What are cookies?
A cookie is usually a small piece of data sent from a website and stored on a user’s computer, iPad or phone while browsing a website. When the user browses the same website in the future, the data stored in the cookie can be retrieved by the website to notify the website of the user’s previous activity.
Cookies were originally designed to be a reliable mechanism for websites to remember the state of the website or activity the user had taken in the past. This can include clicking particular buttons, logging in, or a record of which pages were visited by the user even months or years ago.
Why a new law?
Some cookies (tracking) and especially third-party tracking cookies are commonly used as ways to compile long-term records of individuals’ browsing histories – a major privacy concern that has prompted European law makers to take action.
- To facilitate ‘social media sharing’; you can share messages and content from our website on your own social media accounts such as Facebook, twitter and Linkedin;
- YouTube cookies make it possible to scroll through and to pause & resume movies. These cookies are functional cookies that have a functional reason (allowed by the new law). However the ads at the start and at the end of every movie might enable Google to identify the user/visitor;
- Google Maps: we use several Google maps cookies to visualize and map our office location on our website and to enable & remember map zooming. Some of these cookies might enable Google to identify the user/visitor;
- Google analytics: we use google analytics to analyze the web performance of www.toalson.net. With this data we continuously try to enhance our website usability for our visitors.
How can I turn cookies off?
- Internet Explorer: http://windows.microsoft.com/nl-be/windows-vista/Delete-your-Internet-cookies
- Google Chrome: http://support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=nl&answer=95647
- Mozilla Firefox: http://support.mozilla.org/nl/kb/Cookies%20verwijderen
What happens when I reject all or certain cookies?
Some websites, web pages, specific content or other web services might not functioning properly or might not work at all.