What are cookies and how do we use them?
We use the term “cookies” in this policy to refer to all files that help us recognize your device when you visit one of our websites and distinguish you from other users. These cookies can be small text files that are downloaded to the browser of an Internet-enabled device, such as your computer, smartphone or tablet, or they can be Web Beacons / pixels stored locally on your device. Cookies can also be installed when our e-mails containing images are opened, or when third party websites that send information are visited.
Some cookies are strictly necessary to enable the technical functions of our website. Other cookies are useful, for example to allow your device to be recognized when you browse our websites and therefore to store and manage your preferences. This allows us to offer you a better website experience. They also allow the collection of statistics and data relating to users, in order to improve websites and e-mails. This also helps to provide you with more targeted advertisements.
These cookies enable functions that are necessary for the intended operation of the website. They typically provide services that are requested by the user, such as logging in, setting privacy preferences or filling out forms. For the use of strictly necessary cookies, the user’s consent is not required, and their use cannot be disabled through the website features. To understand how to disable cookies in your browser, consult the section “How can I manage cookies?” below.
These cookies collect information on how often you visit our websites and how you use them. For example, we collect information about the most visited pages or where error messages appear. This information, in aggregate and anonymous format, is used to optimize content and improve our website. If you do not agree to the use of these cookies, you will not be able to know when you have visited our website and you will not be able to monitor its performance.
These cookies allow our websites to remember information such as login details, language preference or geographic region. This information is used to provide a more personalized experience and to make the website easier to use. If you do not consent to the use of these cookies, some or all functions may not work properly. In some cases, if you intend to interact with a function after you have chosen to disable functional cookies, they can be reactivated.
These cookies allow us to display advertisements that we believe are relevant to you. We build profiles based on your browsing history, which we share with our advertising partners to show you advertising relevant to you on other sites. Even if these cookies are not allowed, you will still receive advertising messages, but they will be less relevant.
What are third party cookies?
Some cookies are installed by websites owned by third parties, and are known as “third party cookies”.
For example, some of our websites allow Facebook to place its own cookies on your web browser if you have granted Facebook permission to do so. If you have visited one of our websites and also use Facebook, Facebook can identify you as interested in our products and show you our advertisements when you return to Facebook.
Third party cookies are also used to track the effectiveness of our advertising on other websites.
For example, by clicking on one of our advertisements on another company’s website, the owner of that website may use a cookie to tell us where you are from their website.
How can I manage cookies?
Select your cookie preferences
While browsing any of our websites, you can click on the “Cookie Settings” icon in the lower left corner of each web page to select or change your cookie preferences. However, please note that strictly necessary cookies cannot be disabled, and that the management of preferences with this command cannot be used to block cookies on third-party websites reached via links from our websites.
Please note that disabling a cookie or a category of cookies does not delete the cookie from the browser, unless it is manually deleted using the browser commands. However, if all cookies are deleted, this will also delete all disabling cookies already set; the disabling must then be set again.
Using the browser
From the browser settings it is possible to prevent tracking via cookies and inhibit the storage of third-party cookies. For more information on how to manage cookies, visit the “help” function of your browser and the settings of your mobile device.