Privacy Statement

Privacy Statement

As a user of our website in this data privacy statement all necessary information about how, to what extent and for what purpose we or third party providers collect data from you and use it. Your data is collected and used strictly in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) and the Telemedia Act (TMG). We are particularly committed to the confidentiality of your personal data and therefore work strictly within the limits set by law. This personal data is collected on a voluntary basis if we are able to do so. We will also only pass this data on to third parties with your express consent. We ensure a high level of security for particularly confidential data such as in payment transactions or with regard to your inquiries to us by using SSL encryption. At this point, however, we would like to point out the general dangers of Internet use over which we have no control. Especially in e-mail traffic, your data is not secure without further precautions and may be collected by third parties.

Information, deletion, blocking

You will receive information at any time and free of charge about the personal data we have stored about you as well as about the origin, the recipient and the purpose of data collection and data processing. You also have the right to request the correction, blocking or deletion of your data. This does not apply to data which is kept due to legal regulations or which is required for proper business transactions. Data is stored in a lock file for control purposes so that data can be locked at any time. If data are not collected by a legal archiving obligation, we delete your data at your request. If the archiving obligation applies, we block your data. For all questions and concerns regarding the correction, blocking or deletion of personal data, please contact our data protection officer under the contact data in this data protection declaration or at the address stated in the imprint.

Cookies

We use cookies on our website. These small text files are stored on your PC from our server. They support the presentation of our website and help you to move around our website. Cookies collect data about your IP address, your browser, your operating system and your Internet connection. We do not link this information to personal data and do not pass it on to third parties. Under no circumstances are cookies used by us to bring malware or spyware to your computer. You can also use our website without the use of cookies, which may limit some representations and functions of our offer. If you wish to deactivate cookies, you can do so using the special settings of your browser. Please use its help function to make the appropriate changes. You can manage online ad cookies via the following links: www.aboutads.info/choices for the USA www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/your-ad-choices for Europe

Provision of chargeable services

If you wish to use the paid services offered on our website, we may need to collect additional data from you for billing purposes and for security reasons. Your name, a valid e-mail address and, if applicable, your address and telephone number as well as further information, depending on the individual case, are regularly requested here. This may also include content that allows us to verify the information provided, such as your ownership of the email address provided. For legal reasons, we must ensure that you actually wish to receive the services offered and that we can properly invoice you for the service. We work in payment transactions to secure your data with the SSL encryption standard, recognisable by the browser line "https://".

Collection of access data

The delivery and presentation of the contents via our website technically requires the collection of certain data. When you access our website, these so-called server log files are recorded by us or the provider of the web space. These log files do not allow any conclusions to you and your person. The relevant information consists of the name of the website, the file, the current date, the data volume, the web browser and its version, the operating system used, the domain name of your Internet provider, the referrer URL as the page from which you switched to our site, and the corresponding IP address. We use this data for the presentation and delivery of our contents as well as for statistical purposes. The information supports the provision and continuous improvement of our offer. We also reserve the right to subsequently check the data mentioned if there is suspicion of illegal use of our offer.

Third-party content and services

The offer on our website may also include content, services and performances of other providers that supplement our offer. Examples of such offers are maps from Google Maps, YouTube videos or graphics from third parties. Calling these services from a third party regularly requires the transmission of your IP address. This enables these providers to perceive your user IP address and to store it. We make every effort to include only those third party providers who use IP addresses solely for the delivery of the content. However, we have no influence on which third party provider may store the IP address. This storage can be used for statistical purposes, for example. Should we become aware of storage processes by third parties, we will immediately inform our users of this fact. In this context, please also note the special data protection declarations for individual third-party providers and service providers whose services we use on our website. You will also find them in this data protection declaration.

Newsletter

You can register on our website to receive our newsletter. We need your e-mail address for this. In addition, we must check whether you are actually the owner of the e-mail address provided and would like to receive the newsletter, taking into account the relevant legal regulations. We therefore collect information that makes such a check possible. The data collected in this context are used to send and receive the newsletter. They have another purpose and will not be passed on to third parties. Apart from the information required for sending the newsletter, no other data is collected from our site. As the sending and receiving of the newsletter is dependent on your consent, you can revoke this consent to the collection and storage of your data at any time without giving reasons. Please use the "Unsubscribe-Link", which is provided in the newsletter.

Personal Information

We collect personal data within the scope of data avoidance and data economy only to the extent and as long as it is necessary for the use of our website or is prescribed by law. We take the protection of your personal data seriously and strictly adhere to the relevant legal regulations and this data protection declaration when collecting and processing personal data. If the purpose of data collection ceases to apply or if the end of the legal storage period has been reached, the data collected will be blocked or deleted. Our website can be used regularly without passing on personal data. If we collect personal data - such as your name, address or e-mail address - this data collection is voluntary. This data will not be disclosed to third parties without your express consent. Please note that data on the Internet is generally not always transmitted securely. Especially in e-mail traffic, data exchange protection cannot be guaranteed.

Disagreement advertising e-mails

In the context of the legal imprint obligation we must publish our contact data. These are partially used by third parties to send unwanted advertising and information. We hereby object to any sending of advertising material of any kind not expressly authorized by us. We also expressly reserve the right to take legal action against the unwanted and unsolicited sending of advertising material. This applies in particular to so-called spam e-mails, spam letters and spam faxes. We point out that the unauthorized transmission of advertising material may affect competition law, civil law and criminal law. Spam emails and spam faxes in particular can lead to high claims for damages if they disrupt business operations due to overcrowding of mailboxes or fax machines.

Use of Google AdSense

We include ads from Google AdSense on our website. Google AdSense is a remarketing feature of Google Inc that enables visitors to our pages to offer matched, interest-based ads. Cookies are used for this purpose. These text files stored on your computer generate information that makes you recognisable as a visitor, for example by identifying your IP address. Web beacons are also used. These are invisible graphics that are used to analyze the flow of visitors to a website. Google transmits all the information mentioned to its servers in the USA. In this context, Google denies the storage of personal data and the merging of IP addresses with other Google services. However, Google Inc. is not prevented from passing on the information to third parties. You have the option of preventing this remarketing function. You can make the necessary settings on the following website: www.google.com/settings/ads. Via the page www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp you already prevent the storage of cookies. You can achieve the same result via the corresponding settings in your browser, which are explained to you via its help function. Without cookies, the presentation and function of our website may be restricted. By using our website, you regularly consent to Google collecting and processing the data described above for remarketing purposes.

Google AdWords

On our website, we use Google AdWords, an online advertising program from Google Inc, which also uses conversion tracking. With this tool, Google AdWords places a cookie on your PC when you visit our website via a Google ad. The cookie is no longer valid after 30 days. It is not for personal traceability. If you visit our website as a user and the cookie is still working, we can see together with Google that you have clicked on the corresponding advertisement and have been redirected to our page. Each Google AdWords customer is assigned a different cookie. Cookies are therefore not traceable via the AdWords customers' websites. The data collected through conversion cookies is used to generate conversion statistics for AdWords customers. As customers, we learn the total number of users who responded to our ad and were then directed to a website that was tagged with a conversion tracking tag. We do not receive any information during this process with which we could personally identify you as a user. If you choose not to follow the tracking process, you can disable the Google Conversion Tracking cookie from your Internet browser. If necessary, use the browser's help function for further information. For more information about Google's privacy policy, please visit www.google.de/policies/privacy/.

Use of Google Analytics

We use the web analysis service Google Analytics from Google Inc. on our website, which uses cookies. These are text files that allow an analysis of your user behaviour in relation to our website by saving them on your PC. The cookies generate information that is transmitted to a Google server. These servers are usually located in the USA, but follow agreements to use the European Economic Area and shorten your IP address before transmission to the United States. Only in exceptional cases will the IP address be shortened only after transmission to the USA. Google evaluates the transmitted information and provides further services for us website operators in this context. The IP address determined is not merged with other Google services. By changing your browser settings, you can prevent cookies from being stored on your computer. However, this may result in display and functional restrictions when using our website. A browser plug-in also prevents the collection and use of data generated by cookies. You can download it from the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en Learn more about Google and Google Analytics' privacy policy at: www.google.com/analytics/terms/de.html or at https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/.

Google Maps Plugin

We use a plugin of the internet service Google Maps on our website. Google Maps is operated by Google Inc. located in the USA, CA 94043, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View. By using Google Maps on our website, information about the use of this website and your IP address is transmitted to a Google server in the USA and also stored on this server. We have no knowledge of the exact content of the data transmitted, nor of their use by Google. In this context, the company denies the connection of the data with information from other Google services and the collection of personal data. However, Google may transfer the information to third parties. If you disable Javascript in your browser, you prevent Google Maps from running. However, you will not be able to use the map display on our website. By using our website, you consent to the collection and processing of the information by Google Inc. For more information on the privacy policy and terms of use for Google Maps, please visit https://www.google.com/intl/de_en/help/terms_maps.html.

Google+ Plugin

We use Google+ functions on our website. The social network is offered by Google Inc., based in the USA, CA 94043, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View. Google+ allows you to publish content globally using its button. You will also be offered personalized content from Google and partner providers. Google stores your rating (+1) for content and information from websites that you clicked on when you assigned +1. Your +1 rating can be displayed with your profile name and photo in other Google services. Google collects a total of your 1+ activities. This data collection serves to optimise and personalise the Google offer for you. To use the Google+ platform, create a globally visible profile under a name of your choice. The name you choose also applies to the other Google services. If you know your email address, you will be able to access your Google+ profile. Google uses the collected data within the scope of its data protection regulations, among other things, for the compilation of statistics, which are passed on to partner companies or used for other purposes. Details on the use of the data and the data protection regulations can be viewed at www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy/ Under the link you will also find information on the individual setting of data protection on Google+.

XING-Plugin

On our website, we use functions of XING, a network that aims in particular to promote professional contacts among its members. The provider of this network is XING AG. It is located at Dammtorstraße 29-32 in 20354 Hamburg. When one of our pages with XING functions is accessed, a connection to XING servers is established. We are not aware that XING stores personal data. To the best of our knowledge, XING does not evaluate or store any IP addresses. If you would like further information on XING data protection, you can call up the XING data protection declaration with the link https://www.xing.com/app/share?op=data_protection. There you can also learn more about the XING share button.