What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that are stored in a user’s browser. Most cookies contain a unique ID, a so-called cookie ID: a series of characters that link websites and servers to the browser in which the cookie is stored. This allows websites and servers to distinguish the browser from other browsers that store other cookies, and allows them to recognize each browser by its unique cookie ID.
What are cookies used for?
Cookies are widely used by websites and servers to provide many of the basic services available online. If you shop on a website, the cookie-based website can remember which items you’ve added to your virtual cart. If you set preferences on a website, the cookie-based website can remember your preferences for your next visit to the website. Or, if you sign in to a website, the website can use a cookie to recognize your browser later so you don’t have to sign in again. Cookies also allow websites to collect information about users’ activity, such as the number of unique visitors who visit a page per month. All these applications depend on the information stored in cookies.
There are 3 types of cookies
- Necessary cookies
Certain cookies are required to hold settings or preferences during a visit to the website or until a subsequent visit. Let’s say you don’t want cookies from a particular website. That website can ‘remember’ by placing a cookie. Without cookies, you will be harassed with the same questions every time.
- Cookies for research into website usage
There are cookies that tell the website which pages you are viewing, in what order, and for how long. This allows web statistics to be created, which can help to better tailor the website to the visitors.
- Cookies from third-party websites
For certain parts of the website, third-party websites set cookies. These are useful extras: such as a Google map with interactive directions, a Facebook ‘like’ button, or the ability to tweet something through. These cookies ‘know’ the website you are viewing, whether you are logged into Google, Facebook or Twitter.
This website uses all three types.
No personal data
Cookies such as this website that use do not contain personal data. Such cookies cannot be used simply to identify yourself. This would require additional information: for example, a combination of type 3 cookies with your login details for third-party websites (those login details can often be traced back to your person). Without additional information, cookies do not pose a threat to your privacy.
Turn off cookies
You can turn off cookies in your browser. In that case, parts of this website will not or will not work at all.
If the information about our cookie usage policy changes, you will be automatically informed upon a subsequent visit to this website.