What are cookies?
A “cookie” is a piece of information that is stored on your computer’s hard drive that captures how you move around a website so that when you return to that website it can display personalized options based on information stored about your last visit. Cookies may also be used for web traffic analysis and for advertising and marketing purposes.
Cookies are used by most websites and do not harm your computer.
Cookies are either:
– Session cookies: these are stored on your computer only during your web session and are automatically deleted when you close your browser – they typically store an anonymous session ID that allows you to browse a website without having to log in to each page but they do not collect any personal data from your computer; or
– Persistent cookies: A persistent cookie is stored as a file on your computer and stays there when you close your web browser. The cookie can be read by the website that created it when you visit this site again. We use persistent cookies for Google Analytics.
Cookies can also be classified as follows:
– Strictly necessary cookies: These cookies are necessary to enable you to use the website effectively, for example when purchasing a product and/or service and cannot be deactivated. Without these cookies, the services offered to you on our website cannot be provided. These cookies do not collect information about you that could be used for marketing purposes or to remember where you have been on the Internet.
– Performance Cookies: These cookies allow us to monitor and improve the performance of our website. For example, they allow us to count visits, identify sources of traffic and see which parts of the site are most popular.
– Functionality Cookies: These cookies allow our website to remember the choices you make and to provide enhanced functionality. For example, we may be able to provide you with news or updates about the services you use. They may also be used to provide you with the services you have requested, for example, to view a video or comment on a blog. The information collected by these cookies is generally anonymous.