A cookie is a small text file that is stored in users’ browsers when accessing certain web sites. Cookies are used so that the web is able to remember users’ visit when they browse that page again. Cookies usually store information of a technical nature, personal preferences, content customisation, use statistics, links to social networks, access to user accounts, etc. The aim of the cookie is to adapt the web content to users’ profile and needs; without cookies, the services provided by any page would be considerably reduced. Users’ browsers only memorise a cookie during the present session, taking up minimum memory space and not harming users’ computers. Cookies do not contain any kind of specific personal information, and many are erased from the hard disk at the end of the browser session.
Cookies do not usually store users’ sensitive information, such as credit cards or bank data, photographs, users’ National Identity Card or personal information, etc. The data saved are of a technical nature, personal preferences, content customisation, etc. The web server does not link users as persons, but rather users’ web browser. In fact, if users usually browse with Internet Explorer and try browsing the same web with Firefox or Chrome, they will see the web does not realise they are the same person because, in fact, it is identifying the browser, not the person.
What type of cookies are used on this web page?
Technical cookies: These are the ones that allow users to browse a web page and use the different options or services the web page offers such as, controlling traffic and communicating data, identifying the session, accessing parts with restricted access, remembering the elements that form an order, performing the purchase process of an order, applying to register or participate in an event, using security elements while browsing, storing content for video or sound diffusion, or sharing content on social networks.
Analysis cookies: These are the ones that, when properly processed by ourselves or third parties, allow us to quantify the number of users and thus perform measurement and statistical analysis of the use the users make of the service offered. To that end, their browsing on our web page is analysed in order to improve the selection of products or services we offer them.