- What are cookies?
A cookie is simply a text file containing small pieces of data, stored on your computer or other device when you visit a website. Cookies are used to make it easier for you to navigate the websites you visit, but they do not collect information stored on your computer or in files. Cookies ensure maximum service accuracy and thus facilitate the use of a web browser. To protect your privacy, web browsers allow access to a web page for cookies that have already been placed on your computer.
- What types of cookies do we use?
Strictly necessary cookies
These are the essential cookies that allow you to move through our Internet sites and use our features. without them, registration and access services cannot be provided. These cookies do not collect information about you that could be used for marketing or to check where you have browsed on the internet.
These collect information about how you use a website, for example which pages you visit most often. These cookies do not identify you as an individual. All data is collected and aggregated anonymously. It is only used to help us improve the performance of our websites.
These cookies allow us to remember the choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) to provide a more personalised online experience. They remember changes made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customize. They can also allow visitors to watch videos, play games and engage with social tools such as blogs, chat rooms and forums. The information they collect can be made anonymous. It cannot track other sites you visit.
These deliver advertisements or messages relevant to you and your interests. Sometimes targeting cookies are linked to other sites, for example, social media sites.
Temporary or long-term cookies
Within these four types of cookies, cookies are classified as either temporary (“session” cookies) or long-term (“persistent” cookies). “Session” cookies link your actions in a single session. This “session” starts when the web page is opened and ends when it is closed. The cookie is then deleted forever. “Remaining” cookies remain on a computer or other device for a period of time. They are automatically activated when you visit a particular site.
- How are cookies blocked or deleted?