It is generally possible to use our website without having to provide personal data. To the extent that we do gather personal data on our web site (e.g. name, address or email addresses), we do so, to the greatest extent possible, on a voluntary basis. This data will not be passed on to third parties without your explicit consent.
You are reminded that data transfer via the Internet (e.g. communicating by email) can involve security vulnerabilities. It is not possible to completely protect the data from interference by third parties.
Our web pages contain a number of Facebook plug-ins, provided by Facebook Inc., 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, California 94025, USA. You can recognise the Facebook plug-ins on our website by the Facebook logo or the 'Like' button. Overview of the Facebook plug-ins: http://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/.
If you do not wish Facebook to know that you have visited our website and to associate that data with your Facebook user account, please log out of Facebook before you access our website.
This website utilises certain functions provided by Google Analytics, a web analysis service. The provider is Google Inc. 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Google Analytics uses so-called "cookies". These are text files which are stored on your computer to enable an analysis of your use of our website. The data generated by the cookie about your use of this website is generally transferred to and saved on a Google server located in the USA.
If IP anonymisation is activated on this website, your IP address is first truncated within member states of the European Union or other signatory states to the agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional circumstances is the full IP address sent to a Google server in the USA and then truncated. Google uses this data on behalf of the website operator (us) in order to evaluate your use of our website, to prepare reports of your activities on the website and to provide us with other services associated with website and Internet usage. The IP address transferred by your browser to Google Analytics will not be combined with any other Google data.
You can prevent cookies from being saved by changing a setting in your browser software, but please be aware that this may mean you will be unable to use all the functions of this website to their full extent. In addition you can prevent the transfer of any data produced by the cookie and relating to this website to Google as well as preventing Google from processing it by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available at the following link: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de.
This site uses a number of Google +1 functions. The provider is Google Inc. 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.
Information capture and forwarding to third parties: The Google +1 enables you to publish information globally. You and other users will receive personally-targeted information from Google and our partners via the Google +1 button. Google saves both the data that you have provided for a given +1 content item and information about the web page that you were viewing at the time when you clicked on the +1 button. Your +1 results can be shown as notes along with your profile name and picture in Google Services, such as search results or on your Google Profile page or any other positions on websites and advertisements on the Internet. Google records data about your +1 activities in order to improve Google Services for you and others. In order to use Google +1, you need to have a globally visible Google profile, which must include at least the user name you selected for the profile. This user name is used in all Google services. In some cases, this user name may replace another name, which you have used when sharing content via your Google account. The identity of your Google profile can be displayed to other users who know your email address or are in possession of any other information relating to your identity.
This site uses a number of Google's re-targeting technologies. The provider is Google Inc. 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.
This enables us to target visitors to our web pages with personalised, interest-oriented advertising. Such advertising will be displayed on the basis of a 'cookie'-mediated analysis of your previous utilisation and browsing behaviour, whereby, as far as we currently know, no personal data will be saved. To this end, a 'cookie' will be saved on your hard disk to capture anonymous user interest data in order to tailor advertising content based on the data recorded. These "cookies" are small text files that are saved on your computer or mobile device.
You can permanently disable the use of "cookies" for re-targeting purposes by deactivating interest-related advertising via Google at the following link:
Our website utilises a number of functions from the LinkedIn social network. The provider is LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Whenever you access any of our web pages which include LinkedIn functions, a connection will be established to the LinkedIn server. This will indicate to LinkedIn that you have accessed our website via a specific IP address. If you click on the LinkedIn 'recommend' button whilst you are logged on to your LinkedIn account then LinkedIn will have the ability to associate your visit to our website with you and your user account. We would like to point out that as the website operators, we receive no information whatsoever about the data transferred to LinkedIn in this way nor how it is used by LinkedIn.
This website utilises Piwik, which is an open source web analysis service. Piwik uses so-called "cookies". These are text files which are stored on your computer to enable an analysis of your use of our website. To this end, the data generated by the cookie about your use of this website is saved on our server. Your IP address will be anonymised before this data is saved.
To this end, the data generated by the cookie about your use of this website will not be forwarded to third parties. You can prevent cookies from being saved by changing a setting in your browser software, but please be aware that this may mean you will be unable to use all the functions of this website to their full extent.
Should you wish to prevent the storage and utilisation of data relating to you, you can deactivate this service here, after which a so-called 'opt-out-cookie' will be downloaded to your browser, which will prevent Piwik from saving your usage data. Please note that deleting your cookies will also delete your Piwik 'opt-out-cookie' , which you would then have to reactivate the next time you accessed our website.
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You can configure your data privacy settings for Twitter under Account Settings at: http://twitter.com/account/settings.
Our website utilises a number of functions from the XING social network. The provider is XING AG, Dammtorstraße 29-32, 20354 Hamburg, Germany. Whenever you access any of our web pages which include XING functions, a connection will be established to the XING servers, whereby, to the best of our current knowledge, none of your personal data will be saved. In particular, neither your IP address will be recorded nor will your utilisation behaviour be analysed.
These web pages make use of so-called "cookies". 'Cookies' will not harm your PC and do not contain any viruses. We use 'cookies to make the use of our website more user friendly, effective and secure. These "cookies" are small text files that are downloaded to your computer and saved on your browser.
Most of the "cookies" we used are so-called "session-cookies", which are deleted automatically when you leave the site. Other "cookies" are saved on your end user device until you delete them yourself. These "cookies" enable us to recognise your browser the next time you access our website.
You can configure your browser to: notify you whenever a "cookies" is offered, allowing you to accept or refuse them on a case-by-case basis, or else block "cookies" in certain cases or else block all "cookies" without exception, or finally, to delete all "cookies" automatically whenever you shut down your browser. The deactivation of "cookies" could restrict the functionality of this website.
Server Log Files
The operators of this website (us) will automatically capture and save data transferred from your browser in so-called server log files. This data will show the following:
- Browser type / browser version
- Operating system in use
- Referrer URL
- Host name of the access computer
- Time of the server query
No such data can be associated with specific individuals. The data in question will not be collated or associated with data from other sources. We reserve the right to analyse such data retrospectively should we become aware of specific evidence for any unlawful usage of the service.
Should you send us any queries via the Contact Form, the data you provide in the form, including the contact data you enter, will be saved for the purpose of processing your query and for the eventuality that any follow-up questions arise. We will not pass this data to third parties without your explicit consent.