WHAT ARE COOKIES?
Cookies are small text files placed on the hard drive or in the browser of a computer, tablet, smartphone or any other equivalent device with Internet browsing functions. Cookies are used to personalize the services provided by a website, facilitate the user’s browsing experience, obtain aggregated information on website visitors, enable the reproduction and display of multimedia content on the website, allow interaction elements between the user and the website, enable security tools and much more.
- Data refers to any information obtained from the user’s terminal through the data storage device or recovery mechanisms (cookies or others). Data are considered personal when they refer to information of an identified or identifiable natural person, according to the provisions in article 4 of the RGPD.
- Aggregate information refers mainly to numerical information used for the purpose of providing statistical information.
- User terminal refers to the device from which the user accesses the service, including a personal computer, a mobile phone or a tablet and from which the information is obtained.
- Webmaster is the person responsible for or owner of the website.
- Third party refers to an external body, collaborator, service provider or natural or legal person related to the webmaster involved in management of some cookies.
- Cookie controller refers to the webmaster, responsible natural or legal person or even a third party.
- Browsing behavior refers to the user’s habits and trends when browsing a website, including time spent on the site, sections visited, most frequent sections and source and destination of the traffic.
TYPES OF COOKIES
Depending on the managing body:
First-party cookies are sent to the user terminal from a computer or domain managed by the webmaster and provide the service requested by the user.
Third-party cookies are sent to the user terminal from a computer or domain that is not managed by the webmaster, but by another body that processes the data obtained through cookies.
Depending on time they are active in the user terminal:
Session cookies are designed to collect and store data while the user accesses a web page. They are mostly used to store information for the purpose of providing the service requested by the user for just one occasion (for example, a list of purchased products) and disappear when ending the session.
Persistent cookies are ones that store data on the device, which can be transferred and processed over a specific period of time previously defined by the cookie controller; this can range from minutes to several years.
Depending on the purpose for which the data collected with cookies is processed:
Technical cookies are ones that enable the use to browse a website, platform or application and use different options or services on them, including those the editor uses to permit website management and operation and enable its its functions and services, such as controlling traffic and data communication, session identification, accessing restricted sections, remembering elements in an order, carrying out the order purchasing process, applying for registration or participation in an event, counting visits for invoicing the software licenses with which the service works (website, platform or app), using security elements while browsing, storing content for producing video or sound, enabling dynamic content (e.g. text or image loading animation) and sharing content on social media. Technical cookies also allow efficient management of advertising spaces included by the Webmaster as part of a design or DTP object on the website, platform or app from where the service is provided and that are displayed according to, for example, the agreed edited content, but do not collect data from users for other purposes, such as personalizing advertising or other content.
Preferences or personalization cookies store information so that the next time a user accesses the service, specific selected settings are displayed to differentiate that user’s experience from that of other users. This information can include such elements as language, number of search results to be displayed, the appearance and type of content displayed depending on the browser used or the region from which the service is accessed.
Analytical cookies allow the cookie controller to monitor and analyze the behavior of the users on the corresponding websites, including quantifying the impact of the advertising. The information collected by this type of cookie is used to measure the activity and traffic of a website, app or platform for the purpose of improving the service, based on analyzing data related to the way users use the service.
Advertising cookies allow efficient management of the advertising spaces included by the webmaster on the website, platform or app from where the service is provided. This advertising is displayed according to previous content and frequency criteria.
Behavioral advertising cookies allow the efficient management of the advertising spaces included by the webmaster on the website, platform or app from where the service is provided. These cookies store information related to the users’ behavior collected by ongoing observation of their browsing behavior, allowing the creation of a particular profile to show appropriate advertising.
WHAT COOKIES DO WE USE?
|Type||Purpose||Expiry||Data transfer outside EU|
|(ex.) _utma||(ex.) Third-party cookie (Google Analytics)||(ex.) Analysis or measurement||(ex.) This cookie keeps a record of the number of times a user has visited a website, and the dates of the first and last visits.||(ex.) This cookie expiries in 2 years||(ex.) Yes, Google LCC|
Are used to create profiles of our website users in order to make automated decisions based in the following logic: Analyze visits to our website and find out what sections are the most popular and the countries where users are located. This profiling and decisions made from the data provide greater personalization and prediction of users’ preferences.
HOW TO DEACTIVATE COOKIES
Blocking or deactivating all cookies helps protect your privacy but might prevent full use of certain websites, as some functionalities, browsing or services may no longer function properly.
You can activate or deactivate the cookies described above in the cookies settings warning when accessing our home page. Remember that technical cookies cannot be deactivated as they are necessary for the correct operation of the site. If you accept third-party cookies, these can only be deleted from the browser options menu or from the system provided by the corresponding third party.
If you wish to learn more about how to deactivate cookies in the most popular web browsers, seethe following tutorials: