privacy policy

  1. The Service uses an automated mechanism integrated with the Service to create cookie files on the Service User's terminal device. These files are used by the operator of the Website (and by its partners) solely for the purpose of collecting statistical information about the User. The User has the option of downloading an add-on to the Internet browser he/she uses, which blocks the collection of the above data LINK

  2. cookie files (so-called "cookies") are a set of computer data in the form of text files that are stored on the User's terminal device and are created to enable and improve the use of the Architecture & Business portal. Cookies usually contain the name of the website from which they originate, the expiration time (their storage on the end device) and a unique number.

  3. The entity placing cookie files on the Service User's end device and accessing them is the operator of the service - AiB Sp. z o.o. - publisher of the monthly magazine "Architektura & Biznes" with its registered office in Cracow, 2/55A Kielecka Street.

  4. The cookie files are used for the purpose of:

    a) adaptation of the content of the Website to the User's preferences and optimization of the use of the websites; in particular, these files allow for recognition of the Website User's device and appropriate display of the website, adjusted to his/her individual needs and hardware configuration;

    b) creation of statistics that help to understand how Users of the Website use the websites, which allows to improve the structure of the Website and its content;

  5. There may be two main types of files used within the Service (division due to their storage time on the User's device):

    a) session cookies "session cookies" (session cookies) - Cookies which are temporary files that are stored on the User's terminal device until the User logs out - leaves the website or shuts down the software (web browser).

    b) permanent cookies (persistent cookies) - which are files stored on the User's terminal device for a variable period of time specified in the parameters of cookie files by the developers of the Website or until they are deleted by the User.

  6. Because of the subtypes, the cookie files used on the Service can be divided into:

a) basic - cookie files, enabling use of services available on the Website, e.g. authentication cookie files used for services requiring authentication on the Website;

b) security - cookie files used to provide security, such as those used to detect abuse of authentication within the Service;

c) performance - cookie files, enabling the collection of information about the use of the Website's pages;

d) functionality - cookie files, enabling "remembering" the User's selected settings and personalizing the User's interface, e.g. with respect to the User's selected language or region of origin, font size, website design, etc.;

e) advertising - cookies files, allowing to provide Users with advertising content tailored to their interests, website visits, also for remarketing purposes using so-called (English) third party cookies. In addition to our own cookies, the websites may use so-called (English) third party cookies (third party cookies). They are used to provide on or through the website features or functions from third parties, (e.g., advertising features and content, videos and website analytics services). Entities that install so-called (English) third party cookies may recognize your device both when you use it to visit a particular website and when you use the device to visit websites that work with our providers.

Depending on your needs, the Service may require the use of one or more of the above file subtypes.

  1. In many cases, web browsing software (web browser) allows cookie files to be stored by default on the User's terminal device. Users of the Website may change their settings regarding cookie files at any time. These settings can be changed, in particular, in such a way as to block the automatic handling of cookie files in the settings of Internet browsers or to inform about their each time they are placed on the Service User's device. Detailed information on the possibility and methods of handling cookie files is available in the settings of the Internet browser used by the User.

  2. The Operator of the Website informs that restrictions on the use of cookie files may affect some of the functionality available on the Website.

  3. All necessary information stored in cookie files is only for the purpose of proper functioning of the Service and statistical analysis of traffic generated on the server, which are covered by a confidentiality clause.

    The User has the option of manual or automated deletion of cookie files from his/her own terminal device. Upon logging back in, the Service will restore the cookie files necessary for its operation.

    The User has the option to block in the settings of his software the acceptance of cookie files from the Service The Service will then not generate new cookies in any of the types and subtypes of these files on the User's device. However, please note that in such a situation, the use of the Website may be very difficult or even impossible (problems with rendering page elements).

  4. More information about cookie files is available in the "Help" section of your web browser's menu.


newsletter portal and push


  1. The portal uses an automated, integrated mechanism to retrieve e-mail addresses upon request of the portal user, the so-called portal newsletter.

  2. The portal's newsletter is an automated, integrated mechanism to retrieve e-mail addresses upon request of the portal user.
  3. The email addresses collected are for contact purposes and are used only to inform Users subscribed to the portal's newsletter.

  4. The automated address database of the A&B portal is used for internal purposes of the Publisher, primarily to contact Readers and provide them with information on general publishing and industry topics, including, among others, announcements and results of own competitions and those of entities cooperating with the Publisher, technological and product innovations, promotional offers for A&B Readers, etc.

  5. The above database is not resold or made available in whole or in part to any outside entities.

  6. Users have the right to remove their consent to receive the A&B portal Newsletter at any time by unchecking the appropriate option in their User panel.  Removing an e-mail address from the A&B portal newsletter database results in not receiving messages about new articles, new issue of A&B, etc. from the next mailing cycle inclusive. All this information can still be obtained by the User using the A&B portal normally.

  7. Deletion of marketing newsletters from the database, if such consent has been given, is done by sending a return message to the e-mail address contained in the footer of the newsletter received. Removal from the marketing database can also be done by email, telephone contact or other methods of communication.

  8. User can activate push notifications in their browser. Notifications of this type will be sent periodically at an undefined time interval. The information contained in these messages may relate to promotional offers for subscriptions and magazines of A&B Publishing House, instant contests, provision of free tickets to events and events of A&B and its affiliates.

  9. User has the right to manually opt-out of push notifications at any time. Information on how to deactivate this feature can be found on the homepage of the A&B portal under the relevant notifications icon.


    commenting rules on A&B

    1. The A&B portal has a DISQUS commenting system implemented. Use of it implies acceptance of these terms and conditions.

    2. User has the right to use the above solution by registering on the platform and accepting the terms and conditions of DISQUS Privacy Policy

    3. Users who already have an account on the aforementioned platform can log in to it from the comments system and start participating in discussions.

    4. Each DISQUS User uses an individual account. Any account sharing or impersonation may be punished by removal of accounts from the portal.

    5. Any account naming that may give rise to suspicion of vulgarity or uncensorship is not permitted and such accounts will be banned without warning.

    6. The administrator of the A&B portal provides a comment system integrated with the A&B portal for substantive and factual discussions on topics related to a given article or main thread and directly related side threads.

    7. Any deviation from netiquette and accepted moral, social and legal standards may result in consequences for the User in the form of moderation of posts, deletion of the post and a warning or banning of the account.

    8. Minimal violation of the rules or extreme abuse may lead to temporary or complete banning of the User's DISQUS account on the A&B portal and in extreme cases suspension or complete removal of the User's main account from the A&B portal.

    9. Each User, has the right to request the Administration of the site to intervene in situations that violate the above-mentioned ranges of norms and also in any other undefined situation that, according to the User, violates his/her personal dignity. Such cases will be considered individually.

    10. Any case that violates the personal dignity of others in an extreme manner may be interpreted as a violation of the law with all its consequences.

    11. Any confirmed violation of the rules may lead to the temporary or permanent banning of the User's DISQUS account on the A&B portal. In the case of a blatant violation of the rules, the consequence may also be the removal of the User's main account on A&B.

    12. The editors of A&B are not obliged to, but may take an active part in discussions - to polemicize or provide information. On the other hand, in a situation requiring quick intervention or information, please use the contact form under contact in the header of the home page or by writing to the e-mail address of your choice there.

    13. We wish you fruitful debates.


    Regulation on the Protection of Personal Data (RODO)

    As of May 25, 2018, the Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council (EU) 2016/679 of April 27, 2016 on the Protection of Personal Data (RODO) applies. The use of the A&B portal requires the User's consent to the processing of his/her personal data to the extent necessary for the implementation of the presentation of content and analysis of portal traffic (personal data stored in cookies). In light of the above regulation, personal data is the very IP address of the portal visitor's computer or network. No additional personally identifiable information is automatically collected about the User and without the knowledge of that User.

    1. What data are processed?
      These are personal data that are collected as part of the use of our portal and its features, including those stored in cookie files and/or the processing of the contact email address provided by the User as part of the newsletter of the portal [see above paragraph newsletter of the portal].

    2. Who is the administrator of the above personal data?
      The administrator of the personal data is:
      AiB sp. z o.o.
      Kielecka 2/55A
      31-526 Kraków

    3. For what purpose do we process data?
      Data is processed for the purpose of analyzing traffic on A&B websites and possibly saving User's settings on User's computer or other terminal device in cookie files for more convenient use of portal functions. If the User voluntarily provides a contact e-mail address (newsletter of the portal), this mailbox may be used according to the objectives of the aforementioned newsletter, i.e. to send substantive and partner information, e.g. information about contests, publications, news and industry trends.

    4. Whether and possibly to whom data may be transmitted?
      The data that AiB Sp. z o.o. administers is not transmitted in a form that allows direct identification of the User (e.g., by name or surname). For analytical purposes, the IP address of the computer or network used by a person visiting the portal may be transmitted along with the so-called behavior of that person, i.e., for example, the number and type of portal pages visited, the duration of the visit, etc. Such related data may be transferred exclusively for statistical purposes to entities that process personal data on behalf of AiB sp. z o.o., such as, among others, IT service providers, marketing agencies, research companies, business partners - with such entities having access to the data on the basis of separate agreements with the Personal Data Administrator and only in accordance with the instructions given within the limited scope specified in each such agreement.

    5. Example of the use of personal data by AiB Sp. z o.o.:
      The entity to which personal data in the scope described above is transferred in generalized form is, for example, Google, whose system Google Analytics Solutions - Marketing Analytics & Measurement is used to analyze portal traffic. The data is collected by means of a script that transfers information about the IP address and behavior of the portal User to a temporary database.

      In the case of newsletter portal, it may be used among other such addresses for mass mailing of enrolled newsletter portal Users, containing content directly related to the portal's industry and of an informational and commercial nature, such as offers of new publications, products and technologies.

    6. User consents (pop-up)
      The A&B portal uses a consent mechanism that is displayed to the user when he or she first accesses any page of the site. In the pop-up presented, the user is presented with the option of accepting a predefined set of consents that allow seamless use of the portal, or manually specifying the consent, or set of consents, that the user chooses to accept. The first consent is mandatory and required to use the portal - it allows information about the consents made to be recorded on the user's terminal device (consent to the so-called "cookies" mechanism). It also includes consent to the use of security features that are sensitive to the work of the portal. This consent is locked in the "on" position - failure to agree to it means you must leave the A&B portal. Each of the following sections specifies the user's choice as to the consents given and includes, among other things, consents for the use of anonymous analytics, advertising, remarketing and security mechanisms. Each section contains a precise description of the subject to which it applies. The user has full freedom in choosing the consents to be given. The user's choice is saved in a non-permanent cookie on the user's end devices (computer, phone, tablet) - independently for each of them. In order to save a permanent scope of consents, you can use the portal login mechanism and specify the scope of consents in your user panel. The choice made and saved in the user panel after logging in on each user's device will have priority over the choice made temporarily in the pop-up. A logged-in user can make changes to the consents granted at any time. A non-logged-in user, in order to change the consents granted, must perform a so-called browser cache cleanup of stored cookies with A&B portal settings. This will reset the settings/selection of consents and display the pop-up again to define them.

      Annotation: until you accept/select consents in the pop-up presented, the default values are set [analytics_storage: granted] and [ad_storage: denied] allowing initial analysis, but blocking consents for Google ads and remarketing.

    7. What rights do you have in connection with the processing of this data?

    • You have the right to know if and, if applicable, what data the Administrator has about you.
    • The user has access to his/her data including obtaining a copy of it,
    • User A&B may request the Administrator to correct erroneous data,
    • User A&B has the right to request the restriction of the processing of his/her data to the extent he/she chooses,
    • User may withdraw consents on the basis of which personal data is processed,
    • The user may request the complete deletion of his/her data at any time (in certain situations).

    Additionally providing personal data:

    • You may file a complaint with the data protection supervisory authority,
    • You have the right to portability of your personal data.

      To exercise your rights, simply contact us by writing to our email address: AiB Office or by snail mail to:
      AiB sp. z o.o., 2/55A Kielecka Street, 31-526 Krakow.

    The administrator of your personal data declares that it makes every effort to ensure all physical, technical and organizational measures to protect the data processed by it against accidental or intentional destruction, accidental loss, alteration, unauthorized disclosure, use or access, in accordance with all applicable laws and goodwill to protect the data entrusted by you.