Last updated: December 19, 2019

Use of Cookies

To improve your experience on our website, we use so-called cookies. A cookie is a small text file our site may place on your computer or mobile device as a tool to remember your actions and preferences. You have the option to refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser. You may also manage cookies through your web browser settings, for instance by deleting your cache after leaving this website. Please note: After deactivating cookies, some functions of this website may not work as intended.

Cookie Types

This website and its service providers may use so-called analytics cookies, sometimes also referred to as performance cookies, that gather information about how you use our site. Analytics cookies allow us to count the size of our audience for site visits or particular posts and stories, and identify trends and usage patterns.

Our website and its service providers may also use so-called targeting and tracking cookies to better understand your behaviors and interests as you navigate this site in order to deliver a more personalized website experience on future visits.

This website displays interest-based advertisements delivered via the Google AdSense service. You can control your preferences on how Google advertises to you by using the Google AdSense Preferences page, or you have the opportunity to opt out of interest-based advertising entirely by adjusting your cookie settings.

Please know that you have the opportunity to opt out of personalized ads for over 100 different advertising networks. Use this link.

Our website uses Google Analytics, a service which transmits website traffic data to Google servers in the United States. Google Analytics does not identify individual users or associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. We use reports provided by Google Analytics to help us understand website traffic and webpage usage.

By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner described in Google’s Privacy Policy and for the purposes stated above. You can opt out of Google Analytics if you disable or refuse the cookie, disable JavaScript, or use the opt-out service provided by Google.

Permanence of cookies

Session cookies, also known as transient cookies, are only stored in your computer’s temporary memory and is not retained after the browser is closed. Session cookies do not collect information from your computer.

Persistent cookies are stored in your browser after the web session until deleted.

Performance cookies gather information about how you use our site. This includes, for instance, web pages you have visited. Performance cookies, also known as analytics cookies, do not collect personally identifiable information. Data from performance cookies is aggregated in a manner that is anonymous.

Functionality cookies store your preferences and actions in using the website. These include your preferred text size and other choices made on previous visits. Functionality cookies also support functions such as comments.

Changing your browser cookie settings

Every browser has a different policy for managing the cookie settings. The browser’s policy is described in the Help menu of every browser and explains how you can change your cookie settings. To find out how to change the settings in your browser, see the links below:
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Use of Google (Universal) Analytics for users in the US

We use Google Analytics for aggregated, anonymized website traffic analysis. In order to track your session usage, Google drops a cookie (_ga) with a randomly-generated ClientID in your browser. This ID is anonymized and contains no identifiable information like email, phone number, name, etc. We also send Google your IP Address. We use GA to track aggregated website behavior, such as what pages you looked at, for how long, and so on. This information is important to us for improving the user experience and determining site effectiveness. If you would like to access what browsing information we have – or ask us to delete any GA data – please delete your _ga cookies, reach out to us via this form, and/or install the Google Analytics Opt-Out Browser Add-On.”

Use of Google (Universal) Analytics for web analytics for users in Europe
For the purpose of website analytics, this website uses Google (Universal) Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google LLC ( This serves the protection of our legitimate interests in the optimised presentation of our offer according to art. 6 (1) 1 lit f GDPR that are overriding in the process of balancing of interests. Google (Universal) Analytics uses methods, like e.g. cookies, that enable an analysis of your use of the website. The information collected automatically by cookies about your use of this website are as a rule transmitted to and stored on a Google server in the United States.

Google LLC is headquartered in the USA and is certified to the EU-US-Privacy Shield. You can view the up-to-date certificate here. Based on this agreement between the USA and the European Commission, the latter has recognised entities certified to the Privacy Shield as those ensuring an adequate level of data protection.

You may prevent the data generated by cookies and related to your use of the website (incl. your IP address) from being recorded and processed by Google by downloading and installing the browser plugin available through the following link.

Social media sites

Our website may use interfaces with social media sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and others. If you choose to “like” or share information from our website through these services, you should review the privacy policy of that service. If you are a member of a social media site, the interfaces may allow the social media site to connect your website visit to your personal information.