(2) About cookies
A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) which is transmitted from a web server to a web browser and is stored by it. The identifier is sent to the latter for each page call made on the server.
Cookies can either be permanent or can be deleted after a session has finished.
A permanent cookie contains a text file sent by a web server to a web browser which is saved by the browser and remains valid until a set expiration date (provided that the cookie is not deleted before this expiration date by the user).
The cookie for the session will expire, however, after the end of the user session if the web browser is closed.
(4) Our cookies
We use Google Analytics to analyse the use of this website. Google Analytics generates statistical and other information on the site by using cookies which are stored on the user's computer.
The information generated relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of our website. Google stores this information. The data protection guidelines issued by Google can be found here.
(6) Cookies and personal data
Cookies do not contain information which can be personally assigned to you. Personal data stored by us can be linked by us, however, to information stored in cookies or obtained from cookies.
(7) Blocking cookies
Most browsers allow you to block cookies. For example:
(a) In Internet Explorer you can override automatic cookie processing by clicking on the “Tools” button, then on “Internet Options”, “Privacy” and then “Advanced”.
(b) in Firefox you can block all cookies by clicking on “Tools”, “Options”, “Privacy” and then selecting the option “Settings” from the drop-down menu and removing the tick in front of “Tell sites that I want to be tracked”.
(c) in Chrome, you can block all cookies by opening the “Adjust and Control” menu, clicking on “Settings”, “Show advanced settings” and “Content settings” and selecting the option “Block sites from setting any data” under the Cookies tab.
However, blocking all cookies can negatively affect the usability of many websites.
If you block cookies, you may not be able to use all the features of the website in question.
(8) Delete cookies
You can also delete cookies already stored on your computer. For example:
(a) in Internet Explorer, you have to delete cookies manually (instructions can be found here).
(b) You can delete cookies in Firefox by clicking on the Firefox button on the top left hand side and then on “Settings” and “Privacy”. Then select “Clear recent history”.
(c) You can delete all cookies in Chrome by opening the “Adjust and Control” menu, and clicking on “Settings” “Show Advanced Settings” and “Clear Browsing Data” and selecting “Remove all cookies and site data” before you click on “Clear Browsing Data”.
This can also have a negative impact on the usability of many websites.