Last Updated: August 2020
What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small data file sent by a website onto your computer, tablet, smartphone, or similar device each time you use that device to visit a website. Cookies are widely used by website owners in order to make their websites work, or to work more efficiently, as well as to provide reporting information.
Cookies allow our system to recognize your device the next time you visit our website, which helps us to provide you with a better experience when you browse our website and allows us to improve our site. Cookies can store user settings and other information (e.g. your browsing data), which can make your online experience easier.
Cookie management on your device
Who exactly stores cookies on your device?
Any cookies sent by us, as the site operator, and stored on your device are designated “first-party cookies”. Some cookies may be placed by other parties; these are designated “third-party cookies”. First-party cookies are those cookies which are associated with the host name. Third-party cookies are cookies from other domains. Third-party cookies enable third party features or functionality to be provided on or through the website (e.g. advertising, interactive content, analytics).
The parties that set these third-party cookies can recognize your computer both when you visit the website in question and when you visit certain other websites. If, for example, you visit our website and we also display contents from another website, the cookies from our website are first-party cookies and cookies uploaded by another website are third-party cookies.
We use third-party cookies to enhance the performance and functionality of our website, to report usage statistics, and to track user activities on our website. We use these cookies to ensure that our website functions seamlessly and to better cater to your preferences.
How long are cookies stored?
Cookies are stored either on your hard disk (permanent cookie) or in your computer RAM (session cookie).
Session cookies: Session cookies are generated by our website when you start your visit and contain a randomly generated individual ID number allocated to your device. These cookies become invalid and are deleted as soon as you close your browser.
Permanent cookies: Wherever possible, we use permanent cookies whose validity does not automatically extinguish when you close the browser. These cookies are stored in your device and remain in place for as long as they are valid or are deleted. Each time you visit our website, these cookies identify the cookies stored on your device.
For more information on the storage per cookie placed, please read the information specified below in the Section titled “Cookies on this website”.
Where can you get further information?
If you have questions about the cookies we use, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide us with your contact information, the name of our relevant website or services, and a detailed description of your request.