Data Privacy

Privacy Statement

Compliance with legal data-protection requirements associated with the use of our websites is subject particularly to the provisions of the German Telemedia Act (Telemediengesetz, TMG) and the German Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz, BDSG), with the aim of ensuring security and transparency in the handling of users’ personal data. The following section provides information regarding what data may be processed as a result of using this website. 

Personal data are information elements that can be used to determine your identity; for instance, this may include your name, your postal address, or your telephone number. Information that is not directly linked to your identity is not personal data. 

You can generally visit all of our websites without any of your personal data being collected. However, when you access a web page or download a file, information about this process will be stored, such as: 

  • Name of the web page accessed
  • Name of the Internet browser you’ve used
  • Date and time of the page request
  • Name of your Internet provider
  • The name of the referring website that provided a link to the newly accessed page 

These anonymous data are used for statistical purposes or to correct technical errors, and are not personal data. 

Personal data are collected in the course of filling out forms or sending emails. We have to ask you for your personal data for the following services in order to respond to or process your request. 

  • Messages by email
  • Newsletter subscription
  • Applications

Due to the nature of email as a communications channel, we cannot ensure full data security for email communications. Thus, we recommend you use an alternative mode of communications for the disclosure of any private information. We will use any personal data collected exclusively for legally allowed purposes, and will transfer it to third parties only if this is required or where appropriate after your consent has been obtained. Please take note of the specific policy for each process. 

If you want to receive a newsletter offered on this website, we will need the data requested there, particularly your email address and a confirmation that you as the owner of the email address have consented to receiving the newsletter. You will receive a confirmation email from us. Your data is collected only for the purpose of delivering the newsletter to you, and to document our authorisation for sending the newsletter. Your consent to the storage of these data, including your email address, as well as to their use for the purpose of sending the newsletter, can be revoked at any time. This retraction of consent can be provided by email, or alternatively by using a hyperlink in the newsletter itself to unsubscribe. 

Range measurement with Matomo

Within the scope of Matomo's reach analysis, we will make use of our legitimate interests (i.e. interest in the analysis, optimisation and economic operation of our online offer in the sense of Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f. DSGVO) processes the following data: the type and version of browser you use, the operating system you use, your country of origin, the date and time of the server enquiry, the number of visits, your length of stay on the website and the external links you click on. The user's IP address is anonymised before it is stored. 

Matomo uses cookies which are stored on the user's computer and which enable an analysis of the use of our online offer by the user. Pseudonymous user profiles of the users can be created from the processed data. The cookies have a storage duration of one week. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website will only be stored on our server and not passed on to third parties.

Users can object to the anonymous data collection by the Matomo program at any time with effect for the future by clicking the button below. In this case, a so-called opt-out cookie is stored in your browser, which means that Matomo no longer collects any session data. However, if users delete their cookies, the opt-out cookie is also deleted and must therefore be reactivated by the users.

The logs containing the user's data are deleted after 6 months at the latest.

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