1) What are cookies?
Cookies are small files or pieces of information stored on your computer (or other Internet enabled devices, such as a smartphone or tablet) when you visit one of our Sites (“Cookie”). A Cookie will usually contain the name of the website from which the Cookie has come from, the "lifetime" of the Cookie (i.e. how long it will remain on your device), and a value, which is usually a randomly generated unique number.
2) What are cookies used for?
3) Who uses the information stored in Cookies?
The information stored in the Cookies from our Sites is exclusively used by us, except for those identified below as "third-party Cookies". Third-party Cookies are used and managed by external entities to provide services requested by us to improve our services and your experience when browsing our Sites. These external entities mainly provide us with access statistics and to ensure the performance of payment transactions.
4) Do we put Cookies on third-party support?
We may link our Cookies to websites of our partners, who are broadcasting advertisements for our brands and/or products. These Cookies are mainly used to present you appropriate content corresponding to your interests, and to evaluate your consultation of our content published on the Sites (including advertising).
5) What types of cookies do we use?
We use or may use the following types of Cookies:
- Strictly necessary Cookies (Category 1). These are Cookies that are required for the operation of our Sites and under our terms with you. They include, for example, Cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our Sites and use a shopping cart.
- Analytical/performance Cookies (Category 2). They allow us to recognize and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our Sites when they are using it. This helps us for our legitimate interests of improving the way our Sites work, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
- Functionality Cookies (Category 3). These are used to recognize you when you return to our Sites. This enables us, subject to your choices and preferences, to personalize our content, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
- Targeting/Advertising Cookies (Category 4). These Cookies record your visit to our Sites, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information subject to your choices and preferences to make our Sites and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.
6) How to manage your Cookies preferences in your Internet Browser?
The settings from the Internet browsers are usually programmed by default to accept Cookies, but you can easily adjust it by changing the settings of your browser. However, if you choose to disable the Cookies on your browser, you might not be able to benefit from all the functionalities offered by our Sites, especially all functions, which are connected with a Login, need Cookies for a correct function mode. For more information on how to customize your Cookies options in your browser settings, please consult the following links:
- Internet Explorer™: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/how-to-manage-cookies-in-internet-explorer-9;
- Safari™: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1677?viewlocale=en_US;
- Chrome™: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=en;
- Firefox™: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enable-and-disable-cookies-website-preferences;
- Opera™: http://help.opera.com/Windows/10.20/en/cookies.html.
You can also set an opt-out Cookie by clicking here. An opt-out Cookie prevents future collection. However, it only applies to the browser in question. To prevent data entry across different devices, you must therefore perform the opt-out on all devices and browsers used. If you delete your Cookies in a browser, the opt-out Cookie will also be removed.
Please be aware that if Cookies are disabled, not all features (e.g. online ordering) of the Sites may operate as intended. For more information about other commonly used browsers, please refer to https://www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies/.
7) Social media Plug-ins
Our Sites use social media plug-ins, from Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter, and a number of other providers. As a result, buttons of the respective providers are displayed, or content of the respective provider is integrated on the Sites.
When you visit a website via such a plug-in, your browser establishes a direct connection to the servers of that provider. The content of the plug-in is transmitted directly to your browser by the respective provider and integrated into the respective website. As a result, the respective provider receives in particular the information that your browser has visited the website in question and the IP address of the device used, even if you do not have an account with the provider. If you are logged in at the provider's website at the same time, the provider can assign the visit to your personal profile. If you interact with a plug-in – for example by pressing the "Like" button or making a comment – the corresponding information is transferred directly from your browser to the provider concerned and stored there. The interaction may also be published on the profile you hold with the provider and be visible to your contacts.
We use plug-ins to make our Sites more attractive and to make it easier and more comfortable for you to share content of our Sites. This also helps us to reach a wider audience for our Sites. Information about the processing of the data by the provider can be found in the provider’s privacy notice.
If you do not want the respective providers to collect information about you via our Sites, you must log out from the provider's website before visiting our Sites. Yet, even when you are logged out, providers use social plug-ins to place Cookies and to collect anonymous data which can be assigned to your profile, provided you log in to the respective provider's website at a later time. In such cases the respective provider processes your Personal Data as controller and in accordance with their own data protection regulations. If you want to prevent the provider from assigning data to your profile, you must delete the corresponding Cookies. You can also completely prevent the loading of plug-ins with add-ons for your browser, e.g. using "No Script" or "No-Script Suite".
8) Analytics and tracking tools
Our Sites use analytics and tracking tools to better understand the use of our Sites and to improve their content, functionality and irretrievability. For example, we can see from which pages visitors come to us, which pages are visited most and from which pages visitors leave us. We may also evaluate this Personal Data and combine it with other Personal Data, such as non-personal statistical information and other Personal Data we have collected about you, in order to derive information about your preferences and affinities with certain products or services.
You can prevent Baidu from collecting and processing data relating to your use of the Sites by clicking the button under the following link: https://www.baidu.com/duty/safe_control.html.
Coremetrics serve a cookie onto your browser to help us with analytics – which is the way website operators try to understand how different categories of user use the website, so we can make it easier and quicker for you to find what you want and generally to improve the online experience. If you have created an account on our Site or and if you are logged on in this profile, a unique number identifying this profile is also being sent to Coremetrics in order to be able to match the web analytics data to this profile.
Our Site uses DiVa, a counting pixel technology provided by Burda Direct Interactive GmbH, to analyze your behavior on our Sites. Thereby, information about your behavior on our Sites are collected, processed and stored, from which user profiles are created under a pseudonym. Wherever possible and reasonable, these usage profiles are completely anonymized. Cookies can be used for this purpose. The collected Personal Data, might be transmitted to Burda Direct Interactive. Burda Direct Interactive may use information that is created by visiting our Sites to create anonymized usage profiles. The Personal Data obtained without explicit consent of you will not be used to personally identify you and will not be merged with Personal Data of the bearer of the pseudonym.
Google's DoubleClick re-targeting cookie lets us serve personalized adverts to you when you're browsing other websites and social media platforms. You can control advert personalization on Google and partner websites here: https://policies.google.com/technologies/ads?hl=en-GB&gl=uk.
You can prevent Google from collecting the Personal Data generated by the Cookie and relating to your use of the Sites (including your IP address) and from processing this Personal Data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under the following link: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
Qubit serve a cookie onto your browser to help us with analytics – which is the way website operators try to understand how different categories of user use the website, so we can make it easier and quicker for you to find what you want and generally to improve the online experience. Qubit does not track you across domains and therefore do not provide a universal opt out. Please use your browser settings to block or delete the Qubit cookie.
This Privacy Notice was issued on December 07th, 2018.