Data protection statement

Data protection

The operator of this website is dedicated to protecting your data. We treat personal data confidentially and in accordance with data protection laws and this data protection statement.

It is generally possible to use our website without giving any personal data. If personal data (such as your name, address or email address) is requested on our website, it is, as far as possible, on a voluntary basis. This data is not passed on to third parties without your express consent.

Please note that data transfer using the internet (such as email communication) may be subject to security risks. The absolute protection of data from third parties is not possible.

Cookies

Some of the internet pages use cookies. Cookies do not damage your computer or contain viruses. Cookies help us make our website more user friendly, effective and safer. Cookies are small text files that are saved by your browser and stored on your computer.

The majority of cookies that we use are session cookies. They are automatically deleted once you have closed our website. Other cookies remain stored on your computer until you delete them. These cookies allow us to recognise your browser when you open our website again.

You can change the settings on your browser to notify you when cookies are used, and allow cookies for individual websites, just in certain cases or block them altogether. You can also activate an automatic deletion of cookies when the browser is closed. Deactivating cookies may restrict the functionality of our website.

Server log files

The provider of the website automatically collects and stores information in server log files that your browser automatically transfers. The information:

  • Browser type and version
  • Operating system used
  • Referrer URL
  • Host name of the accessing computer
  • Time of server request

 

This data is not assignable to individuals. This data is not combined with other sources of data. We retain the right to retrospectively check this data if we have concrete reason to suspect illegal use.

Contact form

If you send a query via our contact form, we will store the information you have provided in the query form, including contact data, in order to deal with your query and in case of follow-up contact. We will not pass on this data without your permission.

Newsletter data

If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter offered on our website, we need your email address and information that allows us to check whether you are the owner of the email address provided and that you want to receive the newsletter. Further data is not collected. We exclusively use this data to send out the requested information. We do not share this data with third parties.

You can withdraw your permission for us to store this data, the email address and the use thereof for the purposes of sending out our newsletter at any time, for example via the unsubscribe link in our newsletter. 

Data protection statement for the use of Google Analytics

This website uses some functions provided by the web analysis service Google Analytics. The service provider is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

Google Analytics uses cookies. Cookies are text files stored on your computer that allow your use of the website to be analysed. The information created by the cookies regarding your use of the website is usually transferred to Google servers in the U.S. and stored there.

More information about how user data is handled by Google Analytics can be found in Google's data protection statement: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=de

Browser plugins

You can prevent cookies being saved by changing your browser settings; we would like to point out, however, that this may result in you not being able to use all of the website's functions completely. You can also prevent the data created by the cookie regarding your use of the website (incl. your IP address) being collected and processed by Google by downloading and installing the browser plugin from the link below: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de

Objecting to data collection

You can prevent Google Analytics from collecting your data by clicking on the following link. It stores an opt-out cookie on your system to prevent data being collected in future when you visit the website: Deactivate Google Analytics

Contract data processing

We have entered into a contract for data processing with Google, and adhere in full to the strict regulations set out by the German data protection authorities in the use of Google Analytics.

IP anonymisation

We use the "activate IP anonymisation" function on our website. This results in Google shortening your IP address within the states of the European Union or in one of the other countries party to the European economic area treaty. The full IP address will only be transferred to Google servers in the U.S. and shortened there in exceptional cases. As commissioned by the operator of this website, Google will use this information to analyse website use in order to create reports about website activity and provide other services to the operator of the website related to website and internet use. The browser IP address transferred in connection with Google Analytics is not combined with other data held by Google.

Data protection statement for the use of Facebook plugins (like button)

Facebook plugins are integrated into our site, provided by Facebook Inc., 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, California 94025, USA. The plugins on our pages are the Facebook logo and the like button. Here is an overview of the Facebook plugins: http://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/.

When you visit our website, the plugin creates a direct link between your browser and the Facebook server. Facebook receives the information that you have visited our website with your IP address. If you click the Facebook like button while logged into to your Facebook account you can link content from our website to your Facebook profile. This allows Facebook to assign your visit to our website to your user account. As provider of the website, we receive no information regarding the content of the data transferred nor the use by Facebook. See Facebook's data protection statement for more information: http://de- de.facebook.com/policy.php.

If you do not want Facebook to be able to assign your visit to our website to your Facebook user account, please log out of your Facebook account.

Data protection statement for the use of Twitter

Twitter functions are embedded in our website. These functions are provided by Twitter Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. By using Twitter, and the retweet function, the website pages you visit are linked with your Twitter account and shared with other users. During this process data is transferred to Twitter. As provider of the website, we receive no information regarding the content of the data transferred nor the use by Twitter. See Twitter's data protection statement for more information: http://twitter.com/privacy.

You can change your data protection settings for Twitter in your account settings: http://twitter.com/account/settings ändern. 

Data protection statement for the use of Google+

Our pages use certain Google+ functions. The service provider is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

Collecting and passing on information: You can publish information worldwide using the Google+ button. With the Google+ button, you and other users can receive personalised content from Google and our partners. Google stores both the information about the content that you gave +1 to and information about the page that you saw by clicking +1. Your +1 can be added to your profile name and photo in Google services, such as search results or your Google profile or elsewhere on websites and adverts on the internet.

Google records information on your +1 activities in order to improve Google services for you and others. You need a public, internationally-visible Google profile that at least includes the name chosen for the profile in order to use the Google+ button. This name will be used by all Google services. In some cases this name may even replace another name that you have used when sharing content via your Google account. The identity of your Google profile can be shown to users who know your email address or have any other identifying information about you.

Use of data collected: In addition to the purposes mentioned above, the information you provide can also be used in accordance with the valid Google data protection regulations. Google may publish summarised statistics regarding the user's +1 activities or pass these on to users and partners, such as publishers, advertisers or associated websites.

Data protection statement for the use of Instagram

Instagram functions are embedded in our website. These functions are provided by Instagram Inc., 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, 94025, USA. If you are logged into your Instagram account you can click the Instagram button to link content on our pages with your Instagram profile. This allows Instagram to assign your visit to our website to your user account. As provider of the website, we receive no information regarding the content of the data transferred nor the use by Instagram.

See Instagram's data protection statement for more information: http://instagram.com/about/legal/privacy/

Data protection statement for the use of YouTube

Our website uses plugins for the YouTube site operated by Google. The operator of the site is YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. A connection to the YouTube servers is established when you visit one of our pages with a YouTube plugin. This passes on information to the YouTube server about which of our pages you have viewed.

If you are logged into your YouTube account this will allow YouTube to assign your internet use to your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account.

See YouTube's data protection statement to find out more about how user data is handled: https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy

Comment function on this website

The comment function on this website stores the time the comment was made, your email address and, if you are not posting anonymously, your username, in addition to the actual comment.

Storing of the IP address

Our comment function stores the IP addresses of users who post comments. Because we do not check comments before they are posted to our site, we need this data in order to take action against people who post illegal comments, such as insults or propaganda.

Comment notifications

As a user of the website you can turn on notifications for comments after registering. You will receive a confirmation mail, which allows us to check if you are the owner of the email address supplied for this service. You can cancel subscription to this service at any time by clinking a link in the notification mails.

SSL encryption

We use SSL encryption for security purposes and to transmit confidential information safely, such as queries that you send to us, the operators of the site. Encrypted connections begin with https:// rather than http:// and also have a key in the browser bar.

When SSL encryption is activated, data that you transfer to us cannot be read by third parties.

Information, deletion, blocking

You have the right to receive free information about personal data stored about you, where it was obtained and the purposes for which this data is processed at any time. You also have the right to have this information corrected, deleted or blocked. If you would like to contact us about this issue, or have any other queries relating to personal data, you can get in touch with us at any time using the address provided in our legal notice. 

Objection to advertising mails

We hereby object to advertising and informational material, that has not been expressly requested, being sent to the contact address supplied in our legal notice as part of our obligations. The operator of this site reserves the right to take legal action if any unsolicited advertising material is received, such as spam.

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