Privacy Policy

Protection of Your Personal Data

The protection of your personal data is a matter of major importance for us.

Personal data encompass the specific information about the personal or material circumstances of an identified or identifiable natural person. They include such information as the person's name, address, telephone number and date of birth. Since these data are the subject of special protection, we collect them only to the extent that is technically necessary.

In the following, we meet our obligation to explain to you what information is recorded when your visit our internet site and how this information is subsequently used. Our data protection practices are in conformity with the provisions of the Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) and the Telemedia Act (TMG)..

We will collect, process and store your personal data solely and exclusively as needed for the processing of queries and, as appropriate, the handling of orders/contracts. Only if you have separately given your consent in advance will your data be used for more extensive purposes (e.g. for the dissemination of information about offers in newsletters, etc.) and solely for the purposes stipulated expressly in your consent declaration.

The responsible party within the sense of Section 13 (1) TMG and the responsible party with the sense of privacy law is

HAMBURG BUSINESS CENTER im Hanse-Viertel GmbH
Poststrasse 33
20354 Hamburg

Phone: 040 / 350 85 85
Fax: 040 / 350 85 80

Email: office@hbc.de

Fully Authorised Managing Director: Jochen Ruttkamp


It is generally possible to use out website without revealing any personal data. Whenever personal data (e.g. name, address or email addresses) are collected on our site, the collection will, to the extent possible, always be on a voluntary basis. Data will not be forwarded to third parties without your express consent.

We want to point out that data transmission on the internet (e.g. email communication) may have security gaps. Seamless protection of the data from third-party access is not possible.

We hereby expressly object to the utilisation by third parties of the contact data we have disclosed pursuant to our legal obligations for the purpose of sending advertising and information materials that have not been expressly requested. The site operator expressly reserves the right to initiate legal action in the event of unsolicited sending of advertising information such as spam email.

Utilisation of Your Data

There are various functions on our site that, when used, result in the collection, processing and storing of personal data. We explain below what happens to these data:

Contact Form

The data submitted during the use of our contact form will be used solely for the processing of the queries that are submitted using the contact form. The collected data will be deleted within six months after the query has been processed.

Disclosure of Data to Third Parties

We disclose to third parties solely the data (e.g. name and address) necessary for us to fulfil our contractual obligations and for third parties to ensure smooth processing (in particular for the processing of a concluded contract) or if their storage is required pursuant to other legal grounds. If you make personal data available to us, these data will be utilised solely for the purpose described to you before you agreed to enter the data. We will store your personal data only as long as required for the stipulated purpose of the data collection or as required by law.

No disclosure is made to third parties with the exception of the aforementioned purposes of contract and payment processing.

Statistical Analysis of the Visits to This Internet Site

We collect, process and store the following data when this internet site or separate files on this internet site are accessed: IP address; website from which the file was retrieved; name of the file; data and time of the retrieval; transmitted data quantity; and report on the success of the retrieval (so-called weblog).

We utilise these access data solely in anonymised form for the ongoing improvement of our internet site and for statistical purposes.

Privacy Policy for the Utilisation of Facebook Plugins (Like Button)

We have integrated plugins from the social network Facebook, 1601 South California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA, into our site. You can recognise Facebook plugins by the Facebook logo or the "Like" button on our site. An overview of the Facebook plugins can be found here: http://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/

When you visit our sites, the plugin creates a direct connection between your browser and the Facebook server. Facebook receives through this connection the information that you have visited our site with your IP address. When you click on the Facebook "Like" button while you are logged on to your Facebook account, you can link the content of our site to your Facebook profile. This enables Facebook to associate the visit to our sites with your user account. We want to point out that, as operators of this site, we do not receive any knowledge of the content of the transferred data or of Facebook's utilisation of the data. You will find additional information in Facebook's privacy declaration at http://de-de.facebook.com/policy.php

If you do not wish for Facebook to be able to associate your visit to our site with your Facebook user account, please log out of your Facebook user account.

Privacy Policy for the Utilisation of Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google Inc.( "Google"). Google Analytics utilises so-called "cookies", text files that are stored on your computer and make it possible to analyse your use of the website. As a rule, the information about your use of the website generated by the cookie is transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. If the IP anonymisation on this website has been enabled, however, your IP address will be shortened by Google within the member states of the European Union or in another member state of the European Economic Area treaty before transmission.

Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transmitted to a Google server in the USA and shortened there. Google uses this information on behalf of the site's operator to analyse your use of the websites, to compile reports on the website activities and to perform other services related to the use of the website and internet on behalf of the website operator. The IP address transferred by your browser within the framework of Google Analytics is not merged with other data of Google.

You may prevent the storage of cookies by making the pertinent setting in your browser software; we want to point out, however, that you may not be able to utilise all of the functions found on this website in their full scope if you do so. Moreover, you can prevent the transmission of the data generated by the cookie and related to the utilisation of the website (incl. your IP address) to Google and the processing of these data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plugin that is available at this link: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de.

Privacy Policy for the Utilisation of Google AdSense

This website utilises Google AdSense, a service for the integration of advertising from Google Inc. ("Google"). Google AdSense uses so-called "cookies", text files that are stored on your computer and enable an analysis of your use of the website. Google AdSense also uses so-called web beacons (invisible graphics). Information such as user traffic on these sites can be analysed with the use of these web beacons.

The information about your use of this website (including your IP address) generated by cookies and web beacons and the provision of advertising formats are transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. Google may pass on this information to Google's contract partners. Google will not, however, associate your IP address with other data about you stored there.

You can prevent the installation of the cookies by making the relevant settings in your browser software; we want to point out, however, that in this case you may not be able to utilise all of the functions of this website in their full scope. By using this website, you declare your acceptance of the processing of the data about you collected by Google in the manner described above and for the aforementioned purposes.

Privacy Policy for the Utilisation of Google +1

Recording and passing on of information::
You can make information public worldwide with the aid of the Google +1 button. Using the Google +1 button gives you and other users personalised content from Google and our partners. Google stores both the information that you have given +1 to content and information about the site that you were visiting when you clicked on +1. Your +1 can be displayed along with your profile name and your photo in Google services such as search results or in your Google profile or at other points on websites and advertisements on the internet.

Google records information about your +1 activities for the purpose of improving the Google services for you and other users. If you want to be able to use the Google +1 button, you require a public Google profile visible worldwide that must contain as a minimum the name selected for the profile. This name is used in all Google services. In some cases, this name can substitute for other names that you use when sharing content via your Google account. The identity of your Google profile can be displayed to users who know your email address or who are in possession of other information that identifies you.

Use of the recorded information:
In addition to the utilisation intentions described above, the information you provide will be used in accordance with the applicable Google privacy protection provisions. Google may possibly publish compiled statistics about the +1 activities of users or disclose this information to users and partners such as publishers, advertisers or affiliated websites.

External Content

We utilise active JavaScript content from external providers on our internet site. When you visit our internet site, these external providers may receive personal information about your visit to our internet site. You can prevent this by installing a JavaScript blocker such as the browser plugin "NoScript" (www.noscript.net) or or by disabling JavaScript in your browser, This may result in restrictions on the functions found on the internet sites you visit.

Utilisation of Cookies

We use cookies on various sites for the purpose of designing a more attractive experience when visiting our websites and of enabling the use of certain functions. These so-called "cookies" are small text files that your browser stores on your computer. The process of storing a cookie file is also known as "setting a cookie".

You can yourself make settings in your browser so that you are notified whenever cookies are set, so that you can decide about accepting them in each specific case or so that you can always accept or always decline the acceptance of cookies. Cookies can be used for a number of different purposes - to recognise, for instance, that your PC has previously had a connection to a web site (permanent cookies) or to store the most recently viewed products or services (session cookies).

We set cookies so that your user convenience is enhanced. Our partner companies, however, are not permitted, or it is technically impossible for our partners, to obtain, process or utilise personal data from our website by using cookies. Most of the cookies we use are deleted from your hard drive at the end of the browser session (session cookies). Other cookies remain on your computer and enable us to recognise your computer when you return for another visit (permanent cookies). You are not exposed to either disadvantages or risks from the way we set cookies. We recommend that you allow the acceptance of cookies for our website so that you can utilise the convenience functions we offer.

Data Security and Data Protection, Email Communication

All technical and organisational possibilities are utilised for the storage of your personal data so that they are not accessible to third parties. However, we cannot guarantee full and complete data security during email communication; we therefore recommend that you send to us any information that is highly confidential by post.

Revocation of Consent – Data Information and Change Requests

The Federal Data Protection Act gives you the right, free of charge, to request information about your data that have been stored as well as the right to correction, blocking or deletion of any such data. Your data will then be deleted, provided that the deletion is not prohibited by applicable legal regulations. You may revoke at any time any consent for the use of your personal data you have given us. You may send requests for information, deletion and corrections of your data as well as suggestions at any time to the following address:

HAMBURG BUSINESS CENTER im Hanse-Viertel GmbH
Poststrasse 33
20354 Hamburg

Phone: 040 / 350 85 85
Fax: 040 / 350 85 80

Email: office@hbc.de

Fully Authorised Managing Director: Jochen Ruttkam

Sources: Disclaimer eRecht24, Facebook Privacy Policy, Google Analytics Privacy Policy, Google AdSense Privacy Policy, Google +1 Privacy Policy