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We would like to point out that changes to settings only apply to the respective browser. If you use different browsers or change to a different device, the settings must be configured again. You can also delete the cookies from your storage medium at any time. Please refer to your web browser’s help function for information regarding cookie settings and how to change them, and also regarding the deletion of cookies.
The following is a list of the most common types of cookies and their purpose.
Whilst you are active on a website, a session cookie is temporarily stored in the memory of your computer. Here, a session ID is saved so that, for example, you do not have to log in again each time you change webpage. Session cookies are deleted when you log out or their validity expires as soon as your session has automatically expired.
SESSION_COOKIE is the PHP session cookie.
agreeCookies is a flag to say if you have agreed to the cookies bar or not.
Persistent or protocol cookies
A persistent or protocol cookie stores a file on your computer for the duration defined by the file's expiration date. Due to these cookies, websites remember your information and settings for your next visit. This results in faster and more convenient access as you do not need to configure your language settings for our portal again, for example. Once the expiry date has elapsed, the cookie is automatically deleted when you visit the website that created it.
These are set by the website itself (same domain as in the address bar of the browser) and can only be read by this website. These cookies are generally used to save information (e.g. your settings) which is then used when you next visit the website.
Third-party cookies come from other providers than the operator of the website. They can be used, for example, to gather information for advertising, user-defined content and web statistics.
By using this website, you consent to the processing of data collected about you by Google in the manner described and for the purposes set out above. We would like to point out that to improve data protection, our website uses Google Analytics with the extension "anonymizeIp()” so that IP addresses are only logged and processed further in abbreviated form to prevent them being directly linked to a particular individual during the analysis of the use of our website. You may refuse the use of Google Analytics cookies by selecting the extension of your browser. By doing so, you can exercise your right to reject data collection, processing and use by Google Analytics with future effect. You can install a deactivation add-on on your browser from Google Analytics for this purpose. This prevents Google Analytics from saving information about your website visits.
You can find further information as well as information on downloading and installing this deactivation add-on at https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
Alternatively, and in addition for users with mobile devices, you can use the opt-out cookie. You can use this link and then a cookie will be set, meaning that your activity will no longer be logged by Google Analytics. Click hereto opt out of logging by Google Analytics.
You can deactivate Google Analytics for display advertising and adapt the adverts in the Google display network by accessing the advert settings: https://www.google.de/settings/ads.
By using our websites, you consent to the processing of data collected about you by Google, as well as to data processing in the manner described above, and for the purpose stated. You can prevent the saving of cookies by configuring the settings of your browser software accordingly; we would like to point out, however, that in this case you may not be able to use all the functions of our websites to their full extent. Furthermore, you can prevent the capture of the data created by the cookies and data related to your use of the websites being sent to Google, as well as the processing of this data by Google, by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under the following link under the DoubleClick deactivation add-on item. Alternatively, you can deactivate the DoubleClick cookies on the Digital Advertising Alliance webpage under the following link.
This page uses reCaptcha, a service from Google Inc.,1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (Google), for security purposes. This service determines whether the entries made on an internet form have been entered by a person or entered fraudulently by automated machine processing. Here, your previously truncated IP address and any other data required for the service are transferred to Google. The full IP address is only transmitted to a Google server in the USA and truncated there in exceptional cases. Any data transmitted by your browser as part of reCaptcha is not combined with any other Google data. You can find further information on Google’s data privacy policies at: https://www.google.com/intl/de/policies/privacy/
Integration of social media plug-ins (Facebook, Twitter)
Plug-ins are computer programs that are integrated into another software product, such as a website, and which thereby expand its functionality. Almost all of the plug-ins currently present on the market are developments from operators of social media networks. The basic functionality of these networks is to provide users with an interaction and communication platform which is usually free.
To prevent this, and to better protect your privacy, our website uses the 2-click method, an initiative from heise.de (you can also find further information there). Our website only embeds deactivated buttons, which do not establish contact with the services belonging to the social plug-ins, and therefore cannot pass on any data when our websites are called up.
Only when you click on one of the buttons will you activate it, and agree to communication with Facebook or Twitter. With a second click, you can then immediately share content. If you are already logged in with one of the social networks whose social plug-in you would like to use, this takes place for Facebook without another window appearing. For Twitter, a pop-up window appears in which you can still edit the text of the tweet.
Note: The activation of the buttons only applies for the page called up and the selected service.
You can also permanently activate the consent buttons under Settings (click on the gearwheel icon). Simply tick the corresponding box(es) to activate your social networks. You can, of course, also withdraw this automatic feature at any time via the gearwheel icon.
The following is a brief description of the social media plug-ins integrated on our page.
Use of GeoLite2 and GeoIP2 database for geolocation
The GeoLite2 or the GeoIP2 database is used on this website; this is provided by the provider MaxMind Inc. and hosted at MAN or third-party providers. In the GeoLite2 or GeoIP2 database, approximate location/geolocation data, based on the country from which the IP address originates, are assigned to the IP addresses used. To improve the search results, provide you with more appropriate information and to preset website configurations, which will make your visit to our sites more enjoyable (e.g. language settings), more specifically adapted to you your country of origin will be transmitted with your IP address via the GeoLite2 or GeoIP2 database. No personal data will be passed on to third parties during this process.