Privacy protection

Data protection
As the operator of this website, we take the protection of your personal data very seriously. We treat your personal data confidentially and in accordance with all statutory data protection regulations as well as with this privacy statement.

This use of our website is generally possible without the provision of any personal data. If personal data is collected on our pages (e.g. name, address or email address), this is done on a voluntary basis as far as possible. This data is not passed on to third parties without your explicit consent.

We note that data transmitted via the Internet (e.g. via email communication) may be subject to security breaches. The complete protection of any data against access by third parties is not possible.

Data protection statement concerning the use of etracker
Our website uses the etracker analytical service. The provider is etracker GmbH, Erste Brunnenstrasse 1, 20459 Hamburg, Germany.

The data obtained through this service allows the user profiles to be created under a pseudonym. Cookies may be used for this purpose. Cookies are small text files stored in your local browser cache. These cookies enable the recognition of your browser. The data collected by the etracker technologies are not used to determine the personal identity of website visitors and are not compiled together with personal data related to the person referred to by the pseudonym, unless expressly agreed to by the person concerned.

The collection and storage of data may be revoked at any time with respect to future services. To reject data collection and storage of your visitor data for the future, you can use the etracker opt-out cookie at the following link. This means that in the future no visitor information will be collected and stored by etracker in your browser:

Using this will set an opt-out-cookie called "cntcookie" from etracker. Please do not delete this cookie if you wish your refusal to consent to remain valid. For more information, see the etracker privacy policy:

Privacy statement for the use of Facebook plugins (Like button)
Our website uses plugins provided by the social network Facebook, operated by Facebook Inc., 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, California 94025, USA. You can identify Facebook plugins by the Facebook logo or the "Like" button on our site. For an overview of Facebook plugins, see:

When you visit our site, a direct connection between your browser and the Facebook server is established by means of the plugin. This enables Facebook to receive the information that you have visited our site from your IP address. If you click on the Facebook "Like" button while you are logged into your Facebook account, you can link the content of our site to your Facebook profile. This allows Facebook to associate your visit to our site with your user account. Please note that, as providers of this site, we have no knowledge of the content of the data transmitted to Facebook and how Facebook uses these data. For more information, please see Facebook's data protection statement at

If you do not want Facebook to allocate your visit to our pages to your Facebook account, please log out of your Facebook account.

Privacy Statement for the Use of Google Analytics
This website uses functions of the web analytics service Google Analytics. The provider is Google Inc. 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Google Analytics uses cookies. These are text files stored on your computer that enable an analysis of how you use our website. The information gathered by the cookie about your use of this website is generally transmitted to and stored in a Google server in the USA.

In the case of activation of IP anonymization on this website, however, your IP address will be stored by Google in shortened form within member countries of the European Union or in other countries that are contracting parties to the agreement in the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases is the full IP address transmitted to a Google server in the USA and shortened there. Google will use this information on behalf of the operator of this website to evaluate your use of the website, compile reports on website activity, and provide the website operator with other services related to website usage and internet activity. Google will not link the IP address transferred by your browser as part of Google Analytics with any other data held by Google.

You can prevent the storage of these cookies by selecting the appropriate settings in your browser software. However, please be advised that, by doing so, you may be unable to use some features of this website. You can also prevent the data generated by cookies about your use of the website (incl. your IP address) from being passed to Google, and the processing of these data by Google, by downloading and installing the browser plugin available at the following link:

Privacy statement for the use of Google +1.
Our website uses Google +1 features. The provider is Google Inc. 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

Collection and dissemination of information: The Google +1 button enables you to publish information around the world. The Google +1 button lets you and other users obtain personalised content from Google and our partners. Google stores both the information that you have given for +1 content as well as information on the page that you viewed when you clicked on +1. Your +1 can be displayed together with your profile name and photo in Google services, such as in search results or in your Google profile, or in other places on websites and advertisements in the Internet. Google records information about your +1 activities in order to improve Google services for you and others. To use the Google +1 button, you need a globally visible and public Google profile that contains at least the name you have selected as your profile name. This name is used in all Google services. In some cases, this name can also replace a different name that you have used to share content via your Google account. The identity of your Google profile can be displayed to other users who know your e-mail address or who have other identifying information about you.

Use of collected data: In addition to the uses mentioned above, the data you provide is used in accordance with the applicable Google data protection policies. Google may publish aggregated statistics on the +1 activities of users and/or pass this information on to users and partners such as publishers, advertisers or linked websites.

Privacy Policy for use of Instagram
Our website contains functions of the Instagram service. These functions are offered by Instagram Inc., 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA. If you are logged into your Instagram account, you can click the Instagram button to link the content of our pages with your Instagram profile. This means that Instagram can associate visits to our pages with your user account. Please note that, as providers of this site, we have no knowledge of the content of the data transmitted to Instagram or how it uses said data.

For other information about the privacy policy of Instagram, please visit:

Privacy Statement for the Use of LinkedIn
Our site uses functions of the LinkedIn network. Provider is the LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Each time one of our pages containing LinkedIn features is accessed, your browser establishes a direct connection to the LinkedIn servers. LinkedIn is informed that you have visited our Internet pages with your IP address. If you use the LinkedIn “Recommend” button and are logged into your LinkedIn account, it is possible for LinkedIn to associate your visit to our Internet website with your user account. As the provider of this website, we expressly point out that we receive no information on the content of the transmitted data or its use by LinkedIn.

More information can be found in the Privacy Policy LinkedIn at:

Privacy Statement for the Use of Twitter
Functions of the Twitter service are integrated on our sites. These functions are offered by Twitter Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. When you use Twitter and the “re-tweet” function, the use of websites you visit are connected to your Twitter account and made known to other users. Data is also transferred to Twitter. As the provider of this website, we expressly point out that we receive no information on the content of the transmitted data or its use by Twitter. For more information on Twitter's privacy policy, please go to

You can change your Twitter privacy settings in your account settings under

Privacy Policy for use of Xing
Our website uses functions of the network XING. The provider is XING AG, Dammtorstraße 29-32, 20354 Hamburg, Germany. Each time one of our pages containing XING features is accessed, your browser establishes a direct connection to the XING servers. To the best of our knowledge, no personal data is stored here. In particular, no IP addresses are stored nor is usage behaviour evaluated.

For more information about data protection and the XING Share button, please see the XING data privacy statement:

Privacy Policy for use of YouTube
Our website uses plugins from YouTube, a site operated by Google. The operator is YouTube LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. If you visit one of our pages equipped with a YouTube plugin, a connection to YouTube servers will be created. This plug-in then transmits information to the YouTube server about which of our pages you have visited.

If you are logged into your YouTube account as you visit these pages, you are allowing YouTube to directly associate your surfing behaviour to your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account.

To find out more about how YouTube handles user data, go to YouTube's privacy policy at:

Information, erasure or blocking
You have the right at any time to be provided with information free of charge about any of your personal data that is stored, as well as its origin and recipient and the purpose for which it has been processed. You also have the right to have this data corrected, blocked or deleted. You can contact us at any time using the address given in the disclaimer if you have further questions on the topic of personal data.

Some of our pages use cookies. Cookies do not harm your computer and do not contain viruses. They serve to make our website more user-friendly, efficient, and secure. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer and saved by your browser.

Most of the cookies we use are called "session cookies." They are automatically deleted after your visit. Other cookies remain in the memory of your device until you delete them. These cookies allow us to recognise your browser on your next visit.

You can configure your browser to inform you about the use of cookies so that you can decide on a case-by-case basis whether to accept or reject a cookie. Alternatively, your browser can be configured to automatically accept cookies under certain conditions or to always reject them, or to automatically delete cookies when closing your browser. If cookies are deactivated, the functionality of this website may be restricted. 

Server Log Files
Our website provider automatically collects and stores information in so-called server log files, which are automatically transmitted to us by your browser. This includes:

  • browser type/browser version
  • operating system used
  • referrer URL
  • the host name of accessing computer (IP address)
  • time of server request

This data is not stored in such a way as to be personally identifiable. These data are not compiled with other data sources. We reserve the right to retrospectively examine this log data in the event of concrete evidence of illegal activity.

Contact form
If you send us a question via the contact form, we collect the data requested and the contact details you provide in order to answer your question and any subsequent questions. This data is not passed on without your permission.

Objection to promotional emails
The use of contact data published within the framework of the legal notice obligation for the transmission of unsolicited advertising and information material is herewith prohibited. We explicitly reserve the right to take legal steps in the event that unsolicited advertising material, such as spam email, is received.

Newsletter data
To receive the newsletter offered on the website, we require your e-mail address as well as information that will permit us to verify that you are the owner of this e-mail address, as well as your agreement that you wish to receive the newsletter. Further data is not collected. We use this data exclusively for sending the requested information and do not pass it on to third parties.

You can revoke consent to the storage of your data and e-mail address as well as their use for sending the newsletter at any time, e.g. by activating the “Unsubscribe” button in the newsletter.