A cookie is a small data file stored on the user’s IT device (computer, tablet or smartphone) so that the device can be recognised by the website the next time a user visits the website. Amongst other things, cookies are used to prepare statistics on how the user uses a website and to optimise the website’s content accordingly.
Because a cookie is a data file and not a program file, it’s a passive file. This means that it cannot cause changes to your IT device, collect information or distribute computer viruses and similar. In other words, cookies are harmless and they help enhance your user experience.
Some cookies are only stored on the user’s IT device for as long as the user’s browser is open (session cookies). Other cookies are stored for a longer period (‘persistent cookies’). When the user revisits a website, a new session cookie will be placed, whereas persistent cookies will typically be renewed.
We use Google Analytics to collect data for statistics. Google Analytics places two types of cookie:
- A session cookie, which is used to show when and for how long a user is on the website.
- A persistent cookie, which shows whether a user is a recurring visitor (i.e. has visited the website before), where the user comes from and how the user has found the website (i.e. search engine, search words used).
The information collected about your use of the website (including your IP address) by cookies from Google Analytics is sent to Google’s servers in the US. Google will not compare your IP address with other available information, and uses the information exclusively to make statistics available. Google may also only disclose your personal data to third parties if they are required to do so by law, or if a third party processes data on Google’s behalf.
Some cookies are placed by other parties than the party in the address bar (the URL bar) in the browser and thus the website. The Danish Accreditation Institution uses Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube actively. If you interact with one of these social media platforms through integration on www.akkr.dk, you will be asked to provide your consent to cookies from the relevant media.
If you press ‘Yes, please’
If you accept cookies or click onward to a new page without making a decision, a cookie will be placed on your IT device and the banner will disappear. The cookie placed on your device will remember your acceptance of cookies and this means that you will not see the same banner next time you visit the website using the same browser.
If you press ‘No thanks’
If you say no to cookies, just one cookie will be placed that you do not want cookies. You can also choose to change your browser settings to accept no cookies at all, and you can block cookies from Google Analytics by using Google’s Google Analytics Opt-Out Browser Add-on
If you deselect cookies, you should know that some elements of the website may not show or function optimally.
How to avoid or delete cookies depends on your browser. In most browsers, you can go to advanced cookies options under internet options. Here, you can add www.akkr.dk to the list of domains you want to block cookies from or you can delete cookies that have already been saved on your device.
Guidelines for how to delete cookies in the most common browsers
Do you have questions about cookies?
If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact our data protection officer here at the Danish Accreditation Institution, Henrik Pedersen, [email protected] or +45 72 31 88 29.