Privacy Policy

Privacy Statement
This privacy statement informs the users about the type, scope and purpose of personal information collected by the owner of this website ("content").

The German Data Protection Act (BDSG) and the Telemedia Act (TMG) are the legal foundations for this privacy policy.
Access data and server log files
The owner (or his web space provider) collects data in regard to every access to the content (the so-called server log files). The access data include:

Name of the website opened, file, date and time of the access, transmitted data volume, report of successful access, browser type and version, the user's operating systems, referring URL (previously visited page), IP address and the requesting provider.

The owner uses the protocol data only for statistical evaluations for the operation, security and optimisation of the content. The owner reserves the right to review the protocol data at a later time if illegal use is suspected on the basis of concrete indications.
Handling personal data
Personal data are information with which a person can be identified, that is, information that can be traced back to a specific person. This includes the name, e-mail address or telephone number of the person. Personal data are also data about preferences, hobbies, memberships or websites viewed by a person.

Personal data are collected, used and forwarded by the owner only where this is legally permitted or the users have agreed to this data collection.
When making contact with the owner (using the contact form or e-mail, for example), the information provided by the user is saved for processing the inquiry and in the event that further issues arise.
Linking to third-party services and contents
This online presentation may contain contents by third parties such as videos from YouTube, maps provided by Google Maps, RSS feeds or graphic images from other websites.  This always assumes that the providers of these contents ("third-party providers") can identify the users' IP addresses. Without this IP address, they would be unable to send the contents to the browser of the user. The IP address is required for the display of the contents. We strive to use only contents supplied by providers using the IP address only for delivering these contents. However, we are unable to prevent third-party providers from storing the IP address for statistical purposes, for example. If we become aware of this, we will notify the users.

Cookies are small files enabling the storage of device-relevant information on the user's access device (PC, smartphone, etc.). They are used to make websites more user-friendly (by storing log-in data, for example). They are also used to collect statistical data about the website usage and to analyse these data to improve the contents. The users can influence the use of cookies. Most browsers have an option to limit or fully prevent the storage of cookies. However, the usage and convenience of the website will be limited when cookies are disabled.

You can manage many online advertising cookies via the US page or the EU page
This website uses Piwik, an open-source software for the statistical analysis of user access. Piwik uses so-called cookies (text files) which are stored on the users' devices and enable an analysis of the user's actions on the website. The information so generated is stored on the provider's server in Germany. The IP address is anonymised immediately after processing and prior to storing. Users can prevent the installation of cookies by adjusting the settings of their browser software. However, the provider hereby declares that not all functions of the website will be available in this case.
Using Facebook social plug-ins
This website uses social plug-ins of operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA. The plug-ins are identified by Facebook icons (white "f" on blue tile or "thumbs up") or are labelled with the "Facebook social plug-in" flag. The list and appearance of Facebook plug-ins can be viewed here:

When a user accesses a page of this website that contains such a plug-in, his browser establishes a direct connection with the Facebook servers. This content of the plug-in is directly transmitted from Facebook to your browser by which it is integrated in the website. The owner has no influence on the volume of data collected by Facebook with these plug-ins and can inform the user only according to his own knowledge.

With the use of the plug-ins, Facebook obtains the information that a user has accessed the corresponding page of the website. If the user is logged on to Facebook, his visit can be assigned to his Facebook account. When users interact with the plug-ins by, for example, clicking the Like button or commenting, the user's browser transmits this information directly to Facebook where it is stored. Even if a user is not a member of the Facebook community, Facebook may still be able to detect and store his IP address. According to Facebook, only an anonymous IP address is stored in Germany.

Purpose and scope of the data collection and their further use and processing by Facebook and the user's rights and setting options to protect his privacy are found in the privacy statement of Facebook:

If a user is a member of Facebook and does not want that Facebook to collectinformation via this website and links this information with his membership data stored at Facebook, he must log out of Facebook before opening this website.

It is also possibl to block Facebook social plug-ins with add-ons for your browser, by using "Facebook Blocker", for example.
+1 button of Google+
This website uses the  “+1″ button of the Google Plus social network operated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, United States (“Google”). The button shows “+1″ on a white or coloured background.

When a user accesses a page of this website that contains such a plug-in, his browser establishes a direct connection with the Google servers. Google transmits the content of the “+1″-button directly to the browser by which it is integrated into the website. Thus, the owner has no influence on the scope of data collected by Google by using this button. According to Google, personal data are not collected without the button having been clicked. Data, such as the IP address, are only collected and processed for logged-in members.

Purpose and scope of the data collection and their further use and processing by Google and the user's rights and setting options to protect his privacy are found in the privacy statement of Google regarding the "+1" button: and the FAQ:
Retracts, modifications, corrections and updates
The user has the right to request, free of charge, information about the personal information stored. He also has the right to demand that incorrect data be corrected and that personal data are blocked and deleted to the extent as allowed by law.
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