Data protection

Personal data

We generally don't need any personal data from you when you visit our web pages. We only take note of information about the name of your Internet service provider and the web pages that you call with us. However you remain anonymous as an Internet user in the process because we only use this information for statistical purposes (e.g. the number of calls for the individual web pages). 

Personal data are only collected when you give them to us, for instance as part of an email inquiry or participation in a lottery. Data are currently transmitted in encrypted form so that the possibility of unauthorized third parties reading them along the transmission path is precluded. Nevertheless the possibility exists of using alternative communication paths (e.g. post or fax) that offer more security than email. 

This data protection declaration does not extend to external links you may use that are offered as part of our Internet pages. So please inform yourself about the data protection declarations prepared by other providers on their Internet pages. 

Cookies

Why cookies help: information about individual Internet-page usage, which a web server sends to a browser, are generally referred to as cookies. They are stored on your computer and are thus not transmitted to the web site's operator.

The same server can access the cookie the next time the user visits the web site. This information is used to configure the dialogue with you more personally and usefully. A cookie can contain various information such as the frequency with which the user has visited the site, registration information, and how often the user has viewed a particular advertisement on the site. If the cookie function is active, we can detect your browser and offer you beneficial functions. 

How to activate/deactivate cookies: Your browser's security settings contain information about whether the cookie function is activated. That is generally the case and you can use cookies. 

If you don't want that, you can use your browser's ‘help’ function to learn how to prevent your computer from accepting cookies, how you can find out whether your computer has received a cookie, and how you can deactivate cookies if that's what you desire. 

However you should note that deactivating cookies may prevent you from being able to take advantage of the benefits of the above-mentioned functions. We therefore recommend using the cookie function. 

Google Analytics 

This web site uses Google Analytics, a web-analysis service from Google, Inc. (‘Google’). Google Analytics uses so-called 'cookies', text files that are stored on your computer and enable your use of the web site to be analysed. The information that the cookie creates about your use of this web site (including your IP address) is transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the web site in order to compile reports about web-site activity for the web-site operator and to provide additional services connected with web-site and Internet usage. Google may also transmit this information to third parties to the extent legally prescribed or insofar as third parties process this information on behalf of Google. In no case will Google associate your IP address with other data from Google. You can prevent cookie installation by appropriately setting your browser software; however we point out to you that in this case you may not be able to use all of this web site's functions to their full extent. By using this web site, you declare your consent to Google's processing the data collected about you in the previously described manner and for the previously named purpose. 

Data collection and storage can be revoked at any time with effect for the future.  In view of the discussion concerning the use analysis tools with complete IP addresses, we would like to point out that this web site uses Google Analytics with the '_anonymizeIp()' extension so that only abbreviated IP addresses are further processed in order to preclude direct personal association.