When you visit the website, “cookies” may be stored on the hard disk of your computer. A cookie is a text file that is placed by the server of a website via the browser on your computer or on your mobile device when you access a website. Cookies cannot be used to identify individuals. A cookie can only be used to identify a device.
“First-party cookies” are technical cookies used by the visited site itself and are intended to allow the website to operate in an optimal manner. Examples: settings specified by the user during previous visits to the site, or, a pre-filled form with data that the user entered during previous visits.
“Third party cookies” are cookies that do not originate from the website itself, but from other websites, e.g. an existing marketing or advertising plug-in. Examples: cookies from Facebook or Google Analytics. The visitor must first provide their consent to allow such cookies from the website – this may occur via a bar the bottom or top of a webpage, with a reference to the associated policy that does not prevent further surfing of the website.
You can set up your internet browser so that cookies are not accepted, or that you receive a warning when a cookie will be installed, or that the cookies will be deleted later from your hard drive. To do so, you must change the settings of your browser settings (via the help function). Keep in mind that in doing so you may prevent certain graphic elements from appearing correctly or prevent you from using certain applications.