Cookies are small files that are automatically created by the user's browser and are stored locally (on the accessing laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc.) when visiting the websites. Cookies do not harm the device and do not contain viruses, trojans or other malicious software.
Cookies may store information of a user's visit of the websites.
However, cookies do not serve to identify a particular user on the websites.
Types of cookies
There're different types of cookies on its websites:
There're so-called session cookies to recognise that a user has already visited individual pages on the websites. These cookies are automatically deleted after leaving the websites.
In addition, in order to improve usability, there're temporary cookies that are stored on the user's device for a specified period of time. When visiting the websites again, it will automatically recognise that the particular user has already been and what settings have been made, so that it is not necessary to re-enter them.
Furthermore, there're cookies to statistically record the use of its websites and to evaluate it for the purpose of optimizing the offered services. These cookies allow to automatically recognise that a particular user has already been when visiting the websites again. These cookies are automatically deleted after a defined time.
Also, there're third party cookies on its websites. These cookies are provided by third party companies placing content and/or running advertisement on the websites and survey the user's behaviour regarding the placed content and/or running advertisements.
How to manage cookies
Most browsers accept cookies automatically. However, one can configure the browser in a way that no cookies are stored on its computer or always a hint appears before a new cookie is created. Please see the particular operator's advice for the deactivation of cookies.
Disabling cookies completely may lead to decreased functionality regarding certain features of websites.
More information on cookies, their functioning and how to manage them can be found at http://www.allaboutcookies.org.
Third-party cookies on the websites
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The data processed by using cookies are necessary for the purposes mentioned above.
Legitimate interests for the collection of data via cookies are
- the enabling, optimisation and improvement of the services, and
- the promotion of the services offered.