Introduction

The protection of personal data is important to us. For this reason, this website is operated in accordance with applicable law on data protection and data security. In particular this concerns the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Bundesdatenschutzgesetz (BDSG) and the Telemediengesetz (TMG). We collect, process and use personal data for a number of purposes, in particular, to provide you on this website with content and services of interest.

Agreement

By using this Website, you consent to the collection and use of the information as described here. If we decide to make changes to this Privacy Statement, we will post the changes on this site so that you will always know what information we collect, and how we use it.

From time to time, as may be required by applicable law, we may also seek your explicit consent to process certain data and information collected on this website or volunteered by you.

Collection and use of personal information

To provide a good service, we collect personal information using common Internet technologies and through requests to you for information.

When you visit our web site, we may record your IP address and use cookies and other Internet technologies to gather general information about our visitors and their interests.

We may further collect and process any information and data that you volunteer to us, e.g. when you register for events, use a contact form, subscribe to newsletters, participate in online surveys, discussion groups or forums.

IP addresses

We use IP addresses to help diagnose problems, to administer our website, and to gather statistical information. We may also use IP addresses or other information you have shared on this website or at any earlier occasion, to determine which pages on our sites are being visited and topics that may be of interest so we can provide you with relevant information.

We do not track or collect personal information from your visits to websites of other companies or entities.

Automated tools

In addition to IP addresses and the information you provide, we may also collect information during your visit to our website through automated tools, which include Web beacons, cookies, embedded Web links, and other commonly used information-gathering tools. These tools collect certain standard information that your browser sends to our website such as your browser type and language, access times, and the address of the website from which you arrived at our website. Using these tools, we are also able to confirm receipt of e-mails and can track other information such as pages visited on our website and whether or not the recipient registers for an event.

Cookies

We use cookies to deliver personalized content, to save you having to re-enter your password repeatedly, and to tailor our information offerings to how you and others use the site.

You can use our website without cookies. This may lead to certain content not being displayed correctly and certain functionalities not behaving in the expected manner.

Contact forms and event registration

Our site includes forms that you can fill in to request information or contact us for other purposes. Forms may also be used to register for events. Data will be used for the purpose clear from the form and it may be necessary to transfer data to third parties to fulfill that purpose.

Security

We are committed to protecting the personal data you share with us. We use a combination of industry-standard security technologies, procedures, and organizational measures to help protect your personal data from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. Measures include secure server technology. Security arrangements and facilities are in place to prevent abuse.

Social Media

Our website offers Social Media Buttons which support interaction with various social media services (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Google+). Any such social media service will only receive information from you directly and only if you choose to click on the respective button.

To find out how a social media service collects and uses data, please refer to their website.

Links to other sites

This site may contain links to other sites. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of websites of third parties.

Questions and exercising user rights

If you have questions concerning data protection on this website, require information about the data being stored about you, wish to correct data, object to data being processed, withdraw consent or restrict data use, please contact us at Oxfordstr. 2, 53111 Bonn, Germany.

Piwik/Matomo

This website uses the open source software Piwik/Matomo for the analysis of web statistics. Please activate the "Do-Not-Track" function on your browser if you do not wish that your visit is included in statistics.