Privacy Policy:

Data protection is important to us (this is not an empty phrase) and we have given some thoughts to data protection when designing this website. Who we are and how you can reach us is described in our imprint.

Usage data

When you visit our website, the data collected from the use of the website is temporarily stored on our web server for statistical purposes in order to improve the quality of our website. This data set contains:
•    the page, from which the data is requested,
•    the name of the data file,
•    the date and time of the query,
•    the amount of data transferred,
•    the access status (file transmitted, file not found),
•    a description of the type of browser used,
•    the IP address of the requesting computer shortened to such an extent that no re-identification of any personal data is possible.

The listed usage data is stored anonymously.

Social plugins

For reasons of data protection we do not integrate social plugins directly into this website. Therefore, when you visit these pages, no data is transmitted to social media services such as Pinterest, Twitter and Reddit. A tracking by third parties is therefore excluded.

You still have the possibility to share our site with one click on Pinterest, Twitter or Reddit. For this purpose I use the so-called Shariff solution, which was developed by the german c’t magazine to offer a privacy-compliant alternative to the classic social plugins.

What is behind it? The Shariff solution means that in a first step, all data and functions required to display the Facebook, Twitter or Reddit Buttons are provided by the web server. Only when you decide to share a post via the corresponding button and click on it, data is transferred to the operator of the respective social media service. In this case, the data processing is based on Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and in the interest of preserving your freedom of opinion and making our posts more (shareable) accessible.

IP addresses
We do not store IP addresses.

However, this website has a login area. If incorrect login data is entered several times in a row, the complete IP address from which the failed login attempts were made is logged for security purposes. This information is required to block the corresponding IP addresses for a certain period of time and, if necessary, permanently, and to be able to react appropriately to unauthorised access attempts. In this case the data processing is based on Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR and in the interest of protecting our website from unauthorized login attempts in the backend.  

This website uses WordPress as content management system. This normally saves the IP address of each comment. However, we have deactivated this function for data protection reasons.

Embedded You-Tube Videos
We embed YouTube-Videso on some subpages of this website – however, only a preview image is displayed, which we save locally on our web server. So there is no connection to YouTube.

A click on the preview image of the video causes content to be downloaded from YouTube. In this context, YouTube also receives your IP address, which is technically necessary to retrieve the content. We have basically no influence on the further processing by YouTube. However, we have thought about this and have activated the extended privacy settings when embedding the video.

A first-party session cookie is used on this website. A cookie is a small text file that can be stored and read on your device. A distinction is made between session cookies, which are deleted as soon as you close your browser, and permanent cookies, which are stored beyond the individual session. A distinction is also made between first-party cookies and third-party cookies. First-party cookies are set by the website you are currently visiting. Third party cookies are set by sites other than the one you are visiting (e.g., advertising network operators). Pretty complicated, right? We use the most harmless variant of these cookies (a first-party session cookie) and only because WordPress – the software we use to create this website – needs such a cookie for functionality. The use of the cookie is based on Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR and in the interest that our website can continue to operate smoothly and function properly.

You can set your browser to inform you about the placement of cookies. This makes the use of cookies transparent for you. You can also delete cookies at any time using the appropriate browser settings and prevent the setting of new cookies. Please note that our website may then not be displayed optimally or may no longer function properly or that errors may occur when calling up the site.

Data security
This site uses TLS encryption to secure the received and transmitted data (transport encryption). You can recognize this by the fact that the lock symbol in the status bar of the browser is closed and the address line begins with https://.

Data protection rights
You have the following rights in accordance with Art. 13 GDPR :

1.) Right to information (Art. 15 GDPR):

You have the right to obtain confirmation as to whether personal data concerning you are being processed; if this is the case, you have the right to be informed of this personal data and of the information specified in Art. 15 GDPR.

2.) Right of correction and deletion (Art. 16 and 17 GDPR):

You have the right to ask for the rectification of incorrect personal data concerning you and, if necessary, the completion of incomplete personal data without delay.

You also have the right to request that personal data concerning you be deleted immediately if one of the reasons listed in Art. 17 GDPR applies, e.g. if the data is no longer needed for the purposes for which it was collected.

3.) Right to restrict processing (Art. 18 GDPR):

You have the right to demand the restriction of processing if one of the conditions listed in Art. 18 GDPR applies, e.g. if you have lodged an objection to processing, for the duration of any examination.

4.) Right to data transferability (Art. 20 GDPR):

In certain cases, which are listed in detail in Art. 20 GDPR, you have the right to receive the personal data concerning you in a structured, common and machine-readable format or to request the transfer of such data to a third party.

5.) Right of objection (Art. 21 GDPR):

If data is collected on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 letter f GDPR (data processing to safeguard legitimate interests), you have the right to object to the processing at any time for reasons arising from your particular situation. I will then no longer process the personal data unless there are demonstrably compelling reasons for processing which are worthy of protection and which outweigh the interests, rights and freedoms of the person concerned, or the processing serves to assert, exercise or defend legal claims.

6.) Right of appeal to a supervisory authority

According to Art. 77 GDPR, you have the right to complain to a supervisory authority if you believe that the processing of data concerning you is in breach of data protection regulations. In particular, the right of appeal can be asserted with a supervisory authority in the member state of your place of residence, your place of work or the place of the suspected infringement.

Any questions?
If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact us using the contact details provided in the imprint.