Our project, launched in March 2018, has only a few more activities to complete until 30 June 2023, which will mark the end of the project.
Cookies are small text files that can be used by websites to make their use more efficient. Cookies pay an important role in facilitating the access and delivery of many services the user enjoys on the internet, such as:
- They customize certain settings such as: language settings, accessing old preferences by clicking the “forward” and “back” buttons.
- Cookies provide site owners with valuable feedback on how their sites are used, so they can make them even more effective and accessible to users.
- Cookies allow multimedia or other applications from other sites to be included in a specific site to create a more valuable, useful and enjoyable experience.
The law stipulates that we can store cookies on your device if they are strictly necessary for the operation of this site. For all other cookie types we need your permission.
This site uses different types of cookies. Some cookies are placed by third party services that appear on our pages.
What is a cookie?
Cookies are a standard feature of websites, allowing us to store small quantities of data on your computer regarding your visit to the Site. These are widely used to help websites function or function in a better and more efficient way, such as for your recognition and retaining some information that will make using the site much more convenient (such as retaining your preferences). Cookies also help us to identify which parts of the site are useful and which need to be improved and to track its use in order to offer targeted advertising.
Cookies are downloaded by your internet browser on your first visit to the Site. The next time you visit the Site on the same device, the cookie and the information stored there is either sent back to the site that generated it or to another site it belongs to.
Cookies allow the site to recognize if you have already accessed the Site through hat browser and, in many cases, they can vary the content display.
Cookies themselves do not require personal information in order to be used and, in most cases, they do not personally identify the users.
What are the advantages of the cookies?
A cookie contains information linking a web browser (user) and a certain web server (website). If a browser accesses that web server again, it will be able to read the already stored information and respond accordingly. Cookies provide users with a pleasant browsing experience and support the efforts of numerous websites in order to offer user-friendly services: e.g. online privacy preferences, site language options, shopping carts or relevant advertising.
What is the lifetime of a cookie?
Cookies are managed by web servers. The lifetime of a cookie may vary significantly, depending on the purpose for which it is placed. Some cookies are used for only one session (session cookies) and are no longer retained once the user has left the website, while other cookies are being retained and reused each time the users returns to that site (permanent cookies). However, cookies can be deleted by the user at any time through browser settings.
Refusal of cookies
If you refuse the use of all cookies, the primary and third party cookies will be disabled. In addition, the primary cookies will be deleted. We will not be able the delete third party cookies. Therefore, you will need to delete the third party cookies personally. This can be done from your browser settings.
Disabling and/or deleting cookies through your browser
Alternatively and/or additionally, you can change the cookie settings through your internet browser. Your internet browser will allow you to change your cookie settings. Such browser cookie settings are usually found in your browser’s “options”, “instruments” or “preferences” menu. You can also check the “Help” menu of your browser. Different browsers can use different mechanisms to disable cookies.
Disabling and refusing cookies can make some sites impracticable or difficult to visit and use. But, for example, if a visitor is not registered as using cookies, he will not be able to leave comments.
Security and privacy issues
Cookies are NOT viruses! They use plain text formats. They are not made up of code pieces, so they cannot be executed or auto-executed. Consequently, they cannot duplicate or replicate themselves on other networks to run or replicate again. Given that they cannot perform these actions, they cannot be considered viruses.
Cookies can nevertheless be used for negative purposes. Since they store information about the preferences and navigation history of the users, both on a particular site and on several other sites, cookies can be used as a form of Spyware. Many anti-spyware products are aware of this fact and consistently mark cookies to be deleted during anti-virus/anti-spyware removal procedures.
In general, browsers have built-in privacy settings that provide different levels of cookie acceptance, period of validity and automatic deletion after the user has visited a particular site.