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Privacy policy

Who we are?

This website and its content is provided by a private person without commercial interests.

Responsible body within the meaning of data protection laws, in particular the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), reads:

Markus Hess
Hinterdorfstrasse 17
4334 Sisseln

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

When you access this website, information of a general nature is automatically collected. This information is collected in the server log file and includes the type of web browser, the operating system used, the domain name of your Internet service provider, your IP address and the like.

This is for the following reason:

  • Ensuring a trouble-free connection of the website
  • Ensuring smooth use of our website
  • Evaluation of system security and stability as well as
  • for other administrative purposes

Your data will not be used to draw conclusions about you. Information of this kind is only statistically evaluated in order to optimize our website and the technology behind it.

Memory duration

The data will be deleted as soon as it is no longer necessary for the purpose of the collection. This is generally the case for the data used to provide the website when the respective session is finished.


When visitors write comments on the website, we collect the data displayed in the comment form, as well as the visitor’s IP address and the user agent string (which identifies the browser) to support spam detection.

An anonymized string (also called hash) can be created from your email address and passed to the Gravatar service to check if it is used. The privacy policy of the Gravatar service can be found here: After your comment is shared, your profile picture is publicly visible in the context of your comment.


If you are a registered user and upload photos to this website, you should avoid uploading photos with an EXIF GPS location. Visitors to this website could download photos stored on this website and extract their location information.

Contact forms

The data you enter will be stored for the purpose of individual communication with you. This requires a valid e-mail address and your name. This is used to assign the request and then answer it. Specifying additional data is optional.


If you write a comment on our website, this may be a consent to store your name, email address and website in cookies. This is a convenience feature so that when you write another comment, you don’t have to re-enter all this data. These cookies are stored for one year.

If you have an account and you log on to this website, we will set a temporary cookie to determine whether your browser accepts cookies. This cookie does not contain any personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you sign in, we will set up some cookies to store your credentials and display options. Login cookies expire after two days and cookies for display options expire after one year. If you select “Stay logged in” when you sign up, your registration will be maintained for two weeks. By logging out of your account, the login cookies will be deleted.

When you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie is stored in your browser. This cookie does not contain any personal data and only refers to the post ID of the item you have just edited. The cookie expires after one day.

Using Script Libraries (Google Webfonts)

In order to display our content correctly and graphically appealing across browsers, we use “Google Web Fonts” of Google LLC (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA; hereinafter “Google”) for displaying fonts on this website.

The privacy policy of the library operator Google can be found here:

Embedded content from other websites

Posts on this website may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, posts, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves exactly as if the visitor had visited the other website.

These sites may collect information about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking services, and record your interaction with that embedded content, including your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged on to this site.

Use of Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043 USA (hereinafter: “Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is usually transferred to a Google server in the USA and stored there. However, due to the activation of IP anonymisation on these websites, your IP address will be shortened by Google within member states of the European Union or in other states which are parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases is the full IP address transferred to a Google server in the USA and shortened there. On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. The IP address transmitted by your browser within the framework of Google Analytics is not merged with other data from Google.

The purpose of the data processing is to evaluate the use of the website and to compile reports about activities on the website. Based on the use of the website and the Internet, further related services will then be provided.

Privacy policy for the use of Google Adsense

This website uses Google AdSense, a service for integrating advertisements from Google Inc. („Google“). Google AdSense uses so-called “cookies”, text files which are stored on your computer and which enable an analysis of the use of the website. Google AdSense also uses so-called web beacons (invisible graphics). Through these web beacons, information such as visitor traffic on these pages can be evaluated.

The information generated by cookies and web beacons about the use of this website (including your IP address) and delivery of advertising formats is transferred to a Google server in the USA and stored there. This information may be shared by Google with Google’s contractual partners. However, Google will not merge your IP address with other data stored about you.

You may refuse the use 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. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

Embedded YouTube videos

On some of our websites we embed YouTube videos. The operator of the corresponding plugins is YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA (hereinafter “YouTube”). When you visit a page with the YouTube plugin, a connection to YouTube servers is established. This tells YouTube which pages you visit. If you are logged in to your YouTube account, YouTube can assign your surfing behavior to you personally. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account first. Translated with (free version)

When a YouTube video is launched, the provider uses cookies that collect information about user behavior.

How long we store your data

If you write a comment, it will be saved including metadata for an unlimited time. This way we can automatically detect and release follow-up comments instead of keeping them in a moderation queue.

For users who register on our website, we also store the personal information they provide in their user profiles. All users can view, change or delete their personal information at any time (the user name cannot be changed). Website administrators can also view and modify this information.

What rights you have to your data

If you have an account on this site or have written comments, you can request an export of your personal information from us, including any information you have provided to us. Furthermore, you can request the deletion of all personal data that we have stored about you. This does not include the data that we have to keep due to administrative, legal or security requirements.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments could be examined by an automated spam detection service.

Contact Information

For data protection relevant concerns please contact us:

Markus Hess
Hinterdorfstrasse 17
4334 Sisseln


Social Plugins

Social media plugins are used on our websites. These plugins may be used to send information, which may include personal data, to the service provider and may be used by the service provider. We prevent the unconscious and unintentional collection and transmission of data to the service provider through a 2-click solution. To activate a desired social plugin, it must first be activated by clicking on the corresponding button. Only when the plugin is activated is the collection of information and its transmission to the service provider triggered. We ourselves do not collect any personal data via the social plugins or their use.

We have no influence on what data an activated plugin collects and how it is used by the provider. Currently, it must be assumed that a direct connection to the provider’s services will be established and that at least the IP address and device-related information will be collected and used. It is also possible that the service providers try to store cookies on the computer used. Which concrete data is collected and how it is used can be found in the data protection information of the respective service provider. If you are logged into Facebook at the same time, Facebook can identify you as a visitor to a particular page.

Chatbots and chat features

We offer online chats and chatbot functions (collectively, “chat services”) as a means of communication. A chat is an online conversation that is running in a timely way. A chatbot is software that answers users’ questions or informs them about messages. If you use our chat features, we may process your personal data.

If you use our chat services within an online platform, your identification number will also be stored within the respective platform. We may also collect information about which users interact with our chat services and when. We also store the content of your conversations via the chat services and log registration and consent procedures in order to be able to prove them in accordance with legal requirements.

We would like to point out to users that the respective platform provider can incertain that and when users communicate with our chat services as well as to collect technical information about the device used by the user and, depending on the settings of their device, location information (so-called metadata) for the purpose of optimizing the respective services and purposes of security. Also, the metadata of the communication via chat services (i.e. the information, who has communicated with whom) could be used by the respective platform providers according to their provisions, to which we refer for further information, for marketing purposes or for displaying advertisements tailored to users.

If users agree to activate information with regular messages to a chatbot, they may at any time unsubscribe from the information for the future. The chatbot tells users how and with which terms they can unsubscribe from messages. When the chatbot messages are unsubscribed, users’ data is deleted from the directory of message recipients.

We use the aforementioned information to operate our chat services, e.g. to contact users in person, to respond to their requests, to transmit any requested content and also to improve our chat services (e.g. to “teach” chatbots answers to frequently asked questions or to recognize unanswered requests).

Notes on legal bases: We use the chat services on the basis of consent if we have previously obtained permission from users to process their data as part of our chat services (this applies to cases where users are asked for consent, e.g. for a chatbot to send them regular messages). If we use chat services to answer user inquiries about our services or our company, this is done for contractual and pre-contractual communication. In addition, we use chat services based on our legitimate interests in optimizing chat services, their business efficiency and increasing the positive user experience.

Revocation, opposition and deletion: You can revoke your consent at any time or object to the processing of your data within the framework of our chat services.


  • Types of data processed: Contact data (e.g. e-mail, telephone numbers), content data (e.g. text input, photographs, videos), usage data (e.g. websites visited, interest in content, access times), meta/communication data (e.g. device information, IP addresses).
  • Persons affected: Communication.
  • Purposes of processing: Contact enquiries and communication, direct marketing (e.g. by e-mail or postal).
  • Legal bases: Consent (Art. 6 sec. 1 p. 1 lit. a GDPR), Legitimate Interests (Art. 6 sec. 1 p. 1 lit. f. GDPR).

Google AdWords

Our website uses Google Conversion Tracking. The operating company of the Google AdWords services is Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. If you have reached our website via an advertisement placed by Google, Google Adwords will place a cookie on your computer. The conversion tracking cookie is set when a user clicks on an ad served by Google.

If the user visits certain pages of our website and the cookie has not expired, we and Google can recognize that the user clicked on the ad and was directed to that page. Every Google AdWords customer receives a different cookie. Cookies can therefore not be tracked via the websites of AdWords customers. The information collected using the conversion cookie is used to generate conversion statistics for AdWords customers who have opted for conversion tracking. Customers learn the total number of users who have clicked on their ad and been redirected to a page with a conversion tracking tag. However, you will not receive information that can be used to identify users personally.

How we protect your data

SSL Encryption

To protect the security of your data during transmission, we use state-of-the-art encryption procedures (e.g. SSL) via HTTPS.


We may change this privacy policy at any time without notice. The current version published on our website applies.

Questions to the Data Protection Officer

If you have any questions about data protection, please send us an e-mail or contact directly the person responsible for data protection in our organization listed at the beginning of this privacy policy.

Sisseln, 30.03.2020

This is a mechanical translation of the German version. The German version is legally binding.