What are cookies and their use?
Cookies are small text files that are stored on your device (computer, tablet or mobile phone) via your browser primarily to enhance the convenience of using the site, to enable certain functions and to make visiting our website attractive. It enables us to remember your actions and preferences (such as language, font size and other display preferences), so you don’t have to keep re-entering them when you return to our website or browse from one page to another.
Personal data may be collected using cookies; such information will only be processed in accordance with this Cookie Statement and our Privacy Notice.
Cookies can be placed directly by our website or by third parties with whom we cooperate to help us diagnose technical problems, analyze the traffic to our website, analyze trends, observe and measure how our visitors engage with our website and identify preferences. For some cookies we will ask for your consent before we place them. For ease, we group the cookies we use into four distinct categories as listed below.
Strictly necessary cookies
These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features. These cookies do not store any personally data. We don’t have to ask your permission to place these kinds of cookies.
These cookies enable the website to provide enhanced functionality, for example to remember choices you make like language, geography, etc. These cookies cannot track your browsing activity on other websites and they can be set by us or by third-party providers whose services we have added to our pages. We don’t have to ask your permission to place these kinds of cookies.
These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance, which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from website. These cookies also help us to test various parts of the website and improve your browsing experience. Our website uses Google Analytics, provided by Google, Inc. In accordance with our Privacy Notice we have anonymized IP addresses when used in Google Analytics. We don’t have to ask your permission to place these kinds of cookies.
These cookies are used to deliver targeting efforts and marketing emails that are more relevant to you and your interests. These help us measure the effectiveness of a campaign. They are usually placed by networks with the website operator’s permission. Quite often targeting cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organization including social media services that we have added to the site to enable you to share our content.
For usage analysis, the website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). BME has entered into a data processor agreement with Google for this purpose.
The information collected by the Google Analytics cookie tells us about your use of the website and will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. The data transferred will include your IP-address from which the last three digits have been removed to protect your privacy.
Google will use this information solely to enable BME to evaluate your use of the website, compile reports on website activity and to provide BME with technical assistance. BME has disabled Google’s ability to use such information for its own purposes or to provide such information to third parties, except to the extent required by law.
How to control cookies
You can use our Cookie Management Tool on this page to opt in or out of our various cookie categories.
You can also adjust your browser settings to block cookies or to alert you when cookies are being sent to your device. There are several ways to manage cookies. Please refer to your browser instructions or help screen to learn more about how to adjust or modify your browser settings. If you disable the cookies that we use, this may impact your experience while on the BME site, for example you may not be able to view embedded content.
If you use different devices to view and access the BME site (e.g. your computer, smartphone, tablet, etc.) you will need to ensure that each browser on each device is adjusted to suit your cookie preferences.
Transfer, storage and processing of data
Your personal data collected through the website is treated strictly confidential and BME has taken appropriate technical and organizational measures against loss or unlawful processing of this data [which measures have we taken for that?]. BME uses third parties for certain processing, such as the hosting of the website. As far as these third parties have access to personal data to execute these processing, BME has taken the required organizational and contractual measures to ensure that your personal data is exclusively processed for the purposes mentioned above [idem]. BME will not provide your personal data to any other third parties, unless there is a legal obligation to do so.
Changes to the cookies statement
We may update the Cookie Statement at any time. You can see the date on which the last change was made below in this statement. We advise you to review our Cookie Statement on a regular basis so, that you are aware of any changes.
If you have any questions about this statement or any privacy concerns, or would like to exercise your rights, or obtain further information about the safeguards we have in place so that your personal data is adequately protected please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This statement was updated on April 2020.