Privacy policy

It is possible to use our website anonymously. However, it cannot be used anonymously or via a pseudonym in sub-areas of the site where users are required to log in.

When using our website, potential identification data (IP address, source URL, target URL, date and time of the request, client software used) are saved on our server. The saved data is used for the purpose of tracing unauthorised access and access attempts and for statistical purposes. The data is not used for other purposes. The data is anonymous and does not allow any specific conclusions to be drawn about individuals. This excludes access to the protected areas of our website for which you have a user ID. For these accesses the User ID is also logged for security reasons.

Personal data is only saved by us if prior consent regarding type and scope of use has been given. It goes without saying that you have the right to receive notification of the personal data that we hold about you without charge. Furthermore, you have the right to amend incorrect data, to block data and to delete your data.

Please note that when you send an email to one of our email addresses, you automatically agree to your data being saved and processed electronically without the need for further notification.

We point out that in general, the data you transfer via this website (via the contact form for instance) is done so without via a non-secure connection. Therefore, it may be possible for unauthorised people to access the data or in extreme cases falsify it. We shall provide express notification where data transfer is secure.

Our website uses session IDs to manage database access and to display pages correctly. Cookies, a form of communication between the browser and server, are used to cache the session ID assigned the first time you access our site. The cookies are not used to collect personal data. However, you can deactivate the use of cookies in your browser. When using our website you will not generally notice any significant difference - the individual pages may take longer to load. For the purposes of improving the functionality of our website, we do recommend that you activate cookies and JavaScript.

Data protection note about the use of Google Analytics within this website

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service from Google Inc. (»Google«). Google Analytics uses so-called »cookies«, i.e. text files which are saved on your computer and which enable the analysis of your use of the website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website are generally transferred to a Google server in the USA and stored there.

On this website, the IP is automatically made anonymous. This means that, before being saved, your IP address is shortened by Google within member states of the European Union or in other countries which are contracting parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases is the full IP address sent to a Google server in the USA and shortened there.

On order of the operator of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports about the website activities and to perform further services for the website operator related to the use of the website and the Internet. The IP address communicated from your browser within the scope of Google Analytics will not be connected to other data by Google.

You can prevent the cookies from being saved by adjusting the settings in your browser software accordingly. However, we would like to point out that, in this case, you may not be able to use all functions of this website to their full extent. Furthermore, you can prevent the data generated by the cookie and related to your use of the website (including your IP address) from being recorded by Google, as well as the processing of this data by Google, by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available at the following link https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.

We also use Google Analytics reports to provide services in accordance with demographic characteristics, to eliminate obstacles which occur when visiting our website and to adapt the design in line with the requirements of visitors. In doing so, the data is not related to any single person. If a user visits a website in the Google display network, Google uses a cookie to save a number in the user's browser, in order to record his/her visits. The display network is part of the Google advertising network. This term describes all websites on which AdWords advertisements can be placed. This also includes Google search results and other parts of the search network. The number serves the clear identification of a web browser on a certain computer and not the identification of a person. Based on the websites visited, the browsers of the user can then be allocated to a demographic category, such as a certain gender or age group.