Privacy notes

Privacy policy

The operators of this website take the privacy of your personal data very seriously. We treat your personal data as confidential and in accordance with the provisions of statutory privacy regulations and this privacy policy.

It is generally possible to use our website without entering personal information. Where personal data is collected on our website (for example name, address or email addresses), it is, where possible, always entered on a voluntary basis. This data will not be forwarded to third parties without your express permission.

We would like to advise you that online data transmission (e.g. when communicating via email) can involve security vulnerabilities. It is not possible to offer your data guaranteed protection against third-party access.

Cookies

This website makes partial use of cookies. Cookies do not cause any harm to your computer and do not contain any viruses. Cookies are used to make our online presence more user-friendly, effective and secure. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer and saved by your browser.

Most of the cookies used by us are session cookies. After leaving our website, they are automatically deleted. Other cookies will remain saved on your device until you delete them. These cookies allow us to recognise your browser when you visit our website again.

You can change the settings of your browser to inform you when cookies are being saved and to allow them for one time only, to accept them in certain situations, to reject them as a rule or to automatically delete them when you close your browser. If you deactivate cookies, the functionality of this website may be restricted.

Server log files

The provider of this website automatically gathers and saves information in server log files that your browser automatically transmits to us. These include:

  • browser type/version
  • operating system
  • referrer URL
  • referrer host name
  • time of server request

Such data cannot be traced back to specific individuals. This data will not be merged or compared with data from other sources. We reserve the right to examine this data at a later opportunity if specific indications of unlawful use are made known to us.

Contact form

If you use the contact form to send us enquiries, the details that you enter on the enquiry form, including the contact data you enter there, will be saved on our servers for the purposes of processing your enquiry and in case of any follow-up questions. We will not forward your data without your consent.

Google Analytics

This website uses functions that are part of the Google Analytics Web analysis service. The provider is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

Google Analytics uses cookies. Cookies are small text files that are saved on your computer and enable the analysis of your usage of the website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is usually transmitted to a Google server in the US and saved there.

IP anonymisation

We have activated functionality for IP anonymisation on this website. This feature involves Google abbreviating your IP address within the member states of the European Union or other states party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area before it is transmitted to the United States of America. Only in exceptional cases is your full IP address transmitted to a Google server in the US and abbreviated there. Google uses this information on behalf of the operator of this website to analyse your use of the website, to compile reports on website activity and to perform other services associated with website activity and Internet usage for the website operator. Google does not keep the IP address transmitted from your browser through the Google Analytics service with other data.

Browser plug-in

You can prevent cookies from being saved by activating the corresponding settings in your browser software, though we would like to advise you that you may not be able to use the complete functionality of our website in this case. Furthermore, you can prevent the data that is generated by the cookie and that relates to your usage of the website (including your IP address) from being saved and processed by Google by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available through the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en

Preventing data collection

You can prevent Google Analytics from collecting your data by clicking on the following link. An opt-out cookie will be used for this, preventing your data from being recorded when you visit this website in the future: Deactivate Google Analytics

You can find more information about how Google Analytics handles user data in Google's privacy policy: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=en

Contracted data processing

We have contracted Google to process data on our behalf and we fully meet the strict requirements of German data protection authorities in our use of Google Analytics.

Demographics and Google Analytics

This website uses the Google Analytics function for demographics. This allows us to compile reports that contain information about the age, gender and interests of the people who visit our website. This data is sourced from Google advertisements that relate to your interests as well as from external providers who collect visitor data. Data of this nature cannot be traced back to a specific person. You can deactivate this function at any time via the advertising settings in your Google account or prevent your data from being collected by Google Analytics in general by following the instructions under ‘Preventing data collection’.

etracker

Our website uses the etracker analysis service. The provider is etracker GmbH, Erste Brunnenstraße 1, 20459 Hamburg, Germany. This data can be used to create user profiles attached to pseudonyms. Cookies may be used for this purpose. Cookies are small text files that are stored locally in your Web browser's cache. Cookies enable us to recognise your browser. The data collected using etracker technologies is not used to personally identify visitors to our website and is not combined with personal data regarding the person behind the pseudonym if the person concerned has not given their special permission.

You can at any time request that your data cease to be collected and stored with future effect. To formally object to your visitor data being collected and stored in the future, you can download an opt-out cookie from etracker using the link below. This cookie prevents user data being collected from your browser and stored at etracker in the future: https://www.etracker.de/privacy?et=V23Jbb

By taking this action, etracker will save an opt-out cookie named ‘cntcookie’. Please do not delete this cookie if you would not like your data to be collected and stored. You can find more information in etracker's privacy statement: https://www.etracker.com/en/data-privacy/

Google+

Our website uses Google+ functions. The provider is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

Collection and sharing of information: you can use the Google+ button to share information worldwide. The Google+ button gives you and other users personalised content from Google and our partners. Google stores information about you giving a +1 for content as well as about the website you were on when you clicked the +1 button. Your +1s may appear in combination with your profile name and photo in Google services, such as search results or on your Google profile, or in other places on websites and online advertisements.

Google records information about your +1 activities to improve Google services for you and others. In order to use the Google+ button, you need a public Google profile that is visible worldwide and that must contain at least the name chosen for the profile. This name is used in all Google services. In some cases this name may also replace another 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 possess other information that identifies you.

Usage of the information collected: in addition to the usages described above, the information provided by you is used in accordance with Google's applicable privacy policy provisions. Google may potentially publish summarised statistics on users’ +1 activities or share these statistics with users and partners, such as publishers, advertisers or affiliated websites.

SSL encryption

This website uses SSL encryption for security reasons and for protection when transmitting confidential content, for example enquiries that you send to us, the website operator. You can see that your connection is encrypted if the ‘http://’ in your browser's address bar changes to ‘https://’ and a padlock symbol appears.

If SSL encryption is active, third parties will not be able to read the data you transmit to us.

Right to access, erasure and deactivation

You have the right at all times to receive information about your personal data that we have saved, how we received it, its destination and the purpose for which it is used, as well as the right to have this data corrected, blocked from use or deleted, and in all instances at no cost. If you have any queries about this or about anything else on the topic of personal data, you can contact us at any time using the address listed in our legal notice.

Objection to promotional emails

We hereby object to any usage of the contact data published as part of our obligation to provide legal information for the purposes of sending promotional or informational materials, unless explicitly requested by us. The operators of this website explicitly reserve the right to take legal action in the event that unsolicited promotional information, e.g. through spam emails, is received.