What are Cookies?
Cookies are a tool used by Web servers to store and recover information about their visitors and users.
They are nothing more than a text file that some servers install during navigation, which give us information such as: the place from which you are accessing, the connection time, the device from which you are accessing (fixed or mobile), the operating system and browser used, the most visited pages, the number of clicks made and data regarding the user’s behaviour on the Internet.
They do not provide references that allow the user’s name and surname to be deduced, and they cannot read data from your hard disk or place viruses on your computers.
Moreover, they cannot read cookies from other servers which are installed on the user’s hard disk.
Why are they important?
The website is accessible without needing cookies to be activated, although deactivating them may prevent it from working properly.
From a technical point of view, cookies allow websites to function more smoothly and better adapted to users’ preferences; storing languages, currencies or detecting access devices.
They establish protection and security levels that prevent or hinder cyber attacks against the website or its users.
They tell media managers the statistical data collected, improving the quality and experience of their services.
They help optimize the advertising we show to users, offering that which best suits their interests.
The user can configure their browser to reject all cookies by default, or to receive an on-screen warning of the receipt of each cookie and decide whether to install it on their hard disk.
This acceptance may be revoked via the content and privacy settings. The Holder recommends its users consult their browser’s help section, or access the main browsers’ help pages, these being: Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari and Chrome.
Types of Cookies used on the Website
The user browsing the Website may find cookies inserted directly by the Holder, or cookies inserted by entities other than the Holder, as detailed in the following sections:
- Session cookies expire when the user leaves the page or closes the browser; i.e. they are active for the duration of the visit to the website and are deleted from your computer once you leave it.
- Persistent Cookies expire when the purpose which they are used for is fulfilled, or when they are manually deleted. They have a deletion date and are normally used during online shopping processes, customizations or registrations — to avoid constantly entering passwords.
Depending on the entity that manages the computer or domain from which cookies are sent and processes the data obtained, we can distinguish between our own Cookies and Third Party Cookies.
- Proprietary cookies are those cookies that are sent to the user’s computer and are managed exclusively by us for the best operation of the Website. The information we collect is used to improve the quality of our service and your user experience.
- Third-party cookies: when you interact with content on our Website, third party cookies may also be set (for example, when you click on social networking buttons or view videos hosted on another website), which are those set by a different domain to our Website. We cannot access data stored in cookies from other websites when you browse those websites.