Cookie files (so-called “cookies”) are IT data, in particular text files, which are stored in the user’s end device and are intended for the use of websites. Cookies usually contain the name of the website they come from, the storage time on the end device and a unique number.
Cookies are used for the following purposes:
- adjusting the content of websites to the user’s preferences,
- creating statistics that help to understand how users use websites,
- maintaining the user’s session (after logging in), thanks to which the user does not have to re-enter the login and password on each subpage.
Two basic types of cookies are used on websites: “session” and “permanent”. Session cookies are temporary files that are stored on the user’s end device until the software (web browser) is turned off. Permanent cookies are stored on the user’s end device for the time specified in the cookie parameters or until they are deleted by the user.
In many cases, the software used for browsing websites (web browser) allows cookies to be stored on the user’s end device by default. Website users can change their cookie settings at any time. These settings can be changed in such a way as to block the automatic handling of cookies in the web browser settings, or to inform about their every posting on the user’s device of websites. Detailed information on the possibilities and methods of handling cookies is available in the software (web browser) settings.
Cookies placed on the end device of the website user may also be used by advertisers and partners cooperating with the website operator.