Disclaimer and privacy policy

1. Content of this Web site

The UBA accepts no responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, quality or actuality of the content of this Web site. Any liability claims against the UBA for material or immaterial damages that arise from the use or non-use of information available on this Web site or the use of erroneous or incomplete information available on this Web site shall be excluded insofar as no culpable act of gross negligence has been committed by the UBA. Our prices are non-binding and subject to confirmation. The UBA shall be entitled to modify any aspect of this Web site and/or its content in any way it sees fit, in whole or in part, without prior notification.

Access for persons with disabilities: As prescribed by German law, this Web site has been designed in such a way as to make it accessible to persons with disabilities. This also applies to the PDF documents on this Web site, which are marked as such. Should you come across any PDFs that are not accessible to persons with disabilities (mainly applies to documents created prior to 2002), please let us know and we will send you a version that is accessible to persons with disabilities.

2. Links

The UBA shall be liable for links on this Web site that are beyond the UBA’s control only insofar as the UBA has knowledge of the content of the relevant content and it would have been reasonable and technically possible for us to forestall the use of any such content that may be illicit. The UBA thus hereby expressly states that at the time any such link was created we had no knowledge that it was associated with any illicit Web content. Inasmuch as we have no control over the current or future design, content or copyright of any linked Web page, we hereby expressly repudiate any content of any linked page that was altered after the link in question was created. This applies to all links and references on this Web site, as well as any third party entry in any guest book, forum, link compendium and/or mailing list. In the event of illicit, erroneous or incomplete content, and in particular in connection with damages arising from the use or non-use of such information, the Web site owner to which the link in question pointed shall assume liability, and not the Web site owner that provided links to such content. Third party Web sites that can be accessed via external links may not be accessible to the disabled.

The maps on this website do not entail any recognition of borders or regions under international law. By law, the proprietary geographical services and meta-data offered by the UBA are available free of charge for online use and downloading (Gesetz über den Zugang zu digitalen Geodaten). The use of geographical data and geographical data services is governed by Verordnung zur Festlegung der Nutzungsbestimmungen für die Bereitstellung von Geodaten des Bundes (GeoNutzV) of 19 March 2013 (Bundesgesetzblatt 2013 Teil I Nr. 14).

3. Disclaimer regarding copyright and trademark rights

In all publications, the UBA has made every effort to (a) respect copyright restrictions for all graphics, audio, video and text; or (b) use graphics, audio, video and text created by the UBA itself; or (c) use license-free graphics, audio, video and text. All protected marks and trademarks used on this Web site are protected by the applicable copyright laws pursuant to the intellectual property rights of their duly registered owners. The fact that registered trademarks are mentioned on this site should not be construed to mean that such trademarks are not protected by third party rights.

Any proprietary UBA element published on this Web site is protected by copyright, whose owners shall be the UBA and the UBA employees who created such element. Any reproduction or use of any such graphic, audio recording, video, or text in any other electronic or printed publication shall be prohibited without the UBA’s express permission.

4. Data privacy

Insofar as this Web site affords any user the opportunity to enter personal or business information such as their e-mail address, name, postal address, or the like, such information shall be deemed to have been provided voluntarily by such user. Insofar as reasonable and technically feasible, the use of all services offered on this Web site shall also be permitted without providing such data or if anonymized data is provided or if a pseudonym is used.

Any personal data provided by any user of this Web site on any page or document on this Web site for any purpose whatsoever shall be stored solely for the purpose of the service in question and during the term of the service in question, in compliance with German and European data privacy laws. Such data shall be deleted immediately upon expiration of such term and shall not be provided to any third party. Any processing and/or use of any personal data provided by any user of this Web site for consulting, advertising or market research purposes shall be excluded. Insofar as any user of this Web site cancels any subscription to any newsletter or press release, all personal data pertaining to such person shall be deleted from our database.
Any publication ordered from this Web site via the shopping basket thereof will be mailed by GVP Gemeinnützige Werkstätten Bonn on our behalf. Users’ stored personal data will be provided to GVP for the purpose of effecting such mailings. Apart from this, user data shall not be provided to any third party. Any processing and/or use of the personal data provided by any user of this Web site for consulting, advertising, market research or similar purposes shall be excluded.

Any third party use of any UBA contact details or the like on any page of this Web site for spam purposes shall be prohibited. We reserve the right to take legal action against any party who violates this prohibition against spamming.

5. Social networks

As we are on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, we invite you to visit our pages on these sites to obtain information concerning our activities and to interact with us. That said, we hereby expressly bring to users’ attention the fact that we have no control either over the terms of use of such services or the owners of such services. While we will diligently handle any personal data on such platforms, we cannot be held liable for any action taken by any owner of any social network site or by any third party.

We hereby expressly draw your attention to the fact that social-network owners that we use for communication purposes archive data outside of Germany and use it for commercial purposes. We have no knowledge as to the scope of such data or the term of its archiving. However, you are legally entitled to ask any such owner to allow you to view your personal data. We deliberately forego any use of the functions that allow for the tallying of Tweets and Likes on social media Web sites. In lieu of such functions, we have opted for an alternative modality whereby our Web site is not directly linked to such social media sites and any possibility that any data can be sent to any owner of any social media Web site is excluded. We solely tally the number of times a user clicks on “Like” in respect of any item on our Web site or tweets such item. We then compare these tallies with data from social media services. As these tallies are effected every ten minutes, they may be delayed. In no case do we store any user data, and in particular any user IP address.

For us the debate surrounding social media data privacy is a very serious matter. We monitor this debate as well as the audits that are conducted by the competent authorities, and continuously seek ways to improve our social media presence in keeping with data privacy laws. We recommend that users also give some thought as to which personal data they wish to disclose on social media. We also recommend that social media users regularly check the data privacy settings on such Web sites.

6. E-mails

E-mails that users send us may be subject to security vulnerabilities, by virtue of the fact that on their way to their UBA recipient they may be stopped and viewed by hackers or other seasoned Internet users. Insofar as we receive an e-mail from any user via the contact form or in any other manner, we will presume that we are entitled to respond to such e-mail using the sender’s e-mail address. Any user who has any concerns in this regard is advised to consider using postal mail or another communication modality.

Exercise care in the event you receive a suspicious e-mail. Wrongdoers often attempt to install viruses, trojans or other malware on Internet users’ computers using e-mail attachments or links, by making users anxious through references to unpaid bills or by getting users’ attention through references to dramatic events. Hence you should beware of e-mails with sensational sounding subject lines or that are of dubious origin. Delete such e-mails immediately and never click on any attachment or link in such e-mails. Bear in mind that the UBA never sends e-mail attachments with .exe or .com file-name extensions. Should you receive such an attachment in an e-mail with our name and/or address in the “From” line, notify us by phone and do not open the attachment. The UBA will never ask you by e-mail or over the phone to provide us with sensitive information such as bank details or passwords.

7. Data archiving

Each time a user accesses our Web site, a log file is stored on our Web server for data security purposes for up to 14 days. Such log files contain the following information:

  • Name of the file called.
  • Call date and time
  • Amount of data transferred
  • An indication as to whether or not the call was successful.
  • The user’s IP address, which is fully anonymized.

Such log data will be used solely to optimize our Web site and/or for statistical purposes. Any provisioning of such data to any third party for either commercial or non-commercial purposes shall be excluded. We do not merge log file data with any other stored data such as that generated when other Web sites are accessed and personal data is provided. Any direct access to any user’s IP address in any log file is not possible and will not occur. IP addresses will be evaluated only in the event of an attack on the UBA’s Internet infrastructure, any violation of the standards of common decency, or any illicit action in connection with the use of our Web site. In any such case, the IP addresses of UBA Web site users can only be obtained via a criminal investigation and your Internet provider.

8. Right to information

As a user of this Web site, under German law you are entitled to obtain information concerning the scope and nature of any data that has been stored in connection with any visit to this Web site. Such information will be provided free of charge and on request, in the interest of safeguarding your right to obtain information. Should you wish to exercise the said right to information, contact the UBA data privacy officer.

9. UBA data privacy officer

For further information on data privacy, contact the UBA data privacy officer, Udo Langhoff. 

Phone: +49-30-8903-5141

E-mail udo.langhoff[at]uba.de
Udo Langhoff is also the point of contact for UBA Web site users for purposes of enforcing such users’ rights as affected parties.

10. Validity of this disclaimer

The disclaimer herein constitutes an element of the present Web site. Insofar as any provision of the present disclaimer is or becomes legally invalid or unenforceable, the remaining provisions shall remain fully enforceable.

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