Privacy Policy

Scope of Validity

This Privacy Policy informs the user of the nature, scale and purpose of the collection and usage of personal data by the responsible Operator PPI AG, Moorfuhrtweg 13, 22301 Hamburg (Germany), Telefone: +49 40 227433-0, E-Mail: on this website (hereinafter referred to as the “Service”).

The legal basis of Data Protection can be found in the Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) and the German Teleservices Act (TMG).

Access data/ server log files

The Operator (including its Webspace provider) collects data each time the Service is accessed (in what are known as server log files). The access data includes:

Name of the website accessed, downloaded files, date and time of visit, data volume transferred, notification of the successful access request, browser software ID and version, the user’s operating system, referer URL (the last page visited), IP address and the requesting provider.

The Operator can only use these records in statistical analysis for business purposes, security and optimisation of the Service. The Operator nevertheless reserves the right to retrospectively access the log files if there are concrete grounds for suspecting unlawful usage of the Service.

Handling of personal data

Personal data is information which reveals the identity of its referent, i.e. data which can be traced back to an individual. This not only includes names, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers, but also information pertaining to personal preferences, hobbies, memberships to organisations and Internet browsing habits.

Personal data is only then collected by the Operator where it is permissible by law or where the user gives his/her consent to the data collection.


If the user contacts the Operator (e.g. by a contact form or e-mail), the user’s information may be stored in order to process a request or in case any follow-up queries arise.

Comments and contributions

If users submit comments or other contributions to the blog, their IP addresses may be saved. This is a security measure for the Operator in case the user submits unlawful content in comments or contributions (threatening abuse, unlawful political propaganda etc.). In the case of unlawful content being posted, the Operator can be liable to prosecution. The Operator would therefore require access to the identities of these contributors.

Comment subscriptions

Comments can be subscribed to by users. The user will receive a confirmation e-mail to ensure s/he is the holder of the specified e-mail address. Users can cancel ongoing comment subscriptions at any time. The confirmation e-mail contains information on how to do this.


Cookies are small files which allow the web service to store device-specific information on the user’s device (PC, smartphone or similar). They facilitate the user-friendliness of websites and for users (e.g. saved login information), but they also serve to record website usage statistics and allow the Operator to analyse this data to improve the Service. Users are able to change their cookies settings. Most browsers have an option which can limit or block the storage of cookies. it should, however, be noted that usage and particularly user-friendliness will also be limited without cookies enabled.

The cookies stored on your system from other companies can be managed at the American site or the EU version

Social plug-ins from Facebook

We use social plug-ins from, operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA. The plug-ins can be recognized by way of the Facebook logo or the supplement “Facebook Social Plug-in”. For example, if you click on the “Like” button or leave a comment, the relevant information is transmitted directly from your browser to Facebook and stored there. Furthermore, Facebook makes your likes public for your Facebook friends. If you are logged into Facebook, it can assign the invocation of our page directly to your Facebook account. Even if you are not logged in or don’t have a Facebook account, your browser sends information (e.g. which web pages you have called up, your IP address) which is then stored by Facebook. For details about handling of your personal data by Facebook and your related rights, please refer to the data privacy policy of Facebook: If you do not want Facebook to map data collected about you via our Web sites to your Facebook account, you must log out of Facebook before you visit our web pages.

+1 button from Google+

The Service utilises the Google Plus “+1″ plugin, which is managed by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, United States (“Google”). The plugin can be recognised from the “+1″ symbol on a white or coloured background.

If a user loads a page in this Service containing the plugin, the browser establishes a direct connection to the Google servers. Content made available via the “+1″ button is transferred directly from Google to your browser and is integrated into the website from there. The Operator therefore has no control over the amount of data Google collects with the plugin. According to Google, no personal information will be collected unless the user clicks the button. Personal data, including IP addresses will only be collected from logged-in members.

For further information on the scale and purpose of data collection, data processing and further use of your information, as well as your respective rights and settings options for privacy protection, users can consult Google’s privacy policy concerning “+1″ button: and the FAQ:

Social plug-ins from Twitter

With Twitter and its Retweet functions, we use social plug-ins from, operated by Twitter Inc. 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107. If you use Retweet, the websites visited by you are announced to third parties and associated with your Twitter account. Details about handling of your data by Twitter as well as your rights and setting options for protecting your personal information can be found in Twitter’s data privacy policy:

XING share button

The XING share button is also used on this website. While loading this website, a connection will temporarily be made via your browser to XING AG, which provides the XING share button features (the evaluation and counter value displayer functions in particular). XING does not store any personal data from you when loading this website. IP addresses in particular are not saved by XING. They also do not carry out any analysis of your browsing habits by using cookies in conjunction with the XING share-button.

For the latest information on data protection concerning the XING share-button and other information visit this website.


According to the Federal Data Protection Act, you have a right to free-of-charge information about your stored data, and possibly entitlement to correction, blocking or deletion of such data. Inquiries can be directed to the following e-mail addresses: