Cookie Notice

This Cookie Notice describes how Blockchain Research Institute Europe GmbH (“BRIE”, “we” or “us”) uses cookies and similar technologies on our website.

BRIE uses cookies and similar technologies as described in this Cookie Notice. By consenting to this Cookie Notice, you agree that we can distinguish you from other users of our website and apps for the purposes set out below. This helps provide you with good user experience, tailored content and interest-based adverts.  For example, we can recognise and remember important information that will make it more comfortable for you to browse our website or use our apps such as preferred settings.

  1. Definitions
    • GDPR: General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679.
    • Data: Any information relating to the user of the website, such as clicks, browsing behaviour, prior visited website, setting preferences, browser history, marketing preferences, duration and frequency of website visits etc. including personal data in terms of the GDPR (e.g. IP-address, location data, an identification number, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity etc.).
  2. What are cookies and similar technologies?
  3. A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store via your browser on the hard drive of your computer or mobile device.

  1. Differentiation of cookies / Tracking tools

Cookies and tracking tools can be classified in three types:

  • Necessary for operation (those cookies are absolutely necessary for a proper functioning of the website): classified as “Type A” for the purposes of this Cookie Notice;
  • Performance, marketing and similar (those cookies and tracking tools are used to analyse the performance of the website, direct marketing purposes etc.), which do not transfer any personal data or behaviour tracking data to third parties, do not create pseudonymized profiles of users and do not process other personal data than the IP-address or similar technical data: classified as “Type B” for the purposes of this Cookie Notice;
  • Under certain circumstances: tools used to measure performance, to enable direct marketing and similar (the way data are processed by such tools, strengthens the interest of Data Subjects that their data are not processed in this way) and which transfer personal data or behaviour tracking data to third parties, create pseudonymized profiles of users and/or process other personal data than the IP-address or similar technical data: classified as “Type C” for the purposes of this Cookie Notice.
  1. Applicable Legal basis for Use of cookies / Tracking tools

4.1 Contract – Art. 6 (1) lit. b) and f) GDPR:

This legal basis can be used for Type A cookies and tracking tools, as the user expects the website to function properly. Therefore, any technical effort, which is necessary for such proper functioning, can be considered as a service, which was requested by the user. However, very narrow interpretation of the term “necessary”.

In such cases, where a user only visits the website, without aiming to request a service or a product, the legal basis for the operation of Type A cookies will be Art. 6 (1) lit. f) GDPR (justified interest: proper functioning of the website).

4.2 Justified interests – Art. 6 (1) lit. f) GDPR:

This legal basis can be used for Type B cookies and tracking tools. Our “justified interests” can be in particular:

  • Optimization of the website functioning
  • Reach measurement and similar statistics
  • Analysis of who is targeted by the website and which sub-site of our website attracts what amount of attention as well as further analytical processes in connection with the effect of the website.
  • Protection of our website from unauthorized access and attacking.

4.3 Consent – Art. 6 (1) lit. a) GDPR:

This legal basis for Type C cookies and tracking tools is your prior, informed and explicit consent. Your consent will be collected before to the activation of consent-based cookies and tracking tools.

4.4 Cookie Table

We use the following cookies and tracking tools on our website:

Name of the cookie / tool Description of function Third /First Party Transfer of data? Usual duration of storage of personal data Legal basis for processing
Cookies and tracking tools necessary for the operation of the website
cookielawinfo-checkbox-necessary This cookie is set by GDPR Cookie Consent plugin. The cookie is used to store the user consent for the cookies in the category “Necessary”. GDPR Cookie Consent plugin No 1 hour Art. 6 (1) lit. b) of the GDPR (cookie / tool necessary for the operation of the website)
cookielawinfo-checkbox-non-necessary This cookie is set by GDPR Cookie Consent plugin. The cookie is used to store the user consent for the cookies in the category “Non-necessary”. GDPR Cookie Consent plugin No 1 year Art. 6 (1) lit. b) of the GDPR (cookie / tool necessary for the operation of the website)
Performance / direct marketing / other cookies and tracking tools based on justified interests, without any transfer of data to third parties
tk_session_production Sets the fonts for the session,  doesn’t track any user information and merely serve the font for each session. Adobe Inc. No No storage Art. 6 (1) lit. f) of the GDPR (cookie / tool used for performance tracking, direct marketing and other justified interests of the website provider, considering the interests of the data subjects)
Performance / direct marketing / other cookies and tracking tools based, which transfer data to a third party, create profiles of the users and/or process other personal data than IP-address or technical data
__hs_do_not_track

 

This cookie can be set to prevent the tracking code from sending any information to HubSpot. Setting this cookie is different from opting out of cookies, as it still allows anonymized information to be sent to HubSpot. It contains the string “yes” HubSpot, Inc. Yes 13 Months

 

Art. 6 (1) lit. a) of the GDPR (opt-in consent based)
__hs_opt_out

 

This cookie is used by the opt-in privacy policy to remember not to ask the visitor to accept cookies again.

This cookie is set when you give visitors the choice to opt out of cookies.

It contains the string “yes” or “no”.

HubSpot, Inc. Yes 13 Months

 

Art. 6 (1) lit. a) of the GDPR (opt-in consent based)
__hstc

 

The main cookie for tracking visitors.

It contains the domain, utk, initial timestamp (first visit), last timestamp (last visit), current timestamp (this visit), and session number (increments for each subsequent session).

HubSpot, Inc. Yes 13 Months

 

Art. 6 (1) lit. a) of the GDPR (opt-in consent based)
__hssc

 

This cookie keeps track of sessions.

This is used to determine if HubSpot should increment the session number and timestamps in the __hstc cookie.

It contains the domain, viewCount (increments each pageView in a session), and session start timestamp.

 

HubSpot, Inc.  Yes 13 Months

 

Art. 6 (1) lit. a) of the GDPR (opt-in consent based)
_ga This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics – which is a significant update to Google’s more commonly used analytics service. This cookie is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports. By default it is set to expire after 2 years, although this is customisable by website owners. Google LLC Yes 2 years

 

Art. 6 (1) lit. a) of the GDPR (opt-in consent based)

 

  1. Refusing or deleting cookies by browser settings

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  1. Changes to our Cookie Notice

This Cookie Notice may be updated from time to time. If we change anything important about this Cookie Notice we will notify you through a pop-up on the website for a reasonable length of time prior to and following the change. You may review the Cookie Notice by visiting the website and clicking on the “Cookie Notice” link.

For further information on our privacy settings, please go to our Privacy Policy.