DIGITAL CITIZEN’S BLOG
Let's face it, we are quick to just accept and move on instead of reading a policy on what cookies are in place. Besides, if it's to enhance our experience, can it really be that bad?
What are online cookies?
No, we are not referring to the enticing baked goods we all love to snack. Cookies are pieces of information that are saved about you when you visit a website. They help companies track you as you browse the web.
Let's take for example a shopping website you enter your details on. A first party cookie (that are placed by the shop owners) can save your location/zip code. Sometimes for ease, this can even be your address. This means that the next time you log in, all your details are right there.
But the part of this that gets tricky, is with third party cookies. Advertisers can add in cookies on sites you frequently visit to track your behaviour in order to cater advertisements you are more likely to click on. Even after leaving the original site, these cookies follow you and monitor what you're upto online.
Let's say you are into smartphones, third party cookies can track your google searches, websites you largely spend your time on, and drop in ads on Facebook that you are more interested in clicking.
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*Check the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which was enacted in the European Union in May 2018 for more information.
*Information sourced: https://www.vox.com/recode/2019/12/10/18656519/what-are-cookies-website-tracking-gdpr-privacy