We take the protection of your personal data very seriously. We handle your personal data confidentially and in accordance with official data privacy laws.
The legal basis for data processing comes from Art. 6 – EU-GDPR (2016/679 and 680) and DSAnpUG-EU of 30 June 2017.
We make explicit mention of the fact that data transmission in the Internet (e.g. communication by email) may be subject to security gaps. It is not possible to provide complete protection of data from unauthorized access by third parties.
The internet sites make use of so-called cookies. Cookies cause no damage to your computer and do not contain viruses. Cookies serve to make our offerings more user-friendly, effective and secure. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer and stored by your browser. Most of the cookies we use are so-called “session cookies”. They are automatically deleted at the end of your visit to the website. Other cookies remain stored on your end device until you delete them. These cookies make it possible for us to recognize your browser the next time you visit our website. You can adjust the settings in your browser so that you are informed when cookies are placed on your computer and can give permission for cookies from case to case. With the browser settings, cookies can be blocked for certain cases or in general or cookies can be automatically deleted when the browser is closed. When cookies are deactivated, the functionality of this website may be limited.
Server log files
The provider of the pages automatically collects and stores information in so-called server log files, which your browser automatically transmits to us. This information includes:
Browser type and browser version
Operating system that is in use
Host name of the accessing computer
Time of the server request
These data cannot be associated with specific persons. No integration of these data with other data sources is undertaken. We reserve the right to subsequently review these data when we become aware of concrete evidence of an instance of unlawful use.
Contact, information and registration forms
When you send requests to us via a contact, information or registration form, the information from such forms including the contact data that you have entered there will be stored by us for processing and in case there are follow-up questions. We do not pass on these data without your consent.
This website uses so-called web fonts for presenting text. These are provided by Google (http://www.google.com/webfonts/). In this process, your browser loads the necessary web font in your browser cache when you access our website. This is necessary to enable your browser to provide an optically optimized presentation of our texts. If your browser does not support this function, then a standard font from your computer will be used for the display.
We have concluded a contract with Google for processing order data and fully implement the strict provisions of the German data protection authorities in our use of Google Analytics.
We use the function “Activation of IP anonymization” on this website. Through this function, your IP address will be abbreviated in advance within member state of the European Union or in other states that are party to the Agreement of the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transmitted to a server of Google in the USA and abbreviated there. On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity and providing other services relating to website activity and Internet usage for the website operator. The IP address transmitted in connection with the use of Google Analytics will not be combined with any other data of Google.
This site uses SSL encryption for security reasons and to protect the transmission of confidential data such as the requests that you send to the operator of the site. An encrypted connection can be recognized when the address bar of the browser changes from “http://” to “https://” and a lock symbol can be seen in the address bar. When the SSL encryption is activated, the data that you send to us cannot be read by third parties.
At the end of posts and articles on the website, a possibility of recommending the content to friends and acquaintances is offered. The email address of the recommending person and the email address of the recipient of the recommendation are used exclusively for transmission purposes – to inform the addressees about the senders, or in the case of an transmission error to send an error message.
Data protection and third party websites
The website can contain hyperlinks to and from the websites of third parties. When you follow a hyperlink to one of these websites, please note that we can assume no responsibility nor provide any guarantee for the third-party content or the data protection and privacy conditions of these sites. Please make sure of the applicable data protection and privacy conditions of such sites before you transmit any personal data to them.
Inclusion of services and third-party content
In some cases, content of third-party websites may be included on this website, e.g. map material from Google Maps, RSS feeds or graphics from other websites. This always involves the providers of this content (in the following “Providers”) making use of your IP address. Without your IP address, they cannot send this content to your browser. The IP address is necessary for the presentation of this content. We endeavor only to make use of content where the respective Providers only use the IP address for the provision of the content. However, we have no control over whether the Provider uses the IP address for statistical purposes, for example.
When you register for our newsletter, we use your email address for sending the newsletter. You can cancel the subscription to the newsletter at any time. No other use of your email address is made.
When you open the newsletter or click on a link in the newsletter, this is logged via our web server (date, time, email address). The logging of this data serves internal statistical purposes. These data are not connected to personal use profiles.
Internal area / forum
For the registration as a user* in the internal area of the website, personal data is required. Obligatory fields, which are required for the justification, content configuration or alteration of the use conditions, are marked as such and are essential for the provision of services. Voluntary information entries can be changed or deleted by users at any time.
When you register as a user, then the following information about you will always be visible to other users of the internal area of the website:
Your user name or name (as selected)
Your photo, if you have uploaded a photo
“About me” area
When you last visited the internal area
The visibility of all other information that you have provided regarding yourself can be adjusted in the privacy settings in your profile.
Social plugins from Facebook, Google+ and Twitter with the use of the “2-click solution”
So-called social plugins are used on our website (in the following “Plugins”) for the social networks Facebook and Google+ as well as the microblogging service Twitter. These services are provided by the companies Facebook Inc., Google Inc. and Twitter Inc. (in the following “Providers”)
Facebook is operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA (in the following “Facebook”). An overview of the Plugins from Facebook and their appearance can be found here: https://developers.Facebook.com/docs/plugins
Google+ is operated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (in the following “Google”). An overview of the Plugins from Google and their appearance can be found here: https://developers.google.com/+/web/
Twitter is operated by Twitter Inc., 1355 Market St, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103 (in the following “Twitter”). An overview of the Twitter buttons and their appearance can be found here: https://twitter.com/about/resources/buttons
To increase the protection of your data while visiting our website, the plugins are integrated using the so-called “2-click solution” on the website. This integration ensures that when a page from website is accessed that contains such Plugins, no connection is made automatically to the servers of Facebook, Google and Twitter. Only after you have activated the Plugins and thus given your consent to the data transmission does your browser establish a direct connection to the servers of Google, Facebook or Twitter. The content of the respective Plugin will then be transmitted directly to your browser and included in the page. Through the integration of the Plugins, the Providers receive the information that your browser has accessed the corresponding page of our website, even if you do not have a profile with the corresponding Provider or are not currently logged in with the Provider. This information (including your IP address) will be transmitted by your browser directly to the a server of the respective Provider in the USA and stored there.
If you are logged into one of the social networks, then the Providers can directly associate the visit to our website with your profile on Facebook or Google+. When you interact with the Plugins, for example by clicking the “Like”, the “+1” or the “Twitter” buttons, the corresponding information will also be transmitted directly to a server of the corresponding Provider and stored there. The information will also be published in the social networks or on your Twitter account and shown to your contacts there.
The purpose and scope of the data collection and the further processing and use of the data by the Providers as well as your corresponding rights and possibilities for adjusting settings to protect your privacy can be found in the privacy information of the Providers:
If you want to avoid that Google, Facebook or Twitter associate the data collected via our website with your profile by the these Providers, then you need to log out of the respective Providers before you activate the plugins.
Your rights and contact
You have the right at any time to obtain information free of charge about the data stored about you personally, the purpose of this storage, the origin of the data as well as about recipients of these data. In addition, in accordance with the statutory provisions, you have the right to correct, block and delete these personal data.
If you have any questions, comments or inquiries regarding the collection, processing and use of your personal data by us, please contact us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the event of any disagreements, you have the right to complain to the responsible regulatory authorities.
Prohibition of advertising emails
The use of contact data provided in accordance with the Legal Information requirements for this website for the purpose of sending advertising or information material not explicitly requested is hereby expressly prohibited. The operators of these websites reserve the right to take legal action in response to the unsolicited sending of advertising information, for example through spam emails.
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