Cookies are used to facilitate a more user friendly experience. A cookie is a small data file, which is stored temporarily or permanently on user's device (e.g. a computer or a smartphone) within the browser, when specific web pages are visited. Cookies are not intended to contain or collect information in isolation, but when read by a server via a web browser, they can give information by collecting information on preferences (such as a language preference), detect errors and/or collect data for statistics. Cookies contain a unique code which allow to recognize your browser while visiting a website (so-called "session cookie") or also during later visits or later use (so-called "permanent cookie").
For more information about cookies: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTP_cookie
This websites uses different types of cookies:
- Per session: They expire when the user closes their browser.
- Permanent: They expire when their purpose has been achieved, e.g. when the user has been identified on the website. These cookies can be deleted manually.
Cookies can also be classified as:
Registration cookies are generated when the user registers or when they log in. These are used to identify the user and to provide a personalised service, with the following goals:
- Keep the user identified, if the user closes the page, the browser or turns off the computer. This function can be deleted if the user chooses to log out.
- To make sure the user is authorised to use certain services.
- Additionally, some services can be connected to a third party such as Facebook, Twitter or Google. When entering from a social network the user will still authorise cookies to identify and guarantee access to the website. The user can delete this cookie through the social network.
Each time the user visits the website an external supplier (such as Google Analytics or others) will generate an analytical cookie. This cookie will identify the user anonymously. The purposes of these cookies are:
- To anonymously identify the user and therefore assess the amount of visitors and their trends.
- To anonymously identify the content that has been visited on a website.
- To know if the user is new or if it's a returning visitor to the website.