Data protection policy

Data protection

The operators of this site take the protection of your personal data very seriously. We treat your personal data confidentially and in compliance with the legal data protection regulations and terms of this data protection policy.

Our website can generally be used without providing any personal information. In instances where our pages do collect personal information (e.g. name, address or e-mail addresses), this is done on a voluntary basis whenever possible. This data will not be passed on to any third parties without your explicit consent.

Please note that data transmission over the Internet (e.g. via e-mail communications) can be exposed to security gaps. The seamless protection of your data against access by third parties is not possible.

Data protection policy for the Facebook plugin (Like button)

Pages on our site integrate plug-ins from Facebook’s social network (provider: Facebook Inc., 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, California 94025, USA). Facebook plugins are identified by the Facebook logo or "Like button" on our website. A list of the Facebook plug-ins can be found here: http://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/.

When you visit our pages, the plug-in establishes a direct connection between your browser and Facebook’s server. As a result, Facebook receives information that you have visited our page from your specific IP address. When you click the Facebook "Like button" while you are logged into your Facebook account, this creates a link between content on our site and your Facebook profile. This means that Facebook can associate your visit to our website with your user account. Please note that as the provider of the website, we have no knowledge about the content of the data sent or how it is used by Facebook. For more information on this topic, please refer to Facebook’s data protection policy http://en-en.facebook.com/policy.php.

http://de-de.facebook.com/policy.php If you do not want Facebook to associate your visit to our website with your Facebook user account, please log out of your Facebook account.

Data protection policy for use of Google Analytics

This website uses features of the web analytics service Google Analytics (provider: Google Inc. 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA). Google Analytics uses what are known as "cookies". These are small text files which are saved on your computer and make it possible to analyse how the website is used by you. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is generally sent to a Google server located in the USA and stored there.

If IP anonymisation is enabled on this website, your IP address will first be shortened by Google within the EU member states or other states party to the agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the complete IP address be sent to a Google server located in the USA and then shortened there. Google uses this information on behalf of the operator of this website to analyse your use of the websites, to compile reports on website activities and to provide the website operator additional services associated with website use and Internet use. The IP address sent by your browser to Google Analytics is not aggregated with other Google data.

You can block cookies by configuring your browser accordingly. Please note, however, that you will not be able to fully use all of this website’s features if you do this. You can also prevent the collection and sending of the data generated by the cookie and relating to your use of the website (incl. your IP address) to Google as well as the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available by clicking the link below: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en

Data protection policy for use of Google +1

Our pages use Google +1 features. (provider: Google Inc. 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA).

Collection and disclosure of information: The Google +1 button allows you to publish information globally. By using the Google +1 button, you and other users receive personalised content from Google and other partners. Google saves both the information that you have provided for +1 content as well as information about the page you were viewing when you clicked the +1 button. Your +1 history can be displayed together with your profile name and your photo in Google services, for example in search results or in your Google profile, or in other places on websites and in advertisements on the Internet. Google collects information about your +1 activities to improve Google services for you and others. To use the Google +1 button, you need a global public Google profile that must contain at least the name you have selected for your profile. This name is used across all Google services. In some cases, this name can also replace other names you may have provided when sharing content using your Google account. The identity of your Google profile can be displayed to other users who know your e-mail address or who have other identifying information about you.

Use of the information collected: Information provided by you can, in addition to the purposes explained above, be used within the scope of the applicable Google data protection policy. Google may publish aggregated statistics about the +1 activities of users or pass this information on to users and partners, such as publishers, advertisers or linked websites.

Data protection policy for use of Twitter

The pages on our site use certain features provided by Twitter. These features are provided by Twitter Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. By using Twitter and the "re-tweet" feature, the websites you visit are linked with your Twitter account, and this information is made available to other users. Data is also sent to Twitter in the process. Please note that as the provider of the website, we have no knowledge about the content of the data sent or how it is used by Twitter. For more information on this topic, please refer to Twitter’s privacy policy http://twitter.com/privacy.

You can change your data privacy settings on Twitter by going to http://twitter.com/account/settings.

Cookies

Some of the webpages use what are referred to as cookies. Cookies do not harm your computer or contain any viruses. Cookies are used to make our website more user-friendly, effective and secure. Cookies are small text files that your browser stores on your computer.

Most of the cookies which are stored are “session cookies” that are automatically deleted at the end of your session. Other cookies stay on your device until you delete them. These cookies allow us to identify your browser the next time you visit our site.

You can configure your browser so as to notify you when a cookie is saved and to only allow cookies in individual cases, to accept cookies under certain circumstances, or to reject them as a rule. You can also have cookies deleted automatically when closing the browser. Disabling cookies may limit the functionality of this website.

Server log files

The website provider automatically collects and saves information in what are known as server log files that your browser automatically sends to us. These are:

  • browser type/browser version
  • operating system
  • referrer URL
  • hostname of the accessing computer
  • time of the server request


This data cannot be used to identify specific individuals. We do not combine this data with other data sources. We reserve the right to review this data later if there are any specific signs of unlawful use.

Contact form

If you send us an enquiry using the contact form, the details you provide on the form, including the contact details, are saved for the purposes of processing your enquiry and for any necessary follow-up. We will not pass this data on to any other party without your consent.

Rejection of advertising e-mails

Use of the contact details published for the purpose of sending unsolicited advertising and informational materials is hereby explicitly rejected in compliance with the legal notice obligations. The website operators explicitly reserve the right to take legal action in cases of sending unsolicited advertising, such as via spam mails.

Newsletter data

If you would like to receive the newsletter offered on this website, we require your e-mail address as well as information that enables us to verify that you are the holder of the e-mail address provided and that you agree to have us send you the newsletter. No other information is collected. We use this data exclusively to send the requested information and will not pass it on to any third parties.

You may withdraw your consent to the saving of your data, e-mail address as well as its use for the purposes of sending the newsletter, for example by clicking the “Unsubscribe” link in the newsletter.