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Data Protection

Privacy statement

Thank you for visiting our Website. Protecting your personal data is of utmost importance to us. We would like to let you know when you are on our Website which kind of data is collected and to what end.
We comply with the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) and German Telemedia Act (TMG).

What constitutes personal data?
The subject of data protection is personal data. They are defined in the Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG).

Specified therein are details regarding personal and factual circumstances of a specific or identifiable natural person. This covers particulars such as name, postal address, E-mail address and telephone number, and also user data like IP address.

Personal data will only be collected, processed, used and forwarded if permissible by law or with your consent.

What kind of personal data are collected when you visit our Website and to what end?
Access data/Server log files
Information transmitted from your browser is automatically collected and saved in our server log files. They are:
browser type/version
operating system
referrer URL (of previously visited Webpage)
host name of accessing computer (IP address)
time of server request

These data are not assignable to any specific individual person. They will not be compiled with other sources of data; moreover, the data will be deleted after a statistical evaluation for the purpose of operations and security.

We only collect those personal data which you have disclosed to us voluntarily (e.g. via E-mail or the contact form). We assure you all personal data disclosed to us will be used solely for the purpose of contacting you.

The data requested on our contact form which are not necessary for taking up contact are marked as optional. This information serves to enhance your enquiry and the handling of your request. A notification of the data submitted follows on a voluntary basis and with your expressive consent. You also consent to being contacted in response to your request via these channels of communication (e.g. E-mail address, telephone number).

You may retract your consent at any time. To do this, please refer to the data protection supervisor. (See below for contact information.)
Registration function

The data provided for registration are intended for the purpose of registration. The data collected from the registration form are intended solely for registration.

If you request us to perform a service or deliver a product, we will collect and save your personal data only for the purpose of performing the service or executing the contract. Moreover, it may be necessary to share your personal data with firms which we hire to perform the service or execute the contract. They may be, e.g., forwarding agents and other service providers.

After completion of the contract your data will be blocked against further use and deleted once the fiscal and commercial provisions expires, unless you have expressly consented to their further use.
If you subscribe to our newsletter service using your E-mail address, we will use your E-mail address for our promotional purposes until you unsubscribe from the service.

Computer cookies
Computer cookies are deployed for the purpose of data collection and storage. Cookies are small data files generated by our Website and stored in your device's browser. They are completely harmless to your device's system; they contain no viruses nor do they enable third parties to spy on you. Two types of cookies are used. Temporary cookies (session cookies) are deleted once the browser closes down. We also use permanent cookies. This type of cookie enables us to recognize you when you revisit our Website. Cookies allow us to track your user behavior to a certain degree for the abovementioned purpose. It provides you a user friendly experience as well as facilitates an optimized surfing experience (e.g. by storing and calling up login data) on our Website. You can set your device's Internet browser up so that it declines or deletes existing cookies. To find out how to do this, please go to your Web browser. You will be asked for consent on the use of cookies every time you visit our Website. You may accept or decline. Deciding not to accept cookies may induce a limiting effect on our Web features. However you may change your mind at any time by clicking on the red button - to accept or decline cookies, found at the bottom right of the Website.

Google Analytics
This Website uses Google Analytics, a Web analysis service provided by Google Inc. Google Analytics uses what is known as cookies, text files stored on the computer which enable the analysis of usage of a Website. Usage information generated by the cookie is generally transmitted to and stored on a Google server in the USA. By activating the IP Anonymization feature on this Website, Google will shorten IP addresses located within the member states of the European Union or other member states party to the agreement in the European Economic Area prior to transmission. Only in exceptional cases will full IP addresses be transmitted to a Google server in the USA and subsequently shortened there. Google uses this information only at the behest of the operators of this Website to evaluate your usage on this site so as to compile reports on Website activities and to make other services concerning Website usage and Internet usage available to the Website operator.

Google does not use the information transmitted from your IP address via Google Analytics to collect data.
You can change a setting on your browser to block cookies; however this will limit access to the Website's functions. To prevent Google from compiling personal data and track your usage of data on this Website (incl. your IP address) as well as processing these data, you can download and install the browser plug-in from the following link.
For further information regarding user conditions and data protection, go to

This Website deploys Twitter service. The Twitter icon is provided by Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA. Represented by a stylized blue bird, the icon is linked to terms like "tweet" and "follow." To use Twitter click on the icon. The icon enables you to post short messages, known as "tweets," or share a page from our Website or follow us on Twitter. When users visit a Website containing a Twitter icon, their browsers facilitate a direct connection to the Twitter server. The contents of the Twitter icon are transmitted by Twitter directly to the users' browsers. We would like you to know we have no influence on the degree of data Twitter collects via this plug-in. Nothing other than the user IP address and the URL of this Website are transmitted with a click of this icon. For more information about Twitter's data protection statement, go to http://twitter.com/privacy.

Facebook plug-ins
We use plug-ins from the social network Facebook.com run by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA. The plug-ins are represented by the Facebook logo (a white "f" on a blue tile or a "thumbs up" symbol) or identified by "Facebook social plug-in." When you visit a Webpage that contains this plug-in a connection is made to the Facebook server, and the plugin will be shown on the Webpage by a message to your browser. We want you to know we have no influence on the handling of data which Facebook collects via this plug-in: the information transmitted to Facebook regards the pages you have visited on our Website. If you are a member logged in to Facebook, Facebook will post this information to your account. Using the plug-in function (e.g. by clicking on the "like me" button or leaving a message) will also be posted to your account. Even if a user is not a Facebook member, their IP address may be collected and saved by Facebook. According to Facebook, in Germany only anonymized IP addresses are saved. If a user is a Facebook member and does not want Facebook to collect and save their data gathered from our Website or link the visit to their Facebook account, they must first log out of their Facebook account before visiting our Website. It is also possible to block Facebook plug-ins with a browser add-on like Facebook Blogger. To do this, activate the add-on before using the plug-in.
Specific information regarding data collecting and usage by Facebook, your rights to protecting your privacy are found in Facebook's privacy policy.

+1 Google icon
We use the Google Plus' +1 icon run by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, United States (Google). The icon is shown as +1 on a white or colorful background. When you open a Website containing this icon, a connection is made to a Google server. To use +1, click on the icon. The contents of the +1 icon are transmitted by Google to the browser. We have no influence on the handling of data collected by Google. According to Google, no personal data will be collected if the icon is not clicked on. Only data of members who are logged on will be collected and processed. To learn more about the purpose and extent of Google's data collecting, processing and usage as well as your rights and privacy settings, go to Google's privacy policy regarding the +1 icon:


Inclusion of services and contents by third parties (e.g. youtube, RSS)
It may happen that we will include contents from third parties, for instance, videos from youtube and RSS feeds. This presumes that content providers (henceforth known as "third-party provider") will have knowledge of your IP address in order to delivery their services. We make every attempt to work only with content providers that use IP addresses solely for the delivery of content. Moreover, we want you to know that we have no influence over third-party providers that save IP addresses for statistical purposes.

We keep you informed of offers and deals with our newsletter service. If you wish to subscribe to our newsletter, we will need a valid E-mail address, confirmation that you are the owner of the address and your consent to the reception of newsletters. No additional data will be collected. Your data will only be used for the delivery of newsletters and will not be passed on to third-parties. When you sign up for our newsletter we will save your IP address and the registration information. This information serves solely as documentation of the subscription. You may at any time unsubscribe either using the link in the newsletter or notify us directly your decision to unsubscribe from the newsletter with immediate effect.

Targeted data usage
We uphold the principle of targeted data usage and collect, process and save your personal data only for the purposes outlined above. Sharing your personal data with third parties will not happen without your expressive approval, provided it is not necessary for the delivery of services or execution of the contract. Moreover, disclosure of data to state institutions and authorities will occur only as a result of statutory disclosure obligation or if compelled by a court order.
Within the operations of the firm data protection is also taken with utmost importance. Our staff and service contractors are bound to secrecy and comply with data protection laws and regulations.

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