Privacy policy

Data Protection
Data is automatically stored when information is called up via the Internet. We endeavor to store as little data as possible, for the shortest possible time. We try to store only anonymized data wherever possible. If you have notified us of your e-mail address, we are obliged to handle this personal data with the utmost care.

Use of data
We only use personal data to make our e-mail newsletter more personal. Providing data in excess of a simple e-mail address is voluntary and is only intended to enable us to address you personally. You may of course establish a second address and enter made-up names. Every newsletter contains an encrypted hyperlink that you can use to access your data and amend or delete these as you wish.

Passing on data
We will not sell or trade data on customers or interested parties, nor will we harm your personal rights in any way. Similarly, we will not lease our address lists or send third-party advertising to you in our own name.

By inputting data about yourself, you give us your consent to store and use such data in accordance with the Federal Data Protection Act [Bundesdatenschutzgesetz]. Such information is personal and is not accessible to third parties. However, you may at any time revoke your consent and demand that we delete your personal data. If you request that we do not send you any more e-mails to the address you have supplied, we are in your own interests obliged to store this address in an internal negative list.

Usage behavior
Every web server automatically registers accesses to websites. This information is stored anonymously. It is not possible to identify you or your individual behavior. For our newsletter we use software that stores usage behavior on an anonymous basis. The hyperlinks that are clicked on are registered, but cannot be attributed to an individual person. We produce profile information on the use of our websites and our newsletter on a purely anonymized basis and only in the interests of improving user management and optimizing our offering based on users' interests. We do not register individual behavior.

We do not use cookies at present, but reserve the right to decide to use them in future. Cookies serve to simplify Internet usage and communication. If you wish, you can block all cookies generally via your web browser or decide if you want a message asking if you want to allow storage of cookies or not. Cookies are small chains of text (max. 4 KB); they enable an online supplier to store specific information relating to the user on the PC of the online user. Without such 'interim storage', which is limited in terms of time, data that has already been input would have to be entered again for some applications.

  • A cookie only contains data that a server issues or/and that the user enters on request. Structure: Information on domain, path, expiry date, cookie name and value.
  • A cookie cannot harm a hard drive.
  • A cookie cannot transmit or execute any viruses (at least based on current knowledge, as ASCII text only).

Facebook plug-ins (like button)
Integrated in our pages are plug-ins for the social network Facebook, 1601 South California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA.
You can recognize the Facebook plug-ins by the Facebook logo or the "Like" button on our site.
An overview of the Facebook plug-ins can be found here:
When you visit our pages, the plug-in is used to establish a direct connection between your browser and the Facebook server.
This gives Facebook the information that you have visited our site with your IP address.
If you click the Facebook Like button while you are logged into your Facebook account, you can link the content of our pages to your Facebook profile. This allows Facebook to associate the visit of our pages with your user account. We would like to point out that as a provider of the pages we do not receive any knowledge of the content of the transmitted data as well as their use by Facebook. For more information, see the Facebook privacy policy at:
If you do not want Facebook to associate the visit of our pages with your Facebook user account, please log out of your Facebook user account.

Google Analytics
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. ( "Google"). Google Analytics uses so-called "cookies", text files which are stored on your computer and which allow an analysis of the use of the website by you. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is generally transferred to a Google server in the USA and stored there. However, in the case of the activation of the IP anonymization on this website, your IP address will first be shortened by Google within the 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 other services related to website usage and internet usage for the website operator. The IP address transmitted by your browser as part of Google Analytics will not be merged with other Google data.
You can prevent cookies from being saved by setting your browser software accordingly;
however, we would like to point out that in this case you may not be able to fully utilize all the functions of this website. In addition, you can prevent Google from collecting and processing the data (including your IP address) related to your use of the website (including your IP address), as well as the processing of this data by Google by downloading the browser plug-in available under the following link and install:

Google +1
Collection and dissemination of information:
The Google +1 button lets you publish information worldwide. The Google +1 button gives you and other users personalized content from Google and our partners. Google stores both the information that you have given +1 for a content, as well as information about the page that you viewed when you clicked +1. Your +1 can be displayed as clues along with your profile name and photo in Google services, such as search results, your Google profile, or elsewhere on websites and ads on the Internet.
Google records information about your +1 activities to improve Google services for you and others.
To use the Google +1 button, you need a globally visible, public Google profile, which must contain at least the name chosen for the profile. This name is used in all Google services. In some cases, this name can also replace a different name that you used when sharing content through your Google Account. The identity of your Google profile can be displayed to users who know your e-mail address or have other identifying information from you.
Use of the information collected:

In addition to the uses outlined above, the information you provide will be used in accordance with the applicable Google Privacy Policy. Google may publish aggregated statistics on users' +1 activities, or pass them on to users and partners, such as publishers, advertisers, or related sites.

Functions of the Twitter service are integrated on our web pages. These features are offered by Twitter Inc., Twitter, Inc. 1355 Market St, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. By using Twitter and the "Re-Tweet" feature, the websites you visit are linked to your Twitter account and shared with other users. This data is also transmitted to Twitter.
We would like to point out that as a provider of the pages we are not aware of the content of the transmitted data as well as their use by Twitter. For more information, see Twitter's privacy policy at
You can change your privacy settings on Twitter in the account settings at

Further information
We shall be pleased to assist if you have any further questions on data protection.
Simply send an e-mail to