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What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files, which can be issued by a Web site and are stored by your Web browser on your computer. Every time you request a page from this Web site, your browser will send the cookie along with the request.
What are cookies used for?
Cookies are mostly used by Website providers to clearly mark and identify a Web browser (and thus a visitor). Often they also carry information between page requests, eg. your preferred look of a website.
Theoretically, the combination of Cookies with personally identifiable information such as Names would allow for the creation of detailed user profiles. However German laws prohibit the creation of such profiles without prior pseudonymization (ie. hiding the real identities behind aliases).
In the areas requiring authentication, for example, you're asked for your username and your password only once within a certain period of time. After successful authentication, we tell your browser to send us a randomly generated cookie along with its successive page requests. This cookie is valid for a short period of time only and is additionally bound to your IP address. The goal is to avoid that you have to transmit your password across the Internet more then necessary.
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"cookies", which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information
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the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases the whole IP address will be first transfered to a Google server in the USA and truncated there.
The IP-anonymisation is active on this website. Google will use this information on behalf of the operator of this website for the purpose of evaluating your
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The IP-address that your Browser conveys within the scope of Google Analytics will not be associated with any other data held by Google.
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