What are "cookies"?
The Cookies are IT data, especially text files, that are kept at the users' devices and used to facilitate the webpage experience. These files allows for detecting users and appropriate display of the page, along with the user's individual preferences. The Cookies usually include the name of the original webpage, time of keeping them in the device and a unique number.
What are the cookies used for?
The Cookies are used to suit the content of a webpage to the user's preferences and optimize the webpage experience. They also create anonymous, aggregated statistics which help to understand how the user uses a webpage, which allows for better structure and content, excluding personal identification of that user.
What cookies are we using?
Generally, two kind of cookies are used: session and permanent. Session cookies are temporary files that are kept at the user's device until they log out of a webpage or close the software (an Internet browser). Persistent cookies are kept at the user's computer for a period defined within the file or until they are manually deleted.
Cookies can be divided in relation to:
Types of cookies in relation to their necessity to realize a service:
In relation to the period in which the cookie will be kept at the user's device:
In relation to origins of the cookies management service:
In relation to their purpose:
necessary to proper functioning of the webpage
necessary to allowing the proper functionality of the webpage, but they do not trace the user.
Research - used to trace the user; but they do not include information allowing for personal identification
Do cookies include personal data?
Personal data from cookies can be gathered only to perform certain functions for the user. These data is encrypted in a way that no unauthenticated person has access to them.
Generally, browsers allow for cookies to be kept at the final device. Such preference can be changed to block the automatic management of cookies in the browser preferences. A user can be also informed each time cookies are sent. More details about means of the cookies management are available from the browser preferences.