Frequently Asked Questions

  • Cookies
    • Q: What are cookies and how are they used?
      A:

      A cookie is a text-only string that gets entered into the memory of your browser. We may use cookies when a user browses the Website. Cookies are files sent to the browser from a server in order to register the activity of users while they are browsing.

      The use of cookies allows the Website server to recognise the web browser being used by the user in order to simplify the browsing experience, permitting, for example, access to users that have previously registered, access to areas, services, promotions and competitions reserved exclusively to them without the need to register on each visit. They are also used to measure the audience and traffic parameters, monitoring the progress and number of entries.

    • Q: Are Cookies Dangerous to My Computer?
      A:

      No. A cookie is a simple piece of text. It is not a program, or a plug-in. It cannot be used as a virus, and it cannot access your hard drive. Your browser (not a programmer) can save cookie values to your hard disk if it needs to, but that is the limit of the effect on your system.

      Cookies are stored on the computer's hard drive. They cannot access the hard drive - so a cookie can't read other information saved on the hard drive, or get a user's e-mail address etc. They only contain and transfer to the server as much information as the users themselves have disclosed to a certain web site.

    • Q: Are cookies a threat to my privacy?
      A:

      A server cannot set a cookie for a domain that it is not a member of. In spite of this, users quite often find in their computer files cookies from web sites that they have never visited. These cookies are usually set by companies that sell internet advertising on behalf of other web sites. Therefore it may be possible that users' information is passed to third party web sites without the users' knowledge or consent, such as information on surfing habits. This is the most common reason for people rejecting or fearing cookies.