Data Privacy Policy Statement

We point out explicitly that data transfer via the internet (e.g. communication via email) is subject to risks and therefore, complete protection against third-party access to transferred data cannot be ensured. We explicitly do not allow the use of the contact data stated at our site notice for commercial advertisement unless we have given you a written agreement or we do have a business relationship already. We hereby object any commercial use and transfer of the data.

Personal Information

Our website may be used without entering any personal information. If we do gather personal information (like name, address, or email address), this happens on a voluntary basis on your part. This information will not be transferred to third parties without your explicit consent. We take the protection of your personal data very seriously and will adhere strictly to the relevant applicable legal regulations under the German Data Protection Act, in particular, the regulations laid down in the German Data Protection Act (BDSG) and the German Telemedia Act (TMG). For more information please visit:

https://www.gesetze-im-internet.de/englisch_bdsg/englisch_bdsg.html#p0227

www.gesetze-im-internet.de/tmg/

Use of Google Analytics

Our website uses Google Analytics. Google Analytics is a web analysis service from Google Inc. (hereinafter referred to as “Google”). Google Analytics employs so-called “cookies”, text files that are stored to your computer in order to facilitate an analysis of your use of the site. Basically, the information generated by these cookies about your use of this website is transmitted to a server of Google in the US and stored there. We anonymize your IP address on our website. In doing so, Google abbreviates your IP address before transferring it from member states of the European Union and signatory states to the Agreement of the European Economic Area. Under exceptional circumstances only, the whole IP address is transmitted to a server of Google in the US and abbreviated there. On behalf of the operator of this website, Google uses this information to analyze your use of our website, to compile reports for us on interest activity and to provide other services relating to website and internet use. Google states that it will not associate your IP address with other data held by Google. You can prevent cookies from being installed by adjusting the setting on your browser software accordingly; you should, however, be aware that by doing so you may not be able to make full use of all the functions of our website. This being said, you can avoid the compilation of data (your IP address included) generated by the cookies and the use of the website as well as the processing through Google by downloading and installing the browser add-on at the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en

Use of Google+ recommendation components

Our website employs the so called “+1”-button from the social network Google Plus belonging to Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, United States (hereinafter referred to as ”Google”).  You recognize the component by the “G +1”-button.  If you are registered at Google Plus, you can express your interest in our website with the “G +1”-button and share contents from our website on Google Plus. By doing so Google does not only store the information that you have recommended one of our contents by pressing “G +1” but also stores information on the page you have viewed.  Your Google “+1” recommendation can then appear as a reference in other Google services, such as search results, your Google account or other places, such as on websites and ads in the internet, together with your account name and, if applicable, a picture you provide to Google.  You can access Google’s data protection policies relating to the “+1” button together with all relevant information on the collection, transfer and use of data by Google, your right in this regard as well as your profile setting options at the following link: https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/

Use of Google AdSense

Our website uses Google AdSense, a service of Google Inc., USA ("Google"), for incorporating advertisement. Google AdSense employs so-called “cookies”, text files that are stored to your computer in order to facilitate an analysis of your use of the site. Google AdSense also uses so called “web beacons” (small invisible graphics) that allow Google to collect data. By using the web beacons Google analyzes and collects information such as visitor traffic to our website. This information, along with your IP address and the ad format displayed, is transmitted to Google in the US where it is stored and may also be transferred by Google to contracting partners. Google uses this information to analyze your use of our website, to compile reports for us on interest activity and to provide other services relating to website and internet use. By no means will Google merge your IP address with other stored data on you. You can prevent cookies from being installed and the display of web beacons by adjusting the settings on your browser software accordingly. Please note that by doing so you may not be able to make full use of all the functions of our website. By using our website you declare that you agree to the processing of data collected about you by Google in the manner previously described and for the purposes there specified.

Use of Twitter

Our website employs components provided by twitter.com. Twitter is a service of Twitter Inc., 1355 Market St, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103 in the US. Twitter offers the so called “tweet”-feature which enables users to publish short 140-character messages on their Twitter account that can also contain links to other websites. By using the “tweet”-feature by Twitter on our website this precise webpage will be linked to your account on Twitter and may be announced publicly there. Through this process data is transmitted to Twitter. We will not be informed by Twitter about the content of the data transmitted nor its use. For additional information on the data privacy policy by Twitter please visit: https://twitter.com/privacy?lang=en or you may change your data privacy settings at: https://twitter.com/login?redirect_after_login=%2Fsettings%2Faccount 

Posting Comments

On our website we offer the opportunity to post comments. For this purpose, we store personal information (e.g. name, email address) to the extent to which you have shared your comment. By posting a comment publicly your email address given will be stored but not published. Your name only appears if you have not used a pseudonym.

Use of Facebook components

Our website employs components provided by facebook.com, a service of Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304 in the US. Please note that we have installed the “Like”-button by Facebook on our homepage. By using our website a connection to Facebook is generated whereby a transmission to your browser is implemented. When you access our site while being logged in to Facebook, Facebook uses information gathered by this component to identify the precise page you are viewing and associates this information to your personal account on Facebook. Whenever you click on the “Like”-button, for instance, or enter a comment, this information is transmitted to your personal account on Facebook and stored there.  You must log out of Facebook before visiting our website in order to prevent the transfer to and storage of data by Facebook about you and your interaction with our website. For additional information on the data protection policies of Facebook please visit: https://www.facebook.com/policy.php

Right to Information

Please note that you have the right to contact us anytime if you have questions relating to the collection, processing, or use of your personal information. You have the right to withdraw your consent to the use of your personal data and have it deleted with future effect. Please contact our host at the address given at the site notice.