A cookie is a small text file that a website saves on your computer or mobile device when you visit the site. It enables the website to remember your actions and preferences (such as login, language, font size, and other display preferences) over a period of time, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you come back to the site or browse from one page to another.
To learn more about cookies, please visit http://www.aboutcookies.org/.
For our purposes we distinguish between four types of cookies:
Technically necessary cookies
These cookies are absolutely necessary to ensure the basic functions of the website. Some functions of our website cannot be offered without the use of these cookies. For these functions, it is necessary that the browser is recognized even after a page change.
Technically necessary cookies are, for example, session cookies that save certain user settings (e.g. language settings), flash cookies for playing media content, or opt-out cookies that can be used to revoke cookie consent.
The user data collected through technically necessary cookies are not used to create user profiles.
These cookies ensure better user experience. For example, entered locations, font sizes, or form data are stored. The purpose of using functional cookies is to simplify the use of websites for users.
Also known as “performance cookies,” these cookies enable us to monitor the use and performance of our websites, establish statistics, number of visitors, and the use of various site elements (which pages or sections are sought the most often, which articles are read the most, etc.) to ensure that our services are as relevant and user-friendly as possible.
Because these are third-party cookies, they are not saved by us. We, therefore, suggest that you read the websites of these third parties to find out more about the saved cookies and how they are managed.
The use of these cookies serves the purpose of improving the quality of our website and its contents. Through these cookies, we learn how the website is used and can thus constantly optimize our offer.
This includes so-called advertising, tracking, and sharing. Advertisement and tracking cookies are used to deliver customized advertising to the user. Sharing cookies serve to improve the interactivity of our website with other services (e.g. social networks).
Our sites contain links to Facebook, Twitter, and other similar social media sites that enable you to share the content of our websites with other people via social media. When you use these share buttons, a third-party cookie is installed.
If you are connected to a social media site when browsing our websites, the share button will allow you to link the content viewed to your social media user account. If you do not want the social media site to link the information gathered through our sites to your user account, you will need to log out of the social media site first.
In any case, you can also refuse these cookies by changing your browser settings.
Please read the privacy policies of each social media site to ensure that you are aware of your rights and the usage purposes, in particular advertising, of browsing information they may collect via these application buttons.
When you visit our website for the first time, we ask you which of the last two types of cookie you wish to accept. This decision is also stored in a cookie.