Data privacy statement

Data protection

Pro­tec­ting your pri­va­te data is para­mount for the ope­ra­tors of the­se web­sites. Your per­so­nal data is trea­ted con­fi­den­ti­al­ly and in accordance with the sta­tuto­ry data pro­tec­tion rules as well as this data pri­va­cy state­ment.

The use of our web­site is usual­ly pos­si­ble wit­hout the need to input any per­so­nal data. In case per­so­nal data (e.g. name, address, e‑mail address) is to be collec­ted, it is, whe­re­ver pos­si­ble, sole­ly based on vol­un­ta­ry basis. No per­so­nal data will be for­war­ded to any third par­ties wit­hout your expli­cit con­sent.

Howe­ver, we have to advi­se that data trans­mis­si­on on the Inter­net (e.g. when com­mu­ni­ca­ting via e‑mail) always comes with a secu­ri­ty risk. Com­ple­te pro­tec­tion of data from third par­ty access is the­re­fo­re not pos­si­ble.


In several pla­ces our web­sites use so-cal­led „coo­kies“. Coo­kies do not cau­se any dama­ge on your com­pu­ter, nor do they con­tain viru­ses. They ser­ve the pur­po­se of making our ser­vice more user-fri­end­ly, effec­tive and secu­re. Coo­kies are small text files, which are copied onto your hard disk and saved in your brow­ser.

Most of the coo­kies we use are so-cal­led „ses­si­on coo­kies“ which are imme­dia­te­ly and auto­ma­ti­cal­ly dele­ted after your visit to our web­site. Other coo­kies remain saved on your com­pu­ter until they are dele­ted manu­al­ly. The­se coo­kies enab­le us to reco­gni­ze your brow­ser during your next visit.

You can set your brow­ser so that it enab­les you to deci­de in each case whe­ther or not to accept or to reject all coo­kies, as well as having them auto­ma­ti­cal­ly dele­ted when clo­sing your brow­ser. Howe­ver, not uti­li­zing coo­kies may pre­vent you from using cer­tain func­tions and fea­tures of this web­site.

Server log files

The pro­vi­der of the­se web­sites auto­ma­ti­cal­ly collec­ts and stores infor­ma­ti­on in so- cal­led „ser­ver log files“ which are trans­mit­ted to us by your brow­ser, such as:

  • type and ver­si­on of brow­ser
  • ope­ra­ting sys­tem used
  • refer­rer URL
  • host name of the acces­sing com­pu­ter
  • time of ser­ver request

This data can­not be used to iden­ti­fy spe­ci­fic per­sons. It will not be mer­ged with any other sources. We reser­ve the right to re-exami­ne this data if we have spe­ci­fic rea­sons which indi­ca­te unlaw­ful use.

Contact form

If we recei­ve a request sub­mit­ted through the con­tact form, your data from the request form inclu­ding your con­tact infor­ma­ti­on spe­ci­fied the­re will be saved to help pro­ces­sing the request and in case any fol­low-up ques­ti­ons may occur. Only with your expli­cit con­sent do we pro­vi­de anyo­ne with this data.

Google Analytics

This web­site uti­li­zes func­tions of Goog­le Ana­ly­tics, a web ana­ly­sis ser­vice pro­vi­ded by Goog­le Inc., 1600 Amphi­thea­t­re Park­way Moun­tain View, CA 94043,USA.

Goog­le Ana­ly­tics uses so-cal­led „coo­kies“. The­se are small text files which are stored on your com­pu­ter and enab­le ana­ly­sis of the web­site usa­ge. The infor­ma­ti­on gene­ra­ted by the coo­kie con­cer­ning your use of this web­site will gene­ral­ly be trans­mit­ted to and stored by Goog­le on a ser­ver in the United Sta­tes.

IP anony­mi­sa­ti­on

This web­site uti­li­zes the IP anony­mi­sa­ti­on fea­ture, the­re­fo­re Goog­le will shor­ten your IP address wit­hin Mem­ber Sta­tes of the European Uni­on or coun­tries which are con­trac­ting par­ties to the Agree­ment on the European Eco­no­mic Area befo­re trans­mit­ting it to the United Sta­tes. Only in excep­tio­nal cir­cum­s­tan­ces does your full IP address get trans­mit­ted to and shor­ten­ed by Goog­le on a ser­ver in the United Sta­tes. Under the aut­ho­ri­ty of the pro­vi­der of this web­site, Goog­le will use this data to eva­lua­te web­site usa­ge, com­pi­le reports on web­site activi­ty and pro­vi­de fur­ther ser­vices in con­nec­tion with web­site usa­ge and Inter­net usa­ge towards him. The IP address your brow­ser trans­mits to us as part of Goog­le Ana­ly­tics will not be mer­ged with other data held by Goog­le.

Brow­ser plug-in

Alt­hough you can adjust your brow­ser soft­ware to pre­vent the instal­la­ti­on of coo­kies, we would point out that if you do so, it may pre­vent you from using cer­tain func­tions and fea­tures of this web­site. Fur­ther­mo­re you can use the fol­lo­wing brow­ser plug-in to pre­vent your web­site usa­ge data (inclu­ding your IP address) gene­ra­ted by the coo­kie being collec­ted and pro­ces­sed by Goog­le (use the link to down­load and install the plug-in):

Objec­tion to data collec­tion

You can pre­vent Goog­le Ana­ly­tics from collec­ting your data by cli­cking on the fol­lo­wing link. An opt-out coo­kie is set which pre­vents data collec­tion during future visits to the site:

Deac­tiva­te Goog­le Ana­ly­tics

If you requi­re more infor­ma­ti­on on how Goog­le Ana­ly­tics hand­les user data, you can brow­se Google’s data pri­va­cy state­ment:


Con­tract data pro­ces­sing

We have ent­e­red into a con­tract on con­tract data pro­ces­sing with Goog­le and are ful­ly imple­men­ting the strict cri­te­ria impo­sed by the Ger­man data pro­tec­tion aut­ho­ri­ties regar­ding the usa­ge of Goog­le Ana­ly­tics.

Demo­gra­phic cha­rac­te­ris­tics used by Goog­le Ana­ly­tics

This web­site uti­li­zes a Goog­le Ana­ly­tics func­tion cal­led „demo­gra­phic cha­rac­te­ris­tics“ to crea­te reports inclu­ding state­ments about age, gen­der and inte­rests of web­site visi­tors. This data is based on inte­rest based adver­ti­sing from Goog­le as well as third par­ty user data. This data can­not be used to iden­ti­fy spe­ci­fic per­sons. You can dis­able this func­tion in the Goog­le dis­play set­tings at any time or, as poin­ted out in „objec­tion to data collec­tion“, pre­vent Goog­le Ana­ly­tics from collec­ting any data.


Our web­site uti­li­zes plug-ins from the site You­Tube, which is run by Goog­le. Ope­ra­tor of the web­sites is You­Tube, LLC, 901 Cher­ry Ave., San Bru­no, CA 94066, USA. Whenever you visit one of our web­sites which uti­li­zes You­Tube plug-ins, a con­nec­tion to the You­Tube ser­vers will be estab­lished. In the pro­cess the ser­ver is told which of our web­sites you have been visi­t­ing.

If you are log­ged into your You­Tube account, you enab­le You­Tube to asso­cia­te your brow­sing habits direc­t­ly to your per­so­nal pro­fi­le. You can pre­vent this by sim­ply log­ging out of your You­Tube account.

If you requi­re fur­ther infor­ma­ti­on on how user data is being dealt with you can brow­se YouTube’s pri­va­cy state­ment by cli­cking on the fol­lo­wing link:

Comment function provided on this website

In addi­ti­on to your com­ment, the com­ment func­tion pro­vi­ded on this web­site also saves infor­ma­ti­on on when the com­ment was crea­ted, your e‑mail address and, unless posted anony­mously, the user name of choice.

Sto­ring your IP address

Our com­ment func­tion on this web­site stores the IP address of users who wri­te a com­ment. Sin­ce we do not exami­ne comments befo­re they are made avail­ab­le on this site, we requi­re this data to take action against the aut­hor in case of infrin­ge­ments such as slan­der or pro­pa­gan­da.

Sub­scrib­ing to comments

You can sub­scri­be to comments as a regis­te­red user on this web­site. You will recei­ve a con­fir­ma­ti­on e‑mail to check if you are the owner of the indi­ca­ted e‑mail address. You can can­cel this func­tion by cli­cking on a link in the info mails at any time.

Right of access, erasure or blocking of data

You have the right to be pro­vi­ded with infor­ma­ti­on free of char­ge rela­ting to your stored data, the ori­gin and the reci­pi­ent of the data and the pur­po­se of data pro­ces­sing as well as the right to rec­tify, block or era­se said data at any time. For this pur­po­se as well as if you requi­re fur­ther infor­ma­ti­on on per­so­nal data you can con­tact us by using the address indi­ca­ted in our imprint at any time.

Objection to the use of advertising e‑mails

We her­e­by reject the use of published con­tact data wit­hin the frame­work of the imprint regu­la­ti­ons for the pur­po­se of sen­ding non-requested adver­ti­sing mate­ri­al and infor­ma­ti­on. The ope­ra­tors of the­se web­sites expli­citly reser­ve the right to take legal action in the event of unso­li­ci­ted sen­ding of adver­ti­sing mate­ri­al such as spam mails.

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