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Cookies

A cookie is a data element that a website can send to the browser to be stored on the user's system, eg for the purpose of connection control during a visit to a website or for statistical evaluations.

Types of cookies

"Session" cookies remain in your browser as long as you are on a website and are deleted when you leave.

"Persistent" cookies remain in your browser even after your visit, unless you delete them yourself.

"Performance" cookies store information about your user behaviour. This includes which subpages you visit and whether errors have occurred. No data is stored or generated which makes you identifiable as an individual person, only aggregated data. Therefore you remain anonymous. Performance cookies serve to improve the functionality of the website.

"Functionality" cookies save decisions which you have made on the website. This can include, for example, the setting of the font size or the preferred language. This data is used to improve the functionality of the website.

In order to facilitate access to our website and for statistical analysis, we store several cookies permanently on your computer. However, no personal data is stored in these cookies. You have the option of setting your browser so that either cookies are not received or that you are notified when cookies are received. This allows you to decide whether to accept or reject cookies. If you refuse to accept cookies, your visit to our website will be associated with limited functionality, eg search, enquiries, etc. In order to be able to use the full functionality of our website, you should allow the storage of cookies on your system. You can delete the cookies from your system at any time after you have finished visiting our website.

Use of your browser to control cookies

Most browsers allow you to view, manage, remove and block cookies for a website. Remember that removing all cookies will cause any preferences to be lost. This includes the ability to disable cookies, as this feature itself requires you to set an opt-out cookie on your device.

Please refer to the links below for instructions on how to manage cookies in common browsers.

 

On these websites you can find further information regarding other browsers and devices; 

http://www.aboutcookies.org/ oder http://www.cookiecentral.com/faq/.

Analytics Cookies

 Adobe Analytics

We use Adobe Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Adobe Systems Software Ireland Limited ("Adobe"). Adobe uses cookies that are stored on your computer and allow us to analyze your use of our website. The information generated by the cookies about your use of our website is transferred to Adobe servers and stored there. Adobe will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of our website, compiling reports on website activity for us as website operators or operators of websites contracted by us, and providing other services relating to website activity. Adobe will not associate your IP address with any other information held by Adobe. Please click here for more information about how Adobe uses this information: Adobe

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses cookies that are stored on your computer and enable an analysis of your use of our website. The information generated by the cookies about your use of our website (including your IP address) is transferred to a Google server in the USA and stored there. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of our website, compiling reports on website activity for us as website operators or operators of websites contracted by us and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. For further information on the use of data by Google, please click here: Google

Administration of Analytics Cookies

It is possible to deactivate the storage of your anonymous browser history by Analytics cookies. In the following links you can see the service providers we use. By clicking on the links you can read their data protection regulations and learn how to deactivate the Analytics cookies used:

Social-Media Plugins

Social media plugins are embedded on our site, which lead to our social media profiles or link to profiles of our employees. By clicking on a corresponding social media icon, data is transferred to third parties (the respective social media service). PwC Legal has no influence on the use of cookies or access to data collected there after opening the social media service.

We use plugins from the following social media services:

  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter 
  • Youtube
  • Instagram

The use of cookies at PwC

The following table lists all cookies with name, lifetime and description, which we can use on our website. The cookies actually used depend on your selection in the cookie banner. Excluded from this are "Strictly Necessary Cookies", which are necessary for the page structure and are therefore always active. However, these do not process any personal data.

Strictly Necessary Cookies

Host Name Description Expiry

pwc.at

OptanonConsent This cookie is set by the cookie compliance solution from OneTrust. It stores information about the categories of cookies the site uses and whether visitors have given or withdrawn consent for the use of each category. This enables site owners to prevent cookies in each category from being set in the users browser, when consent is not given. The cookie has a normal lifespan of one year, so that returning visitors to the site will have their preferences remembered. It contains no information that can identify the site visitor. 1 year

Performance Cookies

Host Name
Description Expiry

pwc.at

s_ppvl

This cookie is set by Adobe Analytics to store information on the percentage of the page displayed to the end user.

Session

pwc.at

_ga

This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics - which is a significant update to Google's more commonly used analytics service. This cookie is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports. By default it is set to expire after 2 years, although this is customisable by website owners.

2 years

pwc.at

__utma

This is one of the four main cookies set by the Google Analytics service which enables website owners to track visitor behaviour and measure site performance. This cookie lasts for 2 years by default and distinguishes between users and sessions. It is used to calculate new and returning visitor statistics. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. The lifespan of the cookie can be customised by website owners.

2 years

pwc.at

_gat

This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics, according to documentation it is used to throttle the request rate - limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites. It expires after 10 minutes.

1 minute

pwc.at

__utmb

This is one of the four main cookies set by the Google Analytics service which enables website owners to track visitor behaviour and measure site performance. This cookie determines new sessions and visits and expires after 30 minutes. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. Any activity by a user within the 30 minute life span will count as a single visit, even if the user leaves and then returns to the site. A return after 30 minutes will count as a new visit, but a returning visitor.

30 minutes

pwc.at

s_cc

Adobe Site Catalyst cookie, determines whether cookies are enabled in the browser

2 years

pwc.at

__utmt

This cookie is set by Google Analytics. According to their documentation it is used to throttle the request rate for the service - limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites. It expires after 10 minutes

10 minutes

pwc.at

mbox

Cookie set by Adobe SiteCatalyst analytics software - used for measuring the performance of page content using A/B split testing

2 weeks

pwc.at

__utmv

This is an optional additional cookie set by the Google Analytics service which enables website owners to track visitor behaviour and measure site performance. This cookie is used when site owners create custom visitor-level variables for customising what can be measured. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. It has a default lifespan of two years, although this can be customised by site owners.

2 years

pwc.at

_gid

This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics. This appears to be a new cookie and as of Spring 2017 no information is available from Google. It appears to store and update a unique value for each page visited.

24 hours

pwc.at

__utmz

This is one of the four main cookies set by the Google Analytics service which enables website owners to track visitor behaviour measure of site performance. This cookie identifies the source of traffic to the site - so Google Analytics can tell site owners where visitors came from when arriving on the site. The cookie has a lifespan of 6 months and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

6 months

pwc.at

s_ppv

Adobe Site Catalyst cookie.

Session

pwc.at

gpv

This cookie is set by Adobe Analytics to store the quantity of pages the end user views when visiting websites.

30 minutes

pwc.at

__utmc

This is one of the four main cookies set by the Google Analytics service which enables website owners to track visitor behaviour and measure site performance. It is not used in most sites but is set to enable interoperability with the older version of Google Analytics code known as Urchin. In older versions this was used in combination with the __utmb cookie to identify new sessions/visits for returning visitors.

When used by Google Analytics this is always a Session cookie which is destroyed when the user closes their browser. Where it is seen as a Persistent cookie it is therefore likely to be a different technology setting the cookie.

30 minutes

Functionality Cookies

Host Name Description
Expiry

pwc.at

s_nr

The cookie contains a Unix timestamp representing the current time and the current status of the visitor.

30 days

highcharts.com

__cfduid

It helps Cloudflare detect malicious visitors to our websites and minimizes blocking legitimate users. It may be placed on the devices of our customers' End Users to identify individual clients behind a shared IP address and apply security settings on a per-client basis. It is necessary for supporting Cloudflare's security features.

30 days

Targeting Cookies

Host Name Description
Expiry
pwc.at AMCVS_93091C8B532955160A490D4D%40AdobeOrg This is a pattern type cookie name associated with Adobe Marketing Cloud. It stores a unique visitor identifier, and uses an organisation identifier. < 1 day
pwc.at _gat_gtag_xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Statistic cookies help website owners to understand how visitors interact with websites by collecting and reporting information anonymously.  
pwc.at AMCV_93091C8B532955160A490D4D%40AdobeOrg This is a pattern type cookie name associated with Adobe Marketing Cloud. It stores a unique visitor identifier, and uses an organisation identifier to allow a company to track users across their domains and services. 2 years
everesttech.net everest_session_v2 This cookie carries out information about how the end user uses the website and any advertising that the end user may have seen before visiting the said website. Session
dpm.demdex.net dpm It tells internal, Adobe systems that a call from Audience Manager or the ID service is passing in customer data for synchronization or requesting an ID. This is the most common demdex.net call you'll see from Audience Manager or the ID service . 6 months
cdn.syndication.twimg.com lang Storage of language preferences.  
everesttech.net everest_g_v2 This cookie carries out information about how the end user uses the website and any advertising that the end user may have seen before visiting the said website. 2 Jahre
youtube.com YSC Cookie is placed by youtube to store a unique user ID. Session
demdex.net demdex This cookie helps Adobe Audience Manger perform basic functions such as visitor identification, ID synchronization, segmentation, modeling, reporting, etc. 6 months
doubleclick.net test_cookie Used to check if the user's browser supports cookies. 1 day
youtube.com VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE This cookie is set by Youtube to keep track of user preferences for Youtube videos embedded in sites;it can also determine whether the website visitor is using the new or old version of the Youtube interface. 6 months
doubleclick.net IDE 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
youtube.com GPS Cookie is placed by youtube to store location data. 1 day