Information Capsules (Cookies)

Information capsules, also known as cookies, are used at this web sight. This page contains general information on what kind of cookies we use, what kind of information that is stored, the purpose of the storage and who is retaining the information. Norwegian law of electronic communication specifies that we must inform all our visitors on the use of information capsules (cookies). ยง2-7b, on use of information capsules/cookies says:

  • The storage of information on user communication devices, or access to such, is not allowed without informing the user about which pieces of information that are stored, the purpose of storage, who is using the information, and who has granted acceptance of such use. The prior sentence does not block technical storage or admission to information:
    • With the sole purpose of transmitting communication in an electronic communication network.
    • That is necessary to deliver information of public service when the user has requested such delivery.

Information capsules used at this web page.

Unless clearly stated, all information capsules stored on this web page, are used to gather user statistics.

Google Analytics

This is a very common analysis tool to analyse user behaviour on a web site. Google Analytics is a service from Google that makes it possible to quantify visitors, page views, traffic sources, time spent, geographical location and much more. To store information on visitors and the user patterns, Google Analytics make use of five different information capsules. These capsules are as follows:

  • _utma: Stored in 2 years from last visit.
  • _utmb: Stored in 30 minutes from last visit.
  • _utmc: Stored until the browser is closed.
  • _utmz: Stored in 6 months from last visit.
  • _utmv: Stored in 2 years from last visit.
  • _ga: Stored in 2 years from last visit.

What type of Information that is stored?

On this web site, information is stored according to the above mentioned description and methods.

The purpose of storage.

The purpose is to gather statistics and behavioural patterns to create a better web site, by optimizing and adjusting the content.

Who processes the information?

The owners of this web site has an agreement with companies that create online statistics. We protect the personal details you give us and make sure that the use is in compliance with Norwegian law on protection of private information (Personopplysningsloven). As an example, this applies to the information you hand over by submitting forms. The owners of this web site confirm that this information is treated with caution and only used to the purpose stated in the section above.

General information of information capsules (cookies)

As of today, most web sites make use of so called information capsules, to gather statistics and process log-ins. Information capsules are tiny bits of information stored by your browser, on your hardware.
The same bits of information are not transferred, if you open another kind of browser on your hardware. An information capsule usually consists of the following four parameters:

  • The name of the information capsule
  • The content/information
  • How long the information capsule is stored on your hardware
  • Which domain the the information capsule belongs to

Due to the latter point, only this domain has access to read the content of the information capsule when you visit a web site.

You can turn off information capsules

You have full access to turn off information capsules in your browser, but be aware that many webpages will cease to function as a result. For example, you will not be able to make a purchase in web shops or log on to social medias such as Facebook, Twitter and so on. Read more about how to change information capsule settings on each individual browsers page:

You can delete information capsules

You can delete information capsules through the settings in your browser. If you do not adjust your settings to block information capsules, they will reoccur next time you enter a web site that makes use of information capsules.

Learn more about information capsules

The Postal- and Telecommunications Board enforce the “cookie paragraph”. Read statements issued by the Postal- and Telecommunications Board related to the E-ComLaw here. The Privacy Regulators (Datatilsynet) have themselves stated that they are against the current policy, that requires web sites to inform users about the use of information cookies. The reason being that it is inconvenient and hard to enforce. The “Cookie Law” came into power on the 1st of July 2013, read the related statement issued by the Privacy Regulators (Datatilsynet), here.