Data protection statement
The objective of the present data protection statement is to inform users of this website of the nature, scope and purpose of collection and processing of personal data by the website operator
Your rights as a data subject
You may contact our Data Protection Representative at any time using the details supplied in order to exercise the following rights:
If you believe that your personal data has not been processed lawfully, you have the right to complain to the supervisory authority.
Purposes of data processing by the data controller and by third parties
We will process your personal data only for the purposes stated in the present data protection statement. Your personal data is not passed on to third parties for any purpose other than those stated. We will only pass on your data to third parties in the following circumstances.
Deletion or blocking of data
We comply with the principles of data avoidance and data minimisation. For this reason, we will only store your personal data for as long as necessary in order to achieve the purposes stated here or in line with the multifarious storage periods stipulated according to law. Once the respective purpose has lapsed or these deadlines have expired, relevant data will be routinely deleted or blocked in accordance with the statutory stipulations.
Collection of general information from visitors to our website
When you access our website, information of a general nature will be automatically collected via a cookie. The server log files thus generated contain information such as type of web browser, operating system used, domain name of your Internet service provider and similar. None of this data enables us to discover any information regarding your person.
We process your personal data on the basis of our legitimate interests arising from the purposes of data collection stated above. We do not use your data to discover information about your person. The only recipients of data are the data controller and in some cases processors commissioned by us.
We may carry out statistical evaluations of anonymous information of this kind in order to enhance our Internet presence and the technology on which it is based.
Like many other websites, we make use of so-called “cookies”. Cookies are small text files which are saved to your hard disk by a website server. They automatically provide us with certain information such as IP address, browser and operating system used and the nature of your connection to the Internet.
In order to protect the security of your data whilst it is being transmitted, we use appropriate HTTPS encryption procedures which are in line with the latest state of technology (e.g. SSL).
If you use e-mail or our contact form to get in touch with us regarding enquiries of any nature, you provide us with voluntary consent to process data for the purpose of establishment of contact. The provision of a valid e-mail address is necessary in this regard. This information will be used to identify the source of the enquiry and provide a subsequent response. Provision of further data is optional. The information you provide will be used for the purpose of processing the enquiry and any possible follow-up questions. Personal data will be automatically deleted once the enquiry you have submitted has been dealt with.
Use of Google Analytics
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service provided by Google Inc. (hereinafter referred to as “Google”). Google Analytics uses so-called “cookies”, text files which are stored on your computer and which enable an analysis to be conducted of your use of the website. The information which the cookie generates on your use of the website is usually transmitted to a Google server in the USA, where it is stored. Because IP anonymisation is activated on this website, your IP address will previously be truncated by Google within the area of member states of the European Union or of other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. In exceptional cases only, the full IP address will be transferred to a Google server in the USA and truncated there. Google will act on behalf of the operator of this website by deploying this information to evaluate your use of the website in order to compile activity reports for the website operator and to provide the website operator with further services related to use of the website and use of the Internet. The IP-address transmitted by your browser within the scope of Google Analytics will not be linked with any other data held by Google.
Use of Matomo
This website uses Matomo (formerly known as Piwik), an open source software for the statistical evaluation of the number of visitors to the site. Matomo uses so-called “cookies”, text files which are stored on your computer and which enable an analysis to be conducted of your use of the website.
Use of Google Maps
Embedded YouTube videos
We embed YouTube videos on some of our pages. The operator of the relevant plug-in is YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. If you visit a page containing the YouTube plug-in, a connection with YouTube servers will be established. This notifies YouTube which pages you are visiting. If you are logged into your YouTube account, YouTube will be able to match your surfing behaviour to you personally. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account beforehand.
Our website uses Google Conversion Tracking. If you arrive at our website via an advertisement placed by Google, Google AdWords will set a cookie on your computer. This Conversion Tracking cookie is created if a user clicks on an advertisement placed by Google. These cookies cease to be valid after 30 days and do not serve the purpose of personal identification. If a user visits certain pages on our website and the cookie has not yet expired, we and Google are able to recognise that the user has clicked on the advertisement and has been forwarded to this page. Each Google AdWords customer receives a different cookie. Cookies can thus not be traced via the websites of AdWords customers. The purpose of the information obtained via Conversion Cookies is to develop conversion statistics for AdWords customers who have opted for Conversion Tracking. Customers learn the total number of users who have clicked on their advertisement and have been forwarded to a site with a Conversion Tracking tag. They do not, however, receive any information which enables them to identify users personally.
Duration of storage
We store access data as described above for a period of one month. Data from Google Analytics are stored for a period of 14 months in order to enable us to undertake annual evaluations of visits to our homepage.
Amendments to our data protection regulations
We reserve the right to amend the present data protection statement in order to ensure that it is in compliance with the latest legal requirements at all times or for the purpose of implementation of services into the data protection statement, such as when new services are introduced. The new data protection statement will subsequently apply when you revisit the website.
Questions to the Data Protection Representative
If you have any questions regarding data protection, please get in touch by e-mail or contact the person responsible for data protection at our organisation directly: