What are cookies
Cookies are small pieces of data stored in text files on your computer or other device when websites are loaded in your browser, often used to remember you and your preferences regarding your visit to the website and any information you have volunteered. In other words, cookies in general are used to collect, store and track data.
There are three main categories of cookies: session cookies which are temporary, lasting only as long as your session on a website(stored in RAM), persistent cookies which remain on your device’s hard drive beyond your session, and third-party cookies which are served by third parties, often the browser (e.g., Google if you use Chrome) generally without knowledge of the website owner. Persistent cookies are used generally for two purposes: authentication, which is often essential (ensuring that it is you logging in, and remembering our password in certain cases), and tracking, which is often non-essential, used for advertising and marketing purposes.
Third-party cookies are generated by websites other than the web pages you are visiting, and let advertisers or analytics companies track your browsing history across the web on any sites that contain their ads. Evgeniya Philippenko Law Office does not serve ads and does not encourage third-party cookies.
Websites and HTML emails may also contain other tracking technologies such as “web beacons” or “pixels” which are small transparent images that provide statistics, similar to cookies, but not stored on your computer in the same way, and they may not be disabled if you disable cookies.
Generally, cookies perform up to six functions, as follows:
Category of cookies
Why cookies are used; whether we use them in this manner
1. Essential/Strictly necessary
These cookies are essential for the Site so it can perform basic functions, such as those required to allow registered Users to authenticate and perform account-related functions.
These cookies are used to store preferences set by users such as account name, language, and location. Some may be essential, some just make use of the Site easy and “friendly,” so you don’t have to input all of your information each time you use the Site.
We use these cookies to help identify and prevent potential security risks. We need to use at least commercially reasonable efforts to ensure that your information is safe and secure, and in many cases confidential.
Analytics and Performance
Performance cookies collect information on how users interact with the Site, including what pages are visited most, as well as other analytical data. We use these details to improve how the Site functions and to understand how Users interact with the Site.
4. Marketing and Advertising
We are not an e-commerce Site and we do not serve ads. Advertising is the primary purpose of this category of cookies, which e-commerce and other websites use to display relevant advertising to visitors who use their services and to report on the effectiveness of ads served on websites. However, in connection with our provision of the Services, we offer you our newsletter, certain blogs, and try to make you aware of events and webinars that may be of interest to you based on your use of the Services. Any such cookies used to provide these materials of potential interest are not-essential, and we require your consent before using such cookies.
5. Third-Party Cookies
We do not control third-party cookies, and do not encourage them, except that we have relationships with a few trusted providers such as Google Analytics to permit statistical analyses of Site use that should facilitate improved Services and a better Site experience. Third-party cookies also may facilitate access to social media platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter (through the use of sharing buttons). As a result, cookies may be set by these third parties, and used by them to track your online activity. In general we have no direct control over the information that is collected by these cookies.
Disabling and removing cookies
Removing most cookies is easy, but it could make navigating the Site more difficult. Without cookies, Users may have to re-enter their data for each visit. Different browsers store cookies in different places, but the Settings, Privacy section — sometimes listed under Tools, Internet Options, or Advanced — is most common. Options are available to manage or remove cookies. Before removing cookies, evaluate the ease of use of the Site. In most cases, cookies improve the web experience, but they should be handled carefully.