“Cookies” can track you while you’re surfing online. They are small text files that get automatically stored into your device when you are visiting websites. Their main purpose is to remember your logins or contents of your shopping cart, to help you seamlessly navigate when you revisit the website. But they are also used to track your preferences and behaviour online, for example to show you “relevant” advertisements.

Why is this important?

Although cookies are sometimes necessary, they are digital traces that you leave behind while surfing online. Cookies are used to learn about your personality, preferences and behaviour. This information is used for putting you into categories. This kind of online tracking ultimately limits your freedom to be different.

How to protect myself online?

By installing Firefox – a browser that is more secure than others and whose features can be enhanced by numerous add-ons, like Privacy Badger – and by using the “private browsing mode” on your browser, you can avoid getting tracked online by cookies, to a certain extent.

The online privacy rules for Europe’s countries (ePrivacy Directive) will be soon updated. Even though the ePrivacy Directive, sometimes called the “Cookie Directive”, defines the rules to inform the users about use of cookies, stronger and clearer rules need to be developed. Are politicians ready to effectively fight for your protection?


The video was prepared by our member Association for Technology and Internet (ApTI) – Romania.

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