Information about cookies
A cookie is a small piece of data that a website asks your browser to store on your computer or mobile device. The cookie allows
the websites to "remember" your actions or preferences over time. Most browsers support cookies, but users can set their browsers
to decline them and can delete them whenever they like.
Similar technologies like web beacon, transparent GIF and local storage introduced by HTML5, are used to collect information about the user's behaviour and the use of the services.
We use the term “cookie” in this document to describe cookies and all similar technologies.
Types of cookies
Due to features and kind-of-use different types of cookies can be distinguished.
Strictly necessary cookies: They are a precondition, that the site functions correctly and they are used on e.g. toolbox.peer.biz to administrate the login and the services involved. The validity period of these cookies is connected with the duration of the user-session (they expire when closing the browser). A deactivation can stop or limit the use of the services. The publicly accessible part of the above mentioned sites remains unaffected fully operational.
Cookie for analytics and performance: These are cookies to collect and analyse the traffic and kind-of-use of the site in anonymous form. Without identifying the user they make possible to ascertain if the same user gets connected with the site at different times. Furthermore they make possible, to control the system to increase the capability and user friendliness. A deactivation of these cookies can happen without any loss of functionality of the site.
Profiling cookies for advertising purposes: These are permanent cookies, which identify the user (in anonymous and non anonymous way) to save his preferences and adjust the navigation accordingly. Above mentioned websites don't use any cookies of this type.
Currently, the above websites use strictly necessary cookies and cookies for analytics and performance. The cookies for analytics and performance are only used if there is explicit consent from the user, i.e. when clicking on the colour-highlighted button provided for this purpose by the "cookie Banner" when using the website for the first time. If this button is not clicked, this is registered as a lack of consent to the cookies for analytics and performance.
Our websites do not use third-party tools that rely on third-party cookies. An exception is the embedding of videos from youtube.com. Before loading corresponding content, the user is informed of this circumstance and has the option of receiving information on cookies from Youtube.com (Google Inc.) in advance and deciding whether or not to load the content (and thus any third-party cookies that may be present).
Cookie expiry period; how to delete and manage cookies
Specific cookies (session-cookies) are automatically cancelled when closing the browser or logging out. Other cookies “survive” the closing of the browser and are still active at future visits of the user.
These cookies are called durable cookies, their duration is determined at creation. There are cookies with a certain lifetime and unlimited lasting cookies. It cannot be ruled out that due to use of third-party services within our sites permanent cookies are set and modified, which on the part of any third parties are used for purposes of profiling.
The user is able to decide if he accepts or denies cookies, therefore the browser settings have to be configured accordingly. Attention: deactivation of cookies can stop the partly or fully usability of services, which are reserved for registered users. All publicly accessible pages function also with deactivated cookies.
The deactivation of third-party cookies does not limit the navigation on our sites. The settings can be exactly adapted for specific websites or web apps. The modernest browsers allow moreover to make varying settings for cookies of the site and for those of third-party suppliers.
For example, in Firefox it is possible, to access a control panel, where various types of cookies are accepted or denied or even deleted (“Settings > Privacy”).