What are cookies?
Cookies are small files that certain platforms, such as web pages, can install onto your computer, smartphone, tablet or smart TV. Their functions can be diverse: store your browsing preferences, compile statistical information, enable certain technical features, etc. Occasionally cookies are used to store very basic information about a user's PC or their browsing trends, and in certain cases to the point of being able to recognise them.
Why are they important?
Cookies are useful in many ways. From a technical point of view they allow websites to perform in a more agile manner that is also adapted to your preferences (such as storing the appropriate language or currency options). Additionally, thanks to any collected statistical data, those responsible for a website can improve the services the site offers. Finally, cookies permit any adverts we show to be more efficient, which in turn allows us to offer you several of our services free of charge.
By using this site, implicit permission is given to install the following types of cookies:
Performance enhancing cookies
This type of cookie stores your preferences when using certain tools or services so that you do not have to reconfigure them each time you visit our site. Some of these may be provided by a third party. Some examples are: volume level on audiovisual players, ordering preferences on articles, compatible video playback speeds, etc. When it comes to e-commerce, they allow the information in your shopping basket to be stored.
Statistical analysis cookies
Whether handled by us or by a third party, this type of cookie allows us to quantify the number of visitors to our pages and statistically analyze how users interact with our site and use our services. By studying these patterns we can improve our products, website and the services we offer.
These cookies are used by programs that try to determine the location from which a device such as a computer, smartphone, tablet or smart TV is connecting and then, while maintaining the complete anonymity of both device and user, show content and services that are more appropriate.
When you create an account for our site, cookies are generated that identify you as a registered user and indicate when you are signed in.
These cookies are used to identify your user account and any associated services. They are kept until you log out, close the browser or switch off the device.
These cookies can be used in conjunction with analytical data to individually identify your personal preferences within our site.
Whether handled by us or a third party, these allow us to efficiently manage the publicity within our site, changing the contents of an advert to better suit the contents of a requested service or the way in which you use our site. We are able to determine your internet browsing trends and then target any adverts accordingly.
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service provided by Google, Inc. Google Analytics stores a series of cookies on your device for the sole purpose of evaluating the way in which you navigate our website in order to provide us with reports regarding traffic and activity within our site. Google stores the information it compiles on servers situated within the USA and will not share this data with any third parties unless required to do so by Law or for the proper functioning of the system or services. Google does not link your IP address with any other information it may store.
Google Inc. adheres to the Safe Harbor Agreement. This agreement guarantees that any transferred data will be handled using a level of protection that is in line with European legislation. You can see Google's registration here: Google's Certification of Adherence to the Safe Harbor Agreement
If you wish to obtain more information regarding the cookies used by Google Analytics, please check out the following link: Google Analytics Cookie Usage on Websites
Google has developed an add-on that can be installed within your browser if you do not wish to be tracked by its cookies: Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on
The choice you make regarding the use of Google Analytics cookies within this site will be logged in a separate cookie that will equally be stored on your device.
Other third party cookies
On some of our pages, third party cookies may be installed in order to manage and improve the services that are offered. An example of this are links to social media sites that allow us to share our contents.
How can I configure my preferences?
You may permit, block or eliminate cookies already installed to your device from within your internet browser's settings. If you do block them, any services that require them may no longer function correctly and as such no longer be available to you.
Here are some links where you can find out how to set your cookie related preferences within the major internet browsers:
Safari para IOS (iPhone, iPad)
What happens if cookies are disabled?
If you block or don't accept the installation of cookies then it is possible that certain services offered by our website that are dependent on those cookies cease to function and therefor become unavailable to you. This means you will be unable to take advantage of everything our site and applications have to offer. It is also possible for page functionality and quality to become impaired.
Approval of cookies
In addition to our own cookies, we allow third parties to store cookies to and retrieve them from your device. By navigating this website you automatically grant permission to use these third party cookies.
Last of all, you can visit the online Your Online Choices
, where apart from useful information, you'll be able to configure, service provider by service provider, your preferences regarding third party advertising cookies.