Privacy Policy

Data protection declaration / EU data protection basic regulation (DSGVO)

As a person visiting this site, you automatically accept the terms of use. If you do not agree to the Terms of Use, you do not need to use this site. The responsible party in terms of the data protection laws, in particular the EU Data Protection Regulation (DSGVO), is: Frank Schmidt, Eichhornstrasse 3, 78464 Konstanz, GermanyIf you have any questions about this policy or your personal information, please contact us.

Your rights as a affected person
You can exercise the following rights at any time by contacting our data protection officer: information about your data stored with us and its processing, correction of incorrect personal data, deletion of your data stored with us, restriction of data processing if we are not yet allowed to delete your data due to legal obligations, objection to the processing of your data with us and data transferability if you have consented to data processing or have concluded a contract with us. If you have given us your consent, you can revoke it at any time with effect for the future, and you can contact the supervisory authority responsible for you with a complaint at any time. Your competent supervisory authority depends on the state of your residence, your work or the suspected infringement. A list of the supervisory authorities (for the non-public sector) with their addresses can be found at: https://www.bfdi.bund.de/DE/Infothek/Anschriften_Links/anschriften_links-node.html.

Purposes of data processing by the responsible body and third parties
We process your personal data only for the purposes stated in this privacy policy. Your personal data will not be transferred to third parties for purposes other than those mentioned. We will only pass on your personal data to third parties if:you have given your express consent to do so, the processing is necessary to process a contract with you, the processing is necessary to fulfil a legal obligation, the processing is necessary to protect legitimate interests and there is no reason to assume that you have an overriding interest worthy of protection in not passing on your data.

Deletion or blocking of data
We adhere to the principles of data avoidance and data economy. We therefore only store your personal data for as long as is necessary to achieve the purposes stated here or as required by the various storage periods provided for by law. After the respective purpose has ceased to apply or these periods have expired, the corresponding data is routinely blocked or deleted in accordance with the statutory provisions.

Collection of general information when visiting our website
When you access our website, information of a general nature is automatically collected using a cookie. This information (server log files) includes, for example, the type of web browser, the operating system used, the domain name of your Internet service provider and similar. This is exclusively information which does not allow any conclusions to be drawn about your person. This information is technically necessary in order to correctly deliver the contents of websites requested by you and is mandatory when using the Internet. It is processed in particular for the following purposes: Ensuring a trouble-free connection of the website, ensuring a smooth use of our website, evaluation of system security and stability as well as for other administrative purposes. The processing of your personal data is based on our legitimate interest from the aforementioned purposes for data collection. We do not use your data to draw conclusions about your person. Recipients of the data are only the responsible body and, if applicable, contract processors. Anonymous information of this kind is statistically evaluated by us, if necessary, in order to optimise our Internet presence and the technology behind it.

SSL Encryptiong
To protect the security of your data during transmission, we use state-of-the-art encryption procedures (e.g. SSL) via HTTPS. The data protection declaration was created with the data protection declaration generator of activeMind AG

Use of Google Analytics
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google Inc. (following: Google). Google Analytics uses "cookies", which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is usually transferred to a Google server in the USA and stored there. However, due to the activation of IP anonymisation on these websites, your IP address will be shortened by Google within member states of the European Union or in other contracting states of the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transferred to a Google server in the USA and shortened there. On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on website activity and to provide further services to the website operator in connection with website and internet use. The IP address transmitted by your browser within the scope of Google Analytics is not merged with other data from Google. The purpose of data processing is to evaluate the use of the website and to compile reports on activities on the website. Based on the use of the website and the Internet, further associated services are then to be provided. The processing is based on the legitimate interest of the website operator. You can prevent the storage of cookies by adjusting your browser software accordingly; however, we would like to point out that in this case you may not be able to use all the functions of this website to their full extent. You can also prevent the collection of data generated by the cookie and related to your use of the website (including your IP address) to Google and the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plugin available under the following link Browser Add On to deactivate Google Analytics. In addition or as an alternative to the Browser Add-On you can prevent Google Analytics from tracking on our pages by clicking this link. This will install an opt-out cookie on your device. This will prevent Google Analytics from tracking this website and this browser in the future as long as the cookie remains installed in your browser.

Use of script libraries (Google Webfonts)
In order to display our content correctly and graphically appealing across browsers, we use script libraries and font libraries such as Google Web Fonts (https://www.google.com/webfonts/) on this website. Google Web Fonts are cached in your browser to avoid multiple downloads. If your browser does not support Google Web Fonts or prevents access, content will be displayed in a default font. Calling up script libraries or font libraries automatically triggers a connection to the library operator. It is theoretically possible - although it is currently unclear whether and for what purposes - that operators of such libraries collect data. The privacy policy of the library operator Google can be found here: https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/

Embedded YouTube videos
On some of our websites we embed Youtube videos. The operator of the corresponding plugins is YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave, San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. When you visit a page with the YouTube plugin, a connection is established to Youtube servers. This tells Youtube which pages you visit. If you are logged in to your YouTube account, Youtube can assign your surfing behavior to you personally. You can prevent this by logging out of your Youtube account before. If a YouTube video is started, the provider uses cookies that collect information about user behaviour. If you have deactivated the storage of cookies for the Google Ad program, you will not have to expect such cookies when watching YouTube videos. However, Youtube also stores non-personal usage information in other cookies. If you want to prevent this, you must block the storage of cookies in your browser. Further information on data protection at "Youtube" can be found in the provider's privacy policy at: https://www.google.de/intl/de/ policies/privacy/

Hotjar
We use Hotjar to better understand the needs of our users and to optimize the offerings on this website.  Hotjar's technology helps us gain a better understanding of our users' experiences (e.g. how much time users spend on which pages, which links they click, what they like and what they don't like, etc.) and this helps us to tailor our offering to our users' feedback. Hotjar uses cookies and other technologies to collect information about the behavior of our users and their end devices (in particular IP address of the device (only collected and stored in anonymous form), screen size, device type (Unique Device Identifiers), information about the browser used, location (country only), preferred language for viewing our website). Hotjar stores this information in a pseudonymous user profile.  The information is not used by Hotjar or by us to identify individual users, nor is it merged with other data about individual users. The legal basis is Art. 6 para. 1 p. 1 lit. f DSGVO. For further information, please refer to Hotjar's privacy policy: https://www.hotjar.com/legal/policies/privacyDu may object to the storage of a user profile and information about your visit to our website by Hotjar and to the setting of Hotjar tracking cookies on other websites via this link: https://www.hotjar.com/legal/compliance/opt-out

Changes to our privacy policy
We reserve the right to adapt this data protection declaration so that it always meets the current legal requirements or to implement changes to our services in the data protection declaration. The new data protection declaration will then apply to your next visit.

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