A cookie is a small text file that is sent from a website when it is visited and stored on the user’s computer by the user’s web browser. If the aforementioned website is visited again, the user’s browser will transmit the cookie’s information to the server, allowing the recognition of the user. Some cookies are deleted after ending a browser session (so-called session cookies), others can either be stored by the user’s web browser for a specific, predetermined period of time or permanently (so-called temporary cookies or persistent cookies).
What data is stored by cookies?
Cookies will never store personal information. They are only used for online identification.
How to disable/ delete cookies?
You can deactivate the storage of cookies in your browser settings. Stored cookies can be deleted at any time through your browser. Please note that our online services may stop working properly or may even stop working all together if you disable all cookies. Moreover, please note that objections against the creation of user profiles sometimes use a so-called “opt-out cookie”. If you have disabled all cookies your objection might not be taken into account any more. In this case, please submit your objection again.
Certain cookies are vital for the proper function of our online services. This includes: authentication cookies for the identification of our users; temporary cookies to remember certain user input (e.g. items added to a shopping cart, or content of an online form); cookies to remember certain user preferences (e.g. search or language settings); cookies to store data and thus guarantee the smooth playback of video and audio content.