During a visit to the site, “cookies” may be placed on your computer’s hard drive. A cookie is a text file that is placed by a website server in your computer’s browser or on your mobile device when you consult a website. Cookies cannot be used to identify individuals; a cookie can only identify a machine.
First party cookies are technical cookies that are used by the visited site itself and which aim to make the site function optimally. For example: settings that the user has made during previous visits to the site, or a pre-filled form with data that the user has made during previous visits.
Third Party Cookies’ are cookies that do not originate from the website itself, but from third parties, e.g. an existing marketing or advertising plug-in. E.g. cookies from Facebook or Google Analytics. For such cookies, the site visitor must first give consent – this can be done via a bar at the bottom or top of the website, with reference to this policy, which does not, however, prevent further surfing on the website.
You can set your Internet browser so that cookies are not accepted, that you receive a warning when a cookie is installed or that the cookies are subsequently deleted from your hard disk. You can do this through your browser settings (via the help function).