What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files created by the website and sent to the browser on the user’s device (computer, smartphone, tablet) when they visit the website. The user’s browser will send data back to the website on each subsequent visit, allowing the website to recognise the user and recall the user settings (e.g. user ID, language, video and audio volume etc.
- Mandatory cookies. These cookies are essential because they allow the undisturbed use of the website. Without these cookies, connection to the user’s profile and full use of the website functionality is not possible. These cookies identify the user’s device but do not disclose the user’s identity, do not collect or compile user information. These cookies are stored on the user’s device until the browser is closed.
- Functional cookies. These cookies allow the full and convenient use of the website, and allow users to effectively use the features of the website in a personalised way. Functional cookies keep track of user choices and enable custom features. For instance, they allow “Remember me” functionality, which allows the user to avoid entering their e-mail and password each time, save the user’s preferred playback volume in the Music section etc. These cookies are stored on the user’s device permanently.
- Targeting, or ad cookies. These cookies allow advertisements and notifications to be tailored to the user and their interests. These cookie are analyses used in order to adapt the advertisements and notifications based on the user’s preferences and their location, to limit the user’s access to certain advertisements, and to measure the effectiveness of ad campaigns. These cookies are stored on the user’s device permanently.
- Analytics cookies. These cookies collect information when users use the website to e.g. determine which sections are used most frequently, or what services are used more often. The information is used for analysis, to determine what users find interesting, and how the website can be made more convenient. These cookies identify the user’s device but do not disclose their identity. Draugiem.lv may involve third parties in analysing such cookies, e.g. Google Analytics, Gemius etc. These cookies are stored on the user’s device permanently.
Third Party Cookies
Saving, limiting and rejecting cookies
The user may control or delete cookies at their discretion. If the user does not want cookies stored on their device, the user may change the settings of their browser. Settings must be changed separately in each browser. The user should note that refusing the use of mandatory and functional cookies is not possible because the full-featured use of the website is impossible without them.
Cookies are sent to the user’s device by draugiem.lv as the operator of the website, and these are referred to as “first party” cookies. Some cookies may be sent to the user’s device by a third party unrelated to draugiem.lv, and these are referred to as “third party” cookies