What are “cookies” ?
“Cookies” are IT data, especially small text files stored on the user’s terminal devices that are intended to be used for Internet websites. These files allow for recognising users on the next login and to offer them content tailored to their expectations and your interests. Cookies typically contain the name of the website from which they are taken, their time store on a terminal device and a unique number.
What do we use “Cookies” for?
“Cookies” are used for adjusting the contents of websites to the user’s preferences and optimising the usage of websites. They are also used for creating anonymous, aggregated statistics that help us to understand in what manner the user uses websites, which allows for improving their structure and contents, excluding the user’s personal identification.
Which “Cookies” do we use?
As a rule, two types of “Cookies” files are used – “session” and “persistent”. The former ones are temporary files that are preserved on the user’s device until logging out from the website or switching off the software (web browser). “Persistent” files remain on the user’s device for a specified time in “Cookies” file parameters or until they are manually removed by the user.
Do “Cookies” contain personal data?
Personal data stored with the use of “Cookies” files can be gathered solely for the purpose of performing specific functions for the user. Such data are encrypted in a manner that disallows unauthorised access.
As a rule, software used for browsing websites intuitively allows for placing “Cookies” files on the terminal device. These settings can be changed in such a manner so as to block the automatic handling of “Cookies” in the user’s web browser configuration or inform about them every time they are sent to the user’s device. Detailed information on the possibilities and ways of handling “Cookies” is available in the software settings (web browser).
Restricting the use of “Cookies” files may affect some of the functionality available on the website.