Cookies and other similar technologies –such as local shared objects, flash cookies or pixels– are tools used by web servers in order to store and recover information about their users over time, as well as to offer a proper functioning of the web site.
By using these devices, the web server is allowed to remember some information concerning users, such as their preferences about the visualization of the server’s sites, user name and password, products or services the user is more interested in, etc.
COOKIES AFFECTED BY REGULATIONS AND EXEMPT COOKIES
According to the EU Directive, cookies that require the user’s informed consent are analytics, advertisement and affiliation ones. Thereby all those cookies with a technical nature, those necessary for the functioning of the web site, or for the provision of those services specifically requested by the user are excepted.
WHAT KINDS OF COOKIES ARE THERE?
Regarding the types of cookies, there are five big groups:
Analytics cookies: they gather information about how users interact with our website.
Third-party cookies: cookies necessary to access content from external providers – social networks.
Member cookies: they allow keeping track of those visits coming from other web sites; there is a partnership agreement between both web sites (company affiliation).
Behavioral and advertising cookies: they gather information about the user’s personal preferences and elections (retargeting).
Operational and technical cookies: they are strictly necessary for the functioning of the web site and for delivering the service engaged.
COOKIES USED IN THIS WEB SITE
PHPSESSID: first-party session cookie, deleted after you quit your browser. Strictly necessary technical cookie that identifies your session.
cookie_notice_accepted: strictly necessary technical cookie that contains the value of whether the cookies installation has been accepted. It expires after one year from the last update.
_ga: it is a Google Analytics cookie which enables single visits’ control function. This cookie will be installed the first time a user accesses this web site through a browser. Whenever a user re-accesses the web site through the same browser, this cookie will consider him or her as the same user. Just in the case where the user changes browser, he or she will be considered as a different user. It expires after two years from the last update. For further information about the treatment given by Google Analytics click here.
_gat: this cookie is linked to Google Analytics. It is used to limit the speed of request – the limitation on the collection of data on High Traffic Sites. It expires after 10 minutes.
_gid: this cookie is linked to Google Analytics. It is used to distinguish users. It expires after 24 hours.
WITHDRAWAL OF THE CONSENT TO INSTALL COOKIES/ REMOVING COOKIES FROM YOUR DEVICE
Select the tools icon
Click Show Advanced Options.
On the section “Privacy” click on Content Settings.
Delete cookies: click on all cookies and website data…