Privacy policy

1. General information and principles of data processing

We are pleased that you are visiting our website. The protection of your privacy and the protection of your personal data, so-called personal data, when using our website is an important concern for us.

According to Art. 4 No. 1 DS-GVO, personal data is any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person. This includes, for example, information such as your first and last name, your address, your telephone number, your e-mail address, but also your IP address.

Data for which no reference to your person can be established, such as through anonymisation, is not personal data. Processing (e.g. collecting, storing, reading, querying, using, transmitting, deleting or destroying) according to Art. 4 No. 2 DS-GVO always requires a legal basis or your consent. Processed personal data must be deleted as soon as the purpose of the processing has been achieved and there are no longer any legally prescribed retention obligations to uphold.

Here you will find information on how we handle your personal data when you visit our website. In order to provide the functions and services of our website, it is necessary for us to collect personal data about you.

We also explain to you the type and scope of the respective data processing, the purpose and the corresponding legal basis and the respective storage period.

This privacy policy only applies to this website. It does not apply to other websites to which we merely refer by means of a hyperlink. We cannot accept any responsibility for the confidential handling of your personal data on these third-party websites, as we have no influence on whether these companies comply with data protection regulations. Please inform yourself about the handling of your personal data by these companies directly on these websites.

2. Responsible party

The responsible party for the processing of personal data on this website is (see imprint):

3. provision and use of the website/ server log files.

4. a) Type and scope of data processing

If you use this website without transmitting data to us in any other way (e.g. by registering or using the contact form), we collect via server log files technically necessary data that are automatically transmitted to our server, including:

- IP address

- Date and time of the request

- Name and URL of the file accessed

- Website from which the access was made (referrer URL)

- Access status/HTTP status code

- browser type

- Language and version of browser software

- Operating system

1. b) Purpose and legal basis

This processing is technically necessary to enable us to display our website to you. We also use the data to ensure the security and stability of our website.

The legal basis for this processing is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f) DS-GVO. The processing of the aforementioned data is necessary for the provision of a website and thus serves to protect a legitimate interest of our company.

1. c) Storage period

As soon as the aforementioned personal data is no longer required to display the website, it will be deleted. The collection of data for the provision of the website and the storage of the data in log files is absolutely necessary for the operation of the website. Consequently, there is no possibility for the user to object to this aspect. Further storage may take place in individual cases if this is required by law.

4. use of cookies

5. a) Type, scope and purpose of data processing

We use cookies. Cookies are small files that are sent by us to the browser of your terminal device during your visit to our website and stored there.

Some functions of our website cannot be offered without the use of technically necessary cookies. Other cookies, on the other hand, enable us to carry out various analyses. For example, some cookies can recognise the browser you are using when you visit our website again and transmit various information to us. We use cookies to facilitate and improve the use of our website. Among other things, cookies enable us to make our website more user-friendly and effective for you by, for example, tracking your use of our website and determining your preferred settings (e.g. country and language settings). If third parties process information via cookies, they collect the information directly via your browser. Cookies do not cause any damage to your end device. They cannot execute programs or contain viruses. Various types of cookies are used on our website, the type and function of which are explained below.

We use the following categories of cookies:

Necessary cookies

Necessary cookies help make a website usable by enabling basic functions such as page navigation and access to secure areas of the website. The website cannot function properly without these cookies.

Statistics cookiesI

In order to further improve our services and website, we collect anonymised data for statistics and analysis. With the help of these cookies, we can, for example, determine the number of visitors and the effect of certain pages of our website and optimise our content.

Cookies for personalisation

These cookies are used to show you personalised content according to your interests. This enables us to provide you with offers that are particularly relevant to you.

Marketing cookies

Marketing cookies are used to follow visitors around websites. The intention is to show ads that are relevant and engaging to the individual user and therefore more valuable to publishers and advertising third parties.

1. a) Necessary cookies

Necessary cookies ensure functions without which our website cannot be used as intended. These essential cookies are used, for example, to ensure that logged-in users always remain logged in when accessing various sub-pages. They are so-called first party cookies, the cookies are only used by us. These cookies do not require your consent, but you can deactivate cookies in your browser at any time.

1. b) Statistics cookies

Statistics cookies collect information about the way a website is used in order to improve its attractiveness, content and functionality. For example, the following data is collected:

The number of times a page or sub-pages are accessed, the time spent on the website, the order of the pages visited, which search terms led you to us, the country, region, city from which access is made, and the proportion of mobile devices accessing our websites. Furthermore, we analyse which areas of our website are of particular interest to you.

1. c) Cookies for personalisation

Cookies for personalisation enable our website to save the information you have already provided (e.g. registered name, language selection, the location) and to offer you improved and more personalised functions based on this. Only anonymised information is processed via these.

1. d) Marketing cookies

Marketing cookies are used to serve interest-based advertisements to visitors to the website. They are also used to limit the frequency with which ads appear and to measure the effectiveness of advertising campaigns. These cookies record whether or not you have visited a website. This information obtained may be shared with third parties such as advertisers. Cookies used to improve targeting and advertising are often linked to third party site functionality.

For a full overview of the cookies we use and their runtimes, please click here.

Configuration of browser settings

Most web browsers are preset to automatically accept cookies. However, you can configure your respective browser so that it only accepts certain cookies or not at all. However, we would like to point out that you may then no longer be able to use all the functions of our website.

You can also delete cookies already stored in your browser via your browser settings. Furthermore, it is possible to set your browser to notify you before cookies are stored. As the various browsers may differ in their respective modes of operation, we ask you to use the respective help menu of your browser for the corresponding configuration options.

Deactivating the use of cookies may require the storage of a permanent cookie on your computer. If you subsequently delete this cookie, you will have to deactivate it again.

1. b) Legal basis

Based on the purposes described, the legal basis for the processing of personal data using cookies is Art. 6 (1) lit. f) DS-GVO. If you have given us your consent to the use of cookies on the basis of a notice ("cookie banner") issued by us on the website, the legal basis is additionally Art. 6 (1) a) DS-GVO.

1. c) Storage period

As soon as the data transmitted to us via the cookies is no longer required for the purposes described above, this information is deleted. Further storage may take place in individual cases if this is required by law.

5. data collection for the implementation of pre-contractual measures and for the fulfilment of contracts

6. a) Type and scope of data processing

In the pre-contractual area and when concluding a contract, we collect personal data about you. This concerns, for example, your first and last name, address, e-mail address, telephone number or bank details.

1. b) Purpose and legal basis of data processing

We collect and process this data exclusively for the purpose of executing the contract or fulfilling pre-contractual obligations.

The legal basis for this is Art. 6 para. 1 lit b) DS-GVO. If you have also given your consent, the additional legal basis is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a) DS-GVO.

1. c) Storage period

The data is deleted as soon as it is no longer required for the purpose of its processing.

In addition, there may be legal storage obligations, for example, storage obligations under commercial or tax law in accordance with the German Commercial Code (HGB) or the German Fiscal Code (AO). If such retention obligations exist, we will block or delete your data at the end of these retention obligations.

6. Order form

Our website contains an order form which can be used for electronic pre-orders.

1. a) Type and scope of data processing

Our data collection is limited to the following data:

- First and last name

- telephone number

- e-mail address

- account data

- Name of the product

1. b) Purpose and legal basis

The purpose of the data processing is to be able to process your order properly.

The legal basis for this is Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. b) DS-GVO. The processing of the data serves the fulfilment of a contract, or is necessary for the implementation of a pre-contractual measure, which has taken place at the request of the data subject.

1. c) Storage period

The data will be deleted as soon as they are no longer required to achieve the purpose of the processing.

In addition, there may be legal storage obligations, for example, storage obligations under commercial or tax law in accordance with the German Commercial Code (HGB) or the German Fiscal Code (AO). If such retention obligations exist, we will block or delete your data at the end of these retention obligations.

7. Registration option

8. a) Type and scope of data processing

You can register on our website. If you register, we collect and store the data you enter in the input mask (e.g. surname, first name, e-mail address). Your data will not be passed on to third parties.

1. b) Purpose and legal basis of data processing

Your registration is necessary for the use of certain contents and services on our website or for the fulfilment of a contract or for the implementation of pre-contractual measures. After registration, you are free to change the personal data provided during registration at any time or to have it completely deleted from the data stock of the controller.

In the case of consent, the legal basis for processing is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a)

DS-GVO. If your registration serves to prepare the conclusion of a contract, Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b) DS-GVO is an additional legal basis.

1.c) Storage period

The data collected during registration will be stored by us for as long as you are registered on our website and will then be deleted. Statutory retention periods remain unaffected.

8. Data transfer

We will only pass on your personal data to third parties if:

1. a) you have given your express consent to this in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. a) DS-GVO.

2. b) this is legally permissible and necessary in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. b) DS-GVO for the fulfilment of a contractual relationship with you or the implementation of pre-contractual measures.

3. c) there is a legal obligation for the transfer according to Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. c) DS-GVO.

We are legally obliged to transfer data to state authorities, e.g. tax authorities, social insurance carriers, health insurance companies, supervisory authorities and law enforcement agencies.

1. d) the disclosure is necessary in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f) DS-GVO for the protection of legitimate business interests, as well as for the assertion, exercise or defence of legal claims and there is no reason to assume that you have an overriding interest worthy of protection in the non-disclosure of your data.

2. e) In accordance with Art. 28 DS-GVO, we use external service providers for processing, who are obliged to handle your data with care.

We use such service providers in the areas of:

- IT

- logistics

- telecommunications

When transferring data to external bodies in third countries, i.e. outside the EU or EEA, we ensure that these bodies treat your personal data with the same care as within the EU or EEA. We only transfer personal data to third countries where the EU Commission has confirmed an adequate level of protection or if we ensure the careful handling of personal data through contractual agreements or other suitable guarantees.

9. application possibility

a) Type and scope of data processing

You can apply on our website or by email. When you apply, we collect and store the data that you enter in the input mask or that you send to us by e-mail.

1. b) Purpose and legal basis

We process your data only for the purpose of processing your application.

Your data will not be passed on to third parties. The legal basis for the processing is Art. 88 (1) DS-GVO in conjunction with. § 26 BDSG and additionally Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b) DS-GVO.

If you give us your consent to be included in our applicant pool, the legal basis is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a) DS-GVO.

1. c) Storage period

If we are unable to offer you a job, we will store your data for a maximum of six months after the end of the application process, taking into account § 61b para. 1 ArbGG in conjunction with. § 15 AGG. The start of the period is the receipt of the rejection letter.

If you have given us permission to include you in our applicant pool, we will store your data for a maximum of two years.

1. d) Data transfer

Your data will only be passed on to the bodies involved in the decision-making process (responsible personnel or specialist departments, management, works council).

We are also obliged to pass on your data to public bodies and institutions (e.g. public prosecutor's office, police, supervisory authorities, tax office, social insurance institutions, etc.).

Further data recipients may be those bodies for which you have given us your consent to the transfer of data.

10. Comment function

a) Type and scope of data processing

You can comment on articles on our website. When you comment on a post, we collect and store the data you enter in the input mask. In addition to the comments you leave, we also store and publish details of when you entered your comments and possibly the user name (pseudonym) you chose. Furthermore, the IP address assigned by the Internet service provider (ISP) of the person concerned is stored. This information is not passed on to third parties.

1. b) Purpose and legal basis

The data transmitted by you (e.g. the IP address) is used for security reasons and in the event that the person concerned violates the rights of third parties by posting a comment or posts illegal content.

There is no disclosure of this collected personal data to third parties, unless such disclosure is required by law or serves the legal defence of the controller.

The legal basis for the processing of personal data transmitted when using the comment function is, if and insofar as your consent is given, Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a) DS-GVO. You can revoke this consent at any time. The legality of the data processing operations already carried out remains unaffected by the revocation.

Another legal basis is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f) DS-GVO.

We have a legitimate interest in processing if third party rights are violated or illegal content is posted. This serves security purposes in case someone writes illegal content in comments and posts (insults, prohibited political propaganda, etc.).

1. c) Storage period

The comments and the associated data (e.g. IP address) are stored and remain on our website until the commented content has been completely deleted or the comments have to be deleted for legal reasons.

11. Contact form

12. a) Type and scope of data processing

On our website, we offer you the opportunity to contact us via a form provided. In the context of sending your enquiry via the contact form, reference is made to this data protection declaration in order to obtain your consent.

If you make use of the contact form, the following personal data will be processed:

- Salutation

- First name

- Surname

- title

- Company name

- line of business

- Function

- Street name

- Street number

- postcode

- Town

- Country

- E-mail address

- Telephone number

- Message subject

- Content of the message

1. b) Purpose and legal basis

The purpose of providing your e-mail address is to send you a reply to your enquiry by e-mail. When using the contact form, your personal data will not be passed on to third parties.

The legal basis for the processing is consent in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. a) DS-GVO on the basis of the declaration of consent voluntarily submitted by you in the following and which can be revoked at any time for the future:

1. c) Storage period

The data you entered in the contact form will remain with us until you request us to delete it, revoke your consent to store it or the purpose for storing the data no longer applies (e.g. after we have completed processing your enquiry).

Mandatory legal provisions - in particular retention periods according to the German Commercial Code (HGB) or the German Fiscal Code (AO) - remain unaffected by this.

12. Contact options by e-mail

On our website you have the possibility to contact us by e-mail.

1. a) Type and scope of data processing

You can contact us by e-mail. Our data collection is limited to the e-mail address of the e-mail account used by you to contact us as well as to the personal data provided by you as part of the contact.

1. b) Purpose and legal basis

The purpose of the data processing is to be able to answer your request appropriately. The legal basis for this is Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f) DS-GVO. There is a legitimate interest in processing the above-mentioned personal data in order to be able to deal with your request appropriately.

1. c) Storage period

The duration of the storage of the above-mentioned data depends on the background of your contact. Your personal data will be deleted regularly if the purpose of the communication no longer applies and storage is no longer necessary. This may result, for example, from the processing of your request.

13. Newsletter

14. a) Type and scope of data processing

On our website, you have the option of subscribing to a free regular e-mail newsletter. In order to be able to send you the newsletter regularly, we need your e-mail address.

We use the so-called double opt-in procedure for sending the newsletter.

This means that we will only send you an e-mail newsletter if you have expressly confirmed that you consent to the sending of the newsletter. We will then send you a confirmation email asking you to confirm that you wish to receive future newsletters from us by clicking on an appropriate link.

This is to ensure that only you, as the owner of the e-mail address provided, can subscribe to the newsletter. Your confirmation must be made promptly after receipt of the confirmation email, otherwise your newsletter subscription will be automatically deleted from our database.

When you subscribe to the newsletter, we collect and store the data you enter in the input mask (e.g. surname, first name, e-mail address).

When you subscribe to the newsletter, we also store your IP address entered by your Internet service provider (ISP) as well as the date and time of subscription in order to be able to trace any possible misuse of your e-mail address at a later date. In the case of the confirmation e-mail sent out for control purposes (double opt in the

e-mail), we also save the date and time of the click on the confirmation link and the IP address entered by the Internet service provider (ISP).

1. b) Purpose and legal basis

The data collected by us when you register for the newsletter is used exclusively for the purpose of addressing you in an advertising manner by way of the newsletter.

The processing of your e-mail address for the newsletter dispatch is based on the declaration of consent voluntarily given by you in the following, which can be revoked at any time for the future, in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. a) DS-GVO and § 7 Para. 2 No. 3 UWG.

In addition, the processing is based on Art. 6 para. 1 lit f) DS-GVO due to legitimate interests of us to document the proof of the required consent.

1. c) Storage period

Your e-mail address will be stored for as long as you have subscribed to the newsletter. After unsubscribing from the newsletter, your e-mail address will be deleted unless you have expressly consented to further use of your data.

15. Data security and security measures

We undertake to protect your privacy and to treat your personal data confidentially. To this end, we take extensive technical and organisational security precautions, which are regularly reviewed and adapted to technological progress.

This includes, among other things, the use of recognised encryption procedures (SSL or TLS). However, data disclosed in unencrypted form, for example by unencrypted e-mail, may be read by third parties. We have no influence on this. It is the responsibility of the respective user to protect the data he or she provides against misuse by encrypting it or in any other way.

16. Changes to the privacy policy

We reserve the right at all times to update this statement as necessary.

17. Your rights

Here are your rights in relation to your personal data. Details of these are set out in Articles 7, 15-22 and 77 of the GDPR. You can contact the controller in this regard (point 2).

Right to revoke your consent under data protection law according to Art. 7 (3) p. 1 DS-GVO

You may revoke your consent to the processing of your personal data at any time with effect for the future. However, the lawfulness of the processing carried out until the revocation is not affected by this.

1. Right to information according to Art. 15 DS-GVO

You have the right to request confirmation as to whether we are processing personal data relating to you. If this is the case, you have the right to be informed about this personal data and to receive further information, e.g. the purposes of processing, the categories of personal data processed, the recipients and the planned duration of storage or the criteria for determining the duration.

2. Right to rectification and completion according to Art. 16 DS-GVO

You have the right to request the correction of inaccurate data without delay. Taking into account the purposes of the processing, you have the right to request the completion of incomplete data.

3. Right to erasure ("right to be forgotten") according to Art. 17 DS-GVO

You have a right to erasure insofar as the processing is not necessary.

This is the case, for example, if your data is no longer necessary for the original purposes, you have revoked your declaration of consent under data protection law or the data was processed unlawfully.

4. Right to restriction of processing according to Art. 18 DS-GVO

You have a right to restriction of processing, e.g. if you believe that the personal data is inaccurate.

5. Right to data portability according to Art. 20 DS-GVO

You have the right to receive the personal data concerning you in a structured, common and machine-readable format.

6. Right of objection according to Art. 21 DS-GVO

You have the right to object at any time, on grounds relating to your particular situation, to the processing of certain personal data concerning you.

In the case of direct marketing, you as the data subject have the right to object at any time to the processing of personal data concerning you for the purposes of such marketing; this also applies to profiling, insofar as it is related to such direct marketing.

7. Automated decision in individual cases including profiling according to Art. 22 DS-GVO.

You have the right not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing - including profiling - except in the exceptional circumstances mentioned in Art. 22 DS-GVO.

No decision-making based exclusively on automated processing - including profiling - shall take place.

8. Complaint to a data protection supervisory authority pursuant to Art. 77 DS-GVO.

You can also lodge a complaint with a data protection supervisory authority at any time, for example if you believe that the data processing does not comply with data protection regulations.