We have drafted this privacy statement (version 01.02.2021-311257055) in order to provide you with information in accordance with the requirements of the Primary Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679. to explain what information we collect, how we use data and what choices you have as a visitor to this website.
Unfortunately, by their very nature, these explanations sound very technical, but we have tried to describe the most important things as simply and clearly as possible. as possible.
When you visit websites these days, certain information is automatically created and stored, and this website is no exception.
When you visit our website, as you are doing right now, our web server (computer on which this website is stored) automatically stores data such as
in files (web server log files).
As a rule, web server log files are stored for a fortnight and then automatically deleted. We do not pass on this data, but cannot exclude the possibility that this data may be used in the event of illegal behaviour. data may be viewed in the event of unlawful behaviour.
Our website uses HTTP cookies to store user-specific data.
Whenever you browse the internet, you use a browser. Popular browsers include Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge. Most websites store small text files in your browser. These files are called cookies.
Cookies store certain user data about you, such as language or personal page settings. When you return to our site, your browser transmits the "user-related" information to our site. "user-related" information back to our site. Thanks to the cookies, our website knows who you are and offers you your usual default setting. In some browsers each cookie has its own file, in others, such as Firefox, all cookies are stored in a single file.
There are both first-party cookies and third-party cookies. First-party cookies are created directly by our site, third-party cookies are created by partner websites (e.g. Google Analytics). Google Analytics). Each cookie is to be evaluated individually, as each cookie stores different data. The expiry time of a cookie also varies from a few minutes to Cookies are not software programs and do not contain viruses, Trojans or other "pests". Cookies also cannot access information on your PC.
This is what cookie data can look like, for example:
A browser should support the following minimum sizes:
There are 4 types of cookies:
Unconditionally necessary cookies
These cookies are necessary to ensure basic functions of the website. For example, these cookies are needed when a user places a product in the shopping basket, then continues surfing on other pages and only goes to the checkout later. These cookies do not delete the shopping cart, even if the user closes his browser window. browser window.
These cookies collect information about user behaviour and whether the user receives any error messages. In addition, these cookies are also used to The loading time and the behaviour of the website with different browsers are also measured with the help of these cookies.
These cookies ensure a better user experience. For example, locations entered, font sizes or form data are saved. stored.
These cookies are also called targeting cookies. They are used to deliver individually adapted advertising to the user. This can be very practical, but but also very annoying.
Usually, when you visit a website for the first time, you are asked which of these cookie types you want to allow. And of course this decision is also stored in a cookie. stored.
If you want to find out which cookies have been stored in your browser, if you want to change or delete cookie settings, you can do this in your browser settings find:
If you generally don't want cookies, you can set your browser to notify you whenever a cookie is about to be set. In this way, you can decide for each individual cookie, you can decide whether or not to allow the cookie. The procedure varies depending on the browser. The best thing to do is to search for the instructions in Google with the search term Search term "Delete Cookies Chrome" or "Disable Cookies Chrome" in the case of a Chrome browser or replace the word "Chrome" with the name of your browser, e.g. Edge, Firefox, Safari.
The so-called "Cookie Guidelines" have been in place since 2009. These state that storing cookies requires your consent. Within the EU countries, however, there are reactions to these directives vary widely. In Germany, the Cookie Directives have not been implemented as national law. Instead, the implementation of Instead, this directive was largely implemented in Section 15 (3) of the German Telemedia Act (TMG).
If you would like to know more about cookies and are not afraid of technical documentation, we recommend https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc6265, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Request for Comments called "HTTP State Management Mechanism".
Personal data that you submit to us electronically on this website, such as your name, email address, address or other personal details in the context of submitting a form or comments on the blog, together with the time and IP address, will only be used by us for the stated purpose, kept secure and not passed on to third parties. third parties.
We therefore only use your personal data to communicate with those visitors who expressly wish to be contacted and to process the services and products offered on this website. services and products offered on this website. We do not pass on your personal data without your consent, but we cannot rule out the possibility that this data may be accessed in the event of unlawful conduct. be viewed.
If you send us personal data by e-mail - thus away from this website - we cannot guarantee secure transmission and protection of your data. We recommend that you, never send confidential data unencrypted by e-mail.
The legal basis exists according to Article 6 paragraph 1a GDPR (lawfulness of processing) in that you give us consent to process the data you have entered. You can revoke this consent at any time - an informal e-mail is sufficient, you will find our contact details in the imprint.
You are generally entitled to the following rights according to the provisions of the GDPR:
If you believe that the processing of your data violates data protection law or that your data protection rights have otherwise been infringed in any way, you can contact contact the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (BfDI).
In the following data protection declaration, we inform you whether and how we evaluate data from your visit to this website. The evaluation of the collected data is generally carried out anonymous and we cannot draw any conclusions about your person from your behaviour on this website.
You can find out more about ways to object to this analysis of your visit data in the following data protection declaration.
We use https to transmit data securely over the Internet (data protection through technical design). Article 25(1) DSGVO). Through the By using TLS (Transport Layer Security), an encryption protocol for secure data transmission on the Internet, we can ensure the protection of confidential data. You can recognise the use of this data transmission security by the small lock symbol at the top left of the browser and the use of the https scheme (instead of http) as part of our Internet address.
We use Google Maps from Google Inc. on our website. Google Ireland Limited (Gordon House, Barrow Street Dublin 4, Ireland) is responsible for all Google services in Europe. responsible for all Google services. Google Maps enables us to better show you locations and thus adapt our service to your needs. Through the use of Google Maps, data is data is transferred to Google and stored on Google servers. Here we would like to go into more detail about what Google Maps is, why we use this Google service, what data is stored and how you can prevent this. data is stored and how you can prevent this.
Google Maps is an internet mapping service provided by Google. With Google Maps, you can search online via a PC, tablet or app for exact locations of cities, places of interest, accommodation or businesses online using a PC, tablet or app. If companies are represented on Google My Business, further information about the company is displayed in addition to the location. To show the To show how to get there, map sections of a location can be integrated into a website using HTML code. Google Maps shows the surface of the earth as a street map or as an aerial or satellite image. aerial or satellite image. Thanks to the Street View images and the high-quality satellite images, very accurate representations are possible.
All our efforts on this site are aimed at providing you with a useful and meaningful time on our website. By integrating Google Maps, we are able to provide you with the most provide you with the most important information on various locations. You can see at a glance where we are located. The directions always show you the best or fastest way to reach us. to us. You can call up the directions for routes by car, public transport, on foot or by bicycle. For us, the provision of Google Maps is part of our customer service.
In order for Google Maps to fully provide their service, the company needs to collect and store data from you. This includes, among other things, the search terms you enter, your IP address and also the latitude and longitude coordinates. If you use the route planner function, the starting address you entered is also stored. However, this data storage takes place on the web pages of Google Maps. We can only inform you about this, but cannot influence it. Since we have integrated Google Maps into our website, Google sets at least one cookie (name: NID) in your browser. This cookie stores data about your user behaviour. Google uses this data primarily to optimise its own services and to provide you with individual, personalised advertising, personalised advertising for you.
The following cookie is set in your browser due to the integration of Google Maps:
. Wert: 188=h26c1Ktha7fCQTx8rXgLyATyITJ311257055-5
Purpose: NID is used by Google to customise advertisements to your Google searches. With the help of the cookie, Google "remembers" your most frequently search queries or your previous interaction with ads. This way you will always get tailored ads. The cookie contains a unique ID that Google uses to collect your personal preferences for advertising purposes.
Expiration date: after 6 months.
Note: We cannot guarantee completeness in the details of the stored data. Especially when using cookies, changes can never be ruled out. never be excluded. In order to identify the cookie NID, a separate test page was created where only Google Maps was integrated.
Google servers are located in data centres around the world. However, most servers are located in America. For this reason, your data is increasingly stored in the USA. USA. You can find out exactly where Google's data centres are located here: Google's data centres
Google distributes the data on different data carriers. This means that the data can be accessed more quickly and is better protected against any attempts at manipulation. Each data centre also has also have special emergency programmes. If, for example, there are problems with Google's hardware or a natural disaster paralyses the servers, the data will still be protected. protected.
Google stores some data for a set period of time. For other data, Google only offers the option of deleting it manually. The company also anonymises information information (such as advertising data) in server logs by deleting part of the IP address and cookie information after 9 and 18 months respectively.
With the automatic deletion of location and activity data introduced in 2019, location and web/app activity information will be stored - depending on your decision - for either stored for either 3 or 18 months and then deleted. In addition, you can also manually delete this data from your history at any time via your Google Account. If you want to completely completely, you must pause the "Web and App Activity" section in your Google Account. Click "Data and personalisation" and then on the option "Activity setting". Here you can switch the activities on or off.
In your browser, you can also deactivate, delete or manage individual cookies. Depending on which browser you use, this always works slightly differently. The following instructions show how to manage cookies in your browser:
If you generally don't want cookies, you can set your browser to notify you whenever a cookie is about to be set. In this way, you can decide for each individual cookie whether you allow it or not.
We use Google Fonts on our website. These are the "Google Fonts" of the company Google Inc. For the European area, the company Google Ireland Limited (Gordon House, Barrow Street Dublin 4, Ireland) is responsible for all Google services.
You do not have to log in or enter a password to use Google fonts. Furthermore, no cookies are stored in your browser. The files (CSS, fonts) are requested via the Google domains fonts.googleapis.com and fonts.gstatic.com. According to Google, the requests for CSS and fonts are completely separate from all other other Google services. If you have a Google account, you do not need to worry about your Google account information being transmitted to Google while using Google Fonts. Google records the use of CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) and the fonts used and stores this data securely. We will take a closer look at exactly how this data is stored. in detail.
Google Fonts (formerly Google Web Fonts) is a directory of over 800 fonts that Google makes available to its users free of charge. free of charge.
Many of these fonts are released under the SIL Open Font License while others are released under the Apache License . Both are free software licences.
Google Fonts allows us to use fonts on our own website, but we don't have to upload them to our own server. Google Fonts is an important part of keeping the quality of our website high. quality of our website. All Google Fonts are automatically optimised for the web and this saves data volume and is a great advantage especially for the use with mobile devices. a great advantage. When you visit our site, the low file size ensures a fast loading time. Furthermore, Google Fonts are secure web fonts. Different image synthesis systems (rendering) in different browsers, operating systems and mobile devices can lead to errors. Such errors can sometimes distort the appearance of texts or visually distorted. Thanks to the fast Content Delivery Network (CDN), there are no cross-platform problems with Google Fonts. Google Fonts supports all common browsers (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Opera) and works reliably on most modern mobile operating systems, including Android 2.2+ and iOS 4.2+ (iPhone, iPad, iPod). So we use Google Fonts so that we can present our entire online service as beautifully and consistently as possible.
When you visit our website, the fonts are reloaded via a Google server. This external call-up transmits data to the Google servers. In this way Google also recognises that you or your IP address are visiting our website. The Google Fonts API was developed to reduce the use, storage and collection of end-user data to what is necessary for the proper provision of fonts. By the way, API stands for "Application Programming Interface" and serves, among other things, as a data transmitter in the software sector.
Google Fonts stores CSS and font requests securely at Google and is therefore protected. are well received. Google publishes the results on internal analysis pages, such as Google Analytics. In addition, Google also uses data from its own web crawler to determine which websites are using Google fonts. This data is published in the Google Fonts BigQuery database. Entrepreneurs and developers use the Google web service BigQuery to be able to examine and move large amounts of data.
It is important to remember, however, that each Google Font request also sends information such as language settings, IP address, browser version, browser screen resolution and browser name automatically to the Google Web Service. browser name are automatically transmitted to the Google servers. Whether this data is also stored cannot be clearly determined or is not clearly communicated by Google.
Google stores requests for CSS assets for one day on its servers, which are mainly located outside the EU. This allows us, with the help of a Google stylesheet, to use the to use the fonts. A stylesheet is a format template that can be used to easily and quickly change the design or font of a website, for example.
The font files are stored by Google for one year. Google's aim is to fundamentally improve the loading time of websites. If millions of web pages refer to the same fonts, they are cached after the first visit and immediately reappear on all other websites visited later. Sometimes Google updates font files to reduce file size, increase language coverage and improve design.
The data that Google stores for a day or a year cannot simply be deleted. The data is automatically transmitted to Google when the page is accessed. To delete this data you will need to contact Google support at https://support.google.com/?hl=de&tid=311257055. You can only prevent data storage in this case if you do not visit our site.
Unlike other web fonts, Google allows us unlimited access to all fonts. We can therefore access an unlimited sea of fonts and thus get the most out of our website. for our website. You can find out more about Google Fonts and other issues at. https://developers.google.com/fonts/faq?tid=311257055. There, Google does go into privacy-related matters, but really detailed information about data storage is not included. It is relatively difficult to get really precise information from Google about stored data.
You can also find out what data is basically collected by Google and what it is used for on https://www.google.com/intl/de/policies/privacy/.
On our website, we use Google Fonts from Google Inc. For the European region, the company Google Ireland Limited (Gordon House, Barrow Street Dublin 4, Ireland) is responsible. responsible. We have integrated the Google fonts locally, i.e. on our web server - not on Google's servers. This means that there is no connection to Google servers and therefore and therefore no data transfer or storage.
Google Fonts used to be called Google Web Fonts. This is an interactive directory of over 800 fonts that can be Google provides for free. With Google Fonts, you could use fonts without uploading them to your own server. uploading them. But in order to prevent any transfer of information to Google servers in this regard, we have downloaded the fonts to our server. In this way we act data protection compliant and do not send any data to Google Fonts.
Unlike other web fonts, Google allows us unlimited access to all fonts. This means we have unlimited access to a sea of fonts and can thus get the most out of our website. for our website. You can find out more about Google Fonts and other issues at. https://developers.google.com/fonts/faq?tid=311257055.
We embed elements of social media services on our website to display images, videos and text.
. When you visit pages that display these elements, data is transferred from your browser to the respective social media service and stored there. We have no access to this data. this data.
The following links will take you to the pages of the respective social media services where it is explained how they handle your data:
We have incorporated YouTube videos on our website. This allows us to present interesting videos directly on our site. YouTube is a video portal that since 2006 has been a subsidiary of Google since 2006. The video portal is operated by YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave, San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. If you call up a page on our website that has an embedded YouTube video, your browser automatically connects to the YouTube or Google servers. In the process, various data are transmitted (depending on the settings). Google is responsible for Google Ireland Limited (Gordon House, Barrow Street Dublin 4, Ireland) is responsible for all data processing in Europe.
In the following, we would like to explain in more detail which data is processed, why we have integrated YouTube videos and how you can manage or delete your data.
On YouTube, users can watch, rate, comment and upload videos for free. Over the last few years, YouTube has become one of the most important social media channels in the world. To enable us to display videos on our website, YouTube provides a code snippet that we have built into our site.
YouTube is the video platform with the most visitors and the best content. We are committed to providing you with the best possible user experience on our website. And of course interesting videos can't be missing. With the help of our embedded videos, we provide you with further helpful content in addition to our texts and images. In addition, our website is found more easily on the Google search engine through the embedded videos. Also, when we run ads through Google Ads, the data we collect allows Google to show those ads only to people who are interested. Google can only show these ads to people who are interested in what we have to offer.
As soon as you visit one of our pages that has a YouTube video embedded, YouTube sets at least one cookie that stores your IP address and our URL. If you are logged into your YouTube account, YouTube can usually associate your interactions on our website with your profile using cookies. This includes data such as session duration, bounce rate, approximate location, technical information such as browser type, screen resolution or your internet service provider. Other data may include contact details, any ratings, sharing of content via social media or adding to your profile. via social media or adding to your favourites on YouTube.
If you are not signed into a Google Account or YouTube account, Google stores data with a unique identifier associated with your device, browser or app. So your preferred language setting is retained, for example. But a lot of interaction data can't be stored because fewer cookies are set.
In the following list, we show cookies that were set in the browser in a test. On the one hand, we show cookies that are set without a logged-in YouTube account. On the other hand cookies that are set with a logged-in account. The list cannot claim to be complete because the user data always depends on the interactions on YouTube.
Purpose: This cookie registers a unique ID to store statistics of the video watched.
Expiration date: after the end of the session.
. Value: f1=50000000
Purpose: This cookie also registers your unique ID. Google gets statistics about how you use YouTube videos on our website via PREF.
. Expiration date: after 8 months.
Purpose: This cookie registers your unique ID on mobile devices to track GPS location.
Expiration date: after 30 minutes.
Purpose: This cookie attempts to estimate the user's bandwidth on our web pages (with embedded YouTube video).
Expiration date: after 8 months.
Other cookies set when you are logged in with your YouTube account:
Purpose: This cookie is used to create a profile about your interests. The data is used for personalised advertisements. Expiration date: after 2 years.
. Value: YES+AT.en+20150628-20-0
Purpose: The cookie stores the status of a user's consent to use different services from Google. CONSENT is also used for security purposes to verify users and and to protect user data from unauthorised attacks. Expiration date: after 19 years.
Purpose: This cookie is used to create a profile about your interests. This data helps to display personalised advertising.
Expiration date: after 2 years.
Purpose: This cookie stores information about your login details.
. Expiration date: after 2 years.
Purpose: This cookie works by uniquely identifying your browser and device. It is used to create a profile about your interests. create.
Expiration date: after 2 years.
Purpose: This cookie stores your Google Account ID and your last login time in digitally signed and encrypted form.
Expiration date: after 2 years.
Purpose: This cookie stores information about how you use the website and what advertisements you may have seen before visiting our site.
Expiration date: after 3 months.
The data that YouTube receives from you and processes is stored on Google servers. Most of these servers are located in America. At Google's data centres you can see exactly where Google's data centres are located. Your data is distributed across the servers. This means that the data can be accessed more quickly and is better protected against manipulation.
Google stores the collected data for different lengths of time. Some data can be deleted at any time, others are automatically deleted after a limited period of time and still others are stored by Google for a longer period of time. stored by Google for a longer period of time. Some data (such as My Activity items, photos or documents, products) stored in your Google Account will remain stored until you delete it. stored until you delete it. Even if you are not signed in to a Google Account, you can delete some data associated with your device, browser or app.
Basically, you can delete data in your Google Account manually. With the automatic deletion feature of location and activity data introduced in 2019, information will be stored depending on your decision - either stored for 3 or 18 months and then deleted.
Whether you have a Google account or not, you can configure your browser to delete or disable cookies from Google. Depending on the browser you use you use, this works in different ways. The following instructions show how to manage cookies in your browser:
We only want to welcome flesh and blood people to our site. Bots or spam software of any kind can safely stay at home. That's why we pull out all the stops to to protect ourselves and offer you the best possible user experience. For this reason, we use Google reCAPTCHA from Google. So we can be pretty sure that we remain a "bot-free" website. By using reCAPTCHA, data is transmitted to Google to determine whether you are really a human being. reCAPTCHA is therefore used to ensure the security of our website and, by extension, your security. For example, without reCAPTCHA, it could happen that a bot registers as many e-mail addresses as possible during a registration e-mail addresses in order to "spam" forums or blogs with unwanted advertising content. With reCAPTCHA, we can avoid such bot attacks.
reCAPTCHA collects personal data from users in order to determine whether the actions on our website actually originate from people. It can therefore send the IP address and other data, that Google requires for the reCAPTCHA service may be sent to Google. IP addresses are almost always shortened beforehand within the member states of the EU or other signatory states to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. European Economic Area are almost always shortened before the data ends up on a server in the USA. The IP address will not be combined with other data from Google unless you have are logged in with your Google account while using reCAPTCHA. First, the reCAPTCHA algorithm checks whether Google cookies from other Google services (YouTube. Gmail, etc.) are already present on your browser. (YouTube, Gmail, etc.) are already placed on your browser. Then, reCAPTCHA places an additional cookie on your browser and captures a snapshot of your browser window.
The following list of collected browser and user data, does not claim to be exhaustive. Rather, they are examples of data that, to our knowledge, are processed by Google. processed by Google.
It is undisputed that Google uses and analyses this data even before you click on the "I am not a robot" checkbox. With the Invisible reCAPTCHA version, even the In the Invisible reCAPTCHA version, you don't even have to tick the box and the whole recognition process runs in the background. Google does not tell you in detail exactly how much and which data it stores.
The following cookies are used by reCAPTCHA: Here we refer to the reCAPTCHA demo version from Google at. https://www.google.com/recaptcha/api2/demo. All these cookies require a unique identifier a unique identifier. Here is a list of cookies that Google reCAPTCHA has set on the demo version:
Purpose: This cookie is set by the company DoubleClick (also owned by Google) to record and report a user's actions on the website in dealing with advertisements. and to report them. This allows advertising effectiveness to be measured and appropriate optimisation measures to be taken. IDE is stored in browsers under the domain doubleclick.net. stored.
Expiration date: after one year.
Purpose: This cookie collects statistics on website usage and measures conversions. A conversion occurs, for example, when a user becomes a buyer. The cookie is also used to display relevant advertisements to users. Furthermore, the cookie can be used to prevent a user from seeing the same ad more than once. Expiration date: after one month
Expiration date: after 9 months.
Purpose: The cookie stores the status of a user's consent to use different services from Google. CONSENT is also used for security purposes, to verify user users, prevent credential fraud and protect user data from unauthorised attacks.
Expiration date: after 19 years.
Purpose: NID is used by Google to customise advertisements to your Google search. With the help of the cookie, Google "remembers" your most frequently typed search queries or your previous interaction with ads. This way you will always get tailored ads. The cookie contains a unique ID to collect the user's personal preferences for advertising purposes. for advertising purposes.
Expiration date: after 6 months.
Purpose: Once you have ticked the "I am not a robot" box, this cookie is set. The cookie is used by Google Analytics for personalised personalised advertising. DV collects information in anonymous form and is further used to make user distinctions.
. Expiration date: after 10 minutes.
Note: This list cannot claim to be exhaustive, as Google's experience has shown that they change their choice of cookies every now and then.
By inserting reCAPTCHA, data is transferred from you to the Google server. Where exactly this data is stored is not made clear by Google, even after repeated requests. clearly. Without having received confirmation from Google, it can be assumed that data such as mouse interaction, time spent on the website or language settings are stored on the European or American Google servers. The IP address that your browser transmits to Google will not be merged with other Google data from other Google services. Google services. However, if you are logged into your Google account while using the reCAPTCHA plug-in, the data will be merged. The deviating data protection provisions of Google apply.
If you do not want any data about you and your behaviour to be transmitted to Google, you must log out of Google completely before visiting our website or using the reCAPTCHA software. Google and delete all Google cookies before you visit our website or use the reCAPTCHA software. In principle, the data is automatically transmitted to Google as soon as you visit our website. To delete this data again you will need to contact Google support at https://support.google.com/?hl=de&tid=311257055.
So by using our website, you consent to the automatic collection, processing and use of data by Google LLC and its agents.
You can learn a little more about reCAPTCHA on Google's web developer page at. https://developers.google.com/recaptcha/. Although Google is referring here to the technical development of reCAPTCHA in more detail, but exact information about data storage and data protection-relevant topics is also searched for in vain there. A good overview of the basic use of data at Google can be found in the company's own data protection declaration at https://www.google.com/intl/de/policies/privacy/.