What are Cookies?
Cookies are text files containing small amounts of data which allow our site to recognise your device (PC, Smartphone or similar) and are downloaded to your device when you visit a website if you agree with us doing so.
Cookies do not contain confidential information such as your home address, telephone number or credit card details. We do not exchange cookies with any third party websites.
Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device and are widely used to make websites work more efficiently, let you navigate our webpages and generally improve your user experience.
If you wish to disable cookies you may do so through your web browser options. Instructions for doing so and for other cookie-related management can be found on the specific web browsers’ websites
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses so-called “cookies”: text files, which are saved on the users’ computer and allow the usage of the website to be analysed. The information generated by the cookies about the usage of this website is transferred to a Google server and stored there.
In the event that IP anonymisation is activated on this website, the IP address of the Google users from within the European Union or any other member state of the European Economic Area will be shortened beforehand. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transferred to a server in the USA and then shortened there. IP anonymisation is active on this website. On behalf of the operator of this website, Google uses this information to interpret the usage of the website, to compile reports about the website activity and furthermore, to produce similar services that are associated with the usage of the website and the internet for the website owners.
The IP address transferred by your browser to Google Analytics is not merged with any other Google data. Users can prevent the storage of cookies by changing their browser settings accordingly, however by doing so, the user, in this case, may not be able to fully use all the features of the website. Furthermore, users may prevent Google from collecting as well as processing the data produced by cookies and information about their usage of the website (including their IP address) by downloading and installing the following link for the browser-plugin: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de.
As an alternative to the browser add-on or while browsing using a mobile device, please click this link to prevent Google Analytics collecting data while on this website in future. With that, an opt-out cookie is stored on your device. If you delete your cookies, you must click the link again.
Use of Facebook social plugins
This website uses the social plugins (“plugins”) of the social network facebook.com, run by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA (“Facebook”). The plugins are identified by one of the Facebook logos (a white “f” on a blue tile or a “thumbs up” sign) or are additionally marked with “Facebook Social Plugin”. The list and appearance of all Facebook Social Plugins can be viewed here: https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/.
When a user accesses a website that contains such a plugin through our product, their browser creates a direct link to the Facebook servers. The content of the plugin is transferred directly from Facebook to the user’s browser and from there, integrated into the website. This mean we have no influence over the amount of data that Facebook collects with the help of plugins and therefore informs the user about this:
Through the integration of plugins, Facebook receives the information that the user has accessed the corresponding page. If the user is logged into Facebook, then Facebook can attribute the visit to your Facebook account. When a user interacts with the plugins, for example, by clicking the ‘like’ button or leaving a comment, the corresponding information from your browser is transferred directly to Facebook and stored there. If a user is not a member of Facebook, there is, however, the possibility that Facebook may be able to view and save your IP address. According to Facebook, only an anonymous IP address is stored.
The purpose and scope of the data collected by Facebook, information about the further processing and use of the data, as well as your rights regarding this and about the settings for the protection of user privacy, can be found in Facebook’s privacy statement: https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/.
If a user is a member of Facebook and does not want Facebook to collect information about their interaction with the posts and to link it with the user’s data stored on Facebook, they must first log out of Facebook before accessing the website.
This website uses Twitter buttons. These buttons are offered by Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA. They are identifiable by terms such as “Twitter” or “Follow”, combined with a stylised blue bird. With the help of the buttons, it is possible to share a post or site pages on Twitter and also follow the provider.
When a user accesses a website that contains such a button through this online interaction, their browser creates a direct link with the Twitter server. The content of the Twitter buttons is transferred directly from Twitter to the user’s browser. This means we have has no influence over the amount of data collected by Twitter with the help of this plugin and informs the user about this to their knowledge. After using the plugin, only the URL of the respective website that the button leads to is transmitted with the IP address of the user which is not used for any other purpose.
Further information on this can be found in Twitter’s data protection declaration: http://twitter.com/privacy.