Data protection

We take the protection of your personal data very seriously, handling person-related data confidentially and only in accordance with the provisions of German data privacy laws.

It is in general possible to use our web pages without giving person-related data. Should person-related data (such as name, residence or e-mail address) be recorded, this takes place as far as possible on a voluntary basis. This data is not passed to third parties without your express permission.

We draw your attention to the fact that transmission of data in the Internet (for example when communicating via e-mail) can exhibit security vulnerabilities. It is not possible to protect data in its entirety against unauthorized access by third parties.

Data protection note – Piwik Analytics

Our website uses Piwik, a web analysis service. Piwik makes use of so-called “cookies”, these being text files that are stored on your computer and make it possible for us to analyze how the website is used. For this purpose, the usage information generated by the cookie (including the short form of your IP address) is transferred to our server and stored for the purpose of carrying website usage analysis. This in turn permits us to optimize the website. During this process, your IP address is immediately anonymized, meaning that you as a user also remain anonymous to us. The information concerning your use of this website generated by the cookie is not passed on to third parties. You are able to prevent the use of cookies by altering the corresponding setting in your browser software. In this case, however, it is possible that some website functionality may not be fully available.

It is at any time possible, per mouse click, to veto the storing and analysis of the data collected during your visit to the website. In this case a so-called opt-out cookie will be set in your browser that prevents Piwik collecting any session data. Please be aware, however, that if you delete your cookies, the opt-out cookie will also be deleted and must, if necessary, be reactivated by you.


Information, deletion, blocking

You have at all times the right to receive, without charge, information on your stored person-related data, its origin and recipient, the purpose of any data processing and in addition the right to amend, block or delete this data. Should you have any questions regarding this or the subject of person-related data, please contact us at the address given ion the Imprint page.


Cookies

The Internet pages partially utilize so-called cookies. Cookies do not damage your computer and do not contain viruses. They serve to make our offerings more user-friendly, more effective and more secure. Cookies are small text files that are set in your computer, these being stored in your browser.

Most of the cookies we use are so-called “session” cookies and are deleted automatically at the end of your visit. Other cookies remain stored on your device until you delete them. These cookies permit us to recognize your browser when you next visit us.

You can set your browser up in such a way that you are informed when cookies are set and also only permit the setting of cookies in individually determined cases, generally exclude cookies or have cookies automatically deleted when you close the browser. When you deactivate cookies, however, the website may exhibit limited functionality.

Server log files

The provider of the pages automatically collects and stores information in so-called server log files that your browser automatically sends to us. These are:

This data cannot be associated with specific persons. Consolidation of this data with data from other sources is not undertaken. We reserve the right to post-verify such data if we are made aware of specific grounds that lead us to suspect illegal usage.


Contact form

When you send us queries using the contact form, the information contained in the form, including the contact data given there, is used to process the query and stored for the purpose of handling follow-up questions. We do not pass on this data without your permission.


Objection to advertising e-mails

Use of the contact data published in the Imprint for the sending of advertising and informational materials that have not been specifically requested is herewith forbidden. We expressly reserve the right to take legal action in the case of sending of unsolicited advertising information, for example that sent by means of spam e-mails.