Data Protection and Legal Notes

Data Protection and Legal Notes

Notes regarding data protection

The following notes inform you about the kind, extent and purpose of the personal data that are acquired, processed and used when you visit our websites.

Personal data means any information concerning the personal or material circumstances of an identified or identifiable individual. On the one hand, you can actively provide us with personal data. On the other, data that may be related to an individual are collected automatically when your visit our websites.

1. IP addresses
IP addresses (IP = Internet Protocol) are assigned to devices that are connected to the internet. This means that computers and other terminal devices are addressed using a numerical code. The IP address consists of four decimal numbers, each ranging from 0 to 255, separated by dots. An IP address may be dynamic or static. Dynamic IP address means that a new IP ad-dress is assigned to the user each time he starts a session. By contrast, static IP addresses are permanently assigned. When you use our websites, the IP address that is assigned to your terminal device will be stored by our web server after it has been made anonymous by making unrecognisable at least three of its digits (e.g.: 187.65.43.XXX). The IP address anonymised in this way is stored in so-called log files for fault analysis and statistical purposes. The log files will be deleted after seven days at the latest.

2. Data from web browsers
Data that your web browser transmits to our server are stored in log files. These data include information about your operating system and your web browser, identifiers of the information retrieved, time of your access to our websites, websites you have stored previously and the amount of data that is transmitted to you. These data are stored and processed for fault analysis and statistical purposes to enable us to continuously improve our websites.

3. Use of cookies
So-called cookies are used when you visit our websites. Cookies are text files that our website causes your browser to store on your computer or other terminal device. These cookies are stored either temporarily until you close your browser or permanently for up to two years. The purpose of cookies is to determine the demand for the information provided on our web-sites, so we can constantly optimise our offer of information. We anonymise the data acquired through this before we store them, so that they cannot be related to an individual.

4. Use of Google Analytics
“This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses so-called cookies, i.e. text files which are stored on your computer and enable an analysis of the use of our website by you. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website will usually be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. However, if IP anonymisation is activated on this website, Google will – within the member states of the European Union and other contracting states of the Treaty on the European Economic Area – shorten your IP address prior to trans-mission. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transmitted to a Google server in the United States and shortened there. On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on the website activities and to provide additional services associated with the use of the website and the internet to the website operator. The IP address transmitted by your browser in the context of Google Analytics will not be linked with other data held by Google. You can prevent the storage of cookies by making appropriate settings in your browser. However, please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. In addition, you can prevent acquisition by Google of the data generated by the cookie that relate to your use of the website (including your IP address) and the processing of the data by Google by down-loading and installing the browser plugin provided at the following link (

You can prevent acquisition by Google Analytics by clicking the following

More detailed information about the terms of use and data privacy is provided at We point out that on this website Google Analytics is used with the extension “anonymizeIp” to guarantee anonymised acquisition of IP addresses (so-called IP masking).”


5. Web forms
As one of the various options for contacting us, we provide the following web forms:

  • Registration for participation in events
  • Subscription to our newsletters
  • Web forms for general contacting

If you wish to use our web forms, you will usually need to transmit personal data to us. These personal data will automatically be forwarded by email to our employee who is in charge of answering the request. The personal data transmitted to us will not be disclosed to any external third party. The data will be acquired, processed and used exclusively to process your inquiry. In addition, your data will be used only with your express consent. In the case of online applications, your applicant data will be used exclusively for the purposes of the application procedure and only by those of our employees who are concerned with the respective applica-tion procedure. Any use beyond this will in an individual case take place only with your consent. Your applicant data will be erased as soon as they are no longer needed upon completion of the application procedure.

We will use your personal data exclusively with your consent to provide further information to you, such as newsletters, events, current developments and other interesting information. You can at any time revoke your consent by telephone (+49 (0) 441 9710-0) or email ( widerrufen.

6. Unencrypted communication
If you provide information to us using a web form or email, unencrypted communication channels via the internet are not protected against unauthorised notice or manipulation by third parties. We kindly ask you to send us important or confidential information by post or analogue fax.

7. Your rights
Information: At your request, we will inform you, free of charge, what personal data we have stored about you and for what purposes.

Erasure: You have the right to request that we erase any data we have acquired about you if they may no longer be stored due to applicable data protection laws.

Correction: Should you find that any data we have stored about you are incorrect, you have the right to demand that they be corrected.

Objection: You can at any time object to the acquisition, processing and/or use of your data by us by telephone (+49 (0) 441 9710-0) or email (, unless any statutory regulation provides for the acquisition, processing and/or use of such data. If you do this, you will need to demonstrate that your legitimate interests, due to your personal circumstances, override the interest in the acquisition, processing or use of the data.

Liability note

We assume no liability for the contents of external links. Only the operators of the linked sites are responsible for the contents of these sites.