1. General explanations of cookies
The specific types of cookies served through this website, their purposes and your options to manage them are described in further detail below.
Cookies: Cookies are small data files that are placed on your computer or mobile device by your browser while you are visiting a website. Usually a cookie contains the website´s name using it and a string of text or “unique identifier” which enables websites to recognize that cookie on each subsequent visit throughout its lifetime. Cookies can collect and store a wide range of information, such as the type of browser or operating system used, language or other browser settings, registration information or your interaction with the website. Usually cookies are not used to collect data that itself identifies an individual. However information collected with cookies may become associated with a natural person, if it is combined with personal identifiable data such as the e-mail address of a person.
In general we use two different types of cookies on this website.
Session cookies are used in order to store information about your activities on this website for the duration of your visit. Session cookies are erased when you close your browser.
Web beacons, embedded scripts and other similar technologies: We and our third-party partners may also use similar technologies on this Website, such as web beacons (also called Pixel-Tags or GIFs) or scripts. Web Beacons are small graphic images (that may be embedded into websites or in HTML e-mails which are usually not visible for the user. They track the user’s interaction with this Website or our newsletters. For example they help us to understand whether or not you read our newsletters or if you clicked on the links contained within those, so that we can deliver offers to you which are tailored to your interests. An embedded script or pixel is programming code that is designed to collect information about your interactions with this Website, such as the links you click on. The code is temporarily downloaded onto your device from our web server or a third-party service provider, is active only while you are connected to the Website, and is deactivated or deleted thereafter. While you may not have the ability to specifically reject or disable these tracking technologies by your browser settings, they typically work in conjunction with cookies; accordingly declining cookies in your browser will in most cases impair functioning of these technologies as well.
We may use the terms "cookies" or "similar technologies" hereinafter interchangeably.
2. Types of Cookies served through this Website
We use first-party and third-party cookies for several reasons. Below you will find a detailed overview of the different types of cookies used on this website and our the reasons for using them:
Strictly necessary cookies: TThese cookies are essential to provide fundamental functions of this website, e.g. to enable you to browse this website and use some of its features, such as access to secure areas. For instance we use these strictly necessary cookies to embed contact forms on this website.
Tracking Cookies: These cookies are used to track the use of promotional offers provided on this website. They solely serve the purpose to allocate sales or other transactions to the respective offer on our website in order to receive our commission. Tracking cookies are stored on your device until you change your cookie settings.
Functionality cookies: These cookies enable us to remember your preferences (such as your cookie choices), but are not essential to the use of the website. Functionality cookies are stored on your device until you change your cookie settings.
Analytic and performance cookies: These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how this website is being used, to improve user experience and fix issues on the website quickly or to help us customize our websites and services for you in order to enhance your experience. These cookies may be placed by us or by third parties.
Advertising (targeting) cookies: These Cookies help us to make this Website and its content more relevant to your interests and to deliver you content tailored to your interests (“targeted advertising”). In addition these cookies help us to control the frequency with which promotional offers are displayed to you. These cookie also enable us to serve advertisements on other websites across the Internet to previous visitors to our site and to measure the effectiveness of such ads. Advertising cookies are mostly placed by third parties, such as advertising networks or social networks. The information collected by these third parties on this website does not include personal information that enables them to directly identify users (e.g. by reference to their email address). They might however use information collected about you on other websites and combine such information.
3. How you can control your Cookie settings and ad preferences
If you want to delete or disable cookies you can do so using your browser's settings. Most browsers currently accept cookies automatically. However, if you prefer, you can configure your browser settings in a way that no cookies are stored on your computer or to notify you before a new cookie is placed. Each browser is a little different, so please follow your browser instructions on how to manage your browser settings.
If you use different devices (e.g. smartphone, tablet, computer, etc.) please make sure that each browser on each device is adjusted to reflect your cookie preferences.
Some internet browsers may include the ability to transmit “Do Not Track” or “DNT” signals. As uniform standards for “DNT” signals have not been adopted yet, this Website does not currently process or respond to “DNT” signals.
Please note that the full deactivation of cookies may lead to the fact that you cannot use all features of this Website.
You can also find more information about cookies at www.allaboutcookies.org