Date protection declaration

Date protection declaration

Scope of application

This data protection declaration is intended to inform users of the type, extent and purpose of the collection and use of their personal data via this website (hereafter 'Service')

The principles of data protection are provided for in the Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz – BDSG) and the Telemedia Act (Telemediengesetz – TMG).

Access data/server logfiles

The service provider (or its webspace provider) collects data whenever the Service is accessed (referred to as server log files). These access data include: name of website accessed; file; date and time of access; data volume transferred; notification of successful access; browser type and version; user's operating system; referrer URL (previously visited page); IP address; and the requesting provider. The service provider uses the protocol data solely for statistical evaluation for operating and security purposes and for optimising the Service. The service provider nonetheless reserves the right subsequently to inspect protocol data where it has specific grounds for suspecting unlawful use.

Use of personal data

Personal data is information that makes a person identifiable. It provides details that can be traced back to a specific person. These include name, email address and phone number, although personal data can also include details regarding preferences, hobbies, memberships and websites previously visited. Personal data is collected, used and passed on by the service provider only where allowed by law or the user has consented to the collection of his or her data.

Record of contact

If a user contacts the service provider (for example via the contact form or email) the user's details will be saved for the purposes of processing the request and in case any further questions arise.

Embedding of third-party services and content

This Service may include third-party content (e.g. YouTube videos, maps from Google Maps, RSS feeds or graphics from other websites). This means that the providers of such content (hereafter 'Third-Party Providers') will be able to determine the user's IP address, as without the IP address they would not be able to send the content to the user's browser. The IP address is therefore required for the submission of this content. We make every effort to use content only from providers who use users' IP addresses solely for the purpose of delivering the content concerned. We nonetheless have no control over any other purpose, such as statistical purposes, for which Third-Party Providers may save the user's IP address. Insofar as we are aware of such use, we will inform users.


Cookies are small files that enable specific information regarding the user's device (e.g. PC, smartphone etc.) to be saved on the device. They make websites more user-friendly and thus improve users' experience (by for example saving their login details). They also enable data about the use of the website to be captured and analysed for the purposes of improving the website. Users can control the use of cookies on their device. Most browsers provide an option for limiting or rejecting cookies. Without cookies, however, the use and navigability of the website concerned may be restricted. You can manage many online cookie ads via the US webpage HYPERLINK "" or the EU webpage HYPERLINK ""

Data logging

Data provided as part of registration are used to facilitate usage of the website. Users can receive via email information relevant to the website or their registration, such as changes to the scope of service or technical conditions. The data collected are visible in the input interface during registration. These include [PLEASE ENTER DATA COLLECTED, e.g. NAME, POSTAL ADDRESS, EMAIL ADDRESS, IP ADDRESS, AND THE PURPOSE FOR WHICH IT IS COLLECTED, e.g. COMMUNITY OF PRODUCT TESTING].

Use of Facebook social plugins

This Service uses social plugins ("Plugins") from the social network, which is operated by Facebook Ireland Ltd., 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2, Ireland ("Facebook"). The Plugins are identifiable by one of the Facebook logos (white "f" on a blue background, the word 'Like' or a 'thumbs-up' sign) or are labelled "Facebook Social Plugin". A list and the appearance of Facebook Plugins can be inspected at HYPERLINK ""

When a user accesses a webpage of this Service that contains this type of Plugin, the user's browser establishes a direct connection with Facebook's servers. The content of the Plugin is transferred directly to the user's browser by Facebook and embedded in the webpage. The service provider therefore has no control over the scope of the data that Facebook collects with the help of this Plugin and provides users with the following information: by embedding Plugins, Facebook can be informed that the user has accessed the relevant page of the Service. If the user is logged in to Facebook, Facebook can connect the visit to the user's Facebook account. When users interact with the Plugins (for example by clicking the Like button or by leaving a comment) this information is sent by the user's browser directly to Facebook and saved there. Even if the user does not have a Facebook account, Facebook can still determine and save the user's IP address. According to Facebook, in Germany only anonymised IP addresses are saved. Users can learn more about the scope and purpose of the data collected, the use and processing of such data by Facebook, their rights in this regard and the settings they can choose to protect their privacy by reading Facebook's data protection notices at HYPERLINK ""

Users who have a Facebook account and do not want Facebook to collect their personal data via this Service and combine such data with their Facebook account data must first log out from their Facebook account before visiting this website. For additional settings, and to prevent Facebook from using your data for advertising purposes, adjust your Facebook profile settings at HYPERLINK ""

Google AdSense

This Service uses Google AdSense, a service provided by Google Inc. ("Google") for embedding online ads. Google AdSense uses "cookies". Cookies are text files that are saved on the user's computer and that make it possible to analyse website usage. Google AdSense also uses web beacons (invisible graphics). Web beacons can be used to evaluate information such as visitor traffic on the pages of this Service. The information created by cookies and web beacons regarding the use of this website (including the user's IP address) and the type of ads sent is transferred to and saved on a Google server is the US. Google can pass this information on to its partner organisations. Goggle will not however store the user's IP address with other personal data that it holds about the user. Users can prevent cookies being installed by adjusting their browser software settings, but any such adjustment may result in the user not being able to use fully all the functions of this Service. In using this website, the user assents to the personal data collected being used by Google in the aforementioned manner and for the aforementioned purpose.

Revocation, amendment, correction and updating

The user is entitled on request to obtain information on the personal data held about him/her free of charge. The user further has the right, where permissible under data retention laws, to have his/her personal data corrected where it is inaccurate and to have such data blocked or deleted.