Data Privacy Statement

Protection of Privacy

The operators of these pages take your privacy very seriously. We treat your personal data confidentially and in accordance to current legislation in the field of personal data protection as well as in accordance to this privacy policy.

Use of this website is generally possible without specifying personal data. Insofar as personal data are collected on our site (e.g. name, address or e-mail addresses), then this will be on a preferably voluntary basis. No personal data will be transferred to any third parties without your express consent.

We expressly declare that the data transmission on the Internet (e.g. when communicating by e-mail) may have security gaps. Complete protection of data from interception by third parties is therefore not possible.

Data Protection for the use of plug-in functions on Facebook plug-ins (like button)

This website uses plug-ins from the social network Facebook, which are operated by Facebook Inc., 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, California 94025, USA. These plug-ins are indicated by the Facebook logo or the ‘like’ button (‘I like’) on our pages. Here you will find an overview of the Facebook plug-ins: http://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/.

When you visit our website, the plug-in creates a direct connection between your browser and the Facebook server. As a result of the plug-in integration, Facebook receives notification that you have opened up the relevant page on our website with your IP address. If you click on the Facebook ‘like’ button when you are logged on to Facebook at the same time with your Facebook account, you can link the contents on our pages to your Facebook profile page. This enables Facebook to associate your visit on our pages with your Facebook account. As a provider of these pages, we wish expressly to point out that we do not get knowledge regarding the content of the transferred data or use of such data transmitted by Facebook. You can find further information on this in Facebook’s Privacy Policy at: http://de-de.facebook.com/policy.php.

If you do not wish your Facebook account to be identified by Facebook when visiting our pages, please log out of your Facebook account.

Data Privacy Declaration for the use of Google Analytics

Functions of the web analysis service Google Analytics are integrated in our website. These functions are being offered by Google Inc. 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Google Analytics uses so-called ‘cookies’, text files, which are stored on your computer and which allow for analyzing how you use this website. The information generated by the cookie concerning your use of this website will be usually transmitted to a server of Google in the United States and stored there.

In case of activation of the IP anonymisation on this website, your IP address is previously truncated by Google within member states of the European Union or in other states which are party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases is a full IP address transmitted to a Google server in the United States and truncated there. On behalf of this website’s owner, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, compile reports about website activities, and provide the website’s operator with further services related to website and Internet usage. The IP address sent from your browser as part of Google Analytics is not merged with other data by Google.

You can prevent storage of cookies by appropriately setting your browser software; in this case, however, please note that you might not be able to fully use all functions offered by this website. In addition, you can prevent data generated by the cookie and relating to your use of the website (including your IP address) from being collected and processed by Google, by downloading and installing a browser plug-in from the following link: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de

Data Privacy Declaration for the use of Google +1

Functions of the Google +1 service are integrated in our website. These functions are being offered by Google Inc. 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA..

Collection and distribution of information: use the Google +1 button to publish information on a worldwide scale. The button ‘Google +1’ produces personalised contents for you and other users provided by Google and our partners. Google will store both information that you have given for a content +1, as well as information concerning the page you were visiting when you clicked on +1. Your +1 can be shown as references together with your profile name and photo in Google services, such as for example in search results or in your Google profile, or in other places on websites and ads on the Internet. Google records information about your +1 activities to improve Google services for you and other users. To be able to use the Google +1 button, a globally visible, public Google profile, which must at least contain the name chosen for the profile, is required. This name is used across all Google services. In some cases this name can also replace a different name used when sharing content via your Google account. The identity of your Google profile may appear to other users who know personal e-mail address or have access to other identifying information on your person.

Use of the collected information:
In addition to the above purposes of use, the information provided by you will be used in accordance with the applicable Google Privacy Policy. Google may release aggregate statistics about the +1 activities of the users or pass this statistics on to users and partners, such as publishers, advertisers or related websites.

Data Privacy Declaration for the use of Twitter

Functions of the Twitter service are integrated in our website. These functions are being offered by Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA. The use of Twitter and the ‚Re-tweet’ feature links the pages you visit with your Twitter account and makes this information available to other users. Data is transferred to Twitter in this process. We want to make you aware that we as a provider of the pages have no knowledge of the content of the transferred data or of its use by Twitter. You can find more information about the data privacy declaration of Twitter at http://twitter.com/privacy.

You can change your data privacy settings at Twitter in the account settings at http://twitter.com/account/settings.

Data Privacy Declaration for the use of Pinterest

Our website uses social plug-ins of the social network Pinterest being operated by Pinterest Inc., 635 High Street, Palo Alto, CA, 94301, USA (‘Pinterest’). When you visit one of our websites which has a plug-in of this kind, your browser sets up a direct link to the Pinterest servers. The plug-in transmits log data to the Pinterest servers in the United States. These log data may contain information such as your IP address, web address of the websites that your are visiting and which also contain Pinterest functions, type of browers and browser settings, the date and time of your request and information about how you use Pinterest and cookies.

More information about the purpose, extent, further processing and use of the data by Pinterest, as well as your rights and the settings available for the protection of your privacy can be found on Pinterest’s Privacy Statements at: https://about.pinterest.com/de/privacy-policy.

Data Privacy for the use of Xing

Our webseite uses functions of the networking site XING. This site is operated by XING AG, Dammtorstraße 29-32, 20354 Hamburg, Germany. Every time a user accesses one of our web pages containing functions of Xing, a connection to Xing servers is established. According to our knowledge, no personal information is recorded in the process. In particular, no IP addresses are recorded and usage behavior is not evaluated.

Further information on the protection of privacy and the Xing ‘share’ button can be found in Xing’s privacy policy https://www.xing.com/app/share?op=data_protection.

Cookies

Some of the pages on our website make use of so-called cookies. Cookies do not damage your computer and do not contain viruses. Cookies serve the purpose of making our offer user-friendly, effective and safer. Cookies are small text files which are placed by your browser on your computer.

Most cookies we use are so-called ‚session cookies’ which are automatically deleted after your visit to our website. Other cookies remain stored on your computing device until you delete them from your computer. These cookies allow us to recognise your browser at your next visit.

You can configure your browser so as to be informed about the placement of cookies and to decide in each individual case whether to accept them or not, or to accept or reject cookies in general or in certain cases, as well as to activate automatic deletion of cookies when you close down your web browser. However, the deactivation of cookies may restrict the functionality of our web offer.

Server Logfiles

The provider assigned with the hosting of the site automatically collects and stores information in the server’s logfiles that your browser transmitted to us. These are:

  • browser type / browser version
  • utilised operating system
  • referrer URL
  • host name of accessing computer
  • time of server inquiry

For us, these data are not assignable to certain persons. A merge of these data with other data sources is not made. However, we reserve the right to check these data afterwards at any time if we become aware of specific indications that illegal usage may have taken place.

Contact Form

If you send us a message by filling in the contact form, we must point out that we will store your data given on the inquiry form including the contact data you provided for the sole purpose of processing your inquiry as well as to handle any follow-up questions you may have. We do not transmit these data to third parties without your approval.

Cancel of consent, modifications, corrections and updates

Users may contact us at no cost if you have any questions relating to your personal data stored by us. Contact details are to be found in the ‘Legal Notice’ on this web site. Furthermore, users have the right to have incorrect personal data corrected, deleted or blocked and they have the right to cancel explicitly granted consent, unless such claim is barred by any legal obligation to retain this data.

Changes to the Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to amend this Data Privacy Statement accordingly in order to adapt it to the most current legal situation or in case of any changes to the services and technical standards in data processing. The users are therefore requested to inform themselves regularly of the respective content on this page.

Objection against advertising e-mails

We hereby object to the use by third parties of the contact information published within the framework of the statutory Legal Notice obligations (‘Impressumspflicht’) for the purpose of sending promotional emails and information material that has not been expressly requested. The operators of the web pages explicitly reserve the right to take legal action in the event of the unsolicited sending of advertisements, such as spam mails.