Data protection statement

Provider and responsible persons within the meaning of the Data Protection Act

Silvia Schaller
Altenbergstr. 29
3000 Bern 8

Stephan Mellinghoff
Hansaring 61
50670 Köln

André Bürki
Fröbelstr. 16
4020 Linz


In this data protection statement, users receive information about the nature, scope and purpose of the collection and use of their data by the aforementioned respective provider.

Gathering of general information

Every time you access this website, information is automatically collected by us or our webspace provider. This information, also referred to as server log files, is of general nature and does not enable us to make any conclusions about you personally.
This information includes: the name of the website, the file, date, data volume, web browser and web browser version, operating system, the domain name of your Internet provider, the “referrer URL” (i.e. the page from which you accessed our website) and the IP address.
Without this information, it would be technically impossible to deliver and display the contents of the website. In this respect, the collection of data is imperative. Furthermore, the anonymous information is used for statistical purposes. This helps us to optimise our web service and technology. We also reserve the right to subsequently check the log files in case of suspected illegal use of our web service.

Use of personal data

Definition: Personal data includes any information that uniquely identifies a person. It is therefore data that can be traced back to an individual person.
This personal data comprises first name and surname, telephone number and e-mail address. Personal data also includes information regarding hobbies, memberships, preferences and visited webpages.
This data is collected, used and, in certain circumstances, passed on by the provider if expressly permitted by law or if the user agrees to the collection, processing, use and disclosure of the data.

Registration on our website

If you register on our website to make use of personalised services, personal data will be collected. This includes contact and communication data such as your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address.
The registration allows you to access services and content that are only available to registered users. Registered users are entitled to amend or delete the data referred to in the registration if required. Upon request, we will diligently inform you which personal data has been collected and stored. Moreover, we correct or delete the data on request, provided this does not conflict with any legal requirements to retain it. If you have further questions or wish to request the correction or deletion of the data, please use the contact details provided in this privacy policy.

Provision of paid services

To allow us to provide paid services, we request additional data. This applies, for example, to payment data.
To guarantee the security of your data during transmission, we use encryption techniques (e.g. SSL) over HTTPS, reflecting the current state of technology.Newsletter
If you register for our newsletter, we use the data entered by you exclusively for this purpose or to provide you with the relevant information for this service or registration. We do not pass on such data to third parties.
If you wish to receive the newsletter, a valid e-mail address is required. The IP address you use to register for the newsletter and the date on which you order the newsletter will also be stored. This data enables us as proof in the event of misuse, where an unrelated e-mail address is registered for the newsletter. Moreover, to ensure that an e-mail address is not falsely entered in our distribution list by third parties, we use, in compliance with the law, the “double opt-in” procedure. As part of this process, the ordering of the newsletter, the sending of the confirmation e-mail and receipt of the confirmation of registration are logged.
You may, at any time, withdraw your consent for the storage of your data, your e-mail address and its use for the sending of the newsletter. We provide a link for the withdrawal of consent in each newsletter and on the website. Furthermore, you can inform us of your wish to withdraw your consent using the contact details given in this document.

Contact form

If you contact us via the online form or by e-mail, we store the data provided by you in order to answer your enquiry and for any further questions.

Integration of third party services and content

Our web service sometimes includes content, services and deliverables of other providers. These include, for example, maps provided by Google maps, YouTube videos and graphics and images from other websites. For such data to be accessed and displayed in the user's browser, provision of the IP address is essential. The providers (hereinafter referred to as “third party providers”) will thus be aware of the IP address of the respective user.
Although we make every effort only to use third-party providers who solely require IP addresses to be able to deliver content, we have no control over whether the IP address may be stored. This may be, among other reasons, for statistical purposes. However, If we are aware that the IP addresses are stored, we point this out to our users.


This website uses “cookies”. These are text files from the server that are stored on your computer. They contain information about your browser, IP address, operating system and Internet connection. We do not disclose this data to third parties or link them to personal data without your consent.
Cookies have two main functions. They help us make it easier for you to navigate our website and allow it to be displayed correctly. They are not used to plant viruses or start programs.
Users may also access our website without using cookies. This requires the relevant browser settings to be changed. Please use the help function of your browser to find out how to disable cookies. You should be aware, however, that if you do so, some functions of this website may be impaired and it may not be as easy to use. The following pages: (USA) and (Europe) allow you to manage online advertising cookies.

Use of Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”. These are text files stored on your computer that enable your use of the website to be analysed. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is usually transferred to a Google server in the US and stored there. Due to the activation of IP anonymisation on these websites, however, your IP address will be shortened by Google prior to forwarding within the member states of the European Union or in other signatory states to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases is the full IP address transmitted to a Google server in the US and shortened there.
Under contract from the operator of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on website activities and to provide the website operator with further services associated with website and Internet use. The IP address transmitted by your browser in context of Google Analytics will not be merged with other Google data. You can prevent cookies being set by using appropriate settings on your browser software. You should be aware, however, that if you do so, you will not be able to use all the functions of this website in full.
Furthermore, you can prevent the data generated by the cookies and relating to your use of the website (including your IP address) from being collected and processed by Google by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available at the following link: Browser add-on to disable Google Analytics.
For more information on terms of use and data protection, please visit or

Google AdWords

This website uses the “Google AdWords” online advertising program and the conversion tracking connected with it. Google AdWords places a cookie on your computer if you have accessed our website via a Google ad. These cookies expire after 30 days and are not used for personal identification. If the user visits certain pages of our website and the cookie has not yet expired, we and Google can see that the user has clicked on the ad and has been redirected to this page. Each Google AdWords customer receives a different cookie. Cookies can therefore not be traced through the websites of AdWords customers.
The information gained from the conversion cookie is used to generate conversion statistics for AdWords customers who have opted for conversion tracking. Customers see the total number of users who clicked on their ad and were redirected to a page equipped with a conversion tracking tag. However, they will not receive any information that allows users to be personally identified.
If you do not wish to participate in the tracking process, you can easily disable the Google Conversion Tracking cookie via your Internet browser under User Settings. You will then be excluded from the conversion tracking statistics. For more information, see Google’s privacy policy at

Data minimisation

We store personal data, in accordance with the principles of data avoidance and data minimisation, only as long as it is required, or as prescribed by law (legal storage period). If the purpose of the information collected no longer applies or if the storage period ends, we block or delete the data.

We store personal data, in accordance with the principles of data avoidance and data minimisation, only as long as it is required, or as prescribed by law (legal storage period). If the purpose of the information collected no longer applies or if the storage period ends, we block or delete the data.

Your rights to information, correction, blocking, deletion and objection

You have the right, upon request, to receive information free of charge regarding the personal data stored by us and/or to request its correction, blocking or deletion. Exceptions: mandatory data storage for business transactions or data subject to the legal obligation to store.
Please contact our data protection officer if you wish to proceed with any of these actions (contact details can be found at the end of this privacy policy).
To allow a data lock at any time, the data must be kept in a locked file for control purposes. If there is no legal obligation to archive, you can also request the deletion of the data. Otherwise, we will block the data if you so wish.

Changes to our privacy policy

To ensure that our privacy policy always complies with current legal requirements, we reserve the right to make changes at any time. This also applies in the event that the privacy policy needs to be amended due to new or revised services, for example new services. The new privacy policy will then take effect the next time you visit our website.