When you visit our website, information is stored on your terminal device in the form of a so-called "cookie". Cookies are small text files that enable the analysis of the use of the website, save settings and data in your browser and allow the adaptation of the website to your interests and the display of interest-based advertising on other websites.

When the website is called up again with the same end device, the cookie and the information stored in it can be retrieved.

I. General information about cookies

1. structure of a cookie

Cookies consist of

  • Cookie name
  • Value
  • Expiration date
  • Path
  • Internet domain
  • Information on the required connection type

This information is used to assign the user or the device. The maximum size of cookies allowed is 4 KB.

2. types of cookies

2.1. First and Third Party Cookies

Depending on where a cookie comes from, a distinction is made between so-called "first-party cookies" and "third-party cookies":

First-party cookiesCookies that are set or accessed by the operator of a website as the controller or by a processor appointed by the controller.
Third-party cookiesCookies that are set and accessed by someone other than the operator of the website, who in turn is not acting as a processor on behalf of the operator of the website.

2.2. Transient and persistent cookies

Depending on the validity period, a distinction is also made between so-called "transient cookies" and "persistent cookies":

Transient cookies (session cookies)Cookies that are automatically deleted when you close your browser.
Persistent cookiesCookies that remain stored on your terminal device for a certain period of time after you close your browser.

2.3. Categories of cookies

Cookies can basically be divided into three categories.

Functional CookiesCookies that are essential for the functionality of the website
Comfort CookiesCookies, which increase the comfort of a website visit and store your language settings, for example.
Tracking cookiesCookies, on the basis of which a pseudonymized usage profile is created

2.4. Legal basis for the processing of the cookie categories

Functional CookiesThe processing is necessary to enable you to visit the website [§ 25 (2) No. 2 TDDDG in conjunction with Art. 6 (1) (b) GDPR].
Comfort CookiesThe legal basis is a legitimate interest [§ 25 (2) No. 2 TDDDG in conjunction with Art. 6 (1) (f) GDPR]. The legitimate interest lies in the provision of convenience when visiting the website. You can object to the data processing at any time with effect for the future.
Tracking cookiesThese are only set if there is consent from the website visitor for this [§ 25 (1) TDDDG in conjunction with Art. 6 (1) (a) GDPR]. The consent is given via the so-called "cookie banner", which must be actively clicked.

II. management of the cookies used on this website

1. granting consent to the use of cookies and managing cookies via cookie dashboard

Where your consent is required for the use of certain cookies, we will only use these cookies when you use the website if you have given your prior consent. For information on whether consent is required for the use of a cookie, please refer to the information on cookies used on this website in Section III of this Cookie Policy.

When you call up our website, we display a so-called "cookie banner" for this purpose, in which you can declare your consent to the use of cookies on this website by pressing a button. By clicking on the "Allow all cookies" button, you have the option of consenting to the use of all cookies described in detail in Section III of this Cookie Policy. You have the option to make an individual selection of cookies by clicking on "Change your consent" and to individually adjust the selection you have made at a later date.

We also store your consent and, if applicable, your individual selection of cookies in the form of a cookie ("opt-in cookie") on your terminal device in order to determine whether you have already given consent when you call up the website again. The opt-in cookie has a limited validity period of 12 months.

Essential cookies cannot be disabled via the cookie management function of this website. However, you can generally disable these cookies in your browser at any time.

2. management of cookies via browser settings

You can also manage the use of cookies in your browser settings. Different browsers offer different ways to configure the cookie settings in the browser. You can find more detailed information on this at https://www.allaboutcookies.org/ge/cookies-verwalten/, for example.

However, we would like to point out that some functions of the website may not work or may no longer work properly if you generally deactivate cookies in your browser.

III. Cookies used on this website

1. functional cookies
NameProviderPurposeValidity period
WSESSIONIDWeblicationNecessary standard cookie to use with PHP session data.Session
allowLoadExtern RessourcesWeblicationRemembers the user decision whether external components may be loaded automatically.Depending on selection up to 30 days
allowTrackingWeblicationRemembers the user decision to allow visitor behavior to be tracked.Depending on selection up to 30 days

2. comfort cookies

NameProviderPurposeValidity period
hideCookieNoticeWeblicationSaves that the cookie or privacy notice is not displayed again with each call.Depending on selection up to 30 days

Managing your cookie settings

To provide you with the best website experience, we use cookies. These are small text files that are stored on your computer. These include cookies for the operation and optimization of the site as well as for services such as the use of text or video chat and for advertising based on your online usage behavior. For example, it can be recognized if you repeatedly visit our pages from the same device. We would like to give you the choice which cookies you allow:

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Required cookies
These cookies are necessary for you to navigate through the pages and use essential functions.

They enable basic functions, such as the article request and access to the product finder.

Analytical cookies
These cookies help us to better understand user behavior.
Analytical cookies enable the collection of usage and recognition data by first or third-party providers, in so-called pseudonymous usage profiles. For example, we use analysis cookies to determine the number of individual visitors to a website or service, as well as to analyze user behavior on the basis of anonymous and pseudonymous information about how visitors interact with the website. It is not possible to draw any direct conclusions about a person.

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