Unfortunately, it is in the nature of things that these explanations sound very technical, but we have tried to describe the most important things as simply and clearly as possible.
What exactly are cookies?
Whenever you browse the Internet, you use a browser. Most websites store small text files in your browser. These files are called cookies.
These cookie files are automatically placed in the cookie folder, effectively the "brain" of your browser. A cookie consists of a name and a value. When defining a cookie, one or more attributes must also be specified.
Cookies store certain user data about you, such as language or personal page settings. When you return to our site, your browser transmits the "user-related" information back to our site. Thanks to cookies, our site knows who you are and offers you your usual default setting.
There are two classes of cookies, namely first-party cookies and third-party cookies.
First-party cookies are created directly by our site, third-party cookies are created by partner websites. Each cookie must be evaluated individually, as each cookie stores different data. Also, the expiration time of a cookie varies from a few minutes to a few years. Cookies are not software programs and do not contain viruses, Trojans or other "pests". Cookies also cannot access information on your PC.
What types of cookies are there?
We can distinguish between 4 types of cookies:
i) Essential or Necessary cookies
These cookies are essential or necessary to ensure that our website works properly and is secure so that you can navigate our website and use its features. Without these cookies, certain features of our website would not be available, and you would not be able to use certain services.
ii) Functional cookies
Functional cookies allow a website to remember the options you have selected (including user ID, consents you have given and/or your preferred language), your username if applicable, and any custom settings you have made (e.g., font sizes) or personalization options you have selected when browsing.
iii) Analysis and performance cookies
Analysis and performance cookies are used to monitor and improve the function and service of a website. They can also help us track down problems you may encounter when using an online service.
Analysis and performance cookies may be used to facilitate online surveys, record visitor numbers, and provide other website analytics metrics.
Why do we provide information about cookies?
The cookies we use that require your consent
Cookie / Type / Description / Lifespan
_fbp / Advertisement / This cookie is set by Facebook to display advertisements when either on Facebook or on a digital platform powered by Facebook advertising, after visiting the website. / 3 months.
_ga / Analytics / The _ga cookie, installed by Google Analytics, calculates visitor, session and campaign data and also keeps track of site usage for the site's analytics report. The cookie stores information anonymously and assigns a randomly generated number to recognize unique visitors. / 2 years.
_gid / Analytics / Installed by Google Analytics, _gid cookie stores information on how visitors use a website, while also creating an analytics report of the website's performance. Some of the data that are collected include the number of visitors, their source, and the pages they visit anonymously. / 1 day.
_gat_UA-182347025-14 / Analytics / A variation of the _gat cookie set by Google Analytics and Google Tag Manager to allow website owners to track visitor behaviour and measure site performance. The pattern element in the name contains the unique identity number of the account or website it relates to. / 1 minute.
The IP address transmitted by your browser will not be merged with other data from Google. You can prevent the storage of cookies by setting your browser accordingly. You can also prevent the collection of the data generated by Google as well as the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plugin available under the following link: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.
Facebook Pixel, Custom Audiences and Facebook Conversion.
Within our website, so-called "Facebook pixels" of the social network Facebook, which is operated by Meta Platforms Inc., are used. With the help of the Facebook pixel, it is possible for Facebook to determine the visitors to our offer as a target group for the display of advertisements, so-called "Facebook ads". Accordingly, we use the Facebook pixel to display the Facebook ads placed by us only to those Facebook users who have also shown an interest in our website. This means that with the help of the Facebook pixel we want to ensure that our Facebook ads correspond to the potential interest of the users and do not have a harassing effect. With the help of the Facebook pixel, we can also track the effectiveness of the Facebook ads for statistical and market research purposes by seeing whether users were redirected to our website after clicking on a Facebook ad. You can object to the collection by the Facebook pixel and use of your data for the display of Facebook ads. To do so, you can visit the page set up by Facebook and follow the instructions there on the settings for usage-based advertising: https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=ads or declare the objection via the US page http://www.aboutads.info/choices/ or the EU page http://www.youronlinechoices.com/.
How can I delete cookies?
Does this policy change?
Who should I contact for more information?
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E-Mail: [email protected]