Your Rights

  • information on your saved data and how we use it
  • correction of incorrect personally identifiable data
  • deletion of your stored data
  • objection to our use of your data
  • data transferability, in so far as you have agreed to our use of your data or entered into a contract with us.

You can prevent future use of your data by withdrawing your permission at any time.

You can file a complaint with your responsible authority at any time. The applicable supervisory authority is dependent on where you live, your line of work or the alleged offence. A list of supervisory authorities (for the private sector) with addresses can be found under: https://www.bfdi.bund.de/DE/Infothek/Anschriften_Links/anschriften_links-node.html.

Purposes of data processing by the responsible party and third parties

We use your personally identifiable data exclusively for the purposes outlined in this data protection statement. We will not transfer your personal data to third parties for purposes other than those outlined here. We give your personal data to third parties only when

  • you have given us your express permission
  • for the fulfilment of our contract with you
  • for legal reasons
  • to protect legitimate interests where there is no reason to assume that you have a compelling interest to the contrary

Deletion or blocking of data

We adhere to the principles of data avoidance and economy and therefore store your personal data only as long as is necessary for the purposes outlined here or in accordance with legal deadlines. Once the purpose is fulfilled or the deadline reached, the data is either blocked or deleted in accordance with legal guidelines.

Recording of general information when you visit our website.

Whenever you access our website, a cookie automatically records general information (server-logfiles). This includes type of web roser, operating system, domain name of your service provider and similar. None of this information is of a personal nature.

We need this data to deliver the information you are requesting from websites correctly, use of the internet is not possible otherwise. The main purpose of this data collection is:

  • to ensure a smooth connection to the website
  • to ensure trouble-free use of the website
  • to analyse system security and stability
  • for administrative purposes.

The processing of your personally identifiable data is based on our legitimate interest in data collection for the a.m. reasons. The data is not used to collect information about you personally. Recipients of the data are the responsible party and when applicable order clerks.

Anonymous information of this kind may be statistically analysed in order to optimise our internet presence and the technology behind it.

Cookies

Like many other websites, we use so-called cookies. These are small text files which are transferred onto your hard drive by the website server. In this way we automatically receive data such as IP address, browser, operating system and connection to the internet.

Cookies cannot be used to start programmes or transfer viruses onto your computer. We use the information to facilitate your navigation and the correct presentation of our website.

Under no circumstances do we pass on data to third parties or establish a link to personally identifiable data.

You can of course visit our website without accepting cookies. Internet browsers are generally set to accept cookies but this setting can usually be deactivated at any time using the help function of your browser. Please be aware that some features of our website may not be accessible when cookies are disabled.

Registration on the website

When you register to use our personalized services we collect personally identifiable data such as name, address and contact data such as telephone number and email address. Once you are registered with us you can access contents and services available only to registered users. Registered users can change or delete the data they have provided at any time. We are happy to inform you of what personally identifiable data we hold relating to you at any time and can delete or change it as you wish, provided there is no legal obligation to the contrary. Please use the contact information provided at the end of this statement for this purpose.

Rendering of chargeable services

In the case of chargeable services, we need to ask for additional data such as payment information in order to be able to fulfil your order. We save this data in our system for the duration of the legal retention period.

SSL-Coding

To protect the security of your data during transfer we use state-of-the-art coding (eg SSL) via HTTPS.

Comment Function

When users leave comments on our website, these are saved together with the time and user name. This is for our own protection as we are liable for illegal content on our website, even when this has been uploaded by a user.

Newsletter

Based on your expressly given consent, we will send you regular newsletters or similar information to the email address you have provided.

An email address will suffice to receive our newsletter. When you register for the newsletter the email address provided will be used exclusively for this purpose. Subscribers may be informed by email of circumstances relevant to the service or registration (e.g. a change in the newsletter service or technical concitions).

We need a valid email address for a successful registration. To verify that the registration is being made by the actual owner of the email address, we use the double-opt-in procedure. To this end we protocol the order for the newsletter, the dispatch of the confirmation email and the receipt of the mandatory reply. No other data is taken. This data is used exclusively for the newsletter distribution and is not passed on to third parties.

The permission to store your personal data and its implementation for newsletter distribution can be withdrawn at any time using the link provided in every newsletter. You can also cancel the newsletter directly on this website or contact us with your request via the contact information at the end of this declaration.

Contact form

If you contact us via email or using the contact form, you are voluntarily giving us permission to contact you. This necessitates providing a valid email address. We can then classify your request and reply to you. Provision of further data is optional. Your data will be stored to process your request and subsequent requests. When your request has been dealt with the personally identifiable data is automatically deleted.

Use of Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google Inc. (hereafter: Google). Google Analytics uses so-called cookies, ie text files which are saved on your computer to allow analysis of your use of the website. The information generated by this particular cookie is usually transferred to a google server in the USA and stored there. Because of the IP-anonymising on these websites your IP address is shortened by Google within member states of the European Union or in other states party to the agreement pertaining to the European Economic sector. Your full IP-address will only be transferred to the USA and then shortened in exceptional circumstances. Google is authorised by the owner of this website to use the information to evaluate your use of the website and make reports on website activities and provide further services connected to website and internet use. The IP-address accessed by Google Analytics from your browser is not combined with other Google data.

The purpose of this data processing is an evaluation of website use and compilation of reports on website activity. On the basis of the use of the website and the internet, other services can be provided. The data processing is based on the legitimate interest of the website operator.

You can prevent storage of cookies using the relevant setting on your browser; we point out however that this could mean that you are unable to use all the functions of this website to their full effect. You can prevent the collection and processing of the data created by the cookie (including your IP-address) by Google by downloading and installing the browser-plugin using the following link: Browser Add On zur Deaktivierung von Google Analytics.
In addition or as an alternative to the Browser-Add-On you can prevent tracking by Google Analytics on our website by clicking this link. This will install an opt-out-cookie on your device. This will prevent all future collection by Google Analytics for this website and this browser as long as the cookie remains on the browser.

Use of script libraries (Google webfonts)

In order to present our content on all browsers correctly and graphically pleasing, our website uses script and font libraries such as Google Webfonts (https://www.google.com/webfonts/). Google Webfonts are transferred to the cache of your browser to prevent repeated downloading. If your browser does not support Google Webfonts or prevents access, the content will be shown in standard font.

The invocation of script or font libraries automatically prompts a connection to the operator of the library. It is then theoretically possible – it is currently unclear whether this actually happens and for what purpose – that operators of such libraries collect data.

The data protection guidelines of the Google library operator can be found here: https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/

Use of Google Maps

This website uses Google Maps API to visually present geographical information. When using Google Maps, Google collects, process and uses data about the use of map functions by users. See Google Data Protection Guidelines. On this site you can change your personal data protection settings in the data protection center. You can find detailed instructions on monitoring your own data in connection with google products hier.

Embedded You Tube Videos

We embed youtube videos into some of our websites. The operator of the plugin is YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave. San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. If you visit a site with the youtube plugin, a connection is made to the youtube servers and youtube is informed of which sites you visit. If you are logged into your youtube account, youtube can connect your surf activity to you personally. You can prevent this by logging out of your youtube account first.

If you activate a youtube video, the provider will use cookies and collect data about your use.

If you have deactivated cookies for the Google-Ad-Program you will not encounter any when watching youtube videos. Youtube uses other cookies to collect non-personally identifiable information. To prevent this you can block cookies in the browser.

Further information on data protection at Youtube can be found under https://google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy/

Google Adwords

Our website uses Google conversion-tracking. If you have reached our website via a google ad, Google will place a cookie in your device. The conversion-tracking cookie is placed when a user clicks on a google ad. These cookies become invalid after 30 days and cannot be used for personal identification. Whenever the user visits certain sites on our website while the cookie is still valid, both we and Google can recognise that the user has clicked on the ad and been forwarded to this site. Each Google AdWords client has a different cookie, which means that cookies cannot be traced via websites of AdWords clients. Information collected with the help of conversion cookies is used to produce conversion statistics for AdWords clients who have opted for conversion tracking. Clients learn the number of users who have clicked on their ad and been transferred to a site with a conversion tracking tag. They do not however receive any information which would allow them to personally identify the user.

If you do not wish to participate in the tracking you can refuse the cookie using your general cookie deactivating setting in the browser or by blocking cookies from the domain googleleadservices.com.

Please note that you may not delete the opt-out-cookies if you do not want measured data to be recorded. If you have deleted all the cookies in your browser you need to set the relevant opt-out cookie again.

Use of Google Remarketing

This website uses the remarketing function of Google Inc. This function presents website visitors within the Google advertising network with interest-based ads. A cookie is saved to the website of the visitor enabling his identification whenever he visits a website which belongs to the Google advertising network. The visitor to these sites can be presented with ads related to contents of sites previously visited with use the Google remarketing function.

By their own admission, Google does not collect any personally identifiable data during this procedure. Should you however prefer not to take part in this remarketing procedure you can deactivate it using the appropriate settings under http://www.google.com/settings/ads. Alternatively you can deactivate the use of cookies for interest-related advertising by following the instructions on http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp.

Changes to our data protection guidelines

We reserve the right to change this data protection statement to keep it in line with the current legal requirements or to implement changes to our services in the data protection statement, eg introduction of new services. The new data protection statement would then apply to your subsequent visit.

Questions to our data protection representative

If you have questions about data protection, please send us an email or contact the data protection representative directly: