• Imprint and Privacy Policy


    stopthebuff is a service from

    urbanyc Publishing

    “stopthebuff Graffiti Magazine”
    Postbox 33 08 45
    80068 Munich

    VAT-Ident.: DE263423103

    E-Mail: mail@stopthebuff.de


    Privacy Policy:
    Last Updated on March 25, 2013

    This Privacy Policy discloses the privacy practices for The stopthebuff Magazine, the stopthebuff Web site and the mobile applications of the stothebuff Magazine.

    The stopthebuff Services may contain links to other Web sites for your convenience and information. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of those sites.


    The information stopthebuff gathers falls into two categories: 1) Personal information, which includes personal information you supply when you subscribe, order, complete a survey, register for one of our sites, enter a contest or provide your e-mail address and 2) Non-personal information collected through technology, which includes tracking information collected as you use the stopthebuff Services.

    Personal Information That You Give Us

    Registration Information

    Registration for the stopthebuff Services may require that you supply certain personal information, including a unique e-mail address and demographic information (ZIP code, age, sex, household income, job industry and job title) to register.

    You may choose to log in, create an account or enhance your profile at stopthebuff.com through the Facebook Connect feature on stopthebuff.com. By doing this, you are asking Facebook to send us certain information from your Facebook profile, and you authorize us to collect, store, and use in accordance with this Privacy Policy any and all information available to us through the Facebook interface. After you have connected, Facebook also sends us additional information from your profile that allows us to display a Facebook module on the pages you view.

    Billing and Credit Card Information

    To enable payment and donations on the stopthebuff services, we collect and store name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, credit card information and other billing information. This information will only be shared with third parties who perform tasks required to complete the purchase transaction. Examples of this include fulfilling orders and processing credit card payments.

    User Generated Content and Public Activities

    We offer you opportunities to engage in public activities on stopthebuff.com and other stopthebuff Services. “Public activities” are any actions you take on stopthebuff.com that are designed to be visible to other users, including comments or any other items that you submit. Any information you disclose in your public activities, along with your screen name or ID, or any image or photo, becomes public and may be used by stopthebuff for online and offline promotional or commercial uses in any and all media. If you choose to engage in public activities, you should be aware that any personal information you submit there can be read, collected, or used by other users of these areas, and could be used to send you unsolicited messages. We are not responsible for the personally identifiable information you choose to submit in these forums and stopthebuff has no responsibility to publish, take down, remove or edit any of your public activities or any of your submissions that are a result of your public activities.

    When you share or recommend (with or without adding your own comments) any stopthebuff.com articles or content to your Facebook profile, that action is governed by the Facebook Privacy Policy. We do not track or store a record of those comments or actions.

    If you have registered for a stopthebuff.com account, we will track and aggregate your public activities on stopthebuff.com. By choosing to participate in public activities, you are electing to share and display such public activities via stopthebuff.com. Also, public activities may be included in RSS feeds, APIs and made available to other Web sites via other formats. As a result, your public activities may appear on other Web sites, blogs, or feeds. Keep in mind that we are not responsible for any personal information you choose to make public via your public activities, and you agree that such sharing will be deemed to have been done by you, not The stopthebuff Magazine.

    Contests, Sweepstakes and Special Offers

    The stopthebuff Magazine collects personal information from you in connection with optional sweepstakes, contests or special offers. If this information is also being collected by a third party other than The stopthebuff Magazine, we will notify you at the same time. If you do not want any personal information shared, you may always decline to participate in the sweepstakes, contest or special offer.

    Reader Surveys, Reader Panels and Market Research

    The stopthebuff Magazine may collect personal information from you in connection with voluntary surveys. Data may be collected through the stopthebuff Services, on the phone or through the mail. The information you provide in response to optional survey questions may be shared, but only in the aggregate, with advertisers and partners unless we notify you otherwise at the time of collection.

    Non-Personal Information Collected Using Technology

    Information Collected by Us Using Technology

    We use various Internet technologies to manage the stopthebuff Services and track use of the Services. Non-personal information that we collect using these technologies may be combined with other information about you.

    Device Information. We may collect non-personal information about the computer, mobile device or other device you use to access the stopthebuff Services, such as IP address, geolocation information, unique device identifiers, browser type, browser language and other transactional information.

    Cookies, Beacons, Local Storage and Other Similar Technologies. In providing the stopthebuff Services, we use “cookies,” Web beacons, HTML5 local storage and other similar technologies to manage access to and use of the Services, recognize you and provide personalization, as well as to help us understand where our visitors are going and how much time they spend there. You will not be able to access certain areas of our Web sites, including stopthebuff.com, if your computer does not accept cookies from us.

    The stopthebuff Web site also transmits non-personally identifiable Web site usage information about visitors to the servers of a reputable third party for the purpose of targeting our Internet banner advertisements on other sites. To do this, we use Web Beacons in conjunction with cookies provided by our third-party ad server on this site.

    Analytics Technologies. We have hired third parties to provide us information, reports and analysis about the usage, browsing patterns of users of the stopthebuff Services.

    IP Addresses. The stopthebuff Magazine logs Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, or the location of your computer on the Internet, for systems administration and troubleshooting purposes. We use this information in an aggregate fashion to track access to our Web sites and mobile applications.

    Log Files and Your Reading History. We automatically log certain usage information about your use of stopthebuff Services. This information includes a reading history of the pages you view.

    We use this information in order to provide you with customized Recommendations on stopthebuff.com based on your reading history. We also use log files in the aggregate to analyze usage of our Web sites and mobile applications.

    Location Information. Some of our mobile applications can deliver content based on your current location if you choose to enable that feature of the app. If you enable the location-based feature, your current location will be stored locally on your device, which will then be used by the app. If you elect to have a location-based search saved to your history, we will store that information on our servers. If you do not enable the location-based service, or if an app does not have that feature, the app will not transmit to us, and we will not collect or store, location information.

    Ads may be displayed within our apps. The ads you see are not targeted to you based on your current GPS location, but they may be targeted to you based on your device’s IP address or ZIP code.

    Information Collected by Third Parties Using Technology

    Some of the services and advertisements included in the stopthebuff Services, including on stopthebuff.com and within our mobile apps, are delivered or served by third-party companies that may place or recognize cookies, Web beacons or other technology to track certain non-personal information about our Web site users. For example, in the course of serving certain advertisements, some advertisers may place or recognize a unique cookie on your browser in order to collect certain information about your use of the stopthebuff Services. In many cases, this information could be used to show you ads based on your interests on other Web sites.

    We do not have access to, nor control over, advertisers’ or service providers’ use of cookies or other tracking technologies or how they may be used.

    For example, Google is one of the companies that serve advertisements onto stopthebuff.com. It uses the DART cookie to serve ads based on your visit to stopthebuff.com and other sites on the Internet. You may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy.

    You have choices about the collection of information by third parties on our Web site:

    1) If you would like more information about advertisers’ use of cookies, and about your option not to accept these cookies, please click here.

    2) If you would like to opt-out of having interest-based information collected during your visits to this or other sites, click here.

    Your access to our Web sites should not be affected if you do not accept cookies served by third parties.

    Providing the Services You Request

    We use the information we gather about you to enable your use of the stopthebuff Services, fulfill your requests for certain products and services, such as sending out electronic newsletters and enabling you to participate in and renew paid services, polls, contests, and message boards.

    Statistical Analysis

    We perform statistical, demographic and marketing analyses of users of the stopthebuff Services, and their subscribing and purchasing patterns, for product development purposes and to generally inform advertisers about the nature of our subscriber base. We use this information for analysis purposes, including analysis to improve customer relationships.

    Customizing Your Experience

    We use the information that we collect to allow advertising to be targeted to the users for whom such advertising is most pertinent. We also use this information to customize certain features of the stopthebuff Services to provide you with an enhanced experienced based on the type of device you are using to access the stopthebuff Services, and in certain cases, provide you with requested services.

    Relevant Advertising

    We may use demographic and preference information to allow advertising on the stopthebuff Service to be targeted to the users for whom they are most pertinent. This means users see advertising that is most likely to interest them, and advertisers send their messages to people who are most likely to be receptive, improving both the viewer’s experience and the effectiveness of the ads. We disclose information to third parties only in aggregate or de-identified form.

    E-Mail Newsletters

    The stopthebuff Magazine will periodically send you e-mail newsletters or promotional e-mail about services offered by The stopthebuff Magazine and its advertisers.


    The stopthebuff Magazine

    If you have registered to use the stopthebuff Services, we will not sell, rent, swap or authorize any third party to use your e-mail address or any information that personally identifies you without your permission.

    We also share information about our audience in aggregate or de-identified form. Nothing in this Privacy Policy is intended to restrict The stopthebuff Magazine’s use of aggregated or de-identified information in any way.

    In the future, we may sell, buy, merge or partner with other companies or businesses. In such transactions, we may include your information among the transferred assets.

    Service Providers

    We contract with other companies to provide services on our behalf, including credit-card and billing processing, shipping, e-mail distribution, list processing and analytics or promotions management. We provide these companies only with the information they need to perform their services. These service providers are restricted from using this data in any way other than to provide services for The stopthebuff Magazine, and they may not share, resell or use the data for their own direct marketing purposes.

    We reserve the right to disclose your opt-out information to third parties so they can suppress your name from future solicitations, in accordance with applicable laws. We may occasionally release personal information as required by law, for example, to comply with a court order or subpoena. (For more information, see the “Compliance with legal process” section of this policy.)

    The stopthebuff Magazine complies fully with the federal CAN-SPAM Act of 2003. We will not share, sell, rent, swap or authorize any third party to use your e-mail address for commercial purposes without your permission. If you feel you have received an e-mail from us in error, please contact mail@stopthebuff.de.

    Account and Service-Related E-Mail. The stopthebuff Magazine reserves the right to send you e-mail relating to your account status. This includes order confirmations, renewal/expiration notices, notices of credit-card problems, other transactional e-mails and notifications about major changes to the stopthebuff Services and/or to our Privacy Policy. If you have registered for online discussions or other services, you may receive e-mail specific to your participation in those activities.

    HTML E-Mail. When you sign up to receive e-mail from us, you can select either plain text or HTML (with images) format. If you select the HTML format, we may place a one-pixel gif to determine whether or not readers viewed the e-mail. This process does not leave any information on your computer, nor does it collect information from your computer. The stopthebuff Magazine may share this data with others in aggregate only.

    E-Mails From You. If you send us e-mails, you should be aware that information disclosed in e-mails may not be secure or encrypted and thus may be available to others. We suggest that you exercise caution when deciding to disclose any personal or confidential information in e-mails. We will use your e-mail address to respond directly to your questions or comments.

    E-Mail This Article Feature. stopthebuff.com readers may use this feature to e-mail links to articles (or other content such as slideshows). The e-mail addresses that you supply to this service are saved for your convenience for future articles you may wish to e-mail; these addresses are not used for any other purpose, and will not be shared with any third parties.

    To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy and ensure the appropriate use of information, we have put in place commercially reasonable physical, technical and administrative controls to protect the information. Please note that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure.

    Compliance With Legal Process

    We may disclose personal information if we are required to do so by law or we have a good faith belief that such action is necessary to (1) comply with the law or with legal process; (2) protect and defend our rights and property; (3) protect against misuse or unauthorized use of the stopthebuff Services; or (4) protect the personal safety or property of our users or the public (among other things, this means that if you provide false information or attempt to pose as someone else, information about you may be disclosed as part of any investigation into your actions).

    Children’s Guidelines

    COPPA Compliance. The stopthebuff Magazine does not knowingly collect or store any personal information about children under the age of 13.

    Your California Privacy Rights

    Under the California “Shine The Light” law, California residents may opt-out of the stopthebuff’s disclosure of personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. As detailed above, you may choose to opt-out of the sharing of your personal information with third parties for marketing purposes at any time by submitting a request by e-mailing us at mail@stopthebuff.de. It is important to note that this opt-out does not prohibit disclosures made for non-marketing purposes.

    Changes to This Policy

    This Privacy Policy may be amended from time to time. Any such changes will be posted on this page. If we make a significant or material change in the way we use your personal information, the change will be posted on this page thirty (30) days prior to taking effect and registered users will be notified via e-mail.


    If you don’t agree to the terms contained in this User Agreement and Privacy Policy, you must immediately exit the Service.

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