Data protection Declaration
Data protection at a glance
The following information provides a basic overview of what happens with your personal data when you visit our website. Personal data refers to all data which allows you to be personally identified. For detailed information on the topic of data protection, please refer to our privacy notice, which you will find below this text.
Data collection on our website
Who is responsible for the collection of data on this website?
The processing of data on this website is performed by the website operator. You will find the operator’s contact information in this website’s legal notice.
How do we collect your data?
For one, your data is collected when you provide it to us. This includes, for example, the data you enter in a contact form.
Other data is automatically collected by our IT systems upon visiting the website. Above all, this includes technical data (e.g. Internet browser, operating system, or time of the page request). The collection of this data takes place automatically as soon as you enter our website.
What do we use your data for?
Some of the data is collected to ensure that the website is error-free. Other data may be used to analyze user behavior.
What rights do you have with regard to your data?
You have the right to obtain information on the origin, recipient, and purpose of the personal data stored about you, at any time and at no cost. You also have the right to request the rectification, blocking, or erasure of this data. For inquiries regarding this as well as other questions on the topic of data protection, you can contact us at any time via the address specified in the legal notice. Furthermore, you are also entitled to lodge a complaint with the competent supervisory authority.
In addition, under certain circumstances, you also have the right to request the restriction of processing of your personal data. For details on this, please refer to the privacy notice under: “Right to restriction of processing.”
Analytics and third-party tools
2. General and mandatory information
The operators of this website take the protection of your personal data extremely seriously. We handle your personal data in strict confidence and in compliance with statutory data protection regulations, as well as according to this privacy notice.
When you use this website, various forms of personal data are collected. Personal data refers to data which allows you to be personally identified. This privacy notice explains which data we collect and what we use it for. It also explains how and for what purpose this takes place.
We would like to point out that data transmission on the Internet (e.g. during communications via email) may have security gaps. Absolute protection of data against access by third parties is not possible.
Information on the controller
The controller for data processing on this website is:
Phone: +49 (0) 2572–96230‑0
The controller is the natural or legal person who, alone or jointly with others, decides on the purposes and means of the processing of personal data (e.g. names, email addresses, or similar)
Withdrawal of your consent for data processing
Many data processing operations are only possible with your express consent. You may withdraw consent that was previously given at any time. To do so, sending us an informal message via email shall suffice. The withdrawal of consent shall not affect the lawfulness of processing based on consent before its withdrawal.
Right to object to data collection in special cases, as well as to direct marketing (Art. 21 GDPR)
When data processing takes place based on Art. 6(1)(e) or (f) of the GDPR, you have the right to object to the processing of your personal data at any time due to reasons arising from your special situation; this also applies to profiling based on these provisions. For the respective legal basis on which processing is based, please refer to this privacy notice. When you object, we will no longer process the personal data of yours in question, unless we are able to demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your interests, rights and freedoms or for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims (objection in accordance with Art. 21(1) GDPR).
If your personal data is processed for direct marketing purposes, you have the right to object at any time to the processing of personal data concerning you for such marketing; this also applies to profiling to the extent that it is related to such direct marketing. If you object, your personal data will subsequently no longer be used for direct marketing purposes (objection in accordance with Art. 21(2) GDPR).
Right to lodge a complaint with the competent supervisory authority
In cases of violations of the GDPR, data subjects are entitled to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, in particular in the member state of their habitual residence, place of work, or place of the alleged infringement. The right to lodge a complaint shall exist without prejudice to other administrative law or judicial remedy.
Right to data portability
You have the right to have data which we automatically process based on your consent or as part of the fulfillment of a contract handed over to you or a third party in a commonly used, machine-readable format. If you request direct transmission of the data to another controller, this shall only take place where technically feasible.
SSL and/or TLS encryption
For security reasons and to protect the transmission of confidential content, such as orders or inquiries which you send to us, the website operators, this website utilizes SSL and/or TLS encryption. You can identify an encrypted connection by the fact that the address bar of the browser changes from “http://” to “https://” and a lock symbol appears in your browser’s address bar.
When SSL and/or TLS encryption is activated, the data that you transmit to us cannot be read by third parties.
Information, blocking, erasure, and rectification
According to prevailing statutory provisions, you have the right to obtain information on the origin, recipient, and purpose of the personal data stored about you, at any time and at no cost, and where applicable, the right to have this data rectified, blocked, or erased. For inquiries regarding this as well as other questions on the topic of personal data, you can contact us at any time via the address specified in the legal notice.
Right to restriction of processing
You have the right to request the restriction of processing of your personal data. For inquiries regarding this, you can contact us at any time via the address specified in the legal notice. The right to restriction of processing exists in the following cases:
- If you dispute the correctness of personal data we have stored concerning you, we generally require time to verify this claim. For the duration of the verification process, you have the right to request the restriction of processing of your personal data.
- If the processing of your personal data took/is taking place unlawfully, you may request the restriction of processing of the data instead of its deletion.
- If we no longer require your personal data, but you require it in order to establish, exercise, or defend legal claims, you have the right to request the restriction of processing of your personal data instead of its deletion.
- If you have filed an objection in accordance with Art. 21(1) GDPR, your interests must be weighed against our interests. Until it is determined whose interests prevail, you have the right to request the restriction of processing of your personal data.
- Where processing has been restricted, your personal data will, with the exception of storage, only be processed with your consent or for the establishment, exercise, or defense of legal claims, or for the protection of the rights of another natural or legal person, or for reasons of important public interest of the Union or of a member state.
Objection to advertising e‑mails
The use of contact data published within the scope of the imprint obligation to send advertising and information material that has not been expressly requested is hereby prohibited. The operators of the pages expressly reserve the right to take legal action in the event of the unsolicited sending of advertising information, such as spam e‑mails.
3. Data collection on our website
Some of the Internet pages use so-called cookies. Cookies do not cause any damage to your computer and do not contain viruses. Cookies serve to make our offer more user-friendly, effective 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 so-called “session cookies”. They are automatically deleted at the end of your visit. Other cookies remain stored on your terminal device until you delete them. These cookies enable us to recognise your browser on your next visit.
You can set your browser so that you are informed about the setting of cookies and only allow cookies in individual cases, exclude the acceptance of cookies for certain cases or generally and activate the automatic deletion of cookies when closing the browser. If you deactivate cookies, the functionality of this website may be limited.
Cookies that are required to carry out the electronic communication process or to provide certain functions you have requested (e.g. shopping cart function) are stored on the basis of Art. 6 (1) lit. f DSGVO. The website operator has a legitimate interest in storing cookies for the technically error-free and optimised provision of its services. Insofar as other cookies (e.g. cookies to analyse your surfing behaviour) are stored, these are treated separately in this data protection declaration.
The provider of the pages automatically collects and stores information in so-called server log files, which your browser automatically transmits to us. These are:
- Browser type and version
- Operating system
- Referrer URL
- Host name of the accessing computer
- Time of the server request
- IP address
This data is not merged with other data sources.
The basis for data processing is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b DSGVO, which permits the processing of data for the fulfilment of a contract or pre-contractual measures.
When you send us inquiries via a contact form, we will save your information from the inquiry form including the contact data you have specified in it for the purpose of processing the inquiry and in case of follow-up questions. We will not disclose this data without your consent.
The processing of the data entered into the contact form therefore takes place exclusively based on your consent (Art. 6(1)(a) GDPR). You may withdraw this consent at any time. To do so, sending us an informal message via email shall suffice. The withdrawal of consent shall not affect the lawfulness of processing operations based on consent before its withdrawal.
The data you enter into the contact form remains with us until you request its deletion, withdraw your consent for its storage, or the purpose for storing the data no longer exists (e.g. after processing of your inquiry is complete). Mandatory legal regulations—in particular retention periods—remain unaffected.
Request by e‑mail, telephone or fax
If you contact us by e‑mail, telephone or fax, your request, including all resulting personal data (name, request) will be stored and processed by us for the purpose of processing your request. We do not pass these data on without your consent.
The processing of these data is based on Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b GDPR, if your request is related to the execution of a contract or if it is necessary to carry out pre-contractual measures. In all other cases, the processing is based on your consent (Article 6 (1) a GDPR) and/or on our legitimate interests (Article 6 (1) (f) GDPR), since we have a legitimate interest in the effective processing of requests addressed to us.
The data sent by you to us via contact requests remain with us until you request us to delete, revoke your consent to the storage or the purpose for the data storage lapses (e.g. after completion of your request). Mandatory statutory provisions – in particular statutory retention periods – remain unaffected.
Google AdWords Conversion Tracking
We use Google AdWords Conversion Tracking to measure the success of our advertising measures. After certain targets have been achieved on our website (“Conversions”) — such as the completion of an order or registration for our newsletter — this is recorded by Google. Google can use this to measure the number of times a target has been achieved. In addition, Google will allocate, on the basis of previously set cookies, which advertisements were clicked on before and were thus decisive for the achievement of the goal. Google processes this information on servers located in the United States, but will not associate it with any personal information held under your Google Account.
Usage of Google Analytics
We use Google Analytics to analyze website usage. The data obtained from this is used to optimize our website and advertising measures.
Google Analytics is a web analysis service provided and operated by Google Inc. (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, United Stats). Google processes the data regarding website usage on our behalf and is contractually obliged to take measures to ensure the confidentiality of the processed data.
During your website visit, i.a. following data is recorded:
- Pages viewed
- The achievement of “website goals” (e.g. contact requests and newsletter registrations)
- Your behavior on the pages (e.g. clicks, scrolling behavior and length of stay)
- Your approximate location (country and city)
- Your IP address (in abbreviated form, which means no clear assignment is possible)
- Technical information such as browser, Internet provider, device and screen resolution
- Source of origin of your visit (i.e. from which website or which advertising material you got redirected to our website)
This data is transmitted to a Google server in the USA. Google complies with the data protection provisions of the EU-US Privacy Shield Agreement.
Google Analytics stores cookies in your web browser for a period of two years since your last visit. These cookies contain a randomly generated user ID with which you can be recognized on future website visits.
The recorded data is saved together with the randomly generated user ID, which enables evaluating pseudonymous user profiles. This user-related data is automatically deleted after 14 months. Any other data is stored aggregated and indefinitely.
If you do not agree with the collection of data, you can avoid it by installing Google’s browser add-on for deactivating Google Analytics.
If you would like to receive our newsletter, we require a valid email address as well as information that allows us to verify that you are the owner of the specified email address and that you agree to receive this newsletter. No additional data is collected or is only collected on a voluntary basis. We only use this data to send the requested information and do not pass it on to third parties.
We will, therefore, process any data you enter onto the contact form only with your consent per Art. 6 (1) (a) DSGVO. You can revoke consent to the storage of your data and email address as well as their use for sending the newsletter at any time, e.g. through the “unsubscribe” link in the newsletter. The data processed before we receive your request may still be legally processed.
The data provided when registering for the newsletter will be used to distribute the newsletter until you cancel your subscription when said data will be deleted. Data we have stored for other purposes (e.g. email addresses for the members area) remain unaffected.
5. Plugins und Tools
Our website uses plugins from YouTube, which is operated by Google. The operator of the pages is YouTube LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA.
If you visit one of our pages featuring a YouTube plugin, a connection to the YouTube servers is established, thus informing YouTube about which of our pages you have visited.
Furthermore, Youtube can store cookies on your device. With the help of these cookies, Youtube can receive information about visitors of our website. This information will u. a. used to capture video statistics, improve user-friendliness, and prevent attempted fraud. The cookies remain on your device until you delete them.
If you’re logged in to your YouTube account, YouTube allows you to associate your browsing behavior directly with your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account.
YouTube is used to help make our website appealing. This constitutes a justified interest pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (f) DSGVO.
Further information about handling user data, can be found in the data protection declaration of YouTube under https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy.
Google Web Fonts
This page uses so-called web fonts for uniformity display of fonts, which are provided by Google. Google fonts are installed locally. This does not make use of a connection to the servers of Google.
Adobe Typekit Web Fonts
Our website uses so-called web fonts from Adobe Typekit for the uniform display of certain fonts. The provider is Adobe Systems Incorporated, 345 Park Avenue, San Jose, CA 95110–2704, USA (Adobe).
When you visit our pages, your browser loads the required fonts directly from Adobe in order to display them correctly on your end device. Your browser connects to the Adobe servers in the USA. This enables Adobe to know that our website was accessed via your IP address. According to Adobe, no cookies are stored when providing the fonts.
Adobe is certified in accordance with the EU-US Privacy Shield. The Privacy Shield is an agreement between the United States of America and the European Union to ensure compliance with European data protection standards. For more information, please visit https://www.adobe.com/de/privacy/eudatatransfers.html.
The use of Adobe Typekit Web Fonts is required to ensure a consistent typeface on our website. This represents a legitimate interest in the sense of Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f DSGVO
For more information about Adobe Typekit Web Fonts, visit https://www.adobe.com/de/privacy/policies/typekit.html.
This website uses Google Maps to represent interactive maps and to generate driving directions. Google Maps is a map service provided by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, California 94043, USA. By using Google Maps services, information about the use of this website including your IP address and the (starting) address you enter when using the route planning feature may be transmitted to Google in the USA. When you access or view our website, which contains Google Maps, your browser establishes a direct connection with the Google servers. The content of the maps is transmitted directly to your browser, which thereby links to our website. We therefore have no influence on the scope of data collected by Google in this manner. To the best of our knowledge, and according to the information provided by Google Inc., this involves the following data:
- Date and time of day of your visit to the website concerned,
- Internet address or URL of the website accessed,
- IP address, the (starting) address entered in the course of route planning.
We have no influence whatsoever on the further processing and use of the data by Google and are therefore unable to assume any responsibility for this
Please refer to Google’s data protection (privacy) policies for the purpose and scope of its data collection and the further processing of the data by Google Inc. as well as the relevant rights and setting options to protect your privacy (https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=en).
By using our website, you agree to the aforementioned data collection, its process and purposes by Google Maps.
6. Custom Services
We offer website visitors the opportunity to submit job applications to us (e.g., via e‑mail, via postal services on by submitting the online job application form). Below, we will brief you on the scope, purpose and use of the personal data collected from you in conjunction with the application process. We assure you that the collection, processing and use of your data will occur in compliance with the applicable data privacy rights and all other statutory provisions and that your data will always be treated as strictly confidential.
Scope and purpose of the collection of data
If you submit a job application to us, we will process any affiliated personal data (e.g., contact and communications data, application documents, notes taken during job interviews, etc.), if they are required to make a decision concerning the establishment or an employment relationship. The legal grounds for the aforementioned are § 26 GDPR according to German Law (Negotiation of an Employment Relationship), Art. 6(1)(b) GDPR (General Contract Negotiations) and – provided you have given us your consent – Art. 6(1)(a) GDPR. You may revoke any consent given at any time. Within our company, your personal data will only be shared with individuals who are involved in the processing of your job application.
If your job application should result in your recruitment, the data you have submitted will be archived on the grounds of § 26 GDPR and Art. 6(1)(b) GDPR for the purpose of implementing the employment relationship in our data processing system.
Data Archiving Period
If we are unable to make you a job offer or you reject a job offer or withdraw your application, we reserve the right to retain the data you have submitted on the basis of our legitimate interests (Art. 6(1)(f) GDPR) for up to 6 months from the end of the application procedure (rejection or withdrawal of the application). Afterwards the data will be deleted, and the physical application documents will be destroyed. The storage serves in particular as evidence in the event of a legal dispute. If it is evident that the data will be required after the expiry of the 6‑month period (e.g., due to an impending or pending legal dispute), deletion will only take place when the purpose for further storage no longer applies.
YOU MAY OBJECT TO THIS STORAGE IF YOU HAVE LEGITIMATE INTERESTS THAT OUTWEIGH OUR INTERESTS.
After expiry of the retention period, the data will be deleted, unless there is a legal obligation to retain the data or another legal reason for further storage. If it is evident that it will be necessary to retain your data after the retention period has expired (e.g. due to an impending or pending legal dispute), the data will only be deleted when it has become irrelevant. Other statutory storage obligations remain unaffected.