The terms used are not gender-specific.
As of June 30, 2023
Overview of Processing
The following overview summarizes the types of data processed and the purposes of their processing, as well as the individuals affected. Types of processed data:
Master data (e.g., names, addresses).
Content data (e.g., entries in online forms).
Contact data (e.g., email, phone numbers).
Meta/communication data (e.g., device information, IP addresses).
Usage data (e.g., visited websites, interest in content, access times).
Categories of individuals affected:
Users (e.g., website visitors, users of online services).
Purposes of processing:
Provision of our online offering and user-friendliness.
Contact inquiries and communication.
Relevant legal bases:
Consent (Art. 6(1)(a) GDPR) – The data subject has given consent to the processing of their personal data for a specific purpose or multiple specific purposes.
Performance of a contract and pre-contractual inquiries (Art. 6(1)(b) GDPR) – The processing is necessary for the performance of a contract to which the data subject is a party or for the implementation of pre-contractual measures at the request of the data subject.
Legitimate interests (Art. 6(1)(f) GDPR) – The processing is necessary for the purposes of legitimate interests pursued by the controller or a third party, except where such interests are overridden by the interests or fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject that require the protection of personal data.
In accordance with legal requirements and taking into account the state of the art, implementation costs, the nature, scope, context, and purposes of processing, as well as the varying likelihood and severity of the risks to the rights and freedoms of natural persons, we implement appropriate technical and organizational measures to ensure a level of security that is appropriate to the risk.
These measures include, in particular, securing the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data by controlling physical and electronic access to the data, as well as access, input, disclosure, availability, and separation of the data. Furthermore, we have established procedures to ensure the exercise of data subject rights, the erasure of data, and responses to data breaches. We also consider the protection of personal data during the development or selection of hardware, software, and procedures, in accordance with the principles of data protection, through the use of privacy-friendly design and default settings.
Transmission of Personal Data
In the course of processing personal data, it may occur that the data is transferred to other entities, companies, legally independent organizational units, or individuals, or that it is disclosed to them. Recipients of this data may include, for example, IT service providers or providers of services and content integrated into a website. In such cases, we comply with legal requirements and, in particular, conclude appropriate contracts or agreements with the recipients of your data that serve to protect your data.
Data Processing in Third Countries
If we process data in a third country (i.e., outside the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA)), or if the processing takes place in the context of using services from third parties or the disclosure or transfer of data to other individuals, entities, or companies, this only occurs in compliance with legal requirements.
Subject to explicit consent or contractual or legal requirements, we process or have the data processed in third countries only if the specific conditions of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) are met. This includes the existence of an adequate level of data protection in the third country, the implementation of appropriate safeguards such as standard data protection clauses adopted by the European Commission, certifications, or binding corporate rules (Art. 44 to 49 GDPR). Information on the EU Commission's data protection standards can be found on the EU Commission's information page: ec.europa.eu.
Cookies are text files that contain data from visited websites or domains and are stored by a browser on the user's computer. The primary purpose of a cookie is to store information about a user during or after their visit within an online service. The stored information may include, for example, language settings on a website, login status, a shopping cart, or the point at which a video was viewed. The term "cookies" also includes other technologies that perform the same functions as cookies (e.g., when user information is stored based on pseudonymous online identifiers, also referred to as "user IDs").
The following types of cookies and functions are distinguished:
Temporary cookies (also known as session cookies): Temporary cookies are deleted at the latest after a user leaves an online offering and closes their browser.
Persistent cookies: Persistent cookies remain stored even after the browser is closed. For example, the login status can be saved or preferred content can be displayed directly when the user revisits a website. Similarly, user interests that are used for audience measurement or marketing purposes can be stored in such a cookie.
First-party cookies: First-party cookies are set by us. Third-party cookies: Third-party cookies are mainly used by advertisers (so-called third parties) to process user information.
Necessary (also known as essential or strictly necessary) cookies: Cookies may be strictly necessary for the operation of a website (e.g., to store logins or other user inputs or for security reasons).
Storage duration: Unless we provide you with explicit information about the storage duration of permanent cookies (e.g., within the framework of a so-called cookie opt-in), please assume that the storage duration can be up to two years.
Unless individual information about the providers of cookie management services is provided, the following information applies: The storage period of the consent can be up to two years. A pseudonymous user identifier is created in this process and is stored along with the time of consent, information regarding the scope of consent (e.g., which categories of cookies and/or service providers), and the browser, system, and device used.
Processed data types: Usage data (e.g., websites visited, interest in content, access times), meta/communication data (e.g., device information, IP addresses).
Data subjects: Users (e.g., website visitors, users of online services).
Legal bases: Consent (Art. 6(1)(a) GDPR), Legitimate Interests (Art. 6(1)(f) GDPR).
Provision of the Online Offering and Web Hosting
In order to provide our online offering securely and efficiently, we use the services of one or more web hosting providers, from whose servers (or servers managed by them) the online offering can be accessed. For these purposes, we may use infrastructure and platform services, computing capacity, storage space and database services, as well as security services and technical maintenance services.
The data processed in the context of providing the hosting services may include all information concerning the users of our online offering that arises in the course of use and communication. This regularly includes the IP address, which is necessary to deliver the contents of online offerings to browsers, and all entries made within our online offering or on websites.
Collection of access data and log files: We ourselves (or our web hosting provider) collect data on each access to the server (so-called server log files). The server log files may include the address and name of the web pages and files accessed, the date and time of access, the amount of data transferred, a message about the successful retrieval, the browser type and version, the user's operating system, the referrer URL (the previously visited page), and, as a rule, IP addresses and the requesting provider.
The server log files can be used for security purposes, for example, to avoid server overload (especially in the case of abusive attacks, so-called DDoS attacks), and, on the other hand, to ensure the server's utilization and stability.
Processed data types: Content data (e.g., entries in online forms), usage data (e.g., websites visited, interest in content, access times), meta/communication data (e.g., device information, IP addresses).
Data subjects: Users (e.g., website visitors, users of online services).
Purposes of processing: Provision of our online offering and user-friendliness.
Legal basis: Legitimate interests (Art. 6(1)(f) GDPR).
When contacting us (e.g., via contact form, email, telephone, or social media), the information provided by the inquiring individuals is processed to the extent necessary to respond to the contact inquiries and any requested measures.
The response to contact inquiries within the scope of contractual or pre-contractual relationships is made to fulfill our contractual obligations or to respond to (pre)contractual inquiries, and otherwise based on the legitimate interests in responding to the inquiries.
Processed data types: Inventory data (e.g., names, addresses), contact data (e.g., email, telephone numbers), content data (e.g., entries in online forms).
Data subjects: Communication partners.
Purposes of processing: Contact inquiries and communication.
Legal basis: Performance of a contract and pre-contractual inquiries (Art. 6(1)(b) GDPR), Legitimate interests (Art. 6(1)(f) GDPR).
Deletion of Data
The data processed by us will be deleted or blocked in accordance with legal requirements as soon as the consent allowing their processing is revoked or other permissions no longer apply (e.g., if the purpose of processing this data no longer exists or it is not necessary for the purpose).
If the data is not deleted because it is required for other and legally permissible purposes, its processing will be restricted to these purposes. This means that the data will be blocked and not processed for other purposes. This applies, for example, to data that must be retained for commercial or tax law reasons or whose storage is necessary for the assertion, exercise, or defense of legal claims or for the protection of the rights of another natural or legal person.
Rights of Data Subjects
As a data subject under the GDPR, you have various rights, particularly derived from Articles 15 to 21 of the GDPR:
Right to Object: You have the right to object, on grounds relating to your particular situation, at any time to the processing of personal data concerning you which is based on Article 6(1)(e) or (f) of the GDPR, including profiling based on those provisions. If your personal data is processed for direct marketing purposes, you have the right to object at any time to the processing of your personal data for such marketing, which includes profiling related to such direct marketing.
Right to Withdraw Consent: If you have given your consent for the processing of your personal data, you have the right to withdraw your consent at any time.
Right to Access: You have the right to obtain confirmation as to whether or not personal data concerning you is being processed, and, if so, to request access to the personal data and certain related information according to legal requirements.
Right to Rectification: You have the right to obtain the rectification of inaccurate personal data concerning you and to have incomplete personal data completed according to legal requirements.
Right to Erasure and Restriction of Processing: You have the right to obtain the erasure of personal data concerning you without undue delay or, alternatively, to restrict the processing of personal data according to legal requirements.
Right to Data Portability: You have the right to receive the personal data concerning you, which you have provided to us, in a structured, commonly used, and machine-readable format or to transmit those data to another controller according to legal requirements.
Right to Lodge a Complaint: Without prejudice to any other administrative or judicial remedy, you have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, in particular in the Member State of your habitual residence, place of work, or place of the alleged infringement if you consider that the processing of personal data relating to you infringes the provisions of the GDPR.
Personal Data: "Personal data" means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (hereinafter referred to as the "data subject"); an identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier (e.g., a cookie), or one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural, or social identity of that natural person.
Controller: The "controller" is the natural or legal person, public authority, agency, or other body which, alone or jointly with others, determines the purposes and means of the processing of personal data. Processing: "Processing" is any operation or set of operations which is performed on personal data or on sets of personal data, whether or not by automated means. The term is broad and encompasses virtually any handling of data, including collection, analysis, storage, transmission, and deletion.