Data protection on our website
In the following, we will instruct you on the type, extent, and purpose of personal data collection and use on our website. Our content is oriented on the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), as the data protection stipulations of the German Broadcast Media Act (TMG) can no longer be used after May 25, 2018.

General information under data protection regulations
Who is responsible for this website? How can you contact us for data protection questions? How can you contact our data protection representative? All of this is explained in the REGISTRATION INFORMATION.

You have a right to lodge a complaint with the data protection supervisory authority. You will find specific instructions in the REGISTRATION INFORMATION.

You have, of course, numerous individual rights, which we want to fulfill:
  • Information
    Through this data protection declaration, we fulfill our duty to inform.
  • Rectification
    You can demand correction of incorrect data.
  • Erasure
    You can demand erasure of your data as long as the numerous exceptions of the GDPR are not applicable.
  • Restriction of processing
    You can demand that your data no longer be actively used (e.g. when you doubt that the data are correct).
  • Right to object to our "legitimate interests"
    If there are interests in your specific case that outweigh our commercial interests, you can object to processing of your data. In many cases, you can do this through an "opt-out".
  • Data portability
    If you actively provide data and the legal basis for the processing is (a) your consent or (b) our contractual relationship, you can demand that we provide you this data in electronic form.
Making contact regarding data protection
You are welcome to contact us regarding data protection questions. The following two options are available, among others:
  1. Do you have general questions or concerns about data protection? Then send us an e-mail at Your e-mail will be passed on to special employees in our company. In this way, we can help you quickly and unbureaucratically. Alternatively, you can, of course, contact us about all data through the contact displayed above in the registration information.
    This is the correct address for all specific questions and concerns about your data.
  2. Would you like to contact our data protection representative directly? Send us an e-mail at You can also contact Mrs. Michaela Genderka by telephone (+49 (0)2151 94 22 060) or mail (Blumenstrasse 13, 47918 Tönisvorst, Germany). Your concern will be treated confidentially. Our data protection representative is not responsible for fulfilling your specific concern (information, etc.); rather, he is there for your confidential questions and general legal issues.
Your right to lodge a complaint in data protection matters

You have the right to lodge a complaint with the responsible data protection supervisory authority in accordance with Article 77 of the GDPR. The contact data are:

Der Hessische Datenschutzbeauftragte (Hesse: Data Protection Commissioner)
Gustav-Stresemann-Ring 1, 65189 Wiesbaden, Germany
Phone: +49 (0)611 14080
Fax: +49 (0)611 1408 - 900

We would prefer to have you contact us first before you report your concern to the supervisory authority; our very competent company data protection representative will address your concern much faster and just as thoroughly. If we cannot help you further, you can still contact the supervisory authority.

Your right to be informed on different forms of processing in our company
Regardless of this website, we process a range of data of our suppliers, customers, and interested parties, etc.

We have decided to publish our duties to inform here in the Internet.

=> Please click HERE to read these texts. 

This fulfills the duties to inform in accordance with Articles 13, 14, 15, 26 and 30 of the GDPR.

Calling up information from the website
In the process of normal "surfing" on our website, the following data are collected and used in your interest to provide websites:
  • Date and time (Here we can assign a time and use it to localize technical problems, for example.)
  • IP address (Collection of the IP address is necessary for the web server to send you the desired data.)
  • The requested data (What file are you requesting? What subdirectory is it in?)
  • The port through which you request the data (This information is automatically sent through your browser. The desired websites are received through this port.)
  • The referring website (Some browsers also send the URL of the previously used website with each retrieval.)
  • Name of the browser with which you are surfing in the Internet (This information is automatically sent by your browser. We might use this information to present the content in an optically optimal way. Your browser might also send other information, e.g. through installed programs.)
  • The status of the retrieval (Here you can recognize whether the desired website exists and has been successfully delivered to you.)
  • Various: For the sake of completeness, we should also mention that your browser might send additional information to our web server (name of the browser, screen resolution, etc.). We have, of course, no influence on this.
The data described above are stored for only a fraction of a second in the main memory of the web server. This process is absolutely essential technically to make a website available, and so we have a "legitimate interest" for it, as defined in Article 6 (1f) of the GDPR. The web server is located at a European operator.

Due to the nature of the Internet, these data are necessarily processed on a number of servers until your request arrives at our web server; therefore, collection and use are possible in “third countries” (e.g. the USA) as well. Our company has absolutely no influence on this process.

Our website works internally with SSL encryption throughout. And so, the operators of worldwide web servers have no insight into the transported contents.

The above data are also stored in the form of log files for a limited time to enable analysis of possible technical problems (or hacker attacks). We keep these log files for 7 days. If there are no problems (or hacker attacks), nobody looks into these files. These log files are important to prove criminal behavior to law enforcement agencies; accordingly, we have a "legitimate interest" as defined by Article 6 (1f) of the GDPR.

Contact form
With the contact form, you can send us a message quickly and unbureaucratically.

This data collection is justified by our "legitimate interest" as defined by Article 6 (1f) of the GDPR, because trouble-free contact support our business purposes. If a contractual relationship should result from the contact form, the (pre-) contractual task fulfillment would likewise be a lawful basis as defined in Article 6 (1b) of the GDPR.

(By the way: The duty of consent to the contact form that might have existed previously does not exist (any longer), as the underlying § 12 Par. 1 TMG is no longer used).

Input of your data in the contact form is SSL-encrypted and thus confidential. The data in the contact form are sent to the e-mail server with confidentiality. As a result, confidentiality is ensured.

After the e-mail with the contact form data is sent, no data remain on the web server.

If you want the resulting e-mail to be erased, please let us know. If there are no important reasons (e.g. laws) that prevent this, we will be happy to comply with your request.

We offer you a newsletter. With it, you can always stay up-to-date. You can register for it through a special registration form and through the contact form (see above).

The order process runs in the so-called “double opt-in” procedure: First you receive a confirmation e-mail with a confirmation link, on which you should click. This permanently documents your consent as defined by Article 6 (1a) of the GDPR. If you do not click on the link, your registration data are deleted after 3 months.

If you receive a confirmation e-mail without being asked, someone has typed your e-mail address into our form without authorization. Please ignore this and delete this e-mail. No disadvantages whatsoever will result for you, and you will not receive a newsletter.

At the end of every newsletter is a hyperlink which lets you cancel the newsletter immediately. We maintain registrations and cancellations for three years within the scope of "regular time limitations" in accordance with § 195 BGB (German Commercial Code).

We employ external newsletter service providers, which perform the necessary work (registration, cancellation, sending). This ensures, among other things, that the large e-mail providers (GMX, etc.) do not classify our newsletter as SPAM.

Cookies are small text files that are stored by your browser on your hard drive. This is helpful for a wide range of purposes to adapt a website to the users.

Switching off and deleting cookies is an important topic. General instructions can be found here. We also recommend the website

There are different kinds of cookies regarding duration of storage and access rights:

a) Own cookies with short duration ("session cookies")
These cookies are not critical in terms of data protection regulations and mostly serve pure design of our own website. The lawful basis is our "legitimate interest" as defined by Article 6 (1f) of the GDPR. These cookies are deleted as soon as you close the browser. Specifically, these are:
  • • Session ID (7b21) - generated randomly). Function: Websites are not able to keep information about retrieval of several content pages and assign them to a visitor. Therefore, such session IDs are necessary for functions such as an expanded search function or multi-page forms, logins, etc.
  • • Session language function: The website notes the selected language with this cookie. With it, the correct language versions of menus and links can be displayed.
b) Own cookies with longer duration
These cookies allow our website to recognize your browser over a long time. As a result, we can also adapt contents "tomorrow" or "next" week.
  • GDPR tracking note viewed
    Here we store the fact that our cookie banner has been seen and confirmed. This is a "legitimate interest" as defined by Article 6 (1f) of the GDPR, because we then can tell that our remark was visible for you. This cookie will be deleted no later than the year 2100.
c) Third-party cookies with long duration
These cookies are readable and writable by ourselves and other websites. Other services can thus access these data. This is especially useful for adapted advertisements and connection to "social networks".
  • We use Google Analytics (see below).

Statistical evaluation of the use of our website (Google Analytics)
It is of great economic importance for our company that we can statistically evaluate use of our website by our visitors. Our purpose is not to evaluate the behavior of an individual person. Rather, we are interested in broader statistical aspects: On which page do visitors "enter" our site? How many clicks does an average visitor make?

You may have heard of the position paper of the German Data Protection Conference, where the subject of "consent" in connection with "tracking mechanisms and user profiles is mentioned under number 9.

As we understand it (and not just us), the above position paper does not mean that we have to obtain consent for our internal website use statistics. We agree with the opinion of the Article 29 Data Protection Group in Working paper-194 (in chapter 4.3 on page 10) that there is no risk to your rights and freedoms if we proceed carefully. The supervisory authorities have also very explicitly agreed with this European legal understanding in the above Data Protection Conference paper.

Be assured that these statistics are not in any way person-related. These statistics are of great importance for our company, and we see in them a legitimate interest as defined by Article 6 (1f) of the GDPR; if you would like to object to them, Google offers you an "opt-out" option:
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google Inc. (“Google”), 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Detailed information can be found at here.

Google Analytics uses so-called “cookies”, text files, which are stored on your computer and that permit analysis of your use of the website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is normally transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. But if IP anonymization is activated on this website, Google will shorten your IP address within member states of the European Union or in other treaty states of the Agreement on the European Economic Area before transmission. Only in exceptional cases will the complete IP address be transmitted to a Google server in the USA and shortened there. As assigned by the operator of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, prepare reports about website activities, and perform additional services related to use of the website and Internet use for the website operator. The IP address transmitted for Google Analytics by your browser will not be brought together with other Google data. You can prevent the cookies from being saved through a corresponding setting of your browser software; but we would like to point out that, in this case, you might not be able to use all functions of this website to their complete extent. In addition, you can prevent collection by Google of the data generated by the cookie and referring to your use of the website (incl. your IP address) as well as processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plug-in on the following link:

Google reCAPTCHA
We use “Google reCAPTCHA” (hereinafter referred to as “reCAPTCHA”) on this website. The provider is Google Ireland Limited (“Google”), Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland.

The purpose of reCAPTCHA is to determine whether data entered on this website (e.g. information entered into a contact form) is being provided by a human user or by an automated program. To determine this, reCAPTCHA analyses the behaviour of the website visitors based on a variety of parameters. This analysis is triggered automatically as soon as the website visitor enters the site. For this analysis, reCAPTCHA evaluates a variety of data (e.g. IP address, time the website visitor spent on the site or cursor movements initiated by the user). The data tracked during such analyses are forwarded to Google.

reCAPTCHA analyses run entirely in the background. Website visitors are not alerted that an analysis is underway.

Data are stored and analyzed on the basis of Art. 6 Sect. 1 lit. f GDPR. The website operator has a legitimate interest in the protection of the operator’s websites against abusive automated spying and against SPAM. If a respective declaration of consent has been obtained (e.g. consent to the archiving of cookies), the data will be processed exclusively on the basis of Art. 6 Sect. 1 lit. a DGDPR. Any such consent may be revoked at any time.

For more information about Google reCAPTCHA please refer to the Google Data Privacy Declaration and Terms Of Use under the following links: and