Information obligation according to § 5 TMG.
Accountability for content
The contents of our pages have been created with the utmost care. However, we cannot guarantee the contents' accuracy, completeness or topicality. According to statutory provisions, we are furthermore responsible for our own content on these web pages. In this matter, please note that we are not obliged to monitor the transmitted or saved information of third parties, or investigate circumstances pointing to illegal activity. Our obligations to remove or block the use of information under generally applicable laws remain unaffected by this as per §§ 8 to 10 of the Telemedia Act (TMG).
Accountability for links
Responsibility for the content of external links (to web pages of third parties) lies solely with the operators of the linked pages. No violations were evident to us at the time of linking. Should any legal infringement become known to us, we will remove the respective link immediately.
Our web pages and their contents are subject to German copyright law. Unless expressly permitted by law, every form of utilizing, reproducing or processing works subject to copyright protection on our web pages requires the prior consent of the respective owner of the rights. Individual reproductions of a work are only allowed for private use. The materials from these pages are copyrighted and any unauthorized use may violate copyright laws.
In accordance with the Ordinance on Online Dispute Resolution in Consumer Affairs (ODR Ordinance), we would like to inform you about the online dispute settlement platform (OS platform).
Consumers can submit complaints to the European Commission's online dispute resolution platform at http://ec.europa.eu/odr?tid=321142273 . You can find the necessary contact details above in our imprint.
However, we would like to point out that we are not willing or obliged to participate in dispute resolution proceedings before a consumer arbitration board.
Liability for the content of this website
We continuously develop the content of this website and strive to provide correct and current information. According to the Telemedia Act (TMG) §7 (1) , as a service provider, we are responsible for our own information, which we provide for use, according to the general laws. Unfortunately, we cannot accept any liability for the correctness of all content on this website, especially for those provided by third parties. As a service provider within the meaning of sections 8 to 10, we are not obliged to monitor the information that you transmit or store or to investigate circumstances that indicate illegal activity.
Our obligations to remove information or to block the use of information according to general laws based on judicial or official orders remain unaffected even in the event of our non-responsibility according to §§ 8 to 10.
If you notice problematic or illegal content, please contact us immediately so that we can remove the illegal content. You will find the contact details in the imprint.
Liability for links on this website
Our website contains links to other websites whose content we are not responsible for. We are not liable for linked websites, as we had no knowledge of illegal activities, we have not noticed any such illegal activity so far and we would remove links immediately if we became aware of any illegal activity.
If you notice any illegal links on our website, please contact us. You will find the contact details in the imprint.
All contents of this website (pictures, photos, texts, videos) are subject to the copyright of the Federal Republic of Germany. Please ask us before you distribute, reproduce or exploit the content of this website, such as republishing it on other websites. If necessary, we will legally pursue the unauthorized use of parts of the content of our website.
If you find content on this website that violates copyright, please contact us.
The images, photos and graphics on this website are protected by copyright.
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We have written this data protection declaration (version 11.01.2020-321142273) in order to explain to you in accordance with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 , what information we collect, how we use data and what decision options you have as a visitor to this website ,
Unfortunately, it is in the nature of things that these explanations sound very technical, but we tried to describe the most important things as simply and clearly as possible.
Automatic data storage
When you visit websites these days, certain information is automatically created and saved, including on this website.
If you visit our website as you are now, our web server (computer on which this website is stored) automatically stores data such as
- the address (URL) of the website accessed
- Browser and browser version
- the operating system used
- the address (URL) of the previously visited page (referrer URL)
- the host name and the IP address of the device from which it is accessed
- Date and Time
in files (web server log files).
Usually web server log files are saved for two weeks and then automatically deleted. We do not pass on this data, but we cannot rule out that this data will be viewed in the event of illegal behavior.
The legal basis according to Article 6 Paragraph 1 f GDPR (lawfulness of processing) is that there is a legitimate interest in enabling the error-free operation of this website by recording web server log files.
Our website uses HTTP cookies to store user-specific data.
Below we explain what cookies are and why they are used so that you can better understand the following data protection declaration.
What exactly are cookies?
Whenever you surf the Internet, use a browser. Well-known 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 from you, such as language or personal page settings. When you visit our site again, your browser transmits the "user-related" information back to our site. Thanks to cookies, our website knows who you are and offers you your usual standard 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 website, third-party cookies are created by partner websites (e.g. Google Analytics). Each cookie is to be assessed individually, since each cookie stores different data. The expiration time of a cookie also varies from a few minutes to a few years. Cookies are not software programs and do not contain viruses, Trojans or other “pests”. Cookies also cannot access information from your PC.
For example, cookie data can look like this:
- Name: _ga
- Expiry time: 2 years
- Use: Differentiation of website visitors
- Example value: GA1.2.1326744211.152321142273
A browser should support the following minimum sizes:
- A cookie should contain at least 4096 bytes
- At least 50 cookies should be saved per domain
- A total of at least 3000 cookies should be saved
What types of cookies are there?
The question of which cookies we use in particular depends on the services used and is clarified in the following sections of the data protection declaration. At this point we would like to briefly discuss the different types of HTTP cookies.
There are 4 types of cookies:
Strictly necessary cookies
These cookies are necessary to ensure basic functions of the website. For example, these cookies are required if a user places a product in the shopping cart, then surfs on other pages and only later checks out. These cookies do not delete the shopping cart, even if the user closes his browser window.
These cookies collect information about user behavior and whether the user receives any error messages. In addition, these cookies also measure the loading time and behavior of the website in different browsers.
These cookies improve user-friendliness. For example, entered locations, font sizes or form data are saved.
These cookies are also called targeting cookies. They serve to deliver customized advertising to the user. This can be very practical, but it can also be very annoying.
When you visit a website for the first time, you are usually asked which of these types of cookies you would like to allow. And of course this decision is also saved in a cookie.
How can I delete cookies?
If you want to determine which cookies have been saved in your browser, if you want to change or delete cookie settings, you can find this in your browser settings:
If you basically do not want cookies, you can set up your browser so that it always informs you when a cookie is to be set. With each individual cookie you can decide whether you want to allow the cookie or not. The procedure differs depending on the browser. It is best to search for the instructions in Google with the search term “delete cookies Chrome” or “deactivate cookies Chrome” in the case of a Chrome browser or exchange the word “Chrome” for the name of your browser, eg Edge, Firefox, Safari.
What about my data protection?
Storage of personal data
Personal data that you transmit to us electronically on this website, such as name, email address, address or other personal information in the context of the transmission of a form or comments in the blog, will be collected by us together with the time and the IP address. Address used only for the specified purpose, kept safe and not passed on to third parties.
We therefore use your personal data only for communication with those visitors who expressly request contact and for the processing of the services and products offered on this website. We will not pass on your personal data without consent, but we cannot rule out that this data will be viewed in the event of illegal behavior.
If you send us personal data by e-mail - thus outside of this website - we cannot guarantee secure transmission and protection of your data. We recommend that you never send confidential data unencrypted by email.
The legal basis according to Article 6 Paragraph 1 a GDPR (lawfulness of processing) is that you give us your consent to the processing of the data you have entered. You can revoke this consent at any time - an informal email is sufficient, you will find our contact details in the imprint.
Rights under the General Data Protection Regulation
According to the provisions of the GDPR, you have the following basic rights:
- Right to rectification (Article 16 GDPR)
- Right to erasure ("right to be forgotten") (Article 17 GDPR)
- Right to restriction of processing (Article 18 GDPR)
- Right to notification - notification obligation in connection with the correction or deletion of personal data or the restriction of processing (Article 19 GDPR)
- Right to data portability (Article 20 GDPR)
- Right to object (Article 21 GDPR)
- Right not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing - including profiling (Article 22 GDPR)
If you believe that the processing of your data violates data protection law or your data protection claims have otherwise been violated in any way, you can contact the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (BfDI) .
Evaluation of visitor behavior
In the following data protection declaration we inform you whether and how we evaluate data from your visit to this website. The data collected is usually evaluated anonymously, and we cannot conclude that you are a person based on your behavior on this website.
You can find out more about the possibilities to object to this evaluation of the visit data in the following data protection declaration.
TLS encryption with https
We use https to transfer data securely on the Internet (data protection through technology design Article 25 paragraph 1 GDPR ). By using TLS (Transport Layer Security), an encryption protocol for secure data transmission over the Internet, we can ensure the protection of confidential data. You can recognize the use of this data transfer protection by the small lock symbol in 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 . With Google Maps we can visualize locations better and thus improve our service. By using Google Maps, data is transferred to Google and stored on the Google servers. Here we want 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.
What is Google Maps?
Google Maps is an online map service from Google Inc. With Google Maps you can search for exact locations of cities, sights, accommodation or companies on the Internet using a PC or an app. If companies are represented on Google My Business, additional information about the company is displayed in addition to the location. In order to show the way 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 road map or as an aerial or satellite image. Thanks to the Street View images and the high quality satellite images, very precise representations are possible.
Why do we use Google Maps on our website?
All our efforts on this page aim to offer you a useful and meaningful time on our website. By integrating Google Maps, we can provide you with the most important information about various locations. Thanks to Google Maps, you can see at a glance where we are based. The route description always shows you the best or fastest way to us. You can get directions for routes by car, public transport, on foot or by bike. For us, the provision of Google Maps is part of our customer service.
How can I delete my data or prevent data storage?
With the automatic deletion of location and activity data introduced in 2019, information on location determination and web / app activity - depending on your decision - is either saved for 3 or 18 months and then deleted. You can also manually delete this data from the history at any time using the Google account. If you want to completely prevent your location from being recorded, you must pause the "Web and app activity" section in the Google account. Click Data and Personalization, and then click the Activity Settings option. Here you can switch the activities on or off.
You can also deactivate, delete or manage individual cookies in your browser. Depending on the browser you use, this works in different ways. The following instructions show how to manage cookies in your browser:
If you basically do not want cookies, you can set up your browser so that it always informs you when a cookie is to be set. So you can decide for each individual cookie whether you allow it or not.
Google reCAPTCHA data protection declaration
Our primary goal is that our website is as safe and secure as possible for you and for us. To ensure this, we use Google reCAPTCHA from Google Inc. (1600 Amphitheater Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA). With reCAPTCHA we can determine whether you are really a flesh and blood person and not a robot or other spam software. We understand spam to mean any electronically undesirable information that we receive without being asked. With the classic CAPTCHAS, you usually had to solve text or picture puzzles to check. With reCAPTCHA from Google, we usually don't have to bother you with such puzzles. In most cases it is sufficient to simply tick the box and confirm that you are not a bot. With the new Invisible reCAPTCHA version you don't even have to tick the box. You can find out exactly how this works and, above all, what data is used for this in the course of this data protection declaration.
The legal basis for the use is Article 6 (1) f (lawfulness of processing), because there is a legitimate interest in protecting this website from bots and spam software.
Newsletter data protection declaration
When you sign up for our newsletter, you submit the above-mentioned personal data and give us the right to contact you by email. We use the data stored as part of the registration for the newsletter exclusively for our newsletter and do not pass it on.
If you unsubscribe from the newsletter - you will find the link for this at the bottom of every newsletter - we will delete all data that was saved when you subscribed to the newsletter.