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What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files of the browser

Cookies (also called HTTP cookie) is a small file that puts a website on your computer's hard drive. Such a cookie can have different purposes, for example to distinguish one user from another, to a website where you have to log in, you often have a cookie that keeps track of it. Cookies have a certain life span, some are removed as soon as you close your browser, the other one stays on for 3 months. The ability to identify (and follow) users is valuable for many websites: by following the user, the offer can be adapted to the user. Using tracking cookies, a user is tracked along several websites, and is the way many advertisers work. In 2012, the Cookie legislation entered into force, obliging the Web sites to allow the user to enable or disable cookies.

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