Privacy Policy

Data Privacy

We would like to advise you that we take the safety of your data very seriously. The operators of this website treat your personal information confidentially and in accordance with statutory data protection and this privacy policy.

It is generally possible to use our website without having to disclose any personal data. In cases where the pages of our website ask for personal information to be disclosed (e.g. name, address or e-mail addresses), the data collection is always done on a voluntary basis. Such data will not be passed on to third parties without your explicit consent.

We wish to point out, however, that data transmission over the Internet (e.g. e-mail communication) can be prone to security breaches. Total protection against third-party data access is not possible.

Rights of Access, Erasure, Blocking

You are entitled to get information free of charge about your stored data, its origin and recipient as well as about the purpose of data processing. Furthermore, you have the right to demand correction, blocking or erasure of this data. If you have further questions in this regard or related to the processing of personal data in general, do not hesitate to contact us under the address published in the imprint page of this website.

Charged Services

Providing charged services requires us to request additional data, e.g. payment details.

To protect our users’ data safety during transmission, we use state-of-the-art technologies like modern cryptographic processes with HTTPS (e.g. SSL).

Cookies

Our website partly uses so called cookies. Cookies do not do any harm to your computer and do not contain computer viruses. The purpose of these cookies is to make our offer safer as well as more user-friendly and more effective. Cookies are small text files which are saved on your computer’s hard drive by your web browser.

Most cookies we use are session cookies which are automatically deleted from your hard drive at the end of your browser session. Other cookies we use will remain on your computer until you decide to delete them. They enable us to automatically recognize your browser at your next visit of the website.

You can configure your browser to allow cookies in certain cases only and to be informed when cookies are saved. You are free to modify your browser’s privacy and security settings at any time so that all or certain types of cookies are disabled or that they are automatically deleted when you close your browser. However, the deactivation or rejection of cookies may restrict the functionality of our website.

Usage Analysis

Our website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service from Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043 USA. Google Analytics uses cookies allowing an analysis of the use of the website by you. The information generated by the cookie concerning your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States.

Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also pass this information on to third parties, if this is required by law, or if third parties are processing this data on instructions from Google.

You can make use of a browser add-on to deactivate Google Analytics, if you do not want your data to be passed for the usage analysis. It is available for download here.

Server Log Files

The provider assigned with the hosting of the website collects and stores data automatically submitted by your browser with so-called server log files. They contain the following information:

This data is not relatable to a specific person. A merge of this data with other data sources is not possible and will not be made. In cases when solid indications of illicit usage of our website become available, we reserve the right to check your data subsequently.

Integration of Third-party Content and Services

Third-party content or services may be embedded within the services of our online offer, such as YouTube videos or graphics of other websites. This always assumes that providers of third-party content can perceive the user’s IP address, which is needed in order to send the content to the user’s browser. Thus, the IP address is required for the presentation of this content.

We endeavour to solely use content for which its respective providers use the IP address for content presentation purposes only. However, we have no influence on whether third-party providers save the user’s ip address, e.g. for statistical purposes. As far as this is known to us, we seek to inform our users about it.

Privacy Policy for the Use of XING

Our website uses functions of the business network XING offered by XING AG, Dammtorstraße 29-32, 20354 Hamburg, Germany. Upon each access of a user to one of our web pages which contains functions of XING a connection to XING’s servers will be established. To the best of our knowledge, storage of personal data is not done. In particular, no IP addresses are stored and the user behaviour is not analysed.

Further information about XING’s share button and data protection can be found in the privacy policy of XING under https://www.xing.com/app/share?op=data_protection

Privacy Policy for the Use of YouTube

Various of our web pages contain embedded videos of YouTube, which enable the connection to YouTube only. YouTube is an offer of Google Inc. In order to find out more about the purpose and scope of the data collection and processing by Google as well as your about your rights in this regard and relevant settings options, kindly refer to YouTube’s data privacy protection statement (https://www.google.de/intl/eng/policies/privacy/).

Newsletter

If you would like to subscribe to the free newsletter offered on this website, we need you to provide a valid e-mail address plus information allowing us to check that you are the owner of the e-mail address and that you are in agreement with the receipt of the newsletter. Further data is not collected. All data collected is used solely for the purpose of sending the requested information and is not disclosed to third parties.

At any time, you may revoke your consent to the saving of your personal data and your e-mail address as well as to their use for the purpose of sending out the newsletter, e.g. via the link provided in the newsletter.

Objection against Advertising E-Mails

We hereby expressly prohibit the use of the contact data published as part of our duty to provide an imprint for the purpose of sending us any advertising or informational materials that we have not expressly requested. The operators of this site expressly reserve the right to take legal steps in the event of the unsolicited sending of advertisements, e.g. in the form of spam mails.