Cookies are small data files that websites download to a user’s computer, phone or tablet. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies. They help website providers, for example, to recognise a user that has visited a website previously. Further details on the cookies used on this Site and their purposes are set out below.
- single session cookie: enables this Site to keep track of your movement from page to page in order to ensure that you will not be asked for the same information you have previously given during your visit to this Site. We may use the cookie to enable you to return to a previous page, or analyse user behaviour, such as which pages have been visited during your visit, in order to improve your overall experience and the performance of this Site
- remember me cookie: enables this Site to remember your personal preferences such as log in details in order to improve the user experience for example by avoiding you having to re-enter these details on each visit to this Site
- global session cookie: enables us to collect information such as number of visitors to this Site, links clicked on, from what links you used to come to this Site and pages visited in order to analyse user behaviour. This information is collected in an anonymous form and will be collated with similar information received from other users to enable us to compile reports in order to develop and improve user experience by displaying more tailored and relevant content for example. We might use these cookies to highlight articles, services available within this Site or adverts that we believe may be of interest to you.
The single session and global session cookies are provided on our behalf by a trusted third party service provider, Google Inc, to aid with reporting of user behaviour, market research, providing targeted advertisements and improving Site functionality for example. This user behaviour is analysed in order to improve this Site. The information collected is not linked to personal data.
The information generated by the cookies about your use of the website will be transmitted to and stored by Google on its servers in the United States. We have activated IP-anonymization on this website, your IP address will be truncated within the area of Member States of the European Union. Only in exceptional cases is the whole IP address transferred to a Google server in the USA and truncated there (an adequate level of data protection is ensured because Google is a participant in the Privacy Shield Agreement). We have also concluded a contract with Google Inc. (USA) for commissioned data processing. Accordingly, Google will solely use collected data to evaluate the use of the website and to compile reports on website activities.
You can withdraw your consent to the processing at any time. Please use one of the following options:
- you can also prevent Google from collecting the data generated by the cookie and relating to your use of the website and from processing this data by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under the following link (http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de).
As an alternative to opting out from being tracked by Google Analytics you can also click the following link. An opt-out cookie will be stored, which means that no web analysis will take place as long as the opt-out cookie is stored by your browser.
Please click here, to object to the processing of your personal data by Google Analytics
The single session cookie is a temporary cookie which remains in the cookie file of your browser until you close the browser. The other cookies will remain in the cookie file of your browser after the closing of the browser, and will become active again when you reopen this Site. The different cookies have different expiration dates. Following expiry of a cookie, a new version of that cookie will be downloaded when you next visit this Site, unless you have withdrawn your consent in the meantime. You can also delete your cookies at any time in your browser settings.
You do not have to accept cookies, but without accepting them you may experience reduced Site functionality. If you wish to reject the cookies then please go to www.allaboutcookies.org to see how you can turn off the automatic download feature. For more information about cookies, please go to www.allaboutcookies.org.