Privacy Information

Our websites take data protection and privacy issues very seriously.

1. We do not use tracking cookies on our sites. Our sites do not use Google Analytics.

2. We do use a cookie to avoid showing you the same pop-up each time you visit the site. This cookie does not contain any personal information. We also store a cookied if you choose to remain logged into any of our membership sites.

3. If you leave a comment on a blog post, then the information you enter (name, e-mail address, website) will be stored on our server. This is necessary for your comment to appear on the blog. The information may also be stored in a cookie.

4. If you sign up to one of our newsletters, your information (first name and e-mail address) will be stored either on our server or with our trusted e-mail provider MailChimp. This is necessary to deliver you the newsletter. Depending on which sign-up form you use, it may also be stored in a cookie. The sign-up form transmits your data in an encrypted form.  Mailchimp is a certified participant of the Privacy Shield programme, that governs how data from the European Union is processed by US-based companies. Click here to read MailChimp’s privacy policy.

5. Our newsletters always include a link in the footer to unsubscribe at any time.

6. Each of our websites has a page called the “Impressum” showing our full address and contact details. There are also included in the footer of any e-mails.  In the past this page has also been referred to as “Imprint”.

7. Our servers are located in the European Union with a German hosting company. Our data backups are stored within the European Union.  Our logfiles contain anonymised IP addresses.  However if our sites come under attack, eg. lots of attempts to log in with false passwords, when we store the real IP address to defend against the attack.

8. Our IT helpdesk system, Zendesk, is provided by Zendesk, Inc.,1019 Market Street #300, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. Zendesk is a certified participant of the Privacy Shield programme, that governs how data from the European Union is processed by US-based companies.  Click here to read Zendesk’s privacy policy.

9. We do not at any time allow 3rd party access to personal data, nor do we sell personal data in any form.

10. Our websites contain graphics, banners, and sometimes embedded frames that are provided by our advertisers. It is possible, that they store a 3rd-party cookie on your browser. You can block these cookies by making the necessary changes to the privacy settings in your web browser. Videos hosted on YouTube and embedded in our sites may also store 3rd-party cookies.

11. If you send us a message using our contact form, the data you enter along with your IP address will be encrypted (SSL) for transmission.  By sending your message, you agree that we may contact you to respond either by telephone or by e-mail.

12. This website uses plug-ins to display YouTube videos provided by YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. If you visit a page with an embedded video, a connection will be made to the YouTube server and YouTube will know that you visited that page.  If you are logged into your YouTube account, then YouTube will be able to record that visit on your profile. To avoid this happening, log out of YouTube before you visit this website. Please also refer to YouTube’s privacy policy:

13. This website uses a so-called social media plug-in from the booking service AddThis, provided by AddThis LLC,  Inc. 8000 Westpark Drive, Suite 625, McLean, VA 2210, USA („AddThis“). The plug-in can be recognised by the AddThis-Logo which is a white plus on an orange background.  This page contains an overview of the different AddThis plug-ins and what they look like:

When you visit a page that contains such a plug-in, your web browser will connect to the AddThis server and retrieve the content for the plug-in to display.  As such, AddThis will receive the information that your browser visited the page and will save this information in a cookie. AddThis uses this information to create anonymous user profiles, that form the basis of personal recommendations for the AddThis plug-in to display.  For more information about which data is stored and how please refer to the AddThis privacy policy:

If you do not want AddThis to store data about you, you can set a so-called Opt-Out-Cookie by visiting this page:

Alternatively you can block the AddThis plug-in completely by setting your web browser to block scripts, eg. with the add-on “NoScript” (

14. You have the right to request that we disclose which personal information we have stored, as well as the right to have this corrected, restricted or deleted, as long as we are not required to store it to fulfil legal obligations.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small files that are used in your web browser for a variety of reasons. When you log into a website, or buy something online, for example. Although they do not usually contain personal data directly, they can be used to track your movements through a website. Some advertisers may use them to see which website other than this one you have visited.

Most of the cookies that we use are so-called “session cookies” that automatically get deleted after your visit.  To revoke permission, click on the following button:

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