Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses so-called “cookies.” Cookies are small text files which are saved on your computer and enable analysis of the use of a website. They are used to anonymously collect and store information on user behavior for the purpose of website optimization. It is not possible to personally identify individual visitors.

The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States.

We hereby notify you that this website uses an extension for Google Analytics, “gat._anonymizeIp();,” in order to ensure the anonymized collection of IP addresses (so-called IP masking). Google will therefore collect your IP address in truncated form only. This ensures anonymization and rules out any direct personal reference.

Due to IP anonymization, Google will truncate your IP address within the European Union Member States as well as contracting parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases, the full IP address is sent to and truncated by Google servers in the USA. 
On behalf of the website provider, Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators, and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage to the website provider. Google will not connect your IP address to any other data held by Google.

The installation of cookies can be prevented by setting your web browser to not accept new cookies, to notify you of new cookies, or to delete all cookies already received. We hereby inform you, however, that you may not be able to take full advantage of all functions of this website in this case.

Further, you can prevent Google’s collection and storage of your data (including your IP address) by downloading and installing a browser plugin, available here.

Further information on terms of use and data privacy can be found here or here.

Social Plugins

This website uses so-called social plugins (“plugins”) of the social network Facebook, operated by Facebook Inc., 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, CA 94025, US (“Facebook”) or Facebook Ireland Limited, Hanover Reach, 5-7 Hanover Quay, Dublin 2 Ireland. The privacy policy of Facebook can be found here. The plugins are usually marked with the Facebook logo or the addition “Facebook social plugin”. You can find an overview of Facebook plugins and their appearance here.

Also, our website uses so-called social plugins (“plugins”) of the micro blogging service Twitter, operated by Twitter Inc., 1355 Market St, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, US (“Twitter”). You can find their privacy policy here. The plugins are usually marked with a Twitter logo, for example, in the form of a blue “Twitter bird.” You can find an overview of the Twitter plugins and their appearance here.

Further, our website uses so-called social plugins (“plugins”) by Instagram, operated by Instagram LLC., 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025, US (“Instagram”). You can find their privacy policy here. The plugins are usually marked with an Instagram logo, for example in the form of an “Instagram camera.” You can find an overview of the Instagram plugins and their appearance here.

You can use these features to share or recommend content with your friends within the respective social networks.

By using social plugins, for example the Facebook “like” button, the Instagram button, or the Twitter button, person related data may be collected in the following ways:

By visiting a page of our website that contains a social plugin, your browser establishes a direct connection to the servers of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The social network directly transfers the plugin content to your browser which embeds the latter into the website. This way, the social network receives information about your browser with your IP address/device number having accessed the respective page of our website. This happens irrespective of whether you are actually connected to, or even registered for, the social network. The information (including your IP address) is transmitted from your browser directly to the server of the social networks in the USA and stored there.

If you are logged into the social network, your visit can be assigned to your social network account. If you interact with the respective plugins or sharing content, the corresponding information is transmitted from your browser directly to your social network and stored there.

Please note that data collected by social plugins are only exchanged between the browser and the operator of the social network. We have no knowledge of the content of the collected and transmitted data.

Please refer to the privacy policies of the social networks for the purpose and scope of data collection and their further processing and use of data.

You can completely revoke the collection of data by Facebook plugins by using so-called add-ons for your browser, for example “Facebook Blocker”.

If you wish to completely prevent loading the Twitter and Instagram plugins, you can set add-ons for your browser, for example the script blocker “NoScript”.