This privacy statement (version 25.05.2018) complies with the new EU General Data Protection Regulation. The statement explains which information we collect, how we use data and what data protection options you have as a user of this website.
Unfortunately, it is in the nature of such statements to sound very technical, but we tried to describe the most important things in plain language.
Automatic Data Storage
Nowadays, when you visit any website, including our website, certain information is automatically created and stored.
When you visit our website as you are doing just now, our web server (computer on which this website is hosted) automatically stores data, such as:
- Address (URL) of the website visiting
- Browser and browser version
- Operating system used
- Address (URL) of the previously visited website ('referrer URL')
- Host name and IP address of the device from which it is accessed
- Date and time
Generally, web server log files are stored for two weeks and then automatically deleted. We do not disclose this information, but we cannot rule out that it will be seen in the event of unlawful behaviour.
Storage of Personal Data
Personal data that you submit electronically to us on this website, such as name, e-mail address, address or other personal information in the course of submitting a form or comments in the blog, will be used by us, together with the time and IP address, solely for the purpose indicated in each case, and shall be stored securely and not disclosed to third parties.
We only use your personal data for communication with those visitors who expressly request contact and for the handling of the services and products offered on this website. We will not disclose your personal information without consent, but we can not rule out that this information will be seen in the event of unlawful behaviour.
If you send us personal information by e-mail (not by using a form on this website) we cannot guarantee secure transmission and protection of your data. We recommend that you never send confidential data by e-mail.
Rights according to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
According to the provisions of the GDPR, you have the following rights in principle:
- Right to rectification (Article 16 GDPR)
- Right to erasure ('Right to be forgotten') (Article 17 GDPR)
- Right to restriction of processing (Article 18 GDPR)
- Notification obligation regarding rectification or erasure of personal data or restriction of processing (Article 19 GDPR)
- Right to data portability (Article 20 GDPR)
- Right to object (Article 21 GDPR)
- Right not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing, including profiling (Article 22 GDPR)
If you believe that the processing of your data violates data protection law or that your data protection rights have been violated in any other way, you can complain to the supervisory authority (see Impressum, EU Mediation).
Our website uses HTTP cookies to store user-specific data.
A cookie is a short data package that is exchanged between the web browser and the web server but is completely meaningless to them, and only becomes significant for the web application, e.g. an online shop, such as the contents of a virtual shopping cart.
There are two types of cookies: First-party cookies are created by our website, and third-party cookies are created by other websites (e.g. Google Analytics).
There are three categories of cookies: Essential cookies to ensure basic functionality of the website, functional cookies to ensure website performance and targeted cookies to improve the user experience.
If you do not wish that we use these cookies, you can set your browser to inform you about the setting of cookies and you can restrict cookies to be allowed only in specified cases.
You can always delete cookies that are already on your computer or disable cookies. The procedure for doing this varies according to browser, it is best to look for the instructions in Google for the term "delete cookies chrome" or "disable cookies chrome" in the case of a Chrome browser or replace the word "chrome" with the name of your browser, e.g. "edge", "firefox" or "safari".
If you subscribe to our newsletter, you submit the above personal information and give us the right to contact you via email. We use the data stored in the registration for the newsletter exclusively for our newsletter and not for any other purposes.
If you unsubscribe from the newsletter we delete all data that was saved with the registration for the newsletter. You can find the link to unsubscribe at the bottom of each newsletter.
We use MailChimp to send newsletters, and we use MailChimp services to record newsletter signup on our website.
General Information about MailChimp
When you sign up for our newsletter on our website, the data entered will be stored by MailChimp.
Deletion of your Data
You can withdraw your consent to receive our newsletter at any time by clicking the link at the bottom the email. If you unsubscribe by clicking the link, your data will be deleted from MailChimp.
When you receive a newsletter via MailChimp, information such as IP address, browser type and e-mail program are stored to give us information about the performance of our newsletter. MailChimp can use the images embedded in the HTML emails called "web beacons" (see https://kb.mailchimp.com/reports/about-open-tracking for details); MailChimp can tell whether the email arrived, whether it was opened, and whether links in it have been clicked. All this information is stored on the servers of MailChimp, not on this website.
MailChimp Order Data Processing Contract
We have a contract with MailChimp for 'Data Processing Addendum'. This agreement secures your personal information and ensures that MailChimp adheres to applicable privacy policies and does not share your personal information with third parties.
More information about this contract can be found at https://mailchimp.com/legal/forms/data-processing-agreement.
We use Google Analytics from Google Inc. (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA) to statistically analyse visitor data. Google Analytics uses targeted cookies.
Google Analytics Cookies
- Expiration time: 2 years
- Usage: Differentiation of website visitors
- Example value: GA1.2.1326744211.15221060829
- Expiration time: 24 hours
- Usage: Used to distinguish website visitors
- o Example value: GA1.2.1687193234.15221060829
- Expiration time: 1 minute
- Usage: Used to throttle the request rate. If Google Analytics is provided through Google Tag Manager, this cookie will be named _dc_gtm_ <property-id>.
- o Example value: 1
Our concern in terms of GDPR is to improve our services and our website. Since the privacy of our users is important to us, the user data is pseudonymized. The data processing takes place on the basis of the legal regulations of the §96 Para. 3 TKG (Telecommunications Act), and of Art. 6 EU-GDPR Para. 1(a) (Consent) and/or (f) (Legitimate Interest) of the GDPR.
Deactivation of Data Collection by Google Analytics
You can prevent Google from collecting the cookie-generated data relating to your use of the website and from processing these data by downloading and installing the browser plug-in at the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.
Google Analytics Data Processing Addendum
We have concluded a direct-client agreement with Google for the use of Google Analytics by accepting the 'Data Processing Addendum' in Google Analytics.
For more information on the Data Processing Addendum for Google Analytics, visit: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/3379636?hl=en&utm_id=ad.
Google Analytics IP Anonymisation
We have implemented Google Analytics IP address anonymisation on this website. This feature has been developed by Google to enable websites to comply with applicable privacy practices and recommendations of local data protection authorities when they prohibit storage of the full IP address. The anonymisation or masking of the IP takes place as soon as the IP addresses arrive in the Google Analytics data collection network and before the data is stored or processed.
For more information on IP anonymisation, visit https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/2763052?hl=en.
Google Analytics Deactivation Link
By clicking on the deactivation link below, you can prevent Google from logging further visits to this website. Attention: The deletion of cookies, the use of the incognito / private mode of your browser, or the use of another browser results in the collection of data again.
We use functions of Facebook, a social media network of FIrma Facebook Ireland Ltd., 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbor, Dublin 2 Ireland.
Visit https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins to learn more about the features (social plug-ins) provided by Facebook.
By visiting our website information can be transmitted to Facebook. If you have a Facebook account, Facebook can associate that information with your personal account. If you do not want that, please log out of Facebook.
We use the video service YouTube of YouTube LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA on this website.
Visiting pages on our website with embedded YouTube videos results in information being sent to YouTube, stored and analysed. If you have a YouTube account and are logged in, this information will be associated with your personal account and the information stored in it.
Visit https://www.google.com/intl/de/policies/privacy to learn what information is collected by Google and how it is used.
We use features of Twitter, a social network of Twitter International Company, One Cumberland Place, Fenian Street, Dublin 2 D02 AX07, Ireland, on this website.
This can also result in the sending of personal data to Twitter. We do not monitor this data exchange, and do not store anything about it.
If you have a Twitter account, you can change your privacy settings in the account settings under https://twitter.com/settings/account.