State: 01 August 2023
With the following policy, we would like to inform you about what types of personal data we process (hereinafter also referred to as “data”), and about the purposes and the extent to which we process such data. The policy applies to all processing of personal data carried out by us, both as part of the provision of our services and in particular on our websites, in mobile applications and within external online presences, such as our social media profiles (hereinafter collectively referred to as “online offer”).
The terms used in the following are not gender specific.
Overview of processing
The following overview summarizes the types of data processed and the purposes of the processing and refers to the data subjects.
Types of data processed:
Content data (e.g. entries in online forms)
Contact data (e.g. e-mail, telephone numbers)
Meta/communication data (e.g. device information, IP addresses)
Usage data (e.g. websites visited, interest in content, access times)
Categories of data subjects:
Users (e.g., website visitors, users of online services)
Purposes of processing:
Provision of our online offer and user friendliness
Direct marketing (e.g. by e-mail or postal mail)
Contact requests and communication
Relevant legal bases
The following contains an overview of GDPR rules on the basis of which we process personal data. Please note that in addition to the provisions of the GDPR, national data protection regulations may apply in your or our country of residence or domicile. Should further more specific legal bases be relevant in individual cases, we will inform you of these in the data protection declaration.
Consent (Art. 6 para. 1 p. 1 lit. a. DSGVO): The data subject has given his/her consent to the processing of personal data relating to him/her for specific purposes.
Legitimate interests (Art. 6 (1) p. 1 lit. f. DSGVO): Processing is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests of the controller or a third party, except where such interests are overridden by the interests or fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject which require the protection of personal data.
National data protection regulations in Germany: In addition to the data protection regulations of the GDPR, national data protection regulations apply in Germany. These include, in particular, the Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG). In particular the BDSG contains specific regulations on the right to information, the right to erasure, the right to object, the processing of special categories of personal data, processing for other purposes and transmission, as well as automated decision-making in individual cases, including profiling. It further regulates data processing for employment purposes (Section 26 BDSG), in particular with regard to the establishment, implementation or termination of employment relationships as well as the consent of employees. Further state data protection laws of the individual federal states may apply.
In accordance with the legal requirements we take appropriate technical and organizational measures to ensure a level of data protection appropriate to the risk, taking into account the state of the art, the implementation costs as well as the nature, scope, circumstances and purposes of the data processing and also the different probabilities of occurrence and the extent of the threat to the rights and freedoms of natural persons.
The measures include, in particular, safeguarding the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data by controlling physical and electronic access to the data as well as input of, disclosure of, assurance of, availability of and segregation of the data. Further we have established procedures to ensure the exercise of data subjects’ rights, the deletion of data and responses to data compromise. Further we already take the protection of personal data into account during the development or selection of hardware and software, through establishment of procedures in accordance with the principle of data protection, through technology design and through data protection-friendly default settings.
In order to protect your data transmitted via our online offer, we use SSL encryption. Such encrypted connections are identifiable by the prefix https:// in the address bar of your browser.
Deletion of data
The data processed by us will be deleted in accordance with the legal requirements as soon as their consents for processing have been revoked or other permissions have ceased (e.g. if the purpose of processing the data has ceased or the processing is no longer required for the certain purpose).
If the data are not deleted because they are required for other and legally permissible purposes, their processing will be limited to these purposes. The data is then blocked and not processed for other purposes. This applies e.g. to data that must be retained for reasons of commercial or tax law or whose storage is necessary for the assertion, exercise or defense of legal claims or for the protection of the rights of another natural or legal person.
Our data protection notices may also contain further details on the retention and deletion of data, which take priority for the respective processing operations.
Provision of the online offer and web hosting
In order to provide our online offer securely and efficiently, we use the services of one or more web hosting providers from whose servers (or servers managed by them) the online offer can be accessed. For these purposes, we may use infrastructure and platform services, computing capacity, storage space and database services, as well as security services and technical maintenance services.
The data processed as part of the provision of the hosting offer may include all information relating to the users of our online offer, which is generated as part of the use and communication. This regularly includes the IP address, which is necessary to deliver the contents of online offers to browsers, and all entries made within our online offer or from websites.
We or our web hosting provider collect data on each access to the server (so-called server log files). The server log files may include the address and name of the web pages and files accessed, the date and time of access, the volume of data transferred, notification of successful access, browser type and version, the user’s operating system, referrer URL (the previously visited page) and IP addresses and the requesting provider.
The server log files may be used on the one hand for security purposes, e.g., to prevent server overload (especially in the event of abusive attacks, so-called DDoS attacks) and on the other hand, to ensure the utilization of the servers and their stability.
If we provide addresses and contact information of companies and organizations in this privacy statement, please note that the addresses may change over time and please check the information before contacting the respective organization.