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Terms & Conditions of Elco Solutions GmbH
IMPORTANT. Please read these terms and conditions carefully, because this document describes the Conditions (the ‘Conditions’) upon which Elco Solutions GmbH (‘Elco Solutions’/’We’/’Us’/’Our’) makes a contract with you as a customer (‘The Customer’/’You’/’Your’/’Yourself’) for the sale of our product(s) (the ‘Product’/’Goods’).
1.1. Conditions mentioned here apply to all offers of Elco Solutions GmbH (from now on to be called Elco Solutions) and to all agreements with Customers of Elco Solutions GmbH.
1.2. Unless it is an explicit exception, others than these Conditions are not legitimate.
1.3. We maintain that, by confirming Your order, You unreservedly accept Our general conditions of sale, having read them. Conditions are important to You and Elco Solutions as they have been designed to protect your rights as a valued Customer and to protect Our rights as a business and to create an understanding between us.
2. Ordering and realisation of an agreement
2.1. Orders can be placed online via the Elco Solutions website www.elco-solutions.de, per e-mail, fax, and telephone.
2.2. We are authorised to refuse orders below a certain order value or to calculate extra charges for these orders. Further, we have the right to ask The Customer to make a prepayment.
2.3. If it is not possible for Elco Solutions to accept an order for a certain product, no matter the reason, Elco Solutions will try to deliver a comparable Product with regard to price and quality. The order will be accepted after agreement has been reached.
2.4. When you place an order to buy a product from www.elco-solutions.de, we will send you an email confirming receipt of your order and containing the details of your order. Your order represents an offer to us to purchase a product, which is accepted by us when we send email confirmation to you that we have dispatched your goods (the ‘dispatch confirmation email’). It is the customer’s responsibility to save a copy of and/or print these emails for future reference.
2.5. Any products in the same order that are not included in the dispatch confirmation email do not form part of this offer. As long as there is no official agreement, Elco Solutions reserves the right to change prices and other conditions.
3.1. The prices on the Elco Solutions website are the actual prices. Prices of Goods in mailings can deviate because of price changes that have been carried through after sending the mailings.
3.2. As long as there is no official agreement, Elco Solutions has the right to change prices and other conditions.
3.3. All prices include costs of packaging and exclude costs of transport, shipping and legal contributions unless mentioned differently. Per order, a flat shipping fee from €4,90 to €14,90 (within Europe) or €24,90 (rest of the world) will be calculated.
3.4. Elco Solutions is authorised to carry through changes in taxes and costs, also after realising an agreement.
4.1. Elco Solutions determines the manner of transport and the transporter. All orders will be delivered at the entered delivery address.
4.2. Elco Solutions has the right to deliver orders partly. There are no extra costs for partly deliveries or later deliveries.
4.3. Despite all carefulness regarding deliveries, it might happen that Your order is delivered incomplete. If this is reported by The Customer in seven days after (partly) receiving the Goods, the order will be replenished or placed a second time at the expense of Elco Solutions.
5.1. Payment takes place per credit card, debit card, prepayment, or on other conditions as described on our website.
5.2. In some special cases, Elco Solutions has the right to refuse a certain payment method. In that case it will be communicated to The Customer and the order will be shipped after The Customer’s prepayment has been received and approved by Elco Solutions.
5.3. It is not allowed to settle a purchase with a debt-claim on Elco Solutions, unless this is yet agreed in letter.
5.4. Paying in advance is only possible per bank account.
5.5. After exceeding the payment term The Customer is indebted to pay the legal interest and all legal and non-legal collection costs. Elco Solutions can then postpone the following of obligations or dissolve the agreement in letter.
6. Property restriction
6.1. Delivered Goods will stay the property of Elco Solutions until all payment obligations have been fulfilled by The Customer.
6.2. Elco Solutions is irrevocably authorised to take the Goods back if these still are the property of Elco Solutions.
7. Sale and return period and returns
7.1. The Customer is allowed to return the Goods delivered by Elco Solutions in ten working days after receiving in the original package, accompanied by a copy of the original invoice and a report of the reason of return.
7.2. In case the Goods are unused and returned in time and correctly, Elco Solutions will refund the purchase amount excluding the shipping costs. Goods are refunded within 30 days.
7.3. Goods delivered by Elco Solutions that are not been returned in the sale-and-return period of 30 working days (Voluntary Returns), as described in 7.1, the purchase will be regarded as final.
7.4. In addition to their statutory rights, customers may return items within 30 days of the date they received the item without giving any reasons. Consumers who voluntarily return items but do not wish to use the Returns Service provided by Elco Solutions, do so at their own risk. N.B.: Your right to return items voluntarily does not affect your Right to Cancel, or your statutory rights.
7.5. The following categories of Goods are excluded from the right of return from the moment the package has been opened:
custom-made items tailored to the Consumer’s own specifications, or items personalised in any way;
custom-made items assembled using standard components, including hardware and software configured to consumer specification, as soon as they have been used or put into operation;
spares and replacement parts as well as special items ordered by The Consumer, including items ordered by Elco Solutions on behalf of The Consumer;
calibrated measurement instruments/diagnostics;
wholesale items subject to discounts, or governed by agreements other than our GTCs.
7.6. If you wish to return your Goods or Items please utilise your nearest Post Office, alternatively you can call or email Elco Solutions Customer Service. Any Goods or Items returned are at the cost of the customer.
7.7. Under German Distance Selling Regulations, the customer is allowed to cancel their order in writing or in another durable medium (excluding telephone), e.g. letter, fax, email, within 14 running days of receiving the original package.
7.8. In order to exercise their right to return, the customer is not required to return the goods within the cooling off period, but must inform Elco Solutions in writing/another durable medium of their intention to withdraw from the contract within this time limit.
7.9. If the goods are unused and returned in accordance with FAGG, Elco Solutions will refund the purchase amount including shipping costs. Goods are refunded within 30 days.
7.10. If you wish to return your goods please use the facilities at your nearest post office. Goods are returned at the customer’s expense.
7.11. To help improve our products and services, it would help us if could detail the reason why you wish to return your item(s), but this is not obligatory. Please also enclose a copy of the original invoice, if available.
7.12. If you:
- Paid by credit/debit card, we will make a credit note and refund the amount back to your credit/debit card.
- Paid in advance, we will make a credit note and refund the amount back to your bank account.
- Have not paid yet, we will make a credit note to stand against it. Please note: any provisions mentioned in the “30 day trial period” do not affect your statutory right to withdrawal.
8.1. Elco Solutions warrants the quality of its delivered Goods during 24 months, starting from the date of delivery. All parts of the product are under warranty coverage (against any defect that may occur during production, assembly and/or defective parts).
8.2. Warranty claims should be made within fourteen days after discovering the deficiency, and should be guided with a short description of the deficiency and a copy of the original invoice.
8.3. Elco Solutions will repair the deficiency, subject to 8.2, free of cost or replace it (to be decided by Elco Solutions). However, the warranty does not include extra costs such as sometimes necessary services. In case the Goods are older than one year and it is not possible for Elco Solutions to repair, or the concerning Product(s) is/are not in stock anymore, Elco Solutions will offer the possibility to buy the replacing Goods for an amount of 50% of the retail price, or an exchange of goods to the value of 50% of the original purchase price, E&OE (errors and omissions excepted.)
8.4. The warranty does not account if the product becomes faulty due to use contrary to the terms or conditions stated in the user guide and/or in the following situations:
if the fault or damage to the product occurred during the transportation outside of the responsibility Elco Solutions
if there have been made modifications to the Product
a break or scratch to the product’s exterior while in the customer’s possession,
if the product has been opened, used, or previously repaired by unauthorized persons
if the product serial number has been altered or removed
if deficiencies originate from wrong or incorrect use, such as ignoring the accompanying manual.
use of the product by plugging into inappropriate voltages or with faulty electric
when our product is damaged due to use with accessories or devices purchased from other firms or unauthorized services
the deficiency originates intentionally or because of a severe lack of attentiveness
external factors out of the control of Elco Solutions, such as a electricity fall-out, natural disasters, fire, lightning, flood, earthquake, etc.
product has NOT been sufficiently protected against transporting damage during the return.
Elco Solutions has not had the possibility to investigate the complaint and to eventually repair the deficiency.
Returns should be sent to the following address:
Esslinger Str. 7
10. Personal information
10.1. Personal customer information is saved to and stored on Elco Solutions’s customer management system to process orders. Elco Solutions will not use this information for internal marketing goals, such as sending mailings,
without the customer’s explicit consent. We will always comply with the Data Protection Act 1998 and subsequent legislation related to sensitive data and personal information.
11.1. The liability of Elco Solutions with regard to sale and delivery of Goods is explicitly limited to the warranty as described in article 8.
11.2. Elco Solutions is not responsible for its provided (technical) advices, misprints in mailings, technical specifications which have been provided by suppliers and manufacturers, and uncontrollable bad quality of Goods.
11.3. For the rest, each responsibility of Elco Solutions is restricted to the actual payed amount of the relevant invoice.
12. Terms of website use
12.1. We and our suppliers are the owners of the copyright, trademarks and all other intellectual property rights in the material and content of our website www.elco-solutions.de
12.2. You are only allowed to use the material contained on this website for Your own personal and non-commercial use.
12.3. You agree not to intentionally misuse our website.
12.4. Our website may contain links to other websites unrelated to us. We are not responsible for the content or practices of these websites.
13. Information services
13.1. At its latest during the finishing of the agreement, these Conditions are offered by Elco Solutions (non-)electronically. It is The Customer’s responsibility to print or save the Conditions.
13.2. Elco Solutions provides the following information at its website:
Registered address and the registration number at the Chamber of Commerce
the most important Product specifications, such as the price
the method of delivery and payment and the corresponding costs
the address for handing in complaints, different than the address of the place of business
13.3. In case The Customer wants to dissolve or cancel the contract because of the fact that Elco Solutions should not suffice its legal information duties, this procedure should be carried out in fourteen days after accepting the order.
13.4. We reserve the right to randomly monitor and record inbound and outbound calls.
14.1. These Conditions are based on German legislation.
14.2. Disagreements will be solved in mutual consultation as much as possible.
14.3. Registered Office:HRB 83992, place of jurisdiction: Stuttgart. VAT No: DE9906119794.
15. Force Majeure
15.1. Elco Solutions shall not be liable to The Customer or deemed to be in breach of contract by reason of any delay in performing, or any failure to perform, any obligations of Elco Solutions in relation to its Goods, provided that the delay or failure was due to any cause beyond reasonable control of Elco Solutions. Without prejudice to the generality of the abovementioned, the following shall be regarded as causes beyond reasonable control of Elco Solutions: Act of God, explosion, flood, tempest, fire or accident; war or threat of war, sabotage, insurrection, civil disturbance or requisition; acts, restrictions, regulations bye-laws, prohibitions or measures of any kind on the part of any governmental,
parliamentary or local authority; import or export regulations or embargoes; strikes, lock-outs or other industrial actions or trade disputes (whether involving employees of Elco Solutions or of a third party); difficulties in obtaining raw materials, labour, fuel, parts or machinery; power failure or breakdown in machinery.
1. An overview of data protection
Data collection on our website
Who is responsible for the data collection on this website?
The data collected on this website are processed by the website operator. The operator’s contact details can be found in the website’s required legal notice.
How do we collect your data?
Some data are collected when you provide it to us. This could, for example, be data you enter on a contact form.
Other data are collected automatically by our IT systems when you visit the website. These data are primarily technical data such as the browser and operating system you are using or when you accessed the page. These data are collected automatically as soon as you enter our website.
What do we use your data for?
Part of the data is collected to ensure the proper functioning of the website. Other data can be used to analyze how visitors use the site.
What rights do you have regarding your data?
You always have the right to request information about your stored data, its origin, its recipients, and the purpose of its collection at no charge. You also have the right to request that it be corrected, blocked, or deleted. You can contact us at any time using the address given in the legal notice if you have further questions about the issue of privacy and data protection. You may also, of course, file a complaint with the competent regulatory authorities.
Analytics and third-party tools
You can object to this analysis. We will inform you below about how to exercise your options in this regard.
2. General information and mandatory information
Please note that data transmitted via the internet (e.g. via email communication) may be subject to security breaches. Complete protection of your data from third-party access is not possible.
Notice concerning the party responsible for this website
The party responsible for processing data on this website is:
Elco Solutions GmbH
Esslinger Str. 7
Telephone: +49 17620768072
The responsible party is the natural or legal person who alone or jointly with others decides on the purposes and means of processing personal data (names, email addresses, etc.).
Revocation of your consent to the processing of your data
Many data processing operations are only possible with your express consent. You may revoke your consent at any time with future effect. An informal email making this request is sufficient. The data processed before we receive your request may still be legally processed.
SSL or TLS encryption
This site uses SSL or TLS encryption for security reasons and for the protection of the transmission of confidential content, such as the inquiries you send to us as the site operator. You can recognize an encrypted connection in your browser’s address line when it changes from “https://” to “https://” and the lock icon is displayed in your browser’s address bar.
If SSL or TLS encryption is activated, the data you transfer to us cannot be read by third parties.
Encrypted payments on this website
If you enter into a contract which requires you to send us your payment information (e.g. account number for direct debits), we will require this data to process your payment.
Payment transactions using common means of payment (Visa/MasterCard, direct debit) are only made via encrypted SSL or TLS connections. You can recognize an encrypted connection in your browser’s address line when it changes from “https://” to “https://” and the lock icon in your browser line is visible.
In the case of encrypted communication, any payment details you submit to us cannot be read by third parties.
Information, blocking, deletion
As permitted by law, you have the right to be provided at any time with information free of charge about any of your personal data that is stored as well as its origin, the recipient and the purpose for which it has been processed. You also have the right to have this data corrected, blocked or deleted. You can contact us at any time using the address given in our legal notice if you have further questions on the topic of personal data.
Opposition to promotional emails
We hereby expressly prohibit the use of contact data published in the context of website legal notice requirements with regard to sending promotional and informational materials not expressly requested. The website operator reserves the right to take specific legal action if unsolicited advertising material, such as email spam, is received.
3. Data collection on our website
Most of the cookies we use are so-called “session cookies.” They are automatically deleted after your visit. Other cookies remain in your device’s memory until you delete them. These cookies make it possible to recognize your browser when you next visit the site.
Server log files
The website provider automatically collects and stores information that your browser automatically transmits to us in “server log files”. These are:
- Browser type and browser version
- Operating system used
- Referrer URL
- Host name of the accessing computer
- Time of the server request
- IP address
These data will not be combined with data from other sources.
The basis for data processing is Art. 6 (1) (f) DSGVO, which allows the processing of data to fulfill a contract or for measures preliminary to a contract.
Should you send us questions via the contact form, we will collect the data entered on the form, including the contact details you provide, to answer your question and any follow-up questions. We do not share this information without your permission.
We will, therefore, process any data you enter onto the contact form only with your consent per Art. 6 (1)(a) DSGVO. You may revoke your consent at any time. An informal email making this request is sufficient. The data processed before we receive your request may still be legally processed.
We will retain the data you provide on the contact form until you request its deletion, revoke your consent for its storage, or the purpose for its storage no longer pertains (e.g. after fulfilling your request). Any mandatory statutory provisions, especially those regarding mandatory data retention periods, remain unaffected by this provision.
Registration on this website
You can register on our website in order to access additional functions offered here. The input data will only be used for the purpose of using the respective site or service for which you have registered. The mandatory information requested during registration must be provided in full. Otherwise, we will reject your registration.
To inform you about important changes such as those within the scope of our site or technical changes, we will use the email address specified during registration.
We will process the data provided during registration only based on your consent per Art. 6 (1)(a) DSGVO. You may revoke your consent at any time with future effect. An informal email making this request is sufficient. The data processed before we receive your request may still be legally processed.
We will continue to store the data collected during registration for as long as you remain registered on our website. Statutory retention periods remain unaffected.
Leaving comments on this website
If you use the comment function on this site, the time at which you created the comment and your email address will be stored along with your comment, as well as your username, unless you are posting anonymously.
Storage of the IP address
Our comment function stores the IP addresses of those users who post comments. Since we do not check comments on our site before they go live, we need this information to be able to pursue action for illegal or slanderous content.
Subscribing to the comment feed
As a user of this site, you can sign up to receive the comment feed after registering. Your email address will be checked with a confirmation email. You can unsubscribe from this function at any time by clicking the link in the emails. The data provided when you subscribed to the comments feed will then be deleted, but if you have submitted this data to us for other purposes or elsewhere (such as subscribing to a newsletter), it will be retained.
How long comments are stored
The comments and the associated data (e.g. IP address) are stored and remain on our website until the content commented upon has been completely deleted or the comments are required to be removed for legal reasons (slander, etc.).
The comments are stored based on your consent per Art. 6 (1) (a) DSGVO. You may revoke your consent at any time with future effect. An informal email making this request is sufficient. The data processed before we receive your request may still be legally processed.
Processing of data (customer and contract data)
We collect, process, and use personal data only insofar as it is necessary to establish, or modify legal relationships with us (master data). This is done based on Art. 6 (1) (b) DSGVO, which allows the processing of data to fulfill a contract or for measures preliminary to a contract. We collect, process and use your personal data when accessing our website (usage data) only to the extent required to enable you to access our service or to bill you for the same.
Collected customer data shall be deleted after completion of the order or termination of the business relationship. Legal retention periods remain unaffected.
Data transmitted when entering into a contract with online shops, retailers, and mail order
We transmit personally identifiable data to third parties only to the extent required to fulfill the terms of your contract, for example, to companies entrusted to deliver goods to your location or banks entrusted to process your payments. Your data will not be transmitted for any other purpose unless you have given your express permission to do so. Your data will not be disclosed to third parties for advertising purposes without your express consent.
The basis for data processing is Art. 6 (1) (b) DSGVO, which allows the processing of data to fulfill a contract or for measures preliminary to a contract.
4. Analytics and advertising
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service. It is operated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.
Google Analytics uses so-called “cookies”. These are text files that are stored on your computer and that allow an analysis of the use of the website by you. 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 based on Art. 6 (1) (f) DSGVO. The website operator has a legitimate interest in analyzing user behavior to optimize both its website and its advertising.
We have activated the IP anonymization feature on this website. Your IP address will be shortened by Google within the European Union or other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area prior to transmission to the United States. Only in exceptional cases is the full IP address sent to a Google server in the US and shortened there. Google will use this information on behalf of the operator of this website to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on website activity, and to provide other services regarding website activity and Internet usage for the website operator. The IP address transmitted by your browser as part of Google Analytics will not be merged with any other data held by Google.
You can prevent these cookies being stored by selecting the appropriate settings in your browser. However, we wish to point out that doing so may mean you will not be able to enjoy the full functionality of this website. You can also prevent the data generated by cookies about your use of the website (incl. your IP address) from being passed to Google, and the processing of these data by Google, by downloading and installing the browser plugin available at the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.
Objecting to the collection of data
You can prevent the collection of your data by Google Analytics by clicking on the following link. An opt-out cookie will be set to prevent your data from being collected on future visits to this site: Disable Google Analytics.
Outsourced data processing
We have entered into an agreement with Google for the outsourcing of our data processing and fully implement the strict requirements of the German data protection authorities when using Google Analytics.
Demographic data collection by Google Analytics
This website uses Google Analytics’ demographic features. This allows reports to be generated containing statements about the age, gender, and interests of site visitors. This data comes from interest-based advertising from Google and third-party visitor data. This collected data cannot be attributed to any specific individual person. You can disable this feature at any time by adjusting the ads settings in your Google account or you can forbid the collection of your data by Google Analytics as described in the section “Refusal of data collection”.
Google Analytics Remarketing
Our websites use the features of Google Analytics Remarketing combined with the cross-device capabilities of Google AdWords and DoubleClick. This service is provided by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.
This feature makes it possible to link target audiences for promotional marketing created with Google Analytics Remarketing to the cross-device capabilities of Google AdWords and Google DoubleClick. This allows advertising to be displayed based on your personal interests, identified based on your previous usage and surfing behavior on one device (e.g. your mobile phone), on other devices (such as a tablet or computer).
Once you have given your consent, Google will associate your web and app browsing history with your Google Account for this purpose. That way, any device that signs in to your Google Account can use the same personalized promotional messaging.
To support this feature, Google Analytics collects Google-authenticated IDs of users that are temporarily linked to our Google Analytics data to define and create audiences for cross-device ad promotion.
You can permanently opt out of cross-device remarketing/targeting by turning off personalized advertising in your Google Account; follow this link: https://www.google.com/settings/ads/onweb/.
The aggregation of the data collected in your Google Account data is based solely on your consent, which you may give or withdraw from Google per Art. 6 (1) (a) DSGVO. For data collection operations not merged into your Google Account (for example, because you do not have a Google Account or have objected to the merge), the collection of data is based on Art. 6 (1) (f) DSGVO. The website operator has a legitimate interest in analyzing anonymous user behavior for promotional purposes.
Google AdWords and Google Conversion Tracking
This website uses Google AdWords. AdWords is an online advertising program from Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, United States (“Google”).
As part of Google AdWords, we use so-called conversion tracking. When you click on an ad served by Google, a conversion tracking cookie is set. Cookies are small text files that your internet browser stores on your computer. These cookies expire after 30 days and are not used for personal identification of the user. Should the user visit certain pages of the website and the cookie has not yet expired, Google and the website can tell that the user clicked on the ad and proceeded to that page.
Each Google AdWords advertiser has a different cookie. Thus, cookies cannot be tracked using the website of an AdWords advertiser. The information obtained using the conversion cookie is used to create conversion statistics for the AdWords advertisers who have opted for conversion tracking. Customers are told the total number of users who clicked on their ad and were redirected to a conversion tracking tag page. However, advertisers do not obtain any information that can be used to personally identify users. If you do not want to participate in tracking, you can opt-out of this by easily disabling the Google Conversion Tracking cookie by changing your browser settings. In doing so, you will not be included in the conversion tracking statistics.
Conversion cookies are stored based on Art. 6 (1) (f) DSGVO. The website operator has a legitimate interest in analyzing user behavior to optimize both its website and its advertising.
Our website measures conversions using visitor action pixels from Facebook, Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA (“Facebook”).
These allow the behavior of site visitors to be tracked after they click on a Facebook ad to reach the provider’s website. This allows an analysis of the effectiveness of Facebook advertisements for statistical and market research purposes and their future optimization.
You can also deactivate the custom audiences remarketing feature in the Ads Settings section at https://www.facebook.com/ads/preferences/?entry_product=ad_settings_screen. You will first need to log into Facebook.
If you do not have a Facebook account, you can opt out of usage-based advertising from Facebook on the website of the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance: https://www.youronlinechoices.com/de/praferenzmanagement/.
If you would like to receive our newsletter, we require a valid email address as well as information that allows us to verify that you are the owner of the specified email address and that you agree to receive this newsletter. No additional data is collected or is only collected on a voluntary basis. We only use this data to send the requested information and do not pass it on to third parties.
We will, therefore, process any data you enter onto the contact form only with your consent per Art. 6 (1) (a) DSGVO. You can revoke consent to the storage of your data and email address as well as their use for sending the newsletter at any time, e.g. through the “unsubscribe” link in the newsletter. The data processed before we receive your request may still be legally processed.
The data provided when registering for the newsletter will be used to distribute the newsletter until you cancel your subscription when said data will be deleted. Data we have stored for other purposes (e.g. email addresses for the members area) remain unaffected.
This website uses the services of MailChimp to send newsletters. This service is provided by Rocket Science Group LLC, 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Suite 5000, Atlanta, GA 30308, USA.
MailChimp is a service which organizes and analyzes the distribution of newsletters. If you provide data (e.g. your email address) to subscribe to our newsletter, it will be stored on MailChimp servers in the USA.
MailChimp is certified under the EU-US Privacy Shield. The Privacy Shield is an agreement between the European Union (EU) and the US to ensure compliance with European privacy standards in the United States.
We use MailChimp to analyze our newsletter campaigns. When you open an email sent by MailChimp, a file included in the email (called a web beacon) connects to MailChimp’s servers in the United States. This allows us to determine if a newsletter message has been opened and which links you click on. In addition, technical information is collected (e.g. time of retrieval, IP address, browser type, and operating system). This information cannot be assigned to a specific recipient. It is used exclusively for the statistical analysis of our newsletter campaigns. The results of these analyses can be used to better tailor future newsletters to your interests.
If you do not want your usage of the newsletter to be analyzed by MailChimp, you will have to unsubscribe from the newsletter. For this purpose, we provide a link in every newsletter we send. You can also unsubscribe from the newsletter directly on the website.
Data processing is based on Art. 6 (1) (a) DSGVO. You may revoke your consent at any time by unsubscribing to the newsletter. The data processed before we receive your request may still be legally processed.
The data provided when registering for the newsletter will be used to distribute the newsletter until you cancel your subscription when said data will be deleted from our servers and those of MailChimp. Data we have stored for other purposes (e.g. email addresses for the members area) remains unaffected.
Completion of a data processing agreement
We have entered into a data processing agreement with MailChimp, in which we require MailChimp to protect the data of our customers and not to disclose said data to third parties. This agreement may be viewed at the following link: https://mailchimp.com/legal/forms/data-processing-agreement/sample-agreement/.
6. Plugins and tools
Our website uses plugins from YouTube, which is operated by Google. The operator of the pages is YouTube LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA.
If you visit one of our pages featuring a YouTube plugin, a connection to the YouTube servers is established. Here the YouTube server is informed about which of our pages you have visited.
If you’re logged in to your YouTube account, YouTube allows you to associate your browsing behavior directly with your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account.
YouTube is used to help make our website appealing. This constitutes a justified interest pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (f) DSGVO.
Further information about handling user data, can be found in the data protection declaration of YouTube under https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy.
Our website uses features provided by the Vimeo video portal. This service is provided by Vimeo Inc., 555 West 18th Street, New York, New York 10011, USA.
If you visit one of our pages featuring a Vimeo plugin, a connection to the Vimeo servers is established. Here the Vimeo server is informed about which of our pages you have visited. In addition, Vimeo will receive your IP address. This also applies if you are not logged in to Vimeo when you visit our website or do not have a Vimeo account. The information is transmitted to a Vimeo server in the US, where it is stored.
If you are logged in to your Vimeo account, Vimeo allows you to associate your browsing behavior directly with your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your Vimeo account.
Google Web Fonts
For uniform representation of fonts, this page uses web fonts provided by Google. When you open a page, your browser loads the required web fonts into your browser cache to display texts and fonts correctly.
For this purpose your browser has to establish a direct connection to Google servers. Google thus becomes aware that our web page was accessed via your IP address. The use of Google Web fonts is done in the interest of a uniform and attractive presentation of our website. This constitutes a justified interest pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (f) DSGVO.
If your browser does not support web fonts, a standard font is used by your computer.
This site uses the Google Maps map service via an API. It is operated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.
To use Google Maps, it is necessary to save your IP address. This information is generally transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. The provider of this site has no influence on this data transfer.
The use of Google Maps is in the interest of making our website appealing and to facilitate the location of places specified by us on the website. This constitutes a justified interest pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (f) DSGVO.
Further information about handling user data, can be found in the data protection declaration of Google at https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy/.
7. Payment service providers
Our website accepts payments via PayPal. The provider of this service is PayPal (Europe) S.à.r.l & Cie, S.C.A. (22-24 Boulevard Royal, L-2449 Luxembourg.
If you select payment via PayPal, the payment data you provide will be supplied to PayPal based on Art. 6 (1) (a) (Consent) and Art. 6 (1) (b) DSGVO (Processing for contract purposes). You have the option to revoke your consent at any time with future effect. It does not affect the processing of data previously collected.
Our website accepts payments via Sofortüberweisung. The provider of this service is Sofort GmbH, Theresienhöhe 12, 80339 Munich, Germany.
Sofortüberweisung provides us with real-time payment confirmations, allowing us to begin fulfilling our end of our contract right away.
If you opt to pay using Sofortüberweisung, you will be submitting a PIN and a valid TAN to Sofort GmbH so that it can access your online banking account. Sofort GmbH will automatically check your account balance and perform the transfer to our account using the TAN you supply. It then sends an immediate transaction confirmation. After logging in, your income, the overdraft protection, and the availability of other accounts and their balances will be checked.
In addition to the PIN and TAN, the payment details you provide as well as personal information will be sent to Sofort GmbH. This personal information includes your name, address, telephone numbers, email address, IP address, and any other data required to process your payment. This data must be transferred to identify you securely and to prevent fraud.
Data is transmitted to Sofort GmbH based on Art. 6 (1) (a) (Consent) and Art. 6 (1) (b) DSGVO (Processing for contract purposes). You have the option to revoke your consent at any time with future effect. It does not affect the processing of data previously collected.
Please refer to the payment with Sofortüberweisung link below: https://www.klarna.com/sofort/.