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 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
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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