1. ABOUT COOKIES AND WHY THE BASQUE CULINARY CENTER USES THEM
A cookie is a file that is downloaded onto the User’s device when accessing certain web pages in order to store and retrieve information about the navigation process carried out from that device.
On Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTP:cookie) you can obtain more information about cookies and how they work.
2. WHAT TYPE OF COOKIES DOES THE BASQUE CULINARY CENTER USE?
Depending on their permanence, cookies can be divided into session or permanent cookies. The former expire when the User closes his or her browser. The latter expire as and when the purpose they serve has been fulfilled or when they are manually deleted.
Cookies can also be classified as follows, depending on their purpose:
- Performance cookies: this type of cookie remembers your preferences for the tools found in the services so you do not have to reconfigure the service each time you visit. Examples of this type of cookie include:
- Volume settings of video or sound players.
- The video transmission speeds that are compatible with your browser
- Geolocation cookies: these cookies are used to identify the country you are located in when searching for a website or service. This cookie is completely anonymous and is only used to help adapt the content to your location.
- Registration cookies: registration cookies are generated once the user has registered or subsequently opened their session, and are used to identify you by the website and its services for the following purposes:
- To keep the user identified so that when the service or web page is closed, whenever the browser or computer enters the same service or web page on another occasion the User will still be identified, thus facilitating their navigation without having to identify themselves again. This functionality can be suppressed if the user clicks on the logout functionality, in which case the cookies will be deleted and the next time the user enters the site he/she will have to log in to be identified.
- To check whether the User is authorized to access certain services.
- In addition, some services may use third-party connectors such as Facebook, Twitter or Google. When a User registers with a service that has the credentials of a social network or a third-party verification system, he/she authorizes it to lodge a persistent cookie that remembers his/her identity and guarantees access to the website until it expires. Users may delete this cookie and revoke access to the website through social networks or third-party verification systems by updating their preferences on the social network in question.
- Analytics cookies: every time a User visits a website or service, a tool from an external provider (Google Analytics or similar) generates an analytical cookie on the user’s device. This cookie, which is only generated during the visit, will be used on future visits to the services of the Basque Culinary Center to identify the visitor anonymously. The main objectives of this cookie are:
- To allow the anonymous verification of the browser (the browsers and devices are identified, not the users themselves) and hence make an approximate count of the number of visitors and how long they tend to spend on the site.
- To identify anonymously the most frequently-visited contents and hence identify which are the most attractive to users.
- To establish whether the User is logging on for the first time or is a repeat visitor.
3. HOW TO DISABLE COOKIES IN YOUR BROWSER
Most browsers currently allow the user to configure whether they want to accept cookies or not and, if so, which ones. These settings are usually found in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. The instructions for configuring cookies in the most frequently used browsers are given below:
- Chrome: Settings -> Show advanced options -> Privacy -> Content settings. For more information, visit Google support or the Help option in the browser.
- Firefox: Tools -> Options -> Privacy -> History -> Custom Settings. For more information, visit Mozilla support or the Help option in the browser.
- Internet Explorer: Tools -> Internet Options -> Privacy -> Settings. For more information, visit Microsoft support or the Help option in the browser.
- Safari: Preferences -> Security. For more information, visit Apple support or the Help option in the browser.