What are Cookies?

A cookie is a file or device that is downloaded to a user’s terminal/PC equipment to store data that can be updated and retrieved by the entity responsible for installing it. In other words, it is a file that is downloaded to your computer when you access certain websites. Websites use cookies to store and retrieve information about a user’s or their computer’s browsing habits and, depending on the information they contain and the way they use their computer, may be used to identify the user.

Types of Cookies

There are different types of cookies depending on their properties, most of all; the following is a classification of the most common cookies, although there are others:

According to the period of time

  • Session cookies: cookies designed to collect and store data while the user uses a website. They are usually used to store information that is only useful to provide the service requested by the user once (for example, a list of products purchased) and disappear at the end of the session.
  • Persistent cookies: cookies that store the data in the terminal and can be accessed and processed for a period defined by the person responsible for the cookie, which can range from a few minutes to several years.

According to their purpose

  • Technical cookies: cookies that allow the user to browse through a website, platform or application and use the various options or services that are available, including those that the editor uses to allow website management and operation and enable its functions and services (such as controlling traffic and data communication, identifying the session, accessing restricted areas and for similar purposes of a technical nature).
  • Personalisation cookies: cookies that store information so the user can access the service with certain characteristics that can differentiate their experience from that of other users, such as the language, the number of results to show when the user performs a search, the appearance or content of the service depending on the type of browser used to access the service or the region that the user is accessing the service from, etc.
  • Analysis cookies: cookies that allow the person responsible for them to monitor and analyse the behaviour of the users of the websites they are linked to, including quantifying the impact of ads. The information collected through this type of cookie is used to measure the activity of websites, applications or platforms and make improvements based on the analysis of how the service is used by the user.
  • Behavioural advertising cookies: cookies that store information on user behaviour obtained by continuous monitoring of their browsing habits and which allows a specific profile to be generated and to show advertising based on that profile.

According to the entity that manages them

  • Own cookies: cookies that are sent to the user’s terminal equipment from a computer or domain managed by the editor and from which the service requested by the user is provided.
  • Third party cookies: cookies sent to the user’s terminal equipment from a computer or domain that is not managed by the editor, but by another entity that processes the data obtained through cookies.

What types of cookies does this website use?

This website uses cookies which help the user when using and browsing the website, to ensure access to certain services and to improve the functional configuration of the website.

Specifically, this website uses the following cookies:

Session These are necessary for correct use of the website, for the user sessions or for uninterrupted browsing recalling language or country options. They are used to identify the user if it is necessary to access a registration field. Without these cookies, many of the available services would not be functional. These cookies expire when the browser is closed or when a month has elapsed. PROPRIETARY
Technical These cookies process general, anonymous information that does not include personal data and only recalls the website the user has come from. Their main purpose is to improve the website’s functioning. PROPRIETARY
Advertising These cookies enable recall of your choices and the terms and conditions accepted by the user and also provide better, more customised, features. Where the case may be, they allow the most relevant and useful advertisements to be shown, matched to your interests, or can prevent the user being continuously shown the same advertisement, for example. Google AdWords Conversion
Social Some services may use connectors to different social networks. By using the social register, you authorise the social network to place cookies. These cookies add the social component to your browsing. Facebook
Analytical These cookies allow the properties and functions of this website to be analysed and measured, measuring them for purposes of improvement. The cookies installed are third-party cookies. For example, Google Analytics is the analytical tool that helps websites to understand how their visitors interact with their properties. It may use a set of cookies to gather information and inform of the statistics on the use of websites without personally identifying the Google visitors. ComScore provides customised solutions for measuring online audiences, e-commerce, advertising, searches, video and mobile browsing. It measures unique visits and users. Google Analytics

How do I manage cookie settings?

In this section, we provide an outline on how to check and adjust cookie settings for the most common browsers.

Practically all browsers allow the user to obtain general information about the cookies installed on a website, specifically to verify their existence, their duration or how to delete them. Please refer to the following links for further information:

  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Internet Explorer
  • Safari

Users can change their browser settings—following the appropriate instructions—to enable, block or remove cookies installed on their computers. For your information, browser settings are usually adjusted in the “Settings” or “Tools” menu of each browser, and you can always use your browser’s help files to solve or resolve any doubts that may arise.

Bear in mind that if you disable all cookies, the content of the website as well as certain features and services provided by it may be affected.

Retention period

Retention of the data collected through cookies will depend on the purpose it is collected for, notwithstanding the corresponding legal requirements.

For more information about the processing of personal data, please refer to our Privacy Policy.