Its main functions are to keep track of users, or to obtain information about browsing habits. Cookies are essential for the functioning of the Internet, providing countless advantages in the provision of interactive services.
However, the sharing of some cookies between different websites has raised social alarm in the context of the personalization of advertising spaces. The information we provide below will help you understand the different types of cookies:
Depending on the way the data is stored
Session cookies: these are temporary cookies that remain in your browser’s cookie file until you leave the website, so none are recorded on the user’s hard drive. The information obtained through these cookies is used to analyze traffic patterns on the web.
Permanent cookies: they are stored on your hard drive and our website reads them every time you visit again. A permanent website has a specific expiration date.
The cookie will stop working after that date. It is generally used to facilitate purchasing and registration services, and to remember user navigation settings and preferences, such as: language selection, theme selection, menu preferences, internal website bookmarks, etc.
Depending on the level of relationship with the user
First-party cookies: served directly by the same web domain visited by the user (e.g. www.domainname.com) and normally linked to the provision of the service or web analytics tasks.
Third-party cookies: linked to alternative domain names of the same provider, or to its external providers specialized in advertising campaign management, personalization or, equally, web analytics.
While all browsers initially accept first-party cookies, some of them disable third-party cookies in the absence of express action by the user.
The cookies set out above can be classified by the criterion of “level of intrusiveness”, on a scale from 1 to 3:
Level 1: corresponds to cookies for internal use that are essential for the provision of the service requested by the user.
Level 2: corresponds to anonymous cookies for internal use necessary to maintain content and navigation, as well as cookies managed by third parties within the framework of services expressly requested by the user on their websites (e.g.: Facebook Social Plugins or Twitter).
Level 3: corresponds to cookies managed by third parties within the framework of services not expressly requested by the user, allowing their tracking through websites of which the owner of the website visited by the user is not the owner (e.g.: platforms of graphic advertising management). The specification of this level is accompanied by its owner. The use of level 3 cookies is subject to the user’s prior permission through express confirmation of their acceptance.
2) Among the cookies used on our website, we distinguish:
Strictly necessary cookies, such as those that serve for correct navigation or identify the user’s session. Third-party cookies, such as those used by social networks, or by external content plugins such as Google Maps. Analytical cookies for periodic maintenance purposes, and in order to guarantee the best possible service to the user. Websites usually use ‘analytical’ cookies to collect statistical data on activity.
The information collected by this type of cookies will in all cases be anonymous, and it will not be possible to establish any link between browsing patterns and natural persons.
Regarding third-party cookies for the personalization of advertising spaces, this website does not use ad servers or, therefore, cookies linked to them to create profiles based on preferences and behavior. If we decide to do so, you will be offered the option to accept or reject said use expressly and prior to its submission.
3) The user can freely decide whether or not to install cookies from our website on their hard drive, as well as their elimination, following the procedure established in the help section of their browser.
The user can also configure their browser to accept or reject all cookies by default or to receive an on-screen notice of the receipt of each cookie and decide at that moment whether or not to place it on their hard drive. Many browsers also allow you to activate a