Cookie Statement

The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 as amended by The Privacy and Communications (EC Directive)(Amendment) Regulations 2011 cover the use of cookies and similar technologies for storing information and accessing information stored on a user's equipment such as their computer or mobile.

A cookie is a small file, typically of letters and numbers, downloaded on to a computer or other device when the user accesses certain websites. Cookies are widely used in order to make websites work or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the website.

Use of Cookies

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.

Cookies

During an online session, cookies are stored on your computer. These are small files that control the display and operation of our website. Cookies will not damage your computer and do not contain viruses.

When you visit our website, and wish to make use of the functions we offer, we use one group of cookies that are required for technical reasons.

We also employ other cookies to carry out statistical evaluations of the range of our websites. We perform anonymised statistical evaluations of these websites. We do not establish any personal link to you. We commission service providers to carry out the statistical evaluations, and these are performed exclusively for us and on our behalf. For this reason, when you visit our websites, cookies from these service providers are also stored on your device.

If you do not want cookies for statistical evaluations to be stored on your computer, you can object to them by opting out. In this case, an opt-out cookie will be stored on your device that prevents our website cookies for statistical evaluations from being stored on your computer in future.

Most of the cookies we use are session cookies. They are automatically deleted at the end of your visit. Other cookies, such as those used for statistical evaluations, remain on your terminal device until you delete them. These cookies allow us to recognise your browser the next time you visit.
 

  • The session ID for internal use on the server, specifically used for load distribution, is removed at the end of your browser session.
  • Registers the “read” status of the cookie banner, duration 60 months
  • Visitor identification for the statistical evaluation of web trends, duration 24 months
  • Visitor identification for the statistical evaluation of web trends, duration 10 years
  • Visitor identification for the statistical evaluation of web trends, duration 10 years

  • registers an opt out from statistical evaluation, duration 10 years
  • contains a copy of the Adobe Experience Cloud ID for visitor identification using Adobe Analytics, duration 24 months
  • contains the unique Adobe Experience Cloud user ID for visitor identification using Adobe Analytics, duration 24 months
  • detects whether cookies are permitted, and is removed at the end of the browser session.
  • registers the last link clicked, and is removed at the end of the browser session.
  • contains a unique visitor ID for visitor identification using Adobe Analytics, duration 24 months
  • contains a copy of the unique visitor ID for visitor identification using Adobe Analytics, duration 24 months

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).

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