This website may be used without entering personal information. However, different rules may apply to the use of certain services on our website, which we will further clarify below. Your personal data (e.g. name, address, email, phone number, etc.) will only be processed by us in accordance with the provisions of the German Data Protection Act. Data is considered personal if it can be associated exclusively with a specific natural person. The legal framework for data protection can be found in the German Data Protection Act (BDSG) and the German Telemedia Act (TMG). The provisions below serve to provide information as to the extent, manner and purpose for collecting, using, and processing personal data by
We would like to point out that data transfer via the internet is subject to security gaps. We cannot guarantee complete protection of your data against third-party access.
Our website makes us of cookies to recognise repeat use of our services by the same user. Cookies are small text files that your internet browser stores on your computer. They are used to optimise our services and internet presence. In most cases, these are so-called “session cookies” which will be deleted automatically after the end of your visit.
To an extent, however, these cookies also pass along information used to automatically recognise your browser on your next visit. Recognition occurs through an IP address saved to the cookies. The information thereby obtained is used to optimise our services and facilitate access to our website.
You can adjust the settings of your browser to prevent cookies from being installed. In this case, however, we would like to point out that you may not be able to make full use of all the functions of our website.
For technical reasons, the following data, which your browser transits to us and/or to our web space provider (so-called server log files) is collected:
– website from you visit us (referrer URL)
– website which you visit
– type and version of the browser
– operating system used
– time and date of your visit
– your internet protocol (IP) address.
This anonymous data is stored separately from any personal data you may have provided and does not allow any conclusions regarding any particular person. The data is used for statistical purposes as well as to optimise our services and website.
We offer you the opportunity to sign up for our website. The data entered when signing up is collected and stored solely to use our services. Upon registration we also store your IP address as well as date and time of your registration. This serves to protect us in the event a third party improperly and without your knowledge makes use of your data to sign up for our website. We do not transfer this data to third parties, nor is any of this data matched to any other data collected on our website.
We offer you the opportunity to subscribe to our newsletter on our website. We use this newsletter to inform you about our research offers at regular intervals. You need a valid email address to receive our newsletter. We will check the email address entered by you to ensure you are the real owner of this email address and/or the respective owner has authorised receipt of this newsletter. On subscription to our newsletter we will store your IP address as well as date and time of your subscription. This serves to protect us in the event a third party improperly and without your knowledge subscribes to our newsletter. We do not collect any further data. The data is used solely to subscribe to our newsletter. No data is transferred to third parties, nor is any of this data matched to any other data collected on our website. You may at any time revoke your decision to subscribe to this newsletter. You will find additional details in the confirmation email as well as in every individual newsletter.
USE OF GOOGLE ANALYTICS WITH ANONYMISATION
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 on your computer to facilitate an analysis of your use of the website.
The information generated by these cookies, such as time, place and frequency of your visits to our website, including your IP address, is transmitted to Google’s location in the US and stored there.
We use Google Analytics with an IP anonymisation feature on our website. In doing so, Google abbreviates and thereby anonymises your IP address before transferring it from the member states of the European Union or signatory states to the Agreement on the European Economic Area.
Google will use this information to evaluate your usage of our site, to compile reports on website activity for us, and to provide other services related to the website and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties if this is required by law or to the extent this data is processed by third parties on Google’s behalf.
Google states that is will never associate your IP address with other data held by Google. You can prevent cookies from being installed by adjusting the settings of your browser accordingly. In this case, however, we would like to point out that you may not be able to make full use of all the functions of our website.
Google also offers a disabling option for the most common browsers, thus providing you with greater control over the data which is collected ad processed by Google. If you enable this option, no information regarding your website visit is transmitted to Google Analytics. However, the activation does not prevent the transmission of information to us or to any other web analytics service we may use. For more information about the disabling option provided by Google, and how to enable this option, please visit: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de.
USE OF GOOGLE-MAPS
We use the “Google Maps” component on our website, a service of Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043 USA, hereinafter referred to as “Google”.
Each time this component is called up, Google sets a cookie to process the user configuration and data when the page with the integrated “Google Maps” component is displayed. As a general rule, this cookie is not deleted by closing the browser, but rather expires after a certain time, as long as it is not previously manually deleted by you.
as well as the additional terms and conditions for “Google Maps”
USE OF RECAPTCHA
In order to protect input forms on our site, we use the “reCAPTCHA” service of Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043 USA, hereinafter referred to as “Google”. By using this service, it can be distinguished whether the corresponding input is of human origin or is created improperly by automated machine processing.
To our knowledge, the referrer URL, the IP address, the behaviour of the website visitors, information about the operating system, browser and length of stay, cookies, display instructions and scripts, user input behaviour and mouse movements in the “reCAPTCHA” checkbox are conveyed to “Google”.
Google uses the information obtained, among other things, to digitise books and other printed matter as well as to optimise services such as Google Street View and Google Maps.
The IP address provided as part of “reCAPTCHA” is not merged with other data from Google unless you are logged into your Google account at the time the “reCAPTCHA” plug-in is used. If you want to prevent this transmission and storage of data by “Google” about you and your behaviour on our website, you must log out of “Google” before you visit our site or before using the “reCAPTCHA” plug-in.
USE OF MAILCHIMP
You will be asked to consent to the use of your personal data to receive our newsletter as follows:
We use this newsletter to inform you about our research offers at regular intervals. You need a valid email address to receive our newsletter. We will check the email address entered by you to ensure you are the real owner of this email address and/or the respective owner has authorised receipt of this newsletter. On subscription to our newsletter we will store your IP address as well as date and time of your subscription. This serves to protect us in the event a third party improperly and without your knowledge subscribes to our newsletter. We do not collect any further data. The data is used solely to subscribe to our newsletter. No data is transferred to third parties, nor is any of this data matched to any other data collected on our website.
Newsletter by MailChimp:
We use the “MailChimp” component to send our newsletters to our subscriber. “MailChimp” is a service provided by The Rocket Science Group, LLC, 512 Means Street, Suite 404, Atlanta, GA 30318, USA.
The data stored when you registered for the newsletter (email address, name, IP address, date and time of registration, if applicable) will be sent to a server operated by The Rocket Science Group in the United States and stored there following its “Safe Harbour Agreement”.
Further information about the data protection offered by “MailChimp” can be found under:
You may cancel your newsletter subscription and revoke your consent to the storage of this data at any time with future effect. For any details on this subject matter, please refer to the confirmation email and each newsletter.
Our newsletter includes so-called web bugs that allow us to recognise if and when an email has been opened and which links in the email have been clicked by the personalised recipient.
This data is stored by us so that we can best align our newsletter to the wishes and interests of our subscribers. Accordingly, the data thus collected is used to send personalised newsletters to each recipient.
You will be asked to consent to the use of your personal data as follows:
“I agree that my data and my user responses will be stored electronically by newsletter tracking so that I can receive a personalised newsletter. The revocation of the consent to receive the newsletter constitutes a revocation of the consent for the tracking described above.”
By revoking the consent to receive the newsletter, the consent to the aforementioned tracking is revoked.
In accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) effective from May 25, 2018, we inform you that the consent to sending email addresses is based on Art. 6 (1) lit. a, 7 GDPR and § 7 (2)(3) and (3) of the German Unfair Competition Act (UCA). The use of MailChimp, the performance of statistical surveys and analyses as well as the logging of the application procedure is based on our legitimate interest according to Art. 6 (1) lit. f GDPR. Our interest focuses on the use of a user-friendly and secure newsletter system, which serves both our business interest and the users’s expectations. Please also note that you have the right to revoke to the future processing of your personal data at any time in accordance with Art. 21 GDPR. In particular, you may revoke your consent to the processing of personal data for the purposes of direct marketing.
USE OF GOOGLE ADWORDS
We also use the “Google Adwords” marketing tool to promote our website. To this end, we use the “Conversion Tracking” analysis services of Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043 USA, hereinafter referred to as “Google”, on our website. If you were directed to our website via a Google advert, a cookie is placed on your computer. Cookies are small text files that your internet browser stores places and stores on your computer. These so-called “conversion cookies” lose their validity after 30 days and do not serve the purpose of personal identification. If you visit certain sites of our website and the cookie has not yet expired, we and Google can see that you, as a user, have clicked on one of the adverts placed with Google and were directed to our website.
The information obtained with “conversion cookies” helps Google to compile traffic statistics for our website. These statistics provide us with information on the overall number of users which have clicked on our advert and which sites of our website have been visited by the respective user. However, we and other advertiser using “Google Adwords” do not receive any information allowing us to personally identify the user.
You can prevent “conversion cookies” from being installed by adjusting the settings of your browser, for instance by a browser setting that generally deactivates the automatic placement of cookies or that specifically blocks only those cookies from the “googleadservices.com” domain.
The respective data policy of Google is available under https://services.google.com/sitestats/de.html
On the basis of the General Data Protection Regulation, you may contact us at no cost if you have questions relating to the collection, processing or use of your personal data, their correction, blocking or deletion, or if you wish to cancel explicitly granted consent. Please not 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.
If you have any questions relating to the processing of your personal data, please feel free to contact us via the contact form of this website.
As of 02/2018