Cookies are small sets of information that are stored on the user's computer so that the organization responsible for its installation may retrieve and update that information.
For anonymous users (not registered in the system), cookies work this way:
When the user explicitely accepts cookies (she clicks on the "Accept" button in the cookie banner), the website will activate just one first-party cookie, called "acu_trk", which is used to identify the browser and to track the user as she uses the website and the learning content (in the eContent section).
The cookies used by the Website can be associated with a user's personal data only when the user provides his or her personal data (he or she registers on the site, becomes a customer, or subscribes to a mailing list from the Website). To be able to do that he or she must have accepted the Privacy and Cookie policies from the Website. Otherwise, the cookies will only be associated to an anonymous user and his or her browser.
Those users who do not want to receive cookies or would like to be informed before cookies are stored on their computer may configure their browser to behave as they desire. More detailed informaiton is provided below, in the section Cookie Management in the browser.
Do Not Track
The website honors the browser's "Do Not Track" setting.
If the user has activated the "Do Not Track" setting on her browser when she visits the website for the first time, the cookie banner will be shown in an abbreviated format, and it WILL NOT allow the user to accept cookies in this website.
A user WILL NOT be able to self-register if she has activated the "Do Not Track" setting on her browser, for this setting is not compatible with the acceptance of the terms of registration and data processing.
If a registered user later decide to activate "Do Not Track" on her browser, the website will close the user session (if there's one open), will delete the first-party tracking cookie (acu_trk) and will block any attempts to log-in and initiate a session as long as the "Do Not Track" setting is activated. That is, the website will respect her right to not be tracked, but the user will not be able to use the areas of the websita that require tracking.
Types of cookies
Cookies, regarding their validity interval, can be classified as session cookies or persistent cookies. Session cookies expire when the user closes the browser, while persistent cookies remain for a longer period of time during which the data continue to be stored and can be accessed and processed.
Also, according to the organization that manages the server or domain from which the cookies are sent and the obtained data are processed:
- First-party cookies: are those that are sent to the user's computer from a server or domain managed by the provider itself, and from which the service requested by the user is provided.
- Third-party cookies: are those that are sent to the user's computer from a server or domain that is not managed by the provider, but by another organization that processes the data obtained through the cookies.
Regarding their purpose, we can disthinguish:
- Technical cookies: allow the user to navigate through a web page, platform or application, and to use different options or services provided, for example, to control the traffic and communication of data, to identify the session, or to process a purchasing order.
- Customization cookies: allow the user to access the service establishing some predefined general settings, defined based on several criteria selected on the user's computer, for example the language or the type of browser.
- Analytics cookies: allow the organization issuing those cookies to track and analyze the behavior of the users who browse the websites with which those cookies are associated. The gathered data are used to measure the activity on the website, application or platform, and to generate browsing profiles of the users of those websites, applications or platforms, with the purpose of improving the services based on the analysis of those data.
- Advertising cookies: allow the management, in the most efficient management, of advertising spaces that the provider may use in a website, application or platform from which it provides the service, based on criteria such as the edited content or the frequency with which the advertisements are shown.s.
- Behavioral advertising cookies: allow the management, in the most efficient manner, of advertising that the provider may use in a website, application or platform from which it provides the service. They store information about the behavior of users obtained through the continued observation of their browsing habits. This makes possible to establish specific profiles and to show advertisements based on those profiles.
Cookies used in the Website
The Website uses first-party cookies (sent from domains and servers managed by the Provider). The Website uses the following cookies:
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Cookie management in the browser
Most modern browsers allow to manage cookies in 3 different ways:
- Cookies are never accepted.
- The browser asks the user whether or not it should accept each cookie.
- Cookies are always accepted.
The browser may allow the user to specify with greater detail which cookies should be accepted and which shouldn't be accepted. Concretely, the user usually can set one of the following options:
- reject cookies from specific domains.
- reject 3rd-party cookies.
- accept cookies as not-persistent (they are deleted when the browser is closed)
- allow the server to create cookies for a different domain.
A user can decide later to delete the cookies that are already installed, changing the configuration of his/her browser or deleting them manually in the browser itself. Please be aware that deleting cookies might cause a reduction in the quality or functionalities of the Website.
For more information, please visit the website http://www.aboutcookies.org, where you can find detailed information about how to manage and delete cookies in various browsers.