Data Protection Statement (Detailed)

In this detailed Data Protection Statement, we elaborate on the circumstances surrounding the collection of data associated with our website as set out in the short version. For external links to third-party content, we assume no liability despite our careful content controls.

In the following, you will find information on what data is collected during your visit to the website and how it is used:

1. Collection and Processing of Data

Every visit to our website and every retrieval of a file stored on the website is logged. The storage of these data serves internal system-related and statistical purposes. For these purposes, we store the data for a maximum of 6 months. The following data are logged:

  • Name of the retrieved file,
  • Date and time of the retrieval,
  • Volume of data transmitted,
  • Notification of successful retrieval,
  • Web browser and the domain that requests data,
  • Referrer URL,
  • The IP addresses of computers that request data.
  • In some cases, the website uses so-called cookies.

Cookies are small amounts of data in the form of text information that the web server sends to your browser. These will be stored on your hard drive. They can only be read by the server that previously stored them, and they contain information about when you visited the website and what you viewed. Cookies identify the IP address of the computer and do not store any personal information, such as your name.

With cookies, you have the choice of whether you want to accept them or not. Changes in this respect can be made in your browser settings. At least, the following settings are possible:

  • Always accept and save cookies,
  • Accept cookies but delete them after each session,
  • Do not accept cookies.

Generally, if you do not accept cookies, you may experience functional limitations and error messages on the website.

1.1. Newsletter

If you have subscribed to our newsletter or otherwise provided us with an email address for receiving the newsletter, we will use the email address you provide for this newsletter. If this email address differs from the email address used for other communications, we will use it exclusively for the newsletter. You can unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time. If you have provided an exclusive newsletter email address, we will delete it immediately after unsubscribing.

As part of the newsletter mailing process, we can track whether you have opened the newsletter and which links within the newsletter you have clicked on. We use this data in order to improve the effectiveness of future newsletters.

Further personal data is only collected if you provide this information voluntarily, for example when contacting us.

1.2. Further Data Acquisition Forms

Should further forms be included within the Internet presence, which we use to collect data from you, it is generally indicated which data we absolutely require within the framework of the form and which information you can provide to us on a voluntary basis.

As a rule, we use the data provided in these forms exclusively for a clearly discernible purpose of providing you information (e.g.: If you ask us a question, we will only use the collected email address to answer that question).

If the purpose of the data collection is either not obvious or we pursue other purposes than normally indicated, you will find the exact explanation regarding the data collection within such a form in a specific data protection notice, which you must opt-in to confirm before submitting the form.

If the associated data processing is based on Article 6(1)(a) of the GDPR (consent), this particular data protection notice is not formulated as information, but as a consent. In this case, you consent to the data processing by selecting the opt-in field. You can revoke this consent at any time with future effect.

The fact that you have selected the opt-in field will be saved together with your request. The duration of this storage ends when the stated purpose of the storage is fulfilled.

2. Disclosure of Personal Data

Your personal data will only be disclosed to third parties or otherwise transmitted if this is deemed necessary for the purpose of processing the contract, for billing purposes or if you have given your prior consent. Here, too, you have the right to revoke your consent at any time with future effect.

The deletion or blocking of the stored personal data takes place if you revoke your consent to the storage, if the information is no longer required for the fulfilment of the purpose pursued through the storage, or if the storage is inadmissible for other legal reasons. Once we have transmitted your data, we will notify the recipient of the need for deletion.

3. Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics to analyze activities on our website.

This is a web analysis service provided by Google Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses so-called “cookies,” or textual data that is saved on your computer, making analysis of your website use possible. The information generated by the cookies about your use of this website is transmitted to a Google server in the USA and is stored there. In case IP anonymization is activated on this website, your IP address will be shortened by Google in the member states of the European Union or other signatory states of the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the complete IP address first be transmitted to a Google server in the USA before being shortened. On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website and generate reports on website activity as well as further services provided to the website operator with regard to website and Internet use. The IP address transmitted by Google Analytics is not joined with other Google data. You can prevent storage of cookies by changing your browser software settings, but please note that some functions of the website may not be usable to their full extent if you do so. Furthermore, you can also prevent collection of cookie-generated website usage data (including your IP address) by Google as well as the processing of this data by downloading and installing the browser plugin available under the following link: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en

For more information, please visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en or http://www.google.com/intl/en/analytics/privacyoverview.html (general information about Google Analytics and privacy). We would like to point out that Google Analytics has been extended by the code “gat._anonymizeIp();” on this website to ensure anonymous IP address collection (so-called IP masking).

We use Google Analytics on the legal basis of Section 15 paragraph 3 of the German Telemedia Act and respectively Article 6(1)(f) of the GDPR. Data sent by us and linked to cookies, usernames (e.g. user ID) or advertising IDs are automatically deleted after 14 months. Data for which the retention period has been reached is automatically deleted once a month. Further information on terms of use and data protection can be found at https://marketingplatform.google.com/about/analytics/terms/us/

3.1 Google Optimize

Google Analytics as used on this website also integrates Google Optimize, a tool that helps us optimize our website by comparing different usage variants. This also creates pseudonymous user profiles.

4. Google Maps

We use Google Maps on our website

This website uses Google Maps, which is operated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA, for the display of maps and the creation of routes. By using the website, the user agrees to the processing of Google collected data about him or her by Google, its representatives or third parties. The terms of use can be found on the provider's website. https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=en

5. YouTube Videos

We use embedded YouTube videos

Opening websites with embedded YouTube content creates a connection to "Google Double-Click", even if the video is neither clicked nor played. To better protect your privacy, we have embedded all YouTube videos on our website in enhanced privacy mode (Share / Embed / View More / Enable Privacy Enhanced Mode): The link www.youtube.com then becomes www.youtube-nocookie.com.

Our website is equipped with a YouTube plugin. As soon as you visit pages equipped with a YouTube plugin, a connection to a YouTube server is established. The server will be informed about which of our pages you have visited. If you are logged into your YouTube account at this time, you enable YouTube to assign your surfing behavior to your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account before visiting our web pages. You can find more information on how to handle your YouTube user data at www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/, in the YouTube privacy statement of Google Inc.

6. Data Protection Officer

Your trust is important to us, and for this reason we take data protection very seriously. Therefore we would like to answer your questions regarding the processing of your personal data at any time.

Names and contact details can be found in the short version of this document.

If you have any questions that are not answered in this Data Protection Statement or if you would like more detailed information on a specific point, please contact our Data Protection Officer at any time.

7. Your Rights

Please refer to the list of rights in the short version of the Data Protection Statement, which originally led you to this text.

Security Information:

We endeavor to store your personal data in such a way that makes the data inaccessible to third parties. We do this by using all technical and organizational means at our disposal. When communicating by email, we cannot guarantee complete data security, so we recommend that you send confidential information by post.

We reserve the right to change this Data Protection Statement if we deem necessary. Should this amendment be accompanied by a change in purpose, this will follow provisions stipulated in the GDPR, and will be documented by us in accordance with the regulations.

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