Privacy Policy

1. An overview of data protection

General

The following gives a simple overview of what happens to your personalinformation when you visit our website. Personal information is any data with which you could bepersonally identified. Detailed information on the subject of data protection can be found in ourprivacy policy found below.

Data collection on our website

Who is responsible for the data collectionon this website?

The data collected on this website are processed by thewebsite operator. The operator's contact details can be found in the website's required legalnotice.

How do we collect your data?

Some data are collectedwhen you provide it to us. This could, for example, be data you enter on a contact form.

Other data are collected automatically by our IT systems when you visit the website. Thesedata are primarily technical data such as the browser and operating system you are using orwhen you accessed the page. These data are collected automatically as soon as you enter ourwebsite.

What do we use your data for?

Part of the data iscollected to ensure the proper functioning of the website. Other data can be used to analyze howvisitors use the site.

What rights do you have regarding yourdata?

You always have the right to request information about your stored data,its origin, its recipients, and the purpose of its collection at no charge. You also have the right torequest that it be corrected, blocked, or deleted. You can contact us at any time using theaddress given in the legal notice if you have further questions about the issue of privacy and dataprotection. You may also, of course, file a complaint with the competent regulatoryauthorities.

Analytics and third-party tools

When visiting our website, statistical analyses maybe made of your surfing behavior. This happens primarily using cookies and analytics. Theanalysis of your surfing behavior is usually anonymous, i.e. we will not be able to identify youfrom this data. You can object to this analysis or prevent it by not using certain tools. Detailedinformation can be found in the following privacy policy.

You can object to this analysis.We will inform you below about how to exercise your options in this regard.

2. General information and mandatory information

Data protection

The operators of this website take the protection of your personaldata very seriously. We treat your personal data as confidential and in accordance with thestatutory data protection regulations and this privacy policy.

If you use this website,various pieces of personal data will be collected. Personal information is any data with which youcould be personally identified. This privacy policy explains what information we collect and whatwe use it for. It also explains how and for what purpose this happens.

Please note thatdata transmitted via the internet (e.g. via email communication) may be subject to securitybreaches. Complete protection of your data from third-party access is not possible.

Revocation of your consent to the processing of your data

Many data processingoperations are only possible with your express consent. You may revoke your consent at anytime with future effect. An informal email making this request is sufficient. The data processedbefore we receive your request may still be legally processed.

Right to file complaints with regulatory authorities

If there has been a breach ofdata protection legislation, the person affected may file a complaint with the competent regulatoryauthorities. The competent regulatory authority for matters related to data protection legislation isthe data protection officer of the German state in which our company is headquartered. A list ofdata protection officers and their contact details can be found at the following link: https://www.bfdi.bund.de/DE/Infothek/Anschriften_Links/anschriften_linksnode.html.

Right to data portability

You have the right to have data which we process basedon your consent or in fulfillment of a contract automatically delivered to yourself or to a third partyin a standard, machine-readable format. If you require the direct transfer of data to anotherresponsible party, this will only be done to the extent technically feasible.

SSL or TLS encryption

This site uses SSL or TLS encryption for security reasonsand for the protection of the transmission of confidential content, such as the inquiries you sendto us as the site operator. You can recognize an encrypted connection in your browser's addressline when it changes from "http://" to "https://" and the lock icon is displayed in your browser'saddress bar.

If SSL or TLS encryption is activated, the data you transfer to us cannot beread by third parties.

Information, blocking, deletion

As permitted by law, you have the right to beprovided at any time with information free of charge about any of your personal data that is storedas well as its origin, the recipient and the purpose for which it has been processed. You also havethe right to have this data corrected, blocked or deleted. You can contact us at any time using theaddress given in our legal notice if you have further questions on the topic of personal data.

Opposition to promotional emails

We hereby expressly prohibit the use of contactdata published in the context of website legal notice requirements with regard to sendingpromotional and informational materials not expressly requested. The website operator reservesthe right to take specific legal action if unsolicited advertising material, such as email spam, isreceived.

3. Data collection on our website

Cookies

Some of our web pages use cookies. Cookies do not harm your computerand do not contain any viruses. Cookies help make our website more user-friendly, efficient, andsecure. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer and saved by yourbrowser.

Most of the cookies we use are so-called "session cookies." They areautomatically deleted after your visit. Other cookies remain in your device's memory until youdelete them. These cookies make it possible to recognize your browser when you next visit thesite.

You can configure your browser to inform you about the use of cookies so that youcan decide on a case-by-case basis whether to accept or reject a cookie. Alternatively, yourbrowser can be configured to automatically accept cookies under certain conditions or to alwaysreject them, or to automatically delete cookies when closing your browser. Disabling cookies maylimit the functionality of this website.

Cookies which are necessary to allow electroniccommunications or to provide certain functions you wish to use (such as the shopping cart) arestored pursuant to Art. 6 paragraph 1, letter f of DSGVO. The website operator has a legitimateinterest in the storage of cookies to ensure an optimized service provided free of technical errors.If other cookies (such as those used to analyze your surfing behavior) are also stored, they will betreated separately in this privacy policy.

Server log files

The website provider automatically collects and stores informationthat your browser automatically transmits to us in "server log files". These are:

  • Browser type and browser version
  • Operating system used
  • Referrer URL
  • Host name of the accessing computer
  • Time of the server request
  • IPaddress

These data will not be combined with data from other sources.

Thebasis for data processing is Art. 6 (1) (f) DSGVO, which allows the processing of data to fulfill acontract or for measures preliminary to a contract.

Contact form

Should you send us questions via the contact form, we will collect thedata entered on the form, including the contact details you provide, to answer your question andany follow-up questions. We do not share this information without your permission.

Wewill, therefore, process any data you enter onto the contact form only with your consent per Art. 6(1)(a) DSGVO. You may revoke your consent at any time. An informal email making this requestis sufficient. The data processed before we receive your request may still be legallyprocessed.

We will retain the data you provide on the contact form until you request itsdeletion, revoke your consent for its storage, or the purpose for its storage no longer pertains(e.g. after fulfilling your request). Any mandatory statutory provisions, especially those regardingmandatory data retention periods, remain unaffected by this provision.

Registration on this website

You can register on our website in order to accessadditional functions offered here. The input data will only be used for the purpose of using therespective site or service for which you have registered. The mandatory information requestedduring registration must be provided in full. Otherwise, we will reject your registration.

To inform you about important changes such as those within the scope of our site or technicalchanges, we will use the email address specified during registration.

We will process thedata provided during registration only based on your consent per Art. 6 (1)(a) DSGVO. You mayrevoke your consent at any time with future effect. An informal email making this request issufficient. The data processed before we receive your request may still be legally processed.

We will continue to store the data collected during registration for as long as you remainregistered on our website. Statutory retention periods remain unaffected.

Leaving comments on this website

If you use the comment function on this site,the time at which you created the comment and your email address will be stored along with yourcomment, as well as your username, unless you are posting anonymously.

Storage of the IP address

Our comment function stores the IPaddresses of those users who post comments. Since we do not check comments on our sitebefore they go live, we need this information to be able to pursue action for illegal or slanderouscontent.

Subscribing to the comment feed

As a user of this site, you cansign up to receive the comment feed after registering. Your email address will be checked with aconfirmation email. You can unsubscribe from this function at any time by clicking the link in theemails. The data provided when you subscribed to the comments feed will then be deleted, but ifyou have submitted this data to us for other purposes or elsewhere (such as subscribing to anewsletter), it will be retained.

How long comments are stored

The comments and the associateddata (e.g. IP address) are stored and remain on our website until the content commented uponhas been completely deleted or the comments are required to be removed for legal reasons(slander, etc.).

Legal basis

The comments are stored based on your consent perArt. 6 (1) (a) DSGVO. You may revoke your consent at any time with future effect. An informalemail making this request is sufficient. The data processed before we receive your request maystill be legally processed.

4. Social media

Facebook plugins (Like & Share buttons)

Our website includes plugins for thesocial network Facebook, Facebook Inc., 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, California 94025, USA. TheFacebook plugins can be recognized by the Facebook logo or the Like button on our site. For anoverview of Facebook plugins, see https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/.

When you visit oursite, a direct connection between your browser and the Facebook server is established via theplugin. This enables Facebook to receive information that you have visited our site from your IPaddress. If you click on the Facebook "Like button" while you are logged into your Facebookaccount, you can link the content of our site to your Facebook profile. This allows Facebook toassociate visits to our site with your user account. Please note that, as the operator of this site,we have no knowledge of the content of the data transmitted to Facebook or of how Facebookuses these data. For more information, please see Facebook's privacy policy at https://dede.facebook.com/policy.php.

If you do not want Facebook to associate your visit toour site with your Facebook account, please log out of your Facebook account.

Twitter plugin

Functions of the Twitter service have been integrated into ourwebsite and app. These features are offered by Twitter Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, SanFrancisco, CA 94103, USA. When you use Twitter and the "Retweet" function, the websites youvisit are connected to your Twitter account and made known to other users. In doing so, data willalso be transferred to Twitter. We would like to point out that, as the provider of these pages, wehave no knowledge of the content of the data transmitted or how it will be used by Twitter. Formore information on Twitter's privacy policy, please go to https://twitter.com/privacy.

Your privacy preferences with Twittercan be modified in your account settings at https://twitter.com/account/settings.

5. Analytics and advertising

Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service. It isoperated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

Google Analytics uses so-called "cookies". These are text files that are stored on yourcomputer and that allow an analysis of the use of the website by you. The information generatedby the cookie about your use of this website is usually transmitted to a Google server in the USAand stored there.

Google Analytics cookies are stored based on Art. 6 (1) (f) DSGVO.The website operator has a legitimate interest in analyzing user behavior to optimize both itswebsite and its advertising.

IP anonymization

We haveactivated the IP anonymization feature on this website. Your IP address will be shortened byGoogle within the European Union or other parties to the Agreement on the European EconomicArea prior to transmission to the United States. Only in exceptional cases is the full IP addresssent to a Google server in the US and shortened there. Google will use this information on behalfof the operator of this website to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on websiteactivity, and to provide other services regarding website activity and Internet usage for thewebsite operator. The IP address transmitted by your browser as part of Google Analytics will notbe merged with any other data held by Google.

Browser plugin

You can prevent these cookies being stored byselecting the appropriate settings in your browser. However, we wish to point out that doing somay mean you will not be able to enjoy the full functionality of this website. You can also preventthe data generated by cookies about your use of the website (incl. your IP address) from beingpassed to Google, and the processing of these data by Google, by downloading and installing thebrowser plugin available at the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.

Objectingto the collection of data

You can prevent the collection of your data by GoogleAnalytics by clicking on the following link. An opt-out cookie will be set to prevent your data frombeing collected on future visits to this site: Disable GoogleAnalytics.

For more information about how Google Analytics handles user data, seeGoogle's privacy policy: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=en.

Outsourced data processing

We have entered into an agreement withGoogle for the outsourcing of our data processing and fully implement the strict requirements ofthe German data protection authorities when using Google Analytics.

Demographic data collection by Google Analytics

This websiteuses Google Analytics' demographic features. This allows reports to be generated containingstatements about the age, gender, and interests of site visitors. This data comes from interestbasedadvertising from Google and third-party visitor data. This collected data cannot beattributed to any specific individual person. You can disable this feature at any time by adjustingthe ads settings in your Google account or you can forbid the collection of your data by GoogleAnalytics as described in the section "Refusal of data collection".

6. Newsletter

Newsletter data

If you would like to receive our newsletter, we require a valid emailaddress as well as information that allows us to verify that you are the owner of the specifiedemail address and that you agree to receive this newsletter. No additional data is collected or isonly collected on a voluntary basis. We only use this data to send the requested information anddo not pass it on to third parties.

We will, therefore, process any data you enter onto thecontact form only with your consent per Art. 6 (1) (a) DSGVO. You can revoke consent to thestorage of your data and email address as well as their use for sending the newsletter at anytime, e.g. through the "unsubscribe" link in the newsletter. The data processed before we receiveyour request may still be legally processed.

The data provided when registering for thenewsletter will be used to distribute the newsletter until you cancel your subscription when saiddata will be deleted. Data we have stored for other purposes (e.g. email addresses for the members area) remain unaffected.

MailChimp

This website uses the services of MailChimp to send newsletters. Thisservice is provided by Rocket Science Group LLC, 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Suite 5000,Atlanta, GA 30308, USA.

MailChimp is a service which organizes and analyzes thedistribution of newsletters. If you provide data (e.g. your email address) to subscribe to ournewsletter, it will be stored on MailChimp servers in the USA.

MailChimp is certifiedunder the EU-US Privacy Shield. The Privacy Shield is an agreement between the EuropeanUnion (EU) and the US to ensure compliance with European privacy standards in the UnitedStates.

We use MailChimp to analyze our newsletter campaigns. When you open anemail sent by MailChimp, a file included in the email (called a web beacon) connects toMailChimp's servers in the United States. This allows us to determine if a newsletter messagehas been opened and which links you click on. In addition, technical information is collected (e.g.time of retrieval, IP address, browser type, and operating system). This information cannot beassigned to a specific recipient. It is used exclusively for the statistical analysis of our newslettercampaigns. The results of these analyses can be used to better tailor future newsletters to yourinterests.

If you do not want your usage of the newsletter to be analyzed by MailChimp,you will have to unsubscribe from the newsletter. For this purpose, we provide a link in everynewsletter we send. You can also unsubscribe from the newsletter directly on the website.

Data processing is based on Art. 6 (1) (a) DSGVO. You may revoke your consent at any timeby unsubscribing to the newsletter. The data processed before we receive your request may stillbe legally processed.

The data provided when registering for the newsletter will be usedto distribute the newsletter until you cancel your subscription when said data will be deleted fromour servers and those of MailChimp. Data we have stored for other purposes (e.g. emailaddresses for the members area) remains unaffected.

For details, see the MailChimpprivacy policy at https://mailchimp.com/legal/terms/.

Completion of a data processing agreement

We have entered intoa data processing agreement with MailChimp, in which we require MailChimp to protect the dataof our customers and not to disclose said data to third parties. This agreement may be viewed atthe following link: https://mailchimp.com/legal/forms/data-processingagreement/sample-agreement/.

7. Plugins and tools

Google Web Fonts

For uniform representation of fonts, this page uses web fontsprovided by Google. When you open a page, your browser loads the required web fonts into yourbrowser cache to display texts and fonts correctly.

For this purpose your browser has toestablish a direct connection to Google servers. Google thus becomes aware that our web pagewas accessed via your IP address. The use of Google Web fonts is done in the interest of auniform and attractive presentation of our website. This constitutes a justified interest pursuant toArt. 6 (1) (f) DSGVO.

If your browser does not support web fonts, a standard font is usedby your computer.

Further information about handling user data, can be found at https://developers.google.com/fonts/faq and in Google's privacy policy at https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/.

Google Maps

This site uses the Google Maps map service via an API. It isoperated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

To use Google Maps, it is necessary to save your IP address. This information is generallytransmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. The provider of this site has noinfluence on this data transfer.

The use of Google Maps is in the interest of making ourwebsite appealing and to facilitate the location of places specified by us on the website. Thisconstitutes a justified interest pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (f) DSGVO.

Further information abouthandling user data, can be found in the data protection declaration of Google at https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy/.