Due to the coming into effect of the modification of the Spanish “Information Society Services Act” (the LSSICE) established by Royal Decree 13/2012, users of all websites that use essential cookies must obtain user’s express consent before they can browse them.
WHAT ARE COOKIES?
Cookies and other similar technologies such as local shared objects, flash cookies or pixels are tools used by Web servers to store and recover information about their visitors, as well as to offer correct functioning of the site.
Through the use of these devices, the Web server can remember some data about users, such as their preferences for viewing the pages on this server, their name and password, the products they are most interested in, etc.
COOKIES AFFECTED BY THE REGULATION AND COOKIES EXEMPT
According to the EU directive, cookies that require the informed consent by users are analytical cookies and advertising and affiliate cookies. Those that are exempt are those of a technical nature and those that are necessary for the functioning of the website or the providing of the services expressly requested by users.
WHAT KINDS OF COOKIES EXIST?
There are five main groups of cookies:
• Analytical cookies: they collect information about the use that is made of the website.
• Social cookies: they are the ones that are necessary for external social networks.
• Affiliate cookies: these enable a follow-up of visits from other websites with which the website establishes an affiliation contract (affiliate companies).
• Advertising and behavioural cookies: they collect information about users’ preferences and personal choices (retargeting).
• Technical and functional cookies: these are strictly necessary to use the website and to provide the services contracted.
COOKIES THAT ARE USED ON THIS WEBSITE
PHPSESSID: Technical cookie that stores the session identification. Expires at the end of the session when closing the browser.
_lang: Permits and stores the language selected by the user during their session. Expiry at the end of the session.
ac_cookies: Technical cookie that stores the value if the user accepts the installation of cookies. Expires after 1 year.
_ga: This cookie from Google Analytics is used to distinguishes unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports. Expires after 2 years.
_gat: This cookie from Google Analytics is used to help the performance of _ga cookie and to throttle the data request rate. Expires after 10 minutes.
_gid: This cookie from Google Analytics is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website. Expires after 24 hours.
How do I change my cookie settings?
Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set, visit www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org.
Find out how to manage cookies on popular browsers:
To find information relating to other browsers, visit the browser developer’s website.
To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
We are planning to enhance our cookie tool to allow users to more easily change their cookie settings after their initial choice.