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what are cookies?

Cookies are tiny text files that are stored on your terminal device via the browser when you use our website. These text files contain information to provide user-friendly services and are read by web browsers. Cookies enable our website to recognize you so that our web server can present you with a more personalized, better, faster and more customized website.

Therefore, please keep in mind that you may not be able to access some web content if you block cookies.

Basically, cookies are divided into the following types:

  • Session-related cookies: These are stored on your computer or terminal device while you are surfing on our websites and are deleted afterwards.
  • Persistent cookies: These cookies remain on your computer for a long time.
  • Third-party cookies: These cookies are created by partner websites and embedded in our site. They are used, for example, to deliver personalized advertising.

2. How we use cookies

In general, we use Internet technologies (e.g. cookies, Java script) only to make it easier for you to use our website and to optimize our offer and your communication with our content:

  • We use so-called session-related cookies to keep the current session active.
  • We use cookies for data analysis. This allows us to see how, for example, our forms are accepted, how many visitors use our pages or which are the most frequently visited web pages.
  • We use third-party cookies that are used to improve your experience with our content and advertisements.

This website also uses web analytics services from Google. You can find more information about this under „Data protection notice“.

3. Third party cookies

Some third-party providers set cookies on your computer, in particular to register visitor behavior and personalize offers (including advertising). Depending on the platform, several cookies are set by third-party providers. You can read how the third-party provider handles cookies on the corresponding pages of the network. You can find the information about the networks in the table below. We have no control over the third-party cookies. We therefore recommend that you check the respective third-party websites to see which cookies are used and how they can be managed. For common third-party providers such as Facebook, Google, and many more, the “Digital Advertising Alliance” a possibility, to make a collective opt-out of all DAA companies. You will find further information on this in points 4 and 5.

4. Currently we use the following cookies

Session-related cookies:

Cookie or provider: __utmc – Google Analytics
Task: This is used in conjunction with __utmb to determine whether it is a new(er) visit.
Lifetime: Removed when the browser is closed
More info: Data protection notice

Cookie or provider: PHPSESSID – PHP
Task: PHP Session Cookie
Lifetime: Removed when the browser is closed

Persistent cookies:

Cookie or provider: __utma – Google Analytics
Task: Allows to record visits and visitors.
Lifetime: 2 years
More info: Data protection notice

Cookie or provider: __utmz – Google Analytics
Task: Determines from which source / campaign the visitor comes.
Lifetime: 6 months
More info: Data protection notice

Cookie or provider: __utmx – Google Analytics
Task: Is a cookie that is set specifically for testing and experimentation within Analytics.
Lifetime: 18 months
More info: Data protection notice

Cookie or provider: __utmt – Google Analytics
Task: Limit request rate to Google Analytics
Lifetime: 10 Minutes
More info: Data protection notice

Cookie or provider: __utmb – Google Analytics
Task: Used to detect new visits.
Lifetime: 30 Minutes
More info: Data protection notice

Cookie or provider: _gat – Google
Task: Function-related cookie whose tasks may differ.
Lifetime: 2 Jahre
More info: Datenschutzhinweis

Cookie or provider: notification-cookie
Task: Used to remember consent to the cookie policy.
Lifetime: 1 Monat
More info: Data protection notice

Cookie or provider: views
Task: Used to count the blog article views.
Lifetime: 30 Minutes
More info: Data protection notice

5. Cookies management / objection

In your browser menu you will find setting options for the use of cookies. Usually, a browser has the following setting options:

  • View Cookies,
  • Allow cookies,
  • Disable all or specific cookies,
  • Disable all cookies when closing the browser,
  • Block cookies,
  • Notify me when to set a cookie, and
  • Objection to tracking web analytics

For the following browsers, you can find instructions on how to disable cookies on the manufacturer’s pages. If you block our cookies in your browser, you will not be able to use some areas of our website.