Privacy policy

DATA PRIVACY AT A GLANCE

The safety of your data and your personal rights when we collect, process and use your personal information is very important to us. We are therefore fully committed to complying with all legal privacy protection requirements. Below please find a brief summary of what we do to protect your data, and what using our (online) services entails for you.

We typically collect personally identifiable information when you contact us, i.e. by visiting our fairs, using our online portals and services, or visiting our websites (Hamburg Messe company website, CCH company website, webpages dedicated to events organised by us).

The explanations below provide you with an opportunity to get fully informed about your legal rights and the way Hamburg Messe und Congress processes your data. Feel free to contact us personally if you have any further questions regarding data privacy. 

Status: May 2018

The processing of information on our webpages is handled by Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH.

Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH (HMC)
Business Management/Geschäftsführung
Messeplatz 1
20357 Hamburg
Germany

ph.: +49 (0)40-3569-0
E-mail: info(at)hamburg-messe(dot)de
Website: www.hamburg-messe.de

The Data Controller is the natural or legal person who decides, whether alone or jointly with others, about the purposes and means of processing personally identifiable data (e.g. names, e-mail addresses etc.).

We have appointed a Data Protection Officer for our company’s business operations.

Datenschutzbeauftragte/Data Protection Officer
Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH
Messeplatz 1
20357 Hamburg
Germany

ph.: +49 40 3569-0
E-mail: datenschutz(at)hamburg-messe(dot)de

When you visit our webpages, your surfing behaviour may be evaluated statistically. This is mainly accomplished using cookies and so-called analytical software. Your surfing behaviour is typically analysed in anonymised form so the information relating to your surfing behaviour cannot be traced back to you. You may object to this analysis or prevent it by not using certain tools. For further details please refer to this data privacy policy.

If you have given us your consent for any purpose, you may revoke it for the future.

You are entitled at any time to obtain information regarding the purpose of data processing as well as the origin and recipients of your stored, personally identifiable information free of charge. Furthermore, you have the right to file a complaint with the responsible supervisory authorities.

You also have the right to demand correction, blocking or deletion of your data, as well as the right for your data to be transferable.

If your data are required for the performance of a contract or pre-contractual activities, early deletion of the data is possible only to the extent permitted by existing contractual or legal obligations.

However, you may request your data to be blocked against access at any time. This offers you the added benefit that any objection you may raise to the use of your data for customer engagement purposes can be taken into account at any time.

You may direct any further questions regarding this as well as other privacy protection matters to the Company Data Protection Officer at datenschutz(at)hamburg-messe(dot)de

When you use our webpages, various personally identifiable data are collected. Personally identifiable data are data identifying you individually. This Data Privacy Policy explains what kinds of data we collect and how we use them. 

Category ARepresentatives of exhibiting companiesCompany information including address, name of the contact person, communication information, industry, product data, contract and billing information
Category BRepresentatives of companies visiting industry fairsCompany information including address, name of the contact person, communication information, industry, product interest, contract and billing information where applicable
Category CVisitors of events for the general publicName, address and communication information, exhibitor/product interest, payment information
Category DPotential exhibitors or visitors (potential new customers)Information including address, name of the contact person, communication information, industry, product data and/or product interest
Category EContact persons of suppliers, service partners and other business partnersCompany or institution information including address, name of the contact person, communication information, industry, services provided, contract and billing information
Category FEmployees, job applicants, service partnersName, address, communication information, contract and billing information

The fair complex and the CCH use video surveillance systems (GDPR, Art. 6(1)(f)) to direct vehicle and visitor traffic and to ensure safety. Video footage is not used for any other evaluation purposes.

This Data Privacy Policy also explains how and for what purpose this is done. The purpose of the company is to organise and execute trade fairs, exhibitions, conferences and other events as well as any other activities connected with the trade fair, exhibition, conference and event business, both in Germany and abroad.

For this purpose the company maintains trade fair and exhibition premises as well as conference and event rooms which it uses to hold events, or which it offers to third parties for hire at an appropriate fee. Furthermore, the company may organise other events as appropriate to support the company's purposes.

Data are processed within the scope of the company's declared purposes, in particular to execute specific business processes and to assure and improve the quality of our events, including but not limited to providing information to our customers before and after an event as well as about subsequent events of Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH.

Below is a list of categories of recipients to whom the data may be transmitted.

RecipientsCategory
Government agencies, if so required by overriding legal regulationsCategories A to F
Companies purchasing an event from Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbHCategories A to D
Foreign representatives, provided that the company or person attending the trade fair is domiciled in another countryCategories B, C
Internally for purposes such as internal communication, customer service, administration and billingCategory F
Data processor contracted by Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbHCategories A to F
Service partners for trade fair supporting services, provided that the person requests relevant services from Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH.Categories A to D
Where contractually agreed, exhibitors who have issued entry ticket vouchers will receive visitor information (name, address, communication data) for vouchers redeemedCategory B

All data transmission will occur for the purposes stated above.

Legal basis for processing personally identifiable data

To the extent that we obtain the affected person's consent to the processing of personally identifiable data, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Art. 6(1)(a) provides the legal basis.

To the extent that it is necessary to process personally identifiable data in fulfilment of a contract between ourselves and the affected person, Art. 6(1)(b)  of the GDPR provides the legal basis. The same applies to data processing that is necessary to perform certain pre-contractual activities.

To the extent that processing of personally identifiable data is required to fulfil a legal obligation of our company, the legal basis is Art. 6(1)(c) of the GDPR.

In the event that processing of personally identifiable data is of vital importance to the affected person or any other natural person, the legal basis is provided by Art. 6(1)(d) of the GDPR.

In the event that data processing is necessary to protect the legally valid interests of our company or any third party, Art. 6(1)(f) of the GDPR shall be the legal basis for data processing, unless the interests, fundamental rights and fundamental freedoms of the affected person supersede such interests of our company or third party. 

Data deletion and duration of storage

Your personally identifiable data will be deleted or blocked as soon as the reason for their storage ceases to exist. Furthermore, your data may be stored if such storage is required under European or national legislation in EU regulations, laws or other provisions applicable to the Data Controller.

Moreover, the data will be blocked or deleted upon expiry of any storage term specified by such legislation unless continued storage of the data is necessary for conclusion or performance of a contract.

It should be noted that transmitting information over the Internet (e.g. when communicating by e-mail) can expose data to security gaps. It is impossible to guarantee full protection of data transmissions against third-party access.

We may transmit your data to selected partner companies in order to have them processed for the purposes described above. Where required, we have entered into data processing agreements with any such recipients. Data processing services include, without limitation, ticketing, mailings, exhibition stand construction, and catalogue entry.

We may also transfer your data to third parties if this is necessary to perform our services. Such third parties may include the following partner companies: Transport companies (in connection with orders), banks and payment services, as well as solvency checks.

Data may also be transmitted if we are required to disclose them to government agencies, or upon a court order.

Your personally identifiable data will not be disclosed for advertising purposes.  

In line with the WindEnergy Hamburg 2018 we will transmit the registration data of the conference participants, who will participate at the WindEurope Conference, for essential business transactions to our cooperation partner and conference organizer WindEurope. Our cooperation partner WindEurope would like to inform you via E-Mail about updates concerning the conference. You can withdraw to use the data with the following email: privacy(at)windeurope(dot)org at any time.

 

In fulfilment of contractual purposes or to perform pre-contractual activities with potential or confirmed exhibitors as well as potential or confirmed visiting companies from third countries (GDPR, Art. 6(1)(b)), data transmission primarily occurs to our Foreign Representatives in the relevant country. To this end, the relevant data (company name and address, name of the contact person, communication information, industry, product interest, contract and billing information where applicable, exhibitor/product interest, payment information) are transmitted to the responsible Foreign Representative.

In the case of representatives of companies from foreign countries visiting industry fairs, the name of the visitor may be transmitted to our Foreign Representative, as well unless such transmission is expressly objected to. The registration data of a company visiting industry fairs whose representative contacts an exhibitor may – with the visitor's consent – be transmitted to the exhibitor being visited, whether the exhibitor's domicile is in Germany, the EU or any other country.

The registration data of a company whose representative contacts an exhibitor at its exhibition stand may – unless the visitor objects to his data being scanned from the barcode of his admission ticket – be transmitted to the exhibitor being visited, whether the exhibitor's domicile is in Germany, the EU or any other country.

In all cases where we initiate the transmission of personally identifiable data to other countries which do not provide sufficient legal privacy protection, such transmission will be contingent on the data recipient's contractual commitment to privacy protection and data security standards that are equivalent to our own.

The provider of our webpages collects and stores information automatically in so-called server log files which your browser programme transmits to us automatically. The information transmitted includes:

  • Browser type and version
  • Operating system used
  • Referrer URL
  • HTTP status code and the volume of data transmitted
  • Host name of the accessing computer
  • Time of the server query
  • IP address.

These data are not combined with any other data sources.

Data processing is based on GDPR, Art. 6(1)(f). 

When you send us a request using our contact form or through an e-mail message, we will store your information provided on the enquiry form or in your e-mail message, including the contact information provided by you, for the purpose of responding to your enquiry and any potential follow-up questions. We will not disclose this information without your consent.

This means that the data you enter into the contact form or e-mail message will be processed exclusively on the basis of your consent (GDPR, Art. 6(1)(a). You may revoke your consent at any time. You may do so in an informal e-mail message to us. The legality of any data processing performed before your revocation will remain unaffected by your revocation.

We will retain the data you entered into the contact form or e-mail message until you ask us to delete them, until you revoke your consent to the data being stored, or until the purpose of our data storage ceases to exist (e.g. following completion of the processing of your enquiry). The above shall apply without prejudice to mandatory legal provisions, in particular with respect to retention periods.

If you give us your business card or tell us your contact information by telephone expressly for business purposes the first time you contact us, we will submit this Data Privacy Policy to you based on your consent (GDPR Art. 6(1)(a)) given during our first electronic correspondence (follow-up or newsletter), or based on your consent to pre-contractual activities.

You may revoke your consent at any time. You may do so in an informal e-mail message to datenschutz(at)hamburg-messe(dot)de.

If you would like to subscribe to our newsletter which is offered on our webpages, we will need your e-mail address as well as some information enabling us to verify that you are indeed the owner of the e-mail address provided, and are in agreement with receiving the newsletter. You will not be required to provide any further data but may do so voluntarily. We will use your data exclusively for the purpose of sending you the required information. We will not disclose your data to any third parties.

The data you enter into the newsletter subscription form will be processed exclusively as agreed by you (GDPR, Art. 6(1)(a)). You may revoke your consent to the storage of your data and e-mail address and to their use for the purpose of sending you the newsletter at any time, for example by using the link “ABMELDEN”/UNSUBSCRIBE found in the newsletter. The legality of any data processing performed previously will remain unaffected by your revocation.

We will store the data you have provided for the purpose of receiving the newsletter until you cancel your newsletter subscription, and block the data upon your cancellation. Data stored by us for other purposes (e.g. e-mail addresses for the ticket shop or the Online Service Center) will remain unaffected.

If you would like us to delete your data, please let us know by sending an e-mail to datenschutz(at)hamburg-messe(dot)de.

(Ticket shop, Online Service Center, Wi-Fi, applicant management, journalist accreditation, press mailing list, etc.)

You may register on our webpages for the use of additional website features. We will use the data entered by you exclusively for the purpose of enabling usage of the relevant services that you have registered for. The information required for registration must be provided in full. We cannot accept incomplete registration.

In the event of major changes to the services we offer, or any changes that are necessary for technical reasons, we will use the e-mail address you provided with your registration to notify you accordingly. We may also use your data for marketing purposes among our customer base.

The data you enter on the registration page will be processed exclusively on the basis of your consent (GDPR, Art. 6(1)(a)). You may revoke your consent at any time. You may do so in an informal e-mail message to us. The legality of any data processing performed previously will remain unaffected by your revocation.

To the extent that it is necessary to process personally identifiable data in fulfilment of a contract between ourselves and the affected person, Art. 6(1)(b)  of the GDPR provides the legal basis. The same applies to data processing that is necessary to perform certain pre-contractual activities.

We will store the data captured during your registration as long as you remain registered for our webpages. You may request deletion of your data at any time. This applies without prejudice to legal provisions regarding retention periods.

If you place an ORDER AS A GUEST, we will process your data exclusively for executing the purchasing contract. Your data will not be used for any further marketing purposes unless you have given your express consent to receiving customer messages from us (GDPR, Art. 6(1)(a)).

APPLICANTS who have received a rejection message will be told upon completion of their application process that HMC will keep their data for potential future job openings. If this is not desired, the applicant may request deletion of her or his data at any time. 

By allowing your admission ticket to be scanned by an exhibitor during an event, you agree to your participation in the Lead Tracking programme.

This means that as a visitor you agree that we will, upon the exhibitor's request, transmit to the exhibitor your personally identifiable data (title information, surname, first name, company, street address, postal code, city, e-mail address, industry if applicable) which the exhibitor may use for the purpose individually agreed with you.

As a visitor you are free to participate or decline participation in the service. You are free to revoke your consent given to the exhibitor (GDPR, Art. 6(1)(a)) at any time. 

We work together with Guest Company for some of our events. Guest Company provides us with an online invitation management tool for opening events which allows us to distribute free (online) invitations, reminders, registration confirmations and admission tickets for the opening event.

We have entered into a data processing agreement according to GDPR, Art. 28 with Guest Company.

Data are processed exclusively for the purpose of sending invitations to a selected group of recipients.

To do this on our behalf, Guest Company receives from us the following personally identifiable data:

  • Mr/Mrs/Dr
  • Title
  • First and last name
  • Function
  • Department
  • Company
  • Address
  • E-mail address

In addition, we may receive data from our cooperation partners which we may have processed by Guest Company on their behalf according to GDPR, Art. 28.

The legal basis for processing these data is provided by GDPR, Art. 6(1)(f) ("legitimate interest") and the German Unfair Competition Act (UWG), section 7(3). The data will be deleted as soon as are no longer needed for the purposes of their processing.

You may object to the use of your data for the purposes given above at any time, or revoke your consent, by sending a message to datenschutz(at)hamburg-messe(dot)de. If you choose to ask for deletion of your personally identifiable data stored by us, we will comply immediately unless our documentation and retention obligations require us to do otherwise. 

Our webpages may use so-called cookies. Cookies do not cause any damage to your computer and do not contain any computer viruses. We use cookies to make our services more user-friendly, more effective, and safer. Cookies are small text files which are stored on your computer by your browser software.

Most of the cookies we use are so-called Session Cookies which are deleted automatically when your visit ends. Other cookies remain on your device until you delete them. These cookies allow us to recognise your browser the next time you visit our webpages.

You have the option of adjusting your browser settings so you will be notified every time a cookie is about to be set, so that you can allow cookies in selected cases only, reject cookies in other cases or in general, and enable automatic deletion of cookies when you close your browser. Disabling cookies may restrict the functionality of our webpages.

Cookies that are required to perform electronic communication transactions or enable certain features you wish to use (e.g. the shopping basket feature) are stored on the basis of GDPR, Art. 6(1)(f).

The website operator has a legitimate interest in the storage of cookies which ensure that its services are provided in a technically error-free and optimised manner.

Other cookies (e.g. cookies for analysing your surfing behaviour) that are stored will be discussed separately elsewhere in this Data Privacy Policy.

Aumago

We work together with Aumago GmbH (“Aumago”), Berlin, a target audience marketing firm. Aumago uses so-called cookies, text files which are saved by the browser of the computer. Pseudonymised usage information is collected in the form of cookie IDs and advertisement IDs without any IP addresses. Cookie IDs and advertisement IDs without an IP addresses do not provide enough information to identify a natural person behind the browser / user.

Based on the surfing behaviour (websites, categories and product pages visited), Aumago assumes a certain interest in a specific B2B industry sector and uses this information on our behalf to send usage-based online marketing messages in a more targeted manner. The cookies can be synchronised with those from other platforms in a process referred to as Cookie Matching. For example, cookie matching may be performed for: Google, Doubleclick, Adition, Appnexus, Mediamath, The Trade Desk, Adform, Active Agent, yieldlab.

The relevant cookies are either Aumago cookies or cookies from third-party service providers contracted by Aumago, such as TheADEX GmbH, Berlin. Users may opt out using the following link at any time to express their disagreement with this cookie tracking. This will cause a so-called opt-out cookie to be set. The OptOut cookie only works if it is not prevented from being stored on the computer, or deleted, by browser settings. If the opt-out cookie is deleted, the user must opt out again. As alternative options, the user may delete the cookies directly from the browser files, set the Do-not-track option of the browser, or go here to manage his or her cookie preferences. If you would like to find out what information your cookie has captured, please send us your cookie ID.

Adform

We also occasionally use cookies as a means to measure the success of our marketing efforts, and optimise them accordingly. For this purpose we use the conversion tracking services provided by Adform Germany GmbH (below "Adform"). The cookie is set as soon as you establish contact with an advertisement feature (e.g., a banner) provided via Adform for a Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH event. The cookie will contain an advertisement ID and remain valid for 60 days. It does not capture any attributes (such as you complete IP address, your first and last name, your address, your e-mail address) that would allow identifying you personally. However, the advertisement ID tells us which advertisement feature made you aware of the Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH event in question. Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH will never attempt to merge the advertisement ID with personally identifiable data.

Users who do not wish to participate in conversion tracking may disable the Adform cookie via their browser by going to http://site.adform.com/privacy-policy/de.

Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH uses so-called Social Plug-Ins, a technology which allows you to share specific content on social media. To protect your privacy, we offer you these social plug-ins as "Two-Click Buttons". This two-click approach prevents user data (such as the user's IP address) to be transmitted to social networks such as Facebook at the moment you open our website.

The buttons are disabled by default and must first be enabled by clicking the social plug-ins once. Facebook, Twitter and Google transmit the plug-in content directly to your browser, which embeds it in our website.

Clicking the social plug-ins a second time allows you to fully use all the social media features, such as "Recommend".

Once activated, the feature will remain active in your browser for up to eight weeks. You may disable the feature at any time by clicking each individual button once, or by deleting the cookies in your browser.

Please note the following important points about these plug-ins:

Facebook-Plugins (Like & Share-Buttons)

Plug-ins of the social media provider Facebook, offered by Facebook Inc., 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, California 94025, USA, may be integrated in our webpages. You may recognise Facebook plug-ins by the Facebook logo or the Like button on a page. For an overview of Facebook plug-ins please visit https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/.

When you visit our pages, the plug-in will establish a direct connection between your browser and the Facebook server. This tells Facebook that you as the owner of your IP address have visited our page. By clicking the Facebook ‘Like’ button while being logged on to your Facebook account, you can link the content on our pages to your Facebook profile. This allows Facebook to associate your visit of our pages with your user account. Please be advised that as the provider of our webpages we do not receive any information regarding the contents of any data transmitted to, nor their use by Facebook. For more information please read the Facebook Data Policy at: https://de-de.facebook.com/policy.php.

If you do not want Facebook to be able to associate your visit of our pages with your Facebook user account, please sign out of your Facebook user account.

Twitter plug-in

Our pages may contain embedded features of the Twitter service. These features are provided by Twitter Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. When you use Twitter and the 'Re-Tweet' feature, the webpages you visit will be linked to your Twitter account and disclosed to other users. At the same time, certain data will be transmitted to Twitter. Please be advised that as the provider of our webpages we do not receive any information regarding the contents of any data transmitted to, nor their use by Twitter. For more information please read the Twitter Privacy Policy at: https://twitter.com/privacy.

Two change your Twitter privacy settings please go to your account settings: https://twitter.com/account/settings.

Google+ plug-in

Our pages may use features provided by Google+. These are provided by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

Collection and disclosure of information: The Google+ button allows you to publish information globally. You and other users can receive personalised content from Google and our partners by using the Google+ button. Google will record the fact that you clicked +1 for specific content as well as information about the page you were viewing when you clicked +1. Your +1 clicks, combined with your profile name and your photo, may be displayed as annotations in Google services, such as search results or your Google profile, or in other places on websites and Internet advertisements.

Google records information about your +1 activities to improve Google services for you and other users. To be able to use the Google+ button you first need to create a visible, public Google profile which must at least contain the name you have chosen for your profile. This name will then be used in all Google services. In some cases, this name may replace another name you have used when sharing content through your Google account. The identity of your Google profile may be visible to users who know your e-mail address or have other personally identifiable information about you.

How collected information is used: Apart from the uses explained above, the information you provide will be used according to the current Google privacy protection policy. Google may publish aggregated statistics about the +1 activities of users or disclose them to users and partners, such as publishers, advertisers or linked websites.

Instagram plug-in

Auf unseren Seiten können Funktionen des Dienstes Instagram eingebunden sein. Diese Funktionen werden angeboten durch die Instagram Inc., 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA integriert.

Wenn Sie in Ihrem Instagram-Account eingeloggt sind, können Sie durch Anklicken des Instagram-Buttons die Inhalte unserer Seiten mit Ihrem Instagram-Profil verlinken. Dadurch kann Instagram den Besuch unserer Seiten Ihrem Benutzerkonto zuordnen. Wir weisen darauf hin, dass wir als Anbieter der Seiten keine Kenntnis vom Inhalt der übermittelten Daten sowie deren Nutzung durch Instagram erhalten.

Weitere Informationen hierzu finden Sie in der Datenschutzerklärung von Instagram: https://instagram.com/about/legal/privacy/.

LinkedIn plug-in

Our webpages may use features from the LinkedIn social network. These are provided by LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

Every time you access one of our pages that contains LinkedIn features, a connection with LinkedIn servers is established. LinkedIn will be informed that you have visited our webpages using your IP address. When you click the LinkedIn Recommend button while being logged onto your LinkedIn user account, LinkedIn can associate your visit of our website with you and your user account. Please be advised that as the provider of our webpages we do not receive any information regarding the contents of any data transmitted to, nor their use by LinkedIn.

For more information please read the LinkedIn Privacy Policy at: https://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy.

We have embedded various analytics services into our webpages. These services are used to collect information about your visit of our webpages to help us track the functionality of our webpages and make them more user-friendly.

These data are evaluated exclusively in statistical form. To anonymize any personally identifiable user data, the last byte of your IP address will be removed by default. This prevents identification of individual users.

Data processing is based on GDPR, Art. 6(1)(f). The website operator has a legitimate interest in analysing user behaviour to improve its online services and optimise its advertising.

We have embedded various analytics services into our webpages:

Google Analytics

Our webpages may use features provided by the web analytics services provider Google Analytics. These are provided by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

Google analytics uses so-called cookies. These are text files that are stored on your computer to analyse the way you use our webpages. The information cookies generate about your use of our webpages is typically transmitted to, and stored on, a Google server located in the United States.

On our webpages we have enabled the IP anonymisation feature. This feature causes Google to shorten your IP address within European Union member countries or other signatory countries of the European Economic Area Agreement before transmitting the address information to the USA. In exceptional cases, the full IP address is transmitted to a Google server located in the USA, and shortened subsequently. Google will use this information on behalf of the operator to evaluate your use of the webpages, compile reports about the activities on the website and render to the website operator additional services related to website and Internet use. The IP address transmitted by your browser for Google analytics will not be merged with other Google data.

The legal basis for the use of Google Analytics is the German Broadcast Media Act [TMG], section 15(3), respectively, GDPR, Art. 6(1)(f). All data transmitted by us and linked to cookies, user information (such as user IDs) or advertising IDs are automatically deleted after 26 months as a result of our event cycles. Once per month all data that have reached the end of their retention period are deleted automatically.

Browser Plug-in

You may set your Browser application to reject the storage of cookies; however, please be advised that by doing so you may not be able to use the full range of our website features. In addition, you are free to inhibit collection of the data generated by the cookie relating to your usage of the webpages (including your IP address) by Google, as well as the processing of these data by Google, by downloading and installing the following browser plug-in via this link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de.

Objecting to the collection of your data

You may prevent collection of your data by Google Analytics by clicking the link below. To prevent data collection by Universal Analytics across several devices you must opt out separately on each device you use. This will set an opt out cookie which will prevent collection of your data during future visits of our webpages: Disable Google Analytics.

You can find more information on how to handle Google Analytics in the Google Data Privacy Policy: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=de.

Demographics feature of Google Analytics

Our webpages use the Demographics feature of Google Analytics. It enables the creation of reports containing information about the age, sex and interests of webpage visitors.

This information is extracted from interest-based advertisements of Google as well as third-party visitor data. This information cannot be used to identify any individual.

You may disable this feature at any time in the advisement settings of your Google account, or generally disable collection of your data by Google Analytics as described under "Objecting to the collection of your data".

The user behaviour on our webpages is evaluated in pseudonymised form for the purpose of matching advertisements with your personal interests. The information captured includes data about your activities on this website (e.g. surfing behaviour, sub-pages visited, time spent on each page, etc.). Without your express consent, this information will not be combined with the identity of the bearer of the pseudonym.

Google AdSense

Our webpages may use Google AdSense, a service enabling integration of advertisements provided by Google Inc. ("Google"). AdSense is provided by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

Google AdSense users so-called cookies. These are text files that are stored on your computer to analyse the way you use webpages. Google AdSense also uses so-called Web Beacons (invisible graphics). Web beacons allow specific information such as visitor traffic on these pages to be evaluated.

The information cookies and web beacons generate about the way our webpages are used (including your IP address) and the delivery of advertisement formats is transmitted to, and stored on, a Google server located in the USA. Google may disclose this information to its business partners. However, Google will not combine your IP address with other stored data obtained from you.

You may set your Browser application to reject the installation of cookies; however, please be advised that by so doing you may not be able to use the full range of features offered by our website. By using our webpages you give your consent to the above-described processing of data captured about you by Google in the above-described manner and for the purpose as stated above.

Google Analytics Remarketing

Our webpages may use Google Analytics Remarketing functionality in combination with the multi-device features of Google AdWords and Google DoubleClick. This functionality is provided by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

These features allow the advertising target audiences generated using Google Analytics Remarketing to be linked with the device-independent features of Google AdWords and Google DoubleClick. This means that personalised advertising messages can be adapted to your interests based on your previous user and surfing behaviour on one of your devices (e.g. smartphone) and presented on any of your other devices (e.g. tablet or PC).

Provided that you have given your consent, Google will match your web and app browser history with your Google account for this purpose. As a result, the same personalised advertising messages can be displayed on any device that is logged on to your Google account.

To support this feature, Google Analytics captures Google-authenticated user IDs, which are then temporarily combined with our Google Analytics data to define and create target audiences for advertisement across devices.

You may object to cross-device remarketing/targeting permanently by disabling personalised advertising in your Google account using the following link: https://www.google.com/settings/ads/onweb/.

For more information please read the Google privacy policy at: https://www.google.com/policies/technologies/ads/.

Google AdWords und Google Conversion-Tracking

Our webpages may use Google AdWords. AdWords is an online advertising application provided by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, United States (“Google”).

In connection with the use of Google AdWords we also use a technology called Conversion Tracking. Whenever you click an advertisement provided by Google, a conversion tracking cookie is set. Cookies are small text files the user's Internet browser installs on the user’s computer. These cookies expire after 30 days and are not used to make the user personally identifiable. If the user visits specific pages of our website before the cookie expires, Google and we ourselves can recognise that the user has clicked the advertisement and was redirected to that page.

Each Google AdWords customer receives an individual cookie. These cookies cannot be tracked by the websites of AdWords Customers. The information collected by the conversion cookies is used to create conversion statistics for AdWords customers who have agreed to use conversion tracking. These customers are told how many users have clicked their advertisement and been redirected to a page bearing a conversion tracking tag. However, they do not receive any information allowing them to personally identify any users. If you do not wish to participate in conversion tracking, you may easily object to the use of this feature by disabling the Google Conversion Tracking cookie in your Internet browser's user settings. When you have done this, you will not be included in any conversion tracking statistics.

For more information on Google AdWords and Google Conversion Tracking please read the Google data privacy policy: https://www.google.de/policies/privacy/.

You have the option to adjust your browser settings so you will be notified every time a cookie is about to be set. This way you can allow cookies in selected cases only, reject cookies in other cases or in general, and enable automatic deletion of cookies when you close your browser. Disabling cookies may restrict the functionality of our webpages.

Facebook Pixel

Our webpages may use the user activity pixel from Facebook, Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA (“Facebook”) for conversion measurement.

This is done to track the behaviour of visitors of our pages after they have clicked a Facebook advertisement and been redirected to the website of the respective provider. It allows to evaluate the effectiveness of Facebook advertisements for statistical and market research purposes and to optimise future advertisement campaigns.

For us as operators of our website, the data collected in this way remain anonymous, and we are unable to draw any conclusions regarding the identity of any user. However, Facebook will store and process this information. This means that linking it with the relevant user profile is possible, and Facebook may use this information for its own advertising purposes according to the Facebook policy on the usage of user data. This method allows Facebook to place advertisements on Facebook pages as well as non-Facebook websites. As the operator of our website, we have no influence on the way these data are used.

For further information about the protection of your privacy please refer to the data privacy policy of Facebook: www.facebook.com/about/privacy/.

You may also disable the remarketing feature called “Custom Audiences” in the advertisement settings section at https://www.facebook.com/ads/preferences/?entry_product=ad_settings_screen after logging on to Facebook.

If you do not have a Facebook account, you may disable usage-based Facebook advertisements by going to the website of the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance: http://www.youronlinechoices.com/de/praferenzmanagement/.

YouTube

Our webpages may contain plug-ins provided by YouTube, a service operated by Google. These pages are operated by YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA.

When you visit one of our pages featuring a YouTube plug-in, a connection with YouTube servers will be established. The YouTube server will be told which of our pages you have visited.

If you are logged onto your YouTube account, you allow YouTube to link your surfing behaviour directly with your personal profile. If you do not wish this to happen, please log off your YouTube account.

We use YouTube to improve the appearance of our online services. This constitutes a legitimate interest as stipulated by GDPR, Art. 6(1)(f).

For further information on the handling of user information please read the YouTube privacy policy: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=de.

Linotype Web Fonts

To ensure uniform, proper display of fonts, this page uses so-called Web Fonts provided by Monotype GmbH, Werner-Reimers-Straße 2–4, 61352 Bad Homburg, Germany (also referred to as “Linotype” or “linotype.com”). For this to function, JavaScript code will be loaded into your browser. When you access one of our pages, your browser will also load the required Web Fonts into its cache memory.

If you have enabled JavaScript in your browser and are not using a JavaScript blocker, your browser may transmit personally identifiable data to Linotype. We do not know what other data Linotype may link with these transmitted data, and for what purpose Linotype collects and uses them.

If your browser does not support Web Fonts, it will use a standard font installed on your computer. If you would like to disable the execution of JavaScript code entirely, you may install a JavaScript blocker such as the one provided by www.ghostery.com.

For further information on Linotype Web Fonts and the corresponding data privacy policy please visit https://www.linotype.com/de/2061-18846/datenschutzrichtlinien.html

Google Web Fonts

This page may use so-called Web Fonts provided by Google to ensure the uniform display of fonts. When you access one of our pages, your browser will load the required Web Fonts into its cache memory so texts and fonts will display correctly.

This requires your browser to establish a connection with Google servers, which will tell Google that our webpages have been accessed by your IP address. We use Google Web Fonts to achieve a uniform and attractive appearance of our online services. This constitutes a legitimate interest as stipulated by GDPR, Art. 6(1)(f).

If your browser does not support Web Fonts, it will use a standard font installed on your computer.

For more information about Google Web Fonts please visit https://developers.google.com/fonts/faq und in der Datenschutzerklärung von Google.

Google Maps

Our webpages may use Google Maps through an API. This functionality is provided by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

To use the features of Google Maps it is necessary to store your IP address. This information is typically transmitted to, and stored on, a Google server located in the USA. The provider of this webpage has no influence on the transmission of these data.

We use Google Maps to improve the appearance of our online services and make sure the localities described in our webpages can be found easily. This constitutes a legitimate interest as stipulated by GDPR, Art. 6(1)(f).

For more information about the handling of user data please read the Google data privacy policy.

We process your data in part automatically in order to inform you about our events in a relevant manner. This allows us to communicate with you and present you with advertisements based on your needs.

However, we only do so on condition of your express consent according to GDPR, Art. 6(1)(a). You may object to our processing of your data, or revoke your consent at any time.

For security reasons and to protect the transmission of confidential content such as orders or enquiries you send to us as the operators of this website, these webpages use SSL or TLS encryption. You can recognise an encrypted connection when the beginning of your browser's address line switches from “http://” to “https://”, and a small lock symbol appears next to it.

When SSL or TLS encryption is enabled, the information you send to us cannot be read by third parties.

If you have entered into an agreement with us that includes a payment obligation which requires transmission of your payment information to us (e.g. account number for us to withdraw a specified amount), this information is needed to carry out the financial transaction.

All payments using common payment methods (such as Visa/MasterCard, PayPal) are exclusively transacted through encrypted SSL or TLS connections. You can recognise an encrypted connection when the beginning of your browser's address line switches from “http://" to “https://”, and a small lock symbol appears next to it.

Encrypted communication prevents third parties from reading any information you send to us.

We reserve the right to change this Data Privacy Policy at any time, provided that the changes only affect future use. The most recent version will always be available on this website. Please visit this website from time to time to familiarise yourself with the current data privacy terms and conditions.