Privacy
The operators of these pages take the protection of your personal data very seriously. We treat your personal data confidentially and in accordance with statutory data protection regulations as well as this privacy policy. In general, our website may be used without providing personal details. Whenever personal data is collected on our pages (such as name, address or email), we do so as openly as possible. This data is not provided to third parties without your express consent. You should be aware, that the transfer of data over the internet (for example, during email communications) may be open to security vulnerabilities. Complete protection of data from access by third parties is not possible.

Privacy policy for etracker use
Our website uses the etracker analytics service provided by etracker. Pseudonymous user profiles may be created from this data. For this, cookies may be used. Cookies are small text files saved locally in your web browser’s cache. These cookies allow your browser to be recognised on subsequent visits. Data collected using etracker technology is not used to personally identify visitors to our website without the express permission of the individual concerned, and is not combined with the pseudonymised user’s personal data. You can opt out of future data collection and storage at any time. To opt out of future data collection and storage of your visitor data, you may download an etracker opt-out cookie from the following link so that visitor data from your browser will no longer be collected and stored by etracker in the future: http://www.etracker.de/privacy?et=V23Jbb&languageId=2. This will set an opt-out cookie from etracker called “cntcookie.” As long as you want to maintain your opt-out, please do not delete this cookie. For more information, please see etracker’s privacy policy (Only available in German) at: https://www.etracker.com/datenschutz/.

Privacy policy for Facebook plugin use (Like button)
Plugins provided by the Facebook social network (Facebook Inc., 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, California 94025, USA) are integrated into our pages. These Facebook plugins can be recognised on our site by the Facebook logo or Like button. You’ll find an overview of Facebook plugins here: http://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/. When you visit our site, the plugin creates a direct connection between your browser and Facebook’s servers. This informs Facebook that you have visited our site from your IP address. By clicking on the Facebook Like button while you’re logged into your Facebook account, you link the contents of our pages to your Facebook profile. This way, Facebook can assign your visit to our pages to your user account. You should be aware, that as the site provider, we are not informed of the content of the data transferred, or of its use by Facebook. You can find more information about this in Facebook’s privacy policy. If you do not want Facebook to assign your visit to our site with your Facebook account, please log out of your Facebook account.

Privacy policy for the use of Google Analytics
This website uses functions of the web analysis service Google Analytics. The provider is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Google Analytics uses “cookies:” text files that are saved on your computer and which facilitate analysis of your usage of the website. The information provided by the cookie about your use of this website is usually transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. If however, IP anonymisation is activated on this website, your IP address will first be shortened by Google within the member states of the European Union or European Economic Area. Only in exceptional circumstances will the full IP address be transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, to produce reports of activity on the website, and to provide additional services related to website usage and internet usage for the website operator. The IP address transmitted from your browser by Google Analytics is not combined with other data by Google. You may prevent the storage of cookies by using the appropriate settings in your browser software; you should be aware however, that if you do this you may not be able to make full use of all of the functionality of this website. You may also prevent Google from recording or processing the data provided by the cookie relating to your use of the website (including your IP address) by downloading and installing the browser plugin available via the following link: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.

Privacy policy for the use of Google +1
Our pages use Google +1 functionality. The provider is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Gathering and transmission of information: with the Google +1 button, you can publish information worldwide. Using the Google +1 button, you and other users receive personalised content from Google and our partners. Google stores the information about whose content you added a +1, as well as information about the page that you were viewing when you clicked +1. Your +1s together with your profile name and photo may be shown as suggestions (e.g., in search results or in your Google profile), or at other places on websites and ads on the internet. Google records information about your +1 activities in order to improve Google services for you and others. In order to be able to use the Google +1 button, you need a globally visible, public Google profile containing at least your chosen profile name. This name is used for all Google services. In some cases, this name may also replace another name that you have used when sharing content via your Google account. The identity of your Google profile may be displayed to users who either know your email address or other identifying information about you. Use of the information gathered: besides the uses mentioned above, the information provided by you is used in accordance with the relevant Google privacy policies. Google may publish aggregated statistics about users’ +1 activities or pass these on to users and partners such as publishers, advertisers or associated websites.

Privacy policy for Instagram use
Instagram service functionalities are integrated into our pages. These functionalities are provided by Instagram Inc., 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, 94025, USA. If you’re logged into your Instagram account, you can link content on our pages to your Instagram profile by clicking the Instagram button. In this way, Instagram can assign the visit to our pages to your user account. You should be aware, that as the site provider, we are not informed by Instagram of the content of the data transferred or of their usage of it. Further information about this is available in Instagram’s privacy policy: http://instagram.com/about/legal/privacy/.

Privacy policy for LinkedIn use
Our website uses functionalities of the LinkedIn network. The provider is the LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Each time you retrieve one of our pages containing LinkedIn functionalities, a connection is established with LinkedIn’s servers. LinkedIn is informed that you have visited our webpages from your IP address. By clicking on the LinkedIn Recommend button when you are logged into your LinkedIn account, LinkedIn is able to assign your visit to our website to you and to your user account. You should be aware, that as the site provider, we do not receive any information about the content of the data transmitted, or of its use by LinkedIn. For more information, please see LinkedIn’s privacy policy at: https://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy.

Privacy policy for Pinterest use
We use social plugins belonging to the Pinterest social network operated by Pinterest Inc., 635 High Street, Palo Alto, CA, 94301, USA (“Pinterest”) on our website. When you retrieve a page containing one of these plugins, your browser establishes a direct connection to Pinterest’s servers. The plugin transmits log data to Pinterest’s servers in the USA. This log data may include your IP address, the address of websites visited that also contain Pinterest functionality, browser type and settings, the date and time of your request, how you used Pinterest, and cookie data. For more information on the purpose, extent and additional processing and use of this data by Pinterest, as well as your relevant rights and options for protecting your private life, please see Pinterest’s privacy notice: https://about.pinterest.com/en/privacy-policy.

Privacy policy for Tumblr use
Our site uses buttons belonging to the Tumblr service. The provider is Tumblr, Inc., 35 East 21st St, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10010, USA. These buttons enable you to share a page or article on Tumblr or follow the provider on Tumblr. If you retrieve one of our webpages that features the Tumblr button, your browser will establish a direct connection with Tumblr’s servers. We have no influence over the extent of the data that Tumblr collects and transmits using this plugin. At the present time, the user’s IP address and the URL of the website concerned are transmitted. For further information, please see Tumblr’s privacy policy at http://www.tumblr.com/policy/en/privacy.

Privacy policy for Twitter use
Our pages integrate functionality from the Twitter service. This functionality is provided by Twitter Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. By using Twitter and the Retweet functionality, you link the webpages you visit to your Twitter account and publish them to other users. When you do this, data is also transmitted to Twitter. You should be aware that, as provider of the pages, we are not informed of the content of the data transmitted, nor of its use by Twitter. For further information, please see Twitter’s privacy policy at http://twitter.com/privacy. You can change your Twitter privacy settings in your account settings here: http://twitter.com/account/settings.

Privacy policy for Xing use
Our website uses XING network functionality. The provider is XING AG, Dammtorstraße 29-32, 20354 Hamburg, Germany. Each time one of our pages containing Xing functionality is retrieved, a connection is established with Xing’s servers. As far as we are aware, no personal data is stored. In particular, IP addresses are not saved and user behaviour is not evaluated. For more information on data privacy and the Xing Share button, please see Xing’s privacy policy at: https://www.xing.com/app/share?op=data_protection.

Information, deletion and access restriction
You have the right at any time to receive details about your stored personal data, its origin and recipients, and the purpose of data processing free of charge, as well as a right to the correction, restriction of access to or deletion of this data. For this or for any other questions regarding personal data, please get in touch with us at any time at the address provided in the “Legal Notice” section of this website.

Server log files
The website provider automatically collects and stores information that is automatically transmitted to us by your browser in our server log files. This information comprises:
  • Browser type and version
  • Operating system
  • Referrer URL
  • Hostname of the computer used to access our site
  • Server request time
This data cannot be allocated to particular individuals. This data is not combined with other data sources. We retain the right to retrospectively examine this data if we become aware of specific evidence of unlawful use.

Cookies
Some of these webpages make use of “cookies.” Cookies cause no damage to your computer and don’t contain viruses. Cookies help to make our web offering more user-friendly, safer and more effective. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer and stored by your browser. Most of the cookies we use are “session cookies,” which are automatically deleted at the end of your visit. Other cookies are stored on your device until you delete them. These cookies enable us to recognise your browser again the next time you visit. You may set up your browser to inform you when cookies are set and to only allow them in individual cases or under particular circumstances, to reject them altogether, or to delete them every time you close your browser session. Deactivating cookies may restrict the functionality of this website.

Contact form
If you ask us questions via the contact form, the details you provide in the request form – including your contact details – are stored by us for the purpose of processing your request and in case of follow-up questions. This data is not shared without your consent.

No advertising emails
We have published contact details here in compliance with statutory requirements. These details may not be used to send unsolicited advertising and informational material. The operators of this website explicitly reserve the right to take legal action if unsolicited advertising information (such as spam emails) is sent.

Newsletter data
If you wish to receive the newsletter offered on our website, then we need your email address as well as details that enable us to verify that you are the owner of the email address provided and that you agree to receive our newsletter. No additional data is collected. This data is exclusively used by us to send you the information requested and is not passed to third parties. You may always retract your consent to the storage of this data and email address, and to its use for sending you the newsletter, by clicking on the “Unsubscribe” link in the newsletter.