Data Protection Notice

Data protection:

We take the protection of your personal data very seriously, which is why we treat it as confidential and follow the provisions of Germany's data protection laws (as well as those of this notice).

In principle, it is possible to use our website without providing any personal data. In instances in which our site requests personal information - your name, address, or e-mail address, for example - providing this information is voluntary (unless it is required for practical reasons). This data will never be shared with any third party without your express consent.

We hereby remind you, however, that online data transfers (such as those involved in e-mail correspondence) can be prone to security flaws. Comprehensive data protection against unauthorized third-party access can thus not be guaranteed.

 

Data protection notice regarding the use of Google Analytics:

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043, USA). Google Analytics uses "cookies", which are text files that are saved on your computer to help us analyze how you use our website. The information a cookie generates regarding said use (including your IP address) is typically transmitted to and stored on a Google server in the United States.

However, if IP anonymization is activated for this website and you visit it from a European Union member-state or another signatory of the European Economic Area Agreement, Google will truncate your IP address before transmitting it. Only in exceptional cases will your full IP address be transmitted to a Google server in the U.S. (and subsequently truncated). On behalf of this website's operator, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the site, produce reports on its overall activity, and provide further services related to your use of the site and the Internet at large. The IP address your browser provides to Google Analytics will not be associated with any other data from Google.

While you can configure your browser to prevent cookies from being stored on your computer, please note that doing so may limit your use of this website's full range of functions. You can also prevent cookies from collecting data on your use of this website (including your IP address) and restrict Google from processing this information by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available here: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en

 

Data protection notice regarding the use of Google +1:

This website uses the Google +1 button, which offers functions provided by Google Inc. (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043, USA).

Information collection and dissemination: The Google +1 button enables users to publish information globally and receive personalized content from Google and our partners. Google stores information on both the content for which you click the +1 button and the sites on which you do so. Your +1 activity may be displayed as references along with your profile name and picture in connection with Google's services, such as in search results, in your Google profile, or on websites and online advertisements. Google collects information on your +1 activity in order to improve the services it provides to you and other users. To use the Google +1 button, you need a public, globally visible Google profile containing at least the name entered for the profile. This name will be used in all of Google's services. In some cases, this name may also replace another name you have used to share content through your Google account. The identity associated with your Google profile may be displayed to other users who know your e-mail address or have other information that could be used to identify you.

Use of collected information: In addition to the purposes of use detailed above, the information you provide will be utilized in accordance with the applicable data-protection provisions defined by Google. Google may publish summarized statistics on users' +1 activity or share it with other users and partners (such as publishers, advertisers, or affiliated websites).

 

Data protection notice regarding the use of XING:

Our website also uses functions provided by the social network XING (XING AG, Dammtorstraße 29-32, 20354 Hamburg, Germany). Every instance of a user accessing one of our pages that includes XING functionality establishes a connection to XING's servers. To our knowledge, no personal data is stored in this process; this specifically includes the analysis of IP addresses and data on user activity.

Further information on data protection and the XING share button is available in XING's own data protection notice: https://www.xing.com/app/share?op=data_protection

 

Disclosure, deletion, and blocking:

You have the right to obtain information concerning the data stored on your person, the origins and recipients of this data, and the purpose of its processing at any time free of charge. You also have the right to have this data corrected, blocked, or deleted. If you wish to exercise these rights or have any further questions regarding your personal data, please contact us at your convenience using the address provided in the "Legal Information" section of our website.

 

Cookies:

Sections of this website use cookies, which do not contain viruses or harm your computer in any other way. They are designed to help us make our online presence more secure, effective, and user-friendly. Cookies are small text files your web browser stores on your computer.

Most of the cookies we use are session cookies that are automatically deleted when you leave our website. Others will remain on your device until you delete them. This type of cookie enables our website to recognize your browser the next time you visit.

You can configure your browser to notify you whenever cookies are stored; to allow cookies only in specific cases; to reject cookies in certain instances, or in general; and to automatically delete cookies when you close your browser. Deactivating cookies may limit some of this site's functions.

 

Server log files:

Through this website, we automatically collect and store information in server log files we automatically receive from your browser. This includes information on:

  • Your browser type / version
  • Your operating system
  • The referrer URL
  • The host name of your computer
  • The time of the server request

This data cannot be linked to specific individuals, nor is it combined with other data sources. We reserve the right to review this data at a later point in time should we discover tangible evidence of potentially unlawful use.

 

Contact form:

If you use our contact form to send us an inquiry, the information you provide on the form (including your contact data) will be stored to help us answer the inquiry and handle any follow-up questions you may have. We will not share this information with any third party without your consent.

 

Unsolicited e-mail advertising:

We hereby prohibit the use of the contact information provided in the "Legal Information" section of this website for the purpose of sending us advertisements or any other information we have not expressly requested. Should we receive any unsolicited advertising (spam, for example), we explicitly reserve the right to take appropriate legal action.

 

Newsletter data:

If you would like to receive the newsletter offered on our website, we will require your e-mail address, along with further information that will enable us to verify that the address is indeed yours and you wish to receive the newsletter. No other data will be collected. We use this information solely to send out the requested information and do not share it with any third party.

You can revoke your consent to having your data (including your e-mail address) stored and used to send you our newsletter at any time, such as by clicking the "unsubscribe" link in the newsletter.