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Privacy

Data Protection Statement

 

We thank you for your interest in our online presence. Protection of your personal data is very important to us. We want to take this opportunity to inform you about data protection at our Company. Naturally, we comply with the Data Protection Act (BDSG), the Telemedia Act (TMG), and other data protection regulations.

You can trust us with your personal data! They are encrypted using digital security systems and transmitted to us. With the use of technological measures, our websites are protected against damages, destruction, and unauthorized access.

Object of Data Protection

The object of data protection is your personally identifiable information. According to § 3 Sec. 1 BDSG, these include individual data about personal or property relationships of an identified or identifiable natural person. This includes, for example, data such as name, street address, email address or telephone number, and even user data such as your IP-address, if applicable.

Scope of Data Collection and Storage

Generally speaking, it is not usually necessary that you give personally identifiable information when using our Internet site. But, in order to actually deliver our services to you, we may need your personally identifiable information. This applies both to the sending of informational materials or goods ordered, as well as responses to individual inquiries.

When you request that we provide a service or send goods, we basically collect and store your personally identifiable information only to the extent actually required to provide the service or fulfill the contract. This may make it necessary to pass your personally identifiable information along to other companies that we employ for purposes of providing the service or completing the contract. These include, for example, transportation companies or other service providers.

If you used your email to subscribe to our Newsletter, we will also use your email address, beyond fulfillment of the contract, for our own advertising purposes until you unsubscribe from our Newsletter.

Data Collection Using Google Analytics

Our Website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service from Google, Inc. Google Analytics uses so-called "cookies." These are text files which are stored on your computer and which enable analysis of your use of the Website. Examples of the information captured include your operating system, your browser, your IP-address, the previous website you visited (referrer URL), and the date and time of your visit to our Website. The information gathered from these text files regarding your use of our Website is transferred to a Google server in the USA and stored there. Google uses this information to evaluate your use of our Website, to compile Website activity reports for the Website operator, and to deliver services related to Website and Internet usage. To the extent it becomes legally necessary, or if third parties contracted by Google process these data, Google will pass such information on to these third parties. This usage takes place anonymously or pseudonymously. You can find further information directly from Google http://www.google.com/intl/en/privacypolicy.html#information

Google uses the DoubleClick DART-Cookie
Users may deactivate use of the DART-Cookie, by calling up Policies & Principles.

In that case, no immediate personally identifiable user data are stored, but only the internet protocol address. This information serves to enable automatic recognition on your next visit to our website, and makes your navigation simpler. For example, cookies enable us to match a website to your interests, or to save your password so that you don't have to reenter it every time.

Of course, you can also view our Websites without cookies. If you don't want us to recognize your computer again, you can prevent storage of cookies on your hard drive by selecting "do not accept cookies" in your browser's settings. How this works in detail can be found in the instructions provided by your browser provider. If you do not accept cookies, however, it can lead to limited functionality of our content.

Collection and Storage of Usage Data

In order to optimize our Website, we collect and store data such as the date and time of a page view, the page from which you called up our page and the like, to the extent that you do not object to such collection and storage of data. This takes place anonymously, without personally identifying the page user. If necessary, pseudonyms are used to create a user profile. In this case, as well, there is no connection between the natural person standing behind the pseudonym and the usage data so collected. We also use cookies for collection and storage of usage data. These are small text files which are stored on your computer and serve to store statistical information such as operating system, your internet browser, the IP-address of the referring website (referrer URL), and the time. We collect these data exclusively for statistical purposes, to further optimize our Internet presence, and to be able to more attractively design our Internet offers. The collection and storage takes place exclusively in anonymous or pseudonymous form, and does not permit any inference back to you as a natural person.

Data Used for Specific Purposes

We observe the principle of data usage for specific purposes and only collect, process and store your personally identifiable information only for those purposes for which you have provided it to us. Transfer of your personally identifiable information to third persons will not happen without your express permission, to the extent this is not necessary for provision of services or fulfillment of a contract. Even the transfer to state institutions and authorities who are entitled to such information takes place only within the context of a legal duty to provide such information, or when we are obligated to do so by court order.

We also take data protection within our Company very seriously. Our employees and the service providers whom we contract are required by us to observe our confidentiality and data protection policies.

Rights to Information and Withdrawal

You may receive information about the data we have stored about you at any time, without any reason, and free of charge. At any time, you may have your data, which we have collected, sealed, corrected or deleted, and to object to anonymous or pseudonymous data we collect and store for purposes of optimizing our Website. You may also withdraw the consent to data collection and use which you gave to us, at any time, and without giving any reason therefor. Please refer to the contact address listed in the Impressum [website legal information]. We are available at any time to answer further questions about protection and processing of your personal information.

Please note that these data protection and management policies, e.g., by Google, are subject to change at any time. It is therefore advisable and necessary to keep yourself up to date with respect to changes to the legal provisions and company practices such as Google's.