What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files containing small amounts of information, which are downloaded and may be stored on your device, such as your computer, tablet, and mobile device.
When do we use them?
We will only track the cookies of individuals after we receive their consent to do so. Upon your first visit to our Online Interfaces, a banner will appear, asking you to give us your consent to the setting of cookies. If your consent is given, we will place a cookie on your computer and the banner will not appear again as long as the cookie is active. After expiration of the cookie’s lifespan, or if you actively delete the cookie, the banner will reappear upon your next visit to our Online Interfaces and again ask for your consent. Please see our Privacy Statement for more information.
Why do we use them?
Cookies have various functions. Certain cookies on Online Interfaces are technically necessary, as certain website functions would not work without them (so-called "necessary cookies") (e.g., page navigation, saving page, displaying accessed videos). We base the lawfulness of the processing of this data on the necessity of the processing to protect our legitimate interests (effective, secure, technically error-free, and optimized provision of the functionalities and services on our Site).
We also set further cookies on our Online Interfaces that allow us to analyze your use of our Online Interfaces (such as your behavior and interactions, including page views, searches, download of content, click on links, number of visits, etc.) so we can improve its functionality and provide you with the best possible user experience. These cookies further help us to display content tailored according to your interests and preferences on our as well as on third party websites (so-called "analysis and advertising cookies" or “targeting cookies”).
These cookies are not absolutely necessary for the provision of the services and functionalities offered on our Online Interfaces but help us to offer you a more pleasant and attractive user experience.
Which cookies do we use?
- Browser Cookies:
We use two types of browser cookies: (1) session cookies and (2) persistent cookies. Session cookies normally expire when you close your browser, while persistent cookies remain on your device after you close your browser, and can be used again the next time you access our Online Interfaces. Most browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can modify your browser setting to decline cookies by visiting the Help portion of your browser’s toolbar.
- Other Tracking Technologies:
We also use other tracking technologies such as web beacons, pixels, mobile identifiers, and tracking URLs, which work similarly to cookies. They place small data files on your devices to monitor your activity to enable us to collect information about your use, for example, to count users who have visited our Online Interfaces, opened an email, and for other related statistics.
- Third Party Cookies and Social Plugins:
How can you control cookies?
We will only issue Browser Cookies of individuals and use other Tracking Technologies when you have affirmatively consented to us doing so by accepting the cookie banner.
- Browser Cookies:
You can control and manage cookies in various ways. You may refuse to accept browser cookies by activating the appropriate setting in your browser. Please bear in mind that removing or blocking cookies can impact on your user experience and parts of our Online Interfaces may no longer be fully accessible.
- Other Tracking Technologies
You cannot remove or block web beacons, as they form part of the content of the web pages rather than placing information on your computer. However, because they work in conjunction with cookies, turning off cookies will prevent web beacons from tracking your activity. The web beacon will record an anonymous visit, but cookies will not be recorded.
- Analytics cookies:
You can opt-out of having your anonymized browsing activity within Online Interfaces recorded by analytics cookies. You may manage your cookie settings, where applicable, via our Online Interfaces
How we respond to Do Not Track Signals
Some web browsers permit you to broadcast a signal to websites and online services indicating a preference that they “do not track” your online activities. At this time, we do not honor such signals and we do not modify what information we collect or how we use that information based upon whether such signal is broadcast or received.