The controller within the meaning of data protection laws, in particular the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), is:
Your rights as the data subject
You may contact our data protection officer to execute the following rights:
- access to your personal data stored by us and information about how the data is being processed,
- rectification of your personal data if it is inaccurate,
- erasure of your personal data stored by us,
- restriction of data processing if we are not allowed to delete your data for a certain period of time due to respective legal obligations,
- objection to the processing of your data by us, and
- data portability if you have consented to the processing of your personal data or have concluded a contract with us.
If you have consented to the collection and processing of your personal data, you have the right to withdraw your consent at any time with effect for the future.
You may contact your competent supervisory authority at any time to lodge a complaint. The competent supervisory authority can be the supervisory authority in the federal state where you live, work or where the alleged violation has taken place. A list of supervisory authorities (for the non-public sector), including their addresses, is provided at: www.bfdi.bund.de/DE/Infothek/Anschriften_Links/anschriften_links-node.html.
Purposes of data processing by the controller and third parties
We only process your personal data for the purposes indicated in this privacy statement. Your personal data will not be transferred to any third party for purposes other than those stipulated herein. We will only disclose your personal data to third parties if:
- you have given us your explicit consent to do so,
- the processing is required to perform a contract,
- the processing is required to comply with legal obligations,
the processing is required to meet legitimate interests and there is no reason to believe that you have an overriding legitimate interest in the non-disclosure of your data.
Erasure or blocking of data
We adhere to the principles of data avoidance and data minimization. We therefore store your personal data only for as long as it is required to achieve the purposes mentioned herein, or as stipulated by the legislator with regard to storage periods. After the respective purpose has ceased to exist or after these storage periods have expired, the respective data will be routinely blocked or deleted pursuant to the legal provisions.
Collection of general information when visiting our website
When you access our website, some information of general nature will automatically be collected by means of a cookie. This information (server log files) includes, inter alia, the type of web browser, the operating system used, the domain name of your Internet service provider and the like. No information will be collected that could be used to identify you.
The information collected is required for technical purposes to provide the contents of websites you requested accurately. Collection of this information cannot be avoided when using the Internet. The information will be processed for the following purposes, in particular:
- ensuring connection with the website is established without any problems,
- ensuring convenient use of our website,
- evaluation of system security and stability, as well as
- for other administrative purposes.
Processing of your personal data is based on our legitimate interest to fulfill the purposes of data collection mentioned above. We will not use your data to identify you. Your data will only be disclosed to the controller and the processor, if applicable.
We will evaluate anonymous information of this kind for statistical purposes to optimize our website and the technology supporting it, if applicable.
Like many other websites, we use so-called “cookies”. Cookies are small text files which are transmitted from a website server to the hard drive of your computer. We thus automatically receive certain information such as your IP address, browser used, operating system and your connection to the Internet.
Cookies cannot be used to start any programs or to transfer any viruses to a computer. Based on the information provided by the cookies, we can enhance the ease of use of our website for you and make sure our websites are displayed properly.
We will not disclose the data collected by us to any third party or create a link to personal data without your consent.
Registering on our website
When you register on our website to use our personalized services, some personal data such as your name and address, and contact and communication information such as your phone number and e-mail address will be collected. Once you have registered with us, you will have access to contents and services which we are providing exclusively to registered users. In addition, registered users can modify or delete any data provided within the scope of the registration at any time when they wish to do so. Of course, upon request, we will inform you about your personal data that we are storing. We will modify or delete your personal data if you request us to do so, provided that there are no conflicting legal storage requirements. If you would like to contact us in this context, please use the contact details provided at the end of this privacy statement.
If you contact us via e-mail or by using the contact form to ask any questions, you have freely given us your consent to use your data for the purpose of contacting you. Indicating a valid e-mail address is required for this purpose. The e-mail address is used to assign your request and subsequently respond to it. Providing any additional information is optional. The information provided by you will be stored for the purpose of processing the request as well as for addressing potential follow-up questions. After your request has been completed, your personal data will be deleted automatically.
Using Google Analytics
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service provided by Google. Inc. (hereinafter referred to as Google). Google Analytics uses so-called “cookies”, that is text files which are stored on your computer and which allow us to analyze your use of the website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website will usually be transferred to a server of Google in the United States and will be stored there. Within the Member States of the European Union and in other countries which have signed the Agreement on the European Economic Area, however, due to the activation of IP anonymization on these websites, your IP address will be truncated by Google before it is being sent to the United States. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transferred to a server of Google in the United States and be truncated there. Google will use this information on behalf of the operator of this website to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on website activities and to provide additional services related to the use of the website and the use of the Internet to the operator of the website. The IP address transmitted by your browser within the context of Google Analytics will not be associated with any other data held by Google.
The purpose of the data processing is to evaluate the use of the website and to compile reports on activities on the website. Based on the use of the website and the Internet, other related services shall be provided. The processing is based on the legitimate interest of the operator of the website.
You may prevent the storage of cookies by changing the settings of your browser software; however, please note that you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website if you prevent the storage of cookies. Furthermore, you may prevent the collection of data (incl. your IP address) generated by the cookie and relating to your use of the website and its transfer to Google as well as the processing of the data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plugin available, using the following link: Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.
Alternatively or in addition to the browser add-on, you can also prevent tracking by Google Analytics on our sites by clicking on this link. When doing so, an opt-out cookie will be installed on your device. As a result, data collection by Google Analytics will be prevented for this website and for this browser in the future for as long as the cookie remains installed in your browser.
Using script libraries (Google web fonts)
We use script libraries and font libraries such as for example Google web fonts (https://www.google.com/webfonts/) on our website to display our contents accurately and in a visually appealing design across different browsers. Google web fonts are transferred to the cache of your browser to avoid multiple loading. If a browser does not support Google web fonts or blocks the access, contents will be displayed in a standard font.
If you access a script library or font library, a connection to the operator of the library will automatically be established. It is theoretically possible in this context – however, currently unclear whether and for what purpose, if applicable – that operators of respective libraries collect some data.
Amendments to our data protection provisions
We reserve the right to amend this privacy statement to make sure that it always complies with current legal requirements, or to make sure that changes to our services are adequately reflected in the privacy statement, e.g. when introducing new services. When you visit us again, the new privacy statement shall apply.
Questions to the data protection officer
If you have any questions about the protection of data, please send us an e-mail or contact the person in charge of data protection at our organization: Udo Reichling