'What are Cookies?'- this question has become ubiquitous ever since GDPR came into effect.
Cookies have been of great importance in the tech industry since the advent of the digital world.
Mention “cookies” and most people expect a chocolate chip treat to appear. When talking about computers, however, cookies aren’t on the dropdown menu.
In fact, they’re not even physical objects. Yet they do a great deal of the work that makes it more convenient for you to browse the Internet — and they can be troublesome if you don’t know how to clear or delete cookies.
Cookies are small text files sent from the website to the person’s terminal (usually the browser), where they are stored before being transmitted again on the same website visited by the same user.
A cookie cannot retrieve any other data from the user’s hard drive nor pass on computer viruses or capture email addresses. Each single cookie is unique to the user's web browser.
Some of the cookies’ functions can be transferred to other technologies. In this document the term 'cookie' refers to both cookies, as such, as well as all similar technologies.