The legal basis of privacy protection is found in the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) and the German Teleservices Act (TMG).
Access Data/Server Logfiles
The provider collects data about every access to the offer (so-called server log files). This access data comprise:
Name of the accessed web page, file, date and time of access, amount of transferred data, success message, browser type and version, operating system of the user, referrer URL (previously visited page), IP address and accessing provider.
The provider uses this protocol data only for statistical analyses for the purpose of operation, security and optimization of the offer. The provider reserves the right, to analyze the protocol data subsequently, if a conrete inidication for suspected illegal use is reported or detected.
Personal data are information units, with which a person is identifiable, i.e. information which may be tracked back to an individual. This includes the name, e-mail address or telephone number. But also information about personal preferences, hobbies, memberships or web pages visited are regarded as personal data.
Personal data is collected by the provider only if this is legally permitted or the uses has approved the collection of the data.
When the provider is contacted (e.g. by contact form or e-mail), the information of the user as stored for the purpose of processing the inquiry and for the case, that additional questions arise.
Comments and Contributions
If uses leave comments or other contributions in the forum, their IP address is stored. This happens for purpose of protecting the provider, if the forum contains comments and contributions with illegal content (insults, illegal political propaganda, etc.) In this case, the provider might be prosecuted and is interested in the identity of the author.
Follow-ups to comments and forum threads can be subscribed to by the user. Users can manage (i.e. start and stop) subscriptions on the personla profile page at any time.
With newsletters we inform our users about us and our offers,
If you want to receive a newsletter, we need a valid e-mail address and information which allows us to confirm that you are the owner of the e-mail address and/or the owner of the e-mail address consents to receiving the newsletter. Additional data is not collected for newsletters. This information is only used for sending newsletters and is not passed to third parties.
With the newsletter registration, we store your IP address and the registration date. This information is only used as proof in the case, that another person has misused your e-mail address and has subscribed to a newsletter without the knowledge of the owner of the e-mail address.
You may revoke your approval to storing the e-mail addess as well as its use for sending newsletters at any time. The revocation can be done in your personal user profile or by using the given contact possibilities.
Many online advertising cookies can be manage through the US web site http://www.aboutads.info/choices/ or the european site http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/your-ad-choices/.
The data which is stored in connection with the user registration is only used for the purpose of using our offer. Users ,ay be informed by e-mail about information in relation with the registration or our offers, such as changes in the offer portfolio, changes of usage conditions, changes of this provacy policy or technical changes. The information stored can be seen in the entry form for the registration. This includes name, gender and e-mail address. Optionally additional data, such as company, postal address and telephone numbers can be specified on the personal profile.
This offer uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service from Google Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses so-called "cookies", i.e. text files, which are stored on the computer of the user and allow the analysis of the usage of a web site. The information generated by the cookie about the usage of the web site by users are usually sent to a server of Googl in the US, where it is processed and stored.
In case of the activation of IP anynomization on this web site by users within the EU, the IP address of the users is shortened by Google within the member states of the European Union or other contract members of the convention on the european economic zone before being send outside this zone. Only for exceptional cases, the full IP address is transferred to a server of Google in the US and is shortened there. IP anonymization is active on this web site. On behalf of the provider, Google will use this information to analyze the usage of the web site by users to create reports about web site activities and to provide additional services related to web site and internet usage to the web site provider.
The IP address which is transferred in connection with Google Analytics will not be combined with other data from Google. Users can prohibit the storage of cookies with an appropriate option in their browser software. Please note, that in this case not all functionalities of this web site may be available. By downloading and installing a browser plugin (Link: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de) users can prohibit the collection and transferral to Google of the data generated by the cookie related the the users' usage of the web site.
Revocation, Modifications, Corrections and Updates
The user has the right to request information about the personal data that has been stored by the provider without charge. In addition, the user has the right to correction of false data, inhibition and deletion of his personal data, as far as no legal record preservation duties contradict this request.