Data protection

Our website can generally be used without the need to enter personal information. Where personal data is gathered on our site (e.g. name, address or email), this is always done on a voluntary basis where possible. This data will not passed to third parties without your express agreement. Please be aware that data transmission via the internet (e.g. email communications) may be at risk of security breaches. It is not possible to fully protect data from unauthorised access by third parties. The use of contact information published as part of our duty to supply legal information by third parties to send advertising and information materials that have not been explicitly requested is expressly forbidden. The operators of the pages explicitly reserve the right to take legal action in the event of unsolicited advertising being sent, for example in the form of spam emails.

Data privacy statement

Data privacy statement for the use of Facebook plugins (the Like button)

Plugins of the Facebook social network, of 1601 South California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA are integrated into our website. You can recognise these Facebook plugins by the Facebook logo or the appearance of the Like button on the site. You can see an overview of Facebook plugins here: When you visit our website the plugin creates a direct link between your browser and the Facebook server. Facebook thus obtains the information that you have visited our website from your IP address. If you click the Like button while you are logged into Facebook, you can link the content of our site to your Facebook profile. Facebook can thus link your visit to our site to your user account. Please note that we as the provider of the website do not receive any information about the data transferred or about your use of it through Facebook. Further information is available from Facebook’s data privacy statement at

If you do not want Facebook to be able to link your visit to our site to your Facebook account, please log out of Facebook before visiting the site.

Data privacy statement for the use of Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, i.e. text files that are stored on your computer and that allow an analysis of your use of the site. The information obtained via the cookie about your use of this website is generally transferred to a server of Google in the USA and stored there. In the event that IP anonymity has been activated on this website, your IP address will however be shortened beforehand by Google within the member states of the European Union or in other states that are contracting parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area.

Only in exceptional circumstances will your full IP address then be sent to a Google server in the USA and stored there. On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports about website activity and to provide other services associated with internet and website use in respect of the website operators. The IP address communicated by your browser in relation to Google Analytics is not linked to other Google data.

You can prevent cookies by setting your browser software accordingly; we would point out, however, that if you do so, you may not be able to make full use of all the functionality of our website. In addition, you can prevent the data created by the cookie and related to your use of the website (incl. your IP address) from being sent to Google, and can prevent it from being processed by Google by downloading and installing the browser plugin available from the following link:

Data privacy statement for the use of Google +1

Gathering and forwarding of information for Google +1:
The Google +1-button lets you publish information all over the world. You and other users obtain via the Google +1 personalised content from Google and from our partners. Google stores the information that you have clicked +1 for a given content and also information about the site that you were viewing when you clicked the button. Your +1 might be displayed as advice, along with your profile name and photo, in Google services such as search results or your Google profile, or in other locations on websites and advertisements.

Google records information about your +1 activities in order to improve Google services for you and others. To be able to use the +1 button you must have a Google profile, which is public and visible from anywhere in the world, which must contain at least a profile name. This name is used in all Google services. In some cases this name can also replace another name that you may have used when sharing content via your Google account. The identity of your Google profile can be shown to users who know your email address or have access to other identifying information about you.

Use of the information gathered

In addition to the purposes specified above, the information provided by you is used in accordance with the applicable provisions of the Google data protection regulations. Google may publish summarised statistics about users’ +1 activities or pass them to other users and partners such as publishers, advertisers or linked websites.

Data privacy statement for the use of Twitter

Our website includes functions of the Twitter service. These functions are provided by Twitter Inc., Twitter, Inc. 1355 Market St, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. By your use of Twitter and the Re-Tweet function the websites you visit will be linked to your Twitter account and made known to other users. Data is also sent to Twitter.

Please note that we as the provider of the website do not receive any information about the data transferred or about your use of it through Twitter. Further information is available from Twitter’s data privacy statement at

You can change the Twitter data privacy settings in your account at

address and its use for sending the newsletter at any time.

Right to information

You retain the right to view the data stored about you, its origins, recipients and the purpose for the storage at any time. Please contact our Data Protection Officer, Dr. Bernd Schmidt, for information about the saved data.

Further information

We value your trust in us, which is why we are available at any time to answer any queries you may have about how your personal data is processed by us. If you have any questions that this data protection declaration does not answer or if you would like further information about a certain aspect of data protection, please do not hesitate to contact our Data Protection Officer, Dr. Bernd Schmidt.