Privacy Policy


We’re glad you’re interested in Geeny! On this page, we’d like to inform you about the type, scope and purpose of the collection, processing and use of personal data on our websites and by our services.


Geeny Services


Geeny offers users the following services:


Geeny allows the Developer to cooperate and contribute to the Community in various ways: (i) Creation of ThingTypes, (ii) Connection of Things, (iii) Creation of Applications and (iv) Using the Connect Service. Some of these services require membership to the Geeny Alliance. The permission to operate in any of these functionalities as provided by Geeny is subject to Geeny’s own discretion.


Beyond this, Geeny allows users to connect their devices and combine them with other devices. Therefore, a transfer of personal data from a third party to another third party based on your consent(s) will take place through Geeny.


Personal Data


Personal data shall mean any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person ("data subject"); an identifiable person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identification number or to one or more factors specific to his or her physical, physiological, mental, economic, cultural or social identity.


Non-personal data is anonymized or statistical data that allows for the relation to the data subject only at significant effort in time, cost and workload. You may visit parts of our websites without providing us with your personal data. For some services the provision of such data and a user account may be necessary.


Data Processing in Relation to Geeny


Developer Account


In order to explore, test, evaluate and use the functionalities of Geeny, an account needs to be registered with Geeny. Only those Developers which were directly provided with a link by Geeny are eligible to create an account.


To create this account, we collect the required data (first name, last name, password and email address). In the following step, we will send you a confirmation link to verify the email address. In order to sign in, you must enter your user access data in an online form provided by Geeny.


Following successful authorization, an authorization cookie is stored in your browser. If you use a mobile device, a one-off authorization token will be stored on your smartphone. Both the cookie and the token expire when your session has not been active for a longer time or when you use the logout functionality. By using this authorization procedure, we avoid your access data being stored locally on your smartphone or on your computer.


Your account data will be stored and processed by us for the purpose of providing the Geeny user account to you. We will not utilize your account data for other purposes and will not share them with third parties, unless you grant us your consent in this regard (see also the following section).


As far as you use paid services, we will collect the data that are necessary to complete the payment procedure (payment data, such as credit card number, PayPal user name etc.). If you delete your user account, we will also delete your account data without undue delay, unless they may be utilized for another lawful purpose or need to be retained for a longer period due to legal obligations (e.g., Sec. 257 of the German Commercial Code, Sec. of the German Fiscal Code). If data have to be stored for other purposes after the termination of the contract, they will be blocked for any other use.


User Database


In order to connect one or more devices and therefore to share data between third parties, you have to authorize these transactions. We create a database entry in our system to store the information about this authorization. This database entry contains a pseudonymized user ID that is connected with the authorization information and is needed to make the connections between the two third parties work.


The data will be stored for 14 days after Geeny receives the data from the contributing third party in order to ensure that data can be received by the receiving third party. The storage period is necessary to bridge the timing gap between the data contribution and the data request; for example the data is contributed daily and the requests are only happening once a week.


Gathering Information From and Providing Information To Third Parties


You can direct us to share data with other parties. Once you direct us to share your data with a third party, that data is governed by the third party’s privacy policy. Upon subscription to such a data sharing service, you will be informed about the conditions of the data transfer and asked to provide your consent, if necessary.


Should you no longer wish to gather or provide such data to third parties, you may cancel your subscription at any time in the third-party app where you have given your consent. For further information on how to cancel the subscription, please check with your data-contributing or -receiving third party.


Usage Data


Usage data are personal data which require collection and utilization to enable the usage of our online services. We will utilize your usage data in accordance with this Privacy Policy and applicable data protection law in order to provide and maintain our services.


Content Data


Content data are any personal data that are collected from applications, devices or third-party APIs and are stored on the Geeny platform. The categories of data collected are dependent on the application, device or third-party API from which they originate and may, as the case may be, include special types of personal data.


Special Types of Personal Data (Health Data)


Special types of personal data are information on a person’s racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical convictions, union membership, health or sex life. The handling of these data is subject to specific legal restrictions. For delivering our services, we also process information related to your health. We will collect and utilize these data in line with legal requirements on the protection of special types of personal data. In this context, you may be asked by the third parties or Geeny to provide your consent to the processing of these data.


IP Addresses/Log files


IP addresses of users are collected for the purpose of providing this website. We use the IP address for the purpose of safeguarding system security and for error diagnosis. When our website is visited, further data is collected by the web server and partially stored in log files revealing information on the used device, browser, time-stamp of access, the so-called referrer as well as the transmitted data volumes. In general, based on this data alone, a reference to your identity is not possible. The data will be anonymized, at the latest, seven days after the connection to our website has ended, unless there is a case of suspected abuse or any other system security breach.


Contact Form

You can contact us by using a contact form we provide on our websites. Herewith, you will have the option of providing additional information voluntarily, besides mandatory information. The mandatory information (email address, reason for contact and your message to us) is needed for the purpose of processing your request. Other information is optional and intended to help us target our handling of your query better to your needs.


Use of Cookies/Tracking


Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Ireland Ltd., Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin, 4 Ireland ("Google"). Google Analytics uses "cookies", which are text files placed on your computer, to help us analyze how users use our services. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the service will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. We notify you that IP anonymization is activated for this service. Thus, your IP address will be truncated within the area of Member States of the European Union or other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the entire IP address be first transferred to a Google server in the USA and truncated there. Google will use this information on our behalf for the purpose of evaluating your use of this website, compiling reports on website activity and providing us other services related to the usage of our services. The IP address that your browser conveys within the scope of Google Analytics will not be associated with any other data held by Google. You can also opt-out from being tracked by Google Analytics with effect for the future by using the respective opt-out-function or by downloading and installing Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on for your current web browser.

You can find further information on Google Analytics' Privacy Policy here.

More information for Cookies and Tracking as well as means to object to such you may also find via



HubSpot Ireland Ltd., One Dockland Central, Dublin 1, Ireland, tracks visitors using browser cookies.

Visitors are tracked anonymously even before they become contacts. If and when a visitor fills out a form, HubSpot will associate their previous page views based on the tracking cookie.

If a visitor deletes his or her cookies, he or she will be considered a new visitor and will be assigned a new cookie. However, HubSpot will automatically deduplicate form submissions coming from the same email address, even if different browser cookies were associated with the submissions.

HubSpot will also attribute visits to a contact if the contact clicks a link in a tracked marketing email which directs to a page with the HubSpot tracking code installed.

For the collection and processing of this data you can exercise your right to object at any time.

Please find further information here:

and here:


Social Media Plugins



Our blog uses Facebook and Instagram social plugins from Facebook Ireland Limited, 4 Grand Canal Square, Dublin 2, Ireland. When you visit a page on our website that contains a social plugin, your browser establishes a direct connection to Facebook servers. Facebook directly transfers the plugin content to your browser which embeds the latter into the website, enabling Facebook to receive information about you having accessed the respective page of our website. Thus, we have no influence on the data gathered by the plugin. 

If you are logged into Facebook, your visit can be assigned to your Facebook account. If you interact with the plugins, for example by clicking “Like”, or entering a comment, the corresponding information is transmitted from your browser directly to Facebook and stored by it. Even if you are not logged into Facebook, there is possibility that the plugin transmits your IP address to Facebook.

For information on the purpose and scope of data collection and procession by Facebook, as well as your rights in this respect and settings options for protecting your privacy, please visit Facebook’s Privacy Policy.

If you have a Facebook account and do not want Facebook to connect the data concerning your visit to our website with your account data already stored by Facebook, please log off Facebook before entering our website. Furthermore, you can block Facebook social plugins by using add-ons for your browser, such as the “Facebook Blocker“.



Our site uses LinkedIn social plugins from LinkedIn Ireland Unlimited Company, Wilton Plaza, Dublin 2, Ireland. These buttons can be identified by the "LinkedIn Logo" or "Share Button".

When you access a web page on this site that features one of these buttons, the browser establishes a direct connection with LinkedIn's servers as soon as the LinkedIn button is pressed. LinkedIn then transfers the content of the "In" button directly to your browser, which integrates the content into the web page. We have no control over the amount of data that LinkedIn collects via the button after you click on it.

Thanks to the integration of the plugin, LinkedIn knows that you have accessed the relevant page of our website. If you are logged in to LinkedIn, LinkedIn can recognize you based on your LinkedIn account and record your visit. 

If you want to find out what data LinkedIn collects about you and why, please refer to LinkedIn's data protection policy.



Our website uses the Twitter social media plugin from Twitter International Company, One Cumberland Place, Fenian Street, Dublin 2, D02 AX07 Ireland. When you call up a website that contains such a plugin, your browser links to the Twitter servers. Plugin content is then transferred directly to your browser from Twitter and incorporated into the website. 

For this reason, we have no influence over the scope of data that Twitter collects using this plugin and are thus informing you of what we know. By using the plugin, Twitter is informed when you call up the corresponding page on our website. If you are registered on Twitter and logged in, Twitter can attribute the visit to your Twitter account. 

If you interact with the plugins, e.g. by clicking the Tweet button, the corresponding information is transmitted directly from your browser to Twitter and saved there. If you aren't signed up to Twitter, it is still possible for Twitter to find out your IP address and store it. 

Please refer to the Twitter data protection statement regarding the purpose and scope of data collection and further processing, use of data by Twitter, and connected rights and setting options to protect your privacy: If you are on Twitter and do not wish Twitter to collect data about you via our website and link it to your data which is saved on Twitter, please log out of Twitter before visiting our website. Further information can be found in the privacy declaration of Twitter at You can change your privacy settings for Twitter in your account settings.



Our website includes functionalities offered by Vimeo, Inc., 555 West 18th Street, New York, New York, 10011 USA. For further information on this please refer to the Vimeo privacy policy.



Our website includes functionalities offered YouTube, Google Ireland Ltd. Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin, 4 Ireland. For further information on this please refer to Google’s privacy policy here:




If you send us an email, we will use the personal data received within for the purpose of processing your request. By use of state-of-the-art technology, we take care that your data that’s stored in our systems is protected from unauthorized access by third parties. However, please be aware that unencrypted emails that are sent via the internet are not adequately protected from unlawful access by third parties during transit. Alternatively, you may use our contact form, to which the information provided in the “Contact Form” section of this policy applies.


Data Transfer to Third Parties


In individual cases, the transfer of personal data may be necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject, e.g. disclosure to law enforcement authorities.


Additionally, for dedicated features of our website or our services, we may procure the services of providers that process data outside of the European Union or the European Economic Area (third countries). In such cases, we will ensure, according to our legal obligations, that the processing of personal data in the respective country is subject to sufficient protective measures.


Such services providers include:

Hubspot, Inc. (USA)

Google, Inc. (USA)

Twitter, Inc. (USA)

Facebook, Inc. (USA)

LinkedIn, Corp. (USA)

Vimeo, Inc. (USA)

Additionally, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (USA), provides us with server and storage capacity that we use for the processing of personal data.


Your Rights


You have the right to:

  • request for information on your stored data and the purpose of such data storage – also in relation to the origin and recipients of the data
  • request correction of your personal data where the data is incorrect. To this end, you may log into your developer account and correct the data accordingly
  • request to have your data deleted resp. blocked, especially where the data storage was unlawful or is no longer required for the purpose for which they have been stored
  • object to the use of your data for marketing purposes or market research resp. revoke granted permissions.


In any of such cases, you may contact our customer service specifying your request as precisely as possible.


Your Privacy Contact


Please do not hesitate to contact us for any clarification on the protection of your privacy via:


Telefónica Germany Next GmbH

Georg-Brauchle-Ring 23-25 
80992 Munich, Germany
HRB 227300 des Amtsgerichts München  
Contact Form


You may access and print this Privacy Policy at any time via As change of legislation, as well as changes in our internal procedures, may affect the adoption of this Privacy Policy, we kindly ask you to check this Privacy Policy on a regular basis.