Welcome to, the website of LINUS Capital. Your privacy and your rights concerning the personal data you share with us when you use our service are very important to us. This Privacy Policy explains how we process personal data on our website, i.e. for which purposes such data is used, with whom it is shared and which rights you have. We only process personal data in line with applicable data protection law.

Data controller and contact details

The data controller for the data processing on this website is LINUS GmbH (“Linus”, “we”, “us”, “our”). You can reach us at our postal address, Karl-Marx-Allee 3, 10178 Berlin or by email at [email protected]
Should you have any questions regarding this Privacy Policy or enquiries regarding your personal data, you can contact our Data Protection Officer at: The Data Protection Officer, Linus GmbH, Karl-Marx-Allee 3, 10178 Berlin, or by email at [email protected]

Scope of application

This Privacy Policy applies solely in relation to our website accessible via the domain (the “Website”), i.e. it does not apply in relation to other services which are merely linked to from our website.
Data processing and legal basis for the processing
The Website can be visited without any personal registration. In this case, only the internet connection data which your browser automatically sends to our server is processed. This data comprises your IP address and other usage data (e.g. date and time of access, name of the page visited, transmitted data volume and the requesting ISP). This information is needed in order to enable you to use our Website, for example by adjusting the Website to the requirements of your device. The legal basis is Art. 6 (1) first sentence (b) of the GDPR, to the extent the data processing is necessary for the provision of our service. Any data processing beyond that is based on Art. 6 (1) first sentence (f) GDPR. We have a legitimate interest in ensuring the security and effective use of our Website.
The automatically collected personal data is stored for twelve months and then immediately deleted.
In connection with certain services and offerings we might also ask you to provide personal data, such as name or email address and/or other personal information. Required information in such circumstances is always marked as mandatory. Without this information, it may be impossible for us to provide the desired service or answer any enquiries from you. In the following, we provide an overview of the associated processing activities and legal bases.
If you contact us - e.g. by email - the personal data you communicate to us in the email is stored and processed by us. This would normally be your name and your email address or any other information supplied by you. This data is stored and used solely for the purpose of responding to your enquiry or making contact with you as well as the associated technical administration. The purpose of the processing of this data is to perform a contractual agreement or take pre-contractual steps (Art. 6 (1) first sentence (b) GDPR) and/or we have a legitimate interest in the processing without this being overridden by any conflicting interests of yours, because the processing of these enquiries is in our mutual interests (Art. 6 (1) first sentence (f) GDPR).
Registration as an investor
You have the possibility of registering on our Website as an investor. For the purposes of this registration, we process the following personal data of yours:
• First name and surname
• Email address
• Telephone number
• Company name
• Type of business
• Address of business

We use the so-called double-opt-in method, i.e. your registration is only completed once you have confirmed your application by clicking on the link contained in the confirmation email sent to you for this purpose. If you do not provide this confirmation, your application will be deleted from our database.
When a registered user visits our login area, we process, in addition to the usage data mentioned above (see Section 3 below), information the date of the last login, on the documents you download and the project pages you open.
In the registration process, we will, at our discretion, perform a verification check (e.g. personal ID of the representative or the investor; identification of persons holding significant participations) and collect information on financial assets (e.g. proof of sufficient funds; verification of investor’s knowledge about investments (where relevant); bank accounts (where relevant); extract from the commercial register (where relevant)). When you make an investment, we also process information related to your bank account, the date and the amount of the investment. In the case of registered users, the date and amount of the investment will also be processed in their profile.
The legal basis for this processing of data is Art. 6 (1) first sentence (b) GDPR. This personal information is stored by us for the duration of the contractual relationship. The storage of data in your profile continues until you delete the data via the profile or effect the deletion of your entire profile, unless statutory data retention provisions exist.
Provided that you have given us the relevant consent, we use your personal data, including your name and email address and your mobile telephone number (where applicable), to send you occasional notifications by email and SMS, e.g. in relation to new projects or quarterly reports. The granting of consent is voluntary. You may revoke your consent at any time with effect for the future. The legal basis is Art. 6 (1) first sentence (a) GDPR.
Career opportunities
You can use our Website to find out about open positions at LINUS Capital. You can send your application to us via email.
In the course of the application process, the personal data sent by you (including your name, contact details, qualifications and other application documents) will be processed for the purposes of reviewing your application and deciding whether or not to offer you the position. Without certain personal information an application cannot be considered. Your application documents and the personal data contained in them will be passed on internally to the employees responsible for making the decision. The legal basis is Sec. 26 (1) BDSG (German Federal Data Protection Act). We process information voluntarily provided in the course of your application on the basis of Sec. 26 BDSG in conjunction with Art. 6 (1) first sentence (a) GDPR.
If you become employed by us, we will continue to process the data in order to perform the employment contract (Sec. 26 (1) BDSG).
If you do not become employed by us, your personal data will be deleted within six months of the end of the application process. If you give your consent, we will continue to store your data in order to inform you about positions which become open in the future. Legal basis is Sec. 26 (1) BDSG in conjunction with Art. 6 (1) first sentence (a) GDPR.

Use of cookies and local storage

This Website uses cookies. Cookies are small text files which are stored on your end device. These text files can be read by the website which places them and help to identify you when you visit it again. Some cookies are used to store preferences and are deleted again at the end of the browser session, i.e. when the browser is closed. These are known as session cookies or, similarly, local storage. Other cookies are used to modify the website to meet the user’s needs and remain on the end device. These are known as permanent or persistent cookies. In the following, we explain which cookies we use and how you can object to the use of cookies.
Necessary cookies
We use some cookies which enhance the usability of our Website, e.g. by storing your settings, and which are necessary for the trouble-free use of our Website. In addition, your user information (e.g. name, email address, investments, user role) necessary for the functioning of the website is accessed in the internal area of the Website. At the end of a browser session, these cookies are automatically deleted. The legal basis for the use of such cookies is Art. 6 (1) first sentence (b) GDPR.
Google Analytics
This Website uses functions from the web analysis service, Google Analytics. The provider of that service is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Google Analytics uses “cookies” (see above). The information generated by the cookie about your use of this Website will normally be transmitted to a server in the USA and stored there. The legal basis for the storage of Google Analytics cookies is Art. 6 (1) first sentence (f) GDPR. We have a legitimate interest in the analysis of user behaviour in order to improve both our web service and our advertising.
On this Website, we have activated the IP anonymisation function. This means that your IP address will, within member states of the European Union or in other states which are party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area, be anonymised by Google prior to being transmitted to the USA. The full IP address will only be transmitted to a Google server in the USA in exceptional cases and anonymised there. Google will use this information, on behalf of the operator of this Website, to evaluate your use of the Website, to compile reports on Website activity and to provide further services to the website operator connected with the Website and internet use. The IP address transmitted by your browser in the scope of Google Analytics will not be joined with other data from Google.
You can prevent cookies being stored through corresponding settings in your browser software; we would, however, make you aware that in this case you may not be able to use all functions of this Website in full. In addition, you can prevent Google from collecting and processing the data (including your IP address) generated by the cookie related to your use of the Website, as well as the processing of such data by Google by downloading and installing the browser add-on available at this link:
More information on how your data is treated within Google Analytics can be found in the Google privacy policy here:

Recipients of data

Some of your personal data may be disclosed to certain recipients for the aforementioned purposes. Such recipients include, for example, contractors who support us in the provision of our services. One of these would be DigitalOcean LLC., 101 Avenue of the Americas, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10013, USA, a hosting provider which provides our webspace. The personal data is stored in a database of ObjectLabs Corporation, 660 York Street, Suite 101, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA. We conclude data processing agreements with such contractors to ensure they process your personal data strictly in accordance with our instructions and to the extent permitted by law. The legal basis for the transfer of data is Art. 28 GDPR in conjunction with this agreement.
To the extent that we are legal obliged to disclose personal data (e.g. to public authorities), the legal basis is Art. 6 (1) first sentence (c) GDPR.
In addition, personal data may in certain cases be disclosed to attorneys and the courts. This transfer of data is based on Article 6 (1) first sentence (f) GDPR. We have a legitimate interest in asserting our own claims and defending ourselves against third party claims.
A transfer of data to recipients outside the European Economic Area will not occur.

Automated decision making

We do not process your personal data for the purpose of any automated decision-making which could have a legal effect on you or significantly affect you in a similar manner.

Period of storage

Unless otherwise set out in this Privacy Policy, we store your data for as long as it is required for the purpose for which it was collected. Statutory retention periods remain unaffected.

Rights of the Data Subject

You have the following rights, depending on the circumstances of the specific case:
• The right to obtain access to your personal data and/or copies of that data. This includes information regarding the purpose of the use, the category of personal data used, the recipients of the data and persons authorised to access the data, as well as, where possible, the envisaged period for which the data will be stored or, if not possible, the criteria used to determine that period;
• The right to request rectification or erasure of personal data or the restriction of processing of personal data, to the extent that its use is not permitted under data protection law, including where (i) the data is incomplete or inaccurate, (ii) the data is no longer required for the purpose for which it was collected, (iii) the consent on which the processing is based has been revoked, or (iv) you have successfully exercised your right to object to the processing of data; in cases in which the data is processed by third parties, we will forward your requests for rectification, erasure or restriction of processing to those third parties, unless this proves impossible or involves unreasonable effort;
• The right to obtain the personal data concerning you, which you have provided to us, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format and the right to transmit that data to another data controller without hindrance from us; you also have the right to have us transmit the personal data directly to another controller, where this is technically possible;
• The right to refuse consent to the processing of data or to withdraw a consent previously granted at any time without giving reasons and with effect from that point forward;
• The right to lodge a complaint with the competent supervisory authority or the supervisory authority in the Member State in which you have your residence or place of work, if you believe that the processing of your personal data breaches any data protection provisions.

Right to Object

If the processing of your personal data is carried out for the purposes of direct marketing, for our legitimate interests (Art. 6 (1) first sentence (f) GDPR) or for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority (Art. 6 (1) first sentence (e) GDPR), you have the right to object at any time, for reasons which arise from your particular situation.

Final Provisions

We reserve the right to amend this Privacy Policy at any time, in full compliance with all applicable data protection law provisions.

Last updated on: 25 July 2018