Privacy Policy of InternsInBeijing


For the use of the services under the top level domain


Version: 08 September 2015


Part A: Privacy Principles

Welcome to InternsInBeijing! The protection of your privacy and your personal data is taken very seriously and of utmost concern for InternsInBeijing.

InternsInBeijing is a community of trust which helps its members at the Internet portal to exchange and share information as well as to connect with other members. InternsInBeijing ensures highest standards for the protection of your personal data and your privacy.

This Privacy Policy supplements the General Terms and Conditions for using and any of its sub-domains and aliases of these domains (“InternsInBeijing Website(s)” or “Website(s)”), governing the entire relationship between the validly registered user (“User”) and InternsInBeijing and are applicable to all services provided to the User or offered on the InternsInBeijing Websites (“InternsInBeijing Service(s) or Service(s)”) and also to all the User’s actions, contents, or other material relating to the InternsInBeijing Websites.

This Privacy Policy is designed to help you better understand how InternsInBeijing collects and deals with your personal data and information.

If you have any questions or comments regarding this Privacy Policy, please contact InternsInBeijing by using the contact form available on each InternsInBeijing Website under “Contact us”, or by sending a mail to InternsInBeijing(at))

By registering to use the InternsInBeijing Websites, you consent to the practices described in the following Privacy Policy.

  1. InternsInBeijing Principles

InternsInBeijing works hard to earn and keep its User’s trust. Therefore InternsInBeijing strictly adheres to the following principles to protect the User’s privacy:

InternsInBeijing collects, processes, and uses all data and/or information about and related to the User’s person and the User’s account with InternsInBeijing (“Personal Data”) in accordance with the laws and statutes on data protection of the Peoples Republic of China.

InternsInBeijing uses Personal Data solely to provide the User with the InternsInBeijing Services. InternsInBeijing will never rent, sell, or otherwise provide Personal Data to any third party for advertising or for marketing purposes without the User’s consent. The User is aware of the fact and agrees that in case of online debiting procedures (i.e. payment via credit card) any data (e.g. name, credit card number, expiry date, bank details etc.) which is necessary for the due processing of such payment will be transferred to third parties involved in the execution of the debiting procedure (e.g. operator of the payment module, credit card acquirer and the bank issuing the credit/debit card).

  1. Information Collection by InternsInBeijing
    1. Registration

In order to become a User of InternsInBeijing, it is necessary to first create an account on the InternsInBeijing Website. To create an account, the User is required to provide the following mandatory contact information: full name; email address; nationality; company/university. In addition, the User must choose a password. The User’s password and/or User name are never visible to any other User of InternsInBeijing or any third party at any time.

  1. Profile Information and User Content

After successful registration with InternsInBeijing, the User may provide additional information about himself/herself (e.g., birthday, length of stay,…). Providing additional information beyond what is required at registration is entirely optional and on a voluntarily basis, but enables the User to better use the Services. Additionally, the User can upload, publish, send, or display comments, photos, profiles, messages, notes, text, information and other content (“User Content”) on or through the InternsInBeijing Service or the InternsInBeijing Websites, or transmit to or share with other Users or third parties accessing the InternsInBeijing Websites. The User may also form relationships with other Users, perform searches and queries, and form groups. InternsInBeijing collects all the aforementioned information so that InternsInBeijing can provide the User with the -Services and offer personalised features. In most cases, InternsInBeijing retains the information so that, for instance, the User can return to view prior messages he/she has sent. When the User updates information, InternsInBeijing usually keeps a backup copy of the prior version for a reasonable period of time to enable reversion to the prior version of that information.

  1. Information about the User’s Contacts

If the User chooses to invite other people to InternsInBeijing to join his/her network, the names and email addresses of the invitees need to be entered on the InternsInBeijing Website. The names and email addresses of people that are invited will be used by InternsInBeijing only to send the User’s invitation email (including an optional personal message) and corresponding reminders. InternsInBeijing stores this information to send the invitation email, to register a contact connection if the User’s invitation is accepted, and to track the success of InternsInBeijing’s referral program.

The User may also choose to manually enter or upload data about his/her contacts into the private section of the InternsInBeijing Website. All information that the User enters or uploads about his/her contacts will be covered by the same terms of this Privacy Policy as those covering his/her own personally identifiable information.

  1. Cookies and Log Files

Like most websites, InternsInBeijing uses cookies to identify the User during the course of his/her session and to recognise him/her as a user when he/she returns to the InternsInBeijing Websites using the same computer and web browser. A cookie is a piece of data stored on the User’s computer tied to information about the User. InternsInBeijing uses session ID cookies to confirm that the User is logged in. These cookies terminate once the User closes the browser. By default, InternsInBeijing uses persistent cookies that store the User’s login ID (but not the password) to make it easier for the User to login when he/she comes back to the InternsInBeijing Websites. These cookies will then store part of the login data in encrypted form. If the User selects the automatic login, he/she should be aware that this will then only be possible on the same computer on which the cookie was first saved, i.e., an automatic login on two (2) different computers is not possible. The User can remove or block this cookie using the settings in the browser if he/she wants to disable this convenience feature. Unfortunately, if the browser settings do not allow cookies, the User will not be able to use the InternsInBeijing Websites.

Each time the User accesses the InternsInBeijing Websites, InternsInBeijing automatically receives the URL of the site from which the User came and of the site to which the User is going when leaving the InternsInBeijing Websites. InternsInBeijing also receives the Internet protocol (IP) address of the User’s computer (or the proxy server the User uses to access the World Wide Web), the computer operating system and type of web browser he/she is using, as well as the name of the User’s ISP. This data is saved in a log file and will be stored by InternsInBeijing in the standardised combined log file format unless the User objects to the processing of such data and notifies InternsInBeijing accordingly by sending an email to InternsInBeijing. The information is used in anonymous form to analyse overall trends to help InternsInBeijing improve its service, e.g., InternsInBeijing may analyse on which days and at which time the InternsInBeijing Websites are particularly frequented. The linkage between the User’s IP address and his/her personally identifiable information is never shared with any third party without the User’s permission except when required by law. InternsInBeijing reserves the right to review the log files from the last known IP address of the User where InternsInBeijing has reasonable cause to believe that the User is using InternsInBeijing Services in breach of contractual agreements or the applicable legislation. In doing this, InternsInBeijing protects other users, the safety of its user’s data, as well as InternsInBeijing Websites and the InternsInBeijing Services.

Like the information the User enters at registration or in his/her profile, cookie and log file data is used to customise the User’s experience on the InternsInBeijing Websites.

  1. Information Collection from other Sources

InternsInBeijing reserves the right to use information about the User that is collected from other sources, including but not limited to newspapers and Internet sources such as blogs, instant messaging services, and other Users at InternsInBeijing, to supplement the User’s profile in order to provide the User with more useful information and a more personalised experience. Where such information is used, InternsInBeijing generally allows the User to specify the use in the privacy settings.

  1. Sharing Information with Third Parties
    1. Sharing Personal Data with other Users of InternsInBeijing or third parties

Profile information the User submits to InternsInBeijing will be available to other Users of InternsInBeijing depending on the User’s chosen individual privacy settings.

Posting User Content on or through the InternsInBeijing Service or the InternsInBeijing Websites, or transmitting to or sharing with other Users on the InternsInBeijing Websites is at the User’s own risk. Although InternsInBeijing allows the User to set privacy options that limit access to his/her personal information, the User should be aware that no security measures are perfect or impenetrable and the User’s Personal Data, his/her User Content and other information may become publicly available. InternsInBeijing cannot control the actions of other Users with whom the User may choose to share data and information. Therefore, InternsInBeijing cannot and does not guarantee that Personal Data, User Content, and other information the User posts on InternsInBeijing Websites will not be viewed by unauthorised persons. InternsInBeijing is not responsible for circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures contained on the InternsInBeijing Websites. The User understands and acknowledges that, even after removal, copies of Personal Data, User Content, and other information may remain viewable in cached and archived pages or if other Users have copied or stored this data and information.

Any information and User Content (except personal messages to other Users) the User has submitted to InternsInBeijing or to others via the Plattform may be accessed by third parties (i.e. non-registered users) when they visit InternsInBeijing Websites. Such information and content may also be found and made accessible by search engines (e.g. Google, MSN, Yahoo etc.).

  1. Information about the User’s Activity on Profiles of other Users

(If the User visits a profile of another User of InternsInBeijing, this User may see that the User has visited his/her profile. This feature is an essential part of contact management on the InternsInBeijing Websites and as such an essential part of the InternsInBeijing Services.)

  1. Newsletters, Emails, and Notifications to Users

InternsInBeijing regularly sends out newsletters, service-related announcements, or other notification messages and emails (alltogther "Member Communication") to all Users of InternsInBeijing. Through this Member Communication InternsInBeijing informs the User, among other things, about new features, changes in his/her network or local community, invitation requests, and new messages. InternsInBeijing may also provide the User with specific personal statistics.

( As part of the Member Communication, InternsInBeijing may present new Users of InternsInBeijing to the User. It may also be the case that InternsInBeijing presents the User as a possible contact to other Users of InternsInBeijing. Finally, InternsInBeijing may inform the User about random Users of InternsInBeijing who have visited the User’s profile. Of course, this may also apply to the User vice versa, i.e., the User may be one of those random Users with regard to another User of InternsInBeijing whose profile the User has visited.

Generally, the User may opt out of such Member Communication through his/her individual personal settings, though InternsInBeijing reserves the right to send the User notices about his/her account even if the User opts out of all voluntary forms of the Member Communication. )

  1. Information Sharing with Third Parties

InternsInBeijing does not forward the User’s Personal Data, his/her User Content, or other information to third-party marketers without the User’s permission. InternsInBeijing shares Personal Data, his/her User Content, and other information with third parties only in limited circumstances where InternsInBeijing believes such sharing is legally permitted and either 1) reasonably necessary to offer the InternsInBeijing Service or, 2) legally required or, 3) permitted by the User. For example:

InternsInBeijing may forward Personal Data, User Content and other information to service providers (including service providers located outside the Peoples Republic of China) to help InternsInBeijing offer the InternsInBeijing Services. Specifically, InternsInBeijing may use third parties to facilitate InternsInBeijing’ business, such as to host the service at a co-location facility for servers, to send out email updates about InternsInBeijing, to remove repetitive information from User lists, to process payments for products or services, or to provide search results or links. In connection with these offerings and business operations, the InternsInBeijing’ service providers may have access to the User’s Personal Data, his/her User Content and other information for use for a limited time in connection with these business activities. Where InternsInBeijing utilizes third parties for the processing of any personal information, InternsInBeijing will implement reasonable contractual and technical protections limiting the use of that information to the InternsInBeijing-specified purposes.

InternsInBeijing may be required to disclose Personal Data, User Content or other information in compliance with applicable laws or pursuant to lawful requests, such as subpoenas or court orders. InternsInBeijing does not reveal information unless InternsInBeijing has the bonafide belief that an information request by law enforcement or private litigants meets applicable legal standards. Additionally, InternsInBeijing may share account or other information when InternsInBeijing believes it is necessary to comply with the law, to protect the interests or property of InternsInBeijing, to prevent fraud or other illegal activity perpetrated through the InternsInBeijing Service or using the InternsInBeijing name, or to prevent imminent bodily harm. This may include sharing information with other companies, lawyers, agents, or government agencies.

If the complete or partial ownership of the InternsInBeijing business, or individual business units owned by InternsInBeijing, were to change, the User’s personal information may be transferred to the new owner or shareholder. In any such transfer, the User’s Personal Data, his/her User Content, and other information would remain subject to the promises made in any pre-existing Privacy Policy.

InternsInBeijing may use the User’s Personal Data, his/her User Content, or any other information in an anonymous way without identifying the User as an individual to third parties. This includes for instance providing aggregated data about the usage of the InternsInBeijing Service to third parties for such purposes as InternsInBeijing deems to be appropriate. InternsInBeijing may segment its Users by e.g., gender, age, geographic location, nationality, or employer.

  1. Miscellaneous
    1. Under Age

Children and minors (under the age of 18) are not eligible to use any InternsInBeijing Service and are therefore not allowed to submit any personal information to InternsInBeijing. Parents and legal guardians are responsible for the protection of their children’s privacy.

  1. Links

InternsInBeijing may contain links to other websites. InternsInBeijing is not responsible for the privacy practices of other websites. InternsInBeijing encourages the User to be aware when he/she leaves the InternsInBeijing Websites to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personally identifiable information. This Privacy Policy applies solely to information collected by InternsInBeijing.

  1. Changing or Removing Information

Access and control over most personal information on InternsInBeijing is readily available through the profile editing tools on the InternsInBeijing Websites. The User may modify or delete any of his/her profile information except the mandatory information required during the registration process at any time by logging into his/her account. Information will be updated immediately. Users who wish to deactivate their account with InternsInBeijing should send an email to InternsInBeijing. In this case InternsInBeijing will remove the User’s name and other personally identifiable information from publicly viewable data. InternsInBeijing may retain certain data contributed by the User if it may be necessary to prevent fraud or future abuse, or for legitimate business purposes, such as analysis of aggregated, non-personally-identifiable data, account recovery, or if required by law. All retained data will continue to be subject to the terms of the Privacy Policy that the User has previously agreed to.

Where the User makes use of the communication features of the service to share information with other Users of InternsInBeijing, however, (e.g., sending a personal message to another User of InterNations) the User generally cannot remove such communications.

  1. Terms of Use, Notices, and Revisions

The use of InternsInBeijing Services, and any disputes arising from it, are subject to this Privacy Policy as well as InternsInBeijing’ General Terms and Conditions for the use of the services under the top level domain and all of its provisions including limitation on damages and choice of law. InternsInBeijing reserves the right to amend this Privacy Policy at any time insofar as these amendments are not unreasonable for the User. InternsInBeijing shall give due notice of any amendments of this Privacy Policy to the User via the User’s email address or by placing a notice in the User’s personal inbox on the InternsInBeijing Website. The amendments to the Privacy Policy shall be effective from that point in time unless the User objects within two (2) weeks after receipt of said notice by sending a mail to InternsInBeijing, provided that InternsInBeijing has explicitly informed the User about the consequences of such non-objection.

Part B: User’s Consent

The User acknowledges the principles set forth in this privacy policy (Part A) and also consents to the processing of his/her personal data as described below. The User shall be entitled to revoke his/her consent at any time and with effect for the future. For such revocation please contact InternsInBeijing by using the contact form available on each InternsInBeijing Website under “Contact us”, or by sending a mail to InternsInBeijing. The User declares the following:

  1. Single-Sign-On-Process

I agree that InternsInBeijing shall be entitled to pass on personal data (first name, last name and email-address) to third party providers for the purpose described hereinafter:

Third parties may offer certain services on or via the InternsInBeijing Websites. If the User decides to order such services he/she will access the third parties’ websites through a link or frame embedded in the InternsInBeijing Websites and will then have the opportunity to use the third party services. In order to facilitate the ordering process InternsInBeijing and such third parties may have agreed on a single-sign-on-process. This means that the User does not have to enter his personal data on the third party website again, but InternsInBeijing rather passes on to the third party the personal data which is necessary for the third party service

  1. Usage of personal data for marketing purposes of partners of InternsInBeijing

I agree that InternsInBeijing shall be entitled to process and use my personal data for advertising or marketing purposes of partners of InternsInBeijing via the InternsInBeijing Websites. Particularly, my personal data may be used in order to tailor the advertisement presented to me to my specific interests.

  1. Cookies and Log Files

I agree that InternsInBeijing shall be entitled to use Cookies and Log Files as described in section 2.4 of Part A of this Privacy Policy.