Privacy Policy

This policy is laid down in English and German. In case of aberration, the German version shall in all cases prevail.

 

Data Protection

Generally, using our website does not require you to provide personal information. If any of our sites gathers personal data (e.g. name, address or e-mail address), providing it is optional where possible. Without your explicit consent, this information will not be passed to third parties.
Please note that data transmitted via the internet (e.g. via email communication) may be subject to security breaches. Complete protection of your data from third-party access is not possible.
We hereby expressly prohibit the use of contact data published in the context of website legal notice requirements with regard to sending promotional and informational materials not expressly requested. The website operator reserves the right to take specific legal action if unsolicited advertising material, such as email spam, is received.

Data protection declaration concerning the use of Facebook plugins (Like-Button)

Our website uses social plugins (“plugins”) provided by the social network facebook.com, operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA (“Facebook”). The plugins are identifiable by a Facebook logo (white letter f on blue background or a thumb up icon) or the notice “Facebook Social Plugin”. For a full list of all social Plugins please see http://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins.
When you visit a page of our website that contains a social plugin, your browser establishes a direct connection to Facebook servers. Facebook directly transfers the plugin content to your browser which embeds the latter into the website, enabling Facebook to receive information about your having accessed the respective page of our website. Thus we have no influence on the data gathered by the plugin and inform you according to our state of knowledge:
The embedded plugins provide Facebook with the information that you have accessed the corresponding page of our website. If you are logged into Facebook, your visit can be assigned to your Facebook account. If you interact with the plugins, for example by clicking “Like”, or entering a comment, the corresponding information is transmitted from your browser directly to Facebook and stored by it. For the information on the purpose and scope of data collection and procession by Facebook, as well as your rights in this respect and settings options for protecting your privacy please visit Facebook’s privacy policy: http://www.facebook.com/policy.php.
If you are a Facebook member and do not want Facebook to connect the data concerning your visit to our website with your member data already stored by Facebook, please log off Facebook before entering our website.

Data protection declaration concerning the use of Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. In case IP-anonymisation is activated on this website, your IP address will be truncated within the area of Member States of the European Union or other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases the whole IP address will be first transfered to a Google server in the USA and truncated there. The IP-anonymisation is active on this website.
Google will use this information on behalf of the operator of this website for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing them other services relating to website activity and internet usage.
The IP-address, that your Browser conveys within the scope of Google Analytics, will not be associated with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. You can also opt-out from being tracked by Google Analytics with effect for the future by downloading and installing Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Addon for your current web browser: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.

Data protection statement concerning the use of Google AdSense

This website uses Google AdSense, a service for embedding Google Inc. (“Google”) advertising. Google AdSense uses so-called “cookies”, text files which are stored on your computer and which allow an analysis of your use of the website. Google AdSense also uses so-called web beacons (invisible graphics). These web beacons allow information such as visitor traffic to these pages to be evaluated.
The information created by cookies and web beacons concerning the use of this website (including your IP address) and the delivery of advertising formats is transferred to a Google server in the USA and stored there. This information can be passed on by Google to its contracting partners. However, Google will not link your IP address with other data stored about you.
You can prevent the installation of cookies by adjusting your browser software accordingly. However, we must advise you that in such a case you may not be able to fully utilize all functions of this website. By using this website, you declare your agreement to Google’s processing of the data recorded by Google about you in the previously described manner and for the previously stated purpose.

Data protection statement concerning the use of Google +1

Recording and passing on of information:
With the help of Google +1-push button, you can publish information all over the world. Via the Google +1-push button, you and other users will receive personalized content from Google and our partners. Google stores both the information that you have provided for +1 content and also information via the site that you have viewed by clicking on +1. Your +1 can be included as references together with your profile name and your photo in Google services, such as in search results or in your Google profile or in other places in the websites and advertisements on the Internet. Google lists information on your +1 activities in order to improve the Google services for you and others. In order to be able to use the Google +1 push button, you will need a globally visible, public Google profile, which must at least contain the name chosen for the profile. This name will be used in all Google services. In many cases, this name can also replace another name that you have used with parts of the contents via your Google account. The identity of the Google profile can be displayed to users who know your e-mail address or who have other identifying information on you.
Use of the information recorded:
As well as the purposes stated, the information you provide will be used in accordance with the current Google data protection regulations. Google publishes statistics that may have been compiled on the users’ +1 activities and passes these on to users and partners such as the publisher, advertisers or linked websites.

Data protection statement concerning the use of Twitter

Functions of the Twitter service are integrated in our site. These functions are being offered by Twitter, Inc. 1355 Market St, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. The use of Twitter and the “Re-Tweet” function links the websites you visit with your Twitter account and makes this information available to other users. Data is transferred to Twitter in the process.
We want to make you aware that we as a provider of the pages have no knowledge of the content of the transferred data or of its use by Twitter. You can find more information about the data privacy declaration of Twitter at http://twitter.com/privacy.You can change your data privacy settings at Twitter in the account settings at http://twitter.com/account/settings.

References: Facebook privacy policy, Google Analytics privacy policy, Google Adsense privacy policy, Google +1 policy, Twitter privacy policy

 

This policy is laid down in English and German. In case of aberration, the German version shall in all cases prevail.