General data (log files)

As long as you do not actively enter data on our website, we collect only the data that is automatically transmitted by your Internet browser, such as the date and time of the retrieval of one of our web pages, your browser type and settings, the operating system used, the last page you visited, the data volume transferred and the access status (file transferred, file not found, etc.), your IP address, etc. We use this data exclusively to enable you to use the web pages that you call up in the first place as well as for statistical purposes and for improving our Internet services. We do not use this data to establish your identity.


Information on newsletter and consent
The following information is to explain to you about the content of our newsletter, about the registration, transmission and statistical evaluation procedures and about your right of objection. By subscribing to our newsletter, you consent to receiving the newsletter and to the outlined procedures.

Newsletter content
We send newsletters, e-mails and other electronic notifications containing promotional information or news (hereinafter “newsletters”) only with the consent of the recipient or with legal permission. If the contents of the newsletter are described specifically in connection with an application, these shall be of central importance for user consent.

Double opt-in and logging
Signing up for our newsletter takes place via what is known as a “double opt-in” procedure. This means that, after registering, you will receive an e-mail asking you to confirm your registration. This confirmation is necessary to prevent people from registering with other people’s e-mail addresses.

The newsletter registrations are logged in order to be able to prove that the registration process has complied with legal requirements. This includes logging the time of registration and subsequent confirmation and the IP address. Similarly, the changes in your data saved with MailChimp are recorded.

Use of mailing service provider “MailChimp”
The newsletter is distributed using MailChimp, a newsletter mailing platform belonging to US provider Rocket Science Group, LLC, 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE #5000, Atlanta, GA 30308, USA.

The e-mail addresses of our newsletter recipients, together with the other data described in connection with this information, are saved on MailChimp’s servers in the USA. MailChimp uses this information to send and evaluate newsletters on our behalf. According to its own terms, MailChimp can also use these data for optimising or improving its own services, e.g. for technically optimising the sending and presentation of newsletters or for commercial purposes in order to determine the recipients’ country of origin. However, MailChimp does not use our newsletter recipients’ data for the purposes of writing to them and it does not pass on these data to third parties.

We trust in MailChimp’s reliability and its IT and data security. MailChimp is certified under the US-EU “privacy shield” data protection agreement and is therefore committed to complying with the EU data protection requirements. In addition, we have entered into a data processing agreement with MailChimp. In this agreement, MailChimp undertakes to protect our users’ data, to process them on our behalf in accordance with its privacy policy and, above all, not to pass them on to third parties. MailChimp’s privacy policy can be found here .

Registration data
To sign up for the newsletter, we would ask you to enter your e-mail address, your first name, surname and the name of the company you work for.

Collection and analysis of statistics
The newsletter contains a “web beacon”, i.e. a pixel-sized file that is activated by the MailChimp server when the newsletter is opened. When activated, it initially collects technical information such as information about the browser and your system, together with your IP address and time of activation. This information is used to bring about technical improvements to the service based on the technical data, the target groups and their reading behaviour based on their location (which can be determined with the aid of the IP address) or on their access times.

The statistics collection process also includes determining whether the newsletters are opened, when they are opened and which links are clicked upon. Although this information can be attributed to individual newsletter recipients for technical reasons, it is neither our intention nor that of MailChimp to track individual users. Rather, these analyses permit us to identify the reading habits of our users and to align our content with these or to send different content to users based on their individual interests.

Web pages and data management
There are cases in which we steer newsletter recipients to MailChimp’s web pages, for example, if our newsletters contained a link with which newsletter recipients can call up the newsletters online (e.g. if they have problems displaying them in their e-mail programs). In addition, newsletter recipients can correct previously entered data, e.g. their e-mail address. Similarly, MailChimp’s privacy policy can only be called up on its own website.

In this connection, we hereby state that cookies are used on MailChimp’s web pages, meaning that personal data are processed by MailChimp, its partners and specific service providers (e.g. Google Analytics). We have no influence on how these data are collected. Further information can be found in MailChimp’s privacy policy . We also draw your attention to the possible ways to opt out with regard to data collection on websites for the purpose of advertising and (for Europe).

You can revoke your consent and stop receiving our newsletter at any time. At the same time, this automatically revokes your consent to MailChimp sending newsletters and conducting statistical analyses. We regret that it is not possible to revoke the sending of the newsletter via MailChimp or the statistical analysis separately. A link for cancelling the newsletter can be found at the end of every newsletter.

Revoking consent

You can revoke the consent to your personal data being collected and used with effect for the future at any time.


You have the right to free information about the data we store about you and the right to rectification, blocking, or deletion under certain circumstances.

For questions about the collection and use of your data, as well as information on the revocation of consent granted, please feel free to contact us:

Google Analytics

Information about collecting user data through Google Analytics
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service from Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, i.e. text files placed on your computer to analyse how you use the website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is usually transferred to one of Google’s servers in the USA and stored there. However, if IP anonymisation has been activated on this website, your IP address will be shortened beforehand by Google within the Member States of the European Union or in other signatory states to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transferred to one of Google’s servers in the USA and shortened there. Google uses this information on behalf of the operator of this website to analyse your usage of the website, to compile reports on your website activity, and to provide further services connected to the use of the website and Internet for the benefit of the website operator. Google will not merge your browser’s IP address transmitted by Google Analytics with any other data. You can prevent the storage of cookies by making a corresponding setting in your browser software; however, please note that in this case you will not be able to use the full functionality of this website. Furthermore, by downloading and installing the browser plugin available from the following link, you can prevent the information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) from being transmitted to and processed by Google:

Right of objection
You can prevent Google Analytics collecting data by using the following plug-in:

Alternatively, you can prevent Google Analytics collecting data by clicking on the following link. An opt-out cookie is used, which prevents your data from being collected during future visits to this website:

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