Privacy policy

We place great importance on personal data protection and take the subject very seriously. Therefore, we would like to provide you with all details on the collection of data on our website and the purposes, for which it is processed and used.

Collection, processing and use of personal data

You can visit our website without providing any personal details. We only collect general access data unrelated to any personal information, such as the name of your internet service provider, the last page you visited and the name of the file requested along with the date of request.

The above information will only be analyzed in order to improve our services and does not allow any access to information about you. Personal data will only be collected if you willingly share it while visiting our website.

We always abide by the relevant laws and regulations, particularly the provisions of the Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz, “BDSG”) as well as the Telemedia Act (Telemediengesetz, “TMG”).

Contacting us

When contacting us (e.g. via contact form or email), we only save the provided data to process the inquiry and, in case of further questions, to contact you.

Newsletter

You may subscribe to our newsletter. To do this, you must provide us with your email address. If you wish, you may provide us with further information used to improve our newsletter. We will use your email address only to send you our newsletter. You may unsubscribe from our newsletter at any time. To do this, send a message to newsletter(at)aif.de or contact us via contact dates below or use the destinated link in the newsletter.

To continoually improve our e-mail-newsletter, we quantify the open rate of the newsletter and the klick-through-rate of the offered links within. This “tracking” works out pseudo anonymized, that means data of usage are not connected to data, which could identify the recipient. A conclusion to concrete persons does not take place.

Use of Cookies

We use the so called „Cookies” for some of our pages in order to make our services more attractive and also to enable the use of additional functions. Cookies are small pieces of data, which are transferred to your computer when you visit the particular page. Most of the cookies we use will be automatically erased from your system once you end your browsing session (“Session Cookies”).  The so called “long lasting Cookies” will remain on your computer and will make it possible for us to identify you when you visit our site again.

No partner companies we might work with will be allowed to collect, process or use any personal information from our site by means of cookies.

You can block the saving of cookies to your computer in your browser’s options menu. This could lead to a reduced functionality of our site though. You can find more information on cookies in the “help” section of your browser.

Piwik

We use Piwik, an Open-Source-Software for the purposes of a statistical evaluation of users’ visits. Piwik uses so called cookies, which are small pieces of data, which are transferred to your computer when you visit the particular page and used to analyze your use of a website. The information collected is saved on our server in Germany. The IP address is anonymized immediately upon processing and prior to saving the information. You can prevent Piwik from collecting and processing the data generated by cookies and related to your use of the website by changing the settings of your browser. We advise you however that in this case, you may not be able to use all functions of the website.

Under the follogwing link you can decide, if a webanalysis cookie might be stored in your browser, that enables the website provider to the collection and analysis of several statistical data; if you dislike this, click here, to store Piwik-deactivation-cookie in your browser (deactivation of check mark).

Use of Social Plugins 

YouTube

As most websites, we use YouTube’s software to present our contents. YouTube uses cookies to collect data and statistically evaluate it. YouTube uses cookies specifically to create reliable video statistics, to prevent fraud and to improve its user-friendliness. We receive the evaluations on playing separate videos based on YouTube’s cookies without any specific reference to individual users.

The embedded videos are only used in accordance with YouTube’s terms of use, which all users must accept prior to using the software. In case you suspect a copyright infringement, please contact YouTube directly. 

We use YouTube in the so called extended privacy mode. This means that no cookies are saved by YouTube in case a user opens a website with embedded videos without clicking on them.

If a user clicks on the YouTube player, YouTube may save cookies on user’s computer, although no personal cookies data shall be saved in regards to the specific videos played. (source: YouTube “activating the extended privacy mode for embedded videos”).

For more information on data protection, please visit the relevant information with YouTube, available at https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/.

Data Security

We back up our website and other systems against the loss, damage, unauthorized access, alteration and/or distribution of your data by taking the necessary technical and organisational measures. However, despite our efforts and regular monitoring, full protection cannot be guaranteed.

Right to Information

You have a right to information about your saved data and, depending on the circumstances, a right to correction, blocking or deleting of data.

Right to Withdrawal of Consent

You can withdraw your consent at any time with future effect.

Your Contact

Please contact us using the contact information on our webpage for all questions and concerns regarding the collecting, processing and use of personal data as well as issues related to the correction, blocking or deleting of data.