Privacy Policy

 

The operators of this site treat the protection of your personal data very seriously. We treat your personal data as confidential and respect legal data protection regulations, as outlined in this privacy statement.

Visits to our website are generally possible without providing personal information. Whilst personal data and information may be collected on our site (e.g. name, address or email addresses), this will be performed on a voluntary basis as much as possible. This data will not be passed on to third parties without your express consent.

We would like to draw your attention to the fact that data transmission over the Internet (e.g. when communicating by email) may involve gaps in security. A gap-free protection of data against access by third parties is not possible.

Cookies

Our website uses cookies. Cookies do not damage your computer and do not contain viruses. Cookies are used to make our website more user-friendly, more effective and safer. Cookies are small text files on your computer and are stored by your browser.

The majority of the cookies used by us are known as “Session Cookies”. They will be automatically deleted once you have left our website. Other cookies remain saved on your device until you delete them. These cookies allow us to recognise your browser when you next visit.

You can set your browser so that you are informed about the use of cookies. With this information you can restrict cookies on a case-by-case basis or allow cookies in general, as well as the automatic deletion of the cookies once you have closed the browser.
The deactivation of cookies may restrict the functionality of this website.

Server Log Files

The website host server automatically collects and stores information in server log files, which are automatically transmitted from your browser. These include:

  • browser type and browser version
  • operating system
  • referrer URL
  • host name of the accessing computer (IP address)
  • time of the server request

This data does not render individuals identifiable. The data will not be merged with any other sources. If we become aware there is evidence of illegal use, we reserve the right to verify this data retrospectively.

Contact form

If you contact us via the contact form, the information provided, including your contact information, may be stored for the purpose of processing the request and follow-up questions. We do not share this data without your permission.

Newsletter

With the following information, we will inform you about the contents of our newsletter as well as the registration, dispatch process and statistical evaluation procedures, as well as your right of objection. By subscribing to our newsletter, you agree to the receipt and the procedures described.

We send out newsletters, emails and other electronic notifications with advertising information (hereinafter referred to as “newsletter”) only with the consent of the recipient or a legal permission. Unless specified otherwise in the content of the newsletter registration, the consent of the user is necessary.

Double Opt-in and Logging
The registration for our newsletter takes place in a procedure known as a double opt-in process. After logging in, you will get an email in which you will be asked to confirm your registration. This confirmation is necessary, so that no one can register with illegitimate email addresses.
The registration to the newsletter is regulated, as is required in accordance with legal restrictions. This includes the storage of the registration and confirmation date, as well as the IP address. Additionally, any changes in your data will be stored by MailChimp.

MailChimp
The newsletter is dispatched using MailChimp, a mailing platform from the USA-based Rocket Science Group, LLC, a 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE #5000, Atlanta, GA 30308, USA.
The email addresses of our newsletter recipients, as well as any other data described in the context of this service, are stored on the servers of MailChimp in the USA. MailChimp uses this information for the dispatch and evaluation of the newsletter on our behalf. Additionally, as according to its own information, MailChimp may use this data to optimise or improve their own services, e.g. for technical optimisation of dispatch services and the presentation of the newsletter, or for economic purposes to determine in which countries the recipients are based. MailChimp does not uses the data of our mailing list to contact you directly nor do they pass this information on to third parties.

We have full confidence in the reliability of IT and data security at MailChimp. MailChimp acts in accordance with the US-EU data protection procedures. They are “Privacy Shield” certified and committed to the EU Data Protection Regulations. In addition, we have a data processing agreement with MailChimp. This contract ensures MailChimp is committed to protect the privacy of our users, in accordance with our own data protection conditions and, in particular, a commitment to protect this information from third parties.

Collection and analysis of statistics
Our newsletter contains a so-called “web beacon”, i.e. a pixel size file that alerts the MailChimp’s server when the newsletter file is opened. Included in this alert will be technical information, such as information regarding browser and operating systems, as well as an IP address and time of the alert. The information used includes technical data for technical improvement of services. Additionally, data regarding servers and access times (with the help of an IP address) may be used to gather information on demographics and their reading habits.

Included in statistical data collection is information on whether the newsletter is opened and which links are clicked. This information can be linked to the individual newsletter recipients for technical reasons. However, neither we nor MailChimp aim to track individual users. Instead, data collection informs us about the reading habits of our users and allows us to adapt our content in accordance with your interests and to send you more relevant content.

Server requests and data management
There are cases, in which newsletter recipients are redirected to the MailChimp website. For example, our newsletter may include a link, with which the recipient can view the newsletter online rather than in their email account. This may occur when there are problems with the settings in an email platform. In addition, the recipient may correct their data, i.e. update an email address. Even so, the data protection policy of MailChimp is retrievable on their site.
With this in mind, we would like to point out that cookies are used on the web pages of MailChimp and therefore personal data may be processed by MailChimp, their partners and the service providers (such as Google Analytics). We have no influence on this data collection process. Further information can be found in the data protection policy of MailChimp. We also highlight your rights in opposing collection of data for purposes of advertising here: http://www.youronlinechoices.com/ and http://www.aboutads.info/choices/ (relevant for European users).

Termination/Cancellation
Sie können den Empfang unseres Newsletters jederzeit kündigen, d.h. Ihre Einwilligungen widerrufen. Damit erlöschen gleichzeitig Ihre Einwilligungen in dessen Versand via MailChimp und die statistischen Analysen. Ein getrennter Widerruf des Versandes via MailChimp oder der statistischen Auswertung ist leider nicht möglich. Einen Link zur Kündigung des Newsletters finden Sie am Ende eines jeden Newsletters.

Google Analytics

This website uses features of the web analytics service Google Analytics. The service provider is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheater Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

Google Analytics uses so-called “cookies”. These are text files that are stored on your computer and provide an analysis of site visits. The information generated by cookies about your use of this site are generally sent to a Google server in the USA and stored there.

Anonymous IPs

Anonymous IP addresses are enabled on this website. As a result, the visibility of your IP address, when within member states of the European Union or in other member states of the European Economic Area, is restricted in transmissions to the USA. In exceptional cases, the full IP address may be transferred to a Google server in the USA and shortened there. On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate use of the website and to compile reports about website activities, as well as internet related services and communicate these to the site operator. Your IP address will not be included as part of the other data collected by Google Analytics.

Web Browser Plug-in

You may refuse the use of cookies with the use of a corresponding setting in your browser software. However, we would like to point out that in this case you may not be able to use all functions of this website to their full extent.
In addition, you can restrict Google’s recording of the information generated by cookies by your use of the website, including your personal data and IP address, by downloading and installing the plug-in at the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de

Objection to data acquisition

You can restrict the collection of your data by Google Analytics by contacting us. An opt-out cookie will be set to prevent your data from being collected on future visits to this site: disable Google Analytics

For more information on how to deal with user data in Google Analytics, please refer to the privacy policy of Google: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=de

Contract data processing

We have entered into a contract data processing agreement with Google and fully implement the strict requirements of the German data protection authorities when using Google Analytics.

Demographics in Google Analytics

This website uses the demographics feature of Google Analytics. As a result, reports can be produced that contain statements on the age, gender and interests of the site visitors. This data comes from interest-based advertising from Google, as well as third party visitor data. This data can not be assigned to a specific person. You can disable this feature at any time through the ad settings in your Google account, or generally prohibit the collection of your data by Google Analytics as outlined in the section “Objection to Data Collection”.

Facebook plug-ins (Like Button)

Integrated into our pages are plug-ins of the social network Facebook, located at Facebook Inc., 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, California 94025\, USA. The Facebook plug-ins can be recognised by the Facebook logo or the “Like-Button” (“Like”) on our site. An overview of the Facebook plug-ins can be found here: https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/.

When you visit our pages, the plug-in establishes a direct connection between your browser and the Facebook server. This informs Facebook that you have visited our site with your IP address. If you click on the Facebook “Like-Button” while you are logged into your Facebook account, you can link the contents of our pages to your Facebook profile. As a result, Facebook can assign the visit to our pages to your user account. We draw attention to the fact that we, as the provider of the pages, are not aware of the content of the data transmitted and subsequent use by Facebook. For more information, see the Facebook Privacy Policy:   https://de-de.facebook.com/policy.php.

If you do not wish Facebook to associate your visit to our pages with your Facebook user account, please log out of your Facebook user account.

Google+

Our pages use features of Google+. The service provider is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheater Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

Collection and dissemination of information:
Using the Google+ button allows you to publish information worldwide. The Google + button will provide you and other users with personalised content from Google and our partners. Google stores both the information that you have used the + 1 button, as well as information about the page that you viewed when you clicked +1. Your + 1 clicks may appear as additional information along with your profile name and photo in Google services, such as in search results or in your Google profile, or elsewhere on websites and ads on the web.

Google records information about your + 1 activity to improve Google’s services to you and others. To use the Google + button, you need a globally visible, public Google profile that must contain at least the name chosen for the profile. This is the name that will be used in all Google services. In some cases, this name may also replace a different name you used when sharing content through your Google Account. The identity of your Google Profile may be displayed to users who know your email address or have other identifying information from you.

Use of the information collected:
In addition to the uses outlined above, the information you provide will be used in accordance with applicable Google privacy policy. Google may publish summarised statistics about users’ +1 activity or share it with users and partners, such as publishers, advertisers, or affiliate websites.

YouTube

Our website uses plug-ins from the Google-powered YouTube platform. The operator of the pages is YouTube, LLC., 901 Cherry Ave, San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. When you visit one of our YouTube plug-in enabled sites, you will be connected to the servers of YouTube. The YouTube server will be informed which of our pages you visited.

If you’re logged in to your YouTube account, YouTube may associate your browsing behaviour directly with your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account.

For more information about the handling of user data, please refer to the privacy policy of YouTube at: https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy

Hotjar

In order to be able to improve the user experience on our website, we use the software Hotjar (http://www.hotjar.com), located at 3 Lyons Range, 20 Bisazza Street, Sliema SLM 1640, Malta, Europe. By using Hotjar we can measure and evaluate user behaviour (mouse movements, clicks, scroll height, etc.) on our website. In order to collect data, Hotjar may use cookies on user devices and collect data from users such as browser and operating system details, as well as time spent browsing. More information on data processing by Hotjar can be found here.

Comments on this website

In addition to your comment, the comment function on this page will also contain information about when the comment was created, your email address and, if you do not post it anonymously, the username you selected.

IP address storage

Our comment function stores the IP addresses of the users who write comments. Since we do not check comments on our site before publication, we need this information in order to be able to act against the author in case of infringements, including insults or other inappropriate materials.

Subscribe to comments

As a user of the page you can subscribe to comments after registering. You will receive a confirmation email to verify that you are the owner of the given email address. You can unsubscribe from this function at any time via a link in the notification email.

SSL encryption

This site uses SSL encryption for security reasons and to protect the transmission of sensitive content, such as the requests you send to us as the site operator. You can recognise an encrypted connection by changing the address line of the browser from “http: //” to “https: //” and by the lock symbol in your address bar.

If SSL encryption is enabled, the data you submit to us can not be read by third parties.

Right to information, cancellation or blocking

At any time you have the right to information about your stored personal data, the origin and recipient, as well as the purpose of data processing and a right to correct, block or delete this data. For further information on personal data you can contact us at any time at the address provided in the imprint.