This data privacy statement explains to the user the type, scope and purpose of the collection and use of personal data by the responsible provider:
Germany (head office)
Phone: +49 4131/2401-0
Fax: +49 4131/2401-50 (sales)
on this website (hereinafter referred to as “offer”).
The legal bases of data privacy can be found in the Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) and the German Teleservices Act (TMG).
The provider (or the web space provider) collects data about every instance of access to the offer (so-called server log files). The access data includes:
Name of the accessed website, file, date and time of the access, transferred data volume, report about the successful access, and browser type plus the version, the operating system of the user, referrer URL (the website previously visited), IP address and the enquiring provider.
The provider shall use the log data only for statistical evaluations for the purpose of the operation, security and optimisation of the offer. The provider, however, reserves the right to check the log data retrospectively, if there are clear indications of a justified suspicion of illegal use.
Personal data is information that can be used to determine a person, that is, details that can be traced back to a person. This includes name, email address or telephone number. However, data about preferences, hobbies, memberships or websites that a person visited also count as personal data.
Personal data is only collected, used or passed on by the provider if this is legally permitted or if the users consent to the data collection.
When contacting the provider (for instance, using the contact form or via email), the details of the user shall be stored for the purpose of processing the inquiry as well as for related follow-up questions.
If users leave comments in a blog or make other contributions, their IP addresses are saved. This is done to safeguard the provider in case a person’s comments or contributions contain illegal content (insults, prohibited political propaganda etc.). In this case, the provider themselves can be prosecuted for the comment or contribution and would therefore like to find out the identity of the author.
The newsletter allows us to provide you with information about ourselves and our offers.
If you would like to receive the newsletter, we require a valid email address from you as well as information permitting us to check that you are the owner of the specified email address or that its owner agrees to receive the newsletter. Other data is not collected. This data is used only to send the newsletter and is not passed on to third parties.
When you register for the newsletter, we store your IP address and the registration date. This storage is only to be used as evidence in the event that a third party misuses an email address and registers for the newsletter without the authorised person’s knowledge.
You can revoke at any time your consent to have your data and email address stored, as well as their use in sending the newsletter. This can be done using a link in the newsletter itself or by sending a message using the above contact details.
It is possible that third-party content, such as You Tube videos, map material from Google Maps, RSS feeds or graphics from other websites, are integrated into this online offer. This is always contingent upon the providers of this content (referred to as “third-party providers” below) detecting the user’s IP address. Because without the IP address, they cannot send the content to the browser of the respective user. The IP address is thus required to display this content. We strive to restrict our use of content to those providers that use the IP address only for the purpose of delivering the content. However, we have no control over whether the third-party providers store the IP addresses, for example, for statistical purposes. Users shall be informed if we become aware of this.
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This offer uses Piwik- an open-source software program for the statistical evaluation of user accesses. Piwik uses so-called “cookies” i.e. text files stored on users’ computers that allow their website usage to be analysed. Information about this offer’s usage that is generated by the cookie is stored on the provider’s server in Germany. The IP address is immediately anonymised after processing and before storage. Users can prevent cookies from being used by making relevant settings in the browser software. However, the provider should indicate to the users that they might not be able to use the full scope of this website’s functions as a result of these settings.
Here you can object to the collection of your data.
This offer uses social plugins ("plugins") from the social network site facebook.com, which is operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA ("Facebook"). You can recognise these plugins from the Facebook logo (white “f” on a blue tile or a “thumbs up” symbol) or they are marked with the additional text ”Facebook Social Plugin”. You can view the list and appearance of the Facebook Social Plugins here: https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/.
If a user accesses a website of this offer that contains such a plugin, his or her browser establishes a direct connection to the Facebook servers. Facebook sends the plugin’s content directly to your browser and from there it is integrated into the website. The provider therefore cannot influence the scope of the data that Facebook collects using this plugin and informs the user accordingly of their level of knowledge:
By integrating the plugin, Facebook is notified that a user has accessed the relevant page of the offer. If the user is logged in to Facebook, Facebook can assign the visit to his or her Facebook account. If users interact with the plugins - for example, hit the Like button or leave a comment - the corresponding information is sent directly from your browser to Facebook and it is saved there. If a user is not a member of Facebook, it may still be able to find out his or her IP address and save it. In Germany, according to Facebook, only anonymised IP addresses are saved.
To learn more about the purpose and scope of data collection, further processing and use of data by Facebook, as well as the rights and settings options related to this to ensure users’ protection of privacy, please read the data protection information on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/.
If a user is a Facebook member and does not wish to allow Facebook to gather data about him or her via this offer and link it to his or her membership data that is stored on Facebook, he or she must first log out of Facebook prior to visiting our website.
You can also block Facebook-Social-Plugins with add-ons for your browser, for example using the "Facebook Blocker".
This offer uses the "+1" button from the social network Google Plus, which is operated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, United States ("Google"). You can recognise this button from the symbol "+1" on a white or coloured background.
If a user accesses a website of this offer that contains such a button, the browser establishes a direct connection to the Google servers. Google sends the content of the “+1” button directly to the browser and from there it is integrated into the website. The provider therefore cannot influence the scope of the data that Google collects with this button. According to Google, no personal data is collected unless you click on the button. Such data, including the IP address among other things, is only collected and processed when members are logged in.
To learn more about the purpose and scope of data collection, further processing and use of data by Google, as well as the rights and settings options related to this to ensure your protection of privacy, users can read Google’s data protection information about the “+1” button: www.google.com/intl/de/+/policy/+1button.html and the FAQ: www.google.com/intl/de/+1/button/.
This offer uses the buttons of the Twitter service. These buttons are provided by Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA. They can be identified by terminology such as “Twitter” or “Follow”, combined with a stylised blue bird. You can use these buttons to share a contribution or page of this offer on Twitter or to follow the provider on Twitter.
If a user accesses a website of this Internet presence that contains such a button, his or her browser establishes a direct connection to the Twitter servers. Twitter sends the content of the Twitter buttons directly to the user’s browser. The provider therefore cannot influence the scope of the data that Twitter collects using this plugin and informs the user accordingly of their level of knowledge. According to this knowledge, only the user’s IP address and the URL of the relevant web page are transmitted when the Twitter button is used, and for no other purpose than to display the button.
Further information is available in Twitter’s privacy statement at twitter.com/privacy.
Users have a right to be provided, on request, with information, free of charge, about personal data stored in relation to them. In addition, users are entitled to have inaccurate data rectified and to have their personal data blocked or erased, providing this is not in conflict with any statutory retention requirements.