What is a Cookie?
Cookies are files that contain small amounts of information that get downloaded in the device the user uses to visit our website. Its main purpose is to recognise the user (by identifiers that do not identify the user as a natural person) each time the user accessed the website. It also allows to improve the quality and usability of our websites. Cookies are necessary for the running of the Internet; they cannot damage the device of the user and, if they are active in the configuration of your browser, they help us identify and resolve possible errors related to the running of our website.
Types of Cookies
There are different types of cookies. All of them work in the same way, but they have little differences:
- Session Cookies. Session cookies only last for that website visit and they get deleted you close the browser. Its purpose if to identify the type of device is being used, support the security of the website or its basic functionality. They do not contain personal information able to identify the person.
- Persistent or Permanent Cookies: They get stored on the hard drive of the device and the website reads them each time the user visits the website; they have an expiry date, and once it comes these cookies stop working. They allow to identify the actions and preferences of the user; analyse the visits and also help understand how users get to the website and improve the services offered by it.
- Functionality Cookies: They allow to remember decisions taken by the user, as well as the users’ login or identifier. The information of these cookies is anonymous (meaning it does not contain the name of the user or other personal data).
- Third Party Cookies. Third party cookies get installed by a website that is not the one the user is visiting; i.e, the ones used by social networks (like Facebook) or by external complements ( like Google Maps).
- Analytical Cookies: They are cookies which purpose is to do periodic maintenance work and provide a service to users; by getting data related to the activity of the user.
By accessing our website, the user accepts we can use these types of cookies on their devices.
However, if you deactivate the cookies, it won’t affect the navigation on our websites.
User configuration to avoid Cookies
We inform that, as cookies are no necessary to use our website, you can block them or disable them by activating the configuration of your browsers, as this allows you to decline the installation of all cookies or some of them.
Most browsers inform about the presence of cookies and allow you to reject them automatically. If you reject them you can still visit our website, though the use of some of our service could be limited, so the experience could be less satisfactory.
The following information helps users to configure their Internet browser or browsers to keep the users’ privacy and security regarding cookies. It is because of this that we provide some information and links to the official support centres of the main browsers. With this help provides, users can block cookies by using the configuration tools of the browser or can configurate it to get informed when a server wants to store a cookie.
- a) If you use Microsoft Internet Explorer, you will find the option in the Tools menu > Internet Options > Privacy > Configuration. For more information please visit:
- b) If you use Firefox, you will find the option in the Tools menu > Options > Privacy > Cookies. For more information please visit:
- c) If you use Chrome, go to Settings > Advanced settings > Privacy. For more information please visit:
- d) If you use Opera, in the Security and Privacy option you can configure your browser. For more information please visit:
- e) If you use Safari you will find the option in the menu Preferences / Privacy. For more information please visit: