A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree.
Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive. Cookies are uniquely allocated to you and can only be read by the web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you. One of the primary functions of a cookie file is to save you time. If, for example, you adapt a website or browse it, on subsequent visits the cookie will remind the website of specific information about your preferences. This simplifies the process of displaying the relevant content, facilitates navigation at the website, etc. As soon as you return to the web server, information input earlier can be read, so that it is easier for you to use the website’s functions that you have already adapted. When delivering a cookie to our website, assistance can be provided by website signals (beacons) known as clear gif technology. This technology is a tool that we use for compiling summary statistical data about the website’s use, such as information about how many users at the website have chosen key elements (e.g. links or graphics). We can communicate summary statistical data about the website to partner companies and the public.
We use the following cookies:
- Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website, use a shopping cart or make use of e-billing services.
- Analytical or performance cookies. These allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
- Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
- Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests.
You can consent to, or block the use of, specific cookies by activating the relevant settings in your browser. If you choose to withhold consent, or subsequently block cookies, some aspects of our site may not work properly and you may not be able to access all or part of our site.
Most browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually set a browser to reject them. You can consent to, or block the use of, specific cookies by activating the relevant settings in your browser. If you choose to withhold consent, or subsequently block cookies, some aspects of our site may not work properly and you may not be able to access all or part of our site.