The legal basis for data protection can be found in the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) and the German Federal Telemedia Act (TMG).
The provider (or their web space provider) collects data about each time the offer is accessed (data known as server log files). The access data includes the name of the web page retrieved, the file, date and time of retrieval, the amount of data transferred, notification of successful retrieval, browser type and version, the user’s operating system, the referrer URL (the preceding visited page), the IP address and the requesting provider.
The provider only uses the log data for statistical analyses for operational purposes, safety and optimization of the offer. The provider reserves the right to review the log data at a later date if there are concrete indications leading to reasonable suspicion of unlawful use.
Personal data is information that can help identify a person, i.e. details that can be traced back to an individual. This includes not only the name, e-mail address or phone number, but also data on preferences, hobbies, memberships or which web pages were viewed by someone.
Personal data is only collected, used and passed on by the provider where permitted by law or where the users consent to the data being collected.
When contact is made with the provider (for example using a contact form, by e-mail or social media), details of the user are saved that are needed in order to process the request and for the event of follow-up questions arising.
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. In case of activation of the IP anonymization, Google will truncate/anonymize the last octet of the IP address for Member States of the European Union as well as for other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases, the full IP address is sent to and shortened by Google servers in the USA. On behalf of the website provider Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage to the website provider. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.
You can refuse the use of Google Analytics by clicking on the following link. An opt-out cookie will be set on the computer, which prevents the future collection of your data when visiting this website: Disable Google Analytics
Further information concerning the terms and conditions of use and data privacy can be found at https://www.google.com/analytics/terms/gb.html or at https://www.google.com/intl/en_uk/policies. Please note that on this website, Google Analytics code is supplemented by “gat._anonymizeIp();” to ensure an anonymized collection of IP addresses (so called IP-masking).
Our website uses social plugins (“plugins”) provided by the social network facebook.com, operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA (“Facebook”). The plugins are identifiable by a Facebook logo (white letter f on blue background or a thumb up icon) or the notice “Facebook Social Plugin”. For a full list of all social Plugins please see http://developers.facebook.com/plugins.
When you visit a page of our website that contains a social plugin and activate the social plugin, your browser establishes a direct connection to Facebook servers. Facebook directly transfers the plugin content to your browser which embeds the latter into the website, enabling Facebook to receive information about your having accessed the respective page of our website. Thus we have no influence on the data gathered by the plugin and inform you according to our state of knowledge.
If activated the embedded plugins provide Facebook with the information that you have accessed the corresponding page of our website. If you are logged into Facebook, your visit can be assigned to your Facebook account. If you interact with the plugins, for example by clicking “Like”, or entering a comment, the corresponding information is transmitted from your browser directly to Facebook and stored by it. Even if you are not logged into Facebook , there is possibility that activated plugins transmits your IP-address to Facebook.
This Internet site uses the “+1” button of the Google Plus social network, operated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, United States (“Google”). The button is recognizable from the “+1” symbol on a white or colored background.
If you open a webpage with such a button and activate the plugin, your browser establishes a direct connection to Google’s servers. The content of the “+1” button is sent by Google directly to your browser and integrated by Google into the webpage. We therefore have no influence on the extent of data that Google collects using the button but assume that this includes your IP address. Further data is collected and processed by Google from members logged into Google + if they activate the plugin.
Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer by a webserver based on permissions set in your browser software. Cookies do not read any information on your personal computer, rather, they’re used as identifiers by our website to customize, monitor, or regulate the use of this site based on information stored on the host server.
Although most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, you may be able customize your browser options to prevent and/or notify you when you are sent a cookie. The notification option allows you to decide whether or not you would like to accept the cookie. Not accepting cookies from our Web site still enable you to access and use site features.
It may be the case that third-party content from other websites is integrated within this online offer, such as YouTube videos, maps from Google Maps, RSS feeds or graphics. This always requires the provider of such content (hereinafter referred to as a “third-party provider”) to be able to determine the IP address of the user. Without the IP address, they would not be able to send the content to the browser of the user in question. The IP address is therefore required in order to show this content. We endeavour only to utilize content where the providers in question use the IP address for no purposes other than delivering their content. However, we have no influence over whether the third-party provider stores the IP address e.g. for statistical purposes. Insofar as we are aware of such usage, we will inform the users about it.