Cookies and how they work
Cookies are small files (text files) that contain data and are stored on your computer or other device when you visit a website or application.
Cookies can be very useful and are widely used for a variety of reasons, such as remembering your language preferences, navigating through pages efficiently, supporting users to log in to a website, remembering your online basket content, analyzing the traffic of a website, tracking a user’s online behavior and many more.
Classification of Cookies
Cookies can be classified into First-party cookies which are set by the website that is being visited by the user at the time, and Third-party cookies which are set by a domain other than that of the website being visited by the user. For example, if a user visits a website and another entity sets a cookie through that website this would be a third-party cookie.
Cookies can be stored on your device temporarily (session cookies) or for a specific period of time (persistent cookies), as follows:
“Session” cookies, which are temporary and are deleted from your device when you close your browser window.
“Persistent” cookies, which remain on your device for a specific period of time, depending on their predetermined expiration date, and they remain on your device for the cookie’s entire lifespan.
Cookies are usually categorised into one of the following categories regarding their purpose:
Necessary cookies: These cookies are essential for you to browse the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the site. Cookies that allow web shops to hold your items in your cart while you are shopping online are an example of necessary cookies. These cookies will generally be first-party session cookies. While it is not required to obtain consent for these cookies, what they do and why they are necessary should be explained to the user.
Preferences cookies: Also known as “functionality cookies,” these cookies allow a website to remember choices you have made in the past, like what language you prefer, what region you would like weather reports for, or what your user name and password are so you can automatically log in.
Statistics cookies: Also known as “performance cookies,” these cookies collect information about how you use a website, like which pages you visited and which links you clicked on. None of this information can be used to identify you. It is all aggregated and, therefore, anonymized. Their sole purpose is to improve website functions. This includes cookies from third-party analytics services as long as the cookies are for the exclusive use of the owner of the website visited.
Marketing cookies (Targeting or Advertising): These cookies track your online activity to help advertisers deliver more relevant advertising or to limit how many times you see an ad. These cookies can share that information with other organizations or advertisers. These are persistent cookies and almost always of third-party provenance.
We use First-party cookies which are set and controlled by us. We may also use Third-party cookies which are not set by us and we have no control over them.
You can access the complete list of cookies we use, their purpose and retention time through the “Show details” button of the Cookie banner.
Your consent expires after 12 months at which point you will be asked to provide your preferences and consent again when you visit our website.
Setting your Cookies Preferences
You can control how cookies are placed on your device through the cookie banner available on our website.
You have the right to select any of the categories of cookies you choose, except necessary cookies which are necessary for the proper functionality of the website. You can do so by selecting (√ the box) the categories of cookies that you consent to, through our cookie banner, and then pressing the OK button.
Exercising your rights
If you have any enquires in relation to this policy, please contact our office at 24 815 400 or email our Data Protection Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any concerns about the way we are collecting or using cookies on our website, you should raise your concern with us in the first instance or directly to the Office of the Commissioner for the Personal Data Protection at http://www.dataprotection.gov.cy.