When you visit our website, and depending on the area you access, “cookies” are stored on your computer. These allow us, as the website provider, to store data that is relevant to us, for example to make it easier for you to surf our website or to make our offering more user-friendly, effective and secure. As a general rule, the data is processed on the basis of our legitimate interests pursuant to Article 6(1f) GDPR. We have a legitimate interest in operating a website that offers corresponding functions for general information and communication purposes, as well as in order to present our company.
Types of Cookies
The following types of cookies may be used when you visit the Site:
Analytics cookies monitor how users reached the Site, and how they interact with and move around once on the Site. These cookies let us know what features on the Site are working the best and what features on the Site can be improved.
Our cookies are “first-party cookies”, and can be either permanent or temporary. These are necessary cookies, without which the Site won’t work properly or be able to provide certain features and functionalities. Some of these may be manually disabled in your browser, but may affect the functionality of the Site.
Personalization cookies are used to recognize repeat visitors to the Site. We use these cookies to record your browsing history, the pages you have visited, and your settings and preferences each time you visit the Site.
Security cookies help identify and prevent security risks. We use these cookies to authenticate users and protect user data from unauthorized parties.
Site Management Cookies
Site management cookies are used to maintain your identity or session on the Site so that you are not logged off unexpectedly, and any information you enter is retained from page to page. These cookies cannot be turned off individually, but you can disable all cookies in your browser.
Third-party cookies may be place on your computer when you visit the Site by companies that run certain services we offer. These cookies allow the third parties to gather and track certain information about you. These cookies can be manually disabled in your browser.
Control of Cookies
Most browsers are set to accept cookies by default. However, you can remove or reject cookies in your browser’s settings. Please be aware that such action could affect the availability and functionality of the Site. You can find more information using the help function of the Internet browser that you use on your computer to access the Internet. We appreciate that, as an Internet user, you may have reservations about cookies. Merely as a precaution, we would like to provide you with information on some common misconceptions:
- Cookies cannot transmit viruses
- Cookies cannot cause any damage to your computer
- Cookies cannot read e‑mail addresses
- Cookies cannot transfer your history file
- Cookies cannot send e‑mails without your knowledge
- Cookies cannot fill up or erase your entire hard drive
Other Tracking Technologies
In addition to cookies, we may use web beacons, pixel tags, and other tracking technologies on the Site to help customize the Site and improve your experience. A “web beacon” or “pixel tag” is tiny object or image embedded in a web page or email. They are used to track the number of users who have visited particular pages and viewed emails, and acquire other statistical data. They collect only a limited set of data, such as a cookie number, time and date of page or email view, and a description of the page or email on which they reside. Web beacons and pixel tags cannot be declined. However, you can limit their use by controlling the cookies that interact with them.