What is a cookie?
Cookies are small text files created to store certain information concerning the websites that you visit, such as your language selection, your login details and other settings. Cookies are needed to enhance the operation of the website and are used for statistical purposes. Cookies do not store details such as your name, address, age or any other personal information (with the exception of your IP address in certain cases).
Only the website that created the cookie can access the file. The file contains text only and cannot execute functions on your computer. It is used purely to provide your web browser with additional information.
Cookies are therefore harmless, but sometimes highly controversial. They can in fact be used to remember your browsing history. As cookies contain very little information, they cannot generally be used to find out your identity or your personal information. As a result of the rapid technological progress in marketing, cookies are however sometimes used aggressively to build a digital profile of your browsing habits. If you feel that your privacy is not being respected, you may change your browser settings to prevent cookies from being stored on your computer or to prevent cookies from saving your data.
Types of cookies
There are several kinds of cookies.
Temporaruy and persistent cookies
- Temporary cookies are generated when you access the website, and are deleted when you close the browser. they are only used, therefore, for one session. that is why they are also called 'session cookies'.
- Persistent cookies are stored on your computer even after you close the browser. You can delete them manually using the settings in your browser. Most browsers delete persistent cookies that have not been used for some time.
Direct and indirect cookies
- Direct cookies are used by the site that you are visiting.
- Indirect cookies originate from other websites, of which certain components are used on a given web page (such as YouTube videos).
Cookies for web statistics
Statistics concerning this website are recorded using Google Analytics. This website analysis service, provided by Google Inc., is one of the most used.
We do not use this data to reveal your identity, but purely to analyse your visit to our website; for example, what are the most visited pages, what browsers are used by our visitors, and how long was their visit?
The information generated is transmitted to and stored by Google on its servers in the United States. Google retains this information for the purpose of remembering how the website is used, compiling reports on the website's activity for the site's operators, and providing other services relating to website activity and Internet use. Google may transmit this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.
How to disable cookies
Disabling cookies only concerns the computer and browser used to disable them. If you use several computers and browsers, you must therefore carry out the same process on each computer and browser. For more detailed information on enabling, disabling and deleting cookies please refer to your browser's help section.