Effective as of February 10, 2022.
If you visit our websites for the first time, you will see our Cookie Banner, and when you click on Cookies Settings, our Privacy Preference Center. Here you can exhibit choice and control over the cookies placed on your device.
What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files which are sent to your device (computer, laptop, smartphone, tablet) by the website you visit. Cookies are stored on your device in your browser’s file directory. Your browser sends these cookies back to the website each time you revisit it so it can recognize your device and improve your user experience on each subsequent visit. Cookies allow us e.g. to tailor a website to better match your interests or to store your password so that you do not need to re-enter it each time you visit. Please note that certain functions of our website may not work properly without cookies.
Categories of cookies
Depending on their function and their intended purpose, cookies can be assigned to the following categories: strictly necessary cookies, performance cookies, functional cookies and targeting cookies.
Strictly necessary cookies
Strictly necessary cookies are required to navigate our websites and operate basic website functions. Examples of strictly necessary cookies are login cookies, shopping cart cookies or cookies to remember your cookie settings. Without these cookies, certain essential functionalities cannot be offered. Strictly necessary cookies are always active and, as with your web browser settings, you will not be able to withdraw consent for cookies which are necessary for the website to operate.
Performance cookies – aka analytics cookies - collect information on your usage of our websites. They identify, e.g., your internet browser, operating system, visited websites, duration / number of website visits, previously visited website, most commonly visited websites and errors you’ve experienced. This may also include cookies from third-party analytics services we use on our websites, e.g., Google Analytics. The information collected is aggregated and anonymous. It only serves the purpose of evaluating and enhancing the user experience of our websites.
Functional cookies enable a website to store information and options you have already previously entered (e.g. username, language settings, layout settings, contact preferences or your location) in order to offer you improved personalized functions. They are also used to enable requested functions, like playing videos.
Targeting cookies – aka cookies for marketing purposes - are used to offer more relevant and interest-specific content to you, to limit the display frequency of ads and to measure the efficiency of an advertising campaign. They register if you have visited a promoted website or not, and which content you have consumed. Such information may be shared with third parties, e.g., advertisers.
Cookies we use on our website
You may find further detailed information on cookies utilized by us in our Privacy Preference Center. Here you can provide, revoke or change your cookie settings at any time.