What are cookies?
Cookies are small alphanumerical texts which are stored in the user terminal when you visit almost any web page. Their function is to remember your visit when you browse on this web page again.
What types of cookies are there?
Depending on the institution managing the equipment or domain from which the cookies are sent one can distinguish between:
- The page’s own cookies: these are the ones generated by the web page itself which is being visited and they are owned by the publisher of the page.
- Third parties’ cookies: These are the ones generated from a domain or system which is not managed by the publisher of the page, but by a third party institution responsible for and owning these.
Depending on the period of time for which these are activated in the user’s system one can distinguish between:
- Session cookies: These cookies collect and store data while the user accesses a web page, and tend to be used for storing the information required for rendering a service requested by the user at a single session.
- • Persistent cookies: in these cookies the data continues to be stored in the user’s terminal and can be processed for a set time by the party responsible for the cookie.
Depending on the purpose for which the data obtained through the cookies is processed, these could be:
- Technical cookies: These are the cookies required for the web page to run.
- Personalisation cookies: These cookies enable each user to be able to configure such aspects as the language in which they would like to see a web page.
- Analysis or performance cookies: These cookies allow the follow-up and analysis of the conduct of users of web sites on an anonymous basis.
- Advertising cookies: These enable implementing efficiency parameters in the advertising offered on a web page.
- • Behavioural advertising cookies: These cookies store information on users’ behaviour obtained through a continuing observation of their browsing habits, which enables a specific profile to be developed for displaying advertising on this basis.