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Privacy Policy

1. General information

The following statements inform you about how, when and to what extent your personal data is used. Unless stated otherwise below, the provision of your personal data is neither legally nor contractually obligatory, nor required for the conclusion of a contract. You are not obliged to provide your data. Not providing it will have no consequences. This only applies as long as the processing procedures below do not state otherwise.

“Personal data” is any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person.

2. Data collection on this website

You can use this website without submitting personal data.

2.1. Server log files

Every time you visit the website, your internet browser automatically transfers information to the server hosting this website. This information is temporarily stored in a so-called log file.

The following information is recorded without your intervention and stored until it is automatically deleted:

  • IP address of the requesting computer,
  • Date and time of access,
  • Name and URL of the retrieved file,
  • Website from which access was made (referrer URL),
  • The browser used and, if applicable, the operating system of your device as well as the name of your service provider.

The mentioned information will be processed by us for the following purposes:

  • Ensuring a comfortable and error-free use of the website,
  • Blocking illegal access attempts to the website,
  • Evaluation of system security and stability as well as
  • for other administrative purposes.

In accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. f GDPR (“General Data Protection Regulation”) our legitimate interest follows the purposes listed above. Under no circumstances do we use the data collected for the purpose of drawing conclusions about you personally.

2.2. Cookies

2.2.1. First-Party Cookies

The website uses cookies to save your data protection and data submission settings. The necessary cookies for your data protection are:

a) Your agreement to accept the privacy policy at hand if you continue to visit the website

b) Your opt-out decision for individual analysis services as described in section 2.3. of this privacy policy.

c) Your agreement to allow third-party services to collect your data, e.g. before playing a YouTube video or loading a Google Maps component.

2.2.2. Third-Party Cookies

Each time you visit a URL of the website, your visit is analyzed by a third-party analytics service using a set of cookies as described in section 2.3. of this privacy policy, unless you choose to opt-out of using the service in place.

In addition to these so-called tracking cookies, other third-party services like YouTube and Google Maps may set additional cookies if you agree to load those services for watching YouTube videos or browsing a Google Map. As described in section 2.2.1. c) of this privacy policy you can avoid these kinds of cookies by not agreeing to load each individual service.

For providing the information on the website to a broad audience free of charge we place display ads from advertising providers on this website to cover the running costs. These providers may set additional cookies that are needed to display and process advertising campaigns.

You can install additional browser extensions to individually block these services and their corresponding cookies.

2.3. Tracking of user behavior

To statistically analyze visits to the website we use the service Google Analytics to track user behavior. The collected information is anonymized and stored by Google Analytics for 26 months. The collected data can not be used to draw conclusions about you personally.

The sole purpose of tracking user behavior on the website is to improve the usability of the website and to create new content that a broad audience is interested in.

A detailed privacy notice for Google Analytics can be found in section 4.1. of this privacy policy.

2.4. Newsletter

If you have expressly consented according to Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. a GDPR, and signed up for our newsletter, then we will use your email address to send you our newsletter on a regular basis. The data will be stored and processed on our servers using Mautic and will not be made available to third party providers.

You can unsubscribe at any time, for example via a link at the end of each newsletter.

The newsletter registration uses a douple-opt-in process to ensure your subscription is not performed by a person with malicious intent. That means after you sign up for the newsletter we will send you an email to confirm your subscription. Your subscription will only become active if you click on the “Confirm Subscription” button in the confirmation email.

In addition to your email address, the date and time, as well as the IP details of the subscription and confirmation are stored.

3. Data encryption

For security reasons, the website uses SSL/TLS encryption to encrypt all data submitted to the webserver. You can identify a secure connection in the address bar of your browser by locating a lock symbol in the address bar and ensuring the website address starts with “https://”.

If someone intercepts the encrypted data stream for malicious intent, they will not be able to decrypt the data and use it.

4. Tools & Third Party Services

4.1. Google Analytics

The website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”).

Google Analytics uses so-called "cookies". These are text files that are stored on your computer and allow an analysis of the use of the website by you. 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.

This website integrates Google Analytics with IP anonymization activated. Therefore your IP address will be anonymized and can not be related to you personally. Anonymization takes place for requests within member states of the European Union or in other contracting states of the Agreement on the European Economic Area.

On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on website activity and to provide other services related to website activity and internet use to the website operator.

You can prevent the storage of cookies by a corresponding setting of your browser software. However, please note that if you do this, you may not be able to use all the features of this website to the fullest extent possible. Besides, you may prevent the collection of data and cookie generation by Google related to your use of the website by opting out of the service.

More information about the data privacy of Google Analytics can be found in the respective privacy policy:

4.2. YouTube

The website embeds YouTube videos. The service provider of YouTube is Google Ireland Limited (“Google”), Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland.

Before playing a YouTube video on this website, you have to agree to load third-party content from YouTube (opt-in) in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. a GDPR. Your agreement counts for all embedded YouTube videos on the website

Whenever you play a YouTube video on the website the current URL of the website will be submitted to YouTube. If you are logged in to YouTube at the time of playing a video, YouTube can track your behavior and connect it to your personal YouTube profile. You can avoid this by logging out of YouTube before playing a YouTube video on the website

By playing a YouTube video, YouTube may store additional cookies on your device. These cookies stay on your device until you delete them.

We use YouTube videos to provide an appealing online presence to visitors of this website. Therefore the usage of YouTube videos is a legitimate interest in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. f GDPR.

More information about the data privacy of YouTube can be found in the respective privacy policy:

4.3. Google Maps

The website uses Google Maps. The service provider of Google Maps is Google Ireland Limited (“Google”), Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland.

Before loading any Google Map on this website, you have to agree to load third-party content from Google Maps (opt-in) in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. a GDPR. Your agreement counts for all Google Map components on the website

After your agreement, the Google Maps API is loaded and Google Maps will store your IP address. The provider of the website has no impact on the data transferred between your browser and Google Maps services.

More information about the data privacy of Google Maps can be found in the respective privacy policy:

5. Up-to-dateness and amendment of this privacy policy

This privacy policy currently applies to the website as of Dec 2019.

Due to the further development of the website and offers above or due to changed legal or official requirements, it may become necessary to change this privacy policy. You can contact us and print out the current privacy policy at any time.

Last updated on December 15, 2019.


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