headquarters in the city of Timisoara, Gheorghe Doja Street no. 11, basement, office UG 07, module 2, Timis County, registered with the Trade Register of
you have the right to control how we can use them.
1. WHAT IS A COOKIE
Cookies are fragments of text placed on your computer by the websites you visit. This automatic data storage technology is widespread and is used to collect
information such as browser type and operating system, source page, domain name from which the visitor has logged in to the RED platform, etc., in order to
understand how visitors use this Website. “Cookies” helps us to adapt the content of the Website to your needs.
Cookies are created when the browser used by a user displays a particular website. The website sends information to the browser, and it creates a text file.
Every time the user accesses that website again, the browser accesses and transmits this file to the website’s server. In other words, the cookie can be
seen as an Internet User ID card that announces the website every time the user returns to that site.
There are two large categories of cookies
Session cookies – they are temporarily stored in the web browser’s cookie folder so that they can save them until the user exits the
website or closes the browser window (for example, when logging in / out on a webmail or a social network).
Persistent cookies – they are stored on the hard drive of a computer or equipment (and generally depends on the default cookie
lifetime). Persistent cookies also include those placed on a website other than the one the user is currently visiting – known as ‘third party cookies’ –
which can be used anonymously to store the interests of a user so that advertising is delivered as relevant as possible to users.
Restart Energy Democracy uses both session cookies and persistent cookies.
2. WHICH IS THE LIFETIME OF A COOKIE
A cookie’s life may vary significantly depending on the purpose for which it is placed. Some cookies are intended for a single use (such as session
cookies), therefore they are not retained once the user leaves the website. Other cookies are maintained and reused every time the user returns to the
website (persistent cookies). However, cookies can be deleted by the user at any time using the browser settings or other means (e.g. Do Not Track
mechanism) or by using the Cookies Management Too.
For more information on the duration of the Cookies, please see the table from Section 5. TYPES OF COOKIES THAT WE USE.
3. WHY ARE COOKIES IMPORTANT FOR THE INTERNET
Cookies are the central focus of the Internet’s efficient operation, helping to generate a friendly browsing experience and tailored to the preferences and
interests of each user.
Denying or disabling cookies can make some websites unusable.
Denying or disabling cookies does not mean you will not receive online advertising – but only that it will no longer be able to keep track of your
preferences and interests highlighted by your browsing behavior.
Examples of important uses of cookies (which do not require authentication of a user through an account:
- Content and services tailored to user preferences – product categories and services.
- Offers tailored to users’ interests – retaining passwords.
- Retaining Child Protection Filters for Content on the Internet (family mode options, safe search functions).
- Limit ad serving frequency – limit the number of impressions of an ad for a particular user on a site.
- Provide more relevant advertising for 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 (eg through search engines, directly from other websites, etc.). Websites run these analyzes of their use to improve sites for
the benefit of users.
4. WHY WE USE COOKIE MODULES
Storing cookies on your computer gives us an easy and convenient way to personalize or enhance your experience on our site and to make the next visit more
personal information collected by other means (for example, registration forms).
These files make it possible to recognize the user’s terminal and present the content in a relevant way, adapted to the user’s preferences. Cookies provide
users with a pleasant browsing experience and support Restart Energy Democracy efforts to provide user-friendly services: ex: – Online privacy preferences,
relevant advertising. They are also used in the preparation of aggregated anonymous statistics that help us understand how a user benefits from our web
pages, allowing us to improve their structure and content, excluding personal identification of the user.
Cookies can provide faster and easier interaction between users and websites. For example, when authenticating a user on a particular website,
authentication data is stored in a cookie; the user can then access that site without having to authenticate again.
In other cases, cookies can be used to store information about user activities on a particular web page so that they can easily resume their activities on a
subsequent access to the site. Cookies tell the server what pages the user needs to show to the user so that they do not have to remember or navigate the
entire site from scratch. Thus, cookies can be assimilated to “bookmarks” that tell the user exactly where they stay on a website.
Similarly, cookies can store information about the products ordered by the user on an e-commerce site, thus making possible the concept of “shopping cart”.
Cookies can also provide websites with the ability to monitor users’ online activities and set up user profiles that can then be used for marketing
purposes. For example, cookies can identify products and services agreed by a user, this information subsequently serving to transmit appropriate
advertising messages to that user.
5. TYPES OF COOKIES THAT WE USE
In the table below you can find more information on the Cookies that we use, including their operation duration and whether or not third parties may have
access to those cookies.
Thus, when accessing the Website, you had the opportunity to give your consent to the use of certain categories of Cookies. Some categories of Cookies are
essential for the operation of the Website, while other categories of Cookies have different utilities and you can choose whether or not to use such later
category of Cookies. Accepting the latter categories of Cookies will give you an experience tailored to your preferences. However, you may at any time
withdraw your consent to the options provided in this policy.
6. Necessary cookies
These are the cookies strictly required for operating a website. Without these cookies, this Website will not work properly.
The strictly necessary cookies are indispensable, the operation of the site being impossible without them. Disabling cookies may result in serious site
usage or even the inability to use its services. Strictly required/necessary cookies do not store information after leaving the site. These allow, for
example, identification of the devices for communication, numbering of the data packets to send them in the order required, and detection of transmission
errors or data loss.
7. Cookies specific to an online session
Web pages do not have memory. A user browsing from one webpage to another will be considered by the website as a new user. The session-specific cookies
typically store an identifier that allows the user to switch from one webpage to another without having to enter the identification information (username,
password, etc.) every time. Such cookies are widely used by commercial sites, for example, to keep track of the products added by a user in the shopping
cart. When the user visits a specific product catalog page and selects certain products, the cookie retains the selected products and adds them to the
shopping cart, which will contain all the products selected when the user wants to leave the page.
Session-specific cookies are stored in the user’s computer memory only during an Internet browsing session and are deleted automatically when the browser is
closed. They may become inaccessible even if the session has been inactive for a certain period of time (usually 20 minutes).
8. Permanent, persistent or stored cookies
Persistent cookies are stored at the user’s computer and are not deleted when the navigation session is closed. These cookies can retain the user’s
preferences for a particular website so that they can be used in other Internet browsing sessions.
Besides authentication information, persistent cookies can also retain details of the selected language and theme on a particular website, site menu
preferences, favorite pages inside a site, etc. When the user accesses a site for the first time, it is presented in the default mode. Subsequently, the
user selects a series of preferences, which are then retained by cookies and used when the user revisits the site. For example, a website offers its content
in several languages. At the first visit, the user selects English and the site retains this preference in a cookie. When the user revisits the site, the
content will be automatically displayed in English.
Persistent cookies can be used to identify individual users and thus to analyze user behavior online. They can provide information about the number of
visitors to a website, the time (on average) spent on a particular page, and generally the performance of a website. These cookies are configured to be able
to track users’ activities for a long time, in some cases even years.
Every time a user visits this site, analytics software provided by a third party generates a user analysis cookie. This cookie tells us if you’ve visited
this site before. The browser will tell us if you have this cookie, and if not, we will generate one. It allows the monitoring of the unique users who visit
us and how often they do it. As long as you are not registered on this Website, this cookie can not be used to identify individuals, they are only used for
statistical purposes. If you are registered, we may also know the details you have provided us, such as your email address and username – subject to the
Audience measurement cookies allow visitors of the Website to be recognized at the next visit. They store only the username (specific to each cookie) and do
not collect personal data of the visitor. They save the visited pages, the duration of each visit and the error messages displayed; all of which help
improve the performance of the Restart Energy Democracy site. Analytics cookies can be installed and managed by partners; however, Restart Energy Democracy
requires strict use of these in order to obtain the necessary analytical statistics.
9. Flash cookies
If the user has Adobe Flash installed on the computer, small files can be stored in the memory of that computer by websites that contain Flash elements
(such as video clips). These files are known as “local shared objects” or “flash cookies” and can be used for the same purposes as regular cookies.
When regular cookies are deleted through browser functions, flash cookies are not affected. Thus, a website that uses flash cookies can recognize a user on
a new visit if the data specific to deleted cookies is also retained in a flash cookie.
Since flash cookies are not stored in the user’s computer in the same way that the usual ones are stored, they are more difficult to identify and delete.
Banks and financial sites use this kind of cookies for that very reason. Because they are difficult to identify, these cookies are stored on user computers
to allow users to authenticate and prevent fraud, as potential offenders may have their user name and password for authentication but do not have access to
the user’s computer. Thus, cookies act as a second level of authentication, in addition to your username and password.
We also use flash cookies to store your preferences, such as volume control or content display based on what you view on our site to personalize your visit.
Third parties with whom we work to provide certain features on our sites, such as promotions, use Flash cookies to collect and store non-personal
Flash cookies are different from other cookies used on this site due to the way data is stored. The cookie management tools provided by your browser will
not remove Flash cookies. To learn how to manage your privacy and storage settings for Flash Cookies, please click
10. First party cookies vs third party cookies
Each cookie has an “owner” – the web site / Internet domain that places that cookie.
First party cookies (first party) are placed by the Internet domain / website accessed by the user (whose address appears in the browser address bar).
A third party cookie (third party) is placed by another Internet domain / website other than the one accessed by the user; this means that the accessed
website also contains information from a third-party website – for example, an ad banner appearing on the site you’re accessing.
The notion of “third party cookie” refers to a cookie placed by a different operator from the operator of the website visited by the user. Third party
cookies are not strictly necessary for a user accessing a website because they are typically associated with a service distinct from the one explicitly
requested by the user (by accessing the website).
We work with third-party providers who can set their own cookies on our Website, such as advertising networks and external service providers such as web
traffic analysis services that we do not have control over. If you want additional information, go to the relevant third-party website. These cookies may be
analytics / performance cookies or targeting cookies. With regard to third-party cookies, you should review their cookie policies.
11. Functional cookies
Functional cookies are used exclusively to provide an electronic communication service at the request of the user. Uninstalling these cookies results in the
service being unable to be made available. This information is stored after the end of the site navigation session and can be passed on to the partners for
the sole purpose of taking the necessary steps to make the service available. For example, it may be cookies that save user preferences, such as the
language used, those that save a “session of the user” or those required for the “virtual shopping cart”.
12. Tracking cookies and those generated by social network plugins
Tracking cookies allow third parties to provide services, primarily advertising and to increase their efficiency. These cookies can hold the visited pages
and websites and collect personal data, primarily the IP address of the device used for Internet surfing. The collected information may also be distributed
to third parties.
This is the case, for example, of cookies that allow advertisers to offer customized ads tailored to your interest centers according to your browsing
history on Restart Energy Democracy or restrict their repetition. For these cookies, you need to give your consent. In this case, a banner will appear on
the first page of the site where you will be asked for their installation.
13. Cookies to share the content of our website on social networks (social networking cookies)
These cookies make it possible to share and appreciate certain content directly on our site by authenticated users from selected social media.
These social networking sites can also collect your personal data for your own purposes. Restart Energy Democracy has no influence on how social sites use
your personal data. For more information about cookies set by social networking sites and the data they can collect, please review their privacy and cookie
policies. Below you can find a list of privacy statements on the social media channels most used by Restart Energy Democracy SRL:
14. Cookies for registration
When you sign up for this site, we generate a cookie that tells us if you are registered or not. Our servers use these cookies to show us the account with
which you are registered and if you have permission for a particular service. It also allows us to associate any comments you post on our site with your
username. If you have not selected “keep me registered”, this cookie will be automatically deleted when you close your browser or computer.
16. Cookies for advertising
These cookies let us know whether or not you have viewed an online ad, what type of ad, and how long it has been since you saw the ad message. These cookies
are also used to target online advertising. We can also use third-party cookies to better target advertising, for example, to show holiday ads if the user
has recently visited an article on holiday sites. These cookies are anonymous, they store information about the viewed content, not about the users. We also
set anonymous cookies through other sites that we advertise. By accepting them, so we can use them to recognize you as a visitor to that site if you later
visit our site, we will be able to deliver your advertising based on that information.
Much of the advertising you find on this site belongs to third parties. Some of these parties use their own anonymous cookies to analyze how many people
have been exposed to an ad, or to see how many people have been exposed multiple times to the same ad. Companies that generate these cookies have their own
privacy policies, and this site does not have access to read or write these cookies. These third party cookies can be used to show your target advertising
on other sites, relying on your surfing on this site.
For example, our website may use the following cookies for the following purposes:
17. SECURITY AND CONFIDENTIALITY ISSUES
Although cookies are stored in the memory of the user’s computer, they cannot access / read other information on that computer. Cookies are not viruses.
They are just small text files; Cookies are not compiled as code and cannot be executed. Thus, they cannot be auto-copied, they cannot spread to other
networks to generate actions, and cannot be used to spread viruses.
Cookies cannot search for information on the user’s computer, but they store personal information. This information is not generated by cookies, but by the
user, when he completes online forms, logs on certain websites, uses electronic payment systems, etc. Although sensitive information is typically protected
against unauthorized access, it is possible for such persons to intercept the information transmitted between the browser and the website. Even if they are
rare, such situations can occur when the browser connects to the server using an unencrypted network, such as an unsecured WiFi channel.
online behavior and preferences to identify and deliver the most relevant advertising messages to the user. However, these preferences are not explicitly or
consciously expressed by the user but are modeled according to the history of the user’s online browsing, the pages he viewed, and the advertisements
accessed. For example, when a user reads a webpage about cars and moves to another page later, car advertisements will be displayed on the new page, even if
it is not related to machines. Since the user is not informed that their online actions are being monitored, this raises concerns about privacy.
technologies, especially in cases where the information is stored on users’ computers and used for their recognition without users are aware of, or have
agreed to, this.
Cookies can still be used for negative purposes. Because it stores information about users’ preferences and browsing history, both on a particular site and
on several other sites, cookies can be used as a form of Spyware. Many anti-spyware products are aware of this and consistently mark cookies to be deleted
in anti-virus / anti-spyware removal / scanning procedures.
In general, browsers have built in privacy settings that provide different levels of cookie acceptance, shelf life, and automatic deletion after the user
has visited a particular site.
18. OTHER SECURITY ISSUES RELATED TO COOKIES
with the data transmission, the information contained in the cookie can be intercepted. Although very rare, this can happen if the browser connects to the
server using an unencrypted network (e.g. an unsecured WiFi network).
Other cookie-based attacks involve bad cookie settings on servers. If a website does not require the browser to use only encrypted channels, attackers can
use this vulnerability to mislead browsers to send information via unsecured channels. Attackers then use the information for purposes of unauthorized
access to certain sites. It is very important to be careful in choosing the most appropriate method of protecting personal information.
Tips for safe and responsible cookie-based navigation.
will not allow the user access to the most popular and used sites including Youtube, Gmail, Yahoo and others.
- Customize your browser settings for cookies to reflect a comfortable cookie-level for you.
- If you do not mind cookies and you are the only person using your computer, you can set expiration dates to store your browsing history and personal
- If you share access to your computer, you can consider the browser setting to delete individual browsing data each time you close your browser. This is
a way to access sites that place cookies and delete any visitor information when you close the browsing session.
- Install and constantly update your antispyware applications.
- Many of the spyware detection and prevention applications include site attacks detection. This prevents the browser from accessing websites that could
exploit browser vulnerabilities or download dangerous software. Make sure your browser is always up-to-date. Many of the cookies-based attacks are
exploited by the weaknesses of the old versions of browsers.
Cookies are everywhere and can not be avoided if you want to enjoy access to the best and greatest websites on the Internet – local or international. With a
clear understanding of how they work and the benefits they bring, you can take the necessary security measures so you can browse with confidence on the
19. IP AND GOOGLE ANALYTICS AND OTHER SIMILAR TECHNOLOGIES
We may monitor Internet Protocol (IP) for (among others): (i) technical troubleshooting, (ii) maintaining site security and security, (iii) restricting
access to our site for certain users, and (iv) better understanding of how our site is being used. An IP address is a number that is used by computers on
the network to identify your computer every time you connect to the Internet.
The Website uses Google Analytics cookies to collect information about how visitors use this site and to detect possible browsing issues. Google Analytics
stores information about the pages visited, the duration of the site’s navigation, the way the site was visited, and the sections accessed within the pages.
No personal information is stored, so this information can not be used to identify the user.
The Website uses Google Analytics to be able to track whether the site meets user requirements and prioritize the improvement of the processes. Google
ability to opt out of Google Analytics regardless of the pages you visit.
Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the site, the development of site activity reports for site operators, and the provision of other
services related to site activity and the use of the Internet. Google may transfer this information to third parties if required by law, or if such third
that if you do so you may not be able to use the full functionality of this Website. By using this site, you agree to process your Google data in the manner
and for the purposes outlined above.
If you want to learn more about how Google uses and collects this data, please visit the link: https://policies.google.com/privacy</a >
20. MANAGING COOKIES / PREFERENCES IN YOUR BROWSER
You must make sure that your computer settings reflect whether or not you agree to accept cookies. This way, you can set your internet browser to warn you
although you may not have access to all site features. For more information, you must use the “help” button in your browser.
The required cookies can be disabled in browser settings. To disable the other cookies used by the Restart Energy Democracy site and to change your options,
you can by using certain Do Not Track mechanism or by withdrawing your consent, including by the Consent Management Tools available on this Website.
Most browsers allow you to:
- see what cookies you have and delete them individually
- block third-party cookies
- block cookies on certain sites
- block the setting of all cookies
- delete all cookies when you close your browser
If you choose to delete cookies, be aware that any preferences will be lost. Also, if you block your cookies completely, many sites (including ours) will
not work properly, and Internet transmissions will not work at all.
Detailed information on how to manage, disable, and delete cookies by using browser browsing settings is available at the following addresses:
Delete and manage cookies (IE 8, 9 and 10):
21. “DO NOT TRACK” MECHANISM
There are regulations at European level regarding the monitoring of users’ online activities for marketing purposes, generally requiring users to agree to
such practices. But in other parts of the world such situations are less regulated. Under these conditions, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is currently
working on a technical (and technology neutral) “Do Not Track” standard. This standard will be used by users to tell browsers to signal to advertisers that
they do not want their online activities to be monitored.
W3C says that “users have the right to know which data will be collected and for what purpose they will be used. With this information, they can decide
whether or not to allow for online activities and the collection of personal data. Many Internet companies use the data collected in connection with user
online activities to customize the content provided to users and direct relevant advertising messages to them, depending on the interests identified based
on the information gathered. Although some users appreciate this personalization of content and advertising messages in some contexts, others are concerned
about what they perceive to be an intrusion into their private lives.
Under these circumstances, users need a mechanism to allow them to express their preferences regarding the monitoring of online activities; this mechanism
must be easy to configure and efficiently. In addition, websites that can not or do not want to provide content without offering behavioral advertising at
the same time or without collecting user data need a mechanism to indicate this to users and enable them to make an informed decision. ”
The goal of the Do Not Track standard is to “give the user the ability to express their personal choices about monitoring online activities and to
communicate these options to each server or web application they interact with, allowing each accessed service either to -and adjust the practices according
to the user’s options, or reach a separate agreement with the user, which is convenient for both parties. The basic principle is that expressing monitoring
preferences is only conveyed when it reflects a deliberate option of the user. In the absence of a user option, it is considered that the preference for
monitoring online activities is not expressed.”
22. DO NOT TRACK FUNCTIONS FOR SEARCH ENGINES
Options to prevent monitoring of online user activity are being implemented today in various forms. From Internet Explorer 8, which gives you the ability to
block third-party sites that leave content when you visit a website, up to the new extensions, add-ons, and options you’ve just entered in your search
Counting among the last to introduce this functionality, version 23, Google Chrome offers the option of installing Do not Track Me, AVG Do Not Track, or
Keep My Opt-Outs, which blocks cookies and prevents (US) customize ads based on online user behavior online.
Firefox, along with the Do Not Track Me add-on, also offers the option “Tell web sites I do not want to be tracked” which can be configured in the privacy
menu. Furthermore, Internet Explorer 10 comes with Do Not Track as the default option. Microsoft’s decision has triggered a number of strong responses, the
response of companies like Yahoo and Apache being ignoring Do Not Track’s Internet Explorer 10 signals.
Another tool that you can install on most search engines (and even as an iOS app) is Ghostery. Ghostery scans the page you visit and notifies you of the
third party sites installed to track your activity. You can then set your preferences according to the menu categories: advertising, analytics, beacons,
privacy, widgets. More information here.
Note that not all Do Not Track functionality blocks cookies. So, it’s a good idea to check what’s within each Do Not Track extension and choose the one that
best represents the limitations you want to transmit to sites monitoring your Internet activity.
If you want to know more about cookies and what they are used for, we recommend the following links:
Microsoft Cookies guide
All About Cookies
23. OTHER WEBSITES
privacy policies and you are subject to the rules on the privacy and cookies policies of those websites.
date of publication. If you do not agree with the revised policy, you must change your preferences or not access the Restart Energy Democracy website. If
of personal data in this way is reflected in the “Cookie Preferences / Settings” section.
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