This data protection statement informs you, in your capacity as a user of our website, of everything you need to know regarding the extent to which, and the purpose for which, we or third party providers collect and use your data. Your data are collected and used strictly in accordance with Germany’s Data Protection Act [Bundesdatenschutzgesetz – BDSG]. We take the confidentiality of your personal data extremely seriously and therefore work strictly within the limits of the statutory regulations. Where possible, the collection of your personal data takes place on a voluntary basis. Only with your express permission will we pass this data to third parties. Where particularly sensitive data are concerned – for example, payment details or your queries to us – we use SSL encryption for enhanced security. We would however like to point out the general risk of online usage, on which we have no influence. In email correspondence especially, your data are not secure unless you take additional precautions and may under certain circumstances be disclosed to third parties.
Notification, deletion, locking
You are entitled to be informed at anytime of the personal data we hold about you as well as their origin, recipient and the purpose for which they are collected and processed. You are further entitled to have your data corrected, locked or deleted unless we have a statutory obligation to keep them or we need them for our normal business processes. In order to ensure that data can be locked at any time, they will for control purposes be kept in a lock file. Where data are not subject to compulsory archiving on statutory grounds, we will at your request delete them. Where such compulsory archiving obligation does apply, we will lock your data. For all queries relating to correction, locking or deletion of personal data, please contact our data protection officer using the contact details in this statement or the address provided in the Company Information section of this website.
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Capture of access data
The delivery and display of content via our website requires the capture of certain data. When you access our website, these so-called server logfiles are captured by us or the web hosting provider. These logfiles cannot be linked to you personally. The information concerned comprises the name of the website, the file, the current date, the data volume, the web browser and its version, the operating system used, the domain name of your Internet service provider, the referrer URL for the website from which you have accessed our website and the relevant IP address. We will use this data for the display and supply of our content as well as for statistical purposes. The information provided will support the provision and continual improvement of our service. We further reserve the right to inspect the aforementioned data at a later date should we suspect illegal use of our website.
On our website you can subscribe to our newsletter. For this purpose we will need your email address. In accordance with the relevant legal regulations, we will further have to verify that you are the owner of the email address ypou provide and that you wish to receive the newsletter. For this purpose we collect information that makes such verification possible. The data collected in this context are collected for the purposes of despatch and receipt of the newsletter. The data will not be used for any other purpose or passed to any third party. We will not collect any data other than those required for the despatch of the newsletter. As the despatch and receipt of the newsletter depends on your consent, you can at any time and without giving a reason withdraw your consent to the capture and storage of your data by clicking on the Unsubscribe link in the newsletter.
As part of our commitment to data avoidance and data minimisation, we will collect data only to the extent that and only for as long as they are required for use of our website or collection is required by law. We take the protection of your personal data seriously and in collecting and processing such data strictly observe the relevant statutory regulations and this data protection statement. Should the purpose of the data collection no longer apply or should the statutory storage period expire the data collected will be locked or deleted. Our website can be used without the transfer of personal data. Where we collect personal data such as your name, address or email address, such collection is voluntary on your part. Without your express permission, these data will not be disclosed to any third party. Please be aware that data transmitted via the Internet are not always secure. In email correspondence particularly, the security of your data cannot be guaranteed.
Opt-out from marketing emails
As part of our legal obligation to provide company information, we are obliged to publish our contact details. These are sometimes used by third parties to send us unsolicited marketing and information. We hereby forbid the sending to us of any kind of marketing material unless expressly authorised by us. We further reserve the right to take legal measures against the sending of unwanted and unsolicited marketing material. This especially applies to spam email, spam letters and spam faxes. The unauthorised sending of marketing material can have consequences in competition, civil and criminal law. Spam email and spam faxes can result in large claims for compensation if they disrupt commercial operations by over-loading inboxes or fax machines.
Our website uses Google AdWords, an online advertising programme provided by Google Inc. that uses conversion tracking. When you land on our website via a Google ad, Google AdWords uses conversion tracking to place a cookie on your PC. The cookie is valid for thirty days only and cannot be used to identify you. If as a user you visit our website and the cookie is still working, both we and Google can see that you have clicked on the ad and been taken to our website. As part of this process, every Google AdWords customer is assigned a different cookie. In this way, cookies are not trackable via the websites of AdWords customers. The data acquired via conversion cookies is used to generate conversion statistics for AdWords customers. In this way, we as the customer learn the overall number of users who have responded to our ad and were then transferred to a website where a conversion tracking tag has been installed. This process does not provide us with any information that could be used to identify you as a user personally. If you wish to opt out of the tracking process, the Google conversion tracking cookie can be deactivated via your web browser. For more information, use your browser’s Help function. Further information on Google’s data protection policy can be found here.
Changes to these data protection regulations
From time to time we will update these data protection guidelines. You should check them regularly to stay up to date with how we protect your data and how we are continually improving the content of our website. Should we make any essential changes in the way we collect, use and/or transfer the personal data you provide to us, we will let you know via a clear and prominent notice on the website. In using this website you consent to the provisions of these data protection guidelines. For questions about these guidelines, please contact us via our contact page.
Further information on the use of data for advertising purposes by Google, configuration and opt-out options are available on the Google website: „How Google uses data when you use our partners’ sites or app“, „How Google uses your data for ads“, „About ads settings”, „Control ads based on your preferences“.