Cookies are small files that are saved and stored on a user's local computer or other device while he visits various websites.
A cookie file usually contains basic information about the name of the website from which it comes, the length of its existence on the computer and a unique number used to identify the browser from which the website is connected. "Cookies" are IT data, in particular text files, which are stored on the website user's end device. Cookies are most often used to optimize the process of using websites. They are also used to collect statistical data that allows you to identify how users use websites. This gives you the opportunity to later improve the structure and content of the website.
Types of "cookies"
Cookies can be divided into session (temporary) and permanent ones. Session cookies are stored on the user's device to log out of the website or disable the web browser. Permanent cookies are stored for a defined period of time, which is determined by the parameter contained in the cookie file. The user also has the option of manually deleting all or selected "cookies".
By default, the software used for browsing websites allows placing "cookies" on the end device. These settings can be changed in such a way as to block the automatic handling of "cookies" in your web browser settings or to inform you whenever they are sent to your device. Detailed information about the possibilities and ways of handling "cookies" are available in the software (web browser) settings. Restricting the use of "cookies" may affect some of the functionalities available on the website.
The use of "cookies"
Cookies can be used to:
- adapting the content of web pages to the user's preferences and optimizing the process of using websites - in particular, these files allow to recognize the device of the website user and properly display the website, tailored to his individual needs,
- creating statistics that help understand how website users use websites, which allows improving their structure and content,
- maintaining the website user's session (after logging in), thanks to which the user does not have to re-enter the login and password on each subpage of the website,
- providing users with advertising content more tailored to their interests.
Personal data in "cookies"
Personal data collected using "cookies" can be collected only to perform specific functions for the user. Such data is encrypted in a way that prevents access by unauthorized persons.