What is a cookie?
Setting and storing cookies
Cookies can be determined by the website you are visiting (“your own cookies”) or by a third party website that manages the content of the website you are viewing (“cookies from elsewhere”).
Cookies can be stored for different lengths of time, just for the duration of the browsing session, or much longer.
Session or session cookies: A cookie that allows us to link your actions during a session in a browser. A browser session begins when you open a browser window and ends when you close it. Session cookies are created temporarily and are deleted when your browser window is closed.
Persistent cookies: A cookie that remains on your device. The time specified in the cookie, and is activated each time you visit the website that created that particular cookie.
Different types of cookies
There are four main types of cookies:
Essential cookies: These cookies are crucial as they allow you to move around the website and use the features of the website or to provide the services you have requested. For example, to store products that you have added to the online shopping cart. We do not need your permission to use these cookies.
Functional cookies: These cookies allow the website to remember your choices (such as your username, language or the region in which you are located) and provide you with improved and more personal features. For example, a site may provide you with local weather forecasts or traffic news using a cookie to store information about the region in which you are currently located, remember your changes in text, font, and other parts of the website that are flexible and provide services such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information collected by these cookies may be anonymized and these cookies cannot track your browser activity on other websites.
Implementation cookies: These cookies collect information about how you use the website. For example, which pages you visit most often and if you receive an error message from them. These cookies do not collect information that identifies you. All information collected by these cookies is aggregated and therefore anonymous. This information is only used to improve the performance of the website.
Target cookies or third-party advertising cookies: These cookies are used to deliver ads that are more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times an individual ad is displayed, as well as to help measure the effectiveness of an advertising campaign. They are usually installed by ad networks with the permission of the website operator. They remember that you visited the website and this information is passed on to other organizations such as advertisers. Targeted or advertising cookies can often be related to the functionality of a website provided by another organization.
For more information on advertising cookies and online privacy, see the guide created by the online advertising industry and available at www.youronlinechoices.com.