The responsible party in terms of data protection laws is: Thomas Pilger (contact, see imprint).

Collection of general information

When you access our website, information of a general nature is automatically collected. This information (server log files) includes, for example, the type of web browser, the operating system used, the domain name of your Internet service provider and the like. This is exclusively information that does not allow any conclusions to be drawn about your person. This information is technically necessary in order to correctly deliver the content of web pages requested by you and is mandatory when using the Internet. Anonymous information of this kind is statistically evaluated by us in order to optimize our Internet presence and the technology behind it.


The Internet pages of Thomas Pilger use cookies. Cookies are text files that are stored in a computer system via an Internet browser.

Many Internet sites and servers use cookies. Many cookies contain a so-called cookie ID. A cookie ID is a unique identifier of the cookie. It consists of a character string through which Internet pages and servers can be assigned to the specific Internet browser in which the cookie was stored. This allows visited Internet sites and servers to differentiate the individual browser of the dats subject from other Internet browsers that contain other cookies. A specific Internet browser can be recognized and identified using the unique cookie ID.

Through the use of cookies, Thomas Pilger can provide the users of this website with more user-friendly services that would not be possible without the cookie setting.

By means of a cookie, the information and offers on our website can be optimized with the user in mind. Cookies allow us, as previously mentioned, to recognize our website users. The purpose of this recognition is to make it easier for users to utilize our website. The website user that uses cookies, e.g. does not have to enter access data each time the website is accessed, because this is taken over by the website, and the cookie is thus stored on the user’s computer system. Another example is the cookie of a shopping cart in an online shop. The online store remembers the articles that a customer has placed in the virtual shopping cart via a cookie.

The data subject may, at any time, prevent the setting of cookies through our website by means of a corresponding setting of the Internet browser used, and may thus permanently deny the setting of cookies. Furthermore, already set cookies may be deleted at any time via an Internet browser or other software programs. This is possible in all popular Internet browsers. If the data subject deactivates the setting of cookies in the Internet browser used, not all functions of our website may be entirely usable.


To protect the security of your data during transmission, we use state-of-the-art encryption methods (e.g. SSL/TLS) via HTTPS.

Contact form and e-mails

If you contact us by e-mail or contact form, the information you provide will be stored for the purpose of processing the request and for possible follow-up questions.

If you contact us in this way, we assume that we are authorized to respond by e-mail. If this is not the case, we expressly ask you to contact us by telephone, in person, by letter or fax.

The data you provide will be used by us to process your inquiries. Please keep in mind that we have no influence on the confidentiality of the information on its way through the internet. Communication by electronic means via e-mail can have security gaps. We expressly point out that the communication of personal data beyond the transmission of contact data is strictly prohibited for the above reasons.

External references and links

We link to websites of other providers not affiliated with us (third parties). We point out that we have no influence on what data may be collected and processed by these providers when you click on these links. Since the collection and processing of data by third parties is beyond our control, we cannot accept any responsibility for this. For more information on the collection and processing of your data by these third parties, please refer to the privacy policy of the respective provider.

Deletion or blocking of data

We adhere to the principles of data avoidance and data economy. We therefore only store your personal data for as long as is necessary to achieve the purposes stated here or as stipulated by the various storage periods provided for by law. After the respective purpose has ceased to exist or these periods have expired, the corresponding data is routinely blocked or deleted in accordance with the statutory provisions.

Disclosure of your data

A transmission of your personal data to third parties does not take place in principle. In particular, your data will not be passed on to third parties for advertising purposes. Your personal data will only be passed on to third parties or otherwise transferred if

  • we are legally obligated to do so due to official or court order (Art. 6 para. 1 p. 1 lit. c) DSGVO),
  • we are entitled to do so, e.g. because this is necessary to prosecute criminal offences or to exercise and enforce our rights (Art. 6 (1) p. 1 lit. f), Art. 9 (2) lit. f) DSGVO) or
  • if you have previously consented (Art. 6 para. 1 p. 1 lit. a), Art. 9 para. 2 lit. a) DSGVO).

Use of Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (hereinafter: Google). 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 this website is usually transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. However, due to the activation of IP anonymization on these web pages, your IP address will be truncated beforehand by Google within member states of the European Union or in other contracting states of the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transmitted to a Google server in the USA and shortened there. On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage to the website operator. The IP address transmitted by your browser as part of Google Analytics will not be merged with other data from 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. You can also prevent the collection of data generated by the cookie and related to your use of the website (including your IP address) to Google and the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plugin available at the following link: Browser add-on to disable Google Analytics.

In addition or as an alternative to the browser add-on, you can prevent tracking by Google Analytics on our pages by clicking this link . This will install an opt-out cookie on your device. This will prevent the collection by Google Analytics for this website and for this browser in the future, as long as the cookie remains installed in your browser.

Embedded YouTube videos

We embed YouTube videos on some of our websites. The operator of the corresponding plugins is YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave, San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. When you visit a page with the YouTube plugin, a connection to YouTube servers is established. This tells Youtube which pages you are visiting. If you are logged into your Youtube account, Youtube can assign your surfing behavior to you personally. You can prevent this by logging out of your Youtube account beforehand.

If a Youtube video is started, the provider uses cookies that collect information about user behavior.

If you have deactivated the saving of cookies for the Google Ad program, you will not have to deal with such cookies when watching Youtube videos. However, Youtube also stores non-personal usage information in other cookies. If you would like to prevent this, you must block the storage of cookies in the browser.

Further information on data protection at “Youtube” can be found in the provider’s privacy policy at:

Embedded Vimeo videos

We embed Vimeo videos on some of our websites. The operator of the corresponding plugins is Vimeo, Inc. 555 West 18th Street, New York, USA. When you visit a page with the Vimeo plugin, a connection to Vimeo servers is established. In the process, Vimeo is told which pages you are visiting. If you are logged into your Vimeo account, Vimeo can assign your surfing behavior to you personally. You can prevent this by logging out of your Vimeo account beforehand.

If a Vimeo video is started, the provider uses cookies that collect information about user behavior. If you would like to prevent this, you must block the storage of cookies in the browser.

Further information on data protection at “Vimeo” can be found in the provider’s privacy policy at:

Data subject rights

a) Right of objection
You may object to the processing of your personal data insofar as it is based on Art. 6(1)(f) DSGVO (“legitimate purposes”) (Art. 21 DSGVO). Your personal data will then no longer be processed unless there are compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your interests, rights and freedoms, or the processing serves to assert, exercise or defend legal claims.

b) Right to revoke the declaration of consent under data protection law.
You have the right to revoke your consent under data protection law at any time without giving reasons. For this purpose, a simple message to us via the contact details provided above is sufficient. The revocation of consent does not affect the lawfulness of the processing carried out on the basis of the declared consent until the revocation.

c) Further data subject rights
In addition, you can – if the respective legal requirements are met – make use of the following rights:

  • Right to information about your personal data stored by us, in particular about the processing purposes, the categories of data and their origin, if the data were not collected directly from you, the categories of recipients of your data, the planned storage period and your data subject rights (Art. 15 DSGVO),
  • Right to rectify inaccurate or incomplete personal data (Art. 16 DSGVO),
  • Right to have your personal data deleted, in particular if the data is no longer necessary for the purposes for which it was collected and we are not obliged to retain the data due to legal, statutory or contractual requirements (Art. 17 DSGVO),
  • Right to restrict the processing of your personal data (Art. 18 DSGVO),
  • Right to data portability with regard to personal data provided to us by you in a common, machine-readable format (Art. 20 DSGVO).
  • Right of complaint to the responsible supervisory authority: State Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information North Rhine-Westphalia

Change to our privacy policy

We reserve the right to occasionally adapt this data protection declaration so that it always complies with the current legal requirements or in order to implement changes to our services in the data protection declaration, e.g. when introducing new services. The new data protection declaration will then apply to your next visit.

Essen, 21. March 2023