What are cookies?
A cookie is a small text file that is stored by the browser on the hard drive of your computer or other device when you visit the website. Information is stored in this file, for example the visitor's language preference. The information collected in this file can be sent by your computer to the website or to the data controller on your next visit.
Cookies usually have an expiry date. Some are deleted immediately when you close your browser (these are referred to as session cookies), while others remain on your computer for a longer period of time, sometimes also having to be deleted manually.
Finally, 'web beacons', 'pixel tags' or 'social media cookies' are also covered by the term 'cookies'. These are used for the integration of various social networking sites. Embedded elements from third parties or, in other words, content stored with a third party can also be used on the websites, online tools, apps and e-mails of the data controller.
We also use analytical cookies to measure website visits. This enables us to know how many times a particular page is viewed in order to improve the content of our website. These are first-party cookies for analysis purposes and your prior consent is requested. You can therefore refuse to have these cookies loaded on your device.
We may also use marketing cookies, social media cookies or other third-party cookies that allow third-party content to be loaded onto your device in order to optimise our services. For example, this may allow targeted advertising offers to be sent to you or certain websites to be promoted to you.
What cookies do we use?
List of necessary technical and functional cookies
These cookies are necessary for purely technical reasons to enable the website to be used and function optimally. Given the technical necessity, we only need to inform you about the fact that these cookies are placed on your device as soon as you open it:
List of non-functional and analytical cookies
These cookies can be refused as they are separate from the technical support of the website and are placed for statistical, social and commercial purposes.
List of marketing and third-party cookies
These cookies can be refused as they are only used to send you personalised advertisements or to send you personalised content from third-party websites.
Obtaining information from cookies
Changing cookies or switching them on or off
If the data subject chooses to do so, they can reject the cookies on their first visit or change them via this link.
The data subject can also unsubscribe from certain cookies via optout.networkadvertising.org.
Furthermore, the data subject can disable or delete all installed cookies from their computer or mobile device at any time via the settings of their browser (usually under "Help" or "Internet Options"). Each type of browser has its own way of managing cookies. The information can be found on the help function of the browser that is being used.
At www.allaboutcookies.org you can find the procedure for managing, refusing and deleting cookies for the most commonly used browsers.
The data subject should bear in mind that changing the settings may cause websites, online tools, apps and e-mails from the data controller and other websites to stop working properly.