Data pro­tec­tion pol­i­cy

Data pro­tec­tion pol­i­cy

1. Gen­er­al

The fol­low­ing gives a sim­ple overview of what hap­pens to your per­son­al infor­ma­tion when you vis­it our web­site. Per­son­al infor­ma­tion is any data with which you could be per­son­al­ly iden­ti­fied. Detailed infor­ma­tion on the sub­ject of data pro­tec­tion can be found in our pri­va­cy pol­i­cy found below.

Data col­lec­tion on our web­site

Who is respon­si­ble for the data col­lec­tion on this web­site?

The data col­lect­ed on this web­site are processed by the web­site oper­a­tor. The operator’s con­tact details can be found in the website’s required legal notice.

How do we col­lect your data?

Some data are col­lect­ed when you pro­vide it to us. This could, for exam­ple, be data you enter in a con­tact form.

Oth­er data are col­lect­ed auto­mat­i­cal­ly by our IT sys­tems when you vis­it the web­site. These data are pri­mar­i­ly tech­ni­cal data such as the brows­er and oper­at­ing sys­tem you are using or when you accessed the page. These data are col­lect­ed auto­mat­i­cal­ly as soon as you enter our web­site.

What do we use your data for?

Part of the data is col­lect­ed to ensure the prop­er func­tion­ing of the web­site. Oth­er data can be used to ana­lyze how vis­i­tors use the site.

What rights do you have regard­ing your data?

You always have the right to request infor­ma­tion about your stored data, its ori­gin, its recip­i­ents, and the pur­pose of its col­lec­tion at no charge. You also have the right to request that it be cor­rect­ed, blocked, or delet­ed. You can con­tact us at any time using the address giv­en in the legal notice if you have fur­ther ques­tions about the issue of pri­va­cy and data pro­tec­tion. You may also, of course, file a com­plaint with the com­pe­tent reg­u­la­to­ry author­i­ties.

Analy­sis tools and third-par­ty tools

When you vis­it our web­site, your user behav­iour may be sta­tis­ti­cal­ly eval­u­at­ed. This hap­pens main­ly with cook­ies and with so-called analy­sis pro­grams. The analy­sis of your user behav­iour is usu­al­ly anony­mous and can­not be traced back to you. You can object to this analy­sis or pre­vent it by not using cer­tain tools. Infor­ma­tion on this can be found in the fol­low­ing sec­tion.

2. Gen­er­al infor­ma­tion and manda­to­ry infor­ma­tion

Data pro­tec­tion

The oper­a­tors of this web­site take the pro­tec­tion of your per­son­al data very seri­ous­ly. We treat your per­son­al data as con­fi­den­tial and in accor­dance with the statu­to­ry data pro­tec­tion reg­u­la­tions and this pri­va­cy pol­i­cy.

If you use this web­site, var­i­ous pieces of per­son­al data will be col­lect­ed. Per­son­al infor­ma­tion is any data with which you could be per­son­al­ly iden­ti­fied. This pri­va­cy pol­i­cy explains what infor­ma­tion we col­lect and what we use it for. It also explains how and for what pur­pose this hap­pens.

Please note that data trans­mit­ted via the inter­net (e.g. via email com­mu­ni­ca­tion) may be sub­ject to secu­ri­ty breach­es. Com­plete pro­tec­tion of your data from third-par­ty access is not pos­si­ble.

Notice con­cern­ing the par­ty respon­si­ble for this web­site

The par­ty respon­si­ble for pro­cess­ing data on this web­site is:

IFAB Inge­nieure für ange­wandte Brand­schutz­forschung GmbH
Pankstraße 8, Haus A
13127 Berlin

Tele­phone: +49 (0)30 – 643185 900

The respon­si­ble par­ty is the nat­ur­al or legal per­son who alone or joint­ly with oth­ers decides on the pur­pos­es and means of pro­cess­ing per­son­al data (names, email address­es, etc.).

With­draw­al of your con­sent to data pro­cess­ing

Many data pro­cess­ing oper­a­tions are only pos­si­ble with your express con­sent. You can with­draw exist­ing con­sent at any time. An infor­mal mes­sage by e-mail to us is suf­fi­cient. The legal­i­ty of the data pro­cess­ing car­ried out until the with­draw­al remains unaf­fect­ed by the with­draw­al.

Right of appeal to the com­pe­tent super­vi­so­ry author­i­ty

In the case of vio­la­tions of data pro­tec­tion law, the per­son con­cerned has the right of appeal to the com­pe­tent super­vi­so­ry author­i­ty. The com­pe­tent super­vi­so­ry author­i­ty for data pro­tec­tion issues is the state data pro­tec­tion offi­cer of the fed­er­al state in which our com­pa­ny is based. A list of the data pro­tec­tion offi­cers as well as their con­tact data can be tak­en from the fol­low­ing link:

Right to data porta­bil­i­ty

You have the right to receive data that we process based on your con­sent or in ful­fill­ment of a con­tract, in itself or to a third par­ty, in a stan­dard, machine-read­able for­mat. If you require the direct trans­fer of data to anoth­er respon­si­ble per­son, this will only be done to the extent tech­ni­cal­ly fea­si­ble.

SSL or TLS encryp­tion

This site uses SSL or TLS encryp­tion for secu­ri­ty rea­sons and for the pro­tec­tion of the trans­mis­sion of con­fi­den­tial con­tent, such as the inquiries you send to us as the site oper­a­tor. You can rec­og­nize an encrypt­ed con­nec­tion in your browser’s address line when it changes from “http://” to “https://” and the lock icon is dis­played in your browser’s address bar.

If SSL or TLS encryp­tion is acti­vat­ed, the data you trans­fer to us can­not be read by third par­ties.

Infor­ma­tion, block­ing, dele­tion

You have the right to free infor­ma­tion on your stored per­son­al data, their ori­gin and recip­i­ent and the pur­pose of the data pro­cess­ing and, if nec­es­sary, a right to rec­ti­fi­ca­tion, block­ing or dele­tion of this data. For fur­ther infor­ma­tion on per­son­al data you can con­tact us at any time at the address giv­en in the imprint.

Oppo­si­tion to adver­tis­ing mails

The use of con­tact infor­ma­tion for send­ing unso­licit­ed adver­tis­ing and infor­ma­tion mate­ri­als is here­by reject­ed. The oper­a­tors of the pages express­ly reserve the right to take legal action in the event of the unso­licit­ed send­ing of adver­tis­ing infor­ma­tion, for exam­ple through spam e-mails.

3. Data col­lec­tion on our web­site


Some of our web pages use cook­ies. Cook­ies do not harm your com­put­er and do not con­tain any virus­es. Cook­ies help make our web­site more user-friend­ly, effi­cient, and secure. Cook­ies are small text files that are stored on your com­put­er and saved by your brows­er.

Most of the cook­ies we use are so-called “ses­sion cook­ies.” They are auto­mat­i­cal­ly delet­ed after your vis­it. Oth­er cook­ies remain in your device’s mem­o­ry until you delete them. These cook­ies make it pos­si­ble to rec­og­nize your brows­er when you next vis­it the site.

You can con­fig­ure your brows­er to inform you about the use of cook­ies so that you can decide on a case-by-case basis whether to accept or reject a cook­ie. Alter­na­tive­ly, your brows­er can be con­fig­ured to auto­mat­i­cal­ly accept cook­ies under cer­tain con­di­tions or to always reject them, or to auto­mat­i­cal­ly delete cook­ies when clos­ing your brows­er. Dis­abling cook­ies may lim­it the func­tion­al­i­ty of this web­site.

Cook­ies which are nec­es­sary to allow elec­tron­ic com­mu­ni­ca­tions or to pro­vide cer­tain func­tions you wish to use (such as the shop­ping cart) are stored pur­suant to Art. 6 para­graph 1, let­ter f of GDPR. The web­site oper­a­tor has a legit­i­mate inter­est in the stor­age of cook­ies to ensure an opti­mized ser­vice pro­vid­ed free of tech­ni­cal errors. If oth­er cook­ies (such as those used to ana­lyze your surf­ing behav­ior) are also stored, they will be treat­ed sep­a­rate­ly in this pri­va­cy pol­i­cy.

Serv­er log files

The web­site provider auto­mat­i­cal­ly col­lects and stores infor­ma­tion that your brows­er auto­mat­i­cal­ly trans­mits to us in “serv­er log files”. These are:

– Brows­er type and brows­er ver­sion
– Oper­at­ing sys­tem used
– Refer­rer URL
– Host name of the access­ing com­put­er
– Time of the serv­er request
– IP address
– These data will not be com­bined with data from oth­er sources.

The basis for data pro­cess­ing is Art. 6 (1) (b) GDPR, which allows the pro­cess­ing of data to ful­fill a con­tract or for mea­sures pre­lim­i­nary to a con­tract.

Con­tact form

If you send us inquiries via the con­tact form, your details from the inquiry form, includ­ing the con­tact details you pro­vid­ed there, will be stored in order to process the request and in case of fol­low-up ques­tions. We will not share this infor­ma­tion with­out your con­sent.

The pro­cess­ing of the data entered into the con­tact form is there­fore exclu­sive­ly based on your con­sent (Art. 6 (1) lit. GDPR). You can with­draw this con­sent at any time. An infor­mal mes­sage by e-mail to us is suf­fi­cient.

The legal­i­ty of the data pro­cess­ing oper­a­tions car­ried out until the with­draw­al remains unaf­fect­ed by the with­draw­al. The infor­ma­tion you pro­vide in the con­tact form will remain with us until you ask us to delete it, with­draw your con­sent to stor­age or delete the pur­pose for data stor­age (for exam­ple, after your request has been processed). Manda­to­ry statu­to­ry pro­vi­sions – espe­cial­ly reten­tion peri­ods – remain unaf­fect­ed.

Pro­cess­ing of data (cus­tomer data and con­tract data)

We col­lect, process and use per­son-relat­ed data only as far as nec­es­sary for the estab­lish­ment, con­tent-relat­ed arrange­ment or change of the legal rela­tion­ship (stock data). We only col­lect, process and use per­son-relat­ed data about the use of our web­sites (usage data) inso­far it is nec­es­sary for enabling, improv­ing or invoic­ing the use of the ser­vice.

Trans­mis­sion of data on con­tract con­clu­sion for ser­vices and dig­i­tal con­tents

We trans­mit per­son-relat­ed data to third par­ties only if it nec­es­sary to ful­fil the con­tract, e.g trans­mit­ting data to the com­mis­sioned cred­it insti­tu­tion in charge with the pay­ment. A fur­ther trans­mis­sion of data to third par­ties does not take place unless you have giv­en your explic­it per­mis­sion. A trans­mis­sion of data to third par­ties for com­mer­cial pur­pos­es does not take place.

4. Ana­lyt­ics and adver­tis­ing

Google Ana­lyt­ics

This web­site uses Google Ana­lyt­ics, a web ana­lyt­ics ser­vice. It is oper­at­ed by Google Inc., 1600 Amphithe­atre Park­way, Moun­tain View, CA 94043, USA.

Google Ana­lyt­ics uses so-called “cook­ies”. These are text files that are stored on your com­put­er and that allow an analy­sis of the use of the web­site by you. The infor­ma­tion gen­er­at­ed by the cook­ie about your use of this web­site is usu­al­ly trans­mit­ted to a Google serv­er in the USA and stored there.

Google Ana­lyt­ics cook­ies are stored based on Art. 6 (1) (f) GDPR. The web­site oper­a­tor has a legit­i­mate inter­est in ana­lyz­ing user behav­ior to opti­mize both its web­site and its adver­tis­ing.

IP anonymiza­tion

We have acti­vat­ed the IP anonymiza­tion fea­ture on this web­site. Your IP address will be short­ened by Google with­in the Euro­pean Union or oth­er par­ties to the Agree­ment on the Euro­pean Eco­nom­ic Area pri­or to trans­mis­sion to the Unit­ed States. Only in excep­tion­al cas­es is the full IP address sent to a Google serv­er in the US and short­ened there. Google will use this infor­ma­tion on behalf of the oper­a­tor of this web­site to eval­u­ate your use of the web­site, to com­pile reports on web­site activ­i­ty, and to pro­vide oth­er ser­vices regard­ing web­site activ­i­ty and Inter­net usage for the web­site oper­a­tor. The IP address trans­mit­ted by your brows­er as part of Google Ana­lyt­ics will not be merged with any oth­er data held by Google.

Brows­er plu­g­in

You can pre­vent these cook­ies being stored by select­ing the appro­pri­ate set­tings in your brows­er. How­ev­er, we wish to point out that doing so may mean you will not be able to enjoy the full func­tion­al­i­ty of this web­site. You can also pre­vent the data gen­er­at­ed by cook­ies about your use of the web­site (incl. your IP address) from being passed to Google, and the pro­cess­ing of these data by Google, by down­load­ing and installing the brows­er plu­g­in avail­able at the fol­low­ing link:

Object­ing to the col­lec­tion of data

You can pre­vent the col­lec­tion of your data by Google Ana­lyt­ics by click­ing on the fol­low­ing link. An opt-out cook­ie will be set to pre­vent your data from being col­lect­ed on future vis­its to this site: Deac­ti­vate Google Ana­lyt­ics .

You will find more infor­ma­tion con­cern­ing the treat­ment of user data by Google Ana­lyt­ics in Google’s Pri­va­cy Pol­i­cy:

5. Newslet­ter

With the fol­low­ing infor­ma­tion, we will inform you about the con­tents of our newslet­ter as well as the reg­is­tra­tion, ship­ping and sta­tis­ti­cal eval­u­a­tion pro­ce­dures as well as your right of objec­tion. By sub­scrib­ing to our newslet­ter, you agree to the receipt and the pro­ce­dures described.

Con­tents of the newslet­ter

We send newslet­ters, e-mails and oth­er elec­tron­ic noti­fi­ca­tions with adver­tis­ing infor­ma­tion (here­inafter “newslet­ter”) only with the con­sent of the recip­i­ent or a legal per­mis­sion. Inso­far as the con­tents of a newslet­ter are con­crete­ly described, they are author­i­ta­tive for the con­sent of the users. Inci­den­tal­ly, our newslet­ters con­tain infor­ma­tion about us, its prod­uct, ser­vice and its pro­grams and events, as well as pro­grams and events rel­e­vant to our tar­get groups.

Dou­ble-opt-in and log­ging: The reg­is­tra­tion for our newslet­ter takes place in a so-called dou­ble opt-in pro­ce­dure. That after reg­is­tra­tion, you will receive an e-mail ask­ing you to con­firm your reg­is­tra­tion. This con­fir­ma­tion is nec­es­sary so that nobody can reg­is­ter with exter­nal e-mail address­es. The reg­is­tra­tion for the newslet­ter will be logged in order to prove the reg­is­tra­tion process accord­ing to the legal require­ments. This includes the stor­age of the login and the con­fir­ma­tion time, as well as the IP address. Sim­i­lar­ly, the changes to your data stored by 1&1 will be logged.

Login cre­den­tials: To sub­scribe to the newslet­ter, it is suf­fi­cient to enter your e-mail address.

Ger­many: The send­ing of the newslet­ter and the asso­ci­at­ed per­for­mance mea­sure­ment is based on the con­sent of the recip­i­ent in accor­dance with Art. 6 (1) lit. a, Art. 7 GDPR in con­junc­tion with § 7 (2) no. 3 UWG or on the basis of the statu­to­ry per­mis­sion pur­suant to § 7 (3) UWG.

The log­ging of the reg­is­tra­tion process is based on our legit­i­mate inter­ests in accor­dance with Art. 6 (1) lit. f DSGVO. Our inter­est lies in the use of a user-friend­ly and secure newslet­ter sys­tem, which serves both our busi­ness inter­ests and the expec­ta­tions of the users and also allows us to prove our con­sent.

Termination/Recovation: You can ter­mi­nate the receipt of our newslet­ter at any time, ie. Revoke your con­sent. At the same time, your con­sent to send­ing it via MailChimp and the sta­tis­ti­cal ana­lyzes will lapse. A sep­a­rate revo­ca­tion of the dis­patch via MailChimp or the sta­tis­ti­cal eval­u­a­tion is unfor­tu­nate­ly not pos­si­ble. A link to can­cel the newslet­ter can be found at the end of each newslet­ter.

Newslet­ter – Ser­vice provider

The newslet­ter is dis­trib­uted via 1&1 Inter­net SE, Elgen­dor­fer Str. 57 56410 Montabaur Ger­many. The pri­va­cy pol­i­cy of the dis­trib­uter can be viewed here: The e-mail mar­ket­ing ser­vice provider is used on the basis of our legit­i­mate inter­ests as per Art. 6 (1) (f) GDPR and an order pro­cess­ing con­tract as defined in Art. 28 (3) sen­tence 1 GDPR.

The e-mail mar­ket­ing ser­vice provider may use pseu­do­nyms when util­is­ing recip­i­ents’ data – i.e. with­out assign­ing it to a user – to opti­mise or improve their own ser­vices, e.g. for tech­ni­cal opti­mi­sa­tion of dis­tri­b­u­tion and the way in which the newslet­ter is dis­played, or for sta­tis­ti­cal pur­pos­es. How­ev­er, the e-mail mar­ket­ing ser­vice provider will not use our newslet­ter recip­i­ents’ data to con­tact them itself or to for­ward the data to third par­ties.

Newslet­ter – Sta­tis­ti­cal sur­vey and analy­sis

The newslet­ters con­tain a so-called “web-bea­con”, i. a pix­el-sized file that is retrieved from the MailChimp serv­er when the newslet­ter is opened. This call will ini­tial­ly col­lect tech­ni­cal infor­ma­tion, such as infor­ma­tion about the brows­er and your sys­tem, as well as your IP address and time of retrieval.

This infor­ma­tion is used to improve the tech­ni­cal per­for­mance of ser­vices based on their spec­i­fi­ca­tions or audi­ence and their read­ing habits, based on their loca­tions (which can be deter­mined using the IP address) or access times. Sta­tis­ti­cal sur­veys also include deter­min­ing if the newslet­ters will be opened, when they will be opened and which links will be clicked. For tech­ni­cal rea­sons, this infor­ma­tion can be assigned to the indi­vid­ual newslet­ter recip­i­ents. How­ev­er, it is nei­ther our desire nor that of MailChimp to observe indi­vid­ual users. The eval­u­a­tions serve us much more to rec­og­nize the read­ing habits of our users and to adapt our con­tent to them or to send dif­fer­ent con­tent accord­ing to the inter­ests of our users.

Com­mis­sioned-pro­cess­ing con­tract
We have a com­mis­sioned-pro­cess­ing con­tract with the ser­vice provider 1&1 in which they declare, that they pro­tect the data of the newslet­ter recip­i­ents and no data of them will be trans­ferred to third par­ties.

6. Plu­g­ins and tools


Our web­site uses plu­g­ins from YouTube, which is oper­at­ed by Google. The oper­a­tor of the pages is YouTube LLC, 901 Cher­ry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA.

If you vis­it one of our pages fea­tur­ing a YouTube plu­g­in, a con­nec­tion to the YouTube servers is estab­lished. Here the YouTube serv­er is informed about which of our pages you have vis­it­ed.

If you’re logged in to your YouTube account, YouTube allows you to asso­ciate your brows­ing behav­ior direct­ly with your per­son­al pro­file. You can pre­vent this by log­ging out of your YouTube account.

YouTube is used to help make our web­site appeal­ing. This con­sti­tutes a jus­ti­fied inter­est pur­suant to Art. 6 (1) (f) GDPR.

Fur­ther infor­ma­tion about han­dling user data, can be found in the data pro­tec­tion dec­la­ra­tion of YouTube under

Google Web Fonts

For uni­form rep­re­sen­ta­tion of fonts, this page uses web fonts pro­vid­ed by the oper­a­tor of the web­site. Some of the used plu­g­ins, e.g. Google Maps, con­tains the fonts direct­ly from Google. When you open a page, your brows­er loads the required web fonts into your brows­er cache to dis­play texts and fonts cor­rect­ly.

For this pur­pose your brows­er has to estab­lish a direct con­nec­tion to Google servers. Google thus becomes aware that our web page was accessed via your IP address. The use of Google Web fonts is done in the inter­est of a uni­form and attrac­tive pre­sen­ta­tion of our web­site. This con­sti­tutes a jus­ti­fied inter­est pur­suant to Art. 6 (1) (f) GDPR.

If your brows­er does not sup­port web fonts, a stan­dard font is used by your com­put­er.

Fur­ther infor­ma­tion about han­dling user data, can be found at and in Google’s pri­va­cy pol­i­cy at

Google Maps
This site uses the Google Maps map ser­vice via an API. It is oper­at­ed by Google Inc., 1600 Amphithe­atre Park­way, Moun­tain View, CA 94043, USA.

To use Google Maps, it is nec­es­sary to save your IP address. This infor­ma­tion is gen­er­al­ly trans­mit­ted to a Google serv­er in the USA and stored there. The provider of this site has no influ­ence on this data trans­fer.

The use of Google Maps is in the inter­est of mak­ing our web­site appeal­ing and to facil­i­tate the loca­tion of places spec­i­fied by us on the web­site. This con­sti­tutes a jus­ti­fied inter­est pur­suant to Art. 6 (1) (f) GDPR.

Fur­ther infor­ma­tion about han­dling user data, can be found in the data pro­tec­tion dec­la­ra­tion of Google at