RAM uses so called first-party cookies on the website in order to provide the user with personalized surveys, and to obtain information about visits to websites.
A cookie is a small text file stored on the user's computer. Cookies consist of a small set of data with information about what the user does when the user visits a website. Information collected through cookies can include what pages are accessed and the time that is spent on the website.
There are two types of cookies. One type saves a file for a long time on the user's computer and can for example be used to tell the user what is new on the website since the user last visited it. Once the expiration date is passed, the cookie is automatically deleted when the user returns to the website where it was created. The other type of cookie is called a session cookie and is temporarily stored in the computer's memory, for example to keep track of what language the user has selected. Session cookies are deleted when the browser is closed.
A distinction is made between first-party cookies and third-party cookies. First-party cookies are set by the owner of a website and third-party cookies are set by an external website, a third party.
Cookies are regular text files and cannot contain viruses. The files are small and only a certain number of cookies can be stored in the memory of a computer. Therefore, there is no risk of the memory becoming full because the user allows cookies.
The user can get information on, block and remove stored cookies if desired. The user can disable cookies through the security settings of the browser. If this is done, the function of the website might be limited.
From May 25th 2018 the EU legislation named GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679) is implemented in all European union countries. In connection with this RAM has supplemented and clarified its panelist terms. The aim is to make sure that there is no misunderstanding on how RAM is using personal data and to secure that panelist know their rights. No material change has been made from previous terms.