DATA PRIVACY 

 

We are pleased that you are interested in our homepage and our company. For your use of the website or for the provision of our services, we collect different types of data, some of which will be provided by you as the user, and some of which will be required for your use of the website or will arise as a result of your use of the website. In this respect, personal data is defined as any details concerning the personal or material circumstances of an identified or identifiable individual, e.g. your name, address, telephone number, date of birth and banking details, as well as your IP address. Your personal data shall be passed on, sold or otherwise transmitted to third parties only if this is necessary for the purpose of implementing the contract, or if you have given your express consent. This information shall not be used in any other way. 

 

THE FOLLOWING DATA PRIVACY GUIDELINES SHALL APPLY TO USE OF OUR WEBSITE: 

 

1.

We shall protect your personal data by taking all possible worthwhile and necessary technical and organizational measures to ensure that your personal data is not accessible to unauthorized third parties. As we are unable to guarantee complete data security in the case of communication by email, we advise you to use encryption for confidential information or to send confidential information by post. 

 

2.

If you send us email messages or other notifications, in particular comments, or enter these directly into our website, we shall store such notifications for dealing with your enquiry, answering your questions and improving our website, products and services. If a comment is published, the email address given by you shall be stored, but not published. The name given by you for publication shall be published, but we recommend that a pseudonym be used. 

 

3. 

If you provide feedback, we may use and disclose this feedback for any purpose whatsoever, as long as we do not add your personal data, unless you have separately authorized us to add your personal data in the individual case concerned. The collection of data contained in such feedback, as well as the handling of all personal data contained therein shall be subject to compliance with the above data privacy principles. 

 

4. 

You shall have the right to enquire at any time, free of charge, about your personal data collected. The user shall have the right to at any time revoke his/her consent to use of his/her personal data with effect for the future. To request information or revoke your consent, please contact the data protection officer (click here to leave a massage), who shall then promptly provide information. 

 

5. 

The website may contain licensed third-party content and/or hyperlinks to entire websites of third parties or to individual websites of third parties. The provider shall be responsible only for its own content on these web pages in accordance with general laws, but shall accept no responsibility for the third-party content or for the content of the websites linked to in such manner, and shall not adopt as its own these websites or their content. Websites linked to were checked for possible violations of the law at the time when the link was placed; no violations of the law were evident at that time. The provider shall not be obliged to monitor third-party information transmitted or stored or to check whether unlawful acts, hyperlinks or content exist. This is because it would be unreasonable to expect us to continually monitor the content of the websites linked to without there being any specific indication of a violation of the law. Therefore, use of third-party content shall take place at the user's own risk. If violations of the law come to our knowledge by way of notifications or otherwise, or if we are obliged under general laws to remove information or block the use of information, we shall immediately remove this content and/or these links. 

 

6. DATA THAT YOU, AS THE USER, MAKE AVAILABLE TO US: 

a) Insofar as the website or any action via our website requires logging in directly via us or via a log-in provider (e.g. with Facebook log-in), the basic log-in data shall be determined, transmitted, processed and stored from the respective log-in. In each case, the essential data shall be determined by means of the log-in forms of the respective log-in, and shall be collected, stored and used only for use of the website and its services. Within the framework of such log-in, we shall also be entitled to inform you of changes to, additions to or new versions of the website and of information made available via the website, e.g. lotteries. b) Insofar as you log in for use of a newsletter, you can do so by giving your email address without any further details. The user shall be free to provide, of his/her own accord, further information when logging in for the newsletter. The person logging in expressly consents to the sending of the newsletter to the email address then given. We shall use this data exclusively for sending newsletter emails informing registered customers of current new developments. These customers may at any time have themselves deleted from the distribution list by clicking on the field "Unsubscribe from the newsletter" on our Internet platform. This data shall then be deleted. c) The data created by users via a log-in or via newsletter registration within the framework of use of the website shall be stored on servers operated in our name. However, the server operator shall be subject to the same data privacy standards as we are.

 

7. DATA COLLECTED DIRECTLY IN THE COURSE OF USE OF THE WEBSITE: 

a) When you visit our website, and when you use the services offered via the website, the server shall send one or more cookies (small data files containing a character sequence) to your computer or other data processing unit, allowing your browser to be unambiguously identified. We shall use cookies to improve the quality of our website, including for storing usage preferences and tracking user trends. You can set your browser to notify you when a cookie is sent. This enables a cookie to be either accepted or rejected. The data collected and analyzed shall be used to improve our services and our website, personally design the web experience and make it easier to log in, if log-in cookies are permanently placed. In this respect, we shall use the services of third-party providers to assess the efficiency of our website and services and determine how visitors use our website and/or services, and possibly to enable a personalized user experience. For this, the website shall possibly use web beacons (tracking pixels) and cookies that the third-party providers make available for this purpose. The information that the provider collects shall include the websites visited, navigation patterns and similar data. This data will enable us to find out what product information is most interesting for the users, and what offers the users most like to look at. Furthermore, we do not rule out that we shall send anonymized usage data for the purpose of market research. Although third parties may, on our behalf, possibly log the data originating from our website, we shall have control over how this data can be used or must not be used. The cookie itself shall indeed not contain any personal data, but if you provide personal data when visiting the website and do not delete the cookie from your browser after having provided this data, the provider shall collect the non-personal data stored in the cookie (e.g. the number of visits to the provider) and store and process this data anonymously. 

b) When you visit the provider's website, the server shall automatically store the data that your browser sends. These server logs shall contain data such as your web enquiry, your IP address, your browser type, your browser language, the date and the time of your enquiry, as well as one or more cookies allowing your browser to be unambiguously identified. In this respect, the IP address shall be stored in shortened form in accordance with data privacy requirements. 

 

8. DATA COLLECTED BY SERVICES IN THE COURSE OF USE OF THE WEBSITE: 

a) This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses so-called "cookies", text files that are stored on your computer and enable your use of the website to be analyzed. Normally, the information generated by such cookie concerning your use of this website will be transmitted to a Google server in the USA and be stored there. We have activated IP anonymization. On this website, your IP address shall therefore be shortened beforehand by Google in Member States of the European Union or any other contracting states to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases shall your full IP address be transmitted to a Google server in the USA and be shortened there. Google shall, on behalf of the operator of this website, use this information in order to evaluate your use of the website, put together reports on website activities and provide the website operator with other services relating to website and Internet usage. The IP address transmitted by your browser under Google Analytics shall not be combined with other Google data. You can prevent the storage of cookies by setting your browser software accordingly. Please note however that you may then possibly be unable to fully use all features of this website. By downloading and installing the browser plug-in available at the following link, you can, furthermore, prevent data (including your IP address) generated by such cookie, relating to your use of the website, from being collected and transmitted to Google and being processed by Google: tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout;

b) This website uses Google Adsense, a web advertisement service of Google Inc., USA ("Google"). Google Adsense uses so-called "cookies" (text files) that are stored on your computer and enable your use of the website to be analyzed. Google Adsense uses so-called "web beacons" (small invisible graphics) to collect information. The use of web beacons enables simple actions such as visitor traffic on the website to be recorded and collected. The information on your use of this website (including your IP address) that is generated by such cookie and/or web beacon shall be transmitted to a Google server in the USA and be stored there. Google shall use this information to evaluate your use of the website in respect of advertisements, put together reports on website activities and advertisements for the website operators and provide other services relating to website and Internet usage. Google may also possibly transmit this information to third parties, insofar as this is prescribed by law or insofar as third parties process this data on behalf of Google. In no event shall Google combine your IP address with other data from Google. You can avoid the storage of cookies on your hard drive and the display of web beacons by choosing the "Do not accept cookies" option in your browser's settings (in MS Internet Explorer under "Tools > Internet Options> Privacy > Settings", in Firefox under "Tools > Options > Privacy > Cookies"); we point out to you however that you may then not be able to fully use all features of this website. By using this website, you agree to your collected data being processed by Google in the manner described above and for the purpose stated above. 

c) This website uses the remarketing or "Similar Target Groups" feature of Google Inc. 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, United States ("Google"). This enables you to be specifically targeted with advertising in such a manner that personalized advertisements relating to your interests are placed when you visit other websites in the so-called "Google Display Network". For this, "Google Remarketing" or the "Similar Target Groups" feature uses so-called "cookies", text files that are stored on your computer and enable your use of the website to be analyzed. Your visits as well as anonymized data concerning your use of the website shall be collected via these text files. No personal data shall be stored in this respect. If you visit another website in the so-called "Google Display Network", ad impressions most probably taking into account product and information areas that you have accessed beforehand on our website shall possibly be displayed to you.
You can prevent the "Google Remarketing" or "Similar Target Groups" feature by setting your browser software in such a way that it prevents the storage of cookies. However, we point out to you that you may then possibly be unable to fully use all features of this website. By downloading and installing the browser plug-in available at the following link, you can, furthermore, prevent data generated by such cookie, relating to your use of the website, from being collected and transmitted to Google and being processed by Google: www.google.com/settings/ads/plugin. Additionally, you may deactivate the use of cookies by third-party providers by going to the deactivation page of the Network Advertising Initiative at www.networkadvertising.org/choices/ and following the opt-out instructions provided there. Google's data privacy statement relating to remarketing, as well as further information can be found at: www.google.com/privacy/ads/. 

 

9. DATA COLLECTED VIA SHARE BUTTONS IN THE COURSE OF USE OF THE WEBSITE: 

a) This website uses plug-ins from the provider Facebook.com, made available by the company Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA. It is hereby pointed out to users of our website on which the Facebook plug-in ("Like" button) is installed that the plug-in establishes a connection to Facebook, triggering a transmission to your browser. Therefore, we use on our website a mechanism that establishes a connection to Facebook only after a first click on the Facebook button ("two-click solution").
When the Facebook button is clicked for a second time, usage data containing your website visits to our homepage shall then be passed on to the Facebook servers. For logged-in Facebook users, this shall have the consequence that the usage data shall be allocated to your personal Facebook account. 
As soon as you, as a logged-in Facebook user, actively use the Facebook plug-in (e.g. by clicking on the "Like" button or using the comment feature), this data shall be transferred to your Facebook account and published. You can bypass this only by logging out of your Facebook account beforehand. For further information on the use of data by Facebook, please refer to the provisions of the law on data privacy on Facebook at de-de.facebook.com/policy.php. 

b) This platform uses buttons (recognizable by the Twitter logo) to make it easier to use Twitter. This service is offered by Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA. With the aid of these buttons, it is possible to share a contribution or page of this platform on Twitter or follow the provider on Twitter. If you, as a user, go to a page of this website containing such button, your browser shall establish a direct connection to Twitter's servers. The content of the Twitter buttons shall be transmitted by Twitter directly to the user's browser. Therefore, the provider shall have no influence over the scope of the data that Twitter collects with the aid of this plug-in, and shall inform the user commensurate its level of knowledge. According to Twitter, only the user's IP address and the URL of the respective website shall be transmitted when the button is embedded, but this data shall not be used for purposes other than for displaying the button. Further information on this can be found in Twitter's data privacy statement at twitter.com/privacy. 

c) The "Instagram button" is used on this website. When you go to this website, a connection shall be established to servers of the provider of Instagram, LLC, 1601 Willow Rd. Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA. The respective current data privacy information concerning the "Instagram button" and supplementary information can be found on this website at: help.instagram.com/155833707900388/ 

d) The "YouTube button" is used on this website. When you go to this website, a connection shall be established to servers of the provider of YouTube, Google Inc., Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. The respective current data privacy information concerning the "YouTube button" and supplementary information can be found on this website at: www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy/