Data protection declaration
Unless stated otherwise below, the provision of your personal data is neither legally nor contractually obligatory,
nor required for conclusion of a contract. You are not obliged to provide your data. Not providing it will have no
consequences. This only applies as long as the processing procedures below do not state otherwise.
“Personal data” is any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person.
Server log files
You can use our websites without submitting personal data.
Every time our website is accessed, user data is transferred to us or our web hosts/IT service providers by your
internet browser and stored in server log files. This stored data includes for example the name of the site called
up, date and time of the request, the IP address, amount of data transferred and the provider making the request.
The processing is carried out on the basis of Article 6(1) f) GDPR due to our legitimate interests in ensuring the
smooth operation of our website as well as improving our services.
Contact Registration Evaluations
Collection and processing when using the contact form
When you use the contact form we will only collect your personal data (name, email address, message text) in
the scope provided by you. The data processing is for the purpose of making contact. By submitting your
message you agree to the processing of your transmitted data. Processing will be carried out on the basis of art.
6 (1) lit. a GDPR with your consent.You can withdraw your consent at any time by contacting us without affecting
the legality of the processing carried out with your consent up to the withdrawal. We will only use your email
address to process your request. Finally your data will be deleted, unless you have agreed to further processing
Our website gives you the option to register by providing your personal data. On registration we collect your
personal data in the scope shown there. Your registration is required for the creation of comments and
contributions on our website. The processing will be carried out on the basis of art. 6 (1) lit. a GDPR with your
consent. You can withdraw your consent at any time by contacting us without affecting the legality of the
processing carried out with your consent up to the withdrawal. This will end your registration, and your data saved
in the course of the registration will then be deleted.
Data collection when you post a comment
When you comment on an article or a contribution, we collect your personal data (name, email address, comment
text) only in the scope provided by you. The processing serves to allow you to comment and to display
comments. By submitting the comment you agree to the processing of the transmitted data. The processing will
be carried out on the basis of art. 6 (1) lit. a GDPR with your consent. You can withdraw your consent at any time
by contacting us without affecting the legality of the processing carried out with your consent up to the withdrawal.
You personal data will then be deleted.
On publication of your comment the name and email address you have enteredwill be published.
On submission of your comment your IP address will also be saved in order to prevent misuse of the comment
function and to ensure the security of our IT systems. By submitting the comment you agree to the processing of
the transmitted data. The processing will be carried out on the basis of art. 6 (1) lit. a GDPR with your consent.
You can withdraw your consent at any time by contacting us without affecting the legality of the processing
carried out with your consent up to the withdrawal. Your IP address will then be deleted.
user’s internet browser on their computer system. When a user calls up a website, a cookie may be saved on the
user’s operating system. This cookie contains a characteristic character string which allows the browser to be
clearly identified when the website is called up again.
We use these cookies to make our offering more user-friendly, effective and secure. Cookies also allow our
systems to recognise your browser after a page change and to offer you services. Some functions of our website
Processing is carried out on the basis of art. 6 (1) lit. f GDPR due to our largely justified interest in ensuring the
optimal functionality of the website as well as a user-friendly and effective design of our range of services.
corresponding technical settings in your internet browser, you can be notified before the setting of cookies and
you can decide whether to accept this setting in each individual case as well as prevent the storage of cookies
and transmission of the data they contain. Cookies which have already been saved may be deleted at any time.
We would, however, like to point out that this may prevent you from making full use of all the functions of this
Using the links below, you can find out how to manage cookies (or deactivate them, among other things) in major
Chrome Browser: https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/61416?hl=en
Mozilla Firefox: https://support.mozilla.org/de/kb/cookies-erlauben-und-ablehnen
Use of GoogleMaps
Our website uses Google LLC’s feature for the embedding of Google Ireland Limited (Gordon House, Barrow
Street, Dublin 4, Ireland). Google Ireland Limited is an affiliated company of Google LLC (1600 Amphitheatre
Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA).
This feature visually represents geographical information and interactive maps. Google also collects, processes
and uses data on visitors to the website when they call up pages with embedded Google maps. Your data may
also be transmitted to the USA. Following the US-EU Data Protection Agreement, Google has become “Privacy
Shield“ certified and is therefore obliged to observe European data protection laws.
Processing is carried out on the basis of art. 6 par. 1 point (f) GDPR due to our justified interest in needs-based
and targeted design of the website.
Further information on the data collected and used by Google, your rights and privacy can be found in Google’s
the data protection centre, allowing you to administer and protect the data processed by Google.
Rights of persons affected and storage duration
Duration of Storage
The data will be stored under consideration of legal retention periods and then deleted after expiration of the
period, unless you have not agreed to further processing and use.
Rights of the affected person
If the legal requirements are fulfilled, you have the following rights according to art. 15 to 20 GDPR: Right to
information, correction, deletion, restriction of processing, data portability. You also have a right of objection
against processing based on art. 6 (1) GDPR, and to processing for the purposes of direct marketing, according
to art. 21 (1) GDPR.
Contact us at any time. Our contact details can be found in our imprint.
Right to complain to the regulatory authority
You have the right to complain to the regulatory authority according to art. 77 GDPR if you believe that your data
is not being processed legally.
Right to object
If the data processing outlined here is based on our legitimate interests in accordance with Article 6(1)f) GDPR,
you have the right for reasons arising from your particular situation to object at any time to the processing of your
data with future effect.
If the objection is successful, we will no longer process the personal data, unless we can demonstrate compelling
legitimate grounds for the processing that outweigh your interests or rights and freedoms, or the processing is
intended for the assertion, exercise or defence of legal claims.
If personal data is being processed for the purposes of direct advertising, you can object to this at any time by
notifying us. If the objection is successful, we will no longer process the personal data for the purposes of direct
last update: 19.11.2018