What are cookies?
What cookies do we use?
Depending on the features to be used, and the purpose of use, a website may implement strictly necessary cookies, functional cookies, analytics cookies, or targeting (advertising) cookies.
Strictly necessary cookies.
These cookies are required for a user to freely visit and browse a website and use the options it provides, including receipt of information about available services, and purchase of services. These cookies identify a user’s device but do not disclose the user’s identity, do not collect or compile information. Without these cookies, a website cannot function fully, e.g. serve the requested services or process a service application. These cookies are stored on a user’s device until the browser is closed.
A website uses functional cookies in order to remember the settings and choices set by the user, allowing them to use the website with greater convenience. These cookies are stored on the user’s device permanently.
Analytics cookies gather information about how the user interacts with a website, what sections are visited more often, and what content the user chooses while browsing the website. The information is used for analysis, determining what interests website users have, and allowing enhancements to a website’s functionality by making it more convenient. Analytics cookies identify the user’s device but do not disclose the user’s identity. In some cases, certain analytics cookies are managed by third parties – processors (operators) such as Google Adwords, Facebook – on behalf of the website owner and in accordance with the owner’s instructions.
Targeting (advertising) cookies.
Targeting (advertising) cookies are used in order to gather information on the websites visited by a user and offer certain services of the company or its business partners that might interest a specific user, or to address appropriate offers based on the interest shown by a given user. Such cookies are generally placed by third parties, such as Google Adwords, with the website owner’s consent and based on their stated purpose. Targeting cookies are stored on a user’s device permanently.
- improving website user experience:
- supporting website features;
- adapting website features to a user’s habits – language, search queries, content browsed previously etc.;
- receiving statistical data on the flow of visitors to a page – number of visitors, time spent on a page etc.;
- user authentication.
Unless specified otherwise, cookies are stored until the action for the purpose of which they have been collected is completed, and then deleted.
Managing Cookie Preferences
By clicking “I understand”, the user confirms that he is acquainted with the cookie information, the purposes of using them, the cases where cookie information is transferred to a third party, and consents to such.
Thus, the legal basis for using cookies is the user’s consent. If, while using the website, a user concludes an agreement, cookie processing is necessary for executing the agreement with the user, i.e. for the company to fulfil its legal obligation or exercise its legitimate interests.
The security settings of each browser may be used in order to restrict or delete cookies. However, users should keep in mind that they may not reject the use of strictly necessary and functional cookies, because without them it will be impossible to ensure full-featured operation of a website.