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Cookies

About our cookies

Chapter 6 Section 18 in the act on electronic communication (2003:389) says that information must be given to website visitors that the website creates cookies, about how cookies are used and how the use of cookies can be refused.

From 1 July 2011 onwards, the regulations for cookies have been amended. According to the new regulations the visitor is to give consent to the use of cookies. However, there are no guidelines that describe in detail how these regulations are to be applied. Nevertheless, the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) recommends that the website informs what the different cookies are called, to which domain they belong to, what kind of data is stored in the cookies and how long cookies are saved in the visitor's web browser.

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small text file that is stored on the visitor's computer, that is, your computer, and is used to analyse how the visitor uses the website. There are two different kinds of cookies: temporary cookies and cookies that are stored on your computer. Those that are stored on your computer are for instance used to show what is new on the website since your last visit. The most recent date of your visit is stored in the cookie.

Statistics Sweden uses cookies for the following functions

  • If you reply to or send in a form, a cookie will be sent to your computer to remember that you have responded to the form.
  • Statistics Sweden's web forms use session cookies to keep track that you are logged on as a respondent. The information in this cookie does not reveal any information about you as a person, and is only used so that you do not have to log on to each page. The cookie disappears when you close your web browser.
  • If you log on to the website, cookies are used to store information for logging on.
  • Cookies are used to measure visitor statistics

How to avoid cookies

If you do not want to accept cookies, you can change your settings on your web browser's security settings so that you either do not receive any cookies at all, or that you are given a question each time a website tries to put a cookie on your computer. You can also delete stored cookies in your web browser. See the help pages of your web browser for more information.

You can also avoid cookies by not answering forms or not logging on to a website.

Read more about the law and its implications

The Swedish Post and Telecom Authority is the regulatory agency in this area and provides further information about cookies on its website.

Last updated 2014-11-24 | Simple URL: http://www.scb.se/cookies

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