Cookie policy

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by the websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site. The use of cookies is now standard for most websites. If you are uncomfortable with the use of cookies, you can manage and control them through your browser, including removing cookies by deleting them from your ‘browser history’ (cache) when you leave the site.

Using your browser to control cookies

Most browsers allow you to view, manage, delete and block cookies for a website. Be aware that if you delete all cookies then any preferences you have set will be lost, including the ability to opt-out from cookies as this function itself requires placement of an opt out cookie on your device. Guidance on how to control cookies for common browsers is linked below.

For information on cookies, additional browsers and device types please see

Use of cookies

In order to make visiting our website attractive and to enable the use of certain functions, we and certain third parties use cookies on our website. These are small text files that are stored on your terminal device. The cookies we use are deleted after the end of the browser session, i.e. after you close your browser (so-called session cookies).

The following cookie categories are used:

Cookies strictly necessary for the operation of our website (hereinafter “required Cookie”)
These cookies are required for the operation and functionality of the website. They make the website technically accessible, secure and usable and provide essential and basic functionalities, such as navigation on the website, correct display of the website in the internet browser or consent management.

Name Provider Purpose Expiry
AKA_A2 This cookie is generally provided by Akamai and is used for the Advanced Acceleration feature, which enables DNS Prefetch and HTTP2 Push.
ak_bmsc This cookie is associated with Akamai and is used to differentiate between traffic from humans and bots.
bm_sv This cookie is associated with Akamai and is used to differentiate between traffic from humans and bots. Session
__cf_bm The __cf_bm cookie is a cookie necessary to support Cloudflare Bot Management, currently in private beta. As part of our bot management service, this cookie helps manage incoming traffic that matches criteria associated with bots.

You can also control the installation of cookies yourself at any time by changing your browser settings and/or deleting all cookies.