General information on how your data is handled

Vogel Business Media GmbH & Co. KG (Vogel) takes the protection of your personal data very seriously. Collect, processing and using your personal details is part of our service offer, as our aim is to provide user-friendly and customer-oriented services. The following information describes what information we collect from you and how we handle it. As a matter of principle we act in terms of the German Data Protection Act.

1. What data is collected?
As a matter of principle you can visit our website without disclosing your personal data to us. However we require you to register for certain services on our website, when we will ask for details such as your name and email address. This data is called inventory data.

Whenever possible we give you the opportunity to decide whether you want to disclose your data to us. However sometimes data is collected automatically. For example your computer automatically sends us information such as IP address, browser type or access times, when you use our website. This data is called usage data.

2. What are cookies and tracking pixels?
"Cookies" are files deposited on your computer while you are visiting our website, and which your browser "memorises". Cookies can be blocked by your browser so that, for example, only the page which has set them is permitted to read them. On your next visit to this site the cookie is sent from your browser to the server, e.g. to provide you with new contributions in your field of interest during this visit.

If you do not want to use the benefits offered by cookies, you can simply delete them and deactivate the function in your browser. However, we will then not be able to offer you some of our website's services. You can find more information on this in the Help function of your browser. In addition we use what are known as tracking pixels or GIF files to support online advertising and if required for the IVW-count. This enables us to evaluate how many visitors have been to our website and which advertisements they accessed. Information obtained through cookies or GIF files does not contain either your name, address, telephone number or email address.

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service provided by Google, Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses "cookies". The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by a Google server in the US. Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on website activity for website operators and to provide other services relating to website utilisation and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will in no instance associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the installation of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser; however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website.

Google also uses what are known as DART cookies to place advertising messages preferably matching the interests of the user on our pages. For this purpose your visits to pages with this feature are evaluated using the cookies set there. These cookies do not contain any personal data such as name, address, telephone number or email address. If you would like to find out more or would like to switch off this service, please click here: http://www.google.com/privacy_ads.html. If you would like to look at or change what Google has detected, click here: http://www.google.com/ads/preferences.

3. What does Vogel use your data for?
We use cookies for the distribution of advertising and for counting page visits in particular. In addition we can create pseudonymised usage profiles for the purposes of advertising, market- or opinion research or for designing our services to be tailored to market requirements. This enables us to examine our services for popularity and to continuously improve them. You are entitled to object to this usage at all times. In this case we ask you also to deactivate the cookies in your browser. We need your approval for further utilisation.

Furthermore, we use anonymised utilisation statistics to illustrate our services to potential partners, advertising clients and other dialogue partners.

Subject to your consent, we use your data for advertising purposes. You may revoke this consent at any time, which we point out to you when we contact you regarding advertising.

4. Does Vogel pass your data on to third parties?
Vogel only passes your data on to companies within the Vogel Media Group www.vogel.de or to such clients of Vogel whose services you have viewed (e.g. the White Paper of a certain manufacturer) with your consent. When viewing the service you will recognise the company in question and will be able to decide whether you want to download this third party offer or not. This data is passed on for purposes of advertising and market- or opinion research only.

Can the utilisation and application of personal data or this data protection declaration change?
Handling of personal data is continuously monitored by us with reference to data protection regulations and adjusted if necessary. Please look regularly at our data protection declaration, which always shows our current policy for handling personal data. We will always announce any changes both there and in your user account.