Responsibility for protection of your data lies with:
While you access our website, we automatically collect data of a general nature. This data (server log files) includes, for example, the type of browser you are using, your operating system, the domain name of your internet provider, and other similar general data. This data is absolutely independent of your person; it is used to display web pages to you correctly and is retrieved each time you use the internet. This anonymous data is statistically evaluated in order to improve our service for you.
When you post comments on our blog, in addition to the plain text, information about the time of creation and your username will be stored. This guarantees the security of our blog—illegal contributions by users can be tracked.
When you subscribe to our newsletter, we use the subscription information solely for the newsletter service. Subscribers may be contacted by us to be informed about changes, updates, or other relevant information. A valid e-mail address must be provided when registering.
You have the right to have your data for the newsletter service deleted at any time. In our newsletters you will find a link to unsubscribe; you can also unsubscribe on the website or contact us via e-mail.
If you contact us via a form on this page or send us an e-mail, the corresponding data will be stored for processing.
Deletion or blocking of data
Your personal data will only be stored for as long as is absolutely necessary to provide the specified services and as required by law. After the expiration of these periods, users’ personal data will be regularly blocked or deleted.
Cookies do not start programs and do not transmit viruses. The information collected by cookies is used to facilitate your navigation and to optimize the display of our website.
Data collected by us will never be passed on to third parties or linked to personal data without your consent.
Skalierbares Zentrales Messverfahren (scalable central measurement)
In order to collect statistical data on the use of our services, we use the „Skaliervares Zentrales Messverfahren“ (SZM) from INFOnline GmbH: http://www.infonline.de (English translation: Scalable Central Measurement).
This procedure collects anonymous measurement values. The SZM range measurement uses either a cookie with the identifier „ioam.de,” „ivwbox.de,” a LocalStorage object, or a signature created from various transmitted information from your web browser to recognize computer symptoms. IP addresses are used in anonymized form.
Data protection is always taken into account when measuring reach. This statistically determines the intensity of use and the number of users of a website. Individual users are not recognized in the process, and their identity always remains protected. The system does not send any advertising.
The usage statistics of web offerings belonging to the Informationsgemeinschaft zur Feststellung der Verbreitung von Werbeträgern e.V. (IVW; http://www.ivw.eu) or participate in the study „internet facts“ of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Online-Forschung e.V. (AGOF; www.agof.de) are published monthly by AGOF, the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Media-Analyse c.V. (ag.ma; www.agma-mmc.de), and IVW. These statistics can be viewed at the websites of these organizations. IVW regularly reviews the SZM procedure to ensure that it is used in compliance with the rules and data protection regulations and also publishes the measurement data.
The following websites provide detailed information on the SZM procedure:
INFOnline GMBH: https://infonline.de
AGOF data protection website: http://www.agof.de/datenschutz
IVW data protection website: http://www.ivw.eu
If you do not agree with data processing by SZM, you can communicate your preference at the following links:
Matomo (formerly PIWIK)
We use Matomo (formerly PIWIK), an open source software that allows us to analyze the use of our website. This software processes your IP address, the page(s) you visit on our website, the website from which you linked to our website (referrer URL), the time you spend on our website, and how often you visit our website.
To collect this data, Matomo stores a cookie on your device via your internet browser. This cookie is valid for one week.
The legal basis for this is found in Art. 6, paragraph 1 lit. f)DSVGO. Analysis and optimization of our website are within our legitimate interest.
We use Matomo with the anonymizing function “Automatically Anonymize Visitor IPs.” This function shortens your IP address by two bytes, so that it cannot be connected to you or to the internet connection you are using.
If you do not agree to this use of your data, you can prevent the storage of the cookie by a setting in your internet browser. You can find more information above under “Cookies.”
You also have the option to opt out of this analysis of your usage behavior. When you confirm this link:
a cookie preventing further analysis will be stored on your device via your internet browser. Please note that you will have to click this link again if you delete cookies on your device.
Information, correction, blocking, deletion, and objection
You can request information about your data stored by us at any time. This data can also be corrected, blocked, or, if the prescribed period of storage for business processing has expired, deleted. Our data protection officer will help you with any relevant questions.
You can reach this individual at email@example.com.
Blocked data is kept in a special blocking file for control purposes. If the legal archiving obligation has expired, you can also request that the data be deleted. Within the archiving obligation, we can block your data upon request.
Changes or revocation of consent, both now and in the future, can be made by notifying us.
Contacting the Data protection officer
For questions regarding data protection, please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject „data protection.“