Provider and responsible body within the meaning of the Data Protection Act
Dr. Simon Koopmann
Dr. Fabian Potratz
Eupener Str. 165
D 50933 Cologne (Germany)
The legal framework for data protection is the Federal Data Protection Act and the Telemedia Act.
Collecting general information
With each access to this website, information is automatically collected by us or the web space provider. This information, also known as server log files, is of general shape and does not allow any conclusions to your person.
Included are: name of the website, file, date, amount of data, web browser and web browser version, operating system, the domain name of your internet provider, the so-called referrer URL (the page from which you accessed our website) and the IP address.
Without this data, it would technically not be possible to deliver and display the contents of the website properly. In this respect, the collection of data is essential. In addition, we use the anonymous information for statistical purposes. They help us to optimize the offered service. In addition we reserve the right to subsequently inspect the log files in case of suspected illegal use of our website.
If you contact us by e-mail, we will store the information you have provided in order to answer to your request and to ask possible follow-up questions.
Integration of third party services and contents
Our website partially includes content and services of third party providers. These are, for example, videos from YouTube. In order for this data to be accessible and displayable by the user’s browser, the forwarding of the user’s IP address is mandatory. The third-party providers thus receive the IP address of the respective user of our website.
Although we endeavor to use only third-party providers who only need the IP address to deliver their content, we have no control over whether the IP address is stored. This storing-process is, among others, used for statistical purposes. If we are aware that the IP address is being stored, we will provide this information on our website.
This website uses so-called “cookies”. These are text files that are stored on your computer, coming from the server. They contain information about the browser, the IP address, the operating system and the internet connection. We do not disclose this information to third parties or link it to personal data without your consent.
Cookies fulfill two main tasks. They help us to facilitate the navigation through our website and enable its correct presentation. They are not used to inject viruses or launch programs.
Users have the opportunity to access our website without cookies. For this purpose, the corresponding settings must be changed in the browser. Please refer to the help function of your browser, how cookies are deactivated. However, please be aware that this may interfere with some features of this website and reduce its ease of use.
Use of Google Analytics
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses so-called “cookies”, text files that are stored on your computer and that allow an analysis of the use of the website by you. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is usually transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. However, due to the activation of IP anonymization on these websites, your IP address will be shortened beforehand by Google within member states of the European Union or in other contracting states of the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases the full IP address will be sent to a Google server in the US and shortened there.
On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on the website activity and to provide other services related to website activity and internet usage to the website operator. The IP address provided by Google Analytics will not be merged with other Google data. You can prevent the storage of cookies by a corresponding setting of your browser software. We point out, however, that in this case you may not be able to use all functions of this website.
In addition, you may prevent the collection of the data generated by the cookie and related to your use of the website (including your IP address) as well as the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under the following link: Browser Add On to disable Google Analytics.
Minimal use of data
Personal data is stored according to the principles of data avoidance and data economy only as long as required or specified by law (legal storage period). If the purpose of the collected information is omitted or the storage period ends, we block or delete the data.
Your rights on information, correction, suspension, deletion and opposition
You have the right, upon request, to enquire information about the personal data stored by us, and / or to request a correction, blocking or deletion free of charge. Exceptions: The stored data is required by the data storage for business transactions or the data is subject to the storage requirement by law.
For these purposes, please contact our Privacy Officer (see above).
To be able to consider a data lock at any time, it is necessary to keep the data in a locked file for control purposes. If there is no statutory filing requirement, you can also request the deletion of the data. Otherwise we will block the data if you request that.