in accordance with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679, what information we collect, how we use data and what choices you have as a visitor to this website.
Unfortunately, these statements often sound very technical, but we have tried to describe the most important things as simply and clearly as possible.
Our website uses HTTP cookies to save user-specific data.
What exactly are cookies?
Whenever you browse the Internet, you use a browser. Popular 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 about you, such as language or personal page settings. When you return to our website, your browser transmits this "user-related" information back to our site. Thanks to the cookies, our website knows who you are and provides you with 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 first-party cookies as well as third-party cookies. First-party cookies are created directly by our site, third-party cookies are created by partner websites (e.g. Google Analytics). Each cookie must be considered individually, as each cookie stores different data. Also, the expiration period of a cookie varies from a few minutes to a few years. Cookies are not software programs and do not contain viruses, Trojans or other "malware". Nor can cookies access information on your PC.
Cookie data may look like this:
Expiration period: 2 years
Usage: Differentiation of website visitors
Example value: GA1.2.1326744211.152311153511
A browser should support the following minimum sizes:
A cookie should be able to contain at least 4096 bytes
It should be possible to store at least 50 cookies per domain
It must be possible to store a total of at least 3000 cookies
What types of cookies are there?
There are 4 types of cookies that can be distinguished:
Absolutely 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 browsing on other pages, and only later goes to the checkout. Due to these cookies the shopping cart is not cleared 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 are also used to measure the loading time and the response of the website with different browsers.
These cookies provide 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 provide the user with customized advertisements. This can be very convenient, but also very annoying.
Usually, when you visit a website for the first time, you are asked which of these types of cookies you accept. And of course, this decision is also stored in a cookie.
How can I delete cookies?
If you want to find out which cookies have been stored in your browser, if you want to change or delete cookie settings, you can do that it in your browser settings:
If you generally don't want cookies, you can set your browser to notify you whenever a cookie is about to be set. This way, you can decide for each individual cookie whether you permit the cookie or not. The process varies depending on the browser. The best way is to search 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.
What about my data protection?
Since 2009, there are the so-called "Cookie Guidelines". These state that, the storing of cookies requires the consent of the website visitor (i.e. you). Within the EU countries, however, there are still very different reactions to these directives. In Germany, the Cookie Directives have not been implemented as national law. Instead, this directive was largely implemented in Section 15 (3) of the German Telemedia Act (TMG).
If you want to know more about cookies and are not intimidated by 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".
Rights according to the General Data Protection Regulation
According to the provisions of the GDPR, you are generally entitled to the following rights:
Right to rectification (Article 16 of the GDPR)
Right to erasure ("right to be forgotten") (Article 17 GDPR)
Right to restriction of processing (Article 18 DSGVO)
Right to notification – obligation to provide notification in connection with the rectification or erasure of personal data or the restriction of processing (Article 19 GDPR)
Right to data portability (Article 20 GDPR)
Right to object (Article 21 GDPR)
Right not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing - including profiling (Article 22 GDPR)
If you believe that the processing of your data violates the data protection law or your data protection rights have been violated in any other way, you can contact the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (BfDI).
Evaluation of visitor behavior
Automatic data storage
Nowadays, when you visit websites, certain information is automatically created and stored which is also done on this website.
When you visit our website, as you are doing right now, our web server (the computer on which this website is stored) automatically records information such as the address (URL) of the website you are visiting, the browser and browser version, and the operating system used
the address (URL) of the previously visited page (referrer URL)
the host name and IP address of the device from which it is accessed
the date and time
in files (web server log files).
Mostly, web server log files are stored for two weeks and are then automatically deleted. We do not pass this data on, but we cannot exclude the possibility that this data may be viewed in the event of unlawful behavior.