Legal Notice:

1. Liability for Content

The free and accessible content of this website has been created with the utmost care. However, the provider of this website does not guarantee the correctness and up-to-dateness of the free and freely available journalistic guides and articles. Contributions identified by name represent the opinion of the author but not necessarily the opinion of the provider. When accessing the free and freely accessible content, no contractual relationship between the user and the provider exists and the provider thereby holds no legal commitment thereupon.

2. External Links

This website contains links to third-party websites (“external links”). Liability for content found on any externally-linked third-party website is the responsibility of the respective website operator. The provider of this website performed a statutory violation review of said third-party content when relevant external links were implemented on this website, and at such point in time no legal violations were apparent. The provider of this website has no influence on the current and future design or content found on any externally-linked third-party website. The fact that a links to an external website exists on this website does not mean that the provider of this website condones the contents found via said external links. It is not reasonable for the provider of this website to constantly monitor all external links without concrete evidence of legal violations, whereby should information about legal violations arise then such external links will be deleted without delay.

3. Copyright and Ancillary Copyright

The content published on this website is subject to German copyright and ancillary copyright law. Any application that is not allowed by German copyright and ancillary copyright law requires prior written permission by the provider of this website or respective rights holder. This applies especially to duplication, editing, translation, storing, processing or playback of contents in databases or other electronic media and systems. Contents and third-party rights are labeled accordingly. The unauthorized reproduction or propagation of individual portions of content or complete pages is strictly forbidden under penalty of law. Only the creation of copies and downloads for personal, private, non-commercial use is permitted.

The presentation of this website in third-party frames is permitted only with express written permission.

4. Data Privacy

The provider of this website clearly indicates that online data transmission (e.g. communication via email) presents security vulnerabilities, and that full protection from attack by third parties cannot be guaranteed.

The use of contact details foung in the website’s “Impressum” area for the purpose of advertising is expressly not desired, unless the provider has already agreed in writing or a prior business relationship exists. The provider and all persons  named on this website hereby disagree with any commercial use and divulgence of their data.

Personal Data
This website can be accessed without the relinquishment of personal data. In such case that personal data (such as name, postal address or email address) is collected on this website, then provision thereof is performed at the user’s free will, whereby this data will never be passed on to third parties without the user’s express permission. In such case that a contractual agreement exists between yourself and the provider of this website, or if said contract is to be developed or edited, or if you send us an inquiry, we shall collect and use your personal data insofar as this data is required (inventory data). We compile, process and use personal data inasfar as it is required to enable your usage of our web offering(usage data). All personal data is saved for as long as required for the stated purpose (handling your inquiry or concluding an agreement), whereby retention periods stipulated by tax and commercial law are adhered to. If so directed by responsible authorities, we reserve the right to distribute information on this data (inventory data) inasfar as this is requireed for the purpose of prosecution, hazard prevention, fulfillment of the legal obligations of government or military intelligence agencies, or for the assertion of rights in regards to intellectual property.

Commenting Sections
We compile personal data (e.g. name, email) when accepting comments to articles only in the scope in which you have provided this data to us. When publishing comments, your email address is saved but not published. In the event that you have not provided a pseudonym, your name will be published.

Data Privacy Statement for the Facebook Plugin (“Like”)
This website uses the plugins of Facebook.com, provided by Facebook Inc., located at 1601 S. California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304 in the USA. Users of our website on which the “Like” Facebook plugin has been installed are hereby informed that this plugin establishes a connection to Facebook through which a transmission to your browser is carried out to ensure that the plugin appears on the website.
Furthermore, the use thereof causes data to be sent to Facebook servers indicating information on your website visits. Logged-in Facebook users will have this user data assigned to their personal Facebook account.
As soon as you, as a logged-in Facebook user, make use of the Facebook plugin (e.g. by clicking on the “Like” button or using the comments area), this data is transferred to your Facebook account and published there. This can only be prevented by logging out of your Facebook account beforehand.
Additional information concerning the use of data by Facebook can be found at Facebook’s Data Policy website: http://www.facebook.com/policy.php .

Google Analytics Data Policy
This website uses Google Analytics, an online behavior analysis service by Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses so-called “cookies” which are text files saved on your computer that facilitate an analysis of your website usage. The information on your usage patterns on this website compiled by the cookie are generally transmitted to and saved on a Google server in the USA. We have activated IP anonymization. When using this website within the European Union or signatory partner states, your IP address is truncated by Google. Only in special cases is the entire IP address sent to a Google in the USA and truncated there. On behalf of the provider of this website, Google will use this information to analyze your usage of this website, to generate reports on website activities and to furnish additional services related to website and internet usage to the provider of this website. The IP address provided by your browser as part of Google Analytics will not be merged with other Google data. You may prohibit the saving of cookies by way of browser software settings; we wish to inform you, however, that you may not be able to use all functions of this website to their full extent. You are also free to prevent the transmission of your website-usage-related data generated by the cookie (including your IP adresse) to Google, as well as the processing of this information by Google, by downloading and installing the browser plugin available via the following link: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en .

Google Adsense Data Policy
This website uses Google Adsense, an online advertising service by Google Inc., USA (“Google”). Google Adsense uses so-called “cookies” which are text files saved on your computer that facilitate an analysis of your website usage. Google Adsense also uses so-called “web beacons” (small, invisible graphics) for the collection of information. The web beacon enables the recording and collection of simple activities such as user traffic on the website. Information created by the cookie and/or web beacon concerning your use of this website (including your IP address) are transmitted to and saved on a Google server in the USA. Google will use this information to analyze your usage of the website in regards to advertising, to generate reports on website activity and advertisements for the website provider, and to to furnish additional services related to website and internet usage to the provider of this website. Google will also transfer this information to third parties inasfar as this is prescribed by law, or inasfar as third parties further process this information on behalf of Google. Under no circumstances will Google link your IP address with other Google data. The saving of cookies on your hard disk and the display of web beacons can be prevented via the browser software settings. we wish to inform you, however, that you may not be able to use all functions of this website to their full extent. By using this website, you hereby declare yourself to be in agreement with the processing of the aforementioned data, collected by Google in the aforemented manner and for the aforementioned purpose.

Google Plus Data Policy
This website uses the so-called “G +1” button by the Google Plus network, operated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, United States (“Google”). This button is recognizable by the characters “G +1”. If you are registered at Google Plus you can indicate your interest in our website using the “G +1” button and share content from our website on your Google Plus profile page. In this case, Google saves the information that you have provided us with a “G +1” action for content on our website as well as information on the website that you have viewed. Your “G +1” may possibly be displayed together with your name (and possibly photo) at Google Plus within other Google services, such as Google Search or your Google Profile.
More on the scope and purpose of this data collection and further processing and usage by Google along with your corresponding rights and options for protecting your privacy can be found on Google’s Privacy Policy website:
https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/ .

Right to Information
You have the right at any time to inquire about any data collected on you, free of charge and without delay. You have the right at all times to revoke your consent to the use of your specific personal data, now and in the future. For further information, please contact the provider using the contact data on this website.

5. Special Terms of Use

Insofar as special conditions for individual uses of this website deviate from the aforementioned items 1 through 4, this will be explicitly indicated at the relevant point, and the special terms of use apply only to that specific case.