Privacy Policy

Name and address of the controller

The controller in terms of the GDPR and the new Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) is

Presentation of the website and creation of log files

Description and scope of data processing

Every time this website is accessed, the system automatically records information from the computer system which accesses it, logging the following data:

The legal basis for the temporary storage of data and log files is Article 6 (1) point (f) of the GDPR in conjunction with Section 3 of the new BDSG.

Purpose of data processing

The temporary storage of the IP address by the system is necessary to enable delivery of the website to the user’s computer. This requires the user’s IP address to be saved for the duration of the session.

Right to object and deletion

The collection of data to present the website and the storage of the data in log files is absolutely necessary for the website’s operation. There is therefore no right to objection for the user.

Web analytics by Matomo

Scope of processing personal data

On this website the open source software tool Matomo (formerly PIWIK) is used to analyse the surfing behaviour of the users. This is an open source web analysis tool. Matomo does not transfer any data to servers outside the control of the operator of this website.

Matomo uses cookies. These text files are saved on your computer and enable the operator of this website to analyse how it is used. The information provided by the cookie is transferred to the webspace of this website and saved there, to enable the operator to analyse user behaviour. Your IP address will be immediately anonymised; users are thus anonymous. The information generated by the cookie regarding how you use the website will not be passed on to third parties.

The operator of this website sees this analysis as an integral part of its online service. This information helps to consistently improve the website and optimise it according to user needs.

You can adjust your browser settings to disable cookies at any time. This might, however, mean that you are not able to use all of the website’s functions.

If you do not agree to the data generated by your visit to the website being saved and analysed, you can object to the saving and utilisation with a mouse click below. A so-called deactivation cookie will then be saved in your browser. As a result, Matomo will not record any data relating to your session (Please note: if you delete your cookies, you will also delete the deactivation cookie, which you will then have to save again at your next visit to the site).

If individual pages of this website are accessed, the following data are stored:

  1. 3 Bytes of the IP address of the user’s accessing system
  2. the website accessed
  3. the website from which the user reached the website accessed here (referrer)
  4. the other web pages visited from the main website accessed
  5. the time spent looking at the website
  6. the frequency with which the website is accessed.

The analysis software runs exclusively on the servers of this website. Storage of the user’s personal data only takes place there. The data are not passed on to third parties.

You can decide here whether or not a web analysis cookie may be stored in your browser, to enable the operator of this website to gather and analyse statistical data.

If you decide against this, click on the link below to store the Matomo deactivation cookie in your browser.

You can decide here whether or not a web analysis cookie may be stored in your browser, to enable the website operator to gather and analyse various statistical data.
If you decide against this, delete the tick from the box below to store the Matomo deactivation cookie in your browser.

The legal basis for processing personal data of users in Article 6 (1) point (f) of the GDPR in conjunction with Section 3 of the new BDSG.

Purpose of data processing

The processing of personal data of users enables the operator of this website to analyse the surfing behaviour of our users. By evaluating the collected data, it is possible to generate information about the use of the individual components of this website. This helps to continually improve this website and its user-friendliness. By anonymising the IP address, the interests of the users regarding protection of personal data are sufficiently taken into account.

Duration of storage

The raw data used to create the usage statistics for this website are deleted after 6 months. The statistics generated from the underlying data are not deleted.

Right to objection and deletion

Cookies are stored on the user’s computer and transmitted to this site from there. Therefore, you as a user also have full control over the use of cookies. By changing the settings in your internet browser, you can disable or restrict the transfer of cookies. Previously stored cookies can be deleted at any time. This can also be done automatically. If cookies are disabled for our website, you might not be able to fully use all of the website’s functions.

Please see the following link for more information about the privacy settings of the Matomo software: https://matomo.org/docs/privacy/.

Contact form, e-mail contact and postal contact

Description and scope of data processing

There is a contact form on this website which can be used for contacting the operator of this website online. If you make use of this opportunity, the data entered in the input form are sent and stored. These data are:

Alternatively, you can contact the operator of this website via the e-mail address provided. In this case, the user’s personal data transmitted together with the e-mail are stored.

In this regard, there is no disclosure of data to third parties. The data are used solely for processing the conversation.

The legal basis for processing data in the course of sending an e-mail is Article 6 (1) point (f) of the GDPR. If the aim of the e-mail contact is the conclusion of a contractual relationship, then Article 6 (1) point (b) of the GDPR also applies to the data processing.

Purpose of data processing

The processing of personal data from the input form is used solely to handle the contact request.

Right to objection and deletion

The user has the right to withdraw their consent to the processing of personal data at any time. If the user contacts the operator of this website by e-mail, among other options, they can object to the storage of their personal data at any time. In such cases, the conversation cannot be continued.

In this event, all personal data that has been stored in the course of the contact will be deleted.

Information on your rights

If your personal data are processed, you are a data subject under the provisions of the GDPR and have the following rights that you can demand from your controller:

Right of access by the data subject – Art. 15 GDPR

The data subject shall have the right to obtain from the controller confirmation as to whether or not personal data concerning him or her are being processed.

Where this is the case the data subject is entitled to obtain the following information from the controller:

  1. the purposes of the processing of personal data;
  2. the categories of personal data concerned;
  3. the recipients or categories of recipient to whom the personal data have been or will be disclosed;
  4. the envisaged period for which the personal data will be stored, or, if no specific information can be given, the criteria used to determine that period;
  5. the existence of the right to request from the controller rectification or erasure of personal data or restriction of processing of personal data concerning the data subject or to object to such processing;
  6. the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority;
  7. where the personal data are not collected from the data subject, any available information as to their source;
  8. the existence of automated decision-making, including profiling, referred to in Article 22(1) and (4) GDPR and, at least in those cases, meaningful information about the logic involved, as well as the significance and the envisaged consequences of such processing for the data subject.

The data subject is entitled to information on whether pertinent personal data are transferred to a third country or international organisation. Where this is the case, the data subject shall have the right to be informed of the appropriate safeguards pursuant to Article 46 GDPR relating to the transfer. Please also see the Right to data portability, pursuant to Article 20 GDPR.

Right to rectification – Art. 16 GDPR

The data subject shall have the right to obtain from the controller the rectification and/or completion of incorrect or incomplete personal data concerning him or her. The controller shall make the corrections without undue delay.

Right to restriction of processing – Art. 18 GDPR

The data subject shall have the right to obtain from the controller restriction of processing where one of the following applies:

  1. the accuracy of the personal data is contested by the data subject, for a period enabling the controller to verify the accuracy of the personal data;
  2. the processing is unlawful and the data subject opposes the erasure of the personal data and requests the restriction of their use instead;
  3. the controller no longer needs the personal data for the purposes of the processing, but they are required by the data subject for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims;
  4. the data subject has objected to processing pursuant to Article 21 (1) GDPR pending the verification whether the legitimate grounds of the controller override those of the data subject.

Where processing has been restricted, such personal data shall, with the exception of storage, only be processed with the data subject’s consent or for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims or for the protection of the rights of another natural or legal person or for reasons of important public interest of the Union or of a Member State.

A data subject who has obtained restriction of processing on the basis of the above preconditions shall be informed by the controller before the restriction of processing is lifted.

Right to erasure – Art. 17 GDPR

Right to be forgotten

The data subject shall have the right to obtain from the controller the erasure of personal data concerning him or her without undue delay and the controller shall have the obligation to erase personal data without undue delay where one of the following grounds applies:

  1. the personal data are no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise processed;
  2. the data subject withdraws the consent on which the processing is based according to point (a) of Article 6 (1), or point (a) of Article 9 (2) GDPR, and where there is no other legal ground for the processing;
  3. the data subject objects to the processing pursuant to Article 21 (1) GDPR and there are no overriding legitimate grounds for the processing, or the data subject objects to the processing pursuant to Article 21 (2) GDPR;
  4. the personal data have been unlawfully processed;
  5. the personal data have to be erased for compliance with a legal obligation in Union or Member State law to which the controller is subject;
  6. the personal data have been collected in relation to the offer of information society services referred to in Article 8 (1) GDPR.

Information to third parties

Where the controller has made the personal data public and is obliged pursuant to Article 17 (1) GDPR to erase the personal data, the controller, taking account of available technology and the cost of implementation, shall take reasonable steps, including technical measures, to inform controllers processing the personal data that the data subject has requested the erasure by such controllers of any links to, or copy or replication of, those personal data.

Exceptions

The right to be forgotten shall not apply to the extent that processing is necessary:

  1. for exercising the right of freedom of expression and information;
  2. for compliance with a legal obligation which requires processing by Union or Member State law to which the controller is subject or for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller;
  3. for reasons of public interest in the area of public health in accordance with points (h) and (i) of Article 9 (2) as well as Article 9 (3) GDPR;
  4. for archiving purposes in the public interest, scientific or historical research purposes or statistical purposes in accordance with Article 89 (1) GDPR in so far as the right referred to in paragraph a) is likely to render impossible or seriously impair the achievement of the objectives of that processing; or
  5. for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.

Notification obligation – Art. 19 GDPR

Should the data subject have made use of the right to rectification or erasure of data or restriction of processing vis à vis the controller, the latter is obliged to communicate any rectification or erasure of personal data or restriction of processing to each recipient to whom the personal data have been disclosed, unless this proves impossible or involves disproportionate effort.

The data subject is entitled to be informed by the controller about those recipients.

The right to data portability does not apply to processing personal data which is required for performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller.

Right to data portability – Art. 20 GDPR

The data subject shall have the right to receive the personal data concerning him or her, which he or she has provided to a controller, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format and have the right to haven the data transmitted to another controller, where:

  1. the processing is based on consent pursuant to point (a) of Article 6 (1) or point (a) of Article 9 (2) GDPR or on a contract pursuant to point (b) of Article 6 (1) GDPR; and
  2. the processing is carried out by automated means.

In exercising his or her right to data portability pursuant to paragraph 1, the data subject
shall have the right to have the personal data transmitted directly from one controller to another, where technically feasible.

Right to object – Art. 21 GDPR

The data subject shall have the right to object, on grounds relating to his or her particular situation, at any time to processing of personal data concerning him or her which is based on point (e) of Article 6 (1).

The controller shall no longer process the personal data unless the controller demonstrates compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override the interests, rights and freedoms of the data subject or for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.

The data subject shall have the right to withdraw his or her consent at any time. The withdrawal of consent shall not affect the lawfulness of processing based on consent before its withdrawal.

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