When a comment is posted on our blog, the comment, the creation time, and the user-selected username are stored. This is for our security as we may be prosecuted for illegal content on our website even when it is created by users.
The information entered when signing up for our newsletter is used solely for this purpose. Subscribers may also be informed by email about any circumstances relevant to this service or the registration process, such as changes to the newsletter service or technical issues.
We require a valid email address for effective registration. In order to verify that a subscription actually originates from the owner of an email address, we use closed-loop opt-in email authentication. This involves recording the newsletter subscription request, transmission of the confirmation email, and receipt of the requested reply. Additional information is not collected. This information is used solely for delivery of the newsletter and is not shared with any third party.
If you contact us via email or contact form, the information you enter is stored for the purpose of processing your request and for any possible follow-up inquiries.
Use of Google Analytics
You can change your browser setting to prevent the storage of cookies. However, doing so may also prevent you from using some or all features provided by this website. You can prevent Google from collecting and processing data generated by cookies and data related to your use of this website (incl. your IP address) by downloading and installing the browser plugin available from the following link: add-on for deactivating Google Analytics.
In addition, or as an alternative, to this browser add-on, you may also prevent tracking by Google Analytics on our web pages by clicking this link. This will store an opt-out cookie on your device that prevents Google Analytics from collecting data for this website and for this browser for as long as the cookie remains in your browser.
Use of script libraries (Google Webfonts)
Part of correctly displaying this website’s content in a graphically appealing way across multiple browsers involves the use of script and font libraries, including Google Webfonts (https://www.google.com/webfonts/). Google Webfonts are cached in your browser to avoid having to load them multiple times. If your browser doesn’t support Google Webfonts, or prevents their access, a standard font is used instead.
Calling script or font libraries automatically establishes a connection to the library operator. It is theoretically possible for library operators to collect data. However, it is unclear if and for which purpose they do.
Some of our web pages include embedded YouTube videos. The operator of the relevant plugin is YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. Visiting a web page that uses a YouTube plugin establishes a connection to YouTube servers. YouTube is informed which pages you visit. If you are logged into a YouTube account, YouTube can personally associate your surfing activities with you. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account beforehand.
Starting a YouTube video stores a cookie from the provider in your browser. This cookie can collect information about your surfing activities.
Anyone who has deactivated the storage of Google Ad program cookies will also not have cookies stored when watching YouTube videos. However, YouTube does store other non-personally identifiable usage information in other cookies. If you wish to prevent this, you must block the storage of cookies in your browser.
Social plugins from the providers listed below are used on our web pages. You can identify these plugins by the respective company logo with which each is labeled.
These plugins may send (including personally identifiable) information to the service provider, who may use it. We employ a 2-click solution that prevents data from being sent to service providers without the explicit awareness and consent of users. In order for a social plugin to be activated, it must first be activated by clicking on the respective button. Only once a plugin is activated will it collect and transmit data to the service provider. We do not collect any personal information via social plugins or through their use.
We have embedded social media buttons from the following companies:
Facebook Inc. (1601 S. California Ave – Palo Alto – CA 94304 – USA)
Twitter Inc. (795 Folsom St. – Suite 600 – San Francisco – CA 94107 – USA)
Our website uses Google Conversion Tracking. If you reached our website from a Google ad, Google AdWords places a cookie on your device. This conversion tracking cookie is placed when a user clicks on a Google ad. These cookies expire after 30 days and are not used to personally identify you. When a user visits certain pages on our website, and the cookie has not yet expired, we and Google can see that the user clicked on the ad and was forwarded to this page. Each Google AdWords customer receives a unique cookie. This means that these cookies cannot be tracked beyond the AdWords customer’s website. The information collected by conversion cookies is used to generate conversion statistics for those AdWords customers who have opted in to conversion tracking. These customers can see the total number of users who have clicked their ads and been forwarded to a page tagged for conversion tracking. They do not receive any information that allows them to personally identify users.
If you wish to opt out of tracking, you can prevent the required cookie from being placed. Options include your browser setting that generally deactivates the storage of cookies or setting your browser to block cookies from the domain “googleleadservices.com”.
Please note that you should not delete opt-out cookies if you want to prevent measurement data from being recorded. If you delete all the cookies in your browser, you will have to store the relevant opt-out cookie again.
Use of Google Remarketing
This website uses the remarketing feature provided by Google Inc. This feature is used to display website visitors within the Google ad network with customized ad selections. A cookie is stored on the website visitor’s browser, which makes it possible to identify the visitors to websites that are part of the Google advertising network. Visitors can be displayed advertising relevant to content on previously visited websites that use the Google remarketing feature.
Your right to information, correction, locking, deletion, and revocation
You have the right to receive information on the personal information we have stored on you at any time. You also have the right to correct, lock or, to the extent that mandatory data storage for the purposes of conducting business permits, delete your personal information. To this end, please contact our data protection officer. The contact details are available at the bottom.
In order that data may be locked at any time, it is necessary for this data to be reserved in a lock file for control purposes. You may also request data to be deleted insofar as this is permitted by mandatory archiving obligations. If such an obligation exists, we will lock your data on request.
You can request changes or revoke agreement with future effect by contacting us accordingly.
Questions for our data protection officer