What are cookies?
Cookies are small files received from websites and stored on your computer, smartphone, tablet or connected TV. These files are kept on the User’s device and contain anonymous data that are not harmful to the system. They have a wide variety of functions such as remembering the User preferences (for instance, the selected language), measuring the use and performance of the page or optimizing and personalizing it. Sometimes cookies are used to record basic information about how a visitor uses a site, and the device or software used for browsing, so as to store, recover and update this information, if required.
Why are they important?
Cookies are useful for several reasons. From a technical point of view, they are necessary for the web portal to operate correctly, and they allow storage of User preferences, such as chosen language or currency. Moreover, the statistical data collected can help site managers and webmasters measure the use and performance of the page and enhance the service offered.
How do we use the various types of cookies?
Browsing our website implies that the following types of cookies may be stored in your device depending on requirements:
Technical cookies are essential and strictly necessary for the website to operate correctly and to use the various options and services it offers.
For example, those that maintain the sessions, management of response times, performance and validation of options, the use of security elements, etc.
Cookies for improving website performance
These cookies store the User preferences for certain tools or services so that they do not have to be reset each time the website is visited. It is possible that they are provided by third parties. Some examples are: volume of media players or compatible video playing speeds.
These cookies enable the User to specify or personalize various characteristics of the general options of the webpage, for example defining the language, regional configuration or type of browser.
These cookies are used to geographically locate the connected computer, smartphone, tablet or TV in order to anonymously offer the most suitable services and contents.
Analytical and Statistical Cookies
They can be managed by us or by a third party. They are used to record the number of visitors and statistically analyze the interaction between the User’s and our website. In this way, browsing profiles can be created to enhance the offering of products and services.
Login cookies are generated when a User registers on a website or on a web service or, when previously accessing data, the User registers on a website or service. They allow access to various sections of a website without having to enter identification data on each page.
These cookies allow identification of the User and associated services until the User leaves website, closes the browser or turns off the connected device.
They can be managed by us directly or by a third party. These cookies make it possible to control the advertising spaces on our website and keep our content best suited to the use and the services offered. With the collected information, User profiles can be created and advertising can be adapted to the User’s interests.
These cookies are sent to the User device from a server or domain directly managed by us and from which the service requested by the User is offered.
These cookies are sent to the User device from a server or domain that is not managed by us but by a third party that manages the data collected by the stored cookies. An example of this is Google Analytics which obtains browsing details to measure and statistically analyze web navigation.
Also, depending on expiration, cookies are classified into:
Session cookies are those that exist while the User is browsing the webpage and are deleted at the end.
These cookies are stored on the User’s device, for a longer period, thus simplifying control of preferences chosen without having to re-enter certain parameters on each visit to the website.
How to Set User Preferences Concerning Cookies?
To comply with the law, we ask for your permission to manage cookies. If you decide not to authorize the processing by expressing your disagreement, we will only use the technical cookies, as they are essential for browsing our website. In this case, we will store no cookies altogether. If you continue browsing our website without withholding your authorization, this implies acceptance of their use.
If you need more information on cookies regulations, please refer to the Spanish Official State Gazette BOE, published on 31st March 2012 (for Spain) with the transposition of directives in the field of electronic communications. You can also find the EU directive on http://www.ico.gov.uk