Privacy


Thank you for your interest in our website. Protecting your privacy when processing personal data is important to us. We will handle your data responsibly. It goes without saying that we observe the statutory provisions when collecting, processing and using your personal data. However, we are naturally aware that there is still considerable uncertainty among many Internet users as to how this protection is guaranteed in individual cases. This notice describes our privacy policy. By visiting this website, you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy Notice.

Click-stream data

A visit to one of our websites results in data that is transmitted from your browser to our server being automatically collected and stored by us or by third parties on behalf of us. This data can include, in particular, the following:

  • the visitor’s IP address
  • the date and time of the visit
  • the referral URL (the site from which the visitor has come)
  • the pages visited on our website
  • information about the browser used (browser type and version, operating system, etc).

Cookies

A number of places on our website make use of so-called cookies. These are small text files that are stored on your computer’s hard drive or your user device by your web browser. We use cookies to identify some information. The cookies usually used by us are automatically deleted at the end of the visit to the relevant website. By default, web browsers enable the use of cookies but this function can also be disabled. However, this will result in some services not being available. It is also possible to manually delete cookies after their use via the web browser.

The following links provide specific information about the most commonly used web browsers:

Internet Explorer: http://support.microsoft.com/gp/cookies/en

Mozilla Firefox: http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/Cookies

Chrome: http://www.google.com/support/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=95647

Safari: http://support.apple.com/kb/PH5042

Opera: http://www.opera.com/browser/tutorials/security/privacy/

Social Networks

Our website and (mobile) applications provide you Social Plug-ins from various social networks. If you choose to interact with a social network, your activity on our website or via our (mobile) applications will also be made available to social networks such as Facebook and Twitter and Youtube.

If you are logged in on one of the social networks during the visit of one of our websites or (mobile) applications the social network might add this information to your profile. If you are interacting with one of the Social Plug-ins, this information will be transferred to the social network. In case you do not wish such a data transfer, please log off on your social network before you enter one of our websites or (mobile) applications.

We cannot influence this data collection and data transfer via the Social Plug-ins. Please read the privacy policies of those social networks for detailed information about the collection and transfer of personal data, what rights you have and how you can achieve satisfactory privacy settings.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/privacy

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/static?template=privacy_guidelines

Web analytics by Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses cookies which are stored on your computer and which make it possible to analyse your use of the website. As a rule, the cookie-generated data regarding your use of this website will be forwarded to a Google server in the USA and stored there. If IP anonymisation is activated on this website, however, your IP address will be stored by Google in truncated form within Member States of the European Union or in other states that are contracting parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional instances will the full IP address be transmitted to a Google server in the US and truncated there. Google will use this information on behalf of the operator of this website to evaluate your use of the website, compile reports on website activity and provide the website operator with other services related to website usage and Internet activity. The IP address transferred by your browser through the use of Google Analytics will not be merged with any other data held by Google. You can prevent the storage of these cookies by selecting the appropriate settings in your browser software. However, please be advised that by doing so you may be unable to fully use some features of this website. You can also prevent the data generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) from being sent to and processed by Google by downloading and installing the browser plugin available at the following link: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.

Integration of services and content from third parties

It can happen that third party content from other websites is included on this website, such as videos from YouTube, Google Maps map data, RSS feeds or graphics. This always requires the IP address of the user to be visible to the provider of such content (hereinafter referred to as the "third-party"). Without the IP address, the content cannot be sent to the browser of the relevant user. The IP address is, therefore, needed for the presentation of such content. We endeavour to only use content from providers who use the IP address solely for the delivery of content. However, we have no control over whether the third-party provider might save the IP address, e.g. for statistical purposes. Insofar as this is known to us, we notify users of this.

Changes to our Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to change our security and data protection measures where this becomes necessary due to new technological developments. In these cases, we will also adapt our data protection information accordingly. Please always take note of the most up-to-date version of our data protection declaration.

Contact Information

If you have any questions about the processing of your personal details or about our privacy policy you are welcome to contact us. The contact details are contained under the Link Imprint.

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