The protection of your individual-related data during collection, processing and use on the occasion of your visit to this weblog is an important concern of mine as a private operator. Your data is collected, processed and protected in line with the statutory regulations.
In the following you can find information about which data is collected during your visit to this weblog and how it is used:

1. Collection and processing of data
Every time this weblog is accessed or a file provided on this weblog is opened, it is recorded in a log file. The storage only serves statistical purposes as well as the maintenance of the functionality. The following information is recorded:

  • name of the accessed file
  • browser type/ version
  • software system used
  • referrer URL (the page priorly accessed)
  • search words (in the case of transfer from a search engine)
  • host name of the accessing computer (IP address)
  • transmitted data volume (transfer volume)

This data does not allow any direct conclusions to your actual identity. Therefore, this data does not belong to the individual-related data.
This data is deleted after the statistical evaluation has been concluded provided that it is not required for the maintenance of the functionality of this weblog.

Additional and/or individual-related data is only collected if you provide this data voluntarily in line with a guest commentary, a registration or in the course of making personal contact which you initiate.
Provided that you leave an email address in line with a guest commentary, I kindly ask you not to give any false information or to compromise a third party or to simulate his or her identity.

1a Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. (“ Google „). Google Analytics uses „cookies“, text files that are stored on your computer to help analyze the use of the website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website (including your IP address) is sent to a Google server in the U.S. and stored there. Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other website activity and internet related services. In addition, Google may also transfer this information to third parties unless required by law or if third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by changing the settings on your browser, we would point out, however, that you can use in this case not all the features of this website. By using this site, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner described above and for the designated purpose.

2. Cookies
This weblog uses so-called Cookies in several places for the maintenance of the functionality. They serve the purpose of making the offer more user-friendly and more effective. Cookies are small text files which are stored on your computer and which your browser stores.
In no way do Cookies damage your computer and they do not contain any viruses, however they improve the functionality of this online offer. Cookies which are activated by this weblog contain parts of your individual-related data if need be.
You can deactivate the storage of Cookies in your browser provided that you have the necessary access rights. As the case may be, you may not have all the functions within this weblog at your disposal however the significant functions still remain useable.

3. Use and transmission of individual-related data
As far as you have made your individual-related data available to me, I only use it to answer your enquiries and for technical administration.
Your individual-related data is only transmitted or otherwise transferred to third parties if this is carried out with your consent for the purpose of settling a contract, is required for the guarantee of the functionality of this weblog or is required in line with a regulation of an authorised office in terms of the law.

Every comment you send within this weblog including the data collected in this regard is automatically transmitted once to a third party supplier and tested for SPAM characteristics according to stored samples in order to avoid SPAM. Your data is not stored there if your data is categorised as unobjectionable. Very rare false classifications which may occur are generally corrected within approx. 48 hours manually by either me or an agent. In this regard please also observe the privacy policy of the third party supplier.

You are entitled to cancel (contact see below) the given consent with effect for the future at anytime in the written form.
The deletion of the stored individual-related data is carried out when you cancel your consent for storage, when it is no longer required for the fulfilment of the purpose pursued with the storage or when its storage is or becomes illegal due to miscellaneous statutory reasons.

4. Access Right
Upon written enquiry I will gladly inform you about the data stored regarding your personal information.

5. Deletion Retention
For the maintenance of the functionality or for ensuring my designated intention of this weblog or in the case of expected violations against customs, morals or valid laws or those which have already occurred, I reserve the right to delete data – that includes in particular guest commentaries or published articles – without further enquiries and in my sole discretion.

6. Security Advice
By taking all technical and organisational measures which are available, your individual-related data is preferably stored so that it is not accessible by third parties. Complete data security cannot be guaranteed for communication via email so that forwarding by means of regular mail is recommended for confidential information.

As at 17th December 2010

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