What are cookies?
Cookies are simple ’text files’. Typically, they contain two pieces of information: a site name and unique user ID. They cannot harm your computer and do not contain any information that enables us to identify you personally. They are sent to your web browser by a website allowing the third-party to recognize you and make your next visit easier and the website more useful.
There are ‘persistent’ and ‘session’ cookies. Persistent cookies remain on your personal computer or mobile device when you go offline, while session cookies are deleted as soon as you close your web browser.
- To enable certain functions of the website
- To provide analytics
Information obtained by cookies can be used to make the website work, to identify which parts of the site can work better or to analyze how often people visit the site and what they look at.
When you use and access the service, we may place a number of cookie files in your web browser.
In addition to our own cookies, we may also use various third-parties cookies to report usage statistics, deliver advertisements and so on.
Social media cookies
We use social media platforms. Our presence on Twitter, Facebook, Google and YouTube communities strengthens our online presence and visibility.
- You can watch videos, which we upload (embed) to our YouTube page. You can also follow links from our website to social media platforms.
- In order to watch a video on our website, a message will alert you that you need to accept YouTube cookies. YouTube has its own cookie and privacy policies, over which we have no control. There is no installation of cookies from YouTube until you consent to YouTube cookies.
In the case of activation of the IP anonymization, Google will truncate/anonymize the last octet of the IP address for Member States of the European Union, as well as for other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases, the full IP address is sent to and shortened by Google servers in the USA.
On behalf of the website provider, Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage to the website provider. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.
However, we point out that if you do this, you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website.
By default, the browsing experience of website visitors is tracked by Google Analytics in order to produce anonymised statistics.
Furthermore, you can prevent Google’s collection and use of data (cookies and IP address) by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.
Please note that on this website, Google Analytics code is supplemented by “gat._anonymizeIp();” to ensure an anonymized collection of IP addresses (so-called IP-masking).
Do not track is a function that allows visitors to opt out from being tracked by websites for any purpose, including the use of analytics services, advertising networks and social platforms. Do not track options are available in a number of browsers including:
If you enable do not track in your web browser, Google Analytics will respect your choice. You will not be tracked. This is in addition to you opting-out of the aggregation and analysis of data for our website statistics.
If you have disabled all cookies from your browser, we will still collect some general data about your browsing (e.g. a record of a visitor to our website) but this will be less accurate and your visit will not be tracked.
What are your choices regarding cookies?
Please note, however, that if you delete cookies or refuse to accept them, you might not be able to use all of the features we offer, you may not be able to store your preferences, and some of our pages might not display properly.
- For the Chrome web browser, please visit this page from Google: https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/32050
- For the Internet Explorer web browser, please visit this page from Microsoft: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/278835
- For the Firefox web browser, please visit this page from Mozilla: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/delete-cookies-remove-info-websites-stored
- For the Safari web browser, please visit this page from Apple: https://support.apple.com/kb/PH21411?locale=en_US
- For any other web browser, please visit your web browser’s official web pages.
Where can you find more information about cookies?
You can learn more about cookies and the following third-party websites: