Who are we?
The responsible body within the meaning of the data protection laws, in particular the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), is:
What personal data we collect and why we collect it
When you access this website, information of a general nature is automatically recorded. This information is recorded in the server log file and includes the type of web browser, the operating system used, the domain name of your internet service provider, your IP address and the like.
This for the following reason:
- Ensuring a problem-free connection to the website
- Ensuring smooth use of our website
- Evaluation of system security and stability as well
- for other administrative purposes
Your data will not be used to draw conclusions about your person. Information of this type is only evaluated statistically in order to optimize our website and the technology behind it.
The data will be deleted as soon as they are no longer required for the purpose of collection. This is generally the case for the data used to provide the website when the respective session has ended.
When visitors leave comments on the site, we collect the data shown in the comments form, as well as the visitor's IP address and user agent string (used to identify the browser) to help spam detection .
If you are a registered user and upload photos to this website, you should avoid uploading photos with an EXIF GPS location. Visitors to this website may download photos stored on this website and extract location information from them.
The data you enter will be stored for the purpose of individual communication with you. This requires you to provide a valid email address and your name. This is used to allocate the request and then to answer it. Providing further data is optional.
If you leave a comment on our website, you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. This is a convenience feature so that when you write another comment you don't have to re-enter all of this data. These cookies are stored for one year.
If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.
If you log in, we will set some cookies to save your login information and viewing options. Login cookies expire after two days and display options cookies after one year. If you select "Keep me signed in" when registering, your registration will be kept for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be deleted.
If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be stored in your browser. This cookie contains no personal data and only refers to the post ID of the article you just edited. The cookie expires after one day.
Use of script libraries (Google Webfonts)
In order to display our content correctly and graphically appealing across browsers, we use "Google Web Fonts" from Google LLC (1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA; hereinafter "Google") to display fonts on this website.
Embedded content from other websites
Articles on this website may contain embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves exactly as if the visitor had visited the other website.
Use of Google Analytics
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043 USA (hereinafter: "Google"). Google Analytics uses so-called "cookies", i.e. text files which are stored on your computer and which enable an analysis of your use of the website. 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. Due to the activation of IP anonymization on this website, however, your IP address will be shortened beforehand by Google within member states of the European Union or in other contracting states of the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be sent to a Google server in the USA and shortened there. 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 usage to the website operator. The IP address transmitted by your browser as part of Google Analytics will not be merged with other Google data.
The purpose of the data processing is to evaluate the use of the website and to compile reports on activities on the website. Based on the use of the website and the Internet, further related services are then to be provided.
Data protection declaration for the use of Google Adsense
This website uses Google AdSense, a service for integrating advertisements from Google Inc. ("Google"). Google AdSense uses so-called "cookies", text files which are stored on your computer and which enable an analysis of the use of the website. Google AdSense also uses so-called web beacons (invisible graphics). These web beacons can be used to evaluate information such as visitor traffic on these pages.
The information generated by cookies and web beacons about the use of this website (including your IP address) and the delivery of advertising formats is transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. This information may be passed on by Google to Google's contractual partners. However, Google will not merge your IP address with other data stored by you.
You can prevent the installation of cookies by setting your browser software accordingly; we would like to point out to you however that in this case you can if applicable not use all functions of this website in full. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.
You can use the Google +1 button to publish information worldwide. You and other users receive personalized content from Google and its partners via the Google +1 button. Google stores both the information that you +1'd content and information about the page you were viewing when you clicked +1. Your +1 may appear as a notice along with your profile name and photo in Google services, such as in search results or in your Google profile, or elsewhere on websites and ads across the internet.
Google records information about your +1 activities in order to improve Google services for you and others.
In order to be able to use the Google +1 button, you need a globally visible, public Google profile that must contain at least the name chosen for the profile. This name is used in all Google services. In some cases, this name can also replace another name that you used when sharing content via your Google account. The identity of your Google profile can be displayed to users who know your email address or have other identifying information about you.
In addition to the purposes explained above, the information you provide will be used in accordance with the applicable Google data protection regulations (http://www.google.com/intl/de/policies/privacy/). Google may publish aggregate statistics about users' +1 activity or share these statistics with our users and partners, such as publishers, advertisers or affiliated websites.
Embedded YouTube videos
We embed YouTube videos on some of our websites. The operator of the corresponding plugins is YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA (hereinafter "YouTube"). When you visit a page with the YouTube plugin, a connection to the YouTube servers is established. This tells YouTube which pages you are visiting. If you are logged into your YouTube account, YouTube can assign your surfing behavior to you personally. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account beforehand.
How long we store your data
If you write a comment, it will be stored indefinitely, including metadata. This way we can automatically recognize and approve follow-up comments instead of holding them in a moderation queue.
For users who register on our website, we also store the personal information they provide in their user profiles. All users can view, change or delete their personal information at any time (the username cannot be changed). Website administrators can also view and edit this information.
What rights you have to your data
If you have an account on this website or have written comments, you can request an export of your personal data from us, including any data that you have shared with us. In addition, you can request the deletion of all personal data that we have stored about you. This does not include data that we are required to keep for administrative, legal or security reasons.
Where we send your data to
Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.
For data protection-related concerns, please contact:
Social media plugins are used on our websites. Information, which may also include personal data, may be sent to the service provider via these plugins and may be used by them. We prevent the unconscious and unwanted collection and transmission of data to the service provider with a 2-click solution. In order to activate a desired social plugin, it must first be activated by clicking on the corresponding button. The collection of information and its transmission to the service provider is only triggered by this activation of the plugin. We do not collect any personal data ourselves using the social plugins or their use.
We have no influence on which data an activated plugin collects and how this is used by the provider. It must currently be assumed that a direct connection to the provider's services will be established and at least the IP address and device-related information will be recorded and used. There is also the possibility that the service provider will try to save cookies on the computer used. Which specific data is collected and how it is used can be found in the data protection notices of the respective service provider. If you are logged in to Facebook at the same time, Facebook can identify you as a visitor to a specific page.
Our website uses Google Conversion Tracking. The operator of the Google AdWords services is Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. If you came to our website via an ad placed by Google, Google Adwords will place a cookie on your computer. The conversion tracking cookie is set when a user clicks on an ad served by Google.
If the user visits certain pages of our website and the cookie has not yet expired, we and Google can recognize that the user clicked on the ad and was redirected to this page. Each Google AdWords customer receives a different cookie. This means that cookies cannot be tracked via the websites of AdWords customers. The information obtained using the conversion cookie is used to create conversion statistics for AdWords customers who have opted for conversion tracking. Customers find out the total number of users who clicked on their ad and were redirected to a page with a conversion tracking tag. However, they do not receive any information with which users can be personally identified.
How we protect your data
In order to protect the security of your data during transmission, we use state-of-the-art encryption methods (e.g. SSL) via HTTPS.
We can adjust this data protection declaration at any time without prior notice. The current version published on our website applies.
Questions to the data protection officer
If you have any questions about data protection, please send us an e-mail or contact the person responsible for data protection in our organization listed at the beginning of the data protection declaration.