Our website can generally be used without having to provide personal information. If personal data such as your name, address or e-mail address is collected on our webpages, you provide this information voluntarily, unless specified otherwise. We will not share this data with third parties without your express consent.
We expressly point out that there may be security vulnerabilities when transferring data online or electronically (such as when communicating by e-mail). As a result, such data cannot be protected completely against being accessed by third parties.
Contact details published as part of providing the disclosure information may not be used by third parties to transmit advertising or other information that has not been expressly requested. The operators of the webpages expressly reserve the right to take legal action if unsolicited promotional information is sent (e.g. in the form of 'spam').
You have the right to be informed (free of charge) at any time of the data being held about you, its origin and recipient and the purpose for which it is used, as well as the right to such data being corrected, blocked or deleted. If you have any questions about personal data, you can contact us at the address stated in the Legal Disclosure.
Some of the webpages use what are known as cookies. Cookies do not damage your device or contain viruses. They merely serve to make our website more user-friendly, effective and secure. Cookies are small text files that are stored locally on your device and web browser. Most of the cookies that we use are 'session cookies', which are automatically deleted from your hard drive at the end of the browser session. Other cookies will remain on your device until you delete them. These 'persistent cookies' enable us to recognise your browser on your next visit.
You can configure your browser to inform you about the placement of cookies, so that you can decide in each instance whether to accept them, allow exceptions, or reject them in general. Rejecting cookies can restrict the functionality of our website.
The provider of the webpages automatically collects information that your browser transmits to us and stores it in log files. This information comprises:
This data cannot be associated with specific people. The data is not combined with data from other sources. We reserve the right to check this data retroactively if we have specific reason to believe that it is being used unlawfully.
When you send us enquiries using our contact form, the data provided in the form (including the contact details) is stored by us for the purpose of processing your request and answering any subsequent questions. We will never share this data with third parties without your permission.
For the purpose of customizing and continually optimizing our pages, we use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. (www.google.com/intl/en/about/) (1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA, hereafter "Google"). In this context, pseudonymised usage profiles are created and cookies are used. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website such as Browser type / version, used operating system, Referrer URL (the previously visited page), Host name of the accessing computer (IP address), Time of server request, are transmitted to a Google server in the US and stored there. The information is used to evaluate the use of the website, to compile reports on website activity and to provide other services related to website activity and internet usage for the purposes of market research and tailor-made website design. This information may also be transferred to third parties if required by law or if third parties process this data in the order. Under no circumstances will your IP address be merged with any other data provided by Google. The IP addresses are anonymized, so that an assignment is not possible (IP masking). You can prevent the installation of cookies by setting the browser software accordingly; however, we point out that in this case not all features of this website may be fully exploited. You can also prevent the collection of data generated by the cookie and related to your use of the website (including your IP address) and the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing a browser add-on (tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en).
As an alternative to the browser add-on, especially for browsers on mobile devices, you can prevent the collection by Google Analytics by clicking on this link. An opt-out cookie will be set that will prevent the future collection of your data when you visit this website. The opt-out cookie is only valid in this browser and only for our website and is stored on your device. If you delete the cookies in this browser, you must set the opt-out cookie again. For more information about privacy related to Google Analytics, see the Google Analytics Help Center (support.google.com/analytics/?hl=en#topic=3544906).
On these websites external fonts, Google fonts are used. Google Fonts is a service of Google Inc. ("Google"). The integration of these web fonts is done by a server call, usually a Google server in the USA. This will be transmitted to the server, which of our websites you have visited. Also, the IP address of the browser of the terminal of the visitor of this website is stored by Google. More information and hints can be found at (fonts.google.com/about/)
We use the popular SSL (Secure Socket Layer) method within the site visit, in conjunction with the highest level of encryption supported by your browser. Whether a single page of our website is encrypted is shown by the closed representation of the key or lock icon in the lower status bar of your browser. We also take appropriate technical and organizational security measures to protect your data against accidental or intentional manipulation, partial or total loss, destruction or against unauthorized access by third parties. Our security measures are continuously improved in line with technological developments.