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Data protection declaration

We attach great importance to protecting your data and safeguarding your privacy. To this end, we will inform you below of the collection and use of personal data when using our website.

Anonymous data collection
You can visit our websites without providing any information about yourself. In this connection, we do not store any data whatsoever. In order to improve our service, we solely evaluate statistical data, in a manner that no conclusion can be made regarding your identity.

Collection and processing when using the contact form
When using the contact form, we collect personal data (details regarding personal or factual circumstances of an identified or identifiable natural person) only in the scope that you have made available. We will use your e-mail address only to process your request. Your data will then be deleted, unless you have consented to the further processing and use of such data.
 
Collection, processing and use of personal data
We collect personal data (details regarding personal or factual circumstances of an identified or identifiable natural person) only in the scope that you have made available.

Your personal data is processed and used in order to fulfill and process your order, and to process your inquiries.

After the complete processing of the contract, all personal data will initially be stored under consideration of the retention periods under tax and commercial law, and will then be deleted after the expiration of the time period, unless you have consented to the further processing and use of such data.
 
Forwarding of personal data
Your data will not be forwarded to any third party without your express consent. The only exclusion from this are our service partners, which we need to fulfill the contractual relationship. In any such case, we strictly adhere to the provisions of the German Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz). The scope of the data transmission is limited to a minimum extent.

Cookies
Our website uses so-called "cookies" in multiple places. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer and saved by your browser. They serve the purpose of making our service more user-friendly, effective and secure. Furthermore, cookies enable our systems to recognize your browser and offer you services. Cookies do not contain any personal data.

Shariff social media buttons
With the Shariff social media buttons integrated into our website, you can use social media without unnecessarily putting your privacy at risk. The c't Shariff project replaces the usual share buttons of social networks, and protects your surfing patterns from prying eyes. Nevertheless, a single click on the button is sufficient for sharing information with others. You need not do anything else – we have already taken care of everything.

The usual social media buttons transmit user data to Facebook & Co. upon every page view, and give the social networks precise information regarding your surfing patterns (user tracking). It is not necessary for you to be logged in or even be a member of the network. By contrast, a Shariff button establishes direct contact between a social network and a user only if such user actively clicks the share button.

Thus, Shariff prevents you from leaving a digital track on each page you visit, and improves data protection.