Updated 13th May 2020.
Cookies are small text files that websites place on your device (computer, tablet, mobile phone, etc.) as you are browsing. They are processed and stored by your web browser. Many Cookies contain a unique identifier which allows service providers to recognize your device at the next time of your website visit/use of other online service (Client ID). Cookies are browser-specific, which means that different browsers on your device will not be able to see each other’s Cookies.
Some Cookies last only for one browser session (Session Cookies), other Cookies continue in your device until they expire or are affirmatively deleted (Persistent Cookies). Cookies set by the website owner (in this case, us) are called “first party cookies”. Cookies set by parties other than the website owner are called “third party cookies”. Third party cookies enable third party features or functionality to be provided on or through our Websites (for example, advertising or interactive content). The third party that set Third party cookies can recognise your device both when it visits the website in question and also when it visits certain other websites.
Some Cookies that are used to enable your experience are strictly necessary for the functioning of the service we provide to you. Examples of these necessary Cookies include:
If you disable these Cookies, you may not be able to access the full functionality of our Websites or applications and we may not be able to fulfil your requests. Most of the Cookies in this category expire at the end of the session; Cookies that keep you logged in are valid for one month at the maximum.
These Cookies enable us to optimize and improve your browsing experience, such as Cookies used to remember your language and country preferences and Cookies measuring your use of our Websites so that we can improve them and conduct market research. The use of these Cookies is based on our legitimate interests. Cookies that remember your preferences are valid for one year; Analytics Cookies two years at the maximum.
On our Websites, we use Google Analytics Cookies. Google Analytics is an analytical tool provided by Google, Inc., that helps us to understand how you interact with our Webpages. Google Analytics monitors for example actions that you have taken on our Websites and what content you have been interested in. From such information Google Analytics creates aggregate statistical data available to us. To ensure your privacy, we use Google Analytics in anonymous mode, meaning that your IP addresses are shortened before being sent further, rendering it impossible to recognize your device individually.
We or third parties may also set on our Webpages Cookies to deliver advertisements to you directly on our Webpages or elsewhere. By using these Cookies, we hope to better tailor the advertisements to your interests based on your online activities. The expiry date of the Advertising Cookies depends on the particular advertising tool but generally varies between 6 months to 2 years.
You can modify your browser settings to control whether your device accepts or declines Cookies. These settings are generally available within your browser’s "Help", "Tools" or "Edit" menus. Through the settings you may be able to receive notifications when you are receiving new Cookies, disable Cookies or delete Cookies. Through browser preferences, it is also possible to delete Cookies installed in the past. Keep in mind that your browser settings may prevent you from accessing all functionality on our Websites.
Our newsletter may contain so-called tracking pixels. A tracking pixel is a miniature graphic embedded in such emails, which are sent in HTML format to enable log file recording and analysis. Based on the embedded tracking pixel, we may see if and when the newsletter was opened by you and which links within the newsletter to visit our websites were activated. Gathering this type of traffic data statistically allows us to evaluate online campaigns and improve our products and services.