What are cookies?
Cookies are designed to improve the website's usability and to enable certain functions.
A cookie is a text file containing a unique identifier that distinguishes you from other users of our website and allows your computer to be recognized when you return to the website. Cookies are either stored on your hard drive or device memory and cannot cause damage to your computer system. The cookies we use do not give us access to any personal information about you.
Enabling cookies means that you do not have to enter the same data twice when you visit the website again. Additionally, cookies allow us to serve you specific content and respond to your individual preferences as well as trace the most popular site elements.
Are cookies stored on my computer permanently?
Our website uses persistent cookies and session cookies.
Session cookies only last the duration of your website visit and are cleared once you end your browser session. These cookies are used to offer you the best possible services and user experience while you are accessing our website.
Permanent cookies are stored by your browser indefinitely until you delete them or until they expire. They serve to provide you with the best possible experience on our website and retrieve your information and settings when your next visit.
What type of cookies do we use?
Strictly necessary cookies
These are essential to navigate around a website and use its features. Without them, you would not be able to use services like logging in to your personal account and managing your login status during the Internet session.
These cookies store information about your use of the website so that we can deliver adverts and other information relevant to you and your interests on our website.
These cookies are used to record information about user settings, such as language preferences.
Third-party cookies are cookies set by other organizations and that embed third-party content into our website. These cookies do not contain any personal data. This data is anonymized and is not linked in any way to your personal information. They serve to enable external companies to target advertising to you.
We use the following third-party cookies:
In view of the discussion about the use of analytics tools that collect full IP address information, this website uses Google Analytics with the “anonymizeIP()” function, which ensures that your IP address is shortened before it is stored and therefore cannot be linked directly to you.
Visual Website Optimizer
Our websites use the analytics service eTracker. The data collected may be used to create user profiles under a pseudonym. It will not be used to personally identify visitors of our website and the data will not be linked with personal data about the person behind the pseudonym, unless prior agreement of the user has been given.
Enabling, rejecting, and deleting cookies
Please note that any changes you make to the settings will only affect that particular browser. If you use a different browser or computer, you will need to make the settings again. Additionally, you can delete cookies from your device memory at any time.
If you want to prevent your data from being used by Google Analytics, you can download and install the opt-out browser add-on. It is available for different browser versions and can be downloaded at https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.
Alternatively, you can click the following link to set an opt-out cookie that prevents your data from being recorded when you next visit this website:
Deactivate Google Analytics
Visual Website Optimizer
If you do want Visual Website Optimizer to collect and store anonymous and non-personally identifiable data, you can opt out at this link (http://visualwebsiteoptimizer.com/opt-out.php). By copying the URL you want to visit to the field provided, the website generates a new link, which enables you to use the website without your usage data being tracked. Please note that this is not a setting that is saved, meaning that you need to generate the link when you visit the website again or when you visit another website.
You can opt out of this for future sessions by clicking the eTracker Opt Out link. This sets a cookie (called "cntcookie") which remains on your computer indefinitely until you delete it.
As soon as you delete the cookie cache, the opt-out will no longer be active for our websites and will need to be reactivated.
Session cookies are essential for our website to work correctly and must be enabled. These cookies do not collect or store any personal data.