Responsible body within the meaning of data protection laws, in particular the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the EU, is:
Your rights as a party concerned
You can exercise the following rights at any time using the contact details provided by our data protection officer:
- Information about your data stored with us and their processing,
- correction of incorrect personal data,
- deletion of your data stored with us,
- restriction of data processing if we are not yet allowed to delete your data due to legal obligations,
- objection to the processing of your data by us and
- data portability if you have consented to data processing or have concluded a contract with us.
If you have given us your consent, you can revoke it at any time with effect for the future.
You can contact your local supervisory authority at any time with a complaint. Your competent supervisory authority depends on your state of residence, your place of work or the alleged infringement. A list of supervisory authorities (for the non-public sector) and their addresses can be found at: https://www.bfdi.bund.de/DE/Infothek/Anschriften_Links/anschriften_links-node.html.
Purposes of data processing by the responsible body and third parties
- you have given your express consent,
- processing is necessary to execute a contract we have with you,
- processing is necessary to fulfil a legal obligation,
- processing is necessary to protect legitimate interests and there is no reason to believe that you have an overriding interest worthy of protection in not disclosing your data.
Deletion or blocking of data
We adhere to the principles of data avoidance and data economy. We therefore only store your personal data for as long as is necessary to achieve the purposes stated here or as provided for in the various retention periods provided for by law. After discontinuation of the respective purpose or expiry of these periods, the corresponding data will be routinely blocked or deleted in accordance with statutory regulations.
Collection of general information when you visit our website
When you access our website, information of a general nature is automatically collected by means of a cookie. This information (server log files) includes, for instance, the type of web browser, the operating system used, the domain name of your Internet service provider and similar information. This is exclusively information which does not allow any conclusions to be drawn about you as an individual.
This information is technically necessary in order to correctly deliver the content you have requested from websites and is mandatory when using the Internet. They are processed in particular for the following purposes:
- Ensuring a smooth website connection,
- ensuring trouble-free use of our website,
- evaluation of system security and stability, and
- other administrative purposes.
The processing of your personal data is based on our legitimate interest arising from the aforementioned purposes for data collection. We do not use your data to draw conclusions about you personally. The recipients of the data are only the responsible body and, if applicable, the order processor.
Anonymous information of this kind may be statistically evaluated by us in order to optimise our website and the underlying technology.
Like many other websites, we also use “cookies”. Cookies are small text files that are transferred from a website server to your hard drive. This automatically provides us with certain data such as IP address, browser used, operating system and your connection to the Internet.
Cookies cannot be used to launch programs or to transfer viruses to a computer. Based on the information contained in cookies, we can make navigation easier for you and enable the correct display of our web pages.
Under no circumstances will the data we collect be passed on to third parties or linked to personal data without your consent.
Registration on our website
To protect the security of your data during transmission, we use state-of-the-art encryption methods (e.g. SSL) via HTTPS.
If you contact us with questions by email or through our contact form, you are giving us your voluntary consent for the purpose of establishing contact. A valid email address is required for this purpose. This is used to assign the request and then reply to it. The provision of further data is optional. The information you provide will be stored for the purpose of processing your enquiry and for possible follow-up questions. After your request has been processed, your personal data will be automatically deleted.
Use of Google Analytics
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. (hereinafter: Google). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer to enable the website to analyse how you use the site. The data generated by the cookie about your use of this website is generally transmitted to the Google server in the USA, where it is stored. As IP anonymisation is activated for this website, if you are located in a member state of the European Union, or another state which is party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area, your IP address will, however, first be abridged by Google. Only in exceptional cases, your full IP address is transmitted to the Google server in the USA, where it is then abridged. Google uses this information by order of the operator of this website to analyse your use of the website, to compile reports on website activity and to provide further services connected with the use of this website and the Internet to the website operator. The IP address identified on your browser by Google Analytics is not connected to other Google data.
The purposes of data processing are to evaluate the use of the website and to compile reports on activities on the website. Other related services will then be provided based on the use of the website and the Internet. The processing is based on the legitimate interest of the website operator.
You are at liberty to prevent cookies from being stored by adjusting your browser software accordingly. We regret to inform you, however, that you may not be able to make full use of all the functions on this website if you do so.In addition, you can prevent the data generated by the cookie and the data concerning your use of this website (including your IP address) from being transmitted to or processed by Google by clicking on the following link and downloading and installing the browser plug-in: Browser add-on to disable Google Analytics.
Google Analytics Opt Out
In addition or as an alternative to the browser add-on, you can prevent tracking by Google Analytics on our pages by clicking on this link (the opt out only works in this browser and only for this domain). An opt-out cookie will be installed on your device. This will prevent Google Analytics from collecting data for this website and for this browser in future as long as the cookie remains installed in your browser.
Use of script libraries (Google Web Fonts)
Use of Google Maps
Embedded YouTube videos
On some of our websites we embed YouTube videos. The operator of the corresponding plug-ins is YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. When you visit a page with the YouTube plug-in, a connection to YouTube servers is established. YouTube will be informed which pages you visit. If you are signed into your YouTube account, YouTube can assign your surfing behaviour to you personally. You can prevent this by signing out of your YouTube account beforehand.
If you have disabled the storage of cookies for the Google Ad programme, you will not have to expect such cookies when viewing YouTube videos. YouTube also stores non-personal usage information in other cookies. If you want to prevent this, you must block the storage of cookies in your browser.
We have integrated the social media buttons of the following companies on our website:
Our website uses Google Conversion Tracking. If you have reached our website via an ad placed by Google, Google AdWords will set a cookie on your computer. The conversion tracking cookie is set when a user clicks on an ad served by Google. These cookies expire after 30 days and are not used for personal identification. If the user visits certain pages of our website and the cookie has not yet expired, we and Google can see that the user has clicked on the ad and has been redirected to this page. Each Google AdWords customer receives a different cookie. Cookies can therefore not be tracked through AdWords advertisers' websites. The information collected using the conversion cookie is used to generate conversion statistics for AdWords customers who have opted for conversion tracking. Customers see the total number of users who clicked on their ad and were redirected to a page with a conversion tracking tag. However, they do not receive any information that personally identifies users.
If you do not wish to participate in tracking, you can refuse the setting of a cookie required for this – for example, via browser settings that generally disable the automatic setting of cookies or by setting your browser so that cookies are blocked by the “googleleadservices.com” domain.
Please note that you may not delete the opt-out cookies as long as you do not wish measurement data to be recorded. If you have deleted all your cookies in your browser, you must set the respective opt-out cookie again.
Use of Google Remarketing
This website uses Google Inc.’s remarketing feature to present interest-based advertisements to website visitors within the Google advertising network. A “cookie” is stored in the website visitor's browser, which makes it possible to recognise the visitor when he or she visits websites that belong to Google's advertising network. On these pages, visitors may be presented with ads related to content that the visitor has previously viewed on websites that use Google's remarketing feature.
Questions to the data protection officer
If you have any questions about data protection, please send us an email or contact the person responsible for data protection in our organisation directly: