Listed below you can find our privacy policy, in which we explain the collection, storage and usage of your data that we collect during your visits on our website or when using our services. We take data privacy very seriously and collect, store and use your date only for the stated purposes in accordance with statutory regulations.

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Registering, Postings and Comments

You can sign up in order to create your own user account. We will use all provided data when registering only to make the corresponding functions available. After registering we occasionally inform you via email about changes or extensions of our services as well as other issues in conjunction with our services.

You can see which data we collect during the signup process, for instance your chosen user name, your real name (if provided), your email adress and links to your own websites respectively social media accounts. Additionally our server collects your IP address. If you leave postings or comments after registering, your data provided for that reason (texts, pictures) as well as your IP address will be stored to allow us to operate the corresponding functions (displaying your postings / comments on our website). After logging in you can delete or change your previous postings and comments within the limits of our terms of service.

Cookie Usage

Our website partly uses so called „cookies“. These are little text files, which will be created automatically during your visit and stored on your accessing device, by what a relationship to your device can be established. With cookes we can operate our services more user-friendly and comfortably and enable particular website functions.

Additionall cookie are used for so called affiliate programs. On our website we include links to external products / services (on other websites) from such affiliates. If you click on that kind of link, a cookie will be stored on your computer, which allows the affiliate program’s operator, to assign the origin of the click respectively a possibly resulting purchase to us.

So called „Session Cookies“ will be deleted after your visit, whereas others will remain on your computer even after that, to allow us or our partners to recognise your browser. You can delete cookies, which were generated because of your visit on our website at any moment in your browser settings. Furthermore you can adjust the extent of allowed cookie usage by setting it according to your individual data privacy needs. Deactivation of cookies may result in a restricted or inconvenient website browsing experience or produce missing functions. You can manage your cookie settings for online ad usage on this US operated site: or on the website (which is operated in the European Union)..

Server Logs

The webspace provider that we use to operate this website automatically gathers data in relation to your visits on on our website and stores it in so called server logfiles, in what are contained: names of the visited sites, date and time of your access, used operating system and device type as well as browser type and version, the „referrer url“ (website from which you came to us), IP address / hostname of the accessing computer, online provider you are using to access our website, transmitted data volume. This data will not be assigned to particular persons and we don’t combine data with other data, but we reserve to check server log data later, if we see actual indications of unlawful usage. We use server log data to analyze and optimize the usage of our website.


This website uses plugins of the social network „Facebook“, which is operated by Facebook Ireland Limited, 4 Grand Canal Square, Dublin 2, Ireland. You can recognize these plugins by the facebook logos (white „F“-sign on blue background, the words „Like“ or a „Thumbs Up“-Symbol, for instance). Partially they are tagged with the remark „Facebook Social Plugin“. You can find an overview about the plugins here:

When users are accessing our website, such plugins establish a connection between their browsers and the servers of Facebook. As a consequence, Facebook learns that their IP address has visited our website. As a result and also when you use a plugin function (for instance, when you click „Like“), Facebook can assign your visit to your Facebook account, save your usage of the plugins and combine such information with your Facebook account. This is possible when you are simultaneously logged in to Facebook during your visit on our website. Visitors who don’t want to allow this can log out of Facebook before visiting our website.

We don’t know to what extent Facebook gathers, processes and uses data, collected by your plugin usage respectively your visit on our website. Possibly Facebook can also save the IP address you use during your visit, in case you aren’t a member of Facebook. Facebook informs about data privacy here: We suggest persons who maintain their own Facebook account to adjust their privacy protection within their account settings.


Our website partially includes functions of the service „Instagram“. These are operated by Instagram (Instagram Inc., 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, 94025, USA). Hereby your IP address can be transmitted to Instagram. When you are simultanously logged in to your Instagram account during your visit on our website, Instagram can possibly draw conclusions, which of our sites you visited. We don’t know what date could be transmitted to and possibly be used by Instagram. You can find more information by visiting the privacy policy of Instagram:


On our website we use functions and buttons / widgets / plugins of the service „Twitter“, which is operated by Twitter Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. You can recognize them by the annotation „Twitter“ or by the Twitter symbol (stylized blue bird). Hereby you can follow owners of Twitter accounts or share links or postings on this website to Twitter. When we include such functions (buttons or plugins of Twitter) on a site that you visit, a connection between your browser and Twitter will be established and Twitter learns your IP address. Thus Twitter gets to know your visit on our website. We don’t know to what extent Twitter saves and uses data, gathered this way. You can visit the privacy policy of Twitter here: You may also adjust your individual data privacy in the settings of your own Twitter account.


On our website we use buttons / plugins of the service Pinterest, which is operated by Pinterest Inc., 808 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. When a site of ours contains such a plugin, a direct connection between your browser and the servers of Pinterest will be established. Hereby Pinterest can learn about your IP address, the kind of browser you use as well as its settings, and also which sites of ours you have visited. Additionally Pinterest can record the time of your visit and set cookies on your computer. You can see the privacy policy of Pinterest for more information on that here:


Our website may contain buttons of the service „Google+“, which is operated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.  You can recognize this button by the characters „+1“ on white or coloured background. If visitors of our website invoke one of our sites containing such a button, a direct connection between their browsers and the servers of Google will be established. We have no influence over the kind and extent of data that Google can collect this way. Google maintains that no personal data will be collected, if the button isn’t clicked. However, if you are logged in to Google+ during your visit on our website, such data including your IP address will be collected and used by Google. If you don’t want this, you can log out of Google prior to your visit. Google informs in its own privacy policy about the extent of Google’s data collection and its usage:


On our website we may display buttons of the service Tumblr, see: Tumblr is operated by Tumblr, Inc., 35 East 21st Street, 10E, New York, NY 10010, USA. You can recognize these buttons by the term „Tumblr“. By clicking such a button you can share a page of our website to Tumblr or can follow an account at Tumblr. If you visit one of our pages which contains a Tumblr button, the browser establishes a direct connection to the servers of Tumblr. We have no influence on the amount of data that Tumblr can possibly collect and store this way. As far as we know Tumblr only learns your IP address and the URL of the respective page. Please see the privacy policy of Tumblr for more information:


Our website contains plugins of the service „YouTube“. YouTube ( is operated by YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. By visiting one of our sites where such a YouTube plugin is embedded, a connection to YouTube will be established. As a result of this YouTube may be able to learn which of our pages you have visited. If you are simultaneously logged in to YouTube during your visit on our website, YouTube could associate your browsing behaviour with your YouTube account. If you don’t want this, you can log out of YouTube before visiting our website. YouTube informs about its user data collection and usage in its own privacy policy:

Google Analytics

This website uses the web analytics service „Google Analytics“ from Google (Google Inc. 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA). For this so called „cookies“ (little text files) are stored on the devices of visitors of our website, what allows analyzing the website usage. Thus created data and information will be transmitted to a google server in the USA and subsequentliy saved there. If IP anonymization is activated on this website, IP addresses of visitors will be shortened by Google within the member states of the European Union or in other states of the European Economic Area, beforehand.

Only as an exception the complete IP address will be transmitted to google servers located in the USA and then be shortened there. On this website IP anonymization is activated (in order to anonymize IP addresses – „ip masking – we have added „anonymizeIp“ to the Google Analytics code). We mandated Google to use this information to analyze the usage of our webite by its users, to produce reports for us about the activities on the website respectively its usage und possibly offer other services for us, in relation to the website usage.

Your IP address which will be transmitted by your browser, will not be connected with other data of Google. Users of our website can block cookie storage by accordingly adjusted browser settings. We advise our users that in this case not all functions of our website may work fully, though. Additionally, users can prevent the collection and processing of data which is generated by the usoage of the cookies in relation to the website usage (including your IP address) by Google through downloading and installing the plugin offered here: Alternatively or for browsers on mobile devices (i.e. smartphones) you can click on this link to deactivate Google Analytics, what will prevent the future recognition by „Google Analytics“. Thus a so-called „opt out cookie“ would be stored on your device. If you delete your cookies on the device later, you would have to click that link again to re-establish that protection. You can find more about data privacy and terms of use of Google here: as well as – especially for „Google Analytics“ – here: Additionally we may use „Google Analytics“ to analyze data of „Google AdWords“ as well as the data derived from the Double Click cookie for statistical purposes. If you don’t like that, you can disable it here: You can block the Double Click cookie by installing this plugin:

Google AdSense

Our website may use the service „Google AdSense“ to display ads, which is operated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Google AdSense places so called „cookies“ on the visiting user’s device. These are small text files which allow analyzing. Furthermore, Google AdSense uses the „Web Beacon“ technology (invisible graphics to measure traffic on this website as well as measuring ad displaying). Additionally IP addresses of users can be collected and transmitted to the servers of Google, located in the USA. This may lead to Google passing on this data to its partners, but without Google connecting your IP address with older data from you. If you like to prevent all of this, you can deactivate cookies in your browser settings. This may lead to some functions of our website not working anymore or just working partially. By using this website, you accept storing, analysis and usage of your determined data by Google in the explained ways for the purposes declared here and at Google. You can find more information in Google’s own privacy policy that you can find here: Complementing this please see for displaying ads by Google: and here:

Data usage by contacting us

If you contact us (for instance by sending us an email or using our contact form), we will save your contact data to process your inquiry and in case that a further correspondence arises. We keep your contact data in confidence and don’t pass it on to third parties.

Newsletter data

On our website we offer subscribing to email newsletters. If you provide your email address in order to subscribe, we will automatically send you – to ensure that you did this actually yourself – a confirmation email with an included confirmation link. Only after you have clicked that link, you will be added to the mailing list (and will get another mail confirming that). After that we have to store your email addresse to send you the newsletters. This holds true also for your IP address as well as the time of your subscription (we need both information to have proof in case that someone abuses your email address and for being able to show that and when you subsribed yourself).

To make the newsletters as useful and interesting as possible, we may alter the newsletter’s content according to your individual user behaviour, for instance by saving which links you click in the newsletters and combine this with your email address to be able to send out a personalized version to you, in future.

We use your email address only for the stated purpose (sending out the newsletters), keep it in confidence and don’t pass it on the third parties. We include information in each newsletter issue how to unsubsribe. If you unsubscribe, your email address will be deleted from the mailing list. Thus you can revoke your approval to having your email address stored on our servers and for any further mailings.

Objection against advertising via email

Hereby we opt out from receiving advertisements, sent to our email address or by using our contact form. We don’t like to receive unsolicited ads or spam mails. In case of non-compliance we reserve to take legal action.

Personal Data

We follow data protection of your personal data and treat them confidentially on the basis of this privacy policy. Normally it is possible to use our website without providing personal data. If and when we have to collect and use personal data, this is always voluntary and in accordance with privacy laws, only for the stated purposes and without passing them on to third parties (what we would do solely with your explicit consent, insofar as necessary). Personal data are such with which a conclusion on your person would be possible (i.e. name, email address or the like).

Information about your data / correction / deletion

You can anytime request disclosure about your personal data, their origin as well as the purpose of their processing, without charge. Additionally you have the right for their correction or deletion. For this purpose you can use the corresponding functions in the member area. If this isn't possible or for other questions you can contact us (see contact details in imprint).