Cookies are small data files saved
and stored on a computer, tablet or smartphone which are used to browse
websites. Cookies usually contain the name of the website where they
originate, the time they are saved on the device and a unique session
Cookies are used as follows:
· to adapt websites to user preferences and to optimize the browsing experience;
· to personalize user-specific content;
· to generate statistics detailing on website usage, enabling design and content to be improved;
· to maintain a user’s session (after logging out), allowing the user
to move from page to page without having to log-in repeatedly;
· to optimize advertising and marketing for a given user.
Types of cookies
Three basic types of cookies are used: session, persistent and third-party.
Session cookies are temporary files stored on a computer, tablet or
smartphone until the user logs out, leaves the website or closes the
browser. These support services requiring authentication within a given
Persistent cookies are stored on a computer, tablet or smartphone until
the expiry date specified in the cookie parameters or until they are
deleted by the user. They retain user preferences for a particular
website, allowing those preferences to be used in future browsing
Third-party cookies enable information to be gathered about website use
and to supply advertising content specific to individual users’
Cookies and privacy
The personal data collected using cookies are encrypted to prevent
third-party and unauthorized access. They are collected exclusively to
perform specific functions for users.
By default, internet browsers allow cookies to be stored on computers, tablets and smartphones.
Browser settings can be changed to block automatic support for cookies
or to notify the user each time a cookie is sent to the device.
Detailed information about support for cookies is available in the
may affect how a website functions.