Cookies Policy

They are small files with information created by the websites as we visit them. They are similar to small text files, where the information is usually encoded or in the form of ids, so it does not seem to have any coherence when read by a person. These files and the information they contain are created by the computer on which the website (server) runs. Each page uses only the cookies that it has created.

Where are cookies used?
They serve to add functionality to the websites we visit. E.g. are used to identify a site. As they are created by the website, they do not contain personal information.
They usually recognize the browser we used during our previous login. The principle on which websites are based is that every click we make is independent of the previous ones. In order to indicate the continuity relationship between two clicks (on the same site) cookies were created that transfer this information.

Are there different types of cookies?
Yes! We can distinguish cookies based on the functionality they offer in simple cookies, session cookies and tracking cookies.

1. Simple cookies are used to store general information. Such cookies are used by online stores simply to remember the products we have already chosen to buy. Other information may be technical characteristics, statistics on how many times we have visited the page, which language we prefer, which layout of the page we prefer, etc.

2. Session Cookies: The most common are authentication cookies that help identify our profile, as mentioned earlier. Depending on the application, they may have a limited duration (temporary cookies). Usually short-term cookies are found on bank websites, where after a certain time, for security reasons they expire and we have to enter our details again.
In other cases, the option "Remember Me" or "Keep Me Logged In" defines them actively until we explicitly select disconnection of the account (permanent cookies).
It is worth noting that authentication cookies are an important element of internet security and are always sent encrypted. There are also technologies that can further increase the security and reliability of certification and work in parallel with cookies.

3. Finally there are the tracking cookies. Third-party tracking cookies are the most talked about category of tracking cookies, as they focus on improving services beyond those offered by the website. These services include the display of ads. Collaborating sites have the right to use cookies to collect information about our internet browsing. The fact that third party services, in addition to the site itself, can install cookies extends their use beyond the primary reason for the creation of cookies, which are served by simple cookies and authentication cookies and is none other than the improvement of its services. original site.

What does the legislation provide for cookies?
The now famous General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) also includes a provision for cookies.
In particular, paragraph 30, which is contained in Rule 4 of the Rules of Procedure, provides:
"Individuals may be associated with online identities […] such as web addresses, cookie identifiers or other identifiers […]. These may leave traces which, especially when combined with unique identities and other information receive the servers, can be used to create the profile of individuals and identify them. "
Simply put, if cookies can identify an individual, then they are subject to the GDPR. Of course, not all cookies can identify a person, but most - if combined with third party sources - can.
In order to comply with the GDPR and avoid the huge fines it provides, websites should either stop collecting cookies, which can identify a natural person, or establish an adequate and legitimate reason for the collection and processing of this information.