Your rights as a person affected

You can exercise the following rights at any given time by contacting our data protection officer under the contact data provided:

  • Information about your data stored with us and its processing,
  • Correction of inaccurate personal data,
  • Deletion of your data stored with us,
  • Limiting the data processing, as far as we are not allowed to delete your data due to legal obligations, yet,
  • Objection against the processing of your data stored with us and
  • Data transferability, as far as you agreed with the data processing or if you concluded a contract with us.

As far as you have given us your consent, you can withdraw this consent at any time with effect in the future.

You can address any complaints to your relevant supervisory authority at any time. Your relevant supervisory authority depends on the federal state of your domicile, your work or the alleged violation.

Purposes of the processing by the accountable body and third parties

We process your personal data only for the purposes described within this privacy statement. Your personal data will not be transferred to third parties other than for the described purposes. We only disclose your personal data to third parties, if:

  • You have given us your explicit consent,
  • the processing is required for the conclusion of a contract with you,
  • the processing is required to comply with a legal obligation,

The processing is required to safeguard justified interests and there is no reason to assume that you have any overriding and legitimate interest in the non-disclosure of your data.

Deletion i.e. blocking of data

We adhere to the principles of data avoidance and data economy. For this reason, we only store your personal data as long as this is necessary to achieve the purposes described herein or as intended by the multiple storage periods provided by the legislator. Following the discontinuation of the respective purpose i.e. expiration of the terms the corresponding data are routinely blocked or deleted according to the legal regulations.

Collecting general information when visiting our website

If you access our website, information of general nature is collected automatically via cookies. This information (Server Log Files) may include the type of web browser, the operating system used, the domain name of your internet service provider and similar data. This does not include any personally identifying information.

This information is technically required to deliver contents of websites requested by you correctly and it necessarily incurs when using the internet. This information is processed for the following purposes in particular:

  • Ensuring to establish a smooth connection of the website,
  • Ensuring a smooth website usage,
  • Evaluation of the system security and stability as well as
  • For other administrative purposes.

The processing of your personal data is based on our legitimate interest to collect data for the above mentioned purposes. We don’t use your data to draw conclusions on your person. The data is only received by the accountable body and the order processor, if applicable.

  • The page views are recorded with the Access Logs of the web server at what time they occurred. They include the following data: IP, directory protection user, date, time, viewed pages, logs, status code, data amount, referrer, user agent, viewed host name.
  • The IP addresses are thereby stored anonymously. Hereto, the last digits are removed, i.e. becomes 127.0.0.*. IPv6 addresses are also anonymized. The anonymized IP addresses are stored for 60 days. Information to the used directory protection user is anonymized after one day.
  • Error Logs that are logging the incorrect page views are deleted after seven days. These include the accessing IP address next to the error messages and the accessed website depending on the error.
  • Access via FTP is recorded anonymously and stored for 60 days.

We may evaluate anonymous information of this kind statistically, if applicable, to optimise our web presence and the technology behind it.


Like many other websites, we also use so called “cookies”. Cookies are small text files that are transferred from a website server onto your hard disk. Hereby we automatically receive certain data such as IP address, used browser, operating system and your connection with the internet.

Cookies can’t be used to launch applications or transfer any virus onto a computer. Due to the information contained with the cookies, we can facilitate your navigation and they allow that our websites are displayed correctly.

None of the data collected through us is given to third parties or any link is established with personal data without your consent.

Of course you can basically view our website even without cookies. Internet browsers are generally set up in a way that they accept cookies. In general, you can deactivate the use of cookies via the settings of your browser at any time. Please use the help functions of your web browser to learn, how you can change these settings. Please note that single functions of our website may not work, if you have deactivated cookies.

SSL encryption

To protect the safety of your data during the transfer, we use appropriate state-of-the-art encryption methods (e.g. SSL) via HTTPS.

Use of Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google Inc. (in the following: Google). Google Analytics uses so called “cookies”, test files that are stored on the computer and allow for an analysis of your use of the website. The information created by the cookie about your use of this website, are usually transferred and stored on a server of Google in the USA. Due to the activation of the IP anonymization on these websites, your IP address is shortened by Google before that within the member states of the European Union or in other contract states of the Agreement of the European Economic Area. Only in exception cases the full IP is sent to a server of Google in the USA and shortened there. Google will use this information on behalf of the operator of this website to evaluate your usage of this website, to prepare reports about website activities and to provide other services connected to the use of the website and internet use against the website operator. The IP address transferred within Google Analytics by your browser will not be linked to other data of Google.

The purposes of data processing are within the evaluation of the use of the website and within the preparation of reports about activities on the website. Based on the use of the website and the internet, then other connected services shall be provided. The processing is based on the legitimate interest of the website operator.

You can prevent the storage of the cookies with the respective setting of your browser software; however, we want to advise you that in this case you may not be able to fully use all functions of this website. Furthermore, you can prevent the collection of the data related to your use of the website and data created by the cookie (including your IP address) by Google as well as their processing by Google, by downloading and installing the browser plugin available under the following link: Browser Add On for deactivating Google Analytics.

In addition or as an alternative to the Browser Add On you may inhibit the Tracking by Google Analytics on our sites by clicking on the following link:

 Google Analytics Tracking Status: [ga_optout]

With this, an Opt Out Cookie is installed on your device. Thereby the collection by Google Analytics for this website and for this browser is prevented in the future, as long as the cookie stays installed in your browser.

Use of script libraries (Google Webfonts)

To be able to display our contents across browsers correctly and graphically appealing, we use script libraries and font libraries on this website such as Google Webfonts ( Google Webfonts are transferred to the cache of your browser to avoid them to be loaded multiple times. If the browser does not support the Google Webfonts or prevents to access them, contents are shown in a standard font.

By loading of script libraries or font libraries a connection is automatically established with the operator of the library. Thereby it is theoretically possible – actually not quite clear if and if applicable, for what purposes – that operators of respective libraries collect data.

You find the data privacy policy of the library operator Google here:

Use of Google Maps

This website uses Google Maps API to display geographical information visually. With the use of Google Maps, Google also collects, processes and uses data about the usage of the map functions by visitors. More detailed information about the data processing by Google you may find in the Google Privacy Policy. There you can also change your personal data protection settings in the data protection centre.

Detailed instructions on how to manage your own data in connection with Google products you may find here.

Change of our Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to adjust this privacy policy that it complies with the current legal requirements or to implement the changes in our services in our data privacy statement, e.g. when new services are introduced. For your next visit, the new data privacy statement applies.

Questions to the data protection officer

If you have any queries regarding data protection, please write us an email or contact directly the person responsible for data protection in our organization:

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_gat Used by Google Analytics to throttle the request rate – limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites. HTTP Session
_gid Registers a unique ID used by Google Analytics to generate statistical information about how the visitor uses the website. HTTP Session
collect Sends Google Analytics data regarding the visitor’s behavior and device. Pixel Tracker Session
NID Registers a unique ID that identifies the device of a returning user. HTTP 6 Month
pll_language Saves the user’s preferred language on the website. HTTP 1 Year
PHPSESSID Preserves user session state across page requests. HTTP Session