Data Privacy

It is usually possible to use our website without needing to provide any personal information. If any personal information (for example, names, addresses or e-mail addresses) is collected, this is always done, as far as possible, with the consent of the person concerned. This information will not be divulged to any third parties without your express agreement.

We would like to point out that information transmitted over the Internet (for example, when communicating via e-mail) can be vulnerable in terms of security. It is impossible to completely protect data from being accessed by third parties. The use of contact details disclosed by third parties for the transmission of advertising and information material that has not been expressly requested is hereby expressly opposed. The website operators reserve the right to take positive legal action in the event of any unsolicited transmission of publicity, such as via spam e-mails.

Data privacy statement for the use of Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a Web analysis service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, text files that are stored on your computer, enabling website use to be analysed. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is usually transmitted to one of Google’s servers in the USA, where it is stored. However, if IP anonymisation is activated on this website, your Google IP address is abbreviated beforehand within member states of the European Union or in other states who have signed the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases is the full IP address transmitted to one of Google’s servers in the USA, where it is abbreviated. Google will use this information on behalf of this website operator to analyse your use of the website, to compile reports regarding website activities and to provide additional services associated with website and Internet use via the website operator. The IP address transmitted by your browser for the purposes of Google Analytics is not combined with other Google data.

You can set your browser’s software such that cookies are prevented from being stored. However, we would point out that, if you do this, you may not be able to make full use of all of the website’s functionalities. To prohibit Google from capturing data related to your use of the website generated by the cookie (including your IP address) and also from processing this data you can download and install the browser plug-in available at: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.

Data privacy statement for the use of Facebook plug-ins (“Like” button)

Our website incorporates plug-ins for the social network Facebook, 1601 South California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA. You will recognise Facebook plug-ins on our website from the Facebook logo or from the “Like” button. Click on the following link to obtain an overview of Facebook plug-ins: http://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/. When you visit our website, the plug-in makes a direct connection between your browser and the Facebook server. This means that Facebook receives information that you have visited our website with your IP address. If you click on the Facebook “Like” button while you are logged in to Facebook, you can link the contents of our pages to your Facebook profile. Facebook can thus assign your visit to our website to your user account. We would like to point out that, in providing this website, we are not informed of the content of any data transmitted or of its use by Facebook. You can find further information on Facebook’s data privacy statement at http://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/.

If you do not want Facebook to be able to assign your visit to our website to your Facebook user account, please log out of Facebook before visiting our website.

Data privacy statement for the use of Twitter

Our website incorporates Twitter functionality. These functions are made available by Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA. Using Twitter and the “Re-tweet” function links the websites you have visited with your Twitter account and tells other users. Data is thus also transmitted to Twitter.
We would like to point out that, in providing this website, we are not informed of the content of any data transmitted or of its use by Twitter. You can find more information about Twitter’s data privacy statement at https://twitter.com/privacy. You can change your data privacy settings with Twitter in account settings at https://twitter.com/account/settings.