Privacy statement

Privacy statement

Data Protection

The operators of these web pages take the protection of your personal data very serious. We treat your personal data as confidential in accordance with the data protection legislation and this Privacy Statement.

As a rule, you can use our website without providing personal data. Where personal data (e.g. name, postal address or email addresses) is collected on our web pages, this data is collected on a voluntary basis wherever possible. This data will not be transmitted to third parties without your explicit consent.

Pleased note that the transmission of data over the Internet (e.g. when communicating by email) may be subject to security gaps. A complete protection of the data against the access by third parties cannot be guaranteed.

 

Cookies

Some of the web pages use so-called cookies. Cookies do not cause any damage to your computer and do not contain viruses. Cookies serve the purpose of making our offering more user-friendly, effective and secure. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer and stored by your browser.

Most of the cookies used by us are so-called “session cookies”, which are automatically deleted after your visit has ended. Other cookies remain stored on your device, until you delete them. These cookies enable us to recognize your browser the next time you visit our website.

You may set your Browser to inform you about the placement of cookies, to allow cookies only on a case-by-case basis, to accept cookies for certain cases or to generally refuse cookies, and to activate the automatic deletion of the cookies when the browser is closed. The deactivation of cookies may limit the functionality of this website.

 

Server Log Files

The provider of the web pages automatically collects and stores information transmitted by your browser in so-called server log files. This information includes:

  • Browser type and browser version
  • Operating system used
  • Referrer URL
  • Hostname of the accessing device
  • Time of the server request

This data is not assignable to specific persons and is not amalgamated with other data sources. We reserve the right to verify this data subsequently, if there are objective indications of an unlawful use.

 

Contact Form

If you use our contact form to send requests to us, we will store your information from the request form including the contact details provided by you for the purposes of processing your request and dealing with follow-up questions. We will not disclose this data without your consent.

 

Newsletter Data

If you want to receive the newsletter offered on the website, we require that you provide to us an email address as well as information enabling us to verify that you are the owner of the given email address and that you agree to the receipt of the newsletter. We will not collect any further data. The data collected by us will be exclusively used for mailing the requested information and will not be transmitted by us to third parties.

Your consent to the storage of your data and your email address and their use for mailing the newsletter may be revoked by you at time, for instance via the “Unsubscribe” link in the newsletter.

 

Google Analytics

This website uses functions of the Google Analytics service, which is provided by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

Google Analytics uses so-called cookies, which are text files stored on your computer and enabling us to analyze your use of the website. The information generated by the cookies on your use of this website is usually transmitted to a server of Google located in the USA and stored there.

 

IP Address Anonymization

We have activated the IP Address Anonymization function on this website, which causes Google to truncate your IP address within the member states of the European Union or in other signatory states to the Agreement on the European Economic Area prior to transmission to the USA. Only in exceptional cases, the complete IP address is transmitted to a server of Google located in the USA to be truncated there. Google uses this information on behalf of the operator of this website to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on the website activities and to provide further services associated with the website and Internet usage to the website operator. The IP address transferred from your browser in connection with Google Analytics will not be amalgamated with any other data from Google.

 

Browser Plugin

You may prevent the storage of the cookies by selecting a corresponding setting in your browser software; however, pleased note that in this case you may not be able to make full use of all functions of this website. In addition, you can prevent the collection and transmission of the data (incl. your IP address) generated by the cookie and relating to your use of the website to Google as well as the processing of this data by Google, by downloading and installing the browser plugin available under the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de

 

Objection to Data Collection

You may prevent the collection of your data by Google Analytics by clicking on the following link which will place an opt-out cookie to prevent the collection of your data during future visits of this website by deactivating Google Analytics. For more information on the handling of user data by Google Analytics, consult the privacy statement of Google: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=de

 

Contract Data Processing

We have concluded an agreement relating to contract data processing with Google and do fully apply the strict standards of the German data protection authorities to the use of Google Analytics.

 

Demographic Characteristics Function of Google Analytics

This website uses the “Demographic Characteristics” function of Google Analytics, which allows for the generation of reports containing conclusions on age, sex and interests of the page visitors.

This data originates from interest-based advertising of Google and from visitor data of third-party providers. This data is not assignable to specific persons. You may deactivate this function at any time via the ad settings in your Google account or generally prohibit the collection of your data by Google Analytics as described under “Objection to Data Collection”.

 

Facebook-Plugins (Like Button)

Our web pages have integrated plugins of the Facebook social media platform, which is provided by Facebook Inc., 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, California 94025, USA. The Facebook plugins can be recognized from the Facebook logo or dem “Like Button” on our site. An overview of the Facebook plugins is available under: https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/.

When you visit our pages, the plugin establishes a direct connection between your browser and the Facebook server, which provides Facebook with the information that you have visited our website with your IP address. When you click on the Facebook "Like Button" while being logged on to your Facebook account, you can link the contents of our pages to your Facebook profile, which enables Facebook to assign your visit on our website to your user account. Please note that we, as the provider of the web pages, do not obtain knowledge of the contents of the transmitted data and its use by Facebook. For further information, see the privacy statement of Facebook under https://de-de.facebook.com/policy.php.

If you do not want Facebook to be able to assign the visit of our web pages to your Facebook user account, please log out from your Facebook user account.

 

Twitter

Our web pages have integrated functions of the Twitter service, which is provided by Twitter Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. By using Twitter and the "Re-Tweet" function, the websites visited by you are linked to your Twitter account and made known to other users. In this context, data is also transmitted to Twitter. Please note that we, as the provider of the pages do not obtain knowledge of the contents of the transmitted data and its use by Twitter. For further information, see the privacy statement of Twitter under https://twitter.com/privacy.

You may change your privacy settings with Twitter in the account settings under: https://twitter.com/account/settings.

 

Google+

Our web pages use functions of Google+, which is provided by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

Collection and sharing of information: Use the Google+ button to publish information all over the world. The Google+ button will provide you and other users with personalized contents from Google and our partners. Google stores the data that you have provided for a +1 content as well as information about the page that you have viewed when clicking on +1. Your +1 contents can be faded in as references along with your profile name and your photo in Google services, e.g. in search results, or in your Google profile, or in other places on websites and ads in the Internet.

Google records information about your +1 activities for the purpose of improving the Google services for you and other users. To use the Google+ button, you need a globally visible public Google profile, which must at least contain the name selected for the profile. This name is used in all Google services. In some cases, this name may also replace another name that you have used when sharing contents via your Google account. The identity of your Google profile can be displayed to users who know your email address or have other identifying information about you.

Use of the collected information: In addition to the purposes described above, the information provided by you is used in accordance with the applicable Google Privacy Policy. Google may publish aggregated statistics about the +1 activities of the users and transmit these statistics to users and partners, such as publishers, advertisers or linked websites.

 

LinkedIn

Our website uses functions of the LinkedIn network, which is provided by LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Whenever you access one of our web pages that contains LinkedIn functions, a connection to servers of LinkedIn is being established. LinkedIn will be provided with the information that you have visited our website with your IP address. When you click on the LinkedIn “Recommend” button while being logged on to your LinkedIn account, LinkedIn is enabled to assign your visit on our website to you and your user account. Please note that we, as the provider of the pages, do not obtain knowledge of the contents of the transmitted data and its use by LinkedIn.

For further information, see the privacy statement of LinkedIn under: https://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy

 

XING

Our website uses functions of the XING network, which is provided by XING AG, Dammtorstraße 29-32, 20354 Hamburg, Germany. Whenever you access one of our web pages that contains XING functions, a connection to servers of XING is being established. To the best of our knowledge, XING does not store personal data, including no IP addresses, and does not evaluate the usage pattern in this connection.

For further information on data privacy and the XING Share button, see the privacy statement of XING under: https://www.xing.com/app/share?op=data_protection

 

YouTube

Our website uses plugins of the Google-owned YouTube site, which is operated by YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. Whenever you visit one of our web pages equipped with a YouTube plugin, a connection to a server of YouTube is being established.

The YouTube server is provided with information about which of your pages you have visited.

When you are logged on to your YouTube account, you enable YouTube to assign your browsing habits directly to your personal profile. You may prevent this assignment by logging out from your YouTube account.

For further information on the handling of user data, see the privacy statement of YouTube under: https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy

 

SSL Encryption

This website uses SSL encryption for security reasons and for the protection of confidential contents transmitted, such as the requests sent by you to us as the operator of the website. An encrypted connection can be recognized from the address bar of the browser changing from “http://” to “https://” and the lock icon in your browser line.

Whenever SSL encryption is enabled, the data transmitted by you to us cannot be tapped by third parties.

 

Right to Information, Correction, Blocking, Deletion

You have the right at any time to free information about your personal data stored by us, its origin and recipients and the purpose of the data processing, as well as the right to correction, blocking or deletion of your personal data. Regarding you rights and further questions concerning the topic of personal data, you may at time contact us using the contact details provided in the imprint.

 

Objection to Advertising Mails

We hereby object to the use of our contact details published in the imprint for the purpose of transmitting unsolicited advertising and information materials. The operators of the web pages expressly reserve the right to take legal action in the case of transmission of unsolicited advertising information, for example through spam emails.

 

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