Data protection

Data protection

1. Name and address of the data controller

The data controller within the meaning of the General Data Protection Regulation and other national data protection laws of the EU Member States, as well as other data protection regulations, is the aforementioned company.

2. General data processing information

2.1. The scope of the processing of personal data
We collect and utilize your personal data only insofar as this is necessary to provide an operating site, our content, and our services. We regularly collect and use your personal data, but only with your consent. An exception applies in cases where circumstances prevent us from obtaining prior consent and the processing of the data is permitted by law.

2.2. Legal basis for the processing of personal data
Insofar as we obtain your consent to process your personal data, Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a) of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) serves as the legal basis for the processing of your data. When processing personal data that is necessary to fulfill an agreement to which the data subject is a party, Art. 6 para. 1 GDPR serves as the legal basis. This also applies to processing necessary to implement pre-contractual measures. Insofar as the processing of personal data is necessary to fulfil a legal obligation to which our company is subject, Art. 6 para. 1 lit. c) GDPR serves as the legal basis. In the event that vital interests of the data subject or another natural person require the processing of personal data, Art. 6 para. 1 lit. d) GDPR serves as the legal basis. If processing is necessary to safeguard a legitimate interest of our company or of a third party and if the interests, fundamental rights, and freedoms of the data subject do not outweigh the first-mentioned interest, Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f) GDPR serves as the legal basis for processing.

2.3. Data deletion and storage duration
Your personal data will be deleted or blocked as soon as the purpose for its storage no longer applies. In addition, the data may be stored if this has been provided for by European or national legislators in EU regulations, laws, or other provisions to which the data controller is subject. Data will also be blocked or deleted if a storage period prescribed by the aforementioned regulations has elapsed unless further storage of the data is necessary for the conclusion or fulfilment of a contract.

3. Provision of the website and creation of log files

3.1. Description and scope of data processing
Every time you visit our website, our system automatically collects data and information from the computer system of the accessing computer. The following data is collected:

  • Information regarding the used browser type and version
  • The user’s operating system
  • The user’s Internet service provider
  • The user’s IP address
  • Date and time of access
  • The websites from which the user’s system accesses our website
  • The websites accessed by the user’s system via our website The data will be stored in the log files of our system. This data is not stored together with any other personal data pertaining to the user.

3.2. Legal basis for data processing
The legal basis for the temporary storage of data and log files is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f) GDPR.

3.3. Purpose of data processing
Temporary storage of the IP address by the system is necessary to enable delivery of the website to the user’s computer. To do this, the user’s IP address must be stored for the duration of the session.
Log files are saved to ensure the functionality of the website. The data is also used to optimise the website and ensure the security of our information technology systems. We do not evaluate this data for marketing purposes in this regard. These purposes also encompass our legitimate interest in data processing in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f) GDPR.

3.4. Duration of storage
All data is deleted as soon as it is no longer required to achieve the purpose for which it was collected. In the case the data was collected in order to provide the website, it will be deleted once your session on our site ends.

3.5. Options for objection and deletion
Collection of data required to make the website available and storage of the data in log files is essential for the operation of the website. Consequently, you have no option to object to its collection.

4. Contact form and email contact

4.1. Description and scope of data processing
There is a contact form on our website which can be used for electronic contact. If users accept this option, the data entered in the input screen will be transmitted to us and stored. This data is:

  • Your name
  • Your phone number
  • Your email address
  • Your request

The following data is also stored at the time the message is sent: Date and time of sending. During the dispatch process, your consent is obtained for processing data and reference is made to this Privacy Policy. Alternatively, you can contact us via the e-mail address provided. If you use this option, your personal data will be transmitted along with the email, both of which will be stored. No data will be disclosed to third parties in this context. This data will be used exclusively to respond to your enquiry.

4.2. Legal basis for data processing
The legal basis for processing the data, if the user’s consent to this has been obtained, is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a) GDPR. The legal basis for processing the data transmitted in the course of sending an email is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f) GDPR. If you email us with the intention of entering into a contract with us, this creates an additional legal basis for its processing per Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b) GDPR.

4.3. Purpose of data processing
We use personal data provided on contact forms only to make the requested contact. If contact is made via email, this is also because of our required legitimate interest in processing the data. The other personal data processed during the sending process are used to prevent misuse of the contact form and to ensure the security of our information technology systems.

4.4. Duration of storage
All data is deleted as soon as it is no longer required to achieve the purpose for which it was collected. For the personal data from the contact form input screen and the data that was sent by email, this is the case when the respective conversation with the user has been completed. The conversation is terminated when the circumstances indicate that the matter in question has been finally resolved.

4.5. Options for objection and deletion
The user has the option of withdrawing their consent to the processing of personal data at any time. If you contact us by email, you may object to the storage of your personal data at any time. If this right is exercised, it will not be possible to continue the conversation. The withdrawal of consent can be sent to the above-mentioned contact details. In such cases, all personal data that was stored when contact was made with us will be deleted.

5. Right of the data subject

If your personal data is processed, you are a data subject within the meaning of the GDPR and you have the following rights with respect to us as the data controller:

5.1. Right of access
You can request that we confirm whether we are processing or have processed personal data that concerns you. If such is indeed the case, you can request the following information from the responsible entity:

  1. the purposes for which the personal data is being processed;
  2. the categories of personal data being processed;
  3. the recipients or categories of recipients to whom your personal data has been or will be disclosed;
  4. how long the controller plans to store your personal data, or, if specific information in this respect is not possible, the controller’s criteria for determining the storage period;
  5. the existence of a right to correct or have your personal data deleted or to restrict its processing by the data controller or to object to such processing;
  6. the existence of the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority;
  7. any available information on the origin of the data if the personal data has not been collected from the person concerned;
  8. the existence of automated decision-making, including profiling, referred to in Art. 22 paras. 1 and 4 GDPR and, at least in those cases, meaningful information about the logic involved, as well as the significance and envisaged consequences of such processing for the data subject. You have the right to be informed as to whether your personal information will be transmitted to a third-party country or an international organisation. In this context, you may request to be informed of the appropriate guarantees pursuant to Art. 46 GDPR in connection with the transmission.

5.2. Right to rectification
You have a right to correct and/or add to the personal data held by the data controller if it is incorrect or incomplete. We are required to make the correction immediately.

5.3. Right to restriction of processing
You may ask for the processing of your personal data to be restricted under the following conditions:

  1. if you contest the accuracy of your personal data, for as long as it takes the data controller to verify its accuracy;
  2. if the processing is unlawful and you refuse to have the data deleted and instead wish to restrict its use;
  3. the data controller no longer needs the personal data for its purposes, but you need it to be retained in order establish, exercise, or defend legal claims; or
  4. if you have filed an objection to the processing pursuant to Art. 21 para. 1 GDPR and it has not yet been determined whether the legitimate reasons of the data controller outweigh your reasons.

If the processing of personal data concerning you has been restricted, then – apart from its storage – this data may only be processed with your consent or for the purposes of asserting, exercising or defending legal claims or protecting the rights of another natural or legal person, or for reasons of an important public interest of the Union or a Member State. If processing has been restricted in accordance with the above conditions, you will be informed by the data controller before the restriction is lifted.

5.4. Right to deletion

5.4.1. Obligation to delete
You have the right to demand that the data controller delete your personal data, and the data controller must do so without delay if any of the following reasons applies:

  1. Your personal data is no longer necessary for the purposes for which it was originally collected or otherwise processed.
  2. You withdraw your consent, on which the processing was based pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a) or Art. 9 para. 2 lit. a) GDPR, and there is no other legal basis for the processing.
  3. You file an objection against the processing pursuant to Art. 21 para. 1 GDPR and there are no overriding legitimate reasons for the processing, or you file an objection against the processing pursuant to Art. 21 para. 2 GDPR.
  4. Your personal data has been processed unlawfully.
  5. The deletion of personal data relating to you is required in order to comply with legal obligations according to EU law or national law of the Member States to which we are subject.
  6. Your personal data has been collected in connection with services offered by an information company pursuant to Art. 8 para. 1 GDPR.

5.4.2. Transfer of information to third parties
Where the data controller has made the personal data concerning you public and is obliged to delete it in accordance with Art. 17 para. 1 GDPR, they shall take appropriate measures, including technical measures, taking into account the technology available and the implementation costs, to inform data processors of the personal data that a data subject has requested them to delete, including all links to such personal data or copies or replications of such personal data.

5.4.3. Exceptions
The right to deletion does not apply insofar as processing is necessary

  1. to exercise the right to freedom of expression and information;
  2. to fulfill a legal obligation that requires processing under the law of the Union or of the Member States to which we are subject or for the performance of a task in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority conferred to us;
  3. for reasons of public interest in the field of public health pursuant to Art. 9 para. 2 lit. h) and i) and Art. 9 para. 3 GDPR;
  4. for archiving purposes in the public interest, scientific or historical research purposes or for statistical purposes pursuant to Art. 89 para. 1 GDPR, insofar as the law referred to under a) is likely to make it impossible or seriously impair the attainment of the objectives of such processing, or (5) to assert, exercise, or defend legal claims.

5.5. Right to notification
If you have asserted the right to rectification, deletion or restriction of processing against the data controller, they are obliged to inform all recipients to whom the personal data concerning you has been disclosed of this rectification or deletion of the data or restriction of processing, unless this proves impossible or involves disproportionate effort. You have the right to be informed as to these recipients by the data controller.

5.6. The right to data portability
You have the right to obtain a copy of the personal data you have supplied to the data controller concerning you in a structured, commonly used, machine-readable format. Moreover, you have the right to transmit this data to another data controller without any obstruction from the data controller to whom the personal data has been given, if

  1. the processing is based on consent pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a) GDPR or Art. 9 para. 2 lit. a) GDPR or on a contract pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b) GDPR, and
  2. the processing is carried out using automated procedures. In exercising this right, you also have the right to have the data controller transfer your personal data directly to another data controller if this is technically feasible. This action must not affect the freedoms and rights of other persons. The right to data portability does not apply to personal data processing that is required for the performance of a task that falls within the public interest or that occurs in the exercise of public authority that has been transferred to the data controller.

5.7. Right to object
You have the right, for reasons arising from your particular situation, to object at any time to the processing of personal data concerning you, which is carried out on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. e) or lit. f) GDPR; this also applies to profiling based on these provisions. The data controller will no longer process the personal data relating to you unless they can prove a compelling, legitimate reason for this which outweighs your interests, rights, and freedoms or the processing serves to assert, exercise, or defend legal claims.If the personal data relating to you is processed for direct marketing purposes, you have the right to object at any time to such processing; this also applies to profiling insofar as it is associated with such direct marketing.If you object to your data being processed for direct marketing purposes, your personal data will no longer be processed for such purposes. In the context of the use of information society services, and notwithstanding Directive 2002/58/EC, you may exercise your right to object to using an automated process involving the use of technical specifications.

5.8. Right to withdraw the declaration of consent under data protection law
You have the right to withdraw your declaration of consent under data protection law at any time. Withdrawing consent does not affect the lawfulness of processing based on consent before its revocation.

5.9. Automated decisions in individual cases, including profiling
You have the right to not be subjected to a decision based solely on automated processing—including profiling—which has legal bearing on you or that significantly affects you in a similar manner. This shall not apply if the decision

  1. is necessary for us to establish or fulfill a contract with you;
  2. is authorized by EU or national law to which we are subject provided said law also sets forth suitable measures for safeguarding your rights, and freedoms, and legitimate interests; or
  3. is based on your express consent. However, these decisions may not be based on special categories of personal data pursuant to Art. 9 para. 1 GDPR, unless Art. 9 para. 2 lit. a) or g) GDPR applies and appropriate measures have been taken to protect your rights and freedoms and your legitimate interests. In the cases referred to in (1) and (3), the data controller will take reasonable measures to safeguard your rights, freedoms, and legitimate interests, including, at a minimum, the right to obtain the intervention of an individual on the part of the data controller to state their own position and challenge the decision.

5.10. Right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority
Without prejudice to any other administrative or judicial remedy, you have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, in particular in the Member State where you reside, work or where the infringement is suspected, if you believe that the processing of personal data concerning you infringes the GDPR. The supervisory authority to which the complaint is submitted informs the complainant about the status and results of the complaint, including the possibility of a judicial remedy in accordance with Art. 78 GDPR.

6. Use of analysis tools

The tracking measures listed below and used by us are implemented on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 s. 1 lit. f) GDPR. We use the tracking measures below to ensure that our website is designed to meet requirements and is continually optimised. We also use the tracking measures to make statistical records about the use of our website and to evaluate it for the purpose of optimising our online presence for you. The relevant data processing purposes and data categories can be found in the corresponding tracking tools.

Use of Matomo

This website uses the web analysis service Matomo to evaluate user access to this website. Cookies are stored on your computer for this evaluation. The service provider stores the information collected in this way exclusively on its server in Germany. If you prevent the storage of cookies, we point out that you may not be able to use this website in its entirety. Preventing the storage of cookies is possible by setting them in your browser or by removing the following check mark and thus activating the opt-out plug-in:

This website uses Matomo with the extension “AnonymizeIP”. This means that IP addresses are processed in truncated form, which prevents direct personal identification. The IP address transmitted via Matomo by your browser will not be merged with other data collected by us.
We use Matamo to analyse and regularly improve the use of our website. With the statistics that are gained, we can improve our offering and make it more interesting for you as a user. The legal basis for the use of Matomo is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f) GDPR. The Matomo program is an open-source project. For third-party privacy information, please visit http://matomo.org/privacy/policy.

7. Cookie settings

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