This data privacy statement informs you in detail about the storage and processing of your personal data when you visit and make use of our website. We only process your personal data if the law permits the data to be processed or if you have given your consent to your data being processed. Your personal data is treated as confidential by us and not passed on to third parties without your explicit consent.


1.1 If you only make use of our website for informational purposes, i.e. if you do not subscribe to our newsletter or transmit any information to us using our contact form, we do not gather any personal data, with the exception of the data that your browser transmits in order to enable you to visit the website and that is automatically saved in server log files. These are:
» Browser type/browser version
» Operating system used
» Referrer URL
» Host name of the computer accessing the information
» Time of the server query
This data cannot be used to identify particular individuals. This data is not merged with other data sources. We reserve the right to examine this data retrospectively if we become aware of any specific evidence of illegitimate use.

1.2 If you send us a message using the contact form on our website, we save your details from the contact form, including the contact details specified by you there, for the purpose of handling your enquiry and in case there are any follow-up questions. This concerns the following personal data:
» Name
» E-mail address
» If applicable, the content of your message

1.3 Should you wish to subscribe to the newsletter offered on our website voluntarily, we will obtain your separate consent (see Clause 8).
In order to check that you are the owner of the e-mail address given and are in agreement with receiving the newsletter, and in order to subsequently be able to deliver the newsletter to you, we gather your
» e-mail address.
You can also give voluntary details, in order to receive a newsletter customised for you. For this, we need the following information:
» Christian name and surname
» Sex
» Country
No further data is gathered. We exclusively use the data gathered for our own promotional purposes, for sending the information requested, and do not pass it on to any third parties.
You can revoke the consent granted in order to receive our newsletter at any time, for example via the “Unsubscribe” link in the respective newsletter or by sending us a corresponding message.


We use cookies for our website. Cookies do not do any damage to your computer, nor do they contain any viruses. Cookies serve the purpose of making our range of services more user-friendly, effective and secure. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer and by your browser.
Most of the cookies used by us are “session cookies”. They are automatically deleted once your visit has come to an end. Other cookies continue to be stored on your terminal until you delete them (these are called “persistent cookies”). These cookies enable us to recognise your browser during your next visit.
You can set your browser in such a way that you are informed about cookies being placed and only allow cookies in individual cases, exclude accepting cookies in certain cases or in general, and enable the automatic deletion of the cookies when you close your browser. When cookies are disabled, the functionality of our website may be limited.


Our website uses functions of the web analysis service Google Analytics. The provider is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Google Analytics uses cookies. These are text files stored on your computer which permit an analysis of the way you use the website. The information on your use of this website generated by the cookie is usually transferred to a server of Google in the USA and stored there.
The IP address transmitted by your browser within the context of Google Analytics is not merged with other data of Google. In addition, we have extended Google Analytics on this website to include the code “anonymizeIP”. This guarantees that your IP address is truncated, so that all data is gathered anonymously. Only in exceptional cases is the full IP address transmitted to a server of Google in the USA and truncated there.
Google will use this information on our behalf to evaluate your use of the website, in order to compile reports on the website activities, and in order to provide us, as the website operator, with further services associated with the use of the website and the Internet. The IP address transmitted by your browser within the context of Google Analytics is not merged with any other data of Google.
You can prevent cookies being stored by setting your browser software accordingly; however, we would like to point out to you that, in that case, you may not necessarily be able to use all functions of this website in their entirety. You can, furthermore, prevent the data generated by the cookie which relates to your use of the website (incl. your IP address) from being recorded at Google, as well as the processing of such data by Google, by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available at the following link:
In particular in the case of browsers on mobile terminals, you can, as an alternative to the browser plug-in, additionally prevent your data from being gathered by Google Analytics by setting an opt-out cookie. To do that, click on this link. Setting the opt-out cookie prevents your data from being gathered when visiting this website in future. The opt-out cookie only applies when using the same browser, and only to our website, and will be placed on your device. If you delete the cookies in this browser, you need to re-set the opt-out cookie.
We also use Google Analytics to evaluate data from double-click cookies, as well as AdWords, for statistical purposes. Should you not wish us to do this, you can disable it via the ad preference manager (
Use of the information gathered: Besides for the purposes explained above, we use the information provided by you in accordance with the applicable data privacy provisions. Google may publish integrated statistics on the user’s +1 activities and/or pass them on to users and partners, such as publishers, advertisers or linked websites.


Our website uses the etracker analysis service. The provider is etracker GmbH, Erste Brunnenstrasse 1, 20459 Hamburg, Germany.
Usage profiles can be compiled from the data under a pseudonym. Cookies may be used for that purpose. “Cookies” are small text files that are stored locally in the cache of your Internet browser. The cookies make it possible to recognise your browser. The data gathered with etracker technologies is not used to personally identify visitors to our website without the affected partyís separate consent, and will not be integrated with personal data on the bearer of the pseudonym.
You can revoke the gathering and storage of data at any time, with effect for the future. In order to be able to revoke the gathering and storage of your visitor data for the future you can obtain an opt-out cookie from etracker at the following link. This has the effect that no visitor data from your browser is gathered or stored by etracker in future:
This causes an opt-out cookie with the name ìcntcookieî to be placed by etracker. Please do not delete this cookie for as long as you wish to maintain your revocation. You can obtain further information in etrackerís data privacy provisions at


Plug-ins of the social network Facebook, operated by Facebook Inc., 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, California 94025, USA, are integrated into our web pages. You can recognise the Facebook plug-ins by the Facebook logo or the “Like” button on our website. You can find an overview of the Facebook plug-ins here:
When visiting our website, via the plug-in a direct connection is produced between your web browser and the Facebook server. Facebook thus receives the information that you have visited our website with your IP address. If you click the Facebook “Like” button while you are logged into your Facebook account, you can link the content of our sites to your Facebook profile. As a result, Facebook can allocate the visit to our site to your user account. We are pointing out that we, as the provider of the pages, are not made aware of the content of the data transmitted or its use by Facebook. You can obtain further information on the latter in Facebook’s privacy policy at
If you do not wish Facebook to be able to allocate your visit to our pages to your Facebook user account, please log out of your Facebook user account.

Our pages use functions of Google +1. The provider is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.
The gathering and passing on of information: Using the Google +1 button, you can publish information worldwide. Via the Google +1 button, you and other users receive personalised content of Google and our partners. Google saves both the information that you have voted +1 for particular content and also any information on the page that you looked at when clicking on “+1”. Your “+1” vote may be shown as an indication in Google services, together with your profile name and your photo, such as in search results or in your Google profile, or in other places on websites and advertisements on the Internet. In order to improve the Google services for you and other users, Google records information on your +1 activities. To be able to use the Google +1 button, you need a public Google profile that is visible globally, and that needs to at least contain the name chosen for the profile. This name is used in all Google services. In some cases, this name may also replace another name that you have used when sharing content via your Google account. The identity of your Google profile may be shown to users who know your e-mail address or via other identifying information about you.

Functions of the Twitter service are integrated into our pages. These functions are offered by Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA. By using Twitter and the “re-tweet” function, the websites visited by you are linked to your Twitter account and made known to other users. The latter includes data being transmitted to Twitter in the process. We are pointing out that we, as the provider of the pages, are not made aware of the content of the data transmitted or its use by Twitter. You can obtain further information on the latter in Twitter’s privacy policy at
You can alter your data privacy settings at Twitter in the account settings, at

This website uses social plug-ins of the social network Pinterest, which is operated by Pinterest Inc., 635 High Street, Palo Alto, CA, 94301, USA (“Pinterest”). Whenever you access a page online that contains one of these plug-ins, your browser establishes a direct link to Pinterest’s servers. In the process, the plug-in transmits log data to the servers of Pinterest in the USA. This log data may contain your IP address, the address of those websites visited, which likewise contain Pinterest functions, the type and settings of the browser, the date and time of the query, your method of using Pinterest, and cookies.
You can obtain further information on the purpose, scope and further processing and use of the data by Pinterest, as well as your rights and options for protecting your privacy in this connection, in the data privacy policy of Pinterest:

Our pages use buttons of the service Tumblr. The provider is Tumblr, Inc., 35 East 21st St, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10010, USA. These buttons make it possible for you to share a post or a page at Tumblr, or follow the provider at Tumblr. If you access a web page of our website containing a Tumblr button, your browser establishes a direct link to the servers of Tumblr. We have no influence upon the scope of the data that Tumblr gathers and transmits with the aid of this plug-in. According to the current status, the user’s IP address, as well as the URL of the respective webpage, is transmitted.
You can obtain further information on the latter in Tumblr’s privacy policy at

Our website uses functions of the business network XING. The provider is XING AG, Dammtorstrasse 29-32, 20354 Hamburg, Germany. Every time you access one of our pages containing functions of XING, a link to servers of XING is established. We are not aware of any personal data being saved in the process. In particular, no IP addresses are stored, nor are the usage patterns evaluated.
You can obtain further information on data privacy and the XING share button in XING’s data privacy statement to be found at


You have the right, at any time, to be given information on the personal data on you stored with us, its origin and recipients and the purpose of the data processing, as well as a right to correction, blocking or deletion of such data, free of charge.
If you have granted us consent to the use of data, you can revoke it at any time.


Should you have any questions on the gathering, processing or use of your personal data, or in regard to information sought, or requests for correction, blocking or removal of data, or any revocations of any consents granted, please write to:


You have expressly provided us with the consent below (if any), and we have put your consent on record. Under the German Telemedia Act, we are obliged to provide access to the content of any consents granted by you at any time. You may revoke your consent at any time with effect for the future.
Permission for e-mail advertising:
“I would like to subscribe to the newsletter (it is possible to unsubscribe again at any time).”


Your personal data is safely transmitted over the Internet in your browser using SSL encryption. We take technical and organisational measures to secure our website and any other systems used by us against loss, destruction, unauthorised access, alteration or dissemination of your data by unauthorised persons. These measures are constantly adjusted to the respective current state of the art.


We reserve the right to amend this data privacy statement from time to time. Please therefore check its content from time to time. We will never make changes that concern the purpose of the data being gathered, etc. retrospectively without your consent or a statutory permit.