Information about cookies according to the European Legislation


Information about cookies according to the European Legislation

The website you are browsing complies with the European Legislations on the use of cookies. To make this webiste work at its best, we sometimes install small data files called cookies on your computer. The website both uses its own profilation cookies and third-party cookies which the website itself uses.

 

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files which are stored on your computer whenever you visit a website.

These are used in order to customize the users’ browsing and collect automatic information of access and use of the website.

When the website is reliable, as in our case, cookies help to improve and accelerate browsing, as well as optimize your next visit by making the website more useful for your needs.

What follows is the set-up sequence (or creation) of a cookie :

  • While visiting a website for the first time, this requires to accept a cookie for a specific domain. If you accept, the cookie is stored on your computer.
  • Every time you visualize a resource of that domain, the browser sends a cookie.

 

Is it possible to block cookies?

Yes, it is possible to disable or to accept cookies on every website or to choose the websites for which they are accepted.

 

Is it advisable to disable all cookies?

Not necessarily. The disabling of all cookies can actually contribute to protecting privacy, but can also limit the fuctions available on some websites. Therefore it is possible to initially disable all cookies and then accept the necessary ones for reliable websites.

 

What are temporary cookies?

Temporary cookies (or session cookies) are removed from your computer when exiting the browser. They are used to file temporary information, for example items in a cart.

 

What are permanent cookies?

Permanent cookies (also called persistent or stored cookies) remain on your hard drive even after you have closed the browser. They are used to store information, for example name and access password, in order to prevent you from typing them in every time you access a specific website. Permanent cookies can remain on your browser for days, months or even years.

 

What are cookies of visualized websites?

Cookies of visualized websites derive from the visited website and can either be permanent or temporary. They can be used to store information which will be reused on a successive access of that website.

 

What are third-party cookies?

Third-party cookies derive from announcements of other websites, for example pop-ups or banner ads, which are on the website you are visiting. They can be used to record the use of the website for marketing purposes.

 

 

Here are a few steps on how to enable or disable, delete or block cookies on the main browsers.

 

Google Chromechrome

Enabling or disabling cookies

  1. Click the Chrome menu button.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. On the very bottom of the page, select Show Advanced Settings.
  4. In the Privacy section, click the Content Settings button.
  5. Enabling or disabling cookies:
  6. To enable cookies, select Allow local data to be set (advised).
  7. To disable cookies, select Block sites from setting any data.
  8. Click End to save.

If you wish to prevent a record of your visits and downloads to be stored on Google Chrome, you can browse in private with incognito mode.

 

Opening an incognito window.

A browser window with incognito mode looks different from a regular window. The upper part of a browser window with incognito mode is grey or blue, depending on the computer or device.

To open a browser window in incognito mode, proceed as follows:

 

Turning off incognito browsing.

To turn off incognito browsing:

  • You can click on the “x” in the corner of the incognito window.
  • You can click Alt+F4(Windows and Linux) or ?-Shift-W (Mac) on your keyboard.
  • Close the last tab in a window; the window will also automatically closes.

 

How it works

  • Browsing history will not be recorded. Accessed web pages and downloaded files with incognito mode will not be recorded in browsing and downloading histories.
  • Cookies will be deleted. All new cookies will be deleted after closing all incognito browsing windows.
  • You can easily pass from incognito browsing to the regular one and vice versa. You can open incognito browsing windows and regular windows at the same time and pass from one mode to the other.
  • Extensions will be disabled. In incognito browsing windows the extensions are automatically disabled, since Google Chrome does not check the managing of your personal data by the extensions. If you wish an extension to be visualized in the incognito browsing windows, select the corresponding Enable incognito mode.

 

Data which are stored

Chrome stores the updates of Preferences and General Settings.

Chrome stores any change to Preferences or to General Settings in incognito mode.

Websites might store a record of your access.

Incognito browsing aims at preventing Google Chrome from storing the information on the websites you have accessed. On the websites you have accessed records of your visit might remain stored. Furthermore, all files saved on your computer or on your mobile devices are stored.

 

ieInternet Explorer

To delete cookies, follow these steps :

  1. To open Internet Explorer, open Start menu. In the search field type Internet Explorer and then click on Internet Explorer in the result list.
  2. Click the Tools menu then select Internet Options.
  3. Click the General tab, then in History click Delete.
  4. Select the Cookies check box then click on Delete if it’s not already selected by default. Check or uncheck other options you wish to delete. To keep the cookies for saved Favorites, select the Preserve Favorites website data check box.

 

 

operaOpera

Preferences for cookies

Preferences > Advanced > Cookies. These settings allow to manage cookies in Opera. The default setting accepts all cookies.

Accept cookies.
All cookies are accepted.

 

Accept cookies only from the site I visit.

Third-party cookies, for a domain outside the one you are visiting, are refused.

 

Never accept cookies.

All cookies are refused.

 

Delete new cookies when exiting Opera.

Some websites require you to accept cookies to use their services. In this case, if you want these sites to work, but you do not want to keep cookies between visits, select Delete new cookies when exiting Opera.

 

 

Ask me before accepting cookies.

If you select Ask me before accepting cookies, the cookie dialog opens every time a cookie is offered, with information about the cookie’s origin and attributes.

Manage cookies
The cookie manager permits you to inspect and edit the cookies saved by Opera. Press the button marked Manage Cookies to reveal a set of folders, each identified with a domain. Use the quick find field to search by domain name, and open the relevant folder to get detailed information about all cookies connected with that domain.

The cookie dialog
The cookie dialog opens every time a website offers you a cookie, if you have checked the box marked Ask me before accepting cookies in Preferences > Advanced> Cookies. The dialog describes the origin and attributes of the cookie, and gives you the opportunity to accept or reject it.

Force deletion when exiting Opera.

To delete the cookie at the end of session independently of its expiration, select Force deletion when exiting Opera.

 

Remember my choice for all cookies for this domain.

If you want to accept or reject all cookies with the same domain, select Remember my choice for all cookies for this domain. The next time a cookie is offered for this domain, the cookie dialog will not appear.

Cookie details
Cookie attributes are available under the heading Cookie Details.

 

safariSafari

How to block cookies
Select Block cookies and click From third parties and advertisers, Always or Never. Cookies are information that websites store on the computer to allow websites to retain the user at the next access and so that the website can be customized with the obtained information.

Important: some pages might only function if you accept cookies.

 

Enabling or disabling JavaScript.

Click on Advanced and enable or disable the correspondent option. JavaScript allows web programmers to check the page elements. For example, a page which uses JavaScript might visualize current date and time or open a link in a new dropdown window.     

Removing the information from the device.

  • To cancel your Browsing History from Safari, select Settings > Safari > Clear History
  • To cancel all cookies from Safari, select Settings > Safari > Clear cookies and data.
  • To cancel the other information stored by Safari, select Advanced > Website Data > Clear history and website data.

 

 

firefoxFirefox                               

Check or modify settings:

  1. Choose Options from the menu.
  2. Select the Privacy tab.
  3. In the History settings, select Use custom settings for History.
  4. To enable cookies, select Accept cookies from sites, to disable them, uncheck it.
  5. If you are troubleshooting problems with cookies, make sure that the option Accept third-party cookies is also not set to Never.
  6. Choose how long cookies are allowed to be stored:
    1. Keep until: they expire: each cookie will be removed when it reaches its expiration date (which is set by the website that sent the cookie).
    2. Keep until: I close Firefox: the cookies that are stored on your computer will be removed Firefox is closed.
    3. Keep until: aske me every time: displays an alert every time a website tries to send a cookie, and asks you whether or not you want to store it.
  7. Click OK to close the Options window.

 

Delete cookies for a specific website.

  1. Click the menu button and choose Options.
  2. Select the Privacy panel.
  3. In History, set Firefox will: to Use custom settings for History.
  4. Click Show cookies. The Cookies window will appear.
  5. In the Search field, type the name of the site whose cookies you want to remove. The cookies that match your search will be displayed.
  6. Select the cookie(s) in the list to remove, and click Remove Selected.
  7. To select all the cookies in the list, select the first cookie and press Shift+End.
  8. Click Close to close the Cookies window.
  9. Click OK to close the Options window.

 

Delete all cookies

  1. Click the menu button, choose History then select Clear Recent History.
  2. In the dropdown menu set Time range to clear to Everything.
  3. Click on the next to Details to expand the list of history items.
  4. Make sure the checkbox next to Cookies is checked, and that any items you wish to keep should remain unchecked.
  5. Click Clear now to clear the cookies and close the Clear recent history window.

 

 

Block cookies of a specific website

  1. Go to the website you wish to block from setting cookies.
  2. Right-click within the page and select View Page Info.
  3. In the Page Info window, select the Permission panel.
  4. Underneath Set Cookies, remove the check mark from Use Default. Change the setting to Block.
  5. Close the Page Info window.
  6. Remove any cookies that the website has already set in Firefox.

 

Viewing a list of blocked sites

  1. Click the menu button and choose Options.
  2. Select the Privacy panel.
  3. In History, set Firefox will: to Use custom settings for history.
  4. Next to Accept cookies from sites, click Exceptions.

 

Block cookies for all sites

  1. Click the menu button and choose Options.
  2. Select the Privacy panel.
  3. In History, set Firefox will: to Use custom settings for history.
  4. Remove the check mark from Accept cookies from sites.
  5. Click OK to close the Options window.

 

Disable third-parties cookies

Third-party cookies are cookies that are set by a website other than the one you are currently on. For example, cnn.com might have a Facebook like button on their site. That like button will set a cookie that can be read by Facebook. That would be considered a third-party cookie.

Some advertisers use these type of cookies to track your visits to the various websites on which they advertise. If you are concerned about this, you can disable third-parties cookies in Firefox.

 

Note:

  • Disabling third-parties cookies in Firefox can stop some types of tracking by advertisers, but not all.
  • Some websites (for instance, Microsoft’s Hotmail, MSN and Windows Live Mail webmail) use third-party cookies for purposes that are not necessarily privacy concerns, and disabling third-party cookies may cause problems with those sites.

 

Third-party cookie settings are available in the Options window’s Privacy panel:

  1. Click the menu button and choose Options.
  2. Select the Privacy panel
  3. In History, set Firefox will: to Use custom settings for history.
  4. Set Accept third-party cookies to Never.

Note : If after browsing with this setting, you realize you can’t view properly some of your favorite websites, an intermediate solution is to set it to From Visited that allow third-party cookies coming from previously visited websites.

 

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  • At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Firefox button and then select Options.At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Tools menu and then select Options.On the menu bar, click on the Firefox menu and select …At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Edit menu and select Preferences.

Click the menu button and choose Options.Preferences.

  • Select the Privacy
  1. Set Firefox will: to Use custom settings for history.
  2. Uncheck Accept third-party cookies.
  • Click OK to close the Options window.Click Close to close the Preferences window.Close the Preferences window. Close the about:preferences Any changes you’ve made will automatically be saved.
  • At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Firefox button and then select Options.At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Tools menu and then select Options.On the menu bar, click on the Firefox menu and select …At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Edit menu and select Preferences.

Click the menu button and choose Options.Preferences.

  • Select the Privacy
  1. Set Firefox will: to Use custom settings for history.
  2. Uncheck Accept third-party cookies.
  • Click OK to close the Options window.Click Close to close the Preferences window.Close the Preferences window. Close the about:preferences Any changes you’ve made will automatically be saved.
  • At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Firefox button and then select Options.At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Tools menu and then select Options.On the menu bar, click on the Firefox menu and select …At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Edit menu and select Preferences.

Click the menu button and choose Options.Preferences.

  • Select the Privacy
  1. Set Firefox will: to Use custom settings for history.
  2. Set Accept third-party cookies to Never.

Note: If after browsing with this setting, you realize you can’t view properly some of your favorite websites, an intermediate solution is to set it to From Visited that allow third-party cookies coming from previously visited websites.

  • Click OK to close the Options window.Click Close to close the Preferences window.Close the Preferences window. Close the about:preferences Any changes you’ve made will automatically be saved.
  • At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Firefox button and then select Options.At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Tools menu and then select Options.On the menu bar, click on the Firefox menu and select …At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Edit menu and select Preferences.