Privacy policy

Data protection declaration

It is possible to use our site without giving personal data. Deviating regulations can ensue for the use of individual services of our site, which in this case are separately explained in the following. We only process your personal data (e.g. name, address, email, telephone number, etc.) according to the provisions of the German data protection law. Data is determined as personal if it can be clearly allocated to a certain natural person. The legal foundations of data protection are found in the General Data Protection Regulation (EU-DSGVO), in the Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) and the Telemedia Act (TMG).

The following regulations inform you about the manner, the extent and purpose of the collection, the use and the processing of personal data by the supplier.

Nordstraße 10a
42719 Solingen
Tel.: +49(0)212 23234-0

We draw your attention to the fact that the internet based data transmission shows up security gaps, thus a complete protection from third party access is impossible.

We use so called cookies on our site to recognise multiple use of our offer by the same user/internet connection holder. Cookies are small text files which your internet browser deposits and stores on your computer. They serve to optimise our online presence and our offers. Mostly these are so called “Session Cookies”, which are deleted again after you have left the website.
Partly however these cookies generate information to automatically recognise you. This recognition ensues on the basis of the IP address stored in the cookies. The information gained in this manner serves to optimise our offers and enables you an easier access to our site.

You can prevent the installation of the cookies with a corresponding setting of your browser; however, we point out to you that you may not be able to use all functions of our website to the full extent in this case.

Server data
For technical reasons, the following data amongst others which your internet browser transmits to us or our webspace provider is recorded (so called server log files):

– browser type and version
– operating system used
– website from which you are accessing us (referrer URL)
– website you are visiting
– date and time of your access
– your internet protocol (IP) address

This anonymous data is separately stored from any personal data you have given, and thus cannot be traced back to a specific person. It is evaluated for statistical purposes in order to be able to optimise our internet presence and our offers.

On our site we offer you the possibility to subscribe to our newsletter. We use this newsletter to inform you in regular intervals about our offers. In order to receive our newsletter you need a valid email address. We will check the email address you have entered whether you really are the owner of the given email address or the owner of which is authorised for the reception of the newsletter. With your registration of our newsletter, we will store your IP address and the date as well as the time of your registration. For the case that a third party misuses your email address and subscribes to our newsletter without your knowledge, this serves as protection for us. We do not collect further data. The data thus collected is solely used for obtaining our newsletter.
We do not pass it on to third parties. A comparison of the data thus so collected with data which is possibly collected via other components of our site does also not ensue. You can terminate the subscription of this newsletter at any time. You can find details on this from the confirmation email as well as any newsletter.

We give you the possibility to contact us on our site via email and/or a contact form. In this case the information given by the user is stored for the purpose of processing his contact procedure. The data is not passed on to third parties. A comparison of the data thus so collected with data which was possibly collected via other components of our site does also not ensue.

Use of Google Analytics with anonymisation function
On our site we use Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043 USA, in the following ‘Google’. Google Analytics uses so called ‘Cookies’, text files which are stored on your computer and by this means enables an analysis of your use of the website.

The information generated by these cookies for example time, place and frequency of your website visit including your IP address are transmitted to Google in the USA and stored there.

On our website we use Google Analytics with an IP anonymisation function. In this case, your IP address is shortened by Google already within member states of the European Union or in other countries which are contracting parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area and thus anonymised.

Google will use this information to evaluate your use of our site to compile reports about the website activities for us and to render further services connected with the website use and the internet use. Also Google will, if necessary, transfer this information to third parties insofar as this is prescribed by law or insofar as third parties process this data on behalf of Google.
According to own information, Google will in no case use your IP address in connection with other Google data. You can prevent the installation of the cookies with a corresponding setting of your browser software; however, we call your attention to the fact in this case you may not be able to use all functions of our website to their full extent.

Furthermore, Google offers a disabling feature for the most popular browsers which gives you more control over which data is collected and processed by Google. Should you activate this feature, no information on the website visit is transferred to Google Analytics. However, the activation does not prevent information being transferred to us or to any other web analysis service used by us. Find further information on the disabling feature provided by Google as well as on the activation of this feature under the following link:

Use of reCAPTCHA
In order to protect input forms on our site we use the service “reCAPTCHA” of Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043 USA, in the following “Google”. By using this service, it can be differentiated whether the corresponding input is made by a human or ensues abusively via automated machine processing.

According to our knowledge, the referrer URL, the IP address, the behaviour of the website visitors, information about operating system, browser and length of stay, cookies, display instructions and scripts, the input behaviour of the user as well as mouse movements in the area of the “reCAPTCHA” checkbox are transferred to “Google”.

Google uses the information thus gained among other things to digitalise books and other print products as well as optimise services like Google Street View and Google Maps (for example, recognition of house numbers and street names).
The IP address conveyed in the scope of “reCAPTCHA” is not merged with other data of Google unless you are registered into your Google account at the time of the use of the “reCAPTCHA” plug-in. If you want to stop this transmission and storing of data about you and your behaviour on our website through “Google”, you have to log out from “Google” and this has to be done before you visit our site or use the reCAPTCHA plug-in.

The information gained through the use of the service “reCAPTCHA” ensues according to the Google terms of use:

You can contact us cost-free on the basis of the Federal Data Protection Act on questions on the collection, processing or use of your personal data and their correction, blocking, deletion or a revocation of given approval. We point out to you that you have the right to have wrong data corrected or personal data deleted if there is no legal obligation to retain the data.
Should you have any questions on data protection, Mr Sascha Gräf, Email-Adresse: will be available as your contact.

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