Cookies are small pieces of data that a website asks your browser to store on your computer or mobile device when you visit the website or certain pages. The cookie allows the website to “remember” your actions or preferences over time. Most browsers support cookies, but users can set their browsers to decline them and can delete them whenever they like.
Cookies will usually contain the name of the website where the cookie has come from, how long the cookie will remain on your device, and a value which is usually a randomly generated unique number.
Some cookies will be deleted as soon as you leave the website (the so-called “session cookies”), other cookies will remain stored on your computer or mobile device and will help us identify you as a visitor of our website (the so-called “permanent cookies”).
Which cookies do we use?
We use first party and third-party cookies:
- First party cookies are cookies created by the Website itself. These cookies are used to optimize your user-experience.
- Third party cookies are cookies created by parties other than the Website. Third party cookies in relation to our Website are Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Analytics. Google Analytics is Google’s analytics tool which helps us understand how you engage with the Website. It may use a set of cookies to collect information and report Website usage statistics without personally identifying individual visitors to Google.
A further distinction can be made between the following types of cookies:
- Necessary cookies: These cookies are essential in order to visit the website and to use certain parts of it. For example, they enable you to navigate between the different parts of the website, or to fill in forms. If you refuse these cookies, then certain parts of the website will not work or will not work properly.
- Analytical/Performance cookies: These cookies allow us to analyse our web traffic, to see the number of users of our Website and how the users navigate through our Website.
- Functional cookies: These cookies ‘remember’ the choices you made on our Website (e.g. language preference) making the Website more user-friendly and enhancing your user experience.
How can you manage or delete cookies?
You can at any time manage or delete cookies using the settings on your internet browser, allowing you to refuse some or all cookies. How to do this on the most commonly used browsers: