Privacy Policy

1. An overview of dataprotection

General

The following gives a simple overview of what happens to your personalinformation when you visit our website. Personal information is any data withwhich you could be personally identified. Detailed information on the subjectof 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 legalnotice.

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 thewebsite. These data are primarily technical data such as the browser andoperating system you are using or when you accessed the page. These data arecollected 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 thewebsite. 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. Youalso have the right to request that it be corrected, blocked, or deleted. Youcan contact us at any time using the address given in the legal notice if youhave further questions about the issue of privacy and data protection. You mayalso, of course, file a complaint with the competent regulatory authorities.

Analytics and third-partytools

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

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

2. General information andmandatory information

Data protection

The operators of this website take the protection of your personal datavery seriously. We treat your personal data as confidential and in accordancewith 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 itfor. It also explains how and for what purpose this happens.

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

Notice concerning the partyresponsible for this website

The party responsible for processing data on this website is:

Rudolf Meyer

Hohlweg 841334 Nettetal-Breyell

Telefon: +492153 9549810E-Mail: rwj.meyer@t-online.de

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

Revocation of your consent tothe processing of your data

Many data processing operations are only possible with your expressconsent. You may revoke your consent at any time with future effect. Aninformal email making this request is sufficient. The data processed before wereceive your request may still be legally processed.

Right to file complaints withregulatory authorities

If there has been a breach of data protection legislation, the personaffected may file a complaint with the competent regulatory authorities. Thecompetent regulatory authority for matters related to data protectionlegislation is the data protection officer of the German state in which ourcompany is headquartered. A list of data protection officers and their contactdetails 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 orin fulfillment of a contract automatically delivered to yourself or to a thirdparty in a standard, machine-readable format. If you require the directtransfer of data to another responsible party, this will only be done to theextent technically feasible.

SSL or TLS encryption

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

If SSL or TLS encryption is activated, the data you transfer to us cannotbe read by third parties.

Information, blocking,deletion

As permitted by law, you have the right to be provided at any time withinformation free of charge about any of your personal data that is stored aswell as its origin, the recipient and the purpose for which it has beenprocessed. You also have the right to have this data corrected, blocked ordeleted. You can contact us at any time using the address given in our legalnotice if you have further questions on the topic of personal data.

Opposition to promotionalemails

We hereby expressly prohibit the use of contact data published in thecontext of website legal notice requirements with regard to sending promotionaland informational materials not expressly requested. The website operatorreserves the right to take specific legal action if unsolicited advertisingmaterial, such as email spam, is received.

3. Data collection on mywebsite

Cookies

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

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

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

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

Server log files

The website provider automatically collects and stores information thatyour 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 theprocessing of data to fulfill a contract or for measures preliminary to acontract.

Contact form

Should you send us questions via the contact form, we will collect the dataentered on the form, including the contact details you provide, to answer yourquestion and any follow-up questions. We do not share this information withoutyour permission.

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

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

4. Analytics and advertising

Google Analytics

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

Google Analytics uses so-called “cookies”. These are text filesthat are stored on your computer and that allow an analysis of the use of thewebsite by you. The information generated by the cookie about your use of thiswebsite 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. Thewebsite operator has a legitimate interest in analyzing user behavior tooptimize both its website and its advertising.

IP anonymization

We have activated the IP anonymization feature on this website. Your IPaddress will be shortened by Google within the European Union or other partiesto the Agreement on the European Economic Area prior to transmission to theUnited States. Only in exceptional cases is the full IP address sent to aGoogle server in the US and shortened there. Google will use this informationon 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 regardingwebsite activity and Internet usage for the website operator. The IP addresstransmitted by your browser as part of Google Analytics will not be merged withany other data held by Google.

Browser plugin

You can prevent these cookies being stored by selecting the appropriatesettings in your browser. However, we wish to point out that doing so may meanyou will not be able to enjoy the full functionality of this website. You canalso 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 databy Google, by downloading and installing the browser plugin available at thefollowing 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 clickingon the following link. An opt-out cookie will be set to prevent your data frombeing collected on future visits to this site: Disable Google Analytics.

For more information about how Google Analytics handles user data, seeGoogle’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 ourdata processing and fully implement the strict requirements of the German dataprotection authorities when using Google Analytics.

5. Newsletter

Newsletter data

If you would like to receive our newsletter, we require a valid emailaddress as well as information that allows us to verify that you are the ownerof 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. Weonly use this data to send the requested information and do not pass it on tothird parties.

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

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

Rapidmail

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

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

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

Data analysis by Rapidmail

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

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

For more information about the analysis functions of Rapidmail, pleaserefer 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 yourconsent at any time. The data processed before we receive your request maystill be legally processed.

Storage duration

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

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 whichwe require Rapidmail to protect the data of our customers and not to disclosesaid 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. Theoperator 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 tothe YouTube servers is established. Here the YouTube server is informed aboutwhich of our pages you have visited.

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

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

Further information about handling user data, can be found in the dataprotection 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 byGoogle. When you open a page, your browser loads the required web fonts intoyour browser cache to display texts and fonts correctly.

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

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

Further information about handling user data, can be found at https://developers.google.com/fonts/faq and inGoogle’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 byGoogle Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

To use Google Maps, it is necessary to save your IP address. Thisinformation is generally transmitted to a Google server in the USA and storedthere. 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 appealingand to facilitate the location of places specified by us on the website. Thisconstitutes a justified interest pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (f) DSGVO.

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