Please note that data transfer via the internet may always be subject to security risks and therefore complete protection against abuse or third-party access is not possible.
Usage of data
Upon visiting this website we may store information about the access that has been provided by you or your browser during access. These may include the browser type and version, the operating system, the website that linked to our site (the so-called referrer URL), the date and time of your visit and your IP address. These data is not personalized, but anonymized. It will only be stored and evaluated for statistical purposes in order to improve this website and its services.
Under no circumstances will personally identifiable information be shared with third parties for the purpose of advertisement, market or opinion research.
This website uses “cookies”, i.e. text files stored by the browser on your computer. You can prevent storage of “cookies” by configuring the browser appropriately. “Cookies” are used to improve usability of this website, e.g. by storing whether a user clicked a popup or not. They do not contain personally identifiable data and are not used to identify the user upon subsequent visits.
This website offers you a registration for a newsletter. The newsletter provides you with news about this website and related services. In order to receive the newsletter you need to provide a valid email address and optionally your name (this information is voluntary). At the time of registration additional data is acquired and stored (the email address, the name if supplied, the IP address and the date and time of registration). Unfortunately, under current EU regulations it is impossible to abstain from collecting and anonymizing this data and this website is forced to collect and store all this data. The data is used to prove that registration took place on this website in case we are notified of an abuse of your email address. No information is matched to any information that other components of this website collects. The operators of this website are committed to collecting as little data as possible without risking the safe operation of this website.
All data you enter when registering for the email newsletter are used by this website only for sending the newsletter. For this purpose this website uses the service provider MailChimp. MailChimp is a service of Rocket Science Group, LLC, 512 Means Street, Suite 404 Atlanta, GA 30318, USA (“MailChimp”). When you register for the email newsletter all data mentioned above will be transfered to a server operated by MailChimp in the USA and stored at their site. MailChimp stores data in accordance with the “EU-US Privacy Shield” framework: https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt0000000TO6hAAG&status=Active. With its compliance MailChimp certifies that all regulations made by the EU regarding the privacy legislation are followed while the data is being processed in the USA. MailChimp is then responsible for sending a subsequent mail with a confirmation link, the so-called “double opt-in”. Information about the data protection offered by MailChimp can be found at: http://mailchimp.com/legal/privacy/. Further information about the “EU-US Privacy Shield” can be found here: EU-US Privacy Shield und Datenübermittlungen in die USA (text in German) and here: Data protection.
MailChimp uses so-called web beacons that allow tracking whether and when an email has been opened and which links in the email have been clicked by the recipient. These data is used to align the newsletter to the interests and requirements of the subscribers. The analysis is done based only on anonymized statistical data. MailChimp uses the Google Analytics tool and may use it also within the newsletter. This website has no influence on such activities.
Canceling an existing subscription is possible at any time by clicking the link at the bottom of every mail. When canceling the newsletter the consent to storing and using your data is automatically revoked.
This website may use fonts that are supplied by Google Fonts. Making these fonts available to users is a service provided by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (“Google”). Google stores data in accordance with the “EU-US Privacy Shield” framework: https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt000000001L5AAI&status=Active. With its compliance Google certifies that all regulations made by the EU regarding the privacy legislation are followed while the data is being processed in the USA. This website uses the fonts to improve its appearance.
In order to show these fonts your browser connects to a Google server at the time you access this website. That server may be located in the USA. By doing so Google can determine which website you visited when your browser made this request and to which IP address the response should be sent. Google offers further information on https://adssettings.google.com/authenticated and https://policies.google.com/privacy.
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (“Google”). Google stores data in accordance with the “EU-US Privacy Shield” framework: https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt000000001L5AAI&status=Active. With its compliance Google certifies that all regulations made by the EU regarding the privacy legislation are followed while the data is being processed in the USA. Google Analytics uses “cookies”, i.e. text files that are stored on the user's computer and which allow to analyze usage of this website. All data generated by the cookie about the usage (including the user's IP address, date and time of visit and frequency of visits to this site) are transferred to a server run by Google in the US and is stored there. Google uses this information to analyze usage of this website, to generate reports about user activities and to provide further services for the website and the usage of associated services. Furthermore, Google may transfer this data to third parties when mandated by law or to process data on Google's behalf. Under no circumstances will Google relate the user's IP address with other data stored by Google. The user can prevent storage of cookies by configuring the browser appropriately; we point out that in such a case not all functionality of this website may be fully available.
We activate the IP anonymization feature of Google Analytics on our website. When this feature is activated, Google abbreviates (and thereby anonymizes) the IP address prior to transferring it.
You can prevent that this site uses Google Analytics during your visit by downloading and installing a browser plugin that disables Google Analytics: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.
The privacy terms of Google can be found here: http://www.google.com/analytics/terms/us.html and here: https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/. By using this website user agrees to allow Google to process data in the manner described above.