What are cookies?
In information technology, HTTP cookies (also referred to as web cookies, tracking cookies or simply cookies) are lines of text that are used for automatic authentication, tracking internet sessions and storing information on the visitors accessing the server, such as the most frequently visited websites or favourites or, in the case of internet purchases, the contents of their “shopping baskets”.
In particular, these are small text files that a server sends to a web client (usually a browser) and which are then sent back to the server (unchanged) by the client every time the user visits the same subsection of the same web domain.
Each domain or subsection thereof that is visited using the internet browser can place cookies. Given that a typical internet page, such as that of an online newspaper, contains objects from many different domains, each of which can place cookies, the placement of several hundred cookies in your own browser is normal.
You can control and/or delete cookies at your own discretion. Take a look here to find out how to do this: aboutcookies.org. You can delete all cookies that have been placed on your computer and adjust most browsers to prevent the placement of cookies. However, you may have to adjust some settings manually whenever you visit a page and put up with the fact that some functions may be impaired.
What types of cookies do we use?
In detail, this website uses:
Technical cookies, i.e. for navigation or visits, that are absolutely necessary in order for the website to work properly or for the users to use the content and services offered.
Analytical cookies help to understand how the users use the website. These cookies collect neither information about the users’ identity, nor personal data. The information is processed in aggregated and anonymised form. When it comes to analytical cookies, the cookies from Google Analytics, a web analysis service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”), deserve a special mention. The IP addresses transmitted by Google for Google Analytics will not link your IP address to other data from Google. In any case, you can prevent cookies from being installed by selecting the corresponding settings in your browser. Please note that this may impair the proper functioning of this website. You can also prevent Google from processing the data generated by the cookies and drawing conclusions on your use of the website (incl. your IP address) by installing the browser plugin via the following link: tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout