privacy statement

1. Data protection overview

General

The following gives a simple overview of what happens to your personal data when you visit our website. Personal data is any data by which you could be identified personally. Detailed information on the subject of data protection can be found in our privacy policy set out below.

Data collection on our website

Who is responsible for data collection on this website?

The data collected on this website are processed by the website provider. The provider’s contact details can be found in the website’s legal notice.

How do we collect your data?

Some data are collected when you provide it to us. This could, for example, be data you enter on a contact form.

Other data are collected automatically by our IT systems when you visit the website. These data are primarily technical data such as the browser and operating system you are using or when you accessed the page. These data are collected automatically as soon as you enter our website.

What do we use your data for?

Part of the data is collected to ensure that the website functions properly. Other data can be used to analyse how visitors use the site.

What rights do you have regarding your data?

You always have the right to request information about your stored data, its origin, its recipients, and the purpose for its collection, at no charge. You also have the right to request that it be rectified, blocked or erased. You can contact us at any time using the address given in the legal notice if you have further questions about the issue of privacy and data protection. You may also, of course, file a complaint with the competent supervisory authorities.

Analytics and third-party tools

BA statistical analysis of your surfing behaviour may take place when you visit our website. This happens primarily using cookies and analytics. Analysis of your surfing behaviour is usually anonymous, i.e. we will not be able to identify you from this data. You can object to this analysis or prevent it by not using certain tools. Detailed information can be found in the following privacy statement.

You can object to this analysis. We will inform you below about how to exercise your options in this regard.

General information and mandatory information

Data protection

The providers of this website take protection of your personal data very seriously. We treat your personal data as confidential and in accordance with the statutory data protection regulations and this privacy statement.

Various pieces of personal data will be collected if you use this website. Personal data is any data by which you could be identified personally. This privacy statement explains what data we collect and what we use it for. It also explains how and for what purpose this happens.

Please note that data transmitted via the Internet (e.g. via email) may be subject to security breaches. Complete protection of your data from third-party access is not possible.

Withdrawal of your consent to processing of your data

Many data processing operations are possible only with your express consent. You may withdraw your consent at any time with future effect. An informal email making this request is sufficient. The data processed before we receive your request can still be processed legally.

Right to lodge complaints with competent supervisory authorities

If there has been a breach of data protection legislation, the person affected may file a complaint with the competent supervisory authorities. The competent supervisory authority for matters related to data protection legislation is the data protection officer of the German state in which our company is headquartered. A list of data protection officers and their contact details can be found under the following link:
https://www.bfdi.bund.de/DE/Infothek/Anschriften_Links/anschriften_links-node.html.

Right to data portability

You have the right to have data which we process automatically based on your consent, or in fulfilment of a contract, delivered to you or to a third party in a commonly used, machine-readable format. If you require the direct transfer of data to another controller, this will only be done to the extent technically feasible.

SSL or TLS encryption

This site uses SSL or TLS encryption for security reasons and to protect transmission of confidential content, such as orders or enquiries you send to us as the site provider. You can recognise an encrypted connection in your browser’s address line when it changes from “http://” to “https://” and the lock icon is displayed in your browser’s address bar.

If SSL or TLS encryption is activated, the data you transfer to us cannot be read by third parties.

Information, blocking, erasure

As permitted by law, you have the right to be provided with information, at any time, free of charge, about any of your personal data that is stored, as well as its origin, the recipient and the purpose for which it has been processed. You also have the right to have this data rectified, blocked, or erased. You can contact us at any time using the address given in our legal notice if you have further questions on the topic of personal data.

3. Data collection on our website

Cookies

Some of our web pages use cookies. Cookies do not harm your computer and do not contain any viruses. Cookies help 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 what are known as “session cookies”. They are automatically deleted after your visit. Other cookies remain in your device’s memory until you delete them. These cookies make it possible to recognise your browser when you next visit the site.

You can configure your browser to inform you about the use of cookies, so that you can decide on a case-by-case basis whether to accept or reject a cookie. Alternatively, your browser can be configured to automatically accept cookies under certain conditions, or to always reject them, or to automatically delete cookies when closing your browser. Disabling cookies may limit this website’s functionality.

Cookies which are necessary to allow electronic communications or to provide certain functions you wish to use (such as the shopping cart) are stored pursuant to Art. 6 (1) f. of the GDPR. The website provider has a legitimate interest in the storage of cookies to ensure an optimised service provided free of technical errors. If other cookies (such as those used to analyse your surfing behaviour) are also stored, they will be treated separately in this privacy statement.

Server log files

The website provider automatically collects and stores information that your browser automatically transmits to us in “server log files”. These are:

  • browser type and browser version
  • operating system used
  • referrer URL
  • host name of the accessing computer
  • time of the server request
  • IP address

These data will not be combined with data from other sources.

The basis for data processing is Art. 6 (1) f. GDPR, which allows the processing of data to fulfil a contract or for measures preliminary to a contract.

4. Analytics and advertising

Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service. It is provided by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

Google Analytics uses “cookies”. These are text files that are stored on your computer and that allow an analysis of your use of the website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is usually transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there.

Google Analytics cookies are stored based on Art. 6 (1) f. GDPR. The website provider has a legitimate interest in analysing user behaviour to optimise both its website and its advertising.

IP anonymisation

We have activated the IP anonymisation feature on this website. Your IP address will be shortened by Google within the European Union or other states party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area prior to transmission to the United States. Only in exceptional cases is the full IP address sent to a Google server in the US and shortened there. Google will use this information on behalf of this website’s provider to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on website activity, and to provide other services regarding website activity and Internet usage for the website provider. The IP address transmitted by your browser as part of Google Analytics will not be merged with any other data held by Google.

Browser plugin

You can prevent these cookies being stored by selecting the appropriate settings in your browser. However, we wish to point out that doing so may mean you will not be able to enjoy the full functionality of this website. You can also prevent the data generated by cookies about your use of the website (including your IP address) from being passed to Google, and processing of these data by Google, by downloading and installing the browser plugin available under the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.

Objecting to the collection of data

You can prevent Google Analytics from collecting your data by clicking on the following link. An opt-out cookie will be installed to prevent your data from being collected on future visits to this site: Forbid Google Analytics to track me.

For more information about how Google Analytics handles user data, see Google’s privacy policy: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=en.

Processing

We have concluded a data processing contract with Google and fully implement the German data protection authorities’ strict requirements for the use of Google Analytics.

5. Plugins and tools

Vimeo

Our website uses plugins provided by the Vimeo video portal. This service is provided by Vimeo Inc., 555 West 18th Street, New York, New York 10011, USA.

A connection to Vimeo’s servers is established if you visit one of our pages featuring a Vimeo plugin. The Vimeo server is notified which of our pages you have visited. In addition, Vimeo will obtain your IP address. This also applies if you are not logged in to Vimeo when you visit our website, or do not have a Vimeo account. The information collected by Vimeo is transmitted to a Vimeo server in the USA, where it is stored.

If you are logged in to your Vimeo account, you are letting Vimeo associate your browsing behaviour directly with your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your Vimeo account.

For more information on how user data is handled, please refer to Vimeo’s privacy policy at https://vimeo.com/privacy.

Google web fonts

This page uses web fonts provided by Google for uniform representation of fonts. When you open a page, your browser loads the required web fonts into your browser cache to display text and fonts correctly.

To do this, the browser you use must connect with Google’s servers. Google thus becomes aware that our web page was accessed via your IP address. Google web fonts are used in the interests of a uniform and attractive presentation of our website. This constitutes a legitimate interest pursuant to Art. 6 (1) f. GDPR.

Your computer uses a standard font if your browser does not support web fonts.

Further information about Google web fonts can be found at https://developers.google.com/fonts/faq and in Google’s privacy policy at https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/.