The use of our website is generally possible without having to provide personal information. If we do collect personal data (such as name, address or email addresses), this is always done on a voluntary basis wherever possible. This data will not be shared with any third parties without your explicit consent.
We wish to point out that data transmission over the Internet (e.g. when communicating via email) may be subject to security vulnerabilities. It is not possible to protect data completely against access by third parties.
This website partially uses so-called cookies. Cookies do not harm your computer and do not contain any viruses. Cookies serve to make our website more user-friendly, effective and secure. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer and stored by your browser.
Most of the cookies we use are so-called ‘session cookies’. They are automatically deleted after your visit. Other cookies remain stored on your device until you delete them. These cookies enable us to recognise your browser the next time you visit the website.
You can set your browser so that you are informed when cookies are stored on your computer, enabling you to allow cookies to be used once only, accept cookies in certain cases only, always refuse them, or automatically delete cookies when you close your browser. Please be advised that the functionality of this website may be restricted if you deactivate cookies.
The website provider automatically collects and stores information in so-called server log files, which your browser automatically sends to us. These include:
– Browser type and browser version
– Operating system used
– Referrer URL
– Host name of the requesting computer
Time of the server request
This data cannot be assigned to specific individuals and it is not merged with other data sources. We reserve the right to check this data retrospectively, if we become aware of specific evidence of illegal use.
If you submit enquiries to us via the contact form, your details from the enquiry form, including the contact details provided therein, will be stored by us in order to process the enquiry and deal with any follow-up questions. We will not share this data without your consent.
If you wish to receive the newsletter featured on the website, we require an email address from you, as well as information that allows us to verify that you are the owner of the supplied email address and that you consent to receiving the newsletter. Additional data is not collected. We use this data solely to send the requested information and do not share it with third parties.
You can at any time revoke your consent that permits us to store the data and email address and use them for sending the newsletter. This can be done, for example, via the ‘unsubscribe’ link in the newsletter.
This website uses functions of the web analytics service Google Analytics. The provider is Google Inc. 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.
Google Analytics uses so-called ‘cookies’. These are text files that are stored on your computer to permit an analysis of how you use the website. The information generated by the cookie about how you use this website is generally sent to a Google server in the USA and stored there.
We have activated the IP anonymisation function on this website. As a result, your IP address will be shortened by Google within member states of the European Union or other signatory states to the Agreement on the European Economic Area prior to being sent to the USA. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be sent to a Google server in the USA and shortened there. On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on website activity and to provide the website operator with other services related to the use of this website and the Internet. The IP address sent by your browser within the context of the Google Analytics service will not be merged with other data from Google.
You can prevent the storage of cookies by setting your browser software accordingly; however, we wish to advise you that by doing so you may not be able to use the full range of functions on this website. You can also prevent Google from collecting and processing the data generated by the cookie and related to your use of the website (including your IP address) by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available at the following link:
OPTING OUT OF DATA COLLECTION
You can prevent Google Analytics from collecting your data by clicking on the following link. An opt-out cookie is set to prevent the collection of your data on future visits to this website: Disable Google Analytics
CONTRACT DATA PROCESSING
We have signed a contract data processing agreement with Google and fully comply with the strict provisions of the German data protection authorities when using Google Analytics.
GOOGLE ANALYTICS DEMOGRAPHICS AND INTERESTS
This website uses the ‘Demographics and Interests’ function provided by Google Analytics, permitting the generation of reports that supply information on the age, gender and interests of website visitors. The information comes from interest-related advertising by Google as well as visitor data obtained from third-party providers. This data cannot be ascribed to any specific individual. You can deactivate this function at any time by changing the relevant settings for advertising in your Google account or generally prevent the collection of your data by Google Analytics as set out under the section ‘Opting out of data collection’.
Our website uses the etracker analytics service. The service is provided by etracker GmbH, Erste Brunnenstraße 1, 20459 Hamburg, Germany. The data collected can be used to create usage profiles under a pseudonym. Cookies may be used for this purpose. Cookies are small text files stored in your local browser cache. These cookies permit the recognition of your browser. The data collected by the etracker technologies is not used to determine the personal identity of website visitors and is not merged with personal data of the bearer of the pseudonym unless the person concerned has granted their express consent.
You can opt out of the collection and storage of your data at any time. To opt out of the collection and storage of your visitor data, you can use the etracker opt-out cookie available from the following link. This ensures that no visitor information from your browser will be collected and stored by etracker in the future:
This website uses the open-source web analytics service Piwik. Piwik uses so-called ‘cookies’. These are text files that are stored on your computer and permit an analysis of how you use the website. For this purpose, the website usage information generated by the cookie is stored on our server. The IP address is anonymised prior to storage.
The usage information generated by the cookie will not be shared with third parties. You can prevent the storage of cookies by setting your browser software accordingly; however, we wish to advise you that by doing so you may not be able to use the full range of functions on this website.
If you do not consent to the storage and use of your data you can deactivate the function. By doing so, an opt-out cookie is placed on your browser that prevents Piwik from saving usage data. Deleting your cookies will also result in the deletion of the Piwik opt-out cookie. This will then have to be reactivated if you visit our website again.
FACEBOOK PLUG-INS (LIKE BUTTON)
Plug-ins from the social network Facebook, operated by Facebook Inc., 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, California 94025, USA, are integrated into our website. You can recognise the Facebook plug-ins by the Facebook logo or the ‘Like’ button on our website. You can find an overview of the Facebook plug-ins here: https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/ .
If you prefer not to have your visit linked to your Facebook user account, please log out of your Facebook user account.
You can change your data privacy settings in your Twitter account settings at https://twitter.com/account/settings
Our website uses features of Google+. The provider of these features is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.
Collection and sharing of information: With the aid of the Google+ button you can publish information worldwide. The Google+ button gives you and other users personalised content from Google and our partners. Google stores information about when you have clicked on the +1 button for certain content as well as information about the page you viewed when you clicked on the +1 button. Together with your profile name and your photo, your +1 clicks can be displayed as a source of information in other Google services, such as search results, your Google profile or elsewhere on websites and in advertisements on the Internet.
Google records information about your +1 activities in order to improve Google’s services for you and others. In order to use the Google+ button, you must have a globally visible and public Google profile which contains at least the name chosen for the profile. This name is used in all Google services. In some cases, this name may also replace another name you may have used whilst sharing content via your Google account. The identity of your Google profile can be shown to users who know your email address or other identifying information about you.
Functions of the Instagram service are embedded in our web pages. These functions are offered by Instagram Inc., 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, 94025, USA. If you are logged in to your Instagram account, you can link the contents of our web pages to your Instagram profile by clicking on the Instagram button, which enables Instagram to allocate the visits to our web pages to your user account. We point out that we, as the provider of the web pages, receive no information about the contents of the transmitted data or its use by Instagram.
You can find further information on this topic in the Instagram privacy statement:
Our website utilises features of the LinkedIn network. The provider is LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. A connection to LinkedIn servers is established with every visit to one of our website pages featuring functions from LinkedIn. LinkedIn is informed that you visited our website with your IP address. If you click the LinkedIn ‘Recommend’ button and are logged into your LinkedIn account, LinkedIn is able to ascribe your visit to our website to you and your user account. As the website provider, we wish to point out that we do not receive any information relating to the content of the transmitted data nor how it is used by LinkedIn.
We use social plug-ins from the social network Pinterest on our website, operated by Pinterest Inc., 808 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA 94103-490, USA (‘Pinterest’). When you visit a page that contains such a plug-in, your browser connects directly to the Pinterest servers. The plug-in sends log data to the Pinterest server in the USA. This log data may include your IP address, the address of websites visited that also contain Pinterest features, the browser type and settings, the date and time of the request, how you use Pinterest and any cookies.
Plug-ins from the social network SoundCloud (SoundCloud Limited, Berners House, 47–48 Berners Street, London W1T 3NF, Great Britain) may be integrated into our websites. You can recognise the SoundCloud plug-ins by the SoundCloud logo on the relevant pages.
When you visit our website, a direct connection between your browser and the SoundCloud server will be established immediately after the plug-in has been activated. As a result, SoundCloud will be notified that you have used your IP address to visit our website. If you click the ‘Like’ button or the ‘Share’ button while you are logged into your SoundCloud user account, you can link and/or share the content of our website with your SoundCloud profile. SoundCloud will then be able to ascribe the visit to our website to your user account. As the website provider, we wish to point out that we do not receive any information relating to the content of the transmitted data nor how it is used by SoundCloud.
If you prefer not to have your visit to our website linked to your SoundCloud user account, please log out of your SoundCloud user account before you activate any SoundCloud plug-in content.
Features from the Spotify music platform have been integrated into our website. The provider is Spotify AB, Birger Jarlsgatan 61, 113 56 Stockholm, Sweden. You can recognise Spotify plug-ins by the green logo on the relevant pages. An overview of Spotify’s plug-ins can be found at https://developer.spotify.com. The plug-in makes it possible to establish a direct connection between your browser and Spotify’s server when you visit our website. As a result, Spotify will be notified that you visited our site with your IP address. If you click the Spotify button while you are logged into your Spotify account, you have the option to link content from our website with your Spotify profile. Spotify will then be in a position to ascribe your visit to our website to your user account.
If you prefer not to have your visit to our website linked to your Spotify user account, please log out of your Spotify user account.
Our website uses features of the XING network. The provider is XING AG, Dammtorstraße 29–32, 20354 Hamburg, Germany. A connection with XING’s servers is established whenever one of our pages containing XING functions is accessed. As far as we are aware, this does not result in the storage of any personal data. In particular, the service does not store any IP addresses or analyse user patterns.
Our website uses buttons from the Tumblr service. The provider is Tumblr, Inc., 35 East 21st St, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10010, USA. These buttons enable you to share a post or a page on Tumblr or to follow the user on Tumblr. If you access one of our pages via the Tumblr button, the browser will establish a direct connection with Tumblr’s servers. We do not have any control over the volume of data Tumblr collects and sends with the assistance of this plug-in. As things stand, the IP address of the user and the URL of the respective website are both sent.
Our website uses plug-ins from the social network YouTube.com, operated by Google. The operator of the website is YouTube, LLC 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. When you visit one of our pages featuring a YouTube plug-in, your browser will establish a connection with the YouTube servers. At the same time, YouTube will be informed about which of our pages you have visited. If you are logged into your YouTube account, YouTube will be able to ascribe your surfing behaviour directly to your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account.
COMMENT FUNCTION ON THIS WEBSITE
When using the comment function on this website, your comment will be stored along with details of the time it was posted, your email address and, unless you post the comment anonymously, your chosen username.
STORAGE OF IP ADDRESSES
Our comments function stores the IP addresses of users who post comments. Since we are unable to check comments posted on our website prior to publishing, we require these details in order to be able to take the appropriate action in the event of any violations of the law, such as defamation or propaganda.
SUBSCRIPTION TO COMMENTS
As a user of the website, you can subscribe to comments after registering. You will be sent a confirmation email to verify that you are the owner of the supplied email address. You can unsubscribe from this function at any time by using the link in the information emails.
For security reasons, and to protect the transmission of confidential data, such as enquiries you submit to us as the website provider, this website uses SSL encryption technology. You can recognise an encrypted connection by the change in the address line of the browser from ‘http://’ to ‘https://’ and by the padlock symbol in your browser address line.
THE RIGHT TO DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION, DELETION AND BLOCKING
You have the right to disclosure of information relating to personal data held about you, the source of such data, any recipients of the data and the purposes for which it is processed at any time without having to pay a fee for such disclosures. You also have the right to demand that your data be rectified, blocked or deleted. If you have any questions relating to this or any other questions relating to the subject of data protection, you can contact us at any time using the address provided in our legal notice.
OBJECTION TO MARKETING EMAILS
The company hereby expressly objects to the use of the contact details published in the legal notice (in accordance with the relevant legislation requiring the company to publish such details) for the purposes of sending unsolicited marketing and information material. The operators of this website reserve the right to take legal action against senders of unsolicited marketing information in the form of spam emails, etc.