Latest Update: December 2018
Where possible, security measures are set in place to prevent unauthorised access to our cookies and similar technologies. A unique identifier ensures that only we and/or our authorised service providers have access to cookie data.
Service providers are companies that help us with various aspects of our business, such as site operations, services, applications, advertisements and tools. We use some authorised service providers to help us to serve you relevant ads on our services and other places on the internet. These service providers may also place cookies on your device via our services (third party cookies). They may also collect information that helps them identify your device, such as IP-address, or other unique or device identifiers.
Full User Cookie Notice
What are cookies, web beacons, and similar technologies?
Like most sites, we use technologies that are essentially small data files placed on your computer, tablet, mobile phone, or other devices (referred to collectively as a "device") that allow us to record certain pieces of information whenever you visit or interact with our sites, services, applications, messaging, and tools, and to recognise you across devices.
The specific names and types of the cookies, web beacons, unique identifiers and similar technologies we use to collect information (e.g. about the pages you view, the links you click, and other actions you take on our Services, within our advertising or email content) may change from time to time. In order to help you better understand this Policy and our use of such technologies we have provided the following limited terminology and definitions:
- Cookies – Small text files (typically made up of letters and numbers) placed in the memory of your browser or device when you visit a website or view a message. Cookies allow a website to recognise a particular device or browser. There are several types of cookies:
- Session cookies expire at the end of your browser session and allow us to link your actions during that particular browser session.
- Persistent cookies are stored on your device in between browser sessions, allowing us to remember your preferences or actions across multiple sessions.
- First-party cookies are set by the site you are visiting.
- Third-party cookies are set by a third party site separate from the site you are visiting.
Cookies can be disabled or removed by tools that are available in most commercial browsers. The preferences for each browser you use will need to be set separately and different browsers offer different functionality and options.
- Web beacons – Small graphic images (also known as "pixel tags" or "clear GIFs") that may be included on our sites, services, applications, messaging, and tools, that typically work in conjunction with cookies to identify our users and user behavior.
- Similar technologies – Technologies that store information in your browser or device utilising local shared objects or local storage, such as flash cookies, HTML 5 cookies, and other web application software methods. These technologies can operate across all of your browsers, and in some instances may not be fully managed by your browser and may require management directly through your installed applications or device. We do not use these technologies for storing information to target advertising to you on or off our sites.
We may use the terms "cookies" or "similar technologies" interchangeably in our policies to refer to all technologies that we may use to store data in your browser or device or that collect information or help us identify you in the manner described above.
We offer certain site features, services, applications, and tools that are available only through the use of these technologies. You're always free to block, delete, or disable these technologies if your browser, installed application, or device so permits. However, if you decline cookies or other similar technologies, you may not be able to take advantage of certain site features, services, applications, or tools. You may also be required to re-enter your password more frequently during your browsing session. For more information on how you can block, delete, or disable these technologies, please review your browser or device settings.
Generally, these technologies allow our sites, services, applications, and tools to store relevant information in your browser or device and later read that information in order to identify you to our servers or internal systems. Where applicable, we protect our cookies and other similar technologies to help ensure that only we and/or our authorised service providers can interpret them by assigning them a unique identifier that is designed for interpretation only by us. We don't store any of your personal information on any of our cookies or other similar technologies.
Any personal information that we collect and store through use of these technologies is first obtained through notice and consent: We obtain your consent by providing you with transparent notice of use of the technologies and, to the extent described herein, providing you with the opportunity to make a choice to disable these technologies.
Our uses of such technologies fall into the following general categories:
- Advertising or Targeting-Related. We may use first-party or third-party cookies and web beacons to deliver content, including ads relevant to your interests, on our sites or on third party sites. This includes using technologies to understand the usefulness to you of the advertisements and content that has been delivered to you, such as whether you have clicked on an advertisement.
To opt-out of the use of third-party advertising-related cookies and web beacons, see the section Ad Networks and Exchanges authorised by third-parties below. Opting out of our first-party advertising-related cookies, or out of third-party advertising-related cookies and web beacons as described below, does not necessarily mean that you will not see our advertising - only that this advertising will not be targeted to you through the use of first-party or third-party cookies, web beacons or related technologies.
If you would like to opt-out of all other types of technologies we employ on our sites, services, applications, or tools, you may do so by blocking, deleting, or disabling them as your browser or device permits.
Use of these technologies by authorised third-party service providers
We may work with third-party companies, such as ad networks and ad exchange programs, to enable us to display advertisements for you. The operators of these external ad networks and exchange programs may place their third-party cookies, web beacons, or similar technologies to collect information. They may also collect your device ID, IP address, IDFA (ID for Advertising) or Android ID. The information collected by these third parties may be used to assist us in targeting/retargeting advertisements that are more relevant to you through our or third-party websites, services, applications and tools. For these third party cookies, web beacons and similar technologies their privacy statements apply.
We work with the following third parties (by clicking on the link, you will receive additional information from each of these third parties, including their opt-out/object solutions, if any):
For more information about advertising-related third-party cookies, web beacons, and similar technologies, and how to prevent their use, please visit the following websites:
Use of analysis tools
We also use Google Analytics reports to evaluate anonymous information on demographic characteristics (e.g. age and gender) and interests of our website visitors and with regard to the success of our advertising on other websites (e.g. number of impressions, clicks on ads), which we receive via third-party cookies and process in Google Analytics. The third party providers have obtained this information through interest-related advertising. We also use this anonymous information for targeting and retargeting purposes to provide content tailored to your interests, including advertisements, on our and other websites or to have such content provided by third parties (in connection with the use of third-party cookies).
Deactivate Google Analytics
You can find further information on this at http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout or www.google.com/intl/de/analytics/privacyoverview.html (general information on Google Analytics and data protection). We would like to point out that on our website Google Analytics has been extended by the code "gat._anonymizeIp();" in order to guarantee an anonymous collection of IP addresses (so-called IP masking).
You can also prevent Google Analytics from collecting IP addresses by clicking on the following link: deactivating Google Analytics
Depending on your operating system, you can prevent Google Analytics from being used on our mobile website by changing the settings on your mobile device.
If you want to disable or change Google Analytics only in order to display content tailored to your interests, including ads, you can do so in "Google ads on the web" in the Google ads settings.
You can find more information about Optimizely's data protection at https://www.optimizely.com/privacy
With the exception of the use of such technologies by our service providers or other authorised third parties, we do not permit any third-party content on sites to include or utilise any cookies, web beacons, local storage, or similar technologies for tracking purposes or to collect your personal information for their own purposes. If you believe other third-party content might be collecting personal information or using tracking technologies on one of our sites, please report it to firstname.lastname@example.org.