Data protection information on the use of cookies

Cookies facilitate user interactions and other expedient things when you use websites. Cookies do not damage your computer or contain viruses.

In order to make the visit to our website appealing and to enable usage of certain functions, we use cookies on various pages. Cookies are small text files that your browser saves on your device at our website’s command. When a user visits a website, a cookie may be saved on his or her device. This cookie contains a characteristic character string which allows the browser to be clearly identified when the website is visited again.

Description and scope of data processing

On the one hand we use temporary cookies which are deleted automatically when you close your browser, and on the other so-called “persistent” (permanent) cookies, the expiry of which is set for a date in the future for your convenience. Cookies may be provided by us or by third-party providers.

The data collected from users in this way is pseudonymised. Therefore, assignment of the data to the requesting user is no longer possible. The data is not stored together with users’ other personal data.

When you visit our web pages, an integrated application gives you full information on the cookies we use as well as the option of preventing the use of cookies via an opt-out or to consent to their use via opt-in. It may then no longer be possible to use the functions of our website in full.

In this context we will also refer to this Data Protection Statement and how you can prevent the storage of cookies in settings and thereby withdraw your consent.

There is an important difference between technically necessary cookies, preference and statistics cookies and marketing cookies.

Category: technically necessary

Technically necessary cookies help to make our website usable by enabling basic functions such as page navigation and access to secure areas of the website or, for example, to collect and provide goods in baskets. These cookies do not require the user’s consent. The website cannot work properly without these cookies.

We also use cookies on our website in order to

  • analyse access on our website
  • personalise content and adverts
  • offer functions for social media

We forward pseudonymised information on the use of our website to our partners for social media, advertising and analysis.

Category: Preferences

Preference cookies allow a website to remember information which affects how the website behaves or looks, such as your preferred language or the region where you are located.

These cookies store and transmit the following data:

Category: Statistics

Statistical cookies help website owners to understand how visitors interact with websites by collecting information anonymously and evaluating it statistically.

Category: Marketing

Marketing cookies are used, for example, to track users on websites. The intention is to display adverts which are relevant and appealing for the individual user.

These cookies store and transmit the following data:

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Legal basis for data processing

The legal basis for the processing of personal data using technically necessary, preference, statistical and analysis and marketing cookies is Article 6(1)(f) (legitimate interest), and if the user’s relevant consent has been obtained Article 6(1)(a) GDPR (consent).

Purpose of data processing

The purpose of using technically necessary cookies is to make the website easier for users to use. Some functions of our website cannot be offered without the use of these cookies. These services require, for example, that the browser is recognised again after a page change.

The user data collected by the technically necessary cookies are not used to create user profiles.

Preference, statistical and analysis and marketing cookies are used to improve the quality of our website and its content and to provide you with personalised content and offers. The cookies tell us how the website is used, enabling us to constantly optimise our offering.

We also have a legitimate interest in the processing of personal data for these purposes in accordance with Article 6(1)(f) GDPR for the use of cookies not requiring consent.

Duration of storage

Cookies are stored on the user’s computer, which transmits them to our website. “Session cookies” are automatically deleted at the end of your visit. Other cookies stay stored on your end device until a storage period, which may vary, has expired or until you delete them.

You can find the storage periods for individual cookies in the detailed information for the integrated application.

Right to object and right to rectification

You, as the user have full control over the use of cookies. You can deactivate or restrict the transfer of cookies by changing the settings in the integrated application (Cookiebot) which is activated when you visit our site.

You can also deactivate or restrict the transfer of cookies in your internet browser. Cookies which have already been saved may be deleted at any time.

Many third-party applications which use cookies offer deactivation functions which allow you to place deactivation cookies in your browser. These cookies must be preserved in order for the deactivation to remain active. If you have deleted all your cookies in your browser, you must replace the opt-out cookie on your next visit to our site.

If you disable cookies for our website, it may no longer be possible to fully use all the website’s functions.

You can check cookie settings in your browsers and adjust them to match your preferences via the following links: