The following information is intended to inform you about the placement, use, and management of cookies used on our website

What are cookies?

A cookie is a small file that is stored on your computer or other mobile terminal equipment of a user who is accessing the Internet. A request is issued by a web server to a browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Chrome) asking for permission to install the cookie. This file cannot be considered a virus due to the fact that it is completely “passive” (does not contain software or spyware). Consequently, they cannot duplicate or replicate on other networks or to run or replicate again. Specifically, cookies contain only data, not code (executable instructions): they cannot erase or read anything on your computer or your mobile device.

What are cookies used for?

Cookies are used by web servers to differentiate users and be able to react according to their actions. Their role is to facilitate the access and delivery of services used by the user on the Internet, as well as customizes some settings (language, country, displaying prices in national currency, display customized advertising based on showed interests on the Internet).

Cookies can be used by servers to recognize authenticated users to change and send content according to their preferences (customization).

For example:

  1. The user enters his/her username and password in the fields of the page and sends them to the server;
  2. The server receives a username and password and verifies; if correct, it sends (together with a cookie) a page to confirm the user; also, the server stores the pair name / cookie (or just the cookie);
  3. At each access of a web page on the server, the browser sends the cookie together with the request for access; the server compares the received cookie with the one stored and can decide whether it is an authenticated user or not, sending it to the right page.

This is the method used by nearly all websites.

Examples of important uses of cookies

  • Content and services tailored to your preferences (categories of news, weather, sports, maps, public services and government, entertainment sites and travel services).
  • Offers customized to your interests (remember passwords, language preferences).
  • Storage of parental control filters
  • Limiting the number of times an advertisement is displayed for a particular user on a website
  • Providing advertising more relevant to you
  • Measurement of traffic to a website, what type of content is viewed and how a user arrives on a website (via search engines, directly, from other websites, etc.).

Websites running these analyses, use cookies to improve their sites for users.

Refusal or disabling of cookies

Denial or disabling of cookies can make some websites impossible to use or may disable some functionality.

Detailed information about possibilities and ways of managing cookies can be found in the settings area of an application (web browser). All modern browsers offer the ability to change your cookie settings. These settings are usually in the “Options” menu or “Preferences” on your web browser.

To learn more about cookies, we recommend the following links:

Microsoft Cookies guide

All about Cookies