Data Protection

Summary of Data Protection Statement Based on DS-GVO

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Detailed Data Protection Statement Based on DS-GMO

The responsible body within the terms of the data protection laws, in particular the EU Privacy Policy (DSGVO), is indicated under imprint.

Purposes of Data Processing by the Responsible Body and Third Parties

We process your personal data only for the purposes stated in this privacy policy. Your personal data will not be submitted to third parties for purposes other than those stated. We will only share your personal information with third parties if:

  • You have given us your explicit consent to do so,
  • Processing is required to execute a contract with you,
  • Processing is required to fulfill a legal obligation,

Processing is necessary in order to protect the vital interests of the data subject for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by the third party, unless the data subject overrides such interests.

Collecting General Information When Visiting our Website

When you access our website, a cookie automatically records the general information. This data (server log files) includes, for example, the type of Web browser you use, your computer’s operating system, the domain name of your Internet service provider, and the like. It does not allow us to draw any conclusions about your identity based on the data collected.

This information is technically required in order to correctly deliver your requested web page contents and is absolutely necessary when browsing the Internet. It is processed in particular for the following purposes:

  • Ensures a hassle-free connection to the website,
  • Ensures a smooth and hassle-free use of our website,
  • Evaluates system security and stability
  • For further administrative purposes.

The processing of your personal data is based on our legitimate interest for the aforementioned purposes of data collection. We do not use your information to draw conclusion. The recipient of the data is only the responsible body and possibly the processor.

This kind of anonymous data collection may be statistically evaluated by us to optimise our website and its underlying technology.

Cookies

Like many other websites, we also use the so-called "cookies". Cookies are small files that are transferred from a website server to your hard drive. They automatically give us specific information, such as your IP address, the browser you have used, your operating system and your connection to the Internet.

Cookies cannot be used to launch programs or to transfer viruses to a computer. Based on the information contained in cookies, we can make navigation easier for you and enable the correct display of our web pages.

Under no circumstances will the data collected by us get passed on to third parties or a link with your personal data be revealed without your consent.

If you wish, you can browse our website without accepting cookies. Internet browsers are often set up to save cookies. In general, you can disable the use of cookies at any time through the settings of your browser. Please use the help features of your Internet browser to find out how to change these settings. Please note that some features of our website may not work if you have disabled the use of cookies.

SSL Encryption

To protect your data security during transmission, we use state-of-the-art encryption methods, (such as SSL) via HTTPS.

Comments

When users leave comments on our website, the date and time they created the comments and their previously chosen username will also be saved. This is for our own security, as we may be prosecuted for any illegal content appearing on our website, even if it has been created by users.

Newsletter

On the basis of your expressly given consent, we will regularly send you our newsletter or comparable information by e-mail to your specified e-mail address.

Your e-mail address will be sufficient to subscribe to the newsletter. When you sign up to receive our newsletter, the information you provide will be used exclusively for this purpose. Subscribers can also be notified by email about any relevant circumstances about the service or registration (such as changes to the newsletter offer or technical conditions).

For a successful registration we need a valid e-mail address. In order to verify that a registration is actually made by the owner of the provided e-mail address, we use the "Double opt-in" procedure. For this purpose we record the order of the newsletter, the dispatch of a confirmation mail and the receipt of the requested reply. No further information is collected. The data will be used exclusively for the newsletter and will not be passed on to third parties.

You can revoke your consent to storing your personal data and cancel your subscription for the newsletter at any time. You will find a corresponding link in every newsletter. You can also unsubscribe at any time through this website or let us know about your cancellation request via the contact option indicated at the end of this privacy notice.

Contact Form

If you have any questions simply contact us via e-mail or fill out the contact form and kindly give us your consent for the purpose of contacting. This requires the disclosure of a valid e-mail address. We can then use your e-mail address in order to answer your queries. Any additional information provided by you is optional. The information you provide will be stored by us for the purpose of processing your request and for possible follow-up questions. Once your request has been completed, we will automatically delete your personal data.

Use of Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a Web analysis service provided by Google Inc. (following: Google). Google Analytics uses the so-called "cookies", i.e. text files that are stored on your computer and provide an analysis of how you use the website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website is usually sent to a Google server in USA and stored there. However, due to the activation of IP anonymisation on these web pages, your IP address will be shortened beforehand by Google within European Union’s member states or in other contracting states of the European Economic Area Agreement. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be sent to a Google server in the US and shortened there. On behalf of the website’s operator, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on your activities on the website and to provide the website operator further information on other services related to your use of the website and the Internet. The IP address transmitted by your browser as part of Google Analytics will not be merged with any other data held by Google.

The purposes of data processing are the evaluation of the website use and the compilation of reports on activities carried out on the website. Based on the use of the website and the Internet, other related services will be provided. The processing is based on the legitimate interest of the website operator.

You can prevent cookie storage by adjusting your browser so that no cookies will be stored on your computer; however, please note that if you do this, you may not be able to use all the website’s features to the fullest extent possible. In addition, you may prevent Google’s cookie generated collection data related to your use of the website (including your IP address) as well as the processing of this data by Google through downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under the following link: Browser add-on to disable Google Analytics.

In addition or as an alternative to the browser add-on, you can prevent tracking by Google Analytics on our pages by clicking this link. An opt-out cookie will be installed on your device. This will prevent data collection by Google Analytics for this website and its browser in the future, as long as the cookie remains installed in your browser.

Using Script Libraries (Google Web fonts)

In order to render our content correctly and make it graphically appealing across all browsers, we use script and font libraries on this website, such as: Google Web fonts (https://www.google.com/webfonts/). Google Web fonts are transferred to the cache of your browser to prevent multiple loading. If the browser does not support Google Web fonts or prohibits access, content will be displayed in a standard font.

The call of script libraries or font libraries automatically triggers a connection to the operator of the library. It is theoretically possible for operators of such libraries to collect data - however, it is currently unclear whether and if so for what purposes.

The privacy policy of Google library operator can be found here: Google privacy policy

Using Google Maps

This website uses Google Maps API to visually display geographic information. When using Google Maps, Google also collects, processes and uses data about the use of map features by visitors. For more information about Google's data processing Google's data processing , please refer to the Google Privacy Notice.

Embedded YouTube Videos

We embed YouTube videos on some of our websites. The corresponding plug-ins are operated by YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. When you visit a page with the YouTube plug-in, it will connect to YouTube's servers. YouTube will be notified of all the pages you have visited. If you are logged into your YouTube account, it will allow you to associate your browsing behaviour directly with your personal profile. This can be prevented by logging out of your YouTube account beforehand.

When a YouTube video is playing, the provider uses cookies that collect information about user behaviour.

Anyone who has disabled the storage of cookies for the Google Ad program will not be subject to such cookies when watching YouTube videos. YouTube also stores non-personal usage information in other cookies. If you want to prevent this, you must block the storage of cookies in the browser.

For more information on data protection of "YouTube", see the privacy policy of the provider at: Google's data processing

Social Plugins

We offer you the possibility of using "social media buttons" on our website. To protect your data, we rely on the "Shariff" solution in the implementation. As a result, these buttons are integrated on the website only as image that contains a link to the corresponding website of the button provider. By clicking on the image you will be redirected to the services of the respective provider. Only then will your data be sent to the respective provider. Unless you click on the image, there will be no data exchange between you and the providers of the social media buttons. Information about the collection and use of your data in social networking sites can be found in the provider’s respective terms of use policy.

We have integrated the social media buttons of the following companies on our website: Facebook, Instagram, Google+

Google AdWords

Our website uses Google Conversion Tracking. If you have accessed our website via an advertisement sent by Google, Google Adwords will set a cookie on your computer. The conversion tracking cookie is set when a user clicks on a Google ad. These cookies become invalid after 30 days and are not used for personal identification. If the user visits certain pages on our website and the cookie has not expired, we and Google may recognise that the user clicked on the ad and was redirected to this page. Every Google AdWords customer receives a different cookie. Cookies cannot be tracked through AdWords advertisers' websites. The information collected using the conversion cookie is used to generate conversion statistics for AdWords advertisers who have opted for conversion tracking. Customers are informed about the total number of users who have clicked on their ad before getting redirected to a conversion tracking page. However, they will not receive any information that can personally identify users.

If you do not want to participate in the tracking, you can refuse the required setting of a cookie - You can, for example, do this via a browser setting that generally disables the automatic setting of cookies or sets your browser to block cookies from the domain.

Please note that you cannot delete the opt-out cookies as long as you do not want to record measurement data. If you have deleted all your cookies in the browser, you must reset the respective opt-out cookie.

Additional information as well as Google's privacy policy can be found at: Google's privacy policy

Using Google Remarketing

This website uses Google Inc.'s remarketing feature. This feature is designed to present interest-based ads to website visitors within the Google Network. A "cookie" is stored in the browser of the website visitor, which makes it possible to identify the visitor when he or she visits websites that belong to the advertising network of Google. On these pages, visitors may be presented with ads that are specifically related to content that the visitor previously viewed on web pages using Google's remarketing feature.

Google has stated that it does not collect any personal information during this process. However, if you still do not want Google's Remarketing feature, you can always disable it by making the appropriate settings at: http://www.google.com/settings/ads

Using Adroll

This site uses AdRoll re-targeting technology. With this we can specifically target those users with advertising who have already visited our website. The ad is displayed during a re-target based on a cookie-based analysis of the user's previous behavior. Of course, no personal data will be stored here either.

For more information about Adroll's privacy, please see https://www.adrollgroup.com/Privacy.

Using Embedded Vimeo Videos

This website uses the Vimeo video service to embed videos from Vimeo in the content of the website.

For more information about "Vimeo" data protection, please see the privacy policy of the provider at https://vimeo.com/privacy.

Your Affected Rights

You can exercise the following rights at any time under the stated contact details of our data protection officer:

  • Information about your stored data and its processing,
  • Correction of inaccurate personal data,
  • Deletion of your stored data,
  • Restriction of data processing, in case we are not allowed to delete your data due to legal obligations,
  • Objection to the processing of your data by us and
  • Data transfer, provided you have agreed to your data processing or have signed a contract with us.

If you have given us consent, you can revoke it at any time with future effect.

Changes to Our Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to modify this privacy statement to comply with current legal requirements or to implement changes to our services in the privacy policy, such as the introduction of new services. Your latest visit will be subject to the new Privacy Policy.