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Data Protection Statement

Data Protection Statement by


Podbielskiallee 64 

D-14195 Berlin 

P.O. Box 330361

D-14173 Berlin 

Phone +49 30 48483-600 

Telefax +49 30 48483-700 


Data Protection

The operator of these web pages takes the protection of your personal data very seriously. We treat your personal data confidentially in line with the statutory data protection regulations as well as this data protection statement.
The use of our website is generally possible without the necessity to provide personal data. Where personal data (such as name, address or e-mail addresses) is collected via our website, this happens - as a rule - on a voluntary basis wherever possible. Such data is not passed on to third parties without your express permission, unless we are obliged to pass it on for legal reasons (e.g. in the course of criminal proceedings).

Data Protection for the use of Google Analytics

This website uses the functions offered by the website analysis services, Google Analytics. The operator is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Google Analytics uses so-called 'cookies'; these are text files which are stored on your computer and enable us to analyse your use of our website. The information generated by cookies relating to your usage of this website is usually transferred to and stored on a Google server in the US.

As the IP addresses on this website are, however, anonymised, your IP address will be shortened by Google within EU Member States or in other countries that are signatories of the European Economic Area Treaty. Only in exceptional cases, will the full IP address be transferred to a Google server in the US and shortened there. Google shall use said information on behalf of the operator of this website in order to analyse your usage of the website, compile reports on website activities and provide further services related to website and internet usage related to the website operator. The IP address transferred by your browser during Google Analytics' activities is not combined with other data at Google.

You may prevent the installation of cookies by choosing the respective settings in your browser software. We do, however, need to point out that it is likely in this case that you will not be able to benefit from all available functions of this website. On top of that, you can prevent the data created by the cookie and related to your use of the website (including your IP address) from being recorded at Google or processed by Google by downloading the browser-plugin from the following link and installing it on your device:

Data Protection for the use of Google +1

Our pages use the functions from Google +1. The provider is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

Recording and transferring information: By means of the Google +1 button, you can publish information globally. You and other users can obtain personalised contents from Google and its partners via the Google +1 button. Google stores the information that you clicked +1 for a certain content, as well as information on the page which you were looking at when clicking +1. Your +1 clicks can be shown as hints together with your profile name and your photo in Google services such as search results or your Google profile or other places on websites and internet notifications. Google records information on your +1 activities in order to improve Google services for you and others. In order to be able to use the Google +1 button, you need a public Google profile which is visible globally and which at least includes the name chosen for the profile. The said name will be used in all Google services. In some cases this name can also replace another name which you have been using when sharing contents via your Google account. The identity of your Google profile can be shown to users which know your e-mail address or have other identifying information about you.

Using the recorded information: Apart from the purpose of use mentioned above, the information provided by you will be used in line with the applicable Google Data Protection provisions. Google may publish combined statistics on +1 activities of users and/or may pass them on to users and partners such as publishers, advertisers or connected websites.

Data Protection Statement for the use of Facebook-Plugins (like button)

Facebook plugins are integrated into our web pages for the social network Facebook, provided by Facebook Inc., 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, California 94025, USA. Facebook plugins can be recognised by their Facebook logo or the "like button" on our page. Please click here for an overview of Facebook plugins:

If you visit our pages, a direct connection is established via the plugin between your browser and the Facebook server. Facebook thus receives information that you have visited our page with your IP address. If you click the 'like button' while you are logged in to your Facebook account, you can link contents of our pages to your Facebook profile. This way, Facebook can allocate your visit to our pages to your user account. We would like to point out that we, as providers of the pages, do not get any information on the contents of the transferred data or their actual usage by Facebook. For further information, please click on the following link relating to the data protection statement by Facebook
If you do not wish Facebook to allocate your visit to our pages to your Facebook account, please log out of your Facebook user account.

Data Protection for the use of Twitter

Our pages incorporate Twitter functions. These functions are offerd by Twitter Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. By using Twitter and the 're-tweet' function, the websites you visited are connected to your Twitter account and published to other users. During this process, data is also transferred to Twitter. We would like to point out that we, as providers of the pages, do not get any information on the contents of the transferred data or their actual usage by Twitter. For further information, please click on the following link relating to the data protection statement by Twitter
You can change your data protection settings for Twitter at

Data Protection for the use of Xing

Our website uses functions provided by XING. Provider is XING AG, Dammtorstraße 29-32, D-20354 Hamburg, Germany. For each access to one of our pages containing functions provided by Xing, a connection to the Xing servers is established. As far as we are aware, personal data is not stored during this process. In particular, no IP addresses are stored or user behaviours analysed.
For further information on data protection and the Xing share button please click on the Xing data protection statement at

Provision of information on, erasure, blocking of personal data

You have the right to obtain information on your stored personal data, its origin and recipients, and the reason for storage as well as the right to have it corrected, blocked or erased at any time. You may contact us at any time with regards to questions about the topic of personal data in writing, using the address provided in our legal notice.

Server log files

The provider of the pages collects and stores your information automatically in so-called server log files which your browser automatically transfers to us. These are:
•    Browser type / browser version
•    Operating system
•    Referrer URL
•    Host name of the accessing computer
•    Time of the server request
Such data is not allocable to specific persons. We do not consolidate the data with other data sources. We reserve the right to check the data subsequently if we obtain concrete evidence on illegal uses.


The web sites do sometimes use so-called cookies. Cookies do not harm your computer and do not contain any viruses. Cookies serve the purpose of making our service more user-friendly, effective and secure. Cookies are small text files which are stored on your computer and stored by your browser.
Most cookies used by us are so-called 'session cookies'. They are automatically deleted at the end of your browsing session. Other cookies remain on your computer terminal until you delete them. Such cookies enable us to recognise your browser when you visit our website again.

You can set your browser so that you are informed when cookies are set and you can set it so that cookies are only allowed as a one-off, or for specific cases only, or you can choose not to accept them as a rule. You can also activate a function where cookies are automatically deleted when you close your browser. When cookies are deactivated, the functionality of this website might be limited.

Contact form

If you send us queries via our contact form, your details from the query form will be stored, including the contact data provided therein, so that we may process your query and hold them in case further questions arise.  We do not pass on the data without your permission unless we have a legal obligation to do so.

Objection to unsolicited advertising e-mails

We hereby object the use of contact details published as part of our duty to publish provider identification or provided in the 'legal notice' section [subject to the German Telemedia Act] for the purpose of sending us any advertising or information materials that we have not expressly requested. The operators of the web sites expressly reserve the right to take legal action in the case of being sent unsolicited advertising information, e.g. via spam e-mails.

Newsletter data

If you wish to subscribe to the newsletter offered via the website, we need an e-mail address from you as well as information which enables us to check that you are the owner of the respective e-mail address and that you agree to be the recipient of the newsletter. We do not collect any further data. We only use the data for the dispatch of the requested information and do not pass it on to third parties.
You can withdraw the permission you gave us to store the data, the e-mail address and to use them to mail out our newsletter at any time, e.g. via the "opt out" link in the newsletter or via e-mail to:

Links to other providers' web sites

Our websites contain links to other providers' websites. We do not have any influence on whether these providers adhere to data protection provisions. You therefore should always check the data protection statements of these providers.

We would like to draw your attention to the fact that data transfer via the internet (e.g. when communicating via e-mail) can create security vulnerabilities. It is not possible to provide 100% protection of data against access by third parties.