What are cookies?
Cookies are small files, consisting of letters and numbers, that will be stored on the computer, mobile terminal or other equipment of a user from whom the Internet is accessed. Cookies are installed by request issued by a web server, a browser (eg Internet Explorer, Chrome).
Cookies are completely “passive” (they do not contain software, viruses or spyware and cannot access the information on the user’s hard driver). A cookie consists of 2 parts: the name and content or value of the cookie. The duration of the existence of a cookie is determined; technically, only the webserver that sent the cookie can access it again when a user returns to the website associated with that web server.
Cookies themselves do not require personal information in order to be used and, in most cases, do not personally identify internet users. There are 2 major categories of cookies:
- session cookies: they are temporarily stored in the cookies folder of the web browser so that it can store them until the user leaves the web site or closes the browser window;
- Persistent cookies: they are stored on the hard drive of a computer or equipment and are activated again when you visit the site that created that cookie. Persistent cookies also include those placed by a website other than the one the user is currently visiting. These are known as “Cookies von Drittanbietern” bzw. Cookies placed by third parties. They store a user’s interests in order to deliver the most relevant advertising for them.
The lifetime of a cookie
The lifetime of a cookie can vary significantly, depending on the purpose for which it is placed. Some cookies are for single use only (as is the case with session cookies), therefore they are not maintained once the user leaves the site. Other cookies are maintained and reused each time the user returns to the site (persistent cookies). However, cookies can be deleted by the user at any time by using the browser settings.
Some sections of the content of some sites may be provided through third-party cookies as in the case of an advertisement. Such cookies may be placed on the site and are called cookies placed by third parties because they are not placed by the owner of the site. Such third parties are in turn obliged to comply with the applicable legal regulations and privacy policies of the owner of the site.
The importance of cookies for the internet
Cookies are the focal point of the efficient operation of the Internet, helping to generate a friendly browsing experience tailored to the preferences and interests of each user. Declining or disabling cookies may make some sites impossible to use. Rejecting or disabling cookies does not mean that you will no longer receive online advertising – but only that it will no longer be able to take into account your preferences and interests, highlighted by your browsing behavior. Examples of important uses of cookies (which do not require a user to authenticate through an account):
- Content and services adapted to user preferences, categories of products and services;
- Offers adapted to the interests of users
- password retention;
- Retention of child protection filters on Internet content (family mode options, safe search functions);
- Limit the frequency of ads – limit the number of impressions of an ad for a specific user on a site; Providing more user-friendly advertising;
- Measurement, optimization and Analytics features – such as confirming a certain level of traffic to a website, what type of content is viewed and how a user gets to a website (example: through search engines, directly from other websites) uri etc). Websites conduct these analyzes of their use to improve the sites for the benefit of the users.
Do cookies contain personal data?
Change the cookie settings in your browser
Most browsers offer the ability to change cookie settings. These settings are usually found in the “options” or “preferences” menu of your browser. For cookie settings generated by third parties, you can also consult the website: http://www.youronlinechoices.com/ro/
If you wish to send us any request regarding the above details, please contact us in writing by accessing the contact form at https://www.prodmec.ro/contact/ or at the following physical address: str Valea Țerovei, no. 14, RO 320044 Resita, Romania.