legal notice

about this website

owner purpose
Thorsten Ries non-commercial, personal, academic website and blog

This is a personal, academic, non-commercial website, established established and owned by Thorsten Ries for personal and academic blogging. It is not involved in business models such as webshops or advertising. Its content represents personal opinions and gives personal and academic profile information about Thorsten Ries.

hosted by Combell

contact information (owner of website)

Users can reach me via the following contact channels if they have any questions concerning legal or data protection issues:

contact means contact information
mail Thorsten Ries Nederkouter 71-C 9000 Gent Belgium
phone +32-487566642

data protection (GDPR)

I value my page visitors' privacy and data protection.

This website for which as the website owner am responsible implements privacy by design: it does not use cookies, does not track individual users by any means, does not save any user data or any other personal data on its server space, and does not expose them to third party tracking services or shares any information about users directly or indirectly with third parties (such as traffic analysis, advertisements, spam protection, cdn assets etc.). This website is to my best knowledge compliant with GDPR.

The server of the sharehosting service temporarily logs personal data to secure their servers against cyberattacks, for legal reasons and to improve their services: url, date, time of the access together with IP-address, type of browser of the user. This happens on the legal basis of “legitimate interests” on the side of the data processor (GDPR Art. 6 (1) f)1 and is secured by the legal agreement about data processing between the sharehosting provider Combell and the website owner who rents the server space. According to GDPR (GDPR Art. 6 (1) f), this logging does not require informed consent by the user or an informed “opt-in”-action by the user to use the service under these conditions. These logs are automatically deleted 14 days after the access. The website owner has access to these for one day (absolute minimum setting) and pledges to not process these. The users of the website are being informed about this policy on the website (data protection page, toggleable pop-up).

Although the website itself doesn’t save any personal data by or about the users and their behavior, users have the right to demand their data saved on this server account or data about them in a portable format. They can require me to delete it and require me to rectify it if it is false. They have the right to object to the data processing. Any data that is obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes is exempt from user requests for deletion. To exercise the same rights on the logs that the server managed by Combell keeps for 14 days, please contact the site owner or the sharehoster directly (contact information see data protection page).

I will inform about data breaches via appropriate channels, see data protection page.

For further detailed information about how I implement data protection according to GDPR on this website, please refer to the data protection page.

online dispute resolution

I have to inform you that in cases of conflict you are able to file a complaint at the EU platform for conflict moderation

I would also like to inform you that I am not legally obliged to take part in a conflict moderation procedure.


This website has been designed with security and protection of the user in mind. To my best knowledge, using this website is safe.

The author and owner of this website is not liable for any damage on user’s systems that could result from visiting the website or as a consequence of a possible security breach on the shared server account that it uses.

In spite of all efforts, the owner, cannot guarantee that the information on this website is up-to-date, correct and complete. He cannot be held responsible for the conceivabe disadvantageous impact of possible inadequacy or incompletion of the data on this website.

No rights can be derived from the data on this website.

The author and admin of this website is also not responsible for any content on other websites that this website links to. Those may express different opinions than the author’s, be factually inaccurate or technically disfunctional. The same applies for external sources this website might embed. The relevance, topicality, the correctness and the completeness of this external information cannot be assured by the owner of the website and he cannot be held responsible for the conceivable disadvantageous impact of the possible irrelevance, inadequacy or incompleteness of the external information.


The content of this website is published under the CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license.

I am taking great care to respect copyrights on this website. Should you discover any content that might be problematic in terms of copyright, please notify me via the abovementioned cannels so I can remove them or otherwise resolve the issue.

  1. See “Processing shall be lawful only if and to the extent that at least one of the following applies: […] f) processing is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by the controller or by a third party, except where such interests are overridden by the interests or fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject which require protection of personal data, in particular where the data subject is a child.” ↩︎