Data Privacy Declaration

Last updated: September 24, 2013

AbeBooks takes the protection of your personal data very seriously. The following privacy policy provides you with information about what personal data we collect and how we process and use it.


1. Subject matter of this Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy applies to all services which are offered under the domains "ZVAB.de", "ZVAB.com" and "en.ZVAB.com".

Unless stated otherwise, this Privacy Policy exclusively regulates how AbeBooks treats your personal data. In case you make use of services provided by third parties, the privacy policy conditions of these third parties apply exclusively. AbeBooks does not revise the privacy policy conditions of third parties.

2. Responsible contact

Responsible contact according to the Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz (BDSG) is AbeBooks Inc., 5th Floor, 655 Tyee Road, Victoria, BC, V9A 6X5, Canada and AbeBooks Europe GmbH, Ronsdorfer Str. 77a, 40233 Düsseldorf (both referred to as "AbeBooks").

In case you have questions concerning privacy policy matters please do not hesitate to contact info@abebooks.de via email. You can also use this e-mail address to inquire about, modify or delete your personal data collected by AbeBooks.

3. Collection of data

Generally you can access our web services without disclosing personal data to us. It is always your choice whether or not to provide us with your personal data. If you would like to register, purchase or sell books via our web sites or subscribe to our newsletter, the disclosure of personal data is necessary. This data includes your name, your address, your e-mail and other personal data which is requested by AbeBooks in individual cases.

In addition, particular data like e.g. IP-addresses, browser types and access times are automatically transferred by your computer and saved on our server. The IP-address is the worldwide valid, unique identification of your computer that consists of four number blocks separated by dots. Mostly, as a private user, you will not use a constant IP-address because it is only temporarily assigned to you by your provider. Nonetheless, by static IP-addresses a definite assignment of user data is principally still possible. Except for the purpose of the prosecution of illegal access to our web services we generally do not use this personal data. On an anonymous basis we only evaluate which of our web sites are favoured, the number of daily accesses and similar details.

Like many other companies we make use of so-called cookies in order to design our web presence as convenient as possible. Cookies are small text files which enable the recognition of the user so that you do not have to reregister each time you visit our pages. These cookies are normally automatically deleted from your hard drive after you end visiting our website. Other cookies remain on your computer so that we can recognise you during your next visit. We make use of cookies to measure and to control the amount of web site visits and the general site navigation. Of course, you can generally also use our web presence without cookies. Your Internet browser can be configured to generally reject cookies.

We collect, process and use personal data only with your consent. If the consent is electronically declared within the scope of our Internet services, we follow the statutory notice liability requirements.

4. Use of your data

We use your personal data in order to constantly improve our range of services and to satisfy the user's needs.

AbeBooks uses your personal information to enable you the conclusion of contracts via our internet platform as well as for processing payments and book orders. In addition, your data is used for the establishment, processing and settlement of your user relationship with AbeBooks.

Furthermore, we use your data in order to communicate with you. This includes that we, as the case may be, inform you about novelties of our services via e-mail. Should you have subscribed to our e-mail newsletter, we use your data in order to inform you regularly about products, services or certain events which could be of interest to you. At any time you may ask us to stop sending you commercial e-mail by sending your request to info@zvab.com. Also, each commercial e-mail we send to you will tell you how to decline further unsolicited e-mail.

Your personal data will also be used in order to enable third parties the execution of technical, logistical and other services by our behalf. Finally, we use your data in order to protect our web pages and to trace unauthorised accesses.

5. Transmission of data

As a matter of course, your data will not be sold to third parties. AbeBooks exclusively transmits your personal data to the following extent:

If you would like to purchase or sell book via the AbeBooks web sites (ZVAB.de, ZVAB.com, Choosebooks.com), we will transmit your personal data to the respective contractual partner (buyer or seller) for the purpose of processing the contract. We maintain the right to transmit your personal data to companies connected to AbeBooks which are controlled by AbeBooks. These companies are either subject to this privacy policy or ensure a privacy policy which is at least as effective. If you sell books via partner companies which are not controlled by AbeBooks, in individual cases it can be necessary that we also transmit your personal data to these companies for the purpose of selling your books.

Additionally it might occur that we assign other companies or individual people with the completion of particular tasks and services. For example we assign service providers with the analysis and usage of our Internet services and the transaction of payments (credit card, direct debit and purchase on account). These service providers only have access to your data to the extent which is necessary for the completion of their tasks. These service providers are obliged to treat you data according to this privacy policy and the relevant data protection statutes.

In the case that AbeBooks, companies controlled by AbeBooks, particular affiliated companies or shares of the company are sold, your customer information will generally be passed on with the transmitted part of the company. Of course, in this case your data is also subject to this privacy policy and the relevant data protection statutes.


6. Deletion of data

If your data is no longer necessary for the above-mentioned purposes including the settlement, it will be deleted. If the data is required for tax purposes, it will be blocked. This data is no longer available for further usage.

7. Amendment of this privacy policy

AbeBooks reserves the right to amend this privacy policy if necessary in order to adapt to future changes of the usage of your personal data.