How to review the cookie settings before accepting them?

We have introduced the different cookie types in the previous articles. This third and last article aims to give daily and practical examples from some references. Thus, we will learn more about cookies and how to give our consent only to those that we are we’re happy with.

“Strictly necessary” or "essential" cookies are on by default but can be turned off in our browser settings. Some essential features on the websites just won’t work without these cookies.

And having other "non essential" cookies switched off may affect the way we enjoy the services (profile logging in, geolocation-related features, personalised content, products or ads, remembering items in the shopping basket etc.).

Let's see how the websites display their cookie policies and how that allows users to provide their preferences:

Source: Netflix "First party cookies" These cookies are strictly necessary to provide the website services. Netflix also indicates the lifespan, most of their cookies are session cookies.

First-Party Cookies. Session (non-persistent), persistent and secure cookies are the first party cookies which are stored on a domain that users have visited directly. Some of them are essential cookies.

Source: Yahoo "Third party cookies". Tabs enables users to review different third party cookies by purpose or partner clearly, so that users may choose which ones to give consent or not.

Third party cookies . These cookies are mostly non-essential ones that allow the website to remember the choices made by the users to give them better functionality and personal features based on the user's behaviour. Each website has different external providers so the user has to accept the specific terms and conditions (including the cookie policies) of these external providers on the main website, having the website owner no control over the external provider's policies. 

To learn more about how behavioural advertising works, further information about cookies and the steps you may take to protect your privacy on the internet, you can check this website : by The European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance (EDAA).

How to manage already accepted cookies?

Managing site-specific cookies means controlling the setting on site-specific cookies. In our browser, you may check the privacy and cookie settings and set them as you like.

Source: Oxford University "Cookie settings". Most websites offer cookie manager / setting/ policy section in the Footer area for users to review or update the preferences if needed.

Removing cookies from our device/browser: Clearing the browsing history of the browser will also delete all cookies from all websites that are visited so far. Please keep in mind that you may also lose some saved information (e.g., saved login details, site preferences). This attempt requires manual work every now and then, however some browsers have the option to clear the cookies whenever user quits the browser application.

Source: Google Chrome

Source: Google Chrome "Cookie Settings"

Blocking cookies. You can set most your browsers to prevent any cookies being placed on your device, but you may then have to adjust some preferences in every visit to a website. Also, some services and functionalities may not work at all.