2. Collection and storage of personal data as well as nature and purpose of their use
When visiting our website, certain personal data are being collected. Personal data is the term used for all data which can be used to identify you personally.
In principle, personal data of our users are only processed to the extent necessary to provide a functioning website and to provide our content and services.
When visiting our website, your internet browser automatically sends information to the server of our website, which is temporarily stored in a so-called log-file. The collected information is, inter alia, the type and version of your internet browser, the operating system, the website from which you accessed our website, the pages of our website which you visit, date and time of access, as well as the IP address of the internet connection which you used to access our website.
The legal basis for this processing and storage is Article 6 para. 1.f) GDPR, i.e. the processing of the data is necessary for the purposes of our legitimate interests. Our legitimate interest is the improvement, stability, functionality and security of our website. On no account we will use the collected data in order to draw conclusions on your person.
The data are stored on our server until they are automatically deleted. The data can remain on our server longer, should this be necessary for clarification of an error case. However, immediately after clarifying such case, the data will be deleted.
The collection of data for the provision of the website and the storage of data in log-files is essential for the operation of the website. Consequently, there is no objection option for the user.
Our website employs cookies. Cookies are small files which your internet browser stores on your terminal.
Our website employs so-called session-cookies to e.g. recognize that you have already visited individual pages on our website or have made certain language settings. These session cookies are automatically deleted when you close your Internet browser.
Other cookies are temporary cookies that remain stored on your device until you delete them yourself. If you visit our website again, these cookies automatically recognize that you have already been with us and what entries and settings you have made in order not to have to re-enter them.
In addition, cookies are used for the statistical evaluation of the use of our website. For this we refer to the item "Analysis tools" below.
You can prevent the storage of cookies on your terminal by changing your internet browser settings accordingly. However, this can limit the use of some of the functions of our website.
Saved cookies can be deleted at any time. This can also be done automatically.
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service provided by Google Inc. (1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA, hereafter "Google").
In this context, usage profiles are created and cookies (see above) are used. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website, such as browser type / version, operating system used, referrer URL (previously visited website), IP address, and time of server request are transmitted to a Google server in the US and saved there. IP anonymization has been activated by us and IP addresses, if accessed from a Member State of the European Union or other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area, are shortened prior to transmission to the US. The IP address will not be merged with other data provided by Google.
The use of the analysis tool is thus based on Article 6 para. 1.a) GDPR (your consent) as well as on Article 6 para. 1.f) GDPR and our legitimate interest in analyzing the usage behavior of website visitors. The information is used to evaluate the use of the website, to compile reports on website activity and to provide other services related to website activity and internet usage for the purpose of a need-based design of this website.
The data we send to Google are automatically deleted after 14 months. The deletion of data whose retention period has been reached is done automatically once a month.
To process the data, we have an agreement for contract data processing with Google.
As mentioned above, you can prevent the installation of cookies by setting the browser software accordingly; however, we point out that in this case it may not be possible to fully use all features of this website.
You can also prevent the collection of data generated by cookies for analysis and related to your use of the website (including your IP address) and the processing of these data by Google by downloading and installing a browser add-on https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.
The installation of the browser add-on is considered by Google as an objection to the data collection.