The legal basis for data protection can be found in the Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) and the Telemedia Act (TMG).
Access data/ server log files
The provider (or his web space provider) collects data about every access to the offer (so-called server log files). The access data includes
Name of the accessed website, file, date and time of access, amount of data transferred, notification of successful access, browser type and version, the user's operating system, referrer URL (the previously visited site), IP address and the requesting provider.
The provider uses the log data only for statistical evaluations for the purpose of operation, security and optimization of the offer. However, the provider reserves the right to subsequently check the log data if there is a justified suspicion of illegal use based on concrete evidence.
When contacting the provider (e.g. via contact form or e-mail), the user's details are stored for the purpose of processing the enquiry and in the event that follow-up questions arise.
Comments and contributions
When users leave comments on the blog or other contributions, their IP addresses are stored. This is done for the security of the provider in case someone writes illegal content in comments and contributions (insults, prohibited political propaganda, etc.). In this case, the provider himself can be prosecuted for the comment or contribution and is therefore interested in the identity of the author.
Integration of third-party services and content
It is possible that third party content, such as videos from YouTube, map material from Google Maps, RSS feeds or graphics from other websites are integrated within this online offer. This always assumes that the providers of this content (hereinafter referred to as "third party providers") are aware of the IP address of the users. Because without the IP address, they could not send the content to the browser of the respective user. The IP address is therefore required to display this content. We make every effort to use only such content whose respective providers use the IP address only to deliver the content. However, we have no influence on this if the third-party providers store the IP address, e.g. for statistical purposes. As far as this is known to us, we inform the users about it.
Image rights from Getty Images, Flaticon, Freepik etc.
Within this offer the images of the stock image provider Getty Images, Flaticon, Freepik can be integrated. The images can be recognized by a frame with the reference "Getty Images". The display of these images requires Getty Images to be aware of the user's IP address so that the images can be delivered to the user's browser. The IP address is therefore required to display this content. According to current knowledge, the IP address is only used for this purpose. However, the provider has no influence if Getty Images saves the IP address for statistical purposes, for example. As far as this is known to the provider, the users are informed or the pictures are removed.
Cookies are small files that make it possible to store specific information relating to the device on the user's access device (PC, smartphone or similar). On the one hand they serve the user-friendliness of websites and thus the users (e.g. storage of login data). On the other hand, they are used to record statistical data on website use and to be able to analyse them for the purpose of improving the offer. The users can influence the use of the cookies. Most browsers have an option to restrict or completely prevent the storage of cookies. However, we would like to point out that the use and especially the comfort of use will be limited without cookies.
You can get many online ad cookies from companies through the US site http://www.aboutads.info/choices/ or the EU site http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/your-ad-choices/verwalten.
This offer uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google Inc. („Google“). Google Analytics uses so-called "cookies", text files which are stored on users' computers and which enable an analysis of their use of the website. The information generated by the cookie about the use of this website by the user is usually transferred to a Google server in the USA and stored there.
However, if IP anonymisation is activated on this website, the IP address of Google's users within member states of the European Union or in other signatory states to the Agreement on the European Economic Area will be shortened beforehand. Only in exceptional cases is the full IP address transferred to a Google server in the USA and shortened there. IP anonymization is active on this website. On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate the use of the website by the users, to compile reports on the website activities and to provide further services to the website operator in connection with the website and internet use.
The IP address transmitted by your browser as part of Google Analytics is not merged with other data from Google. Users can prevent the storage of cookies by means of a corresponding setting in their browser software; however, this offer informs users that in this case they may not be able to use all functions of this website to their full extent. Users can also prevent the collection of data generated by the cookie and related to their use of the website (including your IP address) to Google and the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plugin available at the following link: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de.
Further information on the use of data for advertising purposes by Google, as well as setting and objection possibilities, can be found on the websites of Google: https://www.google.com/intl/de/policies/privacy/partners/("Use of data by Google when you use websites or apps from our partners"), http://www.google.com/policies/technologies/ads ("Use of data for advertising purposes"), http://www.google.de/settings/ads ("Manage information that Google uses to show you advertisements") and http://www.google.com/ads/preferences/("Determine what advertising Google shows you").
As an alternative to the browser add-on or within browsers on mobile devices, please to prevent Google Analytics from collecting data on this website in the future. This will place an opt-out cookie on your device. If you delete your cookies, you must click this link again.
Revocation, amendments, corrections and updates
The user has the right to request information free of charge about the personal data stored about him/her. In addition, the user has the right to correct incorrect data, block and delete his or her personal data, provided that this does not conflict with any legal storage obligation.