Data Protection Declaration for the Use of the Website
The following declaration shall provide you with information about the acquisition and use of your data when you visit our website.
Cookies are small text files that are stored on the computer system of the user. With the help of these text files, it is possible to analyze the user performance when visiting the website and for example use it as targeted product recommendations and interest-based advertising. Mostly, this information includes: browser type and version, operating system, referrer URL (source of a link), IP address (hostname of the computer used, abbreviated if necessary to anonymize), time of server request. Some cookies are deleted after closing the browser (so-called session cookies). Other cookies are stored on the terminal device used and enable the relevant browser to recognize the website at the next visit (so-called persistent cookies).
We are, for example, using cookies to store the credentials of website users. We are further using Web Beacons (so-called tracking pixels), Silverlight Application Storage, and Flash cookies (Local Shared Objects, short LSO).
Use of Google Analytics
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses so-called “Cookies”. The information generated by the cookie about your website usage (including your IP address) will be transmitted to a Google server in the US and stored there. If the IP anonymization is activated on this website, your IP address will be shortened within the Member States of the European Union or other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases there is a transfer of full IP address to a Google server in the US and is shortened there. Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services connected to the website activity and internet usage. Unless required by law, or where such third parties process the acquired data on behalf of Google, Google will transfer this information if necessary to the third party. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.
In addition, you can prevent Google from acquiring data generated by the cookie and resulting from the use of the website (incl. your IP address) and processing these data by downloading and installing the browser plugin that is available from the following link: [ https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout ].
The acquisition by Google Analytics can also be prevented by selecting the link below:
As a result, an opt-out cookie is set, which prevents future acquisition of your information when using the website.
On our website, Google Analytics is expanded to the code “gat._anonymizeIp();” to ensure an anonymous acquisition of IP addresses (so-called IP Masking).
Use of Twitter Plugins
On our website, we use so-called social plugins (“plugins”) of the micro-blogging service Twitter. This service is operated by Twitter Inc., 1355 Market St, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA (hereinafter “Twitter”). The plugins are to be recognized by a Twitter logo (in the form of a blue “Twitter-bird”). An overview of the plugins of Twitter and its appearance is available at: https://twitter.com/about/resources/buttons
When you access our website, which includes a Twitter plugin, your browser will directly communicate with the Twitter servers. The content of the Twitter plugin will be sent directly to your browser and integrated into the page. Due to this integration, Twitter can detect that your browser has accessed the corresponding page of our website, even if you do not have a profile on Twitter or are currently not logged in to Twitter. This captured information (including your IP address) will be transmitted directly from the browser to the Twitter servers in the US and stored there.
If you are logged into Twitter during the use of the site, your usage will directly be associated with your Twitter account. Pressing the “Tweet” button, the corresponding information is also sent directly to the servers of Twitter and stored there. Acquired information will further be published on your Twitter account and there appear to your contacts.
Purpose and scope of data acquisition as well as further processing and use of data by Twitter as well as your rights and setting options for protecting your privacy resulting from the privacy notices of Twitter are available at the following address: https://twitter.com/privacy
In order to prevent the acquired data to directly link to your Twitter account, you must log out at Twitter before entering our website. However, loading Twitter plugins can completely be prevented by using add-ons for your browser, such as the script blocker “NoScript” (http://noscript.net/).
Use of Social Plugins (Facebook, LinkedIn, Xing)
The following social plugins (“plugins”) may be used on our site:
- Facebook Social Plugins; Supplier: Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA
- LinkedIn social plug-ins; Supplier: LinkedIn Corporation 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (“LinkedIn”)
- Xing social plug-ins; Providers: XING AG, Gänsemarkt 43, 20354 Hamburg, Germany (hereinafter “Xing”)
For the use we indicate the following:
Purpose and scope of data acquisition as well as further processing and use of data by the providers concerned as well as your rights and setting options for protecting your privacy can be retrieved from the provider:
In order to use the site without registration and transfer of your data, you can not only disable cookies but also enter the website on behalf of an anonymization service or a so-called Do-not-track tool (e.g. http://donottrack.us/) or you might set suitable add-ons for your browser (e.g. http://noscript.net/ ), particularly for blocking plugins.
Contact and Newsletter
The information requested through our contact form is necessary in order to process your request. To order our newsletter, we need your e-mail address and optionally other personal data for reasons of security. The transmitted data is treated confidentially.
In principle, without your consent there will be transmission of personal data to third parties, unless this is necessary to fulfill a contractual obligation entered. Another exception applies when we are obliged to forward the data due to the request of a federal or state authority in the context of mandatory national legislation or due to judgment or when this data transmission enforces our rights in case of abuse and recovery of debts.
Consent, Cancellation, and Objection
As far as we use data for a purpose that according to the statutory provisions requires your consent, we will record it in accordance with data protection regulations. You may revoke a declared consent with effect for the future at any time. It is sufficient to revoke consent or to object in a simple message to us. You can find the contact e-mail and the Disclaimer at the end of this text.
Right to Information
Upon your request, we will notify you free of charge, whether and which data is stored on your person.
Deletion of Data
We commit ourselves to delete the personal data processed for our own purposes, as soon as knowledge for the fulfillment of the purpose of storage is no longer required. A deletion will be replaced by a blocking, as far as deletion opposes legal, statutory, or contractual retention periods, there is reason to believe that the legitimate interests of the data subject would be adversely affected by a deletion or deletion is, due to the specific type of storage, not possible or only possible with disproportionate high cost. In addition, you can always block, correct, or delete the data we acquired. A deletion occurs also when you withdraw your consent for the acquisition, processing, and use of personal data. If the withdrawal occurs during a business transaction, the deletion takes place immediately after its completion. Further legal deletion or blocking obligations remain unaffected.
Our site contains links to third-party web properties. The data protection compliance on these websites is beyond our influence and responsibility. Therefore, please inform yourself directly on the linked websites about the data protection policy.
For questions or concerns please contact us.