Information obligation according to § 5 TMG (German Telemedia Act):
EU Dispute Resolution:
In accordance with the Regulation on Online Dispute Resolution in Consumer Affairs (ODR Regulation), we would like to inform you about the Online Dispute Resolution platform (OS platform). Consumers have the opportunity to submit complaints to the European Commission's Online Dispute Resolution platform at http://ec.europa.eu/odr?tid=321124734. The necessary contact information can be found above in our imprint. However, please note that we are not willing or obliged to participate in dispute resolution proceedings before a consumer arbitration board.
Liability for the content of this website:
We constantly develop the content of this website and strive to provide correct and up-to-date information. According to the Telemedia Act (TMG) §7 (1), we, as a service provider, are responsible for our own information that we make available for use in accordance with general laws. Unfortunately, we cannot assume liability for the correctness of all content on this website, especially for those provided by third parties. As a service provider within the meaning of §§ 8 to 10, we are not obligated to monitor transmitted or stored information or to investigate circumstances that indicate illegal activity. Our obligations to remove or block the use of information according to general laws remain unaffected even in the event of our non-responsibility according to §§ 8 to 10. If you notice problematic or unlawful content, we ask you to contact us immediately so that we can remove the unlawful content. You can find the contact details in the imprint.
Liability for links on this website:
Our website contains links to other websites for whose content we are not responsible. We do not assume liability for linked websites, as we had and have no knowledge of illegal activities, have not noticed any such unlawfulness, and would immediately remove links if we became aware of any unlawfulness. If you notice illegal links on our website, please contact us. You can find the contact details in the imprint.
All content of this website (images, photos, texts, videos) is subject to the copyright of the Federal Republic of Germany. Please ask us before distributing, reproducing, or exploiting the content of this website, such as republishing on other websites. If necessary, we will legally pursue the unauthorized use of parts of our site's content. If you find content on this website that violates copyright, please contact us.
Unfortunately, it is inherent in the nature of such explanations that they sound very technical. However, we have made an effort to describe the most important things as simply and clearly as possible during the creation.
Automatic data storage:
When you visit websites these days, certain information is automatically created and stored, including on this website. When you visit our website as you are doing now, our web server (computer on which this website is stored) automatically stores data such as the address (URL) of the accessed website, browser and browser version, the operating system used, the address (URL) of the previously visited page (referrer URL), the hostname and IP address of the device accessing the site, and the date and time in files (web server log files). Web server log files are usually stored for two weeks and then automatically deleted. We do not disclose this data but cannot exclude the possibility that it may be accessed in the event of unlawful behavior. The legal basis for this is Article 6, Paragraph 1f of the GDPR (lawfulness of processing), based on the legitimate interest in enabling the error-free operation of this website by collecting web server log files.
What exactly are cookies?
There are both first-party cookies and third-party cookies. First-party cookies are created directly by our site, while third-party cookies are created by partner websites (e.g., Google Analytics). Each cookie is individually evaluated, as each cookie stores different data. The expiration time of a cookie can vary from a few minutes to a few years. Cookies are not software programs and do not contain viruses, trojans, or other "malware". Cookies also cannot access information on your PC. For example, cookie data may look like this:
Expiration time: 2 years
Usage: Differentiation of website visitors
Exemplary value: GA1.2.1326744211.152321124734
A browser should support the following minimum sizes:
A cookie should be able to contain at least 4096 bytes
At least 50 cookies should be able to be stored per domain
A total of at least 3000 cookies should be able to be stored
What types of cookies are there?
1. Essential cookies: These cookies are necessary to ensure basic website functions. For example, these cookies are needed if a user adds a product to the shopping cart, then continues to browse other pages and later goes to checkout. These cookies prevent the cart from being deleted, even if the user closes the browser window.
2. Functional cookies: These cookies collect information about user behavior and whether the user receives any error messages. In addition, these cookies measure the load time and behavior of the website in different browsers.
3. Targeted cookies: These cookies contribute to better user-friendliness. For example, entered locations, font sizes, or form data are stored.
4. Advertising cookies: These cookies, also called targeting cookies, are used to deliver individually tailored advertising to the user. This can be very practical but also very annoying. Usually, you will be asked which of these cookie types you want to allow on your first visit to a website, and of course, this decision is also stored in a cookie.
How can I delete cookies?
If you want to check which cookies are stored in your browser, or if you want to change or delete cookie settings, you can find this in your browser settings:
- Chrome: Delete, enable, and manage cookies in Chrome
- Safari: Manage cookies and website data with Safari
- Firefox: Delete cookies to remove data that websites stored on your computer
- Internet Explorer: Delete and manage cookies
- Microsoft Edge: Delete and manage cookies
If you generally do not want cookies, you can configure your browser to notify you whenever a cookie is set. This way, you can decide for each individual cookie whether to allow it or not. The procedure varies depending on the browser. It is best to search for instructions on Google using the search term "delete cookies Chrome" or "disable cookies Chrome" (replace "Chrome" with the name of your browser, e.g., Edge, Firefox, Safari).
Rights according to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR):
According to the provisions of the GDPR, you generally have the following rights:
1. Right to rectification (Article 16 GDPR)
2. Right to erasure ("Right to be forgotten") (Article 17 GDPR)
3. Right to restriction of processing (Article 18 GDPR)
4. Right to notification - obligation to inform in connection with the rectification or erasure of personal data or the restriction of processing (Article 19 GDPR)
5. Right to data portability (Article 20 GDPR)
6. Right to object (Article 21 GDPR)
7. Right not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing, including profiling (Article 22 GDPR)
If you believe that the processing of your data violates data protection laws or if your data protection rights have otherwise been violated, you can contact the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (BfDI).
Evaluation of visitor behavior:
TLS encryption with https:
We use https to transmit data securely over the Internet (data protection by design, Article 25 (1) GDPR). By using TLS (Transport Layer Security), an encryption protocol for secure data transmission on the Internet, we can ensure the protection of confidential data. You can recognize the use of this data transmission security by the small padlock symbol in the upper left corner of the browser and the use of the https scheme (instead of http) as part of our web address.
We use Google Fonts from Google Inc. (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA) on our website. We have locally integrated Google Fonts, meaning they are on our web server— not on Google's servers. This ensures no connection to Google's servers and, consequently, no data transmission or storage.
What are Google Fonts?
Google Fonts (formerly Google Web Fonts) is an interactive directory with over 800 fonts provided by Google LLC for free use. Google Fonts allows the use of fonts without uploading them to the user's own server. However, to prevent any information transfer to the Google server, we have downloaded the fonts to our server, ensuring compliance with data protection regulations and no data sent to Google Fonts.
For the use of Google Fonts, no sign-in or password is required, and no cookies are stored in your browser. The files (CSS, fonts) are requested via Google domains fonts.googleapis.com and fonts.gstatic.com. According to Google, requests for CSS and fonts are entirely separate from all other Google services. If you have a Google account, there is no need to worry about your Google account data being transmitted to Google while using Google Fonts. Google records the use of CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) and the fonts used and securely stores this data. The specifics of data storage will be examined in detail.
What data does Google store?
When you visit our website, the fonts are loaded from a Google server. Through this external call, data is transmitted to Google's servers, and Google recognizes that you or your IP address have visited our website. The Google Fonts API is designed to reduce the collection, storage, and use of end-user data to what is necessary for efficient font delivery. The API stands for "Application Programming Interface" and serves as a data transmitter in the software field.
Google Fonts securely stores CSS and font requests with Google and thus is protected. By collecting usage statistics, Google can determine the popularity of fonts. Google publishes the results on internal analysis pages such as Google Analytics. Google also uses data from its own web crawler to determine which websites use Google Fonts. These data are published in Google Fonts' BigQuery database. BigQuery is a Google web service for companies that want to move and analyze large amounts of data.
However, it should be noted that each Google Font request transfers information such as IP address, language settings, browser screen resolution, browser version, and browser name automatically to Google servers. Whether this data is also stored is not clearly determinable or is not explicitly communicated by Google.
How long and where are the data stored?
Google stores CSS asset requests on its servers for one day, mainly located outside the EU. This allows us to use fonts using a Google stylesheet. A stylesheet is a template that can easily and quickly change the design or font of a website, for example.
Font files are stored at Google for one year. Google aims to improve the loading time of websites in general. When millions of websites refer to the same fonts, they are cached after the first visit and appear immediately on all other subsequently visited websites. Sometimes Google updates font files to reduce file size, increase language coverage, and improve design.
How can I delete my data or prevent data storage?
Data that Google stores for one day or one year cannot be easily deleted. The data is automatically transmitted to Google when the page is called up. To delete this data prematurely, you must contact Google Support at https://support.google.com/?hl=de&tid=321124734. Preventing data storage is possible only if you do not visit our site.
Unlike other web fonts, Google gives us unlimited access to all fonts. This allows us to access an unlimited number of fonts and optimize our website to the best of our ability. More about Google Fonts and additional questions can be found at https://developers.google.com/fonts/faq?tid=321124734. Although Google addresses data protection-related matters, detailed information about data storage is not included. Obtaining precise information about stored data from Google is relatively difficult (almost impossible). Information about what data Google generally collects and how they use this data can also be found at https://www.google.com/intl/de/policies/privacy/.
We use Google Analytics from Google LLC (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA) on this website to statistically analyze visitor data. Google Analytics uses goal-oriented cookies:
- Expiry: 2 years
- Purpose: Differentiation of website visitors
- Example value: GA1.2.1326744211.152321124734
- Expiry: 24 hours
- Purpose: Differentiation of website visitors
- Example value: GA1.2.1687193234.152321124734
- Expiry: 1 minute
- Purpose: Used to throttle the request rate. If Google Analytics is provided through Google Tag Manager, this cookie is named `_dc_gtm_ <property-id>`.
- Example value: 1
Our goal, in accordance with the GDPR, is to improve our offering and website presence. As we value the privacy of our users, user data is pseudonymized. Data processing is carried out based on the legal provisions of Art 6 EU-GDPR Abs 1 lit a (consent) and/or f (legitimate interest) of the GDPR.
Deactivation of Data Collection by Google Analytics
Google Analytics IP Anonymization
We have implemented IP address anonymization by Google Analytics on this website. This feature was developed by Google to enable compliance with applicable data protection regulations and recommendations of local data protection authorities, which prohibit the storage of the complete IP address. Anonymization or masking of the IP occurs once the IP addresses enter the Google Analytics data collection network and before any storage or processing of the data takes place. For more information on IP anonymization, please visit [https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/2763052?hl=de](https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/2763052?hl=de).
Google Analytics Reports on Demographics and Interests
We have enabled advertising features in Google Analytics. The reports on demographics and interests contain information about age, gender, and interests. This allows us to get a better understanding of our users without being able to assign this data to individual persons. Learn more about advertising features at [https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/3450482?hl=de_AT&utm_id=ad](https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/3450482?hl=de_AT&utm_id=ad). You can end the use of your Google account activities and information under "Ad Settings" at [https://adssettings.google.com/authenticated](https://adssettings.google.com/authenticated) through a checkbox.
Google Analytics Data Processing Amendment
We have entered into a direct customer contract with Google for the use of Google Analytics by accepting the "Data Processing Amendment" in Google Analytics. More about the Data Processing Amendment for Google Analytics can be found here: [https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/3379636?hl=de&utm_id=ad](https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/3379636?hl=de&utm_id=ad)