Privacy

Liability for content

All information on our web site is provided exclusively for general information purposes and does not constitute legal advice. Your visit to our web site does not result in a client relationship. All content displayed on our pages was carefully prepared and reviewed before publication, but errors cannot be completely ruled out. We therefore do not guarantee that the information provided is correct, complete, or up-to-date.

As defined by § 7 Section 1 of the German Telemedia Act (Telemediengesetz or TMG), we as a service provider are responsible for our own content on these pages according to general regulations. According to §§ 8 to 10 TMG, however, we are not obliged to monitor transferred or stored third-party information, or to search for circumstances indicating unlawful activity. Obligations to remove or block the use of information according to general regulations remain unaffected. Any liability in this regard is possible only after the point in time when a concrete violation becomes known. As soon as we become aware of any violation, we will of course remove the relevant content immediately.

We reserve the right to change, supplement, or delete individual parts of our pages or the entire online presence without prior notice, or to partially or completely remove the publication. There is no entitlement to provision of particular content of our online presence.

Liability for links

Our web presence contains links to external third-party web sites which are outside of our sphere of responsibility, and whose content and design we cannot influence. We can therefore not accept any liability for this third-party content. The same applies for content and design of such external web sites which refer to our web site. The provider or operator of linked pages is responsible for the content of those pages.

Copyright

The content of our web site is protected by copyright law. Reproduction, editing, distribution, and any kind of utilization outside of the legal boundaries of copyright law in electronic or other publication media require written consent by the respective author or creator. For any content on these pages which we did not generate ourselves, we of course observe third-party copyrights. In particular, third party content is labelled as such. Should you become aware of any copyright violation, we kindly ask for notification. As soon as we become aware of a violation, we will remove such content immediately.

Privacy

You can generally use our web site without submitting any personal data. If you do provide us with personal data (such as your name, address, or e-mail address), this is always on a voluntary basis and serves exclusively the apparent purpose of the data entry. We use this data only to process your inquiry (as for instance regarding vacant positions or subscription to a newsletter) and always in compliance with applicable data protection regulations. Also, we do not transfer your data to third parties without your explicit consent, unless we are legally obliged to do so. As soon as the purpose for collecting and storing your personal data no longer exists, we delete your data without delay. Furthermore, we point out that data transfer on the internet (e.g. during e-mail communication) is not encrypted and can therefore have security gaps, so that data can be viewed or tampered with by unauthorized persons.

It is not permitted to use the contact data published on our web site for sending advertising or information material, chain letters, spam, or similar items that were not explicitly requested. We explicitly reserve the right to take legal action in case of unsolicited sending of advertising materials, such as through spam e-mails.

Cookies

For fast browsing and thus comfortable use of our web site, we use so-called “session cookies.” These are small text files that are stored on the user’s computer and (depending on your browser settings) are automatically deleted when you conclude your visit to our web site and close your browser. Of course you can decline to accept cookies by changing your browser settings (“Do not accept cookies”). Please be advised that if you choose to do so, some of the functions of our online presence may no longer be available or be available only to a limited extent.

Privacy statement of the use of Piwik

This web site uses the free web analysis tool Piwik, on open-source software program for the statistical evaluation of user access, which allows us to analyse user behaviour and subsequently optimise our web site. Piwik uses so-called “cookies”, which are small text files that are stored on your computer and allow us to analyse your use of our web site. For that purpose, the user information generated by the cookie, such as the pages you accessed, the browser you used, your computer’s operating system, the referrer URL (previously visited web site) and an anonymized (shortened) part of your IP address are transmitted to our server and stored there for the purpose of user analysis. During this process, your IP address is anonymized immediately, meaning after processing and before being stored, so that you as a user remain anonymous to us. Associating individual site visits with an identifiable person is therefore impossible. The information generated by the cookie about your use of our web site is not transmitted to other servers or transferred to third parties.

You can prevent the storage of cookies by choosing an appropriate browser setting; we would like to point out, however, that by doing so you may no longer be able to fully use all of the functions of this web site.

In addition, you can object to the storage and use of the data from your visit any time if you do not agree with the storage and evaluation through Piwik. In this case, you can click the button under this paragraph to prevent a web analysis cookie from being stored in your browser. This stores a so-called opt-out cookie on your browser, which keeps Piwik from collecting session data. Note: When you delete your cookies, the opt-out cookie is also deleted and you may have to reactivate it if you want to (continue to) prevent data collection by Piwik.

Information rights

You have the right to request written or electronic information about what personal data we have stored about you at any time and without charge. You also have the right to have incorrect data corrected and to have your personal data blocked or deleted. The request for information as well as demand for correction, blocking, or deletion of personal data must be submitted to us either in writing or by e-mail via the data listed on our contact page.

Legal effectiveness of these terms of use

These terms of use are part of our online presence, from which you were referred to this page. By using our web site, you declare your agreement with these terms of use.

Should individual regulations of these terms of use prove to be partially or entirely invalid, the content and validity of the remaining sections of this document remain unaffected. In this case, the applicable legal provisions apply in place of the invalid regulation.