Privacy policy

Data protection

The operators of those sites take the protection of your personal data very seriously. We treat your personal data confidentially and according to the legal data security regulations and this privacy policy. Using of our website is usually possible without providing personal data. If the collection of personal data takes places on our website (e.g. name, address or e-mail addresses), it always happens, as far as possible, on a voluntary basis. This data will not be passed to third parties without your prior, explicit consent. It should be noted that the data transmission over the internet (e.g. in e-mail communication) may involve gaps in security. Complete protection of the data against the access of third parties is impossible.

Privacy policy for the use of  Facebook plugins (Like-Button)

The plugins of the social network Facebook, provider Facebook Inc., 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, California 94025, USA, are embedded on our website. You will recognize the Facebook plugins on our website from the Facebook logo or the „Like-Button“ („Gefällt mir“). You can find an overview of the Facebook plugins here: http://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/. If you visit our websites, the plugin will establish a direct connection between your browser and the Facebook server. Facebook receives information that you have visited our website with your IP address. If you click on the  Facebook „Like-Button“ while you are logged into your Facebook account, you may link the contents of our sites with your Facebook profile. This allows Facebook to associate your user account with visiting our websites. It should be noted that we as the provider of websites cannot receive information on the content of the transferred data and also their usage by Facebook. You can find further information on the privacy policy of Facebook here: http://de-de.facebook.com/policy.php. If you do not wish to allow Facebook to associate your visit of our websites with your Facebook user account, please log out of your Facebook account.

Privacy policy for the usage of  Google Analytics

Our website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service from Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043 USA, hereinafter referred to as “Google“. Google Analytics employs so called “cookies“, text files that are stored at your computer in order to facilitate the analysis of your website usage. Information generated by cookies, such as time, place and frequency of your visits on our website including your IP address is transmitted to Google’s location in the US and stored there. Our website employs the extension, „_gat._anonymizeIp“ in the usage of Google Analytics. In doing so, Google abbreviates and thereby anonymizes your IP address before transferring it from member states of the European Union or signatory states to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Google uses this information to analyze your usage of our website, to prepare reports on the Internet activity for us and to provide other services relating to the website and Internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties if it is required to do so under the provisions of law or if the third parties process such data on the behalf of Google.  Google states that it will never associate your IP address with other data held by Google. You can prevent cookies from being installed by adjusting the settings on your browser software accordingly. You should be aware, however, that by doing so you may not be able to make full use of all the functions of our website. Moreover, Google offers a deactivation add-on for most current browsers that provides you with more control over what data can be collected by  Google on the websites you access. The add-on tells the JavaScript (ga.js) used by Google Analytics not to transmit any information on website visits to Google Analytics. However, the browser deactivation add-on offered by Google Analytics does not prevent information from being transmitted to us or to other web analysis services we may engage. You can find additional information on how to install the browser add-on here: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de

Use of Google+ recommendation components

Our website employs the “+1“-button from Google+ belonging to Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043 USA, hereinafter referred to as “Google“. Each time our website receives the access request with a “+1“ component, it prompts your browser to download an image of this component from Google. Through this process, Google is precisely informed which page of our website is being visited.  As specified by Google, your visit undergoes additional analysis in the event you are not logged into your Google account.  If you access our site while being logged into Google and press the “+1“ button, Google can collect information about your Google account, websites you recommend as well as your IP address along with other browser-related information.  This allows your “+1“ recommendation to be stored and publicized. Your Google “+1“ recommendation can then appear as a reference in other Google services, such as search results, your Google account or other places, such as on websites and adds on the Internet, together with your account name and, if applicable, a picture you provided to Google. Furthermore, Google can link your visit to our site with data stored by Google. Google also stores this information for the purpose of further development of Google services. If you wish to minimize information collected by Google as previously described, you must log out of your Google account before visiting our website. You can access Google‘s data protection policies relating to the “+1“ button together with all relevant information on the collection, transfer and use of data by Google, your rights in this regard as well as your profile settings options at the following link: https://developers.google.com/+/web/buttons-policy


Privacy policy for the usage of Instagram

The functions of Instagram are embedded on our websites. Those functions are offered by Instagram Inc., 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, 94025, USA. If you are logged into your Instagram  account you can link the contents of our websites with your Instagram profile through clicking on the Instagram button. It allows Instagram to associate visiting our websites with your user account. It should be noted that we as the provider of websites cannot receive information on the content of the transferred data and also their usage by Instagram. You can find further information on the privacy policy of Instagram here: http://instagram.com/about/legal/privacy/

Use of Facebook components

Our website employs components provided by facebook.com. Facebook is a service of Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA. Each time our website receives an access request with a Facebook component, it prompts your browser to download an image of this Facebook component. Through this process, Facebook is precisely informed which page of our website is being visited. When you access our site while logged into Facebook, Facebook uses information gathered by this component to identify the page you are viewing and associates this information with your personal Facebook account. Whenever you click on the “Like“ button, for example, or add a comment, this information is transmitted to your personal account on Facebook and stored there. In addition, Facebook is informed of your visit to our website. It happens regardless of whether you click on a component or not. If you wish to prevent the transfer to and storage of data by Facebook about you and your interaction with our website, you must first log out of Facebook before visiting our website. The data protection policies of Facebook provide additional information, in particular about collecting and using the data by Facebook, your rights in this regard as well as the options available for protecting your privacy: https://de-de.facebook.com/about/privacy/ In addition, tools freely available on the market may be used to block Facebook social plug-ins with add-ons from being added to all commonly used browsers: http://webgraph.com/resources/facebookblocker/
You can find an overview of Facebook plugins at https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/

Use of Twitter recommendation components

Our website employs components provided by Twitter. Twitter is a service of Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA. Each time our website receives an access with a Twitter component, it prompts your browser to download an image of this component from Twitter. Through this process, Twitter is informed which page of our website is being visited. We have no control over the data that Twitter collects in the process or over the extent of the data that Twitter collects. To the best of our knowledge, Twitter collects the URL of each website accessed as well as the IP address of the user, but does so solely for the purpose of displaying Twitter components. Additional information may be obtained from the Twitter data privacy policy at: http://twitter.com/privacy. You may change your data privacy settings in your account settings at: http://twitter.com/account/settings.

Use of Xing recommendation components

Our website employs components provided by the network XING.com. These components are a service of XING AG, Dammtorstraße 29-32, 20354 Hamburg, Germany. Each time our website receives the access with a XING component that prompts your browser to download an image of this component from XING. To the best of our knowledge, XING does not store any personal information from the user obtained through accessing our website. XING also does not store IP addresses. In addition, no analysis of user activity occurs through the use of cookies in connection with the “XING Share-Button”. Additional information may be found in the data privacy provisions relating to the XING Share-Button at: https://www.xing.com/app/share?op=data_protection

Use of LinkedIn recommendation components

Our website employs components provided by the network LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a service of LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Each time our website receives an access request equipped with a LinkedIn component, the component prompts your browser to download an image of this component from LinkedIn. Through this process, LinkedIn is informed exactly which page of our website is being accessed. By clicking the LinkedIn “recommend button“ while logged into your LinkedIn account, you can link content from our website to your LinkedIn profile. This allows LinkedIn to associate your visit to our site with your LinkedIn account. We have no control over the data that LinkedIn collects thereby, nor over the extent of the data that LinkedIn collects. Nor do we have any knowledge of the content of data transferred to LinkedIn. Details on data collection by LinkedIn as well as your rights in this regard and your browser setting options may be obtained from the LinkedIn data privacy policy that may be accessed at: http://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy

Use of Pinterest

Our website employs the services of pinterest.com. Pinterest.com is a service of Pinterest, Inc., 808 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. Through the “Pin it“ button integrated into our website, Pinterest is informed that you have accessed to the particular page of our site. If you are logged into Pinterest, Pinterest can associate your visit of our site with your Pinterest account and thereby create a link to the data collected. Pinterest stores the data transferred through clicking on “Pin it“ buttons. You can find more information with respect to the purpose and extent of data collected, how it is processed and used as well as your rights in this regard and what settings you can use to protect your privacy by consulting the Pinterest data protection policy, which you can access at http://pinterest.com/about/privacy/. To prevent Pinterest from associating your visit to our website to your Pinterest account, you must first log out of your Pinterest account before visiting our site.

Privacy

The use of our website is usually possible without providing personal information. As far as on our sides personal data (such as name, address or e-mail addresses) are collected, this is as far as possible, on a voluntary basis. This data will not be disclosed to third parties without your express consent. We point out that data transmission over the internet (eg communication by e-mail) security gaps. A complete protection of data against access by third parties is not possible. The use of the framework of the imprint obligation published contact data by third parties for the distribution of unwanted advertising and information materials is hereby expressly excluded. The site operators reserve the right to take legal action in case of unsolicited promotional information, such as spam e-mails.

Cookies

Our website makes use of so-called cookies in order to recognize repeat use of our website by the same user/internet connection subscriber. Cookies are small text files that your internet browser downloads and stores on your computer. They are used to improve our website and services. In most cases these are so-called "session cookies" that are deleted once you leave our website. To an extent, however, these cookies also pass along information used to automatically recognize you. Recognition occurs through an IP address saved to the cookies. The information thereby obtained is used to improve our services and to expedite your access to the website. You can prevent cookies from being installed by adjusting the settings on your browser software accordingly. You should be aware, however, that by doing so you may not be able to make full use of all the functions of our website.


Server-Log-Files / Data processing on the Website

Our provider collects and automatically saves information on its server log file, which are transmitted to the users brower. This includes:

• Browerser typ/version
• Operating System
• Referrer URL (previously visited webpage)
• Hostname of accessing computer (IP address)
• Requested webpage
• Time of server request

This data is collected to ensure trouble free usage and to prevent improper use of our website. The data can be used by the provider and us to improve the user interface with the site.

This data is not relatable to certain persons. A combination of this data with other data sources will not be taken and moreover the data will be deleted after a statistical evaluation. Personal data you gave us voluntarily (i.e. when registrating) will be recorded, too.

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