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Data Protection

The protection of your personal data is of particular concern to us. We therefore process your data exclusively on the basis of the legal provisions (GDPR, TKG 2003). In this data protection information we inform you about the most important aspects of data processing on our website.

We have summarized the current status for the use of cookies here for you. Further information and details on these topics can be found in the following content on this page.

Cookie Status

Cookies are activated on this website by default, as we do not store any personal data in them. In cases where this is later necessary, we obtain your separate consent in advance. The cookie notification banner is still active and can be hidden by clicking on the ‘OK’ link.

E-Mail Contact

If you contact us via an email address listed on our website, we will only use the data you send to process your request. This data will not be passed on to third parties without your consent. In some cases, however, it is necessary for us to process your data and collect it separately. Your emails will be stored for six months in order to answer the request and in the event of follow-up questions.

Log Data / Server Logs

Each time our website is accessed, usage data is transmitted through the internet browser you are using and stored in log files (server log files) on the web server we are using. These files include the following information: name / URL of the accessed website, host name of the requesting provider, date and time of the server request, browser type and version, operating system and the URL of the previously visited page (referrer URL). The log data is only used for statistical evaluations for the purpose of the operation, security and optimization of our website. This log data is not merged with other data sources. We reserve the right to check this data retrospectively if there are reasonable grounds to suspect illegal use.


We use cookies on our website. These are small text files that are transferred to your browser via a web server. The information stored in cookies helps us to tailor the use of our website to individual needs and to continuously improve our offer. We never store personal data without your consent. Cookies do no harm to your computer and do not contain any viruses. A banner at the bottom of our website indicates the use of cookies. By clicking on the “OK” link you confirm that you are aware of the use of cookies on our website. The validity of this cookie confirmation is set to 365 days and will no longer be displayed when you visit our website again (unless the cookie has been deleted by you or the page is opened with a different browser).

Functional limitation without cookies

You can generally prevent cookies in your browser or for a specific website. If you restrict or prevent the use of cookies, certain areas and services of our website may not work as expected.

In addition, cookies that are already on your computer can be deleted at any time using your browser settings. The procedure for preventing or deleting cookies differs depending on the browser. Information on this and other options regarding cookies can be found on the pages of the respective browser providers: Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari, Opera.

Google Fonts

For the uniform presentation of text content, we use Google Fonts on our website, a service of Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland (“Google”). This integration is usually carried out by an external server call at Google in the USA, whereby it can be assumed that even more extensive information – for example IP addresses – is recorded, stored and analyzed. For data protection reasons, we therefore do not include such direct integration and make these fonts available locally via the web server we use. If your browser does not support web fonts, one of the standard fonts on your computer will be used automatically.

You can find more information on this in the FAQs from Google Fonts and Google’s privacy policy.

Google Services

We use Google Maps for embedding maps and YouTube for embedding videos (legal basis according to GDPR: Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f GDPR with the operation of our website and the consideration of the interests of those concerned by deactivating the tracking functions in YouTube Code). Google is committed to ensuring adequate data protection in accordance with the American-European and American-Swiss Privacy Shield. Further information can be found in Google’s detailed data protection declaration.

Google Analytics

(Created with of RA Dr. Thomas Schwenke)

We use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google LLC (“Google”), based on our legitimate interests (i.e. interest in the analysis, optimization and economic operation of our online offer within the meaning of Ar. 6 Para. 1 lit. f GDPR). Google uses cookies. The information generated by the cookie about the use of the online offer by the user is usually transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there.

Google is certified under the Privacy Shield Agreement and thereby offers a guarantee to comply with European data protection law (

Google will use this information on our behalf to evaluate the use of our online offer by the user, to compile reports on the activities within this online offer and to provide us with other services related to the use of this online offer and the internet. Pseudonymous user profiles can be created from the processed data.

We only use Google Analytics with activated IP anonymization. This means that the IP address of the user is shortened by Google within member states of the European Union or in other contracting states of the Agreement on the European Economic Area. The full IP address will only be transmitted to a Google server in the USA in exceptional cases and abbreviated there.

The IP address transmitted by the user’s browser is not merged with other Google data. Users can prevent cookies from being saved by making the appropriate settings in their browser software; Users can also prevent Google from collecting the data generated by the cookie and relating to their use of the online offer and from processing this data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under the following link:

Further information on the use of data by Google, setting and objection options can be found in Google’s data protection declaration ( and in the settings for the display of advertisements by Google (

The personal data of the users will be deleted or anonymized after 14 months.

Share with Facebook

There is a “Share” button below each individual contribution so that our articles can be disseminated via Facebook. For this we use the Shariff solution developed by Heise.

How the Shariff solution works

In contrast to the usual “Share” buttons on social networks, Facebook does not collect user information when the page is called up, but only after the button is pressed. This allows the visitor’s privacy to be maintained when the page is called up.

In addition, Facebook collects information about the number of shares for each article. Shariff prevents that information about the user can be collected by not displaying the number directly from Facebook in the browser but fetching it centrally via the server and then making it available to the browser. This ensures the anonymity of the visitor.

More about the Shariff project can be found in magazine c’t. The software version is always kept up to date.

Facebook’s data processing

The connection to the social network is based on our legitimate interest in economic operation, analysis and optimization of our website. The network is operated by Facebook Ireland Ltd., 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbor, Dublin 2, Ireland (“Facebook”). Facebook is certified under the Privacy Shield Agreement ( and thus guarantees compliance with European data protection law.

As soon as a user actively shares content, a direct connection to the Facebook servers is established and user data is processed. User profiles of the visitor can also be created. In this case, we have no influence on the scope of the processed data.

The purpose and scope of the data collection and the further processing and use of the data by Facebook as well as the related rights and setting options for protecting the privacy of the user can be found in Facebook’s data protection information:

Further settings and contradictions regarding the use of data for advertising purposes can be found in the Facebook profile settings or via the US website or via the EU website

Admin Area / Log In

In addition to the freely accessible user area (front end), our website also has its own admin area (back end). This is not part of the official menu structure and is reserved exclusively for our administrators for the purpose of managing the content of the website. Of course, we have an increased and legitimate interest in protecting this area from unauthorized access. We use special security measures to do this, including the temporary storage of IP addresses or, if necessary, permanent blocking them from access if they have made several incorrect and / or unauthorized login attempts (e.g. by entering incorrect access data).

Your rights

In principle, you have the right to information, correction, deletion, restriction, data portability, revocation and objection. If you believe that the processing of your data violates data protection law or your data protection claims have otherwise been violated, you can complain to the supervisory authority. In Austria this is the data protection authority.


If you have any questions in connection with data protection, please do not hesitate to contact us at Tel. +43 (0) 2236 23424 0 or by e-mail at .


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