Data Protection

Data protection
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We take the protection of your personal data seriously and treat your personal data confidentially and in accordance with legal regulations. The use of our website is generally possible without providing personal data.

Currency conversion
By using our website, you (the visitor) agree that third parties may process your IP address to determine your location for currency conversion purposes. You also agree that this currency will be stored in a session cookie in your browser (a temporary cookie that is automatically removed when you close your browser). We do this so that the chosen currency remains selected and consistent when browsing our website so that prices can be converted to your (the visitor's) local currency.

Our website uses cookies to offer you a better user experience. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer and saved by your browser. They cannot contain malicious code.

Hosting provider and server log files
The website provider automatically collects and stores information in so-called server log files, which your browser automatically transmits to us. These are:

  • IP address
  • Browser type and browser version
  • operating system used
  • Referrer URL
  • Host name of the accessing computer
  • Time of server request

This data cannot be directly assigned to specific persons. This data will not be merged with other data sources. We reserve the right to subsequently check this data if we become aware of concrete indications of illegal use. This data and all data on this website are stored by our hosting provider cyon GmbH, Brunngässlein 12, 4052 Basel, Switzerland. The data protection declaration of cyon GmbH can be found here.

SSL encryption
This website uses SSL encryption for security reasons and to protect the transmission of confidential content, such as the inquiries you send to us as the site operator. You can recognize an encrypted connection by the browser address line changing from “http://” to “https://” and by the lock symbol in your browser line. If SSL encryption is activated, the data you transmit to us cannot be read by third parties.

Newsletter data
If you would like to receive our newsletter, we need your email address and your consent to receive the newsletter. We use this data exclusively to send the newsletter. You can revoke your consent to store your email address and use it to send the newsletter at any time, for example using the “Unsubscribe” link in the newsletter.
Registration for our newsletter takes place in a so-called double opt-in process. This means that after registering you will receive an email asking you to confirm your registration. This confirmation is necessary so that no one can log in with a third-party email address.
Registrations for the newsletter are logged so that we can prove that the registration process took place in accordance with legal requirements. This includes storing the registration and confirmation times as well as the IP address. Changes to your data stored with Mailchimp are also logged.

The newsletter is sent via Mailchimp, a newsletter delivery platform from the US provider The Rocket Science Group, LLC, 675 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Suite 5000, Atlanta, GA 30308, USA. Both the email addresses of our newsletter recipients and their other data described in this information are stored on Mailchimp's servers in the USA. Mailchimp uses this information to send and evaluate the newsletters on our behalf.
Furthermore, according to its own information, Mailchimp can use this data to optimize or improve its own services, for example to technically optimize the sending and presentation of the newsletter or for economic purposes to determine which countries the recipients come from. However, Mailchimp does not use the data of our newsletter recipients to write to them ourselves or to pass them on to third parties. We trust the reliability and IT and data security of Mailchimp. Mailchimp is certified under the US-EU data protection agreement “Privacy Shield” and is therefore committed to complying with EU data protection regulations.
We have also concluded a data processing agreement with Mailchimp. This is a contract in which Mailchimp undertakes to protect our users' data, to process it on our behalf in accordance with their own data protection regulations and, in particular, not to pass it on to third parties. You can view Mailchimp's privacy policy here .

Statistical survey and analysis
The newsletters contain a so-called web beacon, which is a pixel-sized file that is retrieved from the Mailchimp server when the newsletter is opened. As part of this retrieval, technical information is collected, such as information about the browser and your system, as well as your IP address and the time of retrieval. This information is used to technically improve the services based on the technical data or the target groups and their reading behavior based on the access locations (which can be determined using the IP address) or the access times.
The statistical surveys also include determining whether the newsletters are opened, when they are opened and which links are clicked. For technical reasons, this information can be assigned to individual newsletter recipients, but it is neither our nor Mailchimp's intention to monitor individual users. The evaluations serve us much more to recognize the reading habits of our users and to adapt our content to them or to send different content according to the interests of our users.

Termination / revocation
You can cancel your receipt of our newsletter at any time, i.e. revoke your consent. This means that your consent to sending the newsletter via Mailchimp and to the statistical analyzes expires at the same time. A separate revocation of the sending of the newsletter via Mailchimp and the statistical analyzes is not possible. You will find a link to unsubscribe from the newsletter at the end of each newsletter.

Legal basis and data protection regulation
In accordance with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which applies from May 25, 2018, we inform you that consent to the sending of newsletters is based on Article 6 Paragraph 1 Letter a and Article 7 GDPR. The use of the shipping service provider Mailchimp, the implementation of statistical surveys and analyzes as well as the logging of the registration process are based on our legitimate interests in accordance with Article 6 Paragraph 1 Letter f of the GDPR. Our interest is in using a user-friendly and secure newsletter system that both serves our business interests and meets the expectations of users.

Google Analytics
This website uses functions of the web analysis 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 enable your use of the website to be analyzed. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is usually transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there.

IP anonymization
We have activated the “IP anonymization” function on this website. This means that your IP address will be shortened by Google within member states of the EU or in other contracting states to the Agreement on the European Economic Area before it is transmitted to the USA. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transmitted to a Google server in the USA and shortened there.
On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on website activity and to provide other services related to website activity and internet usage to the website operator. The IP address transmitted by your browser as part of Google Analytics is not combined with other Google data.

Browser plug-in
You can prevent the storage of cookies by setting your browser software accordingly; However, we would like to point out that in this case you may not be able to use all functions of this website to their full extent. You can also prevent the collection of the data generated by the cookie and related to your use of the website (including your IP address) and the processing of this data by Google by downloading the browser plug-in available under the following link install: link . Further information on how Google Analytics handles user data can be found in Google's privacy policy: Link .

Demographic characteristics in Google Analytics
This website uses the “Demographic characteristics” function from Google Analytics. This allows reports to be created that contain information about the age, gender and interests of site visitors. This data comes from interest-based advertising from Google and third-party visitor data. This data cannot be assigned to a specific person. You can deactivate this function at any time via the ad settings in your Google account or generally prohibit the collection of your data by Google Analytics.

Google Fonts
Google Fonts are used on this website. To our knowledge, no personal data is stored by Google. For technical reasons, your IP address must be transmitted to Google so that the fonts can be transferred to your browser. You can find more information from Google about Google Fonts here .

Facebook plug-ins (Like Button)
Plug-ins from the social network Facebook, whose provider is Facebook Inc., 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA, are integrated into our website. You can recognize the Facebook plug-ins by the Facebook logo or the Like button on our website. You can find an overview of the Facebook plug-ins here . When you visit our website, the plug-in establishes a direct connection between your browser and the Facebook server. This informs Facebook that you have visited our website with your IP address.
If you click the Facebook Like button while logged into your Facebook account, you can link the content of our website to your Facebook profile. This allows Facebook to assign your visit to our website to your user account. We would like to point out that, as the website provider, we have no knowledge of the content of the transmitted data or its use by Facebook. Further information can be found in Facebook's privacy policy: Link . If you do not want Facebook to be able to assign your visit to our website to your Facebook user account, please log out of your Facebook user account.

Our website uses functions of the LinkedIn network, the provider of which is LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Every time one of our websites that contains LinkedIn functions is accessed, a connection is established to LinkedIn servers. LinkedIn is informed that you have visited our website with your IP address. If you click on LinkedIn's Recommend button while you are logged into your LinkedIn account, LinkedIn will be able to assign your visit to our website to you and your user account. We would like to point out that, as the website provider, we have no knowledge of the content of the transmitted data or its use by LinkedIn. Further information can be found in LinkedIn's data protection declaration: Link .

We can include videos from the Vimeo platform of the provider Vimeo Inc., Attention: Legal Department, 555 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011, USA. ( Data protection ). We would like to point out that Vimeo can use Google Analytics and refer to the data protection declaration ( link ) as well as the opt-out options for Google Analytics ( link ) or Google's settings for data use for marketing purposes ( link ).

The person responsible for processing has integrated components of the Instagram service on this website. Instagram is a service that qualifies as an audiovisual platform and allows users to share photos and videos and also disseminate such data on other social networks. The operating company for the Instagram services is Instagram LLC, 1 Hacker Way, Building 14, First Floor, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA.
Each time you access one of the individual pages of this website, which is operated by the controller and on which an Instagram component (Insta button) has been integrated, the Internet browser on your information technology system is automatically prompted by the respective Instagram component Download a representation of the corresponding component from Instagram. As part of this technical process, Instagram receives information about which specific subpage of our website you visit. This information is collected by the Instagram component and assigned to your Instagram account by Instagram. If you click on one of the Instagram buttons integrated on our website, the data and information transferred will be assigned to your Instagram user account and stored and processed by Instagram; This occurs regardless of whether you click on the Instagram component or not.
If you do not want this information to be transmitted to Instagram, you can prevent the transmission by logging out of your Instagram account before accessing our website. Further information and Instagram’s applicable data protection regulations can be found here .

Right to information, deletion and blocking
You have the right to free information at any time about your stored personal data, its origin and recipient and the purpose of data processing. You also have the right to correct, block or delete this data. If you would like further information on the subject of personal data or have any questions in this regard, you can contact us at any time at the address given in the legal notice.

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