Last updated: December 19, 2019

Who We Are

The Illuminated Paper website is a journalistic online magazine founded and published by Dirk Vogel.

You can contact us via email.

Purpose of This Policy

We are committed to keeping your personal data protected. This privacy policy discloses how we collect, use, share and protect information collected about visitors to the Illuminated Paper website. This includes data you provide by using interactive functions (comments, web forms) and also data collected by third-party services (Google Analytics).

Children Under the Age of 13

Our website is not intended for children under 13 years of age. No one under age 13 may provide any information to the website. 

Personal Data

Personal data means information by which an identifiable person can be identified. This includes all data that can be referenced to an identifiable person, including but not limited to name, email address, identification number or phone number. Personal data also includes data about preferences, hobbies, memberships, and the websites a person has visited. All personal data is subject to special protection in accordance with the CAN-SPAM Act, European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), and other legal provisions, which we are committed to comply with by using both technical methods and company processes.

What Personal Data we Collect and Why We Collect It

Personal Data Collection

We will only collect, process and use your personal information with your explicit stated permission and if you submit your data voluntarily.

Restricted data processing according to the California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA)

In accordance with the California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA), the Google advertisements served on this site are configured for restricted data processing for website visitors in California. For users in California, Google restricts how it uses certain unique identifiers and other data. Google will only show non-personalized ads to eligible users in California. Non-personalized ads are based on contextual information, such as the content of your site or app. These changes have been in effect since December 12, 2019. Learn more.

Personal Data collected in Quiz/Trivia Games on Our Website

Our website offers trivia/quiz games free of charge and for entertainment purposes. We do not track or store the answers you provide to quiz questions. We do not record your results/scores in the quiz/trivia games in any manner. At the end of the quiz, you have a choice to share your results on social media via Twitter and Facebook. Please know that this sharing of your information is entirely voluntary and based on your consent. When you share your results on these third-party platforms, their privacy and data protection rules apply, not ours. Please also see below our General Use of Share Functions for Social Networks

Anonymous Data Collection

You can use our website anonymously and without disclosing any details about who you are. We do not collect any personal data during your visit. We only collect statistical data on a technical basis in a way that cannot be traced to you. This type of information includes: web pages you have visited, browser and operating system used, date and time of access, search engines used, name and size of files downloaded, web server status and your IP address.

Collection of Data and Processing when Using the Contact Form

When you reach out to us by using the contact form, we collect personal data only to the extent to which an individual voluntarily supplies this information. Your email address is only used to respond to your inquiry and never used for marketing, newsletter or any other communications unless we have obtained specific permissions for these use cases. The information you submit is only stored for processing your request, or if necessary, follow-up requests, and deleted once it is no longer required, as long as no legally binding obligations oppose the deletion.

Data Collected from Emails Sent to Us

When you contact us via email, we collect any email communications, including attachments, which you send to us.

Data Collected From Comments Function

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 anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available at this web link. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

Visitors from Outside the United States

If you are located outside of the United States, please know that information we collect will be transferred to and processed in the US. By using the website or voluntarily providing us with information, you consent to this transfer and processing of your information in the United States.

Data Collected from Third-Party Sources

Our website collects technical data from the following parties:

  • Analytics providers based inside and outside the US and EU (e.g. Google Analytics, and hosting provider Sitegrounds);
  • Advertising networks based inside and outside the US and EU, (e.g. Google AdSense, Amazon); and
  • Search information providers, based inside and outside the US and EU (e.g. Google).

Please note: This policy does not cover the collection and use of information by such Third-Party Advertising Companies.

For further information about how each of these parties collect and use your data, please see Third-Party Advertising Companies below.

Transfer of Personal Data

The owner of this website will not sell or market your personal data to third parties. We exclusively use your data to provide services on this website and related services such as newsletters or emails to which you have given explicit permission. We will only transfer your personal data to government institutions and authorities if we are obliged to do so by law.

Why we Store and Use your Personal Information

We only store and use your personal information if it is required in our legitimate interests, in order to comply with legal obligations, and whenever it is permitted because you have given your explicit consent to us.

Our legitimate interests include keeping our system and website secure and prevent fraud, as well as analyzing our audience size and the popularity of certain articles and topics to further improve our editorial offering.

Data Security

Please know that the internet is, by nature, not a secure medium. We implement both technical methods and company processes to safeguard your personal data, including firewalls, password protection, and limited access to personal information.

Please note: Personal data sent via e-mail or entered in contact forms on our website is transmitted in an unencrypted format. For this reason, we cannot rule out that this data may be accessed by unauthorized third parties. If you ever need to send us confidential information, please rely on post, encrypted e-mail or other safe channels.

Imperfect Security

While we do our best to take security precautions, we cannot warrant or guarantee the security of information you send to us. Any transmission of your information is carried out at your own risk.

Security Breaches

In case our security systems have been breached, we will remedy this situation as soon as possible and notify you of any breach affecting or compromising your personal data.

Consent to the Policy

By submitting your personal information, you consent to the use of that information as stated in this Privacy Policy. The Policy may be revised occasionally and we will provide notice of the new policy.

Notice of Policy Changes

In cases when we change our Privacy Policy, we will update this page and may place notices on other pages of the website. On the top of this page, you can find the date when the Privacy Policy was last updated.

Website Analytics

To improve your experience on our website, we may use cookies. A cookie is a small text file our site may place on your computer or mobile device as a tool to remember your actions and preferences. You have the option to refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser. You may also manage cookies through your web browser settings, for instance by deleting your cache after leaving this website. Please note: After deactivating cookies, some functions of this website may not work as intended.

Our website uses Google Analytics, a service which transmits website traffic data to Google servers in the United States. Google Analytics does not identify individual users or associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. We use reports provided by Google Analytics to help us understand website traffic and webpage usage.

By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner described in Google’s Privacy Policy and for the purposes set out above. You can opt out of Google Analytics if you disable or refuse the cookie, disable JavaScript, or use the opt-out service provided by Google.

Our website hosting provider Sitegrounds also performs tracking of traffic on our site and compiles reports on the amount of visitors our website receives. The service anonymously tracks the visitors’ location, duration of stay on the site, pages visited, operating system, device, and more. We also look at this data to see which content is popular and how users engage with our website.

Restricted data processing according to the California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA)

In accordance with the California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA), the Google advertisements served on this site are configured for restricted data processing for website visitors in California. For users in California, Google restricts how it uses certain unique identifiers and other data. Google will only show non-personalized ads to eligible users in California. Non-personalized ads are based on contextual information, such as the content of your site or app. These changes have been in effect since December 12, 2019. Learn more.

Links to External Websites

Our website contains links to other websites. Please know that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of these other sites. When you visit other websites from this site, please proceed with caution and read the respective privacy policies of these websites.

Third-Party Advertising Companies

Our website uses advertising. We want to make sure that this advertising is relevant to your interests. That’s why we use third-party advertising and technology companies to serve ads and/or provide aggregated data to assist in serving ads when you visit or use our website. These companies automatically collect data from you when you use our website. This data helps us identify the ads that are served to you and what you do after seeing those ads.

We also share data with providers of web analytics tools, such as Google Analytics, to analyse the way you use our website.

Google AdSense Advertising

This website displays advertisements delivered via the Google AdSense service. You can control your preferences on how Google advertises to you using the Google Ad Preferences page, or you have the opportunity to opt out of interest-based advertising entirely by adjusting your cookie settings.


More information about advertising

Please see our Cookies Policy for more information about Third-Party Advertising Companies and the way in which they collect, use and store data about you. The Cookies Policy also details the types of cookies used on our website and how you may control or opt out of the use of these technologies. Also find more info on how to exercise control of your data below in this Privacy Policy under Opting Out of Tracking.

Please note: In case you choose to restrict or prevent tracking, then the advertising you see when you visit our website will no longer be tailored to your preferences.

Implementation of Content from Third-party Websites

This website may include content from third-party websites, including for example videos from the YouTube or Vimeo platforms, map content from Google Maps as well as Instagram posts, RSS feeds or other material from external websites.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

These third-party services regularly track the IP-addresses of website visitors in order to transmit content to their browser. The IP-address is required for the display of this third-party content. We aim to only use content from providers who limit their use of IP-addresses to the display/delivery of content.

Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website. Please understand that we have no control over whether third-party services store IP-addresses for statistical and other use cases.

Privacy Policy for the use of Instagram

You can access our Instagram feed by clicking our social media button with the Instagram icon. These functions are offered by the Instagram Inc., 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, 94025, USA. If you are logged in to your Instagram account, you can link contents of our websites to your Instagram profile by clicking the Instagram button. By doing this, Instagram will associate the visit of our website with your user account. Please know that we, as providers of this website have no knowledge about the contents of transmitted data as well as use by Instagram. For further information, please review Instagram’s Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy for the use of Twitter

Our website integrates functionality of the Twitter service. These functions are offered by Twitter Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. By using Twitter as well as the “Re-Tweet” function, websites you visit are linked to you Twitter account and posted to other users. In doing so, data will be transmitted to Twitter.

We would like to point out that we as providers of this website do not obtain knowledge about the contents of those data. For further information, please consult Twitter’ Privacy Policy.

The privacy settings of your Twitter account can be adjusted under settings.

Privacy Policy for the use of YouTube

Our website uses plugins of the Google-operated website YouTube. The provider of the website is YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. If you visit one of our web pages with a YouTube-plugin embedded, a connection to YouTube servers will be established. The YouTube server will then receive the information that you have visited our website. If you are logged on to your YouTube account, you enable YouTube to associate your browsing behavior with your personal profile. You may prevent this by logging out of YouTube before visiting this site or activating YouTube content.

You find further information concerning the treatment of user data in YouTube’s Privacy Policy.

General Use of Share Functions for Social Networks

This website provides buttons to share content from our site on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Digg, Google+, tumblr, Digg, Reddit, Stumbleupon, and Telegram. If you are members of these platforms and signed into your account, the content can be posted directly on your account and will be logged by the respective social platform. Please know that we have no information about the content of the transmitted information or its use by these platforms.

We encourage you to read the applicable privacy policies. For example, find more information on the purpose and scope of Facebook’s data collection and on how the information is processed and used by Facebook, together with your rights and optional settings to protect your privacy, in Facebook’s privacy policy. You can also adjust your privacy settings on a per-platform basis, for instance change your Twitter privacy settings on your account.

Privacy Policy for the use of Facebook-Plug-ins (Like-Button)

On our websites plug-ins of the social network Facebook, Facebook Inc., 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, California 94025, USA are integrated. You will recognize these plug-ins by the Facebook logo or the “Like” button on our site. For an overview of Facebook plug-ins, please see here.

When you visit our website, a direct connection between your browser and the Facebook server is established via this plug-in. This lets Facebook receive information that you have visited our website with your IP-address. If you click the Facebook “Like” button while you are logged on to your Facebook account, you may link the contents of our websites to your Facebook account. Thereby Facebook can associate your visit of our website to your Facebook account. We would like to point out that we as providers of these websites do not obtain knowledge about the contents of the transmitted data as well as the use of such data by Facebook. For further information, please check the Facebook Privacy Policy.

If you do not wish that Facebook associates your visit of our website with your Facebook account, we suggest that you log out of your Facebook account.

Use of Google (Universal) Analytics for users in the US

We use Google Analytics for aggregated, anonymized website traffic analysis. In order to track your session usage, Google drops a cookie (_ga) with a randomly-generated ClientID in your browser. This ID is anonymized and contains no identifiable information like email, phone number, name, etc. We also send Google your IP Address. We use GA to track aggregated website behavior, such as what pages you looked at, for how long, and so on. This information is important to us for improving the user experience and determining site effectiveness. If you would like to access what browsing information we have – or ask us to delete any GA data – please delete your _ga cookies, reach out to us via this form, and/or install the Google Analytics Opt-Out Browser Add-On.”

Use of Google (Universal) Analytics for web analytics for users in Europe
This website uses Google Analytics, a website analysis service by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Google Analytics uses so-called “cookies”, text files that are stored on your computer to analyze your use of the website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is usually sent to and stored at a Google server in the United States.

In the case of activating the IP anonymization on this website, your IP address will be previously abbreviated within Member States of the European Union or other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases the full IP address is transferred to a Google server in the USA and is abbreviated there. On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate your usage of the website, to create reports on website activities and to provide other services related to website and internet usage to the website operator. The IP address transmitted by your browser within the context of Google Analytics will not be combined with any other data held by Google.

You can prevent the storage of cookies in your browser by using appropriate settings. We would like to point out that in this case, you might not be able to use all functions of this website to their full extent. It is also possible to prevent the collection of data generated by the cookie and related to the usage of the website (including your IP-address) to Google as well as the processing of these data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plugin available by following this link.

Privacy Policy for the use of Google +1

Collection and forwarding of Information:
By using the Google+ button you may publish information worldwide. Via the Google+ button you and other users receive personal-related contents from Google and our partners. Google stores the information that you have voted +1 for contents as well as information about the website that you were visiting as you clicked the +1 button. Your +1 votes may be published or displayed as notices together with your profile name and your picture on Google services, such as search results, your Google profile or in other locations on websites and online advertising.

Google records information about your +1 activities in order to improve the Google services for you and other users. In order to be able to use the Google+ button, you need a globally visible, public Google profile which must contain at least the user name chosen for this profile. This name will be used for all Google services. In some cases, this name may be replaced by another name which you used when sharing contents via your Google account. The identity of your Google account can be displayed to users who know your email address or possess any other identifiable information about you.

Use of collected information:
Aside from the above mentioned designated purposes, the details you provide are treated according to current Google data protection regulations. Google may publish summarized statistics about +1 activities of users or pass on those statistics to users and contractual partners such as publishers, advertisers or linked websites, respectively.

Use of WordPress Tool Stats

This website uses the WordPress Tool Stats to statistically evaluate visitor access. The tool is provided by Automattic Inc., 60 29th Street #343, San Francisco, CA 94110-4929, USA. WordPress Stats uses so-called cookies which are stored on your computer and enable the analysis of the use of the website. The information generated by the cookies about the use of our website is stored on servers in the USA. Your IP address will be anonymized after processing and before storage. You can adjust your browser to be informed about the placement of cookies and to individually accept, to individually or generally exclude cookies as well as to activate automatic deletion of cookies when closing the browser. On deactivation of cookies the functionality of the website might be impaired. You may object to the collection and use of your date in the future by clicking this link to place opt-out-cookies in your browser. When you delete the cookies from your computer, you need to place the opt-out-cookies again. 

Request for Deletion of Comments

The website does not offer a login function or members area. The comments function is open to all site visitors. In case you have posted comments in the past that you wish to check, alter or delete, please contact us via email.

Right to Information, Correction, and Deletion of Personal Data

You have the right to be informed about your personal data and the purpose of data processing as well as the right to correction, blocking or deletion of said data at any time and free of charge.

If you have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

If you have questions or concerns regarding this Privacy Policy or the processing of your personal data please contact us via email  c/o Dirk Vogel, ILLUMINATED PAPER’s data protection officer.

Opting Out of Tracking

We use third-party tools to collect data about how users interact with our site. For more information on how we use these tools, please see our privacy policy above. If you would prefer us not to track your interactions, you may choose to opt out via the following web links (please note that these will take you to third-party sites not managed or controlled by us): Google Analytics Opt Out

For a more broad method to opt out of online tracking, we suggest the NAI’s Opt-Out Page where you can manage your browser and mobile opt-outs.

Google AdSense Opt Out

This website displays advertisements delivered via the Google AdSense service. You can control your preferences on how Google advertises to you using the Google Ad Preferences page, or you have the opportunity to opt out of interest-based advertising entirely by adjusting your cookie settings.