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Privacy statement

Data protection

The people who run this site are very serious about protecting your data. We treat your personal data confidentially, taking into consideration both the statutory data protection regulations and this privacy statement. In general, it is not possible to use our website without entering personal data. If personal data such as your name, address, or e-mail address is collected on our pages, it is always gathered on a voluntary basis, whenever possible. This data will not be transferred to third parties without your explicit permission. We would like to point out, however, that data transfer via the Internet (for example, communication via e-mail) is subject to security holes. It is impossible to protect data completely from third-party access.



Privacy statement for the use of Google Analytics

This website uses functions from Google Analytics, a web analysis service. The provider is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Google Analytics uses ‘cookies,’ which are text files placed on your computer to help the website analyze how visitors use the site. 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. However, if IP anonymization is activated on this website, Google will truncate your IP address beforehand within Member States of the European Union or other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transmitted to a Google server in the United States and truncated there. On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity, and providing the website operator with other services relating to website and Internet use. The IP address transmitted by your browser within the scope of Google Analytics will not be associated with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings in your browser; however, please note that if you do so, you may not be able to take advantage of the full functionality of this website. Furthermore, you can prevent Google from collecting and using data generated by the cookie and related to your use of the website (including your IP address) by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available at



Privacy statement for the use of LinkedIn

This website uses functions from the LinkedIn network. LinkedIn is a service of LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. A connection is established to LinkedIn servers each time our website receives an access request equipped with a LinkedIn function. Through this process, LinkedIn is informed that you visited our Web pages with your IP address. By clicking the LinkedIn ‘Recommend’ button while logged into your LinkedIn account, you can link content from our website to you and your LinkedIn profile. Please note that as website providers, we have no knowledge of what the transmitted data contains nor how LinkedIn uses it. Further information on this subject can be found in LinkedIn’s privacy statement:



Privacy statement for the use of Xing

Our website uses components from the XING network. The provider is XING AG, Dammtorstrasse 29–32, 20354 Hamburg, Germany. Each time our website receives an access request equipped with a Xing function, a connection is established to Xing servers. None of your personal data is recorded in the process, to the best of our knowledge. In particular, Xing does not store IP addresses or evaluate user behavior. Further information on this subject and the Xing share button can be found in Xing’s privacy statement:




Our website makes use of so-called ‘cookies’ in some cases. Cookies do not harm your computer in any way, nor do they contain viruses. The purpose of cookies is to increase the user-friendliness, effectiveness, and security of our offer. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer and saved by your browser. Most of the cookies we use are so-called ‘session cookies.’ They are automatically deleted at the end of your visit. Other cookies remain on your end-user device until you delete them. These cookies enable us to recognize your browser the next time you visit us. You can configure your browser to inform you when cookies are being set and to only allow cookies on a case-by-case basis, or you can set it to accept cookies only in certain cases. You can also set your browser to turn off cookies completely and automatically delete cookies when you close your browser. Deactivating cookies may limit the functionality of this website.



Contact form

We save the data you entered in the form when you send us a question using the contact form so that we can process the question and deal with any follow-up questions that may arise. This includes the contact data you entered along with the question. We will not forward the data to anyone without your permission.



Newsletter data

If you would like to receive the newsletter advertised on our website, we will need your e-mail address along with information confirming that you are the owner of the e-mail address in question and that you consent to receive the newsletter. No additional data will be collected. We only use this data to send the required information, and we will not pass it on to third parties. You can prevent us from storing your data and e-mail address and using that information to send you the newsletter at any time by withdrawing your consent, for example, by following the ‘Cancel’ link in the newsletter.

Privacy statement for the use of Facebook plug-ins (‘Like’ button)

Our website employs plug-ins provided by the social network Facebook, a service of Facebook Inc., 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA. The plug-ins are identifiable by the Facebook logo or the ‘Like’ button on our site. For a full list of all Facebook plug-ins go to: When you visit one of our pages the plug-in establishes a direct connection between your browser and the Facebook server. Thus, Facebook receives the information that you (your IP address) visited our website. If you click the Facebook ‘Like’ button while logged in to your Facebook account you can link content from our pages to your Facebook profile. This enables Facebook to associate your visit to our pages with your user account. Please note that we as provider of the pages have no knowledge as to the contents of the submitted data or how it is used by Facebook. Further information on this subject can be found in Facebook’s privacy statement: If you do not want Facebook to associate the data concerning your visit to our website with your member data, please log off from Facebook before entering our website.



Privacy statement for the use of Google +1

Our pages use Google +1 functions. The provider is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Collection and transfer of information: You can publish information globally using the Google +1 button. When you use the Google +1 button you and other users will receive personalized content from Google and its partners. Google stores the information that you have +1’d content as well as information regarding the page that you were on when you +1’d. Your +1s may be shown together with your profile name and your photo in Google services such as search results, your Google profile, or other websites or advertisements on the Internet. Google records information on your 1+ activities in order to improve Google services for you and others. A global, public Google profile is required to use the Google +1 button. It must contain at least the name selected for this profile. This name will be used in all Google services. In some cases this name may even replace a different name that you have used to share content via your Google account. Your Google profile’s identity may be shown to users who know your email address or have other personally identifiable information about you. Use of collected data: In addition to the purposes described above, the information you provided will be used in accordance with Google’s privacy policy. Google may publish consolidated statistics about +1 users’ activities or share them with users and partners such as publishers, advertisers, or associated websites.



Privacy statement for the use of Twitter

‘Twitter’ functions are embedded in our Web pages. These features are provided through Twitter Inc., Twitter, Inc. 1355 Market St, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. When you use Twitter and the ‘Re-tweet’ feature, the pages you visited will be linked to your Twitter-account and published to other users. This also involves transferring data to Twitter. Please note that we as provider of the pages have no knowledge as to the contents of the submitted data or how it is used by Twitter. Further information on this subject can be found in Twitter’s privacy statement: You can change your data privacy-settings in your account settings on Twitter via



Information, deletion, blocking

You have the right to request information free of charge at any time concerning your stored personal data, including where it came from, who received it, and what it was processed for. You also have the right to modify, block, or delete this data. For more information on this and other questions concerning personal data you contact us at any time using the address under the legal notice.



Server log files

The website provider automatically collects and stores information in server log files, which your browser transfers to us automatically. These include:

•    Browser type/browser version

•    Type of operating system used

•    Referrer URL

•    Hostname of accessing computer

•    Time of the server request

This data cannot be linked to specific people. This data is not combined with other data sources. We reserve the right to check this data subsequently if we are presented with concrete evidence of unlawful content.



Spam prohibition

We hereby expressly prohibit the use of the contact data published as part of our duty to publish a legal notice for the purpose of sending us advertising or informational materials that we have not explicitly requested. The operators of the Web pages expressly reserve the right to pursue legal steps in the event that unsolicited advertising materials are sent to it, for example, in the form of spam e-mail.