Notes regarding the use of cookies, the analysis of usage data and the use of analysis tools

We use cookies and similar software tools, such as HTML5 storage and local shared objects (collectively referred to as “cookies”), in order to identify your user preferences and especially popular areas of our websites. We then use that information to improve the design of our websites and make them even more user-friendly. We use the Google Analytics analysis tool for the same purposes. This may also involve the use of cookies.

1. Functions and Use of Cookies

a. Cookies are small files which are stored on your desktop, laptop or mobile device by websites visited by you. They help us to identify whether there has already been any contact between your device and our websites as well as what language or other settings you prefer. Cookies can also contain personal information.

b. If you use our websites, you consent to the use of cookies.

You may also visit our websites without consenting to the use of cookies. In other words, you can reject the use of cookies and delete them at any time by choosing the appropriate settings on your device. To do so, follow these steps:

c. If you opt out of the use of cookies, you may not be able to use all the features of our

d. websites, or individual features may be available only with limited functionality.

We categorize cookies as follows:

We use the following cookies on our website:

Cookie name Description Cookie type
close_cookies This cookie indicates that you consent to the use of cookies on our website. It is installed when you close the ‘Use of cookies’ information layer. Type 2
disable_tracking This cookie indicates that you wish to be excluded from tracking on our pages. It is installed when you deactivate Google Analytics Type 2
_csrf This cookie ensures a secure transaction when sending forms. Type 1
_ga This cookie distinguishes between users (Google Analytics) Type 3
_gid This cookies distinguishes between users (Google Analytics) Type 3

2. Analysis of Usage Data; Use of Analysis Tools

We want the content of our website to match your preferences as closely as possible, thereby improving what we offer you. To identify especially popular areas of our websites, we use the following analysis tool: Google Analytics.

When we employ these analytics tools, information may be transferred to servers located in the US and processed there. Please note the following: From the standpoint of the European Union, the United States does not provide an “appropriate level of protection” meeting EU standards for the processing of personal information. Individual companies, however, can ensure an equivalent level of protection through certification under the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework.

If you do not wish us to use the abovenamed analytics tools to collect and analyze information about your visit to our websites, you may permanently object to the practice (opt out) at any time.

We will comply with your rejection by placing an opt-out cookie in your browser. This cookie will only indicate that you have opted out. Please note that for technical reasons, an opt-out cookie affects only the browser in which it has been installed. If you delete the cookie or use a different browser or device, you will need to opt out again.

Below you will find information about the providers of the analytics tools and the respective opt-out procedures:

Google Inc. („Google“):

Google is certified under the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework.

You can prevent your information from being transferred as well as collected and processed by Google. Google provides information about this at the following link: