What is a cookie?
A cookie is a passive file that websites store on your computer or mobile device in order for the website to recognise your device the next time you visit the website. Today, cookies are used by almost all websites. A cookie cannot spread computer viruses or other harmful programmes.
Cookies are usually deleted from your browser when you close it (so-called session-cookies). Cookies may, however, also be set with an expiration time so that the data exists during a shorter or longer period (persistent cookies). Persistent cookies are usually stored on your hard disk.
Cookies are sent back and forth between your browser and a webserver and they contain information such as:
- User settings;
- Whether a user has logged in;
- How the website is used.
Cookies are used to gather information on internet users’ conduct in order toanalyse the use of the website. Notwithstanding the fact that the purpose of cookies usually is to improve usability or to meet technical requirements that are needed in order to use a solution, the user must be informed hereof and be provided with the possibility of deselecting cookies in the future. On several occasions, cookies are necessary for providing a certain service to the user.
Cookie from Google Analytics
At FinanceTrust.dk, Google Analytics is used to examine the use of the website. The cookie gathers information about your searches (traffic data, including your IP-address) which is then sent to and saved on Google’s servers in the US. Google uses the received information to examine your use of the website for the purpose of preparing statistics on the activity on the website and provide other services in relation to the activity on the website and the use of the internet. Google may also pass on the information to a third party, if so required by law, or if a third party examines the information on behalf of Google.
Google Analytics tracks the user’s conduct. Please find a list of the various ways in which it is used below:
- utma – tracks the number of times you have visited the site;
- utmbogutmc – two cookiesworking together to calculate how much time you have spent on the website during each session;
- utmz – tracks which search engine that led you to the website and which search terms you used to find the it.
Google Analytics thus leaves two cookies:
- A persistent cookie showing whether the user is recurring, wherefrom the user comes, which search engine has been used, search criteria etc.
- A session cookie showing when and how much time a user spends on the website.
How do I remove cookies?
You may always remove cookies by visiting this site: http://www.fdih.dk/cookies/slet-dine-cookies.
Alternatively, unwanted cookies may be removed through your browser settings. Under browser settings, you can also remove individual cookies or all cookies saved by your browser. If your browser is set up to deny the access of cookies, please be aware that there may be certain functionalities on websites that you will be unable to use. If you use a computer with a newer browser, you may remove your cookies by using the keyboard shortcut: CTRL + SHIFT + Delete.
If you do not want your visit to be registered by Google Analytics, you may use Google’s Opt-Out Browser Add-on. Please be aware that your visits to other websites using Google Analytics will not be registered either if you install this browser plug-in.
Read more about Google’s Opt-Out Browser Add-on here.
Why do we inform users about cookies?
All Danish websites are under an obligation to inform users about the cookies that are placed on the users’ devices. The information must be in accordance with the Executive Order on Information and Consent required in case of Storing or Accessing Information in End-user Terminal Equipment.
Link to Executive Order
Link to Guidelines
If you have further questions relating to cookies at www.FinanceTrust.dk, please feel free to contact CEO Benny Lynge Soerensen (email@example.com).