Privacy Policy

1. An overview of data protection

General information

The fol­low­ing inform­a­tion will provide you with an easy to nav­ig­ate over­view of what will hap­pen with your per­son­al data when you vis­it our web­site. The term “per­son­al data” com­prises all data that can be used to per­son­ally identi­fy you. For detailed inform­a­tion about the sub­ject mat­ter of data pro­tec­tion, please con­sult our Data Pro­tec­tion Declar­a­tion, which we have included beneath this copy.

Data recording on our website

Who is the respons­ible party for the record­ing of data on this web­site (i.e. the “con­trol­ler”)?

The data on this web­site is pro­cessed by the oper­at­or of the web­site, whose con­tact inform­a­tion is avail­able under sec­tion “Inform­a­tion Required by Law” on this web­site.

How do we record your data?

We col­lect your data as a res­ult of your shar­ing of your data with us. This may, for instance be inform­a­tion you enter into our con­tact form.

Our IT sys­tems auto­mat­ic­ally record oth­er data when you vis­it our web­site. This data com­prises primar­ily tech­nic­al inform­a­tion (e.g. web browser, oper­at­ing sys­tem or time the site was accessed). This inform­a­tion is recor­ded auto­mat­ic­ally when you access our web­site.

What are the pur­poses we use your data for?

A por­tion of the inform­a­tion is gen­er­ated to guar­an­tee the error free pro­vi­sion of the web­site. Oth­er data may be used to ana­lyse your user pat­terns.

What rights do you have as far as your inform­a­tion is con­cerned?

You have the right to receive inform­a­tion about the source, recip­i­ents and pur­poses of your archived per­son­al data at any time without hav­ing to pay a fee for such dis­clos­ures. You also have the right to demand that your data are rec­ti­fied, blocked or erad­ic­ated. Please do not hes­it­ate to con­tact us at any time under the address dis­closed in sec­tion “Inform­a­tion Required by Law” on this web­site if you have ques­tions about this or any oth­er data pro­tec­tion related issues. You also have the right to log a com­plaint with the com­pet­ent super­vising agency.

Moreover, under cer­tain cir­cum­stances, you have the right to demand the restric­tion of the pro­cessing of your per­son­al data. For details, please con­sult the Data Pro­tec­tion Declar­a­tion under sec­tion “Right to Restric­tion of Data Pro­cessing.”

Analysis tools and tools provided by third parties

There is a pos­sib­il­ity that your brows­ing pat­terns will be stat­ist­ic­ally ana­lysed when your vis­it our web­site. Such ana­lyses are per­formed primar­ily with cook­ies and with what we refer to as ana­lys­is pro­grammes. As a rule, the ana­lyses of your brows­ing pat­terns are con­duc­ted anonym­ously; i.e. the brows­ing pat­terns can­not be traced back to you. You have the option to object to such ana­lyses or you can pre­vent their per­form­ance by not using cer­tain tools. For detailed inform­a­tion about this, please con­sult our Data Pro­tec­tion Declar­a­tion below.

You do have the option to object to such ana­lyses. We will brief you on the objec­tion options in this Data Pro­tec­tion Declar­a­tion.

2. General information and mandatory information

Data protection

The oper­at­ors of this web­site and its pages take the pro­tec­tion of your per­son­al data very ser­i­ously. Hence, we handle your per­son­al data as con­fid­en­tial inform­a­tion and in com­pli­ance with the stat­utory data pro­tec­tion reg­u­la­tions and this Data Pro­tec­tion Declar­a­tion.

Whenev­er you use this web­site, a vari­ety of per­son­al inform­a­tion will be col­lec­ted. Per­son­al data com­prises data that can be used to per­son­ally identi­fy you. This Data Pro­tec­tion Declar­a­tion explains which data we col­lect as well as the pur­poses we use this data for. It also explains how, and for which pur­pose the inform­a­tion is col­lec­ted.

We here­with advise you that the trans­mis­sion of data via the Inter­net (i.e. through e-mail com­mu­nic­a­tions) may be prone to secur­ity gaps. It is not pos­sible to com­pletely pro­tect data against third party access.

Information about the responsible party (referred to as the “controller” in the GDPR)

The data pro­cessing con­trol­ler on this web­site is:

Juli­ane de Vries
Carl-Schurz-Str. 1
89075 Ulm

Phone: +49 1797307647
E-mail: info@​passing.​zone

The con­trol­ler is the nat­ur­al per­son or leg­al entity that single-handedly or jointly with oth­ers makes decisions as to the pur­poses of and resources for the pro­cessing of per­son­al data (e.g. names, e-mail addresses, etc.).

Revocation of your consent to the processing of data

A wide range of data pro­cessing trans­ac­tions are pos­sible only sub­ject to your express con­sent. You can also revoke at any time any con­sent you have already giv­en us. To do so, all you are required to do is sent us an inform­al noti­fic­a­tion via e-mail. This shall be without pre­ju­dice to the law­ful­ness of any data col­lec­tion that occurred pri­or to your revoc­a­tion.

Right to object to the collection of data in special cases; right to object to direct advertising (Art. 21 GDPR)

In the event that data are pro­cessed on the basis of Art. 6 Sect. 1 lit. e or f GDPR, you have the right to at any time object to the pro­cessing of your per­son­al data based on grounds arising from your unique situ­ation. This also applies to any pro­fil­ing based on these pro­vi­sions. To determ­ine the leg­al basis, on which any pro­cessing of data is based, please con­sult this Data Pro­tec­tion Declar­a­tion. If you log an objec­tion, we will no longer pro­cess your affected per­son­al data, unless we are in a pos­i­tion to present com­pel­ling pro­tec­tion worthy grounds for the pro­cessing of your data, that out­weigh your interests, rights and freedoms or if the pur­pose of the pro­cessing is the claim­ing, exer­cising or defence of leg­al enti­tle­ments (objec­tion pur­su­ant to Art. 21 Sect. 1 GDPR).

If your per­son­al data is being pro­cessed in order to engage in dir­ect advert­ising, you have the right to at any time object to the pro­cessing of your affected per­son­al data for the pur­poses of such advert­ising. This also applies to pro­fil­ing to the extent that it is affil­i­ated with such dir­ect advert­ising. If you object, your per­son­al data will sub­sequently no longer be used for dir­ect advert­ising pur­poses (objec­tion pur­su­ant to Art. 21 Sect. 2 GDPR).

Right to log a complaint with the competent supervisory agency

In the event of viol­a­tions of the GDPR, data sub­jects are entitled to log a com­plaint with a super­vis­ory agency, in par­tic­u­lar in the mem­ber state where they usu­ally main­tain their dom­i­cile, place of work or at the place where the alleged viol­a­tion occurred. The right to log a com­plaint is in effect regard­less of any oth­er admin­is­trat­ive or court pro­ceed­ings avail­able as leg­al recourses.

Right to data portability

You have the right to demand that we hand over any data we auto­mat­ic­ally pro­cess on the basis of your con­sent or in order to ful­fil a con­tract be handed over to you or a third party in a com­monly used, machine read­able format. If you should demand the dir­ect trans­fer of the data to anoth­er con­trol­ler, this will be done only if it is tech­nic­ally feas­ible.

SSL and/​or TLS encryption

For secur­ity reas­ons and to pro­tect the trans­mis­sion of con­fid­en­tial con­tent, such as pur­chase orders or inquir­ies you sub­mit to us as the web­site oper­at­or, this web­site uses either an SSL or a TLS encryp­tion pro­gramme. You can recog­nise an encryp­ted con­nec­tion by check­ing wheth­er the address line of the browser switches from “http://” to “https://” and also by the appear­ance of the lock icon in the browser line.

If the SSL or TLS encryp­tion is activ­ated, data you trans­mit to us can­not be read by third parties.

Information about, blockage, rectification and eradication of data

With­in the scope of the applic­able stat­utory pro­vi­sions, you have the right to at any time demand inform­a­tion about your archived per­son­al data, their source and recip­i­ents as well as the pur­pose of the pro­cessing of your data. You may also have a right to have your data rec­ti­fied, blocked or erad­ic­ated. If you have ques­tions about this sub­ject mat­ter or any oth­er ques­tions about per­son­al data, please do not hes­it­ate to con­tact us at any time at the address provided in sec­tion “Inform­a­tion Required by Law.”

Right to demand processing restrictions

You have the right to demand the impos­i­tion of restric­tions as far as the pro­cessing of your per­son­al data is con­cerned. To do so, you may con­tact us at any time at the address provided in sec­tion “Inform­a­tion Required by Law.” The right to demand restric­tion of pro­cessing applies in the fol­low­ing cases:

  • In the event that you should dis­pute the cor­rect­ness of your data archived by us, we will usu­ally need some time to veri­fy this claim. Dur­ing the time that this invest­ig­a­tion is ongo­ing, you have the right to demand that we restrict the pro­cessing of your per­son­al data.
  • If the pro­cessing of your per­son­al data was/​is con­duc­ted in an unlaw­ful man­ner, you have the option to demand the restric­tion of the pro­cessing of your data in lieu of demand­ing the erad­ic­a­tion of this data.
  • If we do not need your per­son­al data any longer and you need it to exer­cise, defend or claim leg­al enti­tle­ments, you have the right to demand the restric­tion of the pro­cessing of your per­son­al data instead of its erad­ic­a­tion.
  • If you have raised an objec­tion pur­su­ant to Art. 21 Sect. 1 GDPR, your rights and our rights will have to be weighed against each oth­er. As long as it has not been determ­ined whose interests pre­vail, you have the right to demand a restric­tion of the pro­cessing of your per­son­al data.

If you have restric­ted the pro­cessing of your per­son­al data, these data – with the excep­tion of their archiv­ing – may be pro­cessed only sub­ject to your con­sent or to claim, exer­cise or defend leg­al enti­tle­ments or to pro­tect the rights of oth­er nat­ur­al per­sons or leg­al entit­ies or for import­ant pub­lic interest reas­ons cited by the European Uni­on or a mem­ber state of the EU.

Rejection of unsolicited e-mails

We here­with object to the use of con­tact inform­a­tion pub­lished in con­junc­tion with the man­dat­ory inform­a­tion to be provided in sec­tion “Inform­a­tion Required by Law” to send us pro­mo­tion­al and inform­a­tion mater­i­al that we have not expressly reques­ted. The oper­at­ors of this web­site and its pages reserve the express right to take leg­al action in the event of the unso­li­cited send­ing of pro­mo­tion­al inform­a­tion, for instance via SPAM mes­sages.

3. Recording of data on our website

Cookies

In some instances, our web­site and its pages use so-called cook­ies. Cook­ies do not cause any dam­age to your com­puter and do not con­tain vir­uses. The pur­pose of cook­ies is to make our web­site more user friendly, effect­ive and more secure. Cook­ies are small text files that are placed on your com­puter and stored by your browser.

Most of the cook­ies we use are so-called “ses­sion cook­ies.” They are auto­mat­ic­ally deleted after your leave our site. Oth­er cook­ies will remain archived on your device until you delete them. These cook­ies enable us to recog­nise your browser the next time you vis­it our web­site.

You can adjust the set­tings of your browser to make sure that you are noti­fied every time cook­ies are placed and to enable you to accept cook­ies only in spe­cif­ic cases or to exclude the accept­ance of cook­ies for spe­cif­ic situ­ations or in gen­er­al and to activ­ate the auto­mat­ic dele­tion of cook­ies when you close your browser. If you deac­tiv­ate cook­ies, the func­tions of this web­site may be lim­ited.

Cook­ies that are required for the per­form­ance of the elec­tron­ic com­mu­nic­a­tions trans­ac­tion or to provide cer­tain func­tions you want to use (e.g. the shop­ping cart func­tion), are stored on the basis of Art. 6 Sect. 1 lit. f GDPR. The web­site oper­at­or has a legit­im­ate interest in stor­ing cook­ies to ensure the tech­nic­ally error free and optim­ised pro­vi­sion of the operator’s ser­vices. If oth­er cook­ies (e.g. cook­ies for the ana­lys­is of your brows­ing pat­terns) should be stored, they are addressed sep­ar­ately in this Data Pro­tec­tion Declar­a­tion.

Server log files

The pro­vider of this web­site and its pages auto­mat­ic­ally col­lects and stores inform­a­tion in so-called serv­er log files, which your browser com­mu­nic­ates to us auto­mat­ic­ally. The inform­a­tion com­prises:

  • The type and ver­sion of browser used
  • The used oper­at­ing sys­tem
  • Refer­rer URL
  • The host­name of the access­ing com­puter
  • The time of the serv­er inquiry
  • The IP address

This data is not merged with oth­er data sources.

This data is recor­ded on the basis of Art. 6 Sect. 1 lit. f GDPR. The oper­at­or of the web­site has a legit­im­ate interest in the tech­nic­ally error free depic­tion and the optim­iz­a­tion of the operator’s web­site. In order to achieve this, serv­er log files must be recor­ded.

Contact form

If you sub­mit inquir­ies to us via our con­tact form, the inform­a­tion provided in the con­tact form as well as any con­tact inform­a­tion provided therein will be stored by us in order to handle your inquiry and in the event that we have fur­ther ques­tions. We will not share this inform­a­tion without your con­sent.

Hence, the pro­cessing of the data entered into the con­tact form occurs exclus­ively based on your con­sent (Art. 6 Sect. 1 lit. a GDPR). You have the right to revoke at any time any con­sent you have already giv­en us. To do so, all you are required to do is sent us an inform­al noti­fic­a­tion via e-mail. This shall be without pre­ju­dice to the law­ful­ness of any data col­lec­tion that occurred pri­or to your revoc­a­tion.

The inform­a­tion you have entered into the con­tact form shall remain with us until you ask us to erad­ic­ate the data, revoke your con­sent to the archiv­ing of data or if the pur­pose for which the inform­a­tion is being archived no longer exists (e.g. after we have con­cluded our response to your inquiry). This shall be without pre­ju­dice to any man­dat­ory leg­al pro­vi­sions – in par­tic­u­lar reten­tion peri­ods.

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.

Registration on this website

You have the option to register on our web­site to be able to use addi­tion­al web­site func­tions. We shall use the data you enter only for the pur­pose of using the respect­ive offer or ser­vice you have registered for. The required inform­a­tion we request at the time of regis­tra­tion must be entered in full. Oth­er­wise we shall reject the regis­tra­tion.

To noti­fy you of any import­ant changes to the scope of our port­fo­lio or in the event of tech­nic­al modi­fic­a­tions, we shall use the e-mail address provided dur­ing the regis­tra­tion pro­cess.

We shall pro­cess the data entered dur­ing the regis­tra­tion pro­cess on the basis of your con­sent (Art. 6 Sect. 1 lit. a GDPR). You have the right to revoke at any time any con­sent you have already giv­en us. To do so, all you are required to do is sent us an inform­al noti­fic­a­tion via e-mail. This shall be without pre­ju­dice to the law­ful­ness of any data col­lec­tion that occurred pri­or to your revoc­a­tion.

The data recor­ded dur­ing the regis­tra­tion pro­cess shall be stored by us as long as you are registered on our web­site. Sub­sequently, such data shall be deleted. This shall be without pre­ju­dice to man­dat­ory stat­utory reten­tion oblig­a­tions.

The comment function on this website

When you use the com­ment func­tion on this web­site, inform­a­tion on the time the com­ment was gen­er­ated and, if you are not post­ing anonym­ously, the user name you have selec­ted will be archived in addi­tion to your com­ments.

Stor­age of the IP address

Our com­ment func­tion stores the IP addresses of all users who enter com­ments. Giv­en that we do not review the com­ments pri­or to pub­lish­ing them, we need this inform­a­tion in order to take action against the author in the event of rights viol­a­tions, such as defam­a­tion or pro­pa­ganda.

Sub­scrib­ing to com­ments

As a user of this web­site, you have the option to sub­scribe to com­ments after you have registered. You will receive a con­firm­a­tion e-mail, the pur­pose of which is to veri­fy wheth­er you are the actu­al hold­er of the provided e-mail address. You can deac­tiv­ate this func­tion at any time by fol­low­ing a respect­ive link in the inform­a­tion e-mails. The data entered in con­junc­tion with sub­scrip­tions to com­ments will be deleted in this case. How­ever, if you have com­mu­nic­ated this inform­a­tion to us for oth­er pur­poses and from a dif­fer­ent loc­a­tion (e.g. when sub­scrib­ing to the news­let­ter), the data shall remain in our pos­ses­sion.

Stor­age peri­od for com­ments

Com­ments and any affil­i­ated inform­a­tion (e.g. the IP address) shall be stored by us and remain on our web­site until the con­tent the com­ment per­tained to has been deleted in its entirety or if the com­ments had to be deleted for leg­al reas­ons (e.g. insult­ing com­ments).

Leg­al basis

Com­ments are stored on the basis of your con­sent (Art. 6 Sect. 1 lit. a GDPR). You have the right to revoke at any time any con­sent you have already giv­en us. To do so, all you are required to do is sent us an inform­al noti­fic­a­tion via e-mail. This shall be without pre­ju­dice to the law­ful­ness of any data col­lec­tion that occurred pri­or to your revoc­a­tion.

Processing of data (customer and contract data)

We col­lect, pro­cess and use per­son­al data only to the extent neces­sary for the estab­lish­ment, con­tent organ­iz­a­tion or change of the leg­al rela­tion­ship (data invent­ory). These actions are taken on the basis of Art. 6 Sect. 1 lit. b GDPR, which per­mits the pro­cessing of data for the ful­fil­ment of a con­tract or pre-con­trac­tu­al actions. We col­lect, pro­cess and use per­son­al data con­cern­ing the use of our web­site (usage data) only to the extent that this is neces­sary to make it pos­sible for users to util­ize the ser­vices and to bill for them.

The col­lec­ted cus­tom­er data shall be erad­ic­ated upon com­ple­tion of the order or the ter­min­a­tion of the busi­ness rela­tion­ship. This shall be without pre­ju­dice to any stat­utory reten­tion man­dates.

4. Social media

Social media plug-ins with Shariff

We do use plug-ins of social media net­works on our web­site and its pages (e.g. Face­book, Twit­ter, Google+, Ins­tagram, Pin­terest, XING, Linked­In, Tumblr).

As a rule, you will be able to recog­nise these plug-ins because of the respect­ive social media logos that appear. To war­rant the pro­tec­tion of data on our web­site, we use these plug-ins only in com­bin­a­tion with the so-called “Shar­iff” solu­tion. This applic­a­tion pre­vents the plug-ins that have been integ­rated into our web­site from trans­fer­ring data to the respect­ive pro­vider as soon as you enter our web­site.

A dir­ect con­nec­tion to the provider's serv­er shall not be estab­lished until you have activ­ated the respect­ive plug-in by click­ing on the affil­i­ated but­ton (which indic­ates your con­sent). As soon as you activ­ate the plug-in, the respect­ive pro­vider receives the inform­a­tion that you have vis­ited our web­site with your IP address. If you are sim­ul­tan­eously logged into your respect­ive social media account (e.g. Face­book), the respect­ive pro­vider will be able to alloc­ate your vis­it to our web­site to your user account.

The activ­a­tion of the plug-in con­sti­tutes a declar­a­tion of con­sent as defined in Art. 6 Sect. 1 lit. a GDPR. You have the option to revoke this con­sent at any time, which shall affect all future trans­ac­tions.

Instagram plug-in

We have integ­rated func­tions of the pub­lic media plat­form Ins­tagram into our web­site. These func­tions are being offered by Ins­tagram Inc., 1601 Wil­low Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA.

If you are logged into your Ins­tagram account, you may click the Ins­tagram but­ton to link con­tents from our web­site to your Ins­tagram pro­file. This enables Ins­tagram to alloc­ate your vis­it to our web­site to your user account. We have to point out that we as the pro­vider of the web­site and its pages do not have any know­ledge of the con­tent of the data trans­ferred and its use by Ins­tagram.

The use of the Ins­tagram plug-in is based on Art. 6 Sect. 1 lit. f GDPR. The oper­at­or of the web­site has a legit­im­ate interest in being as vis­ible as pos­sible on social media.

For more inform­a­tion on this sub­ject, please con­sult Instagram’s Data Pri­vacy Declar­a­tion at: https://​ins​tagram​.com/​a​b​o​u​t​/​l​e​g​a​l​/​p​r​i​v​a​cy/.

5. Analysis tools and advertising

Google Analytics

This web­site uses func­tions of the web ana­lys­is ser­vice Google Ana­lyt­ics. The pro­vider of this ser­vice is Google Inc., 1600 Amphi­theatre Park­way, Moun­tain View, CA 94043, USA.

Google Ana­lyt­ics uses so-called cook­ies. Cook­ies are text files, which are stored on your com­puter and that enable an ana­lys­is of the use of the web­site by users. The inform­a­tion gen­er­ated by cook­ies on your use of this web­site is usu­ally trans­ferred to a Google serv­er in the United States, where it is stored.

The stor­age of Google Ana­lyt­ics cook­ies and the util­iz­a­tion of this ana­lys­is tool are based on Art. 6 Sect. 1 lit. f GDPR. The oper­at­or of this web­site has a legit­im­ate interest in the ana­lys­is of user pat­terns to optim­ize both, the ser­vices offered online and the operator’s advert­ising activ­it­ies.

IP anonym­iz­a­tion

On this web­site, we have activ­ated the IP anonym­iz­a­tion func­tion. As a res­ult, your IP address will be abbre­vi­ated by Google with­in the mem­ber states of the European Uni­on or in oth­er states that have rat­i­fied the Con­ven­tion on the European Eco­nom­ic Area pri­or to its trans­mis­sion to the United States. The full IP address will be trans­mit­ted to one of Google’s serv­ers in the United States and abbre­vi­ated there only in excep­tion­al cases. On behalf of the oper­at­or of this web­site, Google shall use this inform­a­tion to ana­lyse your use of this web­site to gen­er­ate reports on web­site activ­it­ies and to render oth­er ser­vices to the oper­at­or of this web­site that are related to the use of the web­site and the Inter­net. The IP address trans­mit­ted in con­junc­tion with Google Ana­lyt­ics from your browser shall not be merged with oth­er data in Google’s pos­ses­sion.

Browser plug-in

You do have the option to pre­vent the archiv­ing of cook­ies by mak­ing per­tin­ent changes to the set­tings of your browser soft­ware. How­ever, we have to point out that in this case you may not be able to use all of the func­tions of this web­site to their fullest extent. Moreover, you have the option pre­vent the record­ing of the data gen­er­ated by the cook­ie and affil­i­ated with your use of the web­site (includ­ing your IP address) by Google as well as the pro­cessing of this data by Google by down­load­ing and installing the browser plug-in avail­able under the fol­low­ing link: https://​tools​.google​.com/​d​l​p​a​g​e​/​g​a​o​p​t​o​u​t​?​h​l​=en.

Objec­tion to the record­ing of data

You have the option to pre­vent the record­ing of your data by Google Ana­lyt­ics by click­ing on the fol­low­ing link. This will res­ult in the place­ment of an opt out cook­ie, which pre­vents the record­ing of your data dur­ing future vis­its to this web­site: Google Ana­lyt­ics deac­tiv­a­tion.

For more inform­a­tion about the hand­ling of user data by Google Ana­lyt­ics, please con­sult Google’s Data Pri­vacy Declar­a­tion at: https://​sup​port​.google​.com/​a​n​a​l​y​t​i​c​s​/​a​n​s​w​e​r​/​6​0​0​4​2​4​5​?​h​l​=en.

Con­tract data pro­cessing

We have executed a con­tract data pro­cessing agree­ment with Google and are imple­ment­ing the strin­gent pro­vi­sions of the Ger­man data pro­tec­tion agen­cies to the fullest when using Google Ana­lyt­ics.

6. Newsletter

Newsletter data

If you would like to sub­scribe to the news­let­ter offered on this web­site, we will need from you an e-mail address as well as inform­a­tion that allow us to veri­fy that you are the own­er of the e-mail address provided and con­sent to the receipt of the news­let­ter. No fur­ther data shall be col­lec­ted or shall be col­lec­ted only on a vol­un­tary basis. We shall use such data only for the send­ing of the reques­ted inform­a­tion and shall not share such data with any third parties.

The pro­cessing of the inform­a­tion entered into the news­let­ter sub­scrip­tion form shall occur exclus­ively on the basis of your con­sent (Art. 6 Sect. 1 lit. a GDPR). You may revoke the con­sent you have giv­en to the archiv­ing of data, the e-mail address and the use of this inform­a­tion for the send­ing of the news­let­ter at any time, for instance by click­ing on the "Unsub­scribe" link in the news­let­ter. This shall be without pre­ju­dice to the law­ful­ness of any data pro­cessing trans­ac­tions that have taken place to date.

The data you archive with us for the pur­pose of the news­let­ter sub­scrip­tion shall be archived by us until you unsub­scribe from the news­let­ter. Once you can­cel your sub­scrip­tion to the news­let­ter, the data shall be deleted. This shall not affect data we have been archiv­ing for oth­er pur­poses.

7. Plug-ins and Tools

YouTube with expanded data protection integration

Our web­site uses plug-ins of the You­Tube plat­form, which is being oper­ated by You­Tube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA.

We use You­Tube in the expan­ded data pro­tec­tion mode. Accord­ing to You­Tube, this mode ensures that You­Tube does not store any inform­a­tion about vis­it­ors to this web­site before they watch the video. Nev­er­the­less, this does not neces­sar­ily mean that the shar­ing of data with You­Tube part­ners can be ruled out as a res­ult of the expan­ded data pro­tec­tion mode. For instance, regard­less of wheth­er you are watch­ing a video, You­Tube will always estab­lish a con­nec­tion with the Google Double­Click net­work.

As soon as you start to play a You­Tube video on our web­site, a con­nec­tion to YouTube’s serv­ers will be estab­lished. As a res­ult, the You­Tube serv­er will be noti­fied, which of our pages you have vis­ited. If you are logged into your You­Tube account while you vis­it our site, you enable You­Tube to dir­ectly alloc­ate your brows­ing pat­terns to your per­son­al pro­file. You have the option to pre­vent this by log­ging out of your You­Tube account.

Fur­ther­more, after you have star­ted to play a video, You­Tube will be able to place vari­ous cook­ies on your device. With the assist­ance of these cook­ies, You­Tube will be able to obtain inform­a­tion about our web­site vis­it­or. Among oth­er things, this inform­a­tion will be used to gen­er­ate video stat­ist­ics with the aim of improv­ing the user friend­li­ness of the site and to pre­vent attempts to com­mit fraud. These cook­ies will stay on your device until you delete them.

Under cer­tain cir­cum­stances, addi­tion­al data pro­cessing trans­ac­tions may be triggered after you have star­ted to play a You­Tube video, which are bey­ond our con­trol.

The use of You­Tube is based on our interest in present­ing our online con­tent in an appeal­ing man­ner. Pur­su­ant to Art. 6 Sect. 1 lit. f GDPR, this is a legit­im­ate interest.

For more inform­a­tion on how You­Tube handles user data, please con­sult the You­Tube Data Pri­vacy Policy under: https://​policies​.google​.com/​p​r​i​v​a​c​y​?​h​l​=en.

Google Maps

Via an API, this web­site uses the map­ping ser­vice Google Maps. The pro­vider is Google Inc., 1600 Amphi­theatre Park­way, Moun­tain View, CA 94043, USA.

To enable the use of the Google Maps fea­tures, your IP address must be stored. As a rule, this inform­a­tion is trans­ferred to one of Google’s serv­ers in the United States, where it is archived. The oper­at­or of this web­site has no con­trol over the data trans­fer.

We use Google Maps to present our online con­tent in an appeal­ing man­ner and to make the loc­a­tions dis­closed on our web­site easy to find. This con­sti­tutes a legit­im­ate interest as defined in Art. 6 Sect. 1 lit. f GDPR.

For more inform­a­tion on the hand­ling of user data, please review Google’s Data Pri­vacy Declar­a­tion under: https://​policies​.google​.com/​p​r​i​v​a​c​y​?​h​l​=en.

Google reCAPTCHA

We use “Google reCAPTCHA” (here­in­after referred to as “reCAPTCHA”) on our web­sites. The pro­vider is Google Inc., 1600 Amphi­theatre Park­way, Moun­tain View, CA 94043, USA (“Google”).

The pur­pose of reCAPTCHA is to determ­ine wheth­er data entered on our web­sites (e.g. inform­a­tion entered into a con­tact form) is being provided by a human user or by an auto­mated pro­gram. To determ­ine this, reCAPTCHA ana­lyses the beha­viour of the web­site vis­it­ors based on a vari­ety of para­met­ers. This ana­lys­is is triggered auto­mat­ic­ally as soon as the web­site vis­it­or enters the site. For this ana­lys­is, reCAPTCHA eval­u­ates a vari­ety of data (e.g. IP address, time the web­site vis­it­or spent on the site or curs­or move­ments ini­ti­ated by the user). The data tracked dur­ing such ana­lyses are for­war­ded to Google.

reCAPTCHA ana­lyses run entirely in the back­ground. Web­site vis­it­ors are not aler­ted that an ana­lys­is is under­way.

The data is pro­cessed on the basis of Art. 6 Sect. 1 lit. f GDPR. It is in the web­site oper­at­ors legit­im­ate interest, to pro­tect the operator’s web con­tent against mis­use by auto­mated indus­tri­al espi­on­age sys­tems and against SPAM.

For more inform­a­tion about Google reCAPTCHA and to review the Data Pri­vacy Declar­a­tion of Google, please fol­low these links: https://​policies​.google​.com/​p​r​i​v​a​c​y​?​h​l​=en and https://​www​.google​.com/​r​e​c​a​p​t​c​h​a​/​i​n​t​r​o​/​a​n​d​r​o​i​d​.​h​tml.