Last modified on 16 May, 2022
Functionality and types of cookies
A cookie is a small data record that is stored on your terminal device and contains data such as personal page settings or login information. This data record is either sent to your web browser by the server with which you have established a connection or generated by a script. When you later revisit the same domain, the information stored in the cookie is transmitted to and read by the server.
The most common types of cookies are explained below for your understanding:
Session cookies: while you are active on a website, a session cookie is temporarily stored in the memory of your device, in which a session identifier is stored, for example, to prevent you from having to log in again each time you change pages. Session cookies are deleted when you log out or lose their validity as soon as their session has automatically expired.
Persistent cookies: Persistent cookies store a file on your terminal device for the period of time specified in the expiration date (storage period). Through these cookies, the website remembers your information and settings the next time you visit. This results in faster and more convenient access, as you do not have to set your language preferences for our website again, for example. When the storage period expires, the cookie on your device is automatically deleted.
Third-party cookies: In contrast to first-party cookies, third-party cookies are session or persistent cookies that originate from a provider other than the website operator. They can be used, for example, to collect information for advertising, custom content and web statistics.
Cookies serve many different purposes, for example, they enable you to navigate our website efficiently, they store your preferred settings and generally improve your visit experience.
Depending on their respective purpose, the cookies used on our website can be divided into two categories: Technically necessary and technically non-necessary cookies.
The classification as technically necessary or technically non-necessary also determines the legal basis on which we use the respective cookie:
Technically necessary cookies
Technically necessary cookies are required for our website to function properly; they enable you to navigate our website efficiently and use its functional features. An example of this is, for example, the reminder of recently performed actions (e.g., entered text) when you return to a page within the same session.
The legal basis for the collection and processing of personal data in the context of the use of technically necessary cookies is the fulfilment of our contractual obligations or the protection of our legitimate interests, which consist in particular in providing you with our website with its essential functions.
Technically non-essential cookies
Technically non-essential cookies are not necessary for the proper functioning of our website, but they enable us to improve the content of our website, compile statistics for internal market analysis purposes, provide you with a more personalized online experience or provide additional features.
Technically non-essential cookies can in turn be divided into the following subcategories:
Performance cookies: these cookies help us understand how visitors interact with our website by providing data about which websites or search terms bring users to our website, how long they typically stay on our website, or how many subpages they view on average. We use this data to improve the content of our website and to compile statistics for internal market analysis purposes about individual use of our website.
Functional cookies: these cookies allow our website to remember the choices you make (for example, your username, language, or the region you live in) to provide you with a more personalized online experience. They also allow you to watch videos and interact with social tools such as blogs, chat rooms and forums.
Targeting/advertising cookies: these cookies are used to provide content that is more relevant to you and your interests (direct marketing). They can be used to provide targeted advertising or to limit the frequency with which you are shown an advertisement. They also help us measure the effectiveness of advertising campaigns on ScoreDomain and non-ScoreDomain websites. In addition, we may use these cookies to store which websites you have visited.
The legal basis for the use of technically non-essential cookies (and the associated collection and processing of personal data) is your consent given voluntarily when you first visit our website as part of our cookie banner.
You can revoke your consent at any time with effect for the future. Your consent to the use of technically non-essential cookies and the associated processing of your personal data is not necessary for the use of our website, i.e., you can also use our website without technically non-essential cookies.
Cookies used on our website
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