The legal principles of data protection can be found in the Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) and the Telemedia Act (TMG).
Access Data / Server Log files
The provider (or his web space provider) collects data about each access to the Offer (so-called server log files). The access data includes:
Name of the website accessed, file, date and time of access, amount of data transferred, notification of successful access, browser type and version, the user’s operating system, referrer URL (the previously visited page), IP address and the requesting provider.
The provider uses the log data only for statistical evaluations for the purpose of operation, security and optimisation of the Offer. However, the provider reserves the right to subsequently check the log data if there are concrete indications of justified suspicion of illegal use.
Dealing with personal data
Personal data is information which can be used to identify a person, i.e. information that can be traced back to a person. This includes the person’s name, email address or telephone number. But also data about preferences, hobbies, memberships or which websites were viewed by someone count as personal data.
Personal data is only collected, used and passed on by the provider if this is permitted by law or if the user consents to the collection of such data.
How to contact us
When contacting the provider (e.g. via contact form or e-mail), the user’s details are stored for the purpose of processing the enquiry and in the event of any follow-up questions.
Comments and contributions
When users leave comments on the blog or other posts, their IP addresses are stored. This is done for the security of the provider if someone writes illegal content in comments and contributions (insults, forbidden political propaganda, etc.). In this case, the provider itself could be prosecuted for the comment or contribution and therefore has an interest in the identity of the author.
Users can subscribe to follow-up comments. Users will receive a confirmation email to verify that they are the owner of the email address they have entered. Users can unsubscribe at any time. The confirmation email will contain information about this.
We will inform you about us and our offers with the newsletter.
If you would like to receive the newsletter, we need a valid email address from you and further information that allows us to verify that you are the owner of the email address provided, or that the owner agrees to receive the newsletter. Further data will not be collected. This data will only be used to send the newsletter and will not be passed on to third parties.
When you subscribe to the newsletter we store your IP address and the date of your registration. This storage serves solely as proof in the event that a third party misuses an email address and registers for receiving the newsletter without the knowledge of the authorised party.
You can revoke your consent to the storage of your data, your email address and your newsletter subscription at any time. This revocation can be made via a link in the newsletters themselves, in your profile or by sending a message to the contact options listed above.
Integration of third-party services and content
Certain third-party content, such as videos from YouTube, map material from Google Maps, RSS feeds or graphics from other websites may be integrated within this online Offer. It is a standard requirement that the providers of this content (hereinafter referred to as “third-party providers”) use the IP address of the users. Without the IP address, they would not be able to deliver the content to the browser of the respective user. The IP address is therefore required to display this content successfully. We make every effort to use only those contents whose respective providers only use the IP address to deliver the contents. However, we have no influence on whether the third-party providers store the IP address for statistical purposes, for example. We inform the users about this to the best of our knowledge.
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This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on the user’s computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about users’ use of this website is generally transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States.
However, if IP anonymisation is activated on this website, the IP address of Google users within member states of the European Union or in other signatory states to the Agreement on the European Economic Area will be shortened beforehand. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transmitted to a Google server in the USA and shortened there. 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 use of the website by users, compiling reports on website activity and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage for website operators.
As an alternative to the browser add-on or within browsers on mobile devices, please click this link to prevent Google Analytics from collecting this data within this website in the future. An opt-out cookie will be placed on your device. If you delete your cookies, you must click this link again.
Using Facebook Social Plugins
This offer uses social plugins (“Plugins”) of the social network facebook.com, which is operated by Facebook Ireland Ltd., 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2, Ireland (“Facebook”). The plugins can be recognized by one of the Facebook logos (white “f” on a blue tile, the term “like” or a “thumbs up” sign) or by the addition “Facebook Social Plugin”. The list and appearance of the Facebook Social Plugins can be viewed here: https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/.
When a user accesses a website connected to this Offer that contains such a plugin, his browser establishes a direct connection to the Facebook servers. The content of the plugin is transmitted directly from Facebook to your browser, which integrates it into the website. The provider therefore has no influence on the extent of the data that Facebook collects with the help of this plugin and therefore informs the user according to its level of knowledge:
By integrating the plugins, Facebook receives the information that a user has called up the corresponding page of the Offer. If the user is logged into Facebook, Facebook can assign the visit to his Facebook account. When users interact with the plugins, for example by clicking the Like button or commenting, the corresponding information is transferred directly from your browser to Facebook and stored there. If a user is not a member of Facebook, it is still possible for Facebook to find out his IP address and save it. According to Facebook, only an anonymous IP address is stored in Germany.
The purpose and scope of the data collection and the further processing and use of the data by Facebook as well as the relevant rights and setting options to protect the privacy of users can be found in Facebook’s data protection policy: https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/.
If a user is a Facebook member and does not want Facebook to collect data about him via this Offer and link it with his Facebook stored member data, he must log out of Facebook before visiting the website. Further settings and objections to the use of data for advertising purposes are possible within the Facebook profile settings: https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab.
+1 Google+ button
This offer uses the “+1” button of the Google Plus social network operated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, United States (“Google”). The button can be recognized by the sign “+1″ on a white or colored background.
When a user accesses a website of this Offer that contains such a button, the browser establishes a direct connection with Google’s servers. The content of the “+1” button is transmitted by Google directly to its browser and integrated into the website by it. The provider therefore has no influence on the scope of data that Google collects with the button. According to Google, no personal data is collected without a click on the button. Such data, including the IP address, are collected and processed only for logged-in members.
The purpose and scope of the data collection and the further processing and use of the data by Google as well as your rights in this regard and setting options to protect your privacy can be found in Google’s data protection information on the “+1” button: http://www.google.com/intl/de/+/policy/+1button.html and the FAQ: http://www.google.com/intl/de/+1/button/.
This Offer uses the icons of the Twitter service. These icons are offered by Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA. They can be identified by terms such as “Twitter” or “Follow”, combined with a stylized blue bird. With the help of the icon buttons it is possible to share a contribution or page of this Offer on Twitter or to follow the provider on Twitter.
If a user accesses a website of this Internet presence that contains such a button, his browser establishes a direct connection with Twitter’s servers. The content of the Twitter button is transmitted by Twitter directly to the user’s browser The provider therefore has no influence on the amount of data that Twitter collects with the help of this plugin and informs the user according to its level of knowledge. According to this, only the IP address of the user is transmitted along with the URL of the respective website when the button is clicked, but it is not used for purposes other than the display of the button.
Revocation, changes, corrections and updates
The user has the right, upon request and free of charge, to obtain information about the personal data stored about him. In addition, the user has the right to correction of incorrect data, blocking and deletion of his personal data, unless there is no legal obligation to retain it.