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Privacy Policy

Declaration on privacy policy

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When you access this website, it automatically gathers information of a generic nature. This information includes, e.g. the type of web browser, the operating system used, the domain of your internet service provider and similar. None of this information enables any conclusions to be drawn relating to you as an individual and is the same type of data generated on accessing any other website on the internet. The information is compiled by us on an entirely anonymous basis and statistically analyzed. The reason for doing so is that the better we understand your wishes, the faster you are able to access the information you are seeking on our website.

The protection of personal data is of the utmost importance to us. Absolutely no personal data (e.g. names, addresses, phone numbers or email addresses) are gathered by our website, other than when you freely and knowingly provide us with such data (e.g. through registration for our free newsletter) and where permitted by the associated laws in respect of protecting your data. Data gathered in this way will not be passed to third parties without your express permission.

We advise you that transferring data via the internet (e.g. in email communication) can result in security breaches. It is not possible to keep data completely safe from access by third parties.

We hereby expressly veto third-party use of contact data published in accordance with statutory editorial requirements (Impressum) for the purposes of sending advertising material and information not specifically requested. The website operators expressly reserve the right to take legal action in the event of unsolicited sending of advertising information by means of spam emails or similar.

Cookies

Cookies are small text files that are stored on the hard disk of your computer. The technically necessary session cookies we use are temporary cookies that expire and are automatically deleted when you close your browser. Most internet browsers allow you to block the storage of cookies. If you do not agree to our use of cookies, please deactivate the acceptance of these cookies in the settings of your browser. However, if you do not accept cookies, the functionality of our website may be limited.

Disqus comment system

The Disqus comment function is a service provided by Big Head Labs, Inc., San Francisco, USA. Disqus is an interactive comment system that, with a single registration, enables users to comment on all websites that use the Disqus comment system. Users can also register via existing accounts with Facebook (via Facebook Connect), Twitter, Yahoo, Google and OpenID. Comments can also be posted without registration (as a guest). Visit www.disqus.com to find out more about Disqus and its functions. Your data are processed by Disqus and saved on their system. The gathering, processing and use of the data in question are subject to the conditions of use and data protection statements published by Disqus, which can be found at http://docs.disqus.com/help/30/ and http://docs.disqus.com/help/29/. If you register via your Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Google or OpenID account, data may also be gathered, saved and used by these providers. Please refer to the respective provider for their data protection provisions.

Statistics

For the statistical evaluation of our websites, instead of the usual external service providers we use Matomo – which is operated by us and is therefore more data-protection friendly – in order to create statistical evaluations of site usage without cookies. We use the collected information to evaluate the acceptance of our website and to compile reports about the website activities. This information is not shared with third parties or passed on in any form.

By using our websites, you consent to the processing of data about you by us in the manner and for the purposes set out above. If you would like to switch off the analysis by Matomo, you can do it with this link: to the opt-out page. This will set a so-called “opt-out cookie” called “piwik_ignore,” which lets Matomo know that it should not analyze your behavior on our website.

Newsletter

When you subscribe to the OSK Weekly Newsletter, you are consenting to receive our newsletter. OSK uses the information you provide for the purpose of distributing the newsletter. This newsletter is sent to the email address provided by you on registration. Responsibility for ensuring that your personal data, including our email address, is kept up to date rests with you. Should you no longer wish to receive the newsletter, you can cancel your subscription at any time by using the corresponding link in the newsletter. Your email address and all other personal information will under no circumstances be passed to third parties.