Basic principles and scope of data collection, processing and use

We collect, process and use data about the visitors / users of this website in compliance with the applicable data protection regulations. These data refer to all individual pieces of information about personal or factual details of a particular or identifiable natural person, including, for example, the name or the e-mail address.

When you call up this webpage, we are provided with access data, which are saved for security purposes and generally enable identification: they include the name of the webpages retrieved, the date and time of the retrieval, the volume of data transferred, notification of successful retrieval, the browser type and version, the user‘s operating system, the referrer URL (the previous page visited) and the requesting provider. We collect and evaluate these data (known as the „click path“), for optimizing our Internet presence and tailor the content to you, and for including them to our regular reports to the EU Commission.

Merely to visit our web site, it is not necessary for you to provide us with any personal data (such as your name or your e-mail address). If you provide us with personal data, we collect, process and use this information only for the purposes of providing the website and the services available on the website.

Piwik

Our website uses Piwik, a so-called web analytics service. Piwik uses so-called „cookies“, small text files stored on your computer to allow us to analyze the usage of our site. For this purpose, the usage information generated by the cookie (including your truncated IP address) is transmitted to our server and stored for analysis. The resulting data are designed to help us optimize our website. Your IP address is being anonymized immediately during this process, so that the user remains anonymous to us. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website will not be disclosed to third parties. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser; however, if you do, you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website.

Social plug-ins for Twitter

We use social plug-ins for the social network twitter.com, which is operated by Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA. These social plug-ins enable you to share information on our website using Twitter or to follow us on Twitter. When you call up a page that contains one of these social plug-ins, your browser establishes a connection with the Twitter servers. The content of the social plug-in is transferred by Twitter directly to your browser and displayed within our page environment, without us having any influence on its content. Twitter may be able to track your visit to our website and associate it with a Twitter account. When you click on the button, your browser transfers corresponding information directly to Twitter, and we are unable to influence this. For further information about the type, purpose and extent of the data, and how your data are processed and used by Twitter, refer to the Twitter data protection declaration: http://www.twitter.com/privacy. There, you can find out more about your rights in this regard and the setting options for protecting your privacy.

We are happy to answer any further questions on data protection and processing of your personal data. You can find our contact information on our Contact webpage.