We take the protection of your personal details very seriously. Your personal details are treated confidentially and in accordance with statutory data protection regulations as well as this data protection notice. It is normally possible to use our website without giving personal details. If personal details (e.g. name, address or email address) are requested on our pages, this is always, as far as possible, on a voluntary basis. These data will not be passed to third parties without your explicit agreement. We would point out that the transfer of data on the internet (e.g. when communicating by email) can involve security loopholes and for that reason it is not possible to protect such data totally from third-party access.
If you send us enquiries via the contact form, we will save your details from the form including the contact details specified there for the purpose of processing your enquiry and in the event of further questions. We will not pass on these data without your permission.
We use our newsletter to inform you about ourselves and our offerings.
In order for you to receive the newsletter, we need a valid email address from you as well as information which allows us to verify that you are the owner of the email address specified or that the owner agrees to receive the newsletter. No further data are collected. These data are used to dispatch the newsletters and are not passed to third parties.
When you register for the newsletter, your IP address and the date of registration will also be saved. This serves solely as evidence in the event that a third party misuses an email address and registers to receive the newsletter without the knowledge of the rightful owner.
You can at any time revoke your permission for your data and email address to be saved and used to send out the newsletter. You can use a link in the newsletters themselves or in your profile to inform us of your revocation or by sending a message to the above contact options.
Inclusion of third-party services and content
It is possible that third-party content such as videos on YouTube, maps from Google Maps, RSS feeds or graphics from other websites may be embedded within this website. The suppliers of such content (hereafter referred to as “third-party suppliers”) will register the IP addresses of users for this purpose. If they did not know the IP address, they would not be able to send their content to each individual user’s browser. The IP address is therefore required for their content to be displayed. We make an effort only to use content whose suppliers only use the IP addresses to deliver their content. However, we cannot prevent third-party suppliers from saving the IP addresses, e.g. for statistical purposes. If we become aware of this, we inform users accordingly.
This website may contain photos from the stock image supplier, Getty Images. The pictures can be recognized by their frame with the notice “Getty Images”. For these images to be displayed, it is presupposed that Getty Images will register the IP addresses of users to enable it to deliver the images to the users’ browsers. The IP address is therefore required for their content to be displayed. According to our current understanding, the IP addresses are only used for this purpose. However, the supplier cannot prevent Getty Images from saving the IP addresses, e.g. for statistical purposes. If the supplier becomes aware of this, users will be informed accordingly or the images removed.
You can find further information in the data protection notice of Getty Images: http://www.gettyimages.de/Corporate/PrivacyPolicy.aspx
Some of the web pages use so-called cookies. Cookies do not cause any damage to your computer and they do not contain viruses. Cookies serve to make our website more user-friendly, effective and secure. They consist of small text files which are sent to your computer and saved by your browser. Most of the cookies we use are so-called “session cookies”. They are automatically deleted at the end of your visit. Other cookies remain saved on your terminal device until you delete them.
These cookies enable us to recognize your browser on your next visit. You can adjust your browser settings to ensure that you are informed of any cookies placed on your computer, and that you only allow cookies in individual cases, refuse to accept them in certain cases or rule them out altogether, as well as activate the automatic deletion of cookies when you close your browser. If cookies are deactivated, the functionality of this website may be restricted.
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses so-called “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer to help the website analyze how you use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website is usually transmitted to and stored on a Google server in the United States. The IP-address conveyed by your browser as part of Google Analytics will not be collated with any other data by Google. We have also extended Google Analytics on this website to include the “anonymizeIP” code. This guarantees that your IP address will be masked with the result that all data are collected anonymously. Only in exceptional cases will the whole IP address be transferred to a Google server in the USA and truncated there.
You can also prevent the data generated by the cookie relating to your use of the website (incl. your IP address) from being transmitted to Google and processed by Google by downloading and installing the browser plug-in which is available on the following link:
http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de. As an alternative to the browser add-on, particularly for browsers on mobile devices, you can also prevent data from being registered by Google Analytics by clicking on this link. An opt-out cookie is placed on your computer which prevents your data from being registered on future visits to this website. The opt-out cookie only applies to this browser and only for our website, and it is stored on your device. If you delete the cookies in this browser, you will have to set the opt-out cookie again. [Note: you can find information on how to set the opt-out cookie at: https://developers.google.com/analytics/devguides/collection/gajs/?hl=de#disable].
We also use Google Analytics to evaluate data from double-click cookies and also Adwords for statistical purposes. If you do not wish this, you can deactivate it via the Ads Preferences Manager (http://www.google.com/settings/ads/onweb/?hl=de).
Information, deleting, blocking
You have at all times the right to obtain free information on the personal details stored about you, their origin and recipients as well as the purpose for which they are being processed, and also the right to have these data corrected, blocked or deleted. You can approach us at any time on this subject as well as other questions relating to personal details at the address specified in the legal notice.
Objection to advertising mail
The use of contact details published as part of the mandatory legal notice to send advertising and information material which have not been expressly requested, is hereby forbidden. The operators of the websites explicitly reserve the right to take legal action if unsolicited advertising information is sent, e.g. through spam mails.