A cookie is a small file that stores Internet settings. It is loaded from the Internet browser the first time you visit a website. The next time you visit this website, the cookie and the information stored therein will either be transmitted to the website that generated it (first party cookie) or to another website to which it belongs (third party cookie). Thus the website recognizes that it has already been visited with this browser. Other web technologies are used for similar purposes, so that we also refer to these technologies as "cookies" in this context.
Most of the cookies we use are deleted from your hard disk at the end of the browser session (so-called session cookies). Other cookies remain on your computer and enable us to recognize your computer upon your next visit (so-called permanent cookies).
Depending on their function and intended use, cookies can be divided into four categories: cookies required for operation, performance cookies, functional cookies or cookies for marketing purposes:
If cookies are deactivated for our website, then it may no longer be possible to use all of the functions of the website in full.
If you wish to object to the complete analysis of your surfing behavior or to cancel your objection, then you can also adjust these settings here:
If cookies collect personal data, then please also note the information contained in our Data Protection Statement about us and your rights as a data subject.
The data collected in this manner is not used to create user profiles. These cookies are usually only stored on your terminal during the current browser session. However, some elements of our website require that the invoking browser can be identified even after a page change.
Your consent is not required for the use of such cookies. The legal basis is Article 6 Paragraph 1 lit. f) of the EU General Data Protection Regulation [GDPR]. The legitimate interest lies in providing the corresponding functions of our website.
For website analysis we use the technology of Google (Universal) Analytics, a service of Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA ("Google").
These data can be used to create user profiles under a pseudonym. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is usually transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. However, Google will shorten the IP address in advance within Member States of the European Union or in other states party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transmitted to a Google server in the USA and shortened there. The IP address transmitted by your browser in the context of Google Analytics is not merged with other Google data.
Google (Universal) Analytics is a service of Google LLC (www.google.co.uk). Google LLC has its registered office in the USA. The European Commission has enacted an adequacy decision for this State, the EU-US Privacy Shield, in accordance with which LLC is certified. A current certificate is available here:
You can prevent the storage of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings in your browser software. Furthermore, you can also prevent Google Analytics from using your data by downloading and installing browser add-ons to disable Google Analytics:
As an alternative to the browser plug-in, you can prevent Google Analytics from collecting your data by means of an opt-out cookie. To prevent Universal Analytics from collecting data across different devices, you must opt-out on all systems used. If you click here, then the opt-out cookie will be set:
Opt out Google Analytics
Please note that Google has its own data protection guidelines that are independent of our own. Learn more:
Google Data Protection Regulations
We do not currently use any social media plug-ins. By clicking on the appropriate pictograms, you can reach our websites on Facebook or Youtube.
However, we include content from Facebook and Youtube at different places on our website. Each time a page is accessed that contains content from these social networks, a connection is made to the providers' servers and data is transmitted to them or cookies are used by the providers. We point out that we have no knowledge of the content of the transmitted data, web technology used and their use by the respective provider.
Facebook is a service of Facebook Ireland Limited, 4 Grand Canal Square, Dublin 2, Ireland. More information about privacy can be found at:
Youtube is a service of YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. For more information about privacy, visit: