The operators of this site take the protection of your personal data very seriously. We treat your personal information confidentially and in accordance with statutory data protection rules and this Privacy Statement.
Our website can generally be used without providing personal data. Any personal data (e.g. name, address or email addresses) provided is always voluntary, where possible. This data is not disclosed to third parties without your express consent.
Please note, data transmission via the Internet (e.g. email communication) may hold security vulnerabilities. It is not possible to fully protect data from third party access.
To protect data, which you have disclosed while using this site, from unwanted external access, we use an encryption process. Your details are transferred via the Internet from your computer to our server and vice versa by means of an SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption process. This is shown by a closed padlock symbol on the status bar on your browser and by the address bar that starts with .
Privacy Statement for the Use of Facebook Plugins (like button)
Plugins from the social network Facebook, operator Facebook Inc., 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, California 94025, USA, are integrated in our site. You can recognize the Facebook plugins by the Facebook logo or the “like” button on our site. You will find an overview of the Facebook plugins here: developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/.
When you visit our site, a direct connection is made between your browser and the Facebook server via the plugin. Facebook is thus informed that you have visited our site with your IP address. If you click the Facebook “like” button while you are logged in to your Facebook account, you can link the contents of our website to your Facebook profile. Facebook can thereby associate your visit to our site with your user account. Please note, as operators of the site we do not receive any information about the content of the transferred data nor of their use by Facebook. You can find further information on this subject in Facebook’s privacy statement at: de-de.facebook.com/policy.php.
If you do not want Facebook to associate your visit to our site with your user account, please log out of your Facebook user account.
Privacy Statement for the Use of Google Services
If you visit our site using a mobile device (e.g. smartphone or tablet), you can object to the use of Google Analytics with future effect via this link. When you activate the link, we set a cookie in your browser which sends a signal to us to prevent the use of Google Analytics for your device. Please note that you need to object to the use of Google Analytics again if you remove the cookies from your browser.
We also use Google AdSense, a web advertisements service of Google Inc. (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA; "Google”) to control advertising (text advertisements, banners, etc.). Your browser therefore may save a cookie sent by Google or a third party. The information saved in the cookie can be recorded, collected and analyzed by Google or a third party. In addition, Google AdSense also uses small, invisible graphics to collect information. The use of these allows simple actions like visitor traffic on the website to be recorded, collected and analyzed. The information generated by the cookie and/or graphics concerning your use of this website will be passed on to a Google server in the USA and saved there. Google uses the information obtained in this way to perform an evaluation of your usage patterns with regard to the AdSense ads. Google may also transmit this information to third parties where required by law, or for third parties to process the information on behalf of Google. Google does not associate your IP address with other saved data held by Google. You can prevent cookies from being saved on your hard drive as well as the use of the aforementioned graphics. The same applies to these cookies as to the others mentioned above: To do so you need to deactivate the acceptance of cookies in your browser settings.
We use the remarketing technology of Google Inc. (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA; "Google"). With this technology, users who have visited out web pages and online services and have shown interest in our offer will again be presented with personalized advertisements on Google partner network websites. Advertising is displayed by using cookies, small text files saved to the computer of the user. These text files can be used to analyze user behavior when visiting the website and then be used for selective product recommendations and interest-based advertising.
If you do not wish to see any interest-based advertisements, you can prevent Google from using cookies for these purposes by visiting www.google.de/settings/ads . You can optionally disable third party cookies by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative opt-out page.
You can prevent cookies from being stored by configuring your browser software accordingly; however, please be aware that in this case, you may not be able to use all functions of this website to the full extent. Furthermore, you can prevent Google from logging your use of this website as recorded by the cookie, as well as from processing this data (incl. your IP address), by downloading and installing the browser plugin available at the following link: tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
Privacy Statement for the Use of Google +1
Our site uses functions from Google +1. The operator is Google Inc. 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.
Collection and dissemination of information: By using the Google +1 button you can publish information worldwide. Via the Google +1 button you and our other users can receive personalized content from Google and our partners. Google saves both information related to the content that you have given a +1 for, and information about the page that you were viewing when you clicked on +1. Your +1s can be displayed as information with your profile name and photo in Google services, such as in search results or your Google profile, or in other places on websites or advertisements on the Internet. Google records information concerning your +1 activities to improve Google services for you and others. In order to use +1 buttons you need a Google profile that is visible and public worldwide, which at least contains the name that was selected for the profile. This name is used by all Google services. In some cases, this name can also replace another name which you have used when sharing content via your Google account. The identity of your Google profile can be shown to users who know your email address or other identifying information about you.
Privacy Statement for the Use of etracker
Our website uses the analysis service etracker. The operator is etracker GmbH, 1 Erste Brunnenstraße, 20459 Hamburg, Germany.
User profiles can be created from the data under pseudonyms. Cookies may be used to this end. Cookies are small text files that are stored in the visitor's local browser cache. The cookies make it possible for your browser to be recognized again. The data compiled with the etracker technologies will not be used to personally identify visitors to this website and will not be merged with the personal data about the bearer of the pseudonym without the express permission of the respective individual.
You can object to the data collection and storage at any time with future effect. To object to the collection and storage of your user data with future effect you can obtain an opt-out cookie from etracker at the following link. This will ensure that in the future no visitor data from your browser will be collected and stored by etracker: www.etracker.de/privacy
Privacy Statement for the Use of Twitter
Twitter functions are integrated in our site. These functions are provided by Twitter Inc., 1355 Market St, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. By using Twitter and the function “retweet”, the websites you have visited will be linked to your Twitter account and made known to other users. In doing so, data will also be transmitted to Twitter. Please note, as operators of the site we do not receive any information about the content of the transferred data nor of their use by Twitter. You can find further information on this subject in Twitter’s privacy statement at: twitter.com/privacy.
You can change your Twitter privacy settings in your account settings at: twitter.com/account/settings .
Privacy Statement for the Use of Xing
Our website uses functions from the network XING. The operator is XING AG, 29-32 Dammtorstraße, 20354 Hamburg, Germany. Every time a user accesses one of our pages that has functions from Xing a connection is established to Xing servers. Thereby, to our knowledge, personal data is not stored. In particular, no IP addresses are stored nor user behavior analyzed.
You can find further information about privacy and the Xing share button in Xing’s privacy statement at: www.xing.com/app/share
Privacy Statement for the Use of Pinterest
On our website we use social plugins from the social network Pinterest, which is operated by Pinterest Inc., 635 High Street, Palo Alto, CA, 94301, USA ("Pinterest"). When visiting a page which uses this type of plug-in, your browser will connect directly to Pinterest’s servers. The plugin thereby transmits protocol data to Pinterest’s server in the USA. This protocol data may contain your IP address, the addresses of the visited websites which also contain Pinterest functions, the type and settings of the browser, data and time of the request, your usage patterns of Pinterest, as well as cookies.
Privacy Statement for the Use of Tumblr
Our website uses buttons from Tumblr. The operator is Tumblr, Inc., 35 East 21st St, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10010, USA. These buttons allow you to share an article or a page on Tumblr, or to follow the provider on Tumblr. When visiting one of our pages which uses a Tumblr button, the browser will connect directly to Tumblr’s servers. We have no control over the extent of data Tumblr collects and transmits using these plugins. Currently the user’s IP address as well as the URL of the respective website are transmitted.
You can find further information on this subject in Tumblr’s privacy statement at: www.tumblr.com/policy/de/privacy.
Privacy Statement for the Use of Instagram
Instagram functions are integrated in our site. These functions are provided by Instagram Inc., 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, 94025, USA. If you are logged in to your Instagram account, you can link the contents of our website to your Instagram profile by clicking the Instagram button. Instagram can thereby associate your visit to our site with your user account. Please note, as operators of the site we do not receive any information about the content of the transferred data nor of their use by Instagram. You can find further information on this subject in Instagram’s privacy statement at: instagram.com/about/legal/privacy/
Server Log Files
The provider of the website automatically collects and stores information in so-called server log files, which your browser automatically transmits to us. This is:
- browser type / browser version
- operating system used
- referrer URL
- host name of the accessing computer
- time of server request
This data cannot be matched to specific persons. The data is not merged with other sources of data. We reserve the right to later check this data if we receive any concrete indications of unlawful use.
Our website sometimes uses so-called cookies. Cookies do not damage your computer and do not contain viruses. Cookies are used to make our service more user-friendly, effective and safer. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer and saved by your browser.
Most of the cookies we use are so-called “session cookies”. They are automatically deleted at the end of your visit. Other cookies remain stored on your terminal until they are deleted. These cookies enable us to recognize your browser when you next visit our site.
You can configure your browser to notify you when cookies are being used and to only accept them on a case-by-case basis, to accept cookies in certain situations or block them entirely, and to activate the automatic deletion of cookies when you close your browser. If you deactivate cookies, the functionality of this website may be limited.
If you send us inquiries using the contact form, we will store your information from the inquiry form as well as the contact details provided by you for the purpose of processing your inquiry and in case there are follow-up questions. We do not transfer your data to third parties without your permission.
Objection to Promotional Emails
Any use of contact data provided in line with the mandatory legal notice for the purpose of unsolicited advertising and information is hereby prohibited. The operators of the website expressly reserve the right to take legal action for unsolicited advertising materials, e.g. spam email.
If you wish to receive the newsletter offered on the website, we require an email address from you plus information allowing us to check that you are the owner of the email address provided and that you agree to receive the newsletter. Further information is not collected. We use this data exclusively for sending the requested information and do not communicate it to third parties.
You can revoke your consent to save the data and your email address, as well as the use thereof for the purpose of sending the newsletter, at any time, for example, via the “unsubscribe” link in the newsletter.
You can register on our website. Within the context of the registration procedure we collect and process the following data: Email address, name, address, date of birth
This information is processed to create your user profile, to deliver the required access data to you, and to make contact with you. Your data remains stored as long as your profile exists and/or is required for support reasons (e.g. legal retention periods). You can delete your account independently. We do not transfer your data to third parties without your permission.
We only send information collected within the context of competitions to partners of the competition chosen by us, and with the participant’s consent.
Information, Deletion, Blocking
You are entitled at any time and at no cost to obtain any information about data we have stored about you, the origin and recipient of the data as well as the purpose of the data processing. You are also entitled to have this data corrected, blocked or deleted. If you have any questions about this or other issues related to personal data, you can contact us at any time using the address given in the legal notice.