Cookie policy

This information describes how we handle cookies and similar technologies in connection with our website, with the official social media pages we monitor as well as with the HTML-formated e-mail messages we may send you (hereinafter collectively referred to as “pages”).

To access and use our pages, we need to use cookies and related technologies. They are essential to enable proper functionality of our pages. You can block the use of such cookies (see below for more information). Blocking such cookies in your browser settings may, however, impact your use of our pages. We may also use advertising cookies and tracking technologies to improve and/or customise your experience of our pages. You are not obligated to allow the use of cookies. If you do not allow the use of cookies it will have no effect on the use of our pages.

What is a cookie?
A cookie is a file which is stored on your computer or mobile device when you visit websites. It enables us or third parties to (1) enable certain functionalities of a page; (2) perform anonymous data analyses; and (3) store your preferences to accelerate your future activities and customise your experience on our page. A cookie can do this because web pages can read and write this small file. You allow the pages to recognise you and remember important information about you, which will improve your website experience (e.g., your preferred settings) and display customised content (incl. advertisements) to you.

Some cookies store personal data, such as when you click “Store Password” during login. However, most cookies will not collect data that can be used to identify you but rather more general data such as name of the website where the cookie originates, the cookie’s “shelf life” (i.e., how long will the cookie remain on your device), the importance of the cookie and a number, which is normally a randomly generated number.

What type of cookies do we use?
Cookies may be used for only one session or as a permanent cookie. A session cookie expires automatically as soon as you close your browser. A permanent cookie stays until it expires (this is specified in the cookie itself) or if you delete it. If data collected by cookies are personal data, the privacy statement applies to the use of those data.We can use cookies of the following categories:
Type of cookie: Functionality
cms_main (CMS)
cms_manager (CMS)
cookies_accepted (cookie feature)

What does this cookie do?
These cookies are necessary / important for proper functionality of our pages. They allow you to navigate our pages and use their features. For example, these cookies remember previous actions (e.g., entered text) if you return to a page during the same session. They may also allow visitors to watch videos, play games or use social tools such as blogs, chat rooms or discussion boards.
Does this cookie collect personal data about me and/or does this cookie identify me? These cookies may partially identify you as a person but not in every case.
Type of cookie: Performance
ga (Google Analytics)
gat (Google Analytics)
gid (Google Analytics)

What does this cookie do?
By delivering us information about areas visited, how long someone stayed in a certain area, problems that occurred, these cookies help us understand how visitors on our pages behave. This helps us improve the performance of our pages.
Does this cookie collect personal data about me and/or does this cookie identify me? These cookies do not identify you as a person. All the data are collected and retained anonymously. For more information please visit Google:
Type of cookie: Target group / advertising cookies
This website does actively not use any advertising cookies.

What does this cookie do?
The purpose of these cookies is to show content (incl. advertising) that is relevant to you and customised to your interests. They may be used to place targeted advertising or to limit the frequency of advertising pop-ups. They also help us measure the effectiveness of advertising campaigns on our pages or third party pages.
We can use these cookies to capture the pages you have visited and we may share this information with third parties such as advertisers, analytics services or our helpers.
Does this cookie collect personal data about me and/or does this cookie identify me? Most of these cookies track users via their IP addresses and may therefore collect personal data. These cookies will, however, only be used with your prior express consent, which you can revoke at any time. The cookies will never be stored on your device for more than one year after they have been created.

How do third parties use cookies on our pages?
Third parties such as companies analysing data will normally use anonymised cookies.

Other similar technologies
Our pages additionally use other tracking technologies such as IP addresses and/or log files and/or web beacons, which also help us personalise our page to your needs:

IP addresses:
An IP address is a number used by computers in the network to identify your computer as soon as you go online. We store IP addresses for the following purposes: (i) troubleshooting; (ii) maintaining our website security; (iii) better understanding of how our web pages are used; and (iv) customising the content to your needs, depending on the country where you are located.

Log data:
We (or a third party in our stead) can store data as log data to record website activities and create statistics about a user’s browsing habits. These logs are generated anonymously and help us collect, among others, the following information: (i) the user’s browser type and operating system; (ii) information about the user’s session (such as the URL where they came from, date and time of their website visit, pages visited and for how long); and (iii) other similar navigation or click data flows. Information collected by Google Analytics is retained for 36 months.

Web beacons:
We (or third parties in our stead) may use web beacons (or invisible GIFs) on our pages. Web beacons (also called “web bugs”) are short strings enabling a method to project a graphical image onto a website with the purpose of retransmitting data to us. The data collected by web beacons may contain information about how a user responded to an e-mail campaign (e.g., the time when the user opens the e-mail, the link the user clicks in the e-mail click, etc.). We use web beacon information for a variety of purposes such as recording website traffic, counting individual visitors, advertising, checking and reporting on e-mails as well as customisation.

How can I manage my cookie settings?
Although this may change in the near future, most browsers are initially set to accept cookies while leaving it open to you to modify these settings and therefore delete existing cookies, block future ones or alert you as soon as cookies are sent to your device. Please follow your browser settings and instructions for this. If you adjust your settings, please note that you may no longer be able to use all of our features or we may be unable to store your preferences and some of our pages may no longer fully display. Please also note that if you use different computers in different places you need to ensure that the browsers on these computers all have your requested settings.

Internet Explorer:
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0, 10.0, 11.0
Click “Tools” at the top of your browser window and choose “Internet Options”, then click “Privacy”. Ensure that your privacy level is set to “Medium” or lower to allow cookies in your browser. Settings which are stricter than “Medium” will disable cookies.

Microsoft Edge:
In the top right-hand corner, click the menu button and choose “Settings”. Scroll all the way down and choose “Display Advanced Settings”. Further down you will find the category “Cookies” with several options to choose from. Select “Block All Cookies” to stop the storing of any cookies.

Google Chrome (latest version):
Click the screwdriver icon in top right-hand corner in your browser window and choose “Settings”. Click “Advanced Options” at the bottom and go to the “Privacy” section. Click “Content Settings” and, within the cookie section at the top, choose “Allow Local Data Storage” to allow cookies. To not allow cookies, please check “Block sites from setting any data”, “Block third-party cookies and site data” and “Clear cookies and other site and plug-in data when I close my browser”.

Mozilla Firefox:
Click “Open menu” in the top right-hand corner of your browser window and choose “Options”. Select the “Privacy & Security” option. Check “Accept cookies and site data from websites (recommended)” to allow cookies. If you do not want to allow cookies, uncheck this box.

Click the Safari icon at the top right-hand corner in your browser window and choose “Preferences”. Click the “Privacy” tab. Check “Accept cookies and site data from websites (recommended)” to allow cookies. If you do not want to allow cookies, check “Never”.

You may also be able to manage your cookie settings via the following websites: or

Since our website includes a web beacon you cannot exclude web beacons but invalidate them by excluding cookies that enable web beacons.

More information
For more information about cookies, please visit this website

If you have any questions about this cookie information, you are welcome to e-mail us at: