What is a cookie?
Cookies are small text files that are stored in your desktop computer, laptop or mobile device when you visit any website. Furthermore, every time you visit a page again, your web browser sends the information back to the site, or any other site that happens to recognise it. Having cookies is extremely beneficial, as they can be used for different reasons, such as improving the content of the website, allowing you to browse more efficiently between different pages and remembering your preferences. As a result, your interaction with the website becomes easier and the results more accurate. Cookies are also used for publicity purposes, like making sure that the advertising you encounter online is relevant to your tastes and interests.
Cookie installation and storage
Cookies may be set by the website you are visiting (‘first party cookies’) or they may be set by other websites that run content on the page you are viewing (‘third party cookies’). They may be installed either while the user is visiting the web, or by repeated visits. The following terms are used to describe cookie storage:
- Session cookies: they allow us to monitor the users’ actions during a browser session. Session cookies are stored in memory and never written to disk. When the browser closes, the cookie is permanently lost from this point on.
- Persistent cookies: these cookies stay in your device during the specified time of each cookie. They will be activated each time you visit the web where the particular cookie was originally created.
Types of cookies
There are four main type of cookies:
- Technical: these cookies are imperative if you wish to properly navigate and make use of the functions of a web. They also enable the user to obtain your requested service. Your consent is not necessary for the use of these cookies.
- Personalised: these cookies enable the user to access our website with certain predefined general features, such as the language, the browser or the geographical location from where the service is accessed thus allowing us to offer you a better, more personalised service.
- Analytical: these cookies collect information about how visitors and users use our websites, for example, the pages they visit more often or if they receive error messages. They don’t collect information that identifies a visitor or user. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. We only use these cookies to improve how our website, applications and services work.
- Advertising: these cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operators’ permission. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers. Quite often targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisation.
Which cookies do we use?
We only use analytical cookies:
- Third-party analytical cookies: used in order to generate visiting statistics for Google Analytics. Google Analytics is an analytical web service provided by Google that helps us improve our website. It installs cookies that evaluate our online services and provides reports about our users’ website activity. Google Analytics uses both session cookies and permanent cookies. The latter usually have a duration of about six months to two years.
We don’t use any analytical cookies to compile personal information that could be used to identify you. The information collected by cookies will never be shared with third parties unless in the circumstances stated above.
It is possible to configure, administrate and disable cookies in many different ways. Nonetheless, you must bear in mind that the moment you erase or disable them, the webs you visit thereafter may cease to function correctly or work as efficiently. Most websites offer general information about cookies and which ones you have. They allow you to erase cookies (individually or all at once) and block them either from every web or just individual webs. You can also disable third-party publicity cookies separately. Please remember that if you alter the cookie configuration from your web browser, the same configuration is applied to every web. Every change you make will affect every website you visit unless you erase or block each cookie separately.
- Disabling cookies from your web browser
In the “Help” section of your web browser, you will find information about cookies. Click on your browser link to get information on how to prevent or clear cookies from being created on your particular browser.
- Disabling third party cookies
You may disable the Adobe Flash Player third party cookies by visiting the following link: Adobe Flash Player.
It is also possible to anonymously prevent our third party cookies from keeping information about your activity on our web by visiting the website of the specific company: Google Analytics
However, should you decide to disable any analytical cookies, we will no longer be able to remember your preferences and thus, it might be more difficult for us to improve our website.