WHAT IS A COOKIE?
A cookie is a collection of data in an industry-standard format that a web page transfers to your computer temporarily to allow customization of content for the user. For this purpose, cookies collect information about your online behavior. A cookie is a small file that contains a text consisting of a string of letters and numbers (information), often encoded, that uniquely identifies your computer, mobile device, or other equipment of a user accessing the internet, but may also contain other information. A cookie consists of two parts: the name and the content or value of the cookie. Furthermore, the lifespan of a cookie is determined. A cookie is a file that is placed/downloaded on the device you use when accessing a website, through the request issued by a web server to a browser (e.g., Internet Explorer, Chrome), which allows the use of the functionalities of Inicio SRL websites by recording website navigation, so that when you access the website again, it can present options tailored based on the information stored about your last visit. A cookie is completely “passive” (it does not contain software programs, viruses – cookies use plain text formats, they are not composed of pieces of code so they cannot be executed or self-run; they cannot be duplicated or replicated on other networks to run or replicate again – or spyware, and cannot access information from the user’s hard disk). They exclusively allow the gathering of information about users’ behavior (in principle, which web pages they visit and when). In other words, the cookie can be seen as an Internet user identification card, which notifies the website every time the user returns to that website.
PURPOSE OF COOKIES
Cookies can provide faster and easier interaction between users and websites. For example, when a user logs into a particular website, the authentication data is stored in a cookie; subsequently, the user can access the website without the need to log in again.
In other cases, cookies can be used to store information about user activities on a specific web page, allowing the user to easily resume those activities on a subsequent visit to the website. Cookies inform the server which pages to display to the user, so they don’t have to remember this or navigate the entire website from the beginning. Thus, cookies can be likened to “bookmarks” that tell the user exactly where they left off on a website.
Similarly, cookies can store information about products ordered by the user on an e-commerce website, enabling the concept of a “shopping cart.”
WHAT TYPES OF COOKIES DO WE USE?
We use the following types of cookies: persistent and session cookies, first-party and third-party cookies.
Persistent cookies help us recognize you as an existing user, making it easier for you to return to our website or interact with our services without logging in again. Once you log in, a persistent cookie remains in your browser and will be read when you return to one of our websites or a partner website that uses our services (e.g., our sharing or job application buttons). Session cookies are active only during a session (typically, a regular visit to a website or a browser session).
There are several types of cookies, as follows:
Strictly necessary: These cookies are essential to allow you to navigate the site and use features such as shopping pages and viewing the site in multiple languages. We also use these cookies to remember what is in your shopping cart and to determine whether you are logged in to the website.
Performance: These cookies collect information about how you use the website, such as the pages you have visited and whether you have encountered any errors. All information collected by these cookies is anonymous and is used only to provide us with data about how the website is used. This data is not used to target advertising to you when you visit other websites.
Functionality: These cookies allow the website to provide services and remember elements of your visit to enhance your experience. These cookies do not collect information that could identify you. We use these cookies to perform functions such as preventing the presentation of a survey you have completed or declined.
Targeting: These cookies are used to make the advertisements you see more relevant to your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an ad and to help measure the effectiveness of an advertising campaign. These are usually placed by advertising networks with our permission.
Cookies can be used to recognize you when you visit our websites, to remember your preferences, and provide you with a personalized experience based on your settings. Cookies can also make your interactions with us faster and more secure. Additionally, cookies enable the delivery of advertisements on our websites and outside of them, as well as the provision of personalized features.
Social Networks: Our website includes social network cookies that allow you to share content through social network services.
Preferences, Features, and Services: Cookies help us identify your preferences, such as language and communication settings. They facilitate form completion and provide functionality, information, and personalized content through our plugins.
WHEN DO WE PLACE COOKIES?
WHAT IS THE LIFESPAN OF A COOKIE?
The lifespan of a cookie can vary significantly depending on the purpose for which it is placed. There are session cookies that expire when the session is closed and persistent cookies that expire over a longer period. The lifespan of a cookie is not imposed by the user and can be blocked or deleted at any time through browser settings. The lifespan of each cookie is indicated in the cookie list at the end of this document.
DO COOKIES CONTAIN PERSONAL DATA? WHAT TYPE OF INFORMATION IS STORED AND ACCESSED THROUGH COOKIES?
In the event that a cookie processes personal data, we ensure that the processing is done in accordance with applicable laws and Regulation (EU) No. 679/2016 (GDPR).
WHAT TYPES OF THIRD-PARTY COOKIES DO WE USE? WHAT ARE THIRD-PARTY PLACED COOKIES?
In addition to cookies created when you visit our website, third parties may create and place cookies during your visits to our websites. In some cases, this happens because we have engaged third parties to provide services on our behalf, such as website analysis. In other cases, our web pages offer content or advertisements from third parties, such as videos, news, or ads delivered by other advertising networks. Since your browser connects to the web servers of these third parties to retrieve the content, they can create or read their own cookies on your device and collect information about your online activities on different websites or online services. Third parties or third-party providers must comply with applicable laws and Inicio SRL’s privacy policies.
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