Data privacy statement
Thank you for visiting our website and for your interest. We may ask you to provide personal data.
State-of-the-art information and communication technologies are increasingly central to internet activities. For this reason, we take the protection of your privacy and the personal data that you provide very seriously. Complying with the relevant data protection regulations is a matter of course for us. The paragraphs below provide information about which data we may collect and how we handle and process it.
Which personal data do we collect and process?
You may visit our websites without providing any personal data. We will only learn the name of your internet service provider, the website from which you visit us and which of our websites you visit. Personal data will only be collected and processed if you use specific services. You will be notified of this in each instance as required.
For which purpose do we collect and process personal data?
As we constantly strive to optimise our services as well as your experience of our website as part of a consistent process, the general data specified above will be evaluated for statistical purposes. For this purpose we are also interested in your personal opinion and in your environment. For this reason, you will be asked for additional information at some points. This information is provided by you on a voluntary basis and will be treated confidentially.
If you make use of our services we generally only collect the data required to provide those services. In so far as we ask you to provide additional data, that information is provided on a voluntary basis. Personal data is processed exclusively for the provision of the service that you have requested.
Will personal data be passed on to third parties?
We will only pass on your personal data to third parties if this is absolutely required for the provision of the service that you have requested. Beyond this, we will not disclose, make available, sell or otherwise market your personal data to other companies or institutions without your express consent. This shall not apply if we are obligated by law or by court judgement to disclose and transfer the data.
We do not intentionally collect or use in any form personal data of children and young persons. We are generally not aware of the age of visitors to our website. However, we have not taken specific measures to protect such data.
We reserve the right to amend this statement at any time. It does not constitute a contractual or other formal right towards or on behalf of a party.
Right of access, objections and complaints
You are entitled to access free of charge your personal data that we have stored. Under specific conditions you are entitled to have your personal data blocked, rectified or deleted. You are also entitled to revoke at any time without giving reasons your consent to collect and use data or object to the processing of your data.
Please contact the address featured in the imprint.
You are also entitled to complain to the relevant supervisory body if you are of the opinion that your personal data is unlawfully processed. The competent body is the data protection officer of the Land of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Use of YouTube
If you send us enquiries via our contact form, your data from the enquiry form, including your contact data, will be recorded for the purpose of processing your enquiry and in the event of subsequent queries. We will not pass this data on without your consent.
For safety reasons and to protect the transfer of confidential content, such as enquiries that you send to us as the operators of this website, this website uses SSL encryption. You can recognise an encrypted connection when the address bar of your browser changes from "http://" to "https://" and from the padlock icon in your browser bar. When the SSL encryption is activated, data that you transfer to us cannot be viewed by third parties.
Use of Matomo (formerly Piwik)
These websites use Matomo (formerly Piwik) to collect data for marketing and optimisation purposes. This data may be used to generate user profiles under a pseudonym. Cookies may be used for this purpose. Cookies are small text files which are stored locally in the memory of your internet browser. These cookies allow us to recognise your browser upon your next visit. Without the affected party’s express permission, data collected using Piwik technologies will not be used to personally identify visitors to this website and they will not be merged with personal data relating to the bearer of the pseudonym. Permission to collect and store data in the future may be revoked at any time.
Use of Google Maps
Our website uses maps provided by Google Maps. These services are provided by Google LLC ("Google"), Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Data processed may include in particular IP addresses and/or users’ location data. The data collected will not be used without users’ permission (generally through settings on their devices). The data collected may be processed in the USA.
Privacy statement: https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=de&gl=de
These websites use “cookies” at several points. Cookies are small text files which are filed on your computer and stored by your browser. They help us to make our services more user-friendly, more effective and safer. Cookies allow our systems to recognise your browser and to offer you services. Cookies do not contain personal data.
Use of Facebook plugins
These websites use plugins of the social network facebook.com, which is operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA ("Facebook").
If you visit one of our websites featuring a plugin of this kind, your browser sets up a direct link to the Facebook servers and the plugin will be shown on the webpage by a message to your browser. This connection provides to the Facebook server information about which of our websites you have visited. If you have logged into your Facebook account during this process, Facebook will assign this information to your personal Facebook user account. By using the plugin functions (e.g. by clicking on the “Like” or “Send” buttons, posting a comment/recommendation), this information will also be assigned to your Facebook account, which you can only avoid by logging out before using the plugin.
For more information about the capture and processing of data by Facebook and your rights and options for protecting your privacy, please refer to Facebook’s data protection information.