Information on collecting, processing and using your data
will be applicable if you agree to it in the course of registering for a service.
It is an important prerequisite for the success of our website that you can trust the correct handling of your data. We therefore attach great importance to privacy protection. The collection, processing (including storage, modification, transmission, blocking and deletion) and usage of your data are exclusively subject to the compliance with the applicable legal provisions on data privacy protection.
The following summarizes our policy on how we collect, process and use your data.Collection, processing and use of personal data
Personal data refer to information about the identity of a person, such as name, address, date of birth or e-mail address.During general use of our website
Generally, the use of our website does not involve the collection, processing and/or use of your personal data.When using services
We collect personal data, however, if you disclose these data. We will process and use these data as far as it is required for rendering the corresponding service.
The following provides several examples of the collection, processing and use of personal data:Sweepstakes
If you decide to participate in one of our sweepstakes, we will ask you to specify your name, your date of birth, your e-mail address, your phone number and/or your postal address, especially in order to inform you in the case of winning a prize and to ensure that each participant only takes part once in a sweepstakes.Ordering offers/information (e.g. via newsletter)
In different areas of our website, you have the opportunity to have yourself informed about interesting offers and news in various ways (via e-Mail, phone and/or SMS/MMS). If, e.g., you have subscribed to the mailing list for one of our newsletters, we will send the requested newsletter to your e-mail address on a regular basis. You can unsubscribe from the mailing list at any time. In this case, we will not continue contacting you. In some cases, the registration for a newsletter may involve the specification of further personal data, e.g. if you want to receive a birthday surprise. In these cases, we will process and use your specified data for the corresponding purposes.Personalized services
If you use services that require a registration, we will collect, process and use your data required for these services only to provide you with the corresponding services.Collection, processing and use of usage data
Usage data refer to data that you do not actively disclose but that may be passively collected when you navigate, e.g., on a website.
What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files temporarily stored on a user's hard drive by a web server during the visit of a website. If the server is called up again, the user's browser will return the previously received cookie to the server, allowing the server to analyze the received information in various ways.
When a user visits our website, cookies will be sent to the user's browser and stored on the user's hard drive. These cookies help to improve the usability, efficacy and safety of our website. These cookies do not contain personal data or personal information so that personal identification by means of the information obtained via the cookies is impossible. The obtained information is exclusively intended for creating statistics about the usage of our website. This allows us to optimize our website with respect to your demands, making navigation on our website as convenient as possible.
If you enable auto login, the corresponding page of our website will also place a cookie. This cookie stores your registration data in order to identify you for a subsequent so that you need not to register again. You can disable auto login at any time once it has been enabled.
Our website utilizes Google AdSense, a web service provided by Google Inc., USA ("Google") for placing third-party advertisements ("Advertisements") on our website. Please note that, in conjunction with these advertisements, Google may place and read out cookies on your browsers and may use web beacons (small invisible image files) in order to collect information. The information obtained by cookies and/or web beacons will be sent to a Google server in the USA and will be processed there.
By means of the DoubleClick DART cookie, Google can use information concerning your visit to our website and to other websites in order to place advertisements that will interest you (interest-related advertisement). You can disable the use of the Double Click DART cookie on the Google website (www.google.com) by calling up the "Advertising and Privacy" section in the Google "Privacy Center
" and by following the instructions for disabling.
You can also prevent the placement of Google cookies by correspondingly configuring your web browser. (Click here for further details.) If you configure your browser to that effect, you may not be able to use all services and/or features of our website.Sharing your data
We will not share your data with our co-operation partners or any other third party unless
you have expressly agreed to this,
a third party proves to us that you have infringed his rights by placing content (texts, images, etc.) on our website and the third party demands to be provided with your data or
we are obliged to hand over these data, e.g., due to a court or official order.Modification of your data
We endeavor to correctly store your personal data. However, you may modify or delete your data in the profile area of the corresponding service (i.e. to update, correct and/or complete) at any time. For the protection of your privacy and safety, we will verify your identity before you can make such modifications.Revocation
If you are no longer interested in obtaining specific information and/or offers or do not want to receive the information/offers in a specific way, please inform us by e-mail to
In this case we will immediately comply with your request. You can also contact us at the above mentioned address if you want to revoke your consent to the collection, processing and use of your personal data for the future. In this case, we will immediately delete all your stored data. Please bear in mind that, due to technical or organizational reasons, your revocation and the use of your data within the scope of a campaign already in progress may overlap.Disclaimer for partner websites
We are committed to ensure the security of your data. To prevent an unauthorized access or disclosure, to guarantee the correctness of the data and to ensure the authorized use of the data, we have implemented technical and organizational procedures in order to secure and protect any data that we request on our website. However, we cannot assume the responsibility or liability for the disclosure of your data due to data transmission errors and/or unauthorized access by third parties.Advice and suggestions
Please contact us at the e-mail address
Last update: 02-11-2009