Data privacy on our website
In the following, we inform you about the type, scope and purpose of the collection and use of personal data on our website. In terms of content, we are guided by the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), because the data protection provisions of the German Telemedia Act (TMG) will probably no longer be applicable from 25.05.2018.
General information on data protection
The company responsible for this website (and the general contact details) can be found in our imprint.
Would you like to contact our data protection officer specifically? Then send her an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact Ms. Michaela Genderka by telephone (+49 (0) 2151 / 94220-60) or by mail (Blumenstraße 13, D-47918 Tönisvorst). Your request will be treated confidentially.
Our data protection officer is not responsible for ensuring that your specific concerns are met (information, etc.); rather, she is available to you for confidential questions and general legal matters.
You have the right to lodge a complaint with the competent data protection supervisory authority in accordance with Article 77 DS-GVO. The contact details are: LDI NRW, Kavalleriestr. 2-4, 40213 Düsseldorf, GERMANY, Tel. +49 (0)211 / 38424-0, www.ldi.nrw.de.
You are welcome to contact us first before reporting to the supervisory authority; our very competent in-house data protection officer will deal with your concern much more quickly and just as thoroughly. If we are unable to help you, you can always contact the supervisory authority afterwards.
Of course, you have numerous personal rights that we would like to fulfill:
We comply with the obligation to provide information in this data protection declaration.
You can request that incorrect data be corrected.
You can demand the deletion of your data if the numerous exceptions of the DS-GVO do not apply.
- Restriction of processing
You can request that your data is no longer actively used (e.g. if you doubt the accuracy of the data).
- Right to object to our “legitimate interests”.
If there are overriding interests in your individual case that outweigh our operational interests, you can object to the processing. In many cases, this can be done via an “opt-out”.
- Data portability
If you actively provide data and the legal basis of the processing is (a) your consent or (b) our contractual relationship, you may request that we hand over this data to you in electronic form.
Retrieval of information from the website
Retrieval of information from the websiteIn the course of normal “surfing” on our website, the following data is collected and used in your interest for the delivery of web pages:
- Date and time (From this we can make a temporal assignment and use this, for example, to localize technical problems.)
- IP address (The collection of the IP address is necessary so that the web server can send you the requested data).
- The requested data (Which file are you requesting? In which subdirectory is it located?)
- The port through which you request the data (This information is sent automatically by your browser. You will receive the requested web page through this port).
- The referring web page (Some browsers also send the URL of the previously used web page with each retrieval).
- Name of the browser you use to browse the Internet (This information is sent automatically by your browser. We may use this information so that the content can be displayed optically optimal. Your browser may also send other information, e.g. about installed programs).
- The status of the retrieval (Here we can see if the requested web page exists and could be successfully delivered to you).
- Other: For the sake of completeness, it should be mentioned that your browser may send additional data to our web server (browser name, screen resolution, etc.). Naturally, we have no influence on this.
The data described above is only stored for fractions of a second in the web server’s RAM. This process is technically absolutely necessary to make a website available, so we have a “legitimate interest” for this within the meaning of Article 6 (1f) DS-GVO. The web server is located with a European operator.
Due to the nature of the Internet, this data is inevitably processed on a large number of servers until your request arrives on our web server; therefore, collection and use is also possible in “third countries” (e.g. the USA). Our company has no influence on this process.
Our website works internally SSL-encrypted throughout. In this respect, the operators of worldwide web servers have no insight into the transported content.
The above data is additionally stored in the form of log files for a limited time in order to analyze any technical problems (or hacker attacks). We keep these logfiles for 5 days. If there are no problems (or hacker attacks), then nobody looks into these files. These log files are important to prove the criminal behavior to law enforcement agencies; in this respect, we have a “legitimate interest” for this in the sense of Article 6 (1f) DS-GVO.
Cookies are small text files that are stored on your hard drive by your browser. This is useful for various purposes to customize a website to the users.
With regard to the storage period and access rights, there are different types of cookies:
- Own cookies with a short duration (“session cookies”).
These cookies are not critical from a data protection perspective and mostly serve the pure design of our own website. The legal basis is our “legitimate interest” within the meaning of Article 6 (1f) DS-GVO. These cookies are deleted as soon as you close the browser. In detail, these are:
• We do not use such cookies.
- Own cookies with longer runtime
These cookies allow us that our website can recognize your browser in the long term. Thus, we can also adapt the content “tomorrow” or “next” week.
• We do not use such cookies.
- Third-party cookies with long duration
These cookies are readable and writable by ourselves and also by other websites. Thus, other services can also access this data. This is especially interesting for customized advertising and for the connection to “social networks”.
- Google Analytics
Cookies are set by Google as part of the pseudonymized usage profiles of our website. These are only used for our internal evaluation (see below).
Statistical analysis of the use of our website (Google Analytics)
It is of great economic importance to our company that we can statistically evaluate the use of our website by our visitors. We are not concerned with evaluating the behavior of an individual person. Rather, it is about overarching statistical aspects: On which page do visitors “enter” our site? How many clicks does an average visitor make?
You may have heard about the position paper of the German Data Protection Conference where, under number 9, the topic of “consent” is also briefly mentioned in connection with “tracking mechanisms and user profiles”.
As we understand it (and not only us), the above position paper does not mean that we need to obtain consent for our internal website usage statistics. We share the view of the Article 29 Working Party in Workingpaper-194 (in chapter 4.3 on page 10) that there is no risk to your rights and freedoms if care is taken. The supervisory authorities have also very explicitly endorsed this European understanding of the law in the above DSK position paper.
Rest assured that these statistics are not personal in any form as a result. These statistics are of great importance to our company and we consider them to be a legitimate interest within the meaning of Article 6 (1f) DS-GVO; if you wish to object to this, we will of course be happy to offer you an “opt-out” option.
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”),1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. You can find detailed information here.