Scope of application
The legal foundations of data protection can be found in the Federal Data Protection Act and the German Teleservices Act.
Access data / server log files
The provider (or his web space provider) collects data about every access to the service (so-called server log files). The following are considered to be access data:
The name of the called-up website, file, date and time of the call-up, amount of data transferred, message about a successful call-up, browser type and version, user's operating system, referrer URL (the previously visited site), IP address and the inquiring provider.
The provider will only use the log data for statistical evaluations for the purpose of operation, security and optimization of the service. However, the provider reserves the right to retrospectively check the log data if, on the basis of concrete evidence, a legitimate suspicion of unlawful use exists.
Handling personal data
Personal data is information that can be used to determine who a person is, i.e. information that can be traced back to a specific person. This includes the name, email address or the telephone number as well as data about preferences, hobbies, memberships or which websites were viewed by someone all count as personal data.
Personal data will only be collected, used and passed on by the provider if this is legally permitted or if the users consent to the data being collected.
When contacting the provider (e.g. by using the contact form or via email), the user's information will be stored for the purpose of processing the inquiry as well as in the event that follow-up questions might arise.
We use our newsletter to keep you informed about our services.
If you would like to receive our newsletter, then we need a valid email address from you as well as information that allows us to verify that you are the owner of the specified email address or that the owner agrees to the receipt of the newsletter. No other data will be collected. This data will only be used for sending out the newsletter and will not be given to any third parties.
We save your IP address and the date of registration when you register for the newsletter. The sole purpose of storing this data is to be able to prove any third party misuse of an email address and any logging on to the newsletter without the knowledge of the entitled person.
You can revoke your consent to the storage of the data, your email address as well as their use for sending out the newsletter at any time. The revocation can be made via a link embedded in the newsletters, in your profile section or by notifying the above contact option.
Integration of services and contents from third parties
It might happen that content from third parties, such as videos from YouTube, maps from Google Maps, RSS feeds or graphics from other websites are included in this online service. This always assumes that the content providers (hereinafter referred to as "third party provider") actually use the user's IP address. Because without the IP address, they could not send their content to the user's browser as the IP address is needed to display this content. We endeavour to only use content from respective providers who use the IP address solely for delivering the content. However, we do not have any control over this, i.e. if the third party saves the IP address for statistical purposes. We always tell the user if this is known to us.
Images from Getty Images, a stock image provider, will be integrated within this service. The images are recognisable as they are always inside frames with a "Getty Images" caption attached to them. The displaying of these images assumes that Getty Images uses the user's IP address so that the images can be sent to the user's browser. The IP address is needed to display this content. The IP address is used only for this purpose according to our current knowledge. However, the provider has no control over this if Getty Images stores the IP addresses, e.g. for statistical purposes. As far as this is known to the provider, the users are informed or the images are removed.
You can manage many online advertising cookies from companies through a USA site at http://www.aboutads.info/choices/ or the EU site at http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/your-ad-choices/.
This service uses Google Analytics, which is a web analysing service provided by Google Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses so-called "Cookies", which are text files that are stored on users' computers and they enable the website utilisation to be analysed by them. The information generated by the cookie about the use of this website by the users is usually transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there.
In the event of IP anonymisation being activated on this website, the IP address of the Google user will be abbreviated beforehand within member states of the European Union or in other countries contracted to the European Economic Area agreement. Only in exceptional cases will your full IP address be sent to a Google server in the USA and be abbreviated there. IP anonymisation is activated on this website. Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website on behalf of the operator of this website in order to compile reports on website activity and to provide other services related to website activity and internet usage to the website operator.
The IP address transmitted from your browser by Google Analytics will not be merged with other data compiled by Google. You can prevent the storing of cookies by using the appropriate setting in your browser's software; however, we must point out that if you do this, you might not be able to use all the features of this website to their fullest possible extent. Users may also prevent the recording the data generated by the cookie and related to their use of the website (including your IP address) and the sending of it to Google as well as the processing of this data by Google, by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available from the following link: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de.
Click on this link as an alternative to the browser add-on or within browsers on mobile devices, to prevent the collection of data by Google Analytics within this website in the future. This will install an opt-out cookie on your device. Click on this link to delete your cookies.
Web analysis by means of other tools
Cancellation, changes, corrections and updates
The user has the right, upon request, to receive free information about any stored personal data that relates to him. The user also has the right to correct any incorrect data, block or delete any of his personal data, provided that this is not contrary to a legal storage duty.