What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small text file or a piece of information that may be stored on your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. Almost every website uses cookie technology. Cookies serve a number of purposes such as letting you navigate between webpages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improving the user experience. Cookies may tell us, for example, whether you have visited our Website before or whether you are a new visitor. They can also help to ensure that adverts you see online are more relevant to you and your interests. This functionality makes cookies extremely useful to improve your user experience when you return to a website you have already visited.
How long do cookies last for?
Cookies can remain on your computer or mobile device for different periods of time. Some cookies are ‘session cookies’. These cookies exist only while your browser is open and are deleted automatically once you close your browser. Other cookies are ‘persistent cookies’. These cookies survive after your browser is closed until a defined expiration date. They can be used by websites to recognise your computer when you open your browser and browse the Internet again.
What types of cookies do we use?
There are two broad categories of cookies.
Cookies that are essential for the operation of the Website, also known as Strictly Necessary Cookies, enable features without which you would not be able to use the Website as intended. Your consent is not required for the use of Strictly Necessary Cookies, which is why Strictly Necessary Cookies cannot be disabled using the features of or the links on the Website. However, you have the option to completely disable cookies in your browser at any time. The other category of cookies is cookies which, in strictly legal terms, are not essential to use the Website. Nevertheless, these cookies do still fulfil important functions. You may disable any of these cookies via your browser settings or by using the links provided in the list below. However, if you do so, various functions of the Website may be unavailable to you or may not work the way you want them to.
The specific types of cookies served through the Website are described below:
Type of cookie
Who serves them
Click on the following links to block the cookies
Strictly Necessary Cookies.
These cookies are necessary to provide you with services available through the Website and to use some of its features, such as access to secure areas. Without these cookies, services you have asked for, like shopping baskets and secure customer account pages, would not be possible.
Facebook Custom Audience
If you do not want Facebook to use information based on your activity on websites or apps off Facebook for the purpose of showing you ads, you can opt out in your settings.
These cookies collect information that is used, either in aggregate form to help us understand how the Website is being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customize the Website for you. This information will also be used for the purpose of evaluating your use of the Website, compiling reports on the Website activity for the Website operators and providing them other services relating to the Website activity and internet usage.
You may disable any of these cookies via your browser settings. If you do so, various functions of the Website may be unavailable to you or may not work the way you want them to.
You may disable any of these cookies via your browser settings or by downloading a browser add-in: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de
If you do so, various functions of the Website may be unavailable to you or may not work the way you want them to.
Social Media Cookies.
On the Website, third parties that provide applications through the Website may set their own cookies in order to track the success of their applications or customize applications for you. For example, when you share an article using a social media sharing button (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus), the social network that has created the button will record that you have done this. Because of how cookies work, we cannot access these cookies, nor can the third parties access the data in cookies used by us.
Facebook Connect + Social Plug-ins
If you want to prevent this, you must first log out of your Facebook account before activating the Facebook plug-in and then delete all Facebook cookies after visiting Websites with Facebook plug-ins.
Log out of your Twitter account before activating the Twitter plug-ins and then delete all Twitter cookies after visiting Websites with Twitter plug-ins.
Log out of your Google+ or Google account before visiting our Website.
Beacons and Widgets.
Google Tag Manager
Web beacons operate in a similar way to cookies and are placed on websites or in an e-mail in order to monitor the behaviour of the user visiting the website or sending the e-mail.
How to control or delete cookies
You can control cookies served through the Website using any of the following means:
Cookie opt-out links. You may reject cookies served through the Website by following the opt-out links provided in the table above.
Browser settings. While most web browsers accept cookies by default, you can change your browser's settings to reject and/or to remove cookies. As the precise means by which you may do this will vary from browser to browser, please visit your browser's help menu for more information.
Please also note that if you choose to reject or remove cookies, doing so may prevent certain features or services of the Website from working properly and therefore affect your experience while on the Website. Areas of the Website that can potentially incorporate content from third parties, and which therefore place third-party cookies, will not be available to you. If that is the case you will be informed accordingly. Since your cookie opt-out preferences are also stored in a cookie in your website browser, please also note that if you delete all cookies, use a different browser, or buy a new computer, you will need to renew your opt-out choices.
Changes to the Policy
This Policy was last updated on 02-04-2015. A notice will be posted on our Website home page for 30 days whenever this Policy is changed in a material way. By continuing to use this Website you confirm your continuing acceptance of this Policy.