DATA PROTECTION DECLARATION (PRIVACY STATEMENT)
If you have any questions regarding the protection of your personal data or this privacy statement, please do not hesitate to contact our data protection officer. We will be pleased to inform you about your personal data stored in our database.
b) None of the above mentioned data – except for the domain submitting the query or your e-mail address – will allow us to identify you personally. The above data collection is not prescribed by law or contract and is not required for concluding a contract. You are not obliged to provide the above personal data. If you do not provide the data, however, you may actually no longer have access to all of the functions provided by our website.
b) In addition, you have the following rights regarding your personal data processed by us:
– right to request corrections
– right to request deletions
– right to restrict processing
– right to object to processing
– right to data portability
c) In addition, you have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority.
b) Apart from the session cookies (cf. paragraph a) above) third-party advertisements displayed on our website can also set cookies. An ad server can detect your computer in this way and display advertisements best suited to you. Here, you can also choose browser settings that accept no new cookies and delete cookies already set. Please also see paragraph a) above. We are not responsible for the websites of third-party advertisers. Said third parties have their own data protection concept. Please directly ask the respective third party for information on their data protection concept and related details.
c) Here, we refer to the following provisions of sections 14 to 18, to the extent that they contain information on cookies.
You may refuse the installation of cookies by selecting the corresponding settings in your browser software; please note, however, that by doing so, you may not be able to make full use of the functions of this website. By using this website, you agree to the processing of the data collected about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.
You may opt out of the collection and storage of data by Google Analytics at any time with future effect. For more details on how to deactivate Google Analytics, please refer to: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de.
Given the debate about the use of analytical tools with full IP addresses, we would like to point out that this website uses Google Analytics with the extension “_anonymizeIp ()” which ensures that IP addresses are processed in truncated form only to prevent them from being traced to a specific user.
If you visit certain pages on our website while the cookie has not yet expired, Google and we can see that you have clicked on the advertisement and been redirected to this page. Every Google AdWords customer gets a different cookie. Hence there is no possibility of tracing back cookies via the websites of AdWords customers.
Information obtained by using a conversion cookie is used to generate conversion statistics for AdWords customers using conversion tracking. In this way, the customers get information on the total number of users, who have clicked on their advertisement and been redirected to a page utilizing a conversion tracking tag. However, they do not get any information that can be used for personally identifying users.
If you do not want to participate in conversion tracking, you can opt out of this usage and prevent the installation of cookies by making the respective settings in your browser software (opt-out option). Thereafter, you will no longer be included in the conversion tracking statistics.
More information and Google’s privacy statement are available at: http://www.google.com/policies/technologies/ads/ and http://www.google.de/policies/privacy/.
If you have got a Google user account but do not want Google to collect personal and/or other information on you via our website and to link said information with the membership data about you stored by Google or to link, process and use said information in any other way, you need to log out of your Google account before visiting our website.
b) Use of Facebook Plugins
Our website uses Facebook plugins. A plugin is a software component, which – during its runtime – can be detected and integrated by a software application to add specific features to the software application. The Facebook plugins are operated by the social network Facebook Inc. 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, California 94304, USA (hereinafter “Facebook”). The Facebook plugins used on our website are identified by the Facebook logo (white “f” on blue tile), by the suffix “Like”, or the “thumbs up” symbol, or the suffix “Facebook Social Plugin”.
Whenever you visit our website or any of its subpages that contain such a Facebook plugin, your browser creates a direct connection to the Facebook servers. In this way, the content of the Facebook plugin is transmitted to your browser which integrates it into the displayed webpage and/or subpage of our website. Once the plug-in has been installed, Facebook is notified that you have visited our website or the respective subpage of our website. Please be aware that Facebook can match the visit to your Facebook account, if you are logged in to Facebook during your visit to our webpage and/or any subpage of our website. If you interact with Facebook plugins, by clicking the “Like” button or commenting, for example, the corresponding information will be transmitted directly to Facebook, where it will be stored and processed.
It cannot be ruled out that Facebook will find out and store your IP address even if you have no Facebook user account.
If you have a Facebook user account and do not want Facebook to collect personal and/or other data on you via our website and to link said information with the membership data about you stored by Facebook or to process and use said information, you need to log out of your Facebook account before visiting our website. You can also block Facebook plugins on your browser by using certain add-ons, like the “Facebook blocker” add-on (see, for example, at http://webgraph.com/resources/facebookblocker/).
c) Use of Twitter
Various features provided by the online service Twitter are installed on our website and its sub-pages. These features are provided by Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, California 94107, USA (hereinafter referred to as “Twitter”). If you have a Twitter user account and use the “re-tweet” feature, the webpages and/or subpages of our website that you visit will be linked to your Twitter account and disclosed to other users. In the context of this link and disclosure, personal and/or other data will also be transmitted to Twitter where they will be further processed and used.
For more information on the purpose and scope of the data collection and the further processing and other use of the data by Twitter as well as your associated rights and setting options for protecting your privacy, please refer to
d) Use of the Pinterest Pin It Button
Our website also uses the “Pin it” button provided by the online service Pinterest. In Europe, this online service is provided, among others, by Pinterest Europe Ltd., Palmerston House, 2nd Floor, Fenian Street, Dublin 2, Ireland. In the United States this online service is operated by Pinterest Inc., 635 High Street, Palo Alto, CA, 94301, USA. Due to the use of the “Pin it” button, your browser creates a direct connection with the Pinterest servers. The Pinterest plugin transmits log data to the Pinterest servers located in the United States. These data may contain your IP address, the addresses of the webpages (sub-pages) you have visited, the type and settings or your browser, the date and time of the query, your usual utilization of Pinterest and cookies.
For more information on the purpose, scope, the further processing, and use of the data by Pinterest as well as your associated rights and options for protecting your privacy, please refer to the Pinterest’s privacy notice at: https://policy.pinterest.com/de/privacy-policy.
e) Use of the LinkedIn Share Button
The LinkedIn Share button is also installed on our website. LinkedIn is provided by LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (hereinafter referred to as “LinkedIn”). You can recognize LikedIn plugins by the LinkedIn logo or the “Recommend” button on our website. Whenever your visit our website, LinkedIn’s social plugin creates a direct connection between your browser and the LinkedIn server. In this way, LinkedIn receives information that you visited our website and your IP address during the visit. If you are logged in to LinkedIn, you can link the content of our website to our LinkedIn profile by clicking the LinkedIn “Recommend” button on our website. The details on data collection and the further processing of the data as well as your rights and setting options for protecting your privacy, are provided in LinkedIn’s privacy notices. These notices are available at the following link: http://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy. Please be aware that we have no influence on how exactly LinkedIn uses the data.
f) Use of the StumbleUpon Button
The StumbleUpon button is also installed on our website. The online service StumbleUpon is provided by StumbleUpon, Inc., Delaware, United States, Postal address: 660 4th Street, #558, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA. Whenever you visit our website, your browser creates a direct connection with the StumbleUpon servers. If you do not want any data to be sent from your computer to StumbleUpon, do not click on the StumbleUpon button. If you are using StumbleUpon and are interested in knowing how StumbleUpon uses your data, please carefully read StumbleUpon’s privacy statement, which is available at the following link: http://www.stumbleupon.com/privacy.
g) Use of the reddit Button
Our website also uses the plugins of the social network reddit. This online service is operated by reddit Inc., 520 Third Street, Suite 305, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA. The reddit plugins are accessed through the “Share” option. If you click on the reddit button while you are logged in to your reddit account, you can link the contents of our websites on your reddit profile. In this way, reddit can match your visit to our website to your user account. Please be aware that we, as the providers of our website, have no information on which data are transmitted to reddit and how the data will be used. For more details on the use of the data by reddit, please refer to reddit’s privacy statement at http://www.reddit.com/help/privacypolicy.
h) Use of the Flipboard Button
Our website also uses the plugins of the online service Flipboard. This online service is operated by Flipboard, Inc., 735 Emerson St., Palo Alto, CA 94301, USA. By clicking on the Flipboard button on our website, you can share our website with your personal Flipboard account. You need to be logged in to Flipboard to do so. In this way, Flipboard can match your visit to our webpages to your user account. Please be aware that we, as the providers of our website, have no information on which data are transmitted to Flipboard and how the data will be used. For more details on the use of the data by Flipboard, please go to Flipboard’s privacy statement at https://de-de.about.flipboard.com/privacy/.