During a visit to the website, cookies may be placed on the hard drive of your computer. A cookie is a text file that a website’s server places in the browser of your computer or mobile device when you consult a website. Cookies cannot be used to identify individuals; a cookie can only identify a machine.
‘First party cookies’ are technical cookies that are used by the visited site itself with the aim of optimising the site's functionality. Example: settings made by the user during previous visits to the website, or a pre-completed form using data that the user has submitted during previous visits.
‘Third party cookies’ are cookies that do not originate from the website itself, but from third parties, for example, an existing marketing or advertising plug-in, such as cookies from Facebook or Google Analytics. Such cookies require the prior consent of the site visitor – this can be done via a bar at the bottom or the top of the website, with reference to this policy. However, this does not prevent further surfing of the website.
You can set your internet browser in such a way that cookies are not accepted, to receive a warning when a cookie is installed, or so that cookies are subsequently removed from your hard drive. You can do this via your browser settings (using the help function). Please note that certain graphic elements may not appear correctly, or that you will not be able to use certain applications if you do this.