According to the Electronic Communications Act (2003:389), every visitor of a website using cookies shall have available information about which cookies the website uses as well as the purpose of them. The visitor shall also give his or her consent to the usage of cookies.
A cookie is a little text file that the website you visit saves on your computer. Cookies are then used by the website to give you as a visitor access to different functions. The information in the cookie can also be used to monitor your web browsing on other websites using the same cookie. There are two kinds of cookies:
- The first kind of cookie, persistent cookie, stores a file on your computer for a period of time with an expiration date. It is used, for example, for functions that tell you as a visitor what has changed or been added to the website since you last visited it. After the expiration date, the cookie is deleted automatically, when you revisit the website where it was created.
- The second kind of cookie, session cookie, disappears as soon as you close down your web browser. The cookie is stored temporarily whilst you browse a website to, for example, keep track of what language you have chosen to use.
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