Privacy Policy:

 

Data Protection

The operators of these sites are very seriously committed to protecting your personal data. We treat your personal data confidentially and in accordance with the legal data protection regulations as well as this privacy policy.

We point out that data transmission over the Internet (e.g. when communicating via email) can have security gaps. A total protection of data against unauthorized access by third parties is impossible.
 

Usage and Disclosure of Personal Data

Our website can normally be used without providing personal information. If the user of our website has provided personally-identifiable data, we use these only to answer questions from the user of the site and / or customers, for the settlement with the website user and / or customer orders and for technical administration. Personal data are only passed on to third parties or otherwise transferred if this is required to fulfill the contract or for billing purposes or if the user of the website and / or customer has previously consented. The users of the website and / or customer have the right to revoke their consent with effect for the future at any time.
 

Privacy Policy for the use of Microsoft Application Insights

On our websites and for our Internet Services, we will use Application Insights, a web analytics service provided by Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052-6399, USA (“Microsoft”).
 
Application Insights places a cookie in the browser of the visitor of the web pages which allows for an analysis of your use of the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of our website are usually transferred to a server of Microsoft in the US and stored there. On our behalf as a website operator, Microsoft will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity and providing other information on website usage and internet related services to us as a website operator. You can reject the required placing of the cookie – for example by settings in your browser which generally disable the automatic placing of cookies or adjust your browser so that cookies are blocked by Microsoft. However, we would like to point out that in this case you might not be able to use all features of our website to their full extent.
 
The following additional information is collected:

  • Operating System
  • Browser + Version
  • Screen Resolution
  • Approximate location of the user
  • IP address

 
We can analyze these data using various reports. All this information is anonymous statistical data and referencing these to a person is not possible. The evaluations serve only for troubleshooting and optimization of the website and the application.
 
Further information from Microsoft about privacy and Azure can be found at: http://azure.microsoft.com/de-de/support/trust-center/privacy/
 

Privacy Statement for the Use of Google Analytics

On some of our websites, we use functions of the web analytics service Google Analytics. Provider is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043. Google Analytics uses so called “cookies”. These are text files that are stored on your computer and enable analysis of your use of the website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is usually transferred to a server of Google in the US and stored there.
 
In case that IP anonymization is activated on this website, your IP address will be truncated by Google within Member States of the European Union or for other parties that are associated with the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases is the full IP address transmitted to a Google server in the US and shortened there. On behalf of the operator of this site, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity and providing other website and internet related services to the website operator. The IP address that is being sent by your browser during the Google Analytics process will not be merged with other data of Google.
 
You can reject the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings in your browser software; however, we would like to point out that in this case you might not be able to use all features of our website to their full extent. You can also prevent the generation through the cookie of data relating to your usage of the website (incl. your IP address) and the processing of these data by Google by downloading and installing the available browser plugin from the following link: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
 

Privacy Statement for the Use of Facebook Plugins (Like-Button)

On our pages, plugins from the social network Facebook of the provider Facebook Inc., 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, California 94025, USA, are integrated. The Facebook plugin can be recognized via the Facebook logo or the “Like-Button” (“Like”) on our side. An overview of Facebook-plugins can be found here: http://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/
 
When you visit our pages, the plugin establishes a direct connection between your browser and the Facebook server. Facebook therefore receives the information that you have visited our site with your IP address. If you click on the Facebook “Like” button while you are logged into your Facebook account, you can link the content of our pages on your Facebook profile. This allows Facebook to assign your visit to our website to your user account. We point out that we as providers of the sites have or gain no knowledge of the content of the transmitted data and their use through Facebook. For more information, please see the privacy policy of Facebook at http://facebook.com/policy.php.
 
If you do not wish that Facebook can link your visit to our pages to your Facebook account, please log out from your Facebook account.
 

Privacy Policy for the Use of Twitter

Functions of the Twitter service are integrated on our sites. These functions are offered by Twitter Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. Through the use of Twitter and the function “Re-Tweet”, the web pages you visit are linked to your Twitter account and made known to other users. This data is also transmitted to Twitter. We point out that we as providers of the sites have and gain no knowledge of the content of the transmitted data and their use through Twitter. For more information, please see the privacy statement of Twitter at http://twitter.com/privacy.
 
You can change your privacy settings on Twitter by changing the account settings under http://twitter.com/account/settings.
 

Inquiry, Erasure or Blocking

At any given time, you have the right to obtain information free-of-charge about your stored personal data, its origin and destination and the purpose of data processing as well as a right to correction, blocking or deletion of this data. For this purpose, as well as other questions relating to personal data, you can contact us at any time at the address given in the imprint.
 

Cookies

These web sites use so called “cookies“. Detailed information on how we use cookies and which choices you have can be found here.
 

Location Data

On some of our websites, in particular with the Article Search, we use your location data. Detailed information can be found here.
 

Server Log Files

The provider of the pages automatically collects and stores information that your browser transmits to us automatically in so-called server log files. These are:

  • Browser type / browser version
  • Operating System used
  • Referrer URL
  • Host name of accessing computer
  • Time of server request

 
These data cannot be linked to specific individuals. A connection of the data with other data sources is not being made. We still reserve the right to examine these data retrospectively if we get to know of solid evidence for unlawful use.
 

Contact form

If you send us requests via the contact form, your data from the form, including the contact details provided by you, will be stored for the purpose of processing the request and in the case of follow-up questions. These data will not be disclosed without your consent.
 

Objection to Promotional Emails

The use of the contact details, published under the imprint obligation, for sending unsolicited advertisements and information materials is hereby rejected. The operators of these pages expressly reserve to take legal steps in case of unsolicited promotional information such as sending of spam emails.