A cookie is an information file which is placed on the web browser of a computer or mobile device – such as a smartphone, iPhone or iPad – by the server of the website that the visitor is consulting. The cookie contains a code that can be read by the server that placed it on the visitor’s web browser. The website being visited does not have access to other information files located on the visitor’s computer or mobile device.
A cookie file consists of the following components:- The name of the server that placed the cookie file on the computer;- An expiry date;- A unique numerical code.
Cookies ensure that visitors to the website have the best possible experience. Among other things, this means enabling the visitor to navigate more quickly and easily between the different parts of the website and adjusting the content of the website to the visitor’s personal preferences, for example their preferred language.
The cookies are placed in a separate folder for the web browser on the hard disk of the visitor’s computer or mobile device.
The relevant legislation makes a distinction between functional or technically necessary cookies on the one hand (these are first-party cookies, where the stored information is passed back to the website that placed the cookie), and all other cookies on the other hand (third-party cookies, where the stored information is forwarded to another website to which it belongs). Functional cookies ensure the optimal functioning of the website, and aim to provide the visitor with as pleasant and smooth an experience as possible. Permission for this kind of cookies is not strictly necessary, as they are only stored for the current browser session.A further distinction can be made according to the specific purpose of the cookie.What are 'session' cookies and 'permanent' cookies and what is the difference between the two? The task of the session cookie is to recognise the web browser during the visit to the website, while the task of the permanent cookie is to recognise the web browser with a view to repeat visits to the website.
What are 'performance’ cookies? 'Performance' cookies monitor how the visitor uses the website. This enables the website administrator to adjust and optimise the content and ease of use of the website. For example, performance cookies enable daily tracking of how many different people have visited the different pages and which language version of the website is the most popular.What are 'third-party' cookies? Third-party cookies are cookies that come from advertisements placed on the website by third parties. They are intended to adapt the advertisements and/or their contents to the visitor’s personal preferences. The visitor will only see the advertisements if he or she has not disabled third-party cookies, meaning that permission has been granted for them. The use of third-party cookies does not give either the website administrator or the advertisers (third parties) access to the visitor’s personal data.
Visitors control the management of the cookies themselves. They can adjust the settings of their web browser according to their personal preferences. They can delete cookies which have already been installed at any time, and refuse new cookies by adjusting their browser settings.
EFAMA only uses the following cookies:
- Functional cookies
Contains the search session Identifier when using the search engine