We take the protection of the personal data of our users very seriously and strictly adhere to the relevant provisions of the Data Protection Act. All data collected is protected by technical and organizational measures of our IT security policy. Your data is not forwarded to third parties. Exceptions to this rule shall apply solely in the case of statutory or legal requirements, or when you have specifically approved such forwarding of data, or have expressed a wish for this to be done.
This statement provides an overview of the measures designed to assure such protection, together with an outline of the type of data collected and the purpose for which this statement is used. If you wish to receive further detailed information, or have questions concerning the use of your data on these internet pages that are not answered in this statement, please do not hesitate to contact us. You’ll find the contact details at “Contact."
When accessing our internet pages, the information transferred to us by your browser is automatically stored in our “server log files”. This includes:
We are unable to assign such data to specific persons. No attempt is made to link this data to other data sources. After a statistical evaluation, they are deleted and will not be retained as an individual data record set.
If you would like to access the services offered on the website, we may, in order to provide this service and for billing purposes, require further information from you. Most notably, this shall include your name, your (valid) email address, and further particulars (address, telephone number, etc.), which enable us to check that you are, for example, the owner of the email address provided, or that the owner thereof agrees to receive the relevant services, in order to be able to supply the desired services and, finally, in order to render accounts and serve invoices in the due manner. Entry of a valid email address is required in order for us to prevent misuse of registration procedures – in the case of newsletters, for example. The data in question is so-called personal (“person-linked”) data, i.e. data that can be used to establish your identity. As a matter of principle, however, you are able to use our free websites without having to reveal your identity in either full or in part. Additionally, you may, when signing up/logging in to our services, provide us with further information - going beyond that required for the rendering of the service (such as sector, occupational group, age, etc.) - on a voluntary basis by entering this in the appropriate fields or boxes. Such data is used by us to align services more closely to the needs of users, for product information and advertising purposes, and also for customer relations purposes. As a matter of principle, data is not forwarded to third parties (cf. above).
In several different places websites use so-called cookies. These are needed in order to make our service more user-friendly, more effective, and safer. Cookies are little text files deposited on your computer and stored by your browser. You can block the installation of cookies by changing the setup of the browser software; yet we must point out that, in such event, you may be unable to use the website’s many functions to the fullest extent possible. Cookies do not cause any damage to your computer and do not contain viruses. Cookies are not used by us as a means of storing personal data.
2. Web bugs in newsletters
To prevent a misuse/ breach of contract and to detect a breach of a licence agreement, so called web-bugs (also named tracking pixel) are used to count the page views of a newsletter. These bugs are invisible 1 pixel by 1 pixel transparent graphic images which are associated with the user ID of the correspondent newsletter subscriber. It monitors the number of accesses of a subscriber to the contents of this newsletter. The so called newsletter tracking is used to guarantee proper billing of the used services.
At any time, you may notify us that you wish to revoke the authorization previously given to us to store your personal data and to make use thereof to provide the respective services. Please note that, even in the event of such a revocation notice instructing us to stop using and/or storing data, we reserve the right to continue to use your data to the extent that this may be required for billing purposes. Moreover, instructions preventing us from making continued use of your data will inevitably mean that you may no longer be able to receive the services (newsletters, etc.) to which you’ve subscribed, and that we must immediately terminate the supply of these services. As part of this process, your personal data will immediately be deleted and no longer saved in our data records.
At all times, you have the right to get the necessary information about the type and extent of the stored data concerning to your person, the origin thereof, the persons receiving such data, and the storage purpose. (Contact data, see below, VII.)