The Foundation

“Weltkultur Stiftung” (Worldculture Foundation) is a non-legal, non-profit foundation under civil law.

The foundation pursues exclusively and directly non-profit purposes within the meaning of the “tax beneficiary purpose” of the duties regulation of Germany.

The purpose of the foundation is the promotion of art and culture, as well as the introduction to a cosmopolitan spirit of tolerance in all areas of culture and international understanding.

The purpose of the statutes is met by supporting film projects, as well as through events and other projects that promote knowledge about the world’s cultural heritage.

The Foundation is self-serving and does not primarily pursue economic purposes.

In cooperation with Media Policy Center, a California-based, not-for-profit organization www.mediapolicycenter.org

Donations in the US:

Bank of America
1430 Wilshire Bvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90407
Account # 325 060 2482 86
ACH Routing 121 000 358
c/o Media Policy Center “World Culture”

Donations in Germany:

Kreissparkasse München Starnberg Ebersberg
IBAN: DE 98 7025 0150 0028 2629 21
Konto Nr: 28 26 29 21
BIC: BYLANDEM1KMS

In a world increasingly threatened to succumb to intolerance, hate and violence and where the gap between cultures continuously widens, we feel compelled to get involved. This we do in a matter we are familiar with, through a medium which we have mastered: Film reaches world-wide audiences and has a fundamental impact on people – regardless of cultural origin, creed or colour. And as a product, film is immensely sustainable. This is our conviction.

Our projects will attempt to prove that peaceful coexistence among cultures and religions is not only possible but most desirable by people. This is what became evident while visiting indigenous people all over the globe. In this context we equally strive to preserve and protect their holy sites of worship.

In more than 50 years as a filmmaker, over 30 of these in the USA, I was fortunate enough to travel to almost every corner of our planet. I got to know many formidable personalities, most memorable His Holiness the Dalai Lama. They all left strong impressions, but in the end, it were the ordinary people, the “protagonists” of our films, who lingered in one’s mind. Probably because it was always tugging on one’s heartstrings when the film team moved on at the end of a shooting, leaving behind people of the mainly indigenous populations, quite often the misfortunate ones. From this, over time, the idea evolved to create something more sustainable beyond the film. The opportunity arose after the devastating earthquake in Nepal in April 2015. Fortunately, before the earthquake, we had filmed an episode of our 3D documentary, “Legacy of Gods” (www.legacyofgodsthemovie.com), which, though unforseen, produced an unrecoverable visual document of Kathmandu.

At that point, the need for emergency aid was obvious which, shortly after, could be put into effect in form of a small self-help project.

We want to pursue the concept of self-help based on the principles of Swiss UN -Development expert and geologist Dr. Toni Hagen (1917-2003) whose rescue of Tibetan refugees after the Chinese Invasion of Tibet in 1950 made him a legend.  I had the privilege to make a film about Dr. Hagen’s achievments under the auspices of Birendra, King of Nepal and the cooperation of H.H. the Dalai Lama . Accordingly, at each filming location we visit or already have have visited, a self-help project, adapted to the local needs, will be put into action. In Guatemala, it will be wor kshops for juvenile descendants of the Maya, teaching them to exploit their unique heritage more economically. An equivalent project is planned for the indigenous Aymara population of northern Chile. In the northeastern uplands of Ethiopia wells are urgently needed. Here, too, simple methods of self-help can be conveyed to the villagers. Similar projects are planned in Morocco, Jordan, Iran and Israel.

All relief measures are selected according to urgency and priority. The planning is carried out in close cooperation with the embassies of the countries concerned and with our contacts and staff on the ground.

In order to finance these help projects, the proceeds from the commercial, worldwide marketing and licensing of the films produced by Worldculture Foundation and its partners are to be used. Thus, the circle will be closed. The product film becomes an instrument of sustainability.

The financing of the film projects, in turn, is made by your contribution.

100% transparency of the approppropriated funds is guaranteed and the status of a given project closely monitored.  Progress will be regularily posted on our internet platform, in our social-media presence and through newsletters to our donors.

We are grateful for your contribution. Together we will be strong enough to reach our goal.

Sincerely yours,
Jochen Breitenstein

„Once as now, religion is abused as a means of power. Often in a brutal and increasingly bloody way. It is thus all the more imperative to counteract this horrendous escalation and to show religions and their cultic places as an irreplaceable heritage of mankind and, above all, as a connecting element between peoples and peoples. This is what LEGACY OF GODS intends to do: counteract the negative headlines, into which religion always comes again by misleading fanatics, false zealots and insane despots, and instead showing the positive, the human being – through the magic of the cultic places, the supreme glory of its buildings and The reverence that they generate among men and bring them closer together – even those to whom faith is alien.“

Thomas Winzker, Screen Writer

The Projects

Get to know our projects.
All filmed at major UNESCO World Heritage sites!

All photos © Philipp Weber-Bertram, weber-bertram.com


A stirring documentary, filmed in brilliant 3D

All over the globe we find sites of worship, testimony to human reverence – the bow before a Creator.

Ancient churches, carved out of a mountainside, mystical pyramids in the jungle, sublime mosques, stirring celebrations honouring the Blessed Virgin, arcane cremation ceremonies, a monastery in the Himalayas, an awesome necropolis in the desert, temples of the fire people and finally the eternal City of David…all tantalizing objects for our 3D cameras, capturing images and impressions rarely achieved in documentaries.

Yet it’s actually the people that inspire our imagination – indigenous people on four continents at 8 different locations, thousands of miles apart from each other. Eight captivating stories celebrating the ingenuity and resilience of the human spirit. Eight anecdotes of faith, hope, hardship and dreams, showing us that peaceful coexistence among cultures and religions indeed can and will prevail. Because everything that seems to divide us from one another in the end will unite us.

Previous contributions have made it possible to already complete one third of principal photography on locations in Chile, Guatemala and Nepal – fortunately prior to the devastating earthquake that cost so many lives and destroyed so much of the country.

Your contribution will help us to continue our quest. Together we will be able to achieve something remarkable.

Of course this project, too, will adhere to our principles of sustainability.

If desired, an individual mentioning will appear in the credits of the film. And at the premiere a special seat will be reserved for you.

Detailed information about the project you will find here:

www.legacyofgodsthemovie.com


Thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely yours,
Stefan Fricke, Project Director

Donations in the US:

Bank of America
1430 Wilshire Bvd., Santa Monica, CA 90407
Account # 325 060 2482 86
ACH Routing 121 000 358
c/o Media Policy Center “World Culture”

Donations in Germany:

Kreissparkasse München Starnberg Ebersberg
IBAN: DE 98 7025 0150 0028 2629 21
Konto Nr: 28 26 29 21
BIC: BYLANDEM1KMS

A documentary


All photos © Philipp Weber-Bertram, weber-bertram.com


Omar López, Architect and City Curator says: „Approximately 40 beautiful buildings die every year before our very eyes. An irretrievable loss! Helplessly, we have to witness the decay. But we are hopeful that we will eventually save the most precious treasures with international help.”

Santiago de Cuba, second largest city of the island, was founded in 1512 by the Spanish Conquistador Diego Velázquez and for many years was the largest base of the Spanish Armada in the Caribbean. Spaniards, French Settlers and Slaves from West Africa dictated the life in Santiago. In 1862 the Spanish Bacardi Family founded the world’s best-known rum distillery. In 1898, the Spanish-American war ended Spain’s colonial rule.

The city looks back on a truly remarkable past, but also has a big problem: since January 1st 1959 – the victory of the revolution – the wheels in Santiago have stood still. Owners of the grand villas were dispossessed, many left the country. Under the new regime, the tenants neither had the money nor the potential to maintain these beautiful old buildings. Since the roofs were not repaired, the walls were soaked with water in the rainy season, causing them to bust during the next heat spell. The destructive mechanism continues and is all but unstoppable if intensive measures are not taken.

Our film will show Santiago de Cuba in its unique splendor, but it will also address the threatening decay. Here, too, we will attempt to set a signal. We will endeavor to convey that it is paramount to protect and preserve the cultural heritage of our planet. And the meaning of sustainability will once again be truly demonstrated. Finally, net profits from the world-wide marketing and exploitation of the film will benefit Señor López and his team, supporting him in his fight to save his beautiful city from further decay.

Please be generous in your support. Together we will create something truly rewarding. If desired, the donor will prominently appear in the credits of the film. And at the premiere of “Cuba’s decaying Splendor”, a special seat will be reserved.

Thank you, sincerely yours
Dr. Manfred Boelk, Project Director

Donations in the US:

Bank of America
1430 Wilshire Bvd., Santa Monica, CA 90407
Account # 325 060 2482 86
ACH Routing 121 000 358
c/o Media Policy Center “World Culture”

Donations in Germany:

Kreissparkasse München Starnberg Ebersberg
IBAN: DE 98 7025 0150 0028 2629 21
Konto Nr: 28 26 29 21
BIC: BYLANDEM1KMS

The devoted life of the Buddhist Nun Ani Choying Drolma

Further information through Nun’s Welfare – Foundation of Nepal and Aarogya Foundation

In Development

Donations in the US:

Bank of America
1430 Wilshire Bvd., Santa Monica, CA 90407
Account # 325 060 2482 86
ACH Routing 121 000 358
c/o Media Policy Center “World Culture”

Donations in Germany:

Kreissparkasse München Starnberg Ebersberg
IBAN: DE 98 7025 0150 0028 2629 21
Konto Nr: 28 26 29 21
BIC: BYLANDEM1KMS

„Music is an important element of any film: It supports the narrative, adds emotion to the visuals and propels the story, carrying the audience with it. Legacy of the Gods is an an epic project with epic subjects and it will require epic music. Music that not only fulfils the above criteria but takes viewers back to past times and truly involves them in their journey through history.“

Nic Raine, Composer

The Partners

Dale Bell and Harry Wiland

After more than 35 years as producers and directors for PBS Public Television, ABC, NBC, A&E und The Discovery Channel, in 2002 Dale Bell und Harry Wiland founded Media Policy Center.

Located in Santa Monica, California, MPC, a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization, dedicates itself to a wide spectrum of themes, covering political as well socio-economic topics. Of special concern is social justice, the environment and applied sustainability.
Both Dale and Harry are members of the Directors Guild of America as well as the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. For his Film „Woodstock“, Dale Bell was awarded an Oscar. Over time their individual work was awarded with a total of 15 Emmys, a Peabody and numerous other accolades.

www.mediapolicycenter.org

The Team

Jochen Breitenstein

Producer and Founder

His professional carrier began 1965 at a Public Broadcast station in Karlsruhe, Germany. In 1965 he took on a position at PPS, the American Public Broadcasting System. This was followed by five years at the University of Maryland at Baltimore, where he headed the in- house production unit as film director. Subsequently, he moved to Hollywood, California, where he worked as a writer, producer and director for over 25 years. The focus of his work was, once again, in the documentary field mainly on international, historical and socio critical subject matters. Gradually, his field of activity shifted back to Europe, especially to Germany, where he continues his work as writer and producer. Experiences and incidents encountered during his work on five continents finally led to founding Worldculture Foundation in 2015.

Stefan Fricke

Project Director and Controller

Stefan Fricke is well qualified to oversee the foundation’s individual projects as well as their finances. His experience was gained on international productions on all five continents. The total number of his projects, produced mainly under the “cinema 88” – label, amounts to 280.

Dr. med. Manfred Boelk

Project Director

Trained as a physician and psychologist, Dr. Boelk early on felt a penchant for writing. The fact that this talent was also professionally implementable was proved by the first script which was actually accepted by a broadcaster. His love for Latin American countries was fueled while shooting a film on the Samba Schools of Rio de Janeiro. In 1994, during the lengthy preparations for a film about the world-famous Tropicana in Havana, he developed a special relationship with Cuba and its endearing people. On a round trip of the island that also took him to Santiago de Cuba, he became aware of the seemingly unstoppable decay of so many monuments of this traditional city. The idea for a support program was thus born.

Dr. Boelk still produces films on various medical subject matters, which regularly reach high audience ratings and viewing figures on television.

Prof. Dr. Susanne von der Heide

Project Consultant

Dr. v.d. Heide is a trained cultural scientist and conservationist. Among others, she works for the World Heritage department of UNESCO in Paris where she edits a series of books, entitled “World Culture and National Heritage Sites”. Furthermore, she is the director of HimalAsia Foundation, active mainly in the Himalaya region of Southern -and Central Asia. She is also an accomplished film director with five films about the Himalaya region to her credit. She lives and works in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Maximilian Laufer

3D Producer and Creative Consultant

After his studies in Film- and Television Production, “Max” spezialised in the production and coordination of Stereo 3D projects. Among others, he produced documentaries, music videos and commercials for such organizations as Austria’s Servus TV, German broadcaster ZDF and Mercedes Benz. Currently, he also working in the field of Virtual Reality and 360° film.

Furthermore, Laufer’s agency www.designmeetsmotion.com supports Worldculture Foundation’s Social Media Marketing efforts.

Gallery

Photos of the shooting in Chile, Guatemala and Nepal

All photos © Philipp Weber-Bertram, weber-bertram.com

News

Christmas Greetings

Dear friends, attached please find the Season's Greetings of our partner Dale Bell and the Media Policy Center Foundation in California.

Read More

Speech of the Pope

With this speach, the Pope has spoken from our hearts, once again strengthening our resolve and confirming our mission. We are certain that you too, will be touched by his appeal.  

Read More

Media Policy Center is new Partner

We are proud and happy to be able to announce our partnership with Media Policy Center of Los Angeles. After long carriers in Public Television, Dale Bell and Harry Wiland founded this…

Read More

Contact

Worldculture Foundation/Weltkultur Stiftung
Clemenstr. 1
80803 München
+49 (0)89 38 39 47-0

contact@worldculture.foundation

Worldculture Foundation [Weltkultur Stiftung]

Unincorporated, non-profit civil law foundation.

Trustee:

Kretzschmar & Partner mbB
Public audit firm [Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft]
Tax consultancy firm [Steuerberatungsgesellschaft]
Clemensstraße 1
80803 Munich, Germany

Telephone: +49-89-38 39 47-0
Fax: +49-89-38 39 47-47
Email: info@kretzschmar-partner.com
Homepage: www.kretzschmar-partner.com
VAT ID No. DE 180829164
Munich Municipal Court PR 26

Partners:

Dipl. Kfm. (Univ.) Dipl. Jur. (Univ.)
Thomas R. Kretzschmar
Wirtschaftsprüfer, Steuerberater
Fachberater für internationales Steuerrecht

Dipl. Jur. (Univ.)
Oliver Henry
Rechtsanwalt

Information:

Kretzschmar & Partner mbB has been an accredited audit and tax consultancy firm since 1 July, 1996 and has been registered in the Partnership Register of Munich Municipal Court PR 26 since 12 December 1996.
The statutory professional title audit and tax consultancy firm was conferred in the Federal Republic of Germany.
The extension “mbB” stands for “mit beschränkter Berufshaftung” and means limited liability partnership according to § 8 of the German PartGG.

The professional bodies and supervisory authorities to which Kretzschmar & Partner mbB is subject are as follows:

The supervisory authority is the Chamber of Public Auditors [Wirtschaftsprüferkammer].
Public corporation
Wirtschaftsprüferhaus
Rauchstraße 26
10787 Berlin

Telephone: +49-30-72 61 61-0
Fax: +49-30-72 61 61-228

E-Mail: admin@wpk.de
Homepage: www.wpk.de

Public auditors/sworn auditors are essentially subject to the following professional regulations:

Directive 2006/43/EC of the European Parliament and the Council dated 17
May 2006 (Statutory Auditor Directive)
Recommendation of the EU Commission of 6 May 2008 on external quality assurance for statutory auditors and auditors auditing public interest entities
Recommendation of the EU Commission of 5 June 2008 concerning the limitation of the civil law liability of statutory auditors and audit firms
Public Auditors Ordinance [Wirtschaftsprüferordnung] (WPO)
Regulation of the Examination of Public Auditors (WPAnrV)
Statute regulating the profession of public auditors/sworn auditors
Quality control statute
Seal Ordinance
Public auditors’ professional indemnity insurance regulation [Wirtschaftsprüferberufshaftpflichtversicherungsordnung]
The professional regulations may be viewed on the website of the Chamber of Public Auditors (www.wpk.de) under Service/Legal provisions as amended from time to time.

The supervisory authority is the Munich Chamber of Tax Consultants [Steuerberaterkammer München].

Public corporation
Nederlinger Straße 9
80638 München

Telephone: +49-89-15 79 02-0
Fax: +49-89-15 79 02-19

E-Mail: info@stbk-muc.de
Homepage: www.stbk-muc.de

Tax consultants are essentially subject to the following professional regulations:

Tax Consultancy Act [Steuerberatungsgesetz] (StBerG)
Regulation on implementing the requirements governing tax consultants, tax agents and tax consultancy firms
Professional Code of Conduct of the federal chamber of tax consultants
Specialist consultant regulation
Regulation of the scale of fees for tax consultants
Law on the Remuneration of Lawyers
The professional regulations can be downloaded from the website of the Federal Chamber of Tax Consultants [Bundessteuerberaterkammer] (www.bstbk.de).

All Kretzschmar & Partner mbB partners are subject to the aforementioned professional regulations and are members of the relevant professional bodies.

For partners who are admitted as lawyers under German law, they are also subject to the German Law Society [Rechtsanwaltskammer] as competent professional body and supervisory authority.

The supervisory authority is the Law Society [Rechtsanwaltskammer] for the Munich Higher Regional Court District.
Tal 33
80331 München

Telephone: +49-89-53 29 44-0
Fax: +49-89-53 29 44-28

E-Mail: info@rak-muenchen.de
Homepage: www.rak-muenchen.de

Lawyers are essentially subject to the following professional regulations:

Federal Lawyers Act [Bundesrechtsanwaltsordnung]
Professional Code of Conduct for Lawyers
Regulation for Specialist Lawyers [Fachanwaltsverordnung]
Law on the Remuneration of Lawyers
Professional rules of lawyers of the European Union
The professional regulations may be downloaded from the website of the German Law Society [Bundesrechtsanwaltskammer] (www.brak.de).

Mandatory information pursuant to §§ 1 to 3 Regulation on Service Reporting Obligations

There is professional liability insurance with Versicherergemeinschaft für das wirtschaftliche Prüfungs- und Treuhandwesen [insurer for financial auditing and trusts], Dotzheimer Str. 23, 65185 Wiesbaden. The insurance coverage, in particular with regard to the geographical scope of application, meets at least the requirements of § 67 Tax Consultancy Act (StBerG), §§ 51 ff. Regulation on implementing the requirements governing tax consultants, tax agents and tax consultancy firms (DvStB), § 54 Public Auditors Ordinance (WPO) in conjunction with the Regulation on the professional liability insurance of public auditors and sworn auditors (WPBHV).

Non-profit status

The non-profit status for tax purpose is officially recognised by the Tax Office [Finanzamt] Miesbach, Postfach 302, 83711 Miesbach with assessment notice of 24. September 2015.

Dispute resolution

The European Commission provides a platform for online dispute resolution (OS): https://ec.europa.eu/consumers/odr.
Please find our email in the impressum/legal notice.

We do not take part in online dispute resolutions at consumer arbitration boards.

Liability for Contents

As service providers, we are liable for own contents of these websites according to Sec. 7, paragraph 1 German Telemedia Act (TMG). However, according to Sec. 8 to 10 German Telemedia Act (TMG), service providers are not obligated to permanently monitor submitted or stored information or to search for evidences that indicate illegal activities.

Legal obligations to removing information or to blocking the use of information remain unchallenged. In this case, liability is only possible at the time of knowledge about a specific violation of law. Illegal contents will be removed immediately at the time we get knowledge of them.

Liability for Links

Our offer includes links to external third party websites. We have no influence on the contents of those websites, therefore we cannot guarantee for those contents. Providers or administrators of linked websites are always responsible for their own contents.

The linked websites had been checked for possible violations of law at the time of the establishment of the link. Illegal contents were not detected at the time of the linking. A permanent monitoring of the contents of linked websites cannot be imposed without reasonable indications that there has been a violation of law. Illegal links will be removed immediately at the time we get knowledge of them.

Copyright

Contents and compilations published on these websites by the providers are subject to German copyright laws. Reproduction, editing, distribution as well as the use of any kind outside the scope of the copyright law require a written permission of the author or originator. Downloads and copies of these websites are permitted for private use only.
The commercial use of our contents without permission of the originator is prohibited.

Copyright laws of third parties are respected as long as the contents on these websites do not originate from the provider. Contributions of third parties on this site are indicated as such. However, if you notice any violations of copyright law, please inform us. Such contents will be removed immediately.

Concept & Design

www.cagefish.com

1. An overview of data protection

General

The following gives a simple overview of what happens to your personal information when you visit our website. Personal information is any data with which you could be personally identified. Detailed information on the subject of data protection can be found in our privacy policy found below.

Data collection on our website

Who is responsible for the data collection on this website?

The data collected on this website are processed by the website operator. The operator’s contact details can be found in the website’s required legal notice.

How do we collect your data?

Some data are collected when you provide it to us. This could, for example, be data you enter on a contact form.

Other data are collected automatically by our IT systems when you visit the website. These data are primarily technical data such as the browser and operating system you are using or when you accessed the page. These data are collected automatically as soon as you enter our website.

What do we use your data for?

Part of the data is collected to ensure the proper functioning of the website. Other data can be used to analyze how visitors use the site.

What rights do you have regarding your data?

You always have the right to request information about your stored data, its origin, its recipients, and the purpose of its collection at no charge. You also have the right to request that it be corrected, blocked, or deleted. You can contact us at any time using the address given in the legal notice if you have further questions about the issue of privacy and data protection. You may also, of course, file a complaint with the competent regulatory authorities.

2. General information and mandatory information

Data protection

The operators of this website take the protection of your personal data very seriously. We treat your personal data as confidential and in accordance with the statutory data protection regulations and this privacy policy.

If you use this website, various pieces of personal data will be collected. Personal information is any data with which you could be personally identified. This privacy policy explains what information we collect and what we use it for. It also explains how and for what purpose this happens.

Please note that data transmitted via the internet (e.g. via email communication) may be subject to security breaches. Complete protection of your data from third-party access is not possible.

Notice concerning the party responsible for this website

The party responsible for processing data on this website is:

Kretzschmar & Partner mbB
Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft. Steuerberatungsgesellschaft.
Clemensstr. 1
80803 München

Telephone: +49-89-38 39 47-0
Email: info@kretzschmar-partner.com

The responsible party is the natural or legal person who alone or jointly with others decides on the purposes and means of processing personal data (names, email addresses, etc.).

Revocation of your consent to the processing of your data

Many data processing operations are only possible with your express consent. You may revoke your consent at any time with future effect. An informal email making this request is sufficient. The data processed before we receive your request may still be legally processed.

Right to file complaints with regulatory authorities

If there has been a breach of data protection legislation, the person affected may file a complaint with the competent regulatory authorities. The competent regulatory authority for matters related to data protection legislation is the data protection officer of the German state in which our company is headquartered. A list of data protection officers and their contact details can be found at the following link: https://www.bfdi.bund.de/DE/Infothek/Anschriften_Links/anschriften_links-node.html.

Right to data portability

You have the right to have data which we process based on your consent or in fulfillment of a contract automatically delivered to yourself or to a third party in a standard, machine-readable format. If you require the direct transfer of data to another responsible party, this will only be done to the extent technically feasible.

Information, blocking, deletion

As permitted by law, you have the right to be provided at any time with information free of charge about any of your personal data that is stored as well as its origin, the recipient and the purpose for which it has been processed. You also have the right to have this data corrected, blocked or deleted. You can contact us at any time using the address given in our legal notice if you have further questions on the topic of personal data.

Opposition to promotional emails

We hereby expressly prohibit the use of contact data published in the context of website legal notice requirements with regard to sending promotional and informational materials not expressly requested. The website operator reserves the right to take specific legal action if unsolicited advertising material, such as email spam, is received.

3. Data collection on our website

Cookies

Some of our web pages use cookies. Cookies do not harm your computer and do not contain any viruses. Cookies help make our website more user-friendly, efficient, and secure. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer and saved by your browser.

Most of the cookies we use are so-called “session cookies.” They are automatically deleted after your visit. Other cookies remain in your device’s memory until you delete them. These cookies make it possible to recognize your browser when you next visit the site.

You can configure your browser to inform you about the use of cookies so that you can decide on a case-by-case basis whether to accept or reject a cookie. Alternatively, your browser can be configured to automatically accept cookies under certain conditions or to always reject them, or to automatically delete cookies when closing your browser. Disabling cookies may limit the functionality of this website.

Cookies which are necessary to allow electronic communications or to provide certain functions you wish to use (such as the shopping cart) are stored pursuant to Art. 6 paragraph 1, letter f of DSGVO. The website operator has a legitimate interest in the storage of cookies to ensure an optimized service provided free of technical errors. If other cookies (such as those used to analyze your surfing behavior) are also stored, they will be treated separately in this privacy policy.

Server log files

The website provider automatically collects and stores information that your browser automatically transmits to us in “server log files”. These are:

  • Browser type and browser version
  • Operating system used
  • Referrer URL
  • Host name of the accessing computer
  • Time of the server request
  • IP address

These data will not be combined with data from other sources.

The basis for data processing is Art. 6 (1) (f) DSGVO, which allows the processing of data to fulfill a contract or for measures preliminary to a contract.

4. Social media

Facebook plugins (Like & Share buttons)

Our website includes plugins for the social network Facebook, Facebook Inc., 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, California 94025, USA. The Facebook plugins can be recognized by the Facebook logo or the Like button on our site. For an overview of Facebook plugins, see https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/.

When you visit our site, a direct connection between your browser and the Facebook server is established via the plugin. This enables Facebook to receive information that you have visited our site from your IP address. If you click on the Facebook “Like button” while you are logged into your Facebook account, you can link the content of our site to your Facebook profile. This allows Facebook to associate visits to our site with your user account. Please note that, as the operator of this site, we have no knowledge of the content of the data transmitted to Facebook or of how Facebook uses these data. For more information, please see Facebook’s privacy policy at https://de-de.facebook.com/policy.php.

If you do not want Facebook to associate your visit to our site with your Facebook account, please log out of your Facebook account.

Twitter plugin

Functions of the Twitter service have been integrated into our website and app. These features are offered by Twitter Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. When you use Twitter and the “Retweet” function, the websites you visit are connected to your Twitter account and made known to other users. In doing so, data will also be transferred to Twitter. We would like to point out that, as the provider of these pages, we have no knowledge of the content of the data transmitted or how it will be used by Twitter. For more information on Twitter’s privacy policy, please go to https://twitter.com/privacy.

Your privacy preferences with Twitter can be modified in your account settings at https://twitter.com/account/settings.

Google+ plugin

Our pages use Google+ functions. It is operated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

Collection and disclosure of information: Using the Google +1 button allows you to publish information worldwide. By means of the Google+ button, you and other users can receive custom content from Google and our partners. Google stores both the fact that you have +1’d a piece of content and information about the page you were viewing when you clicked +1. Your +1 can be displayed together with your profile name and photo in Google services, for example in search results or in your Google profile, or in other places on websites and advertisements on the Internet.

Google records information about your +1 activities to improve Google services for you and others. To use the Google + button, you need a globally visible, public Google profile that must contain at least the name chosen for the profile. This name is used by all Google services. In some cases, this name may also replace a different name that you have used to share content via your Google account. The identity of your Google profile can be shown to users who know your email address or other information that can identify you.

Use of collected data: In addition to the uses mentioned above, the information you provide is used in accordance with the applicable Google data protection policies. Google may publish summary statistics about users’ +1 activity or share it with users and partners, such as publishers, advertisers, or affiliate websites.

Instagram plugin

Our website contains functions of the Instagram service. These functions are offered by Instagram Inc., 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA.

If you are logged into your Instagram account, you can click the Instagram button to link the content of our pages with your Instagram profile. This means that Instagram can associate visits to our pages with your user account. As the provider of this website, we expressly point out that we receive no information on the content of the transmitted data or its use by Instagram.

For more information, see the Instagram Privacy Policy: https://instagram.com/about/legal/privacy/.

LinkedIn plugin

Our site uses functions from the LinkedIn network. The service is provided by LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

Each time one of our pages containing LinkedIn features is accessed, your browser establishes a direct connection to the LinkedIn servers. LinkedIn is informed that you have visited our web pages from your IP address. If you use the LinkedIn “Recommend” button and are logged into your LinkedIn account, it is possible for LinkedIn to associate your visit to our website to your user account. We would like to point out that, as the provider of these pages, we have no knowledge of the content of the data transmitted or how it will be used by LinkedIn.

More information can be found in the LinkedIn privacy policy at https://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy.

XING Plugin

Our website uses features provided by the XING network. The provider is XING AG, Dammtorstraße 29-32, 20354 Hamburg, Germany.

Each time one of our pages containing XING features is accessed, your browser establishes a direct connection to the XING servers. To the best of our knowledge, no personal data is stored in the process. In particular, no IP addresses are stored nor is usage behavior evaluated.

For more information about data protection and the XING Share button, please see the XING privacy policy at https://www.xing.com/app/share?op=data_protection.

Pinterest plugin

Our website contains functions of the Pinterest social network, operated by Pinterest Inc., 635 High Street, Palo Alto, CA, 94301, USA.

When you visit a page containing the Pinterest social plugin, your browser establishes a direct connection to the Pinterest servers. The plugin transmits this log data to Pinterest servers in the United States. This log data may include your IP address, the address of the websites visited, which also includes Pinterest features, browser type and settings, the date and time of the request, how you use Pinterest, and cookies.

More information about the purpose, scope and further processing and use of data by Pinterest, as well as your rights and options to protect your privacy, can be found in the privacy notices of Pinterest: https://about.pinterest.com/de/privacy-policy.