effectiveness of our marketing. This requires geolocalisation, and this information is derived from your IP address and stored (prior to pseudonymisation). In itself, this information does not allow an individual user’s location to be determined. It only provides vague information on the country or federal province in which your IP address was registered. We store and analyse this data exclusively for our own use. This data is not shared with third parties for outside marketing. 

Technical data security measures

If you have any questions on the use of your data, please contact our legal department or our customer services unit https://www.stopline.at/en/imprint

Your rights

You have the right to receive information at no cost regarding personal data of yours that has been saved, the right to correct incorrect personal data relating to you, and to the erasure of your personal data, to the extent that it is not subject to statutory storage obligations. You also have the right to restrict processing and a right to withdraw consent to the processing of your personal data.

Changes to the privacy statement

From time to time we might need to update our data protection statement. If this is necessary, we will change the ‘as of’ date at the top of the privacy statement to show when it was last updated. In the event of any significant changes to our data protection statement we will either inform you via a notice on the landing page of our website or by sending you a message directly. We ask you to regularly check our privacy policy and ensure that you stay up to date on how we keep your personal data secure. By continuing to use the service you confirm that you accept our privacy statement, as amended.