INFORMATION ABOUT COOKIES
Due to the entry into force of the modification of the “Ley de Servicios de la Sociedad de la Información” (LSSICE) established by Royal Decree 13/2012, it is compulsory to obtain the express consent of the user of all websites that use dispensable cookies, before the user browses them.
Cookies allow providers of Internet-related services to store and retrieve data about users stored on their equipment.
Where technically possible and effective, the recipient’s consent to accept the processing of data may be provided through the settings of the Internet browser (or other application) being used.
The foregoing shall not prevent the possible storage or access of a technical nature for the sole purpose of carrying out the transmission of a communication over an electronic communications network or, to the extent strictly necessary, for the provision of an information society service expressly requested by the recipient. Ex.: authentication cookies to identify the user once registered, or the shopping cart on an internet page where the items that are being purchased are stored before proceeding to the final payment.
WHAT ARE COOKIES?
Cookies are tools used on Web sites to ensure the correct functioning of the site and to store and retrieve information about its visitors.
Through the use of these tools, the web server can remember some data concerning the user, their preferences for viewing their pages, names, passwords, products that interest them most, shopping carts, etc.
CLASSIFICATION AND TYPES OF COOKIES
These are those that allow the user to browse through the website or application and the use of the different options or services that exist in it. For example, control traffic and data communication, identify the session, access restricted access web parts, remember the elements that make up an order, make the application for registration or participation in an event, use security features while browsing and store content for broadcasting videos or sound.
These are those that allow the monitoring and analysis of user behaviour on websites. The information collected through this type of cookies is used to measure the activity of the websites, application or platform and for the elaboration of browsing profiles of the users of these sites, in order to introduce improvements in the service based on the usage data of the users.
These are those that allow the user to access the service with some general characteristics predefined in their terminal or that the user themselves define. For example, the language, the type of browser used to access the service, the selected content design, the geolocation of the terminal and the regional configuration from where the service is accessed.
Those necessary to link the website with your social networks.
Advertising and preferences cookies:
These cookies allow the effective management of advertising spaces that have been included on the website or application from which the service is provided. They allow the content of the advertising to be adapted so that it is relevant to the user and to avoid showing adverts that the user has already seen.
They allow us to know where the visits to the website come from.
Third-party cookies may be installed on some web pages that allow the management and improvement of the services offered, such as, for example, statistical services from Google Analytics and Comscore.
Depending on their durability they can be:
Their validity expires when the browser is closed.
Their validity can be variable, once they have fulfilled the objective that motivated their installation or when the user proceeds to their manual deletion.
COOKIES AFFECTED BY THE REGULATION AND EXEMPTED COOKIES
According to the EU directive, cookies that require the user’s informed and express consent are analytical, advertising and affiliate cookies.
Exceptions are those that are of a technical nature and necessary for the operation of the website or the provision of services expressly requested by the user.
HOW TO MANAGE COOKIES IN THE BROWSER
The user has the option of allowing, blocking or deleting the cookies installed on their computer by configuring the browser options installed on their terminal:
To adjust the permissions related to cookies in the Google Chrome browser:
– Click on the menu in the toolbar.
– Select Settings.
– Click on Show advanced options.
– In the ‘Privacy’ section click on the Content settings button.
– In the ‘Cookies’ section, you can configure the settings.
– More information about Google Chrome.
To adjust permissions related to cookies in the Mozilla Firefox browser:
– At the top of the Firefox window click on the menu.
– Select Options.
– Select the Privacy panel.
– In the Firefox option you can choose Use custom settings for history to configure the options.
– Read more about Mozilla Firefox.
To adjust permissions related to cookies in the Internet Explorer 9 browser:
– At the top of the Internet Explorer window click on the menu.
– Select the Security tab and use the Delete Browsing History option to delete cookies. Check the ‘Cookies’ box and then click on Delete.
– Select the Security tab and go to Settings.
– Move the slider all the way up to block all cookies or all the way down to allow all cookies. Then click OK.
– More information about Internet Explorer.
In some browsers you can set specific rules to manage cookies per website, which gives you more precise control over your privacy. This means that you can disable cookies from all sites except those you trust.
In any case, the user should be aware that disabling cookies may make it difficult or impossible to access certain sections of the Website, or may degrade your browsing experience.