Privacy Policy

Thank you for visiting our websites. Below, we would like to inform you about what will happen with your personal data in accordance with Art. 13 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Data Controller
The party responsible for collecting and processing the data, as described below, is named in the imprint.
Storing the IP address
We store the IP address provided by your web browser, strictly for a specific purpose, for a period of seven days, in the interest of detecting, limiting and eliminating attacks on our websites. Once this period expires, we will delete or anonymise the IP address. The legal basis is Art. 6, Para. 1 lit. f of the GDPR.
Usage data
When you visit our web pages, usage data are temporarily stored on our web server as a record for statistical purposes in order to improve the quality of our web pages. This record consists of

  • the page from which the file was called,
  • the name of the file,
  • the date and time of the access,
  • the amount of data transferred,
  • the access status (transferred file, file not found),
  • the description of the web browser type used,
  • The IP address of the accessing computer, which is shortened so that any personal reference is no longer producible.

The record data mentioned are only stored anonymously.
Data transmission to third parties
As part of an order processing, we transfer your data, pursuant to Art. 28 of the GDPR, to service providers who support us in operating our websites and related processes. Our service providers are strictly bound to our instructions and are contractually obliged. We use the following service providers – web analysis service providers and newsletter service providers.
Data transmission to third countries
We sometimes transfer personal data to a third country outside the EU. For each case, we have ensured an appropriate level of data protection.
In the case of Google Analytics (USA), an appropriate level of data protection follows from the corresponding participation in the Privacy Shield Agreement (Article 45 (1) GDPR).
Our web pages uses cookies. Cookies are small text files that can be stored and read on your device. A differentiation is made between session cookies, which are deleted again as soon as you close your browser, and permanent cookies, which are stored beyond the individual session. Cookies may contain data that make it possible to recognise the device that is being used. In some cases, cookies only contain information about certain settings that are not personally identifiable.
We use [session cookies] on our website. Processing is based on Art. 6 (1) pg. 1 lit. f GDPR and in the interest of [optimise or enable user guidance and customise the presentation of our website].
You can configure your browser to inform you about the placement of cookies, which makes the use of cookies transparent for you. You can also delete cookies at any time by using the appropriate browser setting and prevent the setting of new cookies. Please note that this may result in our web pages not being optimally displayed and some functions no longer being technically available.
Google Analytics
We create pseudonymous user profiles using Google Analytics so that our web design is in accordance with the requirements. Google Analytics uses cookies that can be stored on your device and read by us. This enables us to recognise and count recurring visitors. The data is processed on the basis of Art. 6 (1) lit. f GDPR and Art 15 (3) of the German Telemedia Act (TMG) and in the interest of identifying how often our websites were accessed by different users.
The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is usually transferred to a server by Google in the USA and is stored there. However, as we have enabled IP anonymisation on this website, within the Member States of the European Union, your IP address will previously be truncated by Google. Only in exceptional cases, will the full IP address be sent to a Google server in the USA (pursuant to Art. 45 (1) GDPR, there is an adequate level of data protection based on Google’s participation in the Privacy Shield) and only then shortened. We also have a contract processing agreement with Google Inc. (USA) under Art. 28 GDPR. Therefore, Google shall only use all information for strictly specified purposes in order to evaluate the use of our website and to compile reports on the website activities.
You can object to the processing at any time. To do so, please use one of the following options:
You can prevent the use of cookies by the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website.
In addition, you can avoid the collection of data created by the Cookie, and data related to the use of the website (including your IP-address) by Google, as well as the processing of this data by Google, by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under the following link (
You can also prevent Google Analytics from collecting data by clicking on the following link. An opt-out cookie is set, which permanently prevents the future collection of your data when visiting this website with this device:
Click here to opt out of the collection of data by Google Tag Manager.
Social Media Plug-ins
For reasons of data protection, we do not include social plug-ins directly in our website. Therefore, when you visit our pages, no data will be transmitted to social media services such as Facebook, Twitter, XING or Google+. This excludes any profile formation by third parties.
You still have the option to share selected pages via one click on Facebook, Twitter, XING and Google+ buttons, and you can already see how often these have been shared in the past when the articles are viewed. We use the Shariff solution, which was developed by the c’t magazine, to offer a privacy-compliant alternative to the classic social plug-ins.
What’s behind this? The Shariff solution first means that all the data and functions required to display the Facebook, Twitter, XING or Google+ buttons are provided by our web server. Only if you decide to share a post using the corresponding button and click on it, will data be transmitted to the operator of the respective social media service.
Contact form
You have the option of contacting us over a web form. To use our contact form, we need your name and your email address. You can provide further information if you wish, but this is not mandatory.


By sending this mail form, you agree that the data you provide will be electronically recorded and stored. The legal basis for the processing is Art. 6, (1) lit. as of the GDPR. We use your data exclusively for the purpose of processing your enquiry. Your consent can be revoked at any time, such as by sending an email to
We process your personal data in accordance with the applicable data protection provisions on the basis of Article 26 of the new German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG-neu). We process the data that you disclose to us as part of your application for the sole purpose of selecting applicants. Data is not processed for any other purpose.
You yourself specify the scope of the data that you would like to submit to us as part of your online application. Applications are electronically transferred to our personnel department and processed there as quickly as possible. As a rule, applications are forwarded to the heads of the relevant specialist departments in our company. In addition, your data is not disclosed. Within our company, your information will be treated confidentially. If your application is unsuccessful, your documents will be deleted after 6 months.
Embedded Vimeo videos
We include the video player services of Vimeo, Inc., 555 West 18th Street (New York), New York 10011 ( on our websites and applications. The videos are embedded on our pages as iFrame. When you access these pages, a connection is established between your browser (terminal) and the Vimeo servers. Under certain circumstances, data, such as your IP address and the device you used to access the page, as well as your activities will be processed. By accessing videos and further interactions using the video player service, Vimeo may process further information about you to evaluate the videos you watched or your interests, for example.
Finally, Vimeo uses web tracking methods on its own pages and also within the video player service. This is done regardless of whether or not you are logged into or registered with Vimeo. Unfortunately, we cannot influence the web tracking methods of Vimeo and its affiliated services.
Please not that it cannot be ruled out that Vimeo will use your profile data for purposes including the evaluation of your approximate location, interests, videos viewed, etc. We have no influence on the processing of your data by Vimeo and its affiliated service providers.
Please also note the privacy policy of Vimeo ( at
Embedded YouTube videos
We embed YouTube videos on some pages of our website. Calling these sub-pages will result in content being reloaded by YouTube. In this context, YouTube will also receive your IP address, which is technically required to retrieve the content. In principle, we have no influence on the further processing activities carried out by YouTube. However, when we embedded the videos, we enabled the enhanced privacy mode provided by YouTube.
Pursuant to Art. 6 (1) lit. f GDPR, we run an official Facebook page at We do not use this site to collect, store or process at any time the personal data of users. Furthermore, no other data processing will be undertaken or initiated by us. Your input on our Façebook page, such as comments, videos and images shall never be used or processed by us for any other purpose.
Facebook uses web tracking methods on this page. Please note that we cannot rule out that Facebook will use your profile information for purposes such as the evaluation of your habits, personal relationships, preferences, etc. We have no influence on how Facebook processes your data.
Data security
To protect your data against unwanted access as comprehensively as possible, we take technical and organisational measures. We use an encryption method on our sites. Your information will be transmitted from your computer to our server and vice versa over the internet via TLS encryption. You can recognise this from the closed padlock symbol in your browser’s status bar, as well as the beginning of the address field which is https://.
Your rights as a user
When processing your personal data, the GDPR grants you certain rights as a website user:
1. Right to information (Article 15 GDPR):
You have the right to ask for confirmation of the processing of your personal data. If this is the case, you have a right to information about these personal data and to the information listed in Article 15 GDPR.
2. Right to rectification and erasure (Articles 16 and 17 GDPR):
You have the right to immediately request the rectification of incorrect personal data concerning you and, if necessary, the completion of incomplete personal data.
You also have the right to demand that personal data concerning you be erased without delay, provided that one of the reasons detailed in Art. 17 GDPR applies, such as if the data is no longer needed for the purposes intended.
3. Right to limitation of processing (Article 18 GDPR):
You have the right to demand the limitation of processing if one of the conditions listed in Art. 18 GDPR is met, such as if you have objected to processing for the duration of any inspection.
4. Right to data portability (Article 20 GDPR):
In certain cases, which are detailed in Art. 20 GDPR, you have the right to obtain your personal data concerning you in a structured, standard and machine-readable format or to request the handover of this data to a third party.
5. Right of objection (Article 21 GDPR):
If data is collected on the basis of Art. 6 para. (1) lit. (data processing for the protection of legitimate interests), you have the right to object to the processing at any time for reasons related to your particular situation. We will no longer process your data, unless it can prove essential reasons that are worthy of protection for the processing, which outweigh the interests, rights and freedom of the affected person, or the processing serves to assert, exercise or defend legal claims.
6. Right of appeal to a supervisory authority
Pursuant to Art. 77 GDPR, you have the right to appeal to a supervisory authority if you believe that the processing of your data violates data protection regulations. In particular, the right of appeal may be invoked by a supervisory authority in the member state of your place of residence, your place of work or the place of the alleged infringement.
Contact details of the data protection officer
Please contact our data protection officer at any time should you have any questions about privacy in connection with our products/services or the use of our website. You can reach the data protection officer by post at the address provided in the imprint, and also by email at (keyword “Data Protection Officer”).

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