Privacy Policy

1. An overview of data
protection

General

The following gives a simple overview of what happens to your personal
information when you visit our website. Personal information is any data with
which you could be personally identified. Detailed information on the subject
of data protection can be found in our privacy policy found below.

Data collection on our website

Who is responsible for the data collection on this website?

The data collected on this website are processed by the website operator.
The operator’s contact details can be found in the website’s required legal
notice.

How do we collect your data?

Some data are collected when you provide it to us. This could, for example,
be data you enter on a contact form.

Other data are collected automatically by our IT systems when you visit the
website. These data are primarily technical data such as the browser and
operating system you are using or when you accessed the page. These data are
collected automatically as soon as you enter our website.

What do we use your data for?

Part of the data is collected to ensure the proper functioning of the
website. Other data can be used to analyze how visitors use the site.

What rights do you have regarding your data?

You always have the right to request information about your stored data,
its origin, its recipients, and the purpose of its collection at no charge. You
also have the right to request that it be corrected, blocked, or deleted. You
can contact us at any time using the address given in the legal notice if you
have further questions about the issue of privacy and data protection. You may
also, of course, file a complaint with the competent regulatory authorities.

Analytics and third-party
tools

When visiting our website, statistical analyses may be made of your surfing
behavior. This happens primarily using cookies and analytics. The analysis of
your surfing behavior is usually anonymous, i.e. we will not be able to
identify you from this data. You can object to this analysis or prevent it by
not using certain tools. Detailed information can be found in the following
privacy policy.

You can object to this analysis. We will inform you below about how to
exercise your options in this regard.

2. General information and
mandatory information

Data protection

The operators of this website take the protection of your personal data
very seriously. We treat your personal data as confidential and in accordance
with the statutory data protection regulations and this privacy policy.

If you use this website, various pieces of personal data will be collected.
Personal information is any data with which you could be personally identified.
This privacy policy explains what information we collect and what we use it
for. It also explains how and for what purpose this happens.

Please note that data transmitted via the internet (e.g. via email
communication) may be subject to security breaches. Complete protection of your
data from third-party access is not possible.

Notice concerning the party
responsible for this website

The party responsible for processing data on this website is:

Rudolf Meyer

Hohlweg 8
41334 Nettetal-Breyell

Telefon: +49
2153 9549810
E-Mail: rwj.meyer@t-online.de

The responsible party is the natural or legal person who alone or jointly
with others decides on the purposes and means of processing personal data
(names, email addresses, etc.).

Revocation of your consent to
the processing of your data

Many data processing operations are only possible with your express
consent. You may revoke your consent at any time with future effect. An
informal email making this request is sufficient. The data processed before we
receive your request may still be legally processed.

Right to file complaints with
regulatory authorities

If there has been a breach of data protection legislation, the person
affected may file a complaint with the competent regulatory authorities. The
competent regulatory authority for matters related to data protection
legislation is the data protection officer of the German state in which our
company is headquartered. A list of data protection officers and their contact
details can be found at the following link: https://www.bfdi.bund.de/DE/Infothek/Anschriften_Links/anschriften_links-node.html.

Right to data portability

You have the right to have data which we process based on your consent or
in fulfillment of a contract automatically delivered to yourself or to a third
party in a standard, machine-readable format. If you require the direct
transfer of data to another responsible party, this will only be done to the
extent technically feasible.

SSL or TLS encryption

This site uses SSL or TLS encryption for security reasons and for the
protection of the transmission of confidential content, such as the inquiries
you send to us as the site operator. You can recognize an encrypted connection
in your browser’s address line when it changes from “http://” to
“https://” and the lock icon is displayed in your browser’s address
bar.

If SSL or TLS encryption is activated, the data you transfer to us cannot
be read by third parties.

Information, blocking,
deletion

As permitted by law, you have the right to be provided at any time with
information free of charge about any of your personal data that is stored as
well as its origin, the recipient and the purpose for which it has been
processed. You also have the right to have this data corrected, blocked or
deleted. You can contact us at any time using the address given in our legal
notice if you have further questions on the topic of personal data.

Opposition to promotional
emails

We hereby expressly prohibit the use of contact data published in the
context of website legal notice requirements with regard to sending promotional
and informational materials not expressly requested. The website operator
reserves the right to take specific legal action if unsolicited advertising
material, such as email spam, is received.

3. Data collection on my
website

Cookies

Some of our web pages use cookies. Cookies do not harm your computer and do
not contain any viruses. Cookies help make our website more user-friendly,
efficient, and secure. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your
computer and saved by your browser.

Most of the cookies we use are so-called “session cookies.” They
are automatically deleted after your visit. Other cookies remain in your
device’s memory until you delete them. These cookies make it possible to
recognize your browser when you next visit the site.

You can configure your browser to inform you about the use of cookies so
that you can decide on a case-by-case basis whether to accept or reject a
cookie. Alternatively, your browser can be configured to automatically accept
cookies under certain conditions or to always reject them, or to automatically
delete cookies when closing your browser. Disabling cookies may limit the
functionality of this website.

Cookies which are necessary to allow electronic communications or to provide
certain functions you wish to use (such as the shopping cart) are stored
pursuant to Art. 6 paragraph 1, letter f of DSGVO. The website operator has a
legitimate interest in the storage of cookies to ensure an optimized service
provided free of technical errors. If other cookies (such as those used to
analyze your surfing behavior) are also stored, they will be treated separately
in this privacy policy.

Server log files

The website provider automatically collects and stores information that
your browser automatically transmits to us in “server log files”. These are:

  • Browser
    type and browser version
  • Operating
    system used
  • Referrer
    URL
  • Host
    name of the accessing computer
  • Time of
    the server request
  • IP
    address

These data will not be combined with data from other sources.

The basis for data processing is Art. 6 (1) (f) DSGVO, which allows the
processing of data to fulfill a contract or for measures preliminary to a
contract.

Contact form

Should you send us questions via the contact form, we will collect the data
entered on the form, including the contact details you provide, to answer your
question and any follow-up questions. We do not share this information without
your permission.

We will, therefore, process any data you enter onto the contact form only
with your consent per Art. 6 (1)(a) DSGVO. You may revoke your consent at any
time. An informal email making this request is sufficient. The data processed
before we receive your request may still be legally processed.

We will retain the data you provide on the contact form until you request
its deletion, revoke your consent for its storage, or the purpose for its
storage no longer pertains (e.g. after fulfilling your request). Any mandatory
statutory provisions, especially those regarding mandatory data retention
periods, remain unaffected by this provision.

4. Analytics and advertising

Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service. It is operated
by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

Google Analytics uses so-called “cookies”. These are text files
that are stored on your computer and that allow an analysis of the use of the
website by you. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this
website is usually transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there.

Google Analytics cookies are stored based on Art. 6 (1) (f) DSGVO. The
website operator has a legitimate interest in analyzing user behavior to
optimize both its website and its advertising.

IP anonymization

We have activated the IP anonymization feature on this website. Your IP
address will be shortened by Google within the European Union or other parties
to the Agreement on the European Economic Area prior to transmission to the
United States. Only in exceptional cases is the full IP address sent to a
Google server in the US and shortened there. Google will use this information
on behalf of the operator of this website to evaluate your use of the website,
to compile reports on website activity, and to provide other services regarding
website activity and Internet usage for the website operator. The IP address
transmitted by your browser as part of Google Analytics will not be merged with
any other data held by Google.

Browser plugin

You can prevent these cookies being stored by selecting the appropriate
settings in your browser. However, we wish to point out that doing so may mean
you will not be able to enjoy the full functionality of this website. You can
also prevent the data generated by cookies about your use of the website (incl.
your IP address) from being passed to Google, and the processing of these data
by Google, by downloading and installing the browser plugin available at the
following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.

Objecting to the collection of data

You can prevent the collection of your data by Google Analytics by clicking
on the following link. An opt-out cookie will be set to prevent your data from
being collected on future visits to this site: Disable Google Analytics.

For more information about how Google Analytics handles user data, see
Google’s privacy policy: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=en.

Outsourced data processing

We have entered into an agreement with Google for the outsourcing of our
data processing and fully implement the strict requirements of the German data
protection authorities when using Google Analytics.

5. Newsletter

Newsletter data

If you would like to receive our newsletter, we require a valid email
address as well as information that allows us to verify that you are the owner
of the specified email address and that you agree to receive this newsletter.
No additional data is collected or is only collected on a voluntary basis. We
only use this data to send the requested information and do not pass it on to
third parties.

We will, therefore, process any data you enter onto the contact form only
with your consent per Art. 6 (1) (a) DSGVO. You can revoke consent to the
storage of your data and email address as well as their use for sending the
newsletter at any time, e.g. through the “unsubscribe” link in the
newsletter. The data processed before we receive your request may still be legally
processed.

The data provided when registering for the newsletter will be used to
distribute the newsletter until you cancel your subscription when said data
will be deleted. Data we have stored for other purposes (e.g. email addresses
for the members area) remain unaffected.

Rapidmail

This website uses Rapidmail to send newsletters. This service is provided
by rapidmail GmbH, Augustinerplatz 2, 79098 Freiburg, Germany.

Rapidmail is a service which organizes and analyzes the distribution of
newsletters. The data you provide to subscribe to our newsletter will be stored
on Rapidmail servers in Germany.

If you do not want your usage of the newsletter to be analyzed by
Rapidmail, you will have to unsubscribe from the newsletter. For this purpose,
we provide a link in every newsletter we send. You can also unsubscribe from
the newsletter directly on the website.

Data analysis by Rapidmail

For analysis purposes, emails sent with Rapidmail contain a tracking pixel
which connects to Rapidmail servers when the email is opened. This allows us to
determine if a newsletter message has been opened.

It also helps us determine which links have been clicked on. All links in
the email are tracking links that allow us to count your clicks.

For more information about the analysis functions of Rapidmail, please
refer to the following link: https://de.rapidmail.wiki/kategorien/statistiken/.

Legal basis

Data processing is based on Art. 6 (1) (a) DSGVO. You may revoke your
consent at any time. The data processed before we receive your request may
still be legally processed.

Storage duration

The data provided when registering for the newsletter will be used to
distribute the newsletter until you cancel your subscription when said data
will be deleted from our servers and those of Rapidmail. Data we have stored
for other purposes (e.g. email addresses for the members area) remains
unaffected.

For more information, see the privacy policy of Rapidmail at https://www.rapidmail.de/datensicherheit.

Completion of an outsourced data processing contract

We have entered into a data processing agreement with Rapidmail, in which
we require Rapidmail to protect the data of our customers and not to disclose
said data to third parties. It can be downloaded here: https://de.rapidmail.wiki/files/adv/muster-auftragsdatenverarbeitung.pdf.

6. Plugins and tools

YouTube

Our website uses plugins from YouTube, which is operated by Google. The
operator of the pages is YouTube LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066,
USA.

If you visit one of our pages featuring a YouTube plugin, a connection to
the YouTube servers is established. Here the YouTube server is informed about
which of our pages you have visited.

If you’re logged in to your YouTube account, YouTube allows you to
associate your browsing behavior directly with your personal profile. You can
prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account.

YouTube is used to help make our website appealing. This constitutes a
justified interest pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (f) DSGVO.

Further information about handling user data, can be found in the data
protection declaration of YouTube under https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy.

Google Web Fonts

For uniform representation of fonts, this page uses web fonts provided by
Google. When you open a page, your browser loads the required web fonts into
your browser cache to display texts and fonts correctly.

For this purpose your browser has to establish a direct connection to
Google servers. Google thus becomes aware that our web page was accessed via
your IP address. The use of Google Web fonts is done in the interest of a
uniform and attractive presentation of our website. This constitutes a
justified interest pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (f) DSGVO.

If your browser does not support web fonts, a standard font is used by your
computer.

Further information about handling user data, can be found at https://developers.google.com/fonts/faq and in
Google’s privacy policy at https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/.

Google Maps

This site uses the Google Maps map service via an API. It is operated by
Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

To use Google Maps, it is necessary to save your IP address. This
information is generally transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored
there. The provider of this site has no influence on this data transfer.

The use of Google Maps is in the interest of making our website appealing
and to facilitate the location of places specified by us on the website. This
constitutes a justified interest pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (f) DSGVO.

Further information about handling user data, can be found in the data
protection declaration of Google at https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy/.

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