Information, Deletion, Locking
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The delivery and presentation of content via our website requires, for technical reasons, the collection of certain data. When you access our website, your data is saved in so-called “server log files,” collected by us or the webspace provider. These log files cannot be traced back to you.
The relevant data collected is as follows: the name of the website, the file, the current date, the amount of data, the web browser and its version, the operating system used, the domain name of your Internet provider, the referrer URL (page from which came to our site), as well as the corresponding IP address.
We use this data for the presentation and delivery of our content and for statistical purposes. The information supports the delivery and constant improvement of our website offerings. We also reserve the right to analyse the aforementioned data retroactively, should suspicion of illegal use of our content arise.
Third Party Content and Services
Our website offerings may also include the content and services of other providers that complement our own. Examples of such services are maps from Google Maps, YouTube videos or graphics from third parties. Calling up these webpages with third-party content requires the regular transmission of your IP address, allowing these providers to note and save your IP address.
We make every effort to include only third parties who restrict their use of IP addresses solely to the delivery of content; however, we have no influence over whether a third party provider stores your IP address. The storage of this data may serve, for example, as a statistical tool. Should we become aware of third-party storage operations, we will immediately notify our users.
You can subscribe to our newsletter via our website. In order to do this, we need your e-mail address. In addition, we will need to verify that you are the account holder of the e-mail address provided and wish to receive the newsletter, in compliance with the relevant legal regulations. For this reason, we collect data that allows us to verify this information. In this context, the data collected aids in the sending and receiving of the newsletter and will not be shared with third parties. Apart from the information required for sending out the newsletter, no further data will be collected via our website.
Because the sending and receiving of the newsletter requires your consent, you can revoke this consent to the collection and storage of your data at any time without stating a reason, by using the “unsubscribe” link provided in the newsletter.
Our website can be used regularly without the transfer of personal data. When we collect personal information – such as your name, address or email address – this data collection is voluntary. Without your explicit consent, this information will not be disclosed to third parties.
Please note that data on the Internet is not always transmitted securely. Particularly regarding e-mail correspondence, protection during data exchange cannot be guaranteed.
Server Log Files
The server log files are anonymized data that is collected when you access our website. This information cannot be traced back to your person, but for technical reasons, it is essential to the delivery and presentation of our content. Furthermore, they are a valuable statistical tool and allow us to constantly optimise our content. Typically, log files record the date and time of access, the amount of data, the browser used for access and its version, the operating system, the domain name, the webpage from which you came to us (referrer URL) and your IP address. Log files also allow us to investigate, should we suspect the illegal use of our website.
Our website uses SSL encryption for the transmission of confidential or personal user data. This encryption is used, for example, in the processing of payments and inquiries made through our website. Please make sure that the SSL encryption is activated on your computer for such activities. The use of encryption is easy to recognize: The display in your browser line changes from “http: //” to “https: //”. SSL encrypted data is not readable by third parties. Submit confidential information only once SSL encryption is active. If in doubt, please contact us.
Objection to Promotional E-Mails
Within the framework of the legal imprint obligation, we are required to publish our contact data. This data is sometimes used by third parties to send unwanted advertising and information. We hereby object to any unsolicited transmission of advertising materials of any kind. We also expressly reserve the right to take legal action against the undesired and unsolicited sending of advertising material. This applies in particular to spam e-mails, spam letters and spam faxes. Please note that the unauthorised transmission of advertising material may have consequences under competition, civil and criminal law. Spam e-mails and faxes in particular may lead to high damage claims if they disrupt business operations by overcrowding mailboxes or fax machines.
Encrypted Payment Transactions
During payment transactions, we ensure your data is secure. For security reasons and to protect your confidential and personal information, our site uses SSL encryption for all payment transactions. To determine if SSL encryption is enabled or not, check the address bar of your browser. If the browser line has changed from “http: //” to “https: //” encryption is enabled. The browser line “https: //” indicates the use of SSL encryption. Payment transactions are now encrypted. Enabling SSL encryption makes it impossible for third parties to read your confidential information, so we recommend that you transfer your data only when SSL encryption is activated.
You will find plug-ins for the social media network, Facebook, on our website. Its provider is Facebook Inc. and is based in the USA at 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, California 94025. You can recognize the Facebook plug-ins on our website through the Facebook logo and “Like-Button.” For an overview of Facebook plug-ins, please visit http://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/.
When you visit our webpage, we connect you directly to the Facebook server through this plug-in. You are then connected via your browser. For Facebook, this means that you have visited our website with your IP address. By clicking the Facebook “Like-Button,” you will link content from our website with your Facebook profile. Facebook will be able to link the visiting of our webpage to your user profile. We are not made aware of the nature of the content transmitted to Facebook or how Facebook uses it.
You can prevent the association of this data with your Facebook profile by simply logging out of your Facebook account.
On our website we use Google AdWords, an online advertising program provided by Google Inc. This program makes use of conversion tracking. With this tool, Google AdWords places a cookie on your PC when you visit our website by clicking on a Google ad. The cookie expires after 30 days. This cookie does will not trace back to your person. Should you visit our website again as a user while the cookie is still valid, we and Google can recognize that you clicked on the ad and were redirected to our website. Each Google AdWords customer is assigned a different cookie, making cookies untraceable via the websites of AdWords customers/.
Conversion cookie data is used to generate conversion statistics for AdWord customers. We are able to see the total number of users who responded to our ad and were then redirected to a webpage tagged with a conversion tracking tag. We do not receive any information in this process that could personally identify you as a user.
Use of Google Analytics
You can prevent the storage of cookies on your computer by changing your browser settings; this may, however, cause display and functional restrictions when using our website.
A browser plug-in can also prevent cookies from collecting and using your data. The plug-in can be downloaded at the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de
Google Analytics Remarketing
We use the Remarketing tool by Google Inc. on our website. This tool allows us, together with Google, to present customised, interest-based ads to our visitors. In doing so, cookies are placed on your computer. Cookies are text files that recognize users’ access to websites, making interest-based advertising possible across the entire Google network. In this context, Google denies the collection of personal data and alleges not share data collected with other Google services.
We also integrate functions of the social media portal, Instagram, on our website. These services are provided by Instagram Inc., located at 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA.
If you are logged into Instagram, you can visit our Instagram page by clicking on the Instagram button. Instagram will receive information about your visit to our webpage and can link information regarding this visit to your Instagram profile. We are not made aware of the content or use of data collected by Instagram.
You can find more information about Instagram’s data collection and use policies in their privacy statement at http://instagram.com/about/legal/privacy/.
On our website, we use features of XING, a network for professional networking. The services of this platform are provided by XING AG, located at Dammtorstraße 29-32, Hamburg, Germany.
If a webpage featuring XING services is called up, it will automatically connect to XING servers. It is unknown to us, whether XING stores personal information. To our knowledge, XING neither evaluates IP addresses, nor stores them.