Latest date of revision: September 20, 2018
This Cookie statement gives you clear and complete information about the types of cookies we use and their purpose.
Please read the Cookie statement carefully in order to understand which cookies we use on this website and how you can control them.
- What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small text and number file we store in your browser, on the hard drive of your computer or on your mobile device. They can be used for various purposes such as ensuring the proper functioning of the website or remembering your preferences with regard to the use of our website.
- How to manage cookies?
You can enable, disable, and/or delete cookies as you wish. You can delete all cookies that are already on your device and you can set your browser to prevent them from being placed.
Most web browsers are set up to accept cookies automatically. Browsers allow you however to change your cookie settings, in order to block cookies or to give you a warning when a cookie is placed on your device. Usually these settings can be found in the ‘Options’ or ‘Preferences’ menu of your web browser. In order to understand these settings, the following links may be helpful:
- Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
- Cookie settings in Firefox
- Cookie settings in Chrome
- Cookie settings in Safari
If you disable the cookies used by this website, this may prevent you from visiting certain areas of the websites, or certain settings will not be remembered if you return to this website later. For example, certain pages will not open, certain videos will not play, or certain data will not be saved to be filled out automatically on a subsequent visit.
- Which types of cookies are used?
3.1 Necessary cookies
These are cookies which are necessary to allow users to navigate a website and to use a website’s functionalities.
3.2 Functionality cookies
- Saving your preferences, such as language, location, the desired number of search results to be displayed, etc.
- Saving settings for optimal video playback, such as the desired buffer size and the resolution settings of your screen
- Offering the possibility to save log-in details so that you do not have to re-enter them each time
- Reading your browser settings for optimal display of our website on your screen
- Detecting abuse of our website and service, e.g., by registering a series of consecutive filed log-in attempts
- Evenly taxing the website, so that the website remains accessible
- Making it possible to respond to our website
- Remembering information that you enter on the various pages, so that you do not have to re-enter all your data every time
- The transmission of information from one page to the next page, e.g., when completing a long survey.
3.3 Analytical cookies
We use analytical cookies to determine which parts of the website are most interesting for our visitors. In that sense, we try to measure continuously, among other things with the help of third-party software, how many users visit our website and which items or pages are viewed the most.
From the information we collect this way, statistics are generated. These statistics show us how often our website is visited, where exactly users spend most of their time, etc., etc. This enables us to make our website’s structure, navigation and contents as user friendly as possible for our users. We do not link these statistics and other reports to individual people.
We use analytical cookies to:
- Track the number of visitors on our web pages
- Track the amount of time users spend on our web pages
- Determine the order in which a user visits the various pages of our website
- Assess which parts of our website need adjustment
- Optimize the website
3.4 Behavioural cookies
With your consent, we will use behavioural cookies to provide the users of our website with information which is most relevant for him or her. Therefore we try to adapt our website to any user as much as possible. We can do this in two ways:
With regard to our website’s contents:
These cookies enable us to:
- Recommend interesting articles based on articles read/viewed earlier
- Recommend interesting videos based on videos watched earlier
- Recommend interesting topics based on topics read/viewed earlier
With regard to advertisements which are displayed:
If such cookies are not used, you will see advertisements anyway. In that case, the ads are no longer focused on your interests because we will not know them. These advertisements can, for example, be adapted to the content of the website. You can compare this type of behavioural and/or content-dependent web advertising with advertising on television. E.g., if you watch a TV programme about cooking, you will see an advertisement for cooking products in the corresponding commercial breaks.
- Changes in this Cookie statement
We may have to change this Cookie statement from time to time, because, e.g., our website or cookie regulations may change. We reserve the right to change the contents of this Cookie statement at any time and without prior notice. You will always find the most recent version on this web page.
To let you know when we make changes, we will amend the revision date at the top of this page.