Explaining a cookie
A cookie is a small data file placed onto your device and saved by your browser that enables us to identify your device and secure your access. Cookies do not harm your computer and do not contain any viruses. They can be used for a range of different purposes, such as customising a website for a particular user, helping a user navigate a website, improving that user’s website experience, and storing that user’s preferences and login information.
There are two main types of cookie: persistent cookies and session cookies.
A persistent cookie will recognise you as an existing user, which can also remove the need to sign in each time you visit the site.
Session cookies will only apply for as long as your current website visit or browser session.
Cookies can also be classified as either ‘essential’ or ‘non-essential’.
Essential cookies: these are cookies that are either:
- Used solely to carry out or facilitate the transmission of communications over a network; or
- Strictly necessary to provide an online service (e.g. a service) which you have requested.
Non-essential cookies: these are any cookies that do not fall within the definition of essential cookies, such as cookies used to analyse your behaviour on a website (‘analytical’ cookies) or cookies used to display advertisements to you (‘advertising’ cookies).
|Categories of Use||Description|
|Authenticate||Cookies can deliver the most appropriate information and personal experience.|
|Security||Cookies can be tailored to support security features and to identify malicious activity.|
|Preferences, features and services||Cookies can identify language and communications preferences, aid easier form completion and customise content.|
|Advertising||Cookies can deliver relevant advertising and provide retargeting to visitors who saw an ad, took action, purchase or download.|
|Performance, Analytics and Research||Cookies aid research and analytics to understand, improve, products, features and services.|
Cookies and advertising
Cookies, pixels, and tags help to serve relevant ads to visitors by identifying your device your usage, your browsing behaviour, log data (your IP address).
The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) governs the use of personal information and information collected cannot be shared with any 3rd party advertisers without your consent.
The use of third-party cookies
The cookie table below provides details of the third party cookies that may be used on our site.
Our site includes links to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and so on.
The privacy implications for this will vary from social network to social network and will be dependent on the privacy settings you have chosen on these networks.
Our website uses plugins from YouTube, which is operated by Google. The operator of the pages is YouTube LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA.
If you visit one of our pages featuring a YouTube plugin, a connection to the YouTube servers is established. Here the YouTube server is informed about which of our pages you have visited.
If you’re logged in to your YouTube account, YouTube allows you to associate your browsing behaviour directly with your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account.
YouTube is used to help make our website appealing. This constitutes a justified interest.
Further information about handling user data, can be found in the data protection declaration of YouTube under https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy.
We use Google Analytics to compile visitor statistics. Google Analytics cookies are classified as first party cookies as they are set by our website domain, although Google collects and processes information from our use of Google Analytics.
For information on how Google uses data from cookies it uses, click here.
We use Google Analytics to find out:
- How many people visit our website
- Different technologies visitors use (Mac or Windows) which tells us when our site isn’t working as it should
- How long visitors browse our site
Analysing website statistics helps us continuously improve our website standards. Data is retained for 26 months and all IP addresses have been anonymised (IP masking).
The information generated by the cookies about your use of this website will not be disclosed to third parties. You can prevent these cookies being stored by selecting the appropriate settings in your browser. However, we wish to point out that doing so may mean you will not be able to enjoy the full functionality of this website.
If you do not agree with the storage and use of your data, you can disable this feature. In this case, an opt-out cookie will be stored in your browser to prevent Google Analytics from storing your usage data. If you delete your cookies, this will mean that the opt-out cookie will also be deleted. You will then need to reactivate it when you return to our site if you wish your activity not to be tracked.
Alternatively, your browser can be configured to automatically accept cookies under certain conditions or to always reject them, or to automatically delete cookies when closing your browser. Disabling cookies may limit the functionality of this website.
How to decline or remove cookies
To decline to receive cookies, simply change your browser settings on your computer or other device. Most browsers also provide functionality that lets you review and erase cookies.
Browser manufacturers provide help pages relating to cookie management in their products. Please see below for more information. For other browsers, please consult the documentation that your browser manufacturer provides.
Cookies use on this site
Cookies used on this site
Both of these are used to help the performance of the website and are deleted when you close your browser.
Checks whether the cookie notice has been dismissed.
This is known as a session cookie. It is used to allow users to be recognized within a website so any page changes or item selection you do is remembered from page to page. This cookie is deleted when you close your browser.
Cookies set by the Wordfence Security WordPress plugin to help protect the site against malicious attacks.
WordPress sets this cookie when you navigate to the login page. The cookie is used to check whether your web browser is set to allow, or reject cookies.
This cookie stores your preferences and other information, in particular preferred language, how many search results you wish to be shown on your page, and whether or not you wish to have Google’s SafeSearch filter turned on.
A cookie that YouTube sets that measures your bandwidth to determine whether you get the new player interface or the old.
This cookie is set by the YouTube video service on pages with embedded YouTube video
Set by Google Analytics, these cookies allow us to anonymously track visits and user behaviour on our website.
Used by Google DoubleClick to register and report user actions after viewing or clicking one of the advertiser’s ads with the purpose of measuring the efficacy of an ad and to present targeted ads to the user.
The NID cookie contains a unique ID Google uses to remember your preferences and other information, such as your preferred language (e.g. English), how many search results you wish to have shown per page (e.g. 10 or 20), and whether or not you wish to have Google’s SafeSearch filter turned on.