A few words about cookies - that is, how the power was transferred to the user
For many of us, cookie notifications on websites are a necessary evil: that annoying pop-up window that stands in front and interferes with the use of the page until you can click out of the way. Does it sound familiar?
Now the situation has changed. Perhaps you have already noticed that cookie notices have started to appear on online services, where you can not only accept cookies, but also reject them: either partially or completely. What is it about?
Cookies are used more and more these days
Basically, cookies are needed for websites to work as they should. Such cookies are called mandatory cookies. Alongside this, however, a whole host of other uses have appeared. Nowadays, it is quite common to monitor how your own website works: which contents interest you the most, how long the page is visited or which device is used to browse the site. Targeting ads to a user who has visited a website is also quite commonplace. Since many of these tools need cookies to function, the use of different types of cookies on websites has increased enormously.
The purpose of cookies is therefore not only to enable the operation of the website, but also to make life easier: companies want to develop their services with the help of analytics and offer their customers the kind of advertising that interests them.
Today, cookies can be divided into four different categories:
- Mandatory cookies that are necessary for the website to function
- Functional cookies that improve and facilitate the use of the site
- Cookies used for analytics and statistics
- Cookies used for marketing and targeting.
Several websites also display various third-party plug-ins, the most familiar of which are probably social media sharing buttons. They can be used when the user is logged into their social media account.
Cookie practices are monitored - also in Belgium