What are cookies, how do they work and what can they be used for?
Simply put, cookies are information stored on your computer (and saved by the web pages you visit).
Cookies typically contain some of your settings (Internet browser settings, such as preferred language or address). Later, when you open the same web page again, your Internet browser sends back the cookies that belong to that page. In this way, the website is able to process, and display, information tailored to your needs and habits.
Cookies can store a wide range of information, including personal information (such as your name or e-mail address). Still, such information can only be saved if you enable it – web pages cannot access the information you have not given them and are unable to access other files on your computer.
On reliable sites, cookies can enrich your experience by remembering your wants and needs and enabling you to skip the registration every time you visit a website. However, some cookies, such as those saved by banner ads, might put your privacy at risk by tracking sites you visit.
Default activity for storing and sending cookies is not directly visible. However, you can change your Internet browser settings by choosing whether to approve or reject individual requests to store cookies. You can also activate the automatic deletion of all cookies when you close your Internet browser.
The decision as to which information will be stored (and how) is in your hands.
Types of Cookies
Temporary cookies or session cookies
They are removed from the computer after you close your Internet browser. Websites use them to store temporary information, such as items in a shopping cart.
They remain on your computer after you close your Internet browser. Websites use them to store information, such as login name and/or password, so you do not have to sign in every time you visit a certain website. Permanent cookies can remain stored on your computer for days, months, and even years.
They come from a site you’re viewing and can be permanent or temporary. By using these cookies, a website can store data that will be reused the next time you visit it.
They come through advertising and other websites (third party), whose code usually refers to the site you are viewing. These cookies enable websites to monitor your use of the Internet for marketing purposes.
Cookies are used for the following purposes:
- gathering the information you entered into forms while browsing pages during one session
- identifying your log in – authentication
- checking the validity of your connection to the appropriate service on our website
- gathering statistical information about visits to our website (analytics and research)
- sharing information with our partners who provide services on our website; the information is shared solely for the purposes of providing services, products or functionality
- connecting to social media which can then use information about visits to our website to enable us to send ads to other pages you visit
- the security and integrity of websites and products
- website features and services – the enable the use of those functions we need to provide services and products
- remembering particular user preferences
- providing content that is relevant to the area you are in
- improving user experience. Cookies help us with the above mentioned and we never store your personal data within them.
Most web sites use such or similar practices, and according to EU regulations of March 25, 2011, we are obliged to request your consent before storing this data.
Using our web site shall be considered a consent to store cookies.
By deactivating and/or blocking cookies, you can still browse our websites, but there is a chance that some of their features/functionality will not be available.
Third-party Cookies and their Deactivation
We use a number of external services that can store third-party cookies:
Visitors can sign up/register via their own social media accounts, and sharing content on social media may also result in cookies being saved to the visitors’ computers.
Measuring website traffic
We use Google Analytics. If you want to stop them from storing cookies, you can do so on the following links:
- Google Analytics: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
Cookies can also be stored by other advertising systems through which our partners present their ads:
- Google, AdSense, DoubleClick: http://www.google.com/privacy_ads.html
- Gemius: http://optout.hit.gemius.pl/removeEN.php
- Others: Your Online Choices, Opt Out From Online Behavioral Advertising
How to disable/turn off cookie storing?
By deactivating/blocking cookies, you decide whether or not to allow cookies to be stored on your computer. You can control and configure the settings on your Internet browser.
Follow the link (depending on the browser you are using) for more information about cookie settings: