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Cookie Policy

Cookie Policy

In a nutshell – kurzgesagt GmbH (“kurzgesagt”) and our partners use cookies or similar technologies to analyze trends, to administer and track user usage during your visit to our website, online shop or use of our products and to collect information about you, where you access our website or products, and how you use our products and services.

What are cookies and how does kurzgesagt use them?

Cookies are very small text files that are automatically created by the browser and stored on your end device (computer, laptop, tablet, smartphone or similar) when you visit the website. Cookies do not cause any damage to your end device, do not contain viruses, Trojans or other malware.

Cookies in this sense are small files or other technologies with which we can learn how you use our website. This enables us, among other things, to offer you our website, to improve it and to display advertising on the site that is specifically tailored to your interests.

Cookies are very commonly used to make websites and services work and function at higher performance levels and to provide information about our user experience while using or interacting with our websites, products, services and advertisements. However, this does not mean that we obtain immediate knowledge of your identity.

Some cookies only persist for the duration of your web session and expire when you leave the browser; other cookies may persist longer than your web session, including after you leave the browser, for example by remembering you when you return to our website.

In the following, the most common types of cookies are explained for your understanding:

  • Session cookies: While you are active on a website, a session cookie is temporarily stored in the memory of your end device, in which a session identifier is stored, for example to prevent you having to log in again each time you change pages. Session cookies are deleted when you log off or lose their validity as soon as your session has automatically expired.
  • Persistent cookies: Persistent cookies store a file on your mobile device for the period of time specified in the expiry date (storage period). These cookies enable the website to remember your information and settings on your next visit. This leads to faster and more convenient access, as you do not have to change your language settings for our portal again, for example. When the storage period expires (see tables below), the cookie is automatically deleted on your terminal device.
  • Third-party cookies: Third-party cookies are session cookies or persistent cookies that originate from a provider other than the website operator. For example, they may be used to collect information for advertising, custom content and web statistics.

Why are cookies useful?

Cookies serve many different purposes, for example, they enable you to navigate our website efficiently, save your preferred settings and generally improve your visitor experience.

The cookies used on our websites can be divided into the following categories:

  • Necessary cookies: These cookies are necessary for the proper functioning of the websites; through them you can navigate our websites and use our functional features. An example of this is the reminder of recent actions (e.g. typed text) when you return to a page within the same session.

These data do not allow any direct conclusion to your person. The legal basis for the collection and processing of personal data is the fulfilment of our contractual obligations (Art. 6 (1) (1) (b) GDPR) or the safeguarding of our legitimate interests, which consist in particular in providing you with the website and its essential functions (Art. 6 (1) (1) (f) GDPR).

  • Statistics cookies: These cookies help us understand how visitors interact with our websites by providing data about which websites or search terms bring users to our websites, how long they typically stay on our websites or how many subpages they visit on average.

We use this data to improve the content of the websites and to compile statistics for internal market analysis purposes on the individual use of the websites. This data does not allow any direct conclusion to your person. All data collected by us is only processed in aggregated form. The legal basis for the collection and processing of personal data is your explicit permission to do so (Art. 6 (1) (1) (a) GDPR). You can change or withdraw your consent at any time from the cookie declaration on our website.

  • Preference cookies: These cookies allow our websites to remember the choices you make (for example, your username, language, or region of residence) to provide you with a more personalized online experience. They can also allow users to watch videos and interact with social tools such as blogs, chat rooms and forums.

The information collected by these cookies may include personally identifiable information that you have disclosed, such as your user name or profile picture. The legal basis for the collection and processing of personal data is again your explicit permission to do so (Art. 6 (1) (1) (a) GDPR). You can change or withdraw your consent at any time from the cookie declaration on our website.

  • Marketing cookies: These cookies are used to provide content that is more relevant to you and your interests (direct marketing). They can be used to deliver targeted advertising or to limit the frequency with which an advertisement is displayed to you. They also help us to measure the effectiveness of advertising campaigns on websites run by kurzgesagt itself and those who are not. We may also use these cookies to store which websites you have visited.

The legal basis for the processing of personal data is for Marketing cookies as well your explicit permission to do so (Art. 6 (1) (1) (a) GDPR). You can change or withdraw your consent at any time from the cookie declaration on our website.

Overview of the cookies used

In the operation of this website we use different cookies, as described above. The following table clearly lists the cookies used.

  1. Necessary cookies

Some functions of our website require the browser to be recognized even after a page change. These functions could not be offered without the use of cookies.

The legal basis for the processing of personal data using Necessary cookies is Art. 6 (1) (1) (f) GDPR. The data collected through technically necessary cookies is not used to create user profiles.

COOKIE NAME

PROVIDER

PURPOSE

EXPIRY

TYPE

cookielawinfo-checkbox-non-necessary

kurzgesagt.org

Determines whether the user has accepted the cookie consent box.

1 day

HTTP

cookielawinfo-checkbox-necessary

kurzgesagt.org

Determines whether the user has accepted the cookie consent box.

1 day

HTTP

  1. Statistics Cookies

These cookies help website owners to understand how visitors on the website interact with websites by collecting and reporting information anonymously. The legal basis for the processing of personal data using cookies like this is Art. 6 (1) (1) (a) GDPR.

COOKIE NAME

PROVIDER

PURPOSE

EXPIRY

TYPE

_ga

kurzgesagt.org

Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.

2 years

HTTP

_gat

kurzgesagt.org

Used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate.

1 day

HTTP

_gid

kurzgesagt.org

Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.

1 day

HTTP

_hjAbsoluteSessionInProgress

kurzgesagt.org

This cookie is used to count how many times a website has been visited by different visitors – this is done by assigning the visitor an ID, so the visitor does not get registered twice.

1 day

HTTP

_hjid

kurzgesagt.org

Sets a unique ID for the session. This allows the website to obtain data on visitor behavior for statistical purposes.

Session

HTTP

_hjid

kurzgesagt.org

Sets a unique ID for the session. This allows the website to obtain data on visitor behavior for statistical purposes.

Persistent

HTTP

  1. Marketing cookies

They provide us with information about your visits to our website and the content you have viewed. They help us to identify content relevant to you and to display it to you. They also enable us to tailor offers and advertisements to your interests. The legal basis for the processing of personal data using cookies like this is Art. 6 (1) (1) (a) GDPR.

COOKIE NAME

PROVIDER

PURPOSE

EXPIRY

TYPE

_hjIncludedInSample

kurzgesagt.org

Determines if the user’s navigation should be registered in a certain statistical place holder.

Session

HTTP

IDE

doubleclick.net

Used by Google DoubleClick to register and report the website user’s actions after viewing or clicking one of the advertiser’s ads with the purpose of measuring the efficacy of an ad and to present targeted ads to the user.

1 year

HTTP

r/collect

doubleclick.net

This cookie is used to send data to Google Analytics about the visitor’s device and behavior. It tracks the visitor across devices and marketing channels.

Session

Pixel

test_cookie

doubleclick.net

Used to check if the user’s browser supports cookies.

1 day

HTTP

VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE

youtube.com

Tries to estimate the user’s bandwidth on pages with integrated YouTube videos.

179 days

HTTP

YSC

youtube.com

Registers a unique ID to keep statistics of what videos from YouTube the user has seen.

Session

HTTP

yt-remote-cast-installed

youtube.com

Stores the user’s video player preferences using embedded YouTube video.

Session

HTML

yt-remote-connected-devices

youtube.com

Stores the user’s video player preferences using embedded YouTube video.

Persistent

HTML

yt-remote-device-id

youtube.com

Stores the user’s video player preferences using embedded YouTube video.

Persistent

HTML

yt-remote-fast-check-period

youtube.com

Stores the user’s video player preferences using embedded YouTube video.

Session

HTML

yt-remote-session-app

youtube.com

Stores the user’s video player preferences using embedded YouTube video.

Session

HTML

yt-remote-session-name

youtube.com

Stores the user’s video player preferences using embedded YouTube video.

Session

HTML

GPS

youtube.com

Registers a unique ID on mobile devices to enable tracking based on geographical GPS location.

1 day

HTTP

  1. Use of web analysis services

We use a number of web analysis services which use cookies to statistically record the use of our website, to evaluate them for the purpose of optimizing our offer for you and to further develop our offer and in particular our website. In this respect, the processing of these cookies is based on your explicit permission to do so covered by Art. 6 (1) (1) (a) GDPR.

  • Google Analytics: For the purpose of demand-oriented design and continuous optimization of our website, we use Google Analytics, a web analysis service provided by Google Inc. (https://www.google.de/intl/de/about) (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA; hereinafter “Google”). In this context, pseudonymized user profiles are created and Cookies are used (see No. 7). The information generated by the Cookie about your use of this website such as
  • Browser type/version,
  • operating system used,
  • referrer URL (the previously visited page),
  • host name of the accessing computer (IP address) and
  • time of the server request

are transferred from your browser to a Google server in the USA and stored on Google servers.

Google Analytics is used for statistical purposes of our website, to evaluate them for the purpose of optimizing our offer for you and to further develop our offer and in particular our website. Data transmission to the USA is no longer based on the former EU-US Data Protection Shield which is why we ask you for your explicit consent to transfer your personal data to the USA. If your browser does not support Google Analytics or you deactivate this function, no data transfer takes place.

The pseudonymized user profiles are deleted after 14 months. The information is used to evaluate the use of the website, to compile reports on the website activities and to provide further services associated with the use of the website and the Internet for the purposes of market research and demand-oriented design of these websites. This information may also be transferred to third parties if this is required by law or if third parties process this data on behalf of the company. Under no circumstances will your IP address be merged with other data from Google. The IP addresses are anonymized so that an assignment is not possible (IP masking). You can prevent the installation of cookies by setting your browser software accordingly (DO-NOT-TRACK).

You can also prevent the collection of data generated by the Cookie and related to your use of the website (including your IP address) and the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing a browser add-on (https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en). For more information about privacy in connection with Google Analytics, please visit the Google Analytics Help Center (https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=en).

  • Google Web Fonts: When visiting our website, so-called web fonts are downloaded for the uniform display of fonts. This content is provided by Google Inc, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (“Google”). When accessing our website, your browser loads the required web fonts into your browser cache to display texts and fonts correctly. To do this, the browser you are using must connect to Google’s servers. This gives Google knowledge that our website has been accessed via your IP address.

Google Web Fonts are used for the purpose of uniform and appealing presentation of our website. Data transmission to the USA is no longer based on the former EU-US Data Protection Shield which is why we ask you for your explicit consent to transfer your personal data to the USA. If your browser does not support web fonts or you deactivate this function, no data transfer takes place.

For more information about Google Web Fonts, visit https://developers.google.com/fonts/.

You can find Google’s privacy policy at https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/.

  • Google reCAPTCHA: On our website we are using Google reCAPTCHA (“reCAPTCHA”). This content is provided by Google Inc, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (“Google”). reCAPTCHA is a free service that protects our website from spam and abuse. It uses advanced risk analysis techniques to tell humans and bots apart. With the new API, a significant number of our valid human users will pass the reCAPTCHA challenge without having to solve a CAPTCHA.

reCAPTCHA is used to prevent abuse of the contact form and to guarantee the security of our IT systems of our website. Data transmission to the USA is no longer based on the former EU-US Data Protection Shield which is why we ask you for your explicit consent to transfer your personal data to the USA. If your browser does not support Google reCAPTCHA or you deactivate this function, no data transfer takes place.

For more information about Google reCAPTCHA, visit https://developers.google.com/recaptcha/.

You can find Google’s privacy policy at https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/.

  • Newsletter-Tracking: The newsletter of the In a nutshell – kurzgesagt GmbH contains so-called tracking pixels. A tracking pixel is a miniature graphic embedded in such e-mails, which are sent in HTML format to enable log file recording and analysis. This allows a statistical analysis of the success or failure of online marketing campaigns. Based on the embedded tracking pixel, the In a nutshell – kurzgesagt GmbH may see if and when an e-mail was opened by a data subject, and which links in the e-mail were called up by data subjects.

Such personal data collected in the tracking pixels contained in the newsletters are stored and analyzed by us in order to optimize the shipping of the newsletter, as well as to adapt the content of future newsletters even better to the interests of the data subject. These personal data will not be passed on to third parties. Data subjects are at any time entitled to revoke the respective separate declaration of consent issued by means of the double-opt-in procedure. After a revocation, these personal data will be deleted by us. The In a nutshell – kurzgesagt GmbH automatically regards a withdrawal from the receipt of the newsletter as a revocation.

Use of cookies

Most browsers are set by default to accept cookies, but offer controls that allow you to block or delete cookies.

The Help function in the menu bar of most web browsers will explain how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to be notified when you receive a new cookie, or how to delete all cookies you have already received and block the browser from accepting any further ones.

The following links will inform you about this possibility for the most commonly used browsers:

Consent of use

When you access our website, an info banner informs you about the above-mentioned use of cookies and refers you to this data protection declaration.

You can object to the use of cookies at any time. You can do so by either not agreeing to the use of cookies in the banner displayed or by changing your browser settings accordingly.

Deactivation

Certain features of our website and its products and services depend on cookies. If cookies are rejected, it may therefore be that certain functions and their products are not available and therefore some functions cannot be used. For example, it is possible that you may not be able to log in or that you may lose any preferences that depend on cookies. Also, cookies must usually be activated in order to be able to object to the use of programs/uses (because of setting his objection (opt-out) cookies).

  • Necessary cookies: If you object to the use of the technically required cookies or configure your browser accordingly, our website will not recognize your browser and it is possible that certain contents cannot be retrieved or data (e.g. from an input mask) may be lost.

Please refer to the table above for the storage duration of Necessary cookies.

  • Other cookies: In addition, we use cookies on our website, which enable an analysis of your surfing behavior. The data collected in this context is pseudonymised by technical precautions; the data can then no longer be assigned to you and will not be stored together with your other personal data.

Cookies are used to improve the quality of our website and its contents. In this way we learn how the website is used and can thus constantly optimize our offer. However, in accordance with Art. 6 (1) (1) (a) GDPR we are only allowed to do so if we have your explicit consent.

If you object to the use of these cookies or configure your browser accordingly, you will not suffer any disadvantages. All functions of the website are still available.

Please refer to the table above for the storage period of the other cookies.