Privacy

The operators of this website take protection of your personal data very seriously. We treat your personal data confidentially and handle it in accordance with statutory data protection regulations and this Data Privacy Statement.

We point out that there may be security gaps when data is transferred in the Internet (e.g. in communication by e-mail). Data cannot be completely protected against being accessed by third parties.

Cookies

Some of our Internet pages use cookies. Cookies do not cause any damage on your computer system and do not contain any viruses. Cookies help make our offering more user-friendly, more efficient and more secure. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer system and stored by your browser.

Most of the cookies we use are what are termed session cookies. They are automatically deleted when your visit is over. Other cookies remain stored on your device until you delete them. These cookies enable us to recognize your browser when you visit our website again.

You can make settings in your browser so that you are notified when cookies are placed and to permit cookies only on a case-by-case basis, to prevent acceptance of cookies for specific cases or in general, and to enable automatic deletion of cookies when you close the browser. If you disable cookies, the functions of this website may be restricted.

Server log files

The provider of the website automatically collects and stores information in server log files, which your browser automatically sends to us. That information comprises:

  • The type of browser you use and its version
  • The operating system you use
  • The referrer URL
  • The host name of the computer system accessing the site
  • The time of the server request


This data cannot be used to identify specific persons. This data is not combined with data from other sources. We reserve the right to examine this data subsequently if we find definite indications of unlawful use.

Contact form

When you send inquiries to us using a contact form, your particulars from the inquiry form, including the contact data you state in it, are stored by us to deal with your inquiry and if we need to get back to you with any questions. We do not pass on this data without your consent.

Newsletter data

If you wish to subscribe to the newsletter offered on the website, we need an e-mail address from you, as well as information to allow us to verify that you are the owner of the specified e-mail address and consent to receiving the newsletter. No further data is collected. We use this data solely to send the requested information and do not disclose it to third parties.

You can withdraw your consent to storage of your data, the e-mail address and use of it to send the newsletter at any time, such as by clicking on the “unsubscribe” link in the newsletter.

Newsletter – service provider – MailChimp

Our newsletter is sent by the e-mail marketing service provider MailChimp, an e-mail marketing platform of the U.S. provider Rocket Science Group, LLC, 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE #5000, Atlanta, GA 30308, USA. You can read MailChimp’s Privacy Policy here: https://mailchimp.com/legal/privacy/. The Rocket Science Group LLC d/b/a MailChimp is certified under the Privacy Shield Framework – a safeguard that it complies with a European level of data protection (https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt0000000TO6hAAG&status=Active). The e-mail marketing service provider is used on the basis of our legitimate interests in accordance with Article 6 (1) point (f) GDPR and a contract to process data on our behalf in accordance with Article 28 (3) sentence 1 GDPR.

The e-mail marketing service provider can use the data of the recipients in pseudonymised form (i.e. the data is not linked to a specific user) to optimize or improve its own services, such as to technically optimize mailing and presentation of the newsletters or for statistical purposes. However, the e-mail marketing service provider does not use the data of our newsletter recipients to write to them itself or to transmit the data to third parties.

Measurement of a newsletter’s success

The newsletters contain a web beacon, a file the size of one pixel which, when the newsletter is opened, is called by our server or, if we use an e-mail marketing service provider, is called by its server. When it is called, technical information is initially collected, such as information on the browser and your system, as well as your IP address and the time the web beacon was called.

This information is used for improving the services from a technical viewpoint using the technical data or the target groups: Their reading behaviour on the basis of the locations where the web beacon was called (which can be determined with the aid of the IP address) or the access times. The statistical data collected also includes whether the newsletters are opened, when they are opened and what links were clicked on. This information can be linked to the individual newsletter recipients for technical reasons. However, we do not endeavour, nor does the e-mail marketing service provider (if we use one), to monitor individual users. Instead, the analyses help us identify the reading habits of our users and tailor our content to them and send different content to suit the interests of our users.

Newsletter – service provider – Newsletter2Go

Newsletter2Go is used as the newsletter software. As part of that, your data is sent to Newsletter2Go GmbH. Newsletter2Go is prohibited from selling your data or using it for purposes other than mailing newsletters. Newsletter2Go is a certified German provider who has been selected on the basis of the requirements defined in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG).

You can find more information at: https://www.newsletter2go.de/informationen-newsletter-empfaenger/

You can withdraw your consent to storage of your data, the e-mail address and use of it to send the newsletter at any time, such as by clicking on the “unsubscribe” link in the newsletter.

Measures to protect data are always undergoing technical advances, so we ask you to keep yourself up-to-date about our data protection measures by regularly reading our Data Privacy Statement.

Data privacy statement on the use of Google Analytics

This website uses functions of the web analytics service Google Analytics. The provider is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Google Analytics uses cookies, text files that are stored on your computer and make it possible to analyse how you use the website. The information on your use of this website generated by the cookie is usually transferred to a Google server in the USA and stored there.

However, if IP anonymization is activated on this website, your IP address will be abbreviated by Google beforehand within the member states of the European Union or in other countries that are party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. The complete IP address is sent to a Google server in the USA and truncated there only in exceptional cases. On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on website activities and to provide other services for the website operator relating to website and Internet use. The IP address sent from your browser as part of Google Analytics is not combined by Google with other data.

You can also prevent storage of the cookies by making the appropriate setting in your browser software; however, we point out that if you do so, you might not be able to use all the functions of this website in full. You can prevent recording of the data relating to your use of the website and generated by the cookie (including your IP address) and processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under the following link: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en

You can prevent Google Analytics from recording your data by clicking on the link below. That sets an opt-out cookie that prevents recording of your data when you visit this website in future: Disable Google Analytics

Data privacy statement on the use of Facebook plug-ins (Like button)

Plug-ins from the social network Facebook of the provider Facebook Inc., 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, California 94025, USA, are integrated on our sites. You can recognise the Facebook plug-ins from the Facebook logo or “Like” button on our site. You can find an overview of the Facebook plug-ins here: http://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/.

When you visit our website, a direct connection is established between your browser and the Facebook server by the plug-in. Facebook is thereby informed that you have visited our site under your IP address. If you click on Facebook’s “Like” button while you are logged in to your Facebook account, you can link the content of our pages on your Facebook profile. As a result, Facebook can assign your visit to our pages to your user account. We point out that we, as the provider of the website, have no knowledge of the content of the transmitted data or how it is used by Facebook. You can find more information on this subject in Facebook’s Data Policy at 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 off from your Facebook user account.

Data privacy statement on the use of Twitter

Functions of the service Twitter are integrated on our sites. These functions are offered by Twitter Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. By using Twitter and the “Retweet” function, the websites you visit are linked to your Twitter account and disclosed to other users. As part of that, data is also transferred to Twitter. We point out that we, as the provider of the website, have no knowledge of the content of the transmitted data or how it is used by Twitter. You can find more information on this subject in Twitter’s Privacy Policy at https://twitter.com/en/privacy.

You can change your privacy settings for Twitter in the account settings under http://twitter.com/account/settings.

Data privacy statement on the use of Google +1

Our website uses functions of Google +1. The provider is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

Recording and transmission of information: You can use the Google +1 button to publish information worldwide. It also enables you and other users to obtain personalised content from Google and our partners. Google stores the information you have recommended as +1 content, as well as information on the page you were viewing when you clicked on +1. Your +1 may be shown as information along with your profile name and photo in Google services, such as in search results or your Google profile, or elsewhere on websites and advertisements in the Internet. Google records information on your +1 activities so as to improve Google services for you and others. In order to be able to use the Google +1 button, you need a globally visible, public Google profile, which must contain at least your chosen profile name. This name is used in all Google services. In some cases, this name can also substitute another name that you used when sharing content via your Google account. The identity of your Google profile can be displayed to users who know your e-mail address or other information that can identify you.

Use of the information collected: In addition to the above purposes, the information you provide is used in accordance with the applicable Google privacy policy. Google may publish aggregated statistics on the +1 activities of users or transmit them to users and partners, such as publishers, advertisers or linked websites.

Data privacy statement on the use of LinkedIn

Our website uses functions of the network LinkedIn. The provider is LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Whenever one of our pages containing LinkedIn functions is called, a connection to the servers at LinkedIn is established. LinkedIn is informed that you visited our web pages with your IP address. If you click on LinkedIn’s “Recommend” button and are logged in to your LinkedIn account, LinkedIn can assign your visit to our website to you and your user account. We point out that we, as the provider of the sites, have no knowledge of the content of the transmitted data or how it is used by LinkedIn.

You can find more information on this subject in LinkedIn’s Privacy Policy at:

https://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy

Data privacy statement on the use of Pinterest

On our site we use the social plug-ins of the social network Pinterest, which is operated by Pinterest Inc., 635 High Street, Palo Alto, CA, 94301, USA (“Pinterest”). When you call a site that contains such a social plug-in, your browser establishes a direct connection to Pinterest’s servers. The plug-in transmits log information to the Pinterest server in the USA. This log data may include your IP address, the address of the websites that you visited and also contain Pinterest functions, the type and settings of your browser, the date and time of the request, how you use Pinterest, and cookies.

Please refer to Pinterest’s data privacy policy for more information on the purpose and scope of data collection, how the data is processed and used further by Pinterest, your related rights and ways you can protect your privacy: https://about.pinterest.com/en/privacy-policy

Data privacy statement on the use of Tumblr

Our website uses buttons of the service Tumblr. The provider is Tumblr, Inc., 35 East 21st St, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10010, USA. These buttons allow you to share a contribution or page on Tumblr or to the follow the provider on Tumblr. When you call one of our websites with the Tumblr button, the browser establishes a direct connection to the servers of Tumblr. We have no influence on the scope of data Tumblr gathers and transmits using this plug-in. At present, the IP address of the user and the URL of the website in question are transmitted.

You can find more information on this subject in Tumblr’s Privacy Policy at http://www.tumblr.com/policy/de/privacy.

Data privacy statement on the use of YouTube

Our website uses plug-ins of the site YouTube, which is operated by Google. The operator of the sites is YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. If you visit one of our pages that has a YouTube plug-in on it, a connection to YouTube’s servers is established. As part of that, the YouTube server is informed which of our pages you have visited.
If you are logged into your YouTube account, you enable YouTube to assign your browsing behaviour directly to your personal profile. You can prevent that by logging off from your YouTube account.

You can find more information on how user data is handled in YouTube’s Privacy Policy at

https://www.google.de/intl/en/policies/privacy

Instagram

Functions and content of the service Instagram may be integrated in our online offering. They are offered by Instagram Inc., 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, 94025, USA. That may include content, such as photos and videos. Users of the content can “Like” the content or leave comments and subscribe to our Instagram channel. If the users are members of the Instagram platform, Instagram can assign calling of the above content and functions to the user profiles there. Instagram’s Privacy Policy: http://instagram.com/about/legal/privacy/

Access to, information on, erasure and blocking of data

You have the right – at any time and free of charge – to have access to and obtain information on the personal data we store concerning you, its origin and recipients, and the purpose for which it is processed. You also have a right to demand that your data be rectified, blocked or erased. If you have further questions on the subject of personal data, you can contact us at any time under the address stated in the imprint.

Objection to advertising mail

We hereby expressly prohibit the contact data we are obliged to publish on our website from being used to send us unsolicited advertising or information material. The operators of the website explicitly reserve the right to take legal action against anyone sending them unsolicited advertising material, e.g. in the form of spam e-mails.

Source: eRecht24

In cases of doubt, the original German document is authoritative.