Cookies

To make Scandio GmbH websites work properly, we sometimes place small data files called cookies on your device.

PAGE CONTENTS

  • What are cookies?
  • How do we use cookies?
  • Third-party cookies
  • How can you manage cookies?

What are cookies?

A cookie is a small text file that a website stores on your computer or mobile device when you visit the site.

First party cookies are cookies set by the website you’re visiting. Only that website can read them. In addition, a website might potentially use external services, which also set their own cookies, known as third-party cookies. Persistent cookies are cookies saved on your computer and that are not deleted automatically when you quit your browser, unlike a session cookie, which is deleted when you quit your browser. Every time you visit the Scandio GmbH websites, you will be prompted to accept or refuse cookies.

The purpose is to enable the site to remember your preferences (such as user name, language, etc.) for a certain period of time.

That way, you don’t have to re-enter them when browsing around the site during the same visit.

Cookies can also be used to establish anonymised statistics about the browsing experience on our sites.

How do we use cookies?

Scandio GmbH websites mostly use “first-party cookies”. These are cookies set and controlled by Scandio GmbH, not by any external organisation.

However, to view some of our pages, you will have to accept cookies from external organisations.

The 2 types of first-party cookie we use are to:

  • make our websites operational
  • gather analytics data (about user behaviour)

Operational cookies

There are some cookies that we have to include in order for certain web pages to function. For this reason, they do not require your consent. In particular:

  • authentication cookies
  • technical cookies required by certain IT systems
Name Service Purpose Cookie type and duration
cookiesDirective cookiesDirective Plugin for handling Cookie-Settings 2 years

Analytics cookies

We use these purely for internal research on how we can improve the service we provide for all our users. These are set by us and only we can read them. They remember:

  • if you have agreed to (or refused) this site’s cookie policy

The cookies simply assess how you interact with our website – as an anonymous user (they data gathered does not identify you personally). Also, this data is not shared with any third parties or used for any other purpose. The anonymised statistics could be shared with contractors working on communication projects under contractual agreement with Scandio GmbH.

Name Service Purpose Cookie type and duration
__utma Google The main information is stored in this cookie to track visitors. This cookie contains a unique visitor ID, the date and time of the first visit, the time at which the active visit is started and the number of visitors a unique visitor has made to the website. Permanent cookie which is valid for two years. The expiration date is updated with each new visit. The cookie can also be completely deleted by manual removal.
_ga Google Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical information about how the visitor uses the site. 2 years
_gat Google Used by Google Analytics to limit the request rate 1 day
_gid Google Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical information about how the visitor uses the site. 1 day

Third-party cookies

Some of our pages display content from external providers, e.g. YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. To view this third-party content, you first have to accept their specific terms and conditions. This includes their cookie policies, which we have no control over. But if you do not view this content, no third-party cookies are installed on your device.

Third-party providers on Scandio GmbH websites:

  • YouTube
  • Google Maps
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • LinkedIn
  • XING
  • Instagram

These third-party services are outside of the control of Scandio GmbH. Providers may, at any time, change their terms of service, purpose and use of cookies, etc.

How can you manage cookies?

Removing cookies from your device

You can delete all cookies that are already on your device by clearing the browsing history of your browser. This will remove all cookies from all websites you have visited.

Be aware though that you may also lose some saved information (e.g. saved login details, site preferences).

Managing site-specific cookies

For more detailed control over site-specific cookies, check the privacy and cookie settings in your preferred browser.

Blocking cookies

You can set most modern browsers to prevent any cookies being placed on your device, but you may then have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit a site/page. And some services and functionalities may not work properly at all (e.g. profile logging-in).

Managing our analytics cookies

You can manage/delete cookies as you wish - for details, see aboutcookies.org