Data Protection

The operator of this website takes the protection of your personal data seriously. We handle your personal data confidentially, and in accordance with legal regulations and this privacy statement.

As a general rule it is possible to use this website without specifying personal data. In cases were personal data is needed (e.g. name, address or email address), this is done, as far as possible, on a voluntary basis. This data will not be shared with other parties without your permission.

However, we point out that the transfer of data via the internet (e.g. during  communication by email) can suffer security breaches. It is therefore not possible to ensure the complete protection of data against access by third parties.


These webpages make partial use of so called Cookies. Cookies do not pose a threat to your computer and do not contain viruses. Cookies are used to make our services more user‑friendly, effective and safer. Cookies are small text files which are stored on your computer and saved in your browser.

Most of the Cookies that this website uses are so called „session-Cookies” which are automatically deleted after you leave our website. Other Cookies that remain saved on your device until you delete them enable us to recognize your browser on your next visit.

You can set your browser to inform you about the use of Cookies. Furthermore, you can set Cookies to not be used at all or to only be used in certain cases. You can adjust the settings so that Cookies are deleted automatically when the browser is closed. The functionality of this website may be altered when the use of Cookies is deactivated.

Server Log Files

The provider of these web pages automatically collects and saves information in so-called server log files which your browser automatically transmits to us. These are:

  • Type and version of browser
  • Utilized operating system
  • Referrer URL
  • Host name of the accessing computer
  • and the time of the server request

It is not possible to link this data to a particular person. A combination of this data with other data sources is not carried out. We reserve the right to verify this data if concrete indications of illegal activities become known to us.

Newsletter data

If you would like to receive the newsletter offered on the website, we need a valid email address as well as information which will allow us to check that you are the holder of the email address and agree to receive the newsletter. Other data is not required. This data is used exclusively for sending the requested information and we do not pass it on to third parties.

You may revoke your consent to the storage of data, the email address and its use for receiving the newsletter at any time, e.g. via the “Unsubscribe” link in the newsletter.

Data privacy statement on the use of Google Analytics

This website uses features of the web analysis service Google Analytics. The provider is  Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

Google Analytics uses so-called “Cookies”. These are text files that are stored on your computer and allow an analysis of the use of the website. The information that the cookie generates about your use of this website is transferred to and stored on a server generated by Google in the USA.

For more information about how Google Analytics deals with user data, see:

Brower Plugin

You can avoid the installation of Cookies by appropriately adjusting your Browser Software; however, please note that in this case you may not be able to use all of the functions of this website. Moreover, 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 and installing the browser plug‑in which is available under the following link:

Contradiction against data collection

You may avoid the collection of your data by Google Analytics by clicking on the following link. It will set an opt-out Cookie that will prevent the collection of your data on future visits to the site: Deactivate Google Analytics

IP anonymization

We use the “Activation of the IP anonymization” function on this website. Whereby Google will abbreviate your IP address within member states of the European Union or in other states which are governed  by the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transferred to and abbreviated by a Google Server in the U.S. On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of this website, to compile reports on website activity, and to provide other services related to website usage and internet usage. The IP address provided by your browser as part of Google Analytics will not be merged with other Google data.

Data privacy statement on the use of Facebook plug-in (Like button)

Plug-ins from the social network Facebook, provider Facebook Incs., 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, California 94025, USA, are integrated into our web pages. You can recognize Facebook plug-ins by the Facebook logo or the “Like button” on our website. An overview of the Facebook plug-ins is given here:

When visiting our web pages, the plug-in creates a direct connection between your browser and the Facebook server. Facebook will be informed about your IP address and the visit on our website. If you click on the “Like button” while you are logged in to your Facebook account, you can link the content of our pages to your Facebook user account. This allows Facebook to associate the visit of our pages with your user account. Please note that as a provider of the website, we do not receive either any knowledge of the content of the transmitted data or the use by Facebook. For more information, see Facebook’s Data Policy:

If you do not want Facebook to allocate the collected data via our web site to your Facebook account, you must log out of Facebook before you visit our website.

Data privacy statement on the use of Twitter

Features of the Twitter service are integrated into our web pages. These features are offered by Twitter Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. By using Twitter and the feature “ReTweet”, the pages you visit are linked to your Twitter account and shared with other users. This data is also transmitted to Twitter. Please note that as a provider of the website, we do not receive either any knowledge of the content of the transmitted data or the use by Twitter. For more information, see Twitter’s Data Policy:

You can change your privacy settings on Twitter in the account settings at:

Data privacy statement on the use of LinkedIn

Features of the network LinkedIn are integrated into our web pages. These features are offered by LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Each time you visit one of our pages which contains features of LinkedIn, a connection to LinkedIn servers is established. LinkedIn knows about your visit and your IP address. If you are logged in to your LinkedIn account and click on the “recommend button”, LinkedIn may assign your visit to our web pages to your user account. Please note that as a provider of the website, we do not receive either any knowledge of the content of the transmitted data or the use by LinkedIn.

For more information, see LinkedIn’s Data Policy:

Data privacy statement on the use of YouTube

Plugins of the website YouTube, operated by Google, are integrated into our web pages. The operator of these web pages is YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. When visiting web pages which are provided with a Youtube plug-in, the plug-in creates a connection to the YouTube server. The YouTube server is informed which of our pages you have visited.

When you are logged in to your YouTube account, you enable YouTube to assign your surfing behaviour to you personal profile. You can avoid this by logging out of your YouTube account.

For more information about how to deal with user data, see the YouTube privacy policy at:

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