Our website may be used without entering personal information. Different rules may apply to certain services on our site, however, and are explained separately below. We collect personal information from you (e.g. name, address, email address, telephone number, etc.) in accordance with the provisions of German data protection statutes. Information is considered personal if it can be associated exclusively to a specific natural person. The legal framework for data protection may be found in the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) and the Telemedia Act (TMG). The provisions below serve to provide information as to the manner, extent and purpose for collecting, using and processing personal information by the provider.
[Provider’s name and address] [Provider’s telephone number] [Provider’s email address] Please be aware that data transfer via the internet is subject to security risks and, therefore, complete protection against third-party access to transferred data cannot be ensured.
Should you have any questions or comments about our data protection policy, please feel free to contact us at any time.
You also have the right at any time to get information about whether and which personal data about you has been saved by us. If desired, this information can also be furnished electronically. You have the right to have unauthorised data deleted/blocked and incorrect data corrected. Upon request, we can provide you with further information about this at any time.
All of your personal data that we store will – as soon as it is no longer needed for the purposes for which it was collected – be directly and irrevocably deleted, unless we are required by law to continue to store said data. Where we are required by law to continue to store the data, it will be irrevocably deleted after the expiry of the legally prescribed period of for the preservation of data.
For technical reasons, data such as the following, which your internet browser transmits to us or to our web space provider (so called server log files), is collected:
This anonymous data is stored separately from any personal information you may have provided, thereby making it impossible to connect it to any particular person. The data is used for statistical purposes in order to improve our website and services.
Sometimes, so-called “cookies” might be used on our website. These are small text files that are transferred from our web server to your workstation. Cookies serve to recognise the workstation used during the next visit and to inform the server of when you last visited which pages on our homepage. No personal data is contained in the cookies and the cookies are also not linked to any other personal data that we have stored. Cookies can only identify the workstation used, not the user.
If you still do not wish to accept any cookies, you can find out how to deactivate the cookie function in the help section of your browser. This will not restrict the use of our website.
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On our website we offer you the opportunity to contact us, either by email and/or by using a contact form. In such event, information provided by the user is stored for the purpose of facilitating communications with the user. No data is transferred to third parties. Nor is any of this information matched to any information that may be collected by other components of our website.
Our website offers you the opportunity to subscribe to our newsletter. The newsletter provides you periodically with information about our services. To receive our newsletter, we require a valid email address. We will review the email address you provide for the purpose of determining whether you are in fact the owner of the email address provided or whether the actual owner of said address is authorized to receive the newsletter. When subscribing to our newsletter, we will store your IP address as well as the date and time you subscribed. This serves to protect us in the event a third party improperly and without your knowledge makes use of your email address to subscribe to our newsletter. We will not collect any other data. The data thereby collected is used solely for the purpose of receiving our newsletter. No data is transferred to third parties. Nor is any of this information matched to any information that other components of our website may collect. You may cancel your subscription to the newsletter at any time. You will find additional details in the email confirming your subscription as well as in each newsletter.
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, California, 94043 USA (“Google”). Google Analytics uses so-called “cookies”, text files, which are saved on your computer and which make it possible to analyse how you have used the website. Normally, the information gathered by the cookie about your use of this website will be transferred to and stored on a Google server in the USA. Where the anonymisation of the IP address is activated on this website, Google will first shorten your IP address within one of the Member States of the European Union or the European Economic Area. In exceptional cases, the complete IP address will be transferred to a Google server in the USA and shortened there. Google will use this information on behalf of the operator of this website to evaluate the use of the website in order to produce reports on the website activity and render other services related to the use of the website and the internet. The IP addresses transferred from your browser by way of Google Analytics will not be combined with other data by Google. You can use the settings in your browser software to prevent cookies from being saved; please note, however, that disabling cookies may mean that you cannot use all the functions of this website to the full extent. In addition, you can download and install the browser plug-in available under the following link to prevent both the data gathered by the cookie and the data related to your use of the website (including your IP address) from being transferred to and used by Google: httpss://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.
You can refuse the use of Google Analytics by clicking on the following link. An opt-out cookie will be set on the computer, which prevents the future collection of your data when visiting this website:
Further information concerning the terms and conditions of use and data privacy can be found at https://www.google.com/analytics/terms/gb.html or at httpss://www.google.de/intl/en_uk/policies/. Please note that on this website, Google Analytics code is supplemented by “anonymizeIp” to ensure an anonymized collection of IP addresses (so called IP-masking).
We also use Google Analytics to analyse data from AdWords and the Double-Click Cookie for statistical purposes. Should you not wish for this to occur, deactivate it via the ads settings manager (https://www.google.com/settings/ads/onweb/?hl=en).
On our website we offer you the opportunity to post comments about individual articles. For this purpose, the IP address of the user/internet connection subscriber is stored. This information is stored for our security in the event the author through his/her comments infringes against third party rights and/or unlawful content is entered. Consequently, we have a direct interest in the author’s stored data, particularly since we may be potentially liable for such violations. No data is transferred to third parties. Nor is any of this information matched to any information that may be collected by other components of our website.