Cookie Policy

Cookies and log files

Use of cookies

While you are on-line, your computer saves so-called cookies. These are small files that control how our website is displayed and operates. Cookies do not damage your computer and do not contain viruses. Cookies serve to make our internet presence more user-friendly, effective and secure.

Most of the cookies we use are 'session cookies' which are automatically deleted as soon as you leave the site. Other cookies remain on your computer until you delete them. Such cookies allow us to recognise your browser the next time you visit and the browser settings let previously viewed pages load faster, for example. We use cookies to offer you the best possible experience on our website.

We therefore save them and analyse their data – although they do not identify you personally. This improves the usefulness of our website. We perform anonymous statistical analyses of our internet presence, and do not identify you personally.

You can change your browser settings so that you are notified when cookies are being used, and you can allow them only once, or refuse them in certain cases or completely. You may also activate the automatic deletion of cookies when you close your browser. Deactivating cookies may restrict website functionality.

Server log files

The information that your browser automatically sends us is collected automatically and saved in server log files. They contain:

  • Browser type and version
  • Operating system used
  • Referrer URL (the URL that the user comes from)
  • Host name (network name) of the accessing computer
  • Time of server request

This data cannot be traced to individual people. We do not merge this data with other data sources. We reserve the right to review the information subsequently, and report it to authorities (such as the police or public prosecutor’s office), if there are concrete indications that our internet presence is being used illegally (for example, a hacking attack on our network).

We use cookies on our websites to improve your experience as an internet user, and to optimise our online services. They comprise cookies that are required for technical purposes, and without which the website functionality could not be guaranteed. We also employ cookies to carry out statistical evaluations of the reach of our websites. These evaluations are anonymised. You can find further information on the cookies we use, and ways to object to the use of cookies for statistical evaluations, in our cookie guidelines.