About cookies

The Finnish Heart Association website uses cookies, among other things, to keep track of how the site is used and to create personalised content on the site. This makes it possible for us to develop our services to be more user-friendly in the future. You can prevent the use of cookies in your browser, but doing so may lessen the functionality of the site’s services and prevent some functions from working. A user’s web browser is likely to be set up to accept cookies by default, but the user can prevent the use of cookies through the settings on their browser. More information about browser-specific directions are available through the manufacturer’s guide to your browser.

The site uses Google Analytics demographics and interests data reporting. The anonymous visitor statistics are based on the technical data provided by your browser and web connection and these statistics do not contain information about the visitor as an individual. In addition to technical statistics, the demographics and interests data reporting gathers focus group information such as age, gender, and information about subjects of interest.

The reports state how many of the visitors to the site do so during a specific time period and how their behaviour varies according, for instance, to gender. The report data is generated through the third-party cookie of DoubleClick. If the cookie is not connected to a user, the focus group data and interests cannot be analysed in the statistics. The Sydän website uses the focus group and subjects of interest data gathered to plan our services so that we can offer readers material that is of interest to them. You can block the use of Google Analytics with a browser extension.

What are cookies?

A cookie is a file that is stored on a user’s computer when they visit the website of a service. The file contains a small amount of data about what the user does on the website during their visit. The server sends the data about the user’s behaviour on the site to the user’s own browser. The next time the user visits that same site, the information can be retrieved directly from the user’s computer instead of from the server.

Are cookies harmful?

Cookies are not harmful to the device, to the user’s files or web use. Cookies are regular text files that cannot contain viruses. In addition, the files are small, which means the user’s computer memory will not fill up even if you enable the storing of cookies on your device. Also, cookies cannot facilitate a search of files on the user’s hard drive.

How can you manage cookies?

You can freely manage and/or remove cookies. Instructions are available at aboutcookies.org. You can delete all the cookies on your device and most browsers can be set to stop them from being stored in the first place. However, do remember that blocking cookies means you may have to redo certain settings every time you return to the website. It may also mean that you cannot avail yourself of some services and functions that would otherwise be available on the website.