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Privacy Policy: Verein Elevate / Elevate Festival

The protection of your data is important to us. We would therefore like to inform you at this point which personal data we process in our association for which purpose. Updated 24.05.2018.

1. Your participation in our events

As a participant in events of our association, your personal data is stored, as far as these are necessary for the registration or participation in the events. We may also inform you that photographs, audio and/or video recordings may be taken during our events. These recordings can be used in various media (print, TV, online) and in publications (print, online) of our association.

2 Your visit to our website

The association is responsible for the content of the website and is both media owner and publisher. In the course of your visit to our website, we will collect the following information:

- the date and time of your visit to our website
- Your IP address
- Name and version of your web browser
- More information about your hardware used to access our website
- And the information you provide yourself by filling out the contact form or registering for our newsletter.

This data is processed for the following purposes:

- to make this website available to you,
- to further improve and develop this website and
- to answer your questions

If you enter personal data on this website, by entering your data you give us your consent that we may use this data electronically for the stated purpose. This data will be kept secure and will not be passed on to third parties. This does not apply to the transfer to state authorities, provided that the association is legally obliged to do so.

There is no obligation to actually provide the information we ask you to provide on our website. However, if you do not do so, you will not be able to use all the features of the Site.

2.a Ticket purchase

When purchasing tickets on, the ticketing system of our partner is used and integrated. User account data including first name, last name, email address and ticket purchase information will be shared with the ticketing provider for the purpose of processing the ticket purchase. For this purpose, users must also accept the terms and conditions of

3. The legal basis of the processing

The legal basis for the processing of your personal data is based on your participation in our events, your visit to our website or is otherwise in our legitimate interest in accordance with the GDPR, which consists of achieving the purposes mentioned above under point 1-2.

4 Cookies

This website uses so-called cookies. A cookie is a file that can be stored on your computer as you visit a website. In principle, cookies are used to offer users additional functions on a website. For example, they may be used to help you navigate the site, allow you to continue using a site as you left it and/or save your preferences and settings when you return to the site. Cookies cannot access, read or modify any other data on your computer.

If you do not wish to accept cookies, please change your browser settings accordingly. Please note that this may limit the functionality of the website.

5. Transmission of your personal data to third parties

For the secure processing of your personal data and on our website we also use programs and tools from third parties with whom we have concluded order processing agreements and thus ensured that these also guarantee the protection of your personal data in the sense of the GDPR. This concerns the following providers:

- as hoster of our website
- Matomo Analytics for website access analysis (OPT-OUT here)
- Mailchimp/Mailman for sending newsletters

6 Your rights in connection with your personal data

In principle, you have the rights to information, correction, deletion, restriction, data transferability and objection. Therefore please contact us:

Verein Elevate
Volksgartenstrasse 1/12a
8020 Graz

or in writing via the contact form on this website.

If you believe that the processing of your data violates data protection law or your data protection claims have otherwise been violated in any way, you have the opportunity to contact the data protection authority.

7. Copyright

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8. Disclaimer of Liability

With regard to the technical characteristics of the Internet, no guarantee can be given for the authenticity, correctness and completeness of the information made available on the Internet. Furthermore, no guarantee is given for the availability or the operation of this homepage and its contents.
Any liability for direct, indirect or other damages, irrespective of their causes, which arise from the use or non-availability of the data and information of this homepage, is excluded, as far as legally permissible.

The association points out that no responsibility or liability is assumed for the contents of the hyperlinks. Any integration of individual pages or other extracts of into external frames is prohibited.

The association does not check other websites to which there are direct access possibilities (links) on the association's Internet pages with regard to content and legality. The association has no influence on the design of these websites and expressly dissociates itself from the contents presented there, which may be illegal. Furthermore, the association assumes no responsibility for such contents and is not liable for such contents.

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Elevate's Social Media Attitude

The Elevate Festival is concerned about data protection

Apart from very few exceptions(*), Elevate avoids direct links or plug-ins associated with the US advertising companies Facebook and Google, in an attempt to raise awareness towards the problem and to protect the internal data of the individual website users.

Since August 2011 German data protection experts have been urging website providers to stop the transfer of confidential user information and data to Facebook, and to deactivate the services linked to Facebook. This basically means that organisations should delete their “Fanpages” on Facebook and any other plug-ins such as the website-embedded „Like“-buttons.

Anybody who has been registered on Facebook at least once has to be aware of the fact that any human being can be tracked by the organisation for at least two years after their visit and their digital footprint is being stored forever. On Facebook, personal profiles are created for site visitors and extensive personal profiles are created for registered members. Therefore, the running of a fan page as well the embedding of a plug-in provided by Facebook is ultimately considered to be a violation of European data protection laws.

These results have been published by the Independent Data Protection Centre in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany in their report entitled "Datenschutzrechtliche Bewertung der Reichweitenanalyse durch Facebook" in which they examined the relationship between the agenda of Facebook and the analysis of users and the existing German and European data protection laws.

Austrian students sue Facebook in Ireland

22 lawsuits were filed against Facebook by Austrian activists in August and September 2011. This included charges against the highly controversial "Like"-button and the easily outsmartable privacy settings on Facebook pictures. Max Schrems, spokesman for, is a guest at this year’s Elevate Festival.

"Facebook most probably has its headquaters in Ireland for tax reasons. That way, Facebook not only saves large amounts of money, but the Irish as well the European laws of data protection and consumer rights are applicable. However, Facebook continues to tailor their terms of use to the American consumer and data protection laws." -  Max Schrems

In light of the current situation, the Elevate Festival has decided to take a different path in order to make use of alternative communication networks and also to prevent the advertisement of  advertisment corporations such as Facebook or Google on its website.

The Elevate Festival fanpage on Facebook will continue to exist in order to serve the purpose of fan communication, because the Elevate team is has differing opinions about the professional and personal use of Facebook.


(*) Exceptions include the „Social Share Plugin“ services with which the content of the Elevate website can be transferred to different websites via a click aof confirmation. A further exception is the fact that indigividual artists performing at the festival do not have their own websites. In these cases, links to Stasibook can occur.

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