Personal data is information on an identified or identifiable natural person. This includes all information concerning your identity, such as your name, email address, or postal address. However, information that cannot be linked to your identity (e.g., statistical information, such as the number of online users) is not considered personally identifiable information.
An automated decision-making process based on your personal data will not occur in connection with the use of our online services.
Processing of Personal Information
Your information will be stored on specially protected servers within the European Union. These servers are protected through technical and organisational measures against loss, destruction, and the access, modification, or dissemination of your data by unauthorised persons. Only a small number of authorised personnel are allowed access to your data. These individuals are responsible for the technical, commercial, and editorial support of the servers. Despite regular checks, full protection against all risks is not possible.
Your personal data is encrypted when transmitted over the Internet. We use SSL encryption (Secure Socket Layer) for data transmission.
Transmission of Personal Data to Third Parties
In principle, we only use your personal information to provide the services you request. Insofar as we use external service providers as part of the provision of services, they will only have access to your data for the purpose of providing services. We ensure compliance with data protection regulations through technical and organisational measures and also commit our external service providers to such compliance.
Furthermore, we do not pass data on to third parties without your explicit consent, especially not for advertising purposes. Your personal data will only be disclosed if you have consented to the transfer of your data or we are entitled or obligated to do so due to legal provisions and/or official directives or court orders. Such a transfer of data may include the provision of information for law enforcement purposes, security, or the enforcement of intellectual property rights.
Legal Basis for Data Processing
Insofar as we obtain consent for the processing of your personal data, Article 6(1)(a) GDPR serves as the legal basis for this data processing.
Insofar as the processing of your personal data is necessary in order fulfil a contract or in the context of a quasi-contractual relationship with you, Article 6(1)(b) GDPR serves as the legal basis for this data processing.
Insofar as we process your personal data in order to fulfil a legal obligation, Article 6(1)(c) GDPR serves as the legal basis for this data processing.
Article 6(1)(f) GDPR provides a further legal basis for data processing if the processing of your personal data is necessary in order to safeguard the legitimate interests of our company or a third party in cases where your interests, fundamental rights, and fundamental freedoms do not require the protection of your personal data.
Data Erasure and Storage Duration
In principle, we will always delete or block your personal data whenever the purpose for the storage of this data no longer applies. Your personal data may, however, continue to be stored if such storage is necessary due to the legal requirements to which we are subject – for example, with regard to statutory retention and documentation obligations. In such cases, we will delete or block your personal data after the end of the respective requirements.
Use of our Online Services
Information about your Computer
Each time you access our online services, we collect the following information about your computer, regardless of whether you are registered: your computer's IP address, your browser’s request, and the time of the request. Additionally, the status and the amount of data transferred are recorded as part of this request. We also collect product and version information about the browser used and the computer’s operating system. We also keep track of the website from which our online services were accessed. Your computer’s IP address is only stored for the duration of the use of our online services and is then deleted or anonymised by being shortened. The remaining data is stored for a limited period of time.
We use this data to help with the operation of our online services – in particular, to detect and eliminate errors, to determine the utilisation of our online services, and to make adjustments or improvements. For these purposes our legitimate interest is also in the processing of data according to Article 6(1)(f) GDPR, which provides the legal basis for this data processing.
As with many websites, cookies are used for our online services. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer and that store certain settings and data for exchange with our online platform via your browser. A cookie usually contains the name of the domain from which the cookie file was sent, as well as information about the age of the cookie and an alphanumeric identifier.
Cookies enable us to recognise the computer and to make any default settings immediately available. Cookies help us to improve our online services and offer you better and more personalised service. Our legitimate interest in the processing of data is also identifiable in this type of data processing, in accordance with Article 6(1)(f) GDPR.
The type of cookies that we use are "session cookies", which are automatically deleted after the end of the browser session. Occasionally, cookies with a longer storage period may be used so that your settings and preferences can be taken into account the next time you use our online services.
Most browsers are set to automatically accept cookies. You can, however, disable the storage of cookies or set your browser to notify you when cookies are sent. It is also possible to manually delete cookies that have already been saved to your computer via the settings of your browser. Please note that you may not able to use our online services in full or at all if you refuse the storage of cookies or delete necessary cookies.
Cookies Necessary for Technical Purposes
Some cookies are necessary for technical purposes to enable you to use our online services. With these cookies, we collect and store the following data:
- Language settings
- Search settings
- Contents from online forms
Communication with Us
You can contact us in various ways, including through the contact form on our website. We would also be pleased to send you regular information via our email newsletter.
If you choose to use our online contact form, we collect the personal data that you provide in that contact form, in particular name and email address. In addition, we store your computer’s IP address as well as the date and time of the request. We process the data transmitted via the contact form exclusively for the purpose of being able to answer your enquiry or request.
You can decide for yourself which information you submit to us via the contact form. In accordance with Article 6(1)(a) GDPR, the legal basis for this processing of your data is your consent.
After the matter has been processed by us, the data is only stored for the purpose of any follow-up queries which may arise. The deletion of this data can be demanded at any time, otherwise deletion takes place after complete conclusion of the matter; however, statutory retention obligations remain unaffected.
When you register for our newsletter, your email address will be used for our own promotional purposes until you unsubscribe. You will receive regular information via email on current topics as well as other emails for special occasions, such as special offers. These emails may be personalised and individualised based on information that we hold about you.
If you have not given us your consent in writing, we will use the so-called double-opt-in procedure to register you for our newsletter (i.e., we will only send you our email newsletter if you have previously expressly confirmed that we may activate the dispatch of the newsletter). We will then send you a notification email asking you to confirm that you wish to receive our newsletter by clicking on a link in the email.
If you have explicitly registered for the newsletter, in accordance with Article 6(1)(a) GDPR, the legal basis for the processing of your data is your consent. In accordance with legal requirements, it may also be possible for us to send you our newsletter without your explicit consent, because you have ordered goods or services from us, we have received your email address in connection with this request for goods or services, and you have not objected to the receipt of information via email. In this case, the legal basis for this data processing pursuant to Article 6(1)(f) GDPR is our legitimate interest in sending direct advertising.
If you no longer wish to receive newsletters from us at all, you can revoke the consent that you have previously given at any time with effect for the future, or object to the further receipt of the newsletter, without incurring any costs other than the standard rates for data transmission. Simply use the unsubscribe link included in each newsletter or send a message to us or our Data Protection Officer.
Your Rights and Contact
We believe it is very important to explain the way we process your personal data as transparently as possible and to inform you about your rights. If you would like more information or wish to exercise the rights to which you are entitled, you can contact us at any time so that we may assist you.
Rights of the Person Concerned
You have extensive rights with regards to the processing of your personal data. First of all, you have a comprehensive right to receive information regarding your personal data and may, if necessary, request the correction, deletion, and/or blocking of your personal data. You can also request a restriction on the processing of your personal data and you have the right to object to data processing. You also have the right to data portability with regards to the personal data that you provide to us
If you wish to exercise any of your rights and/or request further information, please contact our Customer Services. Alternatively, you can contact our Data Protection Officer.
Revocation of Consent and Objection
Once consent has been given, it can freely be revoked at any time with effect for the future. The revocation of consent does not affect the legality of the processing that has been carried out on the basis of consent up until the revocation. In addition to our Customer Services, the point of contact in this respect is our Data Protection Officer.
If the processing of your personal data is based on any legal principle other than your consent, you may object to that processing of your data. Your objection will lead to a review and, if necessary, the termination of data processing. You will be informed of the results of this review and, if data processing is to be continued, you will receive more information from us as to why the data processing is permissible.
Data Protection Officer and Point of Contact
We have appointed an external Data Protection Officer – who you can contact directly – to support us in matters of data protection. For questions related to our handling of personal data or further information on data protection issues, our Data Protection Officer and his team will be happy to hear from you:
Dr. Christoph Rempe
c/o BRANDI Rechtsanwälte
Adenauerplatz 1, 33602 Bielefeld
Telephone: 0521 / 96535-875
Further Information and Changes
Links to Other Websites
Our online services may contain links to other websites. These links are usually marked as such. We have no influence over the extent to which the linked websites comply with the applicable data protection regulations. We therefore recommend that you also seek information with regards to the respective Privacy Policies of these other websites.