The use of our website is generally possible without providing personal data. Where personal data (such as name, address or email address) are collected on our website this is always done, as far as possible, on a voluntary basis. We will not transfer these data to third parties without your explicit consent.
We would like to inform you that data transmission over the internet (for instance in e-mail communication) can pose security risks. It is not possible to protect data completely against access by third parties.
Some of the cookies store settings to simplify website processes (for instance the storing of selected preferences). Where individual cookies placed by us process personal data, this is subject to Article 6 (1b) GDPR and necessary either for the performance of a contract or, pursuant to Article 6 (1f) GDPR, for the purposes of our legitimate interests in providing the best-possible functionality of the website and a customer-friendly, effective visit to the website.
In your browser’s cookie settings, you can determine to be informed about the placement of cookies and consent to cookies only in individual cases, exclude the acceptance of cookies in certain cases or generally, or activate the automated deletion of cookies when closing your browser. You can manage your cookie settings under the following links for the respective browsers:
- Firefox: support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enable-and-disable-cookies-website-preferences
- Internet Explorer: support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/17442/windows-internet-explorer-delete-manage-cookies
- Chrome: support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py
- Safari: support.apple.com/kb/ph21411
- Opera: help.opera.com/en/latest/web-preferences/
You can also separately manage cookies of many companies and functions used for advertising purposes. To do so, use the tools at www.aboutads.info/choices/ or www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/your-ad-choices.
In addition, most browsers offer a Do Not Track (DNT) feature that allows you to indicate that you do not want to be tracked by websites. If the feature is activated, your browser communicates to advertising networks, websites and applications that you do not wish to be tracked for behavioural advertising or the like. More information and instructions on how to use this feature are provided by the browser operators at the following links:
- Google Chrome: support.google.com/chrome/answer/2790761
- Mozilla Firefox: support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/how-do-i-turn-do-not-track-feature
- Internet Explorer: support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/17288/windows-internet-explorer-11-use-do-not-track
- Opera: help.opera.com/en/opera36/be-safe-and-private/
- Safari: support.apple.com/kb/PH21416
Please note that the deactivation of cookies can limit the functionality of this website.
CONTACT FORM AND CONTACT BY E-MAIL
If you send us an inquiry via the contact form or by e-mail, the data you have entered into the form or e-mail message and your contact data will be stored to process your inquiry and in case you have additional questions. Under no circumstances will we process these data without your consent. The legal basis for our right to process your data is our legitimate interest in answering your inquiries pursuant to Article 6 (1f) GDPR and, if applicable, Article 6 (1b) GDPR if your inquiry aims at concluding a contract. We will delete your data after having responded to your query, provided that the deletion does not infringe any statutory retention periods.
If you would like to receive the newsletter offered on our website we need your e-mail address as well as information that enables us to verify whether you are the owner of the provided e-mail address and agree to the receipt of the newsletter. We will not collect any other data. We will use these data solely for the dispatch of the requested information and will not transfer them to third parties.
You can withdraw your consent to the storage of your data, e-mail address and its use for newsletter mailing at any time, for instance through the “unsubscribe” link in the newsletter.
Our website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). Goole Analytics uses so-called cookies. These are text files that are stored on your computer to analyse your use of the website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is usually sent to and stored on a Google server in the USA. We use Google Analytics only with activated IP anonymization. This means that in member states of the European Union or other countries party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area, Google shortens users’ IP addresses, thus ensuring that they can no longer be related to individuals. Google Inc. headquartered in the USA is certified for the Privacy Shield Framework, a data protection agreement between the US and Europe which guarantees compliance with the data protection level valid in the EU. Pursuant to Article 6 (1f) GDPR and Section 15 paragraph 3 TMG [German Telemedia Act], processing is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by us with regard to the statistical analysis of user behaviour for optimisation and marketing reasons.
You can prevent the installation of cookies by changing your browser settings; however, if you do so, you may be unable to use all the features of this website. Furthermore, you can disable the collection of data generated by cookies during your use of the website (including your IP address), its transfer to and processing by Google by downloading and installing the browser plugin available at this link: tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
Alternatively, you can also disable data collection through Google Analytics by clicking the following link. In this case, an opt-out cookie is placed:
DEACTIVATE GOOGLE ANALYTICS
GOOGLE WEB FONTS
To ensure the uniform display of fonts, this website uses web fonts provided by Google LLC., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (“Google”). Google web fonts allow us to use external fonts, referred to as “Google Fonts.” When you load our website, your browser stores the required web fonts in in order to accurately display texts and fonts. This is necessary to ensure that your browser is able to display a visually improved presentation of our texts. If your browser does not support this function, one of your computer’s default fonts is used. The integration of these web fonts is handled via a server call, usually by a Google server in the USA. By connecting, information about what page of our website you have visited is transmitted to the server. Google also stores the browser’s IP address of the user’s end device.
We use Google Fonts for optimisation purposes, especially to improve your visit of our website and to make its design more user-friendly. This is the foundation of our legitimate interest pursuant to article 6 (1f) GDPR.
Google complies with and is certified according to the Privacy Shield Framework between the European Union and the USA. This means that Google has committed to observing the standards and regulations of the European data protection law. For more information please see www.privacyshield.gov/participant.
SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS
On our websites, social networks (Facebook, Twitter and XING) are only integrated in the form of links to the corresponding services. After clicking on the integrated text/image links you will be forwarded to the website of the respective provider. Only after you have been rerouted to the third-party website user information will be transmitted to the individual provider. Please see the privacy policies of the individual providers for more information about the processing of your personal data when using these websites.
FACEBOOK PLUG-INS (LIKE BUTTON)
Our pages contain plug-ins of the social network Facebook as offered by Facebook Inc., 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, California 94025, USA. The Facebook plug-ins can be recognised by the Facebook icon or the like button on our page. For an overview of the Facebook plug-ins used by us, go to: developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/.
If you do not wish to enable Facebook to attribute your visit to our pages to your Facebook user account, please log off your Facebook account.
Our website incorporates features operated by Instagram. These features are provided by Instagram Inc., 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, 94025, USA. If you are logged in to your Instagram account, you can link content from our pages to your Instagram profile by clicking the Instagram button. This enables Instagram to attribute your visit to our website to your user account. Please note that as the content provider of these pages we do not acquire any knowledge of the content of the transmitted data or of their use through Instagram.
Additional information on this subject is available in Instagram’s data privacy notice: instagram.com/about/legal/privacy/.
Our website incorporates the features offered by the social media network XING, operated by XING AG, Dammtorstraße 29-32, 20354 Hamburg, Germany. On every visit to one of our pages that incorporates XING features, a connection is made to XING’s servers. As far as we are aware, no personal data are stored as a result of this. In particular, no IP addresses are stored nor is usage behaviour assessed.
Further information on data privacy and the XING share button can be found in the XING data privacy notice at www.xing.com/app/share.
Our website uses plug-ins of the YouTube platform operated by Google. The website is operated by YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. When you visit one of our pages with a YouTube plug-in, the plug-in creates a direct connection between your browser and the YouTube servers and communicates what pages you have visited.
When you are logged in to your YouTube account, YouTube is able to link your surfing habits directly to your personal profile. You can avoid this by logging out of your YouTube account.
This site uses SSL encoding for reasons of security and to protect transmissions of confidential content, such as inquiries you send to us as operators of these pages. Encoded connections are indicated by the address bar switching from “http://” to “https://” and by the padlock symbol in the browser bar.
As long as the SSL encoding is active, no third parties have access to data you transmit to us.
DATA TRANSFER AND RECIPIENT
We will not transfer your personal data to third parties unless - explicitly stated in the description of the individual data processing, - after you have given your explicit consent pursuant to Article 6 (1a) sentence 1 GDPR, - a data transfer is necessary pursuant to Article 6 (1f) sentence 1 GDPR for the enforcement, execution or defence of legal claims and if there is no reason to assume that you have an overriding need of and interest in the non-transfer of your data, - there is a legal obligation to transfer your data pursuant to Article 6 (1c) sentence 1 GDPR and – when transferring data is necessary to perform a contract pursuant to Article 6 (1b) sentence 1 GDPR.
Moreover, we use the processing services of external providers that we have carefully selected and contracted in writing. These are subject to our instructions and regularly monitored by us. Where necessary, we have concluded processing agreements pursuant to Article 28 GDPR with these companies. Contracted companies include service providers for web hosting, e-mailing as well as repair and maintenance of our IT systems, etc. The service providers will not transfer your data to third parties.
RETENTION PERIOD OF PERSONAL DATA
The retention period of personal data is subject to standard legal retention periods (e.g. in commercial and trade law). After the expiration of the individual period, the data are routinely deleted. As far as data are necessary for the performance or initiation of a contract or if we have a legitimate interest in continued storage, data are deleted when they are no longer necessary for these purposes or if you make use of your right of cancellation or objection.
Below you find information about the rights you have as a data subject under the applicable data protection regulation against the controller with regard to the processing of your personal data:
Pursuant to Article 15 GDPR: the right to obtain information about the data we have stored about you. Specifically you can ask for information about the purposes of the processing, the categories of personal data concerned, the categories of recipients to whom your personal data have been or will be disclosed, the envisaged period for which the personal data will be stored, the existence of the right to request from the controller rectification or erasure of personal data or restriction of processing of personal data concerning the data subject or to object to such processing, the right to lodge a complaint, where the personal data are not collected from us, any available information as to their source, the existence of automated decision-making, including profiling and, if applicable, about related details. The right to obtain without undue delay the rectification of inaccurate personal data or the completion of incomplete personal data stored by us pursuant to Article 16 GDPR.
Pursuant to Article 17 GDPR: the right to obtain the erasure of personal data stored by us where processing is not necessary for exercising the right of freedom of expression and information, for compliance with a legal obligation or for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
Pursuant to Article 18 GDPR: the right to obtain the restriction of processing of your personal data as far as the accuracy of the personal data is contested by you, the processing is unlawful and you oppose the erasure of the personal data and if we no longer need the personal data but they are required by you for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims or if you have objected to data processing pursuant to Article 21 GDPR.
Pursuant to Article 20 GDPR: the right to receive the personal data provided by you in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format and have the right to transmit those data to another controller.
Pursuant to Article 77 GDPR: the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority. To do so, you can usually refer to the supervisory authority of the German state in which our company is headquartered or to the authority of your usual residence or workplace.
Pursuant to Article 7 (3) GDPR: the right to withdraw consent. You have the right to withdraw a consent given for data processing at any time with effect for the future. In the event of withdrawal we will delete the concerned data without delay unless their continued processing can be founded on a legal basis for processing without need for consent. The withdrawal of the consent shall not affect the lawfulness of the processing performed based on the consent given prior to the withdrawal.
RIGHT TO OBJECT
As far as we process your personal data on the basis of legitimate interests pursuant to Article 6 (1f) sentence 1 GDPR, you have the right to object to processing of your personal data pursuant to Article 21 GDPR on grounds relating to your particular situation. Where personal data are processed for direct marketing purposes, you have the right to object at any time to processing of personal data without providing grounds as to your particular situation.
If you would like to exercise your right to object, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
RESPONSIBLE UNDER THE DATA PROTECTION LAW
Wersener Landstr. 82
49076 Osnabrück - GERMANY
+49 (0)541 121 64-0
DATA PROTECTION OFFICER
Mr Dominik Fünkner
Phone: +49 89 2500 392 22
Source: e-recht24.de; datenschutzexperte.de