Privacy Policy, Disclaimer and Copyright

1. Limitation of liability for internal content

The content of our website has been compiled with meticulous care and to the best of our knowledge. However, we cannot assume any liability for the up-to-dateness, completeness or accuracy of any of the pages.

Pursuant to section 7, para. 1 of the TMG (Telemediengesetz – Tele Media Act by German law), we as service providers are liable for our own content on these pages in accordance with general laws. However, pursuant to sections 8 to 10 of the TMG, we as service providers are not under obligation to monitor external information provided or stored on our website. Once we have become aware of a specific infringement of the law, we will immediately remove the content in question. Any liability concerning this matter can only be assumed from the point in time at which the infringement becomes known to us.

2. Limitation of liability for external links

Our website contains links to the websites of third parties (“external links”). As the content of these websites is not under our control, we cannot assume any liability for such external content.

In all cases, the provider of information of the linked websites is liable for the content and accuracy of the information provided. At the point in time when the links were placed, no infringements of the law were recognisable to us. As soon as an infringement of the law becomes known to us, we will immediately remove the link in question.

3. Copyright

The content, solgans, logos and works published on this website are governed by the copyright laws of Germany. Any duplication, processing, distribution or any form of utilisation beyond the scope of copyright law shall require the prior written consent of the author or authors in question.

4. Data protection

Personal data

We take the protection of your personal details very seriously. We comply strictly with the requirements of the German Data Protection Acts. We only gather personal data on this website to the extent that is technically required. We will never sell the data we collect or share it with third parties for any reason. The following declaration explains how we guarantee this protection, and what type of data is collected and for what purpose.

A visit to our website can result in the storage on our server of information about the access (IP-adress, date, time, page accessed). This does not represent any analysis of personal data (e.g., name, address or e-mail address). If personal data are collected, this only occurs – to the extent possible – with the prior consent of the user of the website. Any forwarding of the data to third parties without the express consent of the user shall not take place.

We would like to expressly point out that the transmission of data via the Internet (e.g., by e-mail) can offer security vulnerabilities. It is therefore impossible to safeguard the data completely against access by third parties. We cannot assume any liability for damages arising as a result of such security vulnerabilities.

The use by third parties of all published contact details for the purpose of advertising is expressly excluded. We reserve the right to take legal steps in the case of the unsolicited sending of advertising information; e.g., by means of spam mail.

Comment function

As part of the comment function on our website we collect your personal data (eg. name, e-mail) as part of your comment on a post, just like you have expressly granted your consent. When publishing a comment, your indicated email address is saved but not published. Your name will be published, if you have not written under a pseudonym.

Disclaimer for the usage of Facebook (Facebook Social Plug-ins)

Our website uses social plugins (“plugins”) provided by the social network facebook.com, operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA (“Facebook”). The plugins are identifiable by a Facebook logo (white letter f on blue background or a thumb up icon) or the notice “Facebook Social Plugin”. For a full list of all social Plugins please seehttp://developers.facebook.com/plugins.

When you visit a page of our website that contains a social plugin, your browser establishes a direct connection to Facebook servers. Facebook directly transfers the plugin content to your browser which embeds the latter into the website, enabling Facebook to receive information about your having accessed the respective page of our website. Thus we have no influence on the data gathered by the plugin and inform you according to our state of knowledge:

The embedded plugins provide Facebook with the information that you have accessed the corresponding page of our website. If you are logged into Facebook, your visit can be assigned to your Facebook account. If you interact with the plugins, for example by clicking “Like”, or entering a comment, the corresponding information is transmitted from your browser directly to Facebook and stored by it. Even if you are not logged into Facebook, there is possibility that the plugins transmits your IP-address to Facebook.

For the information on the purpose and scope of data collection and procession by Facebook, as well as your rights in this respect and settings options for protecting your privacy please visit Facebook’s privacy policy:http://www.facebook.com/policy.php.

If you are a Facebook member and do not want Facebook to connect the data concerning your visit to our website with your member data already stored by Facebook, please log off Facebook before entering our website. Further you can block Facebook social Plugins by using add-ons for your browser, like the “Facebook Blocker“.

Disclaimer for Google-Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States .

In case IP-anonymisation is activated on this website, your IP address will be truncated within the area of Member States of the European Union or other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases the whole IP address will be first transfered to a Google server in the USA and truncated there. The IP-anonymisation is active on this website.

Google will use this information on behalf of the operator of this website for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing them other services relating to website activity and internet usage.

The IP-address, that your Browser conveys within the scope of Google Analytics, will not be associated with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use 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 opt-out from being tracked by Google Analytics with effect for the future by downloading and installing Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Addon for your current web browser: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.

As an alternative to the browser Addon or within browsers on mobile devices, you can click this link in order to “opt-out from being tracked by Google Analytics” within this website in the future (the opt-out applies only for the browser in which you set it and within this domain). An opt-out cookie will be stored on your device, which means that you’ll have to click this link again, if you delete your cookies.

Disclaimer for the usage of Google Adsense

This site uses Google AdSense, a service for including advertisements provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). Google AdSense uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. Google AdSense also uses “web beacons” (invisible images). Through these web beacons, information such as the vistor traffic on these sites can be evaluated.

The information about the usage of this website generated through cookies and web beacons (including your IP address) and the delivery of advertising formats will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.

You may refuse the use 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. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

Disclaimer for the usage of Google Plus

Privacy Statement for the use of Google Plus +1 “button Our website uses the “+1” button, the social network Google Plus, which is operated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, United States (“Google”). The button can be identified by the symbol “+1” on a white or colored background.

When you visit a page of our website, which contains such a button, your browser will connect directly with Google’s servers. The content of the “+1” button from Google directly to your browser and from that incorporated in the website. We therefore have no effect on the amount of data collected, with the Google button.

According to Google, without clicking on the Schaltfälche no personal data is collected. Only logged in members such data, including the IP address, collected and processed. For the purpose and scope of data collection and the further processing and use of data by Google as well as your rights and ways to protect your privacy, please Google’s privacy notices to the “+1” button: http://www.google.com/intl /en/+/policy/+1button.html and the FAQ: bit.ly/r3Qmer.

If you are a Google Plus member and not want Google to our website collects information about you and linked to your member data stored in Google, you need to log out before you visit our website on Google Plus.

Disclaimer for the usage of Twitter

On our site of the service functions of Twitter are integrated. These functions are offered by Twitter, Inc., 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA. Through the use of Twitter and the “Re-Tweet” the web pages you visit will be linked to your Twitter account and other users will be informed.

Therefore data will also be sent to Twitter. We point out that as providers of the sites, we have no knowledge of the content of the transmitted data and use them through Twitter. For more information, please see the privacy statement of Twitter at http://twitter.com/privacy.

Your privacy settings on Twitter can be changed by visiting account settings under http://twitter.com/account/settings.

Disclaimer for the usage of Xing-Share-Buttons

Our websites use the “XING share button” on this website. When accessing this website, your browser connects for a short time to the XING AG (“XING”) servers which provide the “XING share button” features (including the visitor counter). XING does not save any of your Personal Data when you access this website. XING does not store IP addresses, nor does it use cookies to monitor your behavior with regard to the “XING share button”. Please visit the following website to view the latest privacy policy for the “XING share button” and other information: https://dev.xing.com/plugins/share_button/privacy_policy

Jetpack/ WordPress.com-Stats

This website uses  WordPress.com-Stats, a web analytics software provided by Automattic Inc., 60 29th Street #343, San Francisco, CA 94110-4929, USA, unter Einsatz der Trackingtechnologie von Quantcast Inc., 201 3rd St, Floor 2, San Francisco, CA 94103-3153, USA and comScore Inc., 11950 Democracy Drive, Suite 600 Reston, VA 20190, USA.. WordPress.com-Stats uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address anonymized prior to its storage) will be stored on the server in the USA. You may refuse the use 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 opt-out from being tracked by Quantcast with effect for the future by setting an opt-out cookie  in your Browser: http://www.quantcast.com/opt-out

You can opt-out from being tracked by comScore with effect for the future by setting an opt-out cookie  in your Browser: http://www.scorecardresearch.com/OptOutTag.aspx.

If you delete your browser’s cookies, you’ll have to set these opt-out cookies again.

Information about cookies

To optimize our web presence, we use “cookies”. We use these to make our site more user-friendly, effective and secure.These are small text files stored in your computer’s main memory and browser. These “Session-Cookies“ are deleted after you close the browser. Other cookies remain on your computer (“long-term cookies”) and permit its recognition on your next visit. This allows us to improve your access to our site.

Our Cookies do not harm your computer and do not contain viruses.

You can prevent storage of cookies by choosing a “disable cookies” option in your browser settings. But this can limit the functionality of our Internet offers as a result.

Newsletter

Following subscription to the newsletter, your e-mail address is used for our own advertising purposes until you cancel the newsletter again. Cancellation is possible at any time. The following consent has been expressly granted by you separately, or possibly in the course of an ordering process: Yes, please send me newsletters. You may revoke your consent at any time with future effect. If you no longer want to receive the newsletter, then unsubscribe as follows: Please send an email with the subject “Unsubscribe Newsletter” to the e-mail address, you will find on our legal information site.

Disclosure

According to the Federal Data Protection Act, you have a right to free-of-charge information about your stored data, and possibly entitlement to correction, blocking or deletion of such data. Inquiries can be directed to the contact information on our legal information site.