Cookies are small data files or sets of characters that are stored on the hard disk or in the temporary memory of a user’s computer whenever accessing pages of certain websites. They are used so that the accessed server is able to know the user’s preferences when the user logs on again.
The cookies used are unable to read the cookie files created by other providers. Users have the option of configuring their browser to warn them on-screen when receiving cookies and to prevent their installation on the hard disc. For this, users must check the manuals or instructions of their browser for further information.
No cookie allows information to be extracted from users’ hard disk or to access personal data. They merely associate a specific computer’s browser with an anonymous code. The only way in which a user’s private data can form part of a cookie file is for the user to personally provide such information to the server.