Cookies and other technologies are used to enable certain functions within online offerings, e.g., to recognize a user, to store a user’s preferences, to uniquely assign temporary transaction or transaction-related data to a user, to store additional security information when a user logs into his or her user account, or to collect information about the use of an online offering and to improve its use. These technologies are also used by almost all online offerings to detect whether the respective online offering has already been accessed with the same end device and the same browser, in order to adapt and in some cases vary the content displayed depending on this.
Cookies can only be read by the online offer from which the cookie originates. Cookies do not normally collect personal data that is stored on your terminal device. Cookies are merely the key with which a connection to personal data can be established, if this data has been collected at all. Cookies can be classic text-based cookies, web beacons, pixels or scripts.
Persistent cookies are stored for a duration specified in the cookie on the end device with which our online offers are used. These cookies are created the first time you visit our online offers, unless browser settings generally prevent this, and are reactivated for each subsequent visit, provided that this visit is made with a terminal device on which a cookie is already present.
Session cookies enable the operators of online offers to record the actions of a user during a browser session and to relate them to each other. A browser session begins when the browser is opened and ends when the browser is closed. Session cookies are deleted as soon as the browser is closed.
Web beacons and pixels are files that are integrated into an online offer and are requested by the browser of the accessing user. They allow log file recording and log file analysis, which can be used for statistical analysis. Information such as the IP address, the browser used or the operating system of the accessing system may be transmitted.
Since many providers use more than one of the above technologies, these “cookies” are summarized below according to their purpose as well as the assigned source domain.