Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy – Data Usage

Our company takes the protection of personal data very seriously. During the processing of
personal data we comply with EU requirements of the ‘General Data Protection Regulation
(GDPR)’ and the new German ‘Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG)’. Usage of our website is
generally possible without having to provide personal information. When personal data (i.e. name,
address or email addresses) is given, it is, when possible, always of your own free will. Personal
data is not disclosed to third parties without your explicit consent. Please note that data
transmission over the Internet (i.e. when communicating via e-mail) may have security exposures.
Complete protection of data from access by third parties is not possible.

Cookies
Some of our Internet pages use so-called cookies. Cookies do not harm your computer and do
not contain viruses. They serve to make our offer more user-friendly, effective and secure.
Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer and your browser. Most of the
cookies we use are so-called “session cookies”. They are automatically deleted after your visit.
Other cookies remain stored on your device until you delete them. These cookies allow us to
recognize your browser the next time you visit. You can set your browser so that you are
informed about the placement of cookies, allow limited cookies, acceptance of cookies in certain
cases, or generally exclude and activate the automatic deletion of cookies when closing the
browser. Disabling cookies may limit the functionality of this website.

Google Analytics
This website uses functions of the web analytics service Google Analytics. Provider is Google
Inc., 1600 Amphitheater Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Google Analytics uses so-
called “cookies”. These are text files that are stored on your computer that allow an analysis of
the usage of the website. The information generated by each cookie on your use of this website is
generally transmitted to and stored by a Google server in the USA.

IP Anonymization
Privacy Policy for IP Anonymization
We have activated an IP anonymizer on this website. As a result, your IP address is abbreviated
by Google within member states of the European Union and other parties that work in accordance
with the European Economic Area, prior to transmission to the United States. The full IP address
will only be sent to a Google server in the US in rare circumstances, and then shortened there.
On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate usage of the
website, to compile reports on website activity, and to provide other services related to website
activity and Internet usage to the website operator. The purpose of any data collection is in
legitimate interest for data processing. The legal basis for the use of Google Analytics is § 15
paragraph 3 German Act on Telemedia (TMG) or Art. 6 paragraph 1 lit. f GDPR. Each session or
campaign stops after a set amount of time. As default, sessions will end after 30 minutes of
inactivity, and campaigns end after six months. A campaign time limit is a maximum of two years.
The IP address provided by Google Analytics, as part of Google Analytics, will not be merged
with other Google data. For more information about Terms of Use and Privacy, please visit
https://www.google.com/analytics/terms/en.html or https://policies.google.com/?hl=en

Browser Plugins
You can prevent the storage of cookies by changing the corresponding setting on your browser
software; however, please note that if you do this, you may not be able to use all the features of
this website to the fullest extent possible. You can also prevent any data collection for Google
generated by the cookie, and any information related to your use of this website (including your IP
address), as well as the processing of this data by Google. To do this, download and install the
browser plug-in available under the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en

Links to Other Websites
Our online presence contains links to other websites. We have no control over whether other
website operators comply with data protection regulations. ARDI, as a provider, is solely
responsible for its own web content under the general laws. Within our own web content we may
have “links” to other providers in certain circumstances. ARDI assumes no responsibility for third-
party content that is provided via these “links”, and does not specifically endorse their content.
For illegal, incorrect, or incomplete contents, as well as for damage resulting from the use or non-
use of certain information, only the provider of the referred to website is liable. The editorial office
is only responsible for third-party information if it is released directly by them, if they are aware of
any unlawful or criminal content, have positive knowledge of this, and it is technically possible to
prevent usage of the content.