What is a cookie?

Cookies are small files that are installed on a user’s computer that are tools for the storage and recovery of information about the user, concerning how they navigate a website, concerning their preferences (language, country, start of session, browser features, etc.) and information about the date and time of their visit, traffic metrics for the website, number of visits, etc.

Websites normally use cookies to obtain statistical information for the site. Be aware that we collect information about your navigation and use of our website as statistical, not personal, data.

What types of cookie are there?

In function of the company that manages them, we have:

  1. Own cookies: These cookies are sent to the user’s device from equipment or a domain managed by the publisher from which the service requested by the user is provided.
  2. Third party cookies: Third-party cookies are sent the user’s device from equipment or a domain not managed not by the publisher but another entity that processes the information obtained through the cookies.

In function of the time they remain active:

  1. Session cookies: Session cookies are intended to gather and store data while a user accesses a website. They are normally used to store information that is only needed to provide the service requested by a user on a single occasion (eg, a list of the products purchased).
  2. Persistent cookies: Persistent cookies are cookies that store data on the user’s device for access and use for a period of time set by the owner of the cookie, a period that may vary from minutes to years.

In function of their purpose, there are:

  1. Technical cookies: Technical cookies allow the user to navigate a website, platform or application and use the different options or services on them such as, for example, monitoring traffic and the transfer of data, identifying the session, access to restricted areas, recording the elements of a request, completing the process of purchasing an order, applying for registration for or participation in an event, using safety features during navigation, storing content for the streaming of video or sound recordings or sharing content over social media.
  2. Personalisation cookies: Personalisation cookies allow the user to access a service with certain general characteristics pre-defined in function of a series of settings on the user’s device such as language, the type of browser used to access the service, the regional configuration from which the service is accessed, etc.
  3. Analytic cookies: Analytic cookies allow their owners to monitor and analyse user behaviour on the websites to which they are linked. Information gathered by this type of cookie is used to measure activity on websites, applications and platforms and to prepare browsing profiles of users of those sites, applications and platform, in order to make improvements to the function of data analysis of usage data for users’ use of those sites, applications and platforms.
  4. Advertising cookies: These cookies allow the most effective management of the advertising space that a publisher includes on a website, application or platform that provides a service depending on rules about the content published or how often adverts are shown.
  5. Behavioural advertising cookies: These cookies allow the most efficient possible management of the advertising spaces that a publisher includes in a website, application or platform that provides a service that has been requested. These cookies store information about the behaviour of users obtained from continuous observation of their browsing habits in order to create individual user profiles to show the advertising most relevant to each profile.

¿Qué cookies utiliza

NameOwnerDescriptionDurationType of cookieMore info.
cc_cookieOwnThis cookie stores users’ agreement to the use of cookies on the Website, which is given by clicking on the button Accept Cookies button on the cookie acceptance banner which is shown when a user visits a site for the first time.1 yearTechnical
(Google reCAPTCHA)
Used by the GOOGLE RECAPTCHA service in forms to prevent SPAM and malicious access1 yearTechnical
(Google Analytics)
This cookie used to identify users.2 yearsAnalytic cookiesClick here
(Google Analytics)
This cookie used to identify users.24 hourAnalytic cookiesClick here
(Google Analytics)
This cookie is used to store the session status.2 yearsAnalytic cookiesClick here

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