It is important to us that also our privacy policy is transparent and open. Therefore we explain how we handle personal data. Below you will find information on what kind of information is collected, and how it is processed.
If we need your name, your address or other personal data, you will be informed about it beforehand. If you decide to send us personal data via the Internet, e.g. for correspondence purposes, these data will be very carefully handled in accordance with the stringent regulations of the Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz, BDSG).
If we forward data to a service provider within the framework of contract data processing (§ 11 BDSG), we will continue to be your contact person. Service providers are subject to both our instructions and the Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG). In as far as we are legally or by court order required to, we will send your data to the required extent to the bodies entitled to receive such data. Without your explicit agreement we will not send your data to third parties for any other purposes.
Your data will be stored on particularly well protected servers in Germany. Only a few persons who are technically, commercially or editorially involved in the server support, and who are authorised by us to do so, have access to those servers.
For more information on the data protection in the Federal Republic of Germany, please refer to www.bfd.bund.de.

Your rights
You are entitled at any time and free of charge to request information, correction, blocking or deletion of your personal data stored by us. Please contact us using the e-mail address below, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or talk to our data protection officer whose contact details you will find below.
If you request us to stop using your personal data for further communication and/or to delete them, we will act accordingly. Data which for legal reasons are required for commercial purposes or for order processing are excluded from such requests for cancellation or deletion.

Usage of cookies
During an online session cookies collect text information and store it in a special file (e.g. cookie.txt) on the hard disc of the user. During the next online visit, this information can be sent back to the server. Only the server which stored this information previously can query them. The browser of the user determines the storage location of the cookie on the user PC.
We use cookies where they are absolutely necessary for our website to run smoothly, or where they facilitate navigation on the website. As described in more detail below, we also use cookies to generate statistics about access to our website and/or to save information like your disagreement to certain analyses.
Most of the browsers are set to automatically accept cookies. However, this function can be disabled in the browser at any time. You can change your browser settings in such a way that it informs you as soon as cookies are sent. If your browser settings disable cookies on our website, some website functions can possibly not be used, or be used only to a limited extent.

Analyses carried out by us
When users access our website we receive user data which are saved for security reasons of the website and which may allow identification (e.g. IP address, date, time and pages looked at). We may analyse these data to learn about user behaviour and to generate statistics. In doing so, the stringent safety standards of the Tele Services Data Protection Act (Teledienstedatenschutzgesetz, TDDSG) and the Data Protection Regulation for Telecommunication Companies (Datenschutzverordnung für Telekommunikationsunternehmen, TDSV) are complied with. There is no person-related evaluation of the data. We reserve the right to statistically analyse anonymised data records.

For the statistical analysis of the access to this website, we use Google Analytics, which is a web analysis service of Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics, too, uses the cookies described above. The information generated by the cookies about your usage of this website are usually transferred to a server in the USA and stored there. Our Google settings provide that anonymising the IP address is activated for this website. This will cause a truncation of your IP address by Google within the member states of the European Union or to other nations which are parties to the agreement of the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases the full IP address will be transferred to a server in the USA and truncated there. On our behalf, Google will use this information to analyse how you use the website, to compile reports on your site activities, and to offer website and internet usage related services to us. The IP address transmitted from your browser within the framework of Google Analytics will not be combined with other data by Google.
As described above, you can prevent cookies from being stored by selecting the respective settings of your browser. Moreover, you can prevent the collection and processing of data generated by the cookie and concerning your usage of the website (including your IP address) by Google by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available at the following link (http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de). Or you click on the following link which will generate an opt-out cookie inhibiting a future collection of your data when visiting this website. To do so you will of course have to accept cookies: <a href=“javascript:gaOptout()“>Google Analytics deaktivieren</a>
For more information on the Terms of Use and data protection of the Google Service used by us please refer to http://www.google.com/analytics/terms/de.html, or to https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/.

In addition, we use Google Analytics for the evaluation of data derived from Google Adwords and the Double Click Cookie for statistical purposes. Should you not wish this to happen you can inhibit this function via the menu for ad preferences (http://www.google.com/settings/ads/onweb/?hl=de).

Privacy Statement for the usage of Facebook
Our pages contain plug-ins of the social network Facebook (Facebook Inc., 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, California, 94025, USA). You can identify the Facebook plug-ins by the Facebook logo or the “Like” button on our website. For an overview of the Facebook plug-ins, please refer to:http://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/.
A direct connection between your browser and the Facebook server will be established only when you click on the corresponding button. Thus Facebook will be informed of the fact that you visited our website with your IP address. By clicking on the Facebook “Like” button while you are logged into your Facebook account you can link our pages to your Facebook profile. This will allow Facebook to allocate the visit of our website to your user account. We will not be informed about the contents of the data transferred and their usage by Facebook. For further information please refer to the Privacy Statement by Facebook:http://de-de.facebook.com/policy.php.

Privacy Statement for the usage of Google +1
Our website contains some functionalities of the “Google +1” service offered by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.
A direct connection between your browser and the Google +1 server will be established only when you click on the corresponding button. Thus Google +1 will be informed of the fact that you visited our website and clicked on the button.
By using the Google +1 button you can publish information world-wide. You and other users receive personalised contents by Google and our partners when you use the Google +1 button. Google stores both, information about the fact that you used +1 for some contents, and information about the page where you have clicked on the +1 button. Together with your profile name and your photo, your +1 can be shown as information in Google services like, e.g., in search results, or in your Google profile, or in other places on websites and ads on the Internet.
In addition, and according to their own statement, Google saves information about your +1 activities to improve Google services.
For using the Google +1 button, you need a world-wide visible and public Google profile which has to contain at least the name chosen for the profile. This name is used in all Google services. In some cases this name may substitute a different one you may have used when sharing contents using your Google account. The identity of your Google profile can be shown to users who know your e-mail address, or who have other identifying information of you.
Next to the usage explained above, the information you have transferred is used in accordance with the applicable Google data protection regulations. Google might publish condensed statistics about +1 activities of the users, or send them to users and partners like publishers, advertisers, or linked websites.

Privacy Statement for the usage of Twitter
Our pages contain some functionalities of Twitter. These functions are offered by Twitter Inc., 1355 Market St, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. By using Twitter and the “Re-Tweet” function, websites visited by you will be linked to your Twitter account and reported to other users. In doing so, data are also transferred to Twitter.
A direct connection between your browser and the Twitter server will be established only when you click on the corresponding button. Thus Twitter will be informed of the fact that you visited our website and clicked on the button.
We will not be informed about the contents of the data transferred and their usage by twitter. For further information please refer to the Privacy Statement by Twitter: http://twitter.com/privacy.
You may change your data protection settings for Twitter in the account settings: http://twitter.com/account/settings.

Privacy Statement for the usage of Xing
On our website we use the XING Share button. When you click on the XING Share button your web browser will establish a connection to the server of XING AG, Dammtorstraße 30, 20354 Hamburg, Germany (“XING”), which provides the function of the “XING Share Button”. XING neither saves IP addresses nor uses cookies to track your visiting behaviour in relation to the XING Share button. For further information about the data processing by XING and the XING Share button please refer to: https://dev.xing.com/plugins/share_button/privacy_policy

Privacy Statement for the usage of LinkedIn
This website contains plug-ins of the social network LinkedIn of LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (in the following called “LinkedIn”). You can identify the LinkedIn plug-ins by the LinkedIn logo or the LinkedIn Share button on this website. As soon as you click on the LinkedIn Share button the plug-in establishes a direct connection between your browser and the LinkedIn server. Thus LinkedIn will be informed about the fact that you visited our website with your IP address. By clicking on the LinkedIn “Share” button, while you are logged into your LinkedIn account, you can link the contents of this page to your LinkedIn profile. This will allow LinkedIn to allocate the visit of this website to your user account. We will not be informed about the contents of the data transferred and their usage by LinkedIn. For details on data collection (intended use, extent, further processing, usage), and on your rights and settings options, please refer to the data protection information by LinkedIn. This information is published by LinkedIn under this link: http://www.linkedin.com/static?key=privacy_policy&trk=hb_ft_priv.

Usage  of data published about us
We hereby expressly object to the use of contact data published within the scope of the imprint obligation for the purpose of sending any advertising or information material not expressly solicited. We explicitly reserve the right to take legal action in the event of non-requested sending of promotional information, for example spam e-mails.