For almost any modern website to work properly, it needs to collect certain basic information on its users. Cookies are small text files placed on the browser or hard drive of your computer, mobile, or other device when you visit a website. Cookies are widely used when providing online services and help to make websites work, or work more efficiently as well as to provide information to the website owners.
Cookies do lots of different things, for example, remembering user preferences, letting users navigate between pages efficiently and generally improving the user experience. Cookies are not used to personally identify you in any way, nor will they damage your system or files.
Some websites may also contain images called 'web beacons' (also known as 'clear gifs'). Web beacons only collect limited information, including a cookie number, a timestamp, and a record of the page on which they are placed. Websites may also carry web beacons placed by third party advertisers. These beacons do not carry any personally identifiable information and are only used to track the effectiveness of a particular campaign (for example by counting the number of visitors).
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Currently, we use the following cookies:
Session tracking cookies
These are first party cookies, which are both strictly necessary and functional. They gather information to maintain your login details throughout the session, avoiding re-authentication.
Site setting cookies
These are first party cookies, which store temporary information to enable site functionality and collect and hold certain information which improves your experience on the Website, e.g. by setting you the appropriate language.
Google Analytics cookies
These are third party analytical cookies which are offered by Google, that tracks and reports Website traffic. Google Analytics are used to collect information about how visitors use the Website, including details in respect of the number of visitors to the Website, where visitors have come to the Website from and the pages they visited. We use the information to compile reports about how visitors use Website and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, (none of these cookies collect and/or store any personally identifiable information). In addition to ourselves, Google accesses the information collected by these cookies. Further details in respect of Google Analytics Cookie Usage can be found by found by here.
It is possible to tell your browser to reject cookies for all sites or specific sites. However, rejecting cookies is not recommended, as cookies are intended to improve your browsing experience. If you limit the ability of websites and applications to set cookies, you may worsen your overall user experience and/or lose the ability to access the services, since it will no longer be personalized to you. It may also stop you from saving customized settings, like login information.
If you do want to reject or opt out of cookies you can either manually delete them or set most browsers to prevent them from being placed. Browser manufacturers provide help pages relating to cookie management in their products. Please see below for more information:
For other browsers, please consult the documentation that your browser manufacturer provides.
You may opt-out of third party cookies from Google Analytics on its website. You can opt out of interest-based targeting provided by participating ad servers through the Digital Advertising Alliance (http://youradchoices.com). In addition, on your iPhone, iPad or Android, you can change your device settings to control whether you see online interest-based ads.
This version was last updated on 18.07.2019 and historic versions can be obtained by contacting us.