1. What is a Cookie?
2. What Cookies do we use and why?
The cookies used on our site are categorised as follows:
- Functional cookies
- First and third-party cookies
- Affiliate cookies
- Social Media Plugins
- Website statistics
- Other cookies
We use functional cookies to make the website work properly. These cookies contain a different, temporary number each time you visit the website. The functional cookies are temporary and are deleted as soon as you close your browser.
We use the following functional cookies:
Forms: The functional cookies are also used for the proper functioning of our online forms, such as the contact form.
Session storage is a form of temporary storage of data, just like functional cookies are. We use session storage only to store information about the structure of the website in your browser. Session storage makes it easy for you to click or swipe through the list of topics on the website. No personal data will be processed from you.
First and third-party cookies
Whether a cookie is ‘first’ or ‘third’ party refers to the domain which places the cookie. ‘First-party cookies’ are those set by a website that is being visited by the user at the time. ‘Third-party cookies’ are cookies that are set by a domain other than that of the website being visited by the user. If a user visits a website and another entity sets a cookie through that website, this would be a third-party cookie.
Third parties may not place cookies on our website to build up a profile of you based on your surfing behaviour on our site unless, based on your consent, we have given them explicit permission for this. The information about your surfing behaviour our website can in that case be combined by this third party with information from previous visits to websites and apps other than ours.
For more information about the cookies that third parties can place and the data they collect, we refer to the privacy and cookie policies that these parties provide on their own websites.
Affiliate cookies are used for ‘affiliate marketing’. These cookies provide information about the effectiveness of a displayed advertisement; the cookie keeps track of whether a purchase has been made in response to an advertisement displayed. Based on this information, the advertiser of the relevant advertisement can be rewarded.
Given the small impact on the privacy of users, no permission is required for the use of these cookies.
Social Media plugins
Given that our website also includes social media plugins such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc., said plugins may also contain cookies that may be placed on your computer either when you are browsing our website or clicking upon one of the social media buttons.
Statistics are generated from the information that we collect. These statistics give us insight into how often (a certain part of) the website is visited, where exactly visitors spend the most time, and so on.This enables us to make structure, navigation and content of the website as user-friendly as possible for you. We use a statistics program to analyse which pages are visited the most and how many visitors have come to our website. To this end, we collect IP addresses from our visitors, just like most websites. These are stored in so-called log files. The log files are kept on the web servers for 18 months for security reasons, error tracking and are only viewed for that purpose.
We collect the following data with the log files:
- Requested web pages and downloads
- IP addresses
- User agents (browsers, operating system)
- User devices (type, brand)
- Location (based on anonymized IP addresses)
- Used links to get our website (referrers).
Moreover, we use Google Analytics to measure our site. On behalf of us, Google will use this information to analyse your usage of our website, to compile reports about website activities and further to provide web related services, in this context, to us. All data shared with Google Analytics are limited with regard to the traceability of visitors to our website as much as possible, for example the last digit groups of each IP address are anonymized.
Other / unforeseen cookies
Because of the way in which the internet, websites and apps work, it may be that we do not always have insight into the cookies that are placed by third parties via our website.This is especially the case if our websites and appscontainso-calledembeddedelements;these are texts, documents, pictures or films that are stored at another party, but which are shown on, in or via our website. Should you encounter cookies on this website that fall into this category and that we have not mentioned above, please let us know.Or contact the third party directly and ask which cookies they have placed, what the reason is, what the lifetime of the cookie is and how your privacy is guaranteed. 3. How to delete and block our cookies
4. Changing your Cookie settings
Please note that internet browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. These settings are usually found in the ‘options’ or ‘preferences’ menu of your internet browser. In order to understand these settings, you should use the ‘Help’ option in your internet browser for more details.
5. Can I withdraw my consent?
If you wish to withdraw your consent at any time, you will need to delete your cookies using your internet browser settings. For further information about deleting or blocking cookies, please visit: http://www.aboutcookies.org/Default.aspx?page=2/.
If you do not wish to accept cookies in connection with your use of this website, you must stop using our site.