What are cookies?
Cookies are files that can be downloaded to your computer through websites. They are tools that have a role essential for the provision of many Information Society services. Among other things, they enable a website to store and retrieve information about the browsing habits of a user or their computer and, depending on the information obtained, can be used to recognize the user and improve the service offered.
Types of cookies
Depending on the entity that manages the domain from which cookies are sent and treats the data obtained, you can
distinguish two types:
- Own cookies: those sent to the user’s terminal computer from a managed computer or domain
by the editor himself and from which the service requested by the user is provided.
- Third-party cookies: those that are sent to the user’s terminal equipment from a computer or domain that is not
managed by the publisher, but by another entity that processes the data obtained through cookies.
In the case that cookies are installed from a computer or domain managed by the publisher itself but the information is
collected by means of these are managed by a third party, they cannot be considered as own cookies.
There is also a second classification according to the length of time they remain stored in the customer’s browser,
and it could be:
Session Cookies: designed to collect and store data while the user accesses a web page. It is are often used to store information that is only relevant to the provision of the service requested by the user on a single occasion (e.g. a list of products purchased).
Persistent cookies: the data is still stored in the terminal and can be accessed and processed during a period defined by the person responsible for the cookie, which can range from a few minutes to several years. Finally, there is another classification with five types of cookies according to the purpose for which the data obtained is processed:
Technical cookies: those that allow the user to navigate through a website, platform or application and the use of the different options or services available on it as, for e.g. control traffic and data communication, identify the session, access parts restricted, remember the elements that make up an order, carry out the purchase process of an order, make the application for registration or participation in an event, use safety elements during navigation, store content for video or sound broadcasting or share content through social networks.
Personalization cookies: they allow the user to access the service with some characteristics of The user can choose from a number of predefined general criteria in the user’s terminal, such as the language, the type of browser through which you access the service, the region from which you access the
Analysis cookies: they allow the person responsible for them to monitor and analyse the behaviour of the users of the websites to which they are linked. The information collected through this type of cookie is used in measuring website, application or platform activity and for profiling of users of these sites, applications and platforms, in order to make improvements in function of the analysis of the data of use made by the users of the service.
Advertising cookies: they allow the management, in the most efficient way, of advertising spaces.
Behavioral advertising cookies: store information on user behavior obtained from through continuous observation of their browsing habits, which allows for the development of a specific profile to display advertising based on it.
Disabling and Deleting Cookies
You have the option to allow, block or delete cookies installed on your computer by setting the options of the browser installed on your computer. By disabling cookies, some of the services available may no longer be operational. The way to disable cookies is different for each browser, but it can usually be done from the Tools or Options menu. You can also consult the browser’s Help menu where you can find instructions. The user will be able to at any time choose which cookies you want to work on this website. You can allow, block or delete the cookies installed on your computer by setting the options of the
browser installed on your computer:
- Microsoft Internet Explorer o Microsoft Edge: http://windows.microsoft.com/es-es/windows-vista/Block-or-allow-cookies
- Mozilla Firefox: http://support.mozilla.org/es/kb/impedir-que-los-sitios-web-guarden-sus-preferencia
- Chrome: https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/61416?hl=es
- Safari: http://safari.helpmax.net/es/privacidad-y-seguridad/como-gestionar-las-cookies/
- Opera: http://help.opera.com/Linux/10.60/es-ES/cookies.html
In addition, you can also manage the cookie store in your browser through tools such as
- Ghostery: www.ghostery.com/
- Your online choices: www.youronlinechoices.com/es/
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