Data Privacy Policy

Your rights
At the contact address provided you can exercise the following rights:
•    Inform yourself concerning your data saved in our system and its use,
•    Amend incorrect personal data,
•    Erase your data that are saved with us,
•    Restrict data use, unless we are legally prohibited from erasing the data,
•    Object to the use of your data and
•    Transfer your data, if you have agreed to data usage or have made a contract with us.
If you have entered into an agreement, you can rescind this at any time, effective for the future.  
You can appeal at any time to your inspecting authority. This authority is based on the federal state of your residence, your work or the alleged violation. A list of the inspecting authorities (for the non-public realm) with their addresses can be found at:

Purposes of data usage by the responsible position and third parties
We only use your personal data for the purposes listed in this data privacy policy. A transferal of your personal data to third parties other than for the purposes listed here will not take place. We only provide your personal data to third parties if:
•    You have expressly provided consent,
•    the usage is necessary in order to make a contract,
•    the usage is necessary to fulfil a legal duty,
the usage is necessary to ensure authorized interests and if there is no reason to assume that you have a temporary interest requiring protection against the dissemination of your data.

Erasure or blocking of data
We abide by the principle of data avoidance and data economy. We only save your personal data as long as it is necessary to fulfil the purposes listed here or as is provided by the various maintenance deadlines as set by law. After the purpose has been served or the deadlines have been met, the data concerned is routinely blocked or erased according to legal regulations. 
Acquisition of general information by visiting our website
If you access our website, information of a general nature is automatically acquired by means of cookies. This information (server log files) contains, for instance, the type of web browser used, the operating system used, the domain name of your internet service provider, and similar. This is exclusively a matter of information that does not provide for any inferences about your person.
This information is technologically necessary in order to deliver the contents of our website to you correctly, and necessarily arises from any use of the internet. It is used in particular for the following purposes: 
•    Ensuring connection to the website without problems,
•    Securing the smooth usage of our website,
•    Evaluating systems security and stability as well as
•    other administrative purposes.
The usage of personal data is based on our authorized interest in data collection for the purposes listed. We do not use your data to draw conclusions about your person. The receivers of the data are only the responsible position or contracted users.
Anonymous information of this kind is statistically evaluated by us in order to optimize our internet presence and the technology behind it.

Like many other websites we use so-called “cookies”. Cookies are small pieces of text data that are transferred from a website’s server to your hard drive. By means of them we automatically receive certain data, such as IP address, browser used, operating system and your connection to the internet.
Cookies cannot be used to start programmes or to transfer viruses to a computer. Using the information received by the cookies we can make navigating our website easier for you and can ensure that our website appears correctly.
Under no circumstances do we pass the data received to any third party, nor do we create a connection with personal data without your consent.
Of course, in principle you can also view our website without cookies. Internet browsers are regularly set to accept cookies. In general you can deactivate the use of cookies at any time in your browser’s settings. Please use the help function of your internet browser to find out how you can change these settings. Please note that individual functions of our website may not work if you have deactivated the use of cookies.
SSL encryption
In order to protect your data during transfer, we use the latest encryption operations (such as SSL) through HTTPS.

Based on your express consent, we regularly send our newsletter or comparable information to the email address that you have given us.
To receive the newsletter it is sufficient to give us your email address. When you register to receive the newsletter the data given by you are used exclusively for this purpose. Subscribers can also be informed by email about circumstances that are relevant for service or registration (for instance alterations in the newsletter offerings or technical matters).
For registration we need a valid email address. In order to verify that a registration does in fact come from the holder of an email address, we use the “double-opt-in” operation. We record the ordering of the newsletter, the sending of a confirmation email and the receipt of the answer required. Further data are not kept. The data are exclusively used for sending the newsletter and are not passed on to any third parties.
The consent to save your personal data and its use for sending the newsletter can be withdrawn at any time. Every newsletter contains the appropriate link to do so. In addition, you can also unregister at any time directly on this website or convey your wish to do so to the contact possibilities given at the end of this data protection information.

Use of Matomo
This website uses Matomo (previously Piwik), an open source software for evaluating statistics on internet hits. Matomo uses so-called cookies, that is, text data that are saved on your computer and that facilitate analysis of how you use the website.
The information generated by the cookies through your usage of the internet is saved on a server in Iceland.
The IP address is anonymised immediately after the usage and before the data is saved. You can prohibit the installation of cookies by changing the settings on your browser software. If you change your settings in this way, you may no longer be able to access all the functions of this website.
You can decide whether a simple web analysis cookie can be set in your browser in order to facilitate the capture and analysis of various statistical data by the website’s operator.

Embedded YouTube videos
On some of our pages we embed YouTube videos. The operator of the necessary plugins is YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. If you visit a page with the YouTube plugin, a connection to the YouTube server will be created. In the process, YouTube will be notified as to which page you are visiting. If you are logged into your YouTube account, YouTube can assign your surfing behaviour to your person. You can prohibit this by logging out of your YouTube account.
If a YouTube video is started, the provider introduces a cookie that gathers information about the user’s behaviour.
Anyone who has deactivated the saving of cookies for the Google ad programme can also expect that such cookies will not be permitted while watching YouTube videos. YouTube, however, sets non-personal user information in other cookies as well. In order to prevent this, you must block the saving of cookies in your browser.
Further information on data protection at “YouTube” can be found in the provider’s data protection statement at:

Altering our data protection stipulations
We reserve the right to alter this data protection statement in accordance with current legal requirements or in order to improve performance in the data privacy policy, for instance by introducing new services. The new data policy then covers your subsequent visits.

Questions about data protection
If you have any questions about data protection, please send them by email to

Berlin, 25 May 2018