Data protection / Data privacy
Access data / server log files
The provider (and his web space provider respectively) collects personal data of each access to the offer (so called server log files). Access data include: The name of the retrieved web page, file, date and time of the retrieval, transmitted data volume, notification of successful retrieval, browser type and version, operating system of the user, referrer URL, IP address and requesting provider. The provider uses the log data only for statistical evaluations for the purpose of operation, security and optimization of the offer. However, the provider reserves the right to check the log data at a later date if there is a reasonable suspicion of unlawful use.
Handling of personal data
Personal data includes information that enables the identification of a person, i.e. information that can be traced back to a person. This includes the name, email address or phone number, but also data about a person’s preferences, hobbies, memberships or which websites were viewed. Personal data will only be collected, used and passed on by the provider, if this is legally permitted or if the users consent to the data collection.
Comments and contributions
If users post comments on the blog or other posts, their IP addresses will be saved accordingly. This is for security reasons, in case any comments and contributions contain illegal contents (insults, prohibited political propaganda, etc.). In this case, the provider may be prosecuted for the comment or contribution and is therefore interested in the author’s identity.
We inform you about our offers as well as updates about us through our newsletter. If you would like to receive the newsletter, we require a valid e-mail address. We further more require information, which allows us to verify that you are the owner of the email address provided or, should you not be the owner, that the owner of the email address agrees to receive the newsletter. Further data is not collected. This data is only used for distributing the newsletter and will not be passed on to third parties.
By registering for the newsletter, we will store your IP address and the date of the registration. This storage serves solely as proof in the event that a third party misuses an email address and registers for a newsletter without the consent of the person entitled to receive the newsletter.
You can revoke your consent to the storage of data, the email address as well as their use for sending the newsletters at any time. The revocation can be confirmed through the link included in our newsletters, by updating your preferences in your profile area or by notifying us directly (see contact details above).
Integration of third-party services and content
Third party contents, such as videos from YouTube, maps from Google Maps, RSS feeds or graphics from other websites may be embedded, which presumes that providers of these contents (hereinafter referred to as “third-party providers”) perceive the IP address of the users. Without the IP address, they would not be able to send the content to the user’s browser. The IP address is therefore required for the transmission and display of these contents. We will make every effort to only use content of providers, who in turn only use the IP address for the delivery of the content. However, it is beyond our control if third-party vendors use the IP address, for example, for statistical purposes. We will forward any potential information and updates to the respective user.
You can manage many of the company’s online ad cookies via the US site http://www.aboutads.info/choices/ or the EU site http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/your-ad-choices.
This offer uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses so-called “cookies”, text files that are stored on users’ computers and allow an analysis of the use of the website. The information generated by the cookie about the use of this website by the users is usually transferred to a Google server in the USA and stored there.
However, should IP anonymization be activated on this website, the IP address will be abridged to Members of the European Union or in other Contracting States of the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases, will the full IP address be transferred to a Google server in the US and abbreviated there. IP anonymization is active on this website. On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate the use of the website by the users to compile reports on the website activities and to provide other services related to the website usage and the internet usage against the website operator.
The IP address provided by your browser as part of Google Analytics will not be merged with other Google data. Users can prevent the storage of cookies by updating their browser settings accordingly; however, this offer notifies users that in this case, you may not be able to fully utilize all functions of this website. In addition, users may prevent Google’s processing of the data (including your IP address) generated by the cookie and the use of the website (including your IP address) as well as the processing of this data by Google by using the browser plug-in available under the following link Download and install: http: //tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?Hl=en.
For more information about Google’s use of your data for promotional purposes, please refer to Google’s web site: https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/partners/ (“Google’s data policy when you use Google Sites or our partners’ apps), http://www.google.com/policies/technologies/ads (“Use for promotional purposes”), http://www.google.com/settings/ads (“Manage information that Googles uses for promotional purposes”) and http://www.google.com/ads/preferences/ (“Determine which advertising Google shows you”). As an alternative to the browser add-on or within browsers on mobile devices, please click here to prevent Google Analytics data collection on this site in the future. An opt-out cookie is stored on your device. If you delete your cookies, you must click on this link again.
Use of Facebook Social Plugins
This offer uses social plugins from the social network facebook.com, operated by Facebook Ireland Ltd., 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbor, Dublin 2, Ireland (“Facebook”). The plugins are recognizable on one of the Facebook logos (white “f” on blue tile, the terms “Like”, “Like” or “thumb up”) or are marked with the addition “Facebook Social Plugin”. The list and the appearance of the Facebook Social Plugins can be viewed here: https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/. When a user browses a web page that contains such a plugin, their browser opens a direct link to the Facebook servers. The content of the plugin is transmitted directly from Facebook to your browser and integrated accordingly into the website. Therefore, the provider has no influence on the extent of the data that Facebook collects with the help of this plugin and therefore informs the user according to its knowledge:
By integrating the plugins, Facebook receives the information that a user has opened the corresponding page of the offer. If the user is logged into Facebook, Facebook can assign the visit to his Facebook account. If users interact with the plugins, for example press the Like button or comment, the corresponding information will be sent directly to Facebook by Facebook and stored there. If a user is not a member, Facebook may find and save the users’s IP address. According to Facebook, only an anonymous IP address is stored in Germany. The purpose and scope of the data collection and the further processing and use of the data by Facebook, as well as the rights and settings for the protection of the privacy of the users, can be found in the privacy statement of Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/.
If a user is a Facebook member and does not want Facebook to collect data about this offer and to link it with the member data stored on Facebook, the user must log out of Facebook before visiting the internet presence. Further settings and inconsistencies to the use of data for advertising purposes are possible within the Facebook profile settings: https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=ads.
This offer uses the buttons of the service Twitter. These buttons are offered by Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA. They are recognizable by terms such as “Twitter” or “episode”, connected to a quiet blue bird. With the help of the buttons, it is possible to share a post or page of this offer at Twitter or follow the provider at Twitter. When a user browses a web page that contains such a button, the user’s browser establishes direct link to Twitter’s servers. The content of the Twitter buttons is transmitted directly from Twitter to the user’s browser. The provider has therefore no influence on the extent of the data that Twitter collects with the help of this plugin and informs the users accordingly. According to this, only the IP address of the user is transmitted with the URL of the respective web page when the button is drawn, but not for purposes other than the representation of the button.
Revocations, changes, corrections and updates
The user has the right, on request, to receive information free of charge about the personal data that has been stored. In addition, the user has the right to correct incorrect data, blockage and deletion of his personal data, in so far as this does not preclude a statutory retention requirement.