DATA PROTECTION DECLARATION
1. Data protection at a glance
The following information provides you with an overview of what happens with your personal data when you visit our website. Personal data is any data that allows you to be personally identified. For detailed information on data protection, please refer to our data protection declaration provided below.
Data collection on our website
Who is responsible for the data collection on this website?
The data processing on this website is carried out by the website operator. You can find the contact details in the legal notice of this website.
How do we collect your data?
First of all, your data is collected whenever you share it with us. This can be data that you enter in a contact form, for example.
Other data is automatically collected by our IT systems when you visit the website. These are mainly technical data (e.g. Internet browser, operating system or time of the page visit). This data is collected automatically as soon as you access our website.
What do we use your data for?
Part of the data is collected in order to ensure that the website is provided correctly. Other data may be used to analyse your user behaviour.
What rights do you have regarding your data?
You have the right to receive information about the origin, recipient and purpose of your stored personal data free of charge at any time. You also have a right to request the rectification, blocking or erasure of this data. You can contact us at any time at the address provided in the legal notice. You also have the right to lodge a complaint with the competent supervisory authority.
In addition, you have the right to request the restriction of processing of your personal data under certain circumstances. For details, please refer to the data protection declaration under ‘Right to restriction of processing’.
Analysis tools and third-party tools
When you visit our website, your browsing behaviour can be statistically analysed. This is mainly done using cookies and so-called analysis programmes. The analysis of your browsing behaviour is usually anonymous; the browsing behaviour cannot be traced back to you. You may object to this analysis or prevent it by not using certain tools. For details, please see the data protection declaration below.
You may object to this analysis. Information on how you can object to this analysis is provided below in this data protection declaration.
2. General information and mandatory information
The operators of these web pages take the protection of your personal data very seriously. We treat your personal data confidentially and in accordance with the legal data protection regulations and this data protection declaration.
When you use this website, various personal data are collected. Personal data is data that can be used to identify you personally. This data protection declaration explains which data we collect and what we use it for. It also explains how and for what purpose this is done.
Please note that there may be security gaps when transmitting data via the Internet (e.g. when communicating by email). It is impossible to protect the data completely from access by third parties.
The responsible authority for the data processing on this website is:
D-50677 Cologne, Germany
Tel.: +49 221 – 99 77 – 300
The responsible authority is the natural or legal person who decides alone or together with others on the purposes and means of processing of personal data (e.g. names, email addresses, etc.).
Withdrawal of your consent to data processing
Many data processing processes can only be carried out with your explicit consent. You can withdraw your consent at any time. To do so, just send us an informal message by email. The lawfulness of the data processing carried out up until the withdrawal remains unaffected by the withdrawal.
Right to object to the collection of data in special cases and to direct marketing (Art. 21 GDPR)
If the data processing is based on point (e) or (f) of Article 6(1) GDPR, you have the right at any time to object to the processing of your personal data on grounds relating to your particular situation; this includes profiling based on those provisions. The respective legal basis on which a processing is based can be found in this data protection declaration. If you object, we will no longer process your personal data unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your interests, rights and freedoms or for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims (objection pursuant to Art. 21(1) GDPR).
If your personal data are processed for direct marketing purposes, you have the right to object at any time to the processing of your personal data for such marketing, which includes profiling to the extent that it is related to such direct marketing. If you object, your personal data will no longer be processed for direct marketing purposes (objection pursuant to Art. 21(2) GDPR).
The right to lodge a complaint with the competent supervisory authority
In the event of infringement of the GDPR, data subjects have the right 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 be without prejudice to any other administrative or judicial remedy.
Right to data portability
You have the right to receive data that we have collected based on your consent, or that is automatically processed in the fulfilment of a contract, in a commonly used and machine-readable format, and the right to transmit those data to a third party. If you request for the data to be transmitted directly to another controller, this will only be done where technically feasible.
SSL or TLS encryption
This site uses SSL or TLS encryption for security reasons and to protect the transmission of confidential content, such as orders or requests that you send to us as a site operator. You can recognise an encrypted connection by the change in the web address in your browser from ‘http://’ to ‘https://’ and by the padlock icon in your browser’s address bar.
If SSL or TLS encryption is enabled, the data you transmit to us cannot be read by third parties.
Information, blocking, erasure and rectification
Within the scope of the applicable legal provisions, you have the right to obtain information free of charge at any time about your stored personal data, its origin and recipients and the purpose of the data processing and, if applicable, the right to rectify, block or erase this data. You can contact us at any time at the address provided in the legal notice.
Right to restriction of processing
You have the right to request the restriction of processing of your personal data. You can contact us at any time at the address provided in the legal notice. You have the right to restriction of processing in the following cases:
- If you contest the accuracy of your personal data stored with us, we generally need time to verify this. You have the right to request the restriction of processing of your personal data while this verification is taking place.
- If the processing of your personal data was/is unlawful, you can request the restriction of their processing instead of erasure.
- If we no longer need your personal data but you need it for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims, you have the right to request the restriction of processing of your personal data instead of erasure.
- If you have objected to processing pursuant to Art. 21(1) GDPR, your interests must be weighed against ours. You have the right to request the restriction of processing of your personal data until it is determined whose interests prevail.
If you have restricted the processing of your personal data, these data, with the exception of storage, may only be processed with your consent or for the establishment, exercise or defence 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 European Union or of a Member State.
Objection to email marketing
The use of the contact information published in the mandatory legal notice for the transmission of advertising and information not expressly requested is hereby objected to. The operators of the web pages expressly reserve the right to take legal action in the event of unsolicited sending of advertising information, for example, by means of spam emails.
3. Data protection officer
Statutory data protection officer
We have appointed a data protection officer for our company.
D-50677 Cologne, Germany
Tel.: +49 221 – 99 77 – 300
4. Data collection on our website
Some of the web pages use so-called cookies. Cookies do not cause any damage to your computer and do not contain any viruses. Cookies are used to make our website 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 after your visit. Other cookies remain on your device until you delete them. These cookies allow us to recognise your browser the next time you visit.
You can configure your browser to inform you about the setting of cookies and only allow cookies in individual cases, reject cookies in specific cases or in general, and enable the automatic deletion of cookies when closing the browser. Disabling cookies may limit the functionality of this website.
Cookies that are required to carry out the electronic communication process or to provide certain functions that you require (e.g. shopping cart function) are stored in accordance with Art. 6(1)(f) GDPR. The website operator has a legitimate interest in the storage of cookies, which enables the optimised provision of its services free of technical errors. If other cookies (e.g. cookies for the analysis of your browsing behaviour) are stored, these are subject to special provisions in this data protection declaration.
The provider of the web pages automatically collects and stores information in so-called server log files, which your browser automatically transmits to us. These are:
- Browser type and browser version
- Operating system used
- Referrer URL
- Host name of the accessing computer
- Time of the server request
- IP adress
This data will not be merged with other data sources.
This data is collected pursuant to Art. 6(1)(f) GDPR. The website operator has a legitimate interest in the optimised provision of its website free of technical errors – the server log files must be recorded for this purpose.
If you send us inquiries via contact form, your details from the enquiry form, including the contact details you have provided, will be stored in order to process the enquiry and in case of follow-up questions. We do not share this data without your consent.
The data entered in the contact form is therefore only processed on the basis of your consent (Art. 6(1)(a) GDPR). You may withdraw this consent at any time. To do so, just send us an informal message by email. The lawfulness of the data processing carried out up until the withdrawal remains unaffected by the withdrawal.
The data you entered in the contact form will remain with us until you ask us to delete them, withdraw your consent to storage, or the purpose for the data storage no longer applies (e.g. after the processing of your inquiry has been completed). Mandatory statutory provisions – in particular retention periods – remain unaffected.
5. Analysis tools and advertising
This website uses features of the web analytics service Google Analytics. The provider is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.
Google Analytics uses so-called ‘cookies’. These are text files that are stored on your computer and make it possible to analyse how you use the website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is usually transmitted to a Google server in the US and stored there.
The storage of Google Analytics cookies and the use of this analysis tool are based on Art. 6(1)(f) GDPR. The website operator has a legitimate interest in analysing user behaviour in order to optimise both its website and advertising.
We have enabled the IP anonymisation feature on this website. This will shorten your Google IP address within European Union Member States or in other states that are party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area before being sent to the US. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transmitted to a Google server in the US and shortened there. On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, compile reports on website activities and provide other services relating to website activity and Internet use to the website operator. The IP address provided by your browser as part of Google Analytics will not be merged with any other data from Google.
You can prevent the storage of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser; however, please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. You can also prevent Google from collecting the data generated by the cookie and relating to your use of the website (including your IP address) and the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plugin available at the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de.
Opt out of data collection
You can prevent the collection of your data by Google Analytics by clicking on the following link. An opt-out cookie is set which prevents the collection of your data when you visit this website in the future: Disable Google Analytics.
For more information on how Google Analytics handles user data, please see Google’s data protection declaration: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=de.
We have concluded a contract with Google for order processing and are fully implementing the strict guidelines of the German data protection authorities for the use of Google Analytics.
Demographic characteristics in Google Analytics
This website uses the ‘demographic characteristics’ feature of Google Analytics. This enables reports to be generated that contain information about the age, gender and interests of the site visitors. This data comes from interest-based advertising from Google and visitor data from third parties. This data cannot be assigned to a specific person. You can disable this feature at any time via the ad settings in your Google account or prohibit the collection of your data by Google Analytics as described in the section ‘Opt out of data collection’.
6. Plugins and Tools
YouTube with enhanced data protection
Our website uses plugins from the YouTube website. The website is operated by YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA.
We use YouTube in privacy-enhanced mode. According to YouTube, this mode means that YouTube does not store any information about visitors to this website before they watch the video. However, privacy-enhanced mode does not necessarily rule out the transfer of data to YouTube partners. This is how YouTube connects to the Google DoubleClick network regardless of whether you are watching a video.
As soon as you start a YouTube video on our website, a connection to YouTube’s servers is established. The YouTube server is then informed about which of our pages you have visited. If you are logged in to your YouTube account, you allow YouTube to associate your surfing behaviour directly with your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account.
Furthermore, YouTube can store various cookies on your device after starting a video. These cookies enable YouTube to receive information about visitors to our website. This information is used to collect video statistics, improve usability and prevent fraud, for example. The cookies remain on your device until you delete them.
After starting a YouTube video, additional data processing operations may be triggered over which we have no influence.
YouTube is used to make our website appealing. This constitutes a legitimate interest within the meaning of Art. 6(1)(f) GDPR.
For more information about data protection on YouTube, see their data protection declaration at: https://www.youtube.com/t/privacy_at_youtube.
This page uses the Google Maps mapping service via an API. The provider is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.
To use the features of Google Maps, your IP address must be stored. This information is usually transmitted to a Google server in the US and stored there. The provider of this site has no influence on this data transmission.
Google Maps is used to help make our website appealing and make it easy to find of the places we refer to on the website. This constitutes a legitimate interest within the meaning of Art. 6(1)(f) GDPR.
For more information on the handling of user data, please see Google’s data protection declaration: https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy/.