Data protection

We take the protection of your personal data very seriously. We treat your personal data confidential and according to the legal data protection regulations and this Privacy Policy.


Data protection

Use of our website is usually possible without providing personal information. Personal information (such as name, address or e-mail address) is collected at our sites on a voluntary basis as far as possible. These data will not be disclosed to third parties without your express consent. We point out that data transmission over the Internet (e.g. communication by e-mail) may include security gaps. Comprehensive protection of data against access by third parties is not possible. Third-party use of contact data, published within the framework of the imprint obligation, for sending unsolicited advertisements and information materials is hereby expressly prohibited. The site operators reserve the right to take legal action in case of unsolicited advertising, such as spam e-mails.


Cookies

Our website makes use of so-called cookies in order to recognize repeat use of our website by the same user/internet connection subscriber. Cookies are small text files that your internet browser downloads and stores on your computer. They are used to improve our website and services. In most cases these are so-called "session cookies" that are deleted once you leave our website.

To an extent, however, these cookies also pass along information used to automatically recognize you. Recognition occurs through an IP address saved to the cookies. The information thereby obtained is used to improve our services and to expedite your access to the website.

You can prevent cookies from being installed by adjusting the settings on your browser software accordingly. You should be aware, however, that by doing so you may not be able to make full use of all the functions of our website.


Contacting Us

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.


Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses so-called "cookies", text files that are stored on your computer and facilitate analysis of your use of the website. The information generated by the cookies regarding your use of this website is generally transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. However, if the IP anonymization is activated on this website, your IP address is first abbreviated by Google in the member states of the European Union or in other member states of the EEA (European Economic Area) Agreement. Only in exceptional cases is your full IP address transmitted to a Google server in the USA and abbreviated there. Google will use this information on behalf of the operator of this website, to evaluate your use of this website, to create reports about the website activities, and to provide additional services connected with the website and Internet use to the website operator. The IP address transmitted from your browser by Google Analytics is not combined with the other Google data. You can prevent the cookie storage by a corresponding setting in your browser software; however, we would like to point out that in this case you might not be able to use all functionalities of this website. In addition, you may prevent the transmission of the data created by the cookie related to your use of this website (including your IP address) to Google, and the processing of this data by Google, by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under the following link: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.


Use of Facebook plug-in

Our website uses social plug-ins provided by the social network Facebook, 1601 S. California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA. These plugins are identifiable by a Facebook logo or the “like” button on our site. For a full list of all social plug-ins please see http://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/.

When you visit a page of our website that contains a plug-in, your browser establishes a direct connection to Facebook servers. This provides Facebook with the information that your IP address has visited our website. If you click on “like” while logged into your Facebook account, you may link content from our pages to your Facebook profile. This allows Facebook to link the visit to our pages to your user account. Please note that, as operator of the pages, we do not obtain any knowledge of the content of any data transmitted or its use through Facebook.

For further information please visit Facebook's privacy policy on http://de-de.facebook.com/policy.php.

If you do not wish Facebook to connect your visit to our website with your Facebook user account, please log off Facebook before entering our website.


Use of Twitter recommendation components

Our website employs components provided by Twitter. Twitter is a service of Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA.

Each time our website receives an access request equipped with a Twitter component, the component prompts your browser to download an image of this component from Twitter. Through this process, Twitter is informed precisely which page of our website is being visited. We have no control over the data that Twitter collects in the process, or over the extent of the data that Twitter collects. To the best of our knowledge, Twitter collects the URL of each website accessed as well as the IP address of the user, but does so solely for the purpose of displaying Twitter components. Additional information may be obtained from the Twitter data privacy policy, at: http://twitter.com/privacy.

You may change your data privacy settings in your account settings, at http://twitter.com/account/settings.