In accordance with the terms of section 22(2) of Spanish Law 34/2002 of 11 July on information society services and electronic commerce following its amendment by Spanish Royal Decree-Law 13/2012 of 30 March transposing EU directives on internal electricity and gas markets and electronic communications and adopting measures to correct imbalances between costs and revenues in the electricity and gas sectors, which provides as follows:
““Service providers may use data storage and retrieval devices on users’ terminals, provided that the users have given their consent after being provided with clear and comprehensive information on their use, in particular on the purposes of the data processing, in accordance with the terms of Spanish Organic Law 15/1999 of 13 December 1999 on the Protection of Personal Data.
Where technically possible and effective, the user’s consent to the processing of data may be provided through the use of the appropriate settings of the browser or other applications.
This will not prevent any technical storage or access for the sole purpose of carrying out the transmission of a communication over an electronic communications network, or as strictly necessary in order to provide an information society service explicitly requested by the user.”
1. WHAT ARE COOKIES?
Cookies are small data files that allow us to compare and understand how our users browse our website so that we can improve the user experience. The cookies we use do not store any personal data nor any information that can identify you. If you do not wish to receive cookies, please access your internet browser settings to erase them from your computer’s hard drive, block them or warn you if they are installed. To continue without changing your cookie settings, simply continue using the website.
Types of cookies:
Own cookies: These are cookies sent to the user’s terminal from a computer or domain managed by the website publisher and from which the service requested by the user is provided.
Third-party cookies: These are cookies sent to the user’s terminal from a computer or domain that is not managed by the website publisher but by another entity that processes the data obtained via the cookies.
Depending on the length of time they remain activated:
Session cookies: These are cookies designed to collect and store data while the user accesses a website. They are usually used to store information that is only relevant for the provision of the service requested by the user on a single occasion.
Persistent cookies: These cookies remain stored in your terminal and can be accessed and processed for a period of time defined by the party responsible for the cookie, which can range from a few minutes to several years.
According to their purpose:
Technical cookies: These are cookies that allow the user to browse a website, platform or application and use the different options or services, e.g. control of traffic and data communication, session identification, access to restricted sections, remembering the items in an order, execution of purchase processes, registration applications, use of security features while browsing, storage of content for broadcasting of videos or sound and sharing of content via social media.
Personalisation cookies: These allow the user to access the service with certain predefined general characteristics according to a series of criteria in the user’s terminal, such as the language, the type of browser used to access the service, the regional configuration used to access the service, etc.
Analytical cookies: These cookies allow the party responsible to monitor and analyse the behaviour of the users of the websites to which they are linked. The information gathered through these cookies is used to measure the activity of the website, application or platform and to create browsing profiles of users in order to introduce improvements based on analysis of the data on the use made by the users of the service.
Advertising cookies: These allow management in the most effective possible manner of the advertising spaces that the website publisher has included on a website, application or platform from which the requested service is provided, based on criteria such as the content published or the frequency with which the advertisements are shown.