A large percentage of the Spanish population accepts cookies from web pages without wondering what permissions they are giving up by doing so. According to A study of the Avast cybersecurity service, 57% of users in the country admitted a few months ago that they did not know what they were for, while 60% accepted them, although they did not know the use that was made of them.
They are data files that websites send to a computer when they are visited from a computer or mobile to access their information. The European Union regulates this tool and, therefore, the pages are obliged to ask for the transfer or not of the data.
By offering cookies to websites, Internet users are giving those sites carte blanche to access information about their interests and behavior on the Internet. There are platforms that make it easy for users to opt out all at once, but others force you to decline them one by one and, for that reason, many end up choosing to accept them.
The use made of them can be summarized in two: remember previous accesses to the web and know the browsing habits. In this way, if a user enters a website twice through the same device, it will be able to remember it.
In theory, cookies are not bad and can be useful for navigation on a page. However, some sites use them to collect information and do not give you an option to opt out. In Europe, websites are obliged to request permission for cookies, but sometimes they try to make it difficult for users to give up their permissions.