What are cookies and why are they important for user experience?
None of our cookies contain any of your personally identifiable information.
Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognizes that cookie.
Cookies do lots of different and useful jobs, such as letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences. They help us understand how our website is used and improve your online experience.
How Can You Control or Delete Cookies?
If you are not happy, then you should either not use our website, set your web browser to not accept cookies from our website, or use your web browser’s anonymous browsing setting (this is called ‘Incognito’ in Google Chrome, ‘Private Browsing’ in Firefox, and ‘InPrivate’ in Internet Explorer).
For more information on cookies, how to control the use of them in your browser and how to browse the internet anonymously visit the All About Cookies website.
What Type of Cookies Do We Use?
Most of the cookies we use are session cookies, which are automatically deleted from your hard disk at the end of the browser session. Session cookies are needed to help the website function.
We consider these cookies to be strictly necessary for the secure and efficient operation of our website and learning systems and make your experience of using them easier and quicker. If these cookies are blocked or disabled then much of the functionality of our systems will be broken.
In addition to these, we also use longer-term cookies that stay on your hard disk. On a subsequent visit, it is then automatically recognized that you have previously visited us, and we know which input and settings you prefer. These cookies are stored on your hard disk and are automatically deleted after 30 days. They make our website more user-friendly, more effective and more secure. These cookies make it possible for us to show you information that is relevant to you. The sole purpose of these cookies is to adapt our content to your needs as well as to make browsing our pages as enjoyable as possible.
We make use of a number of web partners, for example, Google Analytics, who help to make our websites more interesting for you (so-called “third-party cookies”.)
This is why, when visiting our websites, the cookies of these companies may also be stored on your hard disk. These cookies are deleted automatically after a pre-specified period. The cookies of our partner companies also contain solely pseudonymous or anonymous aggregated data. This relates, for example, to data on which pages you have looked at, whether anything was bought or a signup occurred, among other actions. Here, some of our advertising partners also collect information from our websites on which pages you have previously visited in order to be able to show you advertising that best complies with your interests.
Social Network Cookies
Some pages on our website contain social network ‘share’ or ‘like’ buttons. The social network may set a cookie (or cookies) on your hard disk when you click on one of these buttons.
In order to implement these buttons on our website, we use code which is hosted by the relevant social network. If you are a member of some of these networks they may use this code to track that you have visited our website whether you click the buttons or not.
We don’t control these cookies or the underlying code. You should check the privacy statement of the relevant social network before clicking them and/or to find out how they track their members’ behavior using these elements and how to opt out of this functionality.
Our websites make use of so-called retargeting technologies. We use these technologies to make our offering more interesting for you. Retargeting allows users who have already shown an interest in our events to also be provided with suitable advertising on the websites of our partners.
The use of personalized, interest-oriented advertising is generally more interesting for users than advertising that has no such personal customization. The use of this advertising approach by our partners is undertaken on the basis of cookie technology and an analysis of previous utilization behavior.
This form of advertising is completely pseudonymous. On using our sites, cookies are deployed and thereby usage data is collected from you, stored and utilized. Your data is furthermore stored in cookies beyond the end of the browser session so that it can be called up again on your next visits to the websites.
Date of Last Amendment: 14 November 2018