This data protection declaration Datenschutz-Grundverordnung (EU) 2016/679 (German) was drawn in order to explain to you, in accordance with the provisions of the basic data protection regulation (EU) 2016/679, what information this website collects, how it uses data and what decision-making options you have as a visitor to this website.
Unfortunately it is in the nature of things that these explanations sound very technical, but this is an attempt to describe the most important things as simple and clear as possible.
This website uses HTTP cookies to store user-specific data.
What are cookies?
Whenever you surf the Internet, you use a browser. Some well-known browsers include Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Edge. Most web pages store small text files in your browser. These files are called cookies.
Cookies store certain user data about you, such as language or personal page settings. When you visit our site again, your browser transmits the “user-related” information back to our site. Thanks to the cookies, our website knows who you are and offers you the settings you are used to. In some browsers, each cookie has its own file, in others, such as Firefox, all cookies are stored in a single file.
There are both first-party cookies and third-party cookies. First-party cookies are created directly by our site, third-party cookies are created by partner sites (e.g. Google Analytics). Each cookie is evaluated individually, as each cookie stores different data. The expiration time of a cookie also varies from a few minutes to a few years. Cookies are not software programs and do not contain viruses, trojans or other “malware”. Cookies also cannot access information on your PC.
Cookie data can look like this, for example:
Purpose: differentiation of website visitors
Expiry date: after 2 years
A browser should be able to support these minimum sizes:
- At least 4096 bytes per cookie
- At least 50 cookies per domain
- At least 3000 cookies in total
What types of cookies are there?
One can distinguish 4 types of cookies:
These cookies are necessary to ensure basic functions of the website. For example, these cookies are needed when a user places a product in the shopping cart, then continues surfing on other pages and only proceeds to checkout later. These cookies do not delete the shopping cart, even if the user closes his browser window.
These cookies collect information about user behavior and whether the user receives any error messages. In addition, these cookies also measure the loading time and the behaviour of the website with different browsers.
These cookies ensure a better user-friendliness. For example, entered locations, font sizes or form data are stored.
These cookies are also called targeting cookies. They are used to deliver customized advertising to the user. This can be very practical, but also very annoying.
Usually, when you visit a website for the first time, you will be asked which of these types of cookie you wish to accept. And of course this decision is also stored in a cookie.
How can I delete cookies?
If you want to find out which cookies have been stored in your browser when you change or delete cookie settings, you can find this in your browser settings (German):
If you do not wish to receive cookies, you can set up your browser so that it always informs you when a cookie is to be set. This way you can decide for each individual cookie whether you want to allow it or not. The procedure varies from browser to browser. The best way to find the instructions is to search Google using the keyword “Delete Chrome cookies” or “Disable Chrome cookies” in the case of a Chrome browser.
What about my privacy?
The so-called “cookie guidelines” have been in place since 2009. These state that the storage of cookies requires the consent of the person you are visiting. Within the EU countries, however, there are still very different reactions to these guidelines. In Austria, however, this directive has been implemented in § 96 (3) of the Telecommunications Act (TKG).
If you want to know more about cookies and are not afraid of technical documentation, we recommend https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc6265, the Request for Comments of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) called “HTTP State Management Mechanism”.
Automatic Data Storage
Nowadays, when you visit websites, certain information is created and stored automatically, as is the case on this website.
When you visit this website as you are now, its web server (the computer on which this website is stored) automatically saves data such as:
- the address (URL) of the web page accessed
- Browser and browser version
- the operating system used
- the address (URL) of the previously visited page (referrer URL)
- the host name and IP address of the device from which access is made
- date and time
in files (web server log files).
Usually web server log files are stored for two weeks and then automatically deleted. We do not pass on this data, but cannot exclude the possibility that this data may be viewed in the event of illegal behaviour.
Evaluation of the Visitor Behaviour
In the following data protection declaration this site informs you whether and how it evaluates data from your visit. The evaluation of the collected data is usually anonymous and we cannot deduce your identity from your behaviour on this website.
You can find out more about the possibilities to contradict this evaluation of the visit data in the following data protection declaration.
TLS encryption with https
This website uses https to transmit data tap-proof on the Internet (data protection through technology design article 25 paragraph 1 DSGVO, in German). By using TLS (Transport Layer Security), an encryption protocol for secure data transmission on the Internet. We can ensure the protection of confidential data. You can recognize the use of this data transmission security by the small lock symbol in the upper left corner of the browser and the use of the https scheme (instead of http) as part of our Internet address.
Rights Under the Basic Data Protection Regulation
According to the provisions of the DSGVO and the Austrian Data Protection Act (DSG), you are basically entitled to the following rights (Datenschutzgesetzes (DSG)):
- Right of rectification (Article 16 DSGVO)
- Right of deletion (“right to be forgotten”) (Article 17 DPA)
- Right to restrict processing (Article 18 DSGVO)
- Right of notification – obligation to notify in connection with the rectification or erasure of personal data or the restriction of processing (Article 19 DPA)
- Right to data transferability (Article 20 DSGVO)
- Right of objection (Article 21 DSGVO)
- Right not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing, including profiling (Article 22 DPA)
If you believe that the processing of your data violates data protection law or your rights under data protection law have otherwise been violated in any way, you can complain to the supervisory authority, which in Austria is the data protection authority, whose website you can find at /https://www.dsb.gv.at/.