“Cookies” are small files that are stored on the user’s computer. Different data can be stored within the cookies. A cookie is primarily used to store information about a user (or the device on which the cookie is stored) during or after the user’s visit to an online service. Temporary cookies, also known as “session cookies” or “transient cookies,” are cookies that are deleted after a user leaves an online service and closes their browser. The contents of a shopping basket in an online shop or a login status[r1] , for example, can be stored in this kind of cookie. “Permanent cookies” or “persistent cookies” are cookies that remain stored even after the browser has been closed. A user’s login status, for example, may be stored in this kind of cookie, so that the user can revisit after several days. A user’s interests can also be stored in such a cookie and then used to measure reach or for marketing purposes. “Third-party cookies” are cookies offered by providers other than the party responsible for operating the online service (cookies offered by the party responsible for the service are known as “first-party cookies”).

We use both temporary and permanent cookies; more details can be found in our privacy policy.

If users do not wish cookies to be stored on their computer, they are asked to deactivate the corresponding option in the system settings of their browser. Stored cookies can be deleted in the system settings of the browser. The exclusion of cookies can lead to functional restrictions of this online service.

Users can state a general objection to the use of cookies for online marketing purposes for a large number of services, particularly in the case of tracking, via the US site http://www.aboutads.info/choices/or the EU sitehttp://www.youronlinechoices.com/. Furthermore, the storage of cookies can be achieved by switching them off in the browser settings. Please note that in this case, not all functions of the online service can necessarily be used.