Privacy Policy

1. General

1.1 Liability for content

The content of our sites is delivered with utmost diligence and care possible. However, cannot guarantee the accuracy, completeness, integrity and actuality of the content. In cases of declaration of violation of rights, will delete the concerned content at the soonest possible time.

1.2 Liability for content

Our site contains links
to external websites over which we have no control. Thus, cannot
be held accountable for the content of of those third party websites and the
consequences that may arise from the existence of such links on
The operator or provider of the mentioned content is the one responsible for
their respective site content. The linked-to websites were reviewed concerning
possible violation of rights at the point of publication. However, some illegal
content may not be recognizable at the point of publication. A constant and
permanent monitoring of the links included on without concrete
indication and necessity is deemed unreasonable and infeasible. But in cases of
declaration of violation of rights, will delete the concerned
link(s) at the soonest possible time.

1.3 Copyright

The content and text
published by third party website operators on are subject to the
German copyright law. The duplication, revision, dissemination and all forms of
usage of content beyond the copyright limits require a written approval of the
respective author and/or creator. Downloads and copies of the aforementioned
content is only allowed for private and non-commercial use. If the content
posted on did not come from the website operator himself, the
third party copyright rules shall apply. All third party content is marked as
such. Should there be any copyright infringement on, kindly
contact us and provide us with corresponding evidence. In cases of declaration
of violation of rights, will delete the concerned content at the
soonest possible time.

The following clauses shall explain when and
to which extent personal data is handled, collected, promoted and used by

2. 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.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

2.2 Media

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.

2.3 Contact forms

2.4 Cookies

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. uses
“cookies” in connection with the web browser for optimum usage of the
site. A “cookie” is a small piece of data coming from our web server
that is stored in the user’s hard drive or other storage device. The user may
choose to disable or adjust enabled cookies accordingly by configuring their web
browser. However, disabling or deleting cookies may result in the
unavailability of some functions and features of the website. uses cookies
to remember the last activity of the user on the website, for the user’s own
convenience. This applies in terms of saving the user’s details (username and
password) and settings on applications. Cookies are used to identify the used
computer. No personal data except the users IP-address is
does not use technology that may combine information obtained by cookies with
personal user data, so as to detect the identity or email address of users.

2.5 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.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

2.6 Use of Facebook Social Plugins

Our website uses plugins
provided by the social network, operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S.
California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA (“Facebook”). The plugins
are identifiable by a Facebook logo or the “Like button. For a full list
of Facebook plugins please see:

When you visit a page of
our website that contains a social plugin, your browser establishes a direct
connection to Facebook servers, enabling Facebook to receive information about
you having accessed the respective page of our website with your IP address. If
you click the FB “Like” button while you are logged in on Facebook,
the content of our page can be linked on your Facebook profile. Therefore if
you are logged into Facebook, your visit can be assigned to your Facebook
account. We point out that we do not have knowledge about the data gathered and
its use by Facebook. For more information, please visit Facebook’s privacy

If you are a Facebook
member and do not want Facebook to connect the data concerning your visit to
our website with your Facebook member data, please log off Facebook before
entering our website.

2.7 Google Analytics

This website uses Google
Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc.
(“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text
files placed on your computer, to help analyze the usage of the site. The
information generated by the cookie about your use of the website will be
transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States in most

In case IP-anonymisation
is activated on this website, your IP address will be truncated within the area
of Member States of the European Union or other parties to the Agreement on the
European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be
first transferred to a Google server in the USA and then truncated there.
Google will use this information on behalf of the operator of this website for
the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website
activity for website operators and providing them other services relating to
website activity and internet usage. The IP address, that your browser conveys
within the scope of Google Analytics, will not be associated with any other
data held by Google.

You may refuse the use of
cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please
note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of
this website. You can also opt-out from being tracked by Google Analytics with
effect for the future by downloading and installing Google Analytics Opt-out
Browser Add-on for your current web browser:

2.8 Google AdSense

This website uses or may use Google
AdSense, a service for including advertisements from Google Inc.
(“Google”). Google AdSense uses “cookies”, text files that
are stored on your computer, to analyze the use of this website. Google AdSense
uses also use web beacons (invisible graphics). Through these web beacons
information such as traffic can be analyzed.

This usage information,
generated by cookies and web beacons (including your IP address) and the display
of advertisements are transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored
there. This information can be given to Google partners. But Google will not
associate your IP-address with other saved data they have from you. You can
prevent the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your

However, we point out
that in this case you may not be able to fully use all features of this
website. By using this website you agree to the processing of data about you by
Google in the manner described above and for the aforementioned purpose.

2.9 Twitter

Our website contains plugins from Twitter. These plugins are solely provided by Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA. Through the use of Twitter and the “Re-tweet” function, the web pages you visit will be linked to your Twitter account and be visible to other users. Data will also be transferred to Twitter. We point out that we as providers of the site have no knowledge of the content of the transmitted data and its use by Twitter. For more information, please see the privacy policy of Twitter at You can change your privacy preferences at Twitter in the account settings.

3. 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.

4. Right of withdrawal and information

Personal information
provided to may be requested for deletion at any time provided
that the information is not needed for a running transaction or is not lawfully
required for safekeeping. If you have given the permission for the transmission
of personal information to a third party, you may at any time cancel or
withdraw this permission. Information regarding all personal information saved
on can be provided on request and free of cost. You have the
possibility of requesting eventual corrections to erroneous and non-current
data at any point.

5. Responsible authority

Questions regarding data privacy and protection should be addressed to