Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy
The use of our website is usually possible without providing personal information. When personal data is collected on our websites (such as name, address or email address), it is done where possible on a voluntary basis. This data is not given to any third party without your express consent.
We wish to point out that data transmission over the Internet (e.g. communication by email) can have security gaps. It is not possible to fully protect data from being accessed by third parties.
The use of the contact details, published in the framework of the index obligations, by third parties for the transmission of unsolicited advertisements and information material is herewith expressively prohibited. The website operators expressly reserve the right to take legal action against any party who sends unsolicited advertising information, including, but not limited to, spam emails.

Privacy Statement for the Use of Google Analytics
This website uses Google Analytics, an internet analytics service provide by Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, text files that are stored on your computer and allow an analysis of the use of the website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this site are usually transmitted and stored in a Google server in the USA. In the case of activation of the IP anonymisation on this website, your IP address from Google will be truncated within Member States of the European Union or other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area.
Only in exceptional cases is the complete IP address transmitted and reduced to a Google server in the USA. On behalf of the website owner Google will use this information; to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on website activity and to provide other website activity and internet related services to the respective website owner. The use of the data from Google Analytics from your browser transmitted IP address will not be merged with other data from Google.
You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser; however, we point out that in this case you may not be able to fully use all features on this website. You may also prevent the detection of the cookie generated by and related to your use of the website (including your IP address) to Google and the processing of these data by Google by downloading and installing the following browser plugin; https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en

Privacy Policy for Usage of Facebook-Plugins (Like-Button)
We integrate Plugins on our websites from the social network Facebook, 1601 South California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA. The Facebook plugins on our websites are recognisable as the Facebook logo or the “Like Button”. You can find an overview of the Facebook plug-ins here: http://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/.
When you visit our site, due to the Facebook plugin, a direct connection is made between your browser and the Facebook server. Facebook thereby obtains the information that you (your IP address) have visited our website. If you click on the Facebook “Like” button while you are logged into your Facebook account, you can link the content of our pages to your Facebook profile. Thereby Facebook can allocate your visit of our website to your Facebook account. We point out that we as the provider of the websites know no knowledge of the contents of the transmitted data and use of them by Facebook. For more information, see the Privacy Statement on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/
If you do not wish that Facebook can assign your visit to our website to your Facebook user account, please log out from your Facebook account.

Privacy Statement for the Usage of Twitter
There are integrated functions on our webpages of the service Twitter; these functions are offered by Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA. Through the use of Twitter and the “Re-Tweet” function, the web pages you visit are linked to your Twitter account and other Twitter users are informed (data is also transmitted).
We point out that we as the provider of the websites know no knowledge of the contents of the transmitted data and use of them by Twitter. For more information, see the Privacy Statement on Twitter: https://twitter.com/privacy
You can change your privacy preferences within the account settings area on Twitter: http://twitter.com/account/settings

Privacy Statement for the Usage of Google +1
Collection and passing on of information:
By using the Google +1 button, you can publish information worldwide. With the Google +1 button you and other users will receive personalised content from Google and other partners. Google will store both the information that you have given for a content +1, as well as information about the page that you were viewing when you click on +1. Your +1 can be shown along with your name and profile photo in Google services, such as in search results or in your Google profile, or elsewhere on websites and ads on the Internet.
Google records information about your +1- activities to improve Google’s services for you and others. To use the Google +1 button, you must have a globally visible, public Google profile, which contains at least the chosen name for the profile (this name is used in all Google services). In some cases, this name can also be replaced by a different name that you used when sharing content with your Google Account. The identity of your Google profile can show other users; who knows your email address and other identifying information.
Using the information collected:
In addition to the above uses, the information you provided is used in accordance with the applicable Google privacy policy. Google may release aggregate statistics about the +1 user’s activities to users and partners, such as publishers, advertisers or affiliated websites.

Data protection notice for the use of the “demographics” function in Google Analytics
This website uses the Google Analytics report on demographics (e.g. age, gender and interests) in which data from interest-based advertising from Google as well as visitor data from third party providers (e.g. DoubleClick) is used. This data cannot be traced back to a specific person and can be deactivated at any time through the ad settings (https://www.google.com/settings/u/0/ads).

Privacy statement for the use of Xing
Our website uses functions of the XING network. The provider is XING AG, Dammtorstraße 29-32, 20354 Hamburg, Germany. A connection to the Xing servers is made every time one of our pages which contains functions from Xing is loaded. To the best of our knowledge, no personal details are saved as a result. In particular, no IP addresses are saved and the user behavior is not evaluated.

More information concerning data protection and the Xing share button can be found in the Xing privacy statement at https://www.xing.com/app/share?op=data_protection

Privacy statement for the use of Pinterest
On our website, we use social plugins from the Pinterest social network which is provided by Pinterest Inc., 635 High Street, Palo Alto, CA, 94301, USA (“Pinterest”). If you load a page which contains such a plugin then your browser will make a direct connection to the Pinterest servers. The plugin thereby communicates log data to the Pinterest servers in the USA. This log data may include your IP address, the address of websites you have visited which also contain Pinterest functions, the browser type and settings, the date and time of the query, your manner of use of Pinterest and cookies.

More information about the purpose, extent and further processing and use of the data by Pinterest as well as your rights and options for protecting your privacy in relation to this can be found in the Pinterest data protection notices: https://about.pinterest.com/en/privacy-policy

Disclosure, deletion, blocking
You have the right, at any time and free of charge, to disclosure of your stored personal data, its origin and recipients and the aim of data processing as well as a right to the rectification, blocking or deletion of this data. You can contact us for this and for any other questions regarding personal data at any time using the address provided in the Legal Notice.

Serve log files
The website provider automatically collects and stores information in so-called server log files which your browser automatically communicates to us. These are:

  • Browser type/browser version
  • Operating system in use
  • Referrer URL
  • Host name of the accessing computer
  • Time of the server query

This data cannot be attributed to a specific person. This data is not combined with other sources of data. We reserve the right to check this data at a later date if we become aware of concrete indications of unlawful use.

Cookies
The website sometimes uses so-called cookies. Cookies do not damage your computer and do not contain viruses. Cookies are used to make our offering more user-friendly, effective and secure. Cookies are small text files which are stored on your computer and which your browser saves.

Most of the cookies which we use are so-called “session cookies”. They are automatically deleted at the end of your visit. Other cookies remain saved on your device until you delete them. These cookies allow us to recognize your browser again on your next visit.

You can set up your browser so that you are informed about the creation of cookies and only allow cookies on a case-by-case basis, accept cookies for specific cases or generally prevent the use of cookies, as well as activating the automatic deletion of cookies when the browser is closed. The deactivation of cookies may limit the functionality of this website.

Contact form
If you submit inquiries to us using the contact form then your details from the inquiry form, including the contact detail which you enter there, will be stored by us for the purposes of dealing with the inquiry and in case of follow-up questions. We do not pass this data on without your consent.

Objection to advertising emails
The use of the contact details published pursuant to the obligation to provide a Legal Notice for the purposes of sending advertising and information material which we have not explicitly requested is hereby prohibited. The website provider expressly reserves the right to take legal action in the event of receipt of unsolicited advertising information such as spam emails.

References:
Disclaimer from eRecht24, the portal to the Internet lawyer Sören Siebert, Google Analytics terms of service, Facebook privacy policy, Twitter privacy policy, Google + privacy statement.