Cookie Policy

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This information describes our handling of cookies and similar technologies in connection with our website, with the official social media sites controlled by us and with the HTML-formatted e-mail messages we might send you (hereinafter collectively referred to as "Sites").

n order to access and use our Sites, it is necessary for us to use cookies and related technologies. These are essential to enable the proper functioning of our pages. You have the option of blocking the use of such cookies (see below). However, blocking such cookies in your browser settings can have a negative effect on the use of our pages. In addition, we may use advertising cookies and tracking technologies to provide you with an improved and/or customized experience on our sites. You are not obliged to allow this cookie use. If you do not allow the use of advertising cookies, this will not affect the use of our site in any way.


1. What is a cookie?

A cookie is a file that is stored on your computer or mobile device when you visit websites and that allows us or third parties to (1) enable certain features of a site, (2) perform anonymous data analysis, and (3) store your preferences to speed up your future activities and personalize your experience on our site. A cookie is capable of doing this because pages can read and modify this small file. This allows pages to recognize you and remember important information about you that will make your use of the site more convenient (e.g., your preferred settings) and to display content (including advertisements) that is tailored to you.

Some cookies store personal information, for example, when you click "Remember Password" when you log in. However, most cookies do not collect data that identifies you, but rather collect more general information such as the name of the website from which the cookie originated, the "lifetime" of the cookie (i.e., how long the cookie will remain on your device), the importance of the cookie, and a number, which is usually a randomly generated number.


2. What type of cookie do we use?

Cookies can be used either for one session only or as permanent cookies. A session cookie automatically expires when you close your browser. A persistent cookie remains until it expires (this is provided for in the cookie itself) or you delete it. Where data collected by cookies is personal data, the privacy policy applies to the use of that data.


We may use cookies of the following categories:

Type of cookie: Functionality

cms_main (CMS)
cms_manager (CMS)
cookies_accepted (cookie function)


What does this cookie do?

These cookies are necessary/important for our pages to function properly. They allow you to navigate through our pages and use their features. For example, when you return to a page during the same session, these cookies remember previous actions (e.g. text entered). You may also allow visitors to watch videos, play games, and use social tools such as blogs, chat rooms, and forums.


Does this cookie collect personal information about me or does this cookie identify me?

These cookies could partially identify you as an individual, but this is not always the case.

Type of cookie: Performance

_ga (Google Analytics)
_gat (Google Analytics)
_gid (Google Analytics)


What does this cookie do?

These cookies help us to understand how visitors behave on our pages by providing us with information about which areas have been visited, how long someone has been in each area, and any problems they have encountered. This helps us to improve the performance of our pages.

Does this cookie collect personal information about me or does this cookie identify me?

These cookies do not identify you as a person. All data is collected and stored anonymously. Further information at Google:

Type of cookie: target group/advertising cookies

This website does not actively use advertising cookies.


What does this cookie do?

These cookies are used to provide you with content (including advertising) that is relevant to you and tailored to your interests. They can be used to place targeted advertisements or to limit the frequency of an advertisement. They also help us measure the effectiveness of advertising campaigns on our sites or third party sites.

We may use these cookies to track the pages you have visited and we may share this information with third parties such as advertisers, analytics services or our support staff.

Does this cookie collect personal information about me or does this cookie identify me?

Most of these cookies track users by their IP address and may collect personal information.

However, these cookies are in any case only used with your prior explicit consent, which can be revoked at any time, and are in no case stored on your device for more than one year after setup.


3. How do third parties use cookies on our pages?

Third parties, such as companies that analyse data, normally use cookies on an anonymous basis.


4. Other similar technologies

Our sites also use other tracking technologies, such as IP addresses and/or log files and/or web beacons, which also help us to tailor our site to your personal needs:

IP addresses: An IP address is a number that is used by computers on the network to identify your computer when you access the Internet. We store IP addresses for the following purposes: (i) for troubleshooting purposes, (ii) to maintain website security, (iii) to better understand how our websites are used, and (iv) to better tailor content to your needs, depending on the country you are in.

Log Data: We (or a third party on our behalf) may store data in the form of log data, record website activity and compile statistics about users' browsing habits. These logs are generated anonymously and help us collect, among other things, the following information: (i) the user's browser type and operating system, (ii) information about the user's session (such as the URL from which the user came, the date and time the site was visited and which pages were viewed and for how long) and (iii) other similar navigation or click data flows. Information collected by Google Analytics is retained for 38 months.

Web beacons: We (or third parties in our place) may use web beacons (or invisible GIFs) on our pages. Web beacons (also called "web bugs") are small strings of characters that provide a method of projecting a graphical image onto a web page for the purpose of sending data back to us. The data collected by web beacons may include information such as how a user responds to an email campaign (e.g., the time the email is opened, which link the user clicks on in the email, etc.). We use Web beacons information for a variety of purposes, including recording Web site traffic, counting individual visitors, advertising, email verification and reporting, and personalization.


5. How can I manage my cookie settings?

Although this may change in the near future, most browsers are initially set to accept cookies, but leave it up to you to change these settings to erase existing cookies, block future cookies, or alert you when cookies are sent to your device. Please refer to your browser settings and instructions for this. If you change your settings, please note that you may not be able to use all of our features or we may not be able to save your preferences and some of our pages may not be fully viewable. Please also note that if you use different computers in different locations, you must ensure that you set the browser on each computer accordingly.


Internet Explorer :

Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0, 10.0, 11.0

Click on "Tools" at the top of your browser window and select "Internet Options", then click on "Privacy". Make sure that your privacy level is set to "Medium" or below; this will allow cookies in your browser. Settings that are stricter than "Medium" will disable cookies.


Microsoft Edge:

Click on the menu button in the upper right corner and select "Preferences". Scroll down to the bottom and select "Show advanced settings". Further down you will find the category "Cookies" with several options. If you select the option "Block all cookies", they will no longer be saved.


Google Chrome (latest version):

Click on the screwdriver icon at the top right of your browser window and select "Settings". Click on "Advanced options" below and find the "Privacy" section. Click on "Content Settings" and within the cookie section at the top, select "Allow local data storage" to allow cookies. To not allow cookies, please check "Block sites from setting any data", "Block third-party cookies and site data" and "Clear cookies and other site and plug-in data when I close my browser".


Mozilla Firefox:

Click on "Tools" at the top of your browser window and select "Options". Then select the "Privacy" tab that appears. Check "Accept cookies from other sites" to allow cookies. If you do not want to allow cookies, do not check this box.



Click on the Safari icon in the upper right corner of your browser window and select "Preferences". Click on the "Privacy" tab that appears. Check "Accept cookies from other sites" to allow cookies. If you do not want to allow cookies, check "Never".


In addition, you may be able to manage your cookie settings through the following websites: or

Because a web beacon is part of a web page, it is not possible to exclude web beacons. However, you can make them useless by excluding the cookies that make web beacons possible.


6. More information

If you want to learn more about cookies, please visit

If you have any questions about our information on cookies, you can contact us by e-mail at