Last updated: May 23, 2018
Cookies are files, often including unique identifiers, that are sent by web servers to web browsers, and which may then be sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.
Cookies can be used by web servers to identify and track users as they navigate different pages on a website, and to identify users returning to a website.
Cookies may be either “persistent” cookies or “session” cookies. A persistent cookie consists of a text file sent by a web server to a web browser, which will be stored by the browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date (unless deleted by the user before the expiry date). A session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.
How we are complying with the new law
The GPDR means that we must be transparent about the cookies we are using and also ask permission of you to use the cookies.
If you wish to disable cookies you can visit AboutCookies.org for details of how to do this.
Cookies on this website
We use both session cookies and persistent cookies on this website.
Below is a list of each category of cookies we use and why we use each cookie. First party cookies are our own cookies set by us, controlled by us and used to provide information about the usage of the Service.
Strictly Necessary Cookies: These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms. Without these cookies, certain features could not function. No information about your browsing habits is gathered by these cookies.
You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work.
Performance / Analytics Cookies: These cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our site. They help us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site. Performance Cookies are persistent cookies that the Service remembers when your computer or device comes back to that Service.
Advertising Cookies: Advertising Cookies are used to deliver relevant advertisements to users both on and off the Service. We analyze what pages you visit on these sites, what products or services you view, and whether you view or click on ads that are shown to you. We may also use a cookie to learn whether someone who saw an ad later visited and took an action on the advertiser’s site. We use this information to send you interest-based ads and may also share this information with third parties. Similarly, our partners may use a cookie to determine whether we’ve shown an ad and how it performed, or provide us with information about how you interact with ads.
Google Analytics and Google Remarketing
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website will be transmitted to and stored by Google.
The IP-anonymisation is active on this website. This means that your IP address will be truncated (cuts the three last digits) within the area of Member States of the European Union or other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area.
Google will use this information on behalf of the operator of this website for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing them other services relating to website activity and internet usage.
Non-identifying information shared with Google Analytics may be stored indefinitely for statistical purposes (Historical analysis of data).
When sending out email campaigns, especially our newsletter, we use the email marketing service „MailChimp”, which is a service by The Rocket Science Group, LLC, 675 Ponce de Leon Ave NE Suite 5000, Atlanta, GA 30308, USA. On 22.07.2008, the Rocket Science Group signed the so called „Safe Harbor Privacy Principles“, which is a data protection agreement between the European Union and the United States of America.
The information saved during the registration process will be passed on to the Rocket Science Group and stored on the company’s servers in the US. The information submitted during registration will not be given to any third party. You will find further information regarding “MailChimp’s” data protection policy at https://mailchimp.com/legal/privacy/.
Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies. For example:
in Internet Explorer you can refuse all cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Internet Options”, “Privacy”, and selecting “Block all cookies” using the sliding selector;
in Firefox you can block all cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Options”, and un-checking “Accept cookies from sites” in the “Privacy” box.
in Google Chrome you can adjust your cookie permissions by clicking “Options”, “Under the hood”, Content Settings in the “Privacy” section. Click on the Cookies tab in the Content Settings.
Blocking all cookies will, however, have a negative impact on the usability of many websites. If you block cookies, you may not be able to use certain features on the website (log on, access content, use search functions).
Do Not Track Response
You can also delete cookies already stored on your computer:
- in Internet Explorer, you must manually delete cookie files;
- in Firefox, you can delete cookies by, first ensuring that cookies are to be deleted when you “clear private data” (this setting can be changed by clicking “Tools”, “Options” and “Settings” in the “Private Data” box) and then clicking “Clear private data” in the “Tools” menu.
- in Google Chrome you can adjust your cookie permissions by clicking “Options”, “Under the hood”, Content Settings in the “Privacy” section. Click on the Cookies tab in the Content Settings.
Doing this may have a negative impact on the usability of many websites.