Information about the collection of personal data

The operator of this website takes the protection of your personal data very seriously.

Personal data is any data which can be related to you personally, such as name, address, email addresses and user behaviour (information that relates to an identifiable natural person (Art. 4(1) of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)).

The data controllers under Art. 4(7) GDPR are J. Hubertus Hofmann and Kerstin Münster, Rodheimer Str.1, 61206 Wöllstadt, (see legal notices). You can contact our data protection officer, Dr. Peter Kath at peter.kath(at) or at Hohenstein Consult, Dorfwiesenweg 11, 60439 Frankfurt am Main.

When you contact us contact us by email or through our contact form, the data you provide (your email address, possibly your name and telephone number) will be stored by us in order to answer your query. We delete any data which arises in this context once storage is no longer necessary, or we restrict processing should there be any statutory retention requirements.

We wish to point out that transferring data over the internet (e.g. when communicating by email) can carry security risks. It is not possible to completely prevent data from being accessed by third parties.

Collecting personal data

If you use the website for information purposes only, i.e. if you do not register or otherwise provide us with information, we collect only the personal data which your browser transfers to our server in accordance with your settings (server log files). To view our website, we collect only the data which is technically necessary for this and to ensure stability and security in accordance with Art. 6(1)(f) GDPR:

– Anonymised IP address

– Date and time of the request

– Time zone difference to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

– Nature of the request (specific page)

– Access status / HTTP status code

– Amount of data transferred in each case

– Website from which the request comes

– Browser

This data cannot be attributed to specific people. This data is not combined with other data sources. We reserve the right to check this data retrospectively if we become aware of specific indications of illegal use.

Contact/registration form

Where you send us enquiries using a form, to receive press information or our newsletter for instance, your details from the form, including the contact details you provide there, will be stored by us for the purpose of processing the request and in case of follow-up queries. We do not share this data without your consent. We use the so-called double opt-in system for registration, meaning your registration is only complete once you have confirmed your registration via a confirmation email sent to you for this purpose, by clicking on the link in the email. If you do not confirm within 48 hours, your registration will be automatically deleted from our database.


This site uses SSL encryption for purposes of security and to protect the transfer of confidential content, such as the enquiries you send to us as the site operator. You can recognise an encrypted connection by the fact that the address line of the browser changes from "http://" to "https://" and a padlock symbol appears in the browser address bar.

If SSL encryption is in use, the data you transfer to us cannot usually be read by third parties.

Your rights

(1) You have the following rights towards us with regard to your personal data:

  • Right to be informed,

  • Right to rectification or erasure,

  • Right to restrict processing,

  • Right to object,

  • Right to data portability.

(2) You also have the right to complain to a data protection regulatory authority about us processing your personal data.

(3) In the event of obviously unreasonable or excessive applications, we can demand an appropriate fee. Otherwise, information is made available free of charge (Art. 12(5) GDPR).

(4) In the event of reasonable doubts about the identity of the person who is asserting the above rights, we may request additional information as necessary to confirm the identity (Art. 12(6) GDPR).


In addition to the data referred to above, cookies are stored on your computer when you use our website. Cookies are small text files saved by the browser you are using and through which we (the server on our website) receive certain information. Cookies cannot run programs or transfer viruses to your computer. They help make the internet experience more user-friendly and more effective - and above all, faster. A distinction is made between session cookies (transient cookies) and permanent (persistent) cookies.

Transient cookies are deleted automatically once you close the browser. This specifically includes session cookies. These save a so-called session ID, with which various requests from your browser can be attributed to the overall session. This means your computer can be recognised whenever you return to our website. The session cookies are deleted once you log out or close the browser.

We only use session cookies. We never use persistent cookies or flash cookies.

You can set your browser so that you are notified about cookies being saved, and only allow cookies in specific cases, prevent accepting cookies in certain cases or in general, and activate automatic deletion of cookies when you close the browser. If cookies are deactivated, the functionality of this website may be restricted.

Use of Matomo

Data on this website is collected and stored using the web analysis service software Matomo (, a service provided by InnoCraft Ltd., 150 Willis St, 6011 Wellington, New Zealand, (“Matomo”). 

Pseudonymised usage profiles can be created and analysed using this data. Cookies may be used for this. Cookies are small text files stored locally in the visitor's internet browser cache. Among other things, cookies allow the internet browser to be recognised. Data collected using Matomo technology (including your pseudonymised IP address) is processed on our servers.

Information generated by the cookie in the pseudonymised user profile is not used to identify the visitor to this website personally, and is not merged with any personal data about the person being pseudonymised.

The legal basis for processing is Article 6(1)( f) GDPR.

We need the data in order:

1. To provide the content of our website to the user properly,

2. to optimize the content of our website, as well as its findability and ease of use features with regard to the website,

3. to ensure the long-term functionality of our IT systems and the technology on our website, 

4. to provide regulatory authorities with any information necessary for enforcing the law in the event of a cyber attack, as well as

5. to ensure an optimal level of protection for the personal data we process. Data in the server log files is stored separately from any personal data provided by a data subject.

Etiscan has a legitimate interest in processing the personal data of the users of this website arising from the purposes above. The legal basis is the freedom to do business, the general freedom of trade and the freedom to conduct a business (Art. 12(1.2) and (1.14) of the German Civil Code and Article 16 of the European Charter of Fundamental Rights). 

It corresponds to the reasonable expectation of users that the owner of a website which has been created and is maintained with considerable effort in the interests of Etiscan and its customers, as well as the users of the website, may collect data about visitors in order to use them for the purposes stated.

There is nothing to suggest that the interests or fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject, which require the protection of personal data, take precedence.

If you do not agree with the data from your visit being stored and analysed, you may object to storage and use at any time with a click of the mouse. In this case, a so-called opt-out cookie is stored in your browser, which means that Matomo will not collect any session data. Please note that total deletion of your cookies means the opt-out cookie will also be deleted, and you may have to reactivate it.

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