Information about cookies

1. What are cookies?

Cookies are very small text files which are stored on your device by the browser while you are visiting our website. These text files contain information about the provision of user-friendly services and are read out by web-browsers. Cookies allow our website to recognise you, so our web-server can offer you content tailored to your expectations and interests.

Therefore please be aware that you possibly cannot enter some web contents if you block the cookies.

Principally there are the following types of cookies:

  • Session related cookies: are stored on your computer or device during your surfing our websites and are deleted afterwards.
  • Permanent cookies: remain on your computer for a longer period of time.
  • Cookies of third parties: are issued by the partner websites and embedded on our website. They are meant e.g. for the supply of personalised advertising.

2. How we use cookies

Generally we are using internet technologies (e.g. cookies, Java script) only to simplify the use of our website and to optimise our offer and your communication with our contents:

  • We use so-called session related cookies to maintain the current session active.
  • We use cookies for data analysis. They help us to recognise how e.g. our forms are accepted or how many visitors use our sites, or which are the most often visited sites.
  • We use cookies of third parties which are meant to improve your experiences with our contents and advertisements.

Furthermore, this website uses Google's web-analysis-services. You can find further information about these services under "data protection information".

3. Cookies of third parties

Some third parties place cookies on your computer in order to record the behaviour of the visitors and to personalise offers (including advertising). Depending on the platform, several cookies are placed by third parties. You can read about how the third parties use the cookies on the corresponding pages of the network. The information about the networks can be found in the table below. We do not have any control about the cookies of third parties. For this reason, we recommend you to check the websites of third parties for which kind of cookies are used and how they can be administered. For popular third parties, such as facebook, Google and similar, the "Digital Advertising Alliance" offers a possibility to realise a collective opt-out of all DAA companies. You can find further information about this under point 4 and 5.

4. Currently, we use the following cookies

Session related cookies:

Cookie or third party Task Life span Further information
__utmc - Google Analytics To detect in connection with __utmb, if it is a new visitor or just a new visit of a known visitor. Is deleted when the browser is shut down. Data protection notice
fe_typo_user - TYPO3 TYPO3 frontend session cookie Is deleted when the browser is shut down.  
PHPSESSID - PHP PHP session cookie

Is deleted when the browser is shut down.


Permanent cookies:

Cookie or
third party
Task Life span Further information
__utma - Google Analytics Makes it possible to record visits and visitors. 2 years Data protection notice
__utmz - Google Analytics Finds out from which source/campaign the visitor comes from. 6 months Data protection notice
__utmx - Google Analytics Is a cookie which is especially placed for tests and experiments within Google Analytics. 18 months Data protection notice
__utmt - Google Analytics To restrict the quota of requests towards Google Analytics. 10 minutes Data protection notice
__utmb - Google Analytics Is used to record new visits. 30 minutes Data protection notice
_gat - Google Function related cookie which can have different tasks. 2 years Data protection notice
notification-cookie Is used to memorise the acceptance of the cookie instructions. 1 month Data protection notice
views Is used to count the blog-article-views. 30 minutes Data protection notice

5. Administration of cookies / objection

In our browser menu you can find setting options for the use of cookies. Normally a browser provides the following setting options:

  • to look at cookies,
  • allow cookies,
  • de-activate all or determined cookies,
  • de-activate all cookies with the shut-down of the browser,
  • block cookies,
  • give notice when a cookie should be placed and
  • objection for tracking-web-analysis

For the following browsers you can find the instructions for the deactivation of cookies on the websites of the providers. In case you block our cookies in your browser, you cannot use some of the spaces of our website.

We use Cookies to make your visit as enjoyable as possible for you. By using the website you agree.