Data protection

Data protection

Protection of your privacy and personal data is very important to us. Therefore, we naturally comply with the provisions of the federal data protection act (BDSG).

This law’s purpose is to protect the individual from violation of his personal rights through handling of his personal data. Below we inform you of how we handle such data.

Data collection, storage and use

Almost every browser sends information on browser type and version, on the operating system you are using, the date and time of the server query, from which website you have come (the “referrer”), your current IP address at the time, the names of the sub-sites, the access status and the amount of data transferred. Normally, these data cannot be assigned to a specific person. We use such information internally for statistical purposes only, so as to optimize our Internet offerings. They are therefore stored only temporarily and are deleted as soon as we no longer need them.

For especially user-friendly service, we offer your browser a recognition feature called a “cookie”. This is a small file that is stored in your computer so that the next time you visit our site, the site automatically recognizes you and can immediately offer you the service that sought out manually the last time. Your browser’s “Settings” feature allows you to choose whether you want to use such cookies only for the current session, for a specific time period, or without limitation — or whether you would like to do without this convenience completely. Naturally, you can also use our site’s content without cookies.

Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. In case of activation of the IP anonymization, Google will truncate/anonymize the last octet of the IP address for Member States of the European Union as well as for other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases, the full IP address is sent to and shortened by Google servers in the USA. On behalf of the website provider Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage to the website provider. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser. However, please note that if you do this, you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. Furthermore you can prevent Google’s collection and use of data (cookies and IP address) by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under (https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en-GB)

You can refuse the use of Google Analytics by clicking on the following link. An opt-out cookie will be set on the computer, which prevents the future collection of your data when visiting this website: Disable Google Analytics

Further information concerning the terms and conditions of use and data privacy can be found at http://www.google.com/analytics/terms/gb.html or https://www.google.de/intl/en_uk/policies/.

Please note that on this website, Google Analytics code is supplemented by “anonymizeIp” to ensure an anonymized collection of IP addresses (so called IP-masking).