WHAT ARE COOKIES?
A cookie is a file stored on the user's computer, smartphone, or any other device with information about navigation.
The set of cookies helps to improve the quality of the website and allows you to control which pages are useful, which are not, and which ones can be improved.
Cookies are essential for the functioning of the internet, as they provide innumerable advantages in the provision of interactive services and, therefore, facilitate navigation and the usability of our website.
In no case are cookies harmful to computers, but they help, among other things, to identify and resolve errors.
WHAT TYPES OF COOKIES ARE THERE?
According to the entity that manages them:
- Own cookies: are those that are sent to the user's terminal equipment from a computer or own domain from which the service is provided, or the information requested by the user is provided.
- Third-party cookies: are those that are sent to the user's terminal equipment from a computer or domain managed by another entity that processes the data obtained through cookies (social networks, search engines ...). If cookies are installed from a computer or own domain, but a third party manages the information collected through them, they cannot be considered own cookies.
According to the period, they remain activated:
- Session cookies: These are a cookies' type designed to collect and store data while the user accesses a web page. They are usually used to store information that is only interested in keeping to provide the service requested by the user on a single occasion. Eventually, they provide a better experience to improve the content and facilitate its use.
- Persistent cookies: These are a cookies' type keeping the data stored in the terminal and can be accessed and processed for a period defined by the person responsible for the cookie.
According to its purpose:
- Technical cookies: These allow the user to navigate through a web page, platform, or application and use the different options or services included in it, such as controlling traffic and data communication, identifying the session, and access parts of restricted access.
- Personalization cookies: Are those allowing the user to access the service with some general characteristics predefined in the user's terminal based on a series of criteria, such as the language, the browser type through which the service is accessed, the regional configuration from where you access the service, etc.
- Analysis cookies: Allow the person responsible for them to monitor and analyze the users' behavior of the websites to which they are linked. The information collected through this cookies' type is used to measure the activity of the websites, applications, or platforms, and for the elaboration of navigation profiles of the users of these sites, applications, and platforms, to introduce improvements based on the analysis of the usage data made by the users of the service.
- Advertising cookies: Are those allowing the management, in the most efficient way possible, of the advertising spaces that have been included in the web page, application, or platform from which the requested service is provided according to criteria such as the edited content or the how often ads are shown.
- Behavioral advertising cookies: Are those allowing the management, in the most efficient way possible, of the advertising spaces that have been included in a web page, application, or platform from which the requested service is provided. These cookies store information on the users' behavior obtained through the continuous observation of their browsing habits, which allows the development of a specific profile to display advertising based on it.
COOKIES USED ON THE WEB
The web portal uses different types of cookies for different purposes, which are listed below:
- __utmt - Used to limit the percentage of requests - Duration: 10 minutes.
- __utmz - Used to store visitor-level custom variable data. This cookie is created when a developer uses the _setCustomVar method with a custom visitor variable. It was also used for the _setVar method, which is no longer available. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics - Duration: 2 years.
- __utmc - It is configured for interoperability reasons with urchin.js. Previously, this cookie acted together with the cookie__utmb to determine if the user was in a new session or visit - Duration: End of the browser session.
HOW CAN YOU CONFIGURE OR DEACTIVATE COOKIES?
You can allow, block, or delete the cookies installed on your computer by configuring your internet browser options. If you do not allow the installation of cookies in your browser, you may not be able to access some of the services, and your experience on our website may be less satisfactory.
Next, we detail the procedure to follow for configuring or deactivating cookies, depending on the browser used: