What is a cookie?
A ‘cookie’ is a small amount of text which is stored in your browser (such as Google Chrome or Apple’s Safari) when you browse most websites.
What is a cookie NOT?
It is not a virus, or a Trojan, or a worm, or spam, or spyware, and it does not open pop-up windows.
What information is stored in a cookie?
Cookies do not usually store sensitive information about you, such as credit card or bank details, photographs or personal information, etc. The data stored are technical in nature, statistics, personal preferences, content personalization, etc.
The web server does not associate them with you as a person, but rather with your web browser. In fact, if you usually do your browsing using the Chrome browser and you visit the same website with the Firefox browser, you will see that the website does not realize that you are the same person, because the information is in fact associated with the browser, not the person.
What types of cookies are there?
- Technical cookies: These are the most basic. They make it possible to know, among other things, when a human or an automated application is browsing, when an anonymous user or a registered user is browsing, basic tasks for the functioning of any dynamic website.
- Analytic cookies: These cookies gather information about the type of browsing being done, the most used sections, products viewed, time slot of use, language, etc.
- Advertising cookies: These show advertisements based on your browsing, country of origin, language, etc.
What are first-party and third-party cookies?
First-party cookies are generated by the website you are visiting and third-party cookies are generated by external services or providers such as Mailchimp, Mailrelay, Facebook, Twitter, Google AdSense, etc.
What cookies does this website use?
This website uses first-party and third-party cookies.
The main purpose of the first-party cookies is to recognize users’ browsing habits in order to offer an improved online experience each time they return to our site.
Third-party cookies: These cookies are sent to the user’s terminal equipment from a machine or domain which is not managed by the editor, but by another entity that processes the data obtained through cookies.
- Google Analytics: Third-party cookies managed by Google. For more information about these cookies, visit the following link: https://developers.google.com/analytics/devguides/collection/analyticsjs/cookie-usage.
You can change the settings on your Internet browser to allow, block or delete the cookies installed on your machine. If you do not allow cookies to be installed, you may not be able to access some of the services offered on our website, or browsing our website may not be as pleasant for you. See the manual for your browser to obtain information about configuring, activating and deleting cookies in your browser.
Can cookies be deleted?
Yes, and not only can they be deleted, they can be blocked, in general or specifically for a given domain.
If you would like more control over the installation of cookies, you can install programs or browser plug-ins known as ‘Do Not Track’ tools, which will allow you to choose which cookies you want to allow. You will find information on how to deactivate cookies in browsers at this link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
More information about cookies
You can obtain more information about cookies and how to block or delete them from your browser at the following link: http://www.aboutcookies.org
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