EU legislation requires all website operators to inform website visitors about their usage of cookies and similar technologies, e.g. pixels, (hereinafter “cookies”) and to collect the user’s consent to such cookie usage.
If you visit our websites for the first time, you will see our Cookie Banner and, when you click on Cookies Settings, our Privacy Preference Centre. Using this tool will set a cookie on your device to remember your preferences.
What are cookies?
Cookies are commonly used on websites and are small text files which are sent to your device (computer, laptop, smartphone, tablet) by the website you visit. Cookies are stored on your device in your browser’s file directory. Your browser sends these cookies back to the website each time you revisit it so it can recognise your device, remember your preferences, record what you have put in your shopping basket and improve your overall user experience.
Please note that certain functions of our website may no longer work or work not correctly without cookies. If you want to learn more about cookies and how they work in general, please visit the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) website.
Categories of cookies
Depending on their function and their intended purpose, cookies can be assigned to the following categories: strictly necessary cookies, performance cookies, functional cookies and targeting cookies.
Strictly necessary cookies
Strictly necessary cookies are required to navigate our websites and operate basic website functions. Examples for strictly necessary cookies are login cookies, shopping cart cookies or cookies to remember your cookie settings. Without these cookies, certain basic functionalities cannot be offered. Strictly necessary cookies are always active and will be placed without your consent.
To the extent that information processed in connection with strictly necessary cookies should qualify as personal data, the legal ground for that processing is our legitimate interest to operate the website (Art. 6 (1) lit. (f) GDPR).
Performance cookies (analytics cookies) collect information on your usage of our websites. They identify a variety of metrics, for example, your internet browser, operating system, duration and number of page visits, errors you experienced. The information collected is aggregated and anonymous. It does not allow personal identification, it only serves the purpose of evaluating and enhancing the user experience of our websites.
To the extent that information processed in connection with performance cookies should qualify as personal data, the legal basis for that processing is your consent (Art. 6 (1) lit. (a) GDPR).
Functional cookies enable a website to store information and options you have already previously entered (e.g. username, layout settings, contact us form) in order to offer you improved personalised functions. They are also used to enable requested functions, like Live Chat and playing videos. To the extent that information processed in connection with functional cookies should qualify as personal data, the legal basis for that processing is your consent (Art. 6 (1) lit. (a) GDPR).
Targeting cookies (cookies used for marketing purposes) are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of an advertising campaign. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers e.g. Google. The legal basis for the processing of personal data in connection with targeting cookies (if any) is your consent (Art. 6 (1) lit. (a) GDPR).
Cookies we use on our website
You may find further detailed information on cookies utilised by us in our Privacy Preference Centre. Here, you can also provide or revoke your consent and/or change your cookie preferences at any time.