This data protection directive describes the personal data that are collected or generated (processed) when you visit this website. It also explains how your personal data are used, disclosed and protected as well as your options regarding your personal data and how you can contact us.
The controller within the meaning of the data protection laws, particularly the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), is:
CEO: Dr. Stefan Kotte
Contact details of the competent supervisory authority for this website
Phone: +49 511/120-45 00
Fax: +49 511/120-45 99
Data protection officer
Questions addressed to the data protection officer
For any questions regarding data protection, please write us an e-mail or directly contact the person in our organization responsible for data protection:
Ms Andrea Collenberg
Your rights as data subject
You may assert your data subject rights at the aforementioned point of contact either before the controller or before the data protection officer.
- Pursuant to art. 15 GDPR, you have the right to obtain information about the personal data processed by us.
- Pursuant to art. 16 GDPR, you have the right to rectification of incorrect or incomplete personal data saved by us.
- Pursuant to art. 17 GDPR, you have the right to erasure of your personal data saved by us, unless further processing is required due to one of the following reasons:
- in the event of legal claims (exercise/assertion/defense)
- in the event of fulfillment of a statutory duty
- in the event of exercise of the right of free expression / information
- in the event of public interest
- Pursuant to art. 18 GDPR, you have the right to restriction of the processing of your personal data saved by us if one of the following criteria applies:
- You contest the correctness of your data
- You oppose the erasure of your data in case of unlawful processing
- You still require the data due to legal claims (exercise, assertion, defense), but we would actually erase them, as we no longer need them
- You have objected to processing pursuant to art. 21 GDPR
Your right to object to the collection of data in particular cases and to direct advertising pursuant to art. 21 GDPR in detail
If processing is based on art. 6 subs. 1 lit. e or art. 6 subs. 1 lit. f GDPR, you have the right to object to the processing at any time on grounds relating to your particular situation. This objection shall also apply to possible profiling.
For the respective legal basis of the individual processing operations, please refer to the present data privacy statement.
In the event of an objection, we will stop the processing of the corresponding data; irrespective thereof are compelling grounds requiring protection which we demonstrate to you if such grounds override your interests/rights/liberties or if the relevant processing serves the exercise, assertion or defense of legal claims (cf. objection pursuant to art. 21 subs. 1 GDPR)
If we process your personal data for the purposes of direct advertising, you may object to this processing at any time, including profiling for the purpose of direct advertising.
In the event of an objection to direct advertising, we will stop the processing of the corresponding data (cf. objection pursuant to art. 21 subs. 2 GDPR).
- Pursuant to art. 20 GDPR, you have the right to request from us a file of your personal data saved by us in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format, and the right to transmit such data to another controller.
- If we process your data on the basis of your given consent, you may revoke this consent at any time with future effect.
- Pursuant to art. 77 GDPR, you have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority. For this purpose, please address either the supervisory authority of your habitual residence, headquarters or place of work or the aforementioned competent supervisory authority for this website. A list of supervisory authorities (for the non-public sector) including addresses, is available at: www.bfdi.bund.de/DE/Infothek/Anschriften_Links/anschriften_links-node.html.
Collection of general information when visiting our website
If you access our website, information of general character will automatically be collected. This information (server log files) includes e.g. your IP address, the type of web browser, the operating system used, the domain name of your Internet service provider and the like. We do not use this information to draw conclusions with reference to your person. This information is technically necessary, in order to correctly supply the website contents you request, and is obligatory for using the Internet. It is particularly processed for the following purposes:
- Trouble-free website use is ensured.
- The data are analyzed, in order to ensure security and stability of the system.
- The establishment of the connection from you to the website is ensured.
- For administrative purposes.
Pursuant to art. 6 subs. 1 lit. f, processing of your personal data is based on our legitimate interest for the aforementioned purposes of data collection. The sole recipients of the data are the controller and, where applicable, the processor.
Where appropriate, we will statistically evaluate anonymous information of this kind, in order to optimize our Internet appearance and the underlying technology.
Without collection of your IP address, we cannot or not completely ensure the service and the functioning of this website. Therefore, objection is excluded.
Information regarding data transfer to the US
Among others, tools of companies based in the US have been integrated in our website. If these tools are activated, your personal data may be transmitted to the US servers of the respective companies. We point out that the US are not a safe third country within the meaning of EU data protection law. US companies are obliged to hand over personal data to security authorities, without you as the data subject having the right to file proceedings against this.
Therefore, it cannot be ruled out that US authorities (e.g. secret services) process, analyze and permanently save your data available on US servers for control purposes. We have no influence on these processing activities.
General information on data collection
We collect personal data if you disclose them to us when establishing contact (e.g. via contact form, job application or e-mail). This includes data such as your name, your address, your e-mail address or phone number. We mark mandatory fields that are absolutely necessary for establishing contact. The exact collected data can be seen from the respective forms. The use of such data complies with art. 6 subs. 1 lit. b GDPR. As soon as we have completely finished the action (or, if applicable, the resulting contract), the data will be restricted for further/other processing actions. After expiry of possible safekeeping periods due to tax and commercial law provisions, the data will be erased, unless you have explicitly agreed to their further use or we have reserved the right to further, legal use in accordance with the present statement.
Purposes of data processing by the controller or third parties
We process your personal data exclusively for the purposes specified in the present data privacy statement. Disclosure of your personal data to third parties for any other than the specified purposes does not take place. We only disclose your personal data to third parties if:
- you have given us your explicit consent thereto,
- processing is required for the settlement of a contract with you,
- processing is required for the fulfillment of a legal duty,
- processing is required for safeguarding legitimate interests and there is no reason to believe that you have an overriding, protectable interest in the non-disclosure of your data.
Third parties to whom we disclose your data
Due to the fact that the sale of our products exclusively takes place via sales partners, your data (e.g. from the contact form) are disclosed to the competent sales partner.
In order to protect the safety of your data during transfer, we use encryption procedures (e.g. SSL) via HTTPS that correspond to the current state of the art.
Establishment of contact
If you send us inquiries via contact form, those data will be saved and processed by us, in order to deal with your inquiry and possible follow-up questions.
If the contact is established via e-mail, phone or fax, this inquiry and all personal data resulting therefrom (name, contact options, inquiry, etc.) will be saved and processed by us, in order to deal with your inquiry.
We will not disclose the data collected this way without your consent.
If your inquiry is related to the fulfillment of a contract or to precontractual measures, processing takes place on the basis of art. 6 subs. 1 lit. b GDPR.
In any other cases, processing is based on our legitimate interest in effectively dealing with your request (art. 6 subs. 1 lit. f GDPR) or on your consent (art. 6 subs. 1 lit. a GDPR) if such consent has been requested.
The data sent to us via contact inquiries shall remain with us, unless:
- you prompt us to erase them
- you revoke your consent
- the purpose of the data storage no longer exists (e.g. after completion of processing your request)
Mandatory statutory provisions such as legal safekeeping periods shall remain unaffected by this.
Erasure or blocking of data
We adhere to the principles of data avoidance and data economy. Therefore, we save your personal data only as long as required for achieving the purposes specified herein or as long as defined by the diverse retention periods provided by legislature. As soon as the respective purpose or such periods end(s)/no longer exist(s), we will block or erase the corresponding data as a matter of routine and in compliance with the statutory provisions. This usually happens already when the session is closed.
If you subscribe to our newsletter, we will use the data required or separately communicated by you, in order to regularly send you our e-mail newsletter due to your consent pursuant to art. 6 subs. 1 lit. a GDPR.
You can unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time via a message to the contact option indicated below or via a link provided for this purpose in the newsletter. After unsubscription, we will erase your e-mail address, unless you have explicitly agreed to further use of your data or we have reserved further legal use of your data, about which we inform you in this statement.
Within the framework of processing, the newsletter is sent on our behalf by a service provider, to whom we disclose your e-mail address for this purpose.
This service provider is based in a country of the European Union or the European Economic Area or is subject to Binding Corporate Rules or the EU-US Privacy Shield, in order to ensure an appropriate privacy level of your data.
In order to make the visit of our website attractive and to enable the use of certain functions or to show matching products, we use so-called cookies on several sites, which serve to safeguard our legitimate interests in an optimized presentation of our offer that are predominant within the framework of a balancing of interests pursuant to art. 6 subs. 1 s. 1 lit. f GDPR. Cookies are small text files that are automatically saved on your terminal device. Some of the cookies used by us are erased after the end of the browser session, i.e. after closing your browser (so-called session cookies). Other cookies remain on your terminal device, thus enabling us to recognize your browser when visiting our website again (persistent cookies). For information about the duration of the storage, please refer to the overview on the cookie settings of your web browser.
Furthermore, partners help us to optimize our website offer. For this purpose, cookies may also be set. Processing of your personal data for such purposes takes place on the basis of a consent pursuant to art. 6 subs. 1 s. 1 lit. a GDPR. Information on the individual cookies, your consent and an option to revoke your consent with future effect is available here:
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You can always set your browser such that you will be informed about setting of cookies. Moreover, you can set your browser such that you may separately decide on the acceptance of a cookie. In addition, you can set your browser to exclude the acceptance of certain cookies. As each browser differs in the way it manages cookies, please refer to the help menu of your browser for further information. For the common browsers, further information is available at the following links:
Microsoft Internet Explorer:
Please note that in the case of non-acceptance or exclusion of certain cookies the functionality of this website may be limited.
We point out that changing settings always applies only to the respective browser. If you use several browsers, the settings must be changed separately. Furthermore, you can always erase cookies from your storage medium. For further information, please refer to the help function of your browser or operating system.
Use of Google Analytics
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google Ireland Limited "Google"), Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland. (hereinafter: Google). Google Analytics uses so-called "Cookies", i.e. text files which are saved on your computer and enable an analysis of your usage of the website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is usually transmitted to a Google server in the US and saved there. The use of Google Analytics is based on art. 6 subs. 1 lit. a GDPR; you may revoke this consent at any time.
Data transfer to the US is based on the standard contractual provisions of the EU commission. For details, please refer to:
If the IP anonymization is activated on this website, Google will shorten your IP address within member states of the European Union or in other contracting states to the Agreement on the European Economic Area prior to processing. Google transmits the full IP address to a server in the US and shortens it there only in exceptional cases. Google will use these data on the controller's behalf to analyze your usage of the website, to prepare reports about the activities on the website and to provide further services in connection with the website and Internet use for the controller. Merging of the IP address transmitted by you in this connection with other Google data will not take place.
You can prevent the cookies from being saved by means of a corresponding setting of your browser software; it should, however, be noted that in this case you might not be able to make full use of all the functions on this website. Furthermore, you can prevent the data generated by the cookie and related to your usage of the website (including your IP address) from being captured and processed by Google by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available at the following link:
For further information on the handling of personal data by Google Analytics, please refer to Google's data privacy statement:
We completely implement the specifications of the German data protection authorities for the use of Google Analytics. For this purpose, we have concluded a contract on the processing of order data (AVV) with Google.
Use of demographic characteristics
We use the Google Analytics function "Demographics", in order to show you matching adverts from the Google network.
Thus, reports can be prepared including conclusions on the age, sex and interests of the website visitors. They originate from interest-tailored adverts and visitor data of third-party providers. They cannot be attributed to a natural person. You can deactivate this function via the display settings of your Google account, refuse the collection of your data by Google Analytics, as described under "Objection to data collection".
Duration of storage
Google will erase or anonymize your data saved by Google and linked to cookies, user or advertising IDs (e.g. user ID or DoubleClick cookies, Android advertising ID) after 14 months. For further information, please refer to:
Use of Google Maps
This website uses Google Maps API (Google Ireland Limited ("Google"), Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland) to display geographic information. When using GoogleMaps, Google also collects, processes and uses data about the usage of the map functions by visitors. For detailed information regarding data processing by Google, please refer to the Google data privacy statements.
Data transfer to the US is based on the standard contractual provisions of the EU commission.
For details, please refer to:
For further information on the handling of user data, please refer to the Google data privacy statement:
Use of Google reCAPTCHA
We use the Google "reCAPTCHA" service (Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland) on our website to verify form entries (e.g. in the contact form). It shall merely be ensured that the entries are made by a human being. For this purpose, reCAPTCHA analyzes the user behavior by means of several characteristics.
These analyses run in the background during the visit of the website and are carried out on the basis of different information such as IP address, viewed minutes, mouse movements, etc.
The data are transmitted to Google for analysis. The user is not informed.
Analysis and storage are based on art. 6 subs. 1 lit. f GDPR:
We have a legitimate interest in protecting our web offer against SPAM.
If we have requested a consent, processing is exclusively effected on the basis of art. 6 subs. 1 lit. a GDPR. You can revoke your consent at any time.
For additional information, please refer to the Google terms of usage and privacy policies:
Incorporated YouTube videos
We incorporate YouTube videos on some of our websites. The operator of the corresponding plug-ins is Google Ireland Limited ("Google"), Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland. If you visit a site with the YouTube plug-in, a connection is established with YouTube servers, informing YouTube which sites you are visiting. If you are logged in to your YouTube account, YouTube can assign your surfing behavior to your person. You can prevent this by previously logging out of your YouTube account.
If you have deactivated the storage of cookies for the Google Ad programme, you will not encounter any cookies when watching YouTube videos. However, YouTube keeps non-personal usage information in other cookies. If you wish to prevent this, you have to block the storage of cookies in the browser.
For further information regarding data protection with "YouTube", please refer to the data privacy statement of the provider at: https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=de.
We use YouTube to appealingly display our website. This represents a legitimate interest pursuant to art. 6 subs. 1 lit. f GDPR. If we have requested a consent, processing is exclusively effected on the basis of art. 6 subs. 1 lit. a GDPR. You can revoke your consent at any time.
Change of our data protection regulations
We reserve the right to adapt the present data privacy statement, in order to ensure that it always complies with the current legal requirements or to implement changes in our services in the data privacy statement, e.g. when introducing new services. The new data privacy statement shall then apply to your next visit.