In the following we inform you about the collection of personal data when using the websites or any country-specific versions and subdomains of these websites (hereinafter altogether and each a “Website”).

Collection and storage of personal data
When you access the Website for informational purposes only, that is, when you do not log in, register, click on social media plug-ins or otherwise provide us with specific information, we do not collect any personal data, except for the data that your browser sends to the server of the Website in order to enable you to access the Website.

These are:

•IP address
•Date and time of the request
•Time zone difference to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
•Content of the request (specific page)
•Access status/HTTP status code
•Volume of data transmitted in each case
•Requesting domain
•Operating system of your terminal and its interface
•Language and version of the browser software
•Purpose and legal basis of data processing
•Data processing is carried out in particular to analyse the internet traffic on our Website, to improve the functionality of our Website and for advertising purposes. The processing of personal data is necessary to protect our legitimate interests.

If you have given us your consent to process your personal data for specific purposes (for example, when you register to receive newsletters), we will process your personal data within the scope of and based on this consent, unless we have another legal basis and do not require such a basis. You may withdraw your given consent at any time. This will not affect the lawfulness of any processing carried out before you withdraw your consent.

Categories and origin of data
We process data (i) which is generated when accessing and using our Website or (ii) which is provided by you (for example, when you register to receive newsletters or participate in a competition).

In the course of our business activities, we also disclose personal data to third parties where legally permitted. If we transfer data to a country which does not provide for an adequate legal data protection, we will ensure such adequate level of protection as required by law by means of (i) appropriate agreements in place or (ii) by reliance on certain legal exceptions to data privacy protection, such as in case of (1) consent to data transfer, (2) performance of contracts, (3) the processing, declaratory determination, execution and enforcement of legal claims, (4) an overriding public interest, (5) public availability of personal data or (6) because it is necessary to protect the integrity of the individuals concerned.

Use of cookies for functional purposes
We typically use “cookies” and similar techniques on our Website to identify your browser or device. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your hard disk in accordance with the browser you are using and through which certain information is transmitted to the party that sets the cookie (in this case us). Cookies are used to make the internet offer as such more user-friendly and effective and to analyse the surfing behavior of the Website visitors. We use cookies to identify you for subsequent visits if you have an account with us. Otherwise you would have to log in again for each visit.

The Website uses the following transient and persistent cookies:

Cookies are small text files that are used on websites to make the user experience more efficient.

We are permitted by law to store cookies on your device if they are absolutely necessary for the operation of this site. For all other types of cookies, we require your consent.

This page uses different types of cookies. Some cookies that appear on our pages are placed by third parties. You can change or withdraw your consent provided in the cookie notice on our website at any time. In our Privacy Policy, you can find out more about who we are, how to contact us and how we process personal data.Please specify your consent ID and the date if contacting us in relation to your consent.

In accordance with applicable law, we may store coos on your device if they are technically necessary for the operation of the Website. For other types of cookies we need your permission, which you can give by clicking on the corresponding fields in the pop-up button. You can configure your browser settings to your liking and, for example,  refuse to accept third-party cookies or all cookies. However, we would like to point out that in such a case you may not be able to use all the functions of the Website.

Use of Google Analytics

  1. The Website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google Inc. (“Google“). Google Analytics uses so-called “cookies”, text files which are stored on your computer and which enable an analysis of your use of the Website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the Website is usually transferred to a Google server in the USA and stored there. The IP address transmitted by your browser within the framework of Google Analytics is not merged with other data from Google. We have also added the code “anonymizeIP” to Google Analytics on the Website. This guarantees the masking of your IP address so that all data is collected anonymously. Only in exceptional cases the full IP address will be transferred to a Google server in the USA to be shortened there.
  2. On behalf of the operator of the Website, Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the Website, compiling reports on Website activity and providing other services relating to Website activity and internet usage. You can prevent the storage of cookies by adjusting your browser software accordingly; however, we would like to point out that in this case you may not be able to use all functions of this Website to their full extent.
  3. You can also prevent the collection of the data generated by the cookie and related to your use of the Website (including your IP address) to Google and the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plugin available at the following link: As an alternative to the browser add-on, especially for browsers on mobile devices.
  4. We use Google Analytics including the functions of Universal Analytics. Universal Analytics allows us to analyze the activities on our pages across devices (e.g. when accessed via laptop and later via a tablet). This is made possible by the pseudonymous assignment of a User-ID to a user. Such an allocation is made, for example, when you register for a customer account or log in to your customer account. However, no personal data is forwarded to Google. Even if Universal Analytics adds additional functions to Google Analytics, this does not mean that this is associated with a restriction of measures for data protection such as IP masking or the browser add-on.
  5. If you wish to prevent Google Analytics from collecting your data, you must set an opt-out cookie which will prevent future collection of your data when you visit the Website. The opt-out cookie is valid only in this browser and only for the Website and is stored on your device. If you delete the cookies in this browser, you will have to set the opt-out cookie again.

In our newsletters and other marketing e-mails, we also include, in part and to the extent permitted, visible and invisible image elements, the retrieval of which from our servers enables us to determine whether and when you have opened the e-mail, so that we can also measure and better understand how you use our offers and tailor them to you. You can block this in your e-mail program.

Competitions on the Website and on social media
From time to time we conduct competitions. Your data will only be processed and stored by us for the purpose of the competition. The personal data will be deleted if it is no longer needed for the purpose for which it was collected. If we engage third parties to carry out a competition and pass on to them personal data that you have made available to us, we will conclude appropriate data processing agreements with them.

Duration of data storage
Unless otherwise stated, we store usage data or other personal data for as long as we deem it necessary or appropriate to comply with applicable laws or for as long as we deem it necessary for the purposes for which it is processed. We delete your data as soon as it is no longer needed and in any case after the legally prescribed maximum retention period has expired.

Data security
We maintain up-to-date technical measures to ensure data security, in particular to protect your personal data from risks during data transmission and from third parties gaining knowledge of it. These are adapted to the current state of the art.

Your Rights

Subject to the fulfilment of the respective relevant legal requirements, you are entitled to the following rights

Restriction of processing
Data portability.
Furthermore, you have the right to object at any time to the processing based on your consent or our legitimate interests.

Please note, however, that we reserve the right to assert the restrictions provided for by law, for example if we are obliged to store or process certain data, if we have an overriding interest in doing so (insofar as we are entitled to invoke this) or if we need it for the assertion of claims.

The exercise of such rights usually requires that you clearly prove your identity (e.g. by means of a copy of your identity card, where your identity is otherwise not clear or cannot be verified). To assert your rights, you can contact us at the address given above.

Moreover, you have the right to pursue your claim through the courts or to lodge a complaint with the competent data protection authority.

Amendment of the privacy policy
We may change this privacy policy at any time without notice. The current version published on our Website applies.
Version: 1 August 2023