This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses "cookies", which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) is generally transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Should you activate IP anonymization on this website, however, within member states of the European Union or in other states party to the agreement, Google will first abbreviate your IP address. Only in exceptional cases will the full address first be transmitted by Google to a server in the USA and then abbreviated. On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information in order to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports about website activities and to provide the website operator with additional services relating to website and Internet use. The IP address obtained from your browser within the scope of Google Analytics will not be associated with other data from Google. You may prevent the storage of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. Furthermore, you can prevent transmission of data generated by cookies relating to your use of the website (incl. your IP address) to Google, as well as the further processing of such data by Google, by downloading and installing the browser plugin which is available by clicking on the following link (tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout). This will install an Opt-Out Cookie, which will prevent future collection of your data when visiting this website: Deactivate Google Analytics. Further information about conditions of use and data privacy can be found at www.google.com/analytics/terms/us.html.
We wish to draw your attention to the fact that Google Analytics has been expanded on this website with the addition of the code "gat._anonymizeIp();", in order to guarantee anonymized collection of IP addresses (so-called IP-Masking).
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Our website makes use of social plugins ("plugins") from the facebook.com social network operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 South California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA ("Facebook"). Facebook plugins can be recognized by the Facebook logo (a white "f" on a blue tile or a "thumbs-up" sign) or are additionally labeled "Facebook Social Plugin". The list and appearance of Facebook social plugins can be found here: developers.facebook.com/plugins.
When you visit a webpage on our Internet site containing such a plugin, the Plugin establishes a direct connection between your browser and the Facebook server. The content of the plugin is transmitted by Facebook directly to your browser and integrated by this into the website. As a consequence, we have no influence on the scope of data which Facebook collects using this plugin, though the following constitutes our understanding of how it is used:
By integrating its plugin, Facebook receives information that you have opened the corresponding page on our website. If you are logged in to Facebook, Facebook may associate this visit with your Facebook account. If you interact with the Plugins, for example by clicking on the "Like" button or submitting a comment, that information will be transmitted by your browser directly to Facebook, where it will be saved. If you are not a member of Facebook, it is still possible that Facebook will obtain and save your IP address.
The purpose and scope of data collected and how it is further processed and used by Facebook, as well as related legal rights and browser settings to protect your private sphere can be found within Facebook’s own privacy declaration at: www.facebook.com/policy.php.
If you are a member of Facebook and do not wish Facebook to collect information about you through our website or to associate it with member information stored at Facebook, you must log out of Facebook prior to visiting our website.
Similarly, it is possible to block Facebook social plugins with the use of add-ons for your browser, as for example "Facebook Blocker".