Cookies are small text files that can be used by websites to make their use more efficient.
The law stipulates that we can store cookies on your device, if they are strictly necessary for the operation of this site. For all other types of cookies we need your permission.
This site uses different types of cookies. Some cookies are placed by third-party services that appear on our pages.
The information below is provided in order to inform the users of our website about the placement, use and management of the "cookies" used on the website. This website uses its own cookies, as well as third-party cookies, to provide visitors with a better browsing experience and services adapted to everyone's needs and interests.
What is a "cookie"?
An "Internet Cookie" (term also known as "browser cookie" or "HTTP cookie" or simply "cookie") is a small file, made up of letters and numbers, which will be
stored on the computer, mobile terminal or other equipment of a user from which the Internet is accessed.
The cookie is installed through the request issued by a web server to a browser (eg: Internet Explorer, Chrome) and is completely "passive" (it does not contain software programs, viruses or spyware and cannot access the information on the hard drive the user).
A cookie consists of 2 parts: the name and the content or value of the cookie. Moreover, the duration of existence of a cookie is determined; technically, only the web server that sent the cookie can access it again when a user returns to the website associated with that web server. Cookies themselves do not require personal information to be used and, in most cases, do not personally identify Internet users.
There are 2 large categories of cookies:
Ø Session Cookies - these are temporarily stored in the cookies file of the web browser so that it remembers them until the user leaves the respective website or closes the browser window (eg: when logging in/out of an account webmail or on social networks)
Ø Persistent Cookies – These are stored on the hard drive of a computer or equipment (depends on the preset lifetime for the cookie). Persistent cookies also include those placed by a website other than the one the user is visiting at the time - known as 'third party cookies' - which can be used anonymously to remember the interests of a user, so that the most relevant advertising for users is delivered.
What are the advantages of cookies?
A cookie contains information that connects a web browser (the user) and 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 provide services
comfortable for users: eg - online privacy preferences, site language options, shopping baskets or relevant advertising.
What is the lifetime of a cookie?
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 every time the user returns to that website ('cookie- permanent ures'). However, cookies can be deleted by a user at any time through the browser settings.
What are cookies placed by third parties?
Certain sections of content on some sites may be provided through third parties/providers (eg: news box, a video or an advertisement). These third parties can also place cookies through the website and they are called "third party cookies" because they are not placed by the owner of the respective website. Third-party providers must also comply with the law in force and the privacy policies of the owner of the Google Analytics and Right Now website.
How are cookies used by this site?
A visit to this website may place cookies for the purposes of:
Ø Site performance cookies Ø Analysis cookies
Data collected through cookies are transferred:
Ø to the following categories of recipients: visitors to this site, other natural or legal persons who process personal data on behalf of our site, contractual partners of our site.
Ø to the following EU/EEA or non-EU/EEA states mentioned at the Google address https://www.google.com/about/datacenters/inside/locations/index.html. The users/visitors of our site benefit from all the rights provided by the legislation on the protection of personal data, respectively:
Ø the right of access to personal data
Ø the right of opposition
Ø the right not to be subject to an individual decision
Ø the right to data rectification
Ø the right to delete data
Ø the right to restrict processing
Ø the right to data portability
Ø the right to address the court and/or the National Supervisory Authority for the Processing of Personal Data
Cookies for visitor analysis
Every time a user visits this site, the analytics software provided by a third party generates a user analysis cookie. This cookie tells us if you have visited this site before. The browser will tell us if you have this cookie, and if not, we will generate one. It allows the monitoring of unique users who visit us and how often they do so.
Other third-party cookies
On some pages, third parties can set their own anonymous cookies, in order to track the success of an application, or to customize an application. Due to the way of use, this site cannot access these cookies, just as third parties cannot access the cookies owned by this site.
Cookies used by this site may come from the following third parties: Google Analytics. The site uses Google Analytics cookies to collect information about how visitors use this site and to detect possible navigation problems. Google Analytics stores information about the pages visited, the duration of browsing on the site, the method by which the site was accessed as well as the sections accessed within the pages. No personal information is stored, therefore, this information cannot be used to identify the user.
Also, Google provides an "add-on" that offers the possibility of opting out of Google Analytics regardless of the pages accessed.
Google Inc, the owner of the tools used to analyze the traffic and performance of our website, is an ISO 27001 certified company in Information Management and Security https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/3407084?hl=en.
What type of information is stored and accessed through cookies?
Cookies store information in a small text file that allows a website to recognize a browser. The web server recognizes your browser until the cookie expires or is deleted.
The cookie stores important information that improves the Internet browsing experience (example: language settings in which you want to access a site, keeping a user logged in to the webmail account, online banking security, keeping products in the shopping cart).
Why are cookies important to the Internet?
Cookies represent the central point of the efficient functioning of the Internet, helping to generate a friendly browsing experience adapted to the preferences and interests of each user. Rejecting or disabling cookies may make some sites unusable.
Rejecting or deactivating 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, highlighted by your browsing behavior.
Examples of important uses of cookies (which do not require the authentication of a user through an account):
• Content and services adapted to the user's preferences - categories of news, weather, sports, maps, public and government services, entertainment sites and travel services.
• Offers adapted to the interests of users - password retention, language preferences (Ex: display of search results in Romanian).
• Retention of child protection filters regarding Internet content (family mode options, safe search functions).
• Limiting the frequency of broadcasting of advertisements – limiting the number of times an advertisement is displayed for a certain user on a site.
• Providing more relevant advertising for the user.
• Measurement, optimization and analytics features - such as confirming a certain level of traffic on a website, what type of content is viewed and how a user arrives at a website (eg through search engines, directly, from other websites- uri etc). The websites carry out these analyzes of their use in order to improve the sites for the benefit of the users.
Security and privacy issues
Cookies are NOT viruses!
They use plain text formats. They are not made up of pieces of code, so they cannot be executed or auto-run. Consequently, they cannot be duplicated or replicated on other networks to run or replicate again. Since they cannot perform these functions, they cannot be considered viruses.
Cookies can still be used for negative purposes. Because they store information about the preferences and browsing history of users, both on a specific site and on several other sites, cookies can be used as a form of Spyware. Many anti-spyware products are aware of this fact and constantly mark cookies to be deleted during anti-virus/anti-spyware deletion/scanning procedures.
In general, browsers have integrated privacy settings that provide different levels of cookie acceptance, validity period and automatic deletion after the user has visited a certain site.
Other security aspects related to cookies
Since identity protection is very valuable and represents the right of every internet user, it is advisable to know what possible problems cookies can create. Because through them, information is constantly transmitted in both directions between the browser and the website, if an attacker or unauthorized person intervenes during data transmission, the information contained in the cookie can be intercepted. Although very rare, this can happen if the browser connects to the server using an unencrypted network (ex: an unsecured WiFi network).
Other cookie-based attacks involve missetting cookies on servers. If a website does not require the browser to use only encrypted channels, attackers can use this vulnerability to trick browsers into sending information through unsecured channels. The attackers then use the information for purposes of unauthorized access to certain
sites. It is very important to be careful in choosing the most suitable method of personal information protection.
Tips for safe and responsible browsing, based on cookies
Here are some tips that can ensure that you do not sleep without worries, but with the help of cookies:
• Customize your browser settings regarding cookies to reflect a comfortable level of cookie security for you.
• If you don't mind cookies and you are the only person using the computer, you can set long expiration dates for storing browsing history and personal access data.
• If you share access to the computer, you may consider setting your browser to delete individual browsing data each time you close the browser. This is an option to access the sites that place cookies and to delete any visit information at the end of the browsing session.
• Install and constantly update your antispyware applications.
Many of the spyware detection and prevention applications include detection of attacks on websites. Thus, it prevents the browser from accessing websites that could exploit the vulnerabilities of the browser or download dangerous software.
Make sure your browser is always updated. Many of the attacks based on cookies are carried out by exploiting the weak points of the old versions of the browsers.
Cookies are everywhere and cannot be avoided if you want to enjoy access to the best and biggest sites on the Internet - local or international. With a clear understanding of how they operate and the benefits they bring, you can take the necessary security measures so that you can surf the Internet with confidence.
How can I stop cookies?
Disabling and refusing to receive cookies can make certain websites impractical 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 the browser so that these cookies are no longer accepted or you can set the 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.
Additional information can be consulted in the following documents and sources of public information:
• The Personal Data Use Policy available on our website.
• Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of April 27, 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (Regulation general data protection)
• Opinion no. 4/2012 of the Article 29 Working Group regarding cookies exempted from obtaining consent, June 2012.