Cookie Policy

This page contains our policy on the deployment of cookies. Here, you can learn what cookies are, what types of cookies exist, how and for what purposes we use them, and how you can adjust the usage of cookies on your device.

This Cookie Policy is integrated part of the Terms and Conditions and of the Privacy Policy.

What are cookies?

Cookies are very small text files that your internet browser stores on your computer when you visit a website. On our web presence, we use cookies for a variety of purposes, which overall make it more user friendly, more effective and more secure.

What types of cookies exist?

Cookies are categorised according to their storage period (session cookies vs. persistent cookies), with respect to the generating party (first party vs. third party cookies) and most notably according to their intended use. In the following sections, each of these categories is explained one by one.

Session cookies

While you are using a website, a session cookie is temporarily stored in your computer’s memory; this is done by a session ID being stored so that, for example, you do not have to log in again every time you change the page. Session cookies are deleted when you log off. Otherwise, they expire automatically as soon as your session ends.

Persistent cookies

In contrast to session cookies, the storage duration of the information of persistent cookies does not end with the session. A persistent cookie is stored on your device for a fixed period of time until its expiration date. Using these cookies, websites remember your information and settings on your next visit. This makes accessing the websites faster and more user-friendly, for example because you do not have to re-enter form data or configure your language setting again. These cookies, also, lose their validity once the expiration date is reached.

First-party cookies

These cookies are placed by the website you visit itself. That is, the owner stored in the cookie is the same domain as can be seen in the browser's address bar. First party cookies can only be read by that particular website. These cookies are normally used to store information that will be re-used on your next visit to the website (your settings, for example).

Third-party cookies

Third-party cookies stem from parties other than the operator of the visited website. Very much like a website can contain contents from different servers (e.g., images, ads, movies), it is also possible that cookies are delivered by third parties. They can be used to generate web statistics, to collect information on personal interests for improved advertising, or user-defined content, for example.

Social media cookies

Next to the ones mentioned above, many website operators also list social media cookies as a separate cookie category. They refer to cookies placed by social networks like Facebook or Twitter, for example. This usually happens when buttons to ”share” site contents on the respective social media platform are included on a page.

We do not include any links to social media networks in our Internet presence, so no social media cookies are utilised.

Cookies and similar technologies

The technical term for cookies is ”HTTP Cookies”. However, there are other technologies that fulfil similar purposes, e.g., Local Storage in HTML5 or Web Beacons (tiny images, also known as ”tracking pixels” or ”clear GIFs”). In this policy, when we refer to ”cookies”, this also includes similar technologies like the examples given above.

Cookie categories by intended use

Depending on the purpose of their use, cookies are classified into the following categories:

  • Essential cookies
  • Functional cookies
  • Performance and tracking cookies
  • Targeting and advertising cookies

Essential cookies

Essential cookies are strictly required to navigate on a website and to provide basic features and services. Without these cookies, some fundamental functions could not by provided. Therefore, essential cookies do not require consent and are always active.

Legal basis is the fulfilment of contractual obligations acc. Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b GDPR or the preservation of legitimate interests, in particular the provision of the website with its essential functions, acc. Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR.

Functional cookies

Functional cookies make it possible to remember the actions and input that a user makes during a visit. This allows us to provide you with an improved, personalised user experience. For example, functional cookies are used for the language selection.

The legal basis is the safeguarding of legitimate interests, in particular the personalisation of the website, the improvement of the ease of use and the optimisation of the attractiveness of the offer, acc. Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR.

Performance and tracking cookies

These cookies are used to collect information to monitor the traffic on our website and to analyse how visitors are using our services. For example, these cookies may track things such as how long visitors spend on a page or if a request results in an error. This helps us to understand how we can improve our website to make it better suited for your needs. The information collected through tracking and performance cookies are aggregated and anonymised and cannot be used to identify individual visitors.

Legal basis is the protection of legitimate interests, in particular the continuous improvement of the functionality and increase the attractiveness of the website, acc. Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR.

Targeting and advertising cookies

Cookies of this type are used to measure the effectiveness of advertising campaigns and to limit the number of ad repetitions. These cookies, usually served by content and/or advertising providers, may combine information they collected from our website with other information they have independently collected relating to your web browser's activities across their network of websites. If you choose to remove or disable these targeting or advertising cookies, you will still see adverts, but they may not be of interest to you.

The legal basis is the preservation of legitimate interests, in this context, the playout of personalised advertising content and the increase in advertising efficiency, acc. Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR.

Setting options for the use of cookies

The page Cookie Settings offers the possibility to adjust the usage of cookies on this website to your personal preferences.

Please note that changes to these settings only affect the particular browser that is currently in use. If you use different browsers or change device, you will have to adjust the settings again.

In addition to the individual settings for this website, every common browser offers a possibility to control the usage of cookies. The usual options include to accept or decline every cookie, to allow only specific types of cookies, or to display a warning when a website wants to store a cookie. Also, most browsers include a function to display all cookies that have already been stored on the device and, if desired, to delete them.

The exact method to control and delete cookies differs from browser to browser. You can find a suitable description via the help function of the respective browser. Alternatively, the website www.aboutcookies.org provides an overview of how to display or delete cookies for a good choice of browsers.

Note: If you prevent or restrict the usage of cookies in any way, this may result in a degraded functionality of an internet presence. The basic functions will remain operable even then, however.

Legal basis for the use of cookies

The legal basis for the cookies used on this website is explained in the description of the related category in the Cookie Categories by Intended Use section. Insofar as the conditions specified below apply, the following legal provisions apply additionally or by way of deviation from the specifications laid down above.

The legal basis for this processing is Article 6 para. 1 lit. b of the GDPR, provided that these cookies are used to initiate a contract or to process the contract.

If the processing does not serve to initiate or execute the contract, our legitimate interest lies in improving the functionality of our website. Legal basis is then Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR.

If the user has given consent to the use of cookies on the basis of a form that we have displayed on the website or via the Cookie Settings page, the legality of the use is additionally governed by Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a GDPR.

List of cookies

On our website, we use the following cookies:

Cookie Name Owner Storage Period Category
JSESSIONID knipp.de Session Essential
Used to identify users on the server across multiple requests.
jwt knipp.de 30 Minutes Essential
Used to share your login between DRS and Knipp website (Single Sign-On).
language knipp.de 30 Minutes Essential
Used for the language selection.
cookie_consentknipp.de 1 Year Essential
Used to store your cookie settings.
csfcfc knipp.de Session Essential
Used for the prevention of cross-site attacks.
MOTOMO_SESSID stats.knipp.de Session Performance
Used for integrating the tracking tool Motomo (formerly Piwik) to count visitors and to measure how our website is used, with the aim of improving our pages and providing interactive services to our visitors. These cookies set unique IDs.
PIWIK_SESSID stats2.knipp.de Session Performance
Previous name of "MOTOMO_SESSID", see there.
_pk_id stats2.knipp.de 13 Months Performance
Motomo cookie. See MOTOMO_SESSID.
_pk_ref stats2.knipp.de 6 Months Performance
Motomo cookie. See MOTOMO_SESSID.
_pk_ses stats2.knipp.de 30 Minutes Performance
Motomo cookie. See MOTOMO_SESSID.
_pk_cvar stats2.knipp.de 30 Minutes Performance
Motomo cookie. See MOTOMO_SESSID.
_pk_hsr stats2.knipp.de 30 Minutes Performance
Motomo cookie. See MOTOMO_SESSID.
_ga knipp.de 2 Years Performance
Google Analytics cookie. These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, the pages they visited, the dwelling time, and from where visitors have found their way to our site.
_gat knipp.de 10 Minutes Performance
Google Analytics cookie. See _ga.
__utma knipp.de 2 Years Performance
Google Analytics cookie. See _ga.
__utmb knipp.de 30 Minutes Performance
Google Analytics cookie. See _ga.
__utmc knipp.de Session Performance
Google Analytics cookie. See _ga.
__utmt knipp.de 10 Minutes Performance
Google Analytics cookie. See _ga.
__utmv knipp.de 2 Years Performance
Google Analytics cookie. See _ga.
__utmz knipp.de 6 Months Performance
Google Analytics cookie. See _ga.
test_cookie doubleclick.net 1 Year Marketing
Used by Google DoubleClick to check whether the browser does support cookies.
IDE doubleclick.net 1 Year Marketing
Used by Google DoubleClick to register and report a user's actions on the Website upon the insertion of an advertisement, for the purpose of measuring the effectiveness of an advertisement and the display of targeted advertising to the user.