Cookies and tracking mechanisms may be used as part of the provision of our online services. Cookies are small text files that can be stored on your end device when you visit an online offer. Tracking is possible using various technologies. We process information in particular within the framework of pixel technology or log file analysis.
We distinguish between cookies that are absolutely necessary for the technical functions of the online offer and such cookies and tracking mechanisms that are not absolutely necessary for the technical function of the online offers and cookies that require consent.
- Technical cookies
- Functional and performance cookies
- Cookies requiring consent
Technical cookies ensure functions without which you cannot use our websites as intended. These cookies are used exclusively by us and are therefore first party cookies. This means that all information stored in the cookies is returned to our website.
Technical cookies are used, for example, to ensure that you, as a logged-in user, always remain logged in when accessing different sub-pages of our website and thus do not have to re-enter your login data each time you call up a new page.
The use of technical cookies on our website is possible without your consent. For this reason, technical cookies cannot be individually deactivated or activated. However, you have the option to generally deactivate cookies in your browser at any time (see below).
Functional cookies enable our website to store information you have already provided (such as registered name or language selection) and to offer you improved and more personalised functions based on this information. These cookies collect and store only pseudonymous information, so they cannot track your movements on other websites.
Performance cookies collect information about how our websites are used in order to improve their attractiveness, content and functionality. These cookies help us to determine, for example, whether and which subpages of our website are visited and which content users are particularly interested in.
In particular, we record the number of times a page is accessed, the number of sub-pages accessed, the time spent on our website, the order of the pages visited, which search terms led you to us, the country, region and, if applicable, the city from which access is made, as well as the proportion of mobile devices accessing our websites.
Furthermore, we 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 tailor the content of our website more specifically to the needs of our users and optimise our offering. The IP address of your computer transmitted for technical reasons is automatically anonymised and does not allow us to draw any conclusions about the individual user.
The functional and performance cookies are so-called “absolutely necessary” cookies as defined by the ePrivacy Regulation, which does not require consent.
Cookies that are neither technical cookies nor functional or performance cookies will only be used with your consent.
The cookies we use
We believe that this benefits you as a user because we display advertising or content that we believe, based on your browsing behaviour, matches your interests and so you are less likely to be shown random advertising or specific content that may be of less interest to you.
Marketing cookies come from external companies (third-party cookies) and are used to collect information across websites visited by the user in order to create targeted advertisements for the user. These enable personalised online ads and advanced analysis and evaluation options about the target group and user behaviour.
You can also manage cookies used for online advertising through tools developed in many countries as part of self-regulatory programmes, such as the US-based https://www.aboutads.info/choices or the EU-based https://www.youronlinechoices.com/
Management and deletion of all cookies
In addition, you can set your Internet browser in such a way that cookies are generally prevented from being saved on your end device or you are asked each time whether you agree to cookies being set. Once cookies have been set, you can also delete them at any time. You can find out how all this works in detail in the help function of your browser.
- Disabling cookies in Internet Explorer
Select the “Tools” menu and then “Internet Options”
Click on the “Privacy” tab.
Select the appropriate setting.
- Disabling cookies in Google Chrome
Click Settings > Advanced.
Under Security and Privacy, select Content Settings.
Click on “Cookies”
- Disabling cookies in Safari
Go to Preferences > Privacy.
Click on “Remove all website data”.
- Disabling cookies in Firefox
Select the “Tools” menu and then “Options”
Click on the “Privacy” icon.
Click on the “Cookie” menu and select the desired options.
- Disabling cookies in Opera
Opera 6.0 and later versions
Go to the “File” > “Preferences” menu.
The list below shows the cookies we use.