A cookie is a small text file that is stored on your device when you visit most websites. Its purpose is for the website to be able to remember you on your next visit. Cookies usually store technical information, personal preferences, content personalization, usage statistics, links to social networks, access to user accounts, etc. The purpose of the cookie is to adapt the website content to your profile and needs; without cookies, the services offered by any website would be significantly reduced.
More information about cookies
What is a cookie?
A cookie is a harmless text file that is stored on your device when you visit most websites. The purpose of the cookie is for the website to be able to remember you on your next visit. Although many people are unaware, cookies have been used for 20 years, when the first browsers for the World Wide Web appeared.
What is a cookie not?
It is not a virus, a trojan horse or a worm. It is not spam or spyware and it does not open a pop-up window.
What information does a cookie store?
Cookies do not usually store sensitive information about you, such as credit cards or bank details, photographs, your ID or personal information, etc. The data stored by cookies is technical data, personal preferences, customization of content, etc.
The web server does not identify you as a person, but rather your web browser. In fact, if you regularly browse using Internet Explorer and try to browse the same website with Firefox or Chrome, you will see that the website does not realize that you are the same person because it is actually identifying the browser, not the person.
What type of cookies are there?
- Technical cookies: They are the most elementary and allow, among other things, to know when a human or an automated application is browsing, or when an anonymous and a registered user is browsing – basic tasks for the operation of any dynamic web.
- Analytics cookies: They collect information on the type of browsing you are doing, the sections you use the most, products consulted, time zone of use, language, etc.
- Advertising cookies: They show advertising based on your browsing, your country of origin, language, etc.
What are own and third party cookies?
Own cookies are those generated by the website you are visiting, and third-party cookies are those generated by external services or providers such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc.
What happens if I disable cookies?
In order for you to understand the scope of disabling cookies, we will give you some examples:
- You will not be able to share content from that website on Facebook, Twitter or any other social network.
- The website will not be able to adapt the content to your personal preferences, as is often the case in online stores.
- You will not be able to access the personal area of that website, such as My account, or My profile or My orders.
- Online stores: It will be impossible for you to make purchases online; they will have to be by phone or visiting the physical store if there is one.
- Customizing your geographical preferences, such as time zone, currency or language, will be impossible.
- The website will not be able to perform web analytics on visitors and traffic on the website, which will make it difficult for the website to be competitive.
- You will not be able to write on the blog, upload photos, post comments, or assess or rate content. The website will also not be able to know if you are a human or an automated application that publishes spam.
- Showing targeted advertising will be impossible, which will reduce the advertising revenue of the website.
Can cookies be deleted and/or blocked?
Yes, cookies can be deleted and blocked. Below, we provide links to the settings of the most commonly used browsers so that you can proceed according to your preferences:
Google Chrome: http://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=en
Mozilla Firefox: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enhanced-tracking-protection-firefox-desktop
Microsoft Edge: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-edge/delete-cookies-in-microsoft-edge-63947406-40ac-c3b8-57b9-2a946a29ae09
Internet Explorer: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/topic/delete-and-manage-cookies-168dab11-0753-043d-7c16-ede5947fc64d
Cookies used on this website
This website uses the following third-party cookies:
- Google Analytics: It stores cookies to compile statistics on the traffic and volume of visits to this website, as well as the language used. By using this website, you are consenting to the processing of information about you by Google. Therefore, the exercise of any right in this regard must be done by communicating directly with Google. (e.: -APISID, CONSENT, HSID, NID, SID, _ga, _gat)
- Social media cookies: Our “Social plugins” are not integrated into our portal, but only through an HTML link (called a “shariff plugin”). This ensures that you do not create a connection to the social network provider’s service just by using our website. By clicking on the button of a social network on our website, a new window will open and access will be granted to the website of the service provider. For rights and settings options related to protecting your privacy, please refer to the providers’ data privacy policies:
Disabling or deleting cookies
This website provides users with an easily accessible form to enable or disable the cookies we use according to the user’s personal preferences at any time.
On the other hand, with respect to the plug-ins of external entities (such as Google Inc. services) used in our web portal, we recommend that all users access the privacy policies of each service provider for more information:
- Web browsers are the tools in charge of storing cookies this is where you can exercise your right to delete or disable them. Neither this website nor its legal representatives can guarantee the correct or incorrect handling of cookies by the aforementioned browsers.
- In some cases, cookies must be installed so that the browser does not forget your decision to not accept them.
- If they are Google Analytics cookies, this company stores cookies on servers located in the United States and pledges to not share them with third parties, except in cases in which it is necessary for system operation or when the law makes it obligatory. According to Google, your IP address is not stored. Google Inc is a company that adheres to the Safe Harbor Agreement that guarantees that all data transferred will be processed with a protection level pursuant to European regulations.