What personal data we collect and why we collect it
When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.
If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.
Cookies and Contact forms
If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.
If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.
When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.
If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.
The internet pages use partially so-called cookies. Cookies do not harm your computer and do not contain viruses. Cookies are used to make our offer more user-friendly, effective and secure. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer and stored by your browser.
Most of the cookies we use are so-called “session cookies”. They are automatically deleted after your visit. Other cookies remain stored on your device until you delete them. These cookies enable us to recognize your browser on your next visit.
You can set your browser so that you are informed about the setting of cookies and only allow cookies in individual cases, exclude the acceptance of cookies for specific cases or in general, and activate the automatic deletion of cookies when closing the browser. The deactivation of cookies may limit the functionality of this website.
Embedded content from other websites
Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.
Our website uses features of the web analytics service Google Analytics. Web analytics service provider is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.
Google Analytics uses “cookies”. These are small text files that your web browser stores on your device and allow analysis of website usage. Information generated by cookies about your use of our website is transmitted to a Google server and stored there. Server location is usually the US.
Google Analytics cookies are set on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR. als Operator of this website, we have a legitimate interest in the analysis of user behavior in order to optimize our website and possibly also advertising.
We use Google Analytics in conjunction with the IP anonymization feature. It ensures that Google shortens your IP address within member states of the European Union or other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area prior to transmission to the United States. There may be exceptions where Google transmits and truncates the full IP address to a server in the United States. Google will use this information on our behalf to evaluate your use of the website, to report on website activity, and to provide us with other services related to website activity and internet usage. There will be no aggregation of the IP address provided by Google Analytics with other Google data.
The setting of cookies through your web browser can be prevented. However, some features of our website may be restricted. Likewise, you can prevent the collection of data regarding your website use, including your IP address and subsequent processing by Google. This is possible by downloading and installing the browser plug-in which can be accessed via the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de.
Objection to data collection and responsible body
You can prevent the collection of your data by clicking on the “essential cookies only” or changing your consent by clicking on “revoke consent” button at the bottom of the page. It will disable Google Analytics.
The data controller responsible for this website is:
Responsible body is the natural person who alone decides on the purposes and means of processing personal data (e.g., names, e-mail addresses, etc.).
In order to fully comply with legal data protection requirements, we have entered into a contract processing agreement with Google.
Demographics in Google Analytics
Our website uses the demographics feature of Google Analytics. It can be used to generate reports that contain statements on the age, gender and interests of the site visitors. These data are from interest-based advertising from Google and from third-party visitor data. An assignment of the data to a specific person is not possible. You can disable this feature at any time. This is possible through the ad settings in your Google Account or by prohibiting the collection of your data by Google Analytics, as explained in the section “Objection to data collection”.
This website uses the analytics services provided by Bluehost. Provider is the Bluehost – Endurance International Group, 10 Corporate Drive Suite #300 Burlington, MA 01803. In the analysis with Bluehost u. a. Visitor traffic and behavior (eg, number of pageviews, duration of a website visit, bounce rates), traffic sources (that is, which page visitors come from), visitor locations, and technical data (browser and operating system versions). For this purpose Bluehost stores in particular the following data:
- Referrer (previously visited website)
- requested website or file
- browser type and browser version
- operating system used
- used device type
- time of access
- Anonymized IP address (used only to determine the location of access)
According to Bluehost, data collection is completely anonymised so that it can not be traced back to individual persons. Cookies are not stored by Bluehost.
The storage and analysis of the data is based on Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR. The website operator has a legitimate interest in the statistical analysis of user behavior in order to optimize both its website and its advertising. For more information on data collection and processing by Bluehost, please refer to the following links:
How long we retain your data
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.
For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.
What rights you have over your data
If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.
Where we send your data
Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.
Plugins und Tools
Google Web Fonts
This site uses so-called web fonts, provided by Google, to unify fonts. The Google fonts are installed locally. There will be no connection to Google servers.
The images on our website are either our intellectual rights property or we have acquired a license to publish them with photo providers such as Pexels, Shutterstock, Freeimages or iStockfoto. Copying and / or further use of the images found on our website is prohibited by copyright.