Privacy and Data Protection (January 2014)
We appreciate your visit to our website and thank you for your interest in our company, our products and our web pages. Protecting your privacy when using our web pages is important to us. Therefore, please take note of the following information:
1) Collection, Processing and Use of Personal Data
Basically, you may visit our website without us collecting any personal data from you. Personal data is only collected if you voluntarily disclose such data for the purpose of concluding a contract or opening a customer account. Without your explicit consent, this data is merely used for contract performance and processing your inquiries. Upon complete fulfillment of the contract and complete payment of the purchase price your data will be stored with care for tax and commercial law retention periods, to be deleted upon expiry of these periods.
Furthermore, personal data is collected, if you subscribe to our e-mail newsletter. We use this data for our own advertising purposes in terms of our e-mail newsletter provided you have explicitly consented to it.
You may unsubscribe from our Newsletter at any time using the respective link in the Newsletter or by sending us a message. Your e-mail address will be deleted immediately after unsubscribing.
2) Transfer of Personal Data
For the purpose of contract fulfillment, personal data collected by us is transferred to the transport company commissioned with the delivery, provided this is required for delivering the goods. For handling of payments, we transfer your payment data to the commissioned credit institution.
Among other things this website uses so-called ”cookies” serving to make our Internet presence more user-friendly, effective and secure – for instance to accelerate navigation on our platform. Furthermore, cookies allow us to measure the frequency of website visits as well as general navigation. Cookies are small text files stored on your computer system. Please note that some of these cookies are transferred from our server to your computer system, mostly so-called ”session cookies”. ”Session cookies” are characterized by being automatically deleted from your hard drive upon the end of the browser session. Other cookies remain on your computer system and allow us to recognize your computer system during your next visit (so-called permanent cookies). You may certainly decline these cookies at any time provided your browser permits this. Please note that once your browser is set to decline cookies (from our website) certain features of this website may not be available or restricted.
4) Use of Google Analytics
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analyses service provided by Google Inc. (”Google”). Google Analytics uses so-called ”cookies”, text files stored on your computer allowing to analyse your use of the website. The information provided by the cookie on your use of the website is usually transmitted to and stored on a server from Google in the United States. Within the member states of the European Union or in other countries that are parties to the European Economic Area Agreement, however, your IP address will be abbreviated by Google beforehand if IP anonymisation is activated on this website. Only in exceptional cases the complete IP address is sent to a Google server in the United States and abbreviated there. On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on website activities and provide other services for the website operator relating to website and Internet use.
5) Use of etracker
This website collects and stores data for marketing and optimization purposes with etracker GmbH technologies (www.etracker.de). From these data, user profiles are created under a pseudonym. Cookies may be used for this purpose. Cookies are small text files that are locally stored in the buffer of the website visitor’s Internet browser. The cookies allow the Internet browser to be recognized. Data collected with etracker technology shall not be used to personally identify the website visitor without special consent granted by the person concerned and shall not be merged with personal data on the pseudonym holder. You may object to data collection and storage at all times with effect for the future.
6) Use of Facebook Plugins
We have incorporated so-called plugins of the social network facebook.com (hereinafter ”Facebook”) into our website. Facebook is a company of the Facebook Inc., California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, United States. A list and the appearance of these Facebook plugins may be viewed at the following Internet address: http://developers.facebook.com/plugins
During each visit of a webpage of our online presence that is equipped with such a plugin, the plugin causes the browser used by you to download the visual presentation of the plugin from the Facebook server and to display it. By integrating the plugin, Facebook receives the information that your browser has visited the respective webpage of our website even if you do not have a Facebook user account or are not currently logged into Facebook. This information (including your IP address) will be sent directly from your browser to a server from Facebook in the United States and stored there.
If you are a member of Facebook, and while visiting our website are logged into Facebook, Facebook due to information sent by the plugin recognizes which particular webpage of our website you are currently visiting and assigns this to your personal Facebook user account regardless of whether you activate one of the plugins. Should you then activate one of the plugins, for example by clicking the ”I like” button or by submitting a comment, this will be sent to your personal user account with Facebook and stored there. To prevent Facebook from assigning collected data to your user account on Facebook, you have to log out from Facebook before visiting our website. To block Facebook plugins from collecting and transferring your visitor data in the future you may obtain a Browser Add On by ”Facebook Blocker” for several Internet browsers at the following link; please do not delete the Browser Add On for as long as you wish to block Facebook plugins: http://webgraph.com/resources/facebookblocker/
7) Use of Google +1 Button
On our webpage we use the ”+1” Button of the social network Google+ (Google Plus) of the Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, California, 94043 United States, (hereinafter ”Google”).
During each visit of a webpage of our website that is equipped with a ”+1” button, the ”+1” button causes the browser used by you to download the visual presentation of the ”+1” button from the Google server and to display it. By doing so, the Google server receives the information which particular webpage of our website you are currently visiting. When displaying a ”+1” button, Google records your browsing history for a period of up to two weeks for system maintenance and troubleshooting purposes. Further evaluation of your visit of a website of our website with a ”+1” button does not take place.
Should you activate the ”+1” button while being logged into Google+ (Google Plus), then Google by using your Google profile records information on the URL recommended by you, your IP address and other browser related information so that your ”+1” recommendation can be stored and made publicly accessible. Your ”+1” recommendation may be displayed as reference together with your profile name and your photo in Google services such as search results or your Google profile (as ”+1” tab in your Google profile) or in other places on websites and adverts on the Internet.
8) Information on Customer Rights and Contacts
You are entitled to obtain information on your saved data free of charge and to correct, block or delete this data where applicable. Please contact us with any further inquiries about the collection, processing or use of your personal data. The same shall apply for obtaining information, your requests to block, delete or correct your personal data as well as for withdrawals of granted consents. You can find our contact address in our legal notice.