Name and contact details of the controller pursuant to Art. 4 (7) GDPR
Andreas Smolla-Schneider (Data Protection Official)
Phone: 030 787 707 – 0
Fax: 030 787 707 – 50
Security and protection of your personal data
We consider it our primary responsibility to protect the confidentiality of the personal data you provide and to protect it from unauthorised access. That is why we use the utmost care and state-of-the-art security standards to ensure maximum protection of your personal data.
“Personal data” means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (hereinafter: “data subject”); a natural person is considered as identifiable if they can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by means of assignment to an identifier such as a name, identification number, location data, online identifier or to one or more special features, that express the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of this natural person.
“Processing” refers to any performed procedure, with or without the help of automated processes, or any such series of operations related to personal data such as collection, gathering, organisation, ordering, storage, adaptation or modification, reading, querying , use, disclosure by transmission, dissemination or any other form of provision, matching or linking, restriction, erasure or destruction.
Restriction of processing
“Restriction of processing” refers to the marking of personal data stored with the aim of limiting its future processing.
“Profiling” refers to any kind of automated processing of personal data which consists in using that personal data to evaluate certain personal aspects relating to a natural person, in particular aspects relating to job performance, economic situation, health, to analyse or predict personal preferences, interests, reliability, behaviour, location or change of location of that natural person.
“Pseudonymisation” refers to the processing of personal data in such a way that the personal data can no longer be assigned to a specific data subject without additional information being provided, provided that such additional information is kept separate and subject to technical and organisational measures to ensure that the personal data cannot be assigned to an identified or identifiable natural person.
“File system” refers to any structured collection of personal data accessible by specific criteria, whether that collection is centralised, decentralised or organised according to functional or geographical considerations.
“Controller” refers to a natural or legal person, public authority, body or entity that alone or jointly with others decides on the purposes and means of processing personal data; where the purposes and means of such processing are determined by Union law or the law of the Member States, the controller or the specific criteria for its appointment may be provided for under Union or national law.
“Commissioned processor” refers to a natural or legal person, public authority, body or entity that processes personal data on behalf of the controller.
“Recipient” refers to a natural or legal person, public authority, body or other entity to whom personal data is disclosed, whether or not it is a third party. However, public authorities that may receive personal data under Union or national law in connection with a particular mission are not considered to be recipients; the processing of such data by the said authorities occurs pursuant to applicable data protection rules in accordance with the purposes of the processing.
“Third party” refers to a natural or legal person, public authority, body or entity other than the data subject, the controller, the commissioned processor and the persons authorised under the direct responsibility of the controller or commissioned processor to process the personal data.
“Consent” of the data subject refers to any expression of will voluntarily given in a specific, unequivocal and unambiguous manner in the form of a statement or other unambiguous confirmatory act with which the data subject indicates that they agree to the processing of the personal data concerning them.
Legality of processing
The processing of personal data is only lawful if there is a legal basis for processing. Pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (a)-(f) GDPR, the legal basis for the processing may in particular be the following:
(a) The data subject has given their consent to the processing of the personal data concerning them for one or more specific purposes;
(b) The processing is necessary for the performance of a contract to which the data subject is a party or for the performance of any pre-contractual action taken at the request of the data subject;
(c) The processing is necessary to fulfil a legal obligation to which the controller is subject;
(d) The processing is necessary to protect the vital interests of the data subject or any other natural person;
(e) The processing is necessary for the performance of a task which is in the public interest or in the exercise of public authority delegated to the controller;
(f) The processing is necessary to safeguard the legitimate interests of the controller or a third party unless the interests or fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject requiring protection of personal data prevail, in particular where the data subject is a child.
Information about the collection of personal data
(1) In the following we provide information about the collection of personal data when using our website. Personal data includes, for example, name, address, e-mail addresses, user behaviour.
(2) When contacting us by e-mail or using a contact form, the information you provide (your e-mail address, your name and your telephone number, if applicable) will be stored by us to answer your questions. We delete the data in this connection after the storage is no longer required, or the processing is restricted if legal storage obligations exist.
Collection of personal data when visiting our website
In the event of merely informative use of the website, i.e. if you do not register or otherwise provide us with information, we only collect the personal data that your browser transmits to our server. If you wish to view our website, we collect the following data which is technically necessary for us to inform you about our website and to ensure its stability and security (legal basis: Art. 6 (1) (f) (1). GDPR):
- IP address
- Date and time of the request
- Time zone difference to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
- Content of the request (specific page)
- Access Status/HTTP status code
- Amount of data transmitted
- Website from which the request comes
- Operating system and its interface
- Language and version of the browser software
(1) In addition to the aforementioned data, cookies are stored on your computer when using our website. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your hard drive and assigned to the browser you are using, and that provide certain information to the entity that sets the cookie. Cookies cannot run programs or transmit viruses to your computer. They serve to make the internet offer more user-friendly and effective overall.
(2) This website uses the following types of cookies, the scope and operation of which are explained below:
- Transient cookies (see a)
- Persistent cookies (see b)
Transient cookies are automatically deleted when you close the browser. These include in particular session cookies. These cookies store a so-called session ID with which various requests from your browser can be assigned to the common session. This will allow your computer to be recognised when you return to our website. Session cookies are deleted when you log out or close the browser.
Persistent cookies are automatically deleted after a specified period, which may differ depending on the cookie. You can delete the cookies in the security settings of your browser at any time.
You can configure your browser setting according to your wishes for example to decline the acceptance of third-party cookies or all cookies. “Third-party cookies” are cookies that have been set by a third party and therefore not by the actual website you are currently visiting. Please note that disabling cookies may mean that you cannot use all features of this website.
You can change your cookie settings here.
Further features and offers of our website
(1) In addition to the purely informative use of our website, we offer various services that you can use if you are interested. To do this, you will generally need to provide other personal information that we use to provide the service and for which the aforementioned data processing principles apply.
(2) We sometimes use external service providers to process your data. They have been carefully selected and commissioned by us, are bound by our instructions and are regularly inspected.
(3) Insofar as our service providers or partners are based in a country outside the European Economic Area (EEA), we inform you about the consequences of this circumstance in the description of the offer.
Our offer is intended for adults. Persons under the age of 18 should not submit any personal data to us without the consent of their parents or guardians.
Rights of data subjects
(1) Revocation of consent
If the processing of the personal data is based on given consent, you have the right to revoke the consent at any time. The revocation of consent does not affect the legality of the processing carried out on the basis of the consent until the revocation.
You can always contact us to exercise your right to revocation.
(2) Right to confirmation
You have the right to ask the controller to confirm if it processes personal data concerning you. You can request confirmation at any time using the contact details above.
(3) Right to information
If personal data regarding you is processed, you can request information about this personal data and the following information at any time:
- The processing purposes;
- The categories of personal data being processed;
- The recipients or categories of recipients to whom the personal data has been disclosed or is still being disclosed, in particular to recipients in third countries or to international organisations;
- If possible, the planned duration for which the personal data is stored or, if this is not possible, the criteria for determining that duration;
- The existence of a right to rectification or erasure of the personal data concerning you or to a restriction of processing by the controller or a right to object to such processing;
- The existence of a right of appeal to a supervisory authority;
- If the personal data is not collected from the data subject, all available information on the source of the data;
- The existence of automated decision-making, including profiling, pursuant to Art. 22 (1) and (4) GDPR and, at least in these cases, meaningful information about the logic involved and the scope and intended impact of such processing on the data subject.
If personal data is transmitted to a third country or to an international organisation, you have the right to be informed of the appropriate safeguards pursuant to Art. 46 GDPR in connection with the transmission. We will provide a copy of the personal data that is the subject of the processing. For any additional copies you request, we may charge a reasonable fee based on the administrative costs. If you submit the application electronically, the information must be provided in a standard electronic format unless stated otherwise.
The right to receive a copy under paragraph 3 must not affect the rights and freedoms of others.
(4) Right to rectification
You have the right to demand immediate correction of incorrect personal data concerning you. Taking into account the purposes of processing, you have the right to request the completion of incomplete personal data including by means of a supplementary statement.
(5) Right to erasure (“right to be forgotten”)
You have the right to request that the controller immediately delete your personal data, and we are obliged to delete personal data immediately if one of the following applies:
- The personal data is longer necessary for the purposes for which it was collected or otherwise processed.
- The data subject withdraws the consent on which the processing was based pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (a) or Art. 9 (2) (a) GDPR and there is no other legal basis for the processing.
- If the data subject objects to the processing pursuant to Art. 21 (1) GDPR and there are no legitimate grounds for processing, or the data subject objects to the processing pursuant to Art. 21 (2) GDPR.
- The personal data was processed unlawfully.
- The deletion of personal data is necessary to fulfil a legal obligation under Union or national law to which the controller is subject.
- The personal data was collected in relation to information society services offered pursuant to Art. 8 (1) GDPR.
If the controller has made the personal data publicly available and is required to delete it in accordance with paragraph 1, taking into account the technology available and the implementation costs, the controller shall take appropriate measures, including technical ones, to inform data controllers who process the personal data that the data subject has requested that they delete all links to such personal data or copies or replications of such personal data.
The right to erasure (“right to be forgotten”) does not exist if the processing is required:
- To exercise the right to freedom of expression and information;
- To fulfil a legal obligation required by the law of the Union or of the Member States to which the controller is subject, or to carry out a task of public interest or in the exercise of official authority conferred on the controller;
- For reasons of public interest in the field of public health pursuant to Art. 9 (2) (h) and (i) and Art. 9 (3) GDPR;
- For archival purposes of public interest, for scientific or historical research purposes or for statistical purposes pursuant to Art. 89 (1) GDPR, to the extent that the law referred to in paragraph 1 is likely to render impossible or seriously prejudice the achievement of the objectives of that processing; or
- To assert, exercise or defend legal claims.
(6) Right to restriction of processing
You have the right to request that we restrict the processing of your personal data if any of the following conditions apply:
- The accuracy of the personal data is disputed by the data subject for a period allowing the controller to verify the accuracy of the personal data;
- The processing is unlawful and the data subject refuses to delete the personal data and instead requests the restriction of the use of the personal data;
- The controller no longer needs the personal data for the purposes of the processing, but the data subject requires the data to assert, exercise or defend legal claims; or
- The data subject has lodged an objection to the processing pursuant to Art. 21 (1) GDPR, as long as it is not certain that the legitimate reasons of the controller prevail over those of the data subject.
If the processing has been restricted in accordance with the above-mentioned conditions, the personal data will only be stored with the consent of the data subject or for the purpose of asserting, exercising or defending legal claims or protecting the rights of another natural or legal person or for reasons of important public interest of the Union or of a Member State.
In order to assert the right to restriction of processing, the data subject may contact us at any time using the contact details above.
(7) Right to data portability
You have the right to receive the personal data you provide to us in a structured, common and machine-readable format, and you have the right to transfer that information to another person without hindrance by the controller to whom the data was given, provided that:
- The processing is based on consent pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (a) or Art. 9 (2) (a) GDPR or a contract pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (b) GDPR; and
- The processing is done using automated procedures.
When exercising the right to data portability in accordance with paragraph 1, you have the right to obtain that the personal data be transmitted directly from one controller to another as far as technically feasible. The exercise of the right to data portability is without prejudice to the right to erasure (“right to be forgotten”). This right does not apply to processing necessary for the performance of a task in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority delegated to the controller.
(8) Right to Object
You have the right, for reasons of your own particular situation, to object at any time to the processing of personal data relating to you pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (e) or (f) GDPR; this also applies to profiling based on these provisions. The controller may no longer process the personal data unless it can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for processing that outweigh the interests, rights and freedoms of the data subject, or the processing is for the purpose of enforcing, pursuing or defending legal claims.
If personal data is processed in order to operate direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time to the processing of personal data concerning you for the purpose of such marketing; this also applies to profiling insofar as it is associated with such direct marketing. If you object to processing for direct marketing purposes, the personal data will no longer be processed for these purposes.
Regarding the use of information society services, regardless of Directive 2002/58/EC, you can exercise your right to object through automated procedures that use technical specifications.
You have the right, for reasons of your own particular situation, to object to the processing of personal data concerning you for scientific or historical research purposes or for statistical purposes pursuant to Art. 89 (1) except when the processing is necessary to fulfil a public interest task.
The right to object can be exercised at any time by contacting the respective controller.
(9) Automated decisions in individual cases including profiling
You have the right not to be subjected to a decision based solely on automated processing, including profiling, which will have legal effect or affect you in a similar manner. This does not apply if the decision:
- Is necessary for the conclusion or performance of a contract between the data subject and the controller;
- Is permitted by Union or Member State legislation to which the controller is subject, and where such legislation contains appropriate measures to safeguard the rights and freedoms and the legitimate interests of the data subject; or
- Is made with the express consent of the data subject.
The controller shall take reasonable steps to safeguard the rights and freedoms and legitimate interests of the data subject including at least the right to obtain the intervention of a person on the part of the controller, to express their own position and to challenge the decision.
This right can be exercised by the data subject at any time by contacting the respective controller.
(10) Right to appeal to a supervisory authority
Furthermore, without prejudice to any other administrative or judicial remedy, data subjects have the right to appeal to a supervisory authority, in particular in the Member State of their residence, place of work or place of alleged infringement, if the data subject considers that the processing of their personal data violates this regulation.
(11) Right to effective judicial remedy
Without prejudice to any administrative or extrajudicial remedy available, including the right to appeal to a supervisory authority, pursuant to Art. 77 GDPR, data subjects have the right to an effective judicial remedy if they consider that their rights under this regulation have been violated as a result of the processing of their personal data in violation of this regulation.
Use of Matomo (formerly Piwik)
(1) This website uses the web analysis service Matomo to analyse and regularly improve the use of our website. The statistics gained through this service allow us to improve our offer and make it more interesting for you as a user. The legal basis for the use of Matomo is Art. 6 Abs. 1 (1) (f) GDPR.
(2) Cookies are stored on your computer for this evaluation. The controller stores the information collected exclusively on their server in [Germany]. You can turn off the evaluation by deleting existing cookies and preventing the setting of cookies. If you prevent the setting of cookies, you may not be able to use this website to the full extent. The prevention of the setting of cookies is possible through a setting in your browser. It is possible to prevent the use of Matomo by removing the following checkmark to enable the opt-out plug-in: [Matomo iFrame].
(3) This website uses Matomo with the extension “AnonymizeIP”. As a result, IP addresses are processed in shortened form so that direct personal reference can be excluded. The IP address transmitted by Matomo from your browser will not be merged with other data collected by us.
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Version date: 2 August 2018