These terms are effective as of 16 August 2018.
2 What are cookies?
Cookies are small bits of record-keeping information, tiny text files, which are automatically generated and stored on your computer by your browser when you visit a certain website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on your each subsequent visit.
There are many functions cookies serve. Namely, they can enable the website to remember your preferences, such as your preferred language. They can store your login data, so you do not have to keep re-entering it. They can help analyse how well the website is performing, and more. Most cookies are established to improve user’s current experience and future interaction.
Depending on the functionality and the purpose of cookies, they can store different kinds of information. Cookies can contain names, email addresses, phone numbers and/or other personal data, or they can contain only anonymous information needed for better functionality of the website.
Cookies remain on your computer for different periods of time. Some cookies exist only while your website is open and are deleted automatically once you close your browser. These are session cookies. Other cookies, known as permanent cookies, can survive after your browser is closed and can be used to recognize your computer whenever you come back to a website.
There are two broad categories of cookies. First-party cookies are served directly by the website you are visiting. Third-party cookies are served by a third party on behalf of the website you are visiting.
Note that cookies are not viruses. They are not compiled pieces of software code so they cannot be executed nor are they self-executing. They also cannot make copies of themselves and spread to other networks to execute and replicate again.
For more information about cookies in general, please see http://www.allaboutcookies.org/, whereas below you will find out everything about the concrete cookies we use on our websites.
3 What cookies do we use and why?
Our websites only use the following cookies, which are permanent but stored for no longer than one year, and anonymous as they do not collect or store any personal data.
We use first-party cookies for the sole purpose of remembering your preferences which enable you to smoothly browse through our websites on every visit. These cookies do not collect any personal data form you and they are not used for any kind of profiling or tracking.
We use third-party Google Analytics cookies to analyse the website usage. To this end, we use Google Analytics within our websites to monitor how you have landed on one of our websites and how you consequently navigate it. This is done so that we can see aggregated (not individual) statistics about which content our users access most frequently. Note that our websites enable IP anonymization, which means that your IP address is hidden when we use Google Analytics cookies so that neither we nor Google is able to identify you as the website visitor, nor can we link your subsequent visits to our websites. As a consequence, we cannot even determine visitor’s location. For technical details on how IP anonymization works, please see the official documentation available here.
5 Do we use other cookies?
Note that our websites offer links to other websites not owned or operated by us. Your use of these third-party services is entirely optional and at your own risk. We are not responsible for the cookies, cookie policies, and/or cookie practices of these third-party services and you are fully responsible for reading and understanding their cookie policies.
6 How to control cookies?
Cookies help you get the most out of our websites. However, you can enable, disable or delete cookies within the settings of your browser at any time. In order to do so, please follow the instructions provided by your browser (usually located within the “Help”, “Tools” or “Edit” menu):
Cookie settings in Chrome
Cookie settings in Safari
Cookie settings in Firefox
Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
Note that disabling cookies does not delete cookies from your browser; you will need to do this by yourself from within your browser by choosing the option to delete cookies.
If you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including any essential cookies needed for proper functioning of a website) please note that our websites may not be working properly.