Platform Cookies PolicyLast Update: 05 March 2019
I. What are Cookies
Cookies are text files that are stored in a computer system via an Internet browser. Many cookies contain a so-called cookie ID. A cookie ID is a unique identifier of the cookie. It consists of a character string through which Internet pages and servers can be assigned to the specific Internet browser in which the cookie was stored. This allows visited Internet sites and servers to differentiate the individual browser of the data subject from other Internet browsers that contain other cookies. A specific Internet browser can be recognized and identified using the unique cookie ID.
II. Collection of general data and information
The Website/Subdomains collect a series of general data and information when a data subject or automated system calls them up. This general data and information are stored in the server log files. Collected may be (1) the browser types and versions used, (2) the operating system used by the accessing system, (3) the website from which an accessing system reaches the Website/Subdomains (so-called referrers), (4) the sub-websites, (5) the date and time of access to the Website/Subdomains, (6) an Internet protocol address (IP address), (7) the Internet service provider of the accessing system, and (8) any other similar data and information that may be used in the event of attacks on our information technology systems.
When using these general data and information, we do not draw any conclusions about the data subject. Rather, this information is needed to (1) deliver the content of the Website/Subdomains correctly, (2) optimize the content of the Website/Subdomains, and (3) ensure the long-term viability of our information technology systems and website technology. Therefore, we analyse anonymously collected data and information statistically, with the aim of increasing the data protection and data security of our enterprise, and to ensure an optimal level of protection for the personal data we process. The anonymous data of the server log files are stored separately from all personal data provided by a data subject.
III. Cookies we use
The cookies we use on the Website/Subdomains are as follows:
- xsrf-token cookie for form submit protection;
- Remember_web_ cookie for remembering login;
- Laravel_session cookies for system session;
- qstr cookies for redirection purposes, i.e. to redirect the user back when a page blocks, for ex. 2FA;
- refID cookies for referral programs;
- trackId cookies so-called tracking pixels embedded in articles, banners, etc. which allow a statistical analysis of the success or failure of online marketing campaigns.
Those cookies are the so called Essential cookies, which are necessary for the provision of the services and features of the Website/Subdomains and the user have specifically requested for. They can be connected to the performance and functionality of the Website/Subdomains.
Regarding their essentiality, they are not used on the grounds of a given consent by the user.
IV. Google Analytics (with anonymization function)
On the Website/Subdomains, we have integrated the component of Google Analytics (with the anonymizer function). The purpose of the Google Analytics component is to analyse the traffic on the Website/Subdomains. Google uses the collected data and information, inter alia, to evaluate the use of the Website/Subdomains and to provide online reports, which show the activities on the Website/Subdomains, and to provide other services concerning the use of the Website/Subdomains for us.
Further information and the applicable data protection provisions of Google may be retrieved under https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/ and under http://www.google.com/analytics/terms/us.html. Google Analytics is further explained under the following Link https://www.google.com/analytics/.
V. Cookie Choices & How to Opt-Out
The user may prevent the setting of cookies through the Website/Subdomains at any time by means of a corresponding adjustment of the web browser used and thus permanently deny the setting of cookies. Furthermore, already set cookies may be deleted at any time via an Internet browser or other software programs. This is possible in all popular Internet browsers. If the data subject deactivates the setting of cookies in the Internet browser used, not all functions of the Website/Subdomains may be entirely usable. Such an adjustment to the Internet browser used would also prevent Google Analytics from setting a cookie on the information technology system of the data subject. In addition, cookies already in use by Google Analytics may be deleted at any time via a web browser or other software programs.
VI. Social Plugins
We also use social plugins on some of the Subdomains. The social plugins used are hosted by social media networks such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Your browser sends cookie data to a social media network when loading its related social plugin inside your browser. This data contains information on your use of the Subdomain. In case you are registered with the social media network, the data will be associated with your data already stored in the social media network.