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What is a cookie?

The Cookie Policy is a legally required statement that discloses what cookies your business department uses when a person visits your website and for what purpose it is used. Further the visitor of your website may have to give his consent (Opt-In) for the use of some cookies, which is why he/she needs to be informed properly. Therefore, the Cookie Policy is legally required, since the use of cookies will in most cases mean that you are processing personal data and you will need to inform the user about this.

The purpose of the "cookies" must be presented to the user before he/she is given the opportunity to consent or not to consent to their use. Data processing and their purposes must be explained in a sufficiently clear language. The purposes have to be presented on the first screen for example by using a cookie banner displayed at the initial contact of a website user with the website ("cookie drawer" - make sure your cookie drawer does not block important links like the one to the imprint of the website) and a more detailed description of these purposes on a second screen, the "cookie policy page", made available by clicking on a hypertext link at the first screen.

Purposes can be grouped into categories, details of each purposes should be made available, categories of data collected should be explained, information on data controllers (identity & a link to their privacy policy page) must be given, the scope of the consent has to be made clear (e.g. if consent is valid on websites other than those on which the consent is collected).

The cookie policy page should be made available at any time by a hypertext link located at the bottom of the page. The "cookie policy page" must contain a functionality for consent management.

Names of particular “cookies” performing the storage in the terminal equipment of the user have to be displayed. It has to be stated, how long a data storage is performed (e.g. session cookie / duration of a persistent cookie).

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What does processing of personal data mean?

Personal data can be anything from the name and e-mail address of the website visitor, to the IP-address of the device used.

Processing of personal data can be anything from collecting the personal data on your website to storing, structuring, transmitting or combining the personal data.

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Who needs to provide the Cookie Policy?

The business department who is responsible for implementing the cookies on the website. The business department is responsible if it determines what cookies are used and for what purpose.

For instance, if your business department decides it wants to collect to use cookies that can analyze the web behavior of your website visitors in order to target these visitors with direct marketing campaigns (marketing purpose) you are the responsible business department. You are determining the purpose (marketing) and the means (implementation of cookies). If you are creating the website you are most likely the responsible business department.

The mere technical implementation does not make someone responsible. Therefore your service provider is not the responsible department and you will be responsible and held accountable for everything your service partner implements on your website.

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Important Note*

It is also necessary to consider “non cookie-based” tracking technologies, which are not detectable within the user's device, but nevertheless subject to the same legal restrictions, including but not limited to all that use configuration features of a browser, desktop, or mobile device for user recognition. This includes aggregation of unique overall features, i.e. a “fingerprint”, out of different hardware, network and software characteristics (e.g. canvas font fingerprinting; cordless interface fingerprinting; session replay scripts; biometric tracking; ultrasound tracking).

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