Legal notices

Use of Cookies on this website

Cookies are small text files that can be used by web sites to make a user’s experience more efficient.

The law states that I can store cookies on your machine if they are essential to the operation of this site but that for all others I need your permission to do so.

I do use some non-essential cookies. I do not do this to track individual users or to identify them, but to gain useful knowledge about how the site is used so that I can keep improving it for my users. Without the knowledge I gain from the systems that use these cookies I would not be able to so do.

This site uses different types of cookie.

I use Google Analytics, a popular web analytics service provided by Google Inc. Google Analytics uses cookies to help me to analyse how users use the site. It counts the number of visitors and tells me things about their behaviour overall – such as the typical length of stay on the site or the average number of pages a user views.

The information generated by the cookie about your use of our website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of my website, compiling reports on website activity and providing other services relating to website activity 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 undertakes not to associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.

If you have Adobe Flash installed on your computer (most computers do) and you use an audio or video player, Google Analytics will try to store some additional data on your computer. This data is known as a Local Shared Object or Flash cookie. This helps me to analyse the popularity of my media files. I can count the total number of times each file is played, how many people watch videos right to the end and how many people give up half way through. Adobe’s website offers tools to control Flash cookies on your computer.

Some third party cookies are set by services that appear on our pages. They are set by the operators of that service and are not in my control. They are set by Twitter, Facebook Pinterest, Scoop.it and others and relate to the ability of users to share content on this site, as indicated by these icons.

If you want to delete any cookies that are already on your computer, please refer to the instructions for your file management software to locate the file or directory that stores cookies. You can access them through some types of browser. Search in your cookie folders to find our cookie and the Google Analytics cookie if you wish to delete them.

More information about cookies, including how to block them or delete them, can be found at AboutCookies.org.

Registration via social networks

You have the possibility to log in over your Facebook, Twitter or Google+ and other social media accounts on my site.

However, it is necessary to already be registered to the respective network or to establish a corresponding account. Please note that in order to register and use the social media account, the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use of the respective social network apply.

Logging on social networks

If you decide to register with your respective social media account, as a first step, you will be directly forwarded to the respective social network website, where you have to login or register.

Important: We are not able to collect your log in data.

Connecting to social networks

As a second step, your account will be connected to the social network by an application on our website. 

To register, my site needs the same email address you stored with your respective social network account, so that I can contact you and create an account regardless of your social network.

If you ever disconnect the connection between application and your profile, you will still be able to use your profile. In this case you can apply for a new password by using the function “forgot my password”.

If you agree to the usage of your data stored in the respective network in order to use my site, please establish the connection on the social network. Then you will be forwarded back to our registration.

Now my site adopts the data of the respective social network and creates an account for you.

Additional Information

After completing this form of registration, I save the information which social network you used to log in. This information is saved in form of a key. I will never save your access data regarding the respective social network.

Should you change your data, which have been transmitted to me via the account you registered, these modifications must be made on my site too. I don’t receive automatically updated data.

Disconnect connection

Should you decide to use the platform independently of a social network, you can disconnect the account with the social network. We then are no longer entitled to use data from your profile. Therefore you must request an own password via the function “forgot my password”. If you like us to delete your data from the respective social network from your profile, you must delete your whole profile.

Other widgets

I use other web widgets on this site.

Facebook Social Graph is the largest social network dataset in the world, and it contains the largest number of defined relationships between the largest number of people among all websites due to the fact that it is the most widely used social networking service in the world and is Facebook’s way of mapping all the data we give the platform together. The use of Facebook Social Graph protocol gives me the ability to control how content appears on Facebook when a user share’s or likes an article or other content on my site.

Gravatar is an image that follows you from site to site appearing beside your name when you do things like comment or post on a blog. This website uses for the display of pictures or avatars in the commentaries. Gravatar, is operated by Automattic Inc., 60 29th Street #343, San Francisco, CA 94110-4929, USA. The email address in the commentaries will be transferred to Gravatar, in order to eventually display a picture which is linked to this email address. The email address will be transmitted encrypted to the servers of Gravatar; the pictures will be delivered to my website and will be integrated on the commentaries of my website. By displaying the pictures, Gravatar is able to collect your IP address. Further information on the exaltation and usage of data through Gravatar and by Automattic can be found at their Privacy Policy. If you do not want a picture which is linked to your email address be linked in the commentaries, your should use an email address, which is not stored by Gravatar.

Use of Google Maps API

This website uses Google Maps on some pages to display interactive maps. Google Maps is a map service from Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, California 94043, USA. By using Google Maps, information about the use of this website can be transferred to Google in the USA, including your IP address and the (starting) address you entered in the route planner.

If you visit a web page of our website that includes Google Maps, your browser directly connects to Google servers. The map will be transmitted from Google directly to your browser and then integrated into the website. We have no influence of the scope of data collected by Google in this way.

If you do not want Google to collect, process or use data about you from my website, you can deactivate JavaScript in your browser settings, however you will not be able to use the map function.

To learn more about how Google’s data collection, its further processing and the use of data, as well as your rights and your possibilities to configure your computer settings to secure your privacy, please visit Google privacy policies for your geographic area.

Privacy Statement

You can access my site home page and browse my site without disclosing personal data.

My site enables you to communicate with other visitors or to post information to be accessed by others. When you do so, other visitors may collect your data.

My site does not include links to third party service providers.

I do not automatically log personal data nor do I link information automatically logged by other means with personal data about specific individuals.

I do not use cookies to store personal data nor do I link non-personal information stored in cookies with personal data about specific individuals.

I collect the personal data that you may volunteer while using my site.

I do not collect information about my visitors from other sources, such as public records or bodies, or private organisations.

I do not knowingly collect personal data from children.

I do not disclose my visitors’ personal data.

Disclaimer

I provide this web site and its contents on an “as is” and on an “as available” basis and make no (and expressly disclaim all) representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, with respect to this web site or the information, content, materials, products and services included in this site including, without limitation, warranties of satisfactory quality, merchantability, non-infringement, compatibility, security, accuracy and fitness for a particular purpose.

I may make improvements and/or changes to the site.

I do not represent or warrant that the information accessible via this web site is accurate, complete or current or that functions available on the site will be uninterrupted or error free, that defects will be corrected, or that the site or the server that makes it available are free of viruses or bugs. You acknowledge that it is your responsibility to implement sufficient procedures and virus checks (including anti-virus and other security checks) to satisfy your particular requirements for the accuracy of data input and output.

I do not guarantee the timeliness, completeness or performance of the website or any of the content. While I try to ensure that all content provided by me is correct at the time of publication no responsibility is accepted by me for any errors, omissions or inaccurate content on the website. The documents and graphics published on this server could include technical inaccuracies or typographical errors.

I am not responsible for any content posted by members of the public or other third parties on this site or for the availability or content of any third party sites that are accessible through the site. Any links to third party websites from this site do not amount to any endorsement of that site by me and any use of that site by you is at your own risk.

I shall not be liable for damages arising out of or in connection with the use of this web site or the information, content, materials or products included on this site including (without limitation) loss or damage (whether such damage or losses were foreseen, foreseeable, known or otherwise):

(a) loss of data;

(b) loss of revenue or anticipated profits;

(c) loss of business;

(d) loss of opportunity;

(e) loss of goodwill or injury to reputation;

(f) losses suffered by third parties;

(g) any indirect, consequential, special or exemplary damages arising from the use of the site regardless of the form of action.

If any of these terms in this disclaimer are determined to be illegal, invalid or otherwise unenforceable by reason of the laws of any state or country in which these terms are intended to be effective, then to the extent and within the jurisdiction in which that term is illegal, invalid or unenforceable, it shall be severed and deleted from these terms and the remaining terms shall survive and continue to be binding and enforceable.

My failure or delay to exercise or enforce any right in these terms does not waive my right to enforce that right.

These terms shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of England and Wales which shall have exclusive jurisdiction over any disputes.

Questions or problems regarding this web site should be directed to me via email.

Copyright

No part of this website may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying, recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without my prior written permission, except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical reviews and certain other noncommercial uses permitted by copyright law. For permission requests, please email me.