We must point out, however, that data transmission over the internet – for instance, in email communication – may have security gaps, and we cannot therefore guarantee complete protection against third-party access.
We hereby expressly prohibit any sending of unsolicited advertising or information by third parties where such action is based on the contact details we have published under our obligation to include a legal notice on this website. We also expressly reserve the right to take legal action against any unsolicited promotional material that is sent, for instance, in the form of spam emails.
Parts of our website use so-called cookies. Cookies do not harm your computer, nor do they contain viruses. The purpose of cookies is to make our website more user-friendly, efficient 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 session cookies which are deleted as soon as your session has finished. Other cookies remain on your device until you delete them. Those cookies allow us to recognise your browser next time you visit the website.
Data stored by site operator
For security purposes the operator of this website automatically stores information about site visits. Such data are deleted again after a period of seven days.
The following data are collected and stored for this purpose:
- IP address of computer accessing our site
- Browser type and version
- URL accessed for the purpose of the site visit
- Date and time of site visit
If you send us a question via the contact form, we will collect and store any data you provided on the request form and also your contact details. This is so that we can answer your enquiry and any subsequent questions you may have. These data will not be passed on to third parties without your consent.
To allow the use of certain services on our website, such as a newsletter subscription, we require your prior registration/sign-up, and we need to process your data further, e.g. by placing your email address into long-term storage. Such data will only be used after you have sent them to us and expressly consented to their use. We should be grateful if you could give your consent where this is requested.
To subscribe to our newsletter, you will need to provide at least the email address where you want to receive the newsletter. All further details are voluntary and will only be used with your consent, for instance, so that we can address you in person.
When you subscribe to the newsletter, we use a double opt-in procedure. We will not start sending you the newsletter until you have completed a sign-up form and until you have subsequently confirmed your subscription in response to an email from us or via the link contained within such an email. The purpose of this procedure is to protect ourselves against unauthorised third-party sign-up. Sign-up and confirmation are logged. You will need to send us your confirmation immediately upon receiving our email, as your sign-up and email address will otherwise be deleted from our database.
You can revoke consent to the storage of your data and email address as well as their use for the newsletter subscription at any time, e.g. through the "Unsubscribe" link in the newsletter.
This website uses functions provided by the web analysis service Google Analytics from Google Inc. 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.
Google Analytics uses so-called cookies. These are text files that are saved to your computer and which permit an analysis of site use. The information that is created by cookies about your use of our website is usually sent to a Google server in the United States, where it is then stored.
However, if you have activated IP anonymisation for this website, your IP address will not be sent without first being truncated by Google within the Member States of the European Union or other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. The full IP address will only be sent to a Google server in the USA and truncated there in exceptional cases. Acting at the website operator’s request, Google uses this information to analyse your use of the website, to set up reports on website activities for us as site operators and to provide us with other services connected with website and internet use. The IP address which Google Analytics sends via your browser will not be linked by Google with any other data Google may have.
You have the option of preventing the storage of cookies through suitable settings in your browser software; please note, however, that this may prevent you from using all the functions of this website to their full potential. You may wish to prevent Google from collecting data generated by cookies and relating to your use of the website (incl. your IP address). To opt out of such data being collected and processed by Google, you can download and install a browser plug-in from the following link (https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en).
Objecting to the collection of data
To prevent data collection by Google Analytics, click on the link below. This sets an opt-out cookie which prevents the future collection of your data when visiting this website: Disable Google Analytics
Our website includes plug-ins for the social network Facebook (Facebook Inc., 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, California 94025, USA). A Facebook plug-in can be recognised by the Facebook logo or the Facebook “Like” button on our site. For a list of Facebook plug-ins, see: http://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/.
When you visit our site, the plug-in creates a direct link between your browser and the Facebook server. This enables Facebook to receive information that you have visited our site from your IP address. If you click the Facebook “Like” button while you are logged into your Facebook account, you can link the content of our pages to your Facebook profile. This allows Facebook to associate your visit to our site with your user account. Please note that, as the operator of this site, we have no knowledge of the content of data transmitted to Facebook or how Facebook uses such data. For further details, please refer to Facebook’s Data Use Policy, available at https://www.facebook.com/full_data_use_policy
If you do not want Facebook to associate your visit to our site with your Facebook account, make sure you log out of your Facebook account first.
To modify your data protection preferences with Twitter, you can change your Twitter account settings at https://twitter.com/account/settings.
Our website uses YouTube plug-ins, operated by Google. The operator of such pages is YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. When you visit one of our pages equipped with a YouTube plug-in, a connection is established with the relevant YouTube servers. The YouTube server is notified which of our pages you have visited.
If you are logged into your YouTube account, you allow YouTube to associate your surfing patterns directly with your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account.
Further details about the use of user data can be found in the YouTube Privacy Guidelines at
To enable you to comment posts on our website, we have integrated a comment function, provided by Disqus, Inc.
Whenever you use the comment function on this site, the date and time of the comment and your email address are stored along with your comment. Your username is also stored, unless you are posting anonymously.
Storage of the IP address
Our comment function stores the IP addresses of users who post comments. As we do not check comments on our site before they go live, we need those data, so that we can take action against a user in the event of legal violations such as slanderous content or propaganda.
Subscribing to the comment feed
As a user of this site, you can subscribe to our comment feed. You will be sent a confirmation email to check that you are the owner of the specified email address. You can unsubscribe from this function at any time by clicking the link in the info emails.
If you use the comment function, your personal data will be sent to Disqus, Inc. Further details on the use of the Disqus comment function and an overview of Disqus usage and data privacy terms can be found here: https://blog.disqus.com/update-on-privacy-and-gdpr-compliance
This site uses SSL encryption for security reasons and to protect the transmission of confidential content you send to us, for instance, any queries or enquiries you send to us as site operators. You can recognise an encrypted connection in your browser’s address line when it changes from "http://" to "https://" and the lock icon appears in your browser line.
If SSL encryption is activated, the data which you transfer to us cannot be read by third parties.
Right to information, erasure and blocking
You are entitled to receive information about your stored personal data at no cost and at any time, including its origin and recipient and the reasons for collection. You are also entitled to have this data corrected, blocked, or erased. If you have any further questions about personal data, please feel free to contact us at the address provided in the Legal Notice.