1. What are cookies?
Cookies are small units of data that are stored by your browser on your terminal to save certain information. When you next access our website from the same terminal, the information stored in the cookies will subsequently be returned either to our website (“First Party Cookie”) or to another website to which the cookie belongs (“Third Party Cookie”).
Through the information saved and returned, the respective website recognises that you have already accessed and visited it with the browser you use on that terminal. We use this information to be able to design and display the website in an optimum way in line with your preferences. In that respect, only the cookie itself is identified on your terminal. Your personal data will only be saved upon receipt of your express consent
You can adjust your cookie settings individually at any time, by either deactivating or activating individual cookie categories. You can find more information on how you can deactivate cookies in general in your browser (i.e. including the absolutely necessary cookies) under No. 4.
3. Types of cookies
Depending on the purpose and function, we subdivide cookies into the following categories:
(i) absolutely necessary cookies;
(ii) functional cookies; and
(iii) performance cookies.
a. Absolutely necessary cookies;
Absolutely necessary cookies guarantee functions without which you cannot use our web pages as intended. These cookies are exclusively used by us and are therefore “first party cookies”. That means that all the information stored in the cookies is sent back to our website.
Absolutely necessary cookies ensure, for example, that you are always logged in as a registered user when accessing various subpages of our website and do not need to enter your registration data every time you access a new page.
The use of absolutely necessary cookies on our website is possible without your consent. For this reason, absolutely necessary cookies can also not be activated or deactivated individually. This function is only available to you in the case of cookies requiring your consent, i.e. functional and performance cookies. You do, however, have the option to deactivate cookies in general in your browser at any time (see No. 4).
b. Functional cookies
Functional cookies enable our website to save details already given (such as the registered name or choice of language) and therefore provide you with improved and more personal functions. These cookies only collect and save anonymized information, so that they cannot track your movements on other websites.
c. Performance cookies
Performance cookies collect information on how our web pages are used in order to improve their attractiveness, content and functionality. Such cookies help us, for example, to determine whether any sub-pages of our website are visited, and which ones, and what type of content is of particular interest to users. In particular, we especially record the number of times a page is accessed, the number of subpages that are accessed, the time spent on our website, the sequence of the pages visited, what keywords brought you to us, the country, the region and where applicable the town or city from which the pages were accessed, as well as the proportion of mobile terminals that access our web pages. We also record movements, “clicks” and scrolling with the computer mouse, in order to understand which areas of our website are of particular interest to users. As a result, we can adjust the content of our website to the requirements of our users in a targeted manner and optimize what we feature. The IP address of your computer is automatically anonymized and does not enable us to obtain any personal information about the individual user.
We reserve the right to also use information that we have obtained using cookies from an anonymized analysis of the usage behaviour of visitors to our web pages to show you specific advertising for certain of our products on our own websites. We believe that you as the user will benefit from this, because we show advertising or content which, based on your user behaviour, we have reason to believe matches your interests, and you are therefore shown less random advertising or content that may interest you less.
4. Managing and deleting all cookies
You can set your web browser in such a way that cookies are generally prevented from being saved to your device and/or that you are asked each time whether you are in agreement with cookies being enabled. You can also delete cookies that have been enabled again at any time. You can find out how all this works in detail from your browser’s help function.
Please note that generally deactivating cookies may lead to functional restrictions of our web site.
Last updated: June 2018