- What are cookies?
- What are cookies used for?
- What do we mean by technologies similar to cookies?
- What are third-party cookies and who are the recipients of the information?
- How long do cookies or similar technologies remain active?
- Use of browsers with private browsing mode
- Detailed information on cookies used by this website
What are cookies?
Cookies are small temporary files that are created on the user’s device (computer, telephone, tablet, etc.) when he or she visits a website, and which allow the website to store or recover information when he or she browses, for example, to save his or her usage preferences or to recognise him or her on subsequent visits, as well as to obtain information about his or her browsing habits.
What are cookies used for?
The most common uses or purposes are:
- Essential technical cookies: They are used to manage the flow of navigation within the website or to keep the user connected to it. By disabling them, it is possible that some sections of the website will not function properly.
- Personalization cookies: Necessary to remember certain user preferences.
- Analytical cookies: They help us and third parties to collect information on the origin of users and their navigation within the website, for the purpose of statistical analysis in order to improve the structure and content.
- Advertising cookies: Used to manage the ads that appear on the website and decide the content or frequency of the ads.
- Behavioral advertising cookies: They help to collect the user’s browsing habits to create a profile of their interests and to show them ads adapted to them.
- Social media cookies: They are necessary to identify the user in their social networks and thus allow them to share content.
What do we mean by technologies similar to cookies?
Similar technologies are understood as any type of data storage and retrieval mechanisms used on the user’s device to obtain information. The most common ones are:
- The local storage of the browser. Some websites use local storage called “sessionStorage” and “localStorage”, as well as the browser’s indexed database, to store information;
- The local storage of browser plug-ins, for example the local storage of Flash (“Flash Local Shared Objects”) or the local storage of Silverlight (“Isolated Objects”).
- The “web beacon” is a tracking technique that consists of inserting an image hosted on an Internet server into a web page or into an e-mail so that when the browser or e-mail program connects to that server to download and display the image, the connection is recorded. This allows us to know that the user has visualised the web page or the mail. Sometimes this image is very small or transparent in a way that the user is not aware of its existence.
- “Fingerprinting” techniques that combine information obtained from the browser or from the browsing device in order to distinguish a user in his successive visits to different websites.
What are third-party cookies and who are the recipients of the information?
The cookies on this website can be classified into two categories, depending on who creates them:
- Our own cookies: these are created and managed from our sites and web domains, and the information obtained is managed directly or indirectly by us for our own purposes.
- Third-party cookies: these are cookies that are created and managed by other websites which, although not entirely under our control, provide functions and features that we have chosen to include on our website, such as: interactive maps, videos and multimedia elements, buttons to share on social networks, advertisements, etc. These cookies are under the control of the third party that provides the corresponding function.
How long do cookies or similar technologies remain active?
Depending on their permanence or time of activity, we can differentiate between:
- Temporary session cookies: they remain stored on the browsing device until the user leaves the website; the browser deletes them at the end of the browsing session.
- Persistent cookies: they remain on the browsing device and are read by the website every time the user visits it again. These cookies are automatically deleted after a certain period of time, which may be short or very long.
Use of browsers with private browsing mode
If you wish to use this website with a greater degree of privacy and limit the storage of cookies for long periods of time, we recommend that you use a web browser with a “private” browsing option. You can find out about this possibility on the support pages of the most common browsers: