Data Privacy Statement
We would like to begin with a quotation from https://gdpr-info.eu/art-12-gdpr/, Article 12, paragraph 1 of the Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The controller in this case is us:
The controller shall take appropriate measures to provide any information […] and any communication […], relating to processing to the data subject in a concise, transparent, intelligible and easily accessible form, using clear and plain language;
Even though this is a rather complex matter, we hope we have achieved this aim as best we can. If you have further questions or are in doubt about any aspect of this statement, please contact us.
The collection, processing or storing of your data by us or on our behalf by third parties, is done because we have a “legitimate interest” within the meaning of the GDPR in this collecting, processing or storing or because you have agreed to it. It is our aim to collect, process or use as little personal data as possible and to store and handle these in a way that is safe and comprehensible.
Basic Data Protection Ordinance (DSGVO) online:
Legality of processing: in the GDPR:
Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) online:
Your current IP address may also fall under the concept of Personal Data, but does not have to. If, for example, you access the Internet from within an internal network of an international corporation, the IP address will only be able to refer to this particular group.
Due to the shortage of IPv4 address space, many access providers (Telekom, Vodafone, etc.) no longer give users public IP addresses but instead distribute individual IP addresses to multiple users via “Network Address Port Translation” (NAPT). Again, a personal reference to the IP address is regularly not given. Nevertheless, as far as technically possible, we do not or only pass on your current IP in an abbreviated, anonymous form.
Definition of Personal Data of the GDPR:
IP address on Wikipedia:
Storage on our systems
If you contact us, whether via our website, by e-mail, telephone or letter, this will leave data on our end. Your e-mail address will be stored in our e-mail programs and among other things, we may also enter your data into programs that fall under the keywords address management, economics, ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) or CRM (Customer Relationship Management).
Our systems may be local systems within our premises but may also be hosted web servers or cloud storages. In that case, a data processing contract has been concluded with their technical operators, in which they commit themselves to treat the data in accordance with the GDPR.
Use of the data for advertising purposes
We reserve the right to use the collected data for our own advertising purposes. Under certain circumstances, we may pass on the data to service providers commissioned by us, who for example, organize the mailing of letters or newsletters for us. You may object to the use of your personal data for these purposes at any time.
Duty of disclosure, correction and deletion of data
You may at any time request information about which data of yours we have stored and if necessary, also have these corrected.
If you wish to delete your personal data, we are happy to do so unless compulsory legal regulations require otherwise. Worth noting are for example, tax laws and subsequently, the principles of proper bookkeeping.
In addition, we would like to point out that the regulations concerning deletion of data set out in the GDPR are applied.
Right for deletion in the GDPR:
Data transfer for contract performance or during ongoing business
We use the services of third parties for certain activities. For example, this applies to the forwarding and dispatching of goods, letters, packages and newsletters, as to the processing of payments (credit card, direct debit, etc.), and to bookkeeping and tax advice or other comparable services that we regularly use in order to maintain our business operations.
In cases like this, information such as your postal or e-mail address will be shared with these companies in order to enable the requested service. In general, these companies are all legally obliged to handle data discrete, safe and with care (post office, tax advisor, bank) or have contracted to process data in accordance with the GDPR.
Disclosure of data to any other companies or individuals will not be conducted without cause or without prior explicit consent.
Processor within the GDPR:
Your data within the operation of our website
Server hosting and log files on our web server
Our website is hosted at Domain Factory GmbH, Oskar-Messter-Str. 33, 85737 Ismaning, Germany. We have concluded a data processing contract with this provider pursuant to General Data Protection Regulation. The server configuration is set to not create log files.
Our web host:
Webhosting on Wikipedia:
Contractor in the GDPR:
Upon visiting our website, information in the form of pseudonymised cookies will be stored within your browser software onto your computer. These store information about your use of the website, such as the sorting of entries, a possibly existing memo function, viewing preferences of individual pages and similar information.
The cookies we use also help us to identify any operating problems when using our website. The aim of this approach is to improve our website technically and creatively.
HTTP cookies on Wikipedia:
Management of data related to Google products
All information about what data Google stores about you and how you can download, archive and control them can be found on this page:
Google points out that these data are not used for user-tracking, but solely feed into evaluations regarding the use of the service.
This website uses Google Maps, a service of Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (“Google”). The integration of these web fonts is done by a server call, usually a Google server in the USA. When using Google Maps, Google also collects, processes and uses data about the use of the Maps features by visitors to the Websites.
Google Analytics, Google Double-Click, Google Tag Manager, Google Retargeting
This website uses Google Analytics, which is a web analytics service provided by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (“Google”). This service helps analyze data from the use of our website, as well as from AdWords and the Double-Click Cookie.
Please note, that on this website, Google Analytics has been extended by the code “(‘anonymizeIp’, true)” in order to guarantee an anonymous collection of IP addresses (so-called “IP-Masking”). This way, only a rough geographic allocation of the IP address at federal state or county level is possible.
Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be sent to a Google server in the US and shortened there. Under no circumstances will Google link your Google Analytics transmitted IP address with other Google Inc. data.
This site also uses Google Inc.’s remarketing feature. This feature is designed to show interest-based ads to visitors to the site through the Google Network. A cookie is saved in your browser, which allows Google to identify you as a visitor to our website while visiting other websites and may, among other things, display our advertising there.
Google will use this information to evaluate your use of our website, create reports about website activity for us and for other advertisers, and provide other services related to website activity and internet usage.
These data are always available to us and other advertisers in a pseudonymised way, for example in the form of “target groups”, such as the summary “Visitors of the page Contact within the last 30 days”.
If you do not want Google Analytics to evaluate or process your data from your visit to our website, AdWords, or the Double-Click Cookie, you are able to disable it through the Ads Preferences Manager.
Opt-out Google Analytics
Google Remarketing Settings:
Opt-out network advertising initiative:
If you activate the “Do not track” option in your Internet browser or if you use the option in the Privacy setting on our website, no external content will be loaded without your explicit consent, only the reference to this option will be displayed. But as soon as you use this option, the following information also applies to you.
We use the provider YouTube for the integration of videos and the like. YouTube is operated by YouTube LLC, headquartered at 901 Cherry Avenue, San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. YouTube is represented by Google Inc., located at 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.
When you visit the subpages of our website that have a YouTube plugin, they will connect to the YouTube servers and display the plugin. This will tell the YouTube server which of our subpages you have visited. If you are logged in as a member of YouTube, YouTube assigns this information to your personal user account. When using the plugin such as clicking the start button of a video, this information is also assigned to your user account.
Data processing and privacy notices through YouTube (Google):
If you activate the “Do not track” option in your Internet browser, no external content from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+ (hereafter “Social Media”) will be loaded without your explicit consent, and only an indication of this option wil be displayed.
Even if you do not enable this option, plug-ins or social media features are integrated using the Shariff solution from c’t or a functionally equivalent proprietary solution. This means that “social media” are not integrated with tracking data connections, but only indirectly integrated into the page.
Only when you as a user activate this connection and thus declare your consent to communication with “social media”, the connection is established. Then with a second click you can, for example, share your recommendation, watch the video, play a suggested playlist or whatever the particular “social media” offers.