1. Log files
Upon each visit of our website, your browser automatically sends information to the servers of our website, which is temporarily stored in a so-called log file. The following data is recorded without any action on your part and stored until automatic deletion:
- IP address of the computer issuing the request,
- date and time of access,
- name and URL of the file(s) accessed/retrieved,
- website which directed you to our Internet presence (referrer page),
- operating system and browser employed,
- name of your internet access provider.
Collecting and processing of this data takes place to make the use of our website possible (for establishing the connection), to ensure continuous system security and stability, to allow for technical administration of our network infrastructure and optimization of our website, as well as for internal statistics use. The IP address is only used for statistical purposes, as well as in case of an attack on our network infrastructure. This does not allow any inference to your person. It takes place under consideration and within the scope of the weighing of interests according to article 6 para 1 (f) of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). To the extent that further storage of log files is required for purposes of proof, these are excluded from deletion until the respective incident has been finally clarified.
The data collected will be deleted after four weeks at the latest.
We have taken due measures to ensure that no minor may give consent to the processing of his or her data. Should we obtain knowledge that personal data of a minor has been processed, we will delete such personal data immediately.
2. Cookies and web analysis
We are continuously working on improving and optimizing our online services and offering you a pleasant visit of our website. Logging your access to our website into log files, as well as employing cookies and web analysis, are important for this. The legal basis for data processing using cookies - also for purposes of web analysis - is our legitimate interest in the analysis, the optimization and the commercially viable operation of our website pursuant to article 6 para 1 lit (f) GDPR.
2.1 Cookie information and cookie management
Cookies are automatically stored onto your computer when you visit our website. Cookies are text files which contain a pseudonymized alias and thus do not permit any form of attribution to a specific person. Only we are able to read these cookies.
The cookies that we employ may be categorized as follows: generally required cookies, function-related cookies, and service-related cookies.
Generally required cookies are used to make our website user-friendly. Certain actions you perform are stored for the duration of the respective visit to our website with the purpose of optimizing your user experience. E.g., your entries to the calculator are stored so you do not have to re-enter them. These cookies are deleted when you close/exit the browser.
Function-related cookies enable us to adjust our website to the personal preferences of our users. As an example, we store the settings the user makes (e.g., country or language).
Service-related cookies help us to measure usage of our website. With these cookies, we can determine which areas of our website are visited most frequently. This information helps us to identify potentials to further improve our website.
As a user of our website, you are asked to select your own privacy settings to determine if you accept or reject cookies, or wish to be notified about receiving a new cookie. In addition, you can delete previously stored cookies. If you delete your cookies, this may result in opt-out cookies being deleted. The affected opt-outs must then be reactivated to become effective again. Deactivating cookies may lead to parts of our website not being fully functional or not being displayed correctly.
Additionally, you can adjust your settings in our Cookie Management Center.