Data Protection Statement
Responsible body for the purposes of the data protection laws, particularly the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), is:
Your Affected Rights
Under the given contact data of our data protection supervisor, you can exercise the following rights at any time:
- Information about your stored data and it’s processing,
- Correction of incorrect personal data,
- Deletion of your data stored with us,
- Restriction of data processing, if we are not yet allowed to delete your data due to legal obligations,
- Opposition to the processing of your data with us and
- Data portability, if you have consented to the data processing or have completed a contract with us.
If you have given us your consent, you can revoke these at any time with effect for the future.
You can always contact the supervisory authority responsible for you with a complaint. Your responsible supervisory authority will depend on the state of your residence, your employment, or alleged infringement. A list of supervisors (for the non-public area) with address can be found at: https://www.bfdi.bund.de/DE/Infothek/Anschriften_Links/anschriften_links-node.html.
Purposes of Data Processing Through the Responsible Site and Third Parties
We process your personal data only for the purposes stated in this data protection statement. A transmission of your personal data to third parties for purposes other than those mentioned will not take place. We will only disclose your personal information to third parties if:
- You have granted your express consent,
- Processing is necessary for the execution of a contract,
- Processing is necessary to fulill a legal obligation,
- Processing is necessary to protect legitimate interests, and there is no reason to believe that you have an overriding legitimate interest in not disclosing your information.
Deletion or Blocking of Data
We adhere to the principles of data avoidance and data economy. Therefore, we only store your personal data for as long as is necessary to achieve the purposes stated here or as provided for by the various storage periods provided for by law. After discontinuation of the respective purpose or expiration of these deadlines, the corresponding data will become routinely blocked or deleted in accordance with the legal regulations.
Collecting General Information When Visiting Our Website
When you access our website, information of a general nature is recorded by means of cookies. This information (server log files) includes, for example, the type of web browser, the operating system used, the name of your internet service providers, and similar items. This is exclusively information which does not allow conclusions about your character.
This information is technically necessary to correctly deliver contents of web pages requested by you and are mandatory when using the internet. They are processed in particular for the following purposes:
- Ensuring a hassle-free connection to the website,
- Ensuring a smooth use of our website,
- Evaluation of system security and stability, as well as
- For further administrative purposes.
The processing of your personal data is based on our legitimate interest for the purposes of data collection mentioned above. We do not use your information to draw conclusions about your character. The recipients of the data are only the responsible body and possibly contract workers.
Anonymous information of this kind may be statistically evaluated by us in order to optimize our internet appearance and the underlying technology.
Like many other websites, we also use so-called “Cookies”. Cookies are small text files that are transferred from a website server to your hard drive. This automatically gives us certain data, such as IP address, used browser, operating system, and your connection to the internet.
Cookies can not be used to launch programs or to transfer viruses to a computer. Based on the information contained in cookies, we can facilitate the navigation and enable the correct display of our web pages.
In no case will the data collected by us be passed on to third parties or a link with personal data be made without your consent.
Registration on Our Website
When registering for the use of our personalized services, some personal data will be collected, such as name, address, and contact and communication information, such as telephone number and e-mail address. If you are registered with us, you can access content and services that we only offer to registered users. Registered users also have the option, if necessary, of changing or deleting the data specified during registration at any time. Of course, we will also provide you with information about your stored personal data at any time. We are happy to rectify or delete these at your request, as far as no legal storage requirements are in conflict. To contact support in this context, please use the contact details provided at the end of this data protection statement.
Provision of Paid Services
To provide paid services, we will ask for additional information such as payment details to complete your order. We store this data in our systems until the legal retention periods have expired.
To protect the security of your data, we use state-of-the-art encryption techniques (e.g. SSL) over HTTPS.
When users leave comments on our website, they will also see the time of their creation and the username previously chosen by the website visitors next to this information. This is for our security, as we may be prosecuted for any illegal content on our website, even if created by users.
On the basis of your express consent, we will regularly send you our newsletter or comparable information by e-mail to your specified e-mail address.
For the receipt of the newsletter, the indication of your e-mail address is sufficient. When you sign up to receive our newsletter, the data you provide will be used exclusively for this purpose. Subscribers can also be notified by e-mail about circumstances relevant to the service of registration (e.g. changes to the newsletter offer or technical conditions).
For an effective registration, we need a valid e-mail address. In order to verify that an application is actually made by the owner of the e-mail address, we use the “double opt-in” procedure. For this purpose, we record the order of the newsletter, the dispatch of a confirmation e-mail, and the receipt of the requested answer. Further data will not be collected. This data will be used exclusively for the newsletter and will not be forwarded to third parties.
The consent to the storage of your personal data and your use of the newsletter can be revoked at any time. Each newsletter contains a corresponding link. In addition, you can unsubscribe from this website at any time or inform us of your request via the contact options listed at the end of this data protection statement.
For questions of any kind, please contact us by e-mail or contact form and give us your voluntary consent for the purpose of establishing contact. This requires the specification of a valid e-mail address. This serves to assign the request and the subsequent answering of the same. The specification of further data is optional. The information you provide will be stored for the purpose of processing the request and for possible follow-up questions. After fulfilling your request, personal data will be automatically deleted.
Use of Google Analytics
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. (following: Google). Google Analytics uses so-called “cookies”, which are text files that are stored on your computer and allow an analysis of the use of the website by you. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is usually transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. However, due to the activation of IP anonymization on these websites, your IP address will be shortened by Google beforehand 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 transferred to a Google server in the US and shortened there. 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 activity and to provide other services related to website activity and internet usage to the website operator. The IP address provided by Google Analytics from your browser will not be merged with other Google data.
The purposes of the data processing are in the evaluation of the use of the website and in the compilation of reports on website activity. Based on the use of the website and the internet, further related services should then be provided. The processing is based on the legitimate interest of the website operator.
You can prevent the storage of cookies by appropriately adjusting your browser software; however, please note that if you do this, you may not be able to use all the features of this website to the fullest extent possible. In addition, you may prevent the collection by Google of the data generated by the cookie and related to your use of the website (including your IP address) as well as the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under the following link and install: Browser Add On to Disable Google Analytics
In addition or as an alternative to the browser add-on, you can prevent the tracking of our pages through Google Analytics by clicking on this link. An opt-out cookie will be installed on your device. This will prevent the recording of this website and browser by Google Analytics in the future, as long as the cookie remains installed in your browser.
Use of Script Libraries (Google Web Fonts)
In order to present our content in a correct and graphically appealing way across all browsers, we use script libraries and font libraries on this website, such as Google Web Fonts (https://www.google.com/webfonts/). Google Web Fonts will be transmitted to your browser’s cache to prevent multiple downloads. If the browser does not support Google Web Fonts or prohibits access, they will be displayed in a standard font. The call of script libraries or font libraries automatically triggers a connection to the operator of the library. It is theoretically possible, but currently also unclear, whether operators of such libraries collect data, and if so, for what purposes.
Using Adobe Typekit
Using Google Maps
This website uses Google Maps API to visually represent geographic information. When using Google Maps, Google also collects, processes, and uses data about the use of map features by visitors. For more information about Google’s data processing, please refer to the Google Privacy Notice. There you can also change your personal privacy settings in the privacy center. For detailed instructions on how to manage your own data related to Google products, click here.
Embedded YouTube Videos
On some of our websites, we would like to embed YouTube videos. The operator of the corresponding plug-ins is YouTube, LLC 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. When you visit a page with the YouTube plug-in, it will connect to YouTube’s servers. YouTube will be informed of which pages you visit. If you are logged in to your YouTube account, YouTube may personally associate your browsing behavior with you. This can be prevented by logging out of your YouTube account beforehand.
If you have disabled the storage of cookies for the Google Ad program, you will also have to expect small cookies when watching YouTube videos. However, YouTube also stores non-personal usage information in other cookies. If you want to prevent this, you must block the storage of cookies in the browser.
Our websites use social plugins of the providers listed below. The plugins can be recognized by the fact that they are marked with the appropriate logo.
These plug-ins may be used to send information, which may include personal information, to the service provider and may be used by the service provider. We prevent the unconscious and unwanted collection and transmission of data to the service provider through a 2-click solution. In order to activate a desired social plugin, this must first be activated by clicking on the corresponding switch. Only through this activation of the plugin is the detection of information and its transmission to the service provider triggered. We do not collect personally identifiable information by means of social plugins or their use.
We have integrated the social media buttons of the following companies on our website:
Our website uses Google Conversion Tracking. If you’ve reached our website through an ad served by Google, Google AdWords will set a cookie on your computer. The conversion tracking cookie is set when a user clicks on a Google-served ad. These cookies lose their validity after 30 days and are not used for personal identification. If the user visits certain pages of our website and the cookie has not expired, we and Google can tell that the user clicked on the ad and was redirected to that page. Each Google AdWords customer receives a different cookie. Thus, cookies can not be tracked through AdWords customers’ websites. The information gathered using the conversion cookie is used to generate conversion statistics for Adwords customers who have opted for conversion tracking. Customers are told the total number of users who clicked on their ad and were redirected to a conversion tracking tag page. However, they do not receive information that personally identifies users.
If you do not want to participate in tracking, you can refuse the setting of a cookie, for example, via a browser setting that generally disables the automatic setting of cookies or sets your browser to block cookies from the domain “googleleadservices.com”.
Please note that you may not delete the opt-out cookies, provided that you do not wish to record measurement data. If you have deleted all your cookies in the browser, you must set the respective opt-out cookie again.
Use of Google Remarketing
This website uses the remarketing feature of Google Inc. This feature is designed to present interest-based ads to website visitors within the Google Network. A so-called “cookie” is stored in the browser of the website visitor, which makes it possible to recognize the visitor when he or she visits websites that belong to the advertising network of Google. On these pages, visitors may be presented with ads related to content that the visitor previously viewed on web pages using Google’s remarketing feature.
Change of Our Data Protection Regulations
We reserve the right to amend this data protection statement to always comply with current legal requirements or to implement changes in our data protection statement, e.g., the introduction of new services. Your next visit will then be subject to the new data protection statement.
Questions to the Data Protection Supervisor
If you have any questions about data protection, please e-mail us or contact the person responsible for data protection in our organization: