What is a cookie?
A ‘cookie’ is a small text file that a web site asks to be saved on the visitor’s computer. Cookies are used on many web sites to allow visitors to use various functions. Information contained in cookies can also be used to track the surfing of a user on web sites that use the same cookie.
There are two kinds of cookies. One kind saves a file for a long time on the visitor’s computer; this cookie then has an expiry date. This kind of cookie is used, for example, for functions that tell users about any new features since they last visited the web site in question. When the expiry date has passed, the cookie is deleted.
The second kind of cookie is called a ‘session cookie’ and does not have an expiry date. This cookie is temporarily stored in the memory of a visitor’s computer while this user is surfing on a site, for example to keep track of which language the visitor has chosen. Session cookies are only stored in the visitor’s computer until the visitor shuts down their web browser.
Why do we collect cookies?
We collect cookies on our web sites in order to learn more about our visitors and how our content and services are used, which helps us to improve and develop the site. We also provide a location service where visitors can choose to save their location.
Functionality and content
We use Google Analytics to collect information about our visitors, which is done by saved cookies. We obtain information about how visitors use the site, which pages were visited, which web site visitors are coming from, number of visits, as well as what type of device that was used during the visit. The purpose of collecting this information is to improve and develop the site.
We collect no information which can identify who the visitor is and we never pass on the collected information to third parties. We also do not collect any information about our visitors visits on other sites. If the browser is set to not accept cookies, no information will be stored.
Cookies can be used when visitors personally wish to customise web sites to their own preferences. This may, for example, apply to wishes in respect of the design of a web site that is frequently visited, adapted contrast or font size for ergonomic reasons, adapted sorting or selection. If cookies a disabled, some services may stop working.
It is also possible to configure the web browser so that the visitor can decide whether to accept each new cookie that a web site sends to the computer. Such a configuration means that the visitor is informed about the cookie prior to it being stored and can choose whether or not to accept it.