WHAT ARE COOKIES?
Cookies are small files that are installed on the hard disk or in the browser of the computer, tablet, smartphone, or equivalent device with internet browsing functions, that help customize the services of the website owner, facilitate the browsing and usability of the same, obtain aggregate data about visitors to the website, enable the reproduction and viewing of multimedia content on the website, enable the user to interact with the website, enable security tools, etc.
Web Usability: the user experience when browsing, using and interacting with a web page
Aggregate information: anonymous data, usually digital, intended to provide statistics
Terminal: the device (computer, smartphone, tablet, etc.) used to browse the Internet
Publisher: owner or person in charge of the web page
Third party: external entity, collaborator, service provider or entity related to the publisher, taking part in the management of some cookies
Cookie manager: the publisher, person in charge, owner of the website or even a third party in some cases.
Browsing habits: user’s habits when browsing a web page, such as for example, time spent browsing the web page, the sections browsed, sections browsed most often, origin of the visit, aim of visit, etc.
WHAT SORT OF COOKIES ARE THERE?
Depending on the entity that manages them:
First-party cookies are those sent to the user’s terminal by a terminal or domain managed by the publisher and which provides the service requested by the user.
Third-party cookies are those sent to the user’s terminal from a terminal or domain that is managed not by the publisher but by another entity that processes the data obtained by cookies.
According to how long they continue browsing on the terminal:
Session cookies: cookies designed to collect and store data whilst the user is browsing a web page.
Persistent cookies: a type of cookie that enables data to be stored in the terminal and be accessed and processed during a period of time defined by the cookie manager and which may last from a few minutes to several years.
According to the purpose of the data collected by cookies:
Technical cookies: these cookies enable the user to browse a web page, platform or application and use their settings or services, for example, to control data communication and traffic, identify the session, access restricted areas, recall the items in an order, carry out the purchase of an order, manage event participation or registration requests, use security elements whilst browsing, store content for disseminating videos or soundtracks or share content on social media.
Customization cookies are those that allow the user to access the service with certain general characteristics defined beforehand according to a series of settings in the user’s terminal, such as language, browser used to access the service, the regional settings from where the service is accessed, etc.
Analysis cookies are those that allow the entity responsible for them to monitor and analyse the behaviour of users of the websites to which they are linked. The data collected by this type of cookie is used to measure the activity of the websites, application or platform, and to create browsing profiles of the users of such websites, applications and platforms with a view to enhancing the data analysis related to how users use the service.
Advertising cookies are those designed to enable the most effective management of the advertisements which the publisher inserts into a web page, application or platform that provides the requested service according to criteria such as the content published or the frequency with which the ads are displayed.
Behavioural advertising cookies are those that enable the most effective management of the advertisements that the publisher inserts into a web page, application or platform which provides the requested service. These cookies store data about user behaviour collected by constantly observing the user’s browsing habits, thereby enabling specific profiles to be created and advertisements targeted accordingly to be displayed.
THE SPECIFIC COOKIES USED ON THIS WEB PAGE
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|_gid||Duration: 24 hours||To distinguish between users|
- GPS, PREF, VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE, YSC: Youtube cookies used when viewing on-line videos.
- GPS: records a unique ID on mobile devices to enable GPS tracking of geographic location.
- PREF: cookie that stores settings such as preferred language, number of search results shown per page or Google SafeSearch filter enabled. Duration: 10 years.
- VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE: cookie that monitors videos embedded in the website. Duration: approximately 240 days.
- YSC: cookie that counts videos viewed by user and records likes and shares. This session cookie is disabled when browsing ends.
HOW TO DISABLE COOKIES
Blocking all cookies helps protect privacy, but may also limit the experience on some websites. To find out how to disable cookies on the most popular web browsers, check out the following tutorials:
For full details of the applicable cookie legislation, click here.
Applicable legislation: Spanish law 34/2002