Scope of application
This privacy statement informs the user about the type, the scope and the purposes of the collection and use of personal data on this website (hereinafter referred to as “service”).
The legal bases for data protection are found in the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) and the German Telemedia Act (TMG).
Access data/ server log files
The service provider (or their web space provider) collects data each time the service is accessed (so-called server log files). This access data includes:
Name of the website called up, file, date and time of the call-up, amount of transferred data, notice of successful delivery, web browser type and version, the user’s operating system, referrer URL (the last-visited website), IP address and the requesting provider.
The service provider uses the protocol data only for the statistical analysis necessary for the operation, security and optimisation of the service. The service provider reserves the right, however, to check the protocol data at a later date, should there be reasonable grounds based on concrete indications to suspect unlawful use.
The handling of personal data
Personal data is information that enables the identification of a person, i.e. information that can be traced back to one particular person. This includes the name, an email address or a telephone number. However, data pertaining to preferences, hobbies, memberships or which websites someone has visited, is also considered to be personal data.
Personal data will only be collected, used and passed on by the service provider when this is permissible by law or when the user has consented to this data collection.
In contacting the service provider (e.g. via the contact form or by email), information will be saved for the purpose of processing the enquiry or in case any follow-up questions occur.
Comments and posts
If users comment on the blog or leave other posts, their IP address is saved. This is done for the security of the service provider in the event that someone should write any unlawful content in a comment or post (insults, forbidden political propaganda, etc.). In such a case the service provider themselves can be sued and therefore has an interest in the identity of the author.
Our newsletter informs you about us and our service offers.
If you want to receive the newsletter, we require a valid email address from you as well as information that allows us to ensure that you are the owner of the given email address or that the owner of this email address agrees to receive the newsletter. No further data will be collected. This data will only be used for sending out the newsletter and will not be passed on to third parties.
When you apply for the newsletter, we will save your IP address and the date of your application. Storing this information is only done to serve as evidence in the event that a third party misuses an email address and applies to receive the newsletter without the knowledge of the owner of the email address.
You may withdraw your consent for the storage of data, your email address and their use in sending out the newsletter at any time. You can withdraw your consent via the link in the newsletter itself, in your profile area or via a message through one of the contact methods listed above.
Involvement of services and contents of third parties
It may happen that, within this online service, content from third parties – such as videos from YouTube, presentations from Slideshare, map material from Google Maps, RSS feeds or graphics from other websites, is integrated. This always presupposes that the service providers of this content (hereinafter referred to as “third-party service providers”) will be able to see the IP address of the user since, without the IP address, they would not be able to send their content to the browser of the respective user. The IP address is therefore required for the presentation of this content. We make every effort to use only content from service providers who use the IP address only for the delivery of content. However, we have no influence on third-party service providers should they store the IP address for statistical purposes, for example. Insofar as we are aware of this, we will inform the user about it.
You can manage many companies’ online advertisement cookies via the US site http://www.aboutads.info/choices/ or the EU site http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/your-ad-choices/.
This service uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service by Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses so-called “cookies”, which are text files placed on users’ computers, to help the website analyse how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about the use of this website by the user is usually transmitted to and stored by Google on a server in the United States.
However, if IP-anonymisation is activated on this website, the user’s IP address will be truncated by Google within the area of member states of the European Union or other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases is the whole IP address transferred to a Google server in the USA first, where it is then truncated. IP anonymisation is active on this website. Google will use this information on behalf of the operator of this website in order to evaluate the user’s use of the website, to compile reports on website activity and to provide other services relating to website use and internet use for the benefit of the website operator.
Use of Facebook Social Plugins
This service uses social plugins (“plugins”) of the social network facebook.com, operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA (“Facebook”). These plugins are marked with a Facebook logo (white “f” on a blue square or a “thumbs up” sign) or are marked “Facebook Social Plugin”. A list and images of the icons of the Facebook Social Plugins can be seen here: https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/.
If a user visits a website of this service that contains such a plugin, the user’s browser will establish a direct connection to the Facebook servers. Facebook transmits the content of the plugin directly to the user’s browser where it is integrated into the website. The service provider thus has no influence on the scope of data collected by Facebook using this plugin and therefore informs the user to the best of their knowledge:
The plugin integration provides Facebook with the information that the user has visited the corresponding page of the service. If the user is logged in on Facebook, Facebook can assign the user’s visit to the user’s Facebook account. If the user interacts with the plugins, for example by using the “Like” button or leaving a comment, the browser transmits the corresponding information directly to Facebook where it is saved. If the user is not a member of Facebook, the possibility still exists that Facebook will collect and save the user’s IP address. According to Facebook, only anonymised IP addresses are saved in Germany.
The purpose and scope of the data collection and the further processing and use of the data by Facebook as well as related rights and settings available to users to protect their privacy can be found in the Facebook privacy policies: https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/.
If the user is a member of Facebook and does not want Facebook to collect data in the aforementioned way and associate it with the membership data saved on Facebook, the user must log out of his/her Facebook account before visiting this website.
It is also possible to block Facebook Social Plugins with add-ons for your browser, for example with the “Facebook Blocker”.
This service uses widgets from the Twitter service. These widgets are provided by Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA. They are recognisable by the terms “Twitter” or “Follow” and by the logo of a stylised blue bird. These widgets make it possible to share a post or page of this service through Twitter or to follow the service provider on Twitter.
When a user visits a page of this website containing such a button, his or her browser sets up a direct connection with the Twitter servers. The content of the Twitter plugin will be transmitted directly to the browser of the user. The service provider thus has no influence on the extent of data collected by Twitter using this plugin and therefore informs the user to the best of their knowledge. According to their knowledge, only the IP address of the user is transmitted along with the URL of the respective website when the button is loaded and this data is not used for any purpose other than the presentation of the button.
You can find further information in Twitter’s privacy declaration at http://twitter.com/privacy.
Cancellation, changes, corrections and updates
The user has the right to obtain, upon request, free-of-charge information on the personal data stored about him/her. In addition, the user has the right to have incorrect data corrected and to have his/her personal data blocked or deleted, provided there is no legal obligation to keep these records.