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
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.
1. Explanation and information
Our website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service, as well as the Google Tag Manager, both provided by Google Inc. Google Analytics uses so-called cookies (for more information see No. 2: cookies). These are text files that are stored on your computer and enable an analysis of your use of the website. They cover, for example, information about your operating system, your Web browser, your IP address, the previously accessed website (referrer URL), and the date and time of your visit to our website. The information on the use of our website generated by this text file will be transferred to a Google server in the United States and stored there. Google will use this information to analyse your use of our website, to create reports on website activity for the website operator, and to provide other services related to website and Internet use. Google will also provide this information to third parties insofar as it is legally required, or in cases when these third parties process this data on Google’s behalf. However, this usage is anonymous or pseudonymous. You can find more detailed information on Google’s own website.
2. Opting out
At any time, you can opt out of any future collection and use of your IP address by Google Analytics. Detailed information on this process can be found here. We note in this regard that on our website, Google Analytics has been enhanced using the “gat._anonymizeIp();” code in order to ensure that the collection of IP addresses is anonymised (source: www.datenschutzbeauftragter-info.de).
How to exercise your data-privacy rights
On our website, we use so-called social plugins to enable you to interact with the social services of Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. In order to protect the personal data of website visitors who do not wish to use these functions, the transfer of your user data (such as address of the site you’re currently visiting) to these services will initially be disabled. The social plugins can be used only after activating them through a specific click (2-click method). Without activation by you, these buttons will not be functional. After activating these buttons with a click, you will be able to use them; by activating these buttons you voluntarily enable the so-called social networks to collect usage and other user data. What specific data the social networks collect, where they store it, and how they utilise it is unknown to us.
Therefore, we provide you with information that accords with the best of our knowledge:
Upon visiting a website of our Internet presence with a plugin that you have previously activated, a direct connection with the servers of the above-noted services is producestablished, which in turn transmits the content of the plugin to your browser and integrates it into the presented website. In this process, the information that you have visited our website will be forwarded to these services. If during the course of the visit to our website you are logged into your personal account with Facebook, Twitter and/or Google+, these services can associate the website visit with this account. Though interaction with plugins – for example, by clicking the “Like” button, the “+1” button or the “Share” button (so-called sharing) – the relevant information will be transmitted directly to these services and stored there. If you do not wish for such data transmission to take place, we recommend against activating these plugins through an active click.
You can learn more about the purpose and scope of data collection by Facebook, Twitter and Google+, as well as details regarding the further local processing of your data and your associated rights and configuration options for protecting your privacy, by reading these services’ data privacy policies, located at: