What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small text file which is stored on the user’s computer, tablet, smartphone etc. allowing the website to recognize the equipment. Cookies may for instance be used for the purpose of preparing statistics of the user’s website use and for optimization of website contents.
A cookie is a passive file and cannot collect information from the user’s computer or spread computer virus or other harmful programs. Some cookies are placed by websites (third parties) other than the one stated in browser’s address line (the URL). The contents of such cookies may be of a general nature, but they may also be, for example, analytical tools or embedded comment fields. This means that cookies are stored from parties other than the one owning the website.
Some cookies are created temporarily and expire at the end of the user session when the browser is closed (session cookies). Other cookies are stored on the user’s IT equipment for a longer period (persistent cookies). When the user revisits a website, new session cookies will be placed in the temporary memory, whereas persistent cookies will be renewed.
What cookies do we use?