Privacy statement

The operators of these webpages take the protection of your personal data very seriously. We will keep your personal data confidential and handle them in compliance with the statutory data protection stipulations and in keeping with this privacy statement.
As a general rule, our website may be used without providing any personal data. Insofar as personal data is collected via our webpages (e.g. your name, address or email address), this will always be done on a voluntary basis whenever possible. Such data will not be passed on to third parties without your express consent.

Please note that data transmission via the internet (e.g. in email communication) is always susceptible to security loopholes. Thus, it is impossible to ensure that data will be perfectly protected at all times against unauthorized access by third parties.

Privacy statement for the use of Facebook plugins (“like button”)
Our webpage incorporates plugins from the social network Facebook operated by Facebook Inc., doing business at 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, California, 94025 USA. You will recognize the Facebook plugins on our website by the Facebook logo or the “like button”. For an overview of these Facebook plugins, please navigate to: http://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/.

When you visit our webpages, the plugin will establish a direct connection between your browser and the Facebook server. This will inform Facebook that you have visited our website under your IP address. By clicking Facebook’s “like button” while logged into your Facebook account, you can link the content of our webpages with your Facebook profile. This allows Facebook to match up your visit to our webpages with your user account. Please note that, as operators of the webpage, we will receive no information about the content of the data transmitted in this manner or about how they are used by Facebook. For further information on this topic, please see the privacy statement published by Facebook under http://de-de.facebook.com/policy.php.

If you do not want Facebook to match up your visit to our webpages to your Facebook user account, please log out of your Facebook user account.

Privacy statement for the use of Google Analytics
This website uses certain functions of the Google Analytics web-analysis service. These functions are offered by Google Inc., doing business at 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Google Analytics uses so-called “cookies.” These are text files that are stored on your computer and that allow your use of our website to be analyzed. As a general rule, the cookie-generated information about your use of this website will be transmitted to a Google server in the USA, where it will then be stored.

If the IP anonymization function on this website is activated, however, Google will first abbreviate your IP address within the Member States of the European Union or in other states signatory to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transmitted to a Google server in the USA and then be abbreviated there. Acting on instruction of the operator of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports about website-related activity, and to provide the website operator with additional services in connection with the usage of the website and the internet. The IP address transmitted from your browser by way of Google Analytics will not be linked to other Google data.

You can prevent the storage of cookies by selecting the appropriate setting on your browser software. Please note, however, that this may prevent you from being able to fully use all the functions of this website. You can also prevent the cookie-generated data regarding your use of the website (including your IP address) from being transmitted to Google and from being processed by Google. To accomplish this, simply download and install the browser plugin from the following link: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de

Privacy statement for the use of Google +1
Our webpages use certain “Google +1” functions. These functions are offered by Google Inc., doing business at 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

Collection and transmission of data: You can use the Google +1 buttons to publish information all over the world. By clicking on the Google +1 button, you and other users can receive personalized content from Google and from our partners. Google will store both the information that you awarded +1 to a certain content, and the information about the website you visited when clicking on +1. Your “+1” flags may be displayed in Google services along with your photo and profile name, e.g. in search results, in your Google profile or in other locations on websites and internet adverts. Google will record information about your +1 activities so as to improve the Google services provided to you and other users. In order to be able to use the Google +1 button, you will need a public Google profile that is visible worldwide, and that must contain at least the name selected for the profile. This name will be used in all Google services. In some cases, this name can also replace another name that you used when sharing content via your Google account. The identity of your Google profile may be revealed to users who know your email address or who have other identifying information about you.

Utilization of the data collected: Besides being put to the aforementioned uses, the information you provide may also be used in accordance with the applicable data-privacy regulations of Google. Google may publish statistics it has compiled about the +1 activities of users, and/or it may transmit these to users and partners such as publishers, advertisers or affiliated websites.

Privacy statement for the use of Instagram
Our webpages integrate certain functions of the Instagram service. These functions are offered by Instagram Inc., doing business at 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, 94025, USA. Whenever you log into your Instagram account, you can click the Instagram button to link the content of our webpages with your Instagram profile. This allows Instagram to match up your visit to our webpages to your user account. Please note that, as operators of the webpage, we will receive no information about the content of data transmitted in this manner or about how it is used by Instagram.

For further information on this topic, please see Instagram’s privacy statement at: http://instagram.com/about/legal/privacy/

Privacy statement for the use of Twitter
Our webpages incorporate functions of the Twitter service. These functions are offered by Twitter Inc., doing business at 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. When you use Twitter and the “re-tweet” function, the websites you visit will be linked with your Twitter account and made known to other users. Certain data will also be transmitted to Twitter in the process. Please note that, as operators of the webpage, we will receive no information about the content of data transmitted in this manner or about how it is used by Twitter. For further information on this topic, please see Twitter’s privacy statement at: http://twitter.com/privacy.

You can change the data-protection settings for your Twitter account here: http://twitter.com/account/settings

Information, deletion, blocking
You have the right to receive information free of charge and at any time regarding any personal data of yours that have been stored – including their source and recipient(s) and the purpose for which they are being processed – as well as the right to have such data corrected, blocked or deleted. If you have any further questions about this or other topics having to do with personal data, please feel free to contact us at any time via the address provided in the Website Information

Server log files
Our webpages’ service provider automatically collects and stores information in so-called “server log files,” which are then automatically transmitted to us by your browser. The following information is contained in these files:

  • Browser type / browser version;
  • Operating system used;
  • Referrer URL;
  • Host name of the accessing computer;
  • Time of day of the server request.

These data cannot be matched up to any identifiable person, nor are the data linked with other data sources. We reserve the right to review such data at a later time if we have specific grounds for suspecting illegal usage.

Cookies
In some instances, our webpages use so-called “cookies.” Cookies do not damage your computer in any way and do not contain any viruses. Cookies merely help to make our offer more user-friendly, effective, and secure. Cookies are small text files that are downloaded onto your computer and stored by your browser.

Most of the cookies we use are so-called “session cookies,” These will be automatically deleted at the end of your visit to your website. Other cookies will remain stored on your device until such time as you delete them. This latter type of cookie will allow us to recognize your browser when you visit us again.

You are free to adjust your browser settings so that you will be informed whenever a cookie is to be downloaded. Depending on the setting you select, you can block cookies entirely, allow them only under certain conditions, or only based on a case-by-case approval from you. You can also choose to have them automatically deleted once you shut down your browser. Note that deactivating cookies may prevent you from using all the functions of this website.

Contact form
If you send us an enquiry via the contact form, the information you provide in the form, including your contact data, will be stored by us for purposes of processing your enquiry and to field any follow-up questions you may have. We will not forward such data to third parties without your consent.

Opt-out for advertising emails
You are hereby expressly advised that the contact data we have provided pursuant to the statutory obligation to disclose website information (termed the Impressumspflicht in German) is not to be used for the delivery of any advertising or information that we have not specifically solicited. The operators of these webpages expressly reserve the right to take legal steps in the event of the unsolicited delivery of advertising information, e.g. by way of spam emails.

Newsletter data
If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter offered through our website, we will need you to provide an email address as well as information allowing us to confirm that you are the true owner of the email address and that you wish to receive the newsletter. No additional data will be collected. We will use this data solely for the purpose of sending out the requested informational content and will not forward the data to third parties.

You will be free to at any time revoke your consent to having your data and email address stored and used to send out the newsletter, e.g. by way of the “Unsubscribe” link.

Citation of sources: eRecht24