Unless stated otherwise below, the provision of your personal data is neither required by law nor by contract, nor is it necessary for the conclusion of a contract. You are not obliged to provide the data. Failure to provide them shall have no consequences. This shall only apply in so far as no other indication is made in the subsequent processing procedures.
“Personal data” means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person.

 

Server log files

You may visit our websites without providing any personal data.
Every time you access our website, usage data are transmitted to us or our web host/IT service provider by your Internet browser and stored in server log files. These stored data include, for example, the name of the site called up, date and time of the retrieval, the IP address, the amount of data transferred and the provider making the inquiry. The processing is carried out on the basis of Art. 6 Par. 1 lit. f GDPR due to our overriding legitimate interest in ensuring a trouble-free operation of our website as well as improving our range of services.
Contact

Responsible person

Contact us at any time. The contact details of the person responsible for data processing can be found in our legal notice.

Establishment of contact on the customer’s initiative by e-mail

If you make business contact with us on your initiative by e-mail, we shall only collect your personal data (name, e-mail address, message text) to the extent provided by you. The purpose of the data processing is to handle and answer your contact request.
If the contact serves to implement pre-contractual measures (e.g. consultation in case of purchase interest, preparation of an offer) or concerns a contract already concluded between you and us, this data processing is carried out on the basis of Art. 6 Par. 1 lit. b GDPR.
If the contact is made for other reasons, this data processing is carried out on the basis of Art. 6 Par. 1 lit. f GDPR due to our overriding legitimate interest in handling and answering your request. In this case, you shall have the right to object to this processing of personal data concerning you carried out on the basis of Art. 6 Par. 1 lit. f GDPR at any time for reasons arising out of your particular situation.
We shall only use your e-mail address to handle your request. Your data will subsequently be deleted in compliance with statutory retention periods, unless you have agreed to further processing and use.

Collection and processing when using the contact form

When you use the contact form, we shall only collect your personal data (name, e-mail address, message text) to the extent provided by you. The data processing serves the purpose of making contact.

If the contact serves to implement pre-contractual measures (e.g. consultation in case of purchase interest, preparation of an offer) or concerns a contract already concluded between you and us, this data processing is carried out on the basis of Art. 6 Par. 1 lit. b GDPR.
If the contact is made for other reasons, this data processing is carried out on the basis of Art. 6 Par. 1 lit. f GDPR due to our overriding legitimate interest in handling and answering your request. In this case, you shall have the right to object to this processing of personal data concerning you carried out on the basis of Art. 6 Par. 1 lit. f GDPR at any time for reasons arising out of your particular situation.
We shall only use your e-mail address to handle your request. Your data will subsequently be deleted in compliance with statutory retention periods, unless you have agreed to further processing and use.

Evaluations

Data collection when writing a comment

When you comment on an article or a contribution, we shall only collect your personal data (name, e-mail address, comment text) to the extent provided by you. The processing serves the purpose of allowing comments and to display comments. By posting the comment, you agree to the processing of the data transmitted. The processing is carried out on the basis of Art. 6 Par. 1 lit. a GDPR with your consent. You may revoke your consent at any time by notifying us, without affecting the legality of the processing carried out with your consent until revoked. Your personal data will subsequently be deleted.

On publication of your comment, the name and e-mail address you have entered will be published.

On submission of your comment, your IP address will also be stored in order to prevent any misuse of the comment function and to ensure the security of our information technology systems. By posting the comment, you agree to the processing of the data transmitted. The processing is carried out on the basis of Art. 6 Par. 1 lit. a GDPR with your consent. You may revoke your consent at any time by notifying us, without affecting the legality of the processing carried out with your consent until revoked. Your IP address will subsequently be deleted.

Cookies

Our website uses cookies. Cookies are small text files which are stored in the user’s Internet browser or by the Internet browser on a user’s computer system. When a user calls up a website, a cookie may be stored on the user’s operating system. This cookie contains a characteristic string of characters which allows the browser to be clearly identified when the website is called up again.

Cookies are stored on your computer. Therefore, you have full control over the use of cookies. By selecting appropriate technical settings in your Internet browser, you may be notified before cookies are set and decide individually whether to accept them as well as prevent the storage of cookies and transmission of the data they contain. Cookies already stored may be deleted at any time. However, we point out that you may then not be able to make use of all the functions of this website to their full extent.

Under the links below, you can find out how to manage cookies (or disable them, among other things) in the most important browsers: Chrome: https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/61416?hl=en (https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/61416?hl=en)
Internet Explorer: https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/17442/windows-internet-explorer-delete-manage-cookies (https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/17442/windows-internet-explorer-delete-manage-cookies)
Mozilla Firefox: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enable-and-disable-cookies-website-preferences (https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enable-and-disable-cookies-website-preferences)
Safari: https://support.apple.com/en-gb/guide/safari/sfri11471/mac (https://support.apple.com/en-gb/guide/safari/manage-cookies-and-website-data-sfri11471/mac)
Edge: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-edge/delete-cookies-in-microsoft-edge-63947406-40ac-c3b8-57b9-2a946a29ae09 (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-edge/delete-cookies-in-microsoft-edge-63947406-40ac-c3b8-57b9-2a946a29ae09)

Technically necessary cookies

Unless stated otherwise in the data privacy statement below, we only use these technically necessary cookies to make our range of services more user-friendly, effective and secure. Cookies also allow our systems to recognise your browser even after a page change and offer you services. Some functions of our website cannot be offered without the use of cookies. For these, it is required that the browser is recognized again even after a page change.

The use of cookies or comparable technologies is based on § 15 Par. 3 p.1 TMG (German Tele-Media Act). The processing of your personal data is carried out on the basis of Art. 6 Par. 1 lit. f GDPR due to our overriding legitimate interest in ensuring the optimal functionality of the website as well as a user-friendly and effective design of our range of services.
You shall have the right to object to this processing of personal data concerning you at any time for reasons arising out of your particular situation.

Use of Borlabs Cookie

On our website, we use the consent management tool Borlabs Cookie of the provider Borlabs – Benjamin A. Bornschein (Georg-Wilhelm-Str. 17, 21107 Hamburg, Germany; “Borlabs”).
The tool enables you to give consent to data processing via the website, in particular to the setting of cookies, and to make use of your right of revocation for consent already given.
The data processing serves the purpose of obtaining and documenting necessary consent to data processing, thereby complying with statutory obligations.
Cookies may be used for this purpose. The following information may be collected among other things: date and time of calling up the site, information about the browser and device you are using, UID (randomly assigned anonymous ID), opt-in and opt-out data. These data will not be passed on to third parties.
The data processing is carried out on the basis of Art. 6 Par. 1 lit. c GDPR to comply with a legal obligation.
More detailed information on data privacy at Borlabs can be found under:
https://de.borlabs.io/borlabs-cookie/ (https://de.borlabs.io/borlabs-cookie/)

Analysis

Use of Google Analytics

On our website, we use the web analysis service Google Analytics of Google LLC. (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA; “Google”). If you are ordinarily resident in the European Economic Area or Switzerland, Google Ireland Limited (Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland) is the controller responsible for your data. Google Ireland Limited is therefore the company affiliated with Google responsible for processing your data and complying with the applicable data privacy laws.

The processing of data serves the purpose of analysing this website and its visitors as well as for marketing and advertising purposes. To this end, Google will use the information obtained on behalf of the operator of this website to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on website activity and to provide other services to the website operator relating to website and Internet use. In this process, the following information may be collected among other things: IP address, date and time of calling up the site, click path, information on the browser and device you are using, pages visited, referrer URL (website from which you accessed our website), location data, purchasing activities. The IP address transmitted from your browser within the scope of Google Analytics will not be linked with any other Google data.

Google Analytics uses technologies such as cookies, web storage in the browser, and tracking pixels which allow an analysis of your use of the website. The information thereby generated regarding your use of this website is usually transferred to a Google server in the USA and stored there. There is no adequacy decision of the EU Commission for the USA. Among other things, data transmission is carried out on the basis of standard contractual clauses as appropriate guarantees for the protection of personal data, available under: https://policies.google.com/privacy/frameworks (https://policies.google.com/privacy/frameworks.) Both Google and US government authorities have access to your data. Google may link your data with other data, such as your search history, your personal accounts, your usage data from other devices and any other information Google may have about you.
IP anonymisation is enabled on this website. Thus, your IP address is shortened by Google beforehand within member states of the European Union or in other states party to the agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transferred to a Google server in the USA and shortened there.

The use of cookies or comparable technologies is based on § 15 Par. 3 p. 1 TMG (German Tele-Media Act). The processing of your personal data is carried out on the basis of Art. 6 Par. 1 lit. f GDPR due to our overriding legitimate interest in the customised and target-oriented design of the website. You shall have the right to object to this processing of personal data concerning you at any time for reasons arising out of your particular situation.

You may prevent the collection of the data generated by Google Analytics and related to your use of the website (including your IP address) to Google as well as the processing of these data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de (https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de)
To prevent the data collection and storage by Google Analytics for your whole range of devices, you may set an opt-out cookie. Opt-out cookies prevent the future collection of your data when you visit this website. You need to implement the opt-out on all systems and devices used to get the full effect. If you delete the opt-out cookie, requests will be transmitted to Google again. If you click here, the opt-out cookie will be set: Disable Google Analytics (javascript:gaOptout()).
You can find more detailed information on the terms and conditions of use and data privacy under
https://www.google.com/analytics/terms/de.html (https://www.google.com/analytics/terms/de.html) and/or under https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/ (https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/) and under https://policies.google.com/technologies/cookies?hl=de (https://policies.google.com/technologies/cookies?hl=de).

Plug-ins and miscellaneous

Use of Google reCAPTCHA

On our website, we use the reCAPTCHA service of Google LLC (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA; “Google”).
If you are ordinarily resident in the European Economic Area or Switzerland, Google Ireland Limited (Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland) is the controller responsible for your data. Google Ireland Limited is therefore the company affiliated with Google responsible for processing your data and complying with the applicable data privacy laws.
The inquiry serves to distinguish between input by a human being or by automated machine processing. For this purpose, your input will be transmitted to Google and used further there. In addition, the IP address and, if any, other data required by Google for the reCAPTCHA service will be transferred to Google. These data will be processed by Google within the European Union and also transmitted to the USA if appropriate. There is no adequacy decision of the EU Commission for the USA. Among other things, data transmission is carried out on the basis of standard contractual clauses as appropriate guarantees for the protection of personal data, available under:
https://policies.google.com/privacy/frameworks (https://policies.google.com/privacy/frameworks).

The use of cookies or comparable technologies is based on § 15 Par. 3 p. 1 TMG (German Tele-Media Act). The processing of your personal data is carried out on the basis of Art. 6 Par. 1 lit. f GDPR due to our overriding legitimate interest in protecting our website from automated spying, misuse and SPAM. You shall have the right to object to this processing of personal data concerning you based on Art. 6 Par. 1 lit. f GDPR at any time for reasons arising out of your particular situation.

You can find more detailed information on Google reCAPTCHA and the associated data privacy statement under:
https://www.google.com/recaptcha/intro/android.html (https://www.google.com/recaptcha/intro/android.html) and https://www.google.com/privacy (https://www.google.com/privacy).

Use of YouTube

On our website, we use the function for embedding YouTube videos of Google Ireland Limited (Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland; “YouTube”). YouTube is a company affiliated with Google LLC (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA; “Google”).
This function shows videos stored on YouTube in an iFrame on the website. The option “extended data privacy mode” is enabled here. This prevents YouTube from storing information on visitors to the website. Only if you watch a video, information is transmitted to YouTube and stored there. Your data may be transmitted to the USA if appropriate. There is no adequacy decision of the EU Commission for the USA. Among other things, data transmission is carried out on the basis of standard contractual clauses as appropriate guarantees for the protection of personal data, available under: https://policies.google.com/privacy/frameworks (https://policies.google.com/privacy/frameworks.)
The use of cookies or comparable technologies is based on § 15 Par. 3 p. 1 TMG (German Tele-Media Act) in conjunction with Art. 6 Par. 1 lit. a GDPR with your consent. The processing of your personal data is carried out with your consent on the basis of Art. 6 Par. 1 lit. a GDPR. You may revoke your consent at any time without affecting the legality of the processing carried out with your consent until revoked.
More detailed information on collection and use of data by YouTube and Google, on your associated rights and options for protecting your privacy can be found in YouTube’s privacy policy under
https://www.youtube.com/t/privacy (https://www.youtube.com/t/privacy)).

Use of Google Fonts

On our website, we use Google Fonts of Google Ireland Limited (Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland; “Google”).
The data processing serves the purpose of a standardised presentation of fonts on our website. In order to load the fonts, a connection to Google servers is established when the site is called up. In this connection, cookies may be used. Among other things, your IP address as well as information about the browser you are using will be processed and transmitted to Google. These data are not linked to your Google account. Your data may be transmitted to the USA if appropriate. There is no adequacy decision of the EU Commission for the USA. Among other things, data transmission is carried out on the basis of standard contractual clauses as appropriate guarantees for the protection of personal data, available under:
https://policies.google.com/privacy/frameworks (https://policies.google.com/privacy/frameworks).

The use of cookies or comparable technologies is based on § 15 Par. 3 p. 1 TMG (German Tele-Media Act). The processing of your personal data is carried out on the basis of Art. 6 Par. 1 lit. f GDPR due to our overriding legitimate interest in a user-friendly and aesthetic design of our website. You shall have the right to object to this processing of personal data concerning you based on Art. 6 Par. 1 lit. f GDPR at any time by notifying us for reasons arising out of your particular situation.

You can find more detailed information on data processing and data privacy under
https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/ (https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/) and under https://developers.google.com/fonts/faq (https://developers.google.com/fonts/faq).

Data subject rights and storage period

Storage period

The data shall be stored in consideration of statutory retention periods and then deleted after expiry of the period, unless you have agreed to further processing and use.

Rights of the data subject

If the legal requirements are fulfilled, you shall have the following rights as per Art. 15 to 20 GDPR: the right to information, correction, deletion, restriction of processing, data portability.
In accordance with Art. 21 Par. 1 GDPR, you shall also have a right to object to processing based on Art. 6 Par. 1 f GDPR as well as to processing for the purpose of direct marketing.

Right to complain to the supervisory authority

You shall have the right to complain to the supervisory authority as per Art. 77 GDPR if you believe that your personal data are not being processed in a lawful manner.

Right to object

If the processing of personal data as set forth herein is based on our legitimate interest in accordance with Art. 6 Par. 1 lit. f GDPR, you shall have the right to object to such processing at any time with effect for the future for reasons arising out of your particular situation.
Upon objection, the processing of the data concerned shall be terminated, unless we can furnish compelling reasons for the processing warranting protection and predominating over your interests, rights and freedoms, or the processing serves to assert, exercise or defend legal claims.
(Last update: 20.08.2021)