We have written this data protection declaration (version 28.04.2021-111728867) in order to explain to you in accordance with the provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 and applicable national laws which personal data we process, will process in the future and what lawful decision-making options you have as a visitor to this website.
Privacy statements usually sound very technical. This version, on the other hand, aims to describe the most important things as simply and clearly as possible. As far as possible, technical terms are explained in a reader-friendly manner. In addition, we would like to convey that we only collect and use information with this website if there is a corresponding legal basis. This is certainly not possible if you give the most concise, technical explanations possible, as they are often standard on the Internet when it comes to data protection. I hope you find the following explanations interesting and informative and maybe there is one or two pieces of information that you did not know.
If you still have questions, we would like to ask you to follow the existing links and look at further information on third-party websites, or simply write us an e-mail. You will find our contact information in the imprint.
Automatic data storage
When you visit websites today, certain information is automatically created and stored, including on this website. This collected data should be collected as sparingly as possible and only with justification. By the way, by website we mean the entirety of all web pages on your domain, ie everything from the start page (home page) to the very last sub-page (like this one). By domain we mean, for example, example.de or example.com.
Even while you are visiting our website, our web server – the computer on which this website is stored – usually automatically saves data such as
- the complete internet address (URL) of the accessed website (e.g. https://www.beispielwebsite.de/beispielunterseite.html/)
- Browser and browser version (e.g. Chrome 87)
- the operating system used (e.g. Windows 10)
- the address (URL) of the previously visited page (referrer URL) (e.g. https://www.beispielquellsite.de/vondabinichkommen.html/)
- the hostname and IP address of the device being accessed from (e.g. COMPUTERNAME and 184.108.40.206)
- Date and Time
- in files, the so-called web server log files.
As an illustration:
As a rule, these files are stored for two weeks and then automatically deleted. We do not pass on this data, but we cannot rule out that this data will be viewed by authorities in the event of illegal behavior.
In short: your visit is logged by our provider (company that runs our website on special computers (servers)), but we do not pass on your data!
Our website uses HTTP cookies to store user-specific data.
In the following we explain what cookies are and why they are used so that you can better understand the following data protection declaration.
What exactly are cookies?
Whenever you surf the Internet, you use a browser. Well-known browsers include Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge. Most websites store small text files in your browser. These files are called cookies.
Cookies store certain user data from you, such as language or personal page settings. When you visit our site again, your browser transmits the “user-related” information back to our site. Thanks to cookies, our website knows who you are and offers you the settings you are used to. In some browsers each cookie has its own file, in others such as Firefox all cookies are stored in a single file.
The graphic below shows a possible interaction between a web browser such as B. Chrome and the web server. The web browser requests a website and receives a cookie from the server, which the browser uses again as soon as another page is requested.
There are both first-party cookies and third-party cookies. First-party cookies are created directly by our site, third-party cookies are created by partner websites (e.g. Google Analytics). Each cookie must be evaluated individually, since each cookie stores different data. The expiry time of a cookie also varies from a few minutes to a few years. Cookies are not software programs and do not contain viruses, Trojans or other “pests”. Cookies also cannot access information on your PC.
For example, cookie data can look like this:
Purpose: Differentiation of website visitors
Expiry date: after 2 years
A browser should be able to support these minimum sizes:
- At least 4096 bytes per cookie
- At least 50 cookies per domain
- At least 3000 cookies in total
What types of cookies are there?
The question of which cookies we use in particular depends on the services used and is clarified in the following sections of the data protection declaration. At this point we would like to briefly discuss the different types of HTTP cookies.
There are 4 types of cookies:
These cookies are necessary to ensure basic functions of the website. For example, these cookies are needed if a user puts a product in the shopping cart, then continues surfing on other pages and only goes to the checkout later. These cookies do not delete the shopping cart, even if the user closes their browser window.
These cookies collect information about user behavior and whether the user receives any error messages. In addition, these cookies are also used to measure the loading time and behavior of the website in different browsers.
These cookies ensure a better user experience. For example, entered locations, font sizes or form data are saved.
These cookies are also called targeting cookies. They are used to provide the user with individually tailored advertising. This can be very useful, but also very annoying.
Usually, when you visit a website for the first time, you will be asked which of these types of cookies you would like to allow. And of course this decision is also stored in a cookie.
How can I delete cookies?
If you want to find out which cookies have been stored in your browser, if you want to change or delete cookie settings, you can find this in your browser settings:
If you generally do not want any cookies, you can set up your browser so that it always informs you when a cookie is to be set. You can decide for each individual cookie whether you allow the cookie or not. The procedure differs depending on the browser. It is best to search for the instructions in Google with the search term “Delete cookies Chrome” or “Deactivate cookies Chrome” in the case of a Chrome browser.
What about my data protection?
The so-called “Cookie Guidelines” have been in place since 2009. It states that the storage of cookies requires your consent. Within the EU countries, however, there are still very different reactions to these directives. In Austria, however, this directive was implemented in Section 96 (3) of the Telecommunications Act (TKG). In Germany, the cookie guidelines have not been implemented as national law. Instead, this guideline was largely implemented in Section 15 (3) of the Telemedia Act (TMG).
If you want to know more about cookies and are not afraid of technical documentation, we recommend https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc6265 , the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Request for Comments called “HTTP State Management Mechanism”.
storage of personal data
Personal data that you transmit to us electronically on this website, such as name, e-mail address, address or other personal information when submitting a form or comments on the blog, will be stored by us together with the time and the IP Address used only for the purpose stated, kept safe and not passed on to third parties.
We therefore only use your personal data to communicate with those visitors who expressly request contact and to process the services and products offered on this website. We do not pass on your personal data without your consent, but we cannot rule out that this data will be viewed in the event of illegal behavior.
If you send us personal data by e-mail – thus outside of this website – we cannot guarantee a secure transmission and the protection of your data. We recommend that you never send confidential data unencrypted by e-mail.
Rights under the General Data Protection Regulation
According to the provisions of the GDPR, you have the following rights:
- Right to rectification (Article 16 GDPR)
- Right to erasure (“right to be forgotten”) (Article 17 GDPR)
- Right to restriction of processing (Article 18 GDPR)
- Right to notification – obligation to notify in connection with rectification or erasure of personal data or restriction of processing (Article 19 GDPR)
- Right to data portability (Article 20 GDPR)
- Right to object (Article 21 GDPR)
- 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 law or your data protection rights have otherwise been violated in any way, you can complain to the supervisory authority. This is the data protection authority for Austria, whose website can be found at https://www.dsb.gv.at/ and for Germany you can contact the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (BfDI) .
Evaluation of visitor behavior
In the following data protection declaration we inform you whether and how we evaluate data from your visit to this website. The evaluation of the collected data is usually anonymous and we cannot draw any conclusions about your person from your behavior on this website.
You can find out more about the possibilities of objecting to this evaluation of visit data in the following data protection declaration.
TLS encryption with https
TLS, encryption and https all sound very technical and they are. We use HTTPS (the Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure stands for “secure hypertext transfer protocol”) to transmit data securely on the Internet.
This means that the complete transmission of all data from your browser to our web server is secured – nobody can “eavesdrop”.
We have thus introduced an additional security layer and comply with data protection through technology 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 protection of data transmission by the small lock symbol in the top left corner of the browser to the left of the Internet address (e.g. examplepage.de) and the use of the https scheme (instead of http) as part of our Internet address.
If you want to know more about encryption, we recommend a Google search for “Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure wiki” to get good links to further information.
We use Google Maps from Google Inc. on our website. The company Google Ireland Limited (Gordon House, Barrow Street Dublin 4, Ireland) is responsible for all Google services in Europe. With Google Maps we can show you locations better and thus adapt our service to your needs. By using Google Maps, data is transmitted to Google and stored on the Google servers. Here we want to go into more detail about what Google Maps is, why we use this Google service, what data is stored and how you can prevent this.
What is Google Maps?
Google Maps is an Internet map service from Google. With Google Maps, you can find the exact location of a city, attraction, lodging or business online using a PC, tablet or app. If companies are represented on Google My Business, additional information about the company is displayed in addition to the location. In order to show how to get there, map sections of a location can be integrated into a website using HTML code. Google Maps shows the earth’s surface as a street map or as an aerial or satellite image. Thanks to the Street View images and the high-quality satellite images, very precise representations are possible.
Why do we use Google Maps on our website?
All of our efforts on this site aim to offer you a useful and meaningful time on our website. By integrating Google Maps, we can provide you with the most important information about various locations. You can see at a glance where we have our company headquarters. The route description always shows you the best or fastest way to us. You can get directions for routes by car, public transport, on foot or by bike. For us, providing Google Maps is part of our customer service.
What data is stored by Google Maps?
In order for Google Maps to be able to fully offer its service, the company must collect and store data from you. This includes, among other things, the search terms entered, your IP address and also the latitude and longitude coordinates. If you use the route planner function, the start address entered will also be saved. However, this data storage happens on the Google Maps website. We can only inform you about this, but have no influence. Since we have integrated Google Maps into our website, Google sets at least one cookie (name: NID) in your browser. This cookie stores data about your user behavior. Google uses this data primarily to optimize its own services and to provide you with individual, personalized advertising.
The following cookie is set in your browser due to the integration of Google Maps:
Purpose: NID is used by Google to adapt advertisements to your Google search. With the help of the cookie, Google “remembers” your most frequently entered search queries or your previous interaction with ads. So you always get tailor-made advertisements. The cookie contains a unique ID that Google uses to collect your personal preferences for advertising purposes.
Expiry date: after 6 months
Note: We cannot guarantee the completeness of the stored data. Changes can never be ruled out, especially when using cookies. In order to identify the cookie NID, a separate test page was created, where only Google Maps was integrated.
How long and where is the data stored?
Google servers are located in data centers around the world. However, most of the servers are located in America. For this reason, your data is also increasingly stored in the USA. Here you can read exactly where the Google data centers are located: https://www.google.com/about/datacenters/inside/locations/?hl=de
Google distributes the data on different data carriers. This means that the data can be called up more quickly and is better protected against any attempts at manipulation. Each data center also has special emergency programs. If, for example, there are problems with the Google hardware or a natural disaster paralyzes the servers, the data will almost certainly remain protected.
Google stores some data for a fixed period of time. For other data, Google only offers the option of manually deleting it. The company also anonymizes information (such as advertising data) in server logs by deleting part of the IP address and cookie information after 9 and 18 months, respectively.
How can I delete my data or prevent data storage?
With the automatic deletion of location and activity data introduced in 2019, information on location determination and web/app activity is stored for either 3 or 18 months – depending on your decision – and then deleted. You can also manually delete this data from the history at any time via the Google account. If you want to completely prevent your location tracking, you need to pause the “Web and app activity” section in the Google account. Click “Data and Personalization” and then click the “Activity Settings” option. Here you can switch the activities on or off.
You can also deactivate, delete or manage individual cookies in your browser. Depending on which browser you use, this always works a little differently. The following instructions show how to manage cookies in your browser:
If you generally do not want any cookies, you can set up your browser so that it always informs you when a cookie is to be set. You can decide for each individual cookie whether you allow it or not.
Please note that when using this tool, your data may also be stored and processed outside the EU. Most third countries (including the USA) are not considered secure under current European data protection law. Data may not simply be transferred to unsafe third countries, stored there and processed unless there are suitable guarantees (such as EU standard contractual clauses) between us and the non-European service provider.
If you want to find out more about data processing by Google, we recommend the company’s own data protection declaration at https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=de .
We only want to show our services and products to those people who are really interested in them. With the help of Facebook pixels, our advertising measures can be better tailored to your wishes and interests. In this way, Facebook users (if they have allowed personalized advertising) will see appropriate advertising. Furthermore, Facebook uses the collected data for analysis purposes and its own advertisements.
In the following we show you the cookies that were set by integrating Facebook pixels on a test page. Please note that these are just example cookies. Depending on the interaction on our website, different cookies are set.
Purpose: This cookie uses Facebook to display advertising products.
Expiry date: after 3 months
Purpose: This cookie is used to ensure that the Facebook pixel works properly.
Expiry date: after 3 months
Value: Author’s name
Purpose: This cookie stores the text and the name of a user who leaves a comment, for example.
Expiry date: after 12 months
Value: https%3A%2F%2Fwww.testseite…%2F (author’s URL)
Purpose: This cookie stores the URL of the website that the user enters in a text field on our website.
Expiry date: after 12 months
Value: Author’s e-mail address
Purpose: This cookie saves the user’s e-mail address if he has provided it on the website.
Expiry date: after 12 months
Note: The cookies mentioned above relate to individual user behavior. Changes on Facebook can never be ruled out, especially when using cookies.
If you are logged in to Facebook, you can change your settings for advertisements yourself at https://www.facebook.com/ads/preferences/?entry_product=ad_settings_screen . If you are not a Facebook user, you can generally manage your usage-based online advertising at http://www.youronlinechoices.com/de/praferenzmanagement/ . There you have the option of deactivating or activating providers.
We use the analysis plugin WP Statistics on our website. This plugin was developed by Veronalabs (5460 W Main St, Verona, NY 13478, United States), an American software company. With this plugin we receive simple statistics on how you as a user use our website. In this data protection declaration, we go into more detail about the analysis tool and show you which data is stored where and for how long.
What is WP Statistics?
This plugin is an analysis software that was specially developed for websites that use the WordPress content management system. WordPress helps us to easily edit our website even without any coding knowledge. For example, WP Statistics can collect data about how long you stay on our website, which subpages you visit, how many visitors are on the website or from which website you came to us. No cookies are set by WP Statistics and you cannot be identified as a person through the data collected.
Why do we use WP Statistics?
With the help of WP Statistics we get simple statistics that help us to make our website even more interesting and better for you. Our website and the content, products and/or services offered on it should meet your requirements and wishes as well as possible. Of course, in order to achieve this goal, we also need to know where to make improvements and changes. The statistics obtained help us to get one step closer to this goal.
What data is stored by WP Statistics?
WP Statistics does not set cookies and the data collected is only used to create anonymous statistics on the use of our website. WP Statistics also anonymizes your IP address. You as a person cannot be identified.
WP Statistics collects visitor data (so-called Visitos´Data) when your web browser connects to our web server. This data is stored in our database on our server. These include, for example:
- 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 from which access is being made
- Date and Time
- Country/City information
- Number of visitors coming from a search engine
- Length of stay on the website
- clicks on the site
The data will not be passed on and also not sold.
How long and where is the data stored?
All data is stored locally on our web server. The data is stored on our web server until it is no longer required for the purposes listed above.
How can I delete my data or prevent data storage?
You have the right to information, correction or deletion and restriction of the processing of your personal data at any time. You can also revoke your consent to the processing of data at any time.
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