This section is intended to provide you with more details about the use and management of cookies used by

Please read the following information carefully.

This website uses cookies to provide visitors with a much better browsing experience and services tailored to their needs and interests. 

Cookies are used for the following purposes:

– of the website,
– to analyse the behaviour of visitors to the site,
– for advertising.

1. What are cookies?

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that will be stored on a user’s computer, mobile device or other equipment from which the internet is accessed.

The cookie is installed by a web-server’s request to a browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Chrome) and is completely “passive” (contains no software, viruses or spyware and cannot access information on the user’s hard drive).

2. Why do we use cookies?

A cookie contains information that links a web-browser (the user) to a specific web-server (the website). If a browser accesses that web-server again, it can read the information already stored and react accordingly. Cookies provide users with a pleasant browsing experience and support the efforts of many websites to offer convenient services to users: e.g. online privacy preferences, site language options, shopping carts or relevant advertising.

3. What categories of cookies exist?

A cookie consists of 2 parts: the name and the content or value of the cookie. Furthermore, the lifetime of a cookie is determined; technically, only the webserver that sent the cookie can access it again when a user returns to the website associated with that webserver. Cookies themselves do not require personal information in order to be used and, in most cases, do not personally identify web users.

There are 2 broad categories of cookies:

“Session cookies” these are stored temporarily in the cookie folder of the web browser so that the browser remembers them until the user exits the website or closes the browser window (e.g. when logging in/out of an account).
“Persistent cookies” These are stored on the hard drive of a computer or device (and generally depend on the default lifetime of the cookie). Persistent cookies also include those placed by a website other than the one the user is currently visiting ” known as “third party cookies” which can be used anonymously to remember a user’s interests, so as to deliver the most relevant information to users.

Cookies are managed by web servers. The lifetime of a cookie can vary significantly, depending on the purpose for which it is placed. Some cookies are used exclusively for a single session (session cookies) and are no longer retained once the user has left the website and some cookies are retained and reused each time the user returns to that website (“permanent cookies”). However, cookies can be deleted by a user at any time via the browser settings.

5. What are cookies placed by third parties?

Certain sections of content on some sites may be provided through third party providers (e.g. a news box, a video or an advertisement). These third parties may also place cookies through the site and they are called “third party cookies” because they are not placed by the owner of that website. Third party providers must also comply with applicable law and the privacy policies of the site owner.

6. How cookies are used by this website

A visit to this site may place cookies for the purposes of tailoring to each browser and user:
– Site performance cookies
– Visitor analysis cookies
– Registration cookies

7. What information is stored via cookies?

Cookies store information in a small text file that allows a website to recognize a browser. The web server will recognise the browser until the cookie expires or is deleted. The cookie stores important information that improves the web browsing experience (e.g. keeping a user logged into an account; online banking security; keeping products in the shopping cart).

8. Why are cookies important?

Cookies are at the heart of the efficient functioning of the Internet, helping to generate a friendly browsing experience tailored to the preferences and interests of each user. Refusing or disabling cookies may make some sites unusable.
Refusing or disabling cookies does not mean that you will no longer receive online advertising ” but only that it will no longer be able to take into account your preferences and interests, as evidenced by your browsing behavior.
Examples of important uses of cookies (which do not require a user to log in via an account):
– Content and services tailored to user preferences ” news categories, weather, sports, maps, public and government services, entertainment sites and travel services.
– Offers tailored to users’ interests ” password retention, language preferences (e.g. displaying search results in Romanian).
– Retain child protection filters on Internet content (family mode options, safe search functions).
– Limiting the frequency of ad serving ” limiting the number of times an ad is shown to a particular user on a site.
– Provide more relevant advertising to the user.
– Measurement, optimization and analytics features ” such as confirming a certain level of traffic to a website, what type of content is being viewed and how a user gets to a website (e.g. via search engines, directly, from other websites etc). Websites perform these usage analyses to improve their websites for the benefit of their users.

9. Security and confidentiality

Cookies are NOT viruses! They use plain text formats. They are not made up of pieces of code so they cannot be executed or run themselves. Consequently, they cannot be duplicated or replicated on other networks to run or replicate themselves again. Since they cannot perform these functions, they cannot be considered viruses. Cookies can however be used for negative purposes. Because they store information about users’ preferences and browsing history, both on a particular site and on many other sites, cookies can be used as a form of Spyware. Many anti-spyware products are aware of this fact and constantly flag cookies for deletion as part of anti-virus/anti-spyware deletion/scanning procedures. Browsers generally have built-in privacy settings that provide different levels of cookie acceptance, validity period and automatic deletion after the user has visited a particular site.

10. How can I stop cookies?

Disabling and refusing to receive cookies may make certain sites unusable or difficult to visit and use. Also, refusing to accept cookies does not mean that you will no longer receive/see online advertising.
It is possible to set your browser to stop accepting cookies or you can set your browser to accept cookies from a specific site. But, for example, if you are not registered using cookies, you will not be able to leave comments. All modern browsers offer the possibility to change cookie settings. These settings are usually found in the “options” or “preferences” menu of your browser. To understand these settings, the following links may be useful, otherwise you can use your browser’s “help” option for more details:

Managing cookies in Internet Explorer
Cookie management in Firefox
Managing cookies in Chrome
Managing cookies in Safari