Data protection

This website automatically collects and stores information in its server log files that is transmitted to us by your browser. Details include browser type/operating system version, referrer URL (the site visited previously), host name of the accessing computer (IP address) and the time of server query. This data cannot be traced to a specific user. This data is not associated with data from other sources and the data is deleted after statistical analysis.

This website uses cookies at certain points. The purpose of cookies is to make our site more user-friendly, effective and secure. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer and saved by your browser. Most of the cookies we use are what are known as session cookies. These are automatically erased at the end of your visit. Cookies cause no damage to your computer and do not contain viruses.

If you would like to receive the newsletter offered by this site, we require a valid e-mail address for you together with certain information that will enable us to verify that you are the owner of the e-mail address entered, or that the owner of the address agrees to receive the newsletter. No further data is collected. You can withdraw your consent for the storing of the data, the e-mail address and the use of the e-mail address for the purposes of sending the newsletter at any time.

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. (Google). Google Analytics uses cookies, text files that are stored on your computer and permit an analysis to be carried out of your use of the website. The information generated by cookies about your use of this website will generally be transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. If IP anonymization is activated on this website, your IP address will first be shortened by Google in the European Union Member States or other parties to the agreement on the European Economic Area. In exceptional cases, the full IP address will be transmitted to a Google server in the USA and shortened there. Google will then use this information on behalf of the operator of this website to analyze your use of the website, to collate reports on website activities and provide the website operator with other services related to website use. The IP address transmitted by your browser for Google Analytics purposes 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 so, you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. You can also prevent the gathering of data created by the cookie related to your use of the website (including your IP address) and the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available at the following link: (http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de).

Our site includes plug-ins to the social network Facebook, 1601 South California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA. These plug-ins can be recognized by the Facebook logo or the "Like" button on our site. When you visit our sites, the plug-in will create a direct connection between your browser and the Facebook server. Facebook will then receive the information that you have visited our site via your IP address. If you click the Facebook "Like" button while being logged in to your Facebook account, you can link to content of our site on your Facebook profile. Facebook can then attribute the visit to our sites to your user account. Please note that as the provider of the website, we have no knowledge of the content of the data transmitted or the use thereof by Facebook. You can find further information on this in the Facebook data protection statement at http://de-de.facebook.com/policy.php . If you do not wish Facebook to be able to attribute your visit to our sites to your Facebook account, please log out of your Facebook account.

Recording and passing on of information:
The Google "+1" button enables you to publish information all over the world. By using the Google "+1" button, you and other users can receive personalized content from Google and our partners. Google stores both the information that you have provided as +1 content and information on the site that you have viewed by clicking on +1. Your +1 can be included as references alongside your profile name and your photo in Google services, such as your search results or your Google profile, or in other places on websites and advertisements online. Google records information on your +1 activities in order to improve Google services for you and others. To be able to use the Google "+1" button, you require a globally visible, public Google profile that must contain at least the name chosen for the profile. This name will be used in all Google services. In many cases this name can also replace another name that you have used when sharing content via your Google account. The identity of your Google profile can be displayed to users who know your e-mail address or who have other identifying information for you.

Use of the information recorded:

As well as the purposes stated above, the information provided by you will be used in accordance with the current Google data protection regulations. Google publishes statistics that may have been compiled based on the user's +1 activities and may also pass these on to users and partners such as publishers, advertisers or linked websites.

Our site integrates Twitter functions. These functions are offered by Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA. By using Twitter and the Re-Tweet function, the websites visited by you are linked to your Twitter account and announced to other Twitter users. Data is also transmitted to Twitter. Please note that as the provider of the sites, we have no knowledge of the content of the data transmitted or the use thereof by Twitter. You can find further information on this in the Twitter data protection statement at http://twitter.com/privacy. Your can change your Twitter data protection settings in account settings at http://twitter.com/account/settings.