Privacy at a glance
1. Description and scope of data processing
For every retrieval of our web pages, our system automatically collects data and information from the computer system used to retrieve the page(s).
The following data are collected:
(1) The user's IP address
Data are stored in the logfile of our system. This data is not stored together with other personal data of the user.
2. Legal basis for data processing
Art. 6 (1) (f) of GDPR serves as the legal basis for the temporary storage of data and logfiles.
3. Purpose of data processing
The temporary storage of the IP address by the system is necessary in order to allow for the delivery of the website to the user's computer. The user's IP address must be stored for the duration of the session. The storage in logfiles is required in order to ensure the functionality of the website. Furthermore, the data in the logfiles are used to optimise the website and ensure the security of our information technology systems. There is no analysis of the data in this context for marketing purposes. These purposes constitute legitimate interests on our part for the purpose of data processing according to GDPR Art. 6 (1) (f).
4. Duration of storage
Data are deleted as soon as they are no longer required to achieve the purpose for which they were collected. For data collected to provide the website, this is the case at the end of the session. For logfile storage of data, this is the case a maximum of 14 days after the data collection. Storage of the data beyond this point is not possible.
5. Withdrawal of consent and erasure of data
The collection of data to provide the website and the storage of data in logfiles is essential to the operation of the website. The user therefore does not have the opportunity to withdraw consent.
Newsletter distribution is based on user registration on the website.
Our website incorporates the option for subscribing to a free-of-charge newsletter. The following registration data, entered on an input screen, are transferred to us: The user's email address.
Data processing for the distribution of newsletters does not involve the passing on of such data to third parties. Data are used exclusively for the distribution of the newsletter.
2. Legal basis for data processing
Newsletter distribution is based on user registration on the website.
GDPR Art. 6 (1) (a) serves as the legal basis for the processing of data after a user registers for the newsletter and provides consent.
This website uses Google Analytics, a web traffic analysis service provided by Google Inc.(hereinafter: "Google"). The legal basis for this usage is provided by GDPR Art. 6 (1) (f). Google Analytics uses so-called "cookies" - text files which are saved on your computer and make it possible to analyse your usage of the website. The information on your usage of this website, gathered by means of cookies, such as
is, as a rule, sent to a Google server in the USA and stored there. The IP address transferred as part of the Google Analytics service is not combined with other data stored by Google. We have extended Google Analytics with the "anonymizeIP" code on this website. This ensures that your IP address is masked so that all data collection is anonymous. Only in exceptional circumstances is the full IP address then sent to a Google server in the USA and truncated there.
On behalf of the operator of this website, Google uses this information to analyse your usage of the website, to generate reports on website activity for the website operator, and to provide further services associated with the usage of the website and the internet. You may prevent the saving of cookies with an appropriate setting in your browser software; we advise you, however, that this may possibly result in you not being able to make full use of some functional aspects of this Website.
Furthermore, you may also prevent the data relating to your usage of the website, gathered using cookies (including your IP address) being acquired and/or processed by Google. To do so, download and install a browser plug-in available from the following link: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de.
We also use Google Analytics to analyse data from Double-Click cookies and AdWords for statistical purposes. If you do not wish to participate, you may use the advertising preferences manager
(http://www.google.com/settings/ads/onweb/?hl=de) to deactivate it.
Further information on data protection with regard to Google Analytics may be found in Google Analytics Help
In order to prevent spam, we use the Google reCAPTCHA service provided by Google Inc. (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA). The legal basis for this usage is provided by GDPR Art. 6 (1) f (lawfulness of processing), as it is in our legitimate interest to protect our web pages from bots and spam. reCAPTCHA is a free service which protects web pages from spam and misuse. It uses advanced risk analysis techniques to distinguish between human users and bots. With the new API, a significant number of genuine human users will pass the reCAPTCHA challenge without having to solve a CAPTCHA. We use reCAPTCHA to secure our forms and newsletter.
As an alternative to a browser plug-in, especially for browsers on mobile devices, you may prevent the collection of data by Google Analytics by clicking on this link. This will set an opt-out cookie that prevents the future collection of your data when you visit this website. The opt-out cookie is stored on your device and only applies to the specific browser and our website. If you delete cookies in this browser, you will need to set the opt-out cookie again. Disable Google Analytics
Functions of the Twitter service are integrated into our website. Twitter is a social media portal operated by the company Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, (USA). We use Twitter plug-ins. If you retrieve a web page which includes such a plug-in, there is an exchange of data with the Twitter servers, which are based in the USA. Should the interactions possible with various Twitter plug-ins take place, the relevant information about you is collected and sent to Twitter, where it is stored. If you are also a Twitter member and logged in to the Twitter service at the time when you make use of the plug-in, the data collected relating to your visit to the website will be linked to your Twitter account and announced to other users.
If you do not wish Twitter to link your data with your Twitter account, you must log out of Twitter before visiting our website. More information on the collection and usage of data by Twitter is available from https://twitter.com/privacy .
We use the function provided by YouTube LLC (901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA; hereinafter "YouTube") to embed YouTube videos on our website.
YouTube is a company affiliated with Google Inc. (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA; hereinafter "Google").
This function displays videos stored at YouTube in an iFrame on the website. The "Privacy-Enhanced Mode" is activated for this. This prevents YouTube from storing information on visitors to the website. Information is only transmitted to YouTube, where it is stored, when you view a video.
Further information on the collection and usage of data by YouTube and Google, and about your rights in this regard and the possibilities open to you for the protection of your privacy, can be found in the YouTube privacy documentation ( https://www.youtube.com/t/privacy ).
Functions of the Instagram service are integrated into our website. These functions are provided by Instagram Inc., 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA.
If you are logged into your Instagram account, you may link the content of our pages with your Instagram profile by clicking the Instagram button. This allows Instagram to link your visit to our pages with your user account. As provider of the pages, we are not aware of the content of any of the data transferred to Instagram, nor of the usage of this data.
Further information may be found in the Instagram privacy statement: https://instagram.com/about/legal/privacy/.
Our website uses functions of the LinkedIn network. The provider of these functions is LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.
For every visit to our pages that contain LinkedIn functions, a connection is established to the LinkedIn servers. LinkedIn is informed that you have visited our web pages with your IP address. If you click the LinkedIn "Recommend" button and are logged in to your LinkedIn account, LinkedIn is able to link your visit to our website with your user account. As provider of the pages, we are not aware of the content of any of the data transferred to LinkedIn, nor of the usage of this data.
Further information may be found in the LinkedIn privacy statement: https://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy.
Our website makes use of so-called social plugins (“Plugins”) from the Facebook social network, operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA (“Facebook”).
The Plugins are labelled with a Facebook logo or identified with the words “Social Plugin from Facebook” or “Facebook Social Plugin”. An overview of Facebook Plugins and what they look like can be found here: developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins
If you open one of our web pages that contains such a Plugin, your browser will initiate a direct connection to Facebook’s servers. The content of the Plugin will be transferred directly to your browser by Facebook and integrated into the page. This integration means that Facebook receives the information that your browser has opened that particular page of our website, even if you do not have a Facebook account or are currently not logged in to Facebook. This information (including your IP address) is sent directly from your browser to a Facebook server in the USA, where it is saved.
If you are logged in on Facebook, Facebook can directly link your visit to our website with your Facebook profile. If you interact with the Plugins, for example by clicking/pressing a “Like” button or making a comment, this information is also directly sent to a Facebook server where it is saved. This information is also published on your Facebook profile and displayed to your Facebook friends.
To find out about the purpose and scope of data collection and of further processing and usage of the data by Facebook, along with your rights and the optional settings available to you in order to protect your privacy, please consult the Facebook Data Policy: www.facebook.com/policy.php
If you do not wish Facebook to automatically link data collected via our web presence to your Facebook profile, you must log out of Facebook before visiting our website.
You can also completely prevent the loading of Facebook Plugins with add-ons for your browser,
e.g. for Mozilla Firefox: addons.mozilla.org/de/firefox/addon/facebook-blocker/
Where processing has been restricted, such personal data shall, with the exception of storage, only be processed with your consent or for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims or for the protection of the rights of another natural or legal person or for reasons of important public interest of the European Union or of a Member State.
Where processing has been restricted in line with the conditions above, you shall be informed by the Controller before the restriction of processing is lifted.
You have the right to be notified of these recipients by the Controller.
In exercising this right, you also have the right to have the personal data transmitted directly from one controller to another, where technically feasible. This must not adversely affect the rights and freedoms of others.
The Right to Data Portability shall not apply to processing necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the Controller.
The Controller shall no longer process the personal data unless the Controller demonstrates compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your interests, rights and freedoms or for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
In the context of the use of information society services, and notwithstanding Directive 2002/58/EC, you may exercise your Right to Object by automated means using technical specifications.
The supervisory authority with which the complaint has been lodged shall inform the complainant on the progress and the outcome of the complaint including the possibility of a judicial remedy pursuant to GDPR Article 78.