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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Cookies Policy

Cookies are small pieces of text used to store information on web browsers. Cookies are used to store and receive identifiers and other information on computers, phones, and other devices. Other technologies, including data we store on your web browser or device, identifiers associated with your device, and other software, are used for similar purposes. In this policy, we refer to all of these technologies as “cookies.” 

This site uses cookies – small text files that are placed on your machine to help the site provide a better user experience. As a rule, cookies will make your browsing experience better.

A cookie contains seven main pieces of information:

  • Domain

The domain (ie, the domain name) of the website that set the cookie.

  • Name

The name of the cookie

  • Value

The identifying information the cookie is carrying. This is normally an encrypted string of letters and numbers, that is only meaningful the website that set the cookie.

  • Expiry

How long the cookie lasts for. If this is not set, the cookie will disappear when you close your browser (session cookies). Otherwise it will delete itself on the date set in the expiry field.

  • Path

This is not always used, but can be set so that the cookie is only sent when the user is in a particular part of the website.

  • Secure

This attribute can be used to tell the browser to only use the cookie when it is using a secure or encrypted connection.

  • Http only

When a reader visits a website a series of requests and responses for pages are made. These requests and responses are issued in a special language called HTTP, which is short for HyperText Transfer Protocol. HTTP only defines what the browser and web server say to each other, not how they communicate. This attribute can be used to tell the browser to only use the cookie when the HTTP protocol is being used. i.e. if this attribute is set, the cookie won’t be accessible via non-HTTP methods, such as JavaScript.

Third party cookies

When visiting a web site you may receive cookies from visited site (first part), both sites run by other organizations (third parties). Notable examples are the presence of “embed” video or “social plugin” from social networking services. These are parts of the page visited generated directly from these sites and integrated into the site’s host page. The most common use is aimed at content sharing on social networks.

The presence of these plugins entails the transmission of cookies to and from all sites managed by third parties. The management of information collected by third parties is governed by their policies so please refer. To ensure greater transparency and convenience, We report below web addresses of several informative and procedures for managing cookies.

Facebook Privacy Policy

Twitter Information

Google Privacy Policy

Also includes certain components from Google Analytics, a web traffic analysis provided by Google. Even in this case it is third party cookies collected and handled anonymously to monitor and improve the performance of the host site (cookie performance).

Google Analytics can gather and analyze anonymous information about usage patterns. This information is collected by Google Analytics, which processes them in order to draw up reports on the websites themselves. This site does not use (and does not allow third parties to use) the Google analytics tool to track or to collect personal identification information. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google nor tries to connect an IP address with the identity of a user. Google may also communicate this information to third parties where required to do so by law or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf.

How to change your cookie settings

Virtually all modern browsers allow you to see what cookies you’ve got, and to delete them individually or delete all of them. Many browsers can also be set up to ask consent for each individual cookie before it is set. This gives you very fine control over what cookies you get, but it can slow down your browsing experience if you have to check each and every cookie.

Some browsers let you block cookies from particular sites. So for example if you are happy to get cookies from a site you trust, but you don’t want to get cookies from a site you don’t particularly trust, you can set up your browser to black list the site you don’t trust and refuse any cookies it tries to give you.

Most browsers will let you delete all cookies when you close your browser. You should be aware that any preferences including any opt outs you have set will be lost if you do this.

Finally, you can tell your browser to block all cookies from being set. You should be aware that if you do choose this option many sites will not work as smoothly as you are used to, and some functionality that is reliant on cookies to enable services you want to use will not work at all.

The links below take you to the help sections for each of the major browsers, that will tell you how you can manage your cookies:

Firefox

Internet Explorer

Chrome

Safari OS X

Safari iOS

Android

Blackberry

Windows Phone

Please also see the About Cookies website for further information about how to manage your cookies.

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