Data Protection

As the providers of this website, we are fully committed to the protection of your personal information. We will treat your personal information confidentially and in full compliance with the regulatory data protection requirements and the following data protection statement.

Our website can usually be used without the need to disclose personal data. Insofar as our website records personal information (including your name, address, or email address), this data is, wherever possible, requested on a voluntary basis. The data will not be shared with any third parties without your express consent.

We advise you that the transmission of data via the internet (e.g. via email) may involve certain security risks. The complete protection of such data against accessing by third parties is not feasible.

Data Protection Statement concerning the use of Facebook Plugins (‘Like Buttons’)

Our website uses plugins of the Facebook social network, provided by Facebook Inc., 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, California 94025, United States. You can recognize these Facebook plugins by the Facebook logo or the ‘Like Button’ on our pages. You can see a list of Facebook plugins here: http://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/.

Whenever you visit our website, the plugin will create a direct connection between your browser and the Facebook server. Facebook will receive information that you have visited our website from your IP address. When you use the Facebook ‘Like Button’ while you are logged into your Facebook account, you can link to the contents of our pages from your Facebook profile. As providers of this website, we have no knowledge of the contents of the transmitted data and their use by Facebook. For more information, please see Facebook’s data protection policy at http://de-de.facebook.com/policy.php.

If you wish to prevent Facebook from linking your visit to our site with your Facebook account, please log out from your Facebook account before visiting our site.

Data Protection Statement concerning the use of Google +1

Our website uses features of Google +1, provided by Google Inc. 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, United States.

Recording and sharing of information: With the Google +1 button, you can publish information worldwide. The Google +1 button gives you and other users access to personalized contents from Google and partners. Google records the contents you have recommended with +1 and information about the page that you visited when using the +1 button. Your +1 can be displayed as a recommendation with your profile name and photo in the Google services, such as Google search results, and your Google profile or at other places on the web, including websites and advertisements. Google records information about your +1 activities to improve the Google services for you and other users. In order to use the Google +1 button, you need a universally visible and public Google profile that contains at least the name chosen for your profile. This name is used in all Google services. In some instances, you can replace that name with other names that you have used to share contents via your Google account. The identity of your Google profile can be displayed to users that know your email address or other identifying information about you.

Processing the recorded information: In addition to the purposes mentioned above, the information provided by you will be used in accordance with Google’s data protection policy. Google may publish consolidated statistics about the +1 activities of its users or share these with users and partners, such as publishers, advertisers, and affiliated websites.

Data Protection Statement concerning the Use of Piwik

This website uses the open source web analytics service Piwik. Piwik uses so-called cookies, which are text files that are stored on your computer and are used to analyze your use of this website. For this purpose, the information created by the cookie about your use of this website is stored on our server. Your IP address will be stored in anonymous form.

The information created by the cookie will not be shared with any third parties. You can prevent your browser from storing the cookies by configuring your browser settings. Please note that this may prevent you from using the full functionality of this website.

You can deactivate the storing and processing of your data. In this case, the browser will create a so-called opt-out cookie that prevents Piwik from storing user data. If you delete your cookies, the Piwik opt-out cookie might also be deleted and you would have to activate the opt-out function again when visiting our website.

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Data Protection Statement concerning the Use of Twitter

Our website uses features of the Twitter service provided by Twitter Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, United States.

By using Twitter and the “Retweet” function, the websites you visit are linked you’re your Twitter account and published to other users. Data will be transmitted to Twitter as part of this. As providers of this website, we have no knowledge of the contents of the transmitted data and their use by Twitter. For more information, please see the data protection policy of Twitter at http://twitter.com/privacy.

You can change your Twitter privacy settings in your account settings at http://twitter.com/account/settings.

Data Protection Statement concerning the Use of Xing

Our website uses features of the Xing network provided by XING AG, Dammtorstraße 29-32, 20354 Hamburg, Germany.

Whenever you visit one of our pages that includes Xing features, a connection will be created with the servers of Xing. To our knowledge, no personal data will be stored. In particular, no IP addresses stored or user history analyzed.

For more information about data protection and the Xing share button, please see the data protection policy of Xing at https://www.xing.com/app/share?op=data_protection

Data Protection Statement concerning the Use of YouTube

Our website uses plugins of the Google service YouTube, provided by YouTube LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, United States.

Whenever you visit a page with a YouTube plugin, a connection will be formed with the servers of YouTube. The YouTube server will be informed which pages you have visited. By using the web while logged into your YouTube account, you enable YouTube to track your browsing history with your YouTube account.

For more information about the use of your user data, please see the data protection policy of YouTube at https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy

Disclosure, Deletion, Blocking

You have to request the disclosure of the personal information, its sources and recipients, and the purpose of its use at any time and without charge and to request the amendment, deletion, or blocking of this data. You can send these requests or other questions concerning your personal information to the address published in our imprint.

Cookies

Several pages on this website use so-called cookies. Cookies do not cause any damage to your computer and do not include any viruses or similar malware. Cookies are used to make our offerings more user-friendly, effective, and secure for you. Cookies are small text files that are stored by your browser on your device.

Most of the cookies used by us are so-called session cookies. These will be deleted automatically after you leave our website. Other cookies remain on your device until deleted by you. These cookies allow us to identify you during your next visit to our website.

You can configure your browser to notify you whenever cookies are stored and only allow cookies in individual cases, refuse cookies generally or in specific circumstances, and set your browser to delete all cookies automatically when closing your browser. Deactivating cookies may prevent you from using the full functionality of our website.

Server Log Files

The provider of these website will automatically record and store information about you which your browser transmits automatically to us in so-called server log files. This includes:

  • Browser type and version
  • Operating system
  • Referrer URL
  • Hostname of your computer
  • Time of the server query

This data cannot be traced to individual people. We will not combine this data with data from other sources. We reserve the right to review the data subsequently should we receive any indication of potentially illegitimate use.

Contact Form

Whenever you use our contact form to send us queries or comments, the information from the contact form, including your contact details, will be stored by us to allow us to process your query and contact you for more information if required. This data will not be shared with any third party without your consent.

Unsolicited Advertising

We prohibit the use of the contact details published here in compliance with our obligation to publish an imprint for the sending of unsolicited advertising materials or similar information. The providers of this website expressly reserve the right to take legal action in the event that unsolicited advertising information is sent to us, e.g. by spam emails.

Newsletter Data

If you wish to receive the newsletter offered on our website, we will require your email address and information with which we can check whether you are the legitimate owner of that email address and whether you consent to receiving our newsletter. No other data will be recorded. We will only use this data for the purposes of sending you the requested information and will not share it with any third parties.

You can withdraw your consent to our storing of your data and the email address we use for sending you the newsletter at any time, e.g. by using the “Unsubscribe” link in the newsletter.