We have drawn up this data protection declaration (version 10.06.2019-311109417) in order to explain to you, in accordance with the provisions of the basic data protection regulation (EU) 2016/679, what information we collect, how we use data and what decision-making options you have as a visitor to this website.
Unfortunately, it is in the nature of things that these explanations sound very technical, but we have tried to describe the most important things as simply and clearly as possible.
One more small thing upfront. To make these explanations more pleasant for you we have translated them as well as possible.
Please note that legally we are only bound to the statements we made in the German version where the content should not be different. But in case of a mismatch only the German version (leading version) is legally relevant.
AUTOMATIC DATA STORAGE
Nowadays, when you visit websites, certain information is automatically created and stored, as is the case on this website.
When you visit our website as you are doing right now, our web server (the computer on which this website is stored) automatically stores data such as:
- the address (URL) of the web page accessed
- Browser and browser version
- the operating system used
- the address (URL) of the previously visited page (referrer URL)
- the host name and IP address of the device from which access is made
- date and time
Usually web server log files are stored for two weeks and then automatically deleted. We do not pass on this data, but cannot exclude the possibility that this data may be viewed in the event of illegal behaviour.
According to Article 6 paragraph 1 f DSGVO (Legality of processing), the legal basis is that there is a legitimate interest in enabling the error-free operation of this website by recording web server log files.
Our website uses HTTP cookies to store user-specific data.
What exactly are cookies?
Whenever you surf the Internet, you use a browser. Common browsers include Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Edge. Most websites store small text files in your browser. These files are called cookies.
Cookies store certain user data about you, such as language or personal page settings. When you visit our site again, your browser transmits the “user-related” information back to our site. Thanks to the cookies, our website knows who you are and offers you your usual standard settings. In some browsers, each cookie has its own file, in others, such as Firefox, all cookies are stored in a single file.
There are both first-party cookies and third-party cookies. First-party cookies are created directly by our site, third-party cookies are created by partner sites (e.g. Google Analytics). Each cookie is evaluated individually, as each cookie stores different data. The expiration time of a cookie also varies from a few minutes to a few years. Cookies are not software programs and do not contain viruses, trojans or other “malware”. Cookies also cannot access information on your PC.
For example, cookie data may look like this:
- Name: _ga
- Expiry period: 2 years
- Usage: Differentiation of website visitors
- Example value: GA1.2.1326744211.152311109417
A browser should support the following minimum sizes:
- A cookie should be able to contain at least 4096 bytes
- At least 50 cookies should be able to be stored per domain
- A total of at least 3000 cookies should be able to be stored
What types of cookies are there?
You can distinguish between 4 types of cookies:
These cookies are necessary to ensure basic functions of the website. For example, these cookies are needed when a user places a product in the shopping cart, then continues surfing on other pages and only proceeds to checkout later. These cookies do not delete the shopping cart, even if the user closes his browser window.
These cookies collect information about user behavior and whether the user receives any error messages. In addition, these cookies also measure the loading time and the behaviour of the website with different browsers.
These cookies ensure a better user-friendliness. For example, entered locations, font sizes or form data are stored.
These cookies are also called targeting cookies. They are used to deliver customized advertising to the user. This can be very practical, but also very annoying.
Usually the first time you visit a website, you are asked which of these types of cookies you would like to allow. And of course this decision is also stored in a cookie.
How can I delete cookies?
If you want to find out which cookies are stored in your browser, if you want to change or delete cookie settings, you can find this in your browser settings:
- Chrome: Delete, activate and manage cookies in Chrome
- Safari: Manage cookies and website data with Safari
- Firefox: Delete cookies to remove data that websites have placed on your computer
- Internet Explorer: Delete and manage cookies
- Microsoft Edge: Delete and manage cookies
If you do not wish to receive cookies, you can set up your browser so that it always informs you when a cookie is to be set. This way you can decide for each individual cookie whether you want to allow it or not. The procedure varies from browser to browser. The best thing to do is to search the instructions in Google with the search term “Delete Chrome cookies” or “Disable Chrome cookies” in the case of a Chrome browser, or replace the word “Chrome” with the name of your browser, e.g. Edge, Firefox, Safari.
What about my privacy?
Since 2009 there are the so-called “Cookie Guidelines”. This states that the storage of cookies requires the consent of the website visitor (i.e. you). However, within the EU countries there are still very different reactions to these guidelines. In Germany, the Cookie Guidelines have not been implemented as national law. Instead, the implementation of this directive was largely carried out in § 15 para.3 of the Telemedia Act (TMG).
If you want to know more about cookies and are not afraid of technical documentation, we recommend https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc6265, the Request for Comments of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) called “HTTP State Management Mechanism”.
STORAGE OF PERSONAL DATA
Personal information that you submit to us electronically on this website, such as your name, email address, postal address or other personal information when submitting a form or comments on the blog, together with the time and IP address, will only be used by us for the purpose stated in each case, will be kept securely stored and will not be disclosed to third parties.
Thus, we will only use your personal data for communication with those visitors who expressly request contact and for processing the services and products offered on this website. We will not pass on your personal data without your consent, but we cannot exclude the possibility that this data may be viewed in the event of unlawful behaviour.
If you send us personal data by e-mail – thus off this website – we cannot guarantee secure transmission and protection of your data. We recommend that you never send confidential data by e-mail without encryption.
According to article 6 paragraph 1 a DSGVO (legality of processing), the legal basis is that you give us your consent to process the data you have entered. You can revoke this consent at any time – an informal e-mail is sufficient; you will find our contact details in the imprint.
RIGHTS ACCORDING TO DATA PROTECTION BASIC REGULATION
In accordance with the provisions of the DSGVO, you are basically entitled to the following rights:
- Right of rectification (Article 16 DSGVO)
- Delition Right (“right to be forgotten”) (Article 17 DPA)
- Right to restrict processing (Article 18 DSGVO)
- Right of notification – obligation to notify in connection with the rectification or erasure of personal data or the restriction of processing (Article 19 DPA)
- Data transferability right (Article 20 DSGVO)
- Right of objection (Article 21 DSGVO)
- Right not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing, including profiling (Article 22 DPA)
If you believe that the processing of your data violates data protection law or your data protection rights have otherwise been violated in any way, you can contact the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (BfDI).
TLS ENCRYPTION WITH HTTPS
We use https to transmit data tap-proof on the Internet (data protection through technology design article 25 paragraph 1 DSGVO). By using TLS (Transport Layer Security), an encryption protocol for secure data transmission on the Internet, we can ensure the protection of confidential data. You can recognize the use of this data transmission security by the small lock symbol in the upper left corner of the browser and the use of the https scheme (instead of http) as part of our Internet address.
We use Google Analytics from Google LLC (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA) on this website to statistically evaluate visitor data. Google Analytics uses target-oriented cookies for this purpose.
Cookies from Google Analytics
Expiry period: 2 years
Usage: Differentiation of website visitors
Example value: GA1.2.1326744211.152311109417
Expiration time: 24 hours
Usage: Differentiation of website visitors
Example value: GA1.2.1687193234.152311109417
elapsed time: 1 minute
use: Used to throttle the request rate. If Google Analytics is provided via the Google Tag Manager, this cookie is named _dc_gtm_ .
Example value: 1
Our concern in terms of the DSGVO is the improvement of our offer and our web presence. Since the privacy of our users is important to us, the user data is pseudonymised. Data processing is carried out on the basis of the legal provisions of Art 6 EU-DSGVO paragraph 1 lit a (consent) and/or f (legitimate interest) of the DSGVO.
Deactivation of data collection by Google Analytics
You can prevent the collection of data generated by the cookie and related to your use of the website to Google and the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plugin available at the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de
We integrate elements of social media services on our website to display pictures, videos and text.
When you visit pages that display these elements, data is transferred from your browser to the respective social media service and stored there. We have no access to this data.
The following links will take you to the pages of the respective social media services where it is explained how they handle your data:
Facebook data policy: https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy
On this site we use services of the video service YouTube, from the company YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA.
By calling up pages on our website that have integrated YouTube videos, data is transmitted to YouTube, stored and evaluated.
If you have a YouTube account and are logged in, this data is associated with your personal account and the data stored in it.
You can find out which data is collected by Google and what this data is used for at https://www.google.com/intl/de/policies/privacy/.
We use features of the social media network LinkedIn of LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA, on our website.
By calling up pages that use such functions, data (IP address, browser data, date and time, cookies) are transmitted to LinkedIn, stored and evaluated.
If you have a LinkedIn account and are logged in, this data is associated with your personal account and the data stored in it.
XING DATA PROTECTION DECLARATION
On our website we use functions of the social media network XING of the company XING SE, Dammtorstraße 30, 20354 Hamburg, Germany.
When you access pages that use such functions, data (IP address, browser data, date and time, cookies) is transmitted to XING, stored and evaluated.
If you have a XING account and are logged in, this data is assigned to your personal account and the data stored in it.