Cookies are small pieces of data that a website asks your browser to store on your computer or mobile device when you visit the website or certain pages. The cookie allows the website to “remember” your actions or preferences over time. Most browsers support cookies, but users can set their browsers to decline them and can delete them whenever they like.
Cookies will usually contain the name of the website where the cookie has come from, how long the cookie will remain on your device and a value which is usually a randomly generated unique number.
Some cookies will be deleted as soon as you leave the website (the so-called “session cookies”), other cookies will remain stored on your computer or mobile device and will help us identify you as a visitor of our website (the so-called “permanent cookies”).
Cookies on our website are used for a variety of different purposes.
Which cookies do we use?
We use first-party and third-party cookies:
- First-party cookies are cookies created by the website itself. These cookies are used to optimize your user experience.
- Third-party cookies are cookies created by parties other than the website. Third-party cookies in relation to our website are Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google Analytics. Google Analytics is Google’s analytics tool which helps us understand how you engage with the website. It may use a set of cookies to collect information and report website usage statistics without personally identifying individual visitors to Google. The main cookie used by Google Analytics is the ‘___ga’ cookie.
A further distinction can be made between the following types of cookies:
- Necessary cookies: these are required for the operation of our website. They include for example cookies that enable you to log in (N/A).
- Analytical/performance cookies: these cookies allow us to analyze our web traffic, to see the number of users of our website and how the users navigate through our website
- Functional cookies: these cookies ‘remember’ the choices you made on our website (e.g. language preference) making the website more user-friendly and enhancing your user experience (N/A).
- Targeting cookies: these show us the pages you have visited and the links you have followed, making advertisements more relevant to your interests.