Every time you visit a website nowadays, certain information is automatically created and saved, just as it happens on this website.
Whenever you visit our website like you are doing right now, our webserver (computer on which this website is saved/stored) automatically saves data such as
in files (webserver-logfiles).
Usually, webserver-logfiles are stored for two weeks and then automatically deleted. We do not pass this data on to others, but we cannot exclude the possibility that this data will be viewed in case of illegal conduct.
The following explains what cookies are and why they are used so that you can better understand privacy policies.
Every time you surf the internet, you use a browser. Common browsers are for example Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Edge. Most websites store small text-files in your browser. These files are called cookies.
Cookies store certain parts of your user data, such as e.g. language or personal page settings. When you visit this website again, your browser submits these “user specific” information back to our site. Thanks to cookies, our website knows who you are and offers you the settings you are used to. In some browsers each cookie has its own file, in others, such as Firefox, all cookies are stored in a single file.
There are both first-party cookies and third-party cookies. First-party cookies are created directly by our site, while third-party cookies are created by partner-websites (e.g. Google Analytics). Every cookie is unique, because every cookie stores different data. The expiration time of a cookie also varies – it can be a few minutes, or up to a few years. Cookies are not software-programmes and contain no computer viruses, trojans or any other malware. Cookies also cannot access information on your computer.
This is an example of what cookie-files can look like:
purpose: differentiation between website visitors
expiration date: after 2 years
A browser should be able to support these minimum sizes:
You can distinguish between 4 types of cookies:
These cookies are necessary to ensure basic functions of the website. For example, these cookies are needed when a user places a product in an online shopping cart, then continues surfing on other pages and only proceeds to checkout later. These cookies do not delete the shopping cart, even if the user closes his browser window.
These cookies collect information about user behaviour and whether the user receives any error messages. Furthermore, these cookies measure the website’s loading time as well as its behaviour within different browsers.
These cookies ensure better user-friendliness. Thus, information such as previously entered locations, fonts or data in forms stay saved.
These cookies are also known as targeting-Cookies. They serve the purpose of delivering individually adapted advertisements to the user. This can be very practical, but also rather annoying. Since there is no automated advertising on this website, this does not apply here.
Upon your first visit to a website you are often asked which of these cookie-types you want to accept. Furthermore, this decision will of course also be saved in a cookie.
If you want change or delete cookie-settings and would like to determine which cookies have been stored in your browser, you can find this in your browser-settings:
If you generally do not want to allow any cookies, you can set up your browser in such a way that it always informs you when a cookie is to be set. In this way, you can decide for each individual cookie whether you want to allow it or not. The procedure varies depending on the browser. The best way to find instructions is to search Google using, say, the search term "Delete Chrome cookies" or "Disable Chrome cookies" (or equivalent search terms for the other browsers).
If you want to know more about cookies and are not afraid of technical documentation we recommend https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc6265, the Request for Comments of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), called “HTTP State Management Mechanism”.
If you believe that the processing of your data violates data protection law or your data protection rights have otherwise been violated in any way, you can complain to the supervisory authority, which in Austria is the data protection authority, whose website you can find at https://www.data-protection-authority.gv.at/.
As of 13 February 2022, this website NO LONGER uses Google Analytics!
Deactivating and Deleting Cookies:
Should you generally want to deactivate, delete or manage all cookies (independently of Google Analytics), you can use one of the guides that are available for any browser:
When you subscribe to our Newsletter you submit your personal data and give us the right to contact you via email. We use the data that is stored for the registration for the Newsletter exclusively for our Newsletter and do not pass them on.
If you unsubscribe from the newsletter – for which you can find a link in the bottom of every newsletter – we will delete all data that was saved when you registered for the newsletter.
Source: Created on the basis of the service ‘Datenschutz Generator’ by AdSimple® Webdesign in cooperation with bauguide.at and partial alternate machine translation by DeepL with some additional manual adaptations.