Downloading such items involves the collection of user activity information and has some implications with regard to privacy.
What is a cookie?
Cookies are small files that you download to your computer when browsing websites. A simple example of this is when you enter a web email account such as Gmail, Outlook or Yahoo Mail.
Cookies allow a website to recognise a user’s browser and do not contain or collect information. They are used, for example, to keep a user authenticated in an account, such as those mentioned above, without it being necessary to do so each time he/she accesses it. Another example is advertising based on previously-visited ads, which then attempt to offer more relevant information to the user.
We use the following types of cookies:
- First-party cookies: are those which are considered strictly necessary. They allow the user to interact with the website and use all of its functions. (They have a duration of between 23 days and three months)..
- Performance and analysis cookies: these are used for analysis and statistics that improve the user’s website experience. Using these cookies can help more relevant information be displayed to visitors (duration: between 100 days and 1 year).
Google Analytics also enables the following cookies in website domains:
- “__utma”: are necessary for the functioning of Google Analytics and have a 2 year expiration period.
- “__utmz”: is used to designate the location of the visit, in other words from where and how it was made, and for up to six months.
The objective is to compile statistics: the number of visits, the consultation period, the search engine used to access the website, the keywords used, the visitor’s global location, the content viewed, as well as other traffic parameters, always anonymously.
Google stores the information collected by cookies in such a way that no user may be identified. Your IP address will also not be linked with any information you have provided. Google additionally adheres to the Safe Harbour Agreement. This agreement guarantees that the data transferred will be treated in accordance with European regulation levels of protection. For more information about Google Analytics, please click on the following link.
Once you’ve selected the option to accept cookies from our website, we will send you an another cookie, which will mean you won’t need to accept their use each time you enter.
How do I turn off cookies?
All browsers allow you to disable cookie settings. These settings are located in “options” or “preferences” in your browser menu.
We will now provide links with instructions for disabling cookies in the different browsers.
However, remember that disabling cookies may result in a loss of functionality on many websites.
- Instructions for Internet Explorer
- Instructions for Mozilla Firefox
- Instructions for Google Chrome
- Instructions for Safari
If you don’t want to be tracked by cookies, Google has developed a plug-in to install in your browser, which can be accessed with the following link..