Data Protection & Privacy

Applicable range

With this privacy policy, users receive information about the type, scope and purpose of the collection and use of their data by the responsible provider collected and used.

The legal framework for data protection is provided by the Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) and the Telemedia Act (TMG).

Capture of general information

With every access to this offer, information is automatically collected by us. This information, also known as server log files, is of a general nature and does not allow any conclusions to be drawn about your person.

Among other things, this information is collected: Name of the website, file, date, data volume, web browser and web browser version, operating system, the domain name of your Internet provider, the so-called referrer URL (the page from which you accessed our website) and the IP address.

Without this data, it would technically not be possible to deliver and display the contents of the website. In this respect, the collection of data is absolutely necessary. In addition, we use the anonymous information for statistical purposes. They help us to optimise our offer and technology. We also reserve the right to subsequently check the log files in the event of suspicion of illegal use of our services.

Contact form

If you contact us via the online form or by e-mail, we store the information you provide in order to answer your enquiry and ask possible follow-up questions.

In order to ensure the security of your data during transmission, we work with encryption procedures (such as SSL) over HTTPS, which reflect the current state of technology.

Integration of services and content of third parties

Our offer sometimes includes contents, services and performances of other providers. These include, for example, maps provided by Google Maps, videos from YouTube and graphics and images from other websites. The transmission of the IP address is absolutely necessary so that these data can be called up and displayed in the user’s browser. The providers (hereinafter referred to as “third party providers”) thus perceive the IP address of the respective user.

Even though we make every effort to only use third-party providers who only need the IP address in order to deliver content, we have no influence on whether the IP address may be stored. In this case, this process serves statistical purposes, among others. If we are aware that the IP address is being stored, we will inform our users accordingly.

Cookies

This website uses so-called cookies. These are text files that are stored on your computer by the server. They contain information about the browser, the IP address, the operating system and the Internet connection. We do not pass this data on to third parties or link it to personal data without their consent.

Cookies fulfil two main tasks. They help us to make it easier for you to navigate through our website and enable the website to be displayed correctly. They are not used to introduce viruses or start programs.

Users have the possibility to access our website without cookies. To do this, the corresponding settings must be changed in the browser. Please inform yourself about the help function of your browser how cookies are deactivated. However, we would like to point out that this may impair some of the functions of this website and limit its user comfort. The pages http://www.aboutads.info/choices/ (USA) andhttp://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/your-ad-choices/ (Europe) allow you to manage online ad cookies.

 

Use of Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website will generally be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. However, due to the activation of IP anonymisation on these web pages, your IP address will be shortened by Google in advance within member states of the European Union or in other contracting states of the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transmitted to and truncated by Google on servers in the United States.

On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity and providing other services to website operators relating to website activity and internet usage. The IP address transmitted by your browser as part of Google Analytics is not combined with other data from Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. However, we would like to point out that in this case you may not be able to use all the functions of this website to their full extent.

You can also prevent Google from collecting the data generated by the cookie and related to your use of the website (including your IP address) as well as Google from processing this data by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under the following link: Browser Add On to deactivate Google Analytics.

Alternatively, you can prevent Google Analytics from capturing your data by clicking on the following link. An Opt-Out-Cookie is set, which prevents the future collection of your data when visiting this website: Verbiete Google Analytics, mich zu verfolgen

Further information on the terms of use and data protection can be found at http://www.google.com/analytics/terms/de.html or at https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/.

 

Google AdWords

This website uses the online advertising program “Google AdWords” and conversion tracking. Google Adwords places a cookie on your computer if you have reached our website via a Google advertisement. These cookies lose their validity after 30 days and are not used for personal identification. If the user visits certain pages on our website and the cookie has not yet expired, we and Google may recognize that the user clicked on the ad and was directed to that page. Each Google AdWords customer receives a different cookie. As a result, cookies cannot be tracked through AdWords customer websites.

The information collected from the Conversion cookie is used to generate conversion statistics for AdWords customers who have opted for Conversion Tracking. Customers will know the total number of users who clicked on their ad and were directed to a page with a conversion tracking tag. However, they will not receive information that personally identifies users.

If you do not want to participate in the tracking process, you can easily disable the Google Conversion Tracking cookie from your web browser under User Preferences. You will then not be included in the conversion tracking statistics. You can find out more about Google’s privacy policy at  http://www.google.de/policies/privacy/

 

Use of piwik

This website uses Piwik, an open source software that collects and stores data. This information is used for marketing and optimization purposes. Piwik uses this data to create user profiles with a pseudonym. For this purpose, the software stores cookies (text files) on your computer, which can be used to analyse your use of the website. Your IP address will be anonymized immediately after processing and before storage. The data is stored on the provider’s servers in Germany.

If you do not want Piwik to store cookies, you have the option to prevent the installation of cookies via the settings of your browser (information on this can be found in the help function of the browser). In this case, you may not be able to use all the functions of the offer.

 

Data economy

In accordance with the principles of data avoidance and data economy, we only store personal data for as long as is necessary or prescribed by law (statutory storage period). If the purpose of the information collected no longer applies or if the storage period ends, we will block or delete the data.

 

Your rights to information, correction, blocking, deletion and objection

You have the right, upon request and free of charge, to request information about the personal data stored by us and/or to demand correction, blocking or deletion. Exceptions: It concerns the prescribed data storage for the business completion or the data are subject to the legal storage obligation.

For these purposes, please contact the person responsible for the content (contact data: at the beginning of the data protection declaration).

In order to be able to consider a data block at any time, it is necessary to keep the data in a block file for control purposes. If there is no legal archiving obligation, you can also request the deletion of the data. Otherwise, we will block the data if you so wish.

Change of our privacy policy

We reserve the right to make changes at any time in order to ensure that our data protection declaration always complies with the current legal requirements. This also applies in the event that the data protection declaration has to be adapted due to new or revised services, for example new services. The new data protection declaration will then take effect the next time you visit our website.