Data privacy statement 

We begin by thanking you for your interest in our website. The protection of your personal data is of utmost importance to us. We should hereby like to inform you about our company’s data privacy protection policy. It goes without saying that we adhere to all laws and provisions laid out in the German Federal Data Protection (BDSG) and Telemedia (TMG) Acts. You can trust us with your personal data. Prior to being transferred to us, your data is encrypted by a digital security system. Our websites are equipped with technologies that protect against damage, destruction and unauthorised access.

What is protected?

Your personal data is protected. "Personal data" denotes any information concerning the personal or material circumstances of an identified or identifiable individual (the data subject) in accordance with the Federal Data Protection Act (§ 3 Abs. 1). These include name, address, email address or telephone number, and also user data the likes of your IP address.

Scope of data collection and storage

As a general rule, your personal details are not required to use our internet site. However, in order to be able to deliver some of our services, we may require personal data. Such cases include sending information material or goods you have ordered in addition to answering an individual question. When you instruct us to deliver a service, as a matter of principle, we only request and save the details required to perform the service in question. This may require the disclosure of your personal data to a third party company that delivers the service or is involved in the processing the contract. Such companies can include transport companies and other service providers. Upon settlement of the contract, your personal data is blocked. Data deletion takes place upon expiration of the preservation periods prescribed by taxation and commercial law. Should a person subscribe to receive our newsletter via email, we use your email address for our own advertising purposes until such time as the subscription to our newsletter is revoked.

Data collection resulting from employment of Google Analytics

Our website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service of the Google Inc. Google Analytics uses so-called Cookies. Cookies are text files that are stored on your computer and that allow an analysis of your use of the website. We may collect information about your operating system, your browser, your IP address, the website you had previously visited and the date and time of your visit at our website. This statistical data that is retrieved via the text files is sent to a Google server in the US where it is stored. Google uses this information to analyse our users’ activities on our website to create reports about browsing actions and patterns on their website and allow them to improve it and the way in which they provide services. Google provides this data to third parties in accordance with legal limitations or to the extent to which third parties are employed to process this data. This analysis is undertaken anonymously or pseudo-anonymously. For more information, please consult http://www.google.com/intl/privacypolicy.html. Google uses the DoubleClick cookie. Users can deactivate these cookies by accessing the data protection policies of Google’s advertising network and content advertising network at http://www.aboutads.info. However, no direct personal data of the user is stored, only internet protocol addresses. This information serves only to automatically recognise a user upon their return to our site and facilitate their navigation around our site. Cookies allow us for example to make adjustments to our website that reflect your interests or to save your password, to avoid your having to enter it each time you visit. Of course, you can also visit our website without the cookies enabled. Should you not wish us to recognise your computer, you can prevent cookies from being saved on your hard drive by choosing to block cookies in your browser settings. Please consult your browser’s instruction manual. Blocking cookies may limit your access to some of our website’s functionalities.

Use of social plug-ins

Our website uses social network plug-ins. The plug-ins are identified by logos or “social plug-in” designation. Our website features Facebook plug-ins (Facebook Inc., 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, California, 94025, USA). You will recognise the Facebook plug-ins that feature the Facebook logo or the “Like” button. Please consult http://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/ for an overview of our Facebook plug-ins. If you call up one of our internet website pages which has a plugin of this kind, your browser sets up a direct link to the server of the respective provider. The content of the plugins is transmitted directly from the social network to your browser and is then embedded into the web page. By integrating the plugin, the network’s operator receives the information that your browser has accessed the page via our website. Should you be logged on to the respective network, the network is able to assign your visit to your network account. Should you interact with the plug-in, using the “like” button on Facebook or delivering a commentary for example, this information will be transferred from your browser directly to Facebook and stored on its server. For information on the purpose and extent of data capture of these networks and the further processing and use of data as well your rights in this regard and turn-off options for the protection of your personal privacy, please refer to the respective network operator’s data protection information. Please note that as the operator of our website, we have no access to the content and further use of the data transmitted to Facebook. For more information on Facebook’s data protection policy, please consult http://de-de.facebook.com/policy.php. Should you not wish the social network operator to collect data concerning your visit of our website, you should log out of the respective social network prior to visiting our website.

Collection and storage of usage data

In order to optimise our website, we collect and store data including date and time of a visit to our website, the site from which you accessed our site, and the like, unless you object to this data collection and storage. This takes place anonymously, without identifying the user of the site. Usage profiles may otherwise be created by means of a pseudonym. Here too, no connection is made between the pseudonym of natural persons with the collection and storage of usage data, for which we also use cookies. These are small text files that are stored on your computer and that are used for the storage of statistical information such as the operating system, the browser, IP address, the previously accessed website and the time. This data is collected solely for statistical purposes that allow us to optimise our website and render our internet offering more attractive. The collection and storage takes place anonymously or under a pseudo name and does not allow any conclusions to be drawn about you as a natural person. 

Appropriate use of data

We adhere to the principle of the appropriate use of data and we collect, process and store your personal data solely for the purposes for which you communicated them to us. Your personal data is not transmitted to third parties without your express approval, provided that this is not necessary for rendering of the service or execution of the contract. Transmission to government institutions and authorities entitled to receive information also only takes place within the scope of the statutory obligations to furnish information, or should we be under an obligation to furnish information by virtue of a court order. We take data privacy very seriously within our company. Our employees and those of the service companies employed to carry out services on our behalf are obliged to maintain discretion and to comply with applicable Data Protection legislation.

Right to information and right to withdraw information

You can make inquiries concerning all personal data stored with us at any time, free of charge and without giving reasons. You may at any time request access to the data that has been collected by us and have it blocked, corrected or deleted. You may also block the collection and storage of data which takes place anonymously or under a pseudo name with the purpose of optimising our website. You may also at any time and without giving any reason revoke the consent you have given us to collect and use the data. Please consult our legal notice for the relevant contact address. Should you have any questions as to our data protection practices and the use of your personal data, please contact us. Please note that the data protection provisions and handling of data protection at third parties such as Google, can change at any time. It is therefore advisable and necessary to keep up-to-date with all changes in legislation and the practices of companies such as Google.