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When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


All media provided on the web page is subject to license terms noted on the respective pages.

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select „Remember Me“, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Recording of data on this website


The provider of this website and its pages automatically collects and stores information in so-called server log files, which your browser communicates to us automatically. The information comprises:

The type and version of browser used The used operating system

Referrer URL

The hostname of the accessing computer The time of the server inquiry

The IP address

This data is not merged with other data sources.

This data is recorded on the basis of § 6 Nr. 4, 8 DSG-EKD. The operator of the website has a legitimate interest in the technically error free depiction and the optimization of the operator’s website. In order to achieve this, server log files must be recorded.


If you contact us by e-mail or telephone, your request, including all resulting personal data (name, request) will be stored and processed by us for the purpose of processing your request. We do not pass these data on without your consent. These data are processed on the basis of § 6 Nr. 5 DSG-EKD if your inquiry is related to the fulfillment of a contract or is required for the performance of pre-contractual measures. In all other cases, the data are processed on the basis of our legitimate interest in the effective handling of inquiries submitted to us (§ 6 Nr. 4, 8 DSG-EKD) or on the basis of your consent (§ 6 Nr. 2 DSG-EKD) if it has been obtained. The data sent by you to us via contact requests remain with us until you request us to delete, revoke your consent to the storage or the purpose for the data storage lapses (e.g. after completion of your request). Mandatory statutory provisions – in particular statutory retention periods – remain unaffected.

Where your data is sent

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Our website uses, in particular, tools from companies based in the USA. When these tools are active, your personal information may be transferred to the US servers of these companies. We must point out that the USA is not a safe third country within the meaning of EU data protection law. US companies are required to release personal data to security authorities without you as the data subject being able to take legal action against this. The possibility cannot therefore be excluded that US authorities (e.g. secret services) may process, evaluate, and permanently store your data on US servers for monitoring purposes. We have no influence over these processing activities.

Who we share your data with

If you request a password reset, your IP address will be included in the reset email.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.


This website incorporates YouTube videos. The operator of YouTube is Google Ireland Limited (“Google”), Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland. 

We use YouTube in privacy-enhanced mode. According to YouTube, this mode means that YouTube does not store any information about visitors to this website, before they watch a particular video. However, privacy-enhanced mode does not necessarily prevent the disclosure of data to YouTube partners. YouTube – irrespective of whether you watch a video or not – thus establishes a link to the Google DoubleClick network. 

As soon as you start a YouTube video on this website, a link to YouTube’s servers is established. This tells the YouTube server which of our sites you have visited. If you are logged into your YouTube account, you enable YouTube to match your browsing behaviour directly to your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account. 

Furthermore, YouTube may store various cookies or comparable recognition technologies (e.g. device fingerprinting) on your terminal device after you have started watching a video. This allows YouTube to receive information about visitors to this website. Uses of this information include collecting video statistics, enhancing user experience and preventing fraud attempts. 

Further data processing operations, over which we have no control, may possibly be triggered after a YouTube video has been started. 

YouTube is used in the interests of presenting our online offering in an appealing way. This represents a legitimate interest as per Art. 6 Par. 1 lit. f GDPR. If the relevant consent has been requested, data is processed solely on the basis of Art. 6 Par. 1 lit. a GDPR and § 25 Par. 1 TTDSG, if that consent includes the storage of cookies or access to information on the user’s terminal device (e.g. device fingerprinting) as per TTDSG. Consent can be revoked at any time. 

For more information about privacy at YouTube, please refer to its privacy policy

Google Drive

Links to a Google Drive account are included to provide you with access to our press materials storage. The operator of Google Drive is Google Ireland Limited (“Google”), Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland. 

We only link to the Google Drive. However, data processing operations, over which we have no control, may possibly be triggered after you connect to our Google Drive storage.

If you use Google Drive, that means you agree to their Terms of Service and the Google Privacy Policy.