A cookie, also known as an HTTP cookie, web cookie, or browser cookie, is usually a small piece of data sent from a website and stored in a user's web browser while a user is browsing a website. When the user browses the same website in the future, the data stored in the cookie can be retrieved by the website to notify the website of the user's previous activity. Cookies were designed to be a reliable mechanism for websites to remember the state of the website or activity the user had taken in the past. They help us to optimize your visit to the website, to remember technical choices (e.g. choice of language, a newsletter, etc.) and to show more relevant services and offers. If you want to consult our website we recommend that you have the cookies turned on. However, if you prefer not to do this, you are always free to not turn them on.
Cookies may include clicking particular buttons, logging in, or a record of which pages were visited by the user even months or years ago. Although cookies cannot carry viruses, and cannot install malware on the host computer, tracking cookies and especially third-party tracking cookies are commonly used as ways to compile long-term records of individuals' browsing histories — a major privacy concern that prompted European and US law makers to take action in 2011.
This website uses different types of cookies.
- Strictly necessary cookies: As the name suggests these cookies are strictly necessary to enable you to move about the website or to provide certain features you have requested.
Functionality cookies: These cookies enhance the functionality of the website by storing your preferences. For example, you can set your profile on the homepage.
Tracking cookies: These cookies will outlast user sessions. If a persistent cookie has its Max-Age set to 1 year, then, within that year, the initial value set in that cookie will be sent back to the server every time the user visits the server. This is used to record a vital piece of information such as how the user initially came to this website. For this reason they are also called tracking cookies. For example, once you have selected your preferred language, the website will record your preference in a persistent cookie set on your browser. When you then revisit the website it will use that persistent cookie to ensure that the content is delivered in your preferred language.
Third party cookies: To support our communications we embed the content of social media channels such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter and we make use of sharing possibilities on social networks. The channels we are using may present cookies from these websites and we do not control these. You should check the relevant third party website for more information about these cookies.