The legal basis for data protection can be found in the Federal Data Protection Act (DSG) and the Telemedia Act (TMG).
Access Data/ Server Log Files
The provider (or his web hosting service) collects data about each access to the offer (so-called server log files). The access data includes:
Name of the accessed website, file, date and time of the retrieval, transmitted data volume, notification of successful retrieval, browser type and version, the operating system of the user, referrer URL (the previously visited page), the IP address and the requesting provider.
The provider uses the log data solely for statistical evaluations for the purpose of operation, security and optimization of the offer. However, the provider reserves the right to check the log data at a later time if there is a reasonable suspicion of unlawful use.
Handling of Personal Data
Personal data is information with the help of which a person can be identified, i.e. information that can be traced back to a person. This includes a name, email address or phone number. However, data about preferences, hobbies, memberships or which websites were viewed by someone is also considered personal data.
Personal data is collected, used and passed on by the provider only if this is legally permitted or if users consent to the data collection.
Contacting the Provider
When the user contacts the provider (e.g. via contact form or e-mail), the user’s data is stored for the purpose of processing the inquiry and in case subsequent questions should arise.
Comments and Contributions
When users post comments on the blog or submit other contributions, their IP addresses are saved. This is done for the security of the provider in case someone writes illegal content (insults, prohibited political propaganda, etc.) in comments or contributions. In this case, the provider himself may be held liable for the comment or contribution and would therefore be interested in the author’s identity.
Users can subscribe to follow-up comments. Users receive a confirmation e-mail to verify that they are the owner of the given e-mail address. Users can unsubscribe from ongoing comment subscriptions at any time. The confirmation e-mail contains further information about this.
With the newsletter, we inform you about our company and our offers.
If you would like to receive the newsletter, we require a valid e-mail address from you as well as information that will allow us to verify that you are the owner of the given e-mail address/that the owner consents to receiving the newsletter. No further data is collected. This data is only used for sending the newsletter and will not be passed on to third parties.
When you register for the newsletter, we store your IP address and the date of registration. This storage serves solely as proof in the event that a third party misuses an e-mail address and registers for the newsletter without the authorized person’s knowledge.
You can revoke your consent to the storage of your data and e-mail address as well as their use for sending the newsletter at any time. The revocation can take place via a link in the newsletters themselves or in your profile area or by sending a notification to the contact information shown above.
Integration of Third-Party Services and Content
It is possible that third party contents, such as videos from YouTube, maps from Google Maps and RSS feeds or graphics from other websites, may be integrated into this website. This always requires that the providers of this content (hereinafter referred to as “third-party providers”) obtain the IP address of the users. Without the IP address, they could not send the content to the browser of the respective user. The IP address is therefore required for the display of this content. We strive to only integrate content whose respective providers use the IP address solely for the delivery of the content. However, we have no influence over whether third-party providers store the IP address for statistical purposes, for example. As soon as we become aware of this, we will inform users about it.
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The data entered during registration is utilized for the purpose of using the offer. Users can be informed about offer- or registration-related information, such as changes to the scope of the offer or technical circumstances, by e-mail. The collected data can be seen from the input mask during registration. This includes the title, first name, last name, company, mailing address, e-mail address, telephone number and IP address for the purpose of personalizing our offers.
This offer uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses so-called “cookies” – text files that are stored on users’ computers and allow for analysis of the website’s use. The information generated by the cookies about users’ use of this websites is usually transferred to a Google server in the US and stored there.
If IP anonymization is activated on this website, the IP address of Google users will be shortened within member states of the European Union or states party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transferred to a Google server in the US and be shortened there. IP anonymization is active on this website. On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate the use of the site by users, to compile reports on website activities and to provide additional services pertaining to website and internet use for the website operator.
The IP address transmitted by your browser within the scope of Google Analytics will not be associated with any other data held by Google. Users may prevent the storage of cookies by selecting the appropriate setting in their browser software; however, we point out that users may not be able to fully use all functions of this website if they do so. In addition, users can prevent the transmission of data generated by cookies regarding their use of the website (incl. their IP address) to Google as well as the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plugin available under the following link: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de.
As an alternative to the browser plugin or when using browsers on mobile devices, please click on this link in order to prevent future detection by Google Analytics on this website. This stores an opt-out cookie on your device. If you delete your cookies, you will need to click on this link again.
Facebook Social Plugins
This offer uses Social Plugins (“plugins”) from the social network facebook.com, operated by Facebook Ireland Ltd., 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2, Ireland (“Facebook”). These plugins can be identified by the Facebook logo (white “f” on a blue tile, the terms “Like”, “I like this” or a “thumbs up” symbol) or by the addition “Facebook Social Plugin”. A list and the appearance of the Facebook Social Plugins can be viewed here: https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/.
When a user visits a website of this offer on which this plugin is installed, the user’s browser creates a direct connection to Facebook’s servers. Facebook transmits the content of the plugin directly to the user’s browser, where it is integrated with the website. The provider has no influence on the extent of the data that Facebook collects with the help of this plugin and therefore informs the user to the best of his knowledge:
Through integration of the plugins, Facebook obtains the information that the user has accessed the relevant page on our website. If the user is logged on to Facebook, Facebook can attribute the visit to the user’s Facebook account. When users interact with the plugins, e.g. by using the “Like” button or by posting a comment, their browser transmits the corresponding information to Facebook, where it is stored. If a user is not a Facebook member, there is still a possibility that Facebook will find out and store the user’s IP address. According to Facebook, only an anonymized IP address is stored in Germany.
If a user is a Facebook member and does not want Facebook to collect data about him via our website and to link this with member data stored on Facebook, then he must log off from Facebook before visiting this website. The changing of additional settings and the revocation of the use of data for advertising purposes are possible within Facebook’s profile settings: https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=ads.
+1 Button from Google+
The site uses the “+1” button of the social network Google Plus, which is operated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, United States (“Google”). The button can be recognized by the “+1” symbol on a white or colored background.
When a user accesses a page on our website that contains such a button, the user’s browser establishes a direct connection to Google’s servers. The content of the “+1” button is transmitted by Google directly to the user’s browser, where it is integrated into the website. Therefore, the provider has no influence on the extent of the data that Google collects with the button. According to Google, no personal data is collected without clicking on the button. Such data, including the IP address, is only collected and processed for logged-in members.
This website uses buttons from the service Twitter. These buttons are provided by Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA. They can be recognized by words like “Twitter” or “Follow”, often adjacent to a stylized blue bird. These buttons enable the user to share a post or page of this website on Twitter or follow the website provider on Twitter.
If a user opens a part of this website that contains such a button, his browser creates a direct connection to Twitter’s servers. The content of the Twitter buttons is transmitted directly from Twitter to the user’s browser. Therefore, the provider of this website has no control over the extent of the data that Twitter collects with the help of this plugin and informs users according to the best of his knowledge, which is that only the user’s IP address and the URL of the page displaying the Twitter button is transmitted and that these are only used for the purpose of displaying the button.
This website uses buttons from the service Tumblr. These buttons are provided by Tumblr Inc., 35 East 21st St, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10010, USA, firstname.lastname@example.org. They can be recognized by the word “Tumblr”. These buttons enable the user to share a post or page of this website on Tumblr or follow the website provider on Tumblr.
If a user opens a part of this website that contains such a button, his browser creates a direct connection to Tumblr’s servers. The content of the Tumblr button is transmitted directly from Tumblr to the user’s browser. Therefore, the provider of this website has no control over the extent of the data that Tumblr collects with the help of this plugin and informs users according to the best of his knowledge, which is that only the user’s IP address and the URL of the page displaying the Tumblr button is transmitted and that these are only used for the purpose of displaying the button.
This website uses Jetpack, a tool for the statistical evaluation of website access by visitors that is operated by Automattic, Inc. 132 Hawthorne Street San Francisco, CA 94107, USA using a tracking technology by Quantcast Inc., 201 3rd St, Floor 2, San Francisco, CA 94103-3153, USA. WordPress.com Stats uses so-called “cookies”, text files that are stored on your computer and allow for an analysis of your use of the website. The information generated by the cookie on how the website is being used by you is stored on a server in the USA. Your IP address is anonymized directly after its processing and prior to its storage. You can prevent cookies from being installed by adjusting the settings of your browser software accordingly; however, we point out that you may not be able to fully use all functions of this website if you do so. You can object to the collection and use of the data by Quantcast with future effect by installing an opt-out cookie in your browser by clicking on this opt-out link: http://www.quantcast.com/opt-out. If you delete all cookies from your computer, you will have to install the opt-out cookie again.
Revocations, Changes, Corrections and Updates
The user has the right to request and receive free information about the personal data that has been stored about him. In addition, the user has the right to have incorrect data corrected and to request that his personal data be blocked or deleted as long as this is not in conflict with statutory retention requirements.