Privacy Policy

I. An overview of data protection

General

The following gives a simple overview of what happens to your personal information when you visit this website. Personal information is any data with which you could be personally identified. Detailed information on the subject of data protection can be found below.

Data collection on this website

Who is responsible for the data collection on this website? The data collected on this website are processed by the website operator. The operator’s contact details can be found in the website’s legal notice.

How is the data collected? Some data are collected when you provide it. For example, this could be data you enter on a contact form.

Other data are collected automatically by the IT systems when you visit the website. These data are primarily technical data such as the browser and operating system you are using or when you accessed a page. The data are collected automatically as soon as you visit this website.

For what are the data used? Part of the data is collected to ensure the proper functioning of the website. Other data can be used to analyze how visitors use the site.

What rights do you have regarding your data? You always have the right to request information about your stored data, its origin, its recipients, and the purpose of its collection at no charge. You also have the right to request that it be corrected, blocked, or deleted. You can contact the website operator at any time using the address given in the legal notice if you have further questions about the issue of privacy and data protection.

Analytics and third-party tools

When visiting this website, statistical analyses may be made of your surfing behaviour. This happens primarily using cookies and analytics. The analysis of your surfing behaviour is usually anonymous, which means you cannot be identified from this data. You can object to this analysis or prevent it by not using certain tools. Detailed information can be found in this privacy policy.

You can object to this analysis. About how to exercise your options in this regard, you will be informed below.

II. General and mandatory information

Data protection

The operator of this website takes the protection of your personal data very seriously. Your personal data is treated confidential and in accordance with the statutory data protection regulations as well as this privacy policy.

If you use this website, various pieces of personal data will be collected. Personal information is any data with which you could be personally identified. This privacy policy explains what information is collected and what it is used for. It also explains how and for what purpose this happens.

Please note that data transmitted by the internet (for example by email communication) may be subject to security breaches. Complete protection of your data from third-party access is not possible.

Many data processing operations are only possible with your express consent. You may revoke your consent at any time with future effect. An informal email making this request is sufficient. The data processed before your request may still be legally processed.

Right to data portability

You have the right to have data which are processed based on your consent or in fulfilment of a contract automatically delivered to yourself or to a third party in a standard, machine-readable format. If you require the direct transfer of data to another responsible party, this will only be done to the extent technically feasible.

SSL encryption

This site uses SSL encryption for security reasons and for the protection of the transmission of confidential content, such as the enquiries you send. You can recognize an encrypted connection in your browser’s address line when it changes from http:// to https:// and a lock icon is displayed in your browser’s address bar.

If SSL encryption is activated, the data you transfer to us cannot be read by third parties.

Information, blocking, deletion

As permitted by law, you have the right to be provided at any time with information free of charge about any of your personal data that is stored as well as its origin, the recipient and the purpose for which it has been processed. You also have the right to have this data corrected, blocked or deleted. You can contact the website operator at any time using the address given in the legal notice if you have further questions on the topic of personal data.

Opposition to promotional emails

The use of published contact details in the context of the legal notice requirement with regard to sending promotional and informational materials not expressly requested is prohibited. The website operator reserves the right to take specific legal action if unsolicited advertising material, such as email spam, is received.

III. Data collection on this website

Cookies

This website uses cookies. Cookies do not harm your computer or mobile device and do not contain any viruses. Cookies help to make the website more user-friendly, efficient, and secure. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your device and saved by your browser.

Most of the cookies are so-called session cookies. They are automatically deleted after your visit. Other cookies remain in the memory of your device until you delete them. These cookies make it possible to recognize your browser when you visit the website the next time.

You can configure your browser to inform you about the use of cookies so that you can decide on a case-by-case basis whether to accept or reject a cookie. Alternatively, your browser can be configured to automatically accept cookies under certain conditions or to always reject them, or to automatically delete cookies when closing your browser. Disabling cookies may limit the functionality of this website.

Cookies which are necessary to allow electronic communications or to provide certain functions you wish to use are stored pursuant to section 6, subsection 1, letter f of the GDPR. The website operator has a legitimate interest in the storage of cookies to ensure an optimized service provided free of technical errors. If other cookies (such as those used to analyze your surfing behaviour) are also stored, they will be treated separately in this privacy policy.

Server log files

The website provider automatically collects and stores information that your browser automatically transmits in “server log files”. These are the browser type and browser version, the operating system, the referrer URL, the hostname of the accessing computer, the time of the server request and the IP address. These data will not be combined with data from other sources.

The basis for data processing is section 6, subsection 1, letter f of the GDPR, which allows the processing of data to fulfil a contract or for measures preliminary to a contract.

Contact form

Should you send questions by the contact form, the data entered on the form will be collected, including the contact details you provide, to answer your question and any follow-up questions. This information is not shared without your permission.

Therefore, any data you enter onto the contact form will be processed only with your consent per section 6, subsection 1, letter a of the GDPR. You may revoke your consent at any time. An informal email making this request is sufficient. The data processed before your request may still be legally processed.

The data you provide on the contact form will be retained until you request its deletion, revoke your consent for its storage, or the purpose for its storage no longer pertains (for example after fulfilling your request). Any mandatory statutory provisions, especially those regarding mandatory data retention periods, remain unaffected by this provision.

IV. Social media

Shariff

The use of so-called social media buttons is possible on this website. To protect your personal data, the solution Shariff is used. As a result, these buttons are only graphics that contain links to the corresponding website of the providers. By clicking on a graphic, you will be redirected to the site of the respective provider, as with a normal link. Only when you visit the website of the provider, he receives information about you, such as your IP address. If you do not click on the graphics, there will be no data exchange. Information about the collection and use of your data in the social networks can be found in the privacy policies of the respective providers. More information about the Shariff plugin and solution can be found on: wordpress.org/plugins/shariff.

On this website, there are buttons for the following social networks: Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

V. Analytics and advertising

Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service. It is operated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

Google Analytics uses so-called cookies. These are text files that are stored on your computer or mobile device and that allow an analysis of the use of the website by you. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is usually transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there.

Google Analytics cookies are stored based on section 6, subsection 1, letter f of the GDPR. The website operator has a legitimate interest in analyzing user behaviour to optimize both its website and its advertising.

IP anonymization: the IP anonymization feature has been activated on this website. Your IP address will be shortened by Google within the European Union or other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area prior to transmission to the United States. Only in exceptional cases is the full IP address sent to a Google server in the US and shortened there. Google will use this information on behalf of the operator of this website to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on website activity, and to provide other services regarding website activity and Internet usage for the website operator. The IP address transmitted by your browser as part of Google Analytics will not be merged with any other data held by Google.

Browser plugin: you can prevent these cookies from being stored by selecting the appropriate settings in your browser. However, as a result, you may not be able to enjoy the full functionality of the website. You can also prevent the data generated by cookies about your use of the website (including your IP address) from being passed to Google, and the processing of these data by Google, by downloading and installing the browser plugin available at the following link: tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.

Objecting to the collection of data: you can prevent the collection of your data by Google Analytics by clicking on the following link. An opt-out cookie will be set to prevent your data from being collected on future visits to this site: Disable Google Analytics.

For more information about how Google Analytics handles user data, see Google’s privacy policy: support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=en.

Demographic data collection by Google Analytics: this website uses Google Analytics’ demographic features. This allows reports to be generated containing statements about the age, gender, and interests of site visitors. This data comes from interest-based advertising from Google and third-party visitor data. This collected data cannot be attributed to any specific individual person. You can disable this feature at any time by adjusting the ads settings in your Google account or you can forbid the collection of your data by Google Analytics as described in the section “Objecting to the collection of data”.

VI. Plugins and Tools

Mapbox

This site uses the Mapbox map service by APIs. They are operated by Mapbox Inc., 740 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA.

To use Mapbox, it is necessary to save your IP address. This information is generally transmitted to a Mapbox server in the USA and stored there. The provider of this site has no influence on this data transfer.

The use of Mapbox is in the interest of making the website appealing and to facilitate the location of places specified on the pages. This constitutes a justified interest pursuant to section 6, subsection 1, letter f of the GDPR.

Further information about the handling user data, can be found in the privacy policy of Mapbox at www.mapbox.com/privacy.