Privacy policy

 

General and mandatory Information

The purpose of this privacy policy is to provide you with information about the nature, scope and purpose of collection and use of personal data on our website.

 

Data collection and logging

By using our website you consent to the collection, processing and use of data as described below. You can visit our website without registering. When you visit our website, we store data such as the visited pages or file names, date and time for statistical purposes; this data cannot be used to identify any particular individual. We collect personal data, in particular name, address or email address if possible based on your freely given consent. We will not pass this data on to third parties without your consent.

Where we need your personal data to allow you to take advantage of special offers on our website, this data will be stored on servers within the territorial scope of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and processed solely in connection with the offer or anonymised for statistical purposes. We may forward the data to another company within our group of companies. We will not pass your data on to any other third parties without your consent.

By providing us voluntarily with your personal data to use the special service you also consent to the scope of use.

 

Withdrawal of your consent to data processing

Some data processing operations can only be carried out with your express consent. You have the right to withdraw a previously given consent at any time. To withdraw your consent it is sufficient to send us an email without following any procedural requirements. The withdrawal of consent does not affect the lawfulness of data processing carried out prior to withdrawal.

 

Right to data portability

You have the right to receive the data we process based on your consent or on a contract by automated means in a commonly used and machine-readable format and you have the right to transmit those data to another controller. In exercising your right to data portability, you have the right to have the personal data transmitted directly from one controller to another, where technically feasible.

 

Right of access, rectification, blocking, erasure

You have the right to request access to the personal data we store on you, information about the source of the data and its recipients as well as the purpose of storing the data at any time and free of charge. You also have the right to have your personal data rectified, blocked or erased. If you have any further questions regarding our privacy policy or the processing of your personal data, you can contact us at any time using the address specified in the company and legal information.

 

SSL or TLS encryption

This website uses SSL or TLS encryption for security reasons and to protect the transmission of confidential content sent to us as a website operator. As a result, third parties will not be able to read any data you transmit through our website. You can recognise an encrypted connection in your browser's address bar when it changes to “https://” and the lock icon appears in your browser's address bar.

 

Data collection and logging (server log files)

The website provider uses server log files to collect and store data, which is transmitted to us automatically through your browser. These data include:

  • Browser type and browser version
  • Operating system used
  • Referrer URL
  • Hostname of the accessing computer
  • Time of the server request
  • IP address

The data obtained in this way will not be linked to other data sources. The legal basis for processing, which is necessary for the performance of a contract or implementation of pre-contractual measures is Article 6 (1) (b) GDPR.

For reasons of technical security, in particular, to prevent attacks on our web server, we store this data for short periods of time. This data cannot be used to identify any particular individual. After seven days at the latest, the data will be anonymised by truncating the IP address at the domain level, so that it is no longer possible, even with the help of additional data, to identify an individual user. In anonymous form, the data is also processed for statistical purposes; we will not associate the data with other databases or transfer the data to third parties, whether in whole or in part. The information about the number of views is only included in the context of our server statistics, which we publish every two years in our activity Report.

 

Contact form

Data submitted via the contact form, including your contact details, will be stored to process your request or to answer any follow-up questions. We will not disclose this data to third parties without your consent.

You provide us with the data voluntarily to assist us in processing your query. We process the data you enter into the contact form exclusively based on your consent to the processing of personal data (Article 6 (1) (a) GDPR). You have the right to withdraw a previously given consent at any time. To withdraw your consent it is sufficient to send us an email without following any procedural requirements. The withdrawal of consent does not affect the lawfulness of data processing carried out prior to withdrawal.

We will keep the data submitted through the contact form until you ask us to erase the data, withdraw your consent to storage of your data or the data is no longer needed for the purpose for which it has been collected. This is without prejudice to mandatory provisions and in particular, statutory retention requirements.

 

Cookies

Our website uses cookies. These are small text files that your web browser stores on your device. We use cookies to help us make our website more user-friendly, effective and secure.

Some cookies are “session cookies”. These cookies will be deleted automatically after the end of your browser session. Other types of cookies remain on your device until you delete them yourself. Such cookies help us to recognise you when you return to our website.

Today's browsers allow you to monitor, restrict and prevent cookies from being stored on your device. Many browsers can be configured to delete cookies automatically when you close the browser. If you disable cookies, you may not be able to use all the functions and features of our website.

The legal basis for the setting of cookies, which are necessary for the performance of electronic communication processes or the provision of certain functions you require (e.g. shopping cart) is Article 6 (1) (f) GDPR. As the operator of this website, we have a legitimate interest in the storage of cookies for the technically fault-free and smooth provision of our services. Where other cookies are used (e.g. for analytics), they are discussed separately in this privacy policy.

 

Google Analytics

Our website uses functions and features of the website analysis tool Google Analytics. The provider is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

Google Analytics uses “cookies”. Cookies are small text files that your browser stores on your device, which facilitate analysis of the way you use the website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers, which are typically located in the US.

The legal basis for storage of Google Analytics cookies is Article 6 (1) (f) GDPR. As the operator of this website, we have a legitimate interest in the analysis of user behaviour aimed at optimising our website and advertising measures.

IP anonymisation
We only use Google Analytics with activated IP anonymisation. This means that Google will truncate your IP address within Member States of the European Union or other Contracting States to the Agreement on the European Economic Area before it is transmitted to the US. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transmitted to Google servers in the United States and truncated there. Google will use this information on our behalf for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity and providing us with other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google will not associate the IP address of the user transmitted by Google Analytics with any other data held by Google.

Browser plugin
You can prevent cookies from being stored by changing your browser's settings. If you do so, however, you may not be able to use some functions and features of our website. You can also prevent Google from collecting and subsequently processing data about your use of the website, including your IP address. To do this, you can download and install the browser plugin which is available under the following link:

https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de.

Right to object against the collection of data

You can prevent the collection of your data by Google Analytics by clicking on the following link. This sets an opt-out cookie which will prevent future collection of your data when you visit our website: Disable Google Analytics.

For further information on handling of user data by Google Analytics, please refer to Google's privacy policy:
https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=de.

Data processing
To comply fully with data protection laws and regulations, we have concluded a data processing agreement with Google.

Demographics feature in Google Analytics

Our website uses the demographics feature of Google Analytics. It can be used to generate reports that contain statements on the age, gender and interests of visitors to our website. This data comes from interest-based advertising from Google and third-party visitor data. The data cannot be used to identify any particular individual. You can disable this feature at any time. This is possible through the ad settings in your Google Account or by generally prohibiting the collection of your data by Google Analytics, as explained in the section “Objection to data collection”.