The protection of your privacy when processing personal data is important to us. We only collect, process and use your personal data in compliance with the following principles and in observance of the applicable data protection legislation.
1. Identity and contact details of the controller
(hereinafter “Pexels” or “We”)
2. Collection and storage of personal data and the type and purpose of their use
a) When you visit the website
When you visit our website www.pexels.com, information is automatically sent by the browser used on your end device to our website servers hosted by Cloudflare Inc (101 Townsend St., San Francisco, CA 94107) and DigitalOcean LLC (101 Avenue of the Americas 10th Floor, New York, NY 10013) in the USA. This information is stored temporarily in what is called a log file. The following information is collected during this process without any action on your part and stored until it automatically deleted in accordance with applicable data protection regulations:
The specified data are processed by us for the following purposes:
The legal basis for the data processing is Article 6 (1) (f) of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Our legitimate interest is based on the data collection purposes listed above. We do not on any account use the data collected for the purpose of identifying you. The provision of this data is not required by law or contract or to enter into a contract. You are not obliged to provide the personal data. It is not, however, possible to access the website if the data are not provided.
b) When you subscribe to our newsletter
If you have provided your express consent in accordance with point Article 6 (1) (a) GDPR, we use your name and e-mail address to send you our newsletter on a regular basis. Stating an e-mail address is sufficient for receiving the newsletter.
You can unsubscribe at any time by using the link at the end of each newsletter.
c) When you use our contact form
We offer you the possibility to contact us via a contact form provided on the website. A valid e-mail address is required for this so that we know who the inquiry is coming from and can respond to it. Additional information can be provided on a voluntary basis.
Data is processed for the purpose of contacting us in accordance with Article 6 (1) (a) GDPR on the basis of the consent you provide on a voluntary basis. The personal data collected by us when you contact us are deleted in accordance with statutory requirements once your inquiry has been dealt with.
d) User account
You also have the option of creating a user account (“Pexels Profile”) on our website so that you can use the additional functions of the website, in particular for uploading photos and other content and publishing these on our website.
You have to specify and e-mail address and set a password for this. You can also voluntarily specify your first and last name.
If you have specified your first and last name, these are publicly visible on your Pexels Profile. Once you have completed your registration, you can also optionally specify a link to a website, a Twitter name, Instagram name and/or PayPal e-mail address which will be shown publicly on your Pexels Profile.
The photos and other content uploaded by you may not contain any personal data of third parties without their express consent. If you obtain consent from third parties for this purpose, you are obliged to inform these persons about the scope of data processing by Pexels and to provide them with all required data subject information.
If you have given us appropriate consent, our social media accounts may share the photos and other content you have uploaded to Pexels on social media platforms (in particular Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest). If we do so, we specify the name or social media user name associated with your Pexels Profile with every publication.
Data is processed in accordance with Article 6 (1) (a) GDPR on the basis of the consent voluntarily provided by you in order to increase the awareness and reach of our online platform and to interact with users.
3. Disclosure of data
With the exception of the service providers who act on our behalf to provide our website (e.g. see 2.a. above), we do not generally disclosure your personal data to third parties. Exceptions only apply in the following cases if:
4. Cookies and Web Storage
When you visit our websites, we store information on your computer in the form of cookies and by way of web storage (so-called super cookies). Cookies and super cookies are small files sent from an internet server to your browser and stored on your hard disk. Information is stored in the cookie or super cookie which is generated in each case in connection with the end device specifically used. This does not, however, mean that we as a result receive any direct knowledge of your identity.
The following cookies and super cookies are used on our website:
|Name||Purpose and content||Expires|
|Google Analytics: Used to analyze the use of the website, to compile reports on website activities and to provide additional services associated with website and internet use for market research|
|__utma||Used to distinguish users and sessions.||2 years|
|__utmt||Used to throttle request rate.||10 minutes|
|__utmb||Used to determine new sessions/visits.||30 minutes|
|__utmv||Used to store visitor-level custom variable data.||2 years|
|__utmz||Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached your site.||6 months|
|_ga||Used to distinguish users.||2 years|
|_gid||Used to distinguish users.||24 hours|
|_gat||Used to throttle request rate.||1 minute|
|Hotjar: Used to analyze the use of the website, to compile reports on website activities and to provide additional services associated with website and internet use for market research|
|Facebook Pixel: Used to present interest-based advertisements to you on the social network Facebook or when you visit websites that participate in the Facebook Advertising Network based on information about your use of this website ("Facebook Ads").|
|fr||Used to distinguish users.||3 months|
|BuySellAds: Used to present interest-based advertisements to you when you visit websites that participate in the BuySellAds advertising network based on information about your use of this website.|
|BuySellAds decides which cookies are used. For more information, see https://www.buysellads.com/about/privacy.||Decided by BuySellAds|
|Cloudflare: Used to ensure the security and availability of the website.|
|__cfduid||Used to distinguish users. More information about this cookie athttps://support.cloudflare.com/hc/en-us/articles/200170156-What-does-the-Cloudflare-cfduid-cookie-do-||1 years|
|Other cookies and super cookies|
|locale||Used to save the preferred language of the user.||20 years|
|_pexels_session||Required cookie to log in to your Pexels profile.||Session|
|remember_user_token||Used to log in to your Pexels profile.||1 year|
|collected, collected_expireat, followings, followings_expire_at, likes, likes_expire_at, user||These super cookies are absolutely necessary to provide you with features such as likes, following and collections.||Saved until you log out of your Pexels profile.|
|hide_switch_locale||Used to save information about your selection of your preferred language.||Maximum storage time allowed by your browser.|
|newsletterSubscribed||Used to save whether a user subscribed to the newsletter.||Maximum storage time allowed by your browser.|