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What are Cookies?

Cookies are tiny text files which your browser stores on your electronic device when you use our website. These text files contain information so as to provide you with user-friendly services and are read by web browsers. Cookies enable our website to recognize you if you return, allowing our Web server to present a website to you that is more individual, better, faster and more closely tailored to your needs.

Please be aware that if you decide to block cookies, you may potentially not have access to certain web content.

For the most part, we differentiate between the following types of cookies:

  1. Session cookies: These are stored on your device while you surf our webpages, but are then deleted immediately.
  2. Persistent cookies: These cookies stay on your computer for a longer time.
  3. Third-party cookies: These cookies are generated by partner websites and embedded in our own website. They serve to provide personalized advertising, as an example.

How are cookies utilized on our website?

In general, we only use Internet technologies (e.g. cookies, JavaScript) in order to facilitate your use of our website and optimize our offer and communication with respect to the content provided:

  • We use so-called session cookies in order to keep the current session active.
  • We use cookies for data analysis. In this way, we can recognize how well our forms are accepted, how many visitors use our webpages and which are our most visited webpages.
  • We use third-party cookies that serve to improve user experiences with our content and advertising.

This website further uses web analysis services provided by Google. Additional information about this and on the general topic of data privacy.

How are third-party cookies used?

Many third-party providers use cookies on computers and electronic devices especially in order to register visitor behaviors and personalize offers (including advertising). Depending on the platform, several cookies may be used by third-party providers. Details of how third-party providers manage cookies, can be read in detail on the corresponding pages of the network in question. References to the various networks can be found in the table below. We have no control whatsoever over the cookies of third-party providers. Consequently, we recommend checking the websites of third-party providers thoroughly to see which cookies are used and how they can be administered. For the most current third-party providers such as Facebook, Google etc., the ""Digital Advertising Alliance"" provides the option of a collective opt-out for all participating DAA companies.

Further details can be found in the following sections of this webpage.

Managing/Blocking Cookies

In your browser menu, you will find option settings for the use of cookies. Typically, a browser features the following settings options:

  • View cookies,
  • Allow cookies,
  • Deactivate all or specific cookies,
  • Deactivate all cookies when the browser is closed,
  • Block cookies,
  • Notify when a cookie is about to be installed, and
  • Block tracking and web analysis

 

For the following browsers, you will find instructions on how to deactivate cookies on the respective manufacturer pages. If cookies are blocked in your browser, it is quite possible that you will be unable to use certain areas of the website.

Which cookies are used for advertising?