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.