Data Protection Declaration
Responsible entity as defined by the data protection laws, in particular the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is
Hermann Otto GmbH
Tel.: +49 (0) 86 84-908-0
Fax: +49 (0) 86 84-12 60
Your rights as a data subject
You can execute the following rights at any time by contacting our Data Protection Officer using the contact details below:
- Receive information about your data we have saved and their processing;
- The correction of incorrect personal data;
- Deletion of your personal data stored by us;
- Restriction to the processing of the data if, due to legal obligations, we may not delete your data;
- Revoke the processing of your data held by us; and
- The transferability of data if you have consented to the processing of data or if you have concluded a contract with us.
If you have granted us your consent, you can revoke it at any time for the future.
You may contact the competent supervisory authority at any time should you have a complaint. Your competent supervisory authority depends on the federal state of your place of residence, your place of employment or the alleged violation. You can find a list of the supervisory authorities (for the non-public area) with address at: https://www.bfdi.bund.de/DE/Infothek/Anschriften_Links/anschriften_links-node.html.
The purposes of the data processing by the competent entity and third parties
We process your personal data for the purposes specified in this Data Protection Declaration only. Your personal data will not be forwarded to third parties for any purposes other than the specified purposes. We only forward your personal data to third parties if:
- You have granted your express consent;
- The processing is necessary in order to process a contract with you;
- The processing is necessary in order to comply with a legal obligation;
- The processing is necessary in order to maintain justified interests and there is no cause to assume that you do not have an interest which is predominantly worth protecting in the non-forwarding of your data.
The collection of general information when visiting our website
When you access our website, information of a general nature is automatically collected via cookies. This information (server log files) includes, for instance, the type of web browser, the operating system used, the domain names of your Internet service provider and similar information. Only that information which does not allow your identity to be inferred is used.
This information is technically necessary in order to correctly provide you with the contents you have requested and which is mandatorily generated when using the Internet. It is processed in particular for the following purposes:
- For ensuring the smooth establishment of the connection of the website;
- For ensuring the smooth use of our website;
- For evaluating the security and stability of the system, and;
- For further administrative purposes.
The processing of your personal data is based on our justified interest from the aforementioned purposes for the collection of data. We don’t use your data to allow your identify to be inferred. The recipients of the data are only the responsible entity and, if required, the order processor.
Anonymous information of this nature is evaluated by us if necessary in order to optimise our website and the technology behind it.
Like many other websites, we also use so-called “cookies”. Cookies are small text files which are transmitted to your hard disk from a website server. By these means, we automatically receive certain data such as the IP address, the browser used, operating system and your connection to the Internet.
Cookies cannot be used to launch programs or to transmit viruses to a computer. By using the information contained in the cookies, we can make navigation easier for you and enable the websites to be displayed correctly.
We will never forward the data collected by us to third parties or generate a link with personal data without your consent.
Technically necessary cookies
|Cookie name||Description||Storage period|
|frontend||This cookie serves as an identification feature necessary for operability of the site.||2 hours|
|cookie-consent||Saving of the user’s selection regarding cookie consent.||1 year|
Technically unnecessary cookies (Web analysis and use of tracking and localization tools, marketing)
|Cookie name||Description||Storage period|
|__ga||Registers a clear ID that is used to generate statistical data about how the visitor uses the website.||2 years|
|_gat||Used by Google to restrict the request rate.||1 day|
|_gid||Registers a clear ID that is used to generate statistical data about how the visitor uses the website.||1 day|
Registering on our website
When registering for the use of our personalised services, some personal data is collected: this includes your name, address, contact and communication data such as telephone number and e-mail address. If you are registered with us, you can access contents and services that we only offer to registered users. Registered users also have the option of changing or deleting at any time the data provided at registration if necessary. Naturally, we also provide you at any time information about the personal data we have stored about you. At your request, we will gladly correct/delete this information unless barred by legal duties to preserve this data. In order to contact us in this regard, please use the contact data provided at the bottom of this Data Protection Declaration.
In order to protect the security of your data during transmission, we use a state-of-the-art encryption method (e.g. SSL) via HTTPS.
Based on your expressly granted consent, we regularly send you our newsletter / comparable information by e-mail to the e-mail address you have specified.
The provision of your e-mail address is sufficient for receiving the newsletter. When you register to receive our newsletter, the data you provide will be used exclusively for this purpose. Subscribers might also be informed by e-mail about matters relevant for the service or the registration (such as changes to the newsletter service or technical issues).
We require a valid e-mail address for an effective registration. In order to verify that a registration is actually made by the owner of an e-mail address, we use the “double opt-in” method. To this end, we record the ordering of the newsletter, the sending of a confirmation mail and the receipt of the requested reply. No further data are collected. The data are used exclusively for sending the newsletter and are not forwarded to third parties.
You can revoke your consent to the storage of your personal data and their use for the sending of the newsletter at any time. Each newsletter contains a relevant link. Furthermore, you can unsubscribe at any time directly on this website or inform us about your request via the contact options provided at the end of this data protection notice.
If you contact us via e-mail or the contact form with questions of any nature, you grant us your voluntary consent for the purposes of establishing contact. The provision of a valid e-mail address is necessary for this. This serves the purpose of assigning the enquiry and the subsequent reply. The provision of further data is optional. The information provided by you is saved for the purposes of processing the enquiry and for any follow-up queries. Once the enquiry has been resolved, personal data are automatically deleted.
The use of Google Analytics
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google Inc. (hereinafter: Google). Google Analytics uses so-called “cookies”, text files which are stored on your computer and which permit analysis of your use of the website. The information on your use of this website obtained via the cookie is generally transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. Due to the activation of the IP anonymisation on these websites, your IP address will be abridged in advance by Google within the member states of the European Union or in other contractual states of the agreement pertaining to the European Economic Area. It is only in exceptional cases that the full IP address is sent unabridged to a Google server in the USA, where it is abridged. On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity and providing the operator of the website with other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google will not amalgamate the IP address transmitted as part of Google Analytics by your browser with other Google data.
The purposes of the data processing are the evaluation of the use of the website and the compilation of reports about activities on the website. Based on the use of the website and the Internet, the idea is to then perform further associated services. The processing is based on the justified interest of the operator of the website.
You may refuse the storage of cookies by selecting the appropriate setting of your browser software: however, please note that if you do this you might not be able to use the full functionality of this website. Furthermore, you can prevent the collection of data generated by the cookie and related to your use of the website (including your IP address) to Google and the processing of these data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available from the following link: Browser add-on to deactivate Google Analytics.
In addition to or as an alternative to the browser add-on, you can prevent tracking by Google Analytics on our pages by clicking this link This installs an opt-out cookie on your device. This prevents the collection of data by Google Analytics for this website and for this browser in future as long as the cookie remains installed in your browser.
The use of Google Maps
For detailed instructions about the administration of your data in conjunction with Google products, see here.
Embedded YouTube videos
We embed YouTube videos on some of our websites. The operator of the relevant plug-in is YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. If you visit a page with the YouTube plug-in, a connection to the YouTube servers is established. YouTube is informed about which pages you visit. If you are logged in your YouTube account, YouTube can assign your surfing behaviour to your personal account. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account beforehand.
Any user that has deactivated the storage of cookies for the Google-Ad program will not have to reckon with such cookies even when watching YouTube videos. However, YouTube also installs non-personal user information in other cookies. If you wish to prevent this, you have to block the “Save cookies” function in your browser.
You can find further information on data protection on “YouTube” in the Data Protection Declaration of the provider at: https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy/
Change to our data protection conditions
We reserve the right to adapt this Data Protection Declaration so that it always complies with the current legal regulations or in order to implement changes to our services, such as in the event of the introduction of new services. The new Data Protection Declaration then applies for your next visit.
Questions to the Data Protection Officer
Should you have questions pertaining to data protection, please send us an e-mail or directly contact the person responsible for data protection in our organisation: