Concept of Cookies
Cookies are a tool used by web servers to store and retrieve information about their visitors or users. It is nothing more than a text file that some servers install during navigation and which allows information to be known, such as: the place from which it is accessed, the time of connection, the device from which it is accessed (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 the user’s hard disk or include viruses in their computers. Likewise, they cannot read the cookies implanted in the user’s hard disk from other servers.
Why are they important?
The website is accessible without the need for cookies to be activated, although deactivating them may prevent them from working properly.
From a technical point of view, cookies allow websites to function more smoothly and adapted to users’ preferences, such as storing the language, the currency of the country or detecting the access device.
They establish levels of protection and security that prevent or hinder cyber attacks against the website or its users.
Allow media managers to know statistical data collected to improve the quality and experience of their services.
They serve to optimize the advertising we show to users, offering the one that best suits their interests.
The user can configure his or her browser to reject all cookies by default or to receive an on-screen warning of the receipt of each cookie and decide whether or not to install it on his or her hard disk.
This acceptance may be revoked through the content and privacy configuration options available in the same. The Holder recommends its users to consult the help of their browser or access the help web pages of the main browsers: Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome.
Types of Cookies used on the Web
Users browsing the Web may find cookies inserted directly by the owner, or cookies inserted by entities other than the owner, as detailed in the following sections:
- Session cookies, expire when the user leaves the page or closes the browser, that is, they are active while the visit to the website lasts and therefore are deleted from our computer when leaving it.
- Permanent cookies, expire when the purpose for which they were used is fulfilled or when they are manually deleted. They have a date of deletion and are normally used in the process of online shopping, personalisation or registration, so that you do not have to constantly enter a password.
Depending on the entity that manages the computer or domain from which cookies are sent and processes the data that is obtained, we may distinguish between our own cookies and third party cookies.
- Own 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 experience as a user.
- Third-party cookies, when you interact with content on our Website, may also be set by a third party (for example, when you click on social networking buttons or view videos hosted on another website), which are those set by a different domain on our Website. We cannot access data stored in cookies from other websites when you browse those websites.