What are cookies?

A cookie is a file or device that is downloaded on the computer when the user browses the Internet. The website can retrieve the cookie to access or update the information. Cookies are files that are downloaded on your computer when you access certain websites. Cookies allow a website to store and retrieve information related to the computer or user’s browsing habits, among other things. The information collated in the cookie and your browsing history is used to recognise the user.

Main purpose of cookies:

  • Enables control over user access: when a user enters the username and password, a cookie is stored on the computer, so that that the user will not need to enter this information in each server page. However, a cookie does not simply identify one user, but a computer-browser-user combination.
  • Collect information related to the user’s browsing habits, and attempts by spyware, advertising agencies and others to capture data. This can lead to privacy breach. Indeed, this is one reason why cookies have critics.

The two different types of cookies, based on their intended purpose, are:

  • Analytic cookies: they are used to analyse the user’s behaviour and activity on the website, and to build a browsing profile to improve technical performance and service.
  • Advertising cookies: they enable efficient management of advertising spaces based on a set of criteria, including, whether a user has already seen or not a news article to display a new one.
  • Behavioural advertising cookies: they store information about the user’s browsing behaviour. This helps create a behaviour-based user profile to customise advertising content.

For further information about cookies, go to the following website http://www.aboutcookies.org/.

Which cookies are used on this website?

This website uses cookies that allow the user to use and browse the site, access certain services, and improve its functional configuration.
More specifically, this website uses the following cookies:

Cookies Summary

  • Type
  • Name
  • Session/Permanent
  • Own/Third Parties

How to manage cookie settings?

This section briefly describes how to view and change cookie settings in the most commonly used browsers.

Virtually all browsers allow users to view information about cookies used on a website, more specifically, to verify their presence, duration and removal method. In this regard, a number of links are provided below for information purposes only:

  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Internet Explorer

Users may also enable, block or remove the cookies on their computer by changing the browser settings following the instructions provided in each browser. For information purposes only, cookie settings are usually found in the “Preferences” or “Tools” menu of the browser. Nonetheless, you can always refer to the browser help menu to address any questions about this matter.

It should be highlighted that if you choose to prevent the use of all cookies, you may not be able to use certain functionalities and services of our website.