According to the Data Protection Commissioner, any company or website placing information, usually by way of what is known as a cookie, on user equipment (computer, smartphone etc) must provide appropriate information to the user and collect their consent except in limited circumstances where the cookie is strictly necessary for the provision of the service in question. In practice this means that websites placing cookies on user equipment that are not deleted when the user leaves their website must identify a means of obtaining user consent.
What is a cookie?
A cookie is a piece of information in the form of a very small text file that is placed on an internet user's hard drive. It is generated by a web page server, which is basically the computer that operates a web site. The information the cookie contains is set by the server and it can be used by that server whenever the user visits the site. A cookie can be thought of as an internet user's identification card, which tell a web site when the user has returned.
Are cookies dangerous?
No, not at all. Cookies are small pieces of text. They are not computer programs, and they can't be executed as code. Also, they cannot be used to send or recieve viruses, and modern versions of browsers allow users to set their own limitations to the number of cookies saved on their hard drives.
Cookies enable us at velopi.com to monitor our users' web browsing habits and profile users for marketing purposes (for example, to find out which products or services they are interested in etc).
Further information about Cookies
If you would like to read more about cookies, how they work or the EU Cookie Law here are some great resources that we would reccommend to you:
Data Protection Commission - EU Cookie Law ePrivacy Directive Ireland