What are cookies?
A cookie, also known as an HTTP cookie, web cookie, or browser cookie, is a small piece of data sent from a website and stored in a user’s web browser while the user is browsing that website. Every time the user loads the website, the browser sends the cookie back to the server to notify the website of the user’s previous activity.
Some cookies are necessary for the proper functioning of online stores. Thanks to these for example you do not need to add items you want to purchase to the shopping cart each time you navigate throughout the site (thanks to a cookie, a shopping cart knows that you are still the same visitor and maintains your products added in the cart), other cookies allow the owner of the webpage to see where his visits come from, the time they remain on his website, recording which pages were visited by the user, etc.
Cookies are stored by your internet browser on your computer’s hard disc and occupy only a very small amount of space so that they do not affect the proper functioning of your computer. They do not contain personal information and they get self-destructed when they have fulfilled the function for which they were programmed for.
Due to its widespread use, the majority of web browsers accept them automatically without asking the user’s consent. From your internet browser you can block all cookies generated by Xenum.com or any other page, but remember that if you do so, some pages could start to function incorrectly.
EU cookie directive
In 2002, the European Union launched the Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications, a policy requiring end users’ consent for the placement of cookies, and similar technologies for storing and accessing information on users’ equipment. In particular, Article 5 Paragraph 3 mandates that storing data in a user’s computer can only be done if the user is provided information about how this data is used, and the user is given the possibility of denying this storing operation.
Directive 95/46/EC defines “the data subject’s consent” as: “any freely given specific and informed indication of his wishes by which the data subject signifies his agreement to personal data relating to him being processed”. Consent must involve some form of communication where individuals knowingly indicate their acceptance.
In 2009, the policy was amended by Directive 2009/136/EC, which included a change to Article 5, Paragraph 3. Instead of having an option for users to opt out of cookie storage, the revised Directive requires consent to be obtained for cookie storage.
In June 2012, European data protection authorities adopted an opinion which clarifies that some cookie users might be exempt from the requirement to gain consent:
Some cookies can be exempted from informed consent under certain conditions if they are not used for additional purposes. These cookies include cookies used to keep track of a user’s input when filling online forms or as a shopping cart.
First party analytics cookies are not likely to create a privacy risk if websites provide clear information about the cookies to users and privacy safeguards.
How cookies are used by Xenum.com
Cookies of social media : buttons of the respective social media (the “like” in Facebook, “follow” in Twitter) also generate cookies. These cookies are not generated by Xenum.com, but by the owners of different social media. This cookie allows the website to remember if the visitor has clicked “like” and thus avoid the web to have to check it all over again every time the visitor clicks on another page, to speed up the load of buttons and has a number of functions chosen by the respective social media, as the personalization of advertising, for example. The names of these cookies are for instance PREF, user_id, or NID
Cookie Google Analytics: are cookies analytical recorded by the service Google Analytics. The use of these cookies enables us to see where a visitor comes from, the time that he remains on our website, the pages he visits, etc.; this information helps us to adjust our catalog, website, products, promotions in function of our visitor’s needs. You can find more information about the types of cookies used by Google by clicking on the following link: http://www.google.es/intl/en-GB/policies/technologies/types/
How to delete cookies stored on the computer:
The vast majority of browsers (all popular) have an option to view and delete cookies installed on the computer. If you want to delete the installed cookies, we recommend that you use a web browser (for example Google.com) and do a search with the terms: “delete cookies in xxx” (without quotation marks), replacing xxx with the name of your web browser (firefox, chrome, internet explorer.. ).
Remember that cookies have a date of self-destruction recorded, after which they will be deleted automatically without you having to do anything; so it is not necessary to delete them regularly in order to save space on your computer.
How to avoid cookies to be recorded?
Another alternative to block cookies is changing your browser settings.