Data protection

Cookies:

Cookies are tiny text files that are stored on your computer. They are used to store information. As a rule, we require your consent to use cookies. The only exceptions to this are cookies that are required to provide this web offering. You can determine whether and to what extent you want to accept cookies using the settings in your browser. You can also delete cookies there. For instance, with Firefox you can find the settings under ->Extras->Settings->Data protection.

Using Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (‘Google’). Google Analytics uses so-called ‘cookies’, text files which are stored on your computer and which allow an analysis of your use of the website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website (including your IP address) is generally transferred to a Google server in the USA and stored there. However, by using IP anonymisation (‘anonymizeip’) on this website, your IP address will be truncated by Google within the Member States of the European Union or in other states party to the agreement on the European Economic Area. Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on website activity for the website operators, and to provide other services related to website usage and Internet usage. Google will also transmit this information to third parties if necessary, provided that this is required by law a or provided that third parties process this data on Google’s behalf. Under no circumstances will Google merge your IP address with other google data. You can prevent cookie installation by adjusting your browser settings accordingly, by downloading and installing the browser plugin available at the following link: tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout. However, we would like to point out that in this case you may not be able to fully utilise all the functions of this website. By using this website, you agree to data about you collected by Google being processed in the manner previously described, and for the purpose previously specified. The can prevent Google Analytics tracking by clicking the following link. An opt-out cookie is set that prevents your data being collected when you visit this website in the future:

This website uses Google DoubleClick cookies (Floodlights). DoubleClick is a service of Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Cookies are small text files which are stored in the user’s browser. These cookies are used to analyse usage of this website. The data collected is analysed for statistical purposes only and in anonymised form. Your browser is assigned a pseudonymous ID number for this purpose. DoubleClick cookies do not contain any personal data. You can prevent the use of cookies by clicking on the following link  and downloading the browser plug-in available under the heading ‘DoubleClick Deactivation Extension’. Alternatively, you can deactivate DoubleClick cookies on the Digital Advertising page by clicking the following link.

Use of Piwik

This website uses Piwik, an open-source-software program for statistical analysis of user visits to the website. Piwik uses so-called cookies. Cookies are small text files which are stored in the user’s browser. These cookies are used to analyse usage of this website. As part of this analysis, data is collected, processed and stored on servers in Germany in order to create anonymous user profiles. This data includes the name of the website accessed; the file retrieved; the date and time of retrieval; the volume of data transmitted; the report confirming successful retrieval; the browser type and version used; the user’s operating system; the referrer URL (the previous page visited); the IP address and the provider which issued the query. The personal IP address is immediately anonymised (masked) after processing (IP-based company identification) by deleting the last block of numbers. It is not merged with cookies or other data either.

Users can prevent tracking by cookies by changing the appropriate settings on their browser, or by clicking on the following link (Opt-out).