Our website may be used without entering personal information. Different rules may apply to certain services on our site, however, and are explained separately below. We collect personal information from you (e.g. name, address, email address, telephone number, etc.) in accordance with the provisions of German data protection statutes. Information is considered personal if it can be associated exclusively to a specific natural person. The legal framework for data protection may be found in the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) and the Telemedia Act (TMG). The provisions below serve to provide information as to the manner, extent and purpose for collecting, using and processing personal information by the provider.
Please be aware that data transfer via the internet is subject to security risks and, therefore, complete protection against third-party access to transferred data cannot be ensured.
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.
For technical reasons, data such as the following, which your internet browser transmits to us or to our web space provider (so called server log files), is collected:
- type and version of the browser you use
- operating system
- websites that linked you to our site (referrer URL)
- websites that you visit
- date and time of your visit
- your Internet Protocol (IP) address.
This anonymous data is stored separately from any personal information you may have provided, thereby making it impossible to connect it to any particular person. The data is used for statistical purposes in order to improve our website and services.
On the basis of the Federal Data Protection Act, you may contact us at no cost if you have questions relating to the collection, processing or use of your personal information, if you wish to request the correction, blocking or deletion of the same, or if you wish to cancel explicitly granted consent. Please note that you have the right to have incorrect data corrected or to have personal data deleted, where such claim is not barred by any legal obligation to retain this data.
In order to safeguard our online website, we use the “Wordfence Security” service which is operated by Defiant Inc., 800 5th Ave., Suite 4100, Seattle, WA 98104, USA. The usage is done upon the basis of our entitled interests in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f) GDPR.
The website uses the plug-in in order to protect against viruses and malware and in order to ward off attacks by computer criminals. In order to protect against brute force and DdoS attacks or comment spam, IP addresses of atacking devices are stored locally on our webserver. Thus, repeating attacks from identical IP adresses can ward off more efficently. Storage of IP adresses is done locally only. There is no exchange of personal data with external services, in particular Defiant Inc. Stored IP adresses will be deleted by default after 30 days.
Wordfence Security safeguards our website and thus protects the visitors to the website from viruses and malware. This constitutes an entitled interest in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f GDPR. Live Traffic View of Wordfence is limited to security related trafic only.
Detailed information regarding the collection and usage of the data by Wordfence Security can be found in Defiant’s Data Protection Guidelines: https://www.wordfence.com/privacy-policy/, https://www.wordfence.com/help/general-data-protection-regulation/.