The protection of your privacy and personal data while you are using our website is important to us. We therefore strictly comply with the provisions contained in the data protection laws. We will explain to you below what information we collect while you are on our website and how this information is used.
Personal data are data which can be linked to you personally and which say something about your behaviour or characteristics. This naturally includes your name, postal address, telephone number and e-mail address, as well as information on your possible interests if this information can be directly or indirectly attributed to you personally.
Each visit to our website causes access data to be stored in a log file on our provider’s server. This data record consists of your IP address, the date and time of the request, the name of the file requested, the file name from which the file was requested, the data volume transmitted and the access status, a description of the web browser and operating system used, as well as the name of your Internet service-provider. These data are collected for technical reasons. They are only evaluated for statistical purposes, and are not linked to individuals’ identities.
We store cookies on your hard disk (small text files containing configuration information). These contain an unambiguous number which is meaningless outside our website. These are usually “session cookies” used to ease your navigation which are automatically deleted at the end of your visit. Other cookies are stored on your device until you delete them. These cookies enable us to recognise your browser when you visit us again. Cookies are not used to collect personal data. You are entitled and enabled to configure your browser to reject our cookies, but this may restrict the functionality available to you on our website.
So that we can provide the service you request, we need your name and contact data. We only collect and use these data where this is necessary to provide our service. This may make it necessary to pass on your personal data to companies we commission to provide the service. They will not be communicated to recipients in third countries.
We use data protection-safe “Shariff” buttons on our website in order to include the Facebook, Twitter and Google+ networks. Shariff was developed by specialists at the computer magazine c’t in order to make web searches more private and to replace the social networks’ customary “Share” buttons. No direct link is created between your browser and the social networks when you visit our website. The social networks are therefore also not informed that you have visited our site with your IP address. The Shariff button only creates a link with the social networks when you as a user actively click on the share button in question.
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files stored on your computer, to enable the analysis of how you use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website will as a rule be transmitted to and stored on a Google server in the USA. If you have activated IP anonymisation on this website, your IP address will however be previously truncated by Google within Member States of the European Union or in other Contracting States of the Treaty on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transmitted to one of Google’s servers in the USA and truncated there. Google will use this information on behalf of the operator of this website for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity and providing other services relating to website activity and Internet usage to the operator of this website. Google will not associate the IP address transmitted by your browser in Google Analytics with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the storage of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. You can also prevent the data generated by the cookie regarding your use of the website (including your IP address) from being passed on to Google, as well as Google processing these data, by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available via the following link: tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
We have integrated a plugin (known as an “Activity Feed”) provided by the social network Facebook, 1601 South California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA, into our site. The Facebook plugin is identifiable by the Facebook logo. You will find an overview of Facebook plugins here.
If you visit one of our pages which has such a plugin, your browser will establish a direct link with Facebook’s servers. This means that Facebook is informed that you have visited our site with your IP address. If you are logged on to Facebook, Facebook can trace the visit to your Facebook account.
If you do not want Facebook to be able to trace your visit to our website to your Facebook account, you should log out of your Facebook user account.
Further personal data are only collected if you provide us with this information voluntarily, such as when making a query. We only use such data to answer your queries, to handle the contracts concluded with you and for technical administration. They are not passed on to third parties without your consent.
Please note that complete confidentiality and data security are not guaranteed in communications via the Internet (e.g. by e-mail). We therefore recommend you to send confidential information by post.
You are entitled to receive information free of charge on request as to what data are stored about you and for what purpose. You are furthermore entitled to have incorrect data corrected, and to have data blocked and deleted if they may not be stored, or if their storage is unnecessary.
Please contact us by e-mail if you have any further questions on privacy: firstname.lastname@example.org