Cookie Statement

(Last updated on May 2018)

Our website uses cookies. Cookies are small text files that are stored locally on your computer by your web browser. You are asked whether you agree before setting cookies. You can delete cookies at any time once they have been set. Please refer to the instructions of your browser manufacturer for the settings. For more information see “How to manage cookies”.

What cookies do we use and why

We use session cookies

For a functioning and individualized browsing experience, we use so called "session cookies" which will help to identify you while using our website. These "session cookies" will be deleted automatically and immediately after you close your browser.

We use functional cookies

We also use a "cookie notifier" cookie, which saves your decision either to agree with the usage of cookies on our website or not. It is saved automatically upon your click on one of the two options available. Your acceptance of our cookies is stored for one year from the acceptance date. If you decide to refuse our cookies, your decision will be stored for 30 days. During this time the cookie information banner will not be shown again.

We use analytical cookies

Our website uses Matomo, formerly Piwik, an open source web analytics tool. With this tool we track how often visitors use a page of our website, which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from our pages. Your IP address will be processed in a pseudonymized manner by deleting the last three figures. That way we are no longer able to directly identify you as an individual. The software from Matomo is running on servers of our in-house service provider in Germany and the information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your pseudonymized IP address) will be stored on the server of our in-house service provider in Germany. The IP-address that is transmitted will not be merged with any other data collected by us. We will delete this data within three years. If you decide to set a “do-not-track” preference in your web browser or on your mobile device, your visit will not be tracked.

We use social media cookies and plugins

If you activate plug-ins or activity feeds of social media providers (such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Instagram, and WhatsApp), your web browser will connect to the servers of the respective providers and send your specific user data. These plug-ins and activity feeds are deactivated by default. As soon as you activate such plug-ins or activity feeds, you provide your consent to transmit your data.

In addition, if you are currently logged in to a social network of one of the above mentioned providers; your activity may be linked to your user account at the same time.

How to manage cookies

You have the right to refuse the use of cookies for this website. However, please note that if you choose not to accept the use of cookies you may not be able to experience the full functionality of this website. If you choose to delete cookies, you might have to confirm certain dialogs once again. Please note that your cookie settings are always related to the web browser you are using and the settings are of no effect if you use a different web browser upon your next use of this website.

In order to refuse the use of cookies, you will need to manage the settings of your web browser or on your mobile device. Here you can delete cookies at your own discretion at any time. More information on how to do this can be found here, depending on the web browser you are using:

For more information see our privacy statement.