René Kriegbaum
Hacketäuerstr. 55
D-42651 Solingen
Tel.: +49 (212) 400158

Data protection policy

This data protection policy clarifies the nature, scope and purpose of the processing of personal data (hereinafter referred to as "data") within our online offering and the websites, functions and contents connected with it as well as external online presences, such as our social media profiles (hereinafter jointly referred to as "online offering"). We refer to the definitions in art. 4 of the General Data Protection Act (GDPR) with regard to the terms used, such as "processing" or "controller".


René Kriegbaum
Hacketäuerstraße 55
D - 42651 Solingen

Types of data processed:

- Inventory data (e.g. names, addresses).
- Contact data (e.g. email, 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).

Purpose of processing

- To make available the online offering, its functions and contents.
- Responding to enquiries and communicating with users.
- Security measures.
- Range measurement/marketing.

Terms used

"Personal data" is all information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (hereinafter referred to as the "data subject"); a natural person shall be considered identifiable if they can be directly or indirectly identified by being connected to a feature such as a name, identification number, location information, online identifier (e.g. a cookie), or to one or several particular characteristics which are an expression of this natural person's physical, physiological, genetic, psychological, economic, cultural or social identity.

"Processing" means any operation carried out with or without the aid of automated procedures or any such series of operations in connection with personal data. The term is broad and covers virtually every aspect of dealing with data.

The "controller" is the natural or legal person, authority, institution or other body that alone or together with others decides on the purposes and means of processing personal data.

Relevant legal bases

Pursuant to art. 13 GDPR, we inform you of the legal bases on which we process data. If the legal basis is not mentioned in the data protection policy, the following applies: the legal basis for obtaining consent is art. 6 para. 1 lit. a and art. 7 GDPR, the legal basis for processing for the fulfilment of our services and the execution of contractual measures as well as for replying to enquiries is art. 6 para. 1 lit. b GDPR, the legal basis for processing to fulfil our legal obligations is art. 6 para. 1 lit. c GDPR, and the legal basis for processing to protect our legitimate interests is art. 6 para. para. 1 lit. f, GDPR. In the event that vital interests of the data subject or another natural person require the processing of personal data, art. 6 para. 1 lit. d GDPR shall apply as the legal basis.

Security measures

We ask you to inform yourself about the contents of our data protection policy on a regular basis. We will adapt the data protection policy as soon as changes in the data processing carried out by us make this necessary. We will inform you as soon as the changes require your cooperation (e.g. consent) or other individual notification.

Cooperation with order processors and third parties

Insofar as we disclose data to other persons and companies (order processors or third parties) within the scope of our processing, transmit data to them or otherwise grant them access to the data, this is only on the basis of legal permission (e.g. if the transmission of the data to third parties, such as to payment service providers, in accordance with art. 6 para. 1 lit. b GDPR, is required for contract fulfilment), you have consented to it, a legal obligation provides for this or it is on the basis of our legitimate interests (e.g. when using agents, web hosts, etc.).

If we commission third parties to process data on the basis of an "order processing contract", this is done on the basis of art. 28 GDPR.

Transfers to third countries

If we process data in a third country (i.e. outside the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA)) or transfer it to one as part of the use of third-party services or disclosure or transmission of data to third parties occurs, this will only take place if it is necessary to fulfil our (pre-)contractual obligations, on the basis of your consent, on the basis of a legal obligation or on the basis of our legitimate interests. Subject to legal or contractual permissions, we only process the data in a third country or have the data processed in a third country if the particular requirements of art. 44 ff. GDPR are met. This means, for example, that processing is carried out on the basis of particular guarantees, such as the officially recognised determination of a data protection level corresponding to that of the EU (e.g. the "Privacy Shield" in the USA) or compliance with officially recognised special contractual obligations (known as "standard contractual clauses").

Rights of the data subjects

You have the right to request confirmation as to whether the data concerned is being processed and to request information about this data, as well as further information and a copy of the data in accordance with art. 15 GDPR.

According to art. 16 GDPR, you have the right to request the completion of data concerning you or the correction of inaccurate data concerning you.

In accordance with art. 17 GDPR, you have the right to demand that relevant data be deleted immediately or, alternatively, to demand a restriction on the processing of the data in accordance with art. 18 GDPR.

In accordance with art. 20 GDPR, you have the right to request the data concerning you that you have provided to us and to request the transmission of this data to other controllers.

Furthermore, according to art. 77 GDPR, you have the right to file a complaint with the competent supervisory authority.

Right of revocation

You have the right to revoke consent you have issued, pursuant to art. 7 para. 3 GDPR with effect for the future.

Right of objection

You may object to the future processing of data concerning you at any time in accordance with art. 21 GDPR. In particular, you may raise an objection to processing for the purposes of direct advertising.

Cookies and right of objection in direct advertising

The term "cookies" refers to small files that are stored on users' computers. Different data can be stored within the cookies. A cookie is primarily used to store information about a user (or the device on which the cookie is stored) during or after his/her visit to an online offering. Temporary cookies, "session cookies" or "transient cookies", are cookies that are deleted after a user leaves an online offering and closes his/her browser. For example, the content of a shopping basket in an online shop or a login jam can be stored in a cookie of this nature. Cookies are referred to as "permanent" or "persistent" if they remain saved even after the browser is closed. For example, the login status can be saved if users visit it after several days have passed. Likewise, the interests of users may be stored in a cookie of this nature and used for range measurements or marketing purposes. Third-party cookies" are cookies that are offered by providers other than the controller who operates the online offering (otherwise, if the only cookies are run by the controller, they are referred to as "first-party cookies").

We may use temporary and permanent cookies and would clarify this in our data protection policy.
However, we do not currently use cookies ("first-party cookies") on our website.

If users do not want cookies to be stored on their computer, they are asked to deactivate the corresponding option in the system settings of their browser. Cookies already saved can be deleted in the system settings of the browser at any time. The exclusion of cookies can lead to the functions of the online offering being restricted.

A general objection to the use of cookies used for online marketing purposes can be declared for a large number of services, in particular in the case of tracking, via the US site or the EU site Furthermore, you can deactivate the storage of cookies in the browser settings. Please note that not all the functions of this online offering may then be used.

Deletion of data

The data processed by us will be deleted or its processing restricted in accordance with art. 17 and 18 GDPR. Unless expressly stated in this data protection policy, the data stored by us will be deleted as soon as it are no longer required for its intended purpose and the deletion does not conflict with any statutory storage obligations. If the data is not deleted because it is necessary for other and legally permissible purposes, the processing of the data will be restricted. This means that the data is blocked and not processed for other purposes. This applies, for example, to data that must be retained for commercial or tax reasons.>br>
In particular, pursuant to legal requirements in Germany, storage lasts for 6 years pursuant to § 257 para. 1 German Commercial Code (trading books, inventories, opening balance sheets, annual financial statements, commercial letters, accounting documents, etc.) as well as for 10 years pursuant to § 147 para. 1 Tax Code (books, records, management reports, accounting documents, commercial and business letters, documents relevant for taxation, etc.).

In particular, pursuant to legal requirements in Austria, storage lasts for 7 years in accordance with § 132 para. 1 Federal Fiscal Code (accounting documents, receipts/invoices, accounts, receipts, business papers, statement of income and expenditure, etc.), for 22 years in connection with land and for 10 years for documents in connection with electronically provided services, telecommunications, radio and television services provided to non-entrepreneurs in EU Member States and for which the Mini-One-Stop-Shop (MOSS) is used.

Business processing

In addition we process
- contract data (e.g. subject matter of the contract, duration, customer category)
- payment data (e.g. bank details, payment history)
from our customers, prospective customers and business partners for the purpose of providing contractual services, service and customer care, marketing, advertising and market research.


The hosting services used by us serve to provide the following services: infrastructure and platform services, computing capacity, storage space and database services, security services and technical maintenance services that we use for the purpose of operating this online offering.

Hereby we or our hosting provider process inventory data, contact data, content data, contract data, usage data, meta data and communication data of customers, potential customers and visitors to this online offering on the basis of our legitimate interests in an efficient and secure provision of this online offering according to art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR in conjunction with art. 28 GDPR (conclusion of an order processing contract)

Collection of access data and log files

We, or our hosting provider, collect data on the basis of our legitimate interests within the meaning of art. 6 para. 1 lit. f. GDPR regarding each access to the server on which this service is located (known as server log files). Access data includes the name of the website accessed, file, date and time of access, amount of data transferred, notification of successful access, browser type along with version, the operating system of the user, referrer URL (the site previously visited), IP address, and the requesting provider.

Log file information is stored for a maximum of seven days for security reasons (e.g. to investigate misuse or fraud) and then deleted. Data which is required to be stored longer for evidentiary purposes is excluded from deletion until the incident in question has been finally clarified.

Administration, financial accounting, office organisation, contact management

We process data within the framework of administrative tasks and the organisation of our business, financial accounting and compliance with legal obligations, such as archiving. In this regard we process the same data that we process as part of the performance of our contractual services. The bases of processing are art. 6 para. 1 lit. c. GDPR, art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR. Customers, prospective customers, business partners and website visitors are affected by the processing. The purpose of and our interest in the processing lies in the administration, financial accounting, office organisation, archiving of data, namely, tasks which serve the maintenance of our business activities, performance of our tasks and provision of our services. The deletion of data with regard to contractual services and contractual communication corresponds to the tasks specified in these processing activities.

In this regard, we disclose or transmit data to the tax authorities, consultants, such as tax consultants or auditors, as well as other fee offices and payment service providers.

Furthermore, we store information regarding suppliers, event organisers and other business partners on the basis of our business interests, e.g. for the purpose of making contact at a later date. In principle, we store this data, which is mainly company-related, permanently.

Contact us

When you contact us (e.g. via contact form, email, telephone or social media), the user's details for handling the enquiry and for dealing with it are processed in accordance with art. 6 para. 1 lit. b) GDPR. User information can be stored in a customer relationship management system ("CRM system") or comparable enquiry organisation system.

We delete the enquiries if they are no longer necessary. We review this necessity every two years; furthermore, the legal archiving obligations apply.

Integration of third-party services and content

Within our online offering and on the basis of our legitimate interests (i.e. interest in the analysis, optimisation and economic operation of our online offering within the meaning of art. 6 para. 1 lit. f. GDPR) we include content or service offerings of third parties so that we can incorporate their content and services, such as videos or fonts (hereinafter uniformly referred to as "content").

This always presupposes that the third-party providers of this content can see the IP address of users, since without the IP address they would not be able to send the content to the users' browsers. The IP address is therefore necessary in order to display this content. We strive only to use content from providers who use the IP address to deliver content, and for nothing else. Third-party providers may also use "pixel tags" (invisible graphics, also known as "web beacons") for statistical or marketing purposes. "Pixel tags" can be used to evaluate information such as visitor traffic on the pages of this website. The pseudonymous information may also be stored in cookies on the user's device and may include technical information about the browser and operating system, referring websites, visiting time and other information about the use of our online offering. It may also be linked to such information from other sources.

Translated and adapted by the website owner.

Created using by RA Dr. Thomas Schwenke