1. The Operator operates the Website in compliance with the applicable data protection legislation. The Operator will not gather personal data (such as e-mail address, telephone number, address, etc.) via the Website without the consent of the user.
2. The Website contains a number of different forms (for example, for registration, contact, ordering and newsletter functions). If the user decides to provide the Operator with details such as a company name, department, address, e-mail address, etc., the Operator may store and evaluate these details and pass them on to subsidiary companies of the Operator and to the sales companies authorized by the Operator or other contract partners of the Operator for the purposes of maintaining the customer relationship with the user and in particular to keep the user informed about the Operator's products available. The Operator will not otherwise make personal data available to third parties.
3. Information is gathered automatically when a user accesses the Website, but this information is not and will not be associated with any individual person. Such information includes the browser and operating system in use, the frequency of visits, the duration of visits and the pages viewed. The Operator uses this data solely in order to determine how attractive and how well received the Website is and how its content might be improved.
4. The IP address of the terminal device is transmitted on every access to a website. The Operator and its statistics service provider, however, store the IP addresses in abbreviated (anonymized) form, so that they cannot be linked to the identity of the user.
At various locations, the website uses "cookies". These serve to improve the browsing experience and make it more efficient for the user. Cookies are small text files that the browser saves on the user's terminal device. Cookies do not damage the device in any way and contain no viruses.
As a matter of principle, the Operator does not collect any personal data with the aid of cookies. Most cookies used by the Operator are "persistent cookies" with a life of 24 months (WebTrends), which the Operator uses to recognize the terminal device again, e.g. as a visitor to the site. In addition, short-lived "session cookies" are generated which help to provide various functionalities. Session cookies are automatically deleted each time a browser session is closed.
You have the opportunity of adjusting your browser in such a way that these cookies are not stored at all, or that the cookies are deleted at the end of your internet session. Please note that in this case you may not be able to use all the functions of the website.
For the cookies that are not functionally necessary, the Operator then offers you the option of deactivating the tracking functionalities of the Webtrends and Google service providers.