Data protection

Data protection declaration / duty to provide information according to § 5 TMG and Art. 13/14 GDPR

At Behrens & Kauffmann KG (GmbH & Co.), we believe the protection of personal data involves far more than just complying with legislation. We are therefore happy that you are interested in how we handle personal data.
We always process personal data such as a person’s name, address, e-mail address, or phone number in accordance with applicable privacy law.
With this privacy notice, we would like to inform everyone about the nature, scope, and purpose of the personal data that we collect, use, and process. Furthermore, we would like to explain to the persons concerned the rights to which they are entitled.
Behrens & Kauffmann KG (GmbH & Co.) has implemented numerous technical and organizational measures to ensure that the personal data processed via this Web site is protected as comprehensively as possible.
Despite the care we take, Internet-based data transmission is vulnerable to security flaws and, consequently, absolute protection can never be guaranteed. For this reason, you of course have the option of transmitting your personal data by alternative means, for example, by telephone or post.

Name, Address, and Contact Details of the Entity Responsible
Behrens & Kauffmann KG (GmbH & Co.)
Reiner Schäfer, Uwe Lunk, Ellen Schwerin
Barmbeker Straße 2
22303 Hamburg
Phone:    040 / 636 6300 - 0

Privacy Officer Contact Details
The Privacy Officer for the data controller is:

DDI - Deutsches Datenschutz Institut GmbH

You can contact our Privacy Officer by sending a letter to the attention of “Privacy Officer” at the address above or by sending an e-mail to:

Purposes and Legal Grounds for Processing Data – When Visiting Our Web Site in General
Should you use our Web site purely for informational purposes, not register yourself, or convey information to us in some other way (e.g. by e-mail), we will only collect the data that your browser transfers to our server (“server log files”). This data is processed in accordance with GDPR art. 6(1)(f) on the basis of our legitimate interest in improving the stability and functionality of our Web site. This data is not used in any other way and in no way shared with third parties. However, we do reserve the right to analyze log files at a later date if there are reasons to suspect unlawful usage.

Purposes and Legal Grounds for Processing Data – Contact Form
When you contact us (e.g. using our contact form or by e-mail), we collect personal data. This data is stored and used exclusively for the purposes of answering your inquiry and for the associated technological administration. Our legitimate interest in responding to your inquiry forms the legal grounds for processing this data, in accordance with GDPR art. 6(1)(f). If you contact us for the purpose of entering into a contract, there are additional legal grounds for processing provided in GDPR art. 6(1)(b). Your data will be erased once your inquiry has been conclusively resolved. This is the case if it can be assumed that the relevant matter has been completely resolved and if there are no statutory retention periods barring us from erasing the data.

Purposes and Legal Grounds for Processing Data – Comment Function
When using the comment function on this Web site, details about the time you wrote the comment and the user name you have selected will be stored and published on the Web site alongside the comment. Furthermore, your IP address will also be recorded and stored. We store your IP address for security reasons and in case a comment that is left violates third-party rights or leads to illicit content being posted. The legal grounds for storing your data are provided in GDPR art. 6(1)(b) and (f). We reserve the right to delete comments if third parties contend that they are unlawful or harmful.

Recipients or Categories of Recipients
Google Inc.
Matomo Inc.

Transfer to Non-EU/EEA Country
Google Fonts
Google Maps
Matomo Inc.

Deletion Dates
The controller processes and stores the data subject’s personal data only for the period of time required to achieve the purpose for which it is stored or only if the controller is required to store data on account of legislation or regulations that are passed by European Union legislators and regulators, or other legislators, and the controller is subject to this legislation or these regulations.
Should there no longer be any reason to store the data or if a retention period prescribed by a European Union directive or regulation or by other relevant law expires, the personal data will be restricted from processing or deleted as a matter of routine and in accordance with statutory regulations.

Notice of Right to Object When Consent Is Selected as Legal Grounds
You have the right at any time to withdraw any consent given to the processing of your data. If you withdraw your consent, we will immediately delete the data concerned, provided there are no other legal grounds to support further processing. If you withdraw your consent, it will not affect the legality of the processing operations conducted until the time of the withdrawal.

Right to Complain to Data Protection Supervisory Authority
If you believe that the processing of your personal data violates the GDPR, GDPR art. 77 provides you the option of filing a complaint with the Privacy Officer named above or with a supervisory authority for data protection. The supervisory authority with jurisdiction over us is:

Der Hamburgische Beauftragte für Datenschutz und Informationsfreiheit
Ludwig-Erhard-Straße 22
20459 Hamburg

Notice About Profiling and Scoring
Analysis with Matomo Inc.

Rights of the Data Subject
You can request information about the personal data concerning you that we have stored by writing to the above address. Moreover, in certain situations you can request to have your data rectified or erased.
You may additionally have the right to have the processing of your data restricted as well as the right to obtain the data you have provided in a structured, commonly used, and machine-readable format.
In addition, you have the right to complain to a supervisory authority for data protection. The supervisory authority with jurisdiction over us is: 

Der Hamburgische Beauftragte für Datenschutz und Informationsfreiheit
Ludwig-Erhard-Straße 22
20459 Hamburg

The Web site for Behrens & Kauffmann KG (GmbH & Co.) uses cookies. Cookies are text files that are downloaded and stored on a computer system through a Web browser.
There are numerous Web sites and servers that use cookies. Many cookies contain what is called a cookie ID, which acts as a unique identifier for the cookie. The ID consists of a sequence of characters through which Web sites and servers can recognize the specific Web browser in which the cookie was saved. This makes it possible for the visited Web sites and servers to differentiate between the data subject’s individual browser and other browsers that receive other cookies. Specific Web browsers can thus be recognized and identified using the unique cookie ID.
By using cookies, Behrens & Kauffmann KG (GmbH & Co.) can provide Web site users with more user-friendly services that would otherwise not be possible.
The use of cookies optimizes the information and offerings on our Web site for the user’s benefit. Cookies enable us to recognize the people using our Web site, as described above. The reason we seek to recognize users is so that we can make it easier for them to use our Web site. A person who uses a Web site that saves cookies, for example, does not have to repeatedly log in every time he/she visits the site, as the Web site and the cookie saved on the user’s computer take care of it for him/her. Another example is the cookie saved for a shopping basket in an online shop. The online shop remembers the items the customer puts in his/her virtual basket by using a cookie.
The data subject can at any time stop cookies being saved by our Web site by activating the corresponding settings in his/her Web browser and, in doing so, permanently object to cookies being saved. Furthermore, cookies that have already been saved can be deleted at any time using the Web browser or other software programs. This is a function available in all common Web browsers. If the data subject deactivates his/her Web browser’s cookie-saving function, it may in some cases no longer be possible to use the complete functionality of our Web site. 

Datenschutzbestimmungen zu Einsatz und Verwendung des Analysetools Piwik/Matomo
This website uses the open source web analytics service Piwik/Matomo. Piwik/Matomo uses so-called "cookies". These are text files that are stored on your computer and that allow an analysis of the use of the website by you. For this purpose, the information generated by the cookie about the use of this website is stored on our server. The IP address is anonymized before it is stored.
You can prevent these cookies being stored by selecting the appropriate settings in your browser.
However, we wish to point out that doing so may mean you will not be able to enjoy the full functionality of this website.
If you do not agree with the storage and use of your data, you can disable this feature here(Opt-out).
In this case, an opt-out cookie will be stored in your browser to prevent Piwik/Matomo from storing your usage data.

Privacy policy for the use and Application of Google Maps
The data controller has integrated Google Maps on this website.
Google Maps (API) is a web service of Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA ("Google") to display interactive (land) maps for visual representation of geographical information. By using this service, visitors to the website are shown the company's location and any directions are made easier.
Information about the use of the respective website (such as the IP address) is transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the USA as soon as the sub-pages into which the Google Maps map is integrated are accessed. This happens regardless of whether Google provides a user account through which the person concerned is logged in, or whether no user account exists. If the person concerned is logged in to Google, their data will be assigned directly to their account. If this assignment is not desired, the person concerned must log out before activating the button. Google saves the data (even for users who are not logged in) as usage profiles and evaluates them. Such an evaluation takes place in particular according to art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR on the basis of the legitimate interests of Google in the insertion of personalised advertising, market research and/or demand-oriented design of its website. You have the right to object to the creation of these user profiles, whereby you must contact Google to exercise this right.
Google LLC, based in the USA, is certified for the US-European data protection agreement "Privacy Shield", which guarantees compliance with the data protection level applicable in the EU.
If the person concerned does not agree to the future transmission of his/her data to Google as part of the use of Google Maps, it is also possible to completely deactivate the Google Maps web service by switching off the JavaScript application in the browser. Google Maps and therefore also the map display on this website cannot be used.
Google's terms of use can be viewed at, the additional terms of use for Google Maps can be found at

Detailed information on data protection in connection with the use of Google Maps can be found on Google's website ("Google Privacy Policy"):

Data Protection Provisions for the Use of Google Fonts
The controller has integrated Google Fonts into this Web site. Google provides free fonts that can be used when designing Web sites.
So that fonts can be displayed consistently, this Web site uses Web fonts that are provided by Google LLC., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, United States (“Google”). When visiting a page on our Web site, the data subject’s browser loads the required Web fonts into its cache so that it can display text and fonts correctly.

For this purpose, the browser used by the data subject must establish a connection with Google’s servers. This process informs Google of the corresponding page being visited from the data subject’s IP address. We use Google Web fonts in the interest of presenting our online offering consistently and appealingly. This represents a legitimate interest as provided in GDPR art. 6(1)(f). If the data subject’s browser does not support Web fonts, the data subject’s computer will use a default font.
Google LLC., based in the United States, has been certified for the purposes of the U.S.-EU “Privacy Shield” data protection framework, which ensures compliance with the level of privacy required in the EU.
You can find more information about Google Fonts at and in Google’s privacy policy at  

Data Protection Provisions for the Use of YouTube
The controller has integrated components of YouTube into this Web site. YouTube is an online video portal that enables video publishers to upload video clips free of charge and enables other users to watch, rate, and comment on them, also free of charge. YouTube allows any type of video to be published, for which reason full film and television broadcasts as well as music videos, trailers, and user-made videos are available over the online portal.
The company operating YouTube is YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, United States. YouTube, LLC is a subsidiary of Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy, Mountain View, CA 94043-1351, United States.
Every time an individual page is visited on this Web site, the latter being operated by the controller and featuring an integrated YouTube component (YouTube video), the relevant YouTube component automatically causes the Web browser on the data subject’s information technology system to download a rendering of the corresponding YouTube component from YouTube. More information about YouTube is available at This technological process involves YouTube and Google receiving knowledge of the particular sub-site on our Web site that the data subject is visiting.
If the data subject is simultaneously logged in to YouTube, YouTube will identify the specific sub-site on our Web site that the data subject is visiting if he or she visits a sub-site containing a YouTube video. This information is collected and matched with the data subject’s YouTube account by YouTube and Google.
The YouTube component always informs YouTube and Google of the data subject visiting our Web site if the data subject is simultaneously logged in to YouTube at the time of visiting our Web site, irrespective of whether the data subject clicks on a YouTube video. If the data subject does not want this information to be transferred to YouTube and Google in the described manner, he or she can prevent it being transferred by logging out of his or her YouTube account before visiting our Web site. The Privacy Policy published by YouTube, available at, provides information about the collection, processing, and usage of personal data by YouTube and Google.