Privacy

Handling of personal data

We are glad that you visit our website and grateful for your interest in our research. The protection of your privacy is important to us. Therefore, in using your personal data, we proceed strictly in compliance with the provisions of data protection and privacy law. Accordingly, below is some information on how your data is collected and used as you interact with our website.

Anonymous data collection and processing

You can visit our website without disclosing any information about yourself. This will not give rise to any storage of personal data on our part. In an effort to improve our offering, we merely conduct a statistical data analysis that will not allow anybody to identify you or draw any conclusions about yourself. Where personal data (e.g., names, addresses or e-mail addresses) are collected on our web pages, these are provided on a voluntary basis. Your personal data will not be forwarded to any government institution or authority, except where required by law or for prosecution purposes in the event of an attack on our network infrastructure. In no other case will such data be made available to third parties.
However, please note that the integration of external services such as, e.g., Google Maps for directions or YouTube for videos, may result in a transmission of your IP address and perhaps other personal data to the respective service provider, where they might get stored and analyzed as a result.

Cookies

Our site utilizes so-called cookies. These are intended to make our web pages more user-friendly, effective and secure. Cookies are small text files which are saved by your browser and stored in your terminal device.
Some of the cookies we use will be deleted again at the end of the browser session, i.e., when you close your browser (so-called “session cookies”). Other cookies remain stored in your terminal device and enable us to recognize your browser upon your next visit (“persistent cookies”). Cookies will not damage your computer, and they do not contain any viruses. You can set your browser so that you will be notified before a cookie is stored. You can thus decide in each case whether to accept this cookie or not, or whether to reject cookies altogether. The functionality of our website may be impaired if you choose to block cookies.

Newsletter

When subscribing to our newsletter you must provide an e-mail address to which we can send it. You thereby consent to the use of your data for our newsletter distribution purposes. On no account will your e-mail address be used to any other end, nor will it be transmitted to any third parties. You may unsubscribe from the newsletter and revoke your previously given consent at any time.

Use of our contact form

The personal data you provide when getting in touch with us via the contact form are used exclusively to process your enquiry, as well as for the associated technical administration purposes. No data will be passed on to third parties. Your consent originally expressed to us by sending the form may be revoked at any time; it will be deemed withdrawn in respect of the future as of the time of such revocation. Your personal data will thereupon be deleted without delay.

Security

In order to protect all personal data from unauthorized access and misuse, we have put in place extensive technical and administrative mechanisms which are tested and improved continually.

Information rights

Under the German Federal Data Protection (Privacy) Act you have the right to be told which data are held about you, and to have any such data corrected, blocked or deleted. At your request, we shall be glad to let you know what personal data (if any) we are storing about you.