What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small data file sent by our website onto your computer, tablet, Smartphone or similar device each time you use the device to visit our website. Cookies mean that the next time you visit the website our system recognises your device. A cookie itself contains no personal data and does not collect any personal data. Cookies can store user settings and other information.
You can adjust the settings of your browser to either reject all cookies or to alert you when a cookie is sent. However, some functions or services on the site may not be available or may not run properly without cookies.
How long are cookies stored?
Cookies are stored either on your hard disk (permanent cookie) or in your computer RAM (session cookie).
Session cookies: Session cookies are generated by our website when you start your visit and contain a randomly generated individual ID number allocated to your computer. These cookies become invalid and are deleted as soon as you close your browser.
Permanent cookies: Wherever possible, we use permanent cookies whose validity does not automatically extinguish when you close the browser. These cookies are stored in your device and remain in place for as long as they are valid or are deleted. Each time you visit our website the website then identifies any cookies stored on your device.
Who exactly stores cookies on your device?
Any cookies sent by this site and stored on your device are designated “first-party cookies”. Some cookies may be placed by other parties; these are then designated “third party cookies”. First party cookies are those cookies which are associated with the host name. Third party cookies are cookies from other domains.
Cookies on this website
- Content management and navigation
- Third party cookies
- Flash cookies
Content management and navigation: The content management tool generates first party cookies. These are session cookies which we use to record settings of the website language and other functionalities.
Flash cookies (Flash Local Shared Objects): “Local shared objects” are data elements stored by sites on your device which use Adobe Flash.
Google Analytics: This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses text files, “cookies”, which are stored on your device and which enable analysis of the web pages you have used. The information generated by the cookie about your use of our site is generally transferred to a Google server located in the USA where the data is stored. In the event of the activation of IP anonymisation on this site your IP address will be transferred to the USA location and if you are located within the European member states or in other contractual states of the European Economic Area Treaty be previously abbreviated. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transferred to a Google server located in the USA, where it will then be abbreviated. Working in accordance with a contract with the operator of this website, Google will use that information to evaluate your use of the website to generate a report about site activities and other usage of the site and other services associated with internet usage for delivery to the website operator. The IP address transferred by the user in connection with Google Analytics will not be added/aggregated with other data by Google. You can prevent the storage of cookies by making appropriate adjustments to the settings of your browser; we would, however, point out that if you make such changes, you will not have full access to all functions of this site. You can prevent collection of data by Google Analytics by clicking on the following link. This sets an opt-out cookie which will prevent future collection of your data when visiting this site: deactivate Google Analytics.
For more general information about Google Analytics and data protection please visit http://www.google.com/intl/de/analytics/privacyoverview.html. We would point out that on this site, Google Analytics has been extended with the function code “gat_anonymizeIp();” to guarantee anonymised collection of IP addresses (a process known as IP masking).
Cookie management on your device
Cookies can be completely disabled by the browser using the appropriate function in most of the browsers. It is good to know, however, that some features of this site may not be usable. Here you can see how to disable them in the browser: Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer,Opera, Safari, Google Analytics with the proper browser plug-in.
Cookies and categories
This site uses a number of different cookies which can be allocated to the following categories: “functional”, “statistics” and “advertising”.
Functional cookies: Functional cookies store your settings and are necessary for best functioning of services and third party services integrated on this site. By blocking or deleting cookies, parts of the site or third party provider services will not be available.
Statistic cookies: Statistic cookies are used to gain a better understanding of user behaviour and to improve user experience when using this site. Blocking and deleting such cookies will mean your data can no longer be used to improve your website experience.
Third-party cookies refer to Google, specifically to Analytics, Google Maps and Youtube, and Facebook.