1, Data protection at a glance
The following information provides you with a simple overview of what happens to your personal data when you visit our website. Personal data is any data by which you can be personally identified. The data protection declaration below this section provides detailed information about data protection.
Collecting data on our website
Who is responsible for collecting data on this website?
Data is processed on this website by the website operator. That person’s contact details are listed on the legals page of this website.
How do we collect your data?
Your data is primarily collected when you give it to us. An example of this is when you enter data into a contact form.
Other data is automatically gathered by our IT systems when you visit the website. This data is above all technical (such as your Web browser and operating system and the time you visit the page). This data is collected automatically as soon as you enter our website.
What do we use your data for?
Some of the data is collected to make sure the website runs properly. Other data can be used to analyse your user behaviour.
What rights do I have regarding my data?
You have, at all times and without being charged, the right to be told about the origin, recipient and purpose of personal data saved about you. You also have the right for this data to be corrected, blocked or deleted. You can contact us at any time using the address in the legals page to ask about this or anything else relating to data protection. You also have the right to complain to the responsible regulatory body.
Analysis tools and third-party tools
Your surfing behaviour may be statistically analysed when you visit our website. This is done using cookies and analytical programmes, mostly. Your surfing behaviour is usually analysed anonymously; it cannot be traced back to you. You can object to this analysis and prevent it by not using certain tools. You will find detailed information about that in the following data protection declaration.
You can object to this analysis. We will tell you about ways of objecting in this data protection declaration.
2, General and mandatory information
The operators of this website take the protection of your personal data very seriously. We treat your personal data as confidential and handle it in compliance with statutory data protection regulations and this data protection declaration.
Various kinds of personal data are collected when you visit this website. Personal data is data by which you can be personally identified. This data protection declaration explains what data we collect and what we use it for. It also explains how and for what purpose this happens.
We would like to point out that the transmission of data on the Internet (e.g. e-mail communication) can be subject to security flaws. It is impossible to protect data completely against access by third parties.
Information about the responsible body
The body responsible for processing data on this website is:
Wittener Institut für Familienunternehmen (WIFU)-Foundation
Professor Dr Tom A. Rüsen
Telephone: +49 2302 926-510
The responsible body is the natural person or corporate entity who or which, alone or in collaboration with others, decides on the purpose and processing of personal data (such as names, e-mail addresses and similar).
Revoking your consent for data processing
There are many data processing activities that can only be done with your express consent. You can revoke the consent you have given at any time. An informal e-mail to us will suffice. Revoking your consent does not render illegal any data processing done up to that point.
Right to complain to the responsible regulatory authorities
The data subject has the right to complain to the responsible regulatory authorities if data protection laws have been breached. The regulatory authority responsible for matters of data protection law is the state data protection officer of the federal state in which our company’s headquarters are located. The following link provides a list of data protection officers and their contact details: https://www.bfdi.bund.de/DE/Infothek/Anschriften_Links/anschriften_links-node.html.
Right to data portability
You have the right to have data which we automatically process (on the basis of your consent or in fulfilment of a contract) given to you or to a third party in a conventional, machine-readable format. If you request your data to be sent directly to another responsible party, this will only be done inasmuch as it is technically feasible.
SSL and TLS encryption
Our site uses SSL and TLS encryption for security reasons and to protect the transmission of confidential content (such as orders and enquiries) which you send to us as the operator of the website. You can see that a connection is encrypted because the address line of your browser will change from ‘http://’ to ‘https://’ and a padlock symbol will appear in the browser line.
When SSL or TLS encryption is activated, data you send to us cannot be read by anyone else.
Information, blocking, deletion
The applicable laws grant you the right to demand, at any time, free information about your personal data stored, its origin and recipients, and the purpose of data processing, and you have the right to have it corrected, blocked or deleted. You can contact us at any time using the address in the legals page to ask about this or anything else relating to personal data.
Ban on spam
We hereby expressly forbid the contact details published in this website’s legal notice to be used by third-parties to send advertising or information materials not expressly asked for. The operator of this website expressly reserves the right to take legal action in the event of unsolicited advertising, such as in the form of spam e-mails.
3, Data collection on our website
Most of the cookies we use are ‘session cookies’, which are automatically deleted when you leave the website. Other cookies remain on your device until you delete them. These cookies allow us to recognise your browser next time you visit us.
You can set your browser so that you are told whenever cookies are received, and so that you can decide which ones to accept or whether instead to reject cookies in particular cases or in general; you can also set your browser to automatically delete cookies when you close it. If you deactivate cookies, the features of this website may be limited.
Cookies needed to perform electronic communication processes and to provide particular features you require (such as a shopping basket) are stored on the basis of Art. 6 Par. 1 lit. f GDPR. The website operator has a legitimate interest in storing cookies so that it can provide its services free of technical faults and in optimised form. If other cookies are stored (such as cookies for analysing your surfing behaviour), these will be discussed separately in this data protection declaration.
Server log files
The provider of this website automatically collects and stores information in server log files which your browser automatically sends to us. This information is:
Browser type and version
Operating system used
Host name of accessing computer
Time of server request
This data is not combined with any other data sources.
The data is processed on the basis of Art. 6 Par. 1 lit. f GDPR, which permits data to be processed in the fulfilment of a contract and precontractual activities.
If you send us inquiries using the contact form, the information you provide in it, including the contact details you provide, will be stored with us for the purpose of processing the inquiry and if we have any follow-up questions. We will not pass on this data without your consent.
This means that the data you provide in the contact form is processed exclusively on the basis of your consent (Art. 6 Par. 1 lit. a GDPR). You can revoke your consent at any time. An informal e-mail to us will suffice. Revoking your consent does not render illegal any data processing done up to that point.
The data you enter in the contact form remains with us until you ask for it to be deleted or revoke your consent for its storage, or until the purpose for which it is stored no longer applies (such as once your enquiry has been processed). This does not affect mandatory legal requirements, in particular statutory retention periods.
4. Social media
Facebook plugins (Like & Share buttons)
Our website incorporates plugins belonging to the social network Facebook, which is provided by Facebook Inc., 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, California 94025, USA. Facebook plugins can be recognised on our website by the Facebook logo or the ‘Like button’. You will find a list of Facebook plugins here: https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/.
When you visit our website, the plugin sets up a direct connection between your browser and the Facebook server. This tells Facebook that your IP address has visited our website. If you click on the Facebook Like button while you are logged into your Facebook account, you can link the content of our website to your Facebook profile. This allows Facebook to link your visit to our website to your user account. We would like to point out, as the provider of this website, that we have no knowledge of the data transferred or how it is used by Facebook. You will find more about this in the Facebook data protection declaration at: https://de-de.facebook.com/policy.php.
If you do not want Facebook to be able to link your visit to our website to your Facebook user account, please log out of your Facebook user account.
The features of the Twitter service are incorporated into our website. These features are provided by Twitter Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. When you use Twitter and the ‘re-tweet’ feature, the websites you visit are linked to your Twitter account and made known to other users. This involves data being sent to Twitter. We would like to point out, as the provider of this website, that we have no knowledge of the data transferred or how it is used by Twitter. You will find more about this in Twitter’s data protection declaration at: https://twitter.com/privacy.
You can change your data protection settings with Twitter in your account settings at https://twitter.com/account/setting.
Our websites uses Google+ features. The provider is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.
Collecting and passing on information: You can publish information worldwide using the Google+ button. The Google+ button gives you and other users personalised content from Google and our partners. Google saves the fact that you have given content +1, and it saves information about the page you were looking at when you clicked +1. Your +1, together with your profile name and photograph, can be shown on the Internet in Google services, such as in search results and in your Google profile, and other places in websites and advertisements.
Google records information about your +1 activities in order to improve Google services for you and others. To use the Google+ button you need a globally visible, public Google profile, which must at least contain the name chosen for the profile. This name is used in all Google services. In some cases, this name can also replace another name you have used to share content using your Google account. The identity of your Google profile can be shown to users who know your e-mail address or who possess other identifying information about you.
How the collected information is used: As well as the purposes explained above, the information provided by you will be used in compliance with the applicable Google data protection terms. Google may publish collated statistics about users’ +1 activities and may pass them on to users and partners, such as publishers, advertisers and associated websites.
Our website uses features of the XING network. The provider is XING AG, Dammtorstraße 29-32, 20354 Hamburg, Germany.
Every time you open one of our pages that contains XING features, a connection is established with XING’s servers. As far as we know, this does not involve saving your personal data. In particular, IP addresses are not stored, and user behaviour is not evaluated.
You will find more information about data protection and the XING Share button in XING’s data protection declaration at: https://www.xing.com/app/share?op=data_protection.
5. Analysis tools and advertising
This website uses features of the Google Analytics Web analysis service. The provider is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.
Google Analytics uses “cookies” – text files stored on your computer to facilitate the analysis of your use of the website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is usually transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there.
Google Analytics cookies are stored on the basis of Art. 6 Par. 1 lit. f GDPR. The website operator has a legitimate interest in analysing user behaviour in order to improve its web services and its advertising.
We have activated IP anonymity on this website. This means your IP address will be truncated by Google inside the member states of the European Union and in other states that are signatories to the European Economic Area treaty, before it is sent to the USA. The full IP address will be sent to a Google server in the US and truncated there only in exceptional cases. Google uses this information on behalf of the website operator in order to evaluate your use of the website so that it can draw up reports on website activities, and in order to provide the website operator with other services associated with the use of the website and access to the Internet. Google will not connect the IP address sent to them by your browser as part of Google Analytics with other Google data.
You can prevent the saving of cookies via the corresponding setting in your browser software. However, if you do so, please note that this may mean that you cannot use the full functionality of this website. You can also prevent Google from collecting the data generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address), and from processing that data, by downloading and installing the browser plugin available at the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de.
Objecting to data collection
You can prevent Google Analytics from recording your data by clicking on the following link. This sets an ‘opt-out cookie’ which prevents this website from collecting your data when you visit it again: Deactivating Google Analytics.
More information about how user data is handled by Google Analytics is available from Google’s data protection declaration: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=de.
Order data processing
We have concluded an agreement with Google about order data processing, and we apply the strict regulations of the German data protection authorities when using Google Analytics.
Demographic data at Google Analytics
This website uses the ‘demographic data’ feature of Google Analytics. This means that reports can be drawn up that contain statements about the age, gender and interests of people who visit the website. This data originates from Google’s interest-related advertising and third-party visitor data. This data cannot be allocated to any particular person. You can deactivate this feature at any time using your Google account’s advertising settings, and you can generally prevent Google Analytics from collecting your data as described in the section on ‘Objecting to data collection’.
If you want to subscribe to the newsletter offered on this website, we will need an e-mail address from you as well as information that allows us to check whether you are the holder of that e-mail address and that you agree to receiving the newsletter. Other data is not collected, or if so then only on a voluntary basis. We only use this data for sending out information you have requested, and we do not give it to anybody else.
The data entered into the newsletter registration form is processed exclusively on the basis of your consent (Art. 6 Par. 1 lit. a GDPR). You can revoke the consent you have given for your data and e-mail address to be saved, and for it to be used to have the newsletter sent to you, at any time, using the ‘Unsubscribe’ link in the newsletter. This does not render any previous data processing activities illegal.
The data we have saved about you for the purposes of sending you the newsletter is saved until you unsubscribe from the newsletter, after which it is deleted. This does not affect data which is saved by us for other purposes (such as e-mail addresses for the Members’ area).
7. Plugins and tools
Our website uses plugins provided by YouTube, which is run by Google. The operator of the site is YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA.
When you visit one of our pages which has a YouTube plugin, a connection is established with YouTube’s servers. When this happens, the YouTube server is told which of our pages you have visited.
If you are logged into your YouTube account, you enable YouTube to link your surfing behaviour directly to your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account.
The use of YouTube is done in the interests of making our website more appealing. This constitutes a legitimate interest as defined in Art. 6 Par. 1 lit. f GDPR.
Further information about how user data is used is available in YouTube’s data protection declaration at: https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy.
Google Web Fonts
In order to make screen fonts look uniform, this website uses Web Fonts which are provided by Google. When you open a page, your browser loads the Web Fonts it needs into your browser cache so that text and fonts display correctly.
For this purpose, the browser you use must connect to Google’s servers. This allows Google to know that our website was accessed from your IP address. The use of Google Web Fonts is done in the interests of making our website look uniform and appealing. This constitutes a legitimate interest as defined in Art. 6 Par. 1 lit. f GDPR.
If your browser does not support Web Fonts, a standard font will be used by your computer.
Further information about Google Web Fonts is available at https://developers.google.com/fonts/faq and in Google’s data protection declaration: https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/.
This website uses the Google Maps service via an API. The provider is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.
In order to use the features of Google Maps, your IP address will have to be stored. This information is usually sent to a server in the USA belonging to Google and stored there. The operator of this website has no influence over the sending of that data.
Google Maps is used in order to make our website look more attractive and to make it easy to locate the places detailed on it. This constitutes a legitimate interest as defined in Art. 6 Par. 1 lit. f GDPR.
You will find more information about how user data is used in Google’s data protection declaration: https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy/.