Every time you visit a website nowadays, certain information is automatically created and saved, just as it happens on this website.
Whenever you visit our website like you are doing right now, our webserver (computer on which this website is saved/stored) automatically saves data such as
in files (webserver-logfiles).
Usually, webserver-logfiles are stored for two weeks and then automatically deleted. We do not pass this data on to others, but we cannot exclude the possibility that this data will be viewed in case of illegal conduct.
Our website uses HTTP-cookies to store user-specific data.
Every time you surf the internet, you use a browser. Common browsers are for example Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Edge. Most websites store small text-files in your browser. These files are called cookies.
Cookies store certain parts of your user data, such as e.g. language or personal page settings. When you visit this website again, your browser submits these “user specific” information back to our site. Thanks to cookies, our website knows who you are and offers you the settings you are used to. In some browsers each cookie has its own file, in others, such as Firefox, all cookies are stored in a single file.
There are both first-party cookies and third-party cookies. First-party cookies are created directly by our site, while third-party cookies are created by partner-websites (e.g. Google Analytics). Every cookie is unique, because every cookie stores different data. The expiration time of a cookie also varies – it can be a few minutes, or up to a few years. Cookies are not software-programmes and contain no computer viruses, trojans or any other malware. Cookies also cannot access information on your computer.
This is an example of what cookie-files can look like:
purpose: differentiation between website visitors
expiration date: after 2 years
A browser should be able to support these minimum sizes:
You can distinguish between 4 types of cookies:
These cookies are necessary to ensure basic functions of the website. For example, these cookies are needed when a user places a product in an online shopping cart, then continues surfing on other pages and only proceeds to checkout later. These cookies do not delete the shopping cart, even if the user closes his browser window.
These cookies collect information about user behaviour and whether the user receives any error messages. Furthermore, these cookies measure the website’s loading time as well as its behaviour within different browsers.
These cookies ensure better user-friendliness. Thus, information such as previously entered locations, fonts or data in forms stay saved.
These cookies are also known as targeting-Cookies. They serve the purpose of delivering individually adapted advertisements to the user. This can be very practical, but also rather annoying. Since there is no automated advertising on this website, this does not apply here.
Upon your first visit to a website you are often asked which of these cookie-types you want to accept. Furthermore, this decision will of course also be saved in a cookie.
If you want change or delete cookie-settings and would like to determine which cookies have been stored in your browser, you can find this in your browser-settings:
If you generally do not want to allow any cookies, you can set up your browser in such a way that it always informs you when a cookie is to be set. In this way, you can decide for each individual cookie whether you want to allow it or not. The procedure varies depending on the browser. The best way to find instructions is to search Google using, say, the search term "Delete Chrome cookies" or "Disable Chrome cookies" (or equivalent search terms for the other browsers).
If you want to know more about cookies and are not afraid of technical documentation we recommend https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc6265, the Request for Comments of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), called “HTTP State Management Mechanism”.
If you believe that the processing of your data violates data protection law or your data protection rights have otherwise been violated in any way, you can complain to the supervisory authority, which in Austria is the data protection authority, whose website you can find at https://www.data-protection-authority.gv.at/.
In the following data protection declaration we inform you whether and how we evaluate data of your visits to this website. The evaluation of the collected data is usually anonymous and we cannot deduce your identity from your behaviour on this website.
You can find out more about how to object to this evaluation of visit data in the following data protection declaration.
This website uses the tracking and analysis tool Google Analytics (GA) of the US-American company Google LLC (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA). For the European area the company Google Ireland Limited (Gordon House, Barrow Street Dublin 4, Ireland) is responsible for all Google services. Google Analytics collects data about your actions on this website. For example, when you click on a link, this action is stored in a cookie and sent to Google Analytics. The reports we receive from Google Analytics enable us to better tailor our website and services to your needs. In the following we will go into more detail about the tracking tool and inform you above all about what data is stored and how you can prevent this.
Google Analytics is a tracking tool that is used to analyze the traffic on our website. To make Google Analytics work, a tracking code is built into the code of our website. When you visit our website, this code records various actions that you perform on our website. As soon as you leave our website, this data is sent to the Google Analytics servers and stored there.
Google processes the data and we receive reports about your user behaviour. These reports may include the following:
The objective of our website is clear: We want to offer you the best possible service. Google Analytics’ statistics and data help us with achieving this goal.
The statistically evaluated data give us a clear picture of the strengths and weaknesses of our website. On the one hand, we can optimize our site so that it can be found more easily by interested people on Google. On the other hand, the data helps us to understand you as a visitor better. We therefore know exactly what we need to improve on our website in order to offer you the best possible service.
Google Analytics uses a tracking code to create a random, unique ID associated with your browser cookie. This enables Google Analytics to recognize you as a new user. The next time you visit our site, you will be recognized as a "returning" user. All collected data is stored together with this user ID. This makes it possible to evaluate pseudonymous user profiles in the first place.
Through identifiers such as cookies and app instance IDs, your interactions on our website are measured. Interactions are all kinds of actions you perform on our website. If you also use other Google systems (such as a Google account), data generated by Google Analytics can be linked to third-party cookies. Google does not pass on any Google Analytics data unless we, as the website operator, give permission to do so. Exceptions may be made if required by law.
The following cookies are used by Google Analytics:
Purpose: By default, analytics.js uses the cookie _ga, to store the user ID. It generally serves the purpose of distinguish between website visitors.
Expiration date: After 2 years
Purpose: This cookie also serves the purpose of differentiating between website users
Expiration date: After 24 hours
Verwendungszweck: Used to lower the request rate. When Google Analytics is delivered via Google Tag Manager, this cookie is named _dc_gtm_..
Expiration date: After 1 minute
Value: No information
Purpose: The cookie has a token with which a User ID can be retrieved from the AMP Client ID Service. Other possible values indicate a logoff, a request or an error.
Expiration date: After 30 seconds up to one year
Purpose: With this cookie your behaviour on the website can be tracked and the site performance can be measured. The cookie is updated every time the information is sent to Google Analytics.
Expiration date: After 2 years
Purpose: Just like _gat_gtag_UA_ this cookie is used for keeping the request rate in check.
Expiration date: Afer 10 minutes
Purpose: This cookie is used to determine new sessions. It is updated every time new data or information gets sent to Google Analytics.
Expiration date: After 30 minutes
Purpose: This cookie is used to determine new sessions for recurring visitors. It is therefore a session cookie, and only stays stored until you close the browser.
Expiration date: After closing the browser
Purpose: This cookie is used to identify the source of our website’s visitor number. This means, that the cookie stores information on where you came to our website from. This could be another site or an advertisement.
Expiration date: After 6 months
Value: No information
Purpose: The cookie is used to store custom user data. It gets updated whenever information is sent to Google Analytics.
Expiration date: After 2 years
Note: This enumeration cannot claim to be complete, as Google always changes the choice of its cookies.
Below we will give you an overview of the most important data that can be evaluated by Google Analytics:
Heatmaps: Google creates so-called heat maps. With heatmaps you can see exactly those areas that you click on. This way we can get information on what how you are moving about on our website.
Session duration: Google defines session duration as the time you spend on our site without leaving the site. If you've been inactive for 20 minutes, the session ends automatically.
Bounce rate If you only look at one page of our website and then leave our website again, it is called a bounce.
IP-Address: The IP address is only shown in abbreviated form so that no clear assignment is possible.
Location: Your approximate location and the country you are in can be defined by the IP address. This process is called IP location determination.
Technical information: Information about your browser type, your internet provider and your screen resolution are called technical information.
Source: Both, Google Analytics as well as this website’s operator, are interested what website or what advertisement led you to our site.
Further possibly stored data includes contact data, potential reviews, playing media, sharing of contents via social media or adding our site to your favourites. This list is not exhaustive and only serves as general guidance on Google Analytics’ data retention.
Google has servers across the globe. Most of them are in America and therefore your data is mainly saved on American servers. Here you can read detailed information on where Google’s data centres are located: https://www.google.com/about/datacenters/inside/locations/?hl=en
Your data is allocated to various physical data mediums. This has the advantage that the data can be retrieved more quickly and is better protected against manipulation. In every Google data centre there are appropriate emergency programs for your data. Hence, in case of a hardware failure at Google or a server failure due to natural disasters, the risk for a service interruption at Google remains low.
Google Analytics has a standard retention period of 26 months for your user data. After this time, your user data is deleted. However, we do have the option of choosing the retention period for user data ourselves. There are the following five options:
As soon as the specified period has expired, the data is deleted once a month. This retention period applies to any of your data which is linked to cookies, user identification and advertisement IDs (e.g. cookies of the DoubleClick domain). Report results are based on aggregated data and are stored independently of any user data. Aggregated data means the merging of individual data into a larger unit.
Should you generally want to deactivate, delete or manage all cookies (independently of Google Analytics), you can use one of the guides that are available for any browser:
Google Analytics is an active participant of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework, which regulates correct and secure transfer of personal data.
You can find more information on this at https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt000000001L5AAI&tid=111317483. We hope we were able to make you more familiar with the most important information on Google Analytics’ data processing. If you want to learn more about the tracking service, we recommend these two links: https://marketingplatform.google.com/about/analytics/terms/gb/ and https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=en.
We have turned on Google Analytics’ functions for advertising reports. These reports on demographic characteristics and interests contain details about age, gender and interests. Through them we can get a better picture of our users – without being able to allocate any data to individual persons. You can learn more about advertising functions at https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/3450482?hl=en&%3Butm_id=ad.
You can terminate the use of your Google Account’s activities and information in “Ads Settings” at https://adssettings.google.com/authenticated via a checkbox.
When you subscribe to our Newsletter you submit your personal data and give us the right to contact you via email. We use the data that is stored for the registration for the Newsletter exclusively for our Newsletter and do not pass them on.
If you unsubscribe from the newsletter – for which you can find a link in the bottom of every newsletter – we will delete all data that was saved when you registered for the newsletter.
Source: Created on the basis of the service ‘Datenschutz Generator’ by AdSimple® Webdesign in cooperation with bauguide.at and partial alternate machine translation by DeepL with some additional manual adaptations.