We manage our web sites in accordance with the principles set out below:
We undertake to comply with statutory data protection regulations and endeavour always to take into account the principles of data avoidance and data minimisation.
Name and address of the controller
The controller, within the meaning of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) andother national data protection laws of the Member States, as well as other statutory data protection regulations, is:
We have designed our Privacy Statement in accordance with the principles of clarity and transparency. However, should there be any ambiguity regarding the use of various terms, the corresponding definitions can be foundhere
Legal basis for processing personal data
We process your personal data - such as your first and last names, your e-mail address, IP address, etc. - only if there is a legal basis for doing so. The following rules, in particular, come into consideration here, in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR):
Art. 6(1)(a) GDPR: The data subject has given consent to the processing of his or her personal data for one or more specific purposes.
Art. 6(1)(b) GDPR: Processing is necessary for the performance of a contract to which the data subject is party or in order to take steps at the request of the data subject prior to entering into a contract.
Art. 6(1)(c) GDPR: Processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which the controller is subject
Art. 6 (1)(d) GDPR: Processing is necessary in order to protect the vital interests of the data subject or of another natural person
Art. 6(1)(e) GDPR: Processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller
Art. 6(1)(f) GDPR: Processing is necessary for the purpose of the legitimate interests pursued by the controller or by a third party, except where such interests are overridden by the interests or fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject which require protection of personal data, in particular where the data subject is a child.
However, we will always inform you at the appropriate points in this Privacy Statement of the legal basis on which your personal data are being processed.
Disclosure of personal data
Where personal data are disclosed, processing is also carried out within the meaning of section 3, above. At this point, however, we would like to inform you separately about disclosure of data to third parties. The protection of your personal data is particularly important to us. For this reason, we are especially careful when disclosing your data to third parties.
Data is only disclosed to third parties if there is a legal basis for the processing. For example, we disclose personal data to persons or companies acting as processors on ourbehalf, pursuant to Art. 28 GDPR. A processor is anyone who processes personal data onour behalf, in particular under our instruction and control.
In accordance with the requirements of the GDPR, we conclude a contract with each of our processors in order to ensure that they comply with data protection regulations, thus providing comprehensive protection for your data.
Storage period and erasure
We will erase your personal data once those data are no longer necessary for the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise processed, and where the processing is not necessary for exercising the right of freedom of expression and information, for compliance with a legal obligation, for reasons of public interest, or for theestablishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
This site uses SSL encryption for security reasons and to safeguard the transfer of confidential content, such as any requests you send to us as the operators of the site. An encrypted connection can be identified by the change in the address from “http://” to “https://” and by the padlock symbol in your browser’s address bar.
With SSL encryption activated, the data which you transfer to us cannot be read by third parties.
When cookies are used, a distinction is made between technically necessary cookies and“other” cookies. Cookies are said to be technically necessary if they are essential for providing an information society service which you have expressly requested.
In order to make the use of our services more convenient for you, we use what are knownas session cookies (e.g. language and font selection, shopping basket, etc.). These session cookies come under the category of technically necessary cookies and are automatically deleted after you have left our site. The legal basis for the cookies derives from Art. 6(1)(c) GDPR, a legal permission.
We use the following cookies:
Cross Site Protection
Collection and storage of personal data, their type and intended purpose
a) When visiting the website
When you access our website, information is automatically sent to our web server by the browser being used on your client device. This information is stored temporarily in what isknown as a log file. The following information is recorded without any action on your part and stored until it is automatically erased:
the IP address of the computer making the request,
the date and time of access,
the name and URL of the requested file,
the website from which the site is accessed (referrer URL),
the browser used, and if applicable, your computer’s operating system and the name of your access provider.
We process the above-mentioned data for the following purposes:
to ensure the connection to the website is established smoothly
to ensure that our website is convenient to use,
for evaluation of system security and stability
analyses of error, and
for other administrative purposes.
Data which permit you to be identified as an individual, such as the IP address, will be erased after 7 days at the latest. Any data we store beyond this period will be pseudonymised, so that they can no longer be associated with you.
The legal basis for the data processing is Art. 6(1)(f) GDPR. Our legitimate interest derives from the data collection purposes listed above. Under no circumstances do we use the data collected for the purpose of identifying you as an individual.
b) Contact form / E-mail contact
We provide a form on our website for you to contact us at any time. In order to use the contact form, you are required to enter a name (so that we can address you in person) and a valid e-mail address which we can use to contact you, so that we know who is making the request and we are able to process it.
If you send us requests using the contact form, your data from the request form will be processed, including the contact details you provided in it and your IP address, pursuant to Art. 6(1)(b) and (f) GDPR, for taking steps prior to entering into a contract with you in response to your request, or to exercise our legitimate interest, i.e. in the performance of our business activities.
You are also welcome to send us an e-mail using the e-mail address provided on our website. In this case, we will store and process your e-mail address and the data you provide in the e-mail, pursuant to Art. 6(1)(b) and (f) GDPR, in order to process your message.
Requests and the data associated with them will be erased no later than 3 months after receipt, unless they are required for further contractual relationship purposes.
Rights of the Data Subject
You shall have the following rights:
a) Right of access
Pursuant to Art. 15 GDPR, you shall have the right to request information about your personal data being processed by us. This right of access includes the following information:
the purposes of the processing
the categories of the personal data
the recipients or categories of recipient to whom your data have been or will be disclosed
the envisaged data storage period, or at least the criteria used to determine that period
the existence of the right to rectification, erasure, restriction of processing or objection
the existence of the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority
the source of your personal data, where they were not collected by us
the existence of automated decision-making, including profiling, and where appropriate, meaningful information about the logic involved.
b) Right to rectification
In accordance with Art. 16 GDPR, you shall have the right to obtain from us without undue delay the rectification of inaccurate or incomplete personal data stored by us.
In accordance with Art. 17 GDPR, you shall have the right to obtain from us without undue delay the erasure of your personal data stored by us, unless further processing is required for one of the following reasons:
the personal data are still necessary for the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise processed;
to exercise the right of freedom of expression and information;
for compliance with a legal obligation which requires processing under Union or Member State law to which the controller is subject, or for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest, or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller;
for reasons of public interest in the area of public health pursuant to Art. 9(2)(h) and (i) and Art. 9(3) GDPR;
for archiving purposes in the public interest, scientific or historical research purposes or statistical purposes pursuant to Art. 89(1) GDPR, to the extent that the right referenced in a) is likely to render impossible or seriously impair the achievement of the objectives of that data processing, or
for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
d)Right to restriction of processing
Pursuant to Art. 18 GDPR, you may request the restriction of processing of your personal data, for one of the following reasons:
You contest the accuracy of your personal data.
The processing is unlawful, and you oppose the erasure of your personal data.
We no longer require the personal data for the purposes of the processing, but you require them for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
You object to processing pursuant to Art. 21(1) GDPR
If you have requested rectification or erasure of your personal data or restriction of processing in accordance with Art.16, Art.17 (1) and Art.18 we shall notify all recipients towhom your personal data have been disclosed, unless this proves impossible or involves disproportionate effort. You may request that we inform you about those recipients.
f)Right to data portability
You shall have the right to obtain the personal data which you have provided to us in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
You shall also have the right to request the transfer of these data to a third party, providedthat processing was carried out by automated means and based on your consentpursuant to Art.6(1)(1)(a) or Art.9 (2)(a) or for the performance of a contract pursuant to Art.6(1)(1)(b) GDPR.
g)Withdrawal of consent
Pursuant to Art. 7(3) GDPR, you shall have the right at any time to withdraw consent you have previously granted to us.The withdrawal of consent shall not affect the lawfulness ofprocessing carried out based on consent before its withdrawal. We may not carry out any further processing based on your consent, once you have withdrawn it
h)Right to lodge a complaint
Pursuant to Art. 77 GDPR, you shall have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority if you believe that the processing of your personal data is contrary to the GDPR.
i)Right to object
Where your personal data are processed based on legitimate interests pursuant to Art. 6(1)(1)(f) GDPR, you shall have the right pursuant to Art. 21 GDPR to object to the processing of your personal data on grounds relating to your particular situation, or if you object to processing for direct marketing purposes. In the latter case, you shall have a general right to object which we shall implement without the need for your particular situation to be specified. You may exercise your right to object or to withdraw consent simply by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
j)Automated individual decision-making, including profiling
You shall have the right not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing, including profiling, which produces legal effects concerning you or similarly significantly affects you. This right shall not apply if the decision:
is necessary for entering into, or for the performance of, a contract between you and us,
is authorised by Union or Member State law to which we are subject, and which also lays down suitable measures to safeguard your rights and freedoms and legitimate interests, or
is based on your explicit consent.
However, such decisions shall not be based on special categories of personal data referred to in Art. 9(1) GDPR, unless Art. 9(2)(a) or (g) GDPR applies and suitable measures to safeguard your rights and freedoms and legitimate interests are in place.
In the cases referred to in 1) and 3), we shall implement suitable measures to safeguard your rights and freedoms and legitimate interests, including at least the right to obtain human intervention on our part, to express your point of view, and to contest the decision.
Amendment of the Privacy Statement
If we amend the Privacy Statement, this will be indicated on the homepage.