Privacy Policy

This website collects, processes and uses personal data only under the following privacy policy in the light of the legal rules on data protection, in particular the Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) and the Telemedia Act (TMG).

Collection and processing of data

This website logs every access to the website and each download of a file on the website. The storage serves internal system-related and statistical purposes. Recorded: name of the file, date and time of access, data volume transferred, notification of successful download, web browser and requesting domain. Additionally, the IP addresses of the computers are logged. Additional personal data is only collected if you provide this information voluntarily, e.g. as part of an inquiry or registration.

Use and disclosure of personal data

Insofar as you have provided personal data, we use this only to answer your questions and for technical administration. We do not pass any personal data to third parties. You have the right to revoke your consent with future effect at any time. The data will not be used for advertising purposes or for the further improvement of our Internet presence except with your express consent.

Use of cookies

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about webpage traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

GOOGLE ANALYTICS

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. Google Analytics uses cookies, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States . Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address 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 this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

Social Media Plugins

My blog may implement so-called social media plugins, in particular Facebook, Inc.’s “like” button, Google’s “+1” button and Twitter, Inc.’s Twitter buttons. When you visit a page that displays one or more of such buttons your browser will establish a direct connection to the respective Facebook, Google and/or Twitter server and load the button from there. At the same time Facebook, Google and Twitter will know that the respective page on our blog has been visited.

We have no influence on the data that Facebook, Google and Twitter collect on the basis of the buttons. According to the available information, however, if you do not click on the respective Facebook, Google or Twitter button, no personally identifiable data will be collected and stored unless you have logged onto to your Facebook, Google or Twitter account. In that case certain user data (including your IP address at the time) may be collected and linked to the account information already present at Facebook, Google or Twitter, respectively. If you wish to prevent this, please log out of your social media accounts before visiting our website.

In addition, clicking a button may also lead to a collection of certain data, such as the user’s IP address. Facebook, Google and Twitter may set cookies, as well, unless you have disabled the acceptance and storage of cookies in your browser settings.

We receive no information from Facebook. Google or Twitter about which social media buttons you may have clicked or seen on our website, but, if at all, a summarized, non-person-related statistical report on the use of the buttons.

If you wish to obtain more information on the subject go to:

Facebook’s Data Use Policy
Additional Information on Facebook’s Social Plugins
Google’s Privacy Policy
Twitter’s Privacy Policy

WHEN YOU READ THE BLOG

The server on which this blog is hosted will create the usual logfiles, collecting the data that your browser transmits to the server, i.e. information about

• type and version of the browser that you are using,
• the operating system of the device (PC, note-/netbook, talet etc./ that you are using
• the Referrer URL (meaning the website from which you have come to our blog)
• the host name of the accessing device
• the time of the server request

On a regular basis, these data cannot be related to a particular individual. And I certainly have no intention whatsoever to make any such attempt. I will not match the data against or bring the data together with other data. I only use the data for statistical purposes and will delete them when that purpose has been fulfilled.

When you submit comments

You may comment on some of the posts on this blog. When you do that, I will (besides the comment itself, of course) store your name, your email address, the IP address that was allocated to your device when you submitted the comment, the exact time of your coment, and, if disclosed, the URL of you website.

The readers of my blog will get to know your name, your webiste (if applicable) and the time of your comment, and will if course read the comment itself. On the other hand, neither your email address nor the recorded IP address will be published.

I ask for your email address in order to be able to, for example, contact you when we or other readers have questions regarding your comment. I record the IP address to as well as possible protect myself from misuse of the comment function (i.e. spam and hardcore trolling). I will not use your email address or the recorded IP address for any other purpose, and certainly will not pass them on to third parties.