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Security > Cookies

What are cookies? (d049c)
HTTP cookies are a small pieces of data sent by a web server to your browser which then stores them on the hard drive of your computer.

Why do sites use cookies? (a9534)
Cookies allow information to be preserved during your visit to a site or even between visits. This makes it possible for web sites to "remember" the items in your shopping cart or your configuration preferences for example.

How do cookies affect my privacy? (a4ac5)
Cookies can be used to associate your computer with any information you have provided to the web site issuing the cookie. It is therefore very important that you trust a web site before sending any personal data to it via web forms. To earn your trust, we have implemented the P3P privacy specification on our site.

P3P provides a standardized way of declaring what information is collected from site visitors, how it is used, and how it is tracked. Cookies are covered by the P3P specifications. You can read our full P3P privacy policy online.

P3P also includes provision for an XML data file policy that your browser can read before you accept a cookie. The data in this file is used by many of the more advanced browsers to warn you when the web site's policy does not conform your security preferences. (Browsers generally include an security preference interface, complete with sensible default preferences.)

Who can read cookies? (2fc23)
The cookie protocol specifes that cookies are only transmitted to the web site that issued them in the first place. For example, the cookies issued by our site can be read only by us (and you of course).

Are cookies potentially dangerous? (33dd4)
Cookies are no more dangerous than the web page viewed along with them. Since they can only be read by your browser and the site that issues them, you should attached the same level of trust to cookies as you do to the site that issues them as a whole.


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