During a visit of our websites generally some personal data, for example the IP address of the computer system used, is stored in server log files. More information about this data can be found at "Recording of general data and information". Insofar as a data subject wants to make use of special services offered by us on our websites, a more extensive processing additional personal data may become necessary. We generally ask for the consent of the data subject before processing personal data if the processing is not based on legal obligations.
Upon visiting our websites our servers are recording a set of general data and information. This set of general data and information is stored in server log files. The following information may be recorded: (1) the Internet browser and browser version used, (2) the operating system of the computer system used, (3) the website that referred to our website (referrer), (4) the subpages that are accessed on our website, (5) time and date of the access to our website, (6) an internet protocol address (IP address), (7) the internet service provider of the accessing system and (8) or any other similar data and information, which may be used to protect our information technology system against danger in the case of an cyberattack.
When using this general data and information we are not drawing any conclusion on the directly affected data subject. Furthermore, this information is necessary to (1) deliver the contents of our websites correctly, (2) optimize the contents of our websites and the respective advertising without individualisation, (3) guarantee the long-term operational liability of our information technology systems and our websites as well as (4) provide necessary information for prosecution to law enforcement authorities in the case of a cyberattack.
The recorded sets of data and information are processed statistically and beyond that to improve data protection and data security in our organisation to finally guarantee an optimum level of data protection for all processed personal data. This optimization is a legitimate interest according to Article 6(1)(f) GDPR. This data is stored separately from all other personal data provided by the data subject and is deleted 14 days after the data subjects' access to our website.
Our websites are using cookies. Cookies are text files, which are stored and saved on a computer system via an Internet browser.
Cookies allow us to provide user friendly services for the visitors of our websites which would not be possible without setting cookies. Cookies are not utilized for profiling or automate decision making purposes.
Returning visitors of our websites can be recognized as such by using cookies. Services and particular functions which have been employed before by the visitor of our websites can be identified. The intention of this recognition is to ease the use of our websites.
The data subject may contradict the usage of cookies on our websites permanently by disabling cookies in the Internet browser used. Furthermore, already set cookies can be deleted through the Internet browser or other software tools. This is possible for all common Internet browsers. The services and functions of our websites might not be usable to the full extent if cookies are disabled in the Internet browser.
Due to statutory obligations our websites provide contact information to electronically contact our organization rapidly and allow a direct communication with us. This also includes the provision of a public e-mail address. If a data subject contacts us via e-mail or a provided contact form, the transmitted personal data will be saved automatically. This personal data is transmitted to us on a voluntary basis and is processed by us for contacting reasons only and will not be distributed to third parties.