Cookies are small text files which enhance the user experience of a web site, by allowing the system to recognize returning visitors etc.
In the case of activation of the IP anonymization on this website, your IP address is shortened beforehand by Google within member states of the European Union or in other contracting states of the Treaty on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases is the complete IP address transmitted to a Google server in the USA and shortened there. By order of the owner of this website, Google uses this information to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on the website activities and to provide further services to the website owner associated with usage of the website and Internet usage. The IP address transmitted by your browser by the Google Analytics service is not merged with other data of Google.
You can prevent saving of the cookies by making corresponding adjustments to your browser software; we do however point out that in this case you will maybe not be able to use all functions of this website. In addition, you can prevent transmission of the data generated by the cookie and the data relating to your use of the website to Google (including your IP address) as well as processing of the data by Google by downloading and installing a browser plug-in.
What cookies are
Cookies are small, usually randomly coded text files, sent to and stored by your computer. They allow your browser to remember certain pieces of information which internet servers can later retrieve and use. When you visit a GEA website we may send a cookie to your computer.
- allow websites to be loaded more quickly;
- speed up website searches;
- store your website preferences, such as language and time zone;
- improve website security by verifying who you are; and
- logging-in to secured websites more quickly.
How you can manage or block cookies
As a default, most browsers are set to accept cookies. However, you will be able to block all cookies should you wish to by changing your browser settings. Your browser’s “Help” function will tell you how to do this. You may also be able to configure your browser settings to block on certain types of cookie or to notify you each time a new cookie is about to be stored on your computer, so you can then accept or reject it. Again, your browser’s “Help” function will explain how to do this, should you have this function available to you.
More information about cookies and how they can be managed and deleted can be found at the following website: www.allaboutcookies.org.