Privacy Policy

Data protection

The operators of these pages take the protection of your personal data very seriously. We treat your personal data confidentially and in accordance with statutory data protection regulations and this Privacy Policy.

The use of our website is generally possible without providing personal data. If personal data (for example name, address, or email addresses) is collected on our web pages, this always takes place to the extent possible on a voluntary basis. This data is not shared with third parties without your express consent.

Please note that the transfer of data on the internet (for example via email communication) may have security gaps. Gap-free protection of the data from access by third parties is not possible.

Cookies

Our web pages may use “cookies”. Cookies do not harm your computer and do not contain viruses. Cookies help make our website more user-friendly, effective, and secure. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer and saved by your browser.

Most of the cookies we use are so-called "session cookies". They are automatically deleted at the end of your visit. Other cookies remain stored on your device until you delete them. These cookies enable us to recognize your browser the next time you visit our website.

You can set your browser so that you are notified about the creation of cookies and to only allow cookies in individual cases, to prevent the acceptance of cookies either generally or in certain cases, and enable the automatic deletion of the cookies upon closing the browser. When cookies are deactivated, the functionality of this website may be limited.

Server log files

The provider of the web pages automatically collects and stores information in the server log files that your browser transfers to us automatically. These are:

  • Browser type and version
  • Operating system used
  • Referring URL
  • Hostname of the accessing computer
  • Time of the server request

This data cannot be assigned to specific persons. A combination of this data with other data sources is not performed. We reserve the right to review this data at a later time if we become aware of any concrete indications of unlawful use.

Content-Delivery-Network from Cloudflare

We use a “Content Delivery Network (CDN)” offered by Cloudflare Inc., 101 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA. Cloudflare is certified under the Privacy Shield Agreement, providing a guarantee to comply with European privacy legislation (https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt0000000GnZKAA0&status=Active).

A CDN is a service that helps deliver content from our online service, especially large media files, such as graphics or scripts, more quickly, using regionally distributed and Internet-connected servers. User data is processed solely for the aforementioned purposes and to maintain the security and functionality of the CDN.

For more information, see the Cloudflare Privacy Policy: https://www.cloudflare.com/privacypolicy/

Google Tag Manager

This website uses functions of the web analytics service Google Tag Manager. The provider is Google Inc, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

Google Tag Manager is a solution that allows us to manage “website tags” through a single interface (including integrating Google Analytics and other Google marketing services into our online service). The tag manager itself (which implements the tags) does not process personal user data. With regard to the processing of personal user data, please refer to the following information about Google's services. Use policy: https://www.google.com/intl/de/tagmanager/use-policy.

Google Analytics

This website uses functions of the web analytics service Google Analytics. The provider is Google Inc, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

Google Analytics uses "cookies". These are text files that are stored on your computer and which enable an analysis of your use of the website. The data generated by the cookie regarding your use of this website is generally transferred to a Google server located in the USA and stored there.

IP anonymization
We have enabled the IP anonymization function on this website. This causes your IP address to be shortened by Google within Member States of the European Union or in other countries party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area before being transferred to the USA. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transmitted to a Google server in the USA and shortened there. On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on website activity, and to provide the website operator with other services relating to website and internet use. The IP address transmitted by your browser as part of Google Analytics will not be merged with other Google data.

Browser plugin
You may refuse the storage of cookies via a corresponding setting in your browser software; however, please note that if you do this, you may not be able to use all functions of this website to their full extent. You can also prevent Google from collecting the data generated by the cookie and related to your use (including your IP address) as well as 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

Objection to data collection

You can object to the collection of your data by Google Analytics by clicking on the following link. An opt-out cookie will be set that prevents the collection of your data on future visits to this website: Disable Google Analytics

You may find more information on the handling of user data by Google Analytics in the privacy policy of Google: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=de

Contracted data processing
We have concluded a contract with Google for data processing and fully implement the strict requirements of the German data protection authorities with our use of Google Analytics.

Google Analytics demographics data

This website uses the "Demographics" function of Google Analytics. This allows reports to be generated that contain data on the age, gender, and interests of website visitors.

This data is derived from interest-driven advertisement by Google as well as visitor data from third party providers. This data cannot be assigned to a specific person. You can disable this function at any time via the display settings in your Google account, or generally refuse the collection of your data by Google Analytics as described in the section "Objection to data collection".

Google AdWords and Conversion Measurement

We use the services of Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (“Google”) on the basis of our legitimate interests (i.e., interest in the analysis, optimization and economic operation of our online service within the meaning of Art. 6 para. 1 letter f GDPR).

Google is certified under the Privacy Shield Agreement, providing a guarantee to comply with European privacy legislation (https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt000000001L5AAI&status=Active).

We use Google's online AdWords marketing tool to place ads on the Google advertising network (e.g., in search results, in videos, on websites, etc.) so that they are displayed to users who have an assumed interest in the ads. This allows us to more specifically display ads for and within our online service so that we only present ads to users that potentially match their interests. For example, if a user sees ads for products he's been looking for on other online services, that's called “remarketing.” For these purposes, upon access to our and other websites where the Google advertising network is active, Google will immediately execute a Google code and “(re)marketing tags” (invisible graphics or code, also known as “web beacons”) will be incorporated into the website. With their help, an individual cookie, i.e., a small file (comparable technologies can also be used instead of cookies) is stored on the user’s device. This file (the “cookie”) notes which websites the user has visited, in what content he is interested, and on what offers he has clicked, as well as technical information about the browser and operating system, referring websites, time of visit and other information on the use of the online service.

In addition, we receive an individual “conversion cookie.” The information obtained through this cookie is used by Google to generate conversion statistics for us. However, we only learn the anonymous total number of users who clicked on our ad and were redirected to a conversion tracking tag page. We do not receive any information that personally identifies users.

User data is processed pseudonymously within the Google advertising network. For example, Google does not store and process users’ names or e-mail addresses, but processes the relevant data in a cookie-related manner within pseudonymous user profiles. In other words, from Google’s perspective the ads are not managed and displayed to a specifically identified person, but to the cookie owner, regardless of who the cookie owner is. This does not apply if a user has expressly allowed Google to process the data without this pseudonymization. The information collected about the user is transmitted to Google and stored on Google's servers in the United States.

For more information about Google's data usage, settings and objection options, please refer to Google's Privacy Policy (https://policies.google.com/technologies/ads) ) and the settings for the display of advertisements by Google (https://adssettings.google.com/authenticated).

Google Maps

We include maps from the Google Maps service provided by Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. The processed data may include, in particular, users’ IP addresses and location data, but these are not collected without their consent (usually as part of the settings of their mobile devices). The data can be processed in the USA. Privacy Policy: https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/, Opt-Out: https://adssettings.google.com/authenticated.

Twitter

Functions by the service Twitter are embedded in our web pages. These functions are offered by Twitter Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. By using Twitter and the "retweet" function, the websites visited by you are linked with your Twitter account and shared with other users. In this process, data is transferred to Twitter. Please note that we as the providers of the web pages have no knowledge of the contents of the data transferred or how it is used by Twitter. You can find more information on this in the privacy policy of Twitter at https://twitter.com/privacy.

You can change your Twitter data privacy settings in the account settings at: https://twitter.com/account/settings.

Google+

Our web pages use functions of Google+. The provider is Google Inc, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

Collection and sharing of information: Using the Google+ interface, you can publish information worldwide. Via the Google+ interface, you and other users receive personalized content from Google and our partners. Google stores both the information that you have given a +1 for some particular content as well as information about the page that you were viewing when you clicked +1. Your +1 can appear along with your profile name and photo in Google services, such as search results or your Google profile, or elsewhere on websites and ads.

Google records information about your +1 activity to improve Google services for you and others. To use the Google+ button, you need a public Google profile that is visible worldwide and that must contain at least the name chosen for your profile. This name is used in all Google services. In some cases this name can also replace another name that you have used when sharing content via your Google account. The identity of your Google profile may be displayed to users who know your email address or who have other identifying information about you.

Use of collected information: In addition to the uses described above, the information you provide will be used in accordance with the applicable Google privacy policy. Google may publish aggregated statistics about users' +1 activity or share them with users and partners, such as publishers, advertisers, or related websites.

YouTube

We embed videos of the YouTube platform operated by Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Privacy Policy: https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/, Opt-Out: https://adssettings.google.com/authenticated.

Social Bookmarks

“Social bookmarks” (e.g., from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Xing) are integrated on our website. Social bookmarks are Internet bookmarks that allow users of such a service to collect links and news items. They are only included on our website as a link to the corresponding services. After clicking on the integrated graphic, you will be redirected to the respective provider’s website, i.e., only then will user information be transmitted to the respective provider. For information on the handling of your personal data when using these websites, please refer to the privacy policies of the respective providers.

LinkedIn

This website uses functions of the web analytics service LinkedIn. The provider is LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Every time you visit one of our pages that contains LinkedIn functions, a connection to LinkedIn's servers is established. LinkedIn is informed that you have visited our website with your IP address. If you click on LinkedIn’s "recommend” button and are logged into your LinkedIn account, LinkedIn is able to associate your visit to our website with you and your user account. Please note that we as the providers of the web pages have no knowledge of the contents of the data transferred or how it is used by LinkedIn.

You can find more information on this in the privacy policy of LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy

Xing

This website uses functions of the network XING. The provider is XING AG, Dammtorstraße 29-32, 20354 Hamburg, Germany. Every time you visit one of our pages that contains XING functions, a connection to XING’s servers is established. To our knowledge, personal data will not be stored. In particular, no IP addresses are stored and no usage behavior is evaluated.

Further information on data protection and the XING Share button can be found in the privacy policy of XING at: https://www.xing.com/app/share?op=data_protection

SSL Encryption

This site uses SSL encryption for security reasons and to protect the transmission of confidential content, such as requests you send to us as a site operator. You can recognize an encrypted connection by the fact that the address bar of the browser changes from "http://" to "https://" and by the lock symbol in your browser bar.

If SSL encryption is activated, the data that you transfer to us cannot be read by third parties.

Right to information, deletion, blocking

You have the right to free information about your stored personal data, its origin and recipients and the purpose of data processing as well as a right to correction, blocking or deletion of this data at any time. For this and other questions on the subject of personal data, you can contact us at any time at the address given in the legal notice if you have any further questions on the subject of personal data.

Objection to advertising emails

We hereby object to the use of the contact data published as part of the imprint obligation for the sending of advertising and informational materials that were not expressly requested. The operators of these pages expressly reserve the right to take legal action in the event of unsolicited advertising information, such as spam emails.

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