Use of cookies

1. Nature and scope of data processing
On our website we use cookies. Cookies are small files sent to the browser of your device during your visit to our website and stored there. Some functions of our website cannot be offered without the use of technically necessary cookies. However, other cookies allow us to perform various analyses. For example, cookies are able to recognize the browser you are using the next time you visit our website and to transmit information to us. With the help of cookies, we can make our internet offer more user-friendly and effective for you, for example by tracking your use of our website and determining your preferred settings (e. g. country and language settings). If third parties process information via cookies, they collect the information directly via your browser. Cookies do not cause any damage to your device. They cannot run programs or contain viruses.

We use various types of cookies on our website; the different types and functions will be explained in more detail below.

On our website we use transient cookies, which are automatically deleted when you close your browser. This type of cookie allows us to collect your session-ID. This makes it possible for you to assign different requests of your browser to a shared session and we are able to recognize your device during subsequent website visits.

Furthermore, we use persistent cookies  on our website. Persistent cookies are cookies that are stored in your browser for a prolonged period of time and transfer information to us. The respective duration of storage differs depending on the cookie. You can erase persistent cookies independently in your browser settings.

These cookies enable us to analyze the use of the website and improve its performance and functionality. For example, information is collected on how visitors use our website, which pages are accessed most frequently, or whether error messages are displayed on certain pages.

We also use these cookies for marketing and social media purposes. Cookies in advertising (third party providers) allow us to show you various offers that match your interests. With the help of such cookies, the web activities of users can be recorded over a prolonged period. You may recognize the cookies on various devices you use.

Third parties may also use cookies to collect information on websites. The third parties collect data directly from your internet browser and processing of these data is subject to the companies’ own data protection regulations.

Furthermore, certain cookies allow us to connect to your social networks and share content from our website within your networks.

2. Legal basis
Due to the described purposes (cf. 7.1), Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR serves as legal basis for the processing of personal data using cookies. If you have given us your consent to the use of cookies due to a notification ("cookie banner") provided by us on the website, the lawfulness is additionally regulated by Art. 6 para. 1 S. 1 lit. a GDPR.

2.1 Period of storage
As soon as the data transmitted to us via the cookies is no longer necessary for the purposes described above (cf. 7.1), this information will be erased. Further storage may take place in individual cases if this is required by law.

2.2 Configuration of browser settings
Most browsers are set to accept cookies by default. However, you can configure your browser in a way that it only accepts certain cookies or no cookies at all. However, we would like to point out that you may not be able to use all functions of our website if cookies are deactivated in your browser settings on our website. You can also delete cookies already stored in your browser via your browser settings. Furthermore, it is also possible to set your browser in a way that it informs you before cookies are saved. Since the different browsers can differ in their respective functions, we ask you to use the respective help menu of your browser for the configuration options.

If you would like to receive a comprehensive overview of the accesses to your internet browser performed by third parties, we recommend that you install specially developed plug-ins.

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