Privacy policy


Data Protection Declaration

1) Information on the Collection of Personal Data and Contact Details of the Controller

1.1 We are pleased that you are visiting our website and thank you for your interest. On the following pages, we inform you about the handling of your personal data when using our website. Personal data is all data with which you can be personally identified.

1.2 The controller in charge of data processing on this website, within the meaning of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), is LICHTEX.de GmbH, Klosterstr. 32, 67547 Worms, Deutschland, Tel.: +49 6241 498505 (Festnetz), Fax: +49 6241 4999660 (Festnetz), E-Mail: support@lichtex.de. The controller in charge of the processing of personal data is the natural or legal person who alone or jointly with others determines the purposes and means of the processing of personal data.

1.3 This website uses SSL or TLS encryption for security reasons and to protect the transmission of personal data and other confidential content (e.g. orders or inquiries to the controller). You can recognize an encrypted connection by the character string https:// and the lock symbol in your browser line.

2) Data Collection When You Visit Our Website

When using our website for information only, i.e. if you do not register or otherwise provide us with information, we only collect data that your browser transmits to our server (so-called "server log files"). When you visit our website, we collect the following data that is technically necessary for us to display the website to you:

  • Our visited website
  • Date and time at the moment of access
  • Amount of data sent in bytes
  • Source/reference from which you came to the page
  • Browser used
  • Operating system used
  • IP address used (if applicable: in anonymized form)

Data processing is carried out in accordance with Art. 6 (1) point f GDPR on the basis of our legitimate interest in improving the stability and functionality of our website. The data will not be passed on or used in any other way. However, we reserve the right to check the server log files subsequently, if there are any concrete indications of illegal use.

3) Cookies

In order to make your visit to our website attractive and to enable the use of certain functions, we use so-called cookies on various pages. These are small text files that are stored on your end device. Some of the cookies we use are deleted after the end of the browser session, i.e. after closing your browser (so-called session cookies). Other cookies remain on your terminal and enable us or our partner companies (third-party cookies) to recognize your browser on your next visit (persistent cookies). If cookies are set, they collect and process specific user information such as browser and location data as well as IP address values according to individual requirements. Persistent cookies are automatically deleted after a specified period, which may vary depending on the cookie.

In some cases, cookies are used to simplify the ordering process by saving settings (e.g. remembering the content of a virtual shopping basket for a later visit to the website). If personal data are also processed by individual cookies set by us, the processing is carried out in accordance with Art. 6 (1) point b GDPR either for the execution of the contract or in accordance with Art. 6 (1) point f GDPR to safeguard our legitimate interests in the best possible functionality of the website and a customer-friendly and effective design of the page visit.
We work together with advertising partners who help us to make our website more interesting for you. For this purpose, cookies from partner companies are also stored on your hard drive when you visit our website (third-party cookies). You will be informed individually and separately about the use of such cookies and the scope of the information collected in each case within the following sections.

Please note that you can set your browser in such a way that you are informed about the setting of cookies and you can decide individually about their acceptance or exclude the acceptance of cookies for certain cases or generally. Each browser differs in the way it manages the cookie settings. This is described in the help menu of each browser, which explains how you can change your cookie settings. You will find these for the respective browsers under the following links:

- Internet Explorer: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/17442/windows-internet-explorer-delete-manage-cookies

- Firefox: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/privacy/websites/#cookies

- Chrome: https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/61416?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en

- Safari: https://support.apple.com/en-gb/guide/safari/manage-cookies-and-website-data-sfri11471/mac

- Opera: https://help.opera.com/en/latest/web-preferences/#cookies

Please note that the functionality of our website may be limited if cookies are not accepted.

4) Contacting Us

When you contact us (e.g. via contact form or e-mail), personal data is collected. Which data is collected in the case of a contact form can be seen from the respective contact form. This data is stored and used exclusively for the purpose of responding to your request or for establishing contact and for the associated technical administration. The legal basis for processing data is our legitimate interest in responding to your request in accordance with Art. 6 (1) point f GDPR. If your contact is aimed at concluding a contract, the additional legal basis for the processing is Art. 6 (1) point b GDPR. Your data will be deleted after final processing of your enquiry; this is the case if it can be inferred from the circumstances that the facts in question have been finally clarified, provided there are no legal storage obligations to the contrary.

5) Data Processing When Opening a Customer Account and for Contract Processing

Pursuant to Art. 6 (1) point b GDPR, personal data will continue to be collected and processed if you provide it to us for the execution of a contract or when opening a customer account. Which data is collected can be seen from the respective input forms. It is possible to delete your customer account at any time. This can be done by sending a message to the above-mentioned address of the controller. We store and use the data provided by you for contract processing. After complete processing of the contract or deletion of your customer account, your data will be blocked in consideration of tax and commercial retention periods and deleted after expiry of these periods, unless you have expressly consented to further use of your data or a legally permitted further use of data has been reserved by our site, about which we will inform you accordingly below.

6) Use of Single Sign-on Procedures

6.1 On our website, you can create a customer account and/or register using the social plug-in "Facebook Connect", provided by the Facebook social network operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA ("Facebook"), by means of so-called single sign-on technology, provided you have a Facebook profile. The "Facebook Connect" social plug-in on our website is identified by a blue button featuring the Facebook logo and the words, "Connect with Facebook" or "Log in with Facebook" or "Sign in with Facebook".
When you visit a page of our website that contains such a plug-in, your browser establishes a direct connection to the Facebook server. The content of the plug-in is transferred from Facebook directly to your browser and included on the page. As a result of this inclusion, Facebook is informed that your browser has accessed the corresponding page of our website, even if you do not have a Facebook profile or are not currently logged into Facebook. This information (including your IP address) is transmitted from your browser directly to a Facebook server in the US, where it is stored. These data processing processes are carried out in accordance with Art. 6 (1) point f GDPR, based on Facebook's legitimate interest in the insertion of personalized advertising on the basis of surfing behavior.

Using this "Facebook Connect" button on our website allows you to log in and/or register on our website using your Facebook user data. Only if you give your express consent in accordance with Art. 6 (1) point a GDPR prior to the registration process on the basis of a corresponding notice about the exchange of data with Facebook, will we receive the publicly accessible information stored in your profile when using the "Facebook Connect" button from Facebook, depending on your personal Facebook privacy settings. This information includes your user ID, name, profile picture, age and gender. We would like to point out that following changes to Facebook's privacy and usage policies, your profile pictures, your friends' user IDs and your friends' list may also be transmitted, if these are marked as "public" in your Facebook privacy settings. The data transmitted by Facebook is stored and processed by us to create a user account using the necessary data (title, first name, surname, address details, country, e-mail address, date of birth), if you have shared this information on Facebook. Conversely, data may be transmitted by us to your Facebook profile; this may include information about your browsing and/or purchasing behavior.

Once your consent has been given, it can be revoked at any time by sending a message to the controller named at the beginning of this declaration.

Facebook Inc., based in the USA, is certified for the US-European data protection agreement "Privacy Shield", which guarantees compliance with the data protection level applicable in the EU.

The purpose and scope of the data collection and further processing and use of the data by Facebook, as well as your rights and setting options for protecting your privacy in this regard, can be found in Facebook's privacy policy: http://www.facebook.com/policy.php

If you do not wish Facebook to assign the data collected via our website directly to your Facebook profile, you must log out of Facebook before visiting our website. You can also completely prevent the loading of Facebook plug-ins by using add-ons for your browser, e.g. "Adblock Plus" (https://adblockplus.org/en/).

6.2 If you have a Google+ profile, you can log in using the Single Sign-in technique for the purpose of creating a customer account or registering with the help of the social plugin "Google+ Sign-In" of the social network Google+ operated by Google Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, 4 Barrow St, Dublin, D04 ESW5, Ireland ("Google+"). The social plugins of "Google+ Sign-In" or "Register with Google" on our website can be recognized by a red button with the Google+ logo and the words "Google Sign-In" or "Register with Google" or "Sign in with Google" or "Sign in with G".

When you visit a page of our website that contains such a plugin, your browser establishes a direct connection to the Google+ servers. The content of the plugin is transmitted by Google+ directly to your browser and integrated into the page. This integration gives Google+ the information that your browser has accessed the corresponding page of our website, even if you do not have a Google+ profile or are not currently logged in to Google+. This information (including your IP address) is transmitted directly from your browser to a Google+ server and stored there. This may also result in transmission to the servers of Google LLC. in the USA. These data processing processes are carried out in accordance with Art. 6 (1) point f GDPR based on Google's legitimate interest in the insertion of personalized advertising on the basis of surfing behavior.

By using this Google+ button on our website, you also have the option of logging in or registering with your Google+ user data on our website. Only if you give your express consent pursuant to Art. 6 (1) point a GDPR prior to the registration process on the basis of a corresponding notice on the exchange of data with Google, will we receive the general and publicly accessible information stored in your profile when using the Google+ button of Google+, depending on your personal data protection settings at Google+. This information includes the user ID, name, profile picture, age and gender.

Please note that after changes to Google+'s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use, your profile pictures, your friends' user IDs and your friends’ list may also be transferred if they are marked as "public" in your Google+ privacy settings. The data transmitted by Google+ will be stored and processed by us to create a user account with the necessary data, if you have given Google+ permission to use that data (title, first name, surname, address data, country, e-mail address, date of birth). Conversely, we may transfer data (e.g. information about your surfing or purchasing behavior) to your Google+ profile on the basis of your consent.

Once your consent has been given, it can be revoked at any time by sending a message to the controller named at the beginning of this declaration.

In the event that personal data is transferred to Google LLC. based in the United States, Google LLC. is certified for the US-European data protection agreement "Privacy Shield", which guarantees compliance with the data protection level applicable in the EU. An up-to-date certificate can be viewed here: https://www.privacyshield.gov/list.

The purpose and scope of the data collection and the further processing and use of the data by Google+ as well as your rights and setting options for the protection of your privacy can be found in Google+'s privacy policy: www.google.com/policies/privacy/

The terms of use for the use of "Google+ Sign-In" or "Register with Google" can be viewed at: https://policies.google.com/terms?hl=en.

If you do not want Google+ to associate the data collected via our website directly with your Google+ profile, you must log out of Google+ before visiting our website. You can also completely prevent the loading of Google+ plugins with add-ons for your browser, e.g. with "Adblock Plus" (https://adblockplus.org/en/chrome).

7) Processing of Data for the Purpose of Order Handling

7.1 The personal data collected by us will be passed on to the transport company commissioned with the delivery within the scope of contract processing, insofar as this is necessary for the delivery of the goods. We will pass on your payment data to the commissioned credit institution within the framework of payment processing, if this is necessary for payment handling. If payment service providers are used, we explicitly inform you of this below. The legal basis for the transfer of data is Art. 6 (1) point b GDPR.

7.2 Use of Special Service Providers for Order Processing and Handling

- Plentymarkets
The order is processed by the service provider "plentymarkets" (plentymarkets GmbH, Bürgermeister-Brunner-Str. 15, 34117 Kassel). Name, address and, if applicable, other personal data will be passed on to plentymarkets exclusively for processing the online order in accordance with Art. 6 (1) point b GDPR. Your data will only be passed on if this is necessary for processing the order. Details of plentymarket's privacy policy and its data protection declaration can be viewed at: https://www.plentymarkets.co.uk/

7.3 Use of Payment Service Providers

- Paypal
When you pay via PayPal, credit card via PayPal, direct debit via PayPal or - if offered - "purchase on account" or "payment by instalments" via PayPal, we transmit your payment data to PayPal (Europe) S.a.r.l. et Cie, S.C.A., 22-24 Boulevard Royal, L-2449 Luxembourg (hereinafter "PayPal"). The transfer takes place in accordance with Art. 6 (1) point b GDPR and only insofar as this is necessary for payment processing.
PayPal reserves the right to carry out credit checks for the payment methods credit card via PayPal, direct debit via PayPal or, if offered, "purchase on account" or "payment by installments" via PayPal. For this purpose, your payment data may be passed on to credit agencies on the basis of PayPal's legitimate interest in determining your solvency pursuant to Art. 6 (1) point f GDPR. PayPal uses the result of the credit assessment in relation to the statistical probability of non-payment for the purpose of deciding on the provision of the respective payment method. The credit report can contain probability values (so-called score values). If score values are included in the result of the credit report, they are based on recognized scientific, mathematical-statistical methods. The calculation of the score values includes, but is not limited to, address data. For further information on data protection law, including the credit agencies used, please refer to PayPal's data protection declaration at: https://www.paypal.com/uk/webapps/mpp/ua/privacy-full.
You can object to this processing of your data at any time by sending a message to PayPal. However, PayPal may still be entitled to process your personal data if this is necessary for contractual payment processing.
- SOFORT
If you select the "SOFORT" payment method, payment will be processed by the payment service provider SOFORT GmbH, Theresienhöhe 12, 80339 Munich, Germany (hereinafter "SOFORT"), to whom we will pass on your information provided during the order process together with the information about your order in accordance with Art. 6 (1) point b GDPR. SOFORT is part of the Klarna Group (Klarna Bank AB (publ), Sveavägen 46, 11134 Stockholm, Sweden). Your data will only be passed on for the purpose of payment processing with the payment service provider SOFORT and only to the extent necessary. SOFORT's privacy policy can be viewed at: https://www.klarna.com/uk/privacy-policy/.

8) Use of Social Media

8.1 Facebook as Standard Plugin

Our website uses so-called social plugins ("plugins") of the social network Facebook operated by Facebook Inc, 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA ("Facebook"). The plugins are labeled with a Facebook logo or the addition "Facebook Social Plug-in" or "Facebook Social Plugin". An overview of the Facebook plugins and their appearance can be found at: https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins

If you access a page of our website that contains such a plugin, your browser establishes a direct connection to the servers of Facebook. The content of the plugin is directly sent from Facebook to your browser and integrated into the page. Through this integration, Facebook receives the information that your browser has accessed the corresponding page of our website, even if you do not have a Facebook profile or are not currently logged in to Facebook. This information (including your IP address) is transmitted directly from your browser to a server of Facebook in the USA and stored there.

If you are logged in to Facebook, Facebook can immediately associate your visit to our website with your Facebook profile. If you interact with the plugins, for example by clicking the "I like" button or by submitting a comment, this information is also transmitted directly to a Facebook server and stored there. The information is also published on your Facebook profile and signaled to your Facebook friends.

The described data processing processes take place in accordance with Art. 6 (1) point f GDPR, on the basis of Facebook's legitimate interests in the insertion of personalized advertising for the purpose of informing other users of the social network about your activities on our website and for the purpose of demand-oriented design of the service.
If you do not want Facebook to associate the information collected through our website directly with your Facebook profile, you must log out of Facebook before you visit our website. You can also prevent the loading of the Facebook plugins and thus the data processing procedures described above with add-ons for your browser for the future, e.g. with the script blocker "NoScript" (https://noscript.net/).

Facebook Inc., based in the United States, is certified for the US-European data protection agreement "Privacy Shield", which guarantees compliance with the data protection level applicable in the EU.

The purpose and scope of the data collection and the further processing and use of the data by Facebook, as well as your rights and setting options for the protection of your privacy, can be found in the Facebook data protection declaration at: https://www.facebook.com/policy.php

8.2 Facebook with 2-Click Solution

Our website uses so-called social plugins ("plugins") of the social network Facebook operated by Facebook Inc, 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA ("Facebook").

In order to increase the protection of your data when visiting our website, the plugins are initially deactivated and integrated into the page by means of a so-called "2-click" solution. Deactivated plug-ins are highlighted in gray. This integration ensures that no connection to the Facebook servers is established when a page of our website containing such plug-ins is called up. Your browser only establishes a direct connection to Facebook's servers when you activate the plug-ins and thus give your consent to the transfer of data in accordance with Art. 6 (1) point a GDPR. The content of the respective plugin is directly transmitted to your browser and integrated into the page. The plugin then sends data (including your IP address) to Facebook. We have no control over the amount of data Facebook collects using those plugins. As far as we know, Facebook will in any case be informed about our websites you have visited currently and in the past. By integrating the plugins, Facebook receives the information that your browser has accessed the corresponding page of our website, even if you do not have a Facebook profile or are not currently logged in. The information collected (including your IP address) is directly transmitted from your browser to a server of Facebook in the USA and stored there. When you interact with the plugins, the relevant information is also directly transmitted to a server of Facebook and stored there. The information is also published on Facebook and signaled to your contacts.

You can revoke your consent at any time by deactivating the activated plugin by clicking the button again. However, the revocation has no influence on the data that has already been transmitted to Facebook.

Facebook Inc., based in the United States, is certified for the US-European data protection agreement "Privacy Shield", which guarantees compliance with the data protection level applicable in the EU.

The purpose and scope of the data collection and the further processing and use of the data by Facebook, as well as your rights and setting options for the protection of your privacy, can be found in the Facebook data protection declaration at: https://www.facebook.com/policy.php

8.3 Facebook with Shariff Solution

Our website uses so-called social plugins ("plugins") of the social network Facebook operated by Facebook Inc, 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA ("Facebook").

In order to increase the protection of your data when you visit our website, these buttons are not fully integrated into the page as plug-ins and only fully operational when using an HTML link. This type of integration ensures that no connection to servers of Facebook is established when a page of our website containing such buttons is called up. When you click on the button, a new browser window opens and calls up the Facebook page, where you can interact (if necessary after entering your login data) with the plugins contained there.

Facebook Inc., based in the United States, is certified for the US-European data protection agreement "Privacy Shield", which guarantees compliance with the data protection level applicable in the EU.

The purpose and scope of the data collection and the further processing and use of the data by Facebook, as well as your rights and setting options for the protection of your privacy, can be found in the Facebook data protection declaration at: https://www.facebook.com/policy.php

8.4 Google as Standard Plugin

Our website uses so-called social plugins ("plugins") of the social network Google+ operated by Google Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, 4 Barrow St, Dublin, D04 ESW5, Ireland ("Google"). The plugins can be identified, for example, by buttons with the "+1" character on a white or colored background. An overview of the Google plugins and their appearance can be found at: https://developers.google.com/+/plugins

When you access a page of our website that contains such a plugin, your browser establishes a direct connection to Google's servers. The content of the plugin is transmitted by Google directly to your browser and integrated into the page. The integration gives Google the information that your browser has accessed the corresponding page of our website, even if you do not have a Google+ profile or are not currently logged in to Google+. This information (including your IP address) is directly transmitted from your browser to a Google server and stored there. This may also result in transmission to the servers of Google LLC. in the USA.

If you are logged in to Google+, Google can immediately associate your visit to our website with your Google+ profile. If you interact with the plugins, for example by pressing the "+1" button, the corresponding information is also directly transmitted to a Google server and stored there. The information is also published on Google+ and signaled to your contacts.

The described data processing takes place according to Art. 6 (1) point f GDPR on the basis of the legitimate interests of Google in the insertion of personalized advertising for the purpose of informing other users of the social network about your activities on our website and for the purpose of demand-oriented design of the service.

If you do not want Google to associate the information collected through our site directly with your profile on Google+, you must log out of Google+ before visiting our site.

You can also prevent the loading of the Google+ plugins and thus the data processing procedures described above with add-ons for your browser for the future, e.g. with the script blocker "NoScript" (https://noscript.net/).

In the event that personal data is transferred to Google LLC. based in the United States, Google LLC. is certified for the US-European data protection agreement "Privacy Shield", which guarantees compliance with the data protection level applicable in the EU. An up-to-date certificate can be viewed here: https://www.privacyshield.gov/list.

The purpose and scope of the data collection and the further processing and use of the data by Google, as well as your rights and setting options for the protection of your privacy, can be found in Google's data protection declaration at: https://policies.google.com/privacy

8.5 Google+ with 2-Click Solution

Our website uses so-called social plugins ("plugins") of the social network Google+ operated by Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, 4 Barrow St, Dublin, D04 ESW5, Ireland ("Google").

In order to increase the protection of your data when visiting our website, the plugins are initially deactivated and integrated into the page by means of a so-called "2-click" solution. Deactivated plug-ins are highlighted in gray. This integration ensures that no connection to the Google+ servers is established when a page of our website containing such plug-ins is called up. Your browser only establishes a direct connection to the Google+ servers when you activate the plug-ins and thus give your consent to data transmission in accordance with Art. 6 (1) point a GDPR. The content of the respective plugin is directly transmitted to your browser and integrated into the page. The plugin then transmits data (including your IP address) to Google+. We have no control over the amount of data Google+ collects using the plugins. To the best of our knowledge, Google+ will in any case be informed about our websites you have visited currently and in the past. By integrating the plugins, Google+ also receives the information that your browser has called up the corresponding page of our website, even if you do not have a Google+ profile or are not currently logged in. The information collected (including your IP address) is directly transmitted from your browser to a Google+ server and stored there. This may also result in transmission to the servers of Google LLC. in the USA. If you interact with the plugins, the corresponding information is also directly transmitted to a Google+ server and stored there. The information is also published on Google+ and signaled to your contacts.

You can revoke your consent at any time by deactivating the activated plugin by clicking the button again. However, the revocation has no influence on the data that has already been transmitted to Google+.

In the event that personal data is transferred to Google LLC. based in the United States, Google LLC. is certified for the US-European data protection agreement "Privacy Shield", which guarantees compliance with the data protection level applicable in the EU. An up-to-date certificate can be viewed here: https://www.privacyshield.gov/list.

The purpose and scope of the data collection and the further processing and use of the data by Google, as well as your rights and setting options for the protection of your privacy, can be found in Google's data protection declaration at: www.google.com/policies/privacy/

8.6 Google Plugin with Shariff Solution

Our website uses so-called social plugins ("plugins") of the social network Google+ operated by Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, 4 Barrow St, Dublin, D04 ESW5, Ireland ("Google").

In order to increase the protection of your data when you visit our website, these buttons are not fully integrated into the page as plug-ins and only fully operational when using an HTML link. This type of integration ensures that no connection to the Google+ servers is established when a page of our website containing such buttons is accessed. When you click on the button, a new browser window opens and calls up the Google+ page, where you can interact with the plug-ins there (if necessary after entering your login data).

The purpose and scope of the data collection and the further processing and use of the data by Google, as well as your rights and setting options for the protection of your privacy, can be found in Google's data protection declaration at: www.google.com/policies/privacy/

8.7 Twitter as Standard Plugin

Our website uses so-called social plugins ("plugins") of the microblogging service Twitter operated by Twitter Inc. 1355 Market St, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA ("Twitter"). The plugins are labeled with a Twitter logo, for example in the form of a blue "Twitter bird". An overview of the Twitter plugins and their appearance can be found at: https://about.twitter.com/de/resources/buttons

When you access a page of our website that contains such a plugin, your browser establishes a direct connection to Twitter's servers. The content of the plugin is directly transmitted from Twitter to your browser and integrated into the page. The integration gives Twitter the information that your browser has accessed the corresponding page of our website, even if you do not have a Twitter profile or are not currently logged in to Twitter. This information (including your IP address) is directly transmitted from your browser to a Twitter server in the USA and stored there.

If you are logged in to Twitter, Twitter can immediately associate your visit to our website with your Twitter account. If you interact with the plugins, for example by pressing the "Twitter" button, the corresponding information is also directly transmitted to a Twitter server and stored there. The information will also be published on your Twitter account and signaled to your contacts.

The described data processing processes take place according to Art. 6 (1) point f GDPR, on the basis of the legitimate interests of Twitter in the insertion of personalized advertising for the purpose of informing other users of the social network about your activities on our website and for the purpose of demand-oriented design of the service.

If you are a member of Twitter's social network and wish to limit the collection of information about our site and the aggregation of your user data with the information about you stored on the Twitter social network, you should log out of Twitter before visiting our site.

You can prevent the loading of the Twitter plugins and thus the data processing procedures described above also with Add-Ons for your browser for the future, e.g. with the script blocker "NoScript" (https://noscript.net/).
Twitter Inc., based in the United States, is certified for the US-European data protection agreement "Privacy Shield", which guarantees compliance with the data protection level applicable in the EU.

The purpose and scope of the data collection and the further processing and use of the data by Twitter as well as your relevant rights and setting options for the protection of your privacy can be found in the Twitter data protection declaration at: https://twitter.com/privacy.

8.8 Twitter with 2-click Solution

Our website uses so-called social plugins ("plugins") of the microblogging service Twitter operated by Twitter Inc. 1355 Market St, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA ("Twitter").

In order to increase the protection of your data when visiting our website, the plugins are initially deactivated and integrated into the page by means of a so-called "2-click" solution. Deactivated plug-ins are highlighted in gray. This integration ensures that no connection to the Twitter servers is established when a page of our website containing such plug-ins is called up. Your browser only establishes a direct connection to Twitter servers when you activate the plug-ins and thus give your consent to data transmission in accordance with Art. 6 (1) point a GDPR. The content of the respective plugin is directly transmitted to your browser and integrated into the page. The plugin will then send data (including your IP address) to Twitter. We have no control over the amount of data Twitter collects using the plugins. As far as we know, Twitter will in any case be informed about our websites you have visited currently and in the past. By integrating the plugins, Twitter also receives the information that your browser has accessed the corresponding page of our website, even if you do not have a Twitter profile or are not currently logged in. The information collected (including your IP address) is directly transmitted from your browser to a Twitter server in the USA and stored there. If you interact with the plugins, the corresponding information is also directly transmitted to a Twitter server and stored there. The information is also published on Twitter and signaled to your contacts.

You can revoke your consent at any time when you deactivate the activated plugin by clicking the button again. However, the revocation has no influence on the data that has already been transmitted to Twitter.

Twitter Inc., based in the United States, is certified for the US-European data protection agreement "Privacy Shield", which guarantees compliance with the data protection level applicable in the EU.

The purpose and scope of the data collection and the further processing and use of the data by Twitter, as well as your relevant rights and setting options for the protection of your privacy, can be found in the Twitter data protection declaration at: https://twitter.com/privacy

8.9 Twitter with Shariff Solution

Our website uses so-called social plugins ("plugins") of the microblogging service Twitter operated by Twitter Inc. 1355 Market St, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA ("Twitter").

In order to increase the protection of your data when you visit our website, these buttons are not fully integrated into the page as plug-ins and only operational when using an HTML link. This type of integration ensures that no connection to Twitter's servers is established when a page of our website containing such buttons is accessed. When you click on the button, a new browser window opens and opens the Twitter page, where you can interact with the plugins (if necessary after entering your login data).
Twitter Inc., based in the United States, is certified for the US-European data protection agreement "Privacy Shield", which guarantees compliance with the data protection level applicable in the EU.

The purpose and scope of the data collection and the further processing and use of the data by Twitter as well as your relevant rights and setting options for the protection of your privacy can be found in the Twitter data protection declaration at: https://twitter.com/privacy

9) Use of Videos

Use of YouTube Videos

This website uses the YouTube embedding function for display and playback of videos offered by the provider YouTube, which belongs to Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, 4 Barrow St, Dublin, D04 ESW5, Ireland ("Google").

To this end, the extended data protection mode is used to ensure, according to provider information, that user information will only be stored once the playback function of the video is started. When the playback of embedded YouTube videos is started, the provider sets "YouTube" cookies in order to collect information about user behavior. According to indications from YouTube, the use of those cookies is intended, among other things, to record video statistics, to improve user-friendliness and to avoid improper actions. If you are logged in to Google, your information will be directly associated with your account when you click on a video. If you do not wish to be associated with your profile on YouTube, you must log out before activating the button. Google saves your data (even for users who are not logged in) as usage profiles and evaluates them. Such an evaluation takes place in particular according to Art. 6 (1) point f GDPR, on the basis of the legitimate interests of Google in the insertion of personalized advertising, market research and/or demand-oriented design of its website. You have the right to object to the creation of these user profiles, whereby you must contact YouTube to exercise this right. When using YouTube, personal data may also be transmitted to the servers of Google LLC. in the USA.

Regardless of whether the embedded video is played back, a connection to the Google network "double click" is established when visiting this website. This may trigger further data processing beyond our control.

In the event that personal data is transferred to Google LLC. based in the United States, Google LLC. is certified for the US-European data protection agreement "Privacy Shield", which guarantees compliance with the data protection level applicable in the EU. An up-to-date certificate can be viewed here: https://www.privacyshield.gov/list.

Further information on YouTube's privacy policy can be found in the provider's data protection declaration at: www.google.com/policies/privacy/

10) Online-Marketing

10.1 Google AdSense

This website uses Google AdSense, a web ad service of Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, 4 Barrow St, Dublin, D04 ESW5, Ireland ("Google"). Google AdSense uses so-called "DoubleClick DART Cookies". These are text files are stored on your computer and enable an analysis of your use of the website. In addition, Google AdSense also uses "web beacons" (small invisible graphics) to collect information, which can be used to record, collect and evaluate simple actions such as visitor traffic on the website. The information generated by those cookies and/or web beacons (including your IP address) about your use of this website will normally be transmitted to a server of Google and will be stored there. When using Google AdSense, personal data may also be transmitted to the servers of Google LLC. in the USA.

Google will use the information obtained in this way to analyze your usage of this website with regard to AdSense ads. The IP address transmitted by your browser as part of Google AdSense is not merged with other Google data. The information collected by Google may be transferred to third parties, if this is prescribed by law and/or if third parties process this data by request of Google.

The described processing of data takes place according to Art. 6 (1) point f GDPR, for the purpose of target-oriented advertising to the user by third parties whose advertisements are displayed on this website based on the evaluated user behavior. At the same time, such processing serves our financial interest in exploiting the economic potential of our Internet presence by displaying personalized third-party advertising content for a fee.

In the event that personal data is transferred to Google LLC. based in the United States, Google LLC. is certified for the US-European data protection agreement "Privacy Shield", which guarantees compliance with the data protection level applicable in the EU. An up-to-date certificate can be viewed here: https://www.privacyshield.gov/list..

For more information about Google's privacy policy, please visit: https://privacy.google.com/intl/en-GB/take-control.html?categories_activeEl=sign-in

You can permanently deactivate cookies for advertising preferences by blocking them via a respective setting of your browser software or by downloading and installing the browser plug-in, available under the following link:
https://support.google.com/ads/answer/7395996

Please note that certain functions of this website may not be used or may be used only to a limited extent, if you have deactivated the use of cookies.

10.2 Google Ads Conversion Tracking

This website uses the online advertising program "Google Ads" and the conversion tracking within the framework of Google Ads, operated by Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, 4 Barrow St, Dublin, D04 ESW5, Ireland ("Google"). We use the program of Google Ads to draw attention to our attractive offers with the help of advertising materials (so-called Google Adwords) on external websites. We can determine, in relation to the advertising campaigns data, how successful the individual advertising measures are. We are interested in showing you advertisements that are of interest to you. We want to make our website more interesting for you and to achieve a fair calculation of advertising costs.

The conversion tracking cookie is set on a user’s browser, if he clicks on an ad delivered by Google. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer system. These cookies usually lose their validity after 30 days and are not used for personal identification. If the user visits a certain page of this website and if the cookie has not yet expired, Google and we will be able to recognize that the user clicked on the ad and was forwarded to this page. Each Google Ads customer gets a different cookie. Thus, cookies cannot be traced via the website of Google Ads customers. The information collected by the conversion cookies is used to provide aggregate conversion statistics to Google Ads customers who have opted-in for conversion tracking. Customers are informed about the total number of users who clicked on the ad and were forwarded to a conversion tracking tag page. However, they do not get any information enabling them to identify users personally. If you do not want to participate in the tracking program, you can refuse the use of this program by deactivating the Google Conversion Tracking cookie via your Internet browser through the user settings. In this case, you will not be included in the conversion tracking statistics. We use Google Ads on the basis of our legitimate interest in targeted advertising in accordance with Art. 6 (1) point f GDPR. When using Google Ads, personal data may also be transmitted to the servers of Google LLC. in the USA.

In the event that personal data is transferred to Google LLC. based in the United States, Google LLC. is certified for the US-European data protection agreement "Privacy Shield", which guarantees compliance with the data protection level applicable in the EU. An up-to-date certificate can be viewed here: https://www.privacyshield.gov/list..

For more information about Google's privacy policy, please visit: https://privacy.google.com/intl/en-GB/take-control.html?categories_activeEl=sign-in

You can permanently deactivate cookies for advertising preferences by blocking them via a respective setting of your browser software or by downloading and installing the browser plug-in, available under the following link:
https://support.google.com/ads/answer/7395996

Please note that certain functions of this website may not be used, or may be used only to a limited extent, if you have deactivated the use of cookies.

11) Tools and Miscellaneous

Google Maps

Our website uses Google Maps (AP’I) of Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, 4 Barrow St, Dublin, D04 E5W5, Ireland (“Google”). Google Maps is a web service for displaying interactive (country) maps in order to display geographical information visually. Using this service will show you our location and will make it easier for you to find us.

When you access the sub-pages that contain the Google Maps map, information about your use of our website (such as your IP address) is transmitted to and stored by Google on servers. When using Google Maps, personal data may also be transmitted to the servers of Google LLC. in the USA. This is regardless of whether Google provides a user account that you are logged in with or whether no user account exists. If you are logged in to Google, your information will be directly associated with your account. If you do not wish to be associated with your profile on Google, you must log out before activating the button. Google saves your data (even for users who are not logged in) as usage profiles and evaluates them. Such an evaluation takes place according to Art. 6 (1) point f GDPR, on the basis of the legitimate interests of Google in the insertion of personalized advertising, market research and/or demand-oriented design of its website. You have the right to object to the creation of these user profiles. If you want to do so, you must contact Google to exercise this right.

In the event that personal data is transferred to Google LLC. based in the United States, Google LLC. is Is certified for the US-European data protection agreement "Privacy Shield", which guarantees compliance with the data protection level applicable in the EU. An up-to-date certificate can be viewed here: https://www.privacyshield.gov/list.

If you do not agree to the future transmission of your data to Google in the context of using Google Maps, you may completely deactivate the Google Maps web service by switching off the JavaScript application in your browser. In this case, Google Maps as well as the map display on this website cannot be used.

The Google terms of use can be found at: https://policies.google.com/terms?hl=en. The additional terms of use can be found at: https://www.google.com/intl/en-US_US/help/terms_maps.html.

You can find detailed information on data protection in connection with the use of Google Maps on Google's website ("Google Privacy Policy") at: https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=en.

12) Rights of the Data Subject

12.1 The applicable data protection law grants you the following comprehensive rights of data subjects (rights of information and intervention) vis-à-vis the data controller with regard to the processing of your personal data:

  • Right of access by the data subject pursuant to Art. 15 GDPR
  • Right to rectification pursuant to Art. 16 GDPR
  • Right to erase (“right to be forgotten”) pursuant to Art. 17 GDPR
  • Right to restriction of processing pursuant to Art. 18 GDPR
  • Right to be informed pursuant to Art. 19 GDPR
  • Right to data portability pursuant to Art. 20 GDPR
  • Right to withdraw a given consent pursuant to Art. 7 (3) GDPR
  • Right to lodge a complaint pursuant to Art. 77 GDPR

12.2 RIGHT TO OBJECT

IF, WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF A CONSIDERATION OF INTERESTS, WE PROCESS YOUR PERSONAL DATA ON THE BASIS OF OUR PREDOMINANT LEGITIMATE INTEREST, YOU HAVE THE RIGHT AT ANY TIME TO OBJECT TO THIS PROCESSING WITH EFFECT FOR THE FUTURE ON THE GROUNDS THAT ARISE FROM YOUR PARTICULAR SITUATION.
IF YOU EXERCISE YOUR RIGHT TO OBJECT, WE WILL STOP PROCESSING THE DATA CONCERNED. HOWEVER, WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO FURTHER PROCESSING IF WE CAN PROVE COMPELLING REASONS WORTHY OF PROTECTION FOR PROCESSING WHICH OUTWEIGH YOUR INTERESTS, FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS, OR IF THE PROCESSING SERVES TO ASSERT, EXERCISE OR DEFEND LEGAL CLAIMS.

IF WE PROCESS YOUR PERSONAL DATA FOR DIRECT MARKETING PURPOSES, YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO OBJECT AT ANY TIME TO THE PROCESSING OF YOUR PERSONAL DATA WHICH ARE USED FOR DIRECT MARKETING PURPOSES. YOU MAY EXERCISE THE OBJECTION AS DESCRIBED ABOVE.

IF YOU EXERCISE YOUR RIGHT TO OBJECT, WE WILL STOP PROCESSING THE DATA CONCERNED FOR DIRECT ADVERTISING PURPOSES.

13) Duration of Storage of Personal Data

The duration of the storage of personal data is based on the respective legal basis, the purpose of processing and - if relevant – on the respective legal retention period (e.g. commercial and tax retention periods).

If personal data is processed on the basis of an express consent pursuant to Art. 6 (1) point a GDPR, this data is stored until the data subject revokes his consent.

If there are legal storage periods for data that is processed within the framework of legal or similar obligations on the basis of Art. 6 (1) point b GDPR, this data will be routinely deleted after expiry of the storage periods if it is no longer necessary for the fulfilment of the contract or the initiation of the contract and/or if we no longer have a justified interest in further storage.

When processing personal data on the basis of Art. 6 (1) point f GDPR, this data is stored until the data subject exercises his right of objection in accordance with Art. 21 (1) GDPR, unless we can provide compelling grounds for processing worthy of protection which outweigh the interests, rights and freedoms of the data subject, or the processing serves to assert, exercise or defend legal claims.

If personal data is processed for the purpose of direct marketing on the basis of Art. 6 (1) point f GDPR, this data is stored until the data subject exercises his right of objection pursuant to Art. 21 (2) GDPR.

Unless otherwise stated in the information contained in this declaration on specific processing situations, stored personal data will be deleted if it is no longer necessary for the purposes for which it was collected or otherwise processed.

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