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Data Protection & Privacy

The operators of these pages take the protection of your personal data very seriously. We treat your personal data confidentially and according to the legal data protection regulations as well as this data protection statement.
The use of our website is generally possible without providing personal data. Insofar as personal data (e.g. name, address or e-mail addresses) is collected on our pages, this is always done on a voluntary basis as far as possible. This data will not be passed on to third parties without your expressed consent.
We would like to point out that data transferred via the Internet (e.g. when communicating by e-mail) may be subject to security vulnerabilities. A complete protection of the data against access by third parties is not possible.

Cookies

Some of the Internet pages use so-called cookies. Cookies do not damage your computer and do not contain viruses. Cookies serve to make our offers more user-friendly, more effective and safer. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer and saved by your browser.
Most of the cookies we use are “session cookies”. They are automatically deleted at the end of your visit. Other cookies remain stored on your browser until you delete them. These cookies enable us to recognize your browser during your next visit.
You can configure your browser so that you are informed about the setting of cookies and only allow cookies in individual cases, accept cookies for certain cases or generally exclude them and activate the automatic deletion of cookies when closing the browser. If cookies are deactivated, the functionality of this website may be restricted.

Web Analysis by Matomo (formerly PIWIK)

On our website we use the open source software tool Matomo (formerly PIWIK) to analyse the browsing behaviour of our users. The software places a cookie on the user’s computer (for cookies see above). If individual pages of our website are accessed, the following data is stored:
  • Two bytes of the IP address of the user’s calling system
  • The website accessed
  • The website from which the user accessed the visited page (referrer)
  • The subpages accessed from the visited web page
  • The time spent on the website
  • How frequent the site is visited
The software runs exclusively on the servers of our website. Storage of the user’s personal data takes place only there. The data will not be passed on to third parties. Further information can be found here: https://matomo.org/docs/privacy/

Server-LogFiles

The provider of the pages automatically collects and stores information in so-called server log files, which your browser transmits to us automatically. These are:

  • Browser type and version
  • User operating system
  • Referrer URL
  • Hostname of the accessing computer
  • Time of the server request

This data cannot be assigned to specific persons. This data will not be merged with other data sources. We reserve the right to subsequently check this data if we become aware of concrete indications of illegal use.

Contact Form

If you send us enquiries via the contact form, your details from the enquiry form, including the contact data you provided there, will be stored by us for the purpose of processing the enquiry and in the event of follow-up questions. These data will not be passed on without your consent.

Newsletter Information

If you would like to receive the newsletter offered on the website, we require an e-mail address from you as well as information that allows us to verify that you are the owner of the e-mail address provided and that you agree to receive the newsletter. Further data will not be collected. We use these data exclusively for the purpose of sending the requested information and do not pass them on to third parties.
You can revoke your consent to the storage of data, e-mail address and their use to send the newsletter at any time, for example via the “Unsubscribe” link in the newsletter.

iThemes Security

We use the iThemes Security service to protect our website.

Security protocols
Visitors’ IP address, logged-in user ID, and logon attempt user name are conditionally logged to check for malicious activity and to protect the site from certain types of attacks. Examples of registration conditions include login attempts, unsubscribe requests, requests from suspicious URLs, site content changes, and password updates. This information is stored for 14 days.

To whom we forward your data
This page is scanned by Sucuri’s SiteCheck for possible malware and vulnerabilities. We do not send personal information to Sucuri; however, during the scan, Sucuri may find personal information that has been publicly disclosed (e.g., in comments). For more information, see Sucuri’s Privacy Policy.

To ensure file integrity, iThemes Security pulls data from wordpress.org, ithemes.com and amazonaws.com. No personal information is sent to these sites. Requests to wordpress.org include the WordPress version, the location of the site, a list of installed plugins, and a list of versions of each plugin. Requests to ithemes.com and amazonaws.com include the iThemes products installed and their versions. For details on wordpress.org’s privacy policy, please read the WordPress Privacy Policy. For details on ithemes.com’s privacy policy, see iThemes’ Privacy Policy. Enquiries to amazonaws.com are added and managed by iThemes, which is covered by the Amazon Web Services Privacy Policy.

When running Security Check, ithemes.com is contacted as part of a process to determine if the site supports TLS/SSL requests. No personal data is transmitted to ithemes.com in this process. Requests to ithemes.com contain the URL of the website. For details on ithemes.com’s privacy policy, please see iThemes’ Privacy Policy.

How long we store your data
Security logs are kept for 14 days.

Where we send your data
This website is part of a network of websites that protect against distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. To provide this protection, the IP address of visitors attempting to log in to the site is shared with a service provided by ithemes.com. For details of the privacy policy, please see the iThemes Privacy Policy.

Facebook Plugins (Like Button)

On our pages there are plugins integrated for the social network Facebook, the provider is Facebook Inc., 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, California 94025, USA. You can recognize the Facebook plugins by the Facebook logo or the “Like” button on our page. You can find an overview of the Facebook plugins here: https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/.
When you visit our pages, the plugin establishes a direct connection between your browser and a Facebook server. Facebook receives the information that you have visited our site with your IP address. If you click the Facebook “Like” button while logged into your Facebook account, you can link the content of our pages to your Facebook profile. This allows Facebook to associate visiting our pages with your user account. We would like to point out that, as the provider of the pages, we do not have any knowledge of the content of the transmitted data or its use by Facebook. Further information on this can be found in Facebook’s privacy policy at https://de-de.facebook.com/policy.php.
If you do not want Facebook to be able to assign visits to our pages to your Facebook user account, please log out of your Facebook user account.

Google+

Our pages use functions of Google+. The provider is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.
Collection and sharing of information: You can use the Google+ button to publish information worldwide. The Google+ button provides you and other users with personalized content from Google and our partners. Google stores both information that you gave +1 for an item of content and information about the page you viewed when you clicked +1. Your +1 may be displayed as a clue along with your profile name and photo in Google services, such as search results or your Google profile, or elsewhere on websites and ads on the Internet.
Google records information about your +1 activity to improve Google services for you and others. To use the Google+ button, you must have a globally visible, public Google profile that includes at least the name you choose for the profile. This name is used in all Google services. In some cases, this name may also replace another name you used when sharing content through your Google Account. The identity of your Google profile may be displayed to users who know your email address or have other identifying information about you.
Use of Information Collected: In addition to the uses described above, the information you provide will be used in accordance with applicable Google privacy policies. Google may publish or share aggregated statistics about users’ +1 activity with users and partners, such as publishers, advertisers, or affiliates.

Google reCAPTCHA

In order to ensure sufficient data security during the transmission of forms, in certain cases we use the service reCAPTCHA of the company Google Inc. This serves primarily to distinguish whether the input is made by an actual person or whether it is being misused by an automated processing. The service includes sending the IP address and any other data required by Google for the reCAPTCHA service to Google. The different data protection provisions of Google Inc. apply here. Further information on the data protection guidelines of Google Inc. can be found at https://policies.google.com/privacy

Google Maps

This website uses Google Maps API, a map service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”), to display an interactive map and to provide directions. Google Maps is operated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.
By using Google Maps, information about your use of this website (including your IP address) may be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google may transfer the information collected by Maps to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf.
Under no circumstances will Google associate your IP address with other Google data. Nevertheless, it would be technically possible for Google to identify at least individual users on the basis of the data received. It would be possible that personal data and personality profiles of users of the website could be processed by Google for other purposes over which we have no influence. You have the option of deactivating the Google Maps service and thus preventing the transfer of data to Google by deactivating JavaScript in your browser. However, we would like to point out that in this case you will not be able to use the map display on our pages.
The Google Privacy Policy & Additional Terms of Use for Google Maps can be found at https://www.google.com/intl/en/help/terms_maps.html.

LinkedIn

Our website uses features of the LinkedIn network. The provider is LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Each time you visit one of our pages that contain LinkedIn features a connection is established to LinkedIn servers. LinkedIn will be informed that you have visited our website with your IP address. If you click the LinkedIn “Recommend” button and are logged into your LinkedIn account, LinkedIn will be able to associate your visit to our site with you and your user account. We would like to point out that as the provider of the pages we have no knowledge of the content of the transmitted data or of its use by LinkedIn.
Further information on this can be found in LinkedIn’s data protection declaration at: https://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy

XING

Our website uses functions of the XING network. The provider is XING AG, Dammtorstraße 29-32, 20354 Hamburg, Germany. Each time you access one of our pages that contain XING functions a connection is established to XING servers. To the best of our knowledge, personal data is not stored in this way. In particular, no IP addresses are stored or the usage behavior evaluated.
Further information on data protection and the XING Share button can be found in XING’s Privacy Policy at: https://www.xing.com/app/share?op=data_protection

Vimeo

Our website uses plugins from the Vimeo site operated by Vimeo, Inc. The site is operated by Vimeo, Inc. 555 West 18th Street New York, New York 10011, USA. When you visit one of our sites equipped with a Vimeo plugin, a connection is established to the servers of Vimeo. This will tell the Vimeo server which of our pages you have visited.
If you are logged in to your Vimeo account, you enable Vimeo to assign your surfing behavior directly to your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your Vimeo account.
You can find further information about the handling of user data in Vimeo’s privacy policy at: https://vimeo.com/privacy

Right of Disclosure, Deletion, Blocking

You have the right at any time to free information about your stored personal data, their origin and recipient and the purpose of data processing as well as the right to correct, block or delete this data. You can contact us at any time at the address given in the imprint for this and other questions on the subject of personal data.