Data protection

The operators of these web pages take

the protection of your personal data very seriously. We treat your personal data confidentially, and in accordance with the statutory data protection provisions and this privacy statement.

Our website may generally be used without providing personal data. Where personal data (e.g. name, address or email addresses) are collected on our website, this is on a voluntary basis wherever possible. These data are not disclosed to third parties without your express consent.

Please note that security gaps may occur during data transfer on the internet (e.g. communication by email). It is not possible to provide complete protection from data being accessed by third parties.

Cookies

Some of the websites use so-called cookies. Cookies do not cause damage to your computer and do not contain viruses. Cookies are used for the purpose of making our services more user-friendly, effective and secure. Cookies are small text files which are placed on your computer and stored by your browser.

Most of the cookies used by us are so-called “session cookies”. They are automatically deleted at the end of your visit. Other cookies will remain on your terminal until you delete them. These cookies enable us to recognise your browser at your next visit.

You can set your browser to inform you when cookies are set and allow cookies in individual cases only; you can also exclude the acceptance of cookies in particular cases or generally, and you can activate automatic deletion of cookies when the browser is closed. If you deactivate cookies the functionalities of this website may be restricted.

Server log files

The provider of these websites automatically collects and saves information in so-called server log files, which your browser transmits to us automatically. These include:

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

These data cannot be attributed to individuals. They are not consolidated with other data sources. We reserve the right to examine these data at a later date if there are specific indications of illegal use.

Contact form

When you send us enquiries via the contact form, the data you enter in the contact form, including your contact data, will be stored by us for the purposes of processing your enquiry and any subsequent queries. We do not disclose these data without your consent.

Newsletter data

If you wish to receive the newsletter offered on the website we will need your email address and information which allows us to check that you are the holder of the specified email address and agree to receive the newsletter. No other data are collected. We use these data exclusively for sending out the requested information and do not disclose them to third parties.

You may withdraw your consent to the storage of data, the email address and its use for the sending of the newsletter, for example, at any time

via the “unsubscribe” link in the newsletter.

Privacy statement regarding the use of Google Analytics

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

Google Analytics uses “cookies”. These are text files that are stored on your computer and that enable an analysis of your use of the website. The information about your use of this website generated by the cookie is generally sent to a Google server in the USA and stored there.

You’ll find more information on the handling of user data by Google Analytics in Google’s privacy statement: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=de

Browser plug-in

You can prevent the placing of cookies by configuring your browser software accordingly; in this case, however, please note that you may not be able to use all functions of this website in full. In addition, you may prevent collection of the data generated by the cookie and related to your use of the website (including your IP address) by Google and processing of these data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under the following link:

https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de

Objecting to the collection of data

You can prevent the collection of your data by Google Analytics by clicking on the following link. This will set an opt-out cookie which will prevent the future collection of your data upon future visits to this website. Deactivate Google Analytics

Commissioned data processing

We have concluded a third-party data processing agreement with Google and comply fully with the strict requirements of the German data protection authorities when using Google Analytics.

IP anonymisation

We use the function “Activate IP anonymisation” on this website. This means that your IP address will be shortened by Google within the member states of the European Union or other states participating in the Agreement on the European Economic Area prior to transmission. A full IP address will only be transmitted to a Google server in the USA and be shortened there in exceptional cases. Google will use this information on behalf of the operator of this website in order to analyse your use of the website, compile reports on website activity, and provide further services related to website and internet use to the website operator. The IP address transmitted by your browser through Google Analytics will not be combined with other Google data.

Privacy statement regarding the use of etracker

Our website uses the analysis service etracker. The provider is etracker GmbH, Erste Brunnenstraße 1, 20459 Hamburg, Germany. User profiles may be created from the collected data under a pseudonym. Cookies may be used for this purpose. Cookies are small text files which are saved locally in your internet browser’s cache. Cookies allow your browser to be recognised at future visits. Without the particular consent of the data subject, the data collected via etracker technologies will not be used to identify visitors of our website personally and will not be combined with personal data about the bearer of the pseudonym.

You may object to the data collection and storage at any time with effect for the future. In order to object to the collection and storage of your user data for the future please use the following link to obtain the etracker opt-out cookie; this will ensure that no future user data are collected and saved for your browser by etracker: http://www.etracker.de/privacy?et=V23Jbb

This will set an opt-out cookie called “cntcookie” by etracker. Please do not delete this cookie while you wish your objection to be in place. More information can be found in the privacy statement of etracker: http://www.etracker.com/de/datenschutz.html

Privacy statement regarding the use of Piwik

This website uses the open source web analysis service Piwik. Piwik uses “cookies”. These are text files that are stored on your computer and that enable an analysis of your use of the website. For this purpose, the information generated by the cookie about the use of this website is stored on our server. IP addresses are anonymised prior to storing.

The information generated by the cookie about the use of this website is not disclosed to third parties. You can prevent the placing of cookies by configuring your browser software accordingly; in this case, however, please be aware that you may not be able to use all functions of this website in full.

If you do not agree with the storage and use of your data you may deactivate storage and use here. In this case an opt-out cookie will be set in your browser which prevents Piwik from storing user data. If you delete your cookies this will also result in a deletion of the Piwik opt-out cookie. The opt-out will need to be activated again upon revisiting out site.

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Privacy statement regarding the use of Facebook plug-ins (“like” button)

Plug-ins of the social network Facebook, provider Facebook Inc., 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, California 94025, USA, are integrated on our website. You can recognise the Facebook plug-ins by the Facebook logo or the “like” button on our site. Please click here for an overview of Facebook plug-ins:

http://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/.

When you visit our websites, a direct connection between your browser and the Facebook server will be established via the plug-in. This will provide Facebook with information to the effect that you, with your IP address, have visited our site. If you click the Facebook “like” button while you are logged in to your Facebook account you may link the contents of our websites to your Facebook profile. This allows Facebook to attribute the visit of our websites to your user account. Please note that as the website provider we are not given any information on the contents of the transmitted data nor their use by Facebook. You’ll find more information on this in Facebook’s privacy statement at http://de- de.facebook.com/policy.php.

If you do not wish Facebook to be able to attribute the visit to our websites to your Facebook user account, please log out of your Facebook user account.

Privacy statement regarding the use of Twitter

Our websites include services provided by Twitter. These functions are provided by Twitter Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. By using Twitter and the “retweet” function, the websites you have visited are linked to your Twitter account and disclosed to other users. This process includes a transfer of data to Twitter. Please note that as the website provider we are not given any information on the contents of the transmitted data or their use by Twitter. You’ll find more information on this in Twitter’s privacy statement at http://twitter.com/privacy.

You may change your Twitter privacy settings in your account settings at http://twitter.com/account/settings.

Privacy statement regarding the use of Google+

The websites use services of Google+. The provider is Google Inc. 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

Collection and disclosure of information: The Google+ button enables you to publish information worldwide. You and other users receive personalised contents by Google and our partners through the Google+ button. Google stores the information that you have clicked +1 for a piece of content as well as information about the page which you were viewing when you clicked +1. Your +1s may be displayed as information together with your profile name and your photograph in Google services, such as in search results or your Google profile, or in other locations on websites and internet advertisements.

Google records information about your +1 activities in order 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 contains at least the name chosen for the profile. This name is used by all Google services. In some cases, this name may replace a different name which you have used when sharing contents via your Google account. The identity of your Google profile may be shown to users who know your email address or hold other identifiable information relating to you.

Use of collected information: Alongside the aforementioned purposes of collection, the information you provide will be used in accordance with the applicable Google privacy policy. Google may publish consolidated statistics about the +1 activities of users and/or disclose them to users and partners, such as publishers, advertisers or affiliated websites.

Privacy statement regarding the use of Instagram

Our websites include services provided by Instagram. These functions are provided by Instagram Inc., 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, 94025, USA. When you are logged in to your Instagram account, you may link content of our websites with your Instagram profile by clicking the Instagram button. This allows Instagram to attribute the visit of our websites to your user account. Please note that as the website provider we are not given any information on the contents of the transmitted data nor their use by Instagram.

More information can be found in the privacy statement of Instagram: http://instagram.com/about/legal/privacy/

Privacy statement regarding the use of LinkedIn

Our website uses services of the LinkedIn network. The provider is LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Each time one of our sites that contains LinkedIn functions is accessed, a connection to servers of LinkedIn will be established. LinkedIn will be informed about the fact that you have visited our websites under your IP address. If you click the

LinkedIn “recommend” button and are logged in to your LinkedIn account, LinkedIn will be able to attribute your visit to our websites to you and your user account. Please note that as the website provider we are not given any information on the contents of the transmitted data nor their use by LinkedIn.

More information can be found in the privacy statement of LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy

Privacy statement regarding the use of Pinterest

We use social plug-ins from the social network Pinterest, which is operated by Pinterest Inc., 808 Brannan Street San Francisco, CA 94103-490, USA (“Pinterest”), on our websites. When you access a page that contains such a plug-in, your browser will establish a direct connection to the servers of Pinterest. In the process, the plug-in will transmit protocol data to the Pinterest server in the USA. These protocol data may contain your IP address, the address of the websites visited which also contain Pinterest functions, the type and settings of your browser, the date and time of request, your manner of using Pinterest, and cookies.

You’ll find further information on the purpose, scope and further processing and use of these data by Pinterest and about your respective rights and options to protect your privacy in the privacy statement of Pinterest: https://about.pinterest.com/de/privacy-policy

Privacy statement regarding the use of SoundCloud

Plug-ins of the social network SoundCloud (SoundCloud Limited, Berners House, 47-48 Berners Street, London W1T 3NF, United Kingdom) may be integrated on our websites. You can recognise the SoundCloud plug-ins by the SoundCloud logo on the affected sites.

When you visit our websites, and after the plug-in is activated, a direct connection will be established between your browser and the SoundCloud server. This will provide SoundCloud with information to the effect that you, with your IP address, have visited our site. If you click the “like” or the “share” button while you are logged in to your SoundCloud user account, you may link and/or share the contents of our websites with your SoundCloud profile. By doing so, SoundCloud will be able to attribute the visit to our websites to your user account. Please note that as the website provider we are not given any information on the contents of the transmitted data nor their use by SoundCloud. You’ll find more information on this in SoundCloud’s privacy statement at https://soundcloud.com/pages/privacy

If you do not wish Soundcloud to attribute the visit to our websites to your SoundCloud user account, please log out of your SoundCloud user account before you activate the contents of the SoundCloud plug-in.

Privacy statement regarding the use of XING

Our website uses services of the XING network. The provider is XING AG, Dammtorstraße 29-32, 20354 Hamburg, Germany. Each time one of our sites that contains XING functions is accessed, a connection to servers of XING will be established. As far as we are aware, this does not involve any storage of personal data. In particular, no IP addresses are stored, and user behaviour is not analysed.

You can find further information on data protection and the XING “share” button in XING’s privacy statement at https://www.xing.com/app/share?op=data_protection

Privacy statement regarding the use of Tumblr

Our websites use buttons of the Tumblr service. The provider is Tumblr, Inc., 35 East 21st St, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10010, USA. These buttons enable you to share a contribution or a website over Tumblr or to follow the provider on Tumblr. If you access one of our websites which contains a Tumblr button, your browser will establish a direct connection to the Tumblr servers. We have no control over the extent of data which Tumblr collects and transmits through this plug-in. Currently, the user’s IP address and the URL of the respective website are transmitted.

You’ll find further information on this in Tumblr’s privacy statement at http://www.tumblr.com/policy/de/privacy.

Privacy statement regarding the use of YouTube

Our website uses plug-ins of the YouTube website, which is operated by Google. The operator of the websites is YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. When you visit one of our sites which includes a YouTube plug-in a connection will be established to the servers of YouTube. During this process, the YouTube server will be informed which of our

sites you have visited.

If you are logged in to your YouTube account, you will be enabling YouTube to attribute your browsing behaviour directly to your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account.

You can find more information on the handling of user data in YouTube’s privacy statement: https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy

Comment function on this website

For the comment function on this website, information on the time of creation of the comment, your email address and, if you are not posting anonymously, your chosen user name will be stored alongside your comment.

Subscribing to comments

As a user of the website, you may subscribe to comments after you have registered. You will receive a confirmation email to check that you are the holder of the specified email address. You may unsubscribe from this service at any time via the link in the info emails.

SSL encryption

This website uses SSL encryption for the purposes of security and to protect the transmission of confidential contents, for example enquiries you send to us as the website operators. You can recognise an encrypted connection by the fact that the address line in the browser changes from “http://” to “https://”, and by the padlock symbol in your browser address bar.

When SSL encryption is activated, the data you transmit to us cannot be read by third parties.

Information, deletion, blocking

You have the right to obtain, free of charge and at any time, information on the personal information stored about you, its origin and recipient and the purpose of data processing, and a right to correction, blocking or deletion of these data. For this purpose, and if you have any other questions on the subject of personal data, you are welcome to contact us at any time at the address specified in the legal notice.

Objection to marketing emails

We herewith object to the use of contact data published in the context of the mandatory legal notice for the purposes of sending advertising and information which has not been expressly requested. The website operators expressly reserve the right to take legal action in the event of unsolicited advertising being sent, e.g. by spam email.

Source: https://www.e-recht24.de

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