Cookies Usage Policy
The following information is intended to inform you more about the placement, use and administration of cookies used by the www.smarttours.ro/en website. There are also some useful links related to this topic. If you need more information and this is not found below, you can contact us at our address specified on the Contact page.
- customization of certain settings such as: the language in which a site is viewed, the currency in which certain prices or tariffs are expressed, keeping options for various products (measures, other details, etc.) in the shopping cart (and memorizing these options) – thus generating the flexibility of the ‘shopping basket’ (accessing old preferences by accessing the “before” and ‘back’ button);
- Cookies provide site owners with valuable feedback on how their sites are used so that they can make them more efficient and accessible to users;
- allow multimedia or other applications from other sites to be included in a particular site to create a more valuable, useful and enjoyable browsing experience;
- improve the efficiency of online advertising.
What is a ‘cookie’?
An ‘Internet Cookie’ (also known as ‘browser cookie’, ‘HTTP cookie’ or simply ‘cookie’) is a small file, consisting of letters and numbers, that will be stored on the computer, mobile terminal or other equipment of a user from whom the Internet is accessed.
The cookie is installed by the request issued by a web-server to a browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Chrome) and is completely ‘passive’ (does not contain software, viruses or spyware and cannot access the information on the user’s hard drive).
A cookie consists of two parts: the name and content or the value of the cookie. Furthermore, the duration of a cookie is determined; technically, only the webserver that sent the cookie can access it again when a user returns to the website associated with that webserver.
Cookies themselves do not require personal information in order to be used and, in most cases, do not personally identify internet users.
There are 2 large categories of cookies:
Session cookies: these are temporarily stored in the web browser’s cookie folder so that it can store them until the user leaves the website or closes the browser window (e.g. when logging in/out of a webmail account or social networks).
Persistent Cookies: These are stored on the hard drive of a computer or equipment (and generally depend on the preset lifetime of the cookie). Persistent cookies also include those placed by a website other than the one the user is visiting at the time – known as ‘third party cookies’ – which can be used anonymously to memorize a user’s interests so that advertising is delivered as relevant to users as possible.
What are the advantages of cookies?
A cookie contains information that links a web browser (user) to a specific web-server (website). If a browser accesses that web-server again, it can read the information already stored and react accordingly. Cookies provide users with a pleasant browsing experience and support the efforts of many websites to provide comfortable services to users: e.g. online privacy preferences, website language options, shopping carts or relevant advertising.
What is the life of a cookie?
Cookies are managed by web-servers. The life of a cookie can vary significantly, depending on the purpose for which it is placed. Some cookies are used exclusively for a single session (session cookies) and are no longer retained once the user has left the website and some cookies are retained and reused each time the user returns to that website (‘permanent cookies’). However, cookies can be deleted by a user at any time through browser settings.
What are third-party cookies?
Certain sections of content on some sites may be provided through third parties/providers (e.g. news box, video or ad). These third parties may also place cookies through the website and they are called ‘third party cookies’ because they are not placed by the owner of that website. Third-party providers must also comply with the applicable law and the privacy policies of the site owner.
A visit to this site may place cookies for the purpose of adapting to each site:
- Site performance cookies
- Visitor Analysis Cookies
- Cookies for geotargeting
- Registration Cookies
- Advertising cookies
These cookies may come from the following third parties:
- Performance Cookies This type of cookie retains the user’s preferences on this site, so there is no need to set them every time you visit the site. Examples: – volume settings for video player – video streaming speed with which the Cookiebrowser is compatible for visitor analysis Every time a user visits this site, the analytics software provided by a third party generates a cookie for user analysis. This cookie tells us if you have visited this site before. The browser will tell us if you have this cookie, and if not, we will generate one. It allows to monitor the unique users who visit us and how often they do it. As long as you are not registered on this site, this cookie cannot be used to identify individuals, they are used only for statistical purposes. If you are registered, we may also know the details you have provided to us, such as your email address and username – which are subject to the confidentiality and provisions of the legislation in force regarding the protection of personal data.
- Geotargeting Cookies These cookies are used by a software that determines which country you come from. It is completely anonymous and is only used to target content.
- Registration Cookies When you register on this site, we generate a cookie that tells us whether you are registered or not. Our servers use these cookies to show us the account with which you are registered and if you have permission for a specific service.
- Advertising Cookies These cookies allow us to find out whether or not you have viewed an online ad, what its type is and how long it has been since you saw the ad message. These cookies are also used to target online advertising. We may also use third-party cookies to better target advertising, to show, for example, vacation ads, if the user recently visited an article on the site about vacations. These cookies are anonymous, they store information about the content viewed, not about users. We also set anonymous cookies through other sites that we advertise. By receiving them, we can use them to recognize you as a visitor to that site if you later visit our website, we will be able to deliver advertising based on this information.
Examples of cookies used on this website:
Classification and description of cookies used on this website:
- _ga and _gid collects data in Google Analytics. With their help we find out how you use our website and help us make improvements. The information collected is in an anonymized form
- PHPSESSID – is a functional cookie and contains information about the user’s session. It is also called a “session cookie” and disappears when you close our page
- atssc, _atuvc, _atuvs – is a cookie related to the AddThis service and remembers how many times a page has been distributed by users
- _hjIncludedInSample, __hjUserId – are the cookies of our Hotjar provider. There are some temporary session cookies that give us new anonymized data about your browsing experience on our website.
All data collected by the cookie is anonymous and does not link information to a natural/legal person.
You can delete Cookies at any time through the browser settings used.
How can I stop cookies?
Disabling and refusing to receive cookies may make certain sites impractical or difficult to visit and use. Also, refusing to accept cookies does not mean that you will no longer receive/see online advertising.
It is possible to set these cookies in your browser to stop being supported, or you can set your browser to accept cookies from a specific site. But, for example, if you’re not registered using cookies, you won’t be able to leave comments. All modern browsers offer the possibility to change cookie settings. These settings are usually found in ‘options’ or in the ‘preferences’ menu of your browser. To understand these settings, the following links can be useful, otherwise you can use the browser’s ‘help’ option for more details:
- Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
- Cookie settings in Firefox
- Cookie settings in Chrome
- Cookie settings in Safari
For cookie settings generated by third parties, you can also consult the website: http://www.youronlinechoices.com/ro/.
If you want to find out more information about cookies and what they are used for, we recommend the following links:
IAB Romania provides the following website to provide more information on privacy related to online advertising: http://www.youronlinechoices.com/ro/.
Cookies are everywhere and cannot be avoided if you want to enjoy access to websites on the Internet – local or international. With a clear understanding of how they operate and the benefits they bring, you can take the necessary security measures so that you can confidently browse the Internet.
If you need more information, and they have not been found in the information presented, you can contact us directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org.