What is a cookie?
An HTTP cookie or a cookie module is a special text, a small file sent by a server to a browser and then sent back (unmodified) by the browser, every time when it accesses the server. The cookies are used for authentification as well as for keeping the users’ preferences and publicity.The cookies do not contain executable codes, they are just texts which cannot execute any operation.
Cookies are neither spyware nor informatic viruses, even though they can be detected by certain anti-virus and anti-spyware programs.
Cookies can be:
- session cookies (which last up until the bowser is closed);
- persistent cookies (they are stored on a computer hard-drive or equipment, and, generally, it depends on the pre-established lifetime of the cookie. Persistent cookies include those which are placed on a different website than the one visited by the user at a certain time, known as „third party cookies” – or cookies placed by third parties – which can be used anonymously in order to memorize the interests of a user, so that the publicity delivered is as relevant as possible.
What are „third party” cookies
Some content parts on certain sites can be placed on the accessed website through banners, boxes, links, analysis or tracking codes, embed codes, social media plugs. All these instruments can contain cookies. They are called „third party cookies” because they are not placed by the owner of the website, and it is the duty of the third suppliers to obey the valid laws and the privacy policies of the site owner.
All browsers allow you to decide if you accept or not the cookies. In the browser settings there are the following options:
- rejecting cookies for certain internet domains;
- rejecting cookies form third entities (third party cookies or cookies of third parties);
- accepting cookies, but deleting them upon closing the browser;
- allowing the server to create cookies for a different domain.
What type of information we collect:
Cookies can be put into 4 categories, according to the type on information they can access:
- Cookies that are absolutely necessary for the electronic platform to function (they do not collect personal data).
- Cookies which monitor the performance of the site (they collect information about traffic, not about personal data).
- Cookies which monitor the functionalities offered by the site (they remember the choice you made in using the site and, also, the user account that helps you log on to the site, the language you use in visualising the site, etc. The collected information usually do not contain personal data).
- Cookies used to target visitors and publicity (these are used to offer visitors relevant ads and, usually, they are used for publicity by the owner of the site and also by advertising agencies; usually, they have the role of remembering that you visited a certain site or that you were interested in a certain kind of information. They can collect personal data like the IP address, the geolocation, or they can generate profiles connected with the preferences of an internet user).
What cookies does this site collect (purposes and duration)?
These cookies are used by the platform to customize the administration interface and the site visualisation for the users who have extra rights compared to a regular visitor (e.g. Administration)
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|These cookies are used by the platform to customize the settings of the administration interface and visualisation of the site for the users who have extra rights compared to a regular visitor (e.g. Administration).||1 an|
|This cookie identifies the route of the visitor on the site. It does not collect specific data regarding the identity of the visitor.||sesiune|
|This cookie recognizes the visitor when they accessed a different page on the site. The cookie enables the communication, remembering the information introduced by the visitor on the site forms and it facilitates their being added into a new form.||sesiune|
|This cookie counts the hits of a visitor on the site (e.g. the first and the last hit). The information collected by this cookie is used to offer different statistics of the site administration, like the days with frequent hits.||permanent|
|This cookie belongs to Google Analytics and it is used to record the moment when a visitor enters the site (the time).||sesiune|
|This cookie belongs to Google Analytics and it is used to record the moment when a visitor leaves the site (the time).||30 minute|
|This cookie belongs to Google Analytics and it counts the visitors’ general data: how they found the site, what search engine they used, what link they clicked on, what key word they used in their search that generated the result that was clicked on, the geographic location the site was accessed from. The cookie only collects general data, statistics, which are not associated directly with every visitor.||6 luni|
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|The cookies used to block access on the site (for security reasons) from certain locations which might generate informatic attacks and to offer a better control on legitimate actions connected to the administration of the site.||permanent|
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|Cookies used in the process of signing up for the Newsletter for a third party by which data collecting is made.||permanent|
|It uses third party cookies generated by Facebook for commercial purposes, for a better targeting of the site visitors.||28 zile|
The „Leave a comment” option through Facebook account
This option allows you to leave a comment on the site using your Facebook account. This site does not store and does not process your personal data. If you are connected on your Facebook account, by interacting with this plugin, Facebook can collect information like your IP address, the browser you use. Also, the cookies in the browser can be stored and recovered and the interaction with the comment interface can be monitored, including corelating your Facebook account with any interaction made within the interface.
Why are cookies important for the internet?
Cookies help the efficient functioning of the internet and their result is the user-friendly, customized surfing of the user.
Refusing or deactivating cookies can make some sites difficult or impossible to use.
Cookies can be used for:
- offering content according to the preferences of the visitor, on categories (news, sport, services, offers, etc.);
- settings adapted to the visitor (password retaining, language preference);
- retaining protection filters for chlidren regarding the internet content.
Generally, the browsers have privacy settings which provide different levels of cookie acceptance, the valid period and automatic deletion after the user visited a website.
How can cookies be stopped?
It is possible to have a setting form the browser so that these cookies are no longer accepted, or that the browser can be made as to accept cookies form a certain site.
All modern browsers give the possibility to change the settings of the cookies. Access „Help” for further details.
To understand these settings, see the following URL: