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The revised law on electronic communication (EKOM) requires that WebOn (and all other owners of internet sites using such technology) inform the public about the use of cookies. The so-called «cookie paragraph» says the following (translated):

Use of cookies

The revised law on electronic communication (EKOM) requires that WebOn (and all other owners of internet sites using such technology) inform the public about the use of cookies. The so-called «cookie paragraph» says the following (translated):

Most websites today use so-called cookies to improve the user experience of the internet site. A cookie is a text file which will be stored in your browser’s internal memory when you visit or interact with a web page. Cookies can easily be deleted by emptying a folder under settings in your browser.

§ 2-7b Use of Cookies

Storage of information in the users equipment for communication, or getting access to such information, is not allowed unless the user is informed on what information is analyzed, the aim of the analysis, who analyses the information, and has accepted the conditions for this.

The first paragraph shall not prevent technical storage or access to information:

1.    exclusively with the aim to transfer communication in an electronic communication network

2.    which is necessary to deliver a public information service based on the users explicit request

The law on electronic communication (Ekomloven § 2-7b) shall contribute to secure users’ right to privacy in the area of electronic communication. The provision is generally aimed towards techniques intended to abuse the users’ privacy, such as spyware. It is not meant to contain any obstacle to those who use these techniques to improve the usability of the website. 

The provision protects the users’ communication equipment, as higher requirements for information to- and consent from the user is needed when deploying cookies. Storing information and further analysis of these are not allowed unless the user is informed about which information is being stored and has approved the use of these data, what the aim of the analysis is and who analyses the information.

In using cookies it is thus a prerequisite that the user has accepted the use of the information. Assuming that there is clear and concise information provided on the website on which cookies are being used, which information is being analyzed, the aim of such analysis and who analyses the information, consent may be given by the end user as he/ she uses a technical setting in a browser or equivalent in those instances where this is technically possible and efficient.

Preset settings in the browser saying that the user accepts cookies are regarded as consent. It is adequate that the user     gives his/ her consent once for the same purpose. The user shall at any time have the possibility to withdraw his/ her consent.

The requirement for clear and concise information is regarded as satisfied when:

•    Information is easily visible as the user enters the website. By this is meant either a link to information in the header, as a text box on the front page or as a «pop-up»

•    The information contains data on which cookies are being used, what information is being analyzed, the aim of the analysis and who treats the data

Most modern browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer, Safari, etc.) are set to accept cookies automatically. You may however choose to change these settings so that cookies are not accepted. We will at the same time make you aware that this may mean that WebOn’s web services may not work optimally.

Webon’s own Cookie

The WebOn-cookie is being used to manage what you add to the shopping basket and which items to display. It also provides us with statistics which we later use to improve our web pages for a better user experience.

As most other websites we collect information automatically and store it in log-files in our servers. The information stored is for example IP-address, type of browser used when navigating our webpages, communications provider (ISP), operative system, date and time for your visit as well as other data regarding navigation on our webpages.

The information we gather is being used to analyze trends, so that we can improve our webpages for our users. This information will only be used internally and will not be forwarded to any 3. party and/ or other individuals outside of WebOn AS. We never store any information which can identify you personally. 

Cookies from Google Analytics and YouTube

WebOn uses Google Analytics as a statistics tool and YouTube as an embedded video-player on our own website. Google Analytics uses some cookies that are being used to map users when he/ she navigates on WebOn’s own webpages.

The Google cookies are used to:

•    Identify a new user session/ visit to the pages
•    Separate users and user sessions during navigation
•    Check interoperability between new and old versions of Google Analytics
•    Store the traffic source or the campaign that explains how the user last reached the site

Cookies from YouTube are being used to:

•    Store user preferences when viewing a web page containing video content

You can easily delete cookies and change privacy settings in your browser so that cookies are not being stored. To do this go to «settings» (Chrome, Firefox and Opera), «tools and security» (Internet Explorer) or «Options» (Safari) in your browser and change your user preferences. You can also read more on how to remove cookies on the companies’ own web pages.