Cookie policy

This cookie policy applies to this website and was most recently modified and revised on 31 May 2021. The use of cookies by VITO forms part of the general policy of VITO regarding the protection of your privacy and the processing of your personal data. Further information in this regard and an overview of your rights in connection with this can be found in the privacy statement.

What are cookies?

“Cookies” are small data files that are temporarily or permanently stored on your computer or device by a website’s server via the browser. The cookies contain a unique code that allows your browser to be recognized during your visit to this website (this is a “session” cookie) or even during later visits or later use (this is a “permanent” cookie).

Cookies make it possible to simplify the use of the website, use the full website and personalize your use.

Why do we use cookies?

The VITO websites use different types of cookies.

Necessary & functional cookies

Necessary cookies are essential for visiting the websites and for being able to use specific parts of these. For example, these cookies allow you to navigate between the different parts of the websites, or to complete forms. These cookies are created when you submit a form, log in or communicate with the websites in a manner other than clicking on a hyperlink.  Functional cookies are the cookies that make it easier for the websites to function, make them more pleasant for you and ensure that you receive a more personalized experience when surfing the website. These include, for example, the cookies that remember your language preference.  

Analytical cookies

Analytical cookies collect information regarding the way in which visitors use the websites, such as information regarding the pages visited or the number of error messages received, with the aim of analyzing and optimizing use of the websites.

Which cookies do we use?

You can find an overview of the cookies used by VITO and third-party service providers below. This overview of cookies was most recently revised on the date stated above in this cookie policy. Future cookies that are used on the websites will, when necessary, be added to the following overview. 

Necessary & functional cookies

The First-Party cookies are placed by VITO itself:

  • cookie-agreed: this cookie is required in order to keep track of whether we are permitted to place additional
  • cookies on your device.
    [storage period: 2 weeks without an agreement – 2 years with an agreement]
  • cookie-changed-yymmdd: when we update our cookie policy we need this cookie to ask for your consent again. [storage period: 2 years]
  • language: saves your language choice.
    [storage period: 2 years]
  • has_js: this cookie looks to see whether you have JavaScript.
    [storage period: for the duration of the session]
  • TSxxxxxxxx: safety checks to ensure that cookies are being used correctly between your device and our server.
    More information:
    [storage period: for the duration of the session]

Analytical and marketing cookies

We use Google Analytics cookies on this website:

  • _ga, _gid: user visits to are measured via Google Universal Analytics in order to optimize the information on Google Analytics is set up in such a way that the IP address is not processed (only if you have not agreed to the use of optional cookies) and no details are shared.
    [storage period: 2 years]

Only once you have consented to the use of optional cookies the following cookies will be activated: 

  • __ss_tk, __ss, __ss_referrer, koitk: we use SharpSpring for webforms. These data are not shared with third parties. The browsing behavior is logged via SharpSpring in order to better adapt the information on our websites to our website visitors.
    [storage period: 10 years] 

Managing or deleting cookies

If you decide you would prefer not to be recognized, you can delete cookies from your computer’s hard drive via your internet browser, block these or choose to receive a warning before cookies are stored. If you would prefer cookies not to have access to your computer, an option to switch these cookies off can be found in all standard browsers. This may mean that you will not be able to use some services on the website. In order to switch these options on, you will need to read your browser’s documentation. If you would like to know more about cookies, visit the website Here you can find more information about cookies, how to delete cookies and how to allow trusted websites to store cookies on your computer.