Privacy Policy


Domus Verlags- und Servicegesellschaft mbH (“domus” or “we”) operates („HFN“). This Privacy Policy describes Domus’s use and sharing of personally identifiable information (“PII” – your full name, email address, etc.) and non-PII information that registered members of the HFN may provide. This Privacy Policy applies to the services offered by domus, including any HFN-branded URL (the “HFN Website”) and all other HFN Services. The Privacy Policy supplements the general terms and conditions for the use of the HFN. Domus observes German data protection laws and the data protection regulations of the European Union regarding the collection, processing and use of your PII and non-PII within the scope of the operation of the HFN.

Domus reserves the right to amend this privacy policy with regard to new Services provided in the scope of define, when and if this is necessary. The same applies if loopholes in the respective existing regulations for data protection are found. In such cases domus will inform you via the email address you deposited at define. If a User does not object to the new privacy policy within six weeks on receipt of the mail, the amended privacy policy applies as accepted by the User. Otherwise, domus is entitled to terminate the contract at the time when the amended conditions for the privacy policy are supposed to become effective. Domus will inform the User in the email about the six weeks deadline. 


Certain PII have to be quoted when registering in order to use the HFN services. These are in detail your

- first name and last name
- email address.

Furthermore, you can quote other PII and non-PII when registering. All data (PII or non-PII) you quote in your registration are visible on your profile site for other registered Members. You can change or delete the data of your visible profile at any time.


When you create a HFN account, you may choose to provide or store PII and non-PII information in your account profile. The Profile Information in your profile is provided at your sole discretion. You can change your Profile Information at any time as well as you may control the Profile Information that is available to other members and your confirmed friends at any time by editing your HFN Account. By editing the “Dashboard” you may control the information about your activities, bookmarks, friends and group memberships that is available to other members and your confirmed friends.
Only your HFN username is displayed to other users when you engage in certain activities on the HFN Website.
Other members can contact you by sending you messages to your HFN-mailbox. They may also comment on your private blog if you enabled this function. Furthermore, the HFN also allows its members to browse for certain Profile Information in order to help connect with other members.

If the User contract between you and domus terminates, your Profile will be deleted and thus not visible for other members anymore. As far as legal obligation to retain data exists, data regarding your person will be retained - however, without being visible for other Members - and deleted after the expiration of the respective obligation to retain data. Comments which you may have stated on the HFN in connection with the contents placed by other Users will, however, not be deleted and will still be visible for other Members, even after the expiration of your User contract with domus.


Domus does not pass on your PII and non-PII to third parties unless there is any legal obligation to pass on the data.


In the statistics of those servers, on which domus and the HFN Website are being hosted, data which are transmitted from your own browser to the server are automatically collected and saved. This is information on
- your IP address (your computer can undisputedly be identified with),
- the type and the version of the browser you use,
- the operating system you use,
- the referrer URL (the web page from which you got to the Define Web Pages) and
- the time of the server inquiry.

Domus uses this information – for example for the purpose of statistical evaluations for the optimisation of the HFN Website – only made anonymous.

To date, we do not use cookies, web beacons or the like. However, domus reserves the right to use these features, be it for security reasons or in order to improve the HFN services.


According to the legal regulations, domus will gratuitously and promptly provide you with information on your PII saved by us. Please contact, subject “Personal Data” for this matter.
You can withdraw the agreements you made in line with the confirmation of these data protection rules and policy at any time with effect for the future. Regarding this matter please contact as well.


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