By using our website, you agree to the collection, processing and use of data according to the following description. Our website can be used without the need for registration. In this case, data such as visited pages, names of downloaded files, dates and times are saved on our servers for statistical purposes without being linked to the specific user. Personal data such as name, address or email address is only collected voluntarily where possible. Your data will not be passed on to third parties without your permission.
Hosting and email dispatch
We use hosting services so we can provide the following services: infrastructure and platform services, computing capacity, storage space and data bank services, email dispatch, security services and technical maintenance services which we use to operate our online content.
We, or our hosting providers, process inventory data, contact data, content data, contract data, usage data, meta data and communication data of customers, interested parties and visitors to the online content based on our entitled interests of providing this online content efficiently and securely in accordance with Art. 6 Par. 1 lit. f DSGVO in conjunction with Art. 28 DSGVO (completion of order processing contract).
In order to protect your data, the website operators use SSL-encryption. You can recognize connections that use this encryption by the prefix “https://” of the page address in the address bar of your browser. Unencrypted pages are marked with “http://”.
Various data that is transferred to this website – e.g. during enquiries or log in – cannot be read by third parties due to the SSL-encryption.
If you contact us (e.g. via contact form, email, telephone or social media), your data is processed according to the DSGVO Art. 6 Par. 1 lit. b) to process your contact request. User data may be stored in a Customer-Relationship-Management System ("CRM System") or comparable contact request system. We delete this data when it is no longer needed. We check which data is no longer needed every two years; legal archive duties also apply.
The following will inform you about the content of our newsletter as well as the subscription process, sending and statistical analysis procedures, and your right of objection. By subscribing to our newsletter you agree to receive the newsletter as well as the described procedure.
Content of the newsletter: we send out newsletters, emails and other electronic messages with advertising content (hereinafter: newsletter) only with the recipient’s agreement or legal permission. Assuming the content to subscribe to the newsletter is outlined correctly, it is this content that is applicable to the consent of the user. Our newsletter also contains information about us and our services.
Double-opt-in and recording: You can subscribe to our newsletter with a double-opt-in procedure. This means that after subscribing you will receive and email that asks you to confirm your subscription. This confirmation is necessary to ensure that nobody can subscribe using someone else’s email address. Your subscription to our newsletter will be recorded so that we can prove your subscription was in accordance with the legal requirements. This includes the time of subscription and confirmation, as well as part of the IP address. We also record changes made to your data which is saved by your email provider.
Subscription data: Your email address is sufficient to subscribe to the newsletter. We also give you the option to provide us with your name so that we can address you personally in the newsletter.
Germany: The sending of the newsletter and the performance assessment connected to this occurs with the consent of the recipient in accordance with art. 6 par. 1 lit. a, art. 7 DSGVO i.V.m § 7 par. 2 no. 3 UWG and in accordance with the legal permission outlined in § 7 par. 3 UWG.
The subscription process is recorded based on our entitled interests in accordance with art. 6 par. 1 lit. f DSGVO. We are interested in providing a user-friendly and secure newsletter system which not only serves our commercial interests and meets users’ expectations, but also allows us to verify consent.
Unsubscribing / withdrawing consent – You can unsubscribe from our newsletter at any time, i.e. withdraw your consent. A link to unsubscribe from the newsletter can be found at the bottom of every newsletter. We can save the provided email address for up to three years on the basis of our entitled interests before deleting it for the purpose of newsletter distribution in order to verify previously given consent. The processing of this data is restricted to the possible defense against any arising claims. An individual request to delete this data can be made at any time, if the previous giving of consent is confirmed.
Newsletter – distribution service
Newsletter – performance assessment
The newsletter contains a so-called “web beacon”, i.e. a pixel-sized file which is recalled by our servers or the servers of our email service provider, if applicable, when the newsletter is opened. This recall gathers data such as browser and system information, IP-address and time of opening. This data is used to improve our service according to technical data and also target groups and their reading behavior as determined by where they open the newsletter (can be traced via their IP-address) and when they access it. Additionally, information regarding whether the newsletter was opened, when it was opened and which links were clicked are used as statistical data. Due to technical reasons, this data can be assigned to individual newsletter subscribers. However, it is not our goal, or that of our email service provider, to monitor the behavior of individual users. The data helps us to recognize reading behavior of our users and tailor our content accordingly.
Third-party content and services
We use content are services from third-party providers as part of our online content according to our entitled interests (i.e. interest in analysis, optimization and economic operation of our online content in accordance with art. 6 par. 1 lit. f. DSGVO) in order to incorporate their content and services, for example videos or fonts (hereafter referred to as “content”). This always implies that the third-party providers of this content register the IP-address of the user, as they need the IP-address to send the content to the user’s browser. Therefore, the IP-address is always necessary to display this content. We try to only use third-party content which only needs the IP-address to display. Third parties can also use so-called pixel tags (invisible images, also called web beacons) for statistical or marketing purposes. Pixel tags make it possible to analyze information such as visitor traffic on certain website pages. Pseudonym information can also be save das cookies on the user’s device and may contain technical information about the browser or operating system, visited websites, visiting times, as well as information about use of our online services, and may be connected to information from other sources.
Users can create a user account. For registration, the required information is made known to the user and is subsequently processed in accordance with Art. 6 Par. 1 lit. b DSGVO in order to create the user account. The data processed includes in particular the login information (name, password and an email address). The data provided by the user during registration are used for the use and purpose of the user account.
Users can be informed via email of information that is relevant for their user account, e.g. technical changes. If a user cancels their user account, their data relating to the user account will be deleted, subject to the legal retention requirements. It is the user’s responsibility to secure their data after successfully cancelling their user account before the end of the contract period. We are entitled to delete saved user data irrevocably during the contract period.
In the context of using our registration and login functions as well as using the user account, we save the IP-address and date of the user’s access. This data is saved on the premise of our entitled interests and also to protect the user from misuse and other unauthorized access. This data will not be passed on to third parties unless it is necessary to pursue our entitlements or there is a legal requirement to do so in accordance with Art. 6 Par. 1 lit. c DSGVO. IP-addresses will be anonymized or deleted latest after 7 days.
Comments and Contributions
If users post comments or other contributions, their IP-address will be saved for 7 days on the premise of our entitled interests in accordance with Art. 6 Par. 1 lit. f. DSGVO. This occurs for our safety, should the comment or contribution include unlawful content (hate speech, illegal political propaganda etc.). In this case we would be liable for the comment or contribution and are therefore interested in the identity of the author.
In addition, we reserve the right to process user data for spam identification, on the basis of our entitled interests in accordance with Art. 6 Par. 1 lit. f. DSGVO.
Data provided in the context of comments and contributions will be saved by us permanently until the user issues an objection.
Reach measurement with Matomo
Within the scope of reach analysis provided by Matomo the following data is processes on the basis of our entitled interests (i.e. our interest in analysis, optimization and economical operation of our online content in accordance with Art. 6 Par. 1 lit. f. DSGVO): your browser and browser version, your operating system, your country of origin, date and time of the server request, number of visits, time spent on the website, as well as any external links used. The user’s IP-address is anonymized before being saved.
Users can object at any time to the anonymous data collection by the program Matomo with future effect by following the link below. In this case, a so-called opt-out cookie will be saved which will result in Matomo no longer collecting session data. However, clearing cookies will then result in the opt-out cookie also being deleted and must then be reactivated by the user.
All logs with user data will be deleted after latest six months.
Use of Piwik Web Analytics tool