It is generally possible to use our website without providing personal information. Insofar as personal information (such as name, address or email address) is gathered on our website, this is always done on a voluntary basis if at all possible. This information will not be passed on to third parties without your express permission.
We wish to point out that data transmission via the Internet (e.g. communication via email) may be subject to security loopholes. It is not possible to ensure that data is completely secured against access by third parties.
We hereby expressly object to the use by third parties of contact details published within the scope of our statutory legal notice obligations for the purpose of providing advertising and information material which has not been expressly requested. The operators of the website expressly reserve the right to take legal action in the event of the sending of unsolicited advertising information, for example by way of unsolicited spam emails.
Plug-ins are integrated on our website from the social network Facebook, 1601 South California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA. You can identify the Facebook plug-ins by the Facebook logo or the ‘Like’ button on our website. You will find an overview of the Facebook plug-ins here: developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/.
If you do not want Facebook to assign your visit to our website to your Facebook user account, please log out of your Facebook user account.
Gathering and passing on information:
Using the Google +1 button, you are able to publish information globally. You and other users can also receive personalised content from Google and our partners via the Google +1 button. Google stores the information that you have provided for +1 content and also information about the page that you viewed by clicking +1. Your +1 clicks may be displayed in the form of tips together with your profile name and photo in Google services, such as in Google search results or on your Google profile, or they may be displayed in other places on websites and advertisements on the Internet.
Google records information about your +1 activities to improve Google services for you and others. In order to be able to use the Google +1 button, you need a globally visible, public Google profile, which has to feature the name chosen for the profile as a minimum requirement. This name will be used for all Google services. In some cases, this name may also replace another name that you have used to share content using your Google account. The identity of your Google profile may be shown to other users who know your email address or have other identifying information about you.
How the gathered information is used:
Besides the intended use described above, the information provided by you will be used in accordance with the current Google data protection provisions. Google may publish compiled statistics relating to the +1 activities of users or may pass these on to users and partners, such as publishers, advertisers or related websites.
Twitter service functions are incorporated into our website. These functions are provided by Twitter Inc., Twitter, Inc. 1355 Market St, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. By using Twitter and the ‘retweet’ function, the pages that you visit will be linked to your Twitter account and made public to other users. In doing so, information is also transmitted to Twitter.
You can change your privacy settings on Twitter by going to the account settings at twitter.com/account/settings.
The Data Controller within the meaning of data protection law, particularly the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), is:
Your rights as the Data Subject
You may contact our Data Protection Officer using the details provided at any time to exercise your right to:
information about the data we have about you and how it is processed,
rectification of inaccurate personal data,
deletion of the data we have about you,
restriction of data processing if we are not yet able to delete your data due to legal obligations,
objection to the processing of the data we have about you, and
data portability, provided that you have consented to the data being processed or entered into a contract with us.
If you have given us consent, you can revoke it at any time with effect for the future.
You may register a complaint with the competent supervisory authority at any time. The competent supervisory authority is determined based on the German state in which you live, work, or in which the alleged breach occurred. A list of supervisory authorities (for the private sector) and their addresses can be found at: https://www.bfdi.bund.de/DE/Infothek/Anschriften_Links/anschriften_links-node.html.
Purposes for which data is processed by the Data Controller and third parties
you have expressly consented to us doing so,
the data must be processed for the performance of our obligations under a contract with you,
the data must be processed in order to meet a legal obligation,
the data must be processed in order to protect legitimate interests and there is no reason to believe that you have an overriding interest in the non-disclosure of your data.
Deletion and blocking of data
Like many other websites, we also make use of “cookies”. Cookies are small text files transferred to your hard drive by a website server. This allows us to automatically receive certain data regarding, for example, your IP address, browser used, operating system and Internet connection.
Cookies cannot be used to start programs or infect a computer with a virus. The information contained in the cookies enables us to correctly display our web pages and make it easier for you to navigate them.
At no time will we ever provide the data we collect to third parties or link this data to your personal details without your consent.
In order to ensure your data is protected during transfer, we use the latest encryption technology (e.g. SSL) via HTTPS.
Embedded YouTube videos
Some of our web pages contain embedded YouTube videos. The corresponding plugins are operated by YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. When you visit a page with a YouTube plugin, a connection with YouTube’s servers is created. This tells YouTube what pages you have visited. If you are logged in to your YouTube account, YouTube is able to connect your browsing activity to you personally. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account in advance.
When a YouTube video is played, the provider installs cookies that collect information about user behaviour.
If you have deactivated cookies for the Google ad program, such cookies will also be deactivated when watching YouTube videos. However, YouTube also gathers non-personal information in other cookies. If you wish to prevent this, you need to block cookies from being stored in your browser.
Questions for the Data Protection Officer
If you have any questions regarding data protection, please send us an e-mail or contact our Data Protection Officer directly: