- What are cookies?
A cookie is a small text file, typically of letters and numbers, downloaded to your computer when you access websites. Typically, they contain the following information: a site name and unique user ID, the duration of the cookie's
abilities and effects, and a random number. As a rule, cookies cannot be used to reveal your identity or personally identifying information.
contained in that cookie back to the website. The website then notes that you have been there before, and in some cases, tailors what pops up on screen. They also might record how long you spend on each page on a site, what
links you click, even your preferences for page layouts and colour schemes.
Generally, the role of cookies is beneficial, making your interaction with frequently-visited sites smoother with no extra effort on your part. Without cookies, online shopping would be much harder. Some websites will become less
interactive with the cookie option turned off.
- Most common cookies
- Session cookies
These cookies expire when you close your web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome). These cookies are used for various reasons, for example, remembering what you have put in your shopping basket as
you browse a website. They can also be used for security to access your Internet banking or email.
- Persistent cookies
These cookies are still stored on your computer after you have closed your web browser. These cookies are used for a variety of purposes, so it allows preferences to be remembered, for example your preferred language or
currency, or your user name on a particular website.
- First and Third Party cookies
This refers to the website placing the cookie. First party cookies are cookies set by the website you are visiting. Third party cookies are set by another website; the website you are visiting may have advertising on the
page and this other website will be able to set a cookie on your computer. Main web browsers allow third party cookies by default. Changing the settings on your browsers can prevent this.
There are some exemptions to the above where it is essential for a website to store information on your computer, for example, to provide a service to you that you have requested.
Examples of information processed by means of cookies include the name, email address, information on the computer and link to the Internet, such as browser type, version and number, operating system and platform, the uniform resource
locators clickstream through and from the websites, browser data or similar data.
Further information can be found on http://www.allaboutcookies.org/.
- Usage of First Party cookies on the Websites
Cookies which are not required for accessing the website are nevertheless important. Without these cookies would features that enable a comfortable user experience not be available. Settings applied by the User could not be saved
and would have to be again requested on every page. Because Users want the settings to have a long life time cookies are normally saved for one year.
- Usage of Third Party cookies on the Websites
Beside own content, does Linkomat also embed content created and served by Third Parties. They set cookies during the visit of Linkomat’s Websites and hereby receive information about the User behaviour or interests. For more information
about the usage of cookies please visit the website of each content provider, i.e. Google.com.
- Denial of the cookie usage
By using the Websites of Linkomat you automatically agree that these Website use First Party cookies. If you do not want that you have to leave the Websites of Linkomat.
If you do not agree with the usage of Third Party cookies, which could not be controlled by Linkomat, can you disable them i.e. via browser plugins from the Third Parties. See the following plugin for deactivating Google Analytics:
Alternatively is it possible to disable the cookie usage globally for your browser. Please mind that this can have severe limitations in functionality.
- Data privacy statement for the usage of Google Analytics
information about the usage gathered on this Website is normally sent to and stored in the infrastructure of Google in the USA. The ip address is anonymised before being sent to Google (for more information visit the following
Google analyses the Website usage, activity and behaviour and creates reports about this for Linkomat. The anonymised ip address transmitted to Google is not merged with other data of Google.
For more information and the general terms and conditions of Google visit the following link:
- Data privacy statement for the usage of Google AdSense
images that help Google with tracking the User flow. This information is sent to and stored from Google in the USA and is probably passed to other companies for data analysation and processing. Google is not connecting this
data to their other data.
If you want to deactivate personalised advertisements please visit the following link:
- Data privacy statement concerning the use of the VAT-Search Excel Add In
Linkomat offers an Add In for Excel to access the VAT-Search API. The Add In logs all the validation requests sent to the VAT-Search API in the same way the calls directly over http to the VAT-Search are logged, which means that Linkomat
stores all the request parameters, references to the user account that access the API and also the timestamp of API calls. Further to that, the VAT-Search API stores some key facts of the query response of each API call.