What is a cookie and local storage of data?
When you visit websites different kinds of data may be stored locally on your device through your web browser. Such locally stored data can be used for many different purposes, including to adapt the content and features on the services provided to you, or provide web analytics tools. The most common kind of local storage of data is cookies. Cookies are small text files that are stored locally on your device (PC, mobile phone, tablet, etc.). These files make us able to recognize your web browser and collect information about for example your use of our sites.
In addition to cookies, there are also other technologies that may be used that can fulfil the same purposes, for examples pixels, tags or web beacons. This is technology that facilitates recognition of cookies and identifiers, and may also enable third parties to place cookies on your device.
|_ga||Analytics||Used to distinguish users.||2 years|
|_gid||Analytics||Used to distinguish users.||24 hours|
|_gat||Analytics||Used to throttle request rate.||1 minute|
|PHPSESSID||Technical||Used to maintain the session for a logged in user.||Session|
_ga _gid and _gat are cookies set by Google Analytics, a web analytics tool provided by Google Inc. This tool gathers information about page visits, and generates statistics about the use of our site. The data processed and collected is anonymised data, and cannot be connected to a single individual or IP address.
How can you control or delete cookies and locally stored data?
In the settings of your web browser, you will usually find an overview of all cookies stored on your device, and you are also given the choice to delete unwanted cookies. You can also through your settings choose whether you accept the storage of cookies on your device from the web sites that you visit and from third parties related to these sites, as well as whether you would like to get notified each time a new cookie is placed.