Cookies are used on our website, our mobile sites and our mobile applications to facilitate their use as well as to collect and store data for marketing and optimisation purposes. Cookies are small text files which are downloaded to your hard drive from our website and make it possible to recognise your internet browser. The cookies that we use do not contain any data about you but are instead created using a pseudonym user profile. Cookies cannot damage your system.
We do not sell the information collected by the cookies and do not share it with third parties unless required by law (for example, with governmental authorities or legal representatives).
You can revoke this consent at any time with future effect by changing your browser settings to reject cookies. You can configure your browser so that you are informed about the placement of cookies and only allow them on exceptions or so that cookies are rejected in specific circumstances or in general. Please note, however, that if you do this, you may not be able to make full use of all the functions on our website.
What are ‘cookies’?
Cookies are small text files which are downloaded to your computer or mobile device when you visit our website or applications. Your web browser (such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari or Google Chrome) then sends these cookies back to the website or application on each subsequent visit so that they recognise you and remember things like your personalised details or user preferences.
Cookies are extremely useful and fulfil several tasks. They help make your experiences with our website as user friendly and pleasant as possible. They remember your preferences and improve your user experience as a whole.
There are two types of cookies:
- Session cookies. These only last for your online session and disappear from your computer or device when you close your browser.
- Persistent Cookies. These remain on your computer or device after the browser has been closed and last for the amount of time specified in the cookie. These persistent cookies are activated every time you visit the site on which they were created.
Which cookies do we use?
When you use our websites, mobile sites or mobile applications, the following categories of cookies may be installed on your device:
- ‘Strictly necessary’ cookies
These cookies are needed as they help you to move around our website and use features like the registration pages. Without these cookies the website would not work properly. The cookies do not collect any information about you.
- Functional cookies
These cookies allow the website and application to remember the settings that you have selected (e.g. your username or language settings). This enables us to provide you with enhanced and more personalised functions. We are unable to personally identify you from the information collected by these cookies.
- Analytical cookies
In order to keep our websites, mobile sites and mobile applications attractive, user friendly and up to date, we use the web analytics service Google Analytics to help us understand how people use them. For instance, this enables us to see which content on our website is most popular and ensure that our content is constantly updated and improved. The information that we collect is anonymous and used for statistical purposes only.
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. (‘Google’). Google Analytics uses ‘cookies’, which are text files saved on your computer that make it possible to analyse how you use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website will generally be sent to a Google server in the United States, where it will be saved. If IP anonymisation is activated on this website, Google will first truncate your IP address within European Union Member States or in other signatory states of the Agreement on the European Economic Area. The full IP address will only be sent to a Google server in the USA and truncated there in exceptional circumstances. On behalf of the website provider, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, compile reports on website activity and provide the website provider with other services relating to website activity and internet usage. The IP address transferred from your browser as part of the Google Analytics service will not be combined with other data held by Google. You may prevent the storage of cookies by activating the appropriate browser settings. However, please note that if you do so, you may not be able to make full use of all the functions of this website. Furthermore, you can prevent Google from acquiring and processing the information generated by the cookie concerning your use of this website (including your IP address) by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available at:
Use of the social plugins Facebook and Google +1
Our website uses social plugins from the social networks facebook.com (‘Facebook’) and Google +1 (‘Google’). Facebook is operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA, and Google +1 by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. When you open a page of our website that contains social plugins, your browser will establish a direct connection with the Facebook or Google servers. Via this connection, Facebook or Google will receive information about your having accessed the respective page of our website containing the social plugin. If you are logged into Facebook or Google at the time, your visit to our website and all of your interactions associated with the social plugins (e.g. if you click the ‘like’, ‘share’ or ‘Google +1’ buttons, etc.) may be assigned to your profile and stored by Facebook or Google.
The privacy policies of the social networks are available at:
To prevent Facebook or Google from collecting the aforementioned data when you visit our website, log out from these social networks beforehand. To prevent Facebook or Google from having general access to your data on our websites and other sites, you can install a browser add-on to opt out of social plugins.
This website uses Hotjar, analysis software from Hotjar Ltd. (‘Hotjar’) (http://www.hotjar.com, 3 Lyons Range, 20 Bisazza Street, Sliema SLM 1640, Malta, Europe). Hotjar makes it possible to record and evaluate user behaviour (clicks, mouse movements, scroll levels, etc.) on our website. The information generated by the ‘tracking code’ and ‘cookie’ about your visit to our website is sent to the Hotjar server in Ireland, where it is saved. The tracking code collects the following information:
The following information can be recorded by your device and browser:
- Your device’s IP address (recorded and saved in an anonymised format)
- Your e-mail address including your first and last names, if you have provided this information on our website
- Your device’s screen size
- Device type and browser information
- Geographic location (country only)
- Preferred language for viewing our website
If Hotjar is used, our server automatically creates the following data:
- Related domain
- Pages visited
- Geographic location (country only)
- Preferred language for viewing our website
- Date and time at which the website was accessed
Hotjar will use this information to evaluate your use of our website, compile usage reports and provide other services relating to website activity and internet analysis with regard to the website. To perform its activities, Hotjar also uses the services of third-party providers, such as Google Analytics and Optimizely. These third-party providers are able to save information transmitted by your browser within the scope of your website visit, such as cookies or IP queries. For further information about how Google Analytics and Optimizely save and use data, please see their privacy policies.
By continuing to use this website, you agree to the aforementioned processing of the data by Hotjar and its third-party service providers within the framework of their privacy policies.
The cookies used by Hotjar have varying ‘service lives’; some last for up to 365 days while others only remain valid during the current visit.
You can prevent Hotjar from collecting data by clicking this link and following the instructions provided: https://www.hotjar.com/opt-out.
© Tetra GmbH, October 2016