We have created this privacy statement (version 12.07.2020-311193791) in order to explain to you, in accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Directive (EU) 2016/679, what information we collect, how we use data and what choices you have as a visitor to this website.
It is a pity that these explanations sound very technical, but we have tried to describe the most important things as simple and clear as possible.
When you visit websites today, certain information is automatically created and stored, as is the case on this website.
When you visit our website as you are doing right now, our web server (computer on which this website is stored) automatically saves data such as
in files (web server log files).
In general, web server log files are stored for two weeks and then automatically deleted. We do not pass on this data, but we cannot exclude the possibility that this data may be viewed in the event of illegal behavior.
Our website uses HTTP cookies to store user-specific data.
Always when you surf the Internet, use a browser. Well-known browsers include Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge. Most websites store small text files in your browser. These files are called cookies.
Cookies store certain user data from you, such as language or personal page settings. When you return to our site, your browser transmits the "user-related" information back to our site. Thanks to the cookies, our website knows who you are and offers you your usual default settings. In some browsers, each cookie has its own file, in others, such as Firefox, all cookies are stored in a single file..
There are both first-party cookies and third-party cookies. First-party cookies are created directly by our site, third-party cookies are created by partner sites (e.g. Google Analytics). Each cookie is unique because each cookie stores different data. The expiration time of a cookie also varies from a few minutes to a few years. Cookies are not software programs and do not contain viruses, trojans or other "malware". Cookies can also not access information on your PC.
This is how cookie data can look like:
A browser should support the following minimum sizes:
Unconditionally necessary Cookies
These cookies are necessary to ensure basic functions of the website. For example, these cookies are needed when a user adds a product to the shopping cart, then continues surfing on other pages, and later proceeds to checkout. These cookies do not delete the shopping cart, even if the user closes his browser window.
These cookies collect information about user behavior and whether the user receives any error messages. In addition, these cookies also measure the loading time and the behavior of the website with different browsers.
target oriented cookies
These cookies ensure a better user experience. For example, entered locations, font sizes or form data are saved.
These cookies are also called targeting cookies. They are used to deliver customized advertising to the user. This can be very practical, but also very annoying.
Usually the first time you visit a website, you will be asked which of these types of cookies you wish to accept. And of course this decision is also stored in a cookie.
If you want to find out which cookies are stored in your browser, if you want to change or delete cookie settings, you can find this in your browser settings:
If you do not wish to receive cookies, you can configure your browser so that it always informs you when a cookie is to be set. This way you can decide for each individual cookie whether you want to allow it or not. The procedure varies depending on the browser. The best way is to look up the instructions in Google with the search term "Delete cookies Chrome" or “disable cookies Chrome” in case of a Chrome browser or replace the word “Chrome” with the name of your browser, e.g. Edge, Firefox, Safari..
The so-called "cookie guidelines" have been in place since 2009. These state that the storage of cookies requires your consent. Within the EU countries, however, there are still very different reactions to these guidelines. In Germany, the cookie guidelines have not been implemented as national law. Instead, the implementation of this guideline was largely carried out in § 15 para.3 of the Telemediengesetz (TMG).
If you want to know more about cookies and are not afraid of technical documentation, we recommend https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc6265, the Request for Comments of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) called “HTTP State Management Mechanism”.
Personal information that you submit to us electronically on this website, such as your name, e-mail address, postal address or other personal information when submitting a form or comments on the blog, together with the time and IP address, will only be used by us for the purpose stated in each case, will be stored securely and will not be passed on to third parties.
We use your personal data only for communication with those visitors who expressly wish to contact you and for the processing of the services and products offered on this website. We will not pass on your personal data without your consent, but we cannot exclude the possibility that this data may be viewed in the event of illegal behaviour..
We use on our website Google Maps of the company Google Inc. For the European area the company Google Ireland Limited (Gordon House, Barrow Street Dublin 4, Ireland) is responsible for all Google services. With Google Maps we can show you locations better and thus adapt our service to your needs. By using Google Maps, data is transferred to Google and stored on the Google servers. Here we would like to go into more detail about what Google Maps is, why we use this Google service, what data is stored and how you can prevent this..
Google Maps is an internet map service of the company Google. With Google Maps you can search online for exact locations of cities, sights, accommodations or companies using a PC, tablet or app. If companies are represented on Google My Business, additional information about the company is displayed next to the location. In order to display the directions, map sections of a location can be integrated into a website using HTML code. Google Maps shows the surface of the earth as a road map or as an aerial or satellite image. Thanks to the Street View images and the high-quality satellite images, very accurate representations are possible..
All our efforts on this site are aimed at providing you with a useful and meaningful time on our website. Through the integration of Google Maps we can provide you with the most important information about various locations. You can see at a glance where we have our headquarters. The route description always shows you the best or fastest way to reach us. You can call up the directions for routes by car, public transport, on foot or by bicycle. For us the provision of Google Maps is part of our customer service.
For Google Maps to be able to offer its service fully, the company must collect and store data about you. This includes the search terms entered, your IP address and also the latitude and longitude coordinates. If you use the route planner function, the entered start address is also saved. However, this data storage happens on the websites of Google Maps. We can only inform you about it, but we cannot influence it. Since we have integrated Google Maps into our website, Google sets at least one cookie (name: NID) in your browser. This cookie stores data about your user behavior. Google uses this data primarily to optimize its own services and to provide individual, personalized advertising for you..
The following cookie is set in your browser due to the integration of Google Maps:
Use: NID is used by Google to match ads to your Google search. Google uses the cookie to "remember" your most frequently entered search queries or your previous interaction with ads. So you always get customized ads. The cookie contains a unique ID that Google uses to collect your personal settings for advertising purposes.
expiration date: after 6 months
Note: We cannot guarantee the completeness of the stored data. Especially when using cookies, changes can never be ruled out. In order to identify the cookie NID, a separate test page was created, where only Google Maps was integrated.
The Google servers are located in data centers around the world. However, most servers are located in America. For this reason, your data is increasingly stored in the USA. Here you can read exactly where the Google data centers are located: https://www.google.com/about/datacenters/inside/locations/?hl=de
Some data is stored by Google for a specified period of time. For other data, Google only offers the option to delete them manually. Furthermore, the company also anonymizes information (such as advertising data) in server logs by deleting part of the IP address and cookie information after 9 and 18 months, respectively.
With the automatic deletion function of location and activity data introduced in 2019, information on location and web/app activity – depending on your decision – will be stored for either 3 or 18 months and then deleted. You can also manually delete this data from your history at any time via your Google Account. If you want to completely prevent your location tracking, you must pause the "Web and App activity" section in your Google Account. Click "Data and personalization" and then click the "Activity setting" option. Here you can enable or disable the activities.
In your browser you can also deactivate, delete or manage individual cookies. Depending on which browser you use, this always works slightly differently. The following instructions show how to manage cookies in your browser:
If you do not wish to receive cookies, you can configure your browser so that it always informs you when a cookie is to be set. In this way, you can decide for each individual cookie whether you want to allow it or not.
Google is an active participant in the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework, which regulates the correct and secure transfer of personal data. You can find more information about this on https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt000000001L5AAI. If you would like to learn more about Google's data processing, we recommend that you read the company's own data protection declaration at https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=de.
On our website we use Google Fonts. These are the “Google fonts” of the company Google Inc. For the European area the company Google Ireland Limited (Gordon House, Barrow Street Dublin 4, Ireland) is responsible for all Google services.
You do not need to log in or set a password to use Google fonts. Furthermore, no cookies are stored in your browser. The files (CSS, fonts) are requested via the Google domains fonts.googleapis.com and fonts.gstatic.com. According to Google, the requests for CSS and fonts are completely separate from all other Google services. If you have a Google Account, you do not need to worry about your Google Account information being submitted to Google while using Google Fonts. Google records the use of CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) and the fonts used and stores this information securely. We will see what exactly the data storage looks like in more detail later on.
Google Fonts (formerly Google Web Fonts) is a directory with over 800 fonts, which Google makes available to its users free of charge.
Many of these fonts are published under the SIL Open Font License, while others are published under the Apache License. Both are free software licenses.
With Google Fonts we can use fonts on our own website, but we do not have to upload them to our own server. Google Fonts is an important component to keep the quality of our website high. All Google fonts are automatically optimized for the web and this saves data volume and is a great advantage especially for the use with mobile devices. If you visit our site, the low file size ensures a fast loading time. Furthermore, Google Fonts are secure web fonts. Different image synthesis systems (rendering) in different browsers, operating systems and mobile devices can lead to errors. Such errors can visually distort some texts or entire web pages. Thanks to the fast Content Delivery Network (CDN), there are no cross-platform problems with Google Fonts. Google Fonts supports all major browsers (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Opera) and works reliably on most modern mobile operating systems, including Android 2.2+ and iOS 4.2+ (iPhone, iPad, iPod). So we use the Google fonts so that we can present our entire online service as beautifully and consistently as possible.
When you visit our website, the fonts are reloaded via a Google server. This external call transfers data to the Google servers. Thus Google also recognizes that you or your IP address visit our website. The Google Fonts API was developed to reduce the use, storage and collection of end user data to what is necessary for a proper provision of fonts. By the way, API stands for "Application Programming Interface" and serves, among other things, as a data transmitter in the software area.
Google Fonts stores CSS and font requests securely at Google and is therefore protected. Through the collected usage figures, Google can determine how well the individual fonts are received. Google publishes the results on internal analysis pages, such as Google Analytics. Google also uses data from its own web crawler to determine which websites use Google fonts. This data is published in the BigQuery database of Google Fonts. Entrepreneurs and developers use Google's BigQuery web service to examine and move large amounts of data.
However, it should also be noted that every Google Font request automatically transfers information such as language settings, IP address, browser version, screen resolution and browser name to the Google servers. Whether this data is also stored, is not clearly ascertainable or is not clearly communicated by Google.
Requests for CSS assets are stored by Google for one day on its servers, which are mainly located outside the EU. This allows us to use the fonts with the help of a Google style sheet. A stylesheet is a style template that allows you to easily and quickly change e.g. the design or font of a web page..
The font files are stored at Google for one year. Google's goal is to improve the loading time of websites. If millions of web pages link to the same fonts, they are cached after the first visit and reappear immediately on all other web pages visited later. Sometimes Google updates font files to reduce file size, increase language coverage and improve design..
Unlike other web fonts, Google allows us unlimited access to all fonts. So we have unlimited access to a sea of fonts and can thus get the most out of our website. You can find more about Google Fonts and other questions on https://developers.google.com/fonts/faq?tid=311193791. There Google deals with data protection issues, but really detailed information about data storage is not included. It is relatively difficult to get really detailed information about stored data from Google..
Which data is generally collected by Google and for what purpose this data is used, you can also read on https://www.google.com/intl/de/policies/privacy/.
On our website we use Google Fonts of the company Google Inc. The company Google Ireland Limited (Gordon House, Barrow Street Dublin 4, Ireland) is responsible for the European area. We have integrated the Google fonts locally, i.e. on our web server – not on the servers of Google –. Therefore there is no connection to Google servers and therefore no data transfer or storage..
Unlike other web fonts, Google allows us unlimited access to all fonts. So we have unlimited access to a sea of fonts and can thus get the most out of our website. More about Google Fonts and other questions can be found at https://developers.google.com/fonts/faq?tid=311193791.