Cookie notice

This Cookie Notice (“Notice”) explains how International Rescue Committee (IRC) Deutschland gGmbH (“IRC”) uses cookies and other tracking technologies through our website  This Notice is to be read alongside the IRC’s Privacy Notice which explains how the IRC uses personal information.


What are web cookies?

Web cookies are small files that are placed on your computer or mobile device by a website when you visit it. They contain details of your browsing history on that website and distinguish you from other users. Cookies send data back to the originating website on each subsequent visit or allow another website to recognise the cookie. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device and, for instance, remember your preferences and generally improve your online user experience. Like most websites, the IRC’s websites use cookies.

Although this Notice refers to the general term “cookie”, which is the main method used by our website to store information, the browser’s local storage space is also used for the same purpose and we may use other tracking technologies through this website such as web beacons. As a result, the information included in this Notice is likewise applicable to all such tracking technologies that we use.


Which types of cookies are we using?

Strictly necessary cookies

These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will then not work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.

For the use of these cookies we do not need to seek your consent.

Statistical/performance cookies

These cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our site. They help us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance.

You have the option to agree to the use of these cookies. By default the use of these cookies is deactivated. 

Personalisation cookies

These cookies enable the website to provide enhanced functionality and personalisation. These cookies can, for example, be used to remember the changes a visitor has made to text size, fonts, language, currency and other parts of web pages that are customisable. They may be set by us or by third party providers whose services we have added to our pages. If you do not allow these cookies then some or all of these services may not function properly.

You have the option to agree to the use of these cookies. By default the use of these cookies is deactivated.

Tracking cookies

These cookies may be set through our site by our advertising partners. They may be used by those companies to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant adverts on other sites. They are based on uniquely identifying your browser and internet device. If you do not allow these cookies, you will experience less targeted advertising.

You have the option to agree to the use of these cookies. By default the use of these cookies is deactivated.

Social Plugins

These plugins are set by a range of social media services that we have added to the site to enable you to share our content with your friends and networks. They are capable of tracking your browser across other sites and building up a profile of your interests. This may impact the content and messages you see on other websites you visit.

You have the option to agree to the use of these cookies. By default the social plugins are deactivated.

Upon visiting our website your browser establishes a direct connection with the social media servers. The content of the plugin is transmitted by the social media platform directly to your browser and integrated in our website. The social media platform receives information that you are visiting our website. If you are logged in to the social media platform, it can assign such visit to your social media account. If you for instance click on the 'like'-button or leave a comment, the corresponding information is transmitted to the social media platform and stored there. If you do not wish the social media platform to collect your personal data, you should log out from the social media platform before visiting our website.

We are a controller jointly with the social media platform in respect of the collection and transmission to the social media platform of your personal data. In respect of subsequent processing of your personal data by the social media platform, please refer to the websites of the respective social media platforms for their privacy statements.


Why do we use cookies?

To let you do things on our website – for example, cookies enable you to log in to secure areas of our website, fill in application forms or view content.

To collect anonymous statistics – the information collected by cookies enables us to improve the website through usage figures and patterns. For example, it is really useful to see which pages of the website – and therefore which of our services – are the most popular and how users are interacting with them.

To improve your experience of our website – for example, to prevent you having to re-enter details when you have already done so, or by ensuring that users can find what they are looking for easily.

To ensure that our website is secure – for example, to make sure that personal information that you give to us does not fall into the wrong hands.

To provide you with information and content which we think is relevant to you – for example, to work with our partners to serve you with targeted advertising.


How long do we store cookies?

The various cookies used by our website have different storage periods, at the end of which your data will no longer be stored. Strictly necessary cookies will be deleted once you close your browser. Other types of cookies implemented on our websites shall be kept for a period of time that does not exceed 12 months. Please refer to the next section to learn about the specific storage periods of the cookies we use.

The below provides more information about the cookies we use and why.


Which cookies are we using?

Cookie: Google Analytics

Provider: Google

Type: Tracking cookies

These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our websites. We use the information to compile reports and help us improve the site, as well as better understand our website visitors to serve them with targeted advertising. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the sites, their locations and demographics, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they have visited. Click here for an overview of privacy at Google and to edit your settings:

_ga - Used to distinguish users. Duration: 12 months.

_gid - Used to distinguish users. Duration: 24 hours.

_gat - Used to throttle request rate. Duration: 24 hours.

_gcl_au - Used for experimenting with advertisement efficiency across websites. Duration: 12 months

This contains campaign related information for the user. If an organisation linked Google Analytics and AdWords accounts, AdWords website conversion tags will read this cookie unless you opt-out. Duration: 90 days.

Cookie: Drupal

Provider: Drupal

Type: Personalisation

These cookies are used by to function correctly for users.

SSESS - This cookie stores the session ID of an authenticated user to provide them a better user experience. Duration: 4 hours.

Cookie: Cloudflare

Provider: Cloudflare, Inc.

Type: Strictly necessary cookies

Cloudflare, Inc. is a U.S. company that provides content delivery network services, DDoS mitigation, Internet security and distributed domain name server services:

_cfduid - Used to identify individual clients behind a shared IP address and apply security settings on a per-client basis. Duration: 6 months.

IRC also uses some cookies which are strictly necessary in order for you to use our services available on our website.      


Website cookie acceptance

The first time you visit the website, a banner will appear at the top of the page asking you whether you agree to our use of cookies and similar technologies. 

If you click the ‘Accept & Close’ button, in particular, you consent to cookies being stored on your computer and/or mobile device (unless rejected or disabled by your browser). 

If you do not click the ‘Accept & Close’ button, you can continue to browse the website, untracked. However, please be aware that by not accepting our use of cookies this may impair or limit your ability to use our website.


Turning cookies off                     

Internet browsers normally accept cookies by default. However, most browsers let you turn off either all or third-party cookies. What you are able to do depends on which browser you are using. If you initially accepted our use of cookies as set out above, but now want to opt-out of it, please set your browser to reject cookies, visit to learn more about cookie or install a cookie disabler such as or or

You may opt-out of Google’s analytics cookies by visiting Google’s opt-out page:


Click on the links below to find out how to change your cookie settings in:

Internet explorer





iPhone and iPad

Samsung [A10] 


More information about online advertising

The advertising companies we work with generally use cookies and similar tracking technologies as part of their services. To learn more about how advertisers generally use cookies and the choices they offer, and the steps you can take to choose which cookies you can accept or reject, you can review the website of the European Interactive Digital Alliance.

In addition, there is software available which enables you to use settings that allow to you choose which cookies are set on your computer or mobile device, such as the Ghostery app.


Updating this Notice

We may update our use of cookies from time to time and consequently we may update this Notice. We therefore recommend that you check this Notice regularly. We will notify you of any significant changes by way of a notice on our website or by contacting you directly when reasonably possible.