A cookie is a small piece of data sent from a website and stored in the user's computer. This information can be used for several purposes, including saving user identification, preferences on the site, choices from one page to another, etc.
They can also be used for tracking user activity and browsing history, which from a certain level is a privacy concern (triggering law regulations in the EU and US).
- saving user authentication
- setting site language preferences
- saving site preferences (like the full-screen toggle)
- well-functioning of applications (where users need to follow a procedure consisting of several steps, and preferences must be saved between steps)
We also make use of Google Analytics, a Web analytics service provided by Google Inc., helping measuring traffic patterns to, from, and within our public Web sites. The information generated by the cookies about your use of the Web site (including your IP address, truncated to ensure your anonymity) is transmitted to Google. No personal, identifying information is recorded or provided to Google. This anonymous information is then used to evaluate visitors' use of the Web site and to compile statistical reports on our site activity. The aggregate data and statistical reports are used only to help us make our site more useful to visitors and are made available only to Web managers and other designated staff who require this information to perform their duties.