For us, the protection of your personal privacy is important. We treat your personal data confidentially and in accordance with both the data protection legislation and this data protection declaration. By using our website you agree to the collection, processing and use of data in line with the description below.
Our website can, on principle, be visited without prior registration. Data relating to e.g. the pages and sites you call up or to the files you access with date and time are stored on the server for statistical purposes without such data being directly linked to you personally. Personal data, especially your name, address or e-mail address, are, wherever possible, gathered on a voluntary basis. Such data will not be passed onto third parties without your express approval. We would like to point out that the transmission of data on the Internet (e.g. when communicating by e-mail) may have security gaps. 100% protection of the data from access by third parties is not possible.
This website uses so-called “cookies”. They help to make our services user-friendlier, more effective and more personalised. Cookies are small text files that enable specific information related to the user to be saved on the user’s device while he or she uses the website. Their purpose is, for example, to steer the connection during your visit to websites or to save settings.
“Session cookies” are automatically erased at the end of your visit. Other cookies remain on your device until you erase them. These cookies enable us to recognise your browser during your next visit.
You can set your browser so that you are informed when cookies are placed and only allow them in individual cases, refuse to admit cookies in specific cases or generally, or activate automatic erasure of the cookies when the browser is closed. No link is made to personal data. If cookies are deactivated, the functionality of this website may be restricted.
We proceed on the assumption that you agree to the placing of cookies if your browser allows it.
You can prevent the saving of cookies by setting your browser software accordingly. We would nevertheless point out that, in such cases, you may not be able to use all functions of this website to the full. Over and above this, you can prevent capture of the data (incl. your IP address) generated by the cookie and relating to your use of the website to Google and also the processing of such data by Google if you download and install the browser plugin available under the following link:
Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on
Server Log Files
Our web servers automatically collect and save information in so-called server log files, which your browser automatically sends to us. These are:
- Browser type and browser version
- Operating system
- Referrer URL
- Host name of the accessing computer
- Time and date of the server inquiry
These data cannot be assigned to specific persons. There is no aggregation of this data with other data sources.
“Skalierbares Zentrales Messverfahren” (SZM)
Our website uses the scalable central measuring procedure (“Skalierbares Zentrales Messverfahren”, SZM) from the firm INFOnline (https://www.infonline.de) to measure statistical parameters relating to the use of our services. Anonymous measurement values are collected as part of this process. To allow computer systems to be recognised, SZM reach measurement uses alternatively either a cookie with the identifier “ivwbox.de” or a signature compiled from diverse information transmitted automatically by your browser. IP addresses are processed in anonymised form only and are not saved.
The reach measurement was developed taking data privacy into account. The aim of the reach measurement is to statistically measure the usage intensity and number of users of a website. Individual users are not identified at any point. Your identity remains protected at all times. You will not receive any advertising via the system.
For web offers that are members of the “Informationsgemeinschaft zur Feststellung der Verbreitung von Werbeträgern e.V. (IVW – German Audit Bureau of Circulation – www.ivw.eu) or are taking part in the “internet facts” study carried out by the “Arbeitsgemeinschaft Online-Forschung e.V. (AGOF – German Online Research Working Group – www.agof.de), the usage statistics are published monthly by the AGOF and the “Arbeitsgemeinschaft Media-Analyse e.V.” (ag.ma – German Media Analysis Working Group – www.agma-mmc.de) and the IVW, and can be viewed at https://www.agof.de, https://www.agma-mmc.de and https://www.ivw.eu.
As well as publishing the measurements, the IVW regularly inspects the SZM procedure to ensure that its use is compliant with regulations and data protection provisions. Further information on the SZM procedure can be found on the INFOnline GmbH website (https://www.infonline.de), which operates the measuring procedure, on the AGOF data protection website (https://www.agof.de/datenschutz) and on IVW’s data protection website (https://www.ivw.eu). You can opt out of SZM data processing here: https://optout.ivwbox.de.
Collection And Processing Of Personal Data
Personal data such as name, address, telephone number or e-mail address are only stored if you make it available to us e.g. when registering, as part of a survey or competition, to perform a contract, to order information material or a newsletter, or to actively make contact with us in another way, for example by e-mail or with an online form. In other words, it is solely your decision whether and what data you provide us with. In the case of a newsletter, your personal profile consists of data voluntarily provided by you. In addition, we store anonymously your usage behaviour with the aim of improving our services. Evaluations are also only made in anonymised form (user and click behaviour).
With your explicit consent, we will also use the data for the purposes of market and opinion research, marketing or improving our services. Our employees and service providers are responsible for using the data in compliance with the data protection regulations under the German Data Protection Act. We will not sell or market your data to third parties.
If you use our contact form to make an inquiry, the data from this form, including the contact data given by you, are stored here in order to be able to deal with your inquiry and any follow-up questions. We do not pass on this information to anyone else without your approval.
Personal Data For E-Mail Newsletters
If you wish to receive our e-mail newsletter, we need from you an e-mail address and information that will enable us to check that you are the owner of the given e-mail address and that you are in agreement with receiving the newsletter. Providing additional data is purely voluntary. We use all the data exclusively for sending the requested information and do not pass it on to third parties.
You can at any time revoke your consent to use the data for the newsletter, e.g. via the unsubscribe link in the newsletter.
Our Internet sites may contain links to other providers to which our data protection regulations do not apply.
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses so-called “cookies”, which are text files stored on your computer that enable your usage of the website to be analysed. The information generated by the cookie on your usage of this website is normally transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. However, should the IP anonymisation on this website be activated, your IP address will be previously shortened by Google within member states of the European Union or in other contracting states to the agreement on the European economic area. Only in exceptional cases is the full IP address sent to a Google server in the USA and shortened there. For the website operator, Google will use this information to evaluate your usage of the website, to compile reports on the website activities and to provide other services connected with the use of the website and the Internet for the website operator. The IP address transmitted by your browser within the framework of Google Analytics is not merged with other data from Google. You can prevent the saving of cookies by setting your browser software accordingly. We would nevertheless point out that, in such cases, you may not be able to use all functions of this website to the full. Over and above this, you can prevent capture of the data (incl. your IP address) generated by the cookie and relating to your use of the website and also the processing of such data by Google if you download and install the browser plugin available under the following link: Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.
The data sent by us and linked to cookies, user-identifiers (e.g. User-IDs) or advertising-identifiers are automatically deleted after 26 months.
You can prevent the collection of data by Google Analytics by clicking on the following link. An opt-out cookie is then placed, which prevents the future capture of your data when you visit this website: deactivate Google Analytics. More detailed information on the conditions of use and data protection can be found at http://www.google.com/analytics/terms/de.html or at https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/. We wish to point out that, on this website, Google Analytics has been extended by the code “anonymizeIp”, to guarantee anonymised collection of IP addresses (so-called IP masking).
For reasons of security and to protect the transmission of confidential content such as the inquiries you sent to us as the site operator, this site uses an SSL code. You can recognise a coded connection by the fact that the address line of the browser switches from “http://” to “https://”, and by the lock symbol in your browser line. If the SSL code is activated, the data you sent to us cannot be read by third parties.
We make use of technical and organisational security measures according to the current state of the art in order to protect the data you sent to us from accidental or deliberate manipulation, loss, destruction or access by unauthorised persons. Our security measures are constantly being improved in line with technological developments.
Right To Information
On request, we can inform you in writing in accordance with the current law, whether your personal data are stored here, and if so, which. Furthermore, you have the right to correct, block or erase incorrect data.
If you have further questions with regard to the processing of your personal data or your requests for information, please contact our data protection officer:
Tel. +49 (0) 6172 9606-51
Fax +49 (0) 6172 9606-99
Objection To Advertising E-Mail
Any usage of contact data released within the framework of the duty to publish the imprint, through third parties, in order to send advertisements and information material not explicitly requested is prohibited. We reserve the right to take legal steps in case of unsolicited distribution of advertising information like spam mails.
When we introduce new products or services or alter Internet procedures, or if Internet and EDP security technology is further developed and data protection aspects are subsequently affected, this data protection declaration will be updated.
State: February 2018