Privacy.

Access to web pages and files on our website.

Every time a user accesses our website and every time a file is retrieved, data concerning this event are automatically stored on our web server in a log file and processed. Specifically, the following data are stored about each access/retrieval:



The aforementioned data including IP address are stored for the duration of the communication process to enable the use of our website. In addition the IP address will be stored for a short period of time to help ensure IT security, especially to protect and defend our IT systems against abuse and attacks.

For statistical purposes and to improve our website, the collected data are furthermore evaluated by means of Google Analytics.

Cookies.

In our website, we use so-called cookies. A cookie is a small file containing numbers and letters, which our web server transfers to your computer's hard disk and stores them in the file allocated to cookies.

We use temporary cookies to facilitate your navigating our website (session cookies); these cookies expire when the session is ended; at the latest, they are deleted when your close your web browser.

We furthermore use cookies that are applied beyond the session ("session overlapping cookies"), e.g., to story the history of your search queries and to display them to you. You can deactivate the storage of the history of your search queries.

Alongside of this, third parties use cookies (so-called third-party cookies) for services such as Google Analytics and Google AdSense (see below).

You can prevent cookies being stored via the settings in your web browser software. Web browsers generally provide various functions, via which you can receive further information, which you can access under "Help" in your web browser software. In general, you can set it so that all cookies are automatically blocked or that only cookies from certain websites are permissible or that you are warned before a cookie is stored. However, we would like to point out that blocking cookies on our website could, under certain circumstances, lead to a functional limitation of using our website and also the websites of other service providers.

The Internet Explorer 7.0, for example, enables blocking cookies as follows:

- Click onto the button "Extras" in the Internet Explorer and then click onto "Internet Options."

- Click onto the tab "Privacy" and move the slider to the privacy level you wish to use. When you select the level "Block all cookies," all cookies on all websites will be blocked; cookies that are already stored on your computer cannot be read by websites. You can also specify user-defined privacy settings.

For further information on blocking and deleting cookies, please refer to the Help function of your browser.

Social Media Plug-ins.

To make our Internet offer more attractive and user-friendly for our uses, we use social media plug-ins on our website.

We have integrated social media functions from Facebook, Google+ and Twitter into our website. The Facebook functions are labelled with a Facebook logo, the Google+ functions with a Google+ logo and the Twitter functions with a Twitter logo.

You can read information on the collection, processing and use of your data in Facebook's Data Use Policy (can be called up under the Internet address: http://facebook.com/policy.php ). The responsible provider is Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA. By using Facebook's social media plug-ins, it is possible the website you visited could be linked to your Facebook account and shared with other users and that data could also be transferred to Facebook in the process. We receive no notification of this. If you are a member of Facebook and do not wish that Facebook collects data about you and links it to your membership data stored on Facebook, you have the option of logging off Facebook prior to visiting our website.

You can read information on the collection, processing and use of your data in Google's Privacy Policy (can be called up under the Internet address: http://www.google.com/policies/privacy/ ). The responsible provider is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. By using Google's social media plug-ins, it is possible the website you visited could be linked to your Google account and shared with other users and that data could also be transferred to Google in the process. We receive no notification of this. If you are a member of Google+ and do not wish that Google+ collects data about you and links it to your membership data stored on Google, you have the option of logging off Google+ prior to visiting our website.

You can read information on the collection, processing and use of your data in Twitter's Privacy Policy (can be called up under the Internet address:http://twitter.com/privacy). The responsible provider is Twitter Inc., Twitter, Inc. 1355 Market St, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. By using Twitter's social media plug-ins, it is possible the website you visited could be linked to your Twitter account and shared with other users and that data could also be transferred to Twitter in the process. We receive no notification of this. If you do not wish that Twitter collects data about you, you have the option of changing your privacy settings in your at account Twitter under the Internet address:http://twitter.com/account/settings .

E-Mail.

At several places on our website, we provide you with the possibility of sending e-mails.

If you send us an e-mail, we store your data including your e-mail-address to the extent that we need your data to handle your request.

If you send an unencrypted e-mail the message is not protected against unauthorized access and/or against modification by third parties during transmission.