SponsorChamps.com is a website operated and owned by The Ministry Group Ltd. SponsorChamps (hereinafter referred to as “SC”) operates website(s) (including SponsorChamps.com and other country specific top level domains like e.g. .co.uk, .de, .at) (hereinafter collectively “SponsorChamps “/ “SponsorChamps services”), under the name “SponsorChamps “. SC is the controller of personal data within the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). SC decides on the purposes and means of processing personal data and is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the processing takes place in compliance with the governing personal data legislation.
SC takes data privacy very seriously and wants to be open and transparent on how this topic is dealt with when SC is provided with a set of personal data. Personal data means information which can directly or indirectly be linked to a living natural person. Examples of personal data include name, address, telephone number and email address; however, information about IP numbers and user behaviour when using the services may also constitute personal data. Below, SC explains to users of SC (hereinafter referred to as “user” or “users”) how, what kind and for what purpose data is collected and to whom this data may be shared with. Finally, SC informs users about their rights as well as internal rules for data storage.
- Data collection and processing
SC collects data in connection with the registration of an account and also in connection with successive use of the SC services. In order to give a good overview of how the processing of personal data is carried out, the personal data has been divided into categories based on how it is collected:
1. Data that is given to us by the user
When an account is created or activities are carried out through the framework of the account, personal information about the individual user is needed. Personal data in this category is pigeonholed by the fact that the user actively provides the data to us by, completing a web form, reporting incidents to support, or providing us with feedback through functions created for such purposes.
Registration with email confirmation:
SC hereby accesses the data of the user, which we have specified during the registration process, i.e. name, email address and telephone number. The profile data given by the user must be correct, complete and must continuously be kept up-to-date.
2. Data collected when you use the SC service
By using SC services and carrying out activities, the user provides data that is stored by SC on its database. This process takes place for user recognition and to ensure the delivery of the service that the user has requested. SC will also store information when the user contacts them, for example when the user emails our customer support; so that SC can assist the user and answer any questions. SC may use anonymous and aggregated data about such inquiries to improve its services.
By using the SC services, information is gathered about individual user’s activity, e.g. which services and screens are visited within SC and how they are used. The collected data can be divided into the following types:
I. Technical information about the user’s device and internet connection
Through server logs and other tools SC records information about the user’s device and internet connection, including operating system, browser version, IP addresses, cookies and other unique identifiers. The technical information is processed as combined data in order to analyse how SC services are used. SC may, however, link such data to a the user’s account, for instance so that the Operator can customize the SC-services to the User’s device.
II. Information about the use of the SC services
SC registers the user’s account activities such as logging in or out of the user account, and any purchase of products or services through the SC services. SC also stores information about a user’s visit on the site. SC uses this information, amongst other things, to prevent abuse and fraudulent activities, to improve the SC services and to provide users with personalised services, recommendations and information.
III. Information about users’ location
When SC is used, the individual user’s location may be estimated through the IP or Geo-location detected on the individual’s device. This information is, for instance, used to show content or provide offers relevant to the user’s location. This is done to improve the SC services and to identify and display the location of the classified ads listed by the user. In order to avoid the identification of a user’s actual or exact location, a displaced location of the user is shown in the published classified ads.
IV. Cookies and locally stored content
If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.
If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.
When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.
If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.
Embedded content from other websites
Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behave in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.
3.I Information from other sources
SC may from time to time receive information from other sources such as partners, ad networks and other third parties that help SC understand user activity and preferences. This is essentially collected to improve the SC services. SC may add basic profile information. An advertising partner may also share information about what happens after the user has clicked on an ad on the SC website, so that we, SC can measure the impact of an ad and provide more relevant content or advertisements. The analysis is usually carried out at an aggregated and anonymised level.
To improve the SC services and to analyse errors, the Operator uses certain tracking-tools. Therefore, SC traces user behaviour independently as well as via third-party suppliers (e.g. Google Analytics, Firebase, Crashlytics).
SC may inform the user about changes to or improvements of the SC services by using their email address or – if the user uses mobile devices – through push notifications.
3.II Personalised contents, offerings and recommendations
SC uses information to personalise and tailor services, and to also provide users with content that may be relevant to them. From time to time SC serves content based on the user’s explicit wishes, such as if the user opts in to receive search alerts. SC may also serve content and recommendations based on user activities; for example, when SC recommends sponsors based on popularity among other users.
SC can advertise via SC services and may collaborate with third party providers in order to optimise the impact of the advertisement.
In order to display personalised advertisements in the Services, data such as birthdays (if shared by the user), gender (if shared by the user), approximate geographic location, language, internet service provider (ISP), categories of interest, can be shared with advertising network operators such as Google, Facebook and other similar providers.
If explicit user consent for such data transfer is required, consent will be collected. In this case the user consent can be withdrawn at any time in the user settings.
4. Identification of market trends
SC analyses data to understand market trends in order to advance, develop and customise the SC services. Such analysis can be made both by SC directly or by so called data processors, which analyse the data on behalf of SC (subject to strict data processing agreements that maintain data confidentiality and integrity).
5.I Preventing, limiting and investigating abuse of the SC services
We use information to restrict various forms of abuse of the SC services, such as fraudulent activities, denial of service attacks, spamming, unauthorised logins and other actions that violate our Terms & Conditions, or are prohibited by law.
When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.
An anonymised string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.
If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website
6. Legal Basis for data processing
If SC processes personal user data such processing is necessary for the performance of the contractual services or for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by SC.
Any further data processing not necessary for the previously mentioned purposes will be only carried out if the user has given consent to the processing or if necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which the operator is subject.
8. Usage of data by third parties
Users may prevent such data collection by logging out of social media networks before logging in to the services.
9. Transfer of data
However, SC may collaborate with service providers who process data based on corresponding data processing agreements. Service providers processing user data on behalf of SC will only do so for the purposes as prescribed in the data processing agreement and as explicitly instructed by SC.
Personal data may be transferred due to the following reasons:
10. Disclosure of personal data to a third party
If there is suspicion of illegal activities in connection with the use of our services, information may be disclosed to the police and other public or local authorities subject to a court or administrative order. SC may share information with other third parties if they can prove an overriding interest in the identity verification of a user as well as in the determination of certain unlawful facts. Further third parties have to verify that the knowledge of this information is essential evidence for a prosecution act.
11. Data processors
SC collaborates with service providers (data processors within the meaning of the GDPR) especially for displaying adverts, to analyse user behaviour and to integrate third party services.
12. Transfer of personal data to a country outside the EU or the EEA
SC will only transfer personal data only to a third country, i.e. a country outside the EU or the EEA where there is either a decision of the European Commission on sufficient data protection standards, or there is an agreement on the EU Standard Contractual Clauses (http://ec.europa.eu/justice/data-protection/international-transfers/transfer/index_en.htm; andhttps://ec.europa.eu/info/law/law-topic/data-protection/data-transfers-outside-eu/model-contracts-transfer-personal-data-third-countries_en) or they are certified under the privacy shield (https://www.privacyshield.gov/welcome).
13. Cookies and other technologies
The SC website uses “cookies” in order to enable all functionalities of the SC website and to enable the use of the page. “Cookies” are small text files that allow SC to store specific information on the user’s computer while they visit the SC website. The User may disable cookies in general, which will restrict them from certain websites or adjust their browser to notify them about cookies. Cookies can be removed from a computer’s hard disk at any time. Please note that in this case the display of the website may be restricted and the user guidance might be limited.
14. User Rights
I. Right to Information
The user has the right to be informed if and what personal data of the user SC processes and to request a copy of such data.
II. Right of rectification and restriction
The user has the rights of rectification, restriction, addition or deletion of personal data concerning him where the data is inaccurate or the processing unlawful.
III. Right to object
The user is in certain cases entitled to object certain personal data processing concerning themselves and to withdraw consent where consent has been given.