Cookie policy

What are cookies?

As is common practice with almost all professional websites this site uses cookies, which are tiny files that are downloaded to your computer to improve your experience. This page describes what information they gather, how this website uses them and why it sometimes needs to store these cookies. I will also share how you can prevent these cookies from being stored. However, this may downgrade or ‘break’ certain elements of the site’s functionality.

For more general information on cookies see the Wikipedia article on HTTP Cookies…

How this website uses cookies

This website uses cookies for a variety of reasons detailed below. Unfortunately in most cases there are no industry standard options for disabling cookies without completely disabling the functionality and features they add to this site. It is recommended that you leave on all cookies if you are not sure whether you need them or not in case they are used to provide a service that you use.

Disabling cookies

You can prevent the setting of cookies by adjusting the settings on your browser (see your browser Help for how to do this). Be aware that disabling cookies will affect the functionality of this and many other websites that you visit. Disabling cookies will usually result in also disabling certain functionality and features of this site. Therefore it is recommended that you do not disable cookies.

The cookies this website sets

When you submit data to through a form such as those found on contact pages or comment forms cookies may be set to remember your user details for future correspondence.

Third party cookies

In some special cases this website also uses cookies provided by trusted third parties. The following section details which third party cookies you might encounter through this site.

This website uses Piwik, a free software web analytics system, to monitor traffic on my website. Piwik records the general geographical vicinity of visitors as well as their browser and operating system, and records their navigation within the site. This helps me gauge the impact of my materials and improve my work.

The Piwik system preserves privacy by anonymising visitors’ IP addresses. This means that I will not store any personally identifiable information about you, even though your visit produces a record of a visit by someone.

Piwik also respects the “Do Not Track” preference offered by some browsers, so if you have this option set, Piwik will ignore your visit.

If you’re not using “Do Not Track” and you would rather that I don’t record your visits at all, please opt out of analytics by unchecking the box below. If you choose to opt out, the system will set a “piwik_ignore” cookie, which indicates to Piwik that it should completely ignore your computer.

More Information

Hopefully that has clarified things for you and as was previously mentioned if there is something that you aren’t sure whether you need or not it’s usually safer to leave cookies enabled in case it does interact with one of the features you use on our site. However if you are still looking for more information then you can contact me through one of your preferred contact methods.

Email: mail@berit-kostka.de

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