The legal bases of data privacy are set out in the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) and the German Telemedia Act (TMG).
Access data/ Server log files
The provider (or his webspace provider) collects data on every access to the offer (referred to as server log files). Said access data includes:
Name of the requested website, file name, date and time of the request, data volume transferred, notification of successful request, browser type and version, operating system of the user, referrer URL (the previously visited website page), IP address and the requesting provider.
The provider uses the log files exclusively for statistical analyses for the purpose of operating, securing and optimising the offer. However, the provider reserves the right to examine the log files at a later point in the event that concrete indications give rise to reasonable suspicion of unlawful utilisation.
Handling of personal data
Personal data is defined as information, which allows for a person to be identified, i.e. particulars that can be traced back to an individual. This includes a person’s name, email address or telephone number, but information such as a person’s preferences, hobbies, memberships or websites visited is also counted among personal data.
The provider will only collect, use or pass on personal information if this is legally permitted or the users have voluntarily consented to the collection of said data.
When contacting the provider (e.g. via a contact form or by email), the user’s data is saved for the purpose of processing the request and answering any further questions that might arise.
Integration of services and contents of third parties
This online offer may contain thirdparty contents such as YouTube videos, maps from Google Maps, RSS feeds or graphics from other websites. This always requires that the providers of these contents (hereinafter referred to as “thirdparty providers”) obtain knowledge of the user’s IP address, since without the IP address they could not transfer the contents to the browser of the respective user. The IP address is thus required to display these contents. We endeavour to only use contents whose respective providers use the IP address solely for the purpose of transferring the contents. However, we have no influence on the storage of the IP address by thirdparty providers for statistical purposes. We will inform the users of any such activities we are aware of.
This offer uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses socalled “cookies”, i.e. text files that are stored on the computers of users and enable their website use to be analysed. As a rule, the information generated by the cookie about the users’ website use is transferred to and stored on a Google server in the USA.
If IP anonymisation is activated on this website, however, the users’ IP address is shortened beforehand by Google within member states of the European Union or other contracting states to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases is the full IP address transferred to and shortened by a Google server in the USA. IP anonymisation is active on this website. On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating the users’ website use, compiling website activity reports and providing further services relating to website and Internet use to the website operator.
The IP address transferred from the users’ browser via Google Analytics will not be associated with any other data held by Google. Users can prevent the installation of cookies by selecting the appropriate setting in their browser software; however, this offer informs the user that they should be aware that in this case they might not be able to use all functions of this website to their full extent. Users can also prevent Google from collecting and processing data generated by the cookie about their website use (incl. their IP address) by downloading and installing a browser plugin.
Please find more detailed information on this under general information about Google Analytics and data privacy. Please note that on this website the code “gat._anonymizeIp();” has been added to Google Analytics in order to guarantee the anonymous collection of IP addresses (known as IP masking).
Use of Facebook social plugins
This offer uses social plugins (“plugins”) of the social network facebook.com, which is operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA (“Facebook”). The plugins are recognisable by one of the Facebook logos or are marked with the phrase “Facebook Social Plugin”.List and appearance of Facebook Social Media Plugins.
When a user accesses a web page of this offer that contains such a plugin, his browser establishes a direct connection with the Facebook servers. The content of the plugin is transferred by Facebook directly to the user’s browser and integrated into the website. The provider therefore has no influence on the scope of the data collected by Facebook using this plugin and will inform the user to the best of his knowledge.
By integrating the plugins, Facebook receives the information that a user has accessed the corresponding page of the offer. If the user is logged in to Facebook, Facebook can match the visit to his Facebook account. When users interact with the plugins, e.g. by actuating the Like button or posting a comment, the corresponding information is transferred from their browser directly to Facebook and stored there. If a user is not a member of Facebook, Facebook may nevertheless obtain knowledge of and store his IP address. According to Facebook, only masked IP addresses are stored in Germany.
If a registered member of Facebook does not wish Facebook to collect any data about him via this offer and link this data to his profile details stored by Facebook, he must log out from Facebook before visiting the website.
Facebook social plugins can also be blocked using browser addons.
Revocation, modifications, corrections and updates
Upon request, the user has the right to receive free-of-charge information about the personal data stored about him. In addition, the user has the right to correct any incorrect data as well as to block and delete his personal data, unless this conflicts with a statutory obligation to keep records.