A Cookie, also referred to as an HTTP cookie, web cookie, browser cookie, web beacon, or other name, can best be described as a data piece sent from a website and stored on the user’s web browser while that user is viewing or browsing the subject website. Cookies were originally designed to be a mechanism for websites to remember the state of the website or website activity that specific user took in the past. This data can include automatically collected information such as IP address, browser type, operating system, software version, your location, internet service provider, referrer ID and domain from which the website was accessed, or collection of information about the user’s use of the website, such as amount of time spent using the website, date/time stamp, number of times the user returned to the website, whether the user clicked-through, opened, or forwarded links, emails, and ads, and other website or product usage data. When the user browses the website at a point in the future, the data stored in the Cookie is able to be retrieved by the website to notify the website of the user's previous activity. Information collected by Cookies can be tagged to the user’s specific information, which may include contact information, device information, or other information that the user may have previously provided on another visit.
There are multiple kinds of Cookies, some of which include Strictly Necessary Cookies, Performance Cookies, Functional Cookies, Targeting Cookies, Analytical Cookies, Advertising Cookies, and others. Each of these types of Cookies does something slightly different, for instance allowing the website to know it is authorized to send sensitive information, whether further authentication is needed before sending that information, allow optimization of the website experience, allow personalized advertisements to be generated, or simply allow the website to perform correctly and at its highest level. These different Cookies in aggregate are intended to provide a better experience for the user, but also to allow ProofPilot to offer a better experience. Some of these Cookies are hosted internally and are delivered by service providers, some Cookies will be deleted after you leave the website, and some will remain on your device even after the you leave the website.
You, as the user, have the ability to automatically or manually delete Cookies from the browser. You also have the ability to specify which Cookies can be placed and which cannot. As the user, you also have the ability to change the settings on the internet browser to notify you when a Cookie is placed.