Severin Travel Africa / Privacy Statement

Privacy Statement

Data protection

The protection of the data of our customers, employees and business partners and respect for the basic right to informational self-determination are important to us. Data protection and data security are therefore of particular importance to us. We also want to know who is processing our data and for what reason. Therefore, the use of our Internet pages is basically possible without providing personal data; if you wish to take advantage of special offers or services, such as contacting us or registering for a newsletter etc., it may be necessary to process personal data. The processing of personal data, such as the name, address, e-mail address or telephone number of a person concerned, is always carried out in accordance with the basic data protection regulation and in compliance with the country-specific data protection regulations applicable to our company. With this data protection declaration we would like to inform you about the type, scope and purpose of the personal data collected, used and processed by us. Furthermore, you will be informed about the rights to which you are entitled. We have implemented numerous technical and organisational measures in our company to ensure that the personal data processed is protected as completely as possible (data security). However, Internet-based data transmissions can generally have security gaps, so that absolute protection cannot be guaranteed by us.

Definitions

Our data protection declaration is based on the following terms
– the Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data, on the free movement of such data and repealing Directive 95/46/EC) Basic Data Protection Regulation (DS-GVO) and
– the Act on the Adaptation of Data Protection Law to Regulation (EU) 2016/679 and on the Implementation of Directive (EU) 2016/680 (Data Protection Adaptation and Implementation Act EU – DSAnpUG-EU) Federal Law Gazette Volume 2017 Part I No. 44, issued on 05.07.2017, page 2097, as amended (Federal Data Protection Act).

Name and address of the data controller

The person responsible within the meaning of the basic data protection regulation, other data protection laws applicable in the member states of the European Union and other regulations of a data protection nature is the:

Severin_touristik GmbH
Rathausplatz 2
D-59846 Sundern

Phone +49 (0)2933 909 9629 |
Fax +49(0)29 33 987 155
info@severintouristik.com

Managing Director:
Severin Schulte, Sebastian Severin Schulte
Commercial register HRB 613
VAT ID, No. DE 123880507

Name and address of the Data Protection Officer

The Data Protection Officer of the controller is

Vossenkuhl Services
Otto-Beyer-Straße 8
45356 Essen
datenschutz@vossenkuhl-gruppe.de
www.vossenkuhl-gruppe.de

Every person concerned can contact our data protection officer at any time with all questions and suggestions concerning data protection, either directly, orally, in writing or by e-mail.

Collection of general data and information

Our website collects a number of general data and information with every visit to the website by you or by an automated system. This general data and information is stored in the log files of the server. The following can be recorded

1. browser types and browser versions used, the operating system used by the accessing system
2. the operating system used by the accessing system,
3. the website from which an accessing system accesses our website (so-called referrer URL)
4. the sub-websites, which are accessed via an accessing system on our website
5. the date and time of access to the website,
6. an Internet Protocol (IP) address,
7. the Internet service provider of the accessing system and
8. other similar data and information which serve to avert danger in the event of attacks on our information technology systems.

This data is not merged with other data sources. The basis for data processing is Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. b DSGVO, which permits the processing of data for the fulfilment of a contract or pre-contractual measures.
When using this general data and information, we do not draw any conclusions about the person concerned. Rather, this information is required to

1. to deliver the contents of our website correctly
2. to optimise the contents of our website and the advertising for it,
3. to ensure the permanent functionality of our information technology systems and the technology of our website and
4. to provide law enforcement authorities with information necessary for law enforcement purposes in the event of a cyber attack.

This anonymously collected data and information is therefore evaluated by us on the one hand statistically and also with the aim of increasing data protection and data security in our company in order to ensure an optimum level of protection for the personal data processed by us. The anonymous data of the server log files are stored separately from all personal data provided by you. It is therefore not possible to draw conclusions about you.

Subscription to our newsletter

On our website you have the possibility to subscribe to the newsletter of our company. Which personal data is transmitted to the data controller when ordering the newsletter is determined by the input mask used for this purpose. We will inform you and our business partners at regular intervals by means of a newsletter about company offers. The newsletter of our company can only be received if

1. the person concerned has a valid e-mail address
2. the data subject registers for the newsletter.
3. there is no objection to receiving the newsletters from us.

For legal reasons, a confirmation e-mail will be sent to the e-mail address you have registered for the first time for the newsletter dispatch using the double opt-in procedure. This confirmation e-mail serves to check whether the owner of the e-mail address, as the person concerned, has authorised the receipt of the newsletter. When registering for the newsletter, we also save the IP address assigned by the Internet Service Provider (ISP) of the computer system used by the person concerned at the time of registration as well as the date and time of registration. The collection of this data is necessary in order to be able to trace the (possible) misuse of the given e-mail address of a person concerned at a later date and therefore serves our and your legal protection. The personal data collected during registration for the newsletter is used exclusively for sending our newsletter. In addition, subscribers to the newsletter could be informed by e-mail if this is necessary for the operation of the newsletter service or for registration, as could be the case if there are changes to the newsletter offer or if technical conditions change. The personal data collected within the scope of the newsletter service will not be passed on to third parties. The subscription to our newsletter can be cancelled by you at any time. The consent to the storage of personal data, which you have given us for the newsletter dispatch, can be revoked at any time. For the purpose of revoking this consent, you will find a corresponding link in every newsletter. Furthermore, it is also possible at any time to unsubscribe from the newsletter directly on our website or to inform us of this in another way (by telephone, in writing or similar).

Newsletter Tracking

Our newsletter contains so-called tracking pixels. A pixel-code is a thumbnail image embedded in e-mails sent in HTML format to allow log file recording and analysis. This allows a statistical evaluation of the success or failure of online marketing campaigns. By means of the embedded pixel-code, we can identify whether and when an e-mail was opened by a person concerned and which links in the e-mail were called up by the person concerned. Such personal data collected via the embedded tracking pixels in the newsletters are stored and evaluated by us in order to optimise the newsletter dispatch and to adapt the content of future newsletters even better to the interests of the person concerned. This personal data is not passed on to third parties. You are entitled at any time to revoke the separate declaration of consent given in this regard via the double opt-in procedure. After a revocation, this personal data will be deleted. We automatically interpret a cancellation of the receipt of the newsletter as a revocation.

SSL or TLS encryption

For security reasons and to protect the transmission of confidential content that you send to us as the site operator, our website uses SSL or TLS encryption. This means that data that you transmit via this website cannot be read by third parties. You can recognise an encrypted connection by the “https://” address line of your browser and the lock symbol in the browser line.

Contact options via the website

Our website also contains information that enables you to contact our company. This also includes e-mail addresses. If you contact us by e-mail or via a contact form on the website, the personal data you provide will be stored automatically. Such personal data is stored for processing or for contacting you. This personal data is not passed on to third parties. The processing of the data entered in the contact form is based exclusively on your consent (Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a DSGVO). Data transmitted via the contact form will remain with us until you request us to delete it, revoke your consent to its storage or until there is no longer any need to store the data. Mandatory legal provisions – in particular retention periods – remain unaffected.

Routine deletion and blocking of personal data

We process personal data only for the period of time required to achieve the purpose of storage or if this has been provided for by the European Directives and Regulations or any other legislator in laws or regulations to which we are subject. If the purpose of storage ceases to apply or if a storage period prescribed by the European Directives and Regulations or any other competent legislator expires, the personal data will be blocked or deleted as a matter of routine and in accordance with the statutory provisions.

Your rights

Right to confirmation

You have the right to request confirmation from us as to whether personal data concerning you is being processed. If you wish to exercise this right, you can contact our data protection officer or us at any time.

Right to information

Any person affected by the processing of personal data has the right, granted by the European Directives and Regulations, to obtain at any time and free of charge from the data controller information on personal data relating to him/her and a copy thereof. The European Data Protection Supervisor has also granted the data subject access to the following information:
– the purposes of the processing,
– the categories of personal data processed,
– the recipients or categories of recipients to whom the personal data have been or will be disclosed, in particular to recipients in third countries or international organisations,
– if possible, the planned duration for which the personal data will be stored or, if this is not possible, the criteria for determining this duration,
– the existence of a right of rectification or erasure of personal data relating to him or her or of a right to have the processing restricted by the controller or to object to such processing,
– the existence of a right of appeal to a supervisory authority

– if the personal data are not collected from the data subject: All available information on the origin of the data,
– the existence of automated decision-making, including profiling, in accordance with Article 22(1) and (4) of the DPA and, at least in these cases, meaningful information on the logic involved and the scope and intended impact of such processing on the data subject.
You also have a right of information as to whether personal data has been transferred to a third country – a country outside the European Union or the European Economic Area – or to an international organisation. If this is the case, you have the right to be informed about the appropriate guarantees in connection with the transfer. If you wish to exercise this right, you may contact our data protection officer or us at any time.

Right of rectification

Any person affected by the processing of personal data has the right, granted by the European legislator, to request the rectification without delay of inaccurate personal data concerning him. The data subject shall also have the right to obtain the completion of incomplete personal data, including by means of a supplementary declaration, having regard to the purposes of the processing.
If you wish to exercise this right, you can contact our data protection officer or us at any time.

Right to cancellation (“right to be forgotten”)

You have the right to demand that we delete the personal data concerning you immediately, if one of the following reasons applies and if the processing is not necessary:
– The personal data has been collected or otherwise processed for purposes for which it is no longer necessary.
– you withdraw the consent on which the processing was based under Article 6(1)(a) of the DPA or Article 9(2)(a) of the DPA and there is no other legal basis for the processing.
– You object to the processing pursuant to Article 21 (1) DS-BER and there are no overriding legitimate reasons for the processing, or you object to the processing pursuant to Article 21 (2) DS-BER.
– The personal data were processed unlawfully.
– The deletion of the personal data is necessary to comply with a legal obligation under Union law or the law of the Member States to which the controller is subject.
– The personal data was collected in relation to information society services offered in accordance with Article 8 (1) of the DS-GVO.
If one of the above reasons applies and you wish to request the deletion of personal data stored by us, you can contact our data protection officer or another employee of the data controller at any time. Our data protection officer will ensure that the request for deletion is complied with immediately. If the personal data have been made public by us and if our company, as the data controller, is obliged to delete the personal data in accordance with Art. 17 Para. 1 DS-GVO, we will take appropriate measures, including technical measures, taking into account the available technology and the implementation costs, to inform other data controllers who process the published personal data that you have requested these other data controllers to delete all links to these personal data or copies or replications of these personal data, insofar as the processing is not necessary.

Right to limit processing

You have the right to demand that we restrict processing if one of the following conditions is met:
– You contest the accuracy of the personal data, for a period of time which allows us to verify the accuracy of the personal data.
– The processing is unlawful, you object to the deletion of the personal data and instead demand the restriction of the use of the personal data.
– We no longer need the personal data for the purposes of the processing, but you need the data to assert, exercise or defend legal claims.
– You have lodged an objection to the processing in accordance with Art. 21 (1) DS-GVO and it is not yet clear whether the legitimate reasons of the controller outweigh yours.

If one of the above-mentioned conditions is met and you wish to request the restriction of personal data stored with us, you can contact our data protection officer or us at any time.

Right to data transferability

You have the right to receive the personal data concerning you that you have provided to us in a structured, common and machine-readable format. You also have the right to have this data communicated to another controller without hindrance from us, provided that the processing is based on the consent pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 letter a DS-GVO or Art. 9 para. 2 letter a DS-GVO or on a contract pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 letter b DS-GVO and that the processing is carried out by means of automated procedures, unless the processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in us. Furthermore, when exercising your right to data transfer in accordance with Art. 20 Paragraph 1 DS-GVO, you have the right to request that personal data be transferred directly from us to another responsible party, insofar as this is technically feasible and provided that this does not affect the rights and freedoms of other persons. To assert the right to data transfer, you can contact our data protection officer or another employee at any time.

Right of objection

You have the right to object at any time, for reasons arising from your particular situation, to the processing of personal data concerning you that is carried out on the basis of Article 6(1)(e) or (f) of the DPA. This also applies to profiling based on these provisions. In the event of an objection, we will no longer process your personal data unless we can demonstrate compelling reasons for processing that are worthy of protection and outweigh your interests, rights and freedoms, or unless the processing serves to assert, exercise or defend legal claims. If we process your data for the purpose of direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time to the processing of your data for the purpose of such marketing. This also applies to profiling, insofar as it is related to such direct marketing. If you object to the processing for direct marketing purposes, we will no longer process your personal data for these purposes. To exercise your right of objection, you can contact our data protection officer directly or contact us. You are also free to exercise your right of objection in relation to the use of information society services, notwithstanding Directive 2002/58/EC, by means of automated procedures using technical specifications.

Automated case-by-case decisions including profiling

You have the right not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing, including profiling, which produces legal effects concerning you or significantly affects you in a similar way, provided that the decision
– is not necessary for the conclusion or performance of any contract between you and us, or
– is authorised by Union law or by the law of the Member States to which we are subject and that law provides for appropriate measures to safeguard your rights and freedoms and legitimate interests, or
– with your express consent.
You also have the right to have us review or intervene in the automated decision, to present your own point of view and to challenge the decision. To assert this right, you can contact our data protection officer or us at any time.

Right to revoke consent under data protection law

You have the right to revoke your consent to the processing of personal data at any time. To assert the right to revoke a consent under data protection law, you can contact our data protection officer or another employee at any time.

Right to complain to the responsible supervisory authority

In the event of a breach of data protection law, they have a right of appeal to the competent supervisory authority. The competent supervisory authority with regard to data protection issues is the State Data Protection Commissioner of the federal state in which our company is based. The following link provides a list of the state data protection officers and their contact details: https://www.bfdi.bund.de/DE/Infothek/Anschriften_Links/anschriften_links-node.html.

Data protection for applications and the application process

We collect and process the personal data of applicants for the purpose of processing the application procedure. The processing can also take place electronically. This is particularly the case if an applicant submits the relevant application documents to us electronically, for example by e-mail or via a web form on the website. If we conclude an employment contract with an applicant, the data transmitted will be stored for the purpose of processing the employment relationship in compliance with the statutory provisions. If we do not conclude an employment contract with the applicant, the application documents are automatically deleted two months after notification of the rejection decision, provided that no other legitimate interests stand in the way of deletion. Other legitimate interests in this sense are, for example, our duty of proof in proceedings under the General Equal Treatment Act (AGG).

Cookies

Our website uses cookies. These are small text files that your web browser stores on your end device. Cookies help us to make our offer more user-friendly, more effective and safer. Some cookies are “session cookies.” Such cookies are deleted automatically at the end of your browser session. On the other hand, other cookies remain on your terminal device until you delete them yourself. Such cookies help us to recognise you when you return to our website. With a modern web browser you can monitor, restrict or prevent the setting of cookies. Many web browsers can be configured so that cookies are deleted automatically when you close the program. Disabling cookies may result in limited functionality of our website. The setting of cookies, which are necessary for electronic communication processes or the provision of certain functions requested by you (e.g. shopping basket), is based on Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f DSGVO. As operators of this website, we have a legitimate interest in the storage of cookies for the technically error-free and smooth provision of our services. If other cookies are set (e.g. for analysis functions), these will be treated separately in this data protection declaration.

Data protection regulations for the use and application of YouTube

For integration and display of video content our website uses plugins from YouTube. The provider of the video portal is YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. When a page with integrated YouTube plugin is called up, a connection to the YouTube servers is established. This tells YouTube which of our pages you have visited. YouTube can directly assign your surfing behavior to your personal profile, if you are logged in to your YouTube account. By logging out you have the possibility to prevent this. YouTube is used in the interest of an attractive presentation of our online offers. This represents a legitimate interest in the sense of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f DSGVO. Details on the handling of user data can be found in the YouTube privacy policy at: https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy.

Privacy policy on the use and application of Facebook

We have integrated components of the company Facebook on this website. Facebook is a social network.
A social network is a social meeting place operated on the Internet, an online community that generally allows users to communicate with each other and interact in virtual space. A social network can serve as a platform for exchanging opinions and experiences or it can enable the Internet community to provide personal or company-related information. Facebook enables users of the social network to create private profiles, upload photos and network via friend requests, among other things.
The operating company of Facebook is Facebook, Inc. 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA. The person responsible for processing personal data if a data subject lives outside the USA or Canada is Facebook Ireland Ltd, 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2, Ireland. Each time the data controller calls up one of the individual pages of this website, which is operated by the data controller and on which a Facebook component (Facebook plug-in) has been integrated, the Internet browser on the information technology system of the data subject is automatically prompted by the respective Facebook component to download a display of the corresponding Facebook component from Facebook. A complete overview of all Facebook plug-ins can be found at As part of this technical process, Facebook is informed which specific page of our website is visited by the person concerned. If you are logged into Facebook at the same time, Facebook will recognize which specific page of our website you are visiting each time you call up our website and for the entire duration of your stay on our website. This information is collected by the Facebook component and by Facebook your respective Facebook account. If you click on one of the Facebook buttons integrated on our website, for example the “Like” button, or make a comment, Facebook assigns this information to your personal Facebook user account and stores this personal data. Facebook will always receive information via the Facebook component that the person concerned has visited our website and that he or she is logged in to Facebook at the same time when he or she accesses our website; this occurs regardless of whether you click on the Facebook component or not. If you do not want this information to be transmitted to Facebook, Facebook can prevent the transmission by logging out of your Facebook account before you access our website. The data policy published by Facebook, which is available at https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/?locale=de_DE, provides information about the collection, processing and use of personal data by Facebook. It also explains which setting options Facebook offers to protect the privacy of the person concerned. In addition, various applications are available that make it possible to suppress data transmission to Facebook. Such applications can be used by the data subject to suppress data transfer to Facebook.

Privacy policy on the use and application of Google AdSense

The person responsible for processing has integrated Google AdSense on this website. Google AdSense is an online service that enables the placement of advertising on third party sites. Google AdSense is based on an algorithm which selects the advertisements displayed on third party sites according to the content of the respective third party site. Google AdSense allows an interest-related targeting of the internet user, which is implemented by generating individual user profiles. The operating company of the Google AdSense component is Alphabet Inc, 1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy, Mountain View, CA 94043-1351, USA. The purpose of the Google AdSense component is to integrate advertisements on our website. Google AdSense sets a cookie on the information technology system of the person concerned. What cookies are, has already been explained above. By setting the cookie, Alphabet Inc. is able to analyze the use of our website. Each time the data controller accesses one of the individual pages of this website, which is operated by the data controller and on which a Google AdSense component has been integrated, the Internet browser on the data subject’s information technology system is automatically prompted by the respective Google AdSense component to transmit data to Alphabet Inc. for the purposes of online advertising and the billing of commissions. As part of this technical process, Alphabet Inc. obtains knowledge of personal data, such as the IP address of the person concerned, which is used by Alphabet Inc. among other things to trace the origin of visitors and clicks and subsequently to enable commission settlements. The person concerned can prevent cookies from being set by our website, as described above, at any time by means of a corresponding setting in the Internet browser used, thereby permanently opposing the setting of cookies. Such a setting of the Internet browser used would also prevent Alphabet Inc. from setting a cookie on the information technology system of the person concerned. In addition, a cookie already set by Alphabet Inc. can be deleted at any time via the Internet browser or other software programs. Google AdSense also uses so-called tracking pixels. A tracking pixel is a thumbnail graphic that is embedded in Internet pages to enable log file recording and log file analysis, which enables statistical evaluation. Alphabet Inc. can use the embedded pixel-code to identify whether and when an Internet page was opened by an affected person and which links were clicked on by the affected person. Counting pixels are used, among other things, to evaluate the flow of visitors to a website. Through Google AdSense, personal data and information, which includes the IP address and is necessary for the collection and billing of the displayed advertisements, is transferred to Alphabet Inc. in the United States of America. This personal data is stored and processed in the United States of America. Alphabet Inc. may, under certain circumstances, pass on this personal data collected via the technical process to third parties. Google AdSense is explained in more detail under this link https://www.google.de/intl/de/adsense/start/.

Privacy policy on the use and application of Google Analytics (with anonymisation function)

The person responsible for processing has integrated the Google Analytics component (with anonymisation function) on this website. Google Analytics is a web analysis service. Web analysis is the collection, collection and evaluation of data on the behaviour of visitors to websites. Among other things, a web analysis service collects data on which website a person concerned came to a website from (so-called referrers), which sub-pages of the website were accessed or how often and for how long a subpage was viewed. A web analysis is mainly used to optimise a website and to analyse the cost-benefit of internet advertising. The operating company of the Google Analytics component is Google Inc, 1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy, Mountain View, CA 94043-1351, USA. The data controller uses the addition “_gat._anonymizeIp” for web analysis via Google Analytics. By means of this addition, the IP address of the data subject’s Internet connection is shortened and made anonymous by Google if our Internet pages are accessed from a member state of the European Union or from another state that is a party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. The purpose of the Google Analytics component is to analyse the flow of visitors to our website. Among other things, Google uses the data and information obtained to evaluate the use of our website in order to compile online reports for us which show the activities on our website and to provide further services in connection with the use of our website. Google Analytics places a cookie on the information technology system of the person concerned. What cookies are has already been explained above. By setting the cookie, Google is able to analyse the use of our website. Each time one of the individual pages of this website, which is operated by the data controller and on which a Google Analytics component has been integrated, is called up, the Internet browser on the information technology system of the person concerned is automatically prompted by the respective Google Analytics component to transmit data to Google for the purpose of online analysis. Within the scope of this technical procedure, Google receives knowledge of personal data, such as the IP address of the person concerned, which Google uses, among other things, to trace the origin of visitors and clicks and subsequently to enable commission settlements. By means of the cookie, personal information such as the access time, the place from which an access originated and the frequency of visits to our website by the person concerned is stored. Each time our website is visited, this personal data, including the IP address of the Internet connection used by the person concerned, is transmitted to Google in the United States of America. This personal data is stored by Google in the United States of America. Google may pass on this personal data collected through the technical process to third parties. The person concerned can prevent the setting of cookies by our website, as already described above, at any time by means of a corresponding setting in the Internet browser used and thus permanently object to the setting of cookies. Such a setting of the Internet browser used would also prevent Google from setting a cookie on the information technology system of the person concerned. In addition, a cookie already set by Google Analytics can be deleted at any time via the Internet browser or other software programs. Furthermore, the data subject has the option of objecting to the collection of data generated by Google Analytics and relating to the use of this website and to the processing of this data by Google and to prevent such processing. To do this, the person concerned must download and install a browser add-on from the link. This browser add-on informs Google Analytics via JavaScript that no data and information about visits to websites may be transmitted to Google Analytics. The installation of the Browser-Add-On is considered by Google as a contradiction. If the data subject’s information technology system is deleted, formatted or reinstalled at a later date, the data subject must reinstall the Browser Add-On in order to deactivate Google Analytics. If the browser add-on has been deleted, formatted or reinstalled by the data subject or

If the Browser Add-On is uninstalled or deactivated by the person concerned or another person within their sphere of control, there is the possibility of reinstalling or reactivating the Browser Add-On. Further information and Google’s applicable privacy policy can be found at https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy/ and https://www.google.com/analytics/terms/de.htmlabgerufen. Google Analytics is explained in more detail at this link https://www.google.com/intl/de_de/analytics/.

Privacy policy for the use and application of Google Remarketing

The data controller has integrated Google Remarketing services on this website. Google Remarketing is a function of Google AdWords that enables a company to display advertising to Internet users who have previously visited the company’s website. The integration of Google Remarketing thus allows a company to create user-related advertising and thus to display interest-relevant advertisements to the Internet user. The operating company of the Google Remarketing services is Google Inc, 1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy, Mountain View, CA 94043-1351, USA. The purpose of Google Remarketing is the display of interest-relevant advertising. Google Remarketing enables us to display advertisements via the Google advertising network or to have them displayed on other Internet sites that are tailored to the individual needs and interests of Internet users. Google Remarketing places a cookie on the information technology system of the person concerned. What cookies are has already been explained above. By setting the cookie, Google is able to recognise the visitor to our website if he or she subsequently calls up websites that are also members of the Google advertising network. Each time a website on which the Google Remarketing service has been integrated is accessed, the Internet browser of the person concerned automatically identifies itself to Google. In the course of this technical process, Google obtains knowledge of personal data, such as the IP address or the surfing behaviour of the user, which Google uses, among other things, to display interest-relevant advertising. By means of the cookie, personal information, such as the websites visited by the person concerned, is stored. Whenever a user visits our website, personal data, including the IP address of the Internet connection used by the person concerned, is transmitted to Google in the United States of America. This personal data is stored by Google in the United States of America. Google may pass on this personal data collected via the technical process to third parties. The person concerned can prevent the setting of cookies by our website, as already described above, at any time by means of a corresponding setting in the Internet browser used and thus permanently object to the setting of cookies. Such a setting of the Internet browser used would also prevent Google from setting a cookie on the information technology system of the person concerned. In addition, a cookie already set by Google Analytics can be deleted at any time via the Internet browser or other software programs. Furthermore, the person concerned has the possibility to object to interest-based advertising by Google. To do so, the person concerned must call up the link from each of the Internet browsers he or she uses and make the desired settings there. Further information and Google’s applicable privacy policy can be found at https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy/.

Privacy policy on the use of Google+

The data controller has integrated the Google+ button as a component on this website. Google+ is a so-called social network. A social network is a social meeting place operated on the Internet, an online community that generally allows users to communicate with each other and interact in virtual space. A social network can serve as a platform for the exchange of opinions and experiences or enables the Internet community to provide personal or company-related information. Google+ enables social network users to create private profiles, upload photos, and network through friend requests, among other things.

The operating company of Google+ is Google Inc, 1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy, Mountain View, CA 94043-1351, USA. Each time the data controller accesses one of the individual pages of this website operated by the data controller and on which a Google+ button has been integrated, the Internet browser on the information technology system of the data subject is automatically prompted by the respective Google+ button to download a display of the corresponding Google+ button from Google. As part of this technical process, Google is informed which specific subpage of our website is visited by the data subject. More detailed information about Google+ is available at If you are logged in to Google+ at the same time, Google recognizes which specific subpage of our website the data subject is visiting each time the data subject calls up our website and for the entire duration of the respective visit to our website. This information is collected by the Google+ button and assigned by Google to the respective Google+ account of the person concerned. If the data subject clicks on one of the Google+ buttons integrated on our website and thus submits a Google+1 recommendation, Google will assign this information to the data subject’s personal Google+ user account and store this personal data. Google will store the data subject’s Google+1 recommendation and make it publicly available in accordance with the terms and conditions accepted by the data subject. A Google+1 recommendation made by the data subject on this website will subsequently be stored and processed together with other personal data, such as the name of the Google+1 account used by the data subject and the photo stored in that account, in other Google services, such as Google search engine results, the data subject’s Google Account or other places, such as on websites or in connection with advertisements. Furthermore, Google is able to link the visit to this website with other personal data stored by Google. Google also records this personal information for the purpose of improving or optimizing the various services provided by Google. Google will always receive information via the Google+ button that the person concerned has visited our website if the person concerned is logged in to Google+ at the same time as accessing our website; this takes place regardless of whether the person concerned clicks on the Google+ button or not. If the data subject does not want his/her personal data to be transferred to Google, he/she can prevent such transfer by logging out of his/her Google+ account before visiting our website. Further information and Google’s applicable privacy policy can be found at https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy/. Further information from Google regarding the Google+1 button can be found at https://developers.google.com/+/web/buttons-policy

Privacy policy on the use and deployment of Google AdWords

The data controller has integrated Google AdWords on this website. Google AdWords is an internet advertising service that allows advertisers to display ads in Google’s search engine results as well as in the Google advertising network. Google AdWords allows an advertiser to set pre-defined keywords that will display an ad in Google’s search engine results only when the user uses the search engine to retrieve a keyword-related search result. In the Google advertising network, the ads are distributed to topic-relevant web pages by means of an automatic algorithm and in accordance with the previously defined keywords. The operating company of the Google AdWords services is Google Inc, 1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy, Mountain View, CA 94043-1351, USA. The purpose of Google AdWords is to advertise our website by displaying advertisements relevant to our interests on the websites of third-party companies and in the search engine results of the Google search engine, and to display third-party advertisements on our website.

If a person concerned reaches our website via a Google advertisement, a so-called conversion cookie is stored on the information technology system of the person concerned by Google. What cookies are has already been explained above. A conversion cookie loses its validity after thirty days.

A conversion cookie loses its validity after thirty days and does not serve to identify the person concerned. If the cookie has not expired, the conversion cookie is used to track whether certain sub-pages, such as the shopping cart from an online shop system, have been accessed on our website. The conversion cookie enables us and Google to track whether a person who has reached our website via an AdWords ad generated sales, i.e. whether he or she has completed or abandoned a purchase.

The data and information collected through the use of the conversion cookie is used by Google to create visit statistics for our website. These visit statistics are in turn used by us to determine the total number of users who were referred to us via AdWords ads, i.e. to determine the success or failure of the respective AdWords ad and to optimize our AdWords ads for the future. Neither our company nor other Google AdWords advertisers receive any information from Google that could be used to identify the person concerned. The conversion cookie is used to store personal information, such as the websites visited by the person concerned. Whenever a person visits our website, personal data, including the IP address of the Internet connection used by the person concerned, is transmitted to Google in the United States of America. This personal data is stored by Google in the United States of America. Google may pass on this personal data collected via the technical process to third parties. The person concerned can prevent the setting of cookies by our website, as already described above, at any time by means of a corresponding setting in the Internet browser used and thus permanently object to the setting of cookies. Such a setting of the Internet browser used would also prevent Google from setting a conversion cookie on the information technology system of the person concerned. In addition, a cookie already set by Google AdWords can be deleted at any time via the Internet browser or other software programs. Furthermore, the data subject has the opportunity to object to interest-based advertising by Google. To do so, the person concerned must call up the link from each of the Internet browsers he or she uses and make the desired settings there.

Further information and Google’s applicable privacy policy can be found at https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy/.

Privacy policy on the use of Twitter

The data controller has integrated Twitter components on this website. Twitter is a multilingual publicly accessible microblogging service where users can post and distribute so-called tweets, i.e. short messages limited to 140 characters. These short messages can be accessed by anyone, including people who are not registered with Twitter. The tweets are also displayed to the so-called followers of the respective user. Followers are other Twitter users who follow the tweets of a user. Furthermore, Twitter enables the addressing of a broad audience via hashtags, links or retweets. Twitter is operated by Twitter, Inc. 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. Each time a user accesses one of the individual pages of this website operated by the data controller and on which a Twitter component (Twitter button) has been integrated, the Internet browser on the information technology system of the data subject is automatically prompted by the respective Twitter component to download a display of the corresponding Twitter component from Twitter. Further information on the Twitter buttons is available at https://about.twitter.com/de/resources/buttons. As part of this technical process, Twitter is informed which specific subpage of our website is visited by the data subject. The purpose of integrating the Twitter component is to enable our users to further disseminate the content of this website, to make this website known in the digital world and to increase our visitor numbers. If the person concerned is logged on to Twitter at the same time, Twitter recognizes with each visit to our website by the person concerned and for the entire duration of the respective stay on our website, which specific subpage of our website the person concerned is visiting.

This information is collected by the Twitter component and assigned by Twitter to the respective Twitter account of the person concerned. If the data subject clicks on one of the Twitter buttons integrated on our website, the data and information transmitted with it is assigned to the personal Twitter user account of the data subject and stored and processed by Twitter. Twitter receives information via the Twitter component that the data subject has visited our website if the data subject is logged on to Twitter at the same time as accessing our website; this occurs regardless of whether the data subject clicks on the Twitter component or not. If the data subject does not want this information to be sent to Twitter, he or she can prevent it from being sent by logging out of his or her Twitter account before accessing our website. The applicable data protection regulations of Twitter are available at https://twitter.com/privacy?lang=de.

Legal basis of the processing

Art. 6 I lit. a DS-GVO serves our company as a legal basis for processing operations for which we obtain consent for a specific processing purpose. If the processing of personal data is necessary for the performance of a contract to which the data subject is a party, as is the case, for example, with processing operations necessary for the supply of goods or provision of other services or consideration, the processing is based on Art. 6 I lit. b DS-GVO. The same applies to such processing operations which are necessary to carry out pre-contractual measures, for example in cases of enquiries about our products or services. If our company is subject to a legal obligation which makes it necessary to process personal data, for example to fulfil tax obligations, processing is based on Art. 6 I lit. c DS-GVO. In rare cases, the processing of personal data may be necessary to protect the vital interests of the data subject or another natural person. This would be the case, for example, if a visitor to our company were to be injured and his or her name, age, health insurance details or other vital information had to be disclosed to a doctor, hospital or other third party. In this case the processing would be based on Art. 6 I lit. d DS-GVO. Finally, processing operations could be based on Art. 6 I lit. f DS-GVO. Processing operations which are not covered by any of the aforementioned legal bases are based on this legal basis if the processing is necessary to safeguard a legitimate interest of our company or of a third party, unless the interests, fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject prevail. We are permitted to carry out such processing operations in particular because they have been specifically mentioned by the European legislator. In this respect, it took the view that a legitimate interest could be assumed if the data subject is a customer of the controller (Recital 47 sentence 2 DS-GVO).

Legitimate interests in the processing pursued by the controller or a third party

If the processing of personal data is based on Article 6 I lit. f DS-GVO, our legitimate interest is to carry out our business activities for the benefit of the well-being of all our employees and our shareholders.

Duration for which personal data are stored

The criterion for the duration of storage of personal data is the respective legal retention period. After expiry of the period, the corresponding data is routinely deleted, provided that it is no longer required for the fulfilment or initiation of the contract.
Legal or contractual provisions on the provision of personal data; necessity for the conclusion of a contract; obligation of the data subject to provide the personal data; possible consequences of not providing the data
We would like to inform you that the provision of personal data is partly required by law (e.g. tax regulations) or can also result from contractual regulations (e.g. information on the contractual partner). Sometimes it may be necessary for a contract to be concluded that a data subject provides us with personal data, which must subsequently be processed by us. For example, the data subject is obliged to provide us with personal data if our company concludes a contract with him/her. Failure to provide the personal data would mean that the contract with the data subject could not be concluded. Before the data subject provides personal data, he or she must contact our data protection officer. Our data protection officer will inform the data subject on a case-by-case basis whether the provision of the personal data is required by law or contract or is necessary for the conclusion of the contract, whether there is an obligation to provide the personal data and what the consequences would be if the personal data were not provided.

Existence of automated decision making

As a responsible company, we avoid automatic decision making or profiling.

Mandatory information according to Regulation (EU) No. 524/2013 of the European Parliament and Council:

The EU Commission provides a user-friendly platform for the online settlement of consumer disputes arising from the online sale of goods or the online provision of services (OS platform). The OS platform can be accessed via the following link: https://ec.europa.eu/consumers/odr