Cookies - Information - STEPA


1.  What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are stored on your device via your browser when you use our website. These text files contain information to enable provision of user-friendly services and are read by web browsers. Cookies enable our website to recognise you so that our web server can present you with a more individual, better, faster, and more customised website.

Please note that if you block cookies you may not be able to access some web content.

There are basically three types of cookies:

  • Session cookies: these are stored on your computer or device while you are surfing our web pages and are then deleted.
  • Permanent cookies: these cookies remain on your computer for a long time.
  • Third-party cookies: these cookies are created by partner websites and embedded in our site. They are used to deliver personalised advertising, for example.

2. How we use cookies

In general, we only use internet technologies (e.g. cookies, JavaScript) to make our website easier to use and to optimise our services and how you interact with our content:

  • We use what are known as session cookies to keep the current session active.
  • We use cookies for data analysis. This enables us to see, for example, how our forms are accepted, how many visitors use our pages, and which are the most frequently visited pages.
  • We use third-party cookies to improve your experience with our content and advertisements.

This website also uses web analysis services provided by Google.
You can find further information on this subject and on the subject of data protection in general at privacy policy.

3. Third-party cookies

Some third-party providers place cookies on your computer in particular to record visitor behaviour and personalise offers (including advertising). Several cookies may be placed by third parties depending on the platform. You can read how the third-party provider handles cookies on the corresponding pages of the network. See the table below for information on the networks. We have no control over third-party cookies. We therefore recommend that you check third-party providers' websites to find out which cookies are used and how they can be managed. The "Digital Advertising Alliance" offers the option to collectively opt-out of all DAA companies for common third-party providers such as Facebook, Google, and many others. you can find more information under points 4 and 5.

4. e currently use the following cookies


Cookie, technology, or providerPurposeDurationMore information
Google Analytics
__utma Enables us to record visits and visitors. 2 years privacy policy
__utmz Determines which source / campaign the visitor comes from. 6 months privacy policy
__utmx Ist ein Cookie, der speziell für Testings und Experimente innerhalb Analytics gesetzt wird. 18 months privacy policy
__utmt A cookie that is placed specifically for testing and experimentation within Analytics. 10 minutes privacy policy
__utmb Used to identify new visits. 30 minutes privacy policy
__utmc This is used in conjunction with __utmb to determine whether the visit is a new/repeat visit. Removed when the browser is closed privacy policy
_gat Function-related cookie whose purpose may vary. 2 years privacy policy
TYPO3 / PHP / JavaScript (First-Party Cookies)
fe_typo_user TYPO3 Frontend Session Cookie Removed when the browser is closed privacy policy
PHPSESSID PHP Session Cookie Removed when the browser is closed privacy policy
cookie_banner_seen Cookiehinweis seen and accepted 1 year privacy policy
non_functional_cookies non functional First-Party Cookies get deactivated 1 year privacy policy


5. VManaging/opting out of cookies

You can find setting options for the use of cookies in your browser menu. Browsers typically have the following settings options:

  • View cookies,
  • Enable Cookies,
  • Disable all or specific cookies,
  • Disable all cookies when closing browse,
  • Block cookies,
  • Notify me when a site wants to place a cookie, and
  • Opt out of tracking web analysis

You can find instructions for disabling cookies on the following browsers on the developer websites. If you block our cookies in your browser, you will not be able to use some areas of our website.