The provider collects personal data such as first and last name, postal address and email address only when this is provided by users on a voluntary basis and when such collection is legally permitted or covered by the users’ agreement – for example as part of a registration or a survey, or if the user requests information from the provider or enters into a contract with it.
When data is being requested for registration, some data fields are mandatory, for instance “country” or “email adress”. When the provider asks for the user’s email adress usually the user will receive some information, for instance an event invitation or a download link for information material he requested. The specification of the country enables the provider to assign a suitable contact person to the user in case of questions or establishing contact.
The provider uses the personal data provided by the user exclusively for the purpose of technical administration of the website and towards fulfilling the user’s requests and requirements. As a rule, data is used towards dealing with users’ contracts, for billing purposes or for answering their enquiries.
Only once the user has submitted their agreement or when they have not – if allowed by legal provisions – made any opposition to this known, will the provider also use this data for product-related surveys and marketing purposes.
The personal data of users is not sold to third parties. The forwarding or other conveyance of a user’s personal data to third parties occurs only as part of contractualdata processing according to § 11 BDSG (German Federal Data Protection Act) for accounting and marketing support. The commissionedcompany may only use personal data for the purpose of fulfilling this particular task, and not for any other purpose.
If the necessary requirements are met, the provider is authorised to collect, process and use personal data that is required to reveal or prevent unlawful utilisation as well as towards the enforcement of claims. If required on an individual basis, the provider is authorised to collect, process and use the inventory and connection data of users to identify, limit and eliminate defects and faults within communication systems.
In accordance with applicable provisions, the provider is authorised and obliged to disclose information to prosecution authorities and courts for the purposes of prosecution.
The provider will only send messages to the user via email on a regular basis, if the user has given his consent. These messages contain information about events, products and tipps for the use of these products. The user has to register for such messages and receives a confirmation email, containing a link for final registration (double opt-in). This way it is ensured, that the user explicitly requested to receive this kind of information.
Anytime, the user can unsubscribe from receiving further messages sent by the provider and thus revoke his consent. Unsubscription is possible via a provided link in each email, by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by sending a letter.
The provider uses so-called ‘cookies’ in its website in order to broaden the functional range of internet services and to make usage more convenient. This refers to the saving of text files on the user’s computer that allow for an analysis of the website’s usage. In this regard, cookies are used so that the website can clearly recognise a returning visitor as a specific user.
The cookies filed by the provider may only be used by the provider. The cookies themselves cannot access other data on the computer, nor can they read or alter other data.
The usage of cookies can be controlled by all internet browsers. Most browsers are set up to enable cookies to be accepted without asking the user. The user should note that they can configure their browser not to accept cookies, or to alert them before a cookie is stored.
This website utilises Google Analytics, a web analysis service from Google Inc. (‘Google’). Google Analytics uses so-called “cookies”, which are text files that are saved on the user‘s computer, thereby enabling analysis of the website’s usage.
As a rule, the information generated by the cookie about the usage of this website is transmitted to one of Google’s servers in the United States where it is then saved. This website runs software that makes an IP anonymous so that a user‘s IP address will be truncated by Google within member states of the European Union or in other states party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. The full IP address is only transmitted to one of Google’s servers in the United States in exceptional circumstances and once there it is shortened to make it anonymous.
Google uses this information on behalf of the provider in order to evaluate the usage of the website by the user, to compile reports regarding website activities, and to render further services to the website owner that are connected to usage of the website and the internet.
The IP addresses that are sent from your browser in the framework of Google Analytics are not combined with any other data from Google. You can prevent cookies from being saved by using the relevant setting in your browser software, however the provider emphasises to the user that in this case they may not be able to fully use all of the website’s functions.
The user can prevent the capture of data generated by cookies and obtained through their usage of the website (including their IP address), as well as prevent the processing of this data by Google. This is done by downloading and installing a browser plugin from the following link. The current link is:
Further information concerning the conditions of use and data protection for Google Analytics can be found at http://www.google.com/analytics/terms/us.html and at http://www.google.de/intl/en/policies/privacy/.
The content and works created by the provider across these web pages are subject to German copyright law. The reproduction, modification, dissemination and any other form of utilisation outside of the limits of copyright law require the written consent of the respective authors or creators. Downloads and copies of this site are permitted for informational purposes only and not for commercial usage. In terms of content in this website that is not produced by the provider, the copyright of third parties will be observed. In particular, content from third parties will be identified as such. Should a user nevertheless become aware of a copyright violation, the provider requests that this is communicated to them accordingly. Once a violation of rights is made known, the provider shall immediately remove the offending content.
The provider also provides links to websites, some of which may not be operated by the provider.
If the user wishes to visit such websites, they should observe the data protection provisions and other information that is applicable to these sites. The provider is not responsible for the standard of data protection and the practices of other organisations.
The provider makes it known that should the user come into contact with the provider via email, that the confidentiality of the information transmitted cannot be guaranteed. The content of unencrypted emails may be seen by third parties. The provider recommends correspondence exclusively via post for confidential information.
Usage of Google Plus
The provider uses the ‘+1’ button from the Google Plus social network, which is operated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, United States (‘Google’). The button is recognisable as a ‘+1’ symbol on a white or coloured background.
When calling up a website of the provider that contains such a button, the user’s browser creates a direct connection with Google’s servers. The contents of the ‘+1’ button are directly transferred to the user’s browser by Google and then connected from the browser to the website. Therefore the provider does not have any influence over the extent of data that Google collects with this button. According to Google, no personal data is collected without clicking on the button. Such data, including IP addresses among other things, will only be collected and processed from members who are logged in.
If the user is a member of Google Plus and they do not wish for Google to collect data about them via the provider‘s website or to link to their member data saved at Google, then they must log out of Google Plus before visiting the provider’s website.
(Source: Template from SCHWENKE&DRAMBURG – www.spreerecht.de)
Use of LinkedIn Plugins (Share Button)
The provider’s web pages contain plugins integrated from the LinkedIn social network from the LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (hereafter ‘LinkedIn’). The LinkedIn plugins are recognisable to the user from the LinkedIn logo or the ‘Recommend Button’ located at the provider’s website. When a user visits the provider’s web pages, then a direct connection is created between their browser and the LinkedIn server. LinkedIn thereby receives the information that the user visited the provider’s website using their IP address. If they click on the LinkedIn ‘Recommend-Button’ while logged into their LinkedIn account, they can link the contents of the provider’s web pages with their LinkedIn profile. Therefore LinkedIn can collate visits to the provider’s web pages from their user account. The provider makes it known that as the provider they do not receive any knowledge about the content of transmitted data or of usage via LinkedIn.
Details concerning data collection (purpose, extent, further processing, usage) as well as information regarding rights and settings options can be obtained by the user from LinkedIn. This information is readily available from LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/static.
(Source: Facebook Disclaimer from www.eRecht24.de)
Use of Xing
Upon written request, the provider shall inform the user as to what personal data is saved (e.g. name, address). This information can also be issued upon the user’s request.
At any time the user may request that the provider corrects or deletes the data collected. At any time they may also revoke any data collection and usage agreement granted to the provider without providing any reason.
Status: July 2013