Applicability of This Policy
This Policy applies to the website https://dr-online.net/.
Also, for clarity, the information in this document also applies to other online platforms that are operated by or on behalf of Dr-Online Services.
Disabling the cookies we use may affect your user experience on this site and other Dr-Online websites.
What are cookies?
Cookies are small files, consisting of letters and numbers, that will be stored on the computer, mobile terminal, or other equipment of a user from which the internet is accessed.
Cookies are installed by a request issued by a web server to a browser (e.g., Internet Explorer, Chrome).
Cookies are completely “passive” (they do not contain software programs, viruses, or spyware, and cannot access the information on the user’s hard drive).
A cookie consists of two parts: the name and the content or value of the cookie. The lifespan of a cookie is determined; technically, only the web server that sent the cookie can access it again when a user returns to the website associated with that server.
Cookies themselves do not require personal information to be used and, in most cases, do not personally identify internet users.
There are 2 major categories of cookies:
- Session cookies: These are temporarily stored in the web browser’s cookie file so that it remembers them until the user leaves the respective website or closes the browser window;
- Persistent cookies: These are stored on the hard drive of a computer or equipment and are activated again when you visit the site that created that specific cookie. Persistent cookies also include those placed by a website other than the one the user is visiting at the moment. These are known as “third party cookies” or cookies placed by third parties. They remember a user’s interests to deliver the most relevant advertising to them.
What is the lifespan of a cookie?
The lifespan of a cookie can vary significantly, depending on the purpose for which it is placed. Some cookies are intended for single use (such as session cookies), therefore they are not maintained once the user leaves the site. Other cookies are maintained and reused each time the user returns to the site (persistent cookies). However, cookies can be deleted by the user at any time through the browser settings.
What are third-party cookies?
Some content sections of some sites may be provided through third-party cookies, such as an advertisement. Such cookies may be placed on the site and are called third-party cookies because they are not placed by the site owner. Such third parties are also required to comply with the applicable legal regulations and the privacy policies of the site owner.
Why are cookies important for the internet?
Cookies are the central point of efficient Internet operation, helping to generate a user-friendly browsing experience adapted to the preferences and interests of each user. Refusing or disabling cookies can make some sites unusable. Refusing or disabling cookies does not mean you will no longer receive online advertising – only that it will no longer be able to take into account your preferences and interests, evidenced by browsing behavior. Examples of important uses of cookies (which do not require user authentication via an account):
- Content and services tailored to user preferences – categories of products and services;
- Offers adapted to users’ interests – password retention;
- Retention of child protection filters regarding Internet content (family mode options, safe search functions);
- Limiting the frequency of ad broadcasting – limiting the number of times an ad is displayed for a specific user on a site;
- Providing more relevant advertising to the user;
- Measurement, optimization, and Analytics features – such as confirming a certain level of traffic on a website, what type of content is viewed, and how a user reaches a website (e.g., through search engines, directly, from other websites, etc.). Websites conduct these analyses of their use to improve sites for the benefit of users.
What types of cookies do we use?
By accessing this site, the following types of cookies may be placed:
- site performance cookies: these remember the user’s preferences for this site;
- visitor analysis cookies: these tell 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;
- for geotargeting: these are used by software that determines which country you come from, they are completely anonymous and are used only for targeting content;
- registration cookies: these tell us whether you are registered or not, show us the account you are registered with, and if you have permission for a particular service;
- advertising cookies: based on these, we can find out whether you have viewed an online ad, what type of ad, and how long it has been since you viewed that ad.
Do cookies contain personal data?
How can you change your browser’s cookie settings?
Most browsers offer the possibility to change cookie settings. These settings are usually found in the “options” or “preferences” menu of your browser.
To understand these settings, the following links may be helpful, otherwise, you can use the “help” option of your browser 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:
To find out more about cookies and what they are used for, we recommend the following links:
If you wish to address any requests regarding the above details, please contact us in writing by accessing the contact form at firstname.lastname@example.org.