What is a cookie?

Almost every website uses cookies. A cookie is a small file that may be used to store data by the internet-browser on a user's device while visiting a specific website. Cookies are always bound to a specific website (on a domain, sub-domain or even folder level). Hence, only those website can store data in their belonging cookies or respectively read data from their belonging cookies. This way, the stored data may for example be used to provide a specific experience to the user, like keeping the user logged in by storing an access token. To make this work, all the belonging cookies are sent to their website with every request (first-party cookies). If content from third-party providers like for example images, videos, scripts, tags or tracking-pixels are embedded those other websites may also store and read their own cookies (third-party cookies). Cookies can be categorized into the following categories.

  • Strictly necessary cookies
  • Functional cookies
  • Performance cookies
  • Marketing cookies
  • Uncategorized cookies

Cookie settings

Configure which type of cookies you accept and which not.

Strictly necessary cookies

Strictly necessary cookies are essential in order to enable navigating around the website and using its features, such as accessing secure areas. Without these cookies, some services cannot be provided. This is why strictly necessary cookies cannot be deactivated in these settings. They can, however, be deactivated in the general browser settings manually (not recommended).

Functional cookies

Functional cookies allow the website to remember choices a user makes (such as user name, language, region, etc.) and provide enhanced, more personal features. They may also be used to provide services a user asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a post. The information these cookies collect cannot be used to track a user's activity on other websites.

Performance cookies

Performance cookies help to collect statistical information about how users use a website, for instance which pages users go to most often, and whether they get error messages. These cookies do not collect information that identifies a user personally. Information these cookies collect are aggregated and evaluated anonymously. They are only used to improve the website and its features.

Marketing cookies

Marketing cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to a user's and a user's interests. They may also be used to limit the number of times a user sees an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They remember that a user has visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers.

Uncategorized cookies

Uncategorized cookies have not been categorized or do not fall in any of the other categories.

List of cookies

The following list contains cookies directly set and used by our website (first-party cookies) as well as cookies from third-parties whose contents we embed (third-party cookies).

Cookie Purpose Category
_ga Google Analytics: Used to distinguish between users. Performance cookies
_gid Google Analytics: Used to distinguish between users. Performance cookies
_gat Google Analytics: Used to throttle the request rate. Performance cookies

Please note: Strictly necessary cookies can be manually deactivated in the browser settings.

Third-party cookies

Third-party cookies are cookies that are used by third-parties, whose contents like images, videos, scripts, tags or tracking-pixels we embed in our website. For security reasons we cannot set, read or delete such cookies directly. To prevent the use of third-party cookies, we avoid loading aforementioned third-party contents, thus related features cannot (fully/correctly) be offered. Which third-party provider stands behind which cookie, can be found in the cookie list. Which information each third-party provider collects, can be found in the terms of each provider.

Manage and delete cookies manually

In this website's cookie settings a user may comfortably manage the settings regarding cookies that require approval. Cookies can, however, also be managed manually in the browser settings - depending on the browser. Many browsers allow the user to choose which types of cookies should be accepted or declined by default. These settings can be used to also block cookies categorized as "strictly necessary cookies" (which may, however, result in broken functionality).