Cookies are small pieces of data that a website asks your browser to store on your computer or mobile device when you visit the website or certain pages. The cookie allows the website to “remember” your actions or preferences over time. Most browsers support cookies, but users can set their browsers to decline them and can delete them whenever they like.
Cookies will usually contain the name of the website where the cookie has come from, how long the cookie will remain on your device, and a value which is usually a randomly generated unique number.
Some cookies will be deleted as soon as you leave the website (the so-called “session cookies”), other cookies will remain stored on your computer or mobile device and will help us identify you as a visitor of our website (the so-called “permanent cookies”).
Cookies on our Website are used for a variety of different purposes.
Which cookies are used
We use first party and third party cookies:
First party cookies are cookies created by the Website itself. These cookies are used to optimize your user-experience.
Third party cookies are cookies created by parties other than the Website. Third party cookies in relation to our Website are LinkedIn and Google Analytics. Google Analytics is Google’s analytics tool which helps us understand how you engage with the Website. It may use a set of cookies to collect information and report Website usage statistics without personally identifying individual visitors to Google. The main cookie used by Google Analytics is the ‘___ga’ cookie.
A further distinction can be made between the following types of cookies:
Analytical/performance & targeting cookies:
These cookies allow us to analyse our webtraffic, to see the number of users of our Website and how the users navigate through our Website. Our analytical/performance cookies are named here:
- __utma: Used to distinguish users and sessions.
- __utmb: Used to determine new sessions/visits.
- __utmc: Determine whether the user was in a new session/visit
- __utmz: Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached your site
These cookies ‘remember’ the choices you made on our Website (e.g. language preference) making the Website more user-friendly and enhancing your user experience. Our functional cookies are named here:
- __cookie_overlay_seen:Prevents user from seeing the cookie banner after it is closed for the first time
What to do, if you don’t want cookies to be set on your device
You can at any time manage or delete cookies using the settings on your internet browser, allowing you to refuse some or all cookies. Turning off (all or some) cookies will limit the service that we are able to provide and may affect your user-experience. Deleting cookies may result in manually adjusting preferences every time you visit our Website. For more details about controlling and/or deleting cookies, visit the page corresponding to your browser for more information:
- Google Chrome
- Mozilla Firefox
- Internet Explorer