b) Type and purpose of the cookies and how they work.
c) How to disable cookies and web bugs on the main browsers.
d) What happens if you disable cookies?
Furthermore, the web page may have information about all the services the user requests so it may provide and offer tailored information to the preferences and interests of the user.
b) Type and purpose of the cookies and how they work:
The cookies, depending on how long they last, can be divided into session or persistent cookies. The former expire when the user closes the browser. The latter expire depending on when their purpose has been fulfilled (for example, so that the user can be identified for all services) or when they are manually erased.
Additionally, depending on their purpose, cookies can be classified as follows:
PERFORMANCE COOKIES: These cookies remember the user’s preferences for the service tools so they do not have to configure the service every time they visit the page. By way of example, this type include:
- Volume levels of video and sound players.
- The transmission speed of video so that it is compatible with the browser.
- The items saved to the shopping basket in e-commerce services such as online stores.
GEOLOCATION COOKIES: These cookies are used to find out which country the user is in when they request a service. This cookie is totally anonymous and can only be used so that the content can be aimed at their location.
REGISTRATION COOKIES: Registration cookies are generated once the user has registered or subsequently logged on to their profile, and they are used for identification purposes when providing services for the following purposes:
- To keep the user identified so that, if they close a page, the browser or computer can access this page again at another time and the user will still be identified. This makes browsing easier as the user doesn’t have to identify themselves again. This feature can be cancelled if the user clicks on “Log out”, meaning that the cookies will be erased and the next time the user wants to access the service, they will have to log in again to be identified.
- To check if the user has authorization to access certain services, such as taking part in a competition.
Some services can also use links to social networks such as Facebook or Twitter. When the user logs on to a service using details from a social network, they authorize the social network in question to store a persistent cookie to remember their identity and guarantee access to the services until they expire. The user may erase this cookie or withdraw access to the services via social networks by updating their preferences on the social network site in question.
ANALYTICAL COOKIES: Each time the user visits a service, a tool from an external provider generates an analytical cookie on the user's computer. This cookie, which is only generated when the user visits, will serve on subsequent visits to the services to identify the visitor anonymously. The main aims of this are:
- To allow the anonymous identification of the web users through the cookie (identifying browsers or devices, but not people) which therefore allows for approximate counting of the number of visitors and the time they are engaged with the content.
- To identify anonymously the most visited content so that the provider knows which content is most attractive to the users.
- To know whether the user is a new one or a repeat visitor.
Reminder: unless the user decides to register with a service, the cookie will never be associated to any personal data which may identify them. These cookies will only be used for statistical purposes which help optimize the browsing experience for those users accessing the site.
ADVERTISING COOKIES: These types of cookies allow advertising shown to each anonymous user on the services to be expanded. Among other things, they store information on how long adverts are seen, any interaction with them, the browsing patterns and/or behaviour of the user, all of which allow a profile to be created for the purposes of advertising. In this way, advertising in line with the interests of the user may be offered.
c) How to disable cookies and web bugs on the main browsers:
It is normally possible to stop accepting cookies on the browser, or stop accepting cookies belonging to a particular service.
All modern browsers allow users to change the cookie configuration. These adjustments are normally found in “options” or “preferences” in the browser menu. Furthermore, the user can configure their browser or email manager, as well as install free accessories to prevent web bugs being downloaded when they open an email.
The web page offers guidance to the user on how to access the cookie configuration menu and regarding, where appropriate, in-private browsing on each of the main browsers.
- Internet Explorer: Tools-> Internet Options-> Privacy-> Configuration.
For more information, go to Microsoft support or the browser help area.
- Firefox: Tools-> Options-> Privacy-> History-> Personal Configuration.
For more information, go to Mozilla support or the browser help area.
- Chrome: Configuration-> Show advanced options-> Privacy-> Content configuration.
For more information, go to Google support or the browser help area.
- Safari: Preferences-> Security.
For more information, go to Apple support or the browser help area.
d) What happens if you disable cookies:
Some functions of the services will be disabled such as remaining identified as a user, saving items in the shopping basket in e-commerce, receiving information relevant to location, or watching some videos.
The web page may amend the Cookies Policy depending on the legislative demands or regulations, or with the aim of adapting this policy to the guidelines set by the Spanish Data Protection Agency. Therefore, we advise users to read the policy regularly.
When any significant changes are made to this Cookies Policy, we will notify users via either our web page or by email in the case of registered users.