As a rule, it is possible to use our website without revealing any personal data. If any personal data (e.g. name, address or e-mail addresses) are collected by our website, this is done on a voluntary basis as far as possible. These data are not passed on to third parties without your express agreement.
We would like to draw attention to the fact that data transfer via the Internet (e.g. communication by e-mail) may be vulnerable to lapses in security. It is not possible to provide your data with watertight protection against access by third parties.
We herewith expressly deny that contact data published in accordance with the German law on providing publication details (‘Impressumspflicht’) will be used by third parties to transmit advertising or information materials that have not been expressly requested. The site operators expressly reserve the right to take legal action in the event of the unsolicited delivery of advertising materials, for example via spam mail.
Data protection declaration for the use of Facebook plugins (‘like button’)
Plugins of the social network Facebook (Facebook Inc., 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, California, 94025, USA) are integrated into our web pages. These Facebook plugins can be recognised on our pages by the Facebook logo or the ‘like button’ icon. An overview of these Facebook plugins can be found at: http://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/.
When you visit our web pages, a direct connection is created by the plugin between your browser and the Facebook server. Facebook uses this connection to obtain the information that you have visited our site using your IP address. If you click the Facebook ‘like button’ while logged in to your Facebook account, you can link the content of our pages to your Facebook profile. Facebook can use this to assign the visit to our pages to your user account. Please note that we, as providers of the pages, receive no knowledge of the content of the data transferred, or how they are used by Facebook. You can find further information in the Facebook Data Policy at https://www.facebook.com/policy.php.
If you do not want Facebook to be able to assign your visit to our pages to your Facebook user account, please log out of your Facebook user account.
Data protection declaration for the use of Google Analytics
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service provided by Google Inc. (‘Google’). Google Analytics uses so-called ‘cookies’, text files which are saved on your computer and which allow your use of the website to be analysed. The information on your use of this website obtained from the cookie is usually transferred to a Google server in the US and saved there. However, if IP anonymisation is activated on this website, then in member states of the European Union, or in other contracting states of the Agreement on the European Economic Area, your IP address will be abbreviated first.
In exceptional cases only, your full address will be transmitted to a Google server in the US and abbreviated there. On behalf of the operators of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website in order to compile reports on website activity and perform other services for the website operator connected with the use of the website and the Internet. The IP address transmitted from your browser via Google Analytics is not conflated with other data by Google.
You can prevent the cookies from being saved by adjusting your browser’s settings accordingly; however, we advise you that this may prevent you from using all the functions of this website to their full extent in certain circumstances. Furthermore, you can prevent Google from capturing the data regarding your use of the website obtained through the cookie (including your IP address) or from processing this data by downloading and installing the browser plugin available at the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.
Data protection declaration for the use of Google AdSense
This website makes use of Google AdSense, a service for integrating advertisements provided by Google Inc. (‘Google’).
Google AdSense uses so-called ‘cookies’, text files which are saved on your computer and allow your use of the website to be analysed. Google AdSense also uses so-called web beacons (invisible graphics). These web beacons enable information such as visitor traffic on these web pages to be analysed. The information on your use of this website (including your IP address) obtained from the cookies and web beacons and delivery of advertising formats is usually transferred to a Google server in the US and saved there. Google may then pass on this information to its contractual partners. Google will not, however, conflate your IP address with other data stored by them.
You can prevent the cookies from being installed by adjusting your browser’s settings accordingly; however, we advise you that this may prevent you from using all the functions of this website to their full extent in certain circumstances. By using this website, you declare that you agree to the processing of data concerning yourself obtained by Google in the manner described above and for the purposes described above.
Data protection declaration for the use of Google +1
Collecting and passing on information:
The Google +1 button allows you to publish information all over the world. Via the Google +1 button, you and other users will receive personalised content from Google and our partners. Google saves both the information that you have awarded +1 to a certain content, as well as information about the page that you viewed by clicking on +1. Your +1s can be blended into Google services such as search engine results or your Google profile, or in other places on websites and advertisements on the Internet, in the form of references with your profile name and photo.
Google records information about your +1 activities in order to improve Google services for yourself and others. In order to be able to use the Google +1 button, you need an internationally visible, public Google profile, which must at least contain the name chosen for the profile. This name is used in all Google services. In many cases, this name may also replace another name that you have used when distributing content via your Google account. The identity of your Google profile can be shown to users who know your e-mail address or have access to other information that identifies you.
Use of the obtained information:
As well as the uses detailed above, the information you provide will be used in accordance with the applicable Google data protection conditions. Google may possibly publish summarised statistics about the +1 activities of users or pass these on to users and partners, for example publishers, advertisers or affiliated websites.
Data protection declaration for the use of Twitter
Our web pages also incorporate functions of the Twitter service. These functions are provided by Twitter Inc., 1355 Market St., Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. When you use Twitter or the ‘re-tweet’ function, the websites you visit are linked to your Twitter account and made known to other users. In the process, data are also transmitted to Twitter.
You can change your Twitter privacy settings under ‘account settings’ at http://twitter.com/account/settings.