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Cookies Summary

👥 Affected: Website visitors

🤝 Purpose: Depends on the respective cookie. More details can be found below or from the software manufacturer that sets the cookie.

📓 Processed Data: Depends on the respective cookie. More details can be found below or from the software manufacturer that sets the cookie.

📅 Storage Duration: Depends on the respective cookie, ranging from hours to years

⚖️ Legal Basis: Art. 6 (1) lit. a GDPR (consent), Art. 6 (1) lit.f GDPR (legitimate interests)

What are Cookies?

Our website uses HTTP cookies to store user-specific data. Below we explain what cookies are and why they are used, so you can better understand the following privacy policy.

Whenever you browse the internet, you use a browser. Well-known browsers include Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Edge. Most websites store small text files in your browser called cookies.

One thing is undeniable: cookies are very useful helpers. Almost all websites use cookies. More precisely, these are HTTP cookies, as there are other types of cookies for different applications. HTTP cookies are small files stored on your computer by our website. These cookie files are automatically placed in the cookie folder, essentially the “brain” of your browser. A cookie consists of a name and a value. When defining a cookie, one or more attributes must also be specified.

Cookies store certain user data, such as language or personal page settings. When you revisit our site, your browser sends the "user-related" information back to our site. Thanks to cookies, our website knows who you are and offers you the settings you are used to. In some browsers, each cookie has its own file, while in others, such as Firefox, all cookies are stored in a single file.

There are both first-party cookies and third-party cookies. First-party cookies are created directly by our site, while third-party cookies are created by partner websites (e.g., Google Analytics). Each cookie is unique and stores different data. The expiration time of a cookie also varies, from a few minutes to several years. Cookies are not software programs and do not contain viruses, trojans, or other "harmful" elements. Cookies cannot access information on your PC.

Examples of cookie data:

Name: _ga Value: GA1.2.1326744211.152322507776-9 Purpose: Distinguishing website visitors Expiration: after 2 years

Minimum sizes a browser should support:

  • At least 4096 bytes per cookie

  • At least 50 cookies per domain

  • At least 3000 cookies in total

Types of Cookies

The specific cookies we use depend on the services employed and will be clarified in the following sections of the privacy policy. Here we want to briefly discuss the different types of HTTP cookies.

There are 4 types of cookies:

Essential Cookies

These cookies are necessary to ensure basic website functions. For example, these cookies are needed when a user places a product in the shopping cart, continues browsing on other pages, and later returns to checkout. These cookies prevent the shopping cart from being deleted even if the user closes the browser window.

Functional Cookies

These cookies collect information about user behavior and whether the user receives any error messages. These cookies also measure the loading time and behavior of the website across different browsers.

Targeting Cookies

These cookies ensure a better user experience. For instance, saved locations, font sizes, or form data are stored.

Advertising Cookies

These cookies, also known as targeting cookies, are used to deliver personalized advertising to the user. This can be very useful but also very annoying.

Typically, you will be asked on your first visit to a website which types of cookies you want to allow. And, of course, this decision is also stored in a cookie.

If you want to learn more about cookies and are not deterred by technical documentation, we recommend, the Request for Comments from the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) titled “HTTP State Management Mechanism.”

Purpose of Processing through Cookies

The purpose ultimately depends on the respective cookie. More details can be found below or from the software manufacturer that sets the cookie.

What Data is Processed?

Cookies are small helpers for many different tasks. Unfortunately, it is not possible to generalize which data is stored in cookies, but we will inform you in this privacy policy about the data processed and stored.

Storage Duration of Cookies

The storage duration depends on the respective cookie and is specified further below. Some cookies are deleted after less than an hour, while others can remain stored on a computer for several years.

You also have control over the storage duration. You can manually delete all cookies at any time via your browser settings (see "Right to Object" below). Furthermore, cookies based on consent will be deleted no later than upon the withdrawal of your consent, without affecting the legality of storage until then.

Right to Object – How Can I Delete Cookies?

You decide how and whether you want to use cookies. Regardless of which service or website the cookies come from, you always have the option to delete, deactivate, or only partially allow cookies. For example, you can block third-party cookies but allow all other cookies.

If you want to find out which cookies are stored in your browser, change cookie settings, or delete them, you can find this information in your browser settings:

  • Chrome: Delete, enable, and manage cookies in Chrome

  • Safari: Manage cookies and website data with Safari

  • Firefox: Delete cookies to remove data that websites have placed on your computer

  • Internet Explorer: Delete and manage cookies

  • Microsoft Edge: Delete and manage cookies

If you generally do not want any cookies, you can set your browser to always inform you when a cookie is set. This way, you can decide for each cookie whether to allow it or not. The procedure varies depending on the browser. It is best to search Google for instructions using the term "delete cookies Chrome" or "disable cookies Chrome" if you are using Chrome.

Legal Basis

Since 2009, there have been so-called "cookie guidelines." These state that the storage of cookies requires your consent (Article 6 (1) lit. a GDPR). However, within EU countries, there are still very different reactions to these guidelines. In Austria, the implementation of this guideline took place in § 96 (3) of the Telecommunications Act (TKG). In Germany, the cookie guidelines were not implemented as national law. Instead, the implementation of this guideline took place largely in § 15 (3) of the Telemedia Act (TMG).

For essential cookies, there are legitimate interests (Article 6 (1) lit. f GDPR), which are mostly of an economic nature, even if no consent is given. We want to provide visitors to the website with a pleasant user experience, and certain cookies are often necessary for this.

If non-essential cookies are used, this only happens with your consent. The legal basis in this case is Art. 6 (1) lit. a GDPR.

In the following sections, you will be informed in more detail about the use of cookies, provided that the software used sets cookies.

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