What is a cookie?
A cookie is a text file that contains small amounts of information and is stored on your device when you visit a website. With each future visit, such cookies are then sent back to the website from which they originate or to another website that recognizes the cookie. Cookies are useful because websites can use them to recognize the devices of individual users (e.g. passwords, the selected language, font size, other display settings). Thus, cookies allow a website to be adapted to your interests so that you do not have to re-enter it every time.
Cookies are therefore used to carry out authentications, monitor visits and observe your behavior on a website. They can also contain a unique identification code that tracks the navigation of the user within the website for statistical purposes or for advertising. While you are browsing the website, you may also receive cookies from other websites or web servers on your device. Some functionalities might not work or not work properly without cookies, which is why they are technically necessary in certain cases for the website to function properly.
Types of cookies
There are different types of cookies. Depending on their properties and functions, these can be stored on your device for different lengths of time: Session cookies are automatically deleted as soon as you close the browser; The so-called permanent cookies, on the other hand, remain on your device until a predetermined point in time.
A distinction must be made between the following cookies:
Technical cookies: They enable you to navigate on the basis of selected functions (e.g. language settings, goods selected for purchase) with the purpose of improving the comfort and performance of the website.
Analytics cookies: They are used directly by the website operator to collect information on the number and behavior of users of this website.
Profiling cookies: They record your navigation and create a user profile from your surfing behavior. In this way, personalized advertising messages can be sent to you that correspond to your interests and habits.
Third party cookies: These cookies come from other websites or web servers and serve the same purpose. For more information, please contact the relevant third party directly. The use of third-party cookies can usually be prevented by making the appropriate settings in the browser.
When you visit a website, cookies are set both by the visited page and by other organizations. Particularly noteworthy are the social plugins such as Facebook, Twitter and Google+. These are areas of the visited website that are generated by third party sites and integrated into the visited website. The most common use of social plugins is aimed at exchanging content with social networks. You can find more information about cookies from third parties in their cookie notices. To ensure maximum transparency and convenience, you will find below the Internet addresses with the various information and possible uses of cookies.
Facebook configuration: access your account
Twitter configuration: access your account
Google+ and Youtube configuration: access your account
Among the analytics cookies are particularly those of Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google Inc. These cookies enable the use of Google Analytics and help the website operators to analyze the activities on the website, such as the number of users who search -Criteria, the services used and the average duration of the visits. They also provide additional data that make it easier to prepare the content in a more user-friendly manner.