Privacy Policy (DE)

Who we are

Our website address is:

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

In order to protect input forms on our site, we use  the service “reCAPTCHA” of the company Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043 USA, hereinafter referred to as “Google”. Through the use of this service, a differentiation can be made as to whether the corresponding input was made by a human, or misused by automated mechanical processing.
The IP address communicated within the framework of “reCAPTCHA” is not merged with other data of Google unless you are registered in your Google account at the time when you use the “reCAPTCHA” plugin. If you wish to prevent this communication and saving of data about you and your behaviour on our website by Google, you must log out of Google before you visit our page or use the reCAPTCHA plugin.
The usage of the “reCAPTCHA” service is done pursuant to the Google terms and conditions of use: http://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/ 


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select „Remember Me“, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

We also use cookies to display personalised page suggestions. In the process, no IP numbers are saved. The following data are collected during the visit to the website: internal ID of the page called up, attributes of the page called up, categories of the page called up. These data are not communicated to anybody.

At any rate, our website uses plugins from the YouTube site operated by Google. The operator of the pages is YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. When you visit one of our pages equipped with a YouTube plugin, a connection is established to the servers of YouTube as soon as you start to play a video. In the process, the YouTube server is notified which of our pages you have visited.

If you are logged into your YouTube account, you make it possible for YouTube to assign your surf behaviour directly to your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account. Further information on the handling of user data can be found in the data privacy statement of YouTube at: https://www.google.de/intl/en/policies/privacy 

This website uses the product Google Maps from Google LLC. By using this website, you declare your consent to the recording, processing and usage of the data collected in automated form by Google LLC, its representatives and third parties.

The terms and conditions of Google Maps can be found at „Terms of Service of Google Maps” https://www.google.com/intl/en_uk/help/terms_maps.html. 

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

We use social media plugins to make it possible for users to be able to recommend and share the content of social networks, e.g. Facebook, Twitter, widgets of Flickr. For this, we use a two-stage procedure. Data are only transmitted to third parties when users click on one of the icons displayed in the social media bar. We do not have any influence over or access to cookies that are set by Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, etc.

Google Analytics

Our website uses functions of the web analysis service Google Analytics which is offered by Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (“Google”). Google Analytics uses cookies to help us to analyse how you use this website.

The information generated by such a cookie regarding your usage of this website (including your IP address and the URLs of the websites called up as well as the attributes of the website) are transferred to servers of Google in the US and saved there. We do not save any of your data that are collected in connection with Google Analytics.

Our website uses the option offered by Google Analytics of IP anonymisation. Your IP address is therefore truncated/anonymised by Google as soon as Google receives your address. Google will use this information on our behalf in order to analyse your usage of the website, in order to compile reports about the website activities and to provide other services to us that are associated with the website usage and the Internet usage. The IP address communicated by your browser within the framework of Google Analytics will not be merged by Google with other data.

You can prevent the collection of your data by Google Analytics on this website via our „cookie administration tool“ (link „cookie settings“ at the end of the page) (an opt-out cookie is set that prevents the future recording of your data when you visit this website).

Further information on the terms and conditions of usages of Google and Google’s data privacy statement can be found at http://www.google.com/analytics/terms/de.html or at https://www.google.at/intl/en/policies/

If need be, we use the remarketing or „similar target groups“ function of Google. This function makes it possible for us to address you on the websites in a targeted manner with advertising by activating personalised, interest-based advertising for users of the website when you visit other websites in the Google Display network. To carry out the analysis of the usage of the websites which is the basis for the creation of the interest-based advertisements, Google uses cookies. For this purpose, Google saves a small file with a sequence of numbers in the browsers of the website users. Via this number, the visits to the website and anonymised data about the usage of the website are recorded. There is no saving of personal data of the website users. If you subsequently visit another website in the Google Display network, advertisements will be displayed to you that, with a high probability, take into account product and information areas that you have previously called up.
This function is not activated until you have agreed to the use of cookies during a visit to our site. You can manage the setting at any time via our „cookie administration tool“ (link „cookie settings“ at the end of the page).
Alternatively, you can deactivate the use of cookies by calling up the deactivation page of the Network Advertising Initiative at http://www.networkadvertising.org/choices/ and implementing the further information listed there regarding an opt-out. Further information on Google Remarketing and the data privacy statement can be viewed at: http://www.google.com/privacy/ads/

Who we share your data with

Some of the aforementioned recipients can be located outside of Europe (and Austria) or process your personal data there. The data protection level in other countries may not correspond to the level in Europe (and Austria). 

However, we only transmit your personal data to countries for which the EU Commission has decided that they have an appropriate level of data protection, or we take measures in order to ensure that all recipients have an appropriate level of data protection. For this purpose, we conclude standard contract clauses (2010/87/EC and/or 2004/915/EC). 

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

Your rights over your personal data

According to valid law, you are entitled, among others (under the prerequisites of applicable law),

  1. to check whether and what personal data we have saved about you and to receive copies of these data,
  2. to request the correction, supplementing or the deletion of your personal data that are wrong or are not processed in a legally compliant manner,
  3. to request from us the restriction of the processing of your personal data,
  4. under certain circumstances to object to the processing of your personal data or to revoke any consent previously given for the processing, whereby such a revocation does not affect the lawfulness of the processing until the revocation,
  5. to request data portability,
  6. to know the identity of third parties to whom your personal data are transmitted and
  7. to file an appeal to the data protection authority.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

Additional information

How we protect your data

What data breach procedures we have in place

What third parties we receive data from

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements