What are cookies and why we use them?
A cookie is a simple small file that is sent with the pages of a website you visit and can be stored by the web browser of your PC or device. Cookie files are automatically placed in the cookie folder which are effectively the “brain” of your browser and when you return to the same website, your browser then transmits the information stored in the Cookie back to the relevant website.
Cookies typically consist of a name and a value, and they can have various purposes depending on their classification, lifespan and type. Typically, cookies are classed as either first-party cookies, or third-party cookies. First-party cookies are created directly by our website, whereas third-party cookies are created by a partner website. Each cookie also has a lifespan which can vary from a few minutes to a few years.
As for the most frequently used way to categorize cookies, the classifications, the least privacy invasive type of cookies are Essential or Necessary cookies. As the name suggests those are essential or necessary to ensure that a website works properly and is secure and without them certain features of a website would simply not function. There are also Functional cookies, which allow a website to remember the options and personalization settings a user has made when visiting a website. Of course, there are also Analysis and performance cookies, which are used to monitor and improve the function and service of a website, track down problems, record visitor numbers, and provide analytics metrics. Lastly, there are also advertising cookies or targeting cookies, which are used to deliver customized advertising to the user.
The Cookies used on my website
The PECR, requires asking for consent when any cookie that is not strictly necessary for the operation of the website (Functional cookies, Analysis and performance cookies and Advertising cookies or targeting cookies). Further, the GDPR also requires a legal basis for the use of personal data were cookies are used to process personal data, which would then be your consent (Art. 6 (1) a) GDPR as well as our legitimate interest (Art. 6 (1) f) GDPR).
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- This cookie, set by Cloudflare, is used to support Cloudflare Bot Management.
- This cookie has a lifespan of 30 minutes and is classed as a Functional cookie.
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