What are cookies and what are they used for?
Cookies are text files that are stored on your device and are used by the server to recognize this device when you reconnect. They are downloaded every time you “enter” and “leave” our website. Cookies are not used to identify you, only your device – among other things, to ensure that when the browser you are using is recognized, the image displayed corresponds to the technical capabilities of the device, e.g. its resolution or version. Cookies are most commonly used for counters, surveys, online stores, websites that require login, advertising and to monitor visitor activity. Cookies enable, among other things, also to remember your interests and tailor websites in terms of the content displayed and advertising tailored to it. These files are used by virtually all websites operated on the Internet – search engines, information sites, blogs, online stores, office websites, etc. They are also used by our website.
What do cookies do?
They generally work on the following basis:
- They identify the data of the computer and the browser used to surf the website – for example, you can find out whether a particular computer has already visited the website,
- The data obtained from “cookies” are in no way combined with personal data of the users, e.g. obtained when registering on the websites,
- They are not harmful to you or your computers or smartphones – they do not affect how they work,
- You must not cause any configuration changes to the end device or to the software installed on the device,
- The standard parameters of “cookies” allow only the server that created them to read the information they contain,
- Based on your behavior on the websites you visit, they transmit information to the servers that better tailor the displayed page to your individual preferences.
What types of cookies are there?
There are the following types of cookies:
- “Session cookies” are temporary files that are stored in a browser’s memory until the end of its session. These files are essential for some applications or their functionality for proper functioning. When you close your browser, they should be automatically deleted from the device you were browsing on,
- “Persistent cookies” facilitate the use of frequently visited pages. These files are saved in the appropriate folder for a longer period of time, which you can set in your browser settings. Each time you visit a website, data is transferred from these cookies to a server. This type of cookie is sometimes referred to as a “tracker” in English. (Tracking cookies),
- “Third party cookies” are files that are usually sent by advertising servers, search servers, etc. that work with the website owner. Thanks to them, the ads displayed are tailored to your interests and habits, which in turn often allows you to use part of the website content for free. With their help, the “clicks” on advertisements, user settings etc. are counted,
Remember that you have the option of managing “cookies” yourself. This is e.g. enabled by the web browser you are using (usually the mechanism is enabled by default). In the most common browsers you have the option:
- to accept the use of “cookies”, which enable you to take full advantage of the possibilities offered by the websites
- manage cookies at the level of the individual websites you choose,
- Define settings for different types of “cookies”, e.g. accept permanent as session files etc,
The website uses both session cookies and permanent cookies. We use them for the following purposes:
- compile statistics that enable us to improve the structure and content of the pages,
- Maintaining the site user session. In order to be able to display the website correctly, the following information is recorded: name and version of the web browser, language settings, date and time of sending the request to the server, IP from which the request was sent, requested URL. This data is collected in order to enable the website to function properly.
A web analysis tool is used to compile statistics – Google Analytics, which collects data and uses its own cookies in accordance with the Google data protection provisions available at this address. Google collects data about the placement of cookies on its servers and uses this information to compile reports and to provide other services related to Internet traffic and Internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties if this is required by law or if third parties process this data on behalf of Google. The data collected by our website will not be passed on or made available to third parties, with the exception of the competent law enforcement authorities, who are entitled to conduct criminal proceedings in connection with the initiation of the procedure at our request.