1. Contents of the website
The author assumes no responsibility for the topicality, correctness, completeness or quality of the information provided. Any liability claims against the author which refer to damage of a material or immaterial nature caused by the use or non-use of the information provided and/or by the use of incorrect or incomplete information are excluded as a matter of principle unless there is evidence of wilful intent or gross negligence on the part of the author. All contents are not-binding. The author expressly reserves the right to change, supplement or delete parts of the pages or the entire website without special announcement, or to cease publication temporarily or permanently.
2. References and links
The author might only be held liable in the case of any direct or indirect references to external websites (“hyperlinks”) that are not his responsibility if he were aware of the contents and if it were technically possible and reasonable for him to prevent the use of illegal content. The author hereby expressly declares that at the time of establishing the links there was no illegal content detectable on the pages to be linked. The author has no influence on the current and future design, content or authorship of the linked pages. Therefore, the author hereby expressly disassociates himself from any and all content on any and all linked pages that have been altered after the link was established. This disclaimer applies to all links and references established on the author's own website as well as to any external entries in guest books, discussion forums and mailing lists established by the author. Regarding any illegal, incorrect or incomplete content and, in particular, regarding any damage that may arise as a result of the use or non-use of information offered in such form, the author of the site to which reference has been made and not the party that merely refers to the respective publication via hyperlinks shall be exclusively liable.
3. Copyright and trademark notice
The author strives to observe the intellectual property rights/copyright pertaining to the graphics, sound files, video sequences and texts used in all his publications, to use his own graphics, sound files, video sequences and texts, or to use licence-free graphics, sound files, video sequences and texts.
All brand names and trademarks that are mentioned on the website and may be registered by third parties are fully subject to the provisions of the applicable law on trademarks and related signs and the rights of ownership of the respective registered owners. The mere fact that they have been mentioned shall not lead to the conclusion that trademarks are not protected by any third-party rights.
The copyright for published items originated by the author himself shall strictly remain with the author of the website pages. Any reproduction or use of such graphics, sound files, video sequences and texts in other electronic or printed publications is not permitted without the author's express permission.
So far as GRS publishes any reports prepared by its own experts on its website, these are protected by copyright. The provisions on prohibited alterations (§ 62 German Copyright Act) and on the imperative of indicating sources (§ 63 German Copyright Act) have to be observed in connection with any use, reproduction or public rendition of the reports or parts thereof.
The protection of your personal data is a top priority for GRS. We undertake to protect the privacy of all persons using this website. Any personal data provided shall be treated as confidential. GRS will not pass on your data to third parties.
Your web browser may automatically transmit information about your computer, such as the IP address, to our analysis tool AWStats on our server. Such information is anonymous and will only be used for our own statistical purposes. These data will never be linked to any personal information.
5. Social bookmarks
On our website we have integrated so-called social bookmarks (e.g. relating to Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and YouTube) by which users of these services can collect links and news items provided by them. These are merely embedded on our website as links to the corresponding services. Once you have clicked on the embedded icon, you will be redirected to the website of the corresponding host, which means that only then will any user information be transferred to the respective host. For information about how your personal data are handled when using these websites, please refer to the corresponding hosts' privacy policies.
Your personal data shall be recorded by us if you have transmitted them to us of your own accord, e.g. if you have contacted us. As a matter of course, we shall only use the personal data transmitted to us this way exclusively for the purpose for which you have provided us with them when contacting us. The communication of this information is solely on a voluntary basis and with your consent. As far as these data are details about communication channels (e.g. e-mail address, phone number), you furthermore agree that we may possibly also contact you via these channels in order to reply to your request. You may, of course, withdraw your consent to any further use of these data at any time.
8. Google Analytics
You can refuse the use of Google Analytics by clicking on the following link. An opt-out cookie will be set on the computer, which prevents the future collection of your data when visiting this website:
Further information concerning the terms and conditions of use and data privacy can be found at http://www.google.com/analytics/terms/gb.html or at https://www.google.de/intl/en_uk/policies/. Please note that on this website, Google Analytics code is supplemented by “anonymizeIp” to ensure an anonymized collection of IP addresses (so called IP-masking).
9. Legal effectiveness of this liability disclaimer
This liability disclaimer shall be deemed part of the website content from which the user has been referred to this page. To the extent that parts or individual wordings of this text should not, no longer or incompletely correspond to current legislation, this shall not affect the remainder of the document in terms of its content and validity.
As at: 13/02/2017