With the following information, we would like to give you as a “data subject” an overview of the processing of your personal data by us and your rights under data protection laws. It is generally possible to use our website without entering personal data. However, if you wish to make use of special services of our company via our website, it may be necessary to process personal data. If the processing of personal data is necessary and there is no legal basis for such processing, we will generally obtain your consent.
As the controller, we have implemented numerous technical and organisational measures to ensure that the personal data processed via this website is protected as completely as possible. Nevertheless, internet-based data transmissions can generally have security gaps, so that absolute protection cannot be guaranteed. For this reason, you are free to transmit personal data to us by alternative means, for example by telephone or post.
2. person responsible
The controller within the meaning of the GDPR is
Representatives of the controller: Dr Eckhard Hempel
3. data protection officer
You can reach the data protection officer as follows
You can contact our data protection officer directly at any time with any questions or suggestions regarding data protection.
4 Legal basis of the processing
Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a GDPR (in conjunction with § 15 para. 3 TMG) serves our company as the legal basis for processing operations for which we obtain consent for a specific processing purpose.
If the processing of personal data is necessary for the fulfilment of a contract to which you are a party, as is the case, for example, with processing operations that are necessary for the delivery of goods or the provision of another service or consideration, the processing is based on Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b GDPR. The same applies to such processing operations that are necessary for the performance of pre-contractual measures, for example in cases of enquiries about our products or services.
If our company is subject to a legal obligation that requires the processing of personal data, such as for the fulfilment of tax obligations, the processing is based on Art. 6 para. 1 lit. c GDPR.
In rare cases, the processing of personal data may be necessary to protect the vital interests of the data subject or another natural person. This would be the case, for example, if a visitor were injured in our company and their name, age, health insurance details or other vital information would have to be passed on to a doctor, hospital or other third party. The processing would then be based on Art. 6 para. 1 lit. d GDPR.
Finally, processing operations could be based on Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR. Processing operations that are not covered by any of the aforementioned legal bases are based on this legal basis if the processing is necessary to safeguard a legitimate interest of our company or a third party, provided that the interests, fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject do not prevail. We are permitted to carry out such processing operations in particular because they have been specifically mentioned by the European legislator. In this respect, it took the view that a legitimate interest could be assumed if you are a customer of our company (Recital 47 Sentence 2 GDPR).
5. transfer of data to third parties
Your personal data will not be transferred to third parties for purposes other than those listed below.
We only pass on your personal data to third parties if:
You have given your express consent to this in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. a GDPR, the disclosure is permitted in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. f GDPR to protect our legitimate interests and there is no reason to assume that you have an overriding interest worthy of protection in the non-disclosure of your data, in the event that the disclosure is necessary in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. c GDPR, and this is legally permissible and necessary for the processing of contractual relationships with you in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. b GDPR.
In order to protect your data and, if necessary, to enable us to transfer data to third countries (outside the EU/EEA), we have concluded data processing agreements based on the standard contractual clauses of the European Commission.
6.1 SSL/TLS encryption
This site uses SSL or TLS encryption to ensure the security of data processing and to protect the transmission of confidential content, such as orders, login data or contact enquiries that you send to us as the operator. You can recognise an encrypted connection by the fact that the address line of the browser contains a https:// instead of a http:// and by the lock symbol in your browser line.
We use this technology to protect your transmitted data.
6.2 Data collection when visiting the website
If you only use our website for information purposes, i.e. if you do not register or otherwise provide us with information, we only collect the data that your browser transmits to our server (in so-called “server log files”). Our website collects a range of general data and information each time you or an automated system accesses a page. This general data and information is stored in the server log files. The browser types and versions used, the operating system used by the accessing system, the website from which an accessing system accesses our website (so-called referrer), the sub-pages which are accessed via an accessing system on our website, the date and time of access to the website, a shortened Internet protocol address (anonymised IP address), the Internet service provider of the accessing system can be recorded.
When using this general data and information, we do not draw any conclusions about your person. Rather, this information is required to correctly deliver the content of our website, to optimise the content of our website and the advertising for it, to ensure the long-term functionality of our IT systems and the technology of our website and to provide law enforcement authorities with the information necessary for criminal prosecution in the event of a cyber attack.
This collected data and information is therefore analysed by us both statistically and with the aim of increasing data protection and data security in our company in order to ultimately ensure an optimal level of protection for the personal data processed by us. The anonymous data of the server log files are stored separately from all personal data provided by a data subject.
The legal basis for data processing is Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. f GDPR. Our legitimate interest follows from the data collection purposes listed above.
7.1 General information on cookies
Information is stored in the cookie that results in each case in connection with the specific end device used. However, this does not mean that we obtain direct knowledge of your identity.
In addition, we also use temporary cookies to optimise user-friendliness, which are stored on your end device for a specified period of time. If you visit our site again to use our services, it is automatically recognised that you have already visited us and which entries and settings you have made so that you do not have to enter them again.
The data processed by cookies, which are required for the proper functioning of the website, are therefore necessary to safeguard our legitimate interests and those of third parties in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. f GDPR.
For all other cookies, you have given your consent to this via our opt-in cookie banner in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a GDPR.
8 Contents of our website
8.1 Making contact / contact form
Personal data is collected when you contact us (e.g. via contact form or email). Which data is collected in the case of a contact form can be seen from the respective contact form. This data is stored and used exclusively for the purpose of responding to your enquiry or for contacting you and the associated technical administration. The legal basis for processing the data is our legitimate interest in responding to your request in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR. If your contact is aimed at the conclusion of a contract, the additional legal basis for the processing is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b GDPR. Your data will be deleted after final processing of your enquiry; this is the case if it can be inferred from the circumstances that the matter in question has been conclusively clarified and provided that there are no statutory retention obligations to the contrary.
8.2 Application management / job exchange
We collect and process the personal data of applicants for the purpose of handling the application process. Processing may also be carried out electronically. This is particularly the case if an applicant submits the relevant application documents to us electronically, for example by e-mail or via a web form on the website. If we conclude an employment contract with an applicant, the data transmitted will be stored for the purpose of processing the employment relationship in compliance with the statutory provisions. If we do not conclude an employment contract with the applicant, the application documents will be automatically deleted two months after notification of the rejection decision, provided that no other legitimate interests on our part stand in the way of deletion. Other legitimate interest in this sense is, for example, a burden of proof in proceedings under the General Equal Treatment Act (AGG).
The legal basis for the processing of your data is Art. 88 GDPR in conjunction with § Section 26 (1) BDSG.
8.3 Enquiries by email, telephone or fax
If you contact us by email, telephone or fax, we will store and process your enquiry, including all personal data (name, enquiry), for the purpose of processing your request. We will not pass on this data without your consent. This data is processed on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b GDPR if your enquiry is related to the fulfilment of a contract or is necessary for the implementation of pre-contractual measures. In all other cases, the processing is based on your consent (Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a GDPR) and/or on our legitimate interests (Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR), as we have a legitimate interest in the effective processing of the enquiries addressed to us. The data you send to us via contact requests will remain with us until you ask us to delete it, revoke your consent to storage or the purpose for data storage no longer applies (e.g. after your request has been processed). Mandatory statutory provisions, in particular statutory retention periods, remain unaffected by this.
8.4 Credit checks
Please note that we are entitled to transmit all relevant data from outstanding claims due to non-contractual behaviour to credit agencies in compliance with the legal requirements. If we make advance payments, e.g. in the case of payment on account or direct debit, we reserve the right to obtain a credit report. For this purpose, we transmit the personal data required for a credit check to a credit agency. We use the information received from there about the statistical probability of a payment default to make a balanced decision about the establishment, execution or termination of a contractual relationship. Your legitimate interests are taken into account in accordance with the statutory provisions.
The processing is carried out on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f) GDPR for the aforementioned legitimate interest.
9. newsletter dispatch
9.1 Newsletter dispatch to existing customers
If you have provided us with your e-mail address when purchasing goods or services, we reserve the right to regularly send you offers for similar goods or services to those already purchased from our range by e-mail. In accordance with Section 7 (3) UWG, we do not need to obtain separate consent from you for this. In this respect, data processing is carried out solely on the basis of our legitimate interest in personalised direct advertising in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR.
If you have initially objected to the use of your email address for this purpose, we will not send you any emails. You are entitled to object to the use of your email address for the aforementioned advertising purpose at any time with effect for the future by sending a message to the controller named at the beginning. You will only incur transmission costs for this in accordance with the basic rates. Upon receipt of your objection, the use of your e-mail address for advertising purposes will be discontinued immediately.
9.2 Scientific newsletter
On our website, you are given the opportunity to subscribe to our company’s scientific newsletter. Which personal data is transmitted to us when you subscribe to the newsletter can be seen from the input mask used for this purpose.
We inform our customers and business partners about our offers at regular intervals by means of a scientific newsletter. You can only receive our company’s newsletter if you have a valid e-mail address and have registered to receive the newsletter.
For legal reasons, a confirmation e-mail will be sent to the e-mail address you have entered for the first time for the newsletter dispatch using the double opt-in procedure. This confirmation e-mail is used to check whether you, as the owner of the e-mail address, have authorised the receipt of the newsletter.
When you register for the scientific newsletter, we also store the IP address assigned by your internet service provider (ISP) of the IT system you are using at the time of registration, as well as the date and time of registration. The collection of this data is necessary in order to be able to trace the (possible) misuse of your e-mail address at a later date and therefore serves our legal protection.
The personal data collected as part of a registration for the Scientific Newsletter is used exclusively for sending our newsletter. Furthermore, subscribers to the scientific newsletter may be informed by e-mail if this is necessary for the operation of the newsletter service or a registration in this regard, as could be the case in the event of changes to the newsletter offer or in the event of a change in technical circumstances. The personal data collected as part of the newsletter service will not be passed on to third parties. You can cancel your subscription to our scientific newsletter at any time. The consent to the storage of personal data that you have given us for the newsletter dispatch can be revoked at any time. For the purpose of revoking your consent, you will find a corresponding link in every scientific newsletter. It is also possible to unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time directly on our website or to inform us of this in another way.
The legal basis for data processing for the purpose of sending the scientific newsletter is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a GDPR.
9.3 Newsletter tracking
Our scientific newsletters contain so-called tracking pixels. A tracking pixel is a miniature graphic that is embedded in emails that are sent in HTML format to enable log file recording and log file analysis. This allows the success or failure of online marketing campaigns to be statistically analysed. Based on the embedded tracking pixel, the company can recognise whether and when an email was opened by you and which links in the email were accessed by you.
Such personal data collected via the tracking pixels contained in the newsletters are stored and evaluated by us in order to optimise the newsletter dispatch and to adapt the content of future newsletters even better to your interests. This personal data is not passed on to third parties. Data subjects are entitled at any time to revoke the separate declaration of consent given in this regard via the double opt-in procedure. After revocation, this personal data will be deleted by us.
Such an evaluation is carried out in particular in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR on the basis of our legitimate interests in the display of personalised advertising, market research and/or the needs-based design of our website.
10 Our activities in social networks
We have our own pages on social networks so that we can communicate with you and inform you about our services. If you visit one of our social media pages, we are jointly responsible with the provider of the respective social media platform within the meaning of Art. 26 GDPR with regard to the processing operations triggered thereby, which concern personal data.
We are not the original provider of these pages, but only use them within the scope of the possibilities offered to us by the respective providers.
As a precaution, we would therefore like to point out that your data may also be processed outside the European Union or the European Economic Area. Use may therefore entail data protection risks for you, as it may be more difficult to safeguard your rights, e.g. to information, deletion, objection, etc., and processing in the social networks is often carried out directly for advertising purposes or to analyse user behaviour by the providers without us being able to influence this. If user profiles are created by the provider, cookies are often used or the user behaviour is assigned directly to your own member profile of the social networks (if you are logged in here).
The described processing of personal data is carried out in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR on the basis of our legitimate interest and the legitimate interest of the respective provider in order to be able to communicate with you in a timely manner or to inform you about our services. If you have to give your consent to data processing as a user with the respective providers, the legal basis refers to Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a GDPR in conjunction with Art. 7 GDPR. Art. 7 GDPR.
As we do not have access to the providers’ databases, we would like to point out that it is best to assert your rights (e.g. to information, correction, deletion, etc.) directly with the respective provider. Further information on the processing of your data in the social networks and the possibility of exercising your right of objection or cancellation (so-called opt-out) is listed below with the respective social network provider we use:
(Joint) controller for data processing in Europe:
Facebook Ireland Ltd, 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2, Ireland
Opt-out and advertising settings:
(Joint) controller for data processing in Europe:
LinkedIn Ireland Unlimited Company Wilton Place, Dublin 2, Ireland
Opt-out and advertising settings:
(Joint) controller for data processing in Europe:
Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland
Opt-out and advertising settings:
(Joint) controller for data processing in Germany:
XING AG, Dammtorstraße 29-32, 20354 Hamburg, Germany
Information requests for XING members:
11. web analysis
11.1 Google Analytics
On our websites, we use Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google Ireland Limited (https://www.google.de/intl/de/about/) (Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland; hereinafter “Google”). In this context, pseudonymised user profiles are created and cookies (see “Cookies”) are used. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website, such as browser type/version, operating system used, referrer URL (the previously visited page), host name of the accessing computer (IP address), time of the server request, is transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. The information is used to analyse the use of the website, to compile reports on website activity and to provide other services relating to website activity and internet usage for the purposes of market research and the needs-based design of this website. This information may also be transferred to third parties if this is required by law or if third parties process this data on our behalf. Under no circumstances will your IP address be merged with other Google data. The IP addresses are anonymised so that they cannot be assigned (IP masking).
These processing operations are only carried out with your express consent in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a GDPR.
You can also prevent the collection of data generated by the cookie and related to your use of the website (including your IP address) and the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing a browser add-on (https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de).
As an alternative to the browser add-on, especially for browsers on mobile devices, you can also prevent Google Analytics from collecting data by clicking on the following link: Deactivate Google Analytics. An opt-out cookie will be set to prevent the future collection of your data when you visit this website. The opt-out cookie is only valid in this browser and only for our website and is stored on your device. If you delete the cookies in this browser, you must set the opt-out cookie again.
Further information on data protection in connection with Google Analytics can be found in the Google Analytics help centre (https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=de ).
12 Your rights as a data subject
12.1 Right to confirmation
You have the right to request confirmation from us as to whether personal data concerning you is being processed.
12.2 Right to information Art. 15 GDPR
You have the right to receive information from us at any time free of charge about the personal data stored about you and a copy of this data in accordance with the statutory provisions.
12.3 Right to rectification Art. 16 GDPR
You have the right to request the rectification of inaccurate personal data concerning you. You also have the right to request the completion of incomplete personal data, taking into account the purposes of the processing.
12.4 Erasure Art. 17 GDPR
You have the right to obtain from us the erasure of personal data concerning you without undue delay where one of the grounds provided for by law applies and insofar as the processing or storage is not necessary.
12.5 Restriction of processing Art. 18 GDPR
You have the right to demand that we restrict processing if one of the legal requirements is met.
12.6 Data portability Art. 20 GDPR
You have the right to receive the personal data concerning you, which you have provided to us, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format. You also have the right to transmit this data to another controller without hindrance from us to whom the personal data has been provided, provided that the processing is based on consent pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a GDPR or Art. 9 para. 2 lit. a GDPR or on a contract pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b GDPR and the processing is carried out by automated means, unless the processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in us.
Furthermore, in exercising your right to data portability pursuant to Art. 20 (1) GDPR, you have the right to have the personal data transmitted directly from one controller to another, where technically feasible and provided that this does not adversely affect the rights and freedoms of others.
12.7 Objection Art. 21 GDPR
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO OBJECT, ON GROUNDS RELATING TO YOUR PARTICULAR SITUATION, AT ANY TIME TO PROCESSING OF PERSONAL DATA CONCERNING YOU WHICH IS BASED ON ART. 6 ABS. 1 LIT. E (DATA PROCESSING IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST) OR F (DATA PROCESSING ON THE BASIS OF A BALANCING OF INTERESTS) OF THE GDPR.
THIS ALSO APPLIES TO PROFILING BASED ON THESE PROVISIONS WITHIN THE MEANING OF ART. 4 NO. 4 GDPR.
IF YOU OBJECT, WE WILL NO LONGER PROCESS YOUR PERSONAL DATA UNLESS WE CAN DEMONSTRATE COMPELLING LEGITIMATE GROUNDS FOR THE PROCESSING WHICH OVERRIDE YOUR INTERESTS, RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS OR FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT, EXERCISE OR DEFENCE OF LEGAL CLAIMS.
IN INDIVIDUAL CASES, WE PROCESS PERSONAL DATA FOR DIRECT MARKETING PURPOSES. YOU CAN OBJECT TO THE PROCESSING OF YOUR PERSONAL DATA FOR THE PURPOSE OF SUCH ADVERTISING AT ANY TIME. THIS ALSO APPLIES TO PROFILING INSOFAR AS IT IS ASSOCIATED WITH SUCH DIRECT ADVERTISING. IF YOU OBJECT TO PROCESSING FOR DIRECT MARKETING PURPOSES, WE WILL NO LONGER PROCESS YOUR PERSONAL DATA FOR THESE PURPOSES.
YOU ALSO HAVE THE RIGHT TO OBJECT, ON GROUNDS RELATING TO YOUR PARTICULAR SITUATION, TO THE PROCESSING OF PERSONAL DATA CONCERNING YOU WHICH IS CARRIED OUT BY US FOR SCIENTIFIC OR HISTORICAL RESEARCH PURPOSES OR FOR STATISTICAL PURPOSES IN ACCORDANCE WITH ART. 89 ABS. 1 GDPR, UNLESS SUCH PROCESSING IS NECESSARY FOR THE PERFORMANCE OF A TASK CARRIED OUT FOR REASONS OF PUBLIC INTEREST.
YOU ARE FREE TO EXERCISE YOUR RIGHT TO OBJECT IN RELATION TO THE USE OF INFORMATION SOCIETY SERVICES, NOTWITHSTANDING DIRECTIVE 2002/58/EC, BY AUTOMATED MEANS USING TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS.
12.8 Withdrawal of consent under data protection law
You have the right to withdraw your consent to the processing of personal data at any time with effect for the future.
12.9 Complaint to a supervisory authority
You have the right to lodge a complaint about our processing of personal data with a supervisory authority responsible for data protection.
13 Routine storage, erasure and blocking
We process and store your personal data only for the period of time required to achieve the purpose of storage or if this is provided for by the legal provisions to which our company is subject.
If the storage purpose no longer applies or if a prescribed storage period expires, the personal data will be routinely blocked or deleted in accordance with the statutory provisions.
14 Duration of the storage of personal data
The criterion for the duration of the storage of personal data is the respective statutory retention period. After expiry of this period, the corresponding data is routinely deleted, provided it is no longer required for contract fulfilment or contract initiation.
15. topicality and amendment of the data protection declaration