What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that are stored by the web browser on the user’s end device to store certain information. The next time our website is accessed using the same terminal device, the information stored in cookies is sent back to our website (“First Party Cookie”) or another website to which the cookie belongs (“Third Party Cookie”).
The information stored and returned in the cookie enables the respective website to recognize that the user has already accessed and visited it with the web browser of his or her terminal device. We use this information in order to provide the user with the best possible display of the website according to his preferences.
However, only the cookie itself is identified on the end device. Any further storage of personal data is only carried out if the user gives us his explicit consent or if such storage is absolutely necessary in order to be able to use the service offered and accessed.
The user can adjust his cookie settings individually at any time, for example by activating or deactivating individual cookie categories.
How the user can deactivate or delete cookies in general (including the absolutely necessary cookies) in his browser is described in the section “Deactivating or deleting all cookies”.
Categories of the cookies used
Depending on the intended use and function, we divide the cookies used by the website into the following categories:
Marketing- / Third Party- / Consent Cookies
Absolutely necessary Cookies
Cookies are essential to ensure that this website or service functions properly. This means that without these cookies, the website or service cannot be used as intended. This type of cookie is only used by the website operator (first party cookies) and all information stored in the cookies is only sent to this website.
The use of absolutely necessary cookies on this website is possible without the consent of the user. For this reason, absolutely necessary cookies cannot be deactivated or activated individually. This function is only available for cookies requiring consent, i.e. the functional cookies, the performance cookies and the marketing/third party/consent cookies. However, the user has the option of generally deactivating cookies in his browser at any time (see “Deactivation or deletion of all cookies”).
The legal basis for the use of the First Party Cookies is a legitimate interest (i.e. interest in the analysis, optimization and economic operation of this website and services) within the meaning of Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. f DSGVO.
Functional cookies enable this website to store information such as the user name or language selection and to offer the user improved and personalized functions based on this information. These cookies collect and store only anonymous information.
The legal basis for the use of Functional Cookies is a legitimate interest (i.e. interest in the analysis, optimization and economic operation of this website and services) within the meaning of Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. f DSGVO.
Performance cookies collect information on how our websites are used in order to improve their attractiveness, content and functionality. These cookies help us to determine, for example, whether and which sub-pages of our website are visited and what content users are particularly interested in. We record the number of times a page is accessed, the number of sub-pages called up, the time spent on our website, the sequence of pages visited, which search terms led our users to us, the country, region and, if applicable, the city from which the access takes place, as well as the proportion of mobile devices that access our websites. The IP address of a computer transmitted for technical reasons is automatically made anonymous and does not allow us to identify the individual user.
The user of the website can object to the use of performance cookies at any time by adjusting his cookie settings accordingly.
The legal basis for the use of performance cookies is a legitimate interest (i.e. interest in the analysis, optimization and economic operation of our website and services) within the meaning of Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. f DSGVO .
Marketing- / Third Party- / Cookies requiring consent
Marketing/third-party/consent cookies originate, among other things, from external advertising companies and are used to collect information about the websites visited by the user, e.g. to create target group-oriented advertising for the user.
The user can object to the use of marketing cookies at any time by adjusting his cookie settings accordingly.
Deactivation or deletion of all cookies
The user can set his web browser to generally prevent the storage of cookies on his terminal device or to ask him each time whether he agrees to the setting of cookies. Once cookies have been set, the user can delete them at any time. How this works is described in the help function of the respective web browser.
A general deactivation of cookies may lead to functional limitations of this website.