Data privacy statement for users of the PDS Entwicklungs- und Service GmbH website

Section 1 Information on the collection of personal data

(1) General information

Thank you for your interest in our website. Protecting your personal data when you visit our homepage is a top priority for the management of PDS Entwicklungs- und Service GmbH. The information below is designed to give you an overview of how we process your personal data and your rights under data protection law. Personal data is all data that can be traced back to you personally, e.g. name, address, email addresses, user behaviour.

If a data subject wishes to make use of special services offered by our company via our website, e.g. our contact form, it may be necessary to process personal data. If the processing of personal data is necessary and there is no statutory basis for such processing, we generally obtain the consent of the data subject. Data is always processed in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and in accordance with the country-specific data protection regulations that apply to PDS Entwicklungs- und Service GmbH.

PDS Entwicklungs- und Service GmbH, as the “controller” responsible for processing, has implemented technical and organisational measures to ensure that the personal data processed via this website is protected to the greatest extent possible against loss, destruction, access, modification or dissemination of your data by unauthorised individuals. This also includes ensuring that we transmit your personal data securely using encryption. We use the TSL (Transport Layer Security) coding system for this purpose. You can recognise an encrypted connection by the fact that the address bar of the browser changes from “http://” to “https://” and by the padlock icon in your browser bar.

Nevertheless, absolute protection cannot be guaranteed due to fundamental security gaps in Internetbased data transmission.

(2) Party responsible for data processing (controller)

The controller in accordance with Article 4(7) of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the applicable country-specific data protection provisions is:

PDS Peripherie. Daten. Systeme. Entwicklungs- und Service GmbH
Ettore-Bugatti-Str. 35 | D-51149 Cologne
Tel.: +49 2203 18880 | marketing@circlon.de

Please send general questions regarding data protection to PDS Entwicklungs- und Service GmbH using the e-mail address DSO-Team(at)circlon.de.

You can contact our data protection officer, Mr Sven Bartsch, by post at the above address, also addressing the letter to the “data protection officer”, or by sending an e-mail to: DSO@circlon.de.

(3) General information on data processing

We only collect and use personal data concerning our users to the extent that is necessary to make a functional website available, as well as to present our content and provide services. In general, personal data relating to our users is only collected and used after the user has granted his/her consent. An exception applies in those cases in which prior consent cannot be obtained for practical reasons and the processing of the data is permitted by statutory provisions.

The legal bases for the processing of your personal data include the following:

  • Processing based on your consent (Article 6(1a) GDPR)
  • Processing for the performance of a contract to which the data subject is party. This also applies to processing operations that are necessary to perform pre-contractual measures (Article 6(1b) GDPR)
  • Processing to fulfil a legal obligation to which our company is subject (Article 6(1c) GDPR)
  • Processing in the event that the vital interests of the data subject or another natural person require the processing of personal data (Article 6(1d) GDPR).
  • If processing is necessary to safeguard a legitimate interest of our company or a third party and if the interests, fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject do not outweigh this legitimate interest (Article 6(1f) GDPR). Legitimate interests can include, in particular
    • displaying the content of our website correctly;
    • statistical evaluations to check and optimise the website;
    • to provide law enforcement agencies with the information required for law enforcement in the event of a cyber-attack;
    • responding to requests and providing services and/or information intended for you;
    • processing and transmitting personal data for internal/administrative purposes;
    • preventing and detecting fraud and criminal offences;
    • ensuring the permanent functionality of our information technology systems and the technology of our website with the aim of increasing data protection and data security in our company.

Section 2 Your rights

(1) My rights as the data subject

You can request information regarding the data stored about you by contacting the address above (Article 15 GDPR). In addition, you can request that data be rectified if we have stored incorrect data about you (Article 16 GDPR). You can also request that your data be erased (Article 17 GDPR) or exercise the right to object (Article 21 GDPR) subject to certain conditions. In addition, you have the right to restrict the processing of your personal data (Article 18 GDPR) and the right to receive the data you have provided (Article 20 GDPR). The right to information and erasure are subject to the limitations set out in sections 34 and 35 of the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG).

You have the right, if you are of the opinion that the processing of your personal data is contrary to the requirements set out in the General Data Protection Regulation, to contact the supervisory authority for data protection that is responsible for you (Article 77 GDPR in conjunction with section 19 BDSG). In the case of North Rhine-Westphalia, this is the State Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, Kavalleriestr. 2-4, 40213 Düsseldorf.

If data processing is based on your consent, you are entitled to revoke your consent to the use of your personal data at any time in accordance with Article 7 GDPR. Please note that revocation is only effective for the future. Processing operations performed before the revocation are not affected. Please also note that we may have to store certain data for a certain period of time to comply with statutory requirements.

(2) Information on your right to object in accordance with Article 21 GDPR

1. RIGHT TO OBJECT IN INDIVIDUAL CASES

You have the right to object, on grounds relating to your particular situation, at any time to the processing of personal data concerning you which is based on Article 6(1e) GDPR (data processing in the public interest) and Article 6(1f) GDPR (data processing based on the weighing up of interests); this also applies to profiling based on those provisions within the meaning of Article 4 no. 4 GDPR.

If you object, we will no longer process your personal data unless we demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your interests, rights and freedoms or for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims (objection pursuant to Article 21(1) GDPR).

2. RIGHT TO OBJECT TO DATA PROCESSING FOR DIRECT MARKETING PURPOSES

In individual cases, we process your personal data for direct marketing purposes. You have the right to object to the processing of personal data concerning you for such marketing purposes at any time. If you object to processing for direct marketing purposes, we will no longer process the personal data concerning you for such purposes. The objection notice can be submitted without adhering to any formal requirements and should be addressed to the contact details provided under section 1 no. 2 if possible (objection pursuant to Article 21(2) GDPR).

(3) Who gets my data?

Unless otherwise specified in the detailed descriptions of the services, those departments within our company will be given access to the data concerning you that they need to fulfil our contractual and statutory obligations/to safeguard our legitimate interests. We will only disseminate information concerning you outside of the company if this is permitted or required by statutory or official notification obligations, if dissemination is necessary for the performance and, as a result, for the fulfilment of the contract or, at your request, for the implementation of pre-contractual measures, if we have received your consent or if we are authorised to provide information.

If we use contracted service providers for individual website functions, these service providers have been carefully selected and commissioned by us, are bound by our instructions and are subject to regular checks. Your personal data will then be processed on the basis of contract data processing agreements in accordance with Article 28 GDPR and we will ensure that the processing of personal data is consistent with the provisions set out in the GDPR. The categories of recipients in such cases are our provider for website support and hosting.

If we would like to use your data for marketing purposes, we will inform you in detail about the individual processes below.

(4) How long will my data be stored for?

Unless otherwise specified in the detailed descriptions of the offers, we process and store your personal data for as long as is necessary to fulfil our contractual and statutory obligations.

Your personal data will be erased or blocked on a regular basis if it is no longer required to fulfil contractual or statutory obligations, if you have exercised your right to erasure, if all mutual claims have been fulfilled and if there are no other statutory retention obligations or statutory grounds justifying its storage.

Section 3 Collection of personal data when you visit our website

(1) Use of server log files

Every time a data subject or automated system accesses the website, a number of pieces of general data and information are recorded in log files. These include an internet protocol address (IP address), the browser types and versions used, the website from which an accessing system accesses our website (known as the “referrer”), the sub-websites which are accessed via an accessing system on our website, the date and time of access to the website and other similar data and information that serves to defend against risks in the event of attacks on our information technology systems.

The legal basis for the temporary storage of the data and log files is based on Article 6(1f) GDPR with the above-mentioned legitimate interests.

The temporary storage of the IP address by the system is necessary to enable the website to be displayed on the user’s computer. This means that the user’s IP address has to remain stored for the duration of the session.

The data is stored in log files to ensure the functionality of the website. In addition, the data helps us to optimise the website and to ensure the security of our information technology systems. Our legitimate interest in data processing in accordance with Article 6(1f) GDPR also lies in these purposes. The data will be erased as soon as it is no longer necessary to achieve the purpose for which it was collected. Regarding the data collected for the provision of the website, this is the case when the session in question has ended. The collection of data for the provision of the website and the storage of the data in log files is necessary to operate the website. The log files can also be checked if there are justified grounds, based on concrete evidence, to suspect illegal use or a specific attack on our website. In such cases, our legitimate interest in processing relates to the clarification and pursuit of such attacks and unlawful use under criminal law.

(2) Use of cookies

“Cookies” are small files that are stored on the user’s device. They are stored either temporarily for the duration of a session (session cookies) or permanently (permanent cookies) on your end device. Session cookies are automatically deleted after you leave the website. Permanent cookies remain stored on your end device until you delete them yourself or until they are automatically deleted by your web browser. Cookies can be used to store different pieces of information. This information can include, for example, the language settings on a website or the location where a video was viewed.

As a rule, cookies are also used when a user’s interests or his/her behaviour (e.g. viewing certain content, using functions, etc.) on individual websites are stored in a user profile. These profiles are used, for example, to display content to users that matches their potential interests. This process is also known as “tracking”, i.e. keeping track of users’ potential interests. The term “cookies” is also used to describe other technologies that fulfil the same functions as cookies (e.g. if user information is stored using pseudonymous online identifiers, also known as “user IDs”).

If we use cookies or “tracking” technologies, we will inform you separately in our data privacy statement.

Information on legal bases: The legal basis on which we process your personal data using cookies depends on whether we ask you for your consent. If we do and you consent to the use of cookies, the legal basis for processing your data is your declared consent (Article 6(1a) GDPR). Otherwise, the data processed using cookies will be processed on the basis of our legitimate interests (Article 6(1f) GDPR), e.g. in the commercial operation of our website and its improvement), or if cookies have to be used to fulfil our contractual obligations (Article 6(1b) GDPR).

General information on revocation and objections (opt-out): Irrespective of whether processing is based on consent or a statutory authorisation, you can opt, at any time, to revoke any consent you have given or to object to, or revoke, the processing of your data using cookie technologies (collectively referred to as an “opt-out”).

You can initially object using your browser settings, e.g. by deactivating the use of cookies (although this may limit the functionality of our website).

Processing of cookie data based on consent: Before we process data, or allow data to be processed, using cookies, we ask users for their consent, which can be revoked at any time. If consent has not yet been given, only those cookies that we need to use to operate our website are used. They are used in our interest and in the interest of website users in the expected functionality of our website.

Cookie settings/right to object:

(3) Adobe Typekit Web Fonts

Our website uses Adobe Typekit Web Fonts to ensure that certain fonts are displayed uniformly. The provider is Adobe Systems Incorporated, 345 Park Avenue, San Jose, CA 95110-2704, USA (Adobe).

When you access our website, your browser loads the required fonts directly from Adobe in order to display them correctly on your end device. This involves your browser establishing a connection with the Adobe servers in the US. As a result, Adobe is informed that our website has been accessed via your IP address. According to Adobe, no cookies are stored when the fonts are made available.

Adobe is certified in accordance with the EU-US Privacy Shield. The Privacy Shield is an agreement between the United States of America and the European Union that aims to ensure compliance with European data protection standards. You can find more information at: https://www.adobe.com/uk/privacy/eudatatransfers.html.

The use of Adobe Typekit Web Fonts is required to ensure a consistent typeface on our website. This represents a legitimate interest within the meaning of Article 6(1f) GDPR.

For more information about Adobe Typekit Web Fonts, please visit https://www.adobe.com/uk/privacy/policies/typekit.html .

You can find Adobe's Privacy Policy at https://www.adobe.com/uk/privacy/policy.html

(4) polyfill.io

Our site provides content via what is known as a Content Delivery Network (CDN). The provider is: The Financial Times Limited, Bracken House, 1 Friday Street, London, England.

In order to use the content provided by polyfill.io, information needs to be stored on your IP address, browser information (name, version), website, user operating system, user screen resolution, browser language settings/user operating system. Your data is generally transmitted to, and saved on, a polyfill.io server. The provider of this site has no control over this data transmission.

The content is used in the interests of ensuring that the content can be displayed on this website without any errors. This represents a legitimate interest within the meaning of Article 6(1f) GDPR.

You can find more information on the handling of user data at polyfill.io in the privacy policy at https://polyfill.io/v3/privacy-policy/.

Section 4 Other website functions and services

In addition to the use of our website for information purposes only, we offer various services which you can use if you are interested. In order to use these services, you will generally have to provide additional personal data that we use to provide the service concerned and to which the aforementioned data processing principles apply.

(1) Use of the contact form

A contact form that you can use to contact us electronically is available on our website. The data entered by the user will be transmitted to us and stored. This data includes name, e-mail address and the subject of the request as mandatory fields; all other information is voluntary and is not strictly necessary. As a result, the legal basis for the processing of data in connection with the use of the contact form is Article 6(1f) GDPR. We have a legitimate interest in processing user enquiries received via the contact form effectively.

If you contact us to conclude a contract, the legal basis for processing in accordance with Article 6(1b) GDPR is also to be included with regard to the implementation of pre-contractual measures and any subsequent processing for the performance of a contract.

Personal data that we process in connection with a general contact enquiry made using the contact form is only stored until the correspondence concerned is completed. The conversation is also considered to have ended when it can be inferred from the circumstances that the matter in question has been definitively clarified. Mandatory statutory provisions – in particular, retention periods – remain unaffected.

Consent to the processing of your personal data can be revoked at any time. If you contact us by e-mail, you can, of course, object to the storage of your personal data at any time. In such cases, the conversation cannot be continued.

(2) Request sent by e-mail, telephone or fax

Alternatively, you have the option of contacting us by e-mail, telephone or fax. If you make use of this option, the user’s personal data (e.g. name, enquiry) transmitted in the process will be stored and processed. The data is used exclusively to continue the conversation and process your request and will not be passed on to third parties without your consent. When it comes to the processing of data transmitted when you contact us, the legal basis is either Article 6(1f) GDPR, namely a legitimate interest in the effective processing of the enquiries addressed to us, or your consent (Article 6(1a) GDPR), if your consent has been requested.

If you contact us to conclude a contract, the legal basis for processing in accordance with Article 6(1b) GDPR is also to be included with regard to the implementation of pre-contractual measures and any subsequent processing for the performance of a contract.

Personal data that we process in connection with a general contact enquiry made by e-mail, telephone or fax is only stored until the correspondence concerned is completed. The conversation is also considered to have ended when it can be inferred from the circumstances that the matter in question has been definitively clarified. Mandatory statutory provisions – in particular, retention periods – remain unaffected.

Consent to the processing of your personal data can be revoked at any time. If you contact us by e-mail, you can, of course, object to the storage of your personal data at any time. In such cases, the conversation cannot be continued.

(3) Collection and use of personal data during the application process

During the application process, ensuring the highest possible protection for your personal data is a top priority for us. As a result, we take technical and organisational measures to ensure that all personal data that we collect and process in the context of an application is protected against unauthorised access and manipulation.

We process personal applicant data such as name, contact details, curriculum vitae, etc. for the candidate selection/recruitment process with the aim of filling positions in the company.

The legal basis for the processing of your personal data is the establishment, performance and termination of a contractual relationship in accordance with Article 6(1b) GDPR, the fulfilment of a legal obligation in accordance with Article 6(1c) GDPR; data is also processed on the basis of the consent you granted when you voluntarily provided data that is not absolutely necessary for the purposes of the process (e.g. information on hobbies provided in your CV).

The data is also processed on the basis of legitimate interests pursuant to Article 6(1f) GDPR:

  • to optimise our application processes,
  • to ensure adherence to compliance provisions, industry standards and contractual obligations,
  • for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims,
  • as well as to avoid damage to and/or liability of our company by taking appropriate measures.

Your data will be erased once the purpose in question has been achieved, although it will be kept up until that point in time for as long as is necessary to defend legal claims/defend against possible accusations under the German General Act on Equal Treatment (AGG) in accordance with section 15 AGG (Compensation and damages in the event of a violation of the prohibition of discrimination). This is usually a period of six months. Particularly interesting applicants who cannot currently be considered are asked to give their consent to their data being stored for a longer period (usually one year); the legal basis in such cases is Article 6(1a) GDPR. If data is processed in operations relevant to accounting, such as for the reimbursement of travel expenses, the data required for this purpose will be erased in accordance with the statutory retention periods, which are usually six or 10 years.

If the application was successful and we can welcome you to our company on the basis of a contractual agreement, we will transfer the data collected as part of the application process to our HR file.

(5) Newsletter

You can grant your consent to subscribe to our newsletter, which we use to provide you with information on our latest interesting offers. We use what is known as the double opt-in procedure for subscriptions to our newsletter. This means that after you register, we will send you an e-mail to the e-mail address you provided asking you to confirm that you wish to receive the newsletter.

Your name and e-mail address are required as mandatory fields when you subscribe to our newsletter. Once you have issued your confirmation, we will save your data for the purpose of sending you the newsletter. The legal basis is Article 6(1) sentence 1a GDPR.

You can revoke your consent to being sent the newsletter and unsubscribe at any time. You can declare your revocation by clicking on the link provided in every newsletter e-mail, by sending an e-mail to DSOTeam(at)circlon.de or by sending a message to the contact details provided in the legal notice.

Section 5 Web analysis

(1) Use of Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics for web analysis purposes. This is a service provided by Google Ireland Limited (“Google”), a company incorporated and run under Irish law (registration number: F368047) with its registered office at Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland (“Google”).

Google Analytics uses technologies that allow users to be recognised for the purpose of analysing their user behaviour, such as cookies or device fingerprinting. These technologies allow the website operator to analyse the behaviour of the website visitors. The website operator receives various data concerning the use of the website, such as page views, length of stay, operating systems used and where users come from. Google can combine this data in a profile that is assigned to the individual user or his/her end device.

As a rule, the information generated as part of this process about your use of this website will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the US.

IP anonymisation

If, however, IP anonymity is activated on this website, Google will first of all shorten your IP address in member states of the European Union or other contracting states of the agreement on the European Economic Area. The full IP address is only sent to and truncated by Google servers in the US in exceptional cases. On behalf of the website provider, 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 to the website provider. The IP address transmitted by your browser in connection with Google Analytics will not be merged with other Google data.

Browser Plugin

You can set your browser software to prevent cookies from being saved. Please note that if you do so, however, you might not be able to use all of the functions offered by this website. You can also prevent the collection of the data generated by the cookie and relating to your use of the website (including your IP address) by Google, and also prevent the processing of this data by Google, by downloading and installing the browser plugin that is available at the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=enGB .

You can find more information on the handling of user data at Google Analytics in Google’s privacy policy at https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=en .

Legal basis and storage period

We use Google Analytics to analyse the use of our website and make regular improvements to it. We can use the statistics obtained to improve our offering and make it more interesting for you as a user. For the exceptional cases in which personal data is transmitted to the US, Google has acceded to the EU-US Privacy Shield, https://www.privacyshield.gov/EU-US-Framework. The legal basis for the use of Google Analytics is your consent, meaning that such use is based on Article 6(1a) GDPR; this consent can be revoked at any time.

The user and event-level data stored at Google, which is linked to cookies, user IDs (e.g. User ID) or advertising IDs (e.g. DoubleClick cookies, Android advertising ID, etc.), is rendered anonymous or deleted after a period of 12 months. You can find details by clicking on the following link: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/7667196?hl=en .

It goes without saying we have also concluded an agreement with Google for contract data processing and fully implement the stringent requirements for the use of Google Analytics.

Section 6 Use of social media

(1) Social media sites

We currently use the following social media links: Xing, LinkedIn and YouTube. We use something known as the two-click solution. This means that when you visit our site, no personal data is disseminated to the social media providers referred to above to begin with. You can recognise the link provider from its first few letters of the provider’s name or the logo that appears in the box. We allow you to use the button to communicate directly with the plug-in provider. It is only if you click on the marked field to activate it that the provider will be informed that you have accessed the corresponding website of our online offering. In addition, the data referred to in section 3 of this data privacy statement will be transmitted. In the case of Xing, the IP address will be rendered anonymous immediately after it is collected, according to the information supplied by the individual providers in Germany. This means that if you activate the link, your personal data will be transmitted to the provider concerned and stored there (in the US in cases involving US providers). As providers collect data via cookies, in particular, we recommend that you delete all cookies via your browser's security settings before clicking on the greyed-out box.

We have no control over the data collected or the data processing operations, nor are we aware of the full scope of data collection, the purposes of processing or the storage periods. Nor is any information available to us on the erasure of the data collected by the provider.

The providers store the data collected about you as user profiles and use these for the purposes of advertising, market research and/or to ensure user-oriented website design. These evaluations are carried out in particular (even for users who are not logged in) in order to display advertisements that suit your needs, and to inform other users of the social network about your activities on our website. You have the right to object to the creation of these user profiles, although you have to contact the plug-in provider in question in order to exercise this right. By offering the links, we allow you to interact with social networks and other users, meaning that we can improve our offering and make it more interesting for you as a user. The legal basis for the use of the plug-ins is Article 6(1f) GDPR.

The data is disseminated regardless of whether you have an account with the provider and are logged in to that account. If you are logged in with the provider, the data concerning you that is collected on our website will be directly assigned to your existing account with the provider. If you press the activated button and, for example, link the page, the provider will also store this information in your user account and communicate it publicly to your contacts. We recommend that you log out after using a social network on a regular basis, but especially before activating the button, as this allows you to prevent the provider from assigning the information to your profile.

Further information on the purpose and scope of data collection and processing by the providers can be found in the following data privacy statements released by these providers. These data privacy statements also contain further information on your rights in this regard and the settings that you can use to protect your privacy.

Addresses of the individual plug-in providers and URLs for their data privacy statements:

  1. Xing AG, Gänsemarkt 43, 20354 Hamburg, DE; http://www.xing.com/privacy.
  2. LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, California 94043, USA; http://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy. LinkedIn has acceded to the EU-US-Privacy-Shield, https://www.privacyshield.gov/EU-US-Framework.
  3. YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. Die YouTube, LLC is a subsidiary of Google Inc, 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountainview, California 94043, USA https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/?hl=de . Google has acceded to the EU-US-Privacy-Shield, https://www.privacyshield.gov/EU-US-Framework .

(2) Integration of YouTube videos

As we are interested in providing you with a wide range of multimedia information, we include videos from YouTube on our website. This is a service provided by Google Ireland Limited (“Google”), a company incorporated and run under Irish law (registration number: F368047) with its registered office at Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland (“Google”).

The legal basis for this is Article 6(1f) GDPR.

YouTube is integrated in extended data protection mode/using the no-cookie solution, meaning that YouTube only sets cookies and pixel tags to personalise advertising and search results when the video is played. The extended data protection mode does not, however, necessarily rule out the transmission of data to YouTube partners. For example, YouTube connects to the Google DoubleClick network whether you’re watching a video or not.

When the YouTube video is played, data is transmitted to Google as the YouTube operator. This data includes, for example, IP address, the specific address of the page accessed on our website, the browser ID transmitted and the system date and time of access. In addition, existing cookies that allow your browser to be clearly identified are transmitted. If you are logged in to your YouTube account, you allow YouTube to assign your surfing behaviour directly to your personal profile. You can stop this happening by logging out of your YouTube account.

Starting a YouTube video may trigger further data processing operations over which we have no control. This data processing is the sole responsibility of Google, as the operator of YouTube.

YouTube is used in the interests of presenting our online offering in an attractive manner. As a result, this represents a legitimate interest within the meaning of Article 6(1f) GDPR. If consent has been requested, processing is carried out exclusively on the basis of Article 6(1a) GDPR; consent can be revoked at any time.

Further information on the purpose and scope of data collection and processing by YouTube can be found in the data privacy statement at https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=en-GB&gl=de . This data privacy statement also contains further information on your rights in this regard and the settings that you can use to protect your privacy. We would like to point out that Google can receive further data via cookies already stored by you. The extent to which this data is used by Google is beyond our control. Google also processes your personal data in the US and has acceded to the EU-US Privacy Shield, https://www.privacyshield.gov/EU-US-Framework .

§ 7 Public Relations

(1) Campaign Manager by Google

This website uses the Campaign Manager online marketing tool. This is a service provided by Google Ireland Limited (“Google”), a company incorporated and run under Irish law (registration number: F368047) with its registered office at Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland (“Google”). If you consent, Campaign Manager uses cookies to display ads that are relevant to users, to improve campaign performance reports or to prevent a user from seeing the same ads more than once. Google uses a cookie ID to record which ads are shown in which browser, allowing it to prevent them from being shown more than once.

Campaign Manager can also use cookie IDs to track conversions related to ad requests. This is the case, for example, if a user sees a Campaign Manager ad and uses the same browser later on to visit the advertiser’s website and make a purchase. According to Google, Campaign Manager cookies do not contain personal information.

Due to the marketing tools used, your browser automatically establishes a direct connection with the Google server. We have no control over the scope and further use of the data collected by Google using this tool, meaning that the information we are providing you with is based on the information available to us: the integration of Campaign Manager means that Google is informed that you have accessed the relevant part of our website or clicked on one of our advertisements. If you are registered with a Google service, Google can assign the visit to your user account. Even if you are not registered with Google/have not logged in, it is possible that the provider will still be able to identify and store your IP address.

In addition, the Campaign Manager (DoubleClick Floodlight) cookies used allow us to see whether you perform certain actions on our website after you have accessed or clicked on one of our display/video ads on Google or another platform via Campaign Manager (conversion tracking). Campaign Manager uses this cookie to see the content that you have interacted with on our websites so that we can send you targeted advertising later on.

For more information about Campaign Manager by Google, please visit https://support.google.com/dcm/answer/9015629?hl=de . For information on data protection at Google in general, go to: https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=en-GB&gl=de . Alternatively, you can visit the website of the Network Advertising Initiative (NAI) at http://www.networkadvertising.org besuchen. Google has acceded to the EU-US-Privacy-Shield, https://www.privacyshield.gov/EU-US-Framework .

The legal basis for the use of Campaign Manager by Google is Article 6(1) sentence 1a GDPR. This can be revoked at any time by accessing our Cookie Consent Tool.

You can object to participation in this tracking procedure in various ways: a) by configuring your browser software settings accordingly, in particular by suppressing third-party cookies so that you do not receive third-party advertisements; b) by deactivating cookies for conversion tracking by setting your browser to block cookies from the domain "www.googleadservices.com", https://adssettings.google.com/authenticated , although this setting will be deleted when you delete your cookies; c) by deactivating the interest-based ads of the providers that are part of the self-regulation campaign “About Ads” via the link http://www.aboutads.info/choices , although this setting will be deleted when you delete your cookies; d) by permanently disabling them in your Firefox, Internet Explorer or Google Chrome browser using the link https://support.google.com/ads/answer/7395996 . We would like to remind you that if you do so, you may not be able to use all of the functions of our website in full.

In addition, you can prevent Google from collecting the data generated by the cookies regarding your use of the websites and the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plugin available at https://support.google.com/adsense/answer/142293?hl=en-GB under “Display settings”, “Campaign Manager deactivation extension”.