The use of our website is generally possible without inputting personal data. If personal data is collected on our site (e.g. name, address or email address) this always takes place on a voluntary basis where possible. This data shall not be passed on to third parties without your express permission.
Please note that transmitting data over the internet (when communicating by email, for example) can present security risks. It is not possible to guarantee full protection of the data from third-party access.
Cope of application
Access data/server log files
When visiting our Website, access information (date, time, viewed pages) can be stored on the server. This data is not classified under personal data, but is instead anonymised. The stored data is analysed exclusively for statistical purposes. It is not passed on to third parties for commercial or non-commercial purposes.
The Providers (or rather, its web space provider) collect data each time the Website is accessed (known as server log files). Access details include:
- Name of the website requested
- Date and time of the request
- Data volume transferred
- Notification of successful access
- Browser type and browser version
- The user’s operating system
- Referrer URL
- IP address
- Requesting provider
This data, known as log data, is not attributable to specific persons. This data will not be merged with other data sources. The Providers only use the log data for statistical evaluation for operational purposes, for security reasons and to optimise the Website. They reserve the right to verify this data later should they become aware of specific indicators of unlawful use.
Handling personal data
Personal data is information which helps identify a person, meaning details which can be traced back to one person. It includes the name, email address or telephone number. Personal data is only then collected and used by the Providers if this is legally permitted or the users have consented to the collection of data.
When the Providers are contacted (for example, via contact form or email) the user details are stored for the purpose of processing the request and for possible follow-up questions.
Our newsletters inform you about us and our Website. If you would like to receive our newsletter, we require a valid email address, as well as information allowing us to verify that you are the owner of the email address provided or that the owner has agreed to receive the newsletter. No further data is collected. This data is only used to send the newsletter and is not passed on to third parties.
When you subscribe to the newsletter we store your IP address and the date of registration. This storage simply serves as verification in case a third party abuses an email address and signs up for the newsletter without the knowledge of the rightful owner.
You may withdraw your consent to the storage of data, your email address and use thereof for sending the newsletter at any time. You can unsubscribe via a link in the newsletter itself or by sending us notification to the above mentioned contacts.
When users access the Website, one or several cookies are stored on their computer. You may prevent cookies being stored by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser software; however, please note that if you do so, you may not be able to fully use the functions of this Website. You can also prevent Google from collecting the data generated by the cookies regarding your use of the Website (including your IP address) and from processing the data, by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available at the following link: tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
IP anonymisation for Google
We have enabled the IP anonymisation function on this Website. Google uses this to shorten your IP address within Member States of the European Union or in other states that are party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area before sending it to the USA. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be sent to a Google server in the USA and truncated there. Google will use this information on behalf of the Providers to analyse your use of the Website, to compile reports on website activity and to provide related services to the Provider relating to website and internet use. The IP address sent by your browser as part of Google Analytics will not be linked to any other data held by Google.
Objection to data collection by Google
You can prevent Google Analytics from collecting your data by clicking the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en. An opt out cookie will be installed which prevents your data from being collected when you visit this Website in future.
Incorporating services and content from third parties
Content from third parties may be incorporated into this Website. This is always subject to the content providers (hereinafter referred to as “Third Party Providers”) protecting the IP address of the user. We endeavour to only use content for which the relevant provider uses the IP address solely for the purpose of displaying content. However, we do not have any influence over whether Third Party Providers store IP addresses, e.g. for statistical purposes. Should we become aware of this occurring, we shall inform users of this fact.
Facebook Plug-ins (Like button)
Plug-ins from the Facebook social network, provided by Facebook Inc., 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, California, 94025, USA, are incorporated into this Website. You can recognise the Facebook plug-ins on this Website by the Facebook logo or the “Like” button. You can find an overview of the Facebook plug-ins here.
When you visit our Website, the plug-in establishes a direct connection between your browser and the Facebook server. Facebook is thereby notified that you have visited our Website with your IP address. If you click the Facebook “Like” button whilst logged in to your Facebook account, you can link the content of our Website to your Facebook profile. This allows Facebook to link your visit to our Website to your user account.
If you do not want Facebook to be able to link your visit to our Website to your Facebook user account, please log out of your Facebook account.
You can change your privacy settings for Twitter in account settings here.
Our Website uses plug-ins from the Google operated site YouTube. The provider of the site is YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. If you visit one of our YouTube plug-in enabled web pages, you will be connected to YouTube’s servers. In doing so, the YouTube server is informed about which of our web pages you have visited.
Objection, right of access, erasure, blocking, amendment, rectification and update
You have the right to be given free access at any time to your stored personal data, its origin and recipient, and the reason for the data being processed, as well as a right to rectify, block, or delete this data. If you have any questions about this or any other matters relating to personal data, you can contact us at the address given in the legal notice.
In addition, you have the right to rectify any incorrect data, block or delete your personal data as long as no legal retention period prevents it.
Objection to promotional emails
We hereby object to the use of contact details published as part of the obligation to publish the legal notice for sending promotional material and information that has not been expressly requested. The Providers expressly reserve the right to take legal action upon receipt of unsolicited promotional information such as spam emails.