Privacy policy

We take very seriously the protection of your personal data and all processing of data obtained from visits to our websites is subject to the valid laws on data protection. Your data is neither published by us nor passed on to third parties without approval. We explain here what data we collect during your visit to our websites and how exactly the data is used.

Data collection and analysis

The website providers automatically store data in so-called server-log files that your browser automatically sends us. This includes:

- the page visited and/or the name of the file consulted
- the data volume transmitted and the message whether access was successful
- your browser type and version
- the operating system used
- Rreferrer URL (the website from which you visited us)
- the hostname of the computer accessing us (IP address)
- date and time of the server request

This data cannot be assigned to a particular person and is not combined with other data sources. We reserve the right to subsequently assess the data if a firm indication arises for illegal use. The data is not used for commercial purposes.

In order to be able to evaluate our website for statistical purposes we rely on a free web analytics software called AWStats. The program does not use cookie files for the evaluation, but instead relies on the server-log files. All data is stored on servers that are subject to German data protection laws. The data is exclusively used by us and is not passed on to third parties.

Personal data

As a rule, our website can be used without any personal data being entered (e.g., name, address or email address). Should such data be collected, it is done so as far as possible only on a voluntary basis. Said data is not passed on to third parties without your prior consent and then only for the purposes that you have communicated to us. Any transfer to government agencies and institutions authorized to obtain information occurs only in the context of legal disclosure duties or if a court decision obliges us to release data.

SYou have the right at all times to obtain, free of charge, information on any data on your person we have stored, where it originated, who received it, and the purpose for which it was processed as well as a right to the data being corrected, blocked or deleted. Should you have further questions on personal data please contact the address given in the imprint at any time or email us at online-redaktion(at)hdg.de.

Cookies

Websites may use so-called cookies. These are small text files stored on your computer in your browser directory. They cause no damage to your computer, contain no viruses, and simply serve to enable us to make our services more user-friendly, effective and secure.

Most of the cookies we use are so-called session cookies that are automatically deleted at the end of your visit. Other cookies remain stored on your computer until you delete them. They enable us to recognize your browser if you revisit our website.

Newsletter data

If you wish to subscribe to one of our newsletters, we require an email address from you that is then used exclusively to mail the information requested and is not forwarded to third parties. No other data is collected. You can revoke storage of the email address and its use for mailing the newsletters at any time. Simply click on the form to unsubscribe from the newsletter on the relevant pages or send an email to online-redaktion(at)hdg.de.

YouTube

Our website uses plugins from the Google-operated YouTube platform. The site operator is YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. If you visit one of our pages that uses a YouTube plugin you will be connected to a YouTube server. The YouTube server will be informed which of our pages you have visited.

If you are logged into your YouTube account, you enable YouTube to directly assign your surfing behaviour to your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account. For more information on the use of user data please consult YouTube's data privacy statement.

Social Plugins

On our sites we make use of so-called “social plugins”. These are plugins from Facebook and Twitter and may under certain circumstances transmit information, which may include personal data, to the service providers, who may then possibly make use of the data. We prevent any unconscious and unintentional collection and transmission of data to service providers by means of a “2-click solution”. A desired plugin must be activated by clicking on the corresponding button. Only if activated in this way will a plugin collect information and transmit it to service providers.

We ourselves do not collect personal data by means of social plugins or the use of the same, but cannot influence what data an activated plugin collects and how it is then used by the service provider. At present, we must assume that at least the IP address and device-related information is gathered and used. It is also conceivable that service providers attempt to store cookies on the computer used.

Facebook’s “share” function establishes a direct connection to the services of Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA. In this way, Facebook is notified when you visit a specific website. Should you at the same time be logged in to Facebook, Facebook will be able to identify you as the user of a specific site. To find out what data also gets collected and how it is used, please consult the Facebook privacy statements. Facebook also provides information on how you can protect your private sphere.

Twitter’s social plugin creates a direct link to the services of Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA. In this way, Twitter is notified when you visit a specific website. To find out what data also gets collected and how it is used, please consult the Twitter privacy statements. Twitter also provides information on how you can protect your private sphere.

Mobile devices additionally enable you to share content from a website using messenger WhatsApp. Here, only an HTML link is generated, meaning that no user data is forwarded to third-party companies.

Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses so-called "cookies" - small text files that are stored on your computer and facilitate the analysis of your use of the website. As a rule, the information generated by the cookie concerning your use of our website is transmitted to a Google server in the U.S. and stored there. On behalf of the operator of this website, Google uses this information to evaluate your utilization of the website, to compile reports about the website activities, and to provide further services to the website operator in conjunction with the utilization of the website and the Internet.

To protect your personal data, the IP anonymization for Google Analytics is activated on this website. Through the activation of the IP anonymization, your IP address is abbreviated by Google within the member states of the European Union or in other countries which are contracting parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area, before it is transmitted to a server in the U.S. Only in exceptional cases will the complete IP address be transmitted to a Google server in the U.S. and abbreviated there. The IP address transmitted by your browser within the framework of Google Analytics will not be associated with personal data.

You can prevent the storage of the cookies by adjusting your browser software accordingly. You can moreover prevent the transmission of the data generated by the cookie and related to your utilization of the website (including your IP address), as well as the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plugin available under the following link: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de

You can also opt out from beeing tracked by Google Analytics by clicking on the link below. This sets an opt-out cookie to prevent tracking: Opt out of Google Analytics

Changes to this privacy statement

For legal and/or organizational reasons, from time to time it may be necessary be make changes or adjustments to our privacy statement. Please always refer to the latest version of our privacy statement.