Cookie Policy

What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that are saved and stored on your computer whenever you access a new website. These cookies keep track of every visit you make to the site. If you want to learn more about cookies, please take a look at

Using cookies
In this section, you can find out what cookies are, how we apply them to this website, and how you can manage them for our website or any other site you choose to access.

How we use cookies
We use cookies to keep track of what you have done on our site. Our cookies do not hold personal information such as your name or e-mail address. They simply let us find information once you are logged in or help link your browsing information to you and your personal information when you choose to register for a service, comment or newsletter. To do this, we sometimes have to use persistent cookies. Looking after your personal information is a serious matter to us – we constantly monitor and improve how we protect it. Our cookies are sorted into the following categories, to make it easy for you to understand why they are needed:

  1. Strictly necessary: these are used to help make our site work efficiently.
  2. Performance: these cookies are used to analyse the way our website works and how it can be improved.
  3. Functionality: these help to improve your personal experience by doing things like remembering which functions of the site you have turned on or off.
  4. Targeting/advertising: Cookies of this type are used to share some information with third parties who we advertise with, so we get to know how you have reached our website.
Some of these cookies can also be used to identify the part(s) of the website you are interested in. We then use this information to show you adverts and pages which might be of interest to you, to tailor how we communicate with you, or to tailor the contents we might send you. If you like, you can opt out of these cookies. Content tailoring means the inclusion of information reflecting the interest you have shown in the content of our website, or offers/promotions that we think may interest you, and to improve how we respond to your needs.
In addition to this, sometimes other companies will add a cookie to show adverts and sites which may be of interest to you. Details on these and how you can opt out if you prefer, can be found in the “Third-party cookies” section of this page.

Where it appears What it is called What it is used for Type
Digital magazine Laravel _session Uniquely identifies visitors on site for backend purposes, like storing errors between redirects. 1
Digital magazine XSRF -TOKEN Used to prevent Cross-Site Request Forgery attacks. 1
Digital magazine cid Uniquely and anonymously identifies visitor on site for analytic purposes. 2
Digital magazine queue May store analytics events which happen on the first visit before the cid cookie is assigned. 2
Digital magazine current_post _version_* Some posts on site can have multiple versions and only one version will be shown to all visitors. This cookie stores the site-wide version of the post to be displayed. 3
Digital magazine comment _author Used during commenting an article to temporary store the users name and prevent users from having to enter it again. 3
Digital magazine comment _email Used during commenting an article to temporary store the users email and prevent users from having to enter it again. 3
Digital magazine newsletter-popup We ask visitors to subscribe to our newsletter by showing a subscription popup. This cookie will prevent the popup from showing after subscription or refusal of the newsletter. 3

Cookies & reach measurement
We use "session cookies" which are only stored on our website for the duration of your current visit. These are needed to enable the use of our website at all. A randomly generated unique identification number, a so-called session ID, is stored in a session cookie. These cookie also contain information about their origin and the storage period. These cookies cannot store any other data. Session cookies are deleted when you have finished viewing our website and close your browser.
Users will be informed about the use of cookies in the context of pseudonymous reach measurement within the scope of the Privacy Statement. If users do not want cookies to be stored on their computer, they are asked to deactivate the corresponding option in the system settings of their browser (see also: Controlling your cookies). Cookies already saved can also be deleted in the system settings of the browser. Please be aware that the exclusion of cookies can lead to functional restrictions of this online offer.
You can object to the use of cookies for reach measurement via the deactivation page of the network advertising initiative (Optout Network Advertising) and additionally the US website (About Ads) or the European website (Your online choices).

Controlling your cookies
To sign up to services like our newsletter and enjoy all possibilities of our website, you must have cookies enabled on your internet browser. The most popular browsers are:

  • Internet Explorer / Microsoft Edge
  • Google Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Safari

You can control how you use cookies in your browser. How to check whether cookies are enabled on your PC:
Microsoft Internet Explorer 11
  1. Click on the ‘Settings’ icon at the top right of your browser window and select ‘Internet options’. Then click the ‘Privacy’ tab
  2. Ensure that your privacy level is set to medium or below, which will enable cookies in your browser
  3. Settings above medium will disable cookies
Microsoft Edge
  1. Click the menu button at the top right of your browser window and select ’Settings’. Then select ‘Show advanced settings’…
  2. Locate the ‘Cookies’ heading, and select ‘Do not block cookies‘
Google Chrome
  1. Click the menu button at the top right of your browser window (3 horizontal bars) and select ’Settings’. Then select ‘Show advanced settings…’
  2. Locate the ‘Privacy’ heading, and select ‘Content settings’
  3. Now select ‘Allow local data to be set’
Mozilla Firefox
  1. Click the menu button at the top right of your browser window (three horizontal bars) and select ‘Options’
  2. Then select the ‘Privacy’ icon
  3. Click on ‘Cookies’, then select ‘allow sites to set cookies’
Safari on OS X
  1. Click on ‘Safari’ at the top of your browser window and select ‘Preferences’
  2. Click on ‘Privacy’
  3. Select ‘Allow from websites I visit’

Third-party cookies

First-party cookies originate from the same domain as the website you are currently visiting (in this case Third-party cookies originate from a different domain. For example, when you visit our website, we may link to another company’s website like our Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn account. So, when you ‘Like‘ or ‘Tweet‘ an article from our website, these sites may sometimes put cookies on your computer. We cannot control how they use their cookies, so please check their website to see how they are using cookies and how those cookies can be managed. Third parties that may put cookies on our website are:

Company What it is called What it is used for
Google (Analytics) _ga, _gat, _gid These tell us what you looked at on our website, which browser you have used, where you are, which website pages you have looked at and what you did on the site. [5 years]
Double Click PREF, SID, HSID, id, _drt_, FLC, NID, exchange_uid, __gads DoubleClick uses cookies to improve advertising. Some common applications are to target advertising based on what’s relevant to a user, to improve reporting on campaign performance and to avoid showing adverts that the user has already seen. DoubleClick cookies contain no personally identifiable information.
Facebook Pixel fr, datr, dpr, locale, lsd, reg_fb_gate, reg_fb_ref, reg_ext_ref, wd These look at the browser you've used, where you are, which website pages you've looked at and what you did on the site.

Right of objection for direct advertising
As stated above we use temporary and permanent cookies. Our website and/or our technology partners may use cookies to measure reach and for marketing purposes. For further information please refer to the Privacy Statement. A general objection to the use of cookies used for online marketing purposes can be declared for a large number of services, especially in the case of tracking, via the US site About Ads or the European website Your online choices. Furthermore, the storage of cookies can be prevented by deactivating them in the browser settings. Please note that in this case it may not be possible to use all functions of this Online Offer.

How to block cookies in your browser
If you would like to find out how to stop websites from using cookies to remember what sites you visit, choose your browser from the list below. The links will take you to the browser's respective page where you can manage your cookies and site data:

If you change your cookie settings in your browser, your experience with us won't be tracked.

This website uses cookies. If you continue using this website, you agree to their use. With your explicit consent, we also use the tracking pixel offered by Facebook for analysis purposes (the pixel pixel transmits parts of personalized data to Facebook USA). We also use "social media plugins" in order to transmit data only after your active involvement. Further information on the cookies, the Facebook pixel and the "social media plugins used by us and third parties can be found in our data protection declaration. privacy policy.