Terms & Policies

 

The protection of your privacy and your personal data is an important concern to which we pay special attention. We respect the confidentiality of your personal data and always act in accordance with the provisions of data protection law and this Privacy Policy.

Data provided by the user:
As a rule the use of this site is possible without the declaration of personal data. If personal data (name, postal address or email address) are collected within our website, this is done, as far as possible, on a voluntary basis. We only use the personal details provided by you to carry out your wishes and requests.

Automatically collected data: 
For reasons of data security and for the purposes of optimizing user-friendliness and for site- and user centric measurement, we also collect temporary non-personal data in connection with the use of our website. For example, the internet browser used, the operating system, the domain name of the website you last visited before accessing our website, the number of visits and the average time spent on our website, as well as the pages you accessed, are stored.

Data collection on our website:
no contact data is collected
content data for example: text, graphics, photos, movies
usage data for example: the number of visits, the users' access behaviour, the average time spent on the site
meta-/communication data: used devices, IP addresses

Who does it apply to: 
visitors and users of our website

Deletion of data and storage period: 
The collected data will be deleted or blocked as soon as the reason for storing it no longer applies. Longer storage periods may apply as required by European or national law. Data will also be deleted or blocked once a storage period established by the abovementioned standards comes to an end, unless the data must continue to be stored for the purpose of concluding or executing a contract. 

SSL encryption: 
This site uses SSL encryption for security reasons and for the protection of the transmission of confidential content, such as the inquiries you send to us as the site operator. You can recognize an encrypted connection in your browser's address line when it changes from "http://" to "https://" and the lock icon is displayed in your browser's address bar. If SSL encryption is activated, the data you transfer to us cannot be read by third parties. 

Contact 
If personal data (name, postal address or email address) are collected within our website, this is done, as far as possible, on a voluntary basis. Should you send us questions via email or the contact form, we will collect the data entered on the form, including the contact details you provide, to answer your question and any follow-up questions. We do not share this information without your permission. 

We would like to point out that data transmission on the Internet (for example, when communicating via e-mail) may involve security gaps. A seamless protection of data against access by third parties is not possible.

Cookies and web beacons
Our website use browser cookies and web beacons. Cookies do not cause any harm on your computer. They are small files with configuration settings that help us to make our online services user-friendlier, more effective and more secure. Moreover, cookies serve to implement certain user functions.

Our website use “session cookies”, which are automatically deleted when the browser is closed. Occasionally, they also use “persistent cookies”, which remain on your device until they expire or are manually deleted. The latter enable us to recognize your browser at your next visit. For details on “third party cookies”, i.e. cookies of third-party providers, such as Google Inc., please refer to the privacy rules of such providers.

You can adjust your browser or the privacy settings of your mobile devices to be notified whenever a cookie is sent to your device so that you can decide whether or not to allow a cookie on a case-by-case basis. You can also disable the acceptance of cookies, in certain cases only or by default, and activate the automatic deletion of copies every time you close your browser. However, you should bear in mind that some functions of our online services may not be fully accessible if you deactivate cookies. 

You can configure your browser to inform you about the use of cookies so that you can decide on a case-by-case basis whether to accept or reject a cookie. Alternatively, your browser can be configured to automatically accept cookies under certain conditions or to always reject them, or to automatically delete cookies when closing your browser. Disabling cookies may limit the functionality of this website.

Web-Analyse/ Google Analytics
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service. It is operated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. We have entered into an agreement with Google for the outsourcing of our data processing and fully implement the strict requirements of the German data protection authorities when using Google Analytics. Google Analytics uses so-called "cookies". These are text files that are stored on your computer and that 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. Google Analytics cookies are stored based on Art. 6 (1) (f) DSGVO. The website operator has a legitimate interest in analyzing user behavior to optimize both its website and its advertising. 

Browser Plugin
You can prevent these cookies being stored by selecting the appropriate settings in your browser. However, we wish to point out that doing so may mean you will not be able to enjoy the full functionality of this website. You can also prevent the data generated by cookies about your use of the website (incl. your IP address) from being passed to Google, and the processing of these data by Google, by downloading and installing the browser plugin available at the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en

You can prevent the collection of your data by Google Analytics by clicking the link below. An opt-out cookie will be set to prevent your data from being collected on future visits to this site.

Disable Google analytics tracking


For more information about how Google Analytics handles user data, see Google's privacy policy: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=en.

IP anonymization 
We have activated the IP anonymization feature on this website. Your IP address will be shortened by Google within the European Union or other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area prior to transmission to the United States. Only in exceptional cases is the full IP address sent to a Google server in the US and shortened there. Google will use this information on behalf of the operator of this website to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on website activity, and to provide other services regarding website activity and Internet usage for the website operator. The IP address transmitted by your browser as part of Google Analytics will not be merged with any other data held by Google. 


Use of social media plugins:

Facebook

This website uses social plugins (“plugins”) from the social network facebook.com, provided by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA (“Facebook”). You can identify the Facebook plugins by the use of one of the Facebook logos (white “f” on a blue tile or a “thumbs up” symbol), or by the use of the phrase “Facebook Social Plugin.” The list and appearance of Facebook social plugins can be reviewed here: developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins. When you visit a page on our website that contains such a plugin, your browser creates a direct connection to the Facebook servers. Facebook transmits the content of the plugin directly to your browser and integrates it into the website. Therefore we do not have any influence on the scope of the data that Facebook collects using this plugin, and we are informing you according to the information available to us: The integrated plugins inform Facebook that you visited the corresponding page on our website. If you are logged into your Facebook account, Facebook can link the visit to your Facebook account. If you interact with the plugins, for instance by clicking on the “Like” button or leaving a comment, the corresponding information is transmitted by your browser directly to Facebook and saved there. If you do not have a Facebook account, there is still a possibility that Facebook may obtain and save your IP address. The purpose and scope of data collection and the further processing and use of this data by Facebook, as well as your rights and setting options to protect your privacy in this regard, can be found in the Facebook data use policy: www.facebook.com/policy.php. If you have a Facebook account and do not want Facebook to collect data about you via our website and link it to your account data that is saved on Facebook, please log out of your Facebook account before visiting our website. It is also possible to block Facebook Social Plugins with add-ons for your browser, for instance with the Facebook Blocker.

Twitter
Functions of the Twitter service have been integrated into our website and app. These features are offered by Twitter Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. When you use Twitter and the “Retweet” function, the websites you visit are connected to your Twitter account and made known to other users. In doing so, data will also be transferred to Twitter. We would like to point out that, as the provider of these pages, we have no knowledge of the content of the data transmitted or how it will be used by Twitter. For more information on Twitter's privacy policy, please go to https://twitter.com/privacy.Your privacy preferences with Twitter can be modified in your account settings at https://twitter.com/account/settings.

Google+: 
Our pages use Google+ functions. It is operated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Collection and disclosure of information: Using the Google +1 button allows you to publish information worldwide. By means of the Google+ button, you and other users can receive custom content from Google and our partners. Google stores both the fact that you have +1'd a piece of content and information about the page you were viewing when you clicked +1. Your +1 can be displayed together with your profile name and photo in Google services, for example in search results or in your Google profile, or in other places on websites and advertisements on the Internet. Google records information about your +1 activities to improve Google services for 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 name is used by all Google services. In some cases, this name may also replace a different name that you have used to share content via your Google account. The identity of your Google profile can be shown to users who know your email address or other information that can identify you. Use of collected data: In addition to the uses mentioned above, the information you provide is used in accordance with the applicable Google data protection policies. Google may publish summary statistics about users' +1 activity or share it with users and partners, such as publishers, advertisers, or affiliate websites. : http://www.google.com/intl/de/+/policy/+1button.html. 


Your rights regarding your data 
You always have the right to request information about your stored data, its origin, its recipients, and the purpose of its collection at no charge. You also have the right to request that it be corrected, blocked, or deleted. You can contact us at any time using the address given in the legal notice if you have further questions about the issue of privacy and data protection. You may also, of course, file a complaint with the competent regulatory authorities.