Privacy Statement

As the owner of this website I value your privacy and take the protection of your personal data seriously. I treat all your personal data as strictly confidential and according to the statutory data protection and this Privacy Statement.

When you use this website, some personal data may be collected. Personal data are data that allow for your personal identification. In this Privacy Statement I explain what kind of data I collect, what I do with them as well as how and why I collect them.

Please note that data transmission over the internet, such as when communicating via email, is not completely secure and therefore it is impossible to guarantee protection from access by third parties.

Data processing on this website is conducted by the website owner, i.e. myself (Berit Kostka). My full contact details are:

Dr. Berit Kostka
Frankensteiner Str. 44A
64342 Seeheim-Jugenheim, Germany

Phone: +49.151.47290655

The responsible authority is a natural person or legal entity, who alone or with others decides about the purposes and means for processing personal data (e.g. names, email addresses etc.).

I only collect the personal data necessary to provide you with the best user experience and full functionality of this website. The data collected include:

  • your first name
  • your last name
  • your email address
  • information about the way you use my website

Some processing activities are only possible with your express consent. You can withdraw any previously given consent at any time. For this it is sufficient to just send me an informal communication via email. The lawfulness of processing based on consent before its withdrawal remains unaffected.

Some of your data will be collected by you providing them to me, for example when you use the contact form. Other data will be collected automatically by my IT systems as soon as you visit this website. These data are technical data such as information about your browser, operating system or time of day of your visit.

I use your personal data in order to ensure that you can use the functions of this website and to answer your questions or requests. Your personal data will also be used to analyse how you use this website so that I can optimise the content and my marketing efforts.

I will always store your personal data for the duration of our business relationship. I will also keep your personal data for as long as required by law. Otherwise, I will hold your data until you opt-out or until two years after your last communication with me.

I may share your personal data with third-party suppliers to ensure the most efficient running of my business. These include providers of the following services:

  • email
  • translation software (CAT-tool)
  • accounting/CRM

Some of those suppliers are located outside of the European Economic Area, in the USA. The data protection laws there may not provide an adequate level of protecting your data. Therefore, I have taken steps to ensure the transferred personal data are appropriately secured. This includes data processing agreements and working with companies that participate in the EU-US Privacy Shield.

At any time, you have the right to request information about the source, recipient and processing purpose of your stored personal data. You also have the right to request the rectification or erasure of your personal data or to object to/restrict the processing of your personal data. Furthermore, you have the right to complain to the responsible data protection authority if you see a violation of your data protection rights. 

If you have any questions regarding your rights under the GDPR you can contact me.


Right to complaint to the responsible data protection authority

In case of data protection breaches the affected person has the right to lodge a complaint with the responsible data protection authority, in this case the Landesdatenschutzbeauftragte des Bundeslandes Hessen:

Der Hessische Datenschutzbeauftragte
Prof. Dr. Michael Ronellenfitsch
Gustav-Stresemann-Ring 1
65189 Wiesbaden

Phone: +49 – 611/14080
Fax: +49 – 611/1408-900


Right to data portability

You have the right to receive your personal data collected by me on the basis of your consent or fulfilling a contract in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format. You also have the right to request the direct transmission to a different data controller, where technically feasible.


Right to information, restriction, erasure

In accordance with the applicable legal provisions you have the right, at any time and free of charge, to receive information about your personal data, their source and recipient as well as the purpose of their processing. You also may have the right to rectification, restriction of processing and erasure of your personal data. If you have questions about this or any other aspect of the protection of your personal data you can get in touch with me using the above contact details.

Data processing agreements

Where I share your data with third-party suppliers, written agreements are in place which commit the supplier to the appropriate handling and safeguarding of your personal data (including maintaining the confidentiality of your personal data and implementing appropriate technical and organisational security measures).


SSL/TLS encryption

Additionally, this website uses SSL/TLS encryption for security reasons and to guarantee protection of confidential information during transmission, such as enquiries that you sent to me as the website owner. You can recognise an SSL-protected connection by the changing of the address line in your browser from “http://” to “https://” and by the lock symbol in your browser line. With an activated SSL/TLS encryption, your data cannot be read by any third party during transmission.


Other technical and organisational security measures

For the safeguarding of your personal data locally I implement current and appropriate technical and organisational security measures which prevent third parties from accessing my computer, apps and storage devices as well as other storage locations of documents.

When visiting my website, your browsing behaviour may be statistically analysed. This is mainly done with cookies and a so-called web analysis service.

Matomo (formerly Piwik)

This website uses Matomo, an open source web analytics service. Matomo uses so-called “cookies”, small text files, which will be downloaded to your computer und enable the analysis of your browsing behaviour on my website. For this purpose, the information created by the cookie about your use of my website will be stored on my server. The IP address will be anonymised before storage.

Matomo cookies remain on your device until you delete them.

The storage of Matomo cookies is based on Art. 6(1)(f) GDPR. The website owner has a legitimate interest in the anonymised analysis of user behaviour in order to improve online offers and advertising.

The information created by the cookie about your use of this website will not be shared with any third party. You can prevent the storage of cookies by adjusting the settings of your browser accordingly. Note, however, that in this case you may not be able to use this website to its full functionality.

If you do not agree with the storage and use of your personal data, you can deactivate the storage and use here. In this case an opt-out cookie will be placed in your browser, which prevents the storage of usage data by Matomo. If you delete your cookies, you also delete your Matomo opt-out cookie. The opt-out cookie has to be reactivated on your next visit to this website.

This website uses cookies. Cookies are small text files downloaded to your computer and stored in your browser. They do not cause damage to your computer and do not contain viruses and serve the improvement of user friendliness, efficiency and security of my service offers.

You can set your browser to inform you automatically about cookies, only allow specific cookies or cookies for specific purposes or to generally block cookies and activate the automatic erasure of cookies when closing the browser. If you deactivate cookies the functionality of this website may be limited.

Cookies needed for electronic communication will be saved in accordance with Art. 6(1)(f) GDPR. The website owner has a legitimate interest in the storage of cookies in order to ensure technically faultless and optimised provision of services. If other cookies are being stored, such as cookies for the analysis of your browsing behaviour, those will be addressed separately in the Cookie Policy.

If you send me an enquiry through the contact form on this website, your information in the form including your contact details will be stored for the purpose of processing your request and any other follow-up questions. Those data will not be shared without your consent.

The processing of the data entered into the contact form is based exclusively on your consent (Art. 6(1)(a) GDPR). You can withdraw this consent at any time. For this, an informal notice via email is sufficient, which you can simply send me as an informal notification via email. The lawfulness of the data processed before your withdrawal remains unaffected.

The personal data entered by you into the contact form remains with me until you request the erasure, withdraw your consent to their storage or the purpose for the storage of the data no longer exists (such as after the completion of your enquiry). Obligatory legal requirements – in particular retention periods – remain unaffected.

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