A cookie is a simple text file saved on your computer by your browser when you visit a website. A cookie contains information the website wants to know the next time you visit. For example, your volume setting preferences, information about an advert or advertiser, or a unique ID code. The information placed by a cookie can only be read by the website placing it.
Let’s first state that cookies are harmless and that you can delete them at any time. The new privacy act guarantees you the choice of not accepting cookies when you visit a website. Do keep in mind that if you don’t accept cookies, you will lose certain website functionalities. You will for instance not be able to share information via Twitter or Facebook or be forwarded to other websites. You can manage the cookies via your browser.
Functional cookies are necessary to enable you to use the website you are visiting. For example, to recognise that you are the same user who visited the previous page on the site or to remember your preferences.
Performance cookies are used to measure whether a displayed advert leads to a purchase or to registration, for instance. Websites are paid for this; they can therefore generate income and can keep the website free. These cookies do not store any personal data and cannot be traced back to an individual.
Analytical cookies are used to enable a website to continue improving. They record visitor statistics. This information includes how many visitors visit a website, which pages visitors view, where they come from and what they click on, as well as what browser and screen resolution they use. This information cannot be traced back to an individual user.